Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Maine’s party differences as clear as ever: GOP wants reform, Dems say no

Despite the odd dynamics of the debate, the showdown over the state budget has managed to expose some real differences between Democrats and Republicans. Setting aside the complexities of the intra-party skirmish for the moment, all elements of the Maine GOP have come together on a number of goals: they just disagree on the details […]

If the GOP truly embraces small government, it can win

In Augusta and Washington in recent days, we have seen leaders of what is supposed to be the party of small government fail to fight for that philosophy. Though the debates were on very distinct issues, they both featured at least part of the Republican Party’s leadership defending big government, rather than fiercely fighting to reduce […]

Keystone veto reveals hollowness of Obama’s jobs rhetoric

We have often heard Democrats — both in Maine and nationally — try to claim the mantle of job creation away from the GOP. They cast themselves as technocrats, only interested in doing what’s best for the economy without regard for their ideological agendas. They’ve adopted these talking points from Republicans in an attempt to […]

Obama offers campaign planks, not solutions

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, President Obama attempted to invoke the unity theme of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech and 2008 presidential campaign. However, on Tuesday — as in the past — this hyperbole was not reality-based, but was soaring rhetoric designed to win enough support to […]

The real reason behind Obama’s immigration action

At first glance, President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that he intends to usurp the authority of the United States Congress on immigration reform seems counter-intuitive. Though immigration reform has been a top goal on the left for years, this is not the way to go about it. While it might please immigration activists, Obama’s taking […]

Democrats’ disdain for businesses runs deep

So far, one of the recurring themes of 2014 has been jobs and the economy. It has been a constant refrain from candidates up and down the ticket, in both parties. As usual, it being an election year, Democrats have been talking like Republicans on the issue. They’re hoping that voters will forget that, when […]

Is Angus’ endorsement a king’s ransom or fool’s gold?

The worst-kept secret of Maine politics is finally out of the bag, as independent U.S. Sen. Angus King waded into the Maine gubernatorial race, endorsing his friend and fellow independent Eliot Cutler. The fact that virtually everybody knew this was coming — not only did King endorse Cutler in 2010, but Cutler returned the favor […]

Michaud embraces liberal hypocrisy on campaign finance reform

One of the most common displays of hypocrisy in American politics has landed in Maine, as Mike Michaud has joined other Democratic politicians who pretend to embrace campaign finance reform while utilizing every possible loophole in the mad dash for cash. This was particularly blatant recently, as a coalition of liberal special interests announced a […]