Scott Olin Schmidt

Beware the Sugardaddy State

It’s not uncommon for people to use family metaphors for the government’s role in our lives. We have all heard of “Big Brother” and criticized the “Nanny State.” If Bill Clinton’s Welfare Reform was government as the stern but loving father, under President Barack Obama we may be looking at

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Obama Inaugural Shortchanges Hope

Although it may raise a few eyebrows among my Republican friends, I want Barack Obama to succeed as President of the United States. There, I said it. There is a fine distinction, however, between Barack Obama succeeding as President, and the new President succeeding as Barack Obama. That is why

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Obama’s Old Solutions for a New Economy

Last week, President-elect Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” slogan became, “Maybe We Can,” when it comes to fixing the economy. That seed of doubt should force the incoming president to re-evaluate his economic stimulus package before pushing it through Congress. The Obama stimulus package reads like a political compromise giving

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Managing The Machines of Politics

Many science fiction movies have a common plot: The machines created by humans rise up to take power over their creators. And while the real world version is far more benign, our addiction to knowledge has created a world where we are, for better or worse, increasingly defined by machines.

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Forty Week Solution for GOP

After an often-turbulent, 14-year relationship, the American people broke up with the Republican Party last month, sending a clear message that they had found new suitors in a Democratic President and Congress. Today, and for the next year, the GOP must face a touch choice. Does the party stick around

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Judicial Review Gone Wrong

In both the first and final ads for the Yes on 8 campaign – supporting a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California – proponents argued that the people, not San Francisco-based judges, should be the final arbiters of the matter. Today, in a

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