n the terrible economic crisis of 1922 Benito Mussolini got 25% of the vote in Italy. Two years later he had more than a majority. You know the rest. In the economic crisis of 2013, Beppe Grillo received 24% of the vote (see last week´s analysis of Grillo´s political beliefs). This week he blocked a government from forming. Grillo now controls the Senate, but he is going for a majority in both houses in the upcoming vote in June.(snip)Europe´s political class is shocked and panicked. They are pretending Grillo is just a "populist" and a "reformer"
On CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” host Larry Kudlow criticized Harvard Crimson president Bobby Samuels for an editorial the paper published urging some conservatives not to apply to the university, but Samuels stuck to his guns. “You know, I think the main point of the editorial was not that we’re trying to limit free speech at all,” Samuels said. “In fact, I think one of the tenets of any journalist organization — and certainly of the Crimson — is to foster free speech and foster debate. The main point we were making though is that
Although Congressional hearings regarding the deadly attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi brought both Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill as well as CIA Director Leon Panetta to answer questions, Republicans still want more questions answered about the assault that took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Congressman Frank Wolf (R - VA), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Jim Gerlach (R - PA), a House Ways and Means Committee member, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday and indicated that he was contacted by a "reliable source who
Thirteen years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe. What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945. The figure is so staggering that even fellow Holocaust
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gives Weekly Republican Remarks: Hello, I’m Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State. Today I’d like to give you an update on the debate we’re having in Washington about spending. This debate is about more than just numbers and politics. It’s about the kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren. Do we want to hand them a mountain of debt and all the worries that go with it, or do we want them to inherit a vibrant economy and a future full of opportunity? This is the debate we’ve been having for quite a while,
In Milwaukee politics, there´s one person to whom you can never compare a sitting politician. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. A top Democratic Party aide found that out Friday. Shortly after prosecutors announced they closed the John Doe investigation of Gov. Scott Walker´s aides, Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski took to Twitter to begin ripping the first-term Republican governor.
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On Friday, I met with leaders of both parties in Congress to try and find a way forward in light of the severe budget cuts — known in Washington as “the sequester” — that have already started to inflict pain on communities across the country. These cuts are not smart. They will hurt our economy and cost us jobs. And Congress can turn them off at any time — as soon as both sides are willing to compromise. As a nation, we’ve already fought back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, and we’ll get through this, too.
It seems as if President Obama sends out another cabinet secretary every hour to tell the public about the dire consequences we will face if the sequestration cuts are not averted. You’ve heard them — no vaccinations for children, teachers losing their jobs, less security from terrorist attacks, longer wait times at airports, and fewer food inspections. Now there are even reports that government officials are releasing hundreds of immigrants from deportation centers. What’s next? Is the president going to threaten to open the doors of federal prisons? This is silly.
In the early 19th century, the initials "GTT" sometimes were found carved in haste on the doors of homes abandoned by folks fleeing unpaid debts and other life problems. The three letters were shorthand for "Gone to Texas," the frontier sanctuary of choice for folks in these kinds of unfixable fixes. The three letters have found a place in our state´s lore and legend. With an estimated 1,500 new Texans arriving here each day, "GTT" isn´t merely an interesting anecdote born of our pioneering past. The daily influx of newcomers in 2013 also reminds us that Texas
Over the past two weeks, conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has been advancing a theory about why President Obama’s approval ratings remain above average, despite the fact that most Americans say they are dissatisfied with the direction the country is taking. Limbaugh has hypothesized that many Americans, perhaps the “low-information voters,” are not connecting Obama’s policies to what is actually happening in the country, because the president never actually governs. Obama’s is a non-governing presidency, one that is built on an eternal campaign, a never-ending community organization effort.
Fr. James V. Schall, S. J., a longtime, legendary Georgetown political-science professor took leave of his role only a few months before Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world with his news. Fr. Schall delivered his “last lecture” — “The Final Gladness” — at Georgetown in December. He talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about the retiring pontiff and his teaching, what books might help save your soul, and future and final things.
“Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go,” President Obama said last week, flanked by uniformed firefighters and law-enforcement officers. “Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.” He went on: “Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed.” Scared yet? In his Saturday radio address, the president made clear who was at fault for this impending Armageddon: “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect
It might be an international, evil, blood-thirsty terror organization on the run, but Al Qaeda still puts out one heck of a magazine. The terrorist group released this week the 10th issue of its bizarre online magazine called Inspire, an unusual, and not always grammatically correct hodgepodge of bomb-making recipes, love letters to the Prophet Mohammed and wonky dispatches from the “field.” The seasonal English-language online magazine is reportedly put out by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to spread its message and propaganda over the Internet. The first issue appeared in July
Just when you thought it was safe to read the news from Washington again, another "manufactured crisis"--in the words of the president--is on our doorstep. So far, politicians have only been arguing publicly about who should take the blame without actually speaking to each other. President Obama appeared at a press conference this week, when Congress was not in session, standing in front of a group of first responders in uniform to repeat critical lines about his congressional adversaries, criticizing the "manufactured crisis" and a "meat cleaver approach to politics." Boehner, in return, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street
A study to learn whether or not a fish called the golden shiner can teach us about “collective action”: $5 million. A project to design beef jerky that rolls up: $1.5 million. A seminar in which a topic was, “Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?” (This is a question, I can assure you, that will not be answered by any sane person): $100,000. These examples of absurd government spending become even more absurd when you realize these items were all part of the budget for the Department of Defense. I know some of this sounds ridiculous, and admittedly,
Earlier this week the usually compliant press had the audacity to question Jay Carney about Obama´s Chi-town mafia´s selling quarterly access to the highest official in the land for $500,000. Apparently expecting the question, Mr. Carney read a prepared response to journalists in the Press Pool. He reread the same statement again in response to the follow up question from Jake Tapper, as if Jake wasn´t paying attention the first time or was too stupid to understand what he was parroting. As the gaggle of media minions continued to yell follow-up questions, Jay, of course, slithered silently
During the 2010 tax season, Americans paid 9.9% of their income on state and local taxes. This number, according to a report by The Tax Foundation, is up from 9.3% in 2000, but is basically unchanged from 2009. Per capita income in the U.S. fell from $42,539 in 2009 to $41,146 in 2010, while taxes fell slightly, from $4,160 in 2009 to $4,112 in 2010. In some U.S. states, the burden on residents relative to their income rose substantially. In New York state, taxes paid per capita rose by more than $200, while income per capita
Presidential briefings typically send political journalists into a frenzy, but Obama´s comments at today´s press conference set off an inter-galactic war of words among science fiction fans. President Obama was talking about his last-ditch meeting with congressional leaders earlier this afternoon when he said that he wouldn´t do a ´Jedi mind-meld´ with Republican Speaker John Boehner to reach a compromise over the sequester. Though the most basic muggles likely didn´t spot the mistake, Yoda-lovers were instantly aware that the President accidentally blended Star Wars and Star Trek in his reference. His lack of a true understanding of the galaxies far
Republicans are cheering over House Speaker John Boehner´s decision to dig in his heels by not compromising with President Obama over the mandated $85billion in spending cuts. Because no deal was reached, the President had to order the beginning of the drastic sequester, forcing federal agencies to cut billions in accordance with a dramatic way to cut down the deficit. Though his blatant show of partisanship may strike some as callous, it is winning him a lot of points from conservative members of his party who previously felt that they were being ignored. Scroll down for video
Less than two months into President Obama´s second term, new numbers show the national debt increased by more than $6 trillion since he took office. It´s the largest increase to date under any U.S. president. During the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, the debt soared by $4.9 trillion. Without fanfare, the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department quietly posted its daily debt report showing the total public debt of the U.S. government topped $16.687 trillion. (To be exact: $16,687,289,180,215.37) On January 20, 2009, the day Mr. Obama took office, the debt stood at $10.626 trillion.
ST. LOUIS • Federal spending cuts that were set to start Friday are expected to thin staffing at air traffic control towers that serve major U.S. airports and could force others to be temporarily shuttered by April 1. Fourteen airports in Missouri and Illinois could see their towers close, and five more may see controllers leave the towers unattended overnight in the two states, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. While the FAA warned that controller furloughs could result in flight delays at commercial airports, directors of smaller airports, where tower service could be lost, played down the effects.
Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan announced today that he will be appointing an emergency manager to oversee Detroit, which is bankrupt in every way but officially. Its liabilities exceed $14 billion and it is short of cash just to meet current obligations. As Governor Snyder expressed it at a town hall meeting today, “The way I view it, today is a day to call all hands on deck.” The urban disaster that is today’s Detroit is almost beyond imagination. Just compare it to Hiroshima. In 1945, the latter was flattened by an atomic bomb
President Barack Obama says he cannot force Republicans to agree with him by using a Jedi mind meld--but he is trying to paint the party in Congress as the dark side. Speaking after a short and fruitless meeting at the White House, he said their actions would result in "unnecessary and inexcusable" cuts, and that thousands would lose their jobs and the recovery would be damaged.[Snip] But the president´s performance was not about winning an agreement but playing the blame game. A moral mandate? The automatic and deliberately harsh spending cuts have come because the politicians are so far apart
When I saw the headlines about Sean Hannity getting into a shouting match with a Democratic congressman this week, I assumed the combative and conservative Fox News host had just gone off on him. I was wrong. Hannity was trying to conduct what we in journalism call an interview. But from the first words out of his mouth, Rep. Keith Ellison came prepared to pick a fight. It was good television, I suppose, but it´s hard to say it was enlightening. Ellison began insulting Hannity from the get-go, Hannity pushed back, and the pugilistics were under way. After I criticized Ellison
The Lost Weekend—a novel about five disastrous days in the life of alcoholic Don Birnam—was an improbable success when it was published in 1944. Rejecting the novel, Simon & Schuster had assured its author that it wouldn’t sell in the midst of a World War (“Nobody cares about the individual”); within five years of its publication by Farrar & Rinehart, The Lost Weekend sold almost half a million copies in various editions and was translated into 14 languages. Its critical reception was no less impressive: “Charles Jackson has made the most compelling gift to the literature of addiction