The Debate Dogs That Didn’t Bark
The debates are over. It’s worth taking a look at what they didn’t cover, which is sometimes as telling as what was said. In 2000 – as I noted in my first widely-read blog post a decade ago, and as Romney noted last night – the subject of terrorism was not even raised, although it would come to dominate Bush’s tenure in office. Some things | Read More »
The Third (and Thankfully LAST) Presidential Debate
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss last night’s final Presidential debate, the Republican Party’s foreign policy problem, and the potential of an October surprise. We’re brought to you by Stephen Clouse and Associates and The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at bjackson[at]coffeeandmarkets.com. | Read More »
Tech at Night: The danger of the Consent Decree era; Prepare for whining from the anti-copyright anarchists
Haven’t heard about the Cybersecurity Executive Order in a while. Maybe they’re getting talked out of it at the Obama White House? Or maybe they’re hoping to sneak it in just before Romney is inaugurated?
Meanwhile, FTC locks down yet another firm under consent decree, in this case Compete.com. Regulating the world beyond statutory authority through the back door. That’s what the consent decree era means.Read More »
Speaking of Bayonets… this is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, MISTER President.
Note the equipment used there. I mention this because I know the President’s been there at least once; apparently, Obama simply didn’t give a tinker’s dam.
Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin
The whole time during the last Presidential debate, Mitt Romney looked like the incumbent and Barack Obama looked like a challenger trying to keep it together. More specifically, Barack Obama, when he made eye contact, looked like he was seeing and invisible hand writing “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin” on the wall behind Bob Schieffer. This was a man who knows the gig is almost up. | Read More »
The Last Debate
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet to discuss and debate foreign policy tonight. Will Romney pull his Libya punches again tonight? Probably not, but the Obama team has worked overtime pushing a false narrative about Al Qaeda in Libya. The Romney Team has put together a debate widget so you can follow along. Consider this as well an open thread.
The Current Electoral College State of Play
Two weeks before Election Day, all signs point to this being a very tight election. Romney clearly seized the momentum with his debate win two weeks ago – one which Obama failed to stop with his stronger performance last week. Most national polls show Romney with a 2-3 point lead; however, the state polls show an even tighter race. One thing has not changed in | Read More »
Union Bosses’ Water Carriers: Is Obama Administration Dodging Overdue Pension Reports?
For several years now, even though problems were well documented before, union bosses have been hiding behind the current financial meltdown as a main cause for their massive pension under-funding problem. Now, it appears that the Obama Administration is helping to hide just how bad the problem is. Despite a 2010 failed attempt at getting a tax-payer bailout for union pensions, the fact is, many union pension plans | Read More »
Barack Obama: Corporatist Collectivist (Part I of IV)
Barack Obama is not a socialist. It’s not surprising that people call him one: to the typical voter, “socialist” is often just shorthand for the next step leftward on the political spectrum from being an ordinary liberal, and people need a vocabulary to express their sense that they see in Obama a further left turn from Mondale-Dukakis-Kerry liberalism. To this day, the Democrats’ caucus in | Read More »
Barack Obama: Corporatist Collectivist (Part II of IV)
II. Obama and His Democrats: Their Own Words and Ideas Before we get to Obama’s policies, it’s important to lay the groundwork. Let’s look at his ideas. Barack Obama is well-known for his polished oratory, his delivery off a TelePrompter of carefully prepared and vetted speeches. Unsurprisingly, these prepared texts generally seek to cast his ideas and programs as consistent with the American traditions of | Read More »
Barack Obama: Corporatist Collectivist (Part III of IV)
III. The Stimulus, The Bailouts, and Obamacare The Obama Administration’s policies, in action, provide copious examples of both a broader inclination towards collectivism and a specific pattern of corporatism. Over and over, Obama has attempted to use federal spending, tax and regulatory powers to coopt institutions and mute competition in pursuit of greater government ability to redistribute wealth. Part III looks at the three main | Read More »
Barack Obama: Corporatist Collectivist (Part IV of IV)
IV. Obama and the Democrats: Their Policies See Part I, Part II & Part III. The stimulus, bailouts and Obamacare are the most egregious and well-known examples of the corporatist tendencies in Obama’s policy portfolio. But there numerous others. A. Entitlement Reform What is the purpose of Social Security and Medicare? They are neither individualist programs, in which individuals provide for themselves, nor welfare programs, | Read More »
The Spirit of Community Organizing – When Corruption Gets Treated As A Manageable Risk
You can always trust the government. They practice morality on a much higher plane than the money-mongers grubbing for the filthy lucre down in the private sector. It’s a good thing they exist to be morally pure and impartial to all sides. Oh, Wait! They don’t. They are just as likely to be corrupt, duplicitous, and falsely self-seeking in the name of the commonweal. In Iowa they have mechanized corruption so that it happens efficiently as a manageable risk of governance.
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The Des Moines Register reports that for five years ending in February 2011, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission shook down landlords for “voluntary contributions” in exchange for dropping discrimination complaints. The Register obtained copies of 27 settlement agreements involving about $20,000 in contributions.
Our Stagnant “Recovery”
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the lack of a real recovery, the policies holding back businesses and if we can bring America back. We’re brought to you by Stephen Clouse and Associates and The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell. If you’d like to email us, | Read More »
Obama for America… taking out $15 million dollar loan… from BANK OF AMERICA?
This is a situation where the traditional “…Wait. WHAT?” seems a bit… understated: “Obama For America took out a $15 million loan from Bank of America last month, according to the campaign’s October monthly FEC report. The loan was incurred on September 4 and is due November 14, eight days after the election. OFA received an interest rate of 2.5% plus the current Libor rate.” Now, | Read More »
DWS Destroyed by…Glenn Greenwald
The old adage is that a broken clock is right twice a day. Apparently, it’s Glenn Greenwald’s time. Writing for the UK’s Guardian (the same paper that hired, and then fired, RedState Great Old One and Co-Founder Joshua Trevino, he takes Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to task for her complete ignorance of Obama’s “Kill List” that she displayed after this last debate. Greenwald writes: But Debbie Wasserman | Read More »
Obama Campaign is Like a Chicken With its Head Cut Off
We’re two weeks away and signs point to the Obama campaign flailing about like a chicken with its head cut off — or more precisely Florida, North Carolina, and, of all things, Virginia cut off. Colorado too seems to be slipping out of Obama’s reach making Ohio more and more necessary. Paul Ryan has begun making incursions into Western Pennsylvania, which gets Ohio media markets, | Read More »
Inside Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy
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Former Obama aide Rosa Brooks has an interesting article in Foreign Policy magazine analyzing the reasons for the dismal performance of the Obama regime in foreign policy. While accurate she misses the central point. It is said A’s hire A’s and B’s hire C’s. Now we’re seeing what C’s and D’s hire.
Fort Hood Shooting Still Not Terrorism
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Three years after the Fort Hood shooting the administration still insists upon classifying the obvious terror attack as “work place violence.” This craven duplicity deprives the survivors and the families of the deceased eligibility for awards for valor and for compensation allowed to terrorism victims. One has to wonder why.