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Scott Spiegel

Scott Spiegel

Scott is a freelance political writer and market researcher for The College Board. He graduated from The College of William & Mary and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Maryland. Scott has written for NewsRealBlog.com, and blogs at ScottSpiegel.com. He lives in Manhattan.

Articles From Scott

Obama’s one great accomplishment: avoiding responsibility

Kurdish Peshmerga security forces stand guard on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, June. 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

As Vice-President Joe Biden might say, restarting the Iraq War could be one of the great successes of the Obama administration!

The Good Life Is Not a Constitutional Right

The Breakers mansion in Newport

Lately there’s been a lot of chatter from midterm-campaign-theme-starved liberals about the scourge of income inequality.

The Civil Rights Legacy Democrats Stole from Republicans, Pt. 2

President Barack Obama is greeted by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as he arrives to speak at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, during the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Lewis withstood violence and arrest during the civil rights marches through Alabama in the mid-1960s. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In liberals’ fantasy world, President Lyndon B. Johnson did the right thing in pushing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, even though he knew Southern Democrats would switch parties and become Republicans.

The Civil Rights Legacy Democrats Stole from Republicans, Pt. 1

President Barack Obama speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, during the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.  (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

It’s been nauseating watching members of the liberal media patting one another on the back for the past few months in this, the year of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, when it’s actually Republicans who deserve 95 percent of the credit for African-American civil rights advances.

Democrats’ war on competent women

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On Tuesday, the nation’s grievance-mongers celebrated Equal Pay Day, the day up through which women must work to catch up with men’s earnings from the prior year. But based on the research on the subject, women would need to work only until about brunch on New Year’s Day.

Obamacare is a negative-sum game

Eric Cantor Obamacare meme

Obamacare isn’t a zero-sum game, it’s a negative-sum game.

Deconstructing Harry Reid

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

This could be a hunch, but I suspect that vulnerable congressional Democrats are going to regret Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid having prematurely kicked off 2014 midterm season by declaring his party’s campaign slogan to be ‘All Obamacare Victims Are Liars.’

Good riddance to East Ukraine

(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

If pro-Europe Western Ukraine wants to ally with the European Union and flourish as a responsible 21st-century world power, while pro-Putin Eastern Ukraine wants to sell its soul to the devil, good riddance.

Why allowing Russia to host the Olympics was a mistake

AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Here’s a question we should have asked ourselves about 10 years ago: Should countries that support state sponsors of terrorgive asylum to traitors who leak national security information and commit human rights abuses be rewarded with hosting the Olympics?

According to the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations of sports, of course they should.

Obamacare vs. #Bridgegate: Putting lane closures into perspective

George Washington bridge

Imagine the governor of a large state shutting down two lanes of the busiest bridge in the country for four days, holding up hundreds of thousands of drivers and causing delays, confusion and lost productivity.

Now imagine the President of the United States holding up millions of online shoppers for three months, causing frustration, anger and chaos, not to mention lost health insurance coverage and continuity of care.

Breaking down the ‘New York Times’ Benghazi piece: It depends on what the meaning of the word “Al-Qaeda” is

File

New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick recently published a lengthy piece arguing that President Obama’s original al-Qaeda-free description of the causes of the 9/11/12 attack on our Benghazi consulate was accurate, and that then-U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice’s claim that the attack was instigated by a YouTube video was correct.

Adherents to United States’ largest religion persecuted by upstarts

Jesus

If I hear one more conservative complain that the A&E Network violated Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s free speech rights by suspending him from the show, I’m going to scream.

Forget platinum, gold, silver, and bronze — all Obamacare plans are aluminum

obamacare marketplace

Liberals pretend that, for people who lost their health care plans because of Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act will lower monthly premiums while offering the same or better coverage — and other people won’t even be affected! They promise a veritable gold standard for 21st-century health care coverage.

Their claim is all flash and no substance.

America: the new old France

John Kerry

It seems there’s always some Western nation that’s the butt of foreign policy jokes, that has an embarrassing reputation of refusing to fight or take sides — whether France, Switzerland, Canada, or all of Europe. But with France strapping on its fighting boots and rejecting deals like the one Obama just lapped up with Iran, it seems the U.S. is going to be the butt of international jokes until we get another Republican in the White House.

So now liberals want to talk about Benghazi

File

A CBS reporter fritters away her credibility by conducting a sloppy background check on a fraudulent eyewitness to the attack on our consulate in Libya, and suddenly liberals are salivating to talk about Benghazi.

Note to Democrats: Republicans’ disapproval does not equal sabotage

Healthcare.gov

Liberal journalists selling out their reputations by defending the disastrous Obamacare rollout have been wailing that the real reason for Healthcare.gov’s failure is Republican sabotage. But there’s a huge difference between the tactic Republicans have actually been using — withdrawal of support — and the active interference of which Democrats accuse them.

What it’s come to under Obamacare: government regulation is capitalism, and freedom is tyranny

sebelius energy and commerce

The way liberals see it, in a free-market system, insurance companies have the capacity to hold enrollees hostage and require them to stay in bad plans with high premiums. But when government steps in and forces both sides to agree to terms they wouldn’t otherwise have chosen, that’s a truly free system.

The Left’s top five excuses for failed Obamacare rollout

Three weeks later, the left is still blaming the disastrous launch of healthcare.gov and the state health exchange websites on anything and everything except the incompetence and shortsightedness of the current Democratic administration and the contractors it hired. Here are the top five excuses liberals have offered for the failed rollout, in approximate order from most insane to least delusional.

Democrats claim disastrous Obamacare rollout is no big deal despite dismal enrollment numbers

Healthcare.gov

Liberals have been claiming that if Obamacare doesn’t roll out as smooth as butter, it will be because of Republican obstructionism. But implementation architects have managed to screw up nicely on their own.

Time to furlough essential federal employees

government spending

While parks, monuments, and campgrounds bring people pleasure, you can’t say the same about the agencies President Obama chose to leave open, which nominally provide key services, but regularly inflect torment on hapless citizens. When was the last time you heard someone gush how the Department of Education or the IRS had made his life better?