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The main event set this week
By Cal Thomas

THIS WEEK, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the health-care lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”

We now know the law was based on phony predictions about its cost. After promising the price would be under $940 billion over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has issued a correction of its initial estimate, which appears to have been based on sleight of hand accounting tactics?by?congressional Dem­ocrats and the White House. CBO now pro­jects the measure will cost taxpayers at least $1.76 trillion over a decade.

Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse professor of legal theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, is troubled by the administration’s shifting rationale in its defense of the health-care law: “First they told us this was an easy Commerce Clause case. Then they (said) it was an exercise of the Tax Power. Now it is the Necessary and Proper Clause. If the mandate was so obviously constitutional, the government would not be shifting its position 10 days before oral argument.”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:33 PM
Where’s the hope?
By Cal Thomas

YOU’VE GOT TO hand it to Democrats and the Obama re-election campaign. Like a quarterback who looks left to draw the defense away from his intended target on the right, Democrats have managed to divert our attention. Instead of debating President Obama’s dreadful record on just about everything, Democrats have managed to get Republicans talking about sex and morality. Rather than figuring out what to do about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, Democrats have put Republicans on the defensive over the use of vulgar words applied to liberal women. For their use of equally offensive or similar words applied to conservative women, they mostly get a pass, because this isn’t about the words; it’s about politics.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:14 PM
Is censorship the new pluralism?
By Cal Thomas

PAT BUCHANAN MIGHT have seen the end of the line coming at MSNBC when last month network President Phil Griffin commented on his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower,” by saying, “I don’t think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”

When Buchanan was let go last week after 10 years as a commentator on the network, no one was surprised.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:26 AM
Obama fudging the numbers
By Cal Thomas

The Obama administration is touting the latest unemployment numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor as proof its policies are working. But a closer look at the actual number of able-bodied people who are willing to work, but are not, reveals a different picture.
As economist John R. Lott has written, not only is the drop in the unemployment rate from 8.5% to 8.3% still half a percentage point higher than when President Obama took office three years ago, the number of unemployed is higher. Compared to January 2009 when 11.6 million Americans were jobless, today, writes Lott, “There are 12.8 million unemployed and 43% have been out of a job for more than six months. The average length of unemployment has increased dramatically since the recovery started. Back in June 2009, only 29% of the unemployed had been unemployed longer than six months.”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:04 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:05 PM )
Could it be called war thru weakness?
By Cal Thomas

One of the memorable slogans from the Reagan administration was “peace through strength.” Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war.
President Obama is taking the opposite approach. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently announced cuts in defense spending of $487 billion over the next 10 years. Supposedly, these cuts will reduce the federal deficit, but Congress always finds new ways to spend money, so I am not optimistic.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:45 PM )
Time to run a Tebow media option play
By Cal Thomas

EVEN FAIR-MINDED liberals, of which there must be a few, should acknowledge that the Saturday-Sunday blitz of the Republican presidential candidates by ABC and NBC correspondents looked like a play designed by the left wing of the Democratic Party.
Clearly the questions by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer about contraception and same-sex marriage were asked to trap the GOP candidates into delivering sound bites that the Obama re-election campaign could use against the eventual nominee and the party at large. These were the types of accusatory questions that would never be asked of a Democratic president.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:36 PM
The liberal empire strikes back

THE LEFT apparently has taken to heart the admonition of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to “never let a serious crisis go to waste.”
In the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy that killed six and wounded 14 others, the Left has attacked talk radio, Fox News, Sarah Palin and anyone else it can smear. Never mind there is not a shred of evidence that the accused gunman, the mentally disturbed Jared Lee Loughner, ever

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:04 PM
Contrasts in black and red

THE CONTRAST between what Illinois Democrats did last week and what Republicans have done in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and New Jersey could not be clearer.
In Illinois, Democratic legislators and a Democratic governor pushed through a massive 67% personal income tax hike (and a 46% boost in corporate taxes), claiming an accompanying “cap” would mean no new spending. Sure.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:37 PM
Explaining evil

IN THE aftermath of the senseless wounding of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and the murder of six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green, there will be many who will use this tragedy to advance their own political agendas.
Explanations will be sought and blame assigned. Necessary questions will be asked: Did the clerk at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson violate any laws in selling the Glock 19 9mm gun

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:27 PM
She told us so

SARAH PALIN deserves an apology. When she said that the new health-care law would lead to “death panels” deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.
Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers — The New York Times — that she was right. Under a new policy not included in the law for fear the administration’s real end-of-life game

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:52 PM

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