Speaker Boehner Responds To Obama

    Kudos to Speaker John Boehner for his timely and appropriate response to a juvenile stunt pulled by the Obama White House. That the short notice demand for a Joint Session of Congress was anything other than junior high level one-upmanship was dispelled today when the zero gravity press secretary, Jay Carney, compared the scheduled GOP debate at the Reagan Library with a “wildlife show.” Speaker | Read More »

    Dana Milbank: Perry Is Not A Libertarian

    A few years ago NRO’s Jonah Goldberg coined the term Conservatives in the Mist to describe what happens when liberals set out to explain conservatives to liberals. Recently, we’ve seen The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza engage in egregious and hopefully painful self-beclowning while attempting to explain garden variety Christianity to his neo-pagan readership. Now the Washington Post’s one-man Fifth Column, the absurd Dana Milbank, undertakes | Read More »

    The Shame of Colin Powell

    There are few spectacles more sad than to see a man burn down his own integrity. Watching someone who has lived their life according to a certain ethos, in this case I will be referring to “Duty. Honor. Country.”, and callously cast that lodestar aside for no discernable reason other than to settle a score shames those who witness the act nearly as much as | Read More »

    Reining in the Regulatory Beast

    From House Speaker John Boehner Dear Mr. President: Last year, on August 16, 2010, I wrote to you about my concern that the Administration’s published regulatory agenda included a total of 191 planned new regulations, each of which had an estimated annual cost of $100 million or more, with some involving billions of dollars annually. In my letter, I noted that at public forums, private | Read More »

    More On Perry And Gardasil

    Yesterday I made a post that has created some waves in which I offered a defense of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to require girls in Texas to be vaccinated against the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer. A couple of things have happened today which have convinced me to revisit that post. One is a report in Politico on Perry’s involvement in the | Read More »

    Rick Perry And the Gardasil Decision

    Now that Texas Governor Rick Perry has entered the race for the GOP presidential nomination his actions as governor are coming under close scrutiny. One of the items being tossed about is his Executive Order requiring all girls in Texas to receive the vaccine to prevent infection by human pappillovirus (HPV) prior to entering sixth grade. There are reasons to criticize the decision but they | Read More »

    The Pawlenty Candidacy Ends

    From FoxNews Tim Pawlenty announced an end to his presidential candidacy Sunday after what he called a “disappointing” third place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. The former Minnesota governor said he had hoped to get some lift from the preference poll that is an early indicator of a candidate’s potential strength in the primary season. At a different time, Governor Pawlenty could have been | Read More »

    A Rational Shut Down Strategy

    In case you haven’t noticed it part of the federal government is now shut down. The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget is caught up in a disagreement between the House and Senate. The House has adjourned, except for pro forma sessions which prevent Obama from placing more commies in positions of power, which means the FAA will be unfunded until September. As we approach yet another | Read More »

    Reflections on the Deficit Deal

    I don’t make claims to prescience and have no idea what the final product of the current debt ceiling negotiations will produce. I’m guessing it will not be as good as the boosters claim and not as bad as the partisans on both sides suggest. Make no mistake about it, the debate and deal were of historic import. This is the first time that an | Read More »

    The Speaker’s Plan Is A Bad Bargain

    Unlike several of my colleagues, I find there is a lot to like in the plan put forward yesterday by Speaker Boehner. I like the idea of a smaller increase in the debt ceiling to give time and a sense of urgency to work out some very difficult problems that can’t be solved in the short term. I like the idea of this debate taking | Read More »