Tech at Night: As usual, Republicans are right and Democrats have an alternate agenda in the Senate
A lot of conservatives seem to be getting behind a Hatch-Rubio bill to increase immigration for skilled individuals. No wonder Harry Reid wants to block it for partisan reasons. Have to put politics over anything else. Can’t let Republicans do a good thing.
Though I think the Senate priorities are pretty messed up. Jay Rockefeller is talking about workforce standards in the context of cybersecurity legislation. Talk about using any excuse to grow government. At least guys like John Thune recognize the need for the government and private business to work together against foreign Internet threats.
I mean, we can’t rely solely on NSA doing its best to do the right thing on its own.Read More »
Dianne Feinstein slanders PTSD sufferers.
And why is she dumber than soup? It is not entirely because of this errant nonsense: At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) opposed an amendment to her Assault Weapons Ban legislation that would allow military veterans to continue to buy the firearms that would be banned. Feinstein says a veteran may be mentally ill and should be prevented from | Read More »
“Climate change” cools off
These are not happy times for the Church of Global Warming, which has been trying to repackage its manufactured hysteria as “climate change” for several years. But according to the New York Times on Thursday, we’ve actually come full circle to where we began in the Seventies: global cooling. After some flapdoodle about global temperature spikes (in fact, not only is there no evidence connecting human activity to | Read More »
Citizens, Subjects and The Curse of Too Big To Fail Banking
Celebrity CEO Jamie Dimon has made a compelling case against breaking up major US financial institutions. He cites the advantages inherent to economies of scale and claims that bigger banks are able to get better leverage out of their assets and thereby give average customers like little old me a better deal on financial products.
What doesn’t get mentioned by Dimon and his entourage is the power of moral hazard, the implicit subsidy and the blackmail potential that all come implicitly with being a bank that is too big to fail. Without indulging in paranoia worthy of Beppe Grillo and looking for the Bankster under the bed, we still can make a reasonable case that bigger banks are given significant advantages that exempt them from the laws that mere mortals like little old me are forced to obey if we desire a peaceful life.Read More »
An Upbeat Jobs Report and the Burdens of Student Debt
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the surprisingly upbeat February jobs report, the massive amount of student loan debt and how it will impact the economy.Read More »
Barack Obama v. Disappointed Iowan Sixth Graders.
Mr. President? I’d like to introduce you to some of the American people that you are harming with your petulant closing of the White House to tours. (video link here) “The White House is our house! Please let us visit!” Two things about that: It’s true. More to the point: the White House is not actually Barack Obama’s house. It’s assigned housing that comes with | Read More »
Tom Cole: The New John McCain of the House
Dear residents of southwest Oklahoma, There is only one liberal left in your district (OK-4- PVI=R+18), and he happens to be your representative in Congress. His name is Tom Cole. Maybe you should elect someone next year who will represent the heartland and challenge the status quo instead of serving as a conduit for the left to attack conservatives. Tom Cole, like most of the | Read More »
Union Briefs for Friday, March 8, 2013: Government union flea bytes…
From unions forcing workers to pay for politics and applauding ObamaCare, to getting a better deal from the taxpayers than the taxpayers get themselves, it’s Friday and here are your Union Briefs…Read More »
Barack Obama’s basic filibuster mistake.
And it’s a mistake that has little if anything to do with the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director (although having House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell somewhat surprisingly announce that he was opposing cloture on the eventual vote is not going to help Barack Obama any). It’s also a mistake that has less than you think to do with the question of drone strikes | Read More »
The Power of One Man’s Conviction
What was it about Rand Paul’s filibuster that has captivated conservatives all over the country and reinvigorated their desire to fight for our Constitutional Republic? The irony is that the drone issue was not even one of the most popular issues among many conservatives until last night. I suspect that many conservatives don’t necessarily agree with some of Paul’s assertions about targeting terrorists like Al-Awlaki | Read More »
Reflections of a potential drone strike target
I don’t want to sound alarmist, but at the moment I’m a potential target for drone strikes, and so are you. I’d really like to be formally and unambiguously taken off the list, unless due process is conducted following the discovery of evidence that I belong there. A simple “No, the President will not send robots to kill you” would suffice, but the current “we | Read More »
Citizens, Subjects and The Greatness of Rand Paul’s Filibuster
There are two ways you can relate to the entity that governs you. You are either a citizen or you are a subject. There is a significant difference between the two. This difference involves the number of rights you enjoy and the amount of freedom of action and thought you get to exercise. Tupac Shapur sums it succinctly: Real n—– do they wanna do, b—- n—– do what they can.
In a philosophical sense, Senator Rand Paul just asked Attorney General Eric Holder which class we, the average American fit. Can we do what we want or do we what we can? Or more directly; can the people in charge of the government do what they want? Because if the government can do what it wants, then the people are not citizens, they are subjects, they have to do what they can.
This political moment of import erupted from a rather mundane Senate Hearing. President Barack Obama needed a new Director CIA Director. His former Director, David Petraeus was ummm, compromised. He selected John Brennan and expected that the Senate would advise, consent and go back to playing with their Power Ranger Action Figures instead of passing a Federal Budget. Then a wee fly landed in the ointment…Read More »
What New Conservative Members Need to Know About AIPAC
Roll Call reports today that teams of AIPAC lobbyists are fanning out across the Capitol in an effort to block sequester cuts for Israeli foreign aid. We’re talking about a $155 million cut from $3.1 billion, for goodness sakes. Nonetheless, here’s a novel idea that would kill two birds with one stone. Egypt receives about $1.5 billion in foreign aid per year. Additionally, Obama is | Read More »
The Rural Housing Bubble
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Lachlan Markay to discuss a failed USDA housing program, how this contributes to America’s mortgage problems and what the next scandal may be from the Obama administration.Read More »
BREAKING: Colorado Rep. Rhonda Fields’ Rap Sheet Longer Than Previously Reported
A key Colorado lawmaker behind Democratic efforts to increase gun restrictions in the state has a more extensive criminal record than was previously reported according to court records.Read More »
Google throws cash in to honor FTC Chairman (While being investigated by him)
This somehow flew under my radar last week. As you may have noticed, in spite of my constant use of Google, I don’t trust the guys as far as I can throw them. And they’re huge. I think in any other circumstance, the amount of “big brother” stigma that would follow these guys around would be palpable, especially on the left. But Google cares about | Read More »
Union Briefs for Thurs., March 7, 2013: NLRB Smackdowns, Alinsky & Mud Slinging…
“The [NLRB]’s decisions have enraged many small-business owners, and some of them are defying board rulings. It appears this discussion is only getting started, and we can expect (I hope) to see more employers standing up for their rights.”Read More »
Thank Jim DeMint
You can thank Jim DeMint for Rand Paul’s filibuster.Rand Paul would not be in the Senate but for Jim DeMint’s help. In fact, during the filibuster, Rand Paul has been assisted by Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others who would not be there but for Jim DeMint.Had Jim DeMint not created the Senate Conservatives Fund, we’d have David Dewhurst, Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, | Read More »
The Rand Paul Filibuster: A Point Not to be Missed
Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA. By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue. Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in | Read More »
Florida is Working
Conservatives are disappointed of late with Governor Rick Scott’s decision about Medicaid, but we should not let it overshadow the fact that he is otherwise doing an excellent job as Governor. On Tuesday, Gov. Scott gave his state of the state address to the Florida legislature pointing out his agenda has been pro-family, pro-life, and pro-business. During Charlie Crist’s Governorship, Florida lost 825,500 jobs, but | Read More »