Ten Years Since Mission Accomplished: Let’s Review the Imagery

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*+-Joseph Palermo: In U.S.-occupied Iraq, every car bomb, every I.E.D., every suicide bomber, and every sectarian killing that followed that sunny day in May off the San Diego coast made a mockery of Bush’s premature spiking of the proverbial football and brought deserved derision from the rest of the world.

CPAC Follies

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*+-Tom Degan: Themain problem with this year’s CPAC gathering was that so many of their speakers are walking illustrations of why conservatism in America is going the way of the 8-track tape.

An Exploitation Tax Is Past Due

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*+-Charles D. Hayes: Many full-time employees of some of America’s largest employers need government assistance, including food stamps. Guess who picks up the tab?

Rand Paul, You’re No Henry Clay

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*+-Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.

Lincoln, Spielberg, Sandburg, Kennedy, and Compromise

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*+-Walter Moss: With House Speaker John Boehner unable to convince uncompromising Republicans to give just a little to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the lessons that Lincoln, Spielberg, Sandburg, and Kennedy have to offer seem more important than ever.

Like Lemmings to the Sea

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*+-Tom Degan: It’s going to take at least two administration – possibly three – to dig ourselves out of The Great Recession. And the only way to succeed is for those administrations to be progressive ones. A turn to the right is a turn backwards.

For Political Leaders, Gratitude Is Earned

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*+-Nick Capo: If I define good leaders as those men and women who focus on issues and decisions that matter not just to my family but to all Americans, then I can see which leaders I should thank.