We Know It Needs Fixing, But Why Now?
The GOP recently released a plan for immigration reform which has gotten the knickers twisted of the many writers and those who comment here at Redstate. Either this is total capitulation or a deft political move by the House leadership in their roll-out of a blueprint for immigration reform. Given some recent history, this writer believes the House leadership under John Boehner lacks the ability | Read More »
Thinking About the Minimum Wage Outside the Box
In the past, I have written about the minimum wage, especially as it applied to a referendum in New Jersey in 2013 which the voters stupidly approved. Personally, I have nothing against a minimum wage per se, but in the case of New Jersey, they not only increased it starting in 2014, but then they linked future increases to the CPI. Then to make matters | Read More »
Gay Marriage and the Generational Divide
Currently, twenty states allow gay marriage. This represents 123 million people, or 39.2% of the United States population. When states are added in which recognize civil unions, the percentage increases to a little over 44%. With the exception of Utah whose current status is in limbo all the states can be firmly placed in the blue state category. A very important point must be made | Read More »
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
On Friday, there were somewhat conflicting articles in the press which may help determine what happens this year in the 2014 midterm elections and in the 2016 presidential election, especially with regards to the Republican Party. The first report was about a Gallup poll which indicated that a record high was recorded for respondents who said they were dissatisfied with their current representatives in Washington. | Read More »
The (Not So) Invisible Hand (of Maxine Waters)
Famous economist Adam Smith first used the phrase “the invisible hand” in 1759 and alluded to it- without mentioning it- in his landmark book, “The Wealth of Nations.” Basically, it described the self-regulating behavior of markets. This is not a dissertation on classical economic theory or the writings of Adam Smith. Instead, this is about Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act which | Read More »
Is the Electoral Strength of the Tea Party Waning?
The Tea Party originated in response to bank bail-outs, government stimuli, growing debt, and, of course Obamacare. As a result, there was an electoral backlash against the administration and its policies in 2010 when Republicans made gains in the Senate and surged to majority status in the House. However, it is important that we look at the 2010 midterm elections and Tea Party performance in | Read More »
Massachusetts, Free Speech and Abortion Clinics
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McCollum vs. Coakley, a case which challenged a Massachusetts law involving a 35-foot free speech buffer zone around abortion clinics in that state. The law was passed ostensibly to deal with cases of pro-life “protesters” blocking clinic access to patients. It became quite obvious early in this case that the pro-life “protesters” were | Read More »
Are Libertarians Just Pot Smoking Republicans?
This diary entry has been in the making for many months now even before Erick Erickson weighed in on the issue and other diary writers have expressed their views whether it was through reasoned articles or responses to other person’s articles. As to the link between the use of marijuana and libertarians, this simply falls under the umbrella of keeping the heavy hand of government | Read More »
The Noel Canning Case
In a previous entry, I outlined the arguments in the case of NLRB vs. Noel Canning Company. To rehash, the company here lost a decision before the National Labor Relations Board. Upon appeal to the District Court of Appeals in DC, they won their case arguing that the decision could not stand since the composition of the NLRB was unconstitutional. Specifically, they argued and won | Read More »
Christie and the Great Bridge Lane Closing
We all know the details of the bridge lane closing controversy in New Jersey. In terms of stupid political dirty tricks, this one will go down in history as one of the most stupid of all time. Christie fired his deputy chief of staff for lying to him. He should have fired her for rank stupidity. The most egregious aspect of this whole spectacle reminds | Read More »