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September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774187
As discussed in my post yesterday, there was a bit of a dust-up over a preliminary CBO report on the stimulus, with some questions in particular about how quickly the money would be spent. Bloggers on the Left insisted that the money would be spent quickly, and ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774189
The one thing Bill Ayers has accomplished in his life - besides fooling at least some into believing he’s just an everyday education professor - is to prove Andy Warhol wrong about everyone getting just 15 minutes of fame.

Ayers is working on his second 15 minutes and ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774190
I promised earlier today to do a post on Paul Krugman’s latest article defending the stimulus, but I see Jon already covered most of it at The Next Right.

I would add a few more points:

The true cost per job of the Obama plan will ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774188
Could there be some toxic spillover to the Obama Administration from the Blagojevich scandal? Even as Bob Woodward hints that the First Family may have some nanny/tax issues waiting in the tall grass, there may be another more dangerous figure looming in the bushes. His ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774165
Congratulations to Michale Steele for winning a tough race for the RNC Chair. It took several votes, but I think the RNC made a good choice:

Meet the new chairman of the Republican National Committee: Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who defeated South Carolina party chairman ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774166
Disgruntled employee or an attempt to hide some skeletons?

The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant’s 4,000 computer servers nationwide.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774164
Of course most QandO readers are smart enough to understand that no matter what our political class says or promises, not much at all changes within the DC beltway. Despite the smiling assurances of ’hope’, change’ a ’new attitude’ and ’bi-partisanship’, it is obvious that there is neither ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774161
If Obama is the messiah, does that make Bill Ayers Lazarus? By that I mean, is there any doubt Ayers would be wasting away in obscurity without Barack Obama? Instead, the unrepentant terrorist turned ill-qualified college professor has regained whatever notoriety he had lost:

Ayers, co-founder ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774162
All in the name of bread and circuses I suppose:

National Journal reported this week that the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes a provision that would make Hollywood studios eligible for a special 50% write-off of equipment purchases. According to the report, "the provision is backed by firms ...


September 12, 2017, 1:19 pm, 1774163
David Harsanyi nails it:

Imagine that. The most expensive social experiment in American history — one that will cost taxpayers more than both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined — was allotted less than a single day of debate in Congress.

How many speed-reading whiz-kid representatives do ...