About Jon Gabriel, Ed.

Jon Gabriel (a.k.a., @ExJon on Twitter) is the Editor-in-Chief of Ricochet. He is a political writer and marketing consultant, contributing articles to Ricochet, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BuzzFeed, and the Heartland Institute. Until 2012, he served as Director of Marketing for the free-market Goldwater Institute, where he converted policy initiatives into compelling stories. In the private sector, Jon led marketing efforts for Cold Stone Creamery, Honeywell, and several technology companies. In his spare time he helped create a political satire blog, garnering several notices from Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, National Review, The New York Times, and other media outlets. Jon is a summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State's Cronkite School of Journalism and is a former submarine reactor operator for the U.S. Navy. When not obsessing about the news, he obsesses about the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Diamondbacks and indie rock. He lives in Mesa, Ariz., with his long-suffering wife and two precocious daughters.

Happy Constitution Day!

 

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Today is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Take a test on your constitutional knowledge, learn more about our nation’s founding document, or download a handy Constitution app!

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Ever get the feeling that our Chief Executive is very, very disappointed in us? Like a long-suffering parent, Obama bravely tries to be patient with his wayward, ungrateful children. Yet every once in a while the mask slips and he complains about “bitter clingers”  filled with “fear and frustration” who have gotten a “little bit […]

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Motor City Meltdown

 

The Detroit Free Press has performed a thorough financial autopsy on the Motor City. The piece is chock-full of charts, graphs and shocking details about the fall of the area once known as the Arsenal of Democracy.

“Detroit got into a trap of doing a lot of borrowing for cash flow purposes and then trying to figure out how to push costs (out) as much as possible,” said Bettie Buss, a former city budget staffer who spent years analyzing city finances for the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan. “That was the whole culture — how do we get what we want and not pay for it until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow?”

The Not-At-All-Creepy Hillary Design

 

Progressives would rather base their campaigns on graphic design than issues. Barack Obama’s ubiquitous O logo and HOPE poster made marketing history in 2008, but can the Democrats recapture their branding mojo with a different candidate?

Based on Ready for Hillary‘s first effort, they have their work cut out for them. To your right is their idea of an iconic design that will loosen wallets, fill voting booths and lower sea levels.

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Late night talk shows stink. Stale monologues, unfunny patter with the house band, predictable guests pitching their latest product. It wasn’t always this way. When I was a kid, Carson was must-see TV, but he went off the air two decades ago. Nearly all today’s hosts mimic his moves, but without that whole “being entertaining” […]

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has earned much conservative praise for her colorful duels with President Obama. Now out-of-state Republicans are shocked to find her transformed into a passionate Obamacare booster. Earlier today, Brewer challenged the authority of the Republican-led state legislature and rammed through a vast expansion of the Medicaid program through Obamacare. A “Brewer […]

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In memoriam

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,  That mark our place; and in the sky  The larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,  Loved and were loved, and now we lie        In Flanders fields.

Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket!

 

With so many White House scandals—and new ones popping up every day—how are average citizens supposed to keep track? Wouldn’t it be nice if Obama went on ESPN and mapped them all on a bracket?

Why wait for next year’s March Madness when you can start May Madness today? Introducing the Obama Scandal Bracket! Click here for a full-size version and vote for the scandal you think will bring down the president.

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The secret is out. Unable to maintain the storied façade of Senate collegiality, Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctantly spoke a dark truth about newly minted Senator Ted Cruz. “My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid said from the Senate floor, more in sadness than in anger. Preview Open

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Ted ‘Bully’ Cruz: Bad Boy of the U.S. Senate

 

Ted CruzThe secret is out.

Unable to maintain the storied façade of Senate collegiality, Majority Leader Harry Reid reluctantly spoke a dark truth about newly minted Senator Ted Cruz. “My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid said from the Senate floor, more in sadness than in anger.

It took the most powerful man in Congress to say publicly what many nervous senators have said privately about the “very junior senator from Texas.” I have cataloged the most shocking allegations of bullying, intimidation and alpha-male unseemliness from the tumultuous first months of Senator Ted Cruz: