"Up-to-$800" My Precious!

I have to be honest, I don't really understand this:The president’s Labor Day speech in Detroit featured an assertion that contained a number of warning signs that it might be an errant fact: “biggest middle-class tax cut in history.” [. . .] We decided to put the president’s claim to the test.We took an informal survey in our office and asked people what they thought the president’s statement meant. Everyone agreed he was claiming the biggest tax cut in terms of dollars.Imagine our surpr … [Read more...]

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Keller's shortsighted religious bigotry – UPDATED

My column at First Things today looks at Bill Keller's recent piece demanding "tougher questions" be asked about the religious views of presidential candidates -- or, at least, of Republican presidential candidates.It goes without saying, only Republican religious beliefs should be queried in Bill Keller's world:Others have ably pointed out that Keller’s own paper conveniently displayed minimal interest in the religious beliefs of the candidate Barack Obama or those of his rather fervid p … [Read more...]

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Obama's Buses Ordered Last Year. Why?

Glenn Reynolds and Ed Morrissey are writing about the completely out-of-touch optics coming forth from a White House, that -- despite the president's much vaunted, 3-day "listening" tour of the heartland -- appears to be staffed with aliens from another galaxy, who really don't understand why these earthlings aren't loving their shtick.Reynold's notes that Matt Drudge is having enormous fun with these spaceman optics, where text and visuals make the messages clear to all but the … [Read more...]

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Obama Complains a Lot

I've always said his instincts were more inclined toward ruling than leading. This is not the first time he's suggested that a dictatorship might be preferable to a presidency.But for a guy who campaigned for the job, he sure does complain a lot:"I'm sympathetic to your view that this would be easier if I could do this entirely on my own. It would mean all these conversations I've had over the last three weeks, I could have been spending time with Malia and Sasha instead," President Obama … [Read more...]

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