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Donald Lambro

Articles by Donald Lambro

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LAMBRO: It's the economy, Santorum

At a time when Americans consider the lack- luster Obama econ- omy to be the No. 1 issue facing the country, Rick Santorum this week was suggesting that other issues deserve equal treatment. Published March 6, 2012

President Obama speaks Feb. 17, 2012, at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Defusing Obama tax bomb

An election-minded Congress defused the Social Security payroll-tax cut issue last week, but a much more politically lethal time bomb is set to go off at the end of the year. Published February 21, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LAMBRO: Beauty contest wins don't put Santorum on top

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is the GOP's latest presidential flavor of the month, propelled in large part by his party's large bloc of evangelical and socially conservative voters. Published February 9, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's recipe for poverty

The Congressional Budget Office gave us a forecast Tuesday of a frightening fiscal catastrophe that threatens to engulf the government in a sea of debt. Published February 2, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Low scores for Obama economy

The Republicans' presidential primary slugfest has all of our attention right now, but the general election race is really the more interesting story. Published January 31, 2012

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LAMBRO: Obama's tax-rate demagoguery

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney estimates the federal tax rate he pays on most of his income is about 15 percent because it comes from his past investments. Published January 19, 2012

Illustration: Agency overlap by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Reorganizing deck chairs on U.S. Titanic

President Obama's puny election-year plan to consolidate a handful of government agencies and programs is about three years and $4 trillion too late. With America's jobless rate stuck at a few tenths below 9 percent and his dismal job approval polls in the mid-40s - the equivalent of a failing grade - Mr. Obama is attempting to impersonate a budget cutter. He's fooling no one. Published January 17, 2012

Molly Day takes her sons, Brady, 3, and Shane, 11 months, as she votes in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., on Tuesday. Wisconsin voters went to the polls for the third time in two months for a final state Senate recall vote. (Kenosa News via Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Finally voters start to get a say

Voters go to the polls next month to begin choosing a candidate who can put America back to work, and that means preventing Barack Obama from winning a second term. Published December 29, 2011

Illustration by William Brown for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Donnybrook over underwater mortgage giant

Newt Gingrich's sharp counterattack against Mitt Romney for "laying off employees" during his years as a venture capital investor was taken right out of former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's liberal campaign playbook. Published December 14, 2011

Sen. Claire McCaskill and her husband agreed Monday to pay more than $287,000 in overdue property taxes on a private airplane she used for official business. She had used the aircraft for a political trip. "Millionaire Claire McCaskill wants to simply write yet another big check and hope people won't ask any more questions," said Republican Party official Rob Jesmer. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Earmarks - by a different name

When Congress announced a ban on budget earmarks earlier this year, many believed that the wasteful spending practice had been killed once and for all. Published December 13, 2011

Illustration: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney

LAMBRO: Two at the top of the heap

Two things are now likely in the two-man race for the Republican presidential nomination: This will be a marathon, not a sprint, that will run through the GOP primaries, and it may well be decided at the party's 2012 convention. Published December 8, 2011

Illustration: Jobless by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Obama's statistical slump

Mark Twain, who took a dim view of elected officials, once said that in the world of politics and government there were lies, damned lies and statistics. That scathing remark certainly applies to the Obama administration's response to last week's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, which said the nationwide unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November. The White House joyfully lept on the news, saying it showed the economy was "moving in the right direction." Published December 6, 2011

Illustration by Paul Tong

LAMBRO: Social Security teeters over tax cut plan

Congress is working on extending the employee Social Security payroll tax cut for one more year and possibly cut it for employers, too. But no one's talking about how much revenue this will drain from a fund that's already turned "cash negative." Published December 1, 2011

Illustration by Kevin Kreneck

LAMBRO: Bent out of shape over Bush tax cuts

Ten years after President George W. Bush cut income-tax rates, his decision remains at the epicenter of debate about future economic policy. President Obama, who came charging into office vowing to repeal the Bush tax cuts, has been blocked at every turn by Republicans but also by some members of own party who thought it was insane to raise taxes in the midst of a recession when businesses were struggling and so many Americans were out of work. Published November 29, 2011

** FILE ** The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets on Capitol Hill last month. Supercommittee members (from left) are Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John F. Kerry and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Self-destructing on mission impossible

The supercommittee was doomed from the start, a victim of pie-in-the-sky thinking that a small, secretive legislative cabal could fix the debt crisis. Published November 22, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare trouble by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Supreme Court's health care hand grenade

The Supreme Court will decide in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign if the government for the first time in U.S. history can force Americans under penalty of law to buy a product they may not want, need or be able to afford. Published November 15, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks Tuesday night as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens during a GOP debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (Associated Press)

LAMBRO: Republican hopefuls struggle to pull away

The best thing Democrats have going for them in the 2012 election cycle is the deep division among Republicans over who should be their presidential nominee. Less than 60 days before the Iowa caucuses, the GOP is no closer to coalescing around a front-runner to take on President Obama than it was a year ago. A party that can't agree on who stands the best chance of winning back the White House looks weak, indecisive and rife with internal ideological divisions that can deplete its energy, turnout and fundraising. Published November 10, 2011

President Barack Obama looks on as former President Bill Clinton speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

LAMBRO: Bill lectures Barack on growth

Bill Clinton's new book doesn't mince words about the dismal state of the Obama economy. The former president flatly declares, "We're in a mess now." Published November 8, 2011

Illustration: Obama economy

LAMBRO: Hopes dashed for economic turnaround

If President Obama ever expected the economy to improve significantly before the 2012 election, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke buried that hope last week. Published November 4, 2011

Illustration: Shadow over solar industry by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: Shining spotlight on solar panel bankruptcy

The White House's half-billion-dollar loan to a now-bankrupt solar-energy firm is just the first act in an emerging scandal of insider political influence over a deeply flawed clean energy program. Published November 1, 2011