We Can Win (If We Start Doing the Right Things)
Conservatives, we can talk all we want about fixing the message and following principles, but even if we fix both—we can’t win elections if we keep using campaign tactics like it’s 1999. For a real conservative comeback, we don’t need to become Democrats. We need to become conservatives with brains. Right now, conservatives’ technological lifeblood could use a dose of digital steroids. But, some of | Read More »
Obamacare Exchanges Clash with State Laws
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Sandefur to discuss the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act, how it clashes with new efforts to set up an ObamaCare exchange, and where else this problem may arise.Read More »
Baltimore Police Chief Johnson: The Folly of a Blue City Politician
At yesterday’s Senate hearing on gun control, Ted Cruz once again stood out as an articulate voice for commonsense. After declaring the Senate to be a “fact-free zone,” he went on to destroy the myth that there is a consequential difference between an “assault weapon” and a regular semi-automatic rifle. You can watch him in action for the first 3.5 minutes of the clip. Beginning | Read More »
Why I Love Twitter
In emails and on twitter I’m starting to see a common theme emerge. People are getting sick and tired of the nonsense on twitter and how “high school” it is. They’re tired of the snark. They’re questioning its effectiveness. Some are even suggesting that we give up on the platform, perhaps relegating it to Google+ status: have a twitter account, post links to your stuff, | Read More »
2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Am-nes-ty : the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals.Read More »
Tech at Night: What goes around, comes around for Sprint. Hey Chuck Grassley: Everybody knows you never go full Biden.
Justice is impeding the Sprint/Softbank merger. Gee, whoever could have predicted that if Sprint funded the left-wing effort to embolden Obama antitrust action, then Sprint itself could suffer bad consequences? I wonder. It wasn’t me, was it? I didn’t point out that Sprint Nextel itself had a history of mergers, such as the Sprint-Nextel merger, did I? Hmm.
Hey Chuck Grassley: The first amendment is not a suggestion any more than the second amendment is. There is no Video Game exception that I saw. You’d have to be as special as the Vice President to think think citing the words of a crazed murderer as an authority helps you make a point, anyway.
Besides, it is not your job to dictate ‘artistic value’ to others, nor does your own job have ‘artistic value.’ So if you would silence others who do not have ‘artistic value,’ then that do we conclude about your right to speech? Everybody knows you never go full Biden, Senator.Read More »
Bob Menendez’s foreign underage prostitution story stubbornly not going away.
Background: just before the election a story broke alleging that Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey had taken advantage of the hospitality of one of his campaign contributors to go down to the Dominican Republic (via the aforementioned contributor’s private plane) and use the services of at least two prostitutes (one of whom may or may not have been underage). Worse, he allegedly refused | Read More »
A Rejoinder to Senator Rubio on Illegal Immigration
Senator Marco Rubio was gracious enough to engage our conservative community with his thoughtful comments on his framework for immigration reform. I’d like to respond to some of the points made in his post. “and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty.” The | Read More »
VIDEO: MSNBC Contributor Decries Hateful “Crackers”
MSNBC Contributor Karen Finney used a racial slur recently while discussing immigration reform and the Latino response to the issue. Not surprisingly, no one on the panel she was featured in even seemed to notice her language. Said Finney: We saw in droves, you know, the Latino community moving over to the Democratic Party, largely because of the tone. And you had even Republicans in | Read More »
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick’s post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed. Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate about immigration reflects positively on the conservative movement in general. Unlike the left, whose default tactic is to attack and destroy the personal character | Read More »
Q4 GDP and Consumer Confidence Both Sucked Like a Turbomolecular Pump
Fox News is at the apex of its corporate power. It bestrides the fetid media swamp like a mighty, dollar-and-talent-sucking Colossus of Rhodes. It’s beyond being a network. It is a unique plain of existence, separate from the mere domain of mortal man. That spending problem in DC – it only exists on Fox News.
Now never you mind the actual economic statistics. The fact that Q4 GDP went down by 0.1% versus a non-Fox News consensus estimate of 1.1% – that only happened on Fox News as well. Likewise the Consumer Confidence number that is worse than any value recorded since November 2011.
Well, actually the Consumer Confidence story just winked into existence over at Bloomberg as well. Here’s how a Philadelphia-based bond analyst feels the Consumer Confidence Cliff will effect things out in Flyover Land.Read More »
Amnesty and the Welfare State
As we contemplate granting full citizenship to millions more legal and illegal low-skilled immigrants, it would be wise to review the status of the current welfare state. Robert Rector and Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, two of the leading experts on welfare policy and poverty, have put out an informative report on the welfare state and where we are headed in terms of reform | Read More »
The Lasting Impact of C.S. Lewis
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Professor David Downing to discuss his extensive study of C.S. Lewis, how Lewis has driven discussions of Christianity, and how some of his work would be received were it first published today.Read More »
South Carolina School Choice
With National School Choice Week kicking off January 25th, conversations surrounding the topic have been buzzing. While I have always been a supporter of school choice, it is only recently that the subject has taken a personal turn. With one child excelling in public school and the other struggling, having choices in their individual educational needs will make a lifetime’s worth of difference. Our oldest daughter has | Read More »
I Don’t Like Marco Rubio’s Plan
There. I said it.You’d be surprised how long it has taken to say this. I’ve let multiple friends vet the various drafts of posts I’ve written on this and they all wind up arguing with each other over the details. Is it amnesty or isn’t it? Should we give a path to citizenship or not? We are getting in the weeds when the basics will | Read More »
Rick Snyder mousetraps Michigan Right To Work opponents.
Hey, do you want to see what it looks like to have your planned judicial delaying tactics trip, fall, and face-plant before it even clears the door? …Yeah, sorry about the metaphor, but sometimes the convoluted ones are really the only ones that fit. Case in point: Opponents of the state’s new right-to-work law promised a challenge of the controversial bill that passed the lame-duck | Read More »
Colorado Energy Office Can’t Account for $252 Million In Last Six Years
A 2012 performance review of the The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) revealed several disturbing findings by the State Auditor last month, which included a non-existent accounting system for CEO’s 34 programs, a runaway budget, and staff who had no knowledge of program goals or standards.Read More »
I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away. I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something. My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up. I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing. Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN. It was a very, very difficult decision. I | Read More »
How Green Building Regulations Backfire
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance to discuss faulty federal green building regulations and potential kickbacks to a green building council.Read More »
Amnesty Now; Enforcement Never
There is something Orwellian about the spectacle of a Senator who employed an illegal immigrant sex-offender unveiling an “immigration reform” proposal. In addition to Bob Menendez’s presence at the press conference yesterday, the competition over who could speak more Spanish, along with McCain’s passionate assertion that this proposal is virtually the same as the Kennedy plan, made this spectacle a full-court circus. It was even | Read More »