July 30, 2009
That must be the other President Obama

In an interview with Businessweek magazine, President Obama tells a whopper. A lot of business leaders consider you to be antibusiness. I was struck when I attended the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival. [Council of Economic Advisers member] Austan Goolsbee was speaking, and he hit a fairly hostile audience. These are wealthy, fairly progressive older people […]

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July 21, 2009
Governing is different

President Barack Obama has got some members of his own party up on Capitol Hill in a tizzy over something he vowed during the campaign he wouldn’t do – using signing statements to ignore selected provisions of bills passed by Congress. Four senior House Democrats on Tuesday said they were "surprised" and "chagrined" by Obama's […]

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June 25, 2009
The number you need to know

The House is scheduled to vote on the Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill tomorrow. Only in the bizarro world of Congress can elected representatives pass a massive tax hike in the middle of the worst economic crisis in at least 30 years -- in the form of a bill most of them haven't even read. There's a […]

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May 5, 2009
Even lefties can see it coming

While Politifact.com has determined that President Barack Obama has not really broken his promise not to raise taxes on the bottom 95 percent of by passing an increase in the cigarette tax, other liberals are convinced it's just a matter of time. Looking at the gap between revenues and costs for Obama's health care plans, […]

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April 30, 2009
Is the luster coming off?

Earlier this month I noted that the Associated Press' "Fact Check" feature was more critical of President Barack Obama than Politifact.com's when it came to whether or not the increased cigarette tax violated Obama's pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. On Obama's 100th day, the AP came out with another […]

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April 13, 2009
Watching the referees

Earlier this month President Barack Obama signed a law raising the cigarette tax 62 cents a pack, bringing the total federal tax to $1.01. The additional income (assuming that the increased costs don't result in decreased consumption and less net income) will be used to fund the State Children's Health Insurance Program for the poor, […]

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