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  • Obama's Giveaway Deal With Cuba May Hurt His Party in 2016

    12/23/2014 7:43:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama continues to embrace low-tier, go-it-alone executive actions to pad out the last two years of his mistake-filled, agenda-less presidency in a hopeless hunt for a legacy. His arrogant decision this week to re-establish diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba is the latest example of a president desperately searching for something to do without having to deal with Congress. You can comb through all of the polling data for the topmost concerns of the American people, and renewing U.S. relations with Cuba's evil Castro dictatorship is not among them. But with his job-approval polls in the basement, and...
  • Both at Home and Abroad, Obama's Presidency is Floundering

    04/19/2014 5:48:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards on his foreign and domestic policies lately. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy. She expressed grave concern that the economy's 6.7 percent...
  • Black Leaders Open Fire on Obama Over Unemployment

    03/29/2013 1:06:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's failed job policies are facing bitter criticism from African-American leaders who say black unemployment has grown worse under his presidency. After four years of holding their tongues and remaining quiet in the face of sharply rising black unemployment and record poverty, political leaders from the Congressional Black Caucus to the NAACP have begun to open fire on the White House. Obama won 96 percent of the black vote in 2008 and about the same percentage in 2012, despite a worsening jobless crisis among African-Americans. At 14 percent for adults and 43.1 percent for 16-to-19-year-old teenagers, blacks...
  • Obama's Legacy Agenda: A Two Year War on the GOP to Make Nancy Pelosi Speaker in 2014

    03/06/2013 7:25:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2016 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If anyone still thinks President Obama is serious about putting our fiscal house in order, Exhibits A and B prove he's been playing political games with this issue from the beginning. Exhibit A: The White House high command saw the full sequester budget battle -- not as an effort to curb out-of-control deficit spending that's driving the government into unfathomable debt -- but as a relentless, politically-driven opportunity to bludgeon the Republicans in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. Obama's campaign-style events in recent weeks were a carefully- crafted effort in demagoguery to blame the GOP for the sequester...
  • LAMBRO: Romney can save the economy - Convention message a clarion call

    08/28/2012 6:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has to do two things really well at his convention: Lay out in dramatic terms how bad the Obama economy is and demonstrate that he is the candidate who can fix it. After Monday’s front-page Washington Post/ABC News poll showing more than 80 percent of Americans now say the economy is poor, and 70 percent who say our country is seriously off-track, Mr. Romney’s convention has to pound that failed economy message into the minds of TV viewers and nail it to the door of President Obama’s Oval Office. This will be the clarion call...
  • Democrats Kicking U.S. Economy When It's Down

    07/27/2012 5:17:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    Senate Democrats voted Wednesday to raise taxes on a struggling economy at a time of rising unemployment and slowing economic growth. Dismissing months of statistics showing the economy may be on the cusp of a double-dip recession, Democrats passed the tax bill by a thin 51 to 48 margin to show their support for President Obama's failed economic policies. The Democrats' action represented the triumph of their party's ultra-leftist, class warfare ideology over economic common sense. Two Democrats (James Webb of Virginia and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut) voted against it. No Republican voted for it. Think for a moment what...
  • Rep. Budget Cuts to Tame Monster Deficit

    02/23/2011 7:47:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- There's no chance the Senate is going to take up last week's House Republican budget cuts, yet they sent a loud, clear, muscular message to the other side of the Capitol that the Obama Democrats' spending binge days are over. The $61 billion the House will slice from this fiscal year's 2011 budget will cut much more deeply into the government's discretionary programs than anyone expects, eliminating or shrinking dozens of programs and offices, even axing some of the GOP's own sacred cows, and slashing agencies by up to 40 percent. But with the March 4 deadline looming,...
  • For Blacks, Jobless Rate Brings Desperation

    03/26/2010 6:53:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 87 replies · 1,374+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The harsh economic reality for black Americans and their national leaders here is that black unemployment is worsening under the policies of the first black president. The sadder political reality is that these leaders, frustrated that blacks have the highest jobless rate among all other Americans, are going easy on President Obama, with polls showing virtually no decline in black support for him, at least not yet. Even more depressing, black leaders are still calling for more of the same old economic bromides to deal with black unemployment, unwilling to break with leftist Democratic policies that have made...
  • LAMBRO: Roberts For The Defense

