Bruce Bartlett is a historian and former Reagan adviser who describes himself as a lifelong conservative that believes the current GOP panders to fools. He’s written for the Economix blog at the New York Times and has authored several books including The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform – Why We Need It and What It Will Take. I’m a longtime fan of Bruce’s work and when he contacted me about a post, I asked him if I could pick his brain about economics and economic myths.[caption id="attachment_2003" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Bruce Bartlett in a 2012 interview with Bill Moyers.[/caption]
Recently, I got into a discussion with some conservatives about whether Paul Ryan was a Muslim-loving socialist RINO.
I love these types of discussions because it gives me the chance to ask questions like:
What does it take to be a real Republican these days?
Things then get weird because people haven’t really thought about it much. They just seem to know it when they see it. So I continue the conversation and then ask questions like, which of our presidents were libtards? You know, the term that some on the right love to throw around.
Here’s my (surprisingly long) list.
By now, you’ve heard the Gingrich line about Obama being the “food stamp” President.
Tuesday in Cincinnati, he repeated the claim:
That’s why I’ve said over and over again that this is the best food stamp President in American history.
Here’s how Democrats responded and here’s how they should have responded.
Chip Saltsman, former Tennessee GOP leader, in a bid to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD of parodies to committee members that included the song “Barack the Magic Negro.” Many have labeled the effort as racist and the current chairman of the RNC has stated that he is appalled. […]
Barack Obama has fought quite a primary race so far against Hillary Clinton, coming from more than 20 points down to draw even with Hillary. But some argue that he can’t close the deal. Here is what is happening and a couple ideas on how he closes. Hillary is using […]
Hillary Clinton claims that we should hire the person with the most experience to be President. It’s an interesting argument, but what is really going on here? There are two ways you could look at the term “experience” when it comes to this race: Political experience Experience fighting Republicans Most […]
As John McCain picks up the “lack of experience” story to attack Barack Obama, I thought I’d revisit this topic, revisit the argument, and think about ways to re-frame this issue. When Hillary Clinton says that she has more experience, she typically is not just referring to her experience in […]
A good sign that you have a solid vision is when other candidates start using it. For this reason and for his consistency, Barack Obama wins this week’s Message of the Week Award. Obama has been preaching a message of change and hope since his book, The Audacity of Hope, […]
The big winner of this week’s Message of the Week Award is Barack Obama and not just because Oprah Winfrey endorsed him. Obama wins because he found an answer to the experience question that rings true with Americans: it’s not about experience, it’s about judgment. Since summer, Obama has been […]