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A Good Deal … But Some Lost A Good Deal

I think the biggest winners in the debt deal are the Republicans, especially Sen. McConnell but also the Tea Party-driven House Republicans. They established a new normal where business as usual, i.e., raise the debt limit whenever excessive spending requires it, is no longer usual. They insisted on, and got, spending cuts greater than the […]

A Weak Reid, Two-Faced Except In His Partisanship

From Roll Call, Saturday, 6:40 p.m. A grim faced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returned to the Senate from a meeting with President Barack Obama Saturday with a deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling nowhere in sight…. “The question is are we closer to agreement? The answer is no,” the Nevada Democrat told reporters […]

What A Waste!

From The Hill this morning: Obama: House Republicans wasted ‘precious days’ with Boehner plan By Gautham Nagesh – 07/30/11 06:00 AM ET President Obama used his his weekly address to call out House Republicans for holding up the process of getting “our fiscal house in order.” But exactly one month ago, Obama skipped town: Obama […]

Obama The Divider

If Obama were a dead horse, I would say it’s time to stop beating a dead horse and move on. But he’s not a dead horse, and so that time hasn’t yet come. Perhaps Obama’s greatest oratorical talent — certainly one he employs incessantly — is dividing Americans into villains and their victims (all in […]

Shared Sacrifice?

In his address last night President Obama repeated his familiar bleat about “shared sacrifice.” His approach, the president claimed, a “balanced approach,” asks everyone to give a little without requiring anyone to sacrifice too much…. This approach is also bipartisan. While many in my own party aren’t happy with the painful cuts it makes, enough […]

Obama Confuses The Problem With The Solution

One of the most telling statements in President Obama’s address on the debt debate last night was his plaintive, poor-me whine that “In the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine.” True, but isn’t that precisely the problem? Still complaining that he was being picked on by those mean Republicans, Obama added: Since the 1950s, […]

Obama: Comedian In Chief

[NOTE: This post has been UPDATED ... three times] I continue to be amazed at the ability of President Obama to utter patent nonsense with a straight face. Does he not know it’s nonsense, or is he simply supremely confident of the gullibility of the American people? Since he lives in an ideological bubble surrounded […]

Sheila Jackson Lee (D, Affirm Action) Rejects “Special Privileges”!

In its report on Democratic objections to Rep. Allen West’s (R, Fla.) email description of Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz’s (D, Fla.) as “vile,” “despicable,” and “not a lady” in response to her attack on him, Politico missed the real news. The real news was not the sputtering of Democrats like Rep. Jackie Speier (D, Cal), who […]

Honor And Affirmative Action: The Sequel

A few weeks ago I pointed to an essay of mine “Diversity, Honor, and Double Standards at UVa,” that appeared on Minding The Campus. A sequel, “Honor Codes and Affirmative Action,” was posted there today. It discusses the sad fact that honor codes having a disparate impact on minorities is not limited to Mr. Jefferson’s […]

Where Are The Feminists When You Need Them?

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Focus on Empowering Black Men Hmm. Public institutions using foundation money and “with support from the Louisiana legislature” offering a program limited to black men? Since this program “will focus on holistic learning,” someone more cynical and snarky than I might wonder whether this […]