    03/12/2010 6:20:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies · 399+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    When President Obama turned his State of the Union address into an attack on the Supreme Court's ruling that ended the ban against corporate spending for political campaigns, the justices had to sit there motionless while encircled by Democratic lawmakers who cheered the president's scolding. Judicial scholars could not recall a president "taking a swipe" at the justices, as one of them put it, in such a venue, at least not since President Franklin D. Roosevelt did it in his 1937 address before he tried to pack the court with more liberals to rule in favor of his unconstitutional New...
  • Congressional openings: Democratic retirements in troubled economy

    01/01/2010 3:48:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies · 1,070+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    A number of House Democrats have announced they are retiring, and party officials say more could follow in a tough midterm election year of high unemployment, a slow economic recovery and a very angry electorate. A growing number of Democrats have read the handwriting on the wall that tells of bleak prospects for their party in 2010 when Republicans are expected to pick up seats in the House and possibly in the Senate, too. Historically, the party out of power makes gains in an administration's midterm point, and that seems to be what is in store for the Democrats this...
  • Endangered Democrats

    10/12/2009 3:32:07 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 27 replies · 2,136+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    As soon as Republican Rep. Michael N. Castle announced last week that he was running for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s open Senate seat, election analysts rated the contest a tossup favoring the Republican Party. Mr. Biden's seat had been rated safely Democratic by all the forecasters. However, the nine-term congressman and former two-term Delaware governor, who has never lost an election (winning vote totals in the 60 percent to 70 percent range) changed all that with his entry into the race. The Democrats were in danger of losing yet another Senate seat in 2010...
  • Debate rages over 'tea party' crowd

    09/22/2009 2:14:29 PM PDT · by piytar · 49 replies · 2,148+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    As it turned out, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based conservative advocacy group that was the chief organizer of the rally's arrangements, corrected an earlier estimate of 1 million to 1.5 million that it attributed to ABC News and put the figure between 600,000 and 700,000. ABC News denied it had reported a crowd that large and said its reports put the size of the demonstration in the "tens of thousands" range.
  • A march on Washington

    09/09/2009 4:15:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies · 1,963+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Protest set on Democratic health care plan The armies of "tea party" conservatives who packed town-hall meetings last month to oppose President Obama's $1 trillion government health care plan bring their protest movement to the Capitol on Saturday to urge its defeat. Those who thought the hundreds of April 15 tax-day rallies across the country were a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon had better think again. This is a grass-roots movement that has been gathering strength ever since, fueled anew by pending bills in Congress to enact a historic expansion of the government's power over the nation's private health care system. The tea...
  • Tea Party Express roars to D.C. [Free Republic mentioned]

    09/08/2009 4:56:38 AM PDT · by libstripper · 30 replies · 1,455+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 8, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    When the "tea party" movement kicked off in April to protest record federal spending bills, trillion-dollar deficits and higher tax burdens, its members were fiercely independent and opposed any suggestion that they bond with a larger umbrella group, preferring to work within their local communities. But that go-it-alone approach is changing as a result of the war over health care, and the Tea Party Express tour is leading the way. The Tea Party Express - a caravan of buses, speakers and entertainers who have been holding protest rallies in cities and towns across the country - is heading to Washington,...
  • Tea Party Express roars to DC

    09/07/2009 2:25:11 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 1,687+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 8, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    When the "tea party" movement kicked off in April to protest record federal spending bills, trillion-dollar deficits and higher tax burdens, its members were fiercely independent and opposed any suggestion that they bond with a larger umbrella group, preferring to work within their local communities. But that go-it-alone approach is changing as a result of the war over health care, and the Tea Party Express tour is leading the way. The Tea Party Express - a caravan of buses, speakers and entertainers who have been holding protest rallies in cities and towns across the country - is heading to Washington,...
  • N.J. governor's race a GOP 'bellwether'

