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Eliminate the Corporate Tax
  10 Apr 2013     12:02 am

We received another disappointing jobs report Friday, which now continues an annual pattern of ‘jobs report’ disappointments in the beginning of Spring. Some will blame the sequester, some will blame the tax increases, and some still will find a way to blame George Bush. It is obvious, however, that four years into our “recovery” a different idea than government spending is needed to create jobs, and get the kind of growth in our economy that we used to get after recessions. This is why the best jobs program would be …

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Where is the Press on the Cost of Obamacare?
  1 Apr 2013     10:28 am

The House Republicans recently came out with a budget that repeals Obamacare. There have been numerous interviews with budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) about the budget he has presented. All of the reporting seems to be focused on the political angles, or the practicality of the proposal. Asking about who this will help politically or how this would ever happen while the President is in office must be more interesting. Ryan has stated that the elimination of Obamacare, and the tax increases that were to pay for it, will …

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What Cyprus Portends for America
  26 Mar 2013     12:02 am

Cyprus is a small island country in the Mediterranean. Their government did something last week that should be a wakeup call to all citizens of debtor nations. In order to continue to receive support in the form of loans from the European Union, they agreed to tax 10% of all bank deposits. They later withdrew this idea after public outcry, and it is not clear what their ultimate solution will be. The reason it is important is that it shows what governments will do when they are desperate. When the …

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An Unbalanced President
  21 Mar 2013     12:02 am

President Obama has probably repeated the phrase “balanced approach” when talking about budget and deficit solutions, over 100 times at this point. If you just listen to him saying that phrase over and over, you probably think that he is interested in raising some taxes, as well as cutting spending to solve our country’s debt problem. Perhaps he should play the tape back to himself, so that he can be convinced that the country needs a balanced approach to the problem that we find ourselves in. Fresh off getting a …

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NYC Nanny
  12 Mar 2013     12:02 am

This is not the latest Lifetime TV reality show, but the state of affairs in the nation’s largest city. The past few years New York City has taken some pretty big “Nanny State” steps. They have eliminated smoking indoors and at outdoor stadiums, stopped the use of Trans fat, reduced salt in cooking, and most recently cracked down on the dreaded “Big Gulp”. In all of the reporting about these steps, you would think there would be more analysis as to why. There are those who think this is just …

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The President Can’t Govern
  5 Mar 2013     12:01 am

The President’s history of negotiations with Republicans has led to the remarkable feet of making Washington DC even more dysfunctional. The President has behaved as if the country is split roughly 80-20 in his favor. Through his negotiations and public pronouncements he has exploited every opportunity where he has had even the slightest advantage. This has led to the Republicans slowly but surely coming to the conclusion that they can’t trust him and almost can’t work with him. This is the man we have just elected for 4 more years.
Politics …

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Name that Tax Increase
  26 Feb 2013     12:02 am

The weather channel made a unilateral decision this season to start naming winter storms.  The large snowstorms called Nemo and Plato are recent examples of this.  Their argument is that this is a better way to communicate about an upcoming storm and track the destruction, such as has been used for hurricanes for decades.  Some may think that this is silly and unnecessary.  If this helps communicate the impending doom and devastation of a Hurricane or Winter Storm then what is the harm?
We can take a lesson from this rather …

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State of the Union, Why Don’t They Ask?
  19 Feb 2013     12:01 am

The President laid out his agenda in the State of the Union Address, and it was filled with initiatives and statements similar to what he has said before.  It gives the media the opportunity to ask questions that they have neglected in the past.  Statements that were presented as facts also need clarification.  Up until now, the President and the White House press secretary have escaped answering important questions.  We should continue to wonder why the following clarifications and challenging questions are not asked.
Mr. President:  In your speech you spoke …

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Gun Solutions not Gun Control
  20 Jan 2013     12:01 am

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, there is a desire to do something to try to prevent similar types of incidents from occurring again.  The liberals understand this, and have run with it.  They have run in the direction that feels good, but has no proof of effectiveness.  Conservatives have the solution that has been proven everywhere it has been tried, yet are silent on this issue.  Rather than Republicans answering questions about bad Democratic ideas, the President should be answering questions about Republican legislative proposals.  Where is …

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Shut it Down
  10 Jan 2013     12:01 am

The Republicans need a new strategy for their upcoming negotiations with President Obama.  The last round, they had a distinct disadvantage where doing nothing would have led to a terrible consequence, namely everyone’s taxes going up.  With these negotiations behind us, we no longer have the sun setting on good policy, which requires action for it to continue.  We now have 3 events that are coming in the first quarter of 2013 which will allow for more reasonable negotiations.  The “sequester” (automatic cuts in defense and other departments), the “debt …

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