Republican states suck-up more federal goodies than do Democratic states

For years now, I’ve been writing about how red states (those that lean to the Republican side) generally are so-called taker states, while blue states (those that lean to the Democratic side) generally are so-called giver states. I’ve made the point that red states get a lot more back from the federal government than they pay in federal states. The reverse is the case with blue states. They generally pay more in federal taxes than they get back from the federal government. The great irony, of course, is that politicians in the red...

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To support their own worldview, Republicans have to ignore these Obama successes

Today’s candidacy announcement by Sen. Ted Cruz marks the formal opening of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, which means the rhetoric will now become hotter and heavier with each passing day. For example, Cruz and his likely rivals for the GOP nod will now have to double-down on their denunciations of Democrat Barack Obama’s two-term presidency. As we see HERE, these Republicans will have to ignore or try to explain away how Obama has: 1. Proved trickle-down economics are wrong, again; 2. Proved we can expand...

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Some of these potential GOP candidates for president don’t have a ghost of chance

When Michele Bachmann ran for the Republican nomination during the last presidential election cycle, the mainstream media paid far more attention to her than she actually deserved. Yes, she was good copy, but anyone with half a brain understood that her chances of actually winning the GOP nod were were utterly nonexistent. The Republican rank-and-file were crazy, but not that crazy. This time around, there are even more Bachmann-like characters among the field of prospective GOP candidates. And, of course, the media enjoy passing along the...

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Republican senators borrow a page from Richard Nixon’s book of dirty tricks

There’s one big mistake in much of the widespread negative reaction to the infamous “open letter”  by 47 Republican U.S. senators to the leaders of Iran. Yes, this effort to derail Obama administration efforts to strike a deal with Iran concerning its development of nuclear power is scandalously disloyal and perhaps even a violation of U.S. law. But no, it’s not exactly unprecedented. Actually, it’s reminiscent of a dirty trick played years ago by one of the most unprincipled politicians in American history. Paul...

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Republican senators send embarrassingly mistaken letter to Iran in effort to nix nuclear treaty

In an effort organized by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (above) of Arkansas, a group of 47 Republican senators have signed a letter to leaders of Iran warning them against approving any treaty with the Obama administration on Iran’s nuclear program. The letter is ill-advised on several counts, including the chance that it may actually encourage the Iranians to cut a deal while Obama is still president. Then, too, the letter offers a mistaken reading of the U.S. Constitution and the rules of the U.S. Senate. Harvard Law School professor Jack...

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