Selling Obama Short

If Barack Obama were a stock, would you be buying or selling?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 25th 2009

If Barack Obama were a stock, would you be buying or selling? On the Rasmussen Approval Index History exchange, Obama Inc. (stock symbol “BHO”) is already down from its January 21 price of 27 pct to 11 pct.

The usual disclaimer on investment vehicles, “past performance is no guarantee of future performance,” doesn’t apply in this case: there is no past performance, other … Read more

Saving Senator Burris

This Trial Blazer’s résumé is far more impressive than President Obama’s.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 27th 2009

Fellow Fairness Fanatics: you are invited to a Kaffee Klatsch ($1,000 per sustainably farmed, responsibly purchased organic cup) to show support for Senator Roland Burris, the Democrat who was appointed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama.

The appointment of Senator Burris (the only black in the U.S. Senate) was unquestionably legal even though, shortly after he made … Read more

What’s Your Metric?

How do you measure freedom?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

September 2009

How do you watch freedom?  How do you watch it grow? How do you watch it shrink? What’s the metric? What’s your metric? What do you think the metrics of your fellow citizens are? If you have no idea what their metric is, how do you talk to them about freedom with any sense of urgency?

Milton Friedman’s metric was the percentage of GDP spent by government.

Friedman said we could … Read more

Three Smooth Stones

To stay on message, Republicans need do three simple things this week.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 26th 2010

How does David stay on message when he’s opposing Goliath? That’s the Republicans’ double challenge this week. Even though a Republican won the special election in Massachusetts, the Democrats are dominating the news. They are very publicly plotting a comeback after their epic loss, and the president will take center stage on Wednesday night when he gives the State of the Union speech. … Read more

WBHO and WBHO FM in the Nation’s Capital

If the president wants to be believed, he could begin by giving up his Saturday disc jockey gig.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 8th 2010

It may not be news that politicians dissemble. But that’s no reason not to care about what a president says. Let us, therefore, unpack last Saturday’s presidential radio address.

President Obama said he had met with some of the insurance companies two days earlier and said that “they couldn’t give me a straight answer as to why … Read more

Lash and Chain Morality

The last refuge of a self-regarding socialist — and the only argument left to the Obamacare crowd.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 10th 2010

David Ignatius writes in the Washington Post that President Obama should try to shift the health care argument to what Ignatius calls the high ground: morality. He says that what is lacking is the sense that Congress must act because health care for all is a matter of social justice, “required by our moral conscience.”

Ignatius cites the … Read more

Freedom Worth Its Salt

What will Big Brother outlaw next? Salt shakers?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

April 28th 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon require the manufacturers of many food products to use less salt. They assure us that the changes will be calibrated so that consumers will barely notice them. That raises the question: Is there anything (other than sex) that the government can’t regulate?

If people want less salt in their food, manufacturers will respond to their desires. … Read more

Alphaomegaizing the Conservative Movement

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

June 2010 issue

“For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.”
– Paul Krugman, New York Times, Oct. 4, 2009

“The ‘movement’ — that began 50 years ago with the founding of Bill Buckley’s National Review; that had its coming of age in the Reagan Years; that reached its zenith with Bush’s victory in 2000 — is falling apart at the seams.”… Read more

Barack Obama’s Square Box

Observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

June 18th 2010

When John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in July 1999 some observers said he had gotten himself into a “square box,” meaning that he had run into the limits of his experience and his imagination.

Barack Obama is in a square box, and observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.

There was … Read more

Mau-Mauing the Free Press

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 3rd 2010

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, host to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and newly appointed head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, says government should get into the business of subsidizing journalism. Like other Obama appointees, he says he is concerned that, with the changes in the financial structure of journalism, Americans might be deprived “of the essential information they need as citizens.”

It’s not difficult to imagine that one of those “needs” would … Read more