I’ll get to President Obama’s unremarkable State of the Union address in a moment. But first I want to discuss the first major televised address of the man who very well may be the next President of the United States: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Sen. Rubio forthrightly addressed in both English and Spanish the principal domestic challenge of our time—the health care-driven budget deficit—while President Obama dishonestly insisted that Medicare reform was being held hostage by “special interest tax breaks.”
I am not impressed by anything anybody in Congress says or does. The country is in shambles, both economically and socially and no amount of speeches good or bad is going to fix that. Talk is cheap. These DC bozos are big on talk but nonexistent on action. They are all too busy wheeling and dealing with lobbyists to care about securing our borders, promoting a stable dollar and lowering taxes to promote business.
If Rubio wants to impress me then introduce legislation calling for a flat tax.
Well the " conservative" media have their boy for 2016. Now fall in line. Get behind Schumer-Rubio amnesty plan because Forbes and co need their steady source of cheap labor. To hell with the rubes in the working class who work full time yet still are under the poverty line. Let them go on Dear Leader´s food stamp rolls. The real traitors in this country are the people in corporate America who´ve hallowed out the middle class with their undying greed for cheap labor. To hell with all of them. Sugar boy ain´t gonna cut it.
With all respect, #4, that´s nonsense. I would have expected a more thoughtful response from you, whether or not you like Marco Rubio.
No one has chosen our nominee for 2016. We have a long way to go before then and we have a deep bench from which to field a team. If anyone has a favorite, work on that person´s behalf. We must not indulge ourselves in defeatist attitudes. It´s too important.
The dems have discovered the secret to winning elections. They quite simply always vote for the most liberal candidate on any ballot in front of them regardless of their personal preferences. The GOP, on the other hand, have decided that the best course for them is for everyone to pick their favorite candidate and stick with them no matter what. During the Primary season, they can savage the opposing candidates even if it means weakening their chances in the general election. If their candidate loses in the Primary, they are under no compulsion to support the winner. In fact they consider it a source of pride to continue to beat up the victor as if by some miracle time will reverse itself and their preferred candidate will get a do-over. And finally in the general election they consider it admirable to stick by their principles and refuse to vote for the individual who defeated their guy. They like to call themselves principled and patriots. The rest of the world calls them losers. There are numerous parables dedicated to just these sort of people.
The holiday shopping season kicked off early, as several retailers began offering deals on Thanksgiving Day. Many people complained about the early start and the mad rush for deals - but they went out shopping anyway. About 15,000 were in line for Macy´s opening in New York, the retailer´s CEO said in an interview. The day after Thanksgiving, called Black Friday, is typically the biggest shopping day of the year. For a decade, it had been considered the official start of the holiday buying season. But in the past few years, retailers have pushed opening times into Thanksgiving night. They´ve
It may be the biggest Obamacare lie of all. Not that you can keep your health care plan if you like your plan. Not that you can keep your doctor if you like your doctor. Not all of the phony cost estimates and supposed efficiencies. The biggest lie of all is that 15-30 million additional people who will be enticed or shoved onto Medicaid will receive quality health care. In reality, they will receive health care “insurance,” but there will be few doctors willing to see them because the reimbursement rates are so low. I have mentioned before how, anecdotally, almost every doctor with whom I
A day after he was thrown out of the Italian parliament, Silvio Berlusconi’s glamorous young girlfriend has said she will appeal to Pope Francis to secure the former prime minister a pardon. Francesca Pascale, who at 28 is less than half the age of 77-year-old Mr Berlusconi, said she wants to explain the “tragedy” that has befallen her fiancée, after his 20-year parliamentary career was brought to a humiliating end by the vote in the Senate on Wednesday. He was stripped of his seat as a consequence of a definitive conviction, handed down by the Supreme Court in August, for tax fraud
PHOENIX — Fritz Clapp, a 67-year-old lawyer with a bright red mohawk, practices intellectual property law. Years ago, his clients were “small-time businesses that nobody had ever heard of.” Then he found something bigger. Today, Mr. Clapp, an eloquent and irreverent man known to wear a purple fez during negotiations with other lawyers, represents the interests of a group not commonly associated with intellectual property: the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. His main role is not as a bulldog criminal defense counsel for the notorious group but as a civilized advocate in its relentless battle to protect its many registered trademarks.
