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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

They’re grifters, not geniuses

Having long flattered themselves as “masters of the universe,” the creative financiers of Wall Street and London are today exposed as grifters rather than geniuses. Their proud claim that society cannot prosper without them— voiced so often whenever anyone raised subjects such as taxation or regulation— would now...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Republicans root for a depression

So is the minority leader suddenly crazy? Is he just economically illiterate? Or is he convinced—like the would-be revolutionaries of the Depression era—that the worse our general situation becomes, the better for his party? All three could be true at once, but his motivation matters less than his ideas, which would...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Republicans openly shun new ideas

Once upon a time, conservatives liked to say that “ideas matter.” They attributed this pithy slogan to Ayn Rand, venerated author of Atlas Shrugged and The Virtue of Selfishness, and tried to live by it, generating books, papers and legislative proposals by the dozen. Although many of their theories later proved flimsy, they...
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

“Fiscal responsibility” is lost on the Republicans

At the brink of global ruin,many Americans suddenly seem willing to consider sensible ideas that were always deemed unthinkable, and to reject foolish notions that were once deemed brilliant. Soon we may be mature enough to observe how other developed countries address problems that have baffled us for generations.
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Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

Don’t let your critics frame the debate

Having allowed his Republican opponents to dominate the economic debate for two weeks as his stimulus proposal languished, President Obama used his first news conference to rebut them—coolly and civilly, yet without leaving any doubt that he can strike back harder if necessary. He drew the lines that had...
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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009

A basic lesson in economics for conservatives

Mythology is overshadowing history in the debate over President Barack Obama's plan to stimulate the depressed economy. Excessive airtime is devoted to the prejudices of cable hosts and radio personalities who regurgitate ideas they barely understand (and who haven't entertained an original thought since the...
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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

The right wing is guided by resentment, not reality

How fortunate for Barack Obama that Rush Limbaugh, big radio personality and leader of the instinctual far right, has yet to retire to a sunny island with his bottles of pills. At a moment when Republicans on Capitol Hill feel they must pretend to negotiate with the popular new president over spending to revive the...
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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

Obama seeks to redefine the center

On the eve of Barack Obama's ascension to power, at candlelit dinners across Washington, the designated theme was bipartisanship. From the speeches delivered to the choice of honorees, which included Sen. John McCain, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and incoming Vice President Joe Biden, the new...
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Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Republicans lack solutions, prefer status quo

Would it be rude to ask whether the Republicans have any new proposals to save the country from this worsening recession? The question arises not because anyone expects the minority party to burst forth with creative ideas, but because conservatives in Congress and the media seem so determined to thwart...

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