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When I first started this blog just under a year ago, I was ignorant of who was who in the blogosphere. Believe it or not, Memeorandum is not the world.But I did know about Little Green Footballs. I'm not sure why.Over the months, it became...

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Afghanistan is one issue around which there should be bi-partisan support. The consequences of the Taliban taking over the country and giving al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups a home base is too much to risk.Obama seems to have a profound sense that the stakes...

A movement is growing in Britain to slash government spending rather than impose tax increases, according to the Sunday Times:Voters are overwhelmingly in favour of cutting public spending rather than tax rises to close the budget black hole, a Sunday Times/YouGov poll finds today.Sixty per...

Oliver Willis compares Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's statement that Pawlenty would consider whether the 10th Amendment allows a state to opt out of a potential federal health care plan with to George Wallace standing in the doorway to bar blacks from the University of Alabama.Here...

First it was the Senate Gang of Six who took it upon themselves to fix Joe Wilson's imaginary loophole, the one which caused Wilson out of frustration to accuse Barack Obama of lying as to whether Democratic health care proposals included illegal aliens. And caused...

With the politics which seems to dominate all our lives, it is easy to lose sight of what matters most. This afternoon the Cornell University community lost one of our undergraduate students to swine flu. As the father of three college-age students, my heart goes out...

If critics are to be believed, South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson "is the liar" about whether illegal aliens could receive benefits under the various pending Democratic health care restructuring proposals.In response to this supposedly imaginary problem, the Senate "Gang of Six" bipartisan group is...

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson called Barack Obama a liar for claiming that Obama's health reform proposals do not apply to illegal aliens.As I pointed out before, whether Wilson or Obama is right on the subject depends upon which health care bill one looks...

There was a shocking lack of respect displayed at Barack Obama's health care speech last night. President Obama spent most of his speech calling opponents of Democratic health restructuring plans liars. South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson called Obama a liar in response. A shocking lack of...

During Barack Obama's speech tonight, Obama said it was untrue that "the reforms I am proposing" cover illegal aliens. Someone in the audience, reportedly South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, yelled out "liar."Now this isn't the British parliament, so I don't agree with shouting out....

Barack Obama's speech on health care tonight was a good effort to re-frame the debate and the issues, but ultimately was a non-starter because it relied on governmental powers of coercion, a public option as to which Obama will not back down, the illusion of...

that would make a difference?Tweak the public option, call it "competition" and expect everyone to follow?Tweak mandates, call them "choice" and expect everyone to follow?Tweak the dozens of new bureaucracies created, call them "helpers" and expect everyone to follow?Tweak the taxes and penalties, call them...

Camille Paglia nails it again:By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let...

To read the left-wing blogosphere and mainstream media, one would think that the American people were victims of a vast right-wing conspiracy. As if the critics of creeping government control of the health care and economic systems somehow were misleading an otherwise liberal population into...

Andrew Sullivan, writing at TimesOnline (London) notes the circus of conspiracy theories sweeping the land. He ought to know.Sullivan goes on to argue that Obama will end up with a victory on health care restructuring, although many of the controversial aspects will be dropped:Nonetheless, I...

If Hillary Clinton were President, things would be quite different. For one, Hillary would have a mandate for health care mandates, which are the key to Democratic health care restructuring.Everyone focuses on the public option, but the public option is a mere necessary component of...