Barone: Full of audacity, but little hope
Obama’s inaugural was nothing more than the platitudes that built his first term failures.
Barone: Feckless Senate Democrats
Has the House GOP come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts?
Barone: Ivory-tower Obama can’t abide views he doesn’t share
The surly demeanor and defiant words give it away.
Barone: Entitlement era is winding down
Entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid — are threatening to gobble up the whole government and much of the private sector, as well.
Barone: Obama lurches left with pick of Hagel for defense
Over the course of Obama’s first term, the image of the president as a centrist increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week…
Barone: Dodd-Frank’s problems — and potential solutions
Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare. We’re likely, however, to see or hear less about the operations of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.
If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, DC
The big stories: the Bakken shale, big government, the Texas boom and the continued slide down I-95 from the Northeast to the South Atlantic from Washington, D.C., to Florida.
Obama’s numbers went down, but Romney never inspired voters to vote
In reality, Obama’s vote and percentage went down. Considering what happened in Bush’s second term, that suggests a course of caution and wariness for the re-elected president and his party.
Tim Scott and Daniel Inouye show a better America
Much has been made of the fact that Scott will be the only black senator and the first black Republican senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who was elected in 1966 and 1978.
While feds dawdle, states fight on
The fiscal squeeze is felt more urgently in the states: They can’t print money and can’t count on Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve to buy 70 percent of their bonds.