Reviewing McClellan

In dissecting the views of those who claimed they were “puzzled” and “astonished” at McClellan’s comments, I’d draw you to the puzzling environment that he worked in. Consider even the most sympathetic-to-Bush history that’ll be written about the character assassination of Richard Clarke, treating Valerie Plame’s career at the CIA flippantly as “fair game.”

Former press secretary’s tell-all book could poison relationships with media for administrations to follow

By Dylan Mathieu

Watching the parade of Scott McClellan’s self-assessed “friends” step up to the plate to try and discredit his book-bound assertions of a wayward White House reminds me of what President Truman said about having friends in that neighborhood: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Continue reading “Reviewing McClellan”

The Insult of Empty Gestures

This latest lackluster effort found bipartisan support as Democrats and Republicans united behind this empty gesture to mock us all by not addressing the energy crisis that is only just beginning. Not sure that’s what voters had in mind when they called for more bipartisanship.

It’s fine for President Bush to rely on symbols, but they aren’t a substitute for accountability

By Elan Barnehama

In the past, our nation has always risen to the task in response to crisis. While we often slog our way though important problems, we’ve been brilliant, innovative and quick to mobilize in support of emergencies. Think emergency medical care verse preventative health care. Think Sputnik or polio. Consider FDR’s call for 50,000 planes a year as the US entered World War II. He was mocked. Turned out that he was wrong, as US factory workers responded by producing twice that amount. But, when members of Congress decided to put a temporary halt to filling the government’s emergency oil reserve, as a response to the gasoline crisis, they may have signaled an end to our ability to respond to emergencies. Continue reading “The Insult of Empty Gestures”

Keeping Up Appearances

Sen. Obama’s comments at a San Francisco fundraiser show he could learn a lot from our current president about how to succeed at being an elitist

By Elan Barnehama

Senator Obama recently opened up a can of bitterness and could not get the lid back on before that damning “elitist” label spilled all over him.

Most elitists are taught that they should never be smug (in public) about their elitism. We know that elitists know that we know that elitists have better lives than the rest of us, but some things are better left unspoken. Most of our nation’s elite go out of our way to stay out of our way. Continue reading “Keeping Up Appearances”

Happy Birthday, Earth Day; You’re On Your Own

The nation that invented the atom bomb to end World War II could take on global climate change with the same kind of drive and innovation

By Elan Barnehama

I’m thinking that President Bush had the annual celebration of Earth Day in mind when he announced last week that the U.S. strategy for tackling global warming was to pretty much do nothing for the next dozen years. It could be that he was reacting to the news that China has overtaken the United States as the world’s leader in carbon emission. I mean, really, how many more setbacks can one administration take? Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Earth Day; You’re On Your Own”

Ignorance is Political Bliss

Lack of common sense about household finance bodes ill for nation’s fiscal future

By Chris Ingram

If Americans have ever wondered why our country is in such a fiscal and financial mess, all they need do is look in the mirror.

Earlier this year, released a survey showing that 37 percent of American homeowners had absolutely no idea what type of mortgage they had on their home. That is, they didn’t know if it was a 30-year fixed, a 5-year ARM, or what interest rate the loan carried.


And unfortunate. Continue reading “Ignorance is Political Bliss”

Outside View: GOP fiscally suspect

(Column authored by Chris Ingram, originally published November 9, 2004 by United Press International)

Now that the election has passed and the candidates for president and congressional candidates from both parties have avoided talking about most of the critical issues facing United States, perhaps Congress and the president will work to address several looming crises.

The most over-spun but under-addressed issue is of course Social Security. Often called the “third rail” of U.S. politics, no candidates — Republican or Democrat — prior to the 2000 election showed the spine, will, or fortitude to tackle this Continue reading “Outside View: GOP fiscally suspect”

Democracy for Sudan

(An edited version of this article appeared in the Saturday, March 13, 2004 edition of the Washington Times, A Section commentary pages.)

By Chris Ingram

Recently I had the opportunity to visit Sudan on behalf of the International Republican Institute and the U.S. Department of State. I was asked to join a team visiting the country in order to help train leaders of the emerging democracy with their party governance and communications.

The people of Sudan have endured decades of civil war between various regimes in the North and those seeking liberty both in the South and in the western and eastern peripheries. Today, the hope for peace between the two main warring factions is closer than ever. Continue reading “Democracy for Sudan”