Bernie Sanders and Robert Reich Are Confused by Economics. And Government. And Reality Bernie Sanders and Robert Reich Are Confused by Economics. And Government. And Reality

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John Hawkins John Hawkins: Hillary Is About as Qualified To Be President as Paris Hilton

The downside of being governed by idiots is that people start to think that any idiot can be president.

Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep

One of the many painful signs of the mindlessness of our times was a recent section of the Wall Street Journal, built around the theme "What's Holding Women Back in the Workplace?"

Ron Paul Ron Paul: I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria

The U.S. regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that "Assad has lost his legitimacy."

Michael Barone Michael Barone: Policy Reform That Comes From Outside (and in Spite of) Washington

Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.

Stephen Moore Stephen Moore: Tea Party Wave Left a Ripple Effect Still Felt in Budget

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans -- millions of them -- who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against Bush's corporate bailouts, Obama's stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Fed's policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

Stephen Moore Stephen Moore: Tea Party Wave Left a Ripple Effect Still Felt in Budget

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans -- millions of them -- who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against Bush's corporate bailouts, Obama's stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Fed's policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

David Limbaugh David Limbaugh: Facts Don't Work on Gun Control, so Obama Uses Emotion

In his speech on the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon last week, President Obama sounded more upset about America's gun laws than about the horrific massacre.

Cal  Thomas Cal Thomas: Joaquin and Obama: Two Forces of Nature

Before barely any facts were known, there was President Obama on camera (when isn't he?) making a 12-minute address -- a relatively short time for him -- about the school shootings in Roseburg, Oregon. The president referred to himself 28 times, according to, again proving that whatever happens in this country, or the world, it really is all about him.

Dennis Prager Dennis Prager: The Right Does Have Answers on Guns, Mr. President

On the assumption that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between right and left on the gun issue as it relates to these mass murders?

Pat Buchanan Pat Buchanan: War Party Targets Putin and Assad

Having established a base on the Syrian coast, Vladimir Putin last week began air strikes on ISIS and other rebel forces seeking to overthrow Bashar Assad.

Debra J. Saunders Debra J. Saunders: Shoot First; Ask Questions Later

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next day, Obama had a remedy: "Be a single-issue voter."

Phyllis Schlafly Phyllis Schlafly: The Establishment Looks for a New Plan B

The Republican establishment designed the process to deliver the 2016 presidential nomination to a business-friendly moderate who avoids so-called social issues. The consultants who rewrote the party rules after 2012 are now trying to explain to their patrons what went wrong and how to fix it.

Bill Murchison Bill Murchison: All Talk, No Action

By Monday, interestingly enough, the Russian invasion of Syria was receding as a topic of public concern.

Susan Stamper Brown Susan Stamper Brown: Obama’s Response to Oregon Shooting: Take Away Our Guns

We hear you loud and clear about guns, President Obama. It's a little odd though, that you'd make insinuations about taking our guns away after the recent college shooting in Oregon, especially now that the EU Times reports the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) listed the shooter as an "American black-Islamist terror suspect" not quite the "white Republican" some initially suggested. ISIS also allegedly claimed culpability.

John P. Warren John P. Warren: Why The GOP Can Lose 2016

It struck me the other day that the GOP could easily give away the next quadrennial prize, and there would be one and only one reason for the loss.

Tom Purcell Tom Purcell: The Decline of American Greatness

"I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain."

Tom Purcell Tom Purcell: The Decline of American Greatness

I'm fed up with politics and the country is going down the drain.

Lee Habeeb Lee Habeeb: Media Coverage Foments Copycat Suicides, Including Mass-Shooter Suicides

I wont name him because its what he wanted. Earlier this year, the deranged 26-year-old gunman who snuffed out the lives of nine innocent human beings before taking his own life on the campus of Umpqua Community College provided some real insight into the minds of the young men involved in what is a disturbing and growing trend in America: mass-shooter suicides.

John Kass John Kass: Shooting in Oregon Another Sign Our Culture Is Ill

Our humor is rhetorically violent. Our popular music just as violent. We're addicted to social media, where anonymity breeds a freedom to ridicule others, to peel their skin with venomous fingers from unknown keyboards. And we give our children phones at young ages so they may play, too.

Dan Weber Dan Weber: Enough Irony: Protect America’s Seniors, Not Illegal Aliens

Sometimes life is almost too ironic for words. Average Americans look at the way the world is drifting, and just shake their heads.

