Monday, March 25, 2013

Re-Writing The History Of The Iraq War

First, let's get the giant elephant out of the room. If WMDs had been found in the form and quantity advertised by the Bush administration, we would not be talking about Iraq today. There would be no hand wringing about the lives lost in the conflict or the cost. Who knows? We might have even gotten positive news coverage about Iraq instead of the current tendency of the world media to find a Sunni in Baghdad that pines for the days when Saddam was in charge.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Let's Respect The Voters' Verdict

Source: Fox News
After months of relative silence, Paul Ryan will be taking center stage once again on Tuesday when he will release his budget proposal. This morning, he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to preview the upcoming budget.

Based on what Ryan said, it appears that his fiscal approach is essentially unchanged. The primary difference appears to be that he now intends to balance the budget in 10 years. His previous proposal did not balance the budget until well into the 2030s, if then. This is good news for those - like myself - who believe that tackling our fiscal problems should be the number one priority of Washington.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Rand Paul's Filibuster Scorecard

Relax everyone. It is once again safe to grab a seat and enjoy coffee at Starbucks.

Thanks to Rand Paul's 13 hour filibuster we now have assurances from Eric Holder that American citizens will not be struck by a drone on U.S. soil while enjoying a Grande Latte unless they are  "engaged in combat". Who gets to define "engaged in combat"? The Administration, of course. So we are  back to square one. But at least now everyone seems to feel better with perhaps a couple of exceptions.

Monday, March 4, 2013

America Needs Its Own Political Earthquake

During his final campaign rally, Beppe Grillo filled Saint John's square in Rome with 800,000 people and had a strong message for the Italian political class: "Give up. You are surrounded. Apologize." Miles away, in Texas, watching the live feed I found myself dreaming of 800,000 people gathering on the National Mall and telling Congress and the White House "Give up. You are surrounded. Apologize to the country."

Beppe Grillo is the leader of the Movimento 5 Stelle (Five Star Movement or M5S). He is a former comedian turned blogger and political leader. He was the big winner of the Italian elections held last week capturing 25.5%  of the vote, coming in third place behind the Center-Left Coalition that garnered 29.5% and the Center Right Coalition garnering 29.1%. Mario Monti - the current Italian Prime Minister - only won 10.56% of the vote. If one were to just look at the vote share won by the parties on a stand alone basis, M5S is now the top vote getter in the lower House with the Democratic Party a close second with 25.52% of the vote.