Obama and Taxes

Patrick Poole reminds us that Democrats often promise middle class tax cuts; the last one who delivered was JFK. He also observes that Obama’s spending plans can’t possibly be financed by increasing taxes only on the rich. Obama has produced at least three tax plans during this election campaign. The first two proposed increasing taxes very broadly. The last proposes increasing them for couples earning … Continue reading Obama and Taxes

How important is this election?

Peggy Noonan wonders: Do you ever have the passing thought that the presidential election doesn’t matter as much as we think? Whoever wins will govern within more of less the same limits, both domestically and internationally. A New York liberal leaning toward Mr. McCain told me this week he has no fear that Mr. McCain may be a more militant figure than Mr. Obama. We … Continue reading How important is this election?

Limbaugh Speaks…

But I repeat myself. Rush points out the depth of Obama’s deception in plucking quotations out of context. The malignant aspect of this is that Mr. Obama and his advisers know exactly what they are doing. They had to listen to both monologues or read the transcripts. They then had to pick the particular excerpts they used in order to create a commercial of distortions. … Continue reading Limbaugh Speaks…

Two Americas

Tom Blumer points out that red states and blue states are faring quite differently. Red states continue to experience healthy economic growth, while blue states are in recession. This may be why Democrats believe the economy to be in much worse shape than Republicans do—and than the facts justify. Things are bad in New England, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and California. But they’re just fine … Continue reading Two Americas

The Candidate of the Gaps

Gerard Baker writes about the gap between what Obama says and what he’s actually done. He claims to represent a new form of politics that transcends traditional divides, but he’s never actually deviated from the party line. The essential problem coming to light is a profound disconnect between the Barack Obama of the candidate’s speeches, and the Barack Obama who has actually been in politics … Continue reading The Candidate of the Gaps

The Virtue of Simplicity

As the Obama campaign sputters, we’re bound to hear more ‘uh’s and ‘um’s, which Democratic apologists will try to pass off as deep, nuanced thought. It’s good to be reminded, then, that “nuance” is often a cover for confusion and moral cowardice. For Truman and Reagan the key ingredient to successful statecraft was simplicity. “I say there are simple answers to many of our problems–simple … Continue reading The Virtue of Simplicity