    08/23/2009 10:08:12 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 474+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 08/22/2009 | Donald Lambro
    Republican candidates are showing new political strength in some states this year, but none seems more improbable than conservative Republican Christopher J. Christie's big lead over embattled Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for a second term in deep-blue New Jersey.
  • N.J. governor's race a GOP 'bellwether'

    08/22/2009 1:16:20 PM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies · 816+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Republican candidates are showing new political strength in some states this year, but none seems more improbable than conservative Republican Christopher J. Christie's big lead over embattled Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for a second term in deep-blue New Jersey. The bearish 46-year-old Mr. Christie, whose only elective office was a brief stint as a county commissioner, achieved statewide recognition as a corruption-fighting U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey who sent scores of corrupt politicians — of both parties — to prison during a seven-year tenure. He then set his political sights on the governorship in December, brandishing...
  • Wheels Coming Off the Obama Agenda

    08/18/2009 9:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 2,394+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 18, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The gutsy admonition that "failure is not an option" has turned into the "failed public option" in President Obama's trouble-plagued, government-run health care plan. The idea of the federal government operating another health-insurance business to compete with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and hundreds of other private plans has crashed and burned -- the victim of a massive grassroots protest movement and deepening fears and divisions among Democratic lawmakers. The White House gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the go-ahead Sunday to suggest that the administration was not necessarily wedded to a government health-insurance plan for millions of...
  • Democracy at Work is Not "Un-American"

    08/11/2009 10:59:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 839+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 11, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    The people showing up at town hall meetings to voice their strong disapproval of President Obama's health care plan have been called thugs, extremists, mobs, terrorists and, this week, "un-American." Ever since Democrats headed home for the one-month August recess to hear what constituents are saying about their pending health care reform bills, White House and Democratic Party officials have been attempting to demonize opponents who are packing congressional town hall meetings to freely express their opinions. According to reports from around the country, most opponents are civil and respectful, but in some cases many are also angry; voices are...
  • GOP Launches the Ad Wars of August

    08/05/2009 5:55:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 765+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The escalating war to block Barack Obama's hostile takeover of our healthcare system has moved to a wider battlefield of TV ads, Internet videos and town-hall meetings where his opponents may have the advantage. With Congress on vacation through Labor Day, the grassroots ad wars of August against Obama's government-run medical-care scheme is being fought out on a more level playing field where Republicans have shown they're better at this kind of combat than their Democratic rivals. Think Hillarycare, for example, an incomprehensible, Rube Goldberg budget buster that Democrats never brought up for a vote in the House...
  • Washington Times Reporters Discuss Palin (Say popularity will grow)

    07/14/2009 10:44:04 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 36 replies · 1,135+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 14, 2009 | Joseph Russo
    Two guys in a newsroom discussing Governor Palin:Click on image.Don Lambro speaks to Ralph Z. Hallow about his exclusive interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
  • Democrats Call Sarah Palin's Cryptic Resignation 'Bizarre'

    07/03/2009 5:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies · 4,018+ views
    NewsMax / The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska announced Friday that she will resign her office July 26, fueling speculation that she intends to spend the next four years pursuing her party's presidential nomination in 2012. Mrs. Palin made her stunning announcement at her Wasilla home with Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, who will be sworn into office at the end of the month, she said. She did not take questions from reporters and only cryptically referred to her future plans. In her announcement, she said it "hurts to make this choice," but compared herself to a point guard in basketball. "A good...
  • Tax your employee benefits? That's a scheme on the Hill to finance Obamacare

    06/29/2009 2:39:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1,577+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama's original plan to pay for his health care reforms was to limit charitable contributions and mortgage interest payments that people can deduct from their taxable income. But both proposals were nonstarters from the moment they reached Capitol Hill. They would raise taxes on the two sectors that we need to be encouraging, not stifling. The former would reduce charitable giving. The latter would hurt the beleaguered housing industry at time when it needs all the incentives it can get. So now Democratic leaders are considering yet another sacrosanct tax-free benefit they can tap into: employer/employee health insurance premiums....
  • Debts, Doubts Continue Obama's Slide

