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Archive of posts published in the tag: Obama

Finding Their Own Obama

From David Harsinyi at The Federalist, Admit It. You Just Want Your Own Dictator: Trump’s entire case is propelled by the notion that a single (self-identified) competent, strong-willed president, without any perceptible deference to the foundational ideals of the nation, will…

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Obama’s Sand Castle

from Phil Gramm and Michael Salon at The WSJ , Cheer Up, Obama’s Legacy Can Be Erased: President Obama seems to aspire to join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as one of the three most transformative presidents of the past hundred years, and by all outward signs…

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Transforming American Rule

from Phil Gram in The Wall Street Journal,How Obama Transformed America Excerpts: American democracy has historically relied on three basic constraints: a shared commitment to the primacy of the constitutional process over any political agenda, the general necessity to achieve…

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A Legacy of Sand

from Phil Gram in The Wall Street Journal,How Obama Transformed America Excerpts: Americans have always found progressivism appealing in the abstract, but they have revolted when they saw the details. President Clinton’s very progressive agenda—to nationalize health care and use…

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Change is Not Equal to Improvement

excerpt from Victor Davis Hanson at National Review, The Failure of Change: Try a thought experiment about changes in government. Say “the ______ under Obama” and then fill in the blank with what follows: IRS, VA, NSA, GSA, EPA, TSA,…

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A Tin Heart

From Commentary Magazine, If He Only Had a Heart: John Podhoretz comments in Michael Oren’s Book: His dealings with the elite media were likewise unpleasant. He called the New York Times editorial-page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, after the paper published an op-ed by…

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A Special Innocence

Bret Stephens writes in The Wall Street Journal, Everything Is Awesome, Mideast Edition Excerpt: I recount these events not just to illustrate the distance between Ben Rhodes’s concept of reality and reality itself. It’s also a question of speed. The…

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Mutual Reinforcement of Foreign and Domestic Policy

from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, Israel Alone Excerpts: In other words, Mr. Obama is bequeathing not just a more dangerous Middle East but also one the next president will want to touch only with a barge pole.…

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Hypocrisy Unlimited

Jeff Jacoby writes in the Boston Globe Obama’s hypocritical attack on Netanyahu excerpts: But even after four and a half years, there has been no apology from Barack Obama for his inflammatory remarks just before the 2010 election, when he exhorted Latinos to…

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The Ends-justifying-the-means Way of Governance

Victor David Hanson writes Epitaph for Hope and Change in The National Review excerpts: At home, a natural recovery after a deep recession was aborted by massive government borrowing that was wasted on abetting crony capitalists and shoring up collapsing union and…

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The Transformation is Unvieled

Victor Davis Hanson writes in The National Review, Liberalism in Ruins Excerpts: Obamism did not even deliver on its extravagant promises of a new ethos of ending crony capitalism, the revolving door, lobbyists in government, and government corruption. Indeed, Obama will…

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Doubling Down on Failure

From the Wall Street Journal, The President of Inequality- Policies promoting equality over growth have damaged both. excerpts: All of this is especially notable because it follows the most sustained policy focus on reducing inequality in decades. President Obama’s stimulus…

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Sacrificing Quality for Access

from the WSJ Scott Atlas writes ObamaCare’s Anti-Innovation Effect Excerpts: Of the many unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the least noticed is its threat to innovation. Although most discussions center on the law’s more immediate effects on…

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A Matter of Judgment

from The Unwisdom of Barak Obama from the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan: Mr. Obama can see the trees, name their genus and species, judge their age and describe their color. He absorbs data. But he consistently misses the…

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Interventionist Hypocrisy

Daniel Greenfield writes The Imaginary Non-Interventionist in his excellent blog, The Sultan Knish The non-interventionist, like the pacifist, is a mythical woodland creature who appears in the fables of many cultures. He isn’t however to be found in the vicinity of…

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Inherited Dilemmas

Bret Stephens writes The Meltdown in the September Commentary. Excerpts: Then again, every president confronts his share of apparently intractable dilemmas. The test of a successful presidency is whether it can avoid being trapped and defined by them. Did Obama…

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Supremely Comfortable With His Own Ignorance

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Failures a comprehensive look, also scan the 80+ commments at AT. A similar look, though more focused on Obama,  from Bret Stephens in Commentary: The Meltdown excerpts: Even the ordinarily sympathetic Washington press corps has cottoned to…

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Wishful Thinking

  From The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King by Kevin Williamson in The National Review, We could save ourselves some time and argument by noting that the American electorate gives relatively little indication that it is on the verge of…

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Reading 2014 07 08

Chicago and Black Criminality Many places with less-restrictive gun laws have less gun violence than Chicago, which already sports some of the toughest gun restrictions in the country. The gun-ownership rate in rural areas is higher than in urban areas—a…

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Running Out the Clock

Peggy Noonan writes in The Wall Stree Journal, The Daydream and The Nightmare Excerpts: In a truly stunning piece in early June, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein interviewed many around the president and reported a general feeling that…

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