Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Obama had better find his sea legs ... in a hurry

We're used to seeing uneven performances at presidential press conferences.  In fact, we've grown accustomed to it over the past eight years.

But I didn't expect to see one tonight. 

Someone needs to tell President Obama to stop campaigning and start governing.  This "the sky is falling so you must pass this horrid bill" approach just isn't working.  And every time he shouts it, it works even less.

I think the President is genuinely baffled as to why the body politic isn't applauding this "stimulus" bill.  Answer:  it's an awful piece of legislation.  It will do little to actually stimulate the economy, but a lot to pile on a trillion dollars in unnecessary debt. 

If the administration was serious about preventing a "catastrophe", they'd figure out more ways to get money directly into the hands of consumers, such as ... um, I don't know ... tax cuts?  Investments in infrastructure, green energy, and the like is fine, and will eventually stimulate economy activity, but the $300 billion or so in outright pork and earmarks is simply a waste of dough.  Either eliminate it from the bill, or convert into something useful like a capital gains or corporate tax cut.

It's a crappy, crappy bill ... that's why there's so much resistance.  Time to own up to it.

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