    06/24/2009 1:54:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 855+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Five months into his presidency, the biggest items on Barack Obama's agenda are in deep trouble, and support for his handling the economy and a ballooning budget deficit is plummeting. The national news media was still trying to deal with the administration's agenda as gently as possible, as if everything was on a steady course. But his top proposals are dangerously off course and headed for defeat. Healthcare reform is mired in Democratic dissension, especially on the sky-high taxes needed to pay for it. His revenue-raising, inflationary, climate-change "cap and trade" energy bill is all but dead. His...
  • Your Silence is Deafening, Mr. President

    06/20/2009 12:01:59 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 757+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/19/2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama, known for his soaring oratory, has been having a hard time finding the right words to respond to the Iranians' struggle for political change and freedom in a repressive society. The reason: He has so much invested in his let-us-sit-down-and-settle-our-differences diplomatic approach to Iran that it has all but turned into a "see no evil, hear no evil" policy toward that nation. Continues... Surprise, surprise! A systemically corrupt party mafia, using a network of thugs to carry out the theft of an election through criminal shenanigans, human rights violations, cash payoffs, fake votes, stuffing of ballot...
  • GOP losses in 2010?

    06/18/2009 5:05:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 75 replies · 2,281+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    No one envies Sen. John Cornyn's job as chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee in a daunting election cycle when the party likely will lose more Senate seats in 2010. Soon after the two-term Texas senator took over the No. 4 Republican leadership post, five Republican-held Senate seats became open contests as a result of four retirements in New Hampshire, Missouri, Ohio and Florida and a devastating party switch in Pennsylvania - states that are trending Democratic and where his party's prospects of holding them look bleak. "History has dealt Cornyn a bad hand," veteran elections forecaster Stuart Rothenberg...
  • Numbers Don't Add up for Obama's Health Plan

    06/03/2009 8:57:31 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 22 replies · 805+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Nearly four weeks after President Obama met with health-industry officials touting a "watershed" cost-cutting agreement, the goal of slowing the sharp rise in medical-care spending is elusive as ever. Appearing with executives of six industry groups on May 11, Obama announced what he called a "historic" and "unprecedented commitment" by the medical-care industry to "cut the rate of growth of national healthcare spending by 1.5 percentage points each year" that would yield $2 trillion in savings over 10 years. The story got front-page play and nightly news coverage across the country. However, after American Hospital Association president Richard Umbdenstock returned...
  • For GOP, Hearings Will Bring Opportunities

    06/01/2009 4:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 446+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- After all is said and done in Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation proceedings, the fact of the matter is that she will not change the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court. The appeals-court jurist will replace retiring Justice David Souter, one of the high court's four reliably liberal members. Many, if not most, of the cases heard by the conservative-leaning body are decided by 5-4 votes, and that ratio will remain unchanged. For that, conservatives have President George W. Bush to thank. He is responsible for choosing Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito Jr., who shifted the...
  • On offense, Cheney scores points

    05/24/2009 3:13:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1,360+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney's sweeping indictment of administration policy changes on the handling of terrorism-suspect detainees has thrown President Obama on the defensive and scored points for the vice president and his party, according to pollsters and political analysts. While Mr. Cheney has come under increasing fire from Democrats for charging that Mr. Obama's policies have made the country more vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, polls show a majority of Americans side with him on using aggressive interrogation methods on high value al Qaeda prisoners and are against moving them from the detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo...
  • Will Dems Sink Obama's Ambitious Agenda?

    05/23/2009 9:04:43 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies · 680+ views
    townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Not long after President Obama was sworn into office, he faced a monstrous $1.8 trillion budget deficit that analysts said would force him to sharply curtail his big-spending agenda. But Obama saw the economic recession he inherited as another Great Depression (which it's not) that demands the enactment of a lengthy list of new social programs, whose costs will drive total federal spending to more than $3.7 trillion in 2010 and add more than $9 trillion to the government's total debts over the coming decade. Deficits or no deficits, debts or no debts, Obama sees no reason to cut back...
  • LAMBRO: New protests planned. Organizers expect mass gathering in D.C.

