If Obamacare Were Working, They Would Not Do This
One must admire the Obama Administration’s willingness to use every tool at its disposal to win an argument. They are now changing the way the census records healthcare data to wipe out any qualms about Obamacare. The Federalist has a good background on what is happening, but it is not just the Federalist that is paying attention. Even the liberal New York Times realizes what | Read More »
Jeb Hensarling Tackles the Export-Import Bank and Crony Capitalism
The Export-Import Bank, the darling of K Street lobbyists, is up for reauthorization and there are encouraging signs that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling just might have his way and let it die. The Ex-Im Bank is a chartered government corporation established by President Franklin Roosevelt that is responsible for providing “financing for transactions that would otherwise not take place because commercial | Read More »
In Honor of Tax Day: The Truth About the IRS Scandals
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Charles Johnson to discuss his book, The Truth About the IRS Scandals, Lois Lerner and why big data is empowering the IRS like never before.Read More »
The Common Core Problem
I don’t think Common Core supporters understand what they’ve done. The supporters of common core seem to think that people should be thanking them for the great benefit that is being bestowed upon their children. At its heart, it makes sense that in a highly mobile society, students should be essentially on the same path of study so there is no disadvantage in a parent | Read More »
Tech at Night: Why NSA probably didn’t know about Heartbleed. Music royalty issues.
If you want an explanation of the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in the news, Francis Cianfrocca gives a good explanation in Coffee and Markets. But more important is his point about NSA. He always speaks carefully about that organization, but in his roundabout way he made an excellent point: NSA has a dual mandate. NSA’s job is both to break into enemy communications, and to protect our communications. The Heartbleed bug is so devastating that if they knew about it, they’d have to work to protect us from it, before someone else could use it against us. That’s how bad it is. There’s no way they knew about it a year.
If you don’t like that businesses hire lobbyists, shrink government and quit picking winners and losers so they don’t have to.Read More »
Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. Since the beginning of his papacy, | Read More »
Unions, Chambers, Politicians Agree: Ohio Needs More Debt
Labor unions, Chamber of Commerce affiliates, and both major political parties support Strong Ohio Communities, a campaign to issue $1.875 billion in new state bonds for local public works projects.Read More »
John Paul Stevens: What Is This Second Amendment Crap Anyway?
Whenever a liberal sets out to make something better, you need to run for cover. You need look no further than the Great Society, the War on Poverty, or Obamacare to see what happens at that nexus of good intentions, no sense of proportionality, and the coercive power of the state. Last Friday, the Washington Post ran an op-ed under the byline of retired Supreme | Read More »
A Personal Note
Over the weekend, my friend Herb Emory died. We referred to him as Captain Herb. If any of you have spent any time in Atlanta in the past several decades, you have probably heard Captain Herb on the radio. He was the voice of Atlanta traffic. For more than two decades, his voice has been on WSB radio getting you to work in the morning | Read More »
A Tale Of Shoe Pities: Bush Versus Hillary In Footwear Follies
This morning on Fox and Friends, the hosts aired a short segment showing media reactions to the Bush shoe toss incident versus the reactions to the Hillary dodge from last week. Let’s go to the tape: “Good for him.” I am sure that you are as surprised as I am by this unpredictable turn of events. The brief segment above doesn’t even come close to | Read More »
Wendy Davis Uses The Texas Senate As Her Piggy Bank
Once upon a time Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis promised her constituents that the work her law firm did on behalf of local governments would not become a conflict of interests between her wallet and the Texas taxpayers. According to the Dallas Morning News, As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients When Wendy Davis chose to work for local | Read More »
How Can Heartbleed Hurt You?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the Heartbleed online vulnerability, how it effects you and the Commerce Department’s latest comments on Icann.Read More »
SCOTUSblog no longer permanently credentialed for Supreme Court. @scotusblog
This is… not optimal. Obviously not the news we’d hoped for: Senate Press Gallery has denied our #presspass application, won’t renew Lyle’s. Next up: the appeal. — SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) April 11, 2014 Background: SCOTUSblog is the go-to site for Supreme Court coverage in this business. They have smart people covering and analyzing the various stuff that appears before the court; they’re also neutrals in the | Read More »
The Tragedy of the War on Our Sovereignty
If you think the debate over illegal immigration revolves strictly around the disagreement over what to do with those already here illegally, you haven’t been paying attention. For anyone who really wants to end illegal immigration and preserve our sovereignty, the solution is not an enigma. All we have to do is actually implement the border and interior enforcement mechanisms that both Republicans and Democrats claim to | Read More »
It is Precious to Them
More and more Republicans inside the beltway are whispering that they can fix Obamacare. We’ve already seen House Republicans do it. They’ve started fixing Obamacare, claiming they are dismantling it. Really, they are making it more and more likely that Obamacare will, in some perverted form, stay. Leading Republican intellectuals are trotting out columns and white papers on what to do to fix Obamacare — | Read More »
Luddite Left strikes in San Fran again: attacks Google Glass wearer.
(Via @arstechnica) No, I’ll call the city ‘San Francisco’ when it’s behaving itself: In the aftermath of Friday’s protest in front of the San Francisco home of a Google lawyer, a reporter says that he was assaulted for wearing Google Glass in the city’s Mission District. Kyle Russell, of Business Insider, said that his Glass was torn from his face as he was walking to a local BART | Read More »
Vermont. Or, ‘Why #Obamacare will not lead to single-payer.’
Megan McArdle finished up her article on Vermont’s single-payer woes by pretty much saying that, but I already knew it anyway. The basic problem? It’s going to cost at least $1.6 billion a year (or about 59% of Vermont’s current annual budget)… and there’s no way to pay for it except via massive tax hikes. Megan notes that Vermont’s taxes aren’t actually high at all | Read More »
Remarks to Freedom Summit, Manchester NH
From the diaries…
It’s great to be in New Hampshire! I am so pleased to stand with the two great organizations hosting this Freedom Summit — Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity.
Citizens United fought to defend our right to free speech — and won a great victory in the United States Supreme Court.
And Americans for Prosperity is exercising that right to free speech to defend the values we all share — and with your help, we are going to win a great victory this November!
You might have noticed Harry Reid is a little upset with Americans for Prosperity. Let me tell you, when the Democrat leader is complaining about you on the Senate floor, you know you are doing something right.Read More »
Comrade Carney And The Case Of The Disembodied Digit
Photos from the home of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney that accompany a Washingtonian magazine puff piece this week have caused a bit of a stir online after enterprising reporters and bloggers had a closer look. Take a look at the first one: First of all, what kind of family are they feeding there? That’s enough food for a small platoon. I see three | Read More »
Breaking: Ranchers Claim Victory As Bureau Of Land Management Pulls Out Of Bundy Operation
The standoff over grazing rights in Nevada came to an abrupt end today before the BLM’s cattle roundup was even complete, with the ranchers and protesters claiming victory. Fox News reports … The crowd’s loud cheers at the announcement from the Sheriff are indicative of the strong feelings this case has engendered. This action by the federal government has been seen as overreaching and dangerous, | Read More »