Tag: ideology

The Tax Deal

It appears an agreement has been reached between Democrats and Republicans with respect to the Bush tax cuts—they will be extended for two years for all taxpayers [I was going to write “all Americans,” but then I realized many Americans pay no income tax—52% of us cover the other 48%]. In announcing this agreement, President Obama was more than a little testy. In fact, he came across as downright petulant. One could be forgiven for calling his demeanor pouty. He obviously hated announcing the… Read more »

Presidential Poll Numbers & Reelection

President Obama’s approval ratings have been below 50% for quite some time now. Depending on which poll you believe, his favorability is somewhere between 42-48%. That certainly looks bad for him at this stage of his presidency. In an interview with Barbara Walters a few days ago, he said he’s not really in that bad of shape; as proof, he cited how poorly both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were doing two years into their presidencies—both lower than he is… Read more »

It's Both, Not Either/Or

The private sector lost 39,000 jobs last month. I’m waiting for the president to claim that’s an indication we’re moving in the right direction. What is the source of his incredible [a.k.a., not believable] outlook on the future of the economy over the past year and a half? There are two real possibilities under discussion: either he has no understanding of how an economy works or he has an ideology that seeks to undermine the private sector so the public sector… Read more »

The Triple Threat President

There have been presidents in the past who were ideological [which can be a good term if the ideology is centered on limited government and constitutionalism], yet most were willing to work with those with whom they disagreed when necessary. There have been presidents who were political bullies, using whatever means necessary to achieve their goals, not caring one bit for morality [LBJ comes to mind]. There have been presidents who were incompetent [Carter, anyone?]. What we have now is a… Read more »