Tag Archives: Obama

Hugh Hewitt: GOP Leaders: Looking Forward

When President Biden completes his oath of office on Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell goes from being the most effective Senate Majority Leader the Republicans have had in my lifetime to being the equal of the most influential Senate Minority Leader in history—given the 50/50 split in the Senate.

The GOP’s de facto leader is now McConnell. He’s certainly its most powerful figure and his vast abilities are going to be necessary as a check on the Biden Administration. To guard against a return to the appeasement that defined the Obama years, he’ll be assisted by soon-to-be former Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and key leaders in the Senate like Tom Cotton of Arkansas. On the domestic front, McConnell will counsel will successful governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Doug Ducey of Arizona. His colleague in the House, Kevin McCarthy will remain his key partner.

But it is to McConnell that Republicans should look now—and Republicans are blessed to have him.

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Jerry Bowyer: Will Biden Jeopardize Hard-Won Progress in Middle East?

According to a new report, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The significance of this is hard to overstate: it may very well lead to the normalization of relations between Israel and the Saudis—the next phase of the Abraham Accords.

The meeting was brokered by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of the leaders of the Middle East peace process—and was only possible due to the Administration’s openness to Israel and firm stance towards Iran.

After the undeniable success of the Trump-Pence-Pompeo Middle East strategy, Biden has picked Jake Sullivan as his National Security Advisor—a leader in appeasing Iran in the Obama administration. It’s a clear signal that Biden intends to return to the failed foreign policy of the Obama years.

The Middle East is an absolutely vital region. It would be dangerous for the Biden administration to turn back.

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Jerry Bowyer: Biden’s Dangerous Spending Plan

The Obama administration was once defined by low growth and high spending. When Obama took office, our debt-to-GDP ratio was around 90 percent. Today, it has passed 105 percent.

While high debt is always a risk, you can to some extent outrun it with high growth. Under President Trump, while spending increased, it was partially offset by relatively high growth. The Obama years were bad for our economy, but our debt was low enough that we were able to avoid economic collapse.

Neither of these would be the case under a Biden administration. Our total national debt is higher than ever in peace-time, and Biden’s plan will only raise it dramatically further. He’s proposing over $5 trillion in new spending and the largest tax increase in 70 years.

Low growth, high debt and a growing tax burden: that’s a very dangerous combination, and that’s exactly what we should expect from a Biden presidency.

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Michael Medved: Campaign Finance Reform: Washed Away in a Tidal Wave of Money

In the midst of all the sound and fury of the campaign, you may not have noticed that Democrats have entirely abandoned one of their favorite issues of the past two decades.

In 2020, you hear nothing about campaign finance reform, or long-standing liberal hopes of limiting citizens and companies in supporting their favorite causes.

As recently as 2012, Obama, Hillary and other prominent liberals spoke of amending the Constitution to strike down the Citizens United case that made it easier for corporations to participate in ongoing public debates.

Why have Democrats dropped that point of view?

Because Joe Biden has uncorked a gusher of money—breaking all records, outspending Trump by more than three to one on TV ads in key swing states. Four years ago, Hillary also outspent Trump but lost the election.

Biden’s runaway spending should strip Democrats of any ongoing ability to attack their opponents for trying to “buy” elections.

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Bowyer: The Prospects of Foreign Policy Under Biden


Former Vice President Joe Biden is running on a campaign of returning to the Obama years. But when it comes to foreign policy, that could end up being a disaster.

Under the Obama-Biden administration, the greater Middle East collapsed into revolution and civil war. Their administration helped overthrow the government of Libya, extending a war that has killed thousands and has drawn in a host of foreign actors. They gave arms to Syrian rebels—arms which later fell into the hands of terrorists. The Syrian Civil War has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

Biden’s plan includes a continuation of Obama’s interventionist ideology and a pivot away from the peace initiatives we’ve seen from Trump in the recent Abraham Accords. Biden has made a habit of picking fights and embracing bad actors.

Trump has brought the Middle East closer to peace. A President Biden may pull it back into chaos.

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Bowyer: Pro-Growth Policies Bring Record Recovery in Unemployment Rate


During the worst of the shutdown of our nation’s economy at the front end of the pandemic, America’s elite media outlets were quick to tell us about the largest increase in unemployment in American history.

But they seem far less interested in telling us about the largest decrease in unemployment ever recorded since the recovery has begun.

As of this week the unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of almost 15 percent to about 8 ½ percent. That puts unemployment at levels which we saw during most of Obama’s first term. After the great recession of 2007-2009, it took three years for the labor markets to bounce back to the levels we see now—only three months into a recovery from the pandemic.

Policy matters, and pro-growth policies make a country much more resilient—even in the face of horrendous setbacks.

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Hugh Hewitt: Obamagate

The explosive news regarding the government’s handling of former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and the transition from the period from when President Obama was president to when President Trump took the oath of office ought to have the attention of every American.

President Trump has labeled it Obamagate.

Some have tried to dismiss it or label it as some sort of nutty conspiracy theory or “birtherism” and we should do neither nor allow it.

Obamagate is simply shorthand for the intentional interference with the peaceful, seamless, cooperative transition of power between presidential administrations.

It may not be criminal to mess around with the transition, but it’s certainly destructive of the republic’s greatest political tradition.

Federal Prosecutor John Durham is, no doubt, keenly focused on everything that happened in this period.

Was there a criminal act? Maybe. Wait and see.

Were these events deeply destructive of one of our finest traditions—the peaceful transfer of power? Absolutely.

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