    05/17/2009 6:19:22 PM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies · 2,355+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 18, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Last month's nationwide "tea party" demonstrations to protest massive government spending increases and rising taxes received relatively little coverage from the national news media. Liberal big-government groups dismissed them as the work of right-wing advocacy organizations in Washington, and the events were so dispersed - most of them in small cities and towns - that no one could be sure how many actually had turned out to attend them. In fact, the events were organized locally by nonactivists who had never done anything like this before. More than 600,000 people in nearly 600 localities - from Bakersfield, Calif., to Atlanta...
  • Anti-tax crusade to storm Capitol: Grassroots 'tea parties' build strength

    05/10/2009 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 944+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    The grass-roots "tea party" movement that swept across the country April 15 to protest federal tax and spending hikes will hold demonstrations in Washington and elsewhere this summer and fall when Congress will be battling over President Obama's biggest budget proposals. Leaders of the Tax Day rallies that drew an estimated 600,000 people in nearly 600 cities and towns say the seemingly spontaneous local protests have grown into a more muscular movement concerned that the escalating growth and cost of government threatens to undermine economic freedom. Organizers say rallies are planned here and around the nation on the Fourth of...
  • Too Much Humility in the Age of Obama

    04/08/2009 5:18:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 654+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama set great expectations for himself on his first European diplomatic trip to test his new get-along-by-going-along foreign policy. And it was a complete success, according to the gushing reports from the news media. Not everyone agreed with that assessment. Obama certainly proved "that he can work smoothly and productively with a wide range of foreign leaders -- provided that he allows them to set the agenda," remarked the Washington Post's foreign-policy analyst Jackson Diehl. Obama went to Europe to persuade the major European powers and other countries who make up the world's richest G-20 to pump...
  • Outlier Zogby Poll Reveals Hard Truths

    04/01/2009 4:22:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies · 1,356+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Most media polls are showing President Obama's job approval in the 59 percent to mid-60 percent range, but not pollster John Zogby, who says Obama's rating has dipped below 50 percent. Contrary to many of the other major presidential surveys such as the venerable Gallup Poll, which puts Obama's number at around 60 percent or higher, Zogby's poll (mid-March) showed that Obama's job performance fell. His findings are significant for a number of definitional reasons and are worth a closer look. In his most recent survey, the pollster said that "49 percent rate his job performance as excellent...
  • GOP gleeful at prospects for 2010 (Braking news?)

    03/31/2009 9:42:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 1,501+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/31/09 | Donald Lambro
    GOP gleeful at prospects for 2010Donald Lambro Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Republican strategists eager to rebuild the party and regain voter confidence see the comeback road running over a number of unpopular Democratic governorships on a playing field that favors making statehouse gains in traditionally Republican red states. Boosting the Republicans' potential political appeal in the current two-year election cycle is the Democrats' tendency to propose higher taxes as the solution to their state budget deficits that has sent gubernatorial polls into a steep nose dive in these tight economic times — giving the Republican Party a potent issue in...
  • LAMBRO: Damaged brand with prospects

    03/23/2009 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    The Republican brand is badly damaged and won't be in the majority anytime soon. But independent campaign analysts say the GOP will likely make gubernatorial and House gains anyway in the 2009-10 election cycle. The reasons have more to do with political geography and math than with any forecasts about what the economic climate will look like this year and next when the off-year and midterm elections will be influenced by the by whether the nation's economy responds to President Obama's stimulus programs. Republicans will just have more opportunities than the Democrats next time around in the congressional and gubernatorial...
  • Obama vows support for free markets Aims to reassure CEOs

    03/14/2009 8:57:37 PM PDT · by Delacon · 35 replies · 920+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, March 15, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama told executives of big business last week that he believed in free-market economics, capitalist risk-taking, wealth creation and possibly lower corporate taxes - terms he rarely, if ever, uttered in his stump speeches for the presidency. In an address Thursday before the Business Roundtable, a powerful lobbying organization made up of America's richest blue-chip corporations, Mr. Obama sounded at times like a cross between Ronald Reagan and free-market crusader Jack Kemp as he sought to win over titans of industry, many of whom are skeptical about his economic policies. In the course of his fence-mending speech and...
  • Obama's Gaffes Start to Pile Up

