Charles Krauthammer

Popularity Contest
November 23, 2009

On the inside cover of the last issue of The New Republic, the conservative American Future Fund (AFF) took out an advertisement helpfully warning moderate Democrats to abandon health care reform. The ad features head shots of numerous Democratic members of Congress who lost their seats in 1994. The headline reads, “THE LOSERS OF 1994 … THANKS TO HEALTH CARE!” I hesitate to impugn the intellectual integrity of any of the good folks who purchase space in this magazine in order to share their concerns about public policy.

People Seem To Have Forgotten The World Trade Center (And Pentagon) Massacre. So The Obama Administration Will Now Have Provided Us With The Ultimate Reminder of Islamic Terror. Good!
November 20, 2009

I understand why the universe of cons and neo-cons has pounced on the Obamae for prosecuting K.S.M. in civilian proceedings in New York. And I find Charles Krauthammer's particular indictment of the venue and legal envelope of the proceedings strong, if not (entirely) persuasive. But I actually think that a public trial several blocks from the scene of the atrocity will etch into (much of) the world's consciousness the intrinsic brutality of the whole ideological system that inspired and brought discipline to that day of terror.

Senate Health Bill Reduces Deficit By More Over Time
November 19, 2009

Fox News All-Star panelist Charles Krauthammer says the Senate health care bill starts collecting revenue immediately, but runs an annual deficit, so that it will explode the deficit in the long run: In the House bill, and I'm sure in the bill that we will hear about tomorrow in the Senate, it's ten years of people paying in, and six or seven years of health care [paying out] because [the benefits] kick in later. So that is how you make the numbers look good. But annually it runs at a huge deficit.   In fact, this is completely false.

Obama's Sinister Offensive
October 21, 2009

Last August, when the White House urged the public to share examples of hysterical health care rumors so the administration could help correct them before they spread too widely, Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer compared it to "Chicago thug politics," Big Brother, and Hugo Chavez. This time around, he again sees the dark hand of Chicago politics: It is one thing for the government, the administration, to attack opponents, institutions, media.

Obama’s Window of Opportunity Turned Out to Be a Shuttered Gate--Self-shuttered, Actually
October 18, 2009

It could have been predicted. In fact, I predicted it here. So, more or less, did Jon Chait and Leon Wieseltier, with subtle differences ... and, from The Washington Post, Jackson Diehl and Jim Hoagland, Charles Krauthammer and George Will, as well. Plus a few more here and there. No one from the New York Times? Huh. What a surprise. The Times never saw the Holocaust.

Krauthammer Projects His Dishonesty Onto Obama
September 18, 2009

Charles Krauthammer today accuses President Obama of misleading the public on health care reform: Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating "hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud" from Medicare. That's not a lie. That's not even deception. That's just an insult to our intelligence.

A Strange Prediction
August 28, 2009

Charles Krauthammer today predicts that the Democrats will soon abandon the whole idea of using health care reform to “bend the curve” toward less explosive cost growth. He predicts they will: more generally, abandon the whole idea of Obamacare as cost-cutting. True, it was Obama's original rationale for creating a whole new entitlement at a time of a sinking economy and a bankrupt Treasury. But, as many universal-health-care liberals complain, selling pain is poor salesmanship. I don’t think that Democrats will do this, but I see his point.

"a Hostage Ransom"
August 05, 2009

That's how Charles Krauthammer derisively refers to Bill Clinton's trip to Pyongyang, which Krauthammer speculates must have involved some kind of secret payoff, perhaps in the form of fuel or food supplies, to Kim Jong Il. Maybe so; at minimum, clearly we would have preferred not to give Kim what was undeniably a propaganda coup.

Are We Better Off Because Of The Stimulus?
July 31, 2009

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. For weeks on end, Republicans have pounded home the message that economic stimulus has failed. (Charles Krauthammer: “[Obama] blew a hole in the budget that is a trillion dollars wide. There is nothing to show for it.”) Polls show that most people think the stimulus has done nothing to help so far. But today’s second quarter GDP data show that the stimulus has actually helped quite a bit. The headline is that the economy shrank at a 1.0 percent rate, less than the 1.5 percent rate most economists expected.

Cbo's Latest Warning--and Whether We Should Listen
July 26, 2009

Can health reform make medical care less expensive over time, as President Obama and his allies claim? And, as we think about whether health reform is a good idea, does anything besides this effort at cost control really matter?

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