The Phony Populism Of Politicians

Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to tell people they’re just “average Americans,” but they’re lying and the American people seem to have figured out that they’re lying.

Barriers to US-Europe Trade Deal Remain

A US-EU free trade zone is a no-brainer. But the devil is in the details.

The Tea Party Needs To Stop Whining About Losing In Mississippi

Chris McDaniel and his Tea Party supporters are being very sore losers.

Colombia’s Presidential Elections

Looking back at the first round and forward to the second.

Jeb Bush Sounds More And More Like A Presidential Candidate

The former Florida Governor is talking more openly about running for President than he ever has before.

In Criticizing Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin And The Tea Party Confirm Their Own Irrelevance

As Sarah Palin and the Tea Party turn on Paul Ryan, they are making apparent their own lack of relevance in the political process.

White House and House of Representatives Clash on Civilian Pay

The two ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are clashing on defense appropriations.

Bacon Bacon Bacon Restaurant Smells Like Bacon

A San Francisco bacon restaurant smells like bacon. Thankfully, a compromise has been reached.

Congress Forcing The Army To Buy Tanks It Doesn’t Want

Once again, politics is dictating military policy.

Chris Christie Slams House Republicans Over Sandy Relief Failure

Hell hath no fury like a Christie scorned.

Pot Calls The Kettle Hack

Alex Pareene’s annual hack list omits an obvious candidate: Alex Pareene.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Pork and Mindy Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Romney, Republicans Demonstrate Hypocrisy In Opposition To Sequestration Cuts

In calling for the sequestration cuts to be delayed, Republicans are demonstrating their lack of seriousness on the issue of fiscal responsibility.

The Defense Budget Is Not A Jobs Program

The people trying to undo the Defense Budget sequestration cuts are making some pretty weak arguments.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Love You Long Time Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Where Huntsman Went Wrong

Huntsman’s tactics reinforced his fellow Republicans’ natural skepticism of his candidacy.

Rick Santorum v. Individual Liberty

Rick Santorum’s views on the role of government are somewhat disturbing.

A Futures Market In Election Results?

Could traders soon be betting on the outcome of the Presidential elections? Should they be?

There is Something Fundamentally Wrong with Congress

There is a fundamental problem with the feedback loop in American politics.

EU Bars Claim That Water Prevents Dehydration

From Europe, a case of regulation gone nuts.

Cash For Clunkers Was A Boondoggle From The Start

It was clear from the start that “Cash For Clunkers” was a bad idea.

American Government for Sale?

Is money the only thing that matters in post-Citizens United American politics?

Tim Pawlenty: Michele Bachmann Hasn’t Really Accomplished Much In Congress

Tim Pawlenty took aim at Michele Bachmann yesterday but will he keep up the attack?

Sarah Palin Adds South Carolina To Itinerary, And The Press Continues To Follow

Sarah Palin will be heading to yet another important primary state while insisting she isn’t running for President yet. And the press follows her like a lonely puppy.

At Long Last, Congress Strips Funding For Second F-35 Engine

Thanks to the help of a group of Tea Party Freshman in the House. Congress has finally cut off funding for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that the Pentagon never wanted.

Caption Contest Winners

The Pelosi Estates Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Republican Hypocrisy On Pork Barrel Spending

The incoming House Republicans aren’t making a good first impression.

Conservatives For Higher Taxes

Politics makes for strange bedfellows and, when it comes to the debate over the extension of the Bush tax cuts, anti-tax Republicans are making common cause with soak-the-rich progressives.

Earmark Reform Isn’t Just Symbolism

Eliminating earmarks is good policy and good politics.

Rand Paul, The Tea Party, And The Phony “War On Earmarks”

Rand Paul is taking some heat for remarks that may or may not indicate that he’s backtracking on his previous vow not to seek earmark spending for Kentucky. Yes folks, the phony war on earmarks is back.

Cutting Congressional Pay: Pointless Symbolism

Taxpayer “watchdog” groups are urging House Republicans to cut Congressional pay as an act of symbolism. It’s symbolism all right, pointless symbolism.

Nancy Pelosi Rewards Disloyal Democrats!

Nancy Pelosi is irritating some party stalwarts by funneling money into the campaigns of Democratic incumbents running ads against her.

Harry Reid Considers It His Duty To Spend Your Grandchildren’s Money

Harry Reid think it’s his Constitutional duty spend other people’s money and bring it home to Nevada. His constituents seem to have other ideas this year.

The Godfather Presidency

One Republican analyst thinks that President Obama could learn a few leadership lessons from Vito and Michael Corleone. In order to do that, though, the President would need to stop acting like the weakest of the Corleone brothers.