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Solomon Kleinsmith

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Solomon Kleinsmith appears in the following:

Opinion: Giuliani's Moderate Stance on Gay Marriage Represent the GOP's Future

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So one wonders whether the GOP will eventually turn back, and begin to accept those who are tolerant and supportive of gay rights, or whether they'll continue to go off into eventual obsolescence.

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

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Opinion: Swing Voters Swing - That's Good for Dems, and Bad for the GOP

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It's a sad state of affairs for the GOP when the best thing they have going for them is that the American people don't trust the Democrats either.

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

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Spotify Hops the Pond from Europe, Hoping to Change Online Music Biz in the U.S.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For those of us who spend a lot of time listening to music on our computers or phones but don't have the money to pay for all the music we want to hear, online music streaming services are the way to go. Now Spotify joins Pandora Radio, Last.FM, Slacker, Rhapsody and Zune Pass.

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Opinion: Why Most People Want More Cuts - And More Taxes

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's a shame that the real champions of this story aren't particularly powerful - another example of how moderates are losing clout.

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

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Opinion: After Latest Temper Tantrum, Congress Needs Stronger Parents

Monday, July 11, 2011

How sad is it that the people the American people have sent to represent us in Congress are so out of touch with reality that they can't even come together to make big compromises when faced with big issues?

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

 

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Opinion: Colbert's Super PAC: Good for Government, and Good for Us

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The system isn't broken... it works exactly how those people want it to. It's a well-oiled, and insanely powerful; a corruption manufacturing machine.

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

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Opinion: Liberals and Teacher Unions - The End of a Long Romance

Friday, July 01, 2011

It appears that the teachers unions are beginning to lose their grip on the Democrats. A bill making its way through the House Education and the Workforce Committee recently had supringly little pushback

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

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Opinion: Obama is Breaking the Law in Libya

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I don’t agree with extremists like Dennis Kucinish and Ron Paul often, but they and seven other lawmakers are right on the money in the lawsuit they are bringing against the Obama administration. The administration’s defense boils down to saying that the military action in Libya does not constitute war because we don’t have boots on the ground. But this is not even close to what the War Powers Resolution says.

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GOP Positions on Gay Marriage Expose Ideological Confusion

Friday, June 17, 2011

One of the very few issues that is shifting somewhat quickly is gay marriage. If trends continue, we'll have a supermajority of the American people supporting gay marriage in the next decade or two. But while the public is moving in that direction, the Republican party is getting even more extreme. Not only are they against gay marriage, a position that just recently became the minority, but a growing number of them are for pushing for an amendment to the constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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Watching the New Hampshire Debate with Iowa Tea Party Voters, and Gary Johnson

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

While Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain were in Manchester, New Hampshire, sharing the national stage from St. Anselm College and debating on CNN, another candidate, who had polled as high as some of those on that stage, was in a much less glamorous location.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was in Council Bluffs, Iowa. And so was I.

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Iowa Doesn't Deserve Its Prime Primary Position

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The logic supposedly behind the lock that Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada have on the early presidential calendar makes some sense. You have some smaller states in the beginning, which allows lesser known candidates to potentially catch up to bigger names without a huge bankroll. Then you have a southern state with a lot of black people, and then a western state with Latinos.

But it’s not that simple anymore.

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Pawlenty's Economic Plan Filled With Same Old Political Fictions

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Not very many politicians are willing to go this far, presenting a plan that puts their political capital where their ideological mouths have been. I’ll give Pawlenty credit for that, but the plan itself is a work of fiction.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on Tim Pawlenty's proposal that the tax code be simplified to only two rates, and the elimination of the capital gains tax.

 

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Opinion: Why the Tea Party's Squeaky Wheel is a Good Thing

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The media, who has always been obsessed with squeaky wheel groups that make a lot of noise, is convinced the Tea Party will harm the Republicans' chances of gaining seats next year. This may certainly be true if they have to make far right campaign promises and votes to win their primary support, but most of the public doesn't seem to care about them.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the real power of the Tea Party to shape Republican politics.

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The Four Types of GOP Candidate - and Why They're All a Tough Sell

Monday, May 23, 2011

Herman Cain - gotta love him, but he appears to be this year's Mike Gravel or Alan Keyes — the guy that is fun to watch in the debates, but is more of a cartoon of a particular belief system than a candidate many people will seriously consider voting for.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the weakness of the 2012 GOP field.

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Huntsman's Narrow - but Plausible - Path to GOP Nomination

Friday, May 20, 2011

Just like with all of the other major candidates in the running for the Republican presidential nomination, Jon Huntsman has a lot of hurdles he’s going to have to find a way to jump over to have a shot at making it to the big show against Obama. If Huntsman wants to win the Republican nomination, he will have to put up big numbers in open primary states, and not get clobbered elsewhere. This will mean working to appeal to independents and moderates - a group that Obama has soft support with - without alienating base voters too much.

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Why Paul Krugman has Ideological Blindness on Debt

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Krugman is brilliant, but when you put a partisan agenda in his hands, he's just another spin doctor, using whatever voodoo math he can come up with to support his ideologically predetermined position.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, disagreeing with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on the national debt.

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The Case for Torture? It's the Least Worst Option

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Allies got a heck of a lot of useful information using torture in World War II, and if you don't think clandestine services use torture, you're really fooling yourself.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on why torture should be allowable.

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TSA and Pat-Downs: How Far do we Go for Safety?

Monday, May 09, 2011

I hate using lines like, "if we do this, we're letting THEM win...", because this really isn't about THEM at all. This is about US.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the balance between personal freedom and safety.

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Whatever Happened to Obama's Open Government Pledge?

Friday, May 06, 2011

This is not how the president sold his reforms when he made them. The entire point of open government reforms is accountability, allowing watchdogs, and citizens of any kind really, to be able to see if the government is putting our money where it's mouth has been, so to speak.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the failures of the Obama administration to live up to its transparency promises.

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Obama and the Birthers: Conspiracies Are the New Political Norm

Friday, April 29, 2011

Had McCain won in 2008, we wouldn't be hearing about Obama's birth certificate. We'd be hearing wingnuts on the left jabbering on about how McCain's adopted daughter from Banghladesh is really his illegitimate love child, that his (extremely old and faded) birth certificate is a fake, and/or maybe that John McCain was a member of a shadow group that was behind the 9/11 attacks.

- Solomon Kleinsmith describes why partisans love a good conspiracy.

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