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Entries by Chris Weigant from 08/2009

Obama Poll Watch, July 2009: The Honeymoon's Over

| Posted 08.03.2009 | Politics

The news this month for Obama fans is not particularly good, as Obama has definitely ended his "honeymoon" period (which virtually all first-term presidents go through).

The Silly Season In Politics

| Posted 08.05.2009 | Politics

"Silly season" refers to late summer, when governments go on massive taxpayer-funded vacations all over the world. This year's season could produce a bumper crop of silly.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

| Posted 08.06.2009 | Politics

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Friday Talking Points [89] -- Fighting Crazy

| Posted 08.14.2009 | Media

The media is not completely responsible for the state of the debate over healthcare reform. The Democrats have done such a poor job of presenting their case that they really bear the lion's share of blame.

Best Government Dollar Spent -- The National Park System

| Posted 08.17.2009 | Green

Seeing President Obama and his family take in two of the western parks prompted me to strongly encourage everyone -- yes, even you! -- to plan on a trip like this at some point.

Germs Don't Care If You Are Legal Or Not

| Posted 08.19.2009 | Politics

Do you really want to limit vaccinations only to people who have legal documents, or would you rather everyone get inoculated? Remember, those you exclude will likely have some sort of contact with either you, your kids, or the food you eat at some point.

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

| Posted 08.21.2009 | Politics

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.

Would Democrats Be Better Off With 59 Senators -- And A New Majority Leader?

| Posted 08.24.2009 | Politics

Would the Democratic Party, and Senate Democrats in particular, be better off if current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid loses his re-election bid next year?


| Posted 08.26.2009 | Politics

The following is the transcript of Senator Edward Kennedy's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Friday Talking Points [91] -- Win One For Teddy

| Posted 08.28.2009 | Politics

Calling for some sort of decorous avoidance of politics during politicians' funerals is downright ridiculous. It'd be like eulogizing Charles Lindbergh and not mentioning airplanes.

Bailed-Out Banks Making Profits -- For Taxpayers

| Posted 08.31.2009 | Politics

Money wasn't just "given" to Wall Street firms. It bought something of value. And now that the firms (and the market in general) are recovering, they're starting to pay it back. With interest.