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Opinion: Warren Buffett Was Right on Taxes, But He Didn't Go Far Enough

Monday, August 15, 2011

Common sense ideas like this, on how we can in one fell swoop, make the tax system more fair, cut deficit spending and stimulate the economy where it needs the stimulation are exactly the kinds of ideas we need right now.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Don't Like Our Political System? Let's Bypass it

Monday, August 15, 2011

Americans Elect has two very specific goals. They're going to get ballot qualified in all 50 states, and then put together an online system where millions of Americans can directly decide who will be on that ticket. What better way to improve upon a system that people no longer trust than to build a platform that totally bypasses it?

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why Ames was a Win for Ron Paul (Not Bachmann) and Where the GOP Race Goes Now

Sunday, August 14, 2011

All Bachmann did was hold on to a tenuous first place in a rapidly changing and dangerous environment. Ron Paul may have actually “won” the straw poll because it’s an expectations game.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Rick Perry - Here Comes our GOP Hero

Saturday, August 13, 2011

He's conservative enough, he's photogenic, well-spoken, has executive experience and he just might save the Republican Party, and the country, from another term of Barack Obama.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Polls of Years Past Offer Few Predictions. Here's One Anyway

Friday, August 12, 2011

The straw poll allows minor and far-fetched individuals to run in a visible contest and have a good time, but doesn't mean much. The 2007 Poll was an especially good example of this where Mitt Romney won the Poll, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took home the caucus victory, and Sen. John McCain got the nomination.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Scoring the Iowa Debate - Bachmann Makes Good, Palin Wins in Absentia

Friday, August 12, 2011

I blogged the Ames debate live for WNYC, New York and I came away with the following observations.

First, the debate was way too long. In Operas you have an intermission and then resume the show – my dad always fell asleep in the second half. In debates ...

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Opinion: Obama's Poorly Timed Fundraiser

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obama's poorly timed fundraiser is worse than just bad optics. It's at the root of bad policy. It's a reminder of what our leaders need to do to get elected. When you see from whom they get support, it's no surprise who their decisions support.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The Iowa Tea Partier's Case for Michelle Bachmann

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Her leadership has been instrumental in shifting the entire debate in Washington. Without Congresswoman Bachmann’s leadership an even worse sellout on the debt ceiling was inevitable.

-Ryan Rhodes, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Stucknation: America's Debt Addiction is About Character, Not Numbers

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We have permitted debt and speculation to hollow out America's core. We mistake playing the margins, the spread and the angles as the surest way to prosperity.

-Bob Hennelly, It's A Free Country columnist.

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Opinion: Europe Has a Centralized Money Policy - Look Where it Got Them

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Fed and the federal government manage one-size-fits-all policies. Yet, the United States is fully as diverse as Europe in terms of regional economies and problems.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Democrats Have Enabled the Tea Party's Toxic Economic Platform

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

There's an acceptance that somehow government needs to be smaller, the free market will provide a solution and we're all waiting for the wealth to trickle down. Both sides are saying it - the real difference is that Tea Party fanatics are acting on it with all their convictions.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Israeli Housing Protests Strike Familiar Tea Party Notes

Monday, August 08, 2011

People may not oppose the settlements but they don't want to fund them either.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: S&P Downgrade Overdue Punishment for Political Idiocy

Sunday, August 07, 2011

The Magical Thinking that the politicians have been feeding the American people, that we can get more from the government than we collectively give in taxes, is now being exposed for the fraud that it is.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Iowa Straw Poll Preview: Who's In and Who Will Win?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Once again the process is pregnant with too many people who think they are qualified to even mention that they are running for president.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Stucknation: Impassioned Hope of 2008 Nowhere to be Found in Passive 2011 Obama

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I have been in close quarters with President Obama only twice, but what happened between those two occasions tells a lot about the arc of his presidency and the trajectory of the nation he's charged with leading.

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Opinion: Which Politicians Won the Debt Fight? Who Lost?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I just don't understand how anyone can justify putting themselves in the column that would prefer default, a loss of our triple A credit rating and an all but assured double dip recession, over voting for a deal that gave them most of what they wanted.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama Can Call Debt Win a Victory, but It Would've Been a Better Loss

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The president's chief priority seems to have become racking up wins for the Administration. These often require moving the goal posts, declaring a touchdown and hustling off the field before anyone can point out there are many yards to go.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The Right's Despicable Negotiation Tactics Paid Off

Monday, August 01, 2011

The GOP clearly won this fight. But they did so in an amazingly irresponsible manner, much like winning a game of chicken by letting go of the wheel and assuming the other side will swerve.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: As Tea Party Stands on Principles over Debt, 2012 Candidates Watch and Learn

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Tea Party representatives seem to be operating on the basis of a different philosophy, which is called "standing on principle." This has never been tried before in Washington D.C.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Stucknation: Schneiderman's Mission to Restore Faith in the American Mortgage

Friday, July 29, 2011

There are so many people who got bad deals - and are stuck with those bad deals - who are just seething with the sense that the bankers who put them in those bad deals are not stuck with the deal.

-AG Eric Scneiderman on his investigation into banks that created the mortgage crisis.

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