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    Honest question about TPA

    I know that the debate on TPA is pretty heated, here on Red State, on the right-of-center  blogosphere generally, as well as in DC itself. Much of the conservative opposition to TPA is grounded in a well deserved distrust of President Obama. In particular, there are concerns that any trade agreements will have immigration and/or environmental provisions in it that will be added to the | Read More »

    The world lost 22 million manufacturing jobs between 1995 and 2002

    In talking about free trade, the issue of job losses comes up.  There is no question that a smaller percentage people work in manufacturing in 2015 than they did in 1955.  However, the reasons for that change have little to do with trade. As reported in Bloomberg, the world as a whole lost 22 million manufacturing jobs between 1995 and 2002. Some 22 million manufacturing jobs | Read More »

    The real story on the TPA: Freedom Caucus sticks it to Boehner

    As many know, I am very disappointed in the nature of the public debate on TPA and free trade generally. I think that if more people were really honest about themselves, they would say that NAFTA was a bad idea and that they don’t really support any future NAFTAs. While that would disappoint me, I wouldn’t be fired up about it enough to write anything | Read More »

    What the TPA debate shows us

    No human being living on the earth in 2015 is perfect.  There was a carpenter’s son walking around about two thousand years ago, but that is another topic for another day. We all make inadvertent mistakes.  Human beings range from the honest maker of inadvertent mistakes to the purposeful liars, cheats, murderers, thieves, criminals, etc.  To me, those who engage in corrupting others are actually | Read More »

    Much Ado About Nothing?

    I support the  Indiana RFRA without clarifications or modifications.  I also support public discussions based on the actual facts.   After digging into to the details of the Indiana RFRA controversy over the past couple of days, it is clear to me that  99.9% of the arguments on the Indiana RFRA have nothing to do with the actual statute. Douglas Laycock, a professor at the University | Read More »

    How we can start NOW to chip away at the monstrosity of Obamacare

    We all want to repeal the ACA as soon as possible. I support Cruz’s call for a complete repeal. I believe that such a bill has passed the House approximately 40 times already, but I am all for doing it again and again and again. That being said, there are some additional things we can do that: (1) will get more Democrat votes that an | Read More »

    Playing smart—playing to win—playing with the team that we have

    Let me first say that although I live in Michigan, I am no fan of Congressman Upton. I will NEVER use one of those mercury bomb light bulbs in my house. That being said, even mediocre squirrels can find a nice nut, sometimes by sheer luck. There are many of people on the center-right side of the political divide who think that we can avoid | Read More »

    Why the “fixes” don’t matter and should not be avoided

    President Obama’s administrative fix is irrelevant. Landrieu’s bill is irrelevant. Upton’s bill is irrelevant. I agree with Rush Limbaugh in saying that these “fixes” cannot possible work. It is all smoke and mirrors. No insurance company is going to undue months of planning to offer up resurrected plans that have already been terminated under state regulations. Too much uncertainty and too little promise of profits. Anything | Read More »

    A pathway to repeal in 2017

    There is a lot of chatter about avoiding any “fixes” to Obamacare. The right is united about seeing Obamacare repealed, but I don’t think any of the various factions of the center-right coalition are being realistic about how precisely repeal can occur. 2012 was the last best chance to avoid the morass of Obamacare. The American vote blew that opportunity, and our options at this | Read More »

    What the heck happened in 2012?

    As the ACA aka Obamacare marches forward to implementation, the news has become increasingly dominated with stories about people losing their insurance coverage.  I myself am amongst the estimated 93 million Americans who will have their insurance coverage discontinued due to the ACA. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/31/obama-officials-in-2010-93-million-americans-will-be-unable-to-keep-their-health-plans-under-obamacare/ By now, the right-center blogosphere is circulating the fact that back in 2010, the HHS estimated that 93 million Americans would | Read More »