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Entries from May 2009

Progaganda 101: Manufacturing and Misrepresenting Your Sources

May 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment ·

This week you can probably expect a big push in the media for the cynically misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (Card Check), which I’ve written on before. One element of that push which will be getting coverage is an article by Seth Michaels on the AFL-CIO Now blog which heralds the fact that: “A coalition […]

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Sotomayor: Yes, You Can Blame Bush

May 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments ·

For Republicans in the Senate the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is a lesson in the law of unintended consequences and another unfortunate legacy of the mistakes of the Bush administration. I have occasionally defended some of Bush’s well intentioned mistakes, but there’s no way to put a happy face on this one, because […]

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The Myth of American Empire

May 26th, 2009 · 29 Comments ·

Again and again I run into people on the right and left sides of the political fringe who hold to the bizarre idea that the United States has some sort of international empire because we have troops deployed overseas. While I agree that we have far too many troops in other countries and could save […]

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Closing GITMO: Consequences and Solutions

May 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments ·

Although I have opposed the use to which the facilities at Guantanamo are being put for years, the plans which the Obama administration is developing to deal with the remaining terrorists held there present problems which they seem not to have considered and which may be unresolvable. The Bush administration already released about two thirds […]

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Politics and Principles in South Carolina

May 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments ·

South Carolina is a peculiar state. It’s managed to produce both Lindsey Graham and Mark Sanford, two politicians who come from the same place but are literally like oil and water. Graham is the model of the kind of Republican who infiltrated the party after the Reagan era. He’s religiously conservative, completely irresponsible on budgetary […]

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Democrats Condemn Kids to Ignorance and Poverty

May 14th, 2009 · No Comments ·

As President Obama’s kids are settling in at Sidwell Friends, one of the best private schools in the nation, their father has signed a budget which takes away the opportunity for poor kids in Washington DC to attend schools like Sidwell Friends with the help of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which makes it possible for […]

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In Politics Two Wrongs Still Don’t Make a Right

May 13th, 2009 · No Comments ·

I find it puzzling that I consistently see the same wrongheaded argument being presented to me by my Democrat friends in their desperate efforts to excuse the excesses of the Obama administration. I’ll bring up something like massive troop deployments in Afghanistan and Pakistan or inprecedented deficit spending and corporate bailouts, and their rote reply […]

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Britain Creeps Towards Tyranny

May 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment ·

There's no point in trying to understand the inexplicable popularity of Michael Savage, except to speculate that there is some correlation between raging intolerance and having plenty of free time to listen to the radio. Savage is humorless, bombastic and chock-full of bad ideas, another in the robot army of faux conservatives who mistake intolerance […]

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Hate Crimes Bill: Justice for Sale

May 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments ·

Since I wrote about the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 earlier this week, I’ve had an opportunity to help write a press release on the issue for the Republican Liberty Caucus, and made it the subject of my latest Poolside Chat video (see below). In the process I spent a lot […]

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We Need More Republicans Like Jack Kemp

May 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment ·

Former Congressman Jack Kemp succumbed to cancer over the weekend. He left behind a political career which seems sadly incomplete, full of potential greatness which was never quite realized. His legacy is a reminder of what the Republican Party could have become, and perhaps a suggestion of where it ought to go in the future. […]

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