Thomas Jefferson Street

August 2011


Bachmann Jokes Hurricane Irene Was Message From God on Spending

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It’s almost a given these days that every major natural disaster will bring someone out of the religious fringe to pronounce it God’s way of sending a message about a specific city, country, or occasionally the entire planet for their sins. But it’s the rare comedic bonus when this preposterously ...

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Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
2012 presidential election
politics
Congress
weather
religion
hurricanes

Poll: Most American Think the Federal Government Has Too Much Power

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The Founding Fathers deliberately set up a system of government that relies on the tension of preserving a series of checks and balances that are vital to its success.

Over time, some of this tension have eroded, particularly where the general power of the federal government is concerned. All too ...

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Reagan, Ronald
Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
Paul, Ron
Obama administration
2012 presidential election
politics
federal budget

Questions for Rick Perry and the Tea Party GOP

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My post last week about the party formerly known as the GOP was such a hit that I decided to quickly follow it up with my latest observations on the Party of Tea (POT, for short). To be honest, the post wasn't a hit but a lot of readers did want to hit me. So here is this week's Party of Tea Hit ...

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tea party
2012 presidential election
unemployment
Romney, Mitt
Palin, Sarah
Perry, Rick
Ryan, Paul
politics

Obama’s Approval Rating Points to His Being a One-Termer

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President Barack Obama is having a rough time of it.

According to the latest Gallup survey, the his job approval has dropped to an all time low, with just 38 percent of the 1,500 U.S. adults surveyed saying they approve of the job he is doing as president. And this does not bode well for his ...

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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
unemployment
economy
Republican Party
politics

What Obama Can Learn at the Martin Luther King Memorial

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While the president is hanging out—or hiding out—on Martha's Vineyard sands and greens, he's missing a chance for spiritual solace right here in Washington, where he could commune with the spirits and memorial spaces of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and—yes!—the new sculptural arrival ...

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Obama, Barack
unemployment
debt
King Jr., Martin Luther
Lincoln, Abraham
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Boehner, John
McConnell, Mitch
politics

Sarah Palin Seconds Rick Perry's 'Treasonous' Bernanke Remarks

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I suppose it's no surprise that like a moth to flame, Sarah Palin would turn up in the media glare surrounding Texas Gov. Rick Perry's lunatic comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Perry, you will recall, said that if the Federal Reserve embarked on another round of quantitative ...

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Palin, Sarah
Perry, Rick
2012 presidential election
politics
Bernanke, Ben
Federal Reserve

The Tea Party Makes a Train Wreck of the GOP

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The car wreck President Obama saw on the side of the road on his bus trip in Iowa was what was left of the GOP presidential race after the Tea Party's demolition derby in Ames.

Watching the Tea Party's presidential nomination campaign is like watching George Romero's classic zombie movie Night of ...

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tea party
Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
Pawlenty, Tim
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
Iowa
Iowa caucus
2012 presidential election

Rick Perry's Texas Benefitted from 'Washington Overspending'

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LAKEWOOD, COLO.—On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a veiled threat against Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Perry's spokesman didn't disavow the statement, claiming that it was an expression of frustration with overspending in Washington.

Without that Washington spending, Rick Perry's home county ...

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Perry, Rick
2012 presidential election
federal budget
farming
unemployment
deficit and national debt

Obama Needs a Serious Jobs Agenda

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There's a phrase the Wordmeister-in-Chief should use more often. The first word is J-O-B-S, plural, followed by an action word: agenda, program, plan or even creation. President Obama still seems reluctant to confront the plague of his presidency: joblessness. Extending unemployment benefits or ...

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Obama, Barack
Obama administration
unemployment
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
deficit and national debt
politics

Investigation into Bin Laden Movie Is About 2012

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The 2012 campaign is now in full force. And it's not because there have been several GOP primary debates, or that a Republican candidate has already dropped out of the race, or even because President Obama has interrupted his can't-we-all-act-like-adults bit to criticize Congress.

It's because a ...

