White House Rejects “14th Amendment Option” On Debt Ceiling

The White House has apparently rejected using a tortured interpretation of the 14th Amendment to deal with the debt ceiling debate.

June Jobs Report Disastrously Disappointing

Judging by the June jobs report, there’s no economic recovery coming in the near future.

The Final Verdict On The 2009 Stimulus: A Failure

President Obama smiled as he signed the 2009 stimulus into law, but the results aren’t anything to smile about.

Obama Is President, But Is He A Leader?

Barack Obama’s leadership style may be his undoing.

Is The Debt Ceiling Unconstitutional?

Does a little known provision in the 14th Amendment make the entire debt ceiling debate irrelevant?

The Genius of Mitch McConnell

The Senate Republican leader is running a shrewd political game. But what’s good for the GOP is bad for America.

A Libertarian Moment?

Recent polls seem to indicate a shift in public opinion in a more libertarian direction.

The Myth of Shovel Ready Jobs, Again

What was that, a joke about shovel ready jobs not being so shovel ready. Yeah unemployment a topic ripe for great comedy.

U.S. in Worse Shape than Greece

We might be looking at a potential fiscal crisis.

Tim Pawlenty’s Fiscal Plan: Too Good To Be True

Tim Pawlenty’s new fiscal plan isn’t very grounded in reality.

Wage Growth Over Past Ten Years Worse Than During Great Depression

The jobs market has been weak for much longer than just the past two years.

Economic Horror Show

And even more bad news.

We Are On the Verge of Great, Great Depression

All in all, not looking like it will be a fun summer.

Study: Obama Stimulus Destroyed Million Private Sector Jobs

Ohio State researchers: ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs.

Economic Growth Slows In First Quarter. What If This Is As Good As It Gets?

Will days of strong economic growth ever return? And what happens if they don’t?

Obama: Moderate 90s Republican?

Obama’s main politics are hardly as leftist as many make them out to be. Indeed, much of them could have fit well in the the GOP of 1990s and early 2000s.

The Ryan Plan’s Political Problem

Will the Ryan Plan ever be voted out of the House?

Are we Living in the Nightmare that Rand Predicted?

Is our current economic situation the result of massive government intervention? The Randians certainly think so.

Political Derangement Syndrome

Whenever I despair at the current state of the Republican Party, I remind myself that things aren’t much better across the aisle.

Are Social Conservatives The Budget Deal Losers?

Did the GOP toss social conservatives under the bus when it gave away the Planned Parenthood rider?

Republicans Losing the Center?

Can a candidate appealing enough to the base to win the Republican nomination beat Obama?

Japan Disaster and Broken Window Fallacy

Can the massive destruction caused by the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns stimulate the economy?

Ben Bernanke: GOP Spending Cuts Will Not Harm Economic Growth

Speaking before Congress yesterday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke debunked the assertion that the GOP’s relatively modest $61 billion spending cut package would significantly harm economic growth.

Cocktail Party Fallacy

Is the only possible motivation conservatives could possibly have for calling out the lunatic fringe a desire for the acceptance of liberals?

Bipartisan Budget Busting

It is always easier to compromise on more spending and less taxes.

Republicans Propose $2.5 Trillion Spending Cuts

The Republican Study Committee has come up with some significant budget cuts.

Midterm Grades: Barack Obama

Time for midterms.

Tucson, Political Rhetoric, And Where We Go From Here

There is a problem with political rhetoric in this country, but telling people to be nicer to each other isn’t going to cool it down.

Caption Contest Winners

The Festivus For The Rest Of Us Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Peter Orszag and the Corruption Inherent in the System

Peter Orszag, President Obama’s first budget director, is headed to Citigroup and a multimillion dollar salary.

Triangulation: What Is It? Does It Even Exist?

Several smart center-left commentators argue that President Obama is not triangulating. At least one argues there’s no such thing.

Sweet Deals: Tax Package Set for Senate Vote

The Senate has constructed the legislation to correspond to the Obama-McConnell deal, sweeteners and all.

Krauthammer Declares Obama the Winner of the Tax Debate

Krauthammer thinks Obama tricked the GOP into agreeing to Stimulus II.

Obama’s Tax Cut Compromise: Masterful Politics, Or A Fatal Cave-In?

President Obama is already taking heat from the left for his compromise on tax cut extensions, but will it actually hurt him in the end?

President Obama, GOP Reach Tax Cut Extension Deal

President Obama and the GOP have reached a deal on extending the Bush tax cuts that gives the GOP virtually everything it wanted.

Incoming House Majority Leader Endorses Plan To Destroy Constitution

Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is speaking positively about an Amendment that would drastically alter the relationship between the Federal Government and the states, and a method of ratifying it that could do serious damage to the Constitution as a whole.

TSA Body Image Scanners: Cui Bono

Is the TSA groping passengers to force them into using intrusive scanners for which they’ve committed $173 million?

Jim Webb: The Last Of The Reagan Democrats

Virginia Senator Jim Webb is the last of a dying breed of Democrats, but his party may need him if it wants to remain competitive anywhere outside of a Blue State.

Bachmann v. Hensarling A Microcosm Of Internal GOP Battles

The race between Jeb Hensarling and Michelle Bachmann for Chair of the House GOP Conference is a microcosm for a battle that is likely to take place within the GOP for the next two years.

Tea Party = Racism?

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson takes a look at the Tea Party movement and claims to find racism.

Democrats Losing = Racism?

Is the public anger at Obama really just papered over racism?

One Polling Chart To Rule Them All

If you’re looking for a reason why the GOP is likely to do very well tomorrow, voter response to the “right track/wrong track” question is a very good guide.