This is Martin Frost. He Exemplifies the New Tone™
We now have a group of U.S. politicians seeking political purity, who seem to have much in common with the Taliban. They are tea party members; and because of blind adherence to smaller government, they seem intent on risking destroying what American political leaders have constructed in more than two centuries of hard, often painful work. Like the Taliban, they see compromise as an unacceptable | Read More »
The Twittering Machine
“Thanks @BarackObama for pushing @RoyBlunt over 11,000 followers today!” tweeted Amber Marchand, communications director for Sen. Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.). (HT: New York Post) So much for the old canard that the Dems own cyberspace. The Dear Leader took to his Twitter Account to generate pressure on members of the GOP Senatorial and Congressional caucuses that he viewed as easy marks. People like Senator Lisa M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I, | Read More »
It’s The Wrong Way or The Highway With Senator Harry Reid
Sen. Reid: “The only compromise that there is, is mine.” – (Via RealClearPolitics.) Apparently, Senator Reid has been re-reading the Brezhnev Doctrine. What belongs to Senator Reid belongs to Senator Reid. That which other people are allowed to own is negotiable. Reid is essentially threatening to kill the Boehner Bill over a few billion dollars of cuts and the requirement that the debt ceiling be | Read More »
ObamaCare: The Ultimate Economic De-Motivator.
The most obvious features of recent political and financial “solutions” are their staggering complexity and their failure to fix what’s broken. The first leads to the second. Consider the healthcare “reform,” thousands of pages of mind-numbing complexity which slathers on thick layers of bureaucratic control on a system which already costs twice as much per capita as competing developed-world systems. – Charles Hugh Smith Of | Read More »
Could The Left Toss Obama Under The Bus?
“I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.” – Sen. Bernie Sanders (HT: New York Times) Sometimes I’m masochistic enough to wonder what Leftists think. There is some logic to that. The Left, like the poor, will always be with us. The obvious way to ascertain what Leftists think is to talk to an unabashed leftist who speaks | Read More »
The Opposite of Pro-Life Is What Just Happened In Norway
The great plague of our times is repudiation of life. Not since late antiquity, when Hellenes and then the Romans exposed their children rather than bothering to raise them, have so many nations eschewed the task of raising a new generation. – David Goldman, Asia Times. The world now sadly knows far more about an evil man from Norway named Anders Behring Breivik than we | Read More »
Buyer’s Remorse In Sin City. Steve Wynn Regrets His Support For Obama.
Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn held a corporate conference call. Seeking Alpha did the thankless work of listening in and then blogging the transcript. It was the typical cheer-leading sales event until Mr. Wynn was asked the following by an analyst from Deutsche Bank Securities. …back to Las Vegas, does it not make sense to expand your meeting square footage? – William Lerner – Deutsche | Read More »
Can Jeff Sessions Disband The 800 Club?
In what may have been a historic vote, forty Republicans voted today to sustain Senator Jeff Sessions’ point of order objecting to the Democrats’ violation of the Congressional Budget Act by passing an appropriation bill when there is no federal budget in place. John Hinderaker Jeff Sessions wants a very obvious and logical outcome. He wants the US Senate to do its fundamental duty and | Read More »
The American People Are Fast Becoming More Furious.
“Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.” – Townhall.com The ATF went statistic-shopping in support of a proposed rule to limit the freedoms of firearm owners and dealers. Operation Fast and | Read More »
The US Senate Can Make Obama Into Nero
Anyone who is not in power in American politics fears the potential havoc that could be wrecked by an Imperial Presidency. Simply by declaring “I am the decider,” George W. Bush put the fear of Dog Almighty into the Godless left. “I won.” Had a similarly galvanizing effect on Conservative opposition to Barack Obama in the United States. While logical people, both Right and Left, | Read More »
Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?
“I cannot guarantee that those checks (Social Security Payments) go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” – President Barack Obama, CBS News President Barack Obama has announced that he may not be able to mail Social Security checks out on 3 August if he has not been | Read More »
Why We Have The Entitlement Programs We Have
“There are solvency problems with both programs (Medicare and Social Security),” Sen. Olympia Snowe said in an interview on Friday, “They have to be addressed but not as part of the debt reduction talks.” (Bangor Daily News) This cowardice displayed by Senator Snowe in the face of reality, is the key assumption in the Democratic Party’s strategy to win the debt ceiling showdown and make | Read More »
Freedom From Choice, It’s What You’ve Got.
“I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles.” – Thomas Edison. We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money. – Stephen Chu – 2011.
Charlie And Jesus
“What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else,” the New York congressman said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I don’t want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do.” – Congressman Charlie Rangel. It seems that Charlie Rangel has found a new friend. | Read More »
The Austerity Diet Hits Minnesota
Government shut-downs are such brutal things. Consider the tragic case of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. The GOP has been so mean, and so uncaring, and so inconsiderate that he has been forced to lay off ½ of the 40 people originally on staff due to a government shutdown. According to the Minnesota Post, the following essential personnel stand tall by their beleaguered governor’s side.
Government Class At Atlanta Public Schools
The teacher corps of Atlanta’s public schools recently did terrible things. The schools elected to pursue a policy of directed, managed and administratively enforced dishonesty with regards to nationally mandated standardized testing. They did this in response to the fundamental cupidity and evilness of Atlanta’s School Superintendent Beverly Hall. Yet the perverse incentives, mandated by the No Child Left Behind Law, fueled Beverly