On Tuesday afternoon, CBS News announced that they had “asked” 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan to take a “leave of absence” and that she had “agreed” — i.e., she got suspended… indefinitely. So did her producer, Max McClellan, who also had a distinguished career at CBS News and worked on the story as the segment’s producer. But does the punishment fit the crime? Logan was the face of a politically charged and, as it turns out, inaccurate story the venerable newsmagazine show ran about Benghazi. Their reporting was based on the eyewitness account of Dylan Davies, a security officer who
Boxer Mike Tyson thinks Obamacare has been KO’d. “The reality of this plan: It didn’t work. So we have to find another plan,” Tyson said Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” The former heavyweight champion of the world said Obamacare is “really bad” and “just really went horrible,” adding he previously supported the law, but that it isn’t delivering. “If they can get the health care, but as of now it doesn’t seem they can get it,” Tyson said, when asked if he agreed with a universal health care system. “I was for it a 100 percent but we just
Washington – A little-known federal program that doles out millions for tips on terrorists is now in the spotlight after lawmakers questioned how it was being employed in the Benghazi attack investigation. State Department officials revealed recently, despite lawmakers being kept in the dark, that they’re quietly offering a multi-million dollar monetary sum through the “Rewards for Justice” program for information leading to the suspects in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. The admission prompted Republicans to question how effective the hush-hush offer can really be. Despite the current dispute, a look back at the decades-old program shows
Yesterday we reported that Iranian officials were furious that the Obama administration’s “fact sheet” spun the nuclear deal in ways not agreed-upon. The Iranians are crowing that its right to enrich uranium was confirmed while the Obama administration is saying the opposite. Now comes word that the “deal” is not actually final, that there are details to be worked out, and that there is a window before the agreement comes into effect.
That´s the question Micah Zenko poses at Foreign Policy. It´s partly a rhetorical question meant to highlight a perceived double standard in how Israel´s nuclear program is treated differently from Iran´s--a double standard that isn´t really one at all, since Israel is a democratic country and not a party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty in any case. But it´s also a practical question, because of the low probability that normal air strikes would be enough to destroy Iran´s dispersed, secretive, and largely buried nuclear facilities. The short answer is: probably not. Only a small percentage of the Israeli public would favor such
Listen my children and you shall hear Of the time-traveling horse and Rush Revere No, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow didn’t really write the above first two lines. But Henry Wadsworth Longfellow doubtless would have loved Rush Limbaugh’s idea. Longfellow was the fabled 19th century American poet who inspired generations of children by telling a famous story from American history in the lyric poem "Paul Revere’s Ride." The poem’s memorable lines — which my fifth grade class in Massachusetts was required to memorize — began: Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere
Three sisters were freed from a Tucson, Ariz. home Tuesday after spending up to two years locked in their bedrooms, fed only once a day and denied baths, police said. The girls escaped their house of horrors Tuesday morning around 4 a.m., when the younger two, aged 12 and 13, got out of the home and ran to a neighbor’s house.
This month at a symposium at Georgetown University on Afghan women, Secretary of State John Kerry praised his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he referred to as “Madam Secretary-Senator-First-Lady-Everything.” He called her one of the country’s “remarkable secretaries of state,” and said that “nobody has done more to advance the cause of women” than she had. Mr. Kerry’s remarks drew applause from the crowd, but they also pointed to a dilemma for Mrs. Clinton in the effort to define her tenure as secretary of state. She did devote much of her time at the State
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history. What´s more, he suggests,
For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate. To get three judges onto a coveted circuit court, frustrated Democrats abolished the filibuster for executive appointments and (non-Supreme Court) judicial nominations. The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
He´s a proud family man already, but President Barack Obama will turn to his children when it comes to life after the White House. Sasha Obama could be the deciding factor in whether the first family stay in Washington once he leaves office in three years. In a taped interview with ABC News, the President said his now 12-year-old daughter ´will have a big vote in where we are´ because she will be a sophomore in high school. When Obama leaves office in January 2017 after two terms, eldest daughter Malia could be off in college. Both girls attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country´s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position. As background, here´s an excerpt from the amendment, ratified in