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Iraq: no self-determination, no democracy

Earlier this week, American commentators from across the political spectrum praised the Iraqi parliamentary elections. Some 60 to 65 percent turned out to vote, in some cases in defiance of bombs. The official results have yet to be announced.  The Iraqi people should be commended for their determination to make the best of a bad situation. But we cannot let stand […]

Wanted: top Illinois Democrat, no experience preferred

Democratic Party politics in Illinois – President Obama’s adopted home state – is in a bad way.  Last year governor Rod Blagojevich was ousted in a scandal, and last month the party’s nominee for lieutentant governor (the number two role) resigned due to allegations of domestic assault, unpaid child support and steroids use. Today’s Times reports […]

The real scandal is this obsession with scandal

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As Republicans and Democrats squabble over who is most corrupt, the American people become more cynical about the entire political class. Read my spiked article in full here.

Piling on regulation

In an essay last year, I speculated that “today there is a possibility that the Obama regime’s call for ‘more regulation’ will just pile on to the substantial [non-financial] regulation that already exists”. Well, it seems there is an attempt to do just that. The Financial Times reports about a legislative proposal that would give […]

Health debate: Republicans offer career advice to Dems

So, it looks like President Obama and the Democrats in congress might finally make a run at passing healthcare reform legislation. Obama today urged congress to arrange an “up or down vote” on the measure (by which he means the congressional tactic called “reconciliation”, which requires a simple majority). He wants a bill passed within weeks, that is, […]

The Coffee Party?

The New York Times reports today on the rise of a group formed in response to the Tea Party – the Coffee Party. But for a group based on a more caffeinated drink, the Coffee Party seems far less agitated than their Tea counterparts. The party aims to “support leaders who work toward positive solutions, and hold accountable those […]

Fannie and Freddie: a problem, not the problem

The FT reports today that two Republicans in the House, Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan, have called for an investigation into the use of US government funds to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage companies that were taken into government “conservatorship” in September 2008. The congressmen’s call comes in response to treasury […]

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