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Kathleen Parker December 3, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerDecember 3, 2013   As the government health-care Web site chugs along, the Obama administration has begun a counter-initiative to combatRepublican naysaying — and its weapons are of superior grade. The bunker buster is positive messaging and a return to hope andchange. For Republicans, it’s whatever the opposite is. Despair andstagnation? Gloating and…

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Robert Samuelson December 1, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson December 1, 2013     Among our problems is a failure of economic language. We lack thewords and concepts to describe observable reality. By conventionalwisdom, the Great Recession is long over. “Recession” connotes shrinking output. “Expansion” signifies the opposite. That’s how the NationalBureau of Economic Research, a group of academic economists, definesbusiness…

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Kathleen Parker November 30, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 30, 2013   If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkeythieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neitherwere a little bit right. As with tabloid stories, there’s always a smidgen of truth in theheadlines. Yet surely, too,…

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Robert Samuelson November 26, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 26, 2013   President Obama’s broken promise that people can keep their existinghealth insurance is much larger than we’ve been led to believe. Untilnow, attention has focused on the individual insurance market: peoplebuying coverage for themselves and their families from insurancecompanies. Policies have been canceled because they don’t comply withthe Affordable…

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Kathleen Parker November 22, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 22, 2013   By now, most of the world has digested the 50th anniversary of JohnF. Kennedy’s assassination, and millennials can sigh relief that another such re-examination is at least 10 years away. While most recent books and films have covered Kennedy’s life andthe mysteries that remain, an equally compelling exploration is whypeople…

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Robert Samuelson November 25, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 25, 2013     It has been only a few years since China was widely regarded as anunstoppable economic colossus. For three decades, its economy grew about 10 percent annually; China seemed to be gliding through the global economic storm. Well,maybe not. Many economists — Chinese and foreign — think China’seconomic…

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Kathleen Parker November 19, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 19, 2013   Meet Simile and Sui Generis. Simile, to refresh memories, is a favorite rhetorical device ofwriters that compares two essentially unlike things that nonethelesshave similar characteristics: The quarterback was like a locomotive. Sui generis, the Latin phrase meaning unique or one of a kind, is a helpful restraint upon the…

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Robert Samuelson November 19, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 19, 2013   How often have you heard that we have the best government money canbuy? Washington is overrun, it’s said, with fat-cat lobbyists whoselavish campaign contributions and insider connections manipulate theWhite House and Congress to serve big corporations and the rich.Meanwhile, the poor and middle class are ignored. This damning…

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Robert Samuelson November 18, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 18, 2013     Economist Robert Pindyck of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently examined thecomputer models that estimate the effects and costs of climate change —and he didn’t like what he found. The models reflect two gapinguncertainties, he says. First, we don’t know how much increased atmospheric carbon dioxide(CO2) will…

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Kathleen Parker November 15, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 15, 2013   Let’s recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No,wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway.Scratch that. If your junk policy was canceled and you still want it,you can keep it. Er, get it back. Whatever. So now President Obama has apologized…

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Kathleen Parker November 12, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 12, 2013 In spite of everything — the GOP’s internal scrimmages, thegovernment shutdown, the party’s transparent attempts to derailObamacare — Republicans keep getting second chances. The question is, can they handle prosperity? Do they even know what to do with it? With the myriad problems besieging Obamacare, from the non-rollout to the…

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Robert Samuelson November 12, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 12, 2013     For President Obama, the one “must read” from the latest Sundaypapers is an essay in The Post by Jon Kingsdale, who ran the healthexchange for the Massachusetts program of mandatory insurance from 2006until 2010. Kingsdale — a backer of the Affordable Care Act, or“Obamacare” — thinks the…

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Robert Samuelson November 10, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 10, 2013     It’s not about him. It’s about us. As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassinationapproaches, we’ve been deluged with essays, books, Web sites, videos and a new movie marking the event. The fascination with the Kennedysendures, though it’s probably on its last lap. After all, aboutthree-quarters…

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Kathleen Parker November 8, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 8, 2013     President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaked, chin-trembling apologist. When he said Thursday that he was sorry for the health-care mess-up, he performed the mea culpa as well as — if not better than — anyone inrecent history. With Trumanesque resolve, he may as well have said, “The devalued…

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Robert Samuelson November 3, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 3, 2013     “Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.” — Henry Rosovsky, Harvard economic historian Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’sstalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the…

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Robert Samuelson November 6, 2013

