In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR


Obama Welcomes Tourists to the Lincoln Memorial

President Obama had a little fun today claiming some credit for preventing a government shutdown, materializing at the Lincoln Memorial to highlight that the monuments are open for business. Note Eric Whitaker, his Chicago pal, was along for the ride. I assume Whitaker is in town because he was going to head to WIlliamsburg with the Obamas. Updated with better video 8:33 pm – thanks

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Michelle Stays Home

It appears the weekend’s excursion to Williamsburg by the Obama family has been cancelled for everyone because the stalemate over the budget ended a bit too late. It was announced by the White House yesterday that President Obama would stay home, and there is no evidence that his plans have changed or that the first lady has gone without him. Which is too bad because

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A Victory for Deficit Reduction

Let’s put this in a little perspective. First, a phrase I like: Elections have consequences. If you vote for someone, they might do what they say they are going to do. The election of President Obama in 2008 had consequences. If Americans aren’t particularly wild about health reform, then why did they vote for a man who promised he was going to enact health reform?

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