The Three Legs of the Welfare State
Obviously there’s the three legs of conservatism. Fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and strong foreign policy. Well I present you the three legs of the welfare state. The first is the pay-in system which I categorize Social Security and Medicare to make up since you’re required to pay in order to reap the benefits supposedly (issue in of itself) in later life. The second is government | Read More »
Landrieu campaign, media doubling down on Koch bashing
Not too too long ago, I put up a post on how the Left was going into outrage mode over an Americans For Prosperity ad running in Louisiana that featured paid actors and not Louisiana residents. Lucky for all of us, Mary Landrieu’s office is not yet done attacking AFP and the Koch Brothers, who are the money behind AFP, over the ad. In a clearly | Read More »
A layman’s view of Liberalism/Socialism
As always, I like to help those who are like me and are not policy wonks. What I am about to tell you is something you can sprinkle into a conversation with liberals. I will try to make it as universal and versatile as possible. Here is all one needs to know about socialism/liberalism. socialism/liberalism is an ideology rooted in the basic premise that the | Read More »
Ed Markey Gets Cozy With Google Lobbyists
Earlier this week, I wrote a piece for the Boston Herald on Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) misguided campaign to restore the Open Internet Order that was struck down by a federal court in January. Markey has been pushing net neutrality in Congress for years, and although he’s seen little success, he appears to have made some very powerful allies. When Markey ran for the Senate | Read More »
Why We Lost this Battle in the Gay Culture War
One lesson I learned from my old debate coach in school was that if you can’t anticipate, or refuse to acknowledge, your opponent’s best arguments you’re guaranteed to lose. Regarding recent Right-to-Refuse (such as Arizona’s SB 1062) laws centering on religious liberty and the gay agenda; we’ve heard a lot about cakes, flowers, and wedding photographers. Obviously, it’s absurd for someone to be sued simply | Read More »
The (Belated) William F. Buckley Memorial Open Thread
Six years ago yesterday, the modern Conservative Movement lost one of its founders, William F. Buckley. In memory of his passing, here are some clips from his famous show Firing Line that seem especially relevant to our time. Perhaps we can learn a few things from them. First is a clip from his 1966 interview with Senator Barry Goldwater on the future of conservatism: Next | Read More »
Cuomo’s “Start-Up NY” Is Not What It’s Cracked Up To Be
Cuomo’s “Start-Up NY” Is Not What It’s Cracked Up To Be As a New Yorker who is fascinated by the “Up-state and Rust Belt Revival” initiatives that have been set forth by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, I am naturally intrigued by the “New York State Open for Business” commercials I have seen all over television. Typical abandoned factory in a Rust Belt City The very-well marketed advertisement | Read More »
What the Netflix-Comcast Deal Tells Us About the Internet
Ben Domenech and Francis Cianfrocca discuss Netflix’s deal with Comcast and the two tracks of economic reality in America.
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The Watercooler ~ Friday’s Open Thread Miscellany
In a recent diary you can find here, the analysis of how Republican Kevin Faulconer won the San Diego Mayor’s race failed to address a key factor — the GOTV efforts. This piece by Jason Cabal Roe, a Republican political consultant in San Diego, gives credit where credit is due: While there has been much focus on Republican Kevin Faulconer’s convincing victory in deep-blue San | Read More »
Controversy: Should American Atheists have been booted from CPAC?
Author’s note: (UPDATE) This piece is a re-post from BizPAC Review where it received 700 comments. So weigh in RedStaters! Nothing like a little controversy to spike attendance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) an annual event attended by 10,000 faithful conservative activists. They will gather on March 6 – 8, just outside Washington D.C. to hear speeches from practically every leading Republican, including the entire bench of | Read More »
You Seek to Dragoon Me Into Violating My Conscience.
