Monthly Archives: August 2010

Unforced Errors | | 08.30.10

Here is a rule of thumb: When looking for the true emotions under a top-level politician’s necessarily controlled exterior, take note of the unforced errors.  On Sunday, President Obama committed an unforced error. It came in his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams. Mr. Williams asked him about the strange polling phenomenon that nearly a fifth […]
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Biden to the Rescue? | | 08.23.10

It is all too easy to become cynical about the mainstream media. Last week Vice President Joe Biden uttered the now famous, “I’m going to get into trouble for saying this.  This ain’t your father’s Republican Party.  This is the Republican Tea Party.” As it happened, this kindhearted warning to voters of the insidious transformation […]
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Systemic Pessimism | | 08.16.10

When Shakespeare’s Richard the Third decried the “winter of our discontent”, he meant that unhappiness had gone into hibernation.  He intended to awaken it.  No need for R-III-R in Washington these days.  With all problems diagnosed as “systemic”, systemic pessimism is everywhere. Two weeks ago, in her weekly Wall Street Journal column ( ), […]
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Too Many Yeses for the Party of No? | | 08.09.10

The rhetorical trajectories of Washington can be bemusing to behold. In the past week, the White House had taken up the mantra, “Party of No,” and this weekend even conservative leaning Sunday talk show panels and interviewers adopted the chant. As in, when it comes to the president’s program for reviving the economy, all the […]
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Snooki Economics: More Astute than Administration Economics | | 08.02.10

“I don’t go tanning anymore, because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning.”  Snooki, New York Post, Sunday, August 1st, 2010. It’s a sad day when Snooki, breakout buffoonette of the MTV hit reality show Jersey Shore, knows more about economics than the White House policy staff.  You tax an activity; you get less […]
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