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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Congress
bin Laden, Osama
Republican Party
Department of Homeland Security

Harry Reid Put Party First With Debt 'Super Committee' Picks

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One has to wonder if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is really serious about bringing federal spending under control.

Under his leadership it's been more than two years since Senate Democrats produced an actual budget. He's carried water for every bad idea President Barack Obama has had, including ...

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deficit and national debt
debt
Democratic Party
Senate
Webb, Jim
Conrad, Kent
Murray, Patty
Reid, Harry

Rick Perry Entry, Ames Straw Poll Make GOP Field Competitive

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The Republican presidential field shifted over the weekend, making for a much more competitive race.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's convincing win in the Iowa Straw Poll cemented her status as a serious candidate for president. Up to now she has been polling well but there were those who attributed ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Bachmann, Michele
Perry, Rick
Pawlenty, Tim
politics

The Poisonous Radicalization of the Republican Party

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The death this past weekend of former Oregon Gov. and U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield, was not just the passing of a good and decent man with a strong sense of Western independence, but a realization that "this ain't your mother's Republican Party anymore!"

Of course, it hasn't been for some time. The era ...

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Republican Party
2012 presidential election
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
tea party
debt
deficit and national debt
employment

Wisconsin Voters Should Have Gotten It Right the First Time

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Four of six GOP state senators held onto their seats in a recall election Tuesday in Wisconsin. Now I love the democratic process and feel it's not only a right, but a privilege and obligation to vote.

So when I look at the Wisconsin recall election, it begs me to ask…

Why can't we get it right the ...

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Wisconsin
Obama, Barack
Republican National Convention
Democratic Party
education
pensions
unions

MoveOn's 'Contract for the American Dream' Short on Good Ideas

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Back in 1994, when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans came up with the "Contract With America," Democrats and liberals derided it as nothing more than a campaign gimmick.

When the "Contract With America" propelled Gingrich into the House speakership, and earned him the first GOP congressional ...

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Democratic Party
Republican Party
Gingrich, Newt
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
employment
economy
politics

Barack Obama's Unhappy Birthday

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Back in the brio and fun of the early '60s, President John F. Kennedy was serenaded on his 45th birthday by Marilyn Monroe in Madison Square Garden. The spirit of the song, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," like everything else, changes with the times, as Barack Obama knew only too well last week,

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Obama administration
economy
2012 presidential election
Boehner, John
McConnell, Mitch
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress
Clinton, Bill
Kennedy, John

Time for Democrats to Put Up or Shut Up on Jobs

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Congress is off on vacation and the only thing that jobless Americans will get is a tee shirt, from China probably, that says "Congress got a new committee and all I got was this lousy tee shirt."

The new deficit deal just shows you that no person's life, liberty, or property is secure while this ...

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Congress
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party
Brown, Scott
Boehner, John
Obama, Barack
tea party
politics

With the Debt Ceiling Deal, America Has Been Played

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Oh what a tangled web we weave…

The deal is done. The House passed it, the Senate passed it and the president signed it. Done deal, debt ceiling raised. So, we can all sigh a huge relief right? Er, not really.

Just look at Wall Street yesterday. The Dow Jones closed down, again. The international ...

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debt
deficit and national debt
Obama, Barack
Obama administration
Republican Party
Democratic Party

Fighting Tax Hikes From the Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

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The debt deal is done—yet it's still not clear what it all means.

Neither side, it seems, is particularly happy about it—although everyone seems pleased that an agreement was reached before the White House's Aug. 2 deadline.

The markets did not react well—the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the ...

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debt
deficit and national debt
McConnell, Mitch
Paul, Rand
DeMint, Jim
Lee, Mike
Toomey, Pat
Republican Party

Obama Gave Up the Store in the Debt Ceiling Crisis

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High noon on the Ohio Clock, a gorgeous grandfather clock outside the Senate floor. That's when the end of an era will begin. Wasn't it called "Change we can believe in?” Something like that, a short era of pretty words.

The best thing Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid did during this ordeal over ...

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Obama, Barack
Boehner, John
debt
deficit and national debt
Cantor, Eric
McConnell, Mitch
Biden, Joe
politics
Congress