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One of my regular complaints about RINO tactics is how unimaginative and by-the-book they are, so by-the-book that everyone else has read and re-read that particular book so often that anyone paying attention is never surprised by tactics used from it.  Contrast that playbook with progressives.  Regardless of the merits of a particular issue raised […]

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I was thinking about the push in some Ricochet circles for suggesting that the whoever the GOP nominee is next year they should choose a woman VP to combat the woman-Hillary nexus. I am not sure this is a good idea. Nominating a woman VP is a tired old political trick that has never worked […]

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This story is a re-run. Police officers at the present time in a very real sense are under the microscope. I am aware that there are some individuals who should not be wearing a badge. All I can do is describe some of the things I have seen and how I conducted myself during my time as a […]

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There’s been an awful lot of verbiage spent lately discussing the quality of our national political discourse (everybody agrees it’s low), but not so much on how to improve it (aside from calling for more civility while blaming the other side for the lack of it). Part of the problem may be that we as […]

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Wishing a Speedy Recovery to Michael Medved

 

MedvedIt’s an odd thing, but when you listen to a fair amount of talk radio, you develop a sense that you know the hosts you hear most often, almost as if they were your friends. As indeed they are, on some level. I sometimes spend hours alone in a car on surveillance, and in those times I am grateful for the company talk radio provides. But it’s not just the company I enjoy, it’s the entertainment and education offered by the hosts with whom I pass the time.

Michael Medved is one such host. I listen to at least part of his show almost every day, and much of what I miss live, I catch up with through his podcast. He has provided me with entertainment and education by the truckload for years, for which I am very grateful. It’s a gloomier day for me when I don’t hear at least once his proclamation, given at the beginning and end each broadcast hour, that America is “the greatest nation on God’s green Earth,” a sentiment I ardently share.

So it came as a shock when Mr. Medved announced in the final hour of Friday’s program that he would be taking some extended time off to recover from throat cancer, for which he has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy since being diagnosed in December. Hearing the news from him was almost like hearing it from a close friend. He posted a message on the subject on his website Friday, and reading it offers a lesson in handling adversity with dignity, grace, and optimism.

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I went to my tax preparer today. These folks have their finger on the pulse of the government in a very different way from my everyday experience. Here are some highlights: Our refund went down this year because we are prospering more and planning better. I commented that I looked forward to the day when […]

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2015 sure looks great for RicoMeets!  Tonight in LA, we will be toasting the end of January at The Stinking Rose starting at 6:00 PM -55 North La Cienega BoulevardBeverly Hills CA, 90211   310.652.7673.  If you can join us, just ask for the Ricochet table, and look for the group having the most fun.  Check […]

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“Middle Class Economics” — What is its History? What is its Future?

 

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama invoked “middle class economics,” his term for his policies which, he suggested, have helped Americans achieve and maintain middle range incomes. But does his agenda represent true “middle class economics”, and if not, what would?

As with many, perhaps most, Americans, when I heard the words “middle class economics,” I thought not about my own history but my family’s. My great-grandfather arrived here with his parents and siblings shortly after the Civil War. There is no record of him having much schooling, but the family clearly coveted education. Records show that his sister, who became a teacher, was soon in college, almost unheard of for a girl in the mid-19th Century. His father was listed in the census as a laborer, but within the decade the son was partner in a store and later either took over the business or started his own, the records aren’t clear. After graduating from college (the family’s first male recorded as having done so), his son married a teacher and took over the business.

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I’m somewhere over Oklahoma on a flight back to Los Angeles from Tel Aviv. I was in Israel for a space conference this past week. This isn’t really a travelogue, though I would note in passing that the first thing that struck me upon arriving in the country was that it seemed to be chock […]

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The Party of the Living Dead

 

A few days ago, in India, Barack Obama gave a three-minute speech in which he referred to himself 118 times.

That speech is emblematic of his entire administration. Nearly all of his speeches have been exceedingly self-referential. All Presidents are to some degree full of themselves. Had they not been so, they never would have made it that far. But when it comes to vanity, Barack Obama takes the cake. The whole enterprise has always been about him — and no one else — which helps explain the astonishing damage he has done to the Democratic Party. The way things are going, if he were allowed to run for a third term and won, he might be the last Democratic officeholder left — which would, I suspect, suit him just fine.