Drew Brees on the NFL, Financial Advice, and a Possible Political Career

    A slight break from politics for the moment — until the end of the interview. Listen to hear how Drew Brees answers the last question. Even highly paid athletes aren’t invulnerable when it comes to economic downturns. Over the past few years in the National Football League, we’ve seen a long list of players experience the ramifications of poor financial decisions. According to a report | Read More »

    Education Reform and New Jersey

    I’ve said that Chris Christie losing out on $400 million over four years in federal grant money on Education could be a blessing in disguise–and I wanted to explain why that is. So this week Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced $3.4 billion split between ten “winners” under their Race to the Top program, with the overwhelming bulk of the remaining pool of money (yes, that’s | Read More »

    Severability and Obamacare

    Several state legislators have reached out to me recently with questions about the nature of severability and Obamacare. Since some Redstaters seem to have questions as well, I thought I’d explain a bit about what this means. Most laws of large size and scope have something called a “severability clause” attached to them. Essentially, this means that if one part of a piece of large | Read More »

    Donald Berwick Exemplifies the Obama Agenda

    The White House’s announcement today that they will bypass the nomination process of the United States Senate to recess appoint Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is an act of unconscionable hubris. The White House claims this act is in response to “Washington game-playing”, accusing Republicans of planning to “stall the nomination” as long as possible. This is | Read More »

    Hooray for America the Dependent

    Let’s hear it for freedom! Ain’t it grand? Let’s hear it for all those old souls who died to give us this nation, where we can be free from want, worry, fidelity, and responsibility. Where we can be free to expect a self-affirming career and a McMansion, free from the stress of competition or struggle, free to demand what’s coming to us. Let’s cheer for | Read More »

    Obamacare’s Mythical Small Business Aid

    Redstate’s own Cpa Charlie wrote a post in early June about his experience with the false promises of Obamacare, and learning how it wouldn’t help his small business. Read his original post here. After talking with him, I asked if he’d like to write a more formal column about his experience for Health Care News. Thanks to that, yesterday this story was retold on the | Read More »

    Could Hillary Return in 2012?

    Rob Long uses two datapoints — the stunning decline of Barack Obama’s popularity, and the rise of Hillary Clinton’s — as the basis for a timeline of the unthinkable: could Hillary Clinton challenge Obama in 2012? There’s certainly space for a McGovernesque movement here — I think the important datapoint here is the activist left’s fundamental rejection by the White House, borne out in the | Read More »

    Gun Bans Are Totally Effective

    We’ve been talking a lot about the NRA today, and that brings to mind this video from my colleague at the Heartland Institute, Zach Christenson, posted over at Freedom Pub. Watch the whole thing, but particularly the part with Otis MacDonald, the man behind the Chicago gun case, explaining why he needs to own a gun: MacDonald’s story is moving, and it certainly makes me | Read More »

    A Presidency on the Brink

    Tonight, President Obama will speak to the country from the Oval Office for the first time in an effort to recover from his disastrous response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The president will try to push back against the perception among the American people that he and his administration don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to the spill—a | Read More »

    Remember Those Deficit Savings From Obamacare?

    Avik Roy, a savvy health care analyst in New York City who writes an excellent blog on health policy, took the time to talk with me for The Heartland Institute’s Health Care News podcast about what we learned last week when it comes to the White House’s fraudulent case for Obamacare. Listen to it here. In case you missed it — because for some reason, | Read More »

    Interview With Gov. Tim Pawlenty

    I had the opportunity to interview Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty last week for Health Care News, an interview you can listen to here. The Governor discussed how states can respond to the passage of Obamacare, his decision to opt out of the federal high-risk pools, and how Americans can shift a polarized Washington political scene back toward common sense values. Pawlenty’s response to the passage | Read More »

    The Coming War on Bacon

    “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” – Thomas Jefferson Having dramatically expanded the role of the government in your doctor’s office and your bank | Read More »

    Some Wise Words on the Climate Debate

    Via my friend and colleague Paul Chesser, this footage of Colorado State University climatologist Scott Denning speaking at the Heartland Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change is really quite refreshing. Denning is no “skeptic,” but he stresses that he’s a scientist who believes that public policy should be based on the facts we know about the world we live in — not on the | Read More »

    Media Matters Defends Rationing By Quoting Supporter of Infanticide

    I find the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America outlet extremely entertaining in their capacity as the Obama White House’s fluffy attack chinchilla — not just because they clearly work so hard at such drudgery, but because they are so oblivious to their incredible irrelevance within the ongoing online conversation. In this case, I sadly didn’t even notice their long, drawn out response last week | Read More »

    Obama Nominee Donald Berwick’s Radical Agenda

    “Any health care funding plan that is just equitable civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.” – Donald Berwick President Obama’s nomination of Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a gathering far less attention than a certain | Read More »

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