Fred Upton Supports the Landrieu Obamacare Fix. So Does Barack Obama
Erick has made a couple of posts on why supporting Fred Upton’s messaging bill, allowing people to retain insurance policies that are not Obamacare-compliant, is a profoundly bad idea. (Read It’s a Trap!; Yes, It’s a Trap; and Riddle Me This, Republicans). In the process he’s received a significant amount of pushback from the Big Brain Thinkers in the GOP who are convinced that the Upton bill | Read More »
Speaker Boehner Kills Immigration Reform… For Now
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Speaker John Boehner has declared that the comprehensive immigration reform bill that originated in the Senate is dead. Good. The bill was a travesty. Now the GOP Establishment is looking for other ways to pass it.
Riddle Me This, Republicans
I have read Jeffrey Anderson trying to explain how the Upton + Landrieu combo is not a trap.He and other Republicans argue that Landrieu will destabilize Obamacare by keeping people out of the exchanges who are needed in the exchanges to fund it.Some of them are honest about what is going to happen. Rate shock will escalate more quickly and painfully.Insurance companies that have spent | Read More »
A Pork Stuffed Farm Bill and the Tyranny of Big Corn
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Tom Pyle to discuss the farm bills working through Congress, the pork stuffed farm bill working its way through Congress, why green energy isn’t as green as it sounds and how ethanol is driving your food prices up and your car’s gas mileage down.Read More »
John Boehner in 2010 setting up my “We told you so” in 2013. #obamacare
And yes, I would like to take this time to remind the American people with regard to Obamacare that we, in point of fact, told you so. That’s then-House Minority Leader John Boehner pointing out in 2010 that Obamacare was passed in shameful fashion and in grotesque guise. He also noted that this entire “if you like your plan you can keep it” was | Read More »
Snakes and Warriors
One of the more recent bromides emanating from the establishment is that the old bull politicians are just as conservative as the grassroots, but unlike our guys they actually“want to win elections.” Never mind that they are putting all their resources into Mitch McConnell, the only man who is losing a 23-point Romney state. They say that our candidates are unelectable. But if we’d only | Read More »
Tech at Night: MSNBC commentators are idiots. Pandora loses. Aereo must prevail.
I do apologize if I don’t go as in-depth tonight as I should. I think I’m coming down with something.
There goes Pandora. They appear to be giving up on getting their law passed that would give them a sweetheart regulatory deal, stomping on any need they’d have to negotiate in the marketplace. They don’t want competition or a marketplace. They want a command economy for music expanded beyond the insane system we already have in place for terrestrial radio. It’s good we’ve defeated their legal aims.
Speaking of picking winners and losers in regulation, here’s why they’re trying to kill Aereo. Broadcasters and cable companies are feeling threatened by the loss of revenues that are threatened by the push to go back to free terrestrial broadcasts, and we can’t let them get away with using government to prop themselves up.
MSNBC commentators don’t understand the law, surprise surprise.Read More »
Yes, It’s a Trap.
Since yesterday afternoon a bunch of good Republicans who’ve decided to put their faith in the man who banned the incandescent lightbulb, have been telling me how wrong I am for thinking the Upton Plan is a trap.Folks, it is a trap. You may not think it is a trap, but the Democrats are going to use it to turn the tables on the GOPCertainly | Read More »
Will The Supreme Court End Union Organizing By Extortion?
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard a case that has the potential to devastate the what’s left of the private-sector union movement. The case tangentially involves something that, to many laypersons, often looks like a form of extortion (or bribery) but is currently legal under U.S. labor law, wherein a union uses economic, political and media pressure (also known as Corporate Campaigns) to | Read More »
Nevada’s state #obamacare exchange numbers are… very, very bad.
So last month there was SOME sort of benchmark established for the Nevada state exchange: According to Nevada Health Link’s Twitter feed, as of October 15, 32,280 Nevadans had created accounts on the exchange, with 11,916 of them beginning applications. 3,795 had completed the eligibility process and 1,419 had selected a plan and placed it in their cart, a task at least one step short | Read More »
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NYT: Oaths are but words, and words but wind
(with apologies to Samuel Butler) In an article this week, the New York Times refers to President Obama’s often repeated claim that you “will be able to keep your health care plan, period” as an “incorrect promise.” From the article: The split between lawmakers and the White House reflects the dilemma the president finds himself in as he seeks to follow through on last week’s | Read More »
America’s Strange Love for Corn Ethanol [Updated: New AP article with must-see video]
(New link: Prairies vanish in the US push for green energy) In 2007, before our domestic shale boom put a big dent in America’s reliance on foreign oil, the Bush Administration made a massive commitment to biofuels. The Renewable Fuels Standard mandated an ever-increasing consumption of ethanol as a motor fuel through 2022. Candidate Obama, then junior senator from the nation’s #2 corn-producing state, wooed | Read More »
If This Lunch Isn’t Free, I’m Writing My Congressman
Meet Margaret Davis, who is the reason we can’t have nice things in this country: Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind theAffordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here’s the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the | Read More »
Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them
E-commerce is a rapidly growing industry; 70 percent of individuals in this years’ UPS-commissioned survey prefer to shop their favorite stores online. Given consumers’ ever-evolving preferences, it is understandable that state governments are looking online to generate additional revenue. However, these affiliate nexus laws often do not meet the main objective of increasing revenue.Read More »
The Failure of Modern American Diplomacy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Christian Whiton to discuss his book Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War, the failure of American diplomacy, and the deteriorating situation with Iran.Read More »
Obamacare: One Month In
The healthcare exchanges have been up for a month now. The reports of glitches, account creation failures, and revelations of serious design flaws have been all over social media and the mainstream news. Many who were actually able to browse the plans available on the exchange found high premiums, high deductibles, and limited to no out-of-network coverage. In addition to the technical challenges and a | Read More »
It’s a Trap!
Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it. They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, | Read More »
Climate Change, The Philippines and The Problem of Pain
Let everyone’s prayers go out to Naderev Sano. His hometown got hit by Typhoon Haiyan and the result was truly a humanitarian disaster. In response to this massive evil that befell the place he lives, Mr. Sano logically searches for answers. In so doing, he runs into one of theology’s most puzzling dilemmas: The Problem of Pain.
So if God is so good, why then does the rain fall on both the righteous and the wicked? How can innocent people be struck with Typhoon Haiyan? Clearly this is unjust and horrible. An immediately logical response is to claim that it can’t be the work of a loving God. The next step afterwards is to them figure out where it came from. Once you’ve accepted the existence of evil, the devil pops up in your inbox soon thereafter. In Sano’s case, he has identified this devil to be Climate Change driven by modern industrial society.
Are #ObamaCare Navigators Teaming With Battleground Texas To Turn The Lone Star State Blue?
No, your information is not safe under ObamaCare…at least not in Texas. Earlier this year, a left-wing group of organizers and operatives formed a group called Battleground Texas. Headed by a former field director of Obama for America, Battleground Texas’ sole aim is to turn Texas from a so-called “red state” to another California–that is, almost singularly controlled by liberal Democrats. Publicly, Battleground Texas is | Read More »