After Big Punt, Here’s How GOP Can Score
As a conservative, I hate when Republicans constantly punt on spending. It’s annoying, and it keeps happening. We have no reason to think it won’t keep happening. American Majority Action opposed the House GOP leadership’s plan to suspend the debt ceiling for four months without spending cuts. We believe that the day to stop stealing from our children is today–not tomorrow, not four months from | Read More »
Seven Out of Ten Americans Choose the Convenience of Abortion
Without a strong central values system guiding a society, it becomes focused on the individual, which thrusts individuals into competition with one another and deprives them of any larger identity, purpose or context. The result is a society composed of people acting for personal pleasure, which leads them to neglect others and their own families, and abuse each other out of aggressive competition for social | Read More »
Obama losing his gun control campaign
New polling from Washington Post-ABC News and Pew find that President Obama’s campaign to repress the Second Amendment right “keep and bear arms” is faltering.
On January 22, 2013, Pew released polling results that found the public followed news about Obama’s gun control proposals closely and the reaction is mixed. Only 39 percent think Obama’s proposals are about right, while 31 percent think the proposals go too far. Or, as Politico put it, “39 percent back Obama gun plan.”Read More »
How Will the Pentagon Deal with Deep Cuts and Women on the Front
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Michael Auslin to discuss how the Pentagon will deal with the sequester, women joining frontline combat roles, and his reaction to the Benghazi hearings on Capitol Hill.Read More »
Tech at Night: Net Neutrality: The Return of the Revenge.
Quickly tonight, as I’m beat. Here’s more on the Netflix/Net Neutrality controversy, and how they’re making war on ISPs while regulations prevent ISPs from fighting back. A key point Fred Campbell makes: Net Neutrality does not protect and cannot even be invoked by consumers.
Just another reason we need to oppose Democrat plans to legislate Net Neutrality should the courts overturn it.Read More »
“No Budget, No Pay” bill passes the House.
Basically, what’s going to happen is this: if the bill passes in the Senate then both the House and Senate will be under the gun to pass a budget in their respective chambers by April 15th. If the Senate does not – and let’s be honest; it’s the Senate that’s the problem – then the Senate doesn’t get paid until they do. The House Republican | Read More »
What Did Margaret Sanger Think about Abortion?
Yesterday, January 22nd, 2013, is the anniversary of a date that should live in infamy. It was the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. At the forefront of the pro-abortion movement stands Planned Parenthood. Margaret Sanger, the organization’s founder, has a reputation as both a racist and eugenicist, but her words on abortion might surprise people. | Read More »
Facing the Reality of Obamacare, Entitlements, and Budgets
It’s a done deal. Republicans in the House will overwhelmingly support a bill (HR 325) today which will suspend the debt limit law until May 19. The bill will also call on the Senate to pass a budget by April 15 – with the threat of cutting off pay for a dereliction of this duty, as prescribed by the 1974 Budget Act. In return for | Read More »
This Belongs in a Museum: Saving Old World Artifacts From Turbulent Times
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Victoria Coates to discuss the perils that ancient treasures face in the declining Old World, what obligation countries have to protect these treasures and if we need Indiana Jones to rescue important artifacts from the perils of modern civilizations.Read More »
VIDEO: A Quick Reminder on Benghazi
As Hillary Clinton takes to Capitol Hill to answer questions related to the attacks in Benghazi on September 11th of last year, it might be a good time to have a reminder of what the State Department and the administration’s initial response was to the act of terrorism. Consider this an open thread. Follow @BenHowe
Ever hear of the digger wasp?
Fascinating critters, if admittedly an excellent source for nightmare fuel: Wasps of the genus Sphex (commonly known as digger wasps) are cosmopolitan predators of the family Sphecidae that sting and paralyze prey insects. There are over 130 known digger wasp species. In preparation for egg laying, they construct a protected “nest” (some species dig nests in the ground, while others use pre-existing holes) and then | Read More »
Arrogance and Overreach
Barack Obama was able to get Obamacare passed largely because he had a group of Democrats in Congress who were not running for re-election and thus had no fear of the voters. They overreached and the Democrats were swept out to the minority in the House of Representatives. In fact, the voters in 2010 wrecked devastating losses on the Democrats nationwide.When politicians, regardless of party, | Read More »
From the Mailbag
I’m getting a lot of these.From our side. In reference to RedState’s January 22, article No. 1, “The Loyal Opposition”:How do you, Mr. Erickson, not understand, that to give money and arms to our avowed enemies (Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, PLO, drug cartels, etc,) is an act of treason? How do you not understand that to deliberately destroy the U.S. dollar is an act of | Read More »
Brits Ban Guns at America’s Largest Gun Show
The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show announced last week that America’s largest outdoor sports show will be banning “certain products” from the show. This week it is becoming clear that they might be regretting that announcement. Reed Exhibitions, the British company promoting and organizing the event said in a statement “this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the | Read More »
A quick look back at Obama’s first term
“Those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.” — Barack Hussein Obama, Inaugural Address January 20, 2009
There were many things that were disappointing about President Obama’s first term.
The good folks at Reason TV take a look at some of the disappointments in a new video retrospective of Obama’s rhetoric versus reality.Read More »
Colorado Springs Considers Major Reform Proposals To Mitigate Conflicts Of Interest In Utilities Management
The Colorado Springs, Colorado City Council will consider three new ordinances today which concern the establishment of an independently elected utilities board, an independently elected City Attorney, and the removal of utilities contract authority from the Mayor. The ballot proposals, which are expected to receive a vote today, are a response to the debate over the Martin Drake power plant which provides 254 megawatts of | Read More »
Where I Am on the Debt Ceiling Fight
We should fight on the debt ceiling, but we are not going to. Frankly, I think Pat Toomey’s push for a “full faith and credit” act has hurt us. It has provided the Democrats an opportunity to spin the media that even the Republicans acknowledge we’ll default if we don’t raise the ceiling, which is why Toomey is doing that.It was too clever by half.Likewise, | Read More »
Matthew Yglesias endorses key point of Liberal Fascism.
Background: in the course of trying to boost what has been generally conceded to be a not-particularly-good Second Inaugural speech made by Barack Obama yesterday, Yglesias wrote: Summing up the ideological brief, Obama even indulged in American liberalism’s favorite ideological tic—the insistence that it’s not an ideology at all, but simply a pragmatic response to changing circumstances. Which, if you’ve read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, | Read More »
The President Stands Athwart History Yelling Stop
If you were hoping that the president would set the stage for a grand bargain to restructure America’s entitlement programs and fiscal health for the 21st century, you wouldn’t have found much encouragement.
– David Ignatius (WaPo)
David Ignatius stated the obvious in a very polite and understated manner. The President has hit his high water mark. He won re-election, and has no idea what to do with his power beyond the satiation of the power base that drove his reelection. He can hand out fish-sticks, but he but he won’t teach you how to catch your own. (HT: Moe Lane) * This only reinforces my earlier opinion that Barack Obama is nowhere near as in charge of events as he likes to ask. The man is a prisoner of historical trends and of his choice of supporters.Read More »