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  • Instead of debate zingers, how about serious proposals to boost employment?

    As the presidential debates begin, the focus shouldn't be on who is going to "win," but on whether we are finally going to get a serious debate on jobs and the economy. If not, then the real loser is going to be the American public. But I don't expect much, especially given reports that, according to the New York Times' Ashley Parker, Romney's team believes that "debates are about creating moments" and thus "equipped him with a series of zingers that he has memorized." Now, a well-placed debate zinger certainly has its place -- but how much more of a "moment" would be created if either candidate instead unleashed a series of proposals to put the 20 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed back to work? Or, better yet, plans on how to actually pass the many legislative proposals that are currently as stagnant as the employment numbers the bills are meant to improve?
  • Obama Debases Trust In Government

    Last week was amusing. There was the spectacle of advocates of an ever-larger regulatory government expressing shock about such government's large capacity for misbehavior. And, entertainingly, the answer to the question "Will Barack Obama's scandals...

    For the GOP, rightward ho!

    The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of...

    Obamacare: The latest from Glitches R Us

    Only now does Obamacare's namesake call the press to the Rose Garden, which is much better tended than his signature program, to acknowledge what everybody already knows: There are, well, a few problems with his signature program. Problems are now known...

    GOP puts its tea party 'civil war' behind it

    GOP puts its tea party 'civil war' behind it
    Sen. Mitch McConnell's easy victory over his tea party opponent in Kentucky's Republican primary Tuesday presents a tidy storyline: the establishment strikes back. In the primary season so far, McConnell and fellow GOP incumbents have successfully out-...