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A Different Kind Of Iraq Speech

9:43 pm Feb. 26, 2009

Soon after the war in Iraq began in 2003, the President went to military bases around the U.S. to rally the troops and the public to support the operation. One of the first stops for George W. Bush was the Marine Corps base at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, where he …

A Budget Jab At Oil & Gas

5:19 pm Feb. 26, 2009

One industry more than any other was singled out by the tax provisions in the budget outline released by the White House on Thursday. That was the U.S. Oil and Gas industry. “Eliminate oil and gas company preferences,” read the line on page 10 of the Summary Tables issued by …

More Taxing Details

5:17 pm Feb. 26, 2009

You will read an awful lot in coming days about who is wealthy in a political sense.  My definition will be pretty clear from the Obama budget. If you are a married couple and make more than $250,000 a year, you are getting a tax increase. If you are single …

Obama Budget

11:37 am Feb. 26, 2009

If you want to spend a few minutes looking at the Obama budget outline that was released today, then here is your link. http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/ In remarks this morning, President Obama said his budget was filled with tough choices, as he defended his plans to raise taxes on those making over …

Congress Moves On Foreclosures

8:41 pm Feb. 25, 2009

Just over a week after President Obama laid out his plans to stem the rising tide of home foreclosures, the House is expected to approve one controversial part of that. Today lawmakers will vote on a bill that would allow bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of a mortgage loan, …

House Approves Omnibus

6:09 pm Feb. 25, 2009

Like many issues that we will cover in the months ahead, the first act of approval by the U.S. House is almost meaningless, and that’s true with a $410 billion Omnibus budget spending bill. The real fight comes next in the U.S. Senate. The House sent the Senate its version …

The Taxing Details

5:34 pm Feb. 25, 2009

Some of the screams and yells from Republicans on Capitol Hill today are sure to be somewhat along the lines of “I told you so!” as President Obama unveils his first budget outline. As a few of the specifics began leaking out on Wednesday evening, you could almost feel the …

Obama Takes Center Stage

10:16 pm Feb. 24, 2009

The Inauguration reminded everyone that times have changed and last night, President Barack Obama urged Americans to join together to deal with tough economic times. I haven’t seen any polls, but I confidently will say right now that I bet his speech gets big viewership in terms of ratings and …

Why Wait For His Speech?

9:58 pm Feb. 24, 2009

Last night’s address to Congress continued a growing tradition amongst lawmakers of sending out their reaction to a Presidential speech before they’ve even read a word of it. Instead of reaction, or “react” as we like to call it in the radio business, this is classic “preact” – as in …

A Four Minute Walk

9:25 pm Feb. 24, 2009

I always like it when a loud voice yells out from the House floor and introduces the President to lawmakers of both parties. “Madam Speaker, the President of the United States,” said Wilson Linvingood, the U.S. House Sergeant-at-Arms. For many years, that job fell to the Doorkeeper of the House, …