    03/07/2009 7:40:12 AM PST · by AJMCQ · 69 replies · 3,313+ views
    Town Hall ^ | March 05, 2009 | David Lambro
    President Obama and his White House staff are making mistakes that continue to worsen an already deflating U.S. economy. As the stock market plunged below the Dow's 7,000 mark -- a loss of 1,500 points since his inauguration -- Obama casually dismissed the sharp drop in equity values, comparing it to the ups and downs of a poll. The stock market "is sort of like a tracking poll in politics," he told news reporters. "You know, it bobs up and down day to day. And if you spend all your time worrying about that, then you're probably going to get...
  • Obama faulted as indifferent on markets

    03/08/2009 1:14:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 17 replies · 871+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 8, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    Some Wall Street economists think President Obama could have voiced some sympathy about the plight of frightened shareholders when he compared the stock market's plunge to an election tracking poll that "bobs up and down, day to day." They worry that the president is underestimating the important role the stock market plays in the economy's performance, and that the markets' precipitous slide is actually a vote of no confidence in the administration's handling of the economy. There's also a suspicion that Mr. Obama and his advisers think only wealthy people own stocks. "There is some of that feeling that rich...
  • Toothless Blue Dogs Roll Over on Stimulus Bill

    02/20/2009 4:25:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 820+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The House's Blue Dog Democrats like to pretend they are the deficit tigers of Congress, determined to stop runaway spending and stamp out waste, fraud and abuse. But when push came to shove, as it did in the pork-crammed $800 billion economic-stimulus bill, most of these tigers mewed like pussycats, voting in lock step with Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank for a bill they had not read. One by one, they inserted their voting cards into the slot in front of their seats and charged the stimulus money to the taxpayers. The first payment will be due April...
  • Obama: Still Not Ready for Prime Time

    02/11/2009 5:13:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 837+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2009 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama seems unwilling to acknowledge that reasonable and principled people oppose his stimulus bill because they believe another approach will yield significantly better results. Throughout his Monday-night news conference, the first of his presidency, he falsely characterized the plan's Republican opponents as people who preferred to "do nothing versus do something." Now there may be a few GOP members of Congress who fit that description, though they are a tiny number, but anyone following the very loud and heated debate in Congress knows that the loyal opposition has a full-blown plan of its own, heavily weighted...
  • For Obama, a Game of High-Stakes Fiscal Poker

    11/19/2008 7:10:06 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 400+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | by Donald Lambro
    STANFORD, Calif. -- Barack Obama will likely be forced to scale back his spending plans and perhaps slow his middle-class tax cuts next year because of massive deficits from the recession and the economic bailout. That is the prediction from top economists and budget analysts here at the Hoover Institution who have been tracking the worsening recession. Their forecast: sharply higher government deficits from plunging revenues that will severely constrain the incoming president's ambitious agenda. Obama's problem: He has exaggerated the revenue his tax increases would bring in and underestimated what his healthcare and other social-welfare programs would cost. "It's...
  • Shultz: Bush defense policy should stay

    11/18/2008 4:30:13 AM PST · by radar101 · 2 replies · 255+ views
    WashTimes ^ | November 18, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz says President-elect Barack Obama should practice President Bush's doctrine of pre-emptive defense against terrorism that has kept the country safe since the Sept. 11 attacks. Mr. Shultz credited Mr. Bush with pushing "a controversial but important idea" he said has made the U.S. a harder target when other nations were being hit by terrorists. "That is, that in this age where there are people who want to do damage to us through terrorist tactics, you want to be aggressive in trying to find out what might happen before it happens, and then stop...
  • Obama Won the Election using the Gipper's Playbook

