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The President Said Sequester Was There to Force Entitlement Cuts

Feb 11, 2013 3:19 PM PT

In response to White House rules out raising Medicare eligibility age:

In case you missed it yesterday, the White House's announcement of the debt ceiling deal (which created the sequester as a motivator toward cuts) said the bipartisan commission would "seek a balanced approach to larger deficit reduction through entitlement and tax reform." The President got his tax reform/new revenue in December, but he has not delivered on his end of the bargain with entitlement reform.

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Former FL GOP Boss Pleads Guilty

Feb 11, 2013 1:12 PM PT

The long anticipated trial of  former Florida GOP boss Jim Greer is not going to happen. Greer plead out to theft and money laundering charges, ending any prospect of former Governor Charlie Crist, or anyone else, having to testifying in the case. Senator Rubio was dragged into this several years ago during the 2010 Republican Senatorial primary race, and many thought that he would get dragged into it again, if the case were to have gone to trial.

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Bad deals getting worse

Feb 11, 2013 11:30 AM PT

In response to White House rules out raising Medicare eligibility age:

I must admit I'm not entirely enchanted by the usual tactic of "saving" these entitlement programs by raising the eligibility ages.  It happens to Social Security too.  These bad Big Government deals just keep getting worse, as we chase the precise point of equilibrium between average lifespan and the taxpayer-to-beneficiary ratio.  It's particularly dismaying with respect to Social Security, sold to Americans for so many years as a sort of guaranteed personal retirement account that we "pay into" over a lifetime, and then "collect."  Well, if you pay into a true retirement account, the financial institution you contracted with decades ago can't just arbitrarily decide to move your age of eligibility back because too many of the other clients are living longer.  

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On Killing Bin Laden: "Is this how America treats its heroes?"

Feb 11, 2013 9:59 AM PT

If you read anything today, anything at all, you must read this piece. 

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed 

"As I watched the Shooter navigate obstacles very different from the ones he faced so expertly in four war zones around the globe, I wondered: Is this how America treats its heroes? The ones President Obama called "the best of the best"? The ones Vice-President Biden called "the finest warriors in the history of the world"? 

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Nancy Pelosi, prophet of ruin

Feb 11, 2013 9:33 AM PT

During a radio interview this morning, I was asked if I thought Nancy Pelosi was nuts for saying during a Fox News interview on Sunday, "It's almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.  We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address."

She's not nuts, although when she says stuff like this, it sounds appropriately deranged.  She's only delivering a blunt summary of Democrat Party orthodoxy, which holds two core beliefs about the deficit:

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Empowerment for the "Julia" set

Feb 11, 2013 9:16 AM PT

In response to Julia, Get Your Gun!:

The seeming paradox between talk of feminist "empowerment" and government dependency is easily resolved by realizing that the Left has sold many women a sense of empowerment in the Rousseau sense of authenticity.  The government "empowers" them to express themselves and take charge in areas that really matter by providing for those basic needs of education, finance, health, etc.  This is the rationale of "positive rights" - no one is truly "free" who must worry about the roof over her head, or the bread upon her table. 

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