Entries Tagged as 'Republicans'

GOP Zombies vs. Dem Vampires

December 9th, 2011 at 12:00 am 32 Comments

A statistical study indicates that our pop culture churns out more vampire-related entertainment under Democratic administrations and more zombie stories under Republicans. The implication of the research is that those icons act as archetypes for each party.

Naturally, shop as a Republican I’m suspicious of “scientists” and the conclusions they draw from their so-called “research.” To determine whether these horror themes make sense as symbols of our political parties I think we should, cheap as always, ailment rely on a test of the gut level truthiness of those assumptions.

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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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Republicans Are For Clean Air, Too

October 20th, 2011 at 5:30 pm 36 Comments

Many Republican officeholders and would-be officeholders are telegraphing to voters an either-or message: They can have more jobs or they can have cleaner air. But they can’t have both.

Rhetoric about closing down EPA and removing bureaucrats’ boots off industry’s throat, however, is more about drawing distinctions between Republicans and Democrats rather than taking reasoned positions that draw from empirical evidence.

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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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Boehner Can’t Control his Caucus

September 22nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm 55 Comments

At some point, Speaker John Boehner was going to have to show the most conservative members of his caucus that he would get work done in the House without them.

Yesterday revealed that day has not yet come. The ramifications of the failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY12 in the House will be far-reaching. It’s true that Democrats took advantage of the Tea Party defections from the GOP leadership and aided in killing the CR. But this was the second embarrassment on a critical vote for the House Republican leadership this year.

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Unemployed for a Year. Who Speaks for Me?

August 22nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm 57 Comments

I received The Call exactly a year ago at 11:30 a.m. EDT. That was a bit early. For almost nine years I had worked from my home in Charlotte, NC for a small company in California, so calls from the office before noon my time were not frequent. When I heard that my boss, his boss and the HR director were on the phone, I did not need to hear another word from them to know that my life was about to change.

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What Has Perry Done for Hispanics Lately?

August 17th, 2011 at 12:56 pm 59 Comments

As Governor Rick Perry begins his presidential campaign, Hispanic voters open to the idea of voting Republican are wondering which Rick Perry will show up.

In Texas, Hispanic voters concerned about immigration issues and undocumented immigrants have witnessed two Perrys: the good Perry who signed the Texas DREAM Act, and the bad Perry who aggressively pursued sanctuary cities legislation.

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Too Soon Old, Too Late Wise

David Frum August 1st, 2011 at 12:16 am 32 Comments

I wish my defense hawk friends at the American Enterprise Institute and the Weekly Standard had discerned before it was too late that a budget framework that calls for: (1) no additional revenues and (2) big cuts in discretionary spending, is not a hospitable climate for a robust defense budget.

The cut-taxes-forever faction of the Republican party knew what it wanted – and got it.

The live-to-fight-another-day Obama administration mostly lost this round, but at least put some points on the board.

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Boehner’s New Plan – Even Deader

July 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm 75 Comments

A few thoughts on the implications of Boehner adding a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to his debt-ceiling bill (which would now require that Congress pass a BBA before a second debt-ceiling increase could take place early in 2012):

Adding the BBA makes the bill very likely to pass the House. This addition appeases Tea Partiers, who had denied Boehner the majority he needs to pass it.

The Boehner bill as it stood on Thursday night might not have been able to pass the Senate; the Boehner bill of today definitely can’t. The very thing that makes the bill likely to pass the House – its Tea Party pedigree – will kill it in the Senate.

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Boehner is in Danger of Losing Caucus Control

July 27th, 2011 at 9:54 am 16 Comments

Reports from the Hill indicate that House Speaker John Boehner and his staff are “re-writing” the Speaker’s plan to pass an extension of the looming debt ceiling.  That announcement, coupled with the serious objections of many in the House GOP caucus when the plan was first announced, reveals that the Speaker is in danger of losing control of his own caucus.

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