Why Am I Fond of Jeb Bush

Here is a good reason–he is really smart and we need a really smart person to lead the right and lead the country: As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush flew in Ivy League social scientists for daylong seminars with his staff and carved out time for immersive brainstorming sessions he called “think weeks.” A voracious reader, …

The Debt Ceiling “Capitulation” Was Nothing of the Kind. It Was a Recognition of Reality.

A lot of fiscal hawks are upset that the House passed a clean debt ceiling bill, instead of taking up a bill that attached spending reductions to action on the debt ceiling. However upset these folks may be, however, the fact of the matter is that with only one half of one branch of government …

Barack Obama and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Year

Generally, it is not awesome when presidents are compared to Richard Nixon: President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday. Obama’s approval rating in the poll stands at 43%. By …

Epic Defeat

So, Congress has voted to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government, which is the good news for anyone who cares about decent and responsible policymaking. The bad news is that in a few months, we may end up repeating the entire fight. I can’t wait to see what that does to our credit rating. …