Quantitative Easing, Explained

Choose your poison.<centerWhy do I feel like at some point, this government is going to show up--covered with feathers--claiming, "as God is my witness, I thought turkey's could fly!"It's the 70's all over, again, only this time is the tragedy, the first time was the farce. … [Read more...]

No Crying in Politics

My Tuesday Column is up over at the home page. Call it my last bilious burp for election '10. It occured to me that, unlike the last defeat the Democrats suffered, in 2004, this time they have not had to process their disappointment through internet apology sites and group therapy sessions, and I wondered why:Obviously, making international apologies is more glamorous than making domestic amends, but if GOP victories are the unmitigated catastrophes the Democrats and the press would have us … [Read more...]

Glenn Reynolds, Rah! – UPDATED

Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has the read of the weekend or perhaps the whole week, in the Washington Examiner:With the election over, Republicans are arguing about whether they should address Democrats via compromise, or confrontation. Both have their places, but I have a different suggestion.Clarity.With the deficit and the debt ballooning, with the economy remaining in the tank, and with tough choices on the horizon, what Americans need more than anything is clarity about what those … [Read more...]

Will Lame Ducks Turn?

Back in September, I wrote:. . .what makes Reid and Pelosi so certain that the returning lame ducks will be so eager to line up? What if they come back to Congress and the Senate and say to themselves:“. . . you know what, I never believed in any of this; I did what I was told because Pelosi strongarmed me and I was afraid of her; I did it because Reid promised me the moon. Now, I got nothing. It’s over for me, and they still want me to just fall-in-line and vote for this garbage they’re … [Read more...]

Great Unwashed Hillbillies…

These great unwashed hillbillies, they're pretty slick with teh sarcasm...President Obama explained us to us as follows:And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does [sic] not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared. And the country is scared, and they [sic] have good reason to be.(Just my unwashed observation: We have a president who knows what our … [Read more...]

"Bush tax cuts created deficit" Not.

I'm tired of hearing the Democrats and my hate-mailers stupidly try to pin our historic deficit spending on the "evil, immoral" Bush tax cuts, so let's just put this narrative down for good, shall we?NY TIMES, JULY 9, 2006: Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing DeficitAn unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of … [Read more...]

Whore is as Whore Does; NOW is over

A week ago, Ed Morrissey looked at NOW's endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown--whose campaign assistant had just been caught referring to his (female) rival as "a whore"--and asked "Seriously, what does it take for a Democrat to lose the endorsement of the National Organization from Women?"The answer, of course, is "turn pro-life."Anything short of that, and it really doesn't matter what misogynist, insulting or dehumanizing thing a Democrat does, NOW will support … [Read more...]

No Coke, Pepsi!

Every once in a while, a writer reads a line and then sits back and shakes her head in jealous admiration, saying, "boy, I wish I'd written that!"James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal looks at the left's confused obsession with "branding" and the NY Times' stubborn insistence on spinning elite condescension and ruinous policies as a failure of the governed to be smart enough to understand how great things are, and writes:If the Coca-Cola Co. had been as stubborn in defense of New Coke, … [Read more...]

Wondering about Ameridolotry, Krugman, Absorption…

My plan to work, work, work, today is being interrupted by a family situation that needs attending-to (nothing awful, but important, nonetheless) so here's some interesting stuff I meant to respond to or comment on. Now, you'll have to do it! :-)I've wondered several times over the past five years whether some Americans are allowing their ideologies to become their idols. I've never quite had the answer, but thought it was an important question, nonetheless. Today Mr. Dalrymple asks the … [Read more...]

The Deficit Graph

This will go viral todayAs I wrote in 2007, when I was arguing for the impeachment of George W. Bush: even the NY Times admitted in 2006 that tax receipts were at record highs and were lowering the deficit.That’s what happens when everyone is working because businesses aren’t being taxed to death, or because they simply are too uncertain about the future to hire folks. … [Read more...]