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Entries by Reese Schonfeld from 01/2009

A Porn Tax, Reconsidered

| Posted 01.06.2009 | Politics

Local governments need more money right now, even more than the feds do. Why can't they ask for a dollar every time one of their Pay-Per-Viewers orders an X-rated video?

The Greatest Ponzi Scheme of All Time

| Posted 01.07.2009 | Politics

When the President came into office, there were about 278 million people living in America. The national debt was $5.6 trillion. Now there are 307 million of us. The national debt is $10.6 trillion.

George W. Bush's Inaugural Gift: Blackhawk Down-Redux: Obama's First Crisis, and the Legacy of Losing Somalia

| Posted 01.13.2009 | Politics

Lest you have forgotten, it was George H.W. Bush who left President-elect Bill Clinton with the Inauguration Day present of a crisis in Somalia.

Somalia Update

| Posted 01.15.2009 | World

The Ethiopian troops today left Mogadishu, effectively turning control of Somalia over to Islamic fundamentalists. I hope Barack Obama will be more successful in handling the situation than Bush.

Somalia Update II: Dodging a Bullet

| Posted 01.20.2009 | World

It's a tough call for an Obama administration -- what do you do when the previous President leaves you with a choice of getting involved in another war, or perhaps, permitting America's enemies, Islamic extremists, to gain control of the entrance to the Red Sea?

The Bastard at the Wedding

| Posted 01.20.2009 | Politics

The Presidency is the toughest job in the world and I think it calls for bold, strong action by Obama. I am afraid that he may be, by nature, a compromiser, and that's why I feel like the bastard at the wedding.

Somalia Update III: "Scoop" Revisted

| Posted 01.27.2009 | World

President George W. Bush has left Somalia in the hands of Al-Qaeda and the pirates. President Obama has inherited it, and in the midst of everything else, it is both a distraction and a crisis.

Somalia: Getting in Front of the Story

| Posted 01.29.2009 | World

Get your talking heads on television before the other guy does, slant the story your way, and maybe the American public will let you off the hook.

Updates: Somalia and the Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

| Posted 01.30.2009 | World

There is no doubt that in time many messes that George W. Bush has left us to deal with will be revealed, but the situation in Somalia is one that Obama should swiftly call as an inherited crisis.