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8 Steps to Revive the Right

  8. Play Offense: If the Right wants to win, it must play offense rather than defense. Romantic notions of idyllic times when politicians debated erudite issues instead of “playing politics” are both naïve and uninformed. The Federalists defeated Thomas Jefferson in the presidential election of 1796 in part by casting him as an anti-Christian atheist, and warning that his ...

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Ryan budget is “a joke and a betrayal!”

That’s what former Reagan Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director David Stockman called Paul Ryan’s budget agreement with Senate Democrat Patty Murray. The fiscally irascible Stockman should not be the only one unnerved by Ryan’s duplicity. The fait accompli debt deal eliminates sequestration driven defense cuts, lifts spending caps, and promises to make up for it somewhere down the road? The ...

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Stop calling me a Conservative!

  If you are a Tea Partier like me, you probably think of yourself as a conservative, but you’re not. Even though you believe in the constitution, the rule of law, private property, and America’s foundational English-speaking Western-Christian culture, you are not a conservative. And if you believe in the United States as a singular nation based on these principles, ...

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Syria debate reveals gap between Americans and Washington

Syrian debate reveals gap between Americans and Washington                 The heads of both major parties in Washington want intervention in Syria, but the American people absolutely do not. By wide margins Americans stridently oppose yet another US led foray into yet another Mid East quagmire. Unfortunately, that appears to be of little concern ...

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Who cares about white America?

            Tough economic times have brought many issues to the fore in America but one that is noticeably absent from public discourse is white poverty. Racial tension, gun violence, income inequality, immigration, and public debt justifiably command lots of media attention. However, growing poverty and social dislocation among working class whites in rural and suburban ...

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Detroit’s Failed Paradigms are America’s

          After arduous negotiations with Detroit’s creditors and pension beneficiaries failed to produce a resolution, city officials finally threw in the towel and filed for bankruptcy last week. Detroit’s disintegration exposes the basic failure of what have become modern America’s failed paradigms: too much debt, too much entitlement, and hindered economic growth. Detroit is in ruins. ...

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The Failure of Mass Immigration

Mexican flag displayed at immigration protest

                      Among the many divisive issues consuming policymakers this summer, immigration is now center stage. This past week the Senate passed a bill proposing a “pathway to citizenship” for some 11 to 15 million illegal immigrants living in the US. Arguments for and against legalization are mainly centered on economics. ...

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Is the Fed game up?

For a very long time, rebooting the US economy has been left to a handful of central bankers at the Fed. After the swift and undemocratic action by the Bush and Obama administrations to cope with the financial crisis, Washington ceased to be a major player in the economy.  Short of dropping real dollars out of helicopters the Fed followed ...

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Is It Time for a New Conservative Party?

In the halls of the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor just outside of Washington DC, the scene of CPAC 2013, confusion was palpable. Emotions were mixed as crowds gathered to hear speeches from the Republican Party’s motley crew of aspiring leaders. Organizers frantically tinkered with the schedule, changing times and moving speakers to accommodate competing agendas, messages, and events. ...

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Closing in on the tipping point

The tipping point

The fiscal cliff fiasco proved once again that America is unwilling to wean itself off of the gravy train. It also proved that the election this past fall did not alter in any meaningful way Washington’s trajectory toward disaster. The once meager ranks of fiscal doomsayers inside and outside the beltway are recruiting new members with each “averted” crisis. The ...

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A Rocky Road ahead after Election

2012 may be a year of decision for voters, but 2013 will be a year of crisis for lawmakers. Looking at the immediate future, Washington confronts several challenges converging on it simultaneously. The most obvious challenge is the “fiscal cliff,” an event triggered by Washington’s rapidly exploding debt burden. In the last hours of campaigning, how to discharge the national ...

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How Romney can build on his debate victory

For many of us, Wednesday night was the beginning of the presidential election. For the first time Mitt Romney emerged as a legitimate contender, successfully challenging Obama’s policies, leadership, and dictating rather than reacting to the President’s political chicanery. In a stunning reversal of the last several weeks, Romney finally exuded confidence and commanded the stage while President Obama dithered, ...

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Why Gun Rights Matter

A series of violent shootings have dominated the headlines this summer. Tragically, another shooting occurred this week in Old Bridge, New Jersey when a disgruntled employee killed two of his coworkers in a Pathmark supermarket, where he worked. Wearing camouflage and armed with a pistol and an AK47, the ex-marine entered the supermarket after-hours, firing on the entire store before ...

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No More Mr. Nice Mitt

Mitt Romney has been around politics all of his life. His father, George Romney, was governor of Michigan and ran for president in 1968. His mother, Lenore, also ran for office, losing a tough Senate race against incumbent Senator Phil Hart (D-Michigan) in 1970. According to the Times, which headlined its June issue with a story about Romney’s relationship with ...

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A Grim Global Outlook

The situation in the Eurozone is fluid to put it mildly. Spain continues to struggle financially as its banks hover over the abyss of insolvency, ominously watching their short term (6 month government bonds) borrowing costs triple Tuesday.

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