Know What Obama Could Use? A Snake Oil Czar

July 4th, 2010

By Dan Miller President Obama is just one man. He clearly can’t sell all this snake oil himself. *  *  * We have a disastrously inadequate petroleum reserve; there is a crisis. “We consume more than 20 percent of the world’s oil but have less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves,” or so […]


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Another Failed Presidency?

March 9th, 2010

By Tom Carter Many on the right, not all of them Republicans, hope that Barack Obama will be a failed President.  Some are motivated by ideology — to them, any political position to the left of Attila the Hun is seen as a socialist conspiracy to destroy America.  Others are purely partisan, convinced that any Republican is better […]


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Keep Rahm in the White House

February 24th, 2010

By Tom Carter I’ve wondered for quite a while what was going on inside the White House — how do they manage the place, who has real influence, who does the President listen to?  The first indication I saw of disarray and poor management was the way the health care reform effort was handled.  From […]


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Leadership and Responsibility

January 4th, 2010

By Tom Carter The first refuge of weak leaders is blaming mistakes on subordinates.  It’s unacceptable in the military, in corporate hierarchies, and in other settings where the responsibilities and authorities of leadership are understood and practiced.  Harry Truman enshrined the concept with the famous maxim, “The buck stops here.”  The principle is that a […]


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Obama the Incrementalist

November 1st, 2009

By Tom Carter Obama the incrementalist is the headline of a column written by Howard Kurtz in The Washington Post a few days ago. Kurtz emphasized what I wrote in a previous article, The Faux Golden Boy.  If I can be forgiven for quoting myself, I said that Obama is “the kind of modern man…who […]


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