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Solomon Kleinsmith

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Solomon Kleinsmith appears in the following:

Opinion: Congress This Year: Like Last Year, Only Worse

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For all the bad that happened last year, most everything that led to gridlock isn't going anywhere, and in many cases will be worse.

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Opinion: Why I'm Voting for Stephen Colbert for President...of South Carolina

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stephen Colbert is able to focus on some of the most ridiculous aspects of our political system, and use them against themselves. Enter Colbert's latest stunt stroke of genius. He announced that he was turning over control of his SuperPAC to fellow Comedy Central political satirist, Jon Stewart, so he would then be eligible to run for president... of South Carolina.

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Opinion: Online Piracy Bill Threatens Innovation, Web Freedom

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hidden behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)'s relatively benign name are rules that go far and beyond past what a copyright holder needs to stop file sharing of the material they own.

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Opinion: After Romney's NH Win, Bring on The Main Event!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This race has been over since Rick Perry's brief rollercoaster ride from fresh face in the campaign, to frontrunner and ultimately to also-ran.

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Opinion: Why Obama's a Hypocrite on Executive Power

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Left was right when it railed against President George W. Bush's work to expand executive branch power, and now the Right is correct to be railing against Obama for ignoring constitutional limits as well.

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Opinion: Now is the Best Time for a Third Party to Rise

Thursday, January 05, 2012

A centrist third party could prosper in today’s political environment and end the stalemate in Washington. There is a large body of moderate Republicans, disaffected Democrats and dissatisfied independents looking for the kind of political home that this party could provide.

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Opinion: Occupy Movement Stuck in Second Gear

Monday, January 02, 2012

Regardless of where the Occupy movement decides to fall on issues, and even if it got well-organized overnight, remaining a protest movement that does not mobilize toward electing friendly politicians or enacting friendly legislation will get them nowhere.

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Opinion: California's Redistricting - An Effort Turned Corrupt

Friday, December 23, 2011

I spent much of the last few days sleeping, fending off some sort of illness, but I was sickened even more by a report coming out of California. Added to the backdrop of recent polling showing that the American people are more and more disgusted with our ...

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Opinion: What the Critics Get Right About the Occupy Movement (and What they Get Wrong)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A few weeks into the Occupy Movement's sparking, I took a bit of a page from John Avlon, who did great work following around the Tea Party during their rise, and began following Occupy groups around the country - mostly groups in the midwest and the major Occupy groups that ...

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Opinion: Republican Tom Coburn, Populist Tax Hero?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

You don't see much fiscal sanity from either major party anymore, but the GOP has been especially off the deep end over the last few years. This is why I find it notable that one idea coming from a conservative senator is right in line with the sort of commonsensical fiscal ideas we need more of in our country, to set us on a path to solvency.

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Opinion: Citizens Are Fair Game if They Stand Against U.S.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

About a year ago, U.S. District Judge John Bates tossed a lawsuit that Anwar al-Awlaki's father had brought against the United States government.  Several months later, al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in a remote mountainous area of Yemen, causing much hand wringing among those who think that someone who is hell-bent on making war against our country should be given special treatment because they're an American citizen.

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Opinion: Bring Back the Line Item Veto!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Most states give their governors the power that President Clinton had from 1996 through 1998, where he could personally pick out certain parts of spending bills for him to veto, rather than vetoing or accepting entire packages of legislation.

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Opinion: Obama Misplayed the Super Committee

Monday, November 21, 2011

Would it really be all that bad they fail, and the big hunk of the federal government has to eat a 7.8 percent budget cut? In short, yes... it would be horrible.

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Opinion: If the Supercommittee Fails, We're All in Big Trouble

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Would it really be all that bad they fail, and the big hunk of the federal government has to eat a 7.8 percent budget cut? In short, yes... it would be horrible.

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Opinion: Occupy Tactics Weakening Its Message

Friday, November 11, 2011

Even I didn't see this coming, and I was expecting whatever eventual liberal Tea Party would arise to match or go farther than the activists on the right. It still remains to be seen where the heart of this movement will coalesce ideologically, but they've already gone far past the Tea Party in outlandish tactics.

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Opinion: Best Stretch of Economic Numbers in Years Means We're Getting Back on Track

Friday, November 04, 2011

Lets hope Greece doesn't implode and test the strength of this slow, but steady, recovery, and that people are slowly beginning to see past the hyperbolic headlines that suggest the likelihood for a double dip recession is far higher than economists think it is.

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Opinion: Greece Offers Cautionary Tale for Our Economic Foibles

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A fitting analogy for this might be someone who's been eating terribly for decades, and is complaining about the choice between not doing anything following a mild heart attack, and just going on with their life as they were.

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Opinion: A Modest Proposal - Occupy the Bank's Mailboxes

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I would like to see less junk mail in my mailbox, and the idea of costing the bank that sent me this rubbish a little bit in postage and processing is well worth the 60 seconds (and two pieces of tape... it was pretty darn full) I spent on this.

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

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Opinion: For Real Stimulus, Government Has to Stop Bailing Out the States

Friday, October 21, 2011

Reid and the Democrats are spinning this as a magic pill that will save tens of thousands of jobs for teachers, fire fighters and police. What they aren't saying is how the states that they want to bail out with this money are in far better shape fiscally than the federal government

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

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Opinion: How I Learned to Love the Filibuster

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

After the Senate last week defeated President Obama's American Jobs Act through filibuster, the Congressional tactic has come under a lot of criticism. Illinois Senator Richard Durbin said Tuesday that he favors a return to earlier (and tougher) rules, which required dissenting lawmakers hold ...

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