J.P. Freire is the associate editor of commentary. Previously he was the managing editor of the American Spectator. Freire was named journalist of the year for 2009 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). You can follow him on Twitter here.
Besides the Spectator, Freire's work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Human Events, Reason Magazine, Town Hall, and The Washington Times. Freire attended Cornell University.
Obama says you’ve made enough money. Easy for him to say when his income last year looked like this:
In a stump speech in Quincy, Illinois, President Obama suggested that “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” Video here. Read More
“I don’t know,” Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, responded to a question from the Examiner. “If you’re saying what spending reductions are Democrats looking at, I don’t know.” He has not heard any discussion of restraint on spending from Democratic members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, even though he has frequently heard the refrain “everything is on the table.” Read More
Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee admitted that CEOs who reported billions in losses due to Obamacare were required to state those losses after all. What the Democrats didn’t admit, on the other hand, was that the companies were being incentivized to drop their insurance for employees. Read More
We’re still finding out what exactly Congress passed with Obamacare, so it should be no surprise that there are a number of problems in the financial reform bill put forward by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. Heritage’s James Gattuso points out 14 problems here. Read More
Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, is about to make history according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The incumbent has fallen behind challengers Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater according to the Tribune’s poll of actual voting delegates. Because Bennett can’t crack 40 percent of the vote, he wouldn’t even get to participate in his own party’s primary. This means he could be the first incumbent Utah senator to lose his party’s nomination in seven decades. Read More
President Obama's success is underestimated by his critics and he's on path to become one of the most successful presidents ever, writes Mark Halperin of Time magazine:
Barack Obama's right-wing opponents have cast him as a socialist failure. His left-wing hecklers see him as an over-cautious hedger. But, critics notwithstanding, President Obama is on the path to be a huge success by the time of November's midterm elections. Read More
As Carlin put it: The planet is fine.
Liberals calling for breaking up large banks are being taken for a class-warfare ride by President Obama. From Chris Stirewalt's Morning Must-Reads:
Liberals want the government to break up the big banks now. Conservatives want the big banks to lose any special regulatory status and be allowed to go bankrupt if they fail. Read More
Former ACORN head Bertha Lewis told a group of the Young Democratic Socialists on that they should "do everything [they] can" to build their organization, and then insisted that our times are worse than internment under the Japanese and the years of Jim Crow laws (h/t Morgan Richmond at BigGovernment): Read More
An Obama Treasury department official behind the consumer protection language in the proposed financial reform legislation is a former head of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the advocacy wing of a non-profit community development lender funded by none other than John Paulson — the billionaire who worked with Goldman Sachs to package bad mortgages into securities and offer them on the market. Read More
Campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees to President Obama are nearly seven times as much as President Bush received from Enron workers, according to numbers on OpenSecrets.org. Read More
Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in Christian Legal Society (CLS) v. Martinez, in which the University of California's Hastings College of Law in San Francisco barred the Christian Legal Society from discriminating in its membership. The organization requires voting members and leaders to sign a statement of faith, though it allows others to attend meetings. A student who "advocates or unrepentantly engages in sexual conduct outside of marriage between a man and a woman" can't vote or become a leader in the group. Read More
In March, California tied Rhode Island for third highest unemployment, at 12.6 percent. According to the L.A. Times, "the Employment Development Department estimates that about 100,000 Californians will have exhausted their benefits by this weekend," each after spending as many as 99 weeks on the dole. Read More
In a speech before the Constitution Project Thursday night, Attorney General Eric Holder rebutted critics, denying that he had "coddled terrorists" or "rubberstamped President Bush's counter-terrorism policies." Instead, he argued, he sought only to protect "America's safety, its interests, and its values by appealing to the rule of law."
Relying heavily on the teleprompter (rarely if ever taking his eyes off of it), Holder defended his efforts to try terrorists in civilian courts as part of his broader push to "win this war": Read More
On MSNBC, Ed Schultz scoffed at Rep. Michelle Bachmann's, R-Minn., claim that the reform pushed by Dodd and Democrats would be a permanent TARP: Read More