Entries Tagged as 'Obama'

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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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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Getting to No

David Frum October 7th, 2011 at 8:49 am 180 Comments

Watching the President’s press conference yesterday was again desperately dispiriting. The President’s supporters say he is “framing” a choice for the country: my way or their way. To support that frame, however, the President needs Republicans to say “NO” to his jobs proposals. The surest way to gain that “NO” is to barb job proposals in ways predictably unacceptable to Republicans.

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Hips Don’t Qualify

October 7th, 2011 at 12:00 am 30 Comments

Things are sure to get spicier at the White House as pop-starlet Shakira is set to join the ranks of thePresident’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Jokes aside, how dismal does the state of the U.S government and its department of Education have to be, in order for it to nominate a hip-shaking pop-star to advice the president in a field so fundamentally important as Latino education?

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How to Fix Obamacare

David Frum October 5th, 2011 at 1:00 pm 108 Comments

In my column for The Week, online I discuss ways in which the Affordable Care Act could be streamlined into a workable solution for health care reform:

If the election were held today, for sale President Obama would probably lose. The Republicans would very likely score gains in the Senate, see but probably lose seats in the House – maybe even lose their majority altogether.

In such a case, after January 2013, the US would have a president committed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka, “Obamacare”) – but lacking the votes to carry out his pledge.

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