End of the Line for the Welfare State?

End of the Line for the Welfare State?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The Congressional Budget Office did not exactly say Obamacare would cost the nation 2.5 million jobs. But what it did say is vindication of what conservatives have preached since Barry Goldwater stood in the pulpit 50 years ago: The more liberal the welfare state, the greater the disincentive to work and […]

Will Obamacare Be the Death of Liberalism?


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By Patrick J Buchanan By 1968, Walter Lippmann, the dean of liberal columnists, had concluded that liberalism had reached the end of its tether. In that liberal epoch, the 1960s, the Democratic Party had marched us into an endless war that was tearing America apart. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society had produced four “long, hot summers” […]

The First Hustler Runs the Big Con

The First Hustler Runs the Big Con


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Nothing is lost save honor.” So said Jim Fisk after he and Jay Gould survived yet another scrape in their corrupt and storied careers in the Gilded Age. Fisk’s dismissal of honor came to mind while watching Barack Obama in Boston smugly explain how his vow — “If you like your […]

A Queen in Obamaland

A Queen in Obamaland


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The pots and pans are clanging for the ouster of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the Obamacare website rollout takes on the aspect of that of the Edsel. Yet, though it is a website that has America laughing, Obama’s legacy legislation itself could, in its entirety, be in […]

The ‘We Can’t Win’ Wimps Caucus

The ‘We Can’t Win’ Wimps Caucus


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “We told you you would lose!” wail the Beltway bundlers of the Republican establishment. “We told you you would lose!” moan neoconservative columnists from their privileged perches on the op-ed pages of the Beltway press. “Look at what Ted Cruz and this Tea Party people did to us,” wails the GOP […]

Goldwater-Rockefeller Redux

Goldwater-Rockefeller Redux


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” Mark Twain’s insight comes to mind as one observes the panic of Beltway Republicans over the latest polls in the battle of Obamacare. According to Gallup, approval of the Republican Party has sunk 10 points in two weeks to 28 percent, an […]

Is the Conflict Between Us Irreconcilable?

Is the Conflict Between Us Irreconcilable?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan One way or another, the battle of the budget and the debt ceiling will be over by All Hallows’ Eve. Yet, as one looks deeper, at the irreconcilable conflict behind the present clash, only a roaring optimist would imagine we shall ever know again the tranquility and unity of the Eisenhower-Kennedy […]