George Mano George Mano: Syllogisms for the 21st Century

With some in the media pouring out their hearts for outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner and attacking his critics as far-right and extremists, it reminded me of something written by newspaper man HL Mencken many years back called Syllogisms a la mode.

Fletcher Armstrong Fletcher Armstrong: Planned Parenthood’s Defense: We Harvested Brain of a Different Baby

Planned Parenthood and its allies have offered a bizarre defense against Carly Fiorinas recent comments in which she describes a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

D.W. Wilber D.W. Wilber: Foreign Policy and the White House Office of Deviancy

The Russian Bear is on the prowl in the Middle East, Iranian mullahs are inching towards a nuclear bomb with no stopping them in sight, and Americas allies are scratching their heads in wonderment questioning when or even if America will show up on the world stage and resume our proper and historical leadership role.

Robert Knight Robert Knight: Reality Takes an Atomic Hit in New York

In Billy Joels iconic song, the refrain begins, It comes down to reality, and it's fine with me cause I've let it slide.

Armstrong Williams Armstrong Williams: Farewell to the Carpenter

Although I have never formally met outgoing House Speaker John Boehner which is interesting in itself given that we travel in close circles - I feel like I know him well. In fact, I have seen him many an early morning walking in Washington. As I am leaving Results gym on Capitol Hill at six a.m. after working out, I usually see the speaker walking with his security detail in the early morning darkness. Often it is the light of the tell-tale cigarette ember that harkens our parallel rituals.

For the past several years, this has been our usual routine. Literally passing like ships in the night, the smoke-stack a solemn acknowledgment of an unspoken voyage, mutually undertaken at the break of dawn. I have often wondered whether the habit of smoking was how the Speaker dealt with the stress of it all perhaps how he balanced in anticipation of a long day of fighting, both within and outside his party to craft a framework for Republican leadership amidst a fractured Congress and a divided nation.

In many ways, the job of the speaker of the house is much like that of a craftsman. He has to take the various planks the needs of diverse constituencies under the majority party banner - and cut and shape them to fit a workable platform for governing. This has traditionally been a stable profession in Washington. Tip ONeill, the legendary Democrat, served as Speaker of the House for 11 years until he finally retired in 1987 after 34 years in Congress.

But not so today. Many of the new members have come to the House with a mandate from the district to burn the barn down, not to fix it. I can understand where such cynicism comes from. It comes from an American voting public that is fed up with the go-along to get along nature of politics in Washington. They feel as if their demands of government the very reason they elect representatives gets watered-down and drowned out amidst the horse-trading, backdoor deal-making and backslapping that has come to characterize what many see as an entrenched Washington elite. They feel the only way they can be heard is to shake things up, to disrupt business as usual, even at the cost of doing any business at all.

Speaker Boehner was once such a member. He came to the forefront as the leader of the opposition to Obamacare refusing to even entertain the president when he came to Capitol Hill to try and sell the deal to Congress. He embraced the role of the obstructionist as the mantle of the minority which was to counter the bully pulpit with a loud shout from the gallery. He rose to power on that basis seen by many as the unifying voice of the outnumbered who could only make their voices heard by standing in the path of what was perceived at the time as the Democratic machine set to steamroll through Washington.

But this model of leadership would come back to plague Boehner and the Republican establishment when they assumed the majority in 2011. In what has become a textbook case of the tail wagging the dog, newly elected members from the Tea Party wing came in and immediately started shaking things up. They forced the Congress to shut down the government rather than negotiate in good faith with the president and Democrats in Congress. This move was largely seen as damaging to the Republican Party, and rather than enable the Tea Party to push through its agenda, has driven the country into a political impasse that continues until today.

By the beginning of Obamas second term, theatrical obstructionism has officially replaced constructive engagement as the congressional mantra. Its one thing to stand in opposition as the minority party. But as the years passed, Boehner found himself at the helm of a deeply fractured majority. He was forced to expend considerably more effort corralling his own members than actually doing the business of government. And this frustrated an already frustrated electorate to the point of near rebellion as evidenced by the rise of the outsider in this years presidential contest. But the fact remained that doing any deal with the president even a deal widely seen as a win for the majority would be seen in the eyes of many as a win for the president. In a purely partisan reality any win for the president was seen as a loss for the Congress rather than a win for the American people. Thus, in a sense, doing nothing became the de facto governing framework over which Boehner, through no fault of his own, found himself presiding.

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