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Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON – To understand what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections, we can look to the Senate race in Colorado, where Barack Obama was first nominated for president. The state went for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012—and until Tuesday it had a Democratic governor and two Democratic senators. Now it will have one Democratic senator, as well as a chastened and only narrowly re-elected governor in a state where the president’s job approval has slipped below 40 percent. Similar results occurred from Georgia to Alaska. This was inevitable because the…

What Happened?
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of…

The Fed’s Bond Buying Enigma
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake a host of hard questions. Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, by how much? What are the long-run effects? Should it be used again? We don’t have good answers. We need a dispassionate accounting of its successes and shortcomings, because the bond buying represents the most significant economic-policy innovation to emerge from the 2008-09 financial crisis. Instead, the subject is defined by a patchwork of disconnected studies and much bewildering jargon. The bond buying…

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