Sunday, March 13, 2011

Interview with Brian Koenig

Pundit Press is proud to present interview number 30 in our ongoing series. Today we're interviewing Brian Koenig, who is a political writer that has been featured on RealClearPolitics and the American Thinker. He runs a site of the same name with his writings. We thank him for taking part in this interview.

1.When and why did you start your site? launched in late 2010 as my reader base expanded throughout several media outlets. I have written locally and nationally for publications such as Real Clear Politics, The New American, Daily Caller, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. My website has allowed me to compile all of my articles into one site, as well as provide news and analysis on current events.

2. How did you get involved in political writing?

 I began writing about politics during the 2008 elections, but my articles did not take significant notice until early 2010. My brother being a Missouri state representative may have had some influence as well.

3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected?

 Though I did not have high expectations for President Obama, his administration has revealed to be more radical than his original campaign pitch. “Change” is what he preached and “change” is what America received, in policy that is; the unemployment and economic state still remain stagnant. The president’s anti-business fervor has translated into Big Government rhetoric and pro-union sympathizing. His liberal-exclusive policies and regulations have put the market economy at risk and hindered job growth and corporate development.

4. What do you think will come out of the situation in Wisconsin?

 Despite the legislative outcome, I believe the political and economic landscape of unionism will be impacted not just in Wisconsin but also on the national level. I believe the “union” between politicians and Big Labor may be better held in check as well, particularly in the 2012 elections, as voters will pay better attention to who’s scratching whose back.

It also might level the playing field among private and public employees. After all, most public employees are sheltered from labor competition, as most public sector entities are pure monopolies. Let’s face it, when public employees vote in political elections, they are essentially voting for their own bosses – after all, bureaucrats run the show.

5. Any favorites for 2012 yet?

 Unfortunately, I cannot say I have a favorite, but I believe we need a Republican candidate who will stand for individual freedom and choice in the American marketplace. Enough with the McCains, Gingrichs, and Huckabees. The Republican Party needs a young, fresh face who is willing to stand for true free market principles. A little charisma wouldn’t hurt either.

6. Anything else you'd like to add?

 I have no doubt that the truth of conservatism and free market principles will prevail in 2012.

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