Twelve questions for Bruce Bartlett, economic historian and former Reagan adviser

March 8, 2016 at 9:56 am

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. Bruce Bartlett in a 2012 interview with Bill Moyers.[/caption]

43 U.S. presidents who would be considered ‘libtards’ today

January 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

George Washington: Weak, government-loving socialist by Gilbert Stuart Williamson.

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.

The Food Stamp Response: What Dems Said and What They Should Have Said

February 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

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.

How to Respond When Republicans Want to Cut Taxes

July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Subtitle: The Business Case for Progressives

posed the question on a political blog recently: What would the Tea Party do to create a functioning economy? 

The answer that came back was: “Cut taxes, for starters.”

‘Barack the Magic Negro’ Continues to Hurt GOP Brand

December 29, 2008 at 12:23 am

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. […]

How Obama Can Close the Deal

April 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm

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 […]

What Do Democrats Want When They Say “Experience”?

March 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm

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 […]

MOTWA: How Obama Can Accomplish Real Change

February 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm

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 […]

MOTWA: Barack Obama

January 6, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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, […]

MOTWA: Barack Obama

December 10, 2007 at 12:42 am

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 […]