Archive for the '2008 Election' Category

Pay your taxes — finance the incumbent you hate

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Imagine you’re unhappy with the performance in office of some incumbent politician. You throw your hat in the ring and proceed to spend months raising the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to wage a viable electoral challenge. Or, maybe you’ve spent decades of hard work amassing the private, after-tax savings necessary to fund such […]

For the most part, ‘nothing’ is precisely what government is supposed to do

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Last week, we were discussing the Obama administration’s anti-freedom agenda. When a political leader snidely ridicules the free market, characterizing those who challenge his initiatives to vastly expand federal regulation and management of the economy as being in the pay of “greedy insurance executives,” “big bankers,” and the like, I don’t see how anyone can […]

The audacity of deceit

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

I don’t think Barack Obama tells the truth. Yes, voters had fair warning of this ambitious young man’s long associations with radical America-haters and self-described Communists including the literal bomb-makers of the Weather Underground (at least, those who managed to avoid blowing themselves up with their paramours in Greenwich Village in 1970.) Even if, in […]

They never run out of plans

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The observation was repeated often enough before Barack Obama’s 2008 election that few can claim not to have been warned: When Democrats including Mr. Obama promise an open, centrist, “bi-partisan” administration where Republicans, free-marketers, Constitutionalists and their ideas will be “welcome at the table,” what they really mean is: “Those guys are welcome to prove […]

Members of Congress channel John McEnroe

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

When a reporter for last Thursday asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., where in the Constitution Congress is delegated the specific power to order Americans to buy health insurance — a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of Obamacare — Ms. Pelosi responded: “Are you serious? Are you serious?” “Yes, yes […]

The stimulus is working! It’s working!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Speaking before a carefully hand-picked audience — most of the 500 tickets to the gathering in the Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno were distributed through the office of Majority Leader Harry Reid — Vice President Joe Biden assured Northern Nevadans Friday that the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan has […]

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. Honest.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

On Friday, President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s where I’m supposed to establish I’m not some kind of grumpy, sour-grapes Obama-hater by saying all Americans should share some national pride in the Norwegian committee’s decision to honor our freshman president’s efforts and intentions, blah blah blah.

The curious case of the missing name

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Imagine with me that you’ve offered to help a teen-age relative prepare a school report on American politics of the early 1970s. Using the Internet or hieing yourselves down to the local university library, you start reading the 36-year-old reports of the developing scandal that began when some very unusual burglars were apprehended attempting to […]

His monument stands all around us

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The most revealing moment in Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s political life came on Nov. 4, 1979, just three days before he would officially launch his presidential challenge to a sitting president of his own party, Jimmy Carter. In a televised interview, CBS News correspondent Roger Mudd asked the already stout Massachusetts senator a “giveaway” question, a […]

White House seeks to ‘balance campaign rhetoric with governing’

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Traveling the television talk-show circuit this weekend, Barack Obama’s aides and advisers tested the waters for likely public response should the new president completely gut his campaign pledge to middle-class Americans that “You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.” Mr. Obama has already signed tax hikes on alcohol and cigarettes, […]