    11/14/2008 5:59:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies · 840+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    Ronald Reagan's legacy is being kept very much alive here at a time when Republicans have lost their way and are looking for a new voice to lead them out of the political wilderness. The richly detailed testament Reagan left behind in his archives and writings, much of it still unknown to the public at large, is being uncovered, re-examined, recorded, studied and preserved at the Hoover Institution, the venerable think tank where many Reaganites of that age continue to work, breathing new life into his legacy for future generations. Much of that work is being done in the lofty...
  • Obama Not Garnering Financial Confidence Internationally

    11/12/2008 6:15:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 87 replies · 1,872+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is shrinking, unemployment is at its highest level since 1994, manufacturing is at its lowest point in 26 years -- and Barack Obama is pushing a stimulus bill to rebuild bridges and roads. Whatever the long-term infrastructure needs of the nation may be, we are not going to pull this economy out of its hole with a bunch of government public-works projects. The question is, did Obama's economic advisers tell him that? If they did, that wasn't what he told the American people last Saturday after meeting with his 20-member advisory team. Instead, he went...
  • Voter ire threatens GOP seats

    10/16/2008 11:26:06 AM PDT · by JZelle · 42 replies · 1,162+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-16-08 | Donald Lambro and Sean Lengell
    A fast-growing anti-Republican wave threatens to significantly shrink the party's ranks in Congress, as Democratic challengers make headway against once safe incumbents including the Senate's minority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Nearly a dozen Senate Republicans - many considered safe for re-election just weeks ago - are now in locked in tight races with Democrats. Analysts and operatives agree that such a change could put Democrats within reach of a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority. Democrats also are poised to make significant gains in the House, where they now have a 36-seat majority in the 435-member chamber. Analysts are predicting that Republicans...
  • LAMBRO: Gun control target practice

    09/19/2008 7:00:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies · 288+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sept, 2008 | Donard Lambro
    Gun control has suddenly emerged as the toxic issue of the 2008 presidential campaign, endangering Barack Obama's appeal among Democratic blue-collar and labor union households. The freshman Illinois senator has a long record of favoring gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and a raft of other gun control bills that are anathema to gun owners, hunters and sportsmen alike. He insists now he supports Second Amendment gun rights to keep and bear arms that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld when it struck down the D.C. gun ban in June. But he refused to join 77 of his colleagues who...
  • Obama backs off 50-state strategy against McCain

    09/12/2008 11:00:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies · 131+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 12, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    Despite the talk about a changing electoral map and new strategies, Barack Obama is pulling back from his 50-state plan as John McCain has solidified Republican support, turning November's presidential election into a contest for the same handful of states that have swung the last two contests. The first round of post-convention polling shows Mr. McCain, in picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, has enthused Republicans. Meanwhile Mr. Obama, the Democrats' nominee, is pulling back resources from Georgia, a state he once boasted he would flip Democratic; is stepping up efforts to hold Democrats in Pennsylvania and...
  • Obama backs off 50-state strategy

    09/12/2008 2:17:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies · 244+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | Donald Lambro and S.A. Miller
    ...In a briefing for reporters Monday, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said they expected to hold all of the states won by Mr. Kerry in 2004, which gave him 251 electoral votes out of the 270 needed to win. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has pulled back from Georgia, stepped up his campaign in Pennsylvania and Michigan, and poured attention on Ohio. The campaign hopes to take Iowa and New Mexico out of the Republican Party's column, which would push its total to 264 - putting it within six electoral votes that the campaign expects to find in at least...
  • LAMBRO: At what cost Obama?

    08/17/2008 11:32:42 PM PDT · by kellynla · 15 replies · 260+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2008 | Donald Lambro
    COMMENTARY: There's a big difference between listening to one of Barack Obama's speeches, as inspiring as they may sound, and carefully reading them and weighing each passage. There is less there than meets the ear. Maybe it sounds good to the unquestioning mind, but much of his thinking doesn't hold up to even the most cursory scrutiny. Many of his suggestions are disturbing because they would move the country in old directions that have never worked in the past. He gave a speech about the economy the other day in Titusville, Fla., that contained many of the thoughts he has...