If there is one thing America has learned over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s that where he falls short as a president, he excels as a politician. He is a master at using identity politics and class warfare to divide Americans and solidify his base of support. However, the Obama campaign’s latest attempt to spread fear and loathing among the masses falls flatter than his poll ratings.
Insulting the president and other government officials is practically a national pastime in the United States. This is a testament to the freedom of our society; in some parts of the world, insulting those who govern earns you swift punishment, or at least official censorship. That isn’t the case in America — unless you live on a college campus.
Students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Texas found this out the hard way yesterday when they erected a “free speech wall” — a recently popular way for students to highlight the importance of free speech in which students put up a freestanding wall covered in paper, upon which anyone can write anything they want. Students jumped on the chance to participate
There is an old adage that defines insanity as “doing the same thing
over and over again but expecting different results.” What’s worse than
insanity is hypocritical insanity, which may be defined as doing the
same thing that your opponent did over and over again, while expecting
different results. Unfortunately, that is an apt description of the
House GOP leadership of late.(Read More)
Two Republican members of the special congressional deficit committee played down chances that the bipartisan group will offer a tax overhaul as part of their proposal to slash at least $1.2 trillion from projected federal budget gaps.
Reps. Fred Upton (R., Mich.) and Dave Camp (R., Mich.) told a gathering of Michigan Republican party officials on Mackinac Island, Mich., on Saturday that Democrats and Republicans on the panel are divided over whether to use a tax overhaul to increase federal tax revenue.(Read More)
Super Committee Gets Wonky on Taxes
The Joint Committee for Deficit Reduction conducted its third public meeting today, just hours before the panel was set to meet again behind closed doors to continue negotiations on a deficit reduction package worth at least $1.2 trillion