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McCain Rupudiates Bailout: Year Late, Trillions Short

During the 2008 election, we explained how McCain's "bailout" response enabled Obama's win. It exposed McCain's lack of a consistent economic philosophy that would have allowed him to adapt to an unexpected event in the final days of the campaign. Sun Tzu teaches that a clear philosophy is the core of any strong strategic position.

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"Guns-a-blazing" - ObamaCare Desperation Time

Fans of train wrecks should enjoy the continuing health care battle. In a recent article of this topic, we used it to explain Sun Tzu's "Limited Situation," the penultimate stage in a campaign ([node:content/strategic-principle-day-647-limited-situations-occur-vulnerable-transition-point link]). After explaining how the appropriate methods were not being used, that article ended with a simple prediction:

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A Clear Political Philosophy? The Mount Vernon Statement

Recently, a number of conservatives have rallied around a core statement of values called the Mount Vernon Statement. This statement is short and directly. You can read it here. We hop this reflects a new trend in politics of embracing a clear statement of what we call "mission" in teaching Sun Tzu's strategy ([node:https://scienceofstrategy.org/main/content/strategic-principle-day-16-mi... link]).

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Obama's First SOTU: The Power of Small Moves

Yesterday's State of the Union address clearly demonstrates one of the most basic, non-intuitive aspects of Sun Tzu's Warrior's Rules: that small moves are more powerful than larger ones ([node:content/strategic-principle-day-55-small-steps-are-more-certain-and-powerful link]). After President Obama spoke for 70 minutes on a wide variety of issue, what most people are talking about today is the two second response by Justice Alioto, shaking his head and mouthing "Not true."

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Positioning Mistakes: A Little Freezing in a Big Budget

Another day, another political strategic error. President Obama's proposed freeze a little federal spending demonstrates not one but two types of errors. From the liberal perspective, it uses a small action to send a large message that undermines the unity of the progressive moment, perception overwhelms reality ([node:content/12-strategic-positions-have-separate-objective-and-subjective-natures-notes-todays-economic- link]).

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