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The continuing failure of Obamanomics

Lance McMillian's picture

One of the first lessons of political spin is, whenever possible, to release damaging information on a late Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend. The theory: no one is paying attention anyway.

Applying this lesson well, the White House quietly published a report before the July 4th weekend by the White House Council of Economic Advisors — a group of three economists chosen by President Obama — that laid out the dismal effect of the stimulus on job creation: $666 billion spent to create only 2.4 million jobs, for an astronomical total of $278,000 per job. Read More»

A fling with the welfare state

Noemie Emery's picture

[EDITOR’s NOTE: This copyrighted article first appeared in the July 25, 2011, issue of The Weekly Standard.]

From the best of intentions to bankruptcy, recriminations

The intentions of Democrats are only the best. They want all of the old to have lavish retirements, all of the young to have scholarships, verse-penning cowboys to have festivals funded by government, and everyone to have access to all the best health care, at no cost to himself. Read More»

Reading the obits

Ronda Rich's picture

Oh, the ironies of life.

My godmother and I were going somewhere one day when she said, “Did you read the obituaries this morning?”

“Yes, I did.” I read two newspapers every morning and check the obituaries for national and local deaths.

“Who is being buried at Mount Vernon?” she asked, referring to a local church cemetery. Read More»

On being little

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Height is one of those givens most of us live by. All hail, consistency! At some point around puberty we stop growing and start filling out applications with the same numerals as ever. You don’t have to look it up.

Right there among some other knowns, it’s written on the wall of our skulls.

Our height.

But, eye color? Blue.

Hair? Brown (maybe).

Height? Five feet, 6 1/2 inches.

Weight? 124 pounds (unless you live in Europe, where your weight is logged in stones.) Read More»

A random series of events

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Some believe there is no such thing as a random event, that all things happen for a reason. Others believe we’re just down here lumbering along with no more control over what happens to us than we have control over the wind. What do I believe? Read More»

Losing the 'Space Race'

David Epps's picture

A few years ago, our church men’s softball team won the league title and went 9-0 on the season. The schedule actually called for a 10-game season, but the toughest team in the league had a mission trip planned, and we mutually called off that game at their request. They finished 8-1. Two other teams failed to field a full team on the night of our games with them and so they forfeited.

It is entirely possible that, had the three teams showed up to play, we could have lost one or all three games and the title might have gone to another team. When you fail to play, someone else wins. Read More»

A teaching moment from a scam report

Claude Paquin's picture

What are we to make of a recent report in The Citizen that a 78-year-old woman had been scammed out of $4,000? It seems she was approached at the Fayette Pavilion by two women who, under pretense of obtaining reimbursement for an alleged flat tire repair to her car, drove her to the bank where she withdrew the cash and handed it to them.

A lot of people would simply buy this story, and of course think this is awful. Read More»

ObamaCare and the Constitution

Lance McMillian's picture

The Framers of the Constitution created a federal government of limited, enumerated powers. In the words of James Madison, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Throughout the country, federal courts are presently considering whether this original design has any remaining viability. The question before these courts asks: Is Obamacare constitutional? Read More»

Fixing present, ensuring future

Cal Thomas's picture

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.

But don’t vote for just any Republican, rather vote for conservatives who believe the foundational principles of America still work and can rescue us from default, placing the country back on a track that leads to prosperity and greater liberty. Read More»

Solutions for the ‘tax gap’

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson's picture

In 2010, there was a “tax gap” — i.e., the difference between federal taxes owed and those actually paid — of $410–$500 billion.

Some of the gap stems from the complexity of the tax code. Much of it, though, is deliberate: self-employed individuals working for cash, table-servers under-reporting tips, taxpayers claiming unauthorized credits and deductions. Read More»