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Mindless Austerity? Where?

One of my pet peeves with the Left (I have a whole different set with the Right) is there constant refrain that we have been experiencing some sort of “austerity” both here and abroad for the last several years. Paul Krugman seems to right a column to that effect every other day. Most recently, President Obama took that line in announcing his latest budget proposal, saying that it was finally time to end “mindless austerity.” Austerity? Mindless or otherwise. Where?

I have further thoughts and discussion in this week’s column for National Review Online:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397817/obamas-mindless-austerity-michael-tanner

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Applying Obama’s Cuba Logic to Big Government

During this year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama defended his change in Cuba Policy by saying, “When what you’ve been doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.”   In my latest column for National Review Online, I suggest he apply that logic to big government more generally.  After all, there’s no shortage of government programs that haven’t been working.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397335/obama-try-something-new-michael-tanner

Obama Returns to Era of Tax and Spend

President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the leaked budget proposals that surround it are little more than warmed over tax and spend.  In this week’s column for National Review Online, I take a deeper look.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396775/obamas-class-warfare-michael-tanner