Entries from August 2011

Huntsman’s Great (Pre-Recession) Jobs Record

August 31st, 2011 at 2:23 pm 15 Comments

Jon Huntsman has unveiled his jobs plan and it is accompanied by an impressive web video touting Huntsman’s success in job creation. The video argues that Huntsman not only has a good jobs plan, but that his record as governor is also worth running on. The video says that Utah is the “#1 State in Job Creation”.

But wait! I thought it was Rick Perry who had the best job creation talking point? What happened to the idea that the place to find job creation was in Rick Perry’s “Texas Miracle”?

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Justice Now for the Lockerbie Bomber

August 31st, 2011 at 1:59 pm 27 Comments

It’s not necessary to have a conspiratorial mind, order to be suspicious or cynical about Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, still being alive–albeit not thriving–in Libya.

The guy was supposed to be dead within three months of being released to Libya and Moammar Qaddafi in 2009 from a life sentence in Scotland on curious compassionate grounds.

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Reg Reform, Meh.

August 31st, 2011 at 12:00 pm 19 Comments

Eric Cantor has announced that regulatory reform of the Clean Air Act and labor laws will top the GOP agenda when Congress resumes its work. As far as these proposals go, sovaldi sale baring the National Labor Relations Board from restricting where employers can locate (a key component of economic freedom), order and delaying potentially burdensome Clean Air Act regulations (something the economy probably can’t afford right now) are worthy enough.

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Rick Perry’s Land Deals: Why They Matter

David Frum August 31st, 2011 at 12:45 am 32 Comments

Jim Geraghty replies to our blogposts on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s uncannily successful land dealings:

Last year the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Texas, Bill White, tried to make an issue of it, and Texans largely yawned. Some of these deals go back to Perry’s time as Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the early 1990s. Fascinatingly, through six statewide general election races in addition to some brutal primary fights (even by Texas standards), none of Perry’s rivals have managed to get the accusations to stick or persuaded voters that anything corrupt occurred. Throughout the 1990s, the Texas Attorney General was Dan Morales, a Democrat, who would seemingly have no partisan reluctance about investigating a bribery accusation of a Republican state officeholder.

Perhaps it is voter cynicism. Perhaps the cacophony of negative attacks in Texas politics makes voters tune out or discount all charges.  Or perhaps, as Perry claims, he “did everything open and honest, at arm’s length” and there’s not enough there to justify charges, or even implicit suggestions, of corruption.

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Perry’s Land Deals: He Discloses, You Decide

August 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm 17 Comments

What does the law say about Gov. Perry’s land transactions? Simple: they are clearly legal.

As long as the profits from the sales were not contingent on Perry doing a specific favor for whomever he sold the land to, Perry has nothing to fear from the law.

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Tea Party to O’Donnell: You’re Done

August 30th, 2011 at 7:21 pm 57 Comments

Fame is fleeting. The hero who is toasted and cheered by the crowd today is met with apathy tomorrow. The world moves on. Christine O’Donnell, the thrice-failed Tea Party Senate candidate from Delaware, is a living, breathing, case study in what ails our civilization.

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Intern for FrumForum!

August 30th, 2011 at 1:59 pm 2 Comments

FrumForum is looking for an intern to work in our Washington DC office.

The intern will primarily assist the managing editor with copy-editing content and soliciting contributors for stories. The position will also give opportunities to write blog posts, case report on events, medicine and work on other projects as they arise.

Experience with editing is required. A full time commitment on weekdays is preferred.

Monetary compensation will be provided.

Please email a resume and cover letter to editor [at] frumforum.com with the subject line INTERN.

Debunking the Payroll Tax Cut Idea?

David Frum August 30th, 2011 at 9:21 am 38 Comments

Over the past 2 years, I’ve banged the drum for a payroll tax cut as a way to put more money into workers’ hands quickly and efficiently, arguing against most other forms of fiscal stimulus as too slow and unwieldy. Bruce Bartlett states the counter-case today in the New York Times:

First, the tax cut only helps those with jobs. While many have low wages and undoubtedly are spending all their additional cash flow, those with the greatest need and most likely to spend any additional income are the unemployed.

Second, the payroll tax cut helps many workers who have no need for it and will only pocket the tax savings.

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Christie’s Good Fight

August 30th, 2011 at 12:56 am 51 Comments

As a Democrat – and a fairly liberal one by the standards of where I live – it isn’t that often that someone on the right really knocks my socks off. Let alone a Republican!

Yet that is exactly what happened on August 25th. From the comfort of my own living room I watched Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey patiently but firmly set a hysterical critic straight at a town hall meeting. The exchange can be seen on YouTube.

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What Happened to the Competence Primary?

David Frum August 29th, 2011 at 4:25 pm 53 Comments

Jonathan Last argues that Mitt Romney has not been a very effective candidate over his 17 years of office-seeking:

[I] in the 2008 cycle he went 3-16  [win/lose]. Combine that with the rest of his runs and you get a 17-year career average of 5-18.

Fair shot.

Rick Perry certainly has better bragging rights, as the longest-serving governor of Texas. Some might wonder whether what worked for Perry in Texas will work for him nationwide. But let’s leave those qualms to the side for the moment and focus on a more fundamental question.

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