Political Arena

IBD: The Audacity of Socialism

By John Biver

“Barack Obama has styled himself a centrist, but does his record support that claim?

In this series, we examine Senator Obama’s past, his voting record and the people who’ve served as his advisers and mentors over the years. We’ll show how the facts of Obama’s actions and associations reveal a far more left-leaning tilt to his background — and to his politics.”

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Change you can’t believe in: The unintended consequences of bad government policies

By John Biver

As we noted last time, Republican Congressman Jim Saxton, the ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), recently issued a report outlining the policy blunders that have led to the “inflated and unsustainable housing bubble” and the ensuing crash and financial crisis.

Continuing with our posting of the report’s highlights, the JEC summarized the macroeconomic policy factors that have contributed to the current worldwide financial problem. (Emphasis added.)

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Government policy blunders largely caused the global financial crisis

By John Biver

Republican Congressman Jim Saxton, the ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), recently issued a report outlining the policy blunders that have led to the “inflated and unsustainable housing bubble” and the ensuing crash and financial crisis. What follows is an outline of that report and what voters need to consider before casting a vote in November.

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Elected Republicans are failing on the big issues

By John Biver

The job of a legislator in modern day America isn’t what it used to be. Today it’s tougher. Winning public support for the right policies now requires a lot more effort and there are a lot more forces working against those good policies.

What hasn’t changed since the nation’s founding is that it’s still all about public opinion.

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Republican leaders need to come out of the wilderness

By John Biver

Right after the 2002 election I asked an old political veteran of the 1976 Reagan campaign what his opinion was about the prospects for Republicans in Illinois going forward. He said get ready for at least ten years in the wilderness. At the time that seemed too pessimistic, now it looks right on target.

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Horse and buggy legislators – The Last Hurrah

By John Biver

The 1958 Spencer Tracy film “The Last Hurrah” is about “an old Irish-American political boss, running for reelection as a mayor of a U.S. town for the last time,” an”outstanding look at old time politics as it begins to give way to the era of mass media.”

Half a century later we’ve entered yet another new era, so it’s time for a remake. The new version of the movie could involve a member of Congress, or for that matter a state legislator, who is coming to grips with the fact that the times have passed them by and their approach to their job hasn’t kept pace.

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Palin v. Biden: Reviews from the right

By John Biver

As a friend told me on the phone last night, when the liberals are again spitting up on themselves during TV interviews, you knowSarah Palin did well in the debate against Joe Biden.

Nothing she was going to do or say during last night’s vice presidential debate was going to change any minds for the group hoping to usher in the Age of Aquarius – I mean the age of Obama. For their reviews, scan the dial and the newspaper columns and the left wing blogs. For your convenience, here are a few of the comments made by folks who were probably going to vote against Obama-Biden even if Joe and Barack weren’t gaffe machines.

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Palin v. Biden and the opportunities of a vice presidential debate

By John Biver

While Chicago Cubs and White Sox fans are fastening their seat belts for an exciting ride through October, spectators of the greatest game of American politics have a momentous month ahead as well.

Just as a good coach can make the difference in baseball, the quality of staff in politics can make or break a campaign. Both John McCain andSarah Palin are going to be sprinting from here to the finish and the quality of much of what we hear from them until November 4th will depend upon who has their ear.

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Republicans continue to fail in their duty to sell

By John Biver

Political pundits talk of the 50-50 red-blue divide in America as if it’s the result of both sides clearly articulating their positions and only succeeding in convincing half of the population to vote their way. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Democrats like Barack Obama work overtime to find words to hide their real agenda. An Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) editorial we linked addresses this fact head on. Rather than frighten moderates by speaking to the true nature of their agenda, Obama and the Democrats speak in code and use euphemisms. The IBD says that “Obama is too smart to try to smuggle such hoary collectivist garbage through the front door.”

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Wanted: People with the ability to lead

By John Biver

John McCain trails Barack Obama in the national polls on this last Sunday in September and in Illinois, as Doug Ibendahl explained here, it’s not even close. McCain might still win the election but in Illinois it’s already over. The reason for this is what we’ve been saying on this website for years: a lack of effective Republican leadership.

Unfortunately the sad story of the IL GOP has somehow been mirrored nationally. President George W. Bush and Speaker Dennis Hastert chose not to work for domestic policy reforms (such as we outlined here) and instead increased the size of government as if they were liberal Democrats.

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Public opinion and political organization

By John Biver

Wise political leaders throughout American history have understood that public opinion is king. In the past several decades, however, shrill organized interest groups and a left-leaning press have made it a challenge for supporters…

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Political realism, change, and reform

By John Biver

“Change” is the catch word in today’s politics, and now “reform” has been added as its companion. To bring about both, real power is required. Why state the obvious? Because good people entering the…

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