Yellen vs. Summers: The Battle for the Next Fed Chair
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the possible candidates for replacing Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve, the boisterous Larry Summers, and the lesser known Fed official, Janet Yellen.Read More »
Syrian Rebels Use Sarin. Obama Silent.
In his eagerness to be a tough guy, Obama is about to commit the US military to action in Syria on behalf of Syrian rebels who have managed to match or exceed the atrocities of the government. Including, it seems, the use of the nerve agent Sarin.Read More »
Does Allison Benedikt Think This Only Because Her Husband Does?
By now you’ve heard about this, I’m sure. Allison Benedikt thinks you and I are terrible if we send our kids to private school. I actually do send my kids to private school. I do have to wonder, though, if Allison Benedikt only thinks this because her husband thinks it. Benedikt’s husband is John Cook, the Gawker blogger. Last September John declared that private school | Read More »
This is “Read My Lips” All Over Again
During the 1988 Republican Convention, then Vice President George H. W. Bush uttered a phrase that would destroy his Presidency — “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Just two years later, voters realized they had read a lie on President Bush’s lips. He negotiated a budget agreement with Democrats in the United States Congress that raised taxes. Republicans in the House of Representatives rallied against | Read More »
Here we go again, with PPP in Virginia
Here we go again with Public Policy Polling. They did a poll for the League of Conservation Voters on the 2013 race for Governor in Virginia, and the electorate predicted by PPP is a strange one.
You see, it doesn’t look like Virginia.Read More »
… @CoryBooker has an imaginary friend called #T-Bone?
But there’s a picture of him, and everything! …Oh, Cory. I really am disappointed in the man; it’s such an easy error to avoid. Here’s the background: Democratic gubernatorial Senatorial [oops!] nominee Cory Booker apparently has been stretching things a bit when it comes to his friend “T-bone,” a fellow from the streets with a somewhat, ah, useful habit of saying or doing just what | Read More »
The Passion of Establishment GOPers in Primaries
It’s been a tough year for conservatives in Washington. The year started out January 1 with the Biden-McConnell tax increases and $332 billion stimulus bill. Then House Republicans met at Williamsburg and decided to suspend the debt ceiling and to fund Obamacare in the March CR – all for the promise of fighting Obamacare and a balanced budget during the next CR/debt ceiling. Now they | Read More »
Hit Hard by Obamacare, Small Businesses Passing Costs on to Employees
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss small business cost adjustments due to Obamacare, why the Democrats have brought in Bill Clinton, and what a Republican alternative to fixing the healthcare system may look like.Read More »
Tech at Night: FCC’s Net Neutrality order is illegal. Wikileaks funding Snowden.
Are the Europeans looking to censor the Internet with the NSA as pretext? Cameron Kerry seems to think so. I don’t know how serious or likely any proposals were, but it bears looking at if you’re a European.
Meanwhile here in the US, the Internet control pretext is Net Neutrality, which ought to be struck down. The Communications Act never gave them that power, and the Telecommunications Act was pretty clear on an open Internet. The FCC has acted illegally.Read More »
Clean living, pure thought, and high aspirations
It has been sad, but predictable, to watch a parade of leftist hacks draft the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. into service this week, to promote some bit of Democrat Party dogma or other. Impeached former President Bill Clinton took the cake by uncorking a bizarre finger-wagging rant that was presumably intended to slam voter-ID laws by comparing them to the process of purchasing | Read More »
Obama, Syria and Iraq: Any End But Victory
The plans being floated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry for a wildly unpopular military intervention in Syria are incoherent on any number of levels. Rather than identify an enemy and seek the enemy’s defeat, the essential requirement for using military force, the Administration is unwilling to declare the toppling of the Assad regime as a goal – despite Obama’s own proclamation two | Read More »
Ten Myths Used Against Defunding ObamaCare on the October 1 Appropriations Bill
MYTH #1: THAT CONSERVATIVES LIKE SENATORS MIKE LEE AND TED CRUZ ARE “THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT.” Republicans have only two choices: After pretending to oppose ObamaCare 40 times (only to have Harry Reid spit in their faces 40 times) they can dutifully fund the program (because they don’t want Obama, Reid, and their cronies to yell at them) – or they cannot fund | Read More »
Are The US And Russia Back At It Again?
I don’t see any overarching national interest being defended by our intent to strike Syria. I don’t see any humanitarian objective that it will truly favor. I think it is a waste of time, a waste of resources and a dubious waste of innocent life. I stand with the 91%* against this poorly-conceived and almost churlish intent to fire off lots of cool ordnance. The only question I have left is “Why in the heck are we even doing it?”Read More »
President Bill Clinton Supports Ending Background Checks to Buy Guns
Today, using the 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech as his backdrop, former President Bill Clinton called for the elimination of background checks to purchase guns.Ever since the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, which Bill Clinton himself signed into law, purchases of firearms in every state must go through a firearms background check that includes a | Read More »
Another delay on #obamacare ‘exchanges;’ difficulties getting products to markets?
Thirty four days, and counting: The Obama administration has delayed a step crucial to the launch of the new healthcare law, the signing of final agreements with insurance plans to be sold on federal health insurance exchanges starting October 1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified insurance companies on Tuesday that it would not sign final agreements with the plans between | Read More »
Some Middle East Notes: Muslim Brotherhood Doublespeak, U.S. Involvement in Syria, and More
With the recent events in the Middle East and the continuing question of what, if any, role the U.S. should play, it’s a good idea to stay up to speed on current events in the region. My recent post “A Crisis of Faith in Egypt” was a start, but it’s a sad commentary on the turmoil in the region that, even since then, there is | Read More »
Ethnic Cleansing Begins In Syria
For the second time in as many years, Barack Obama is about to put US military muscle to work in the service of expanding the influence of al Qaeda. While should be horrified at the chemical attack on civilians in Syria, we need to ask some tough questions about the actions of the people on whose behalf we are about to kill.Read More »
A Fascinating Look at the Gospels Through the Eyes of a Police Detective
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by J. Warner Wallace to discuss his new book, its examination of the gospels from the critical eye of a police detective and how it transformed a former atheist into a devout Christian.Read More »
The Street Sweeper
August 28, 2013, is the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It is a very good speech. But it is not my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. My favorite is little known and even less remembered. It is a speech no leader in America on a stage such as he commanded would ever think to give. It is | Read More »
Greenpeace strikes again: anti-Golden Rice, anti-Science; pro-Poor People Going Blind.
I try to be a tolerant man. If people want to believe stupid things, that’s one thing. If people want to engage in suboptimal behaviors because of those stupid things… well, I may not like it, but I can’t save the world. But when the scientific illiterates at Greenpeace decide (in classic bloody I’m-a-Western-progressive-here-to-take-up-the-White-Man’s-burden-so-all-you-natives-just-shut-up-now fashion) to condemn poor people to what would otherwise be an | Read More »