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Month: December 2009

December 22, 2009
Bipartisanship's Willing Executioners

Republicans win, even when they lose. That appears to be the conventional wisdom after the Democrats' crucial victory in the Senate health care vote this weekend. In its wake, media outlets gave credence to John McCain's assertion that thanks to President Obama, Washington is "more partisan" and "more bitterly divided than it's been." That followed […]

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December 21, 2009
God's Own Party Turns to Him to Block Health Care

The first Republican Abraham Lincoln famously proclaimed, "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side." And as Matthew 4:23-24 tells us, Jesus never refused treatment to those with preexisting conditions, instead "healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." […]

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December 19, 2009
Six Degrees of John McCain

Last week, Politico ran yet another fawning profile of John McCain, declaring him "critic-in-chief." But whether the ersatz Maverick's motivation runs the gamut from "unresolved anger to concern for his right flank as he seeks re-election to genuine dismay about Obama's agenda," McCain has been at or near the center of almost every domestic political […]

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December 18, 2009
Cokie Roberts Silent on Palin's "Exotic" Hawaiian Vacation

Back in August 2008, ABC analyst Cokie Roberts echoed the McCain campaign's talking points which painted Barack Obama as an out-of-touch elitist and a foreign sounding one at that. As the Obamas vacationed in his home state of Hawaii, Roberts complained: "I know his grandmother lives in Hawaii and I know Hawaii is a state, […]

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December 18, 2009
GOP Gives Wealthy One Year Estate Tax Windfall

For a handful of the very richest Americans, 2010 will be an excellent year to die. Thanks to Republican obstructionism on their behalf, the estate tax, which in 2009 will impact only 1 in 500 estates while generating tens of billion in revenue, will temporarily expire after December 31. Adding insult to injury, while the […]

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December 17, 2009
Alan Greenspan, Born-Again Deficit Hawk

In October 2008, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan famously admitted during testimony before Congress that he was wrong about regulation of the U.S. financial system. Asked by Henry Waxman (D-CA) if "your ideology was not right, it was not working?" a humbled Greenspan lamented: "I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of […]

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December 16, 2009
Perino Forgets Bush Called His War Rhetoric a Mistake

As she makes clear with alarming frequency, former Bush press secretary Dana Perino knows very little and seems to remember even less. In 2007, Perino admitted her ignorance of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Then three weeks ago, she swept the bloodbath of 9/11 under the rug when she proclaimed, "we did not have a terrorist […]

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December 15, 2009
Sheep, Unicorns, Kamikazes and Joe Lieberman

When Vermont Republican Senator Jim Jeffords balked at supporting President Bush's wildly irresponsible tax cuts in 2001, the retribution from the White House and its GOP allies in Congress was swift and severe. Ostracized and humiliated, Jeffords became an independent, briefly shifting control of the Senate to Democrats. Assessing that sea change, Connecticut's Joe Lieberman […]

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December 14, 2009
Tea Baggers Ignore U.S. Health Care's Daily "Die-In"

On Tuesday, frothing at the mouth Tea Party faithful will protest health care reform legislation by descending on the Senate to holding a "die-in." But while the Tea Baggers will feign dropping dead to dramatize their opposition to health care reform they wrongly believe will leading to rationing, they seem blissfully unconcerned about the thousands […]

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December 14, 2009
Grading on the Obama Curve

Right about now, college students across America must be wishing they had taken all their classes with Professor Barack Obama. After all, if the President is giving himself a B+ for his first year office, those kids would probably all be on the Dean's List. And that's a curve we can believe in. In his […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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