Peter Roff


April 2011


Poll: Americans Split on Ryan, Obama Budget Plans

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The usually insightful and informative Gallup Poll is out with numbers Wednesday that really obfuscate the debate over how best to address the nation’s deficit and indebtedness problem.

On the surface the voters appear split right down the middle, with Gallup reporting that 44 percent of the more ...

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Poll Shows Obama Is Losing the Debt Ceiling Debate

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The latest national survey from Resurgent Republic shows that President Barack Obama is losing the argument over how best to handle the vote on raising the debt ceiling.

[See editorial cartoons about the budget and deficit.]

“President Obama’s request that Congress pass another increase in the ...

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With the GOP in Power the Media No Longer Cares About Civility

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Is it just me or have the calls for civility in the nation’s political discourse died down since the Republicans won control of the House of Representatives last November?

Prior to the election the calls for greater civility were near ubiquitous. Reacting to the activities of the Tea Party movement,

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Obama Is Failing the Challenge of the Middle East Protests

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No one can really say whether the recent burst of democratic activism in the Middle East is the result of the Bush Doctrine or not.

It is certainly true that things in Iraq have improved thanks to the U.S. led international intervention against Saddam Hussein. Free elections have been held several ...

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Obama's Tax-and-Spend Budget Plan Is a Non-Starter in Congress

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Benjamin Franklin once said that nothing in life was certain save for “death and taxes.” With a Democrat in the White House the part about taxes is certainly true.

In his speech Wednesday President Barack Obama outlined his plan for putting the nation’s fiscal house back in order. It comes as little ...

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Obama Ready, Willing to Cause Government Shutdown

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For weeks the Congress has been working on a plan to keep the government up and running through the end of the current fiscal year. Sort of. 

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a long term continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of September but the Senate ...

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GOP Govs. Barbour, Christie, Like Paul Ryan's Budget Plan

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal to mixed reviews this week: Republicans, by and large, loved it while Democrats, almost to a man, hated it.

To be sure there is plenty for everyone to both like and dislike. If adopted it would ...

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