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Smaller Government Is the Best Strategy for Reducing Corruption in Romania

In 2016, there were three very worthy candidates for the highly coveted Politician of the Year Award. In May, I gave the prize to Rodrigo Duterte, the newly elected president of the Philippines, because he assured voters that none of his mistresses were on the public payroll. Gee, what a swell guy! In July, I […]

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More Predatory and Corrupt Behavior by Politicians

Here’s an interesting issue to ponder. Is corruption rampant in government because the perverse incentive structure of politics turns good people into bad people? Or do bad people naturally gravitate to government and politics because it’s the easiest (and legal, though generally immoral) way to take money from other people? I guess this is like […]

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Assessing Trump’s Acceptance Speech at the GOP Convention: Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers

Since I’m not a fan of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, I think that puts me in a good position to fairly assess whether the candidates are being dishonest. And since several media outlets just produced their “fact-checks” on Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention, this is a perfect opportunity to see […]

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Hold the Presses: We Have a New Contestant for Politician of the Year!

Two months ago, I decided that the new President of the Philippines was the winner of the 2016 award for politician of the year. It takes a remarkable amount of chutzpah, after all, to freely admit to having mistresses (yes, more than one). But the icing on the cake is that he then bragged that […]

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The 2016 Award for “Politician of the Year” Goes to…

I have a collection of columns about “honest leftists” and they mostly fall into two categories. One group is comprised of people who are willing to admit that the statist policies they generally prefer have bad effects (such as gun control encouraging crime or welfare leading to more dependency). The other group is much more […]

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On Campaign Finance, Bernie and Hillary Put the Cart before the Horse

Once again, I threw myself on a proverbial grenade. Yes, that means I watched politicians last night as part of the Cato Institute’s live-tweeting about issues that were raised (or not raised) in the CNN Townhall featuring Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Although painful, this exercise enabled me to share my thoughts on topics such […]

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Bill Clinton vs Barack Obama

I wouldn’t be completely distraught to have Clinton in the White House in 2017. But before concluding that I’ve lost my mind, I’m thinking of Bill Clinton, not his far more statist (though similarly dodgy) spouse. You’ll see what I mean below. In a column for National Review, Deroy Murdock has some fun by pointing […]

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If You Want Less Corruption, Control Government rather than Political Speech

Washington is a horribly corrupt city. The tax code is riddled with special favors for politically powerful interest groups. The budget is filled with handouts and subsidies for well-connected insiders. The regulatory apparatus is a playground for cronyism. I’ve previously explained that shrinking the size and scope of government is the most effective way of […]

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The Disgusting Corruption of America’s Political Class

Back in March, I asked why Republican presidential candidates were willing to openly violate federal anti-bribery law by supporting agriculture subsidies in exchange for campaign loot. My question was merely rhetorical, of course, since politician supposedly aren’t violating the law because the money goes to their campaigns rather than their personal bank accounts. But that […]

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Measuring the Frugality (or lack thereof) of the GOP Governors Running for the White House

There are eight current or former governors running for the Republican nomination in 2016. In alphabetical order, we have Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Rick Perry, and Scott Walker. So who’s the best of that bunch? That’s a subjective judgement, of course, but one valuable piece of information […]

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Another Leftist Joins the Hypocrite Hall of Fame

While the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame and Moocher Hall of Fame already exist, the Hypocrite Hall of Fame is just a concept. But once it gets set up, Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida will definitely be a charter member. Here are some passages from a column in the Tampa Bay Times. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, […]

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‘Tis the Season…to be Thankful for an “Unproductive” Congress

Two years ago, I jumped on USA Today for stating that the 112th Congress was the “least productive” since the end of World War II. My argument was very straightforward. It’s better to have no legislation than bad legislation. Here’s some of what I wrote about USA Today’s hypothesis. …it does blindly assume that it […]

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Another Victory for Fiscal Responsibility: The Death of Earmarks

I wrote a few days ago that advocates of smaller government have won a very significant victory over the past five years, as measured by the fact that there’s been zero growth in overall federal spending. And because the private economy has grown while the federal budget has been flat, this means that the burden […]

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The Constitution, Rule of Law, and the Power of the Political Class