 

By Robert Samuelson November 6, 2013     By now, it’s obvious that the economic crisis is evolving intosomething bigger and, possibly, more ominous. The aftershock of thefinancial collapse and Great Recession has been so severe and stubbornthat it has spawned profound political and psychological spillovers.Distrust of government and pessimism about the future are growing.There’s…

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Kathleen Parker November 5, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 5, 2013     Among the many rules I grew up with, two stand out. The first was tonever call someone a liar, which was considered the worst characterindictment one could issue. The accuser had best be prepared to fight or be fleet of foot. The other was a dictum so oft-…

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Kathleen Parker November 1, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerNovember 1, 2013     Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whoseidentity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, isknown to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondenceworth sharing. Dear Ms. Know-It-All: It appears the witch Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for president. Itmakes my…

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Kathleen Parker September 20, 2013

 

By Kathleen ParkerSeptember 20, 2013     News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor. This is what Democrats would have you believe and, given the GOP’srecent obstructionist history, it would not be a stretch. However, there…

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January 24, 2008 – Alan Cooper

 

January 24, 2008 Fair Tax Income taxes were implemented early in the last century as a temporary measure to fund WWI.  Mike Huckabee says that abolishing these taxes on income and implementing a Fair Tax will be like “waving a magic wand over our pain and unfairness.” The Fair Tax makes the IRS redundant and effectively…

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Complaining about Gravity

 

November 28, 2007 Globalization has become an overused term.  Although it has been going on for decades, if not centuries, you hear the term so frequently these days that is has become almost a buzzword. Paul Freidman describes the flattening of the world; it’s a good way of visualizing how interconnected things are in the global…

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Bond Referendums. You gotta love them.

 

November 7, 2007 My wife was disappointed and disillusioned last night about the bond referendum in Lexington School District 5.  She had worked and volunteered over the past couple of months on the Yes campaign.  We have three kids in two different schools in the district, and this seemed like no-brainer to us.  I guess I…

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Shift Happens

 

October 24, 2007 Recently, I traveled back to Winston Salem to a 4 year reunion and to watch a Wake Forest football game.  As I got caught up with some of the people in my graduating class, I was amazed at how much change had taken place in these four short years.  The words reorg, divest, and…

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And it made school fun.

 

September 27, 2007 The two latest South Carolina rankings are that we are first in violent crime and not very good at all at encouraging our children to participate in physical activity. Check out this sentence taken from the study done by the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center: The proportion of children not participating in…

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A beautiful walk down Main Street in Hugerville, South Carolina

 

September 5, 2007 Jeff Wilkerson had an interesting front page article in The State today about how more shopping might be in store for downtown.  Columbia has its pretty parts, it also has its fair share of what I call euphemistically gaps.  I walked up Main Street the other day starting from the Capitol.  Second or…

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A Few Tricky Words Explained

 

August 21, 2007 (A Lack of) Synergy The relationship between the Governor’s office and the legislators is like watching a fight break out between two rookies at a Black and Garnet scrimmage. How are we ever going to get to the next level of economic development and prosperity in South Carolina, achieve our goal of higher per…

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My Dad, the storytelling engineer.

 

August 1, 2007 My Dad passed on eight years ago.  Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he was raised in a British school system that I am sure insisted on strict discipline in the classroom and corporal punishment if you broke the rules.  Fifty years after he learned it, my Dad could recite by memory all 17…

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Here and there

 

July 10, 2007 My wife and I love our life in South Carolina.  It’s such a great place to raise a family.  We are not originally from around these parts.  Each of the past few summers, we have been fortunate to visit both sides of our family.  I like that our children have the opportunity to…

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The most intelligent people in the world.

 

June 26, 2007 Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America came down with three decisions on issues that will affect this country for potentially the rest of time.  I have heard even lawyers describe the members of the Supreme Court as the most powerful people in the world.  The nine members of…

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Thanks, Tony Blair

 

June 11, 2007 I have always admired the British parliamentary system because the leader of the governing party (the prime minister) has to stand up in the House of Parliament and defend his polices.  I used to stumble upon these rapid fire debates on C-Span (Channel 8), but Time Warner seems to have shuffled the…

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The Next President of the United States

 

May 21, 2007 I am not much of a political junkie, but I did want to talk about one of the candidates running for the Republicans.   He is likeable, funny and just about as real a person as you could hope to see in politics these days.  He has the self-effacing humor of Bob…

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