We are once again having one of those great debates that in modern politics skips right past any sort of compromise and has the views of elite lawyers cast into law by our courts. I am not speaking of gay marriage; the Roberts Court signaled where that’s going. I instead mean whether Christian merchants can be coerced by act of law into providing services for | Read More »
The Supreme Court’s March Docket
The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in eight cases in March 2014. First out of the gate is Hall vs. Florida which contests the criteria used in that state to declare a person mentally retarded and exempt from capital punishment. This case began in 1982 and has just now reached the Supreme Court. Based upon previous decisions in the Supreme Court and | Read More »
Jan Brewer sells religious freedom to the highest bidder
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, a bill that would have allowed businesses, such as wedding photographers and wedding cake bakers, to assert their religious beliefs in rejecting participation in same-sex wedding events. While she claims to have lamented over how the bill “could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want,” her true motivation really | Read More »
Tags: 1st amendment
, freedom of religion
, Homosexual rights
, jan brewer
, jeff flake
, Jim Crow
, John McCain
, Republicans in Name Only
“The Conservative Litmus Test,” Charles Cooke, and Purity
It’s a subject I’ve been tossing around for a while, though I’ve debated actually writing anything about it here because it involves the “c” word – compromise. In the battle between the conservative base, grassroots networks and the GOP establishment, the debate rages back and forth as all sides attack each other (I did separate base and grassroots on purpose, knowing that they are on | Read More »
Chuck Hagel’s Budget: Sounding Retreat
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Defense Department budget tells us all what we knew - America’s reduced role on the world geopolitical stage extends far beyond the mere withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan; it includes a conscious plan to reduce our capabilities to project force around the world. It is a plan driven both by the anti-imperialism of President Obama and by the budgetary zeal of Republicans | Read More »
Erika Harold for IL-13
Erika Harold is a first time congressional candidate in the 13th congressional district. You can go to her website @ http://www.erikaharold.com/ to find out more about her and donate. The primary election is March 18th and she is facing incumbent Rodney Davis. Here is an interview she gave with the editorial board of the State Journal Register. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOscUqPrui8 This interview is interesting because it reveals that | Read More »
Camp Legislation a Crucial First Step
Yesterday Representative Dave Camp introduced fundamental tax reform legislation that will serve as a good first step in conservatives changing the discussion over tax reform. Unlike most recent proposals the Camp proposal first should be applauded for its boldness. Chairman Camp’s proposal is not a minor one, but a pro-growth re-write of the tax code. As the Wall Street Journal wrote today, the Camp plan | Read More »
Gun Control Works Against You
While government is an important and necessary entity in civil society, in the wrong hands it becomes a danger to our natural rights. We as Americans have been lucky because our Founders set up a system of checks and balances but for far to long we have been complacent in our duties as American citizens. It is time to become reacquainted with the writings of | Read More »
PODCAST: NRCC Red Zone Discussion On FL-13 Special Election
For this inaugural post in the NRCC’s Red State diary, NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek, Political Director Rob Simms, and National Press Secretary Daniel Scarpinato stopped by the studio this week to discuss the approaching special Congressional election in Florida’s 13th District. Between her refusing to debate on MSNBC and her statement that jobs lost under ObamaCare is an “exciting prospect,” Democrat Alex Sink’s campaign | Read More »
The Arrest of El Chapo and the Future of the Drug War
Ben Domenech is joined by Malcolm Beith to discuss the Mexican drug war, the arrest of El Chapo, and what the future of U.S.-Mexico drug policy will bring.
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Keystone XL Is My Favorite Topic
Keystone XL Is My Favorite Topic I have to admit that the Keystone XL Pipeline is my favorite issue to talk about (I like energy issues what can I say), however my frustration with the project has grown over the past couple of weeks due to more delays, of course brought on by the Democratic machine in Washington. Despite the typical rhetoric that comes out | Read More »
Brewer’s veto of senate bill 1062
Governor Brewer’s veto is no surprise. When the NFL tells you that your going to lose the Super Bowl, religious liberty and freedom of conscience do not stand a chance. Lawmakers could have written a better bill. Had the bill limited the businesses affected to those with five employees or less, it would have been harder to mischaracterize and ultimately veto. For Christians, make no | Read More »
Update On Elections: Senate Races Turn Interesting Corner
On Michigan, Gary Peters is an @$$hole! He viciously attacked a mother with leukemia who had her insurance cancelled due to Obamacare. And he voted for it. You know what, just on that I say screw the pundits. I rate this as leaning R. The Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land was already in a lead in the polls anyway so I don’t why pundits have yet | Read More »
Time for Illinois Conservatives to Rally Behind Bill Brady
With the primary less than one month away it is time for conservatives to rally behind Bill Brady for Illinois’ next Governor.