Why are so many people upset that the Obama White House keeps arbitrarily changing parts of Obamacare – even when bad provisions are being suspended or certain groups are being exempted from bad policy? Well, some of them may simply dislike Obama or government-run healthcare, and there’s nothing wrong with being against a politician or […]

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Washington’s Real Motto

The official motto of the United States is “In God We Trust.” The official motto of Washington, DC, is “Justitia Omnibus,” which means “Justice for All.” These are nice statements, but they apply too broadly. We also should have a motto specifically for politicians. Something that captures the zeitgeist of our overlords in Washington. I […]

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Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

Let’s do a simple thought experiment and answer the following question: Do you think that additional laws from Washington will give you more freedom and more prosperity? I don’t know how you will answer, but I strongly suspect most Americans will say “no.” Indeed, they’ll probably augment their “no” answers with a few words that […] . . . → Read More: Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington . . . → Read More: Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

May the Force of Political Satire Be With You

It’s always the right time to make fun of our overlords in Washington. Sometimes we can laugh at cartoons, like this portrayal of a politician and lobbyist interacting. In other instances, we can enjoy good jokes, such as the blind rabbit who finds a politician. Or we can be amused by satire, such as these […] . . . → Read More: May the Force of Political Satire Be With You . . . → Read More: May the Force of Political Satire Be With You

Top 10 List of America’s Stupidity (Number 11 in poster form)!

That’s right! He was elected to a 2nd-term! Only in America? Original source unknown, sent to me by a TPC reader. Top 10 List of America’s Stupidity from America’s Hat! 0) Only in America … could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at … . . . → Read More: Top 10 List of America’s Stupidity (Number 11 in poster form)! . . . → Read More: Top 10 List of America’s Stupidity (Number 11 in poster form)!

Barack Obama and his psychiatrist!


Presidential Psychotherapy

According to sources the President apparently has an issue with every single one of the over 300 million Americans.

He is, however, working hard to overcome these feelings and once again regain his focus on his more important presidential endeavors!

This is according to a report at The Onion concerning the fact that the President is in therapy in order to get past his ‘complaints and grievances’ against every American man, woman and child.

The President, one can be very sure, is anxious to rid himself of this heavy burden so that he can get back to what appears to be his greatest second-term concern which is getting his golf handicap down to what he considers to be acceptable levels!

Now if he could only rid himself of some of those other pesky items on his to-do list, such as Syria using chemical weapons, civil war in Egypt and the stumbling US economy.

Fortunately though, at least for him, the President seems quite proficient at putting those ‘crises’ squarely on the back burner.

From The Onion:

Psychiatrist Patiently Listens To Obama Complain About Every Single American

‘Carefully jotting down notes as the two sat in his small second-floor office on K Street, psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Eccleson patiently let President Barack Obama angrily voice his complaints and grievances about every single American in the nation, sources confirmed Tuesday.

While conceding that the president has “made some decent progress” over the course of several months of therapy, Eccleson told reporters that Obama still has many deep-seated issues with each of the 313 million members of the U.S. populace.

“This week we continued exploring Barack’s resentment about being constantly judged by others,” said Eccleson, noting the president’s reliance on unhealthy defense mechanisms to distance himself emotionally from the American public. “Again and again I hear things like, ‘No matter how hard I try, nothing is ever good enough for Seattle resident Bryan Harrison.’ But I keep stressing that, at the end of the day, Barack is a human being and can’t expect himself to be perfect.”

“A lot of his feelings of inadequacy—thinking that no matter how successful he is, he can’t live up to people’s expectations—stem from his relationship with his father,” Eccleson continued. “That’s also at the core of his trust issues with not only Bryan, but also Gail Shaughnessy, Eric Corker, Amy Bergin, and more or less the entire population of Worcester, MA…”‘

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Cummings, Levin defend the indefensible

Elijah Cummings and Sander Levin wrote this op-ed to essentially defend the indefensible corruption of the Obama administration and the IRS. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) led the charge, alleging this was the “targeting of the president’s political enemies.” Other Republicans followed suit, citing “the enemies list out of the White House” and […] . . . → Read More: Cummings, Levin defend the indefensible . . . → Read More: Cummings, Levin defend the indefensible