The quiet environs of San Ramon are often described as a world away from bustling San Francisco, but for commuters trying to travel between the two places, the gap is more literal than figurative. Read More
My Examiner colleague Conn Carroll has pointed to the Kauffman Foundation’s “Starting Smaller; Staying Smaller” study of how job creation has slowed up and its Read More
Immigration from Mexico to the United States has slowed down toward zero: that’s the thrust of an excellent story by Damien Cave in the New York Times (complete with excellent interactive graphics). Read More
A new study by Wendell Cox for the Heritage Foundation found that “The federal transit program and the transit systems that it subsidizes are among the most wasteful enterprises in the America Read More
The White House struggled Tuesday to explain an outburst by press secretary Robert Gibbs, who called dissatisfied liberals "crazy" and in need of drug testing.
"They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we've eliminated the Pentagon," Gibbs told the Hill newspaper. "They wouldn't be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president." Read More
Setting legislative priorities has been one of the chief tasks of American presidents for the past century. Sometimes they concentrate on changing public policy. At other times, they highlight issues for political reasons, with an eye to the next election.
In his first 14 months in office, Barack Obama worked to change public policy, with partial success. He jammed through the stimulus package in February 2009 and health care legislation in March 2010 on party-line votes. Read More
One way to look at President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2011 is to focus on the fact that it includes the largest annual deficit — $1.6 trillion — since World War II.
It’s even more revealing to examine Obama’s spending plans for the next five years. There, we find a cumulative federal deficit of $5.08 trillion. White House spinmeisters will crow about Obama “cutting” the deficit in half — to $700 billion — by 2013. Read More
In his New York Times column last week, David Brooks contrasted "the educated class," which supports Barack Obama and his liberal worldview, with the tea party movement, "a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against, ... the concentrated power of the educated class." Read More