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The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 67: Writing Laws With a Pen and a Phone, and Hollywood Liberals For Tax Cuts
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. A pen and a phone. That’s what President Obama recently said he had which could circumvent Congress on policy topics he wanted to get moving. Conservatives, like me, compared him to a king, giving orders and expecting everyone to jump. The Left took this opportunity to show that the number | Read More »
(Updated) Who are your Top 5 for 2016 GOP presidential nomination (OPEN THREAD)
Greetings all, (Updated) Results of this non-scientific ‘straw poll’ do show a connection regarding the two Texans. As I have read elsewhere, it would appear Rick Perry’s decision to run will be incumbent on whether Ted Cruz declares his own candidacy. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) 111 votes Gov. Scott Walker (WI) 109 votes Sen. Rand Paul (KY) 96 votes Gov. Rick Perry (TX) 58 votes | Read More »
Feds lame answer to student-privacy protection: “It depends”
The US Department of Education released a report on student-data privacy. (PDF) in an attempt to answer the growing concerns about student privacy and disclosing their personal information to third-party vendors. The report is far from reassuring. The answer to whether Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is protected is, “it depends….there is no universal answer.” Is Student Information Used in Online Educational Services Protected by FERPA? | Read More »
Time Magazine’s Anti-Christian Bias on Display
Over the years I have grown accustomed to the liberal bias in Time Magazine’s news reporting and learned to read their articles with a grain of salt. I used to save articles where their bias was particularly egregious but needed to stop when the offending articles began to dominate space in my file cabinet. However, Time editors outdid themselves in their March 3rd edition in | Read More »
Common Curriculum for the Common Core
Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be “early implementers” of the Common Core. Their findings published in “Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementer” are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core, the desired goal all along. Take particular note of #3 and #4: This | Read More »
Neuroscience and The Problem of Addiction
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Ben Domenech and Allysen Efferson are joined by Sally Satel to talk about her book Brainwashed – The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, the science of addiction, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more. We’re brought to you by Stephen Clouse and Associates and The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell. If you’d like to | Read More »
Volunteering Levels In America Fall To An All-Time Low
Last year saw the lowest volunteering levels since the government has been keeping track, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just over 62 Million Americans volunteered for an organization at least one time between September 2012 and September 2013, the Bureau pointed out, that’s roughly one fourth of all adult Americans. 2002 was the first year that the BLS carried out its survey on the | Read More »
The RNC Wants YOU to Help Pick the Next President
In case you haven’t gotten one in the mail yet, be on the lookout for a “survey” from RNC asking for your presidential preference. Oh, you’ll recognize all the names in the poll. Some are in office, some out. Some are Governors others are former something-or-others. Perry, Cruz, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Jindel, Palin, Rubio, Gingrich, Cain, Christie, Barbour, Portman, Ryan, West…and on and on. There’s enough shiny names | Read More »
Let’s get out of Afghanistan!
I frankly wonder why the deadline has been pushed back to the end of the year. Now unlike in Iraq, it was initially merited to go into Afghanistan since they were harboring Al Qaeda. But 12 years is TOO long. Longer than WWI and WWII COMBINED and longer than Vietnam. And what have we to show for it? A country that’s still very divided into | Read More »
Democrats Exploiting Veterans to Grow Government
Unlike many modern-day functions of the federal government, caring for our wounded warriors is a core responsibility. But as is the case with other government programs, liberals think that doubling down on a woefully inadequate VA system and throwing more money at the problem will improve care for veterans. And similar to most other big government initiatives, Democrats are now using a highly-respected group of | Read More »
Why Cutting the Defense Budget is a Good Idea
A huge bomb was dropped on the national security community yesterday when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the soon-to-be-released 2015 budget for the Department of Defense would feature massive cuts in personnel levels, material acquisition, and active duty pay and benefits. The new proposal seeks to cut the budget by $487 billion over the next ten years and decrease the number of troops in | Read More »
Illinois is Frozen Over, How Do I Get Yard Signs Up?
Here in Illinois it just gets colder and colder. Meaning the ground is still frozen. And frozen ground leads to a real lack of yard sign placement. While my favorite candidate signs are stuck in the garage I thought maybe I could find a way on the internet to put up signs in sub arctic temperatures. What I did find was this amusing video from | Read More »
That Time Liberals Realized the Obama Administration’s IRS Could Silence Their Free Speech Too
The newly proposed IRS rule governing the free speech of non-profit social welfare groups “will produce the same structural issues at the IRS that led to the use of inappropriate criteria in the selection of various charitable and social welfare groups for undue scrutiny.”
