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

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Lew Booed at Jerusalem Post Conference

Oh, this is priceless. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was heckled, jeered, and booed as he spoke Sunday to a conference organized by the Jerusalem Post. Clearly, those in attendance understand the enormous peril posed by the Obama administration’s appeasement of Iran. And so, naturally, they reacted with anger as Lew artlessly read the administration’s propaganda off his teleprompter, no doubt assuming that a rote recitation

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Lew Refuses to Say How Many Signed Up for Obamacare

Score another one for the openness administration. This is from Fox News Sunday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew clearly knows about how many people have been able to sign up for Obamacare, but he won’t tell. This is a pretty disgraceful amount of obfuscation from a Treasury Secretary, who is not supposed to be a political hack. But Lew was put in his position not because

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Treasury: IRS to Recognize Married Gay Couples

Gay couples legally married in the United States will be permitted to file jointly under normal rules for married taxpayers, even if they reside in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, the Treasury Department announced this afternoon. From a statement by Treasury: The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their

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Lew was Aware of IG Investigation in March 2013

CORRECTION: This story originally stated that Lew learned of the IG investigation in the fall of 2012 while he was White House chief of staff. It appears to me that I misinterpreted what he said, and that he actually was indicating he learned of it in March 2013 as Treasury Secretary. He actually said, as you see below, that it was a “matter of public

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Lew Confirmed as Treasury Secretary

Former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was confirmed in the Senate today by a 71-26 vote. President Obama released a statement saying he was “pleased,” and, At this critical time for our economy and our country, there is no one more qualified for this position than Jack. Actually, there a lots of people more qualified, and Obama knows it. But Lew will be

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Lew to be Unveiled Today at 1:30 PM ET

President Obama will officially announce his appointment of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be Treasury Secretary at 1:30 pm ET. I will live stream the event for your personal enjoyment. BTW, the Wall Street Journal has a great piece today about why Lew is a political appointment who will be programmed to advance Obama’s agenda. Like, as opposed to someone whose first

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Obama to Name Lew to Treasury Thursday. But Why?

President Obama will announce Thursday that he is choosing White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, according to Reuters. Yes, the same Jack Lew who as Obama’s Office of Management and Budget director and White House chief of staff has overseen Obama’s annual trillion dollar-plus deficits, lousy economy, and persistently high unemployment. Quite a success story. What’s more,

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A Wonderful White House Story

Last Monday was a beautiful day in the Rose Garden. President Obama and his Teleprompter began to speak about the American Jobs Act, which they said would create . . . jobs.   The three men ruining running the economy, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, OMB Director Jack Lew, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geihtner, listened obediently.   These are their shoes.   Suddenly, Right

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Obama Invites Dems to Hand Holding Session

President Obama met with House Democratic leaders late this afternoon for an hour and forty five minutes to discuss options on a deficit reduction deal. The meeting was hastily arranged after Democrats reacted in horror earlier today to what they viewed as signs Obama was headed toward a deal with House Speaker Boehner that would include vast spending cuts but no immediate tax increases. I

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Obama and His Very own Fat Cat Bankers

President Obama is well known for disparaging big wheel bankers, labeling them “fat cats” and describing their pay as “obscene.” But what is less well known is the extent to which he has tolerated them as his most trusted advisers. The appointment last month of William Daley to be chief of staff is only the most obvious example of this inconsistency. OK, hypocrisy. Sorry, inconsistency. Daley,

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