Obama: The Great Leveler

June 14, 2009 | Politics

Barack Obama ran for president on a promise to raise taxes on everyone who makes $250,000 or more a year. His running mate defended the tax hike by saying that “people who are well-off have a patriotic duty to pay higher taxes.” Under the guise of “[spreading] the wealth around,” Obama acts as if his goal is to lift the poor above poverty so they too can enjoy the American dream. But in reality, his plan is to push the rich down closer to the poverty line, so that the equality Americans enjoy can be one of dependence on an intrusive, but increasingly necessary, federal government. Read more…

Michael Steele: The Faltering Leader of a Struggling Party

June 12, 2009 | Politics

Weakness comes in various shapes and forms. Sometimes it appears as an attempt to be above the fray by avoiding people in your own political party who have been ostracized for doing the right thing (as when President George W. Bush suffered a backlash for invading Iraq to overthrow the late Saddam Hussein). At other times it’s evident in the habit of being so unsure of your leadership skills that you lash out at anyone who steals a bit of your spotlight via a principled stand (as when Rush Limbaugh was denounced for hoping President Obama’s socialist-agenda fails). Read more…

Can There Be “Peace Through Weakness”?

June 5, 2009 | Politics

President Ronald Reagan’s administration operated in light of Barry Goldwater’s mantra, “peace through strength.” The belief was simple: a strong military and the willingness to use it will prevent wars rather than incite them. After all, human nature dictates that people rarely, if ever, pick a fight with someone who will successfully retaliate. This is why bullies and thugs are always looking for someone whom they can easily overcome. Read more…