Entries Tagged as 'Obama'

How I’d Revive the Middle Class

David Frum December 12th, 2011 at 3:43 pm 52 Comments

“Easy for Me to Say” is a FrumForum feature series in which David Frum answers reader questions about political issues. Readers are invited to pose questions that take the form of: “OK – so what would you do instead of this or that politician you’ve criticized?”

Questions should be e-mailed to editor [at] frumforum.com with “Easy for Me to Say” in the subject line.

In my column for CNN, I discuss economic policies that can help the American middle class, in response to question about my column in The Week on the President’s Kansas speech:

Realistically, the president’s Kansas speech translates into a formula of higher taxes on the rich to pay for more spending on favored Democratic public-sector constituencies. But what about the much larger private-sector middle class? Does the president have anything to offer those people — aside from the promise of a bigger government that might hire somewhat more people to enjoy the superior retirement packages offered to government workers?

Short answer: No.

What would a serious plan to improve middle-class incomes and opportunities look like?

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Maybe Obama Doesn’t Need the Middle Class

December 9th, 2011 at 12:00 am 34 Comments

I have not commented on the recent Tom Edsall piece on the Democrats abandoning the white working class but Michael Barone does so here. An interesting nugget in that article is that Obama won a greater share of the vote than all but three Democratic Presidents but:

[H]e did it without capturing the vast middle of the electorate. He won with a top-and-bottom coalition, capsule carrying voters with incomes over $200,000 and under $50,000 and losing those in between. He carried voters with graduate school degrees and those with no high school diplomas and ran only even with the others.

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He Went to Kansas to Say That?

David Frum December 7th, 2011 at 4:11 pm 60 Comments

In my column for The Week, I discuss how Obama’s speech on income inequality fell short:

The Kansas speech was composed of two main parts: a critique of the performance of the U.S. economy over the past generation, and a program for “rebalancing” in the years ahead.

The trouble is that the more convincing you find the critique, the less convincing you will find the proposed solution.

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Obama Can’t Bring Back the 1900′s.

December 7th, 2011 at 1:25 pm 35 Comments

Walter Russell Meade captures something about the current moment that can be overlooked to easily. Ron Paul and Barack Obama are forces for Americas that don’t and can’t exist anymore. The America where 90% of the people farm is not coming back.

But less acknowledged is that the post-war America that dominated manufacturing, doctor could spend on social programs and where most people trusted the Government and large institutions to solve problems, and had many more young people than old, is not coming back either.

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Government Gives Up on Basic Tasks

December 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am 39 Comments

All you really need to know about the state of Washington, D.C. are three facts:

A–a majority of Republicans in the Senate defeated a bill to extend the payroll tax holiday that was introduced by their own Senate Minority Leader last week;

B–President Obama has decided that the only real legislative item he wants passed is that very payroll tax holiday–not deficit reduction, not extension of unemployment benefits, not ending the expansion of the Alternative Minimum Tax into the middle class, not preventing a 27 per cent overnight reduction in payments to Medicare providers;

C–Congressional Democrats and Republicans, as well as the White House, still have not approved the basic appropriations bills necessary tokeep the government operating.

To extend what should be extended will cost about $200 billion plus. The President doesn’t want to run the risk as a big taxer, so he is watching as Congress wrangles, something that has been thematic about this President–talk and watch.

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SCOTUS Could Force Obama’s Hand on Jerusalem

David Frum November 5th, 2011 at 8:27 am 38 Comments

In my column for the National Post, I discuss how a Supreme Court case might force the White House to explain its policy towards Jerusalem:

Two can play at this game. Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have abandoned negotiations with Israel. They are seeking UN recognition of Palestinian statehood: statehood without peace. Already they have gained one victory: acceptance as a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Yet this victory may be their last.

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What Happens in Iraq When America Leaves?

October 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am 41 Comments

I have praised President Obama’s willingness to kill our enemies but his refusal to support our friends may be the undoing of the Middle East. I have spent a few days reading articles and cogitating on the announcement that we are leaving Iraq at the end of the year.

There are a few strains of thought on this. One is that it is a diplomatic failure that is a mark of losing the peace. Another is to wait and see. Of course Democrats and Paulites are thrilled.

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I Come Not to Bury Obama But to Praise Him

October 22nd, 2011 at 5:00 pm 98 Comments

“Vene, recipe Vidi, Mori”  Forgive the mangled Latin in both tense and person. Hilary Clinton’s delighted expression yesterday that “We came, We saw, He died,” echoing Caesar, delighted me. It is time for conservatives and Republicans to follow Pete Wehner at Commentary and begin praising Nobel Peace Prize recipient Barack Hussein Obama for his willingness to kill this country’s enemies wherever he finds them without asking permission.

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Good Riddance for Gaddafi

October 20th, 2011 at 12:31 pm 230 Comments

The most noteworthy aspect of the rebellion in Libya and today’s death of Muammar Gaddafi is that it took so long.

When the rebellion started last February — catching the world by surprise, since it was spontaneous and without advance planning — it was initially expected to be quick and decisive.

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‘Democracy Denied’ is the Guide to Fighting Over-Regulation

October 13th, 2011 at 12:50 am 63 Comments

Phil Kerpen’s Democracy Denied ($24.95 in hardcopy; $9.99 for Kindle) Is a none-too-long book that, if widely read (which it deserves to be) would provide something that’s absent from today’s politics: a coherent and useful agenda for the Tea Party and its fellow travelers. Kerpen’s manifesto-like book, more than anything else, aims to focus the Tea Party on the excesses of government regulation.

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