That’s not a quote from the ACLJ or Representatives Darrell Issa or Dave Camp (who are leading the congressional investigations into the IRS targeting scandal), nor is it the scathing analysis from the cable news channel President Obama loves to hate, Fox News.
It is the searing retort of none other than the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
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Breaking: Latest ObamaCare funding scandal
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is trying to keep quiet a Kynect web site glitch resulting in payment of excessive federal subsidies in January and February which must now be removed, resulting in higher premium payments for ObamaCare customers. The biggest unanswered question now is where the money comes from to pay for two months of premium shortages. The glitch resulted in customer premium payments plus | Read More »
Big Changes Ahead For The GOP
Republican Nation Committee Chairman, Reince Priebus stated that there were some big changes in store for the GOP. He was quoted in an interview with Mike Huckabee saying “What’s happened over the last several years at the RNC is that we have become, unfortunately, an organization that has shown up about once every four years, five months before an election,”. According to Prebius the RNC is | Read More »
Hagel, Defense, And You!
Chuck Hagel has unveiled a new plan for the Defense Department to reduce costs by downsizing and reshaping the military into something more efficient. At the very moment he mentioned downsizing, something interesting happened. All of his words, to most conservatives, became the noise made by teachers in the Charlie Brown cartoons. And, while cuts to the military are definitely a bad idea, there is | Read More »
Piers Morgan is fired (finally)
Well Piers has been given the ax finally due to horrible ratings. I doubt anybody will be missing him. He’s a (words I can only use on twitter) and about time he’d get punished. He was always a horrible debater against really anybody who went up to. We don’t have cable or satellite so I don’t watch CNN. Though even we did I wouldn’t be | Read More »
Planned Parenthood, NARAL Distort Politician’s Comments to Make a Point They Don’t Even Agree With
The Huffington Post, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood have gone on the offensive against a pro-life politician, excoriating him for referring to pregnant women as a “host”.
Yet, this is nothing more than another example of the ever prevalent abortion distortion.
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FCC Admits Newsroom Monitors “Overstepped the Bounds” of its Authority – Shelves Proposal
A week ago, the FCC was about to implement a draconian news monitoring program that might as well have been straight out of an Orwell novel. But the American people stood up and spoke out decisively, and now the FCC has shelved the program. How did it happen?
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The Watercooler ~ Open Thread
Okay, so I created an open thread because I have need of an open thread and don’t see any others appearing. For good measure, to cut through the cacophony of dissonance and confusion that seems to be breaking out all over, I threw in a fun song. (My question for the open thread will appear as the first question in the comments after I publish | Read More »
Study Credits Volcanoes (and Other Stuff) for Saving Us From Climate Hell
As it turns out, the climate is a complex system, susceptible to influence from volcanoes, oceans, variable solar output, soot, etc., just as we have been saying all along.
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*UPDATE* EXCLUSIVE: Emails Show SC Attorney General Concerned About Absentee Voter Compliance
*Attorney General Wilson’s office has replied to my request for comment which has been added to the bottom of this post. Last week, the Super PAC of which I am a board member, Carolina Conservatives United, announced our intention to push for South Carolina to come into compliance with existing federal election law as it pertains to absentee ballots and the amount of time overseas | Read More »
My #NextPiersMorganJob And #PiersMorganReplacements Tweets
Consider this a palate cleanser. I normally don’t go on twitter just to tweet nonsense, but the news of Piers Morgan’s Primetime Departure and two great hashtags had my creative juices flowing. Enjoy: #NextPiersMorganJob: Joins some third-rate cable start-up, then quickly burns that show, and finally gets a show on @FOXSports1. #tcot #p2 — BigGator5 (@BigGator5) February 24, 2014 #NextPiersMorganJob: Starts a restaurant in #Chicago, | Read More »
A Defense of Wall Street
What is Wall Street, anyway? I would be willing to bet that 90% of the protesters from Occupy Wall Street and of self-styled liberals have absolutely no idea what Wall Street is, what it does, and how important it is. If not for Wall Street, there wouldn’t be any Main Street, certainly not as we know it today. In order for any business to be | Read More »
Is Your GOP Member Representing You or John Boehner?
Ask yourself this question: is there any Democrat that represents a solid blue congressional district who is not fully committed to advancing the progressive agenda? Is there any Democrat from deep blue territory who rubber stamps the conservative agenda? Of course not. Democrats utilize the liberal areas of the country to promote their beliefs. Yet, there are dozens of Republicans who hail from conservative districts | Read More »