Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today in the Washington Examiner April 28, 2011

The $100 billion Washington will spend on cybersecurity in the next decade may be less about guarding America from a real threat, and more about enriching revolving-door lobbyists and satisfying pork-hungry politicians. A new working paper by Mercatus Center authors Jerry Brito and Tate Watkins makes the case that "the rhetoric of 'cyber doom' employed by proponents of increased federal intervention ... lacks clear evidence of a serious threat that can be verified by the public." Read More

Alex Pappas - Obama releases birth certificate to end 'silliness'

President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday, saying questions from "sideshows and carnival barkers" about his citizenship and legitimacy as president have become too distracting. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said. "We've got better stuff to do." Read More

David Freddoso - If Obama thinks this will stop the nuts, he's sadly wrong

For most Americans -- even those who have perhaps had a brief fling with birther-ism -- Obama's release of his birth certificate will settle the issue. But that won't do it for some people, the hard-core. If you think that the release of Obama's birth certificate is going to stop the kookery, you are already being proven wrong. How about this: Read More

Philip Klein - Obama shouldn't have caved into birthers

President Obama's decision to release a copy of his birth certificate won't put an end to the stupid birther nonsense, but it does set a bad precedent. This isn't a matter of needed transparency and disclosure. Read More

Conn Carroll - Oil imports spike as Obama oil ban decreases domestic production

President Obama sent a letter to Congress earlier this week urging them to “eliminate unwarranted tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, and to use those dollars to invest in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” Let’s leave aside for a second the fact that even after 30 years of subsidies, Read More

Phil Klein - Seniors not buying Dem Mediscare on Ryan Budget

Gallup has their first round of polling out on Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity and the results are encouraging for conservatives:. While “the Republican plan put forth by Congressman Paul Ryan” falls one point short (43%) of “the Democratic plan put forth by President Barack Obama” (44%) the splits among age groups are noteworthy: Read More

David Freddoso - Reid: Senate will vote on Ryan budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seems to think it will make good politics for him to force a Senate vote on the Ryan budget. Writes Sam Stein: Read More

Philip Klein - Herman Cain hits Romney on health care plan

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Wednesday said his rival Mitt Romney would have to “deal with” the health care law he passed in Massachusetts, which Cain grouped with ObamaCare as “government-centered” health care. Read More

Conn Carroll - Factchecking Obama’s birth certificate press conference

President Obama claimed that the reason he released his birth certificate today is because the issue had become a distraction. Specifically, he blamed the conspiracy for drowning out his speech earlier this month attacking Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity. Obama claimed: Read More

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