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 »
The Shale Boom and Its Impact on Domestic Energy Supply
A quick update on a post from a year and a half ago entitled ‘We have more oil and natural gas than anyone thought possible even 5 years ago.’ These numbers are compiled by the Energy Information Administration, the data-aggregation arm of the Department of Energy. The graphs represent the remaining proved reserves* for crude oil and for natural gas for the United States. (Note that | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama’s crazy argument for UN control of the Internet. I don’t trust anonymous sources.
The Obama administration’s argument for handing the Internet over to the UN is bonkers. Literally they’re saying that the answer to them complaining that we’re in control, is to hand the Internet over, and hope they behave. Republicans are right to try to prevent this.
Protip: running programs to check somebody else’s computers for critical security holes, without asking permission first, is most definitely a crime. By the way, anyone trying to tell you that NSA has been using the known OpenSSL “Heartbleed” bug for a long time had better be careful, since the bug has only existed for so long. Of course, who seriously trusts ‘anonymous sources’ in this day and age? Those are what they use to hit Republicans, so why should we trust them now?Read More »
The war on wives
“The Democrats have a marriage problem,” Investors Business Daily asserted, when unveiling the results of a new poll this week. The survey found that “on issue after issue, single women are more liberal than their married counterparts – often by wide margins.” Such issues included the overall direction of the country, the economy, President Obama’s approval rating, taxation, the minimum wage, and Big Government. On | Read More »
Will the National Republican Senatorial Committee Pledge to Support Chris McDaniel?
The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out an email this morning, as it usually does. One link attacked Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Several attacked Democrats around the country. Thirteen links in the email attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel. McDaniel is challenging the incumbent Republican Thad Cochran in Mississippi. The email, following other tweets and hits from the NRSC, accuse McDaniel of being racist, a | Read More »
John McCain and Lindsey Graham Oppose Ben Sasse in Nebraska
As if you didn’t need even more reason to support Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Republican Senate Primary, now comes word that John McCain and Lindsey Graham are helping Sasse’s opponent. FreedomWork recently retracted its endorsement of Ben Sasse’s opponent. Then FreedomWorks joined RedState, National Review, Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tom Coburn, and so many others in supporting Ben Sasse. Mitch McConnell is opposing | Read More »
The Tony Podesta / Heather Miller breakup – technically, a ‘divorce’ – promises to be fascinating.
Your instinctive reaction to this will be to move slightly away from the monitor screen.Read More »
President Sacrifices Kathleen Sebelius at the Obamacare Altar
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the falling stock markets, the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius and the partisan pick who will replace her.Read More »
Second look: Democrats in PA-08 go far out on the #Obamacare branch.
Meant to front this NRCC diary yesterday, but got hung up on stuff. Short version: the PA-08 race has been amusingly complicated on the Democratic side by the fact that both Democratic candidates are on the record as supporting taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery. And that’s pretty much it. Go read the rest: I meant to promote it, remember?
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner: The IRS Is The REAL Victim Here
On MSNBC last night, host Alex Wagner continued her ongoing “leave the IRS alone” theme with a defense of the organization and its key players that tread into the territory of virtuosity in the art of reversing the spin. Not only, Wagner would have you believe, is the IRS not guilty of anything, not only were conservative groups not harmed or hampered in any way, | Read More »
History’s Greatest Event
This coming week starts the anniversary celebrations of the greatest event in history. Two thousand years ago, in a rather routine and inconsequential act for that time, Roman authorities nailed a man to a cross. What happened next is subject to dispute. But since then, most of the western world has believed that three days after his execution, the man named Jesus came back to | Read More »
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D, Hawaii-1) is distancing herself from #obamacare. Quietly.
Colleen Hanabusa is in extremely rare territory for a Democrat: she doesn’t have to defend Obamacare.Read More »
Kathleen Sebelius Resigns
The White House has announced that Kathleen Sebelius, architect of and maestro behind the flawless Obamacare rollout, has chosen to resign as HHS secretary and find another organization, in hopefully another country, to ruin. From the New York Times Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, | Read More »
After Volkswagen Loss, UAW Bosses Turn To Bovine Excrement Manufacturing
Ever since the majority of Volkswagen’s employees in Chattanooga rejected the United Auto Workers in February, Detroit-based UAW bosses have appeared more than a little desperate in their claims that the their loss was due to “outside influences.” Now, they seem more interested in having a “show trial” for the media than focusing on the real reasons for their loss. This is aside from the | Read More »
BREAKING: White House Admits Democrats Will Lose the Senate
Put another way, Kathleen Sebelius has resigned and “Senior Administration Officials” are telling the media it is because of healthcare.gov. You do not have a celebration event last week to celebrate 7 million sign ups and have Sebelius there to get credit then this week throw her under the bus because of a screw up that happened last October. They have been standing with her | Read More »
Foxhole Conversions vs. Real Commitments
Politicians are no different than any other salesman trying to market a product or service. When they are challenged by competition and when voters are presented with choices, they begin to improve their representation. The latest example of election-year foxhole conversions took place today during the votes on competing budget proposals for FY 2015. As we noted last week, the problem with the Ryan budget | Read More »
New York ‘s Abortion Business Operates Without Regulation
In 2012 over 130,000 abortions were carried out in the 225 abortion facilities that operate in New York. These facilities are subject to inspection. When the pro-life Chiaroscuro Foundation asked the NY State Health Department for information on those inspections, information which is supposed to be public record, they were stonewalled. The Foundation sued under the state freedom of informations act and the results were | Read More »