Obama and the Liberals: Three Quarters of a Loaf Is Never Enough

I pledged awhile back, after a certain media mogul trashed President Obama for failing to solve global warming, that I would not spend all my time ridiculing the Obama-bashing disillusionment addicts of the left. – read more –

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One Nation On Welfare. Living Your Life On The Dole

The sun is shining on Miami Beach, and I wake up in subsidized housing. I throw on a T-shirt made of subsidized cotton, brush my teeth with subsidized water and eat cereal made of subsidized grain. Soon the chaos begins… –

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Don’t Tell Anyone, but the Stimulus Worked.

New York Times Sunday Observer: David Firestone…”The reputation of the stimulus is meticulously restored from shabby to skillful in Michael Grunwald’s important new book, “The New New Deal.” His findings will come as a jolt to those who think the law “failed,” the typical Republican assessment, or was too small and sloppy to have any…

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Obama Owes Us An Explanation

When President Barack Obama takes the stage this week at the Democratic National Convention, inside Charlotte’s aptly chosen Bank of America Arena, he owes us an explanation for why the economy has been working so much better for financial behemoths than it has for ordinary people. He needs to enhance our understanding of why, nearly…

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Valerie Jarrett Put ‘Inappropriate’ Political Pressure On Energy Stimulus Head

For months, Republicans have argued that political pressure from the White House may have been responsible for the government’s loan to Solyndra, the now-infamous failed solar power company. But a new book uncovers another glaring example of political pressure under President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan, and in this instance, the loan was ultimately rejected. – read more…

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Anti-Obama best-sellers speak volumes

It’s a good thing President Obama already has written two autobiographies; otherwise, he would have a hard time finding a kind word on the bookshelves. The publishing industry is pumping out anti-Obama books authored by conservatives in numbers normally reserved for young-adult novels about teenage vampires. More than 30 nonfiction titles blasting the president have…

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Obama Won't Talk About Stimulus, But He's Happy to Talk About What It Did

The stimulus is the law that dare not speak its name — but we’re hearing a lot about it anyway. Unlike the Affordable Care Act, which emerged from the closet into the light at the Democratic convention, the $800 billion stimulus — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — is considered unmentionable by most Democrats.…

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‘Everything people think they know about the stimulus is wrong’

Ezra Klein: Let’s begin with the obvious question. Did the stimulus work? Michael Grunwald: Everything people think they know about the stimulus is wrong. It was called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and it did produce a short-term recovery. We dropped 8.9 percent of GDP in Q4 2008. We lost 800,000 jobs in January…

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Polling the power of campaign lies, security ideas for 9/11′s 11th, stimulus stories

The New New Deal – a terrific book just out by Time senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald – is an encyclopedia of stories that most other reporters missed every day for the past three years because the stories were as unsexy as they were important. Grunwald zeroes in on the nuts and bolts and trials and tribulations of…

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Michael Grunwald Compares Stimulus Coverage To Pre-Iraq War Media ‘Groupthink’

After two years reporting on President Barack Obama’s nearly $800 billion stimulus package, a piece of legislation long derided by Republicans and barely discussed now by Democrats, Time senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald concludes in a new book that the conventional wisdom in Washington political and media circles is all wrong. In The New New Deal, Grunwald argues that the…

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