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, 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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Open Up Canada’s Oil Lifeline

August 31st, 2011 at 1:19 pm 51 Comments

I was on Fox Business last night discussing TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline was proposed in 2008 as a 1,600 mile extension to an existing network. Its would tap into oil currently being extracted from Alberta’s controversial tar sands and ship it south to a storage facility at Cushing, Oklahoma and again to the Gulf Coast for distribution.

Because it enters the US from a foreign country, in order for the project to proceed, the White House must first approve its construction. As such the State Department must deem it to be in the national interest. A cursory Environmental Impact Statement has met the State Department’s satisfaction so a potentially favorable ruling for TransCanada could be imminent.

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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, baring the National Labor Relations Board from restricting where employers can locate (a key component of economic freedom), and delaying potentially burdensome Clean Air Act regulations (something the economy probably can’t afford right now) are worthy enough.

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Inflation Hawks Lose Their Shirts

August 31st, 2011 at 1:12 am 87 Comments

The Financial Times has a fascinating story about how Bill Gross and John Paulson, both the managers of large financial firms (Pimco and Paulson & Co. respectively) expected the United States to enter a period of inflation, planned accordingly, and got their bets completely wrong.

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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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Colbert Is Funny, Our Disclosure Laws Are Not

August 30th, 2011 at 3:28 pm 37 Comments

As fellow members of the Colbert Nation are doubtless aware, the latest way for college kids to get their name on television is to donate cash to Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Super PAC. If you do so, your name will scroll at the bottom of the screen as one of the Super PAC’s “Heroes”.

It’s a nice way for a 19-year old GW student to get a new Facebook picture, and everybody who is giving is in on the gag. (D.B. Cooper also apparently gave.) This is all well and good.

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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, report on events, 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.