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Month: September 2011

September 27, 2011
Reading the Tea Leaves in South Carolina

For conservatives in general and Tea Partiers in particular, South Carolina is often looked to as a model and a harbinger. 150 years later, the birthplace of secession was hailed as a forerunner of the Tea Party movement. Governor Nikki Haley, Rep. Joe Wilson and Senator Jim Demint (who hosted a GOP presidential forum on […]

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September 26, 2011
Jewish Voters and the Palin Effect

Judging from the recent media coverage, it's springtime for the Republican Party and Jewish voters. Driven by the special election results in New York's ultra-orthodox 9th district and President Obama's refusal to follow the Republican lead in toeing the Likud Party line, conservatives have tried to drive home that point by explaining "why Obama is […]

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September 25, 2011
Romney Deploys Wife to Solve Authenticity Problem

When you're worth $250 million, it's awfully tough - especially during a prolonged economic crisis - to present yourself as a down-to-earth, man of the people. But if you're Mitt Romney, the challenge is even more daunting. After all, four years ago the son of an auto magnate turned job-cutting venture capitalist spent $45 million […]

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September 23, 2011
Hating Americans

Liberals, the tired conservative slander states, hate America. That, of course, is nonsense. Liberals simply want to deliver on the national promise of a more perfect union, to shorten the distance, as Bruce Springsteen aptly put it, "between American ideals and American reality." But if the past three Republican presidential debates are any indicator, it […]

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September 22, 2011
10 Missing Questions from the Fox News GOP Debate

Two days before the critical Republican Florida straw poll on Saturday, the 2012 GOP White House hopefuls will square off tonight in the Fox News debate in Orlando. With frontrunner Rick Perry under fire from all sides as his negative ratings rise, interest is surging among conservative voters. But while Fox News viewers have already […]

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September 21, 2011
Perry, Israel and the GOP's Faith-Based Foreign Policy

Americans are increasingly aware that most of the 2012 Republican White House hopefuls claim God called them to seek the presidency. But only now are voters learning from the GOP field that He has apparently issued a "directive" for the United States to be a dutiful appendage of the Likud Party in Israel. So as […]

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September 20, 2011
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before

The Republican response to the President's proposal was fast, furious - and predictable. The modest increases in tax rates for upper-income Americans, the GOP's best and brightest announced, was "class warfare" and a "job-killing tax hike" which "will not give you deficit reduction." As it turns out, the year was 1993, not 2011. At issue […]

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September 19, 2011
Republicans Rush to Defend Winners of the Class War

Unveiling his $3 trillion debt reduction package Monday, President Obama declared, "This is not class warfare. It's math." But for Republican born-again deficit hawks committed to perpetuating the lowest tax burden in 60 years and the highest income inequality in 80, the accusation is that Obama is threatening to restart a class war their side […]

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September 17, 2011
Republicans Call for Gutting Social Security, Adding Trillions to Debt

Over the past few weeks, the political chattering classes have been abuzz over 2012 GOP frontrunner Rick Perry's claim that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme." (It isn't.) But largely overlooked in the parsing and the polls is the ocean of red ink the various Republican Social Security privatization schemes would inevitably produce. More than […]

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September 16, 2011
Boehner Peddles Republican Job Creators Myth

On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner peppered his address to the Economic Club of Washington with a dozen mentions of America's so-called "job creators." But in claiming that high taxes and unnecessary regulations have "pummeled" his supposed job producers, Boehner willingly misrepresented the source of and solutions to the nation's economic problems. After all, recent […]

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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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