President Obama submitted a budget wildly out of balance that increases taxes across the board. But he also stuck his tongue on the infamous ‘third rail’ of American politics by proposing chained CPI for calculating Social Security cost of living increases. Bravo. We’ve Been Asking For This Economic conservatives have pointed out for years that America’s entitlement programs are bankrupting the country. The $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities can’t go on. Accounting gimmicks only get
The GOP’s self-examination on the 2012 election debacle rightly identifies marketing and messaging and lack of a ground game as contributors to that mess. But the GOP’s self-exam missed a potentially fatal problem for the party: the American people simply do not trust Republicans on the budget. Read this paragraph from The Hill carefully. Read all of it. It should tell you everything you need to know. More voters trust the Democratic Party than
Old Jack Danforth is a troubled man. Danforth’s wiry frame got bent all out of shape because the chairman of Missouri’s GOP stated the uber-obvious in an email to friends: the McCain-Graham angry old man meme ain’t sellin’ no more. What is selling is Rand Paul’s courageous demand for a statement on the limits of executive power. On Wednesday, Ed Martin sent an email to Missouri Republicans praising Paul’s courage and rebuking McCain and Graham’s
A man wants his wife to get breast implants. His wife doesn’t want it. They compromise, and she gets one implant. Is this the best outcome? No! It’s the worst possible outcome. Either of the two other outcomes—no implants or two—would be better than the compromise. So why are Americans so infatuated with political compromise that leaves the country more lopsided? Why Compromise Produce the Worst Outcome The FBI’s top hostage negotiator provided my example,
Unless you just want to vent, the reason you post things on Twitter is to influence people. But you can’t influence people who don’t see your tweets. The more people who see your tweets, the more influential you are. So you should increase your Twitter followers. How can you increase your followers? Research at Georgia Tech gives you the answer. Twitter Things To Do Be Positive. Positive tweets are more likely to be retweeted and
For 20 years, the Battleground Poll of States (now the Politico/GW Battleground Poll) showed a freakish consistency about ideology. 2009: 59% Conservative 2012: 57% Conservative With almost 60% calling themselves somewhat or very conservative, how could Barack Obama get re-elected? How could Republicans fail to gain the Senate in 2010 and 2012? Come to think of it, how do Democrats win at all? The answer is simple: being conservative doesn’t make you Republican, but
I agree with Republican Senator Corker that inflation is a danger in the future. But inflation doesn’t win the hearts and minds of most Americans right now. No one’s worried about it except economists and economics geeks. The death of the community and regional bank, however, does bother people. As does the printing of money that goes straight into the 5 biggest banks in history . . . and stays there. The US Government bailed
Encouraging Boehner to shut down the government is the surest way to end conservatism as a practical political alternative. The GOP has no leverage in budget negotiations, and conservative denial won’t change that. Use Game Theory As I wrote on November 12, fighting Obama – voting down a budget in the House – results in the GOP’s worst possible outcome: total blame for anything that goes wrong and no credit for anything that goes right.