Articles by " Rick Brownell"
11 Sep
2009
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The Bigger They Czar, the Harder They Fall

I wrote a bit about the Van Jones debacle for this week’s Patriot Post Digest. A sample:

Jones’s name appeared on a petition stating that the Bush administration deliberately brought about the 9/11 terrorist attacks to have an excuse to go to war. Jones would only say that he did not review the language of the petition carefully. How complicated must a petition be for a Yale man like Jones not to understand?

The White House hopes that this business will end with Jones’s resignation. But there are at least 30 (some count over 60) additional so-called czars in the White House who also could use a little public scrutiny. There already exist cabinet positions and executive offices for all the tasks that these new apparatchiks manage, but Obama brought them on board as “advisers” to circumvent the checks and balances of presidential appointments.

The whole post can be read here.

11 Sep
2009
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Administration Sings its Own Praises, Again

I know beach reading season is over, but you simply must check out the latest work of fiction put out by the White House.

The Council of Economic Advisers released a report yesterday claiming that the $787 stimulus package has saved or added 1 million jobs to the economy since February. They also claim they are on track to save the 3.5 million jobs that Obama promised earlier this year.

Of course they are. Did you ever for a moment think that they were going to state that they would miss this goal? The idea of tracking “jobs saved or created” requires a level of creative math that would make Bernie Madoff blush. It’s an arbitrary standard that the Obamanauts will be able to fulfill no matter what really happens to the economy.

It is the political equivalent of the old Johnny Carson character Carnac the Magnificent – you get the answer, then make up the question. It seems to be the only way this administration can meet its goals.

9 Sep
2009
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Could Democratic Furloughs Lead to a GOP Opportunity?

Check out how cash-strapped states are trying to meet their budget numbers and what it could mean for the coming elections at NewMajority.com

8 Sep
2009
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Hitch a Ride on the Tea Party Express

The Tea Party Express is headed to Washington this weekend to give the liberals what-for about health care, the stimulus, and numerous other ham-handed attempts to wrestle freedom from our clutches and put the government in greater control of our lives.

Alas, I won’t be able to make it, but there is still a chance for you to hitch a ride. Check out TeaPartyExpress.org for more details.

25 Aug
2009
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Obama’s falling fortunes

Fred Barnes has a great one in the latest Weekly Standard: Death of a Salesman.

An excerpt:

A candidate can get away with speeches that are glib and vague. A president can’t. “It’s easy to sell ice cream,” says Don Stewart, the spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. “It’s hard to sell rum raisin ice cream.” Obama’s problem is he hasn’t learned the difference.

21 Aug
2009
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Overworked City Council staffers petition for Quinn

Check out this interesting little gem in the Village Voice about how paid New York City Council staffers found time during petitioning season to gather signatures to get Speaker Christine Quinn on the ballot in District 3 for the upcoming election.

But, wait, is that legal? Well, if they are doing it on their own time, yes it is. But I challenge you to find me one intrepid signature fetcher who was able to pull this off after hours: “obtaining 55 signatures for the speaker. She went from 12th Street to 21st Street, and from Bleecker Street to Greenwich Avenue.”

Some long-time New Yorkers will tell you it’s a small town after all. But baby, it ain’t that small.

2 Jun
2009
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The Farce That is Cap and Trade

Jim Manzi of the Manhattan Institute has a great piece at NRO about the cap and trade fiasco.

Be sure to read it because you can never do too much bashing on cap and trade.

2 Jun
2009
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The Country is Not Turning Left

If one were to believe the media, one would think the country is marching in lockstep to Obama’s ideas and to his philosophy. One would be wrong.

Check out some of these numbers from recent polls conducted by Rasmussen:

  • 21 percent favor the GM bailout, 67 percent oppose it
  • 76 percent believe economic recovery is possible if GM fails
  • 18 percent believe the government will run GM effectively

And Pew Research Center:

The proportion of independents now equals its highest level in 70 years…. Independents are more conservative on several key issues than in the past. While they like and approve of Barack Obama, as a group independents are more skittish than they were two years ago about expanding the social safety net and are reluctant backers of greater government involvement in the private sector….

37 percent of Americans describe themselves as politically conservative – roughly double the number who say they are liberal (19 percent). This ratio has remained largely stable over the past nine years, even while the balance of party affiliation has changed substantially.

2 Jun
2009
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Reflecting on the Obama Lovefest

Robert Samuelson has another gem in today’s Washington Post about “The Obama Infatuation” and how the media’s inexplicable love affair with the president is shortchanging America’s ability to have an honest political debate about his policies.

An excerpt:

Obama’s rhetoric brims with inconsistencies. In the campaign, he claimed he would de-emphasize partisanship — and also enact a highly partisan agenda; both couldn’t be true. He got a pass. Now, he claims he will control health-care spending even though he proposes more government spending. He promotes “fiscal responsibility” when projections show huge and continuous budget deficits. Journalists seem to take his pronouncements at face value even when many are two-faced.

Read more here.