From 1995 to 2009, taxpayers shelled out nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in farm subsidies. But while ten percent of farmers received 74% of this money, 62% of American farmers got no subsidy at all.
There might be plenty of time to campaign in 2012 but the campaigning for the GOP nomination has begun in earnest in 2011 and will continue throughout the year in complete disregard of the president's wishes.
In a so far weak Republican field of presidential possibilities Palin stands out as the top dog. Other serious GOP candidates better start taking her seriously and get in the game quickly before she has a lead that can't be beaten.
On our country as we now experience it, the febrile intoxication of hope and change has reaped the cold despair of thwarted expectation and bitter frustration.
Looking back on 2009, a narrative seems to have emerged that the Democrats failed and would pay the price in the 2010 midterm elections. But where is the discussion of how the Republicans have behaved in the last year?
I have criticized the Democrats for failing to properly use the power of their majority in Congress and the mandate from an overwhelming victory last November, so it's only right I give them their props for finally taking charge.
Although Republicans have snapped up James Galbraith's catchy book title, the politicians have misunderstood his message. They need to go back over The Predator State for a second reading.
Michelle Obama and her well-dressed entourage came to town and Washingtonians aren't likened to burlap-clad trolls anymore.
After more than two decades, at noon today the gun lobby's efforts to enact a national concealed handgun law will have its first chance at success when the U.S. Senate votes.
Here go the GOP and Blue Dog Dems again with the Thune Amendment, which assaults both the federalism they cherish in rhetoric and the common sense we cherish post-Enlightenment.
So if they won't let you carry a gun in New York but they will in Wyoming, you just go get yourself a gun license in Wyoming, pick up your weapon, conceal it, and head on back to uppity ol' New York.
For over two decades a top priority of the gun lobby has been establishing and expanding state laws that allow the carrying of concealed handguns by private citizens. This effort may culminate as early as today.
Under Senator Thune's plan, states would be forced to recognize all concealed weapons permits -- even if the requirements for out-of-state permit-holders fall well below their own.
Obama's got to ask himself as he considers Daschle for Chief of Staff -- does he want change and success or hypocrisy, capitulation and defeat?
WHO: Sen. John Thune, Senior Foreign Policy Advisors Randy Scheunemann and Kori Schake WHAT: Press conference call to discuss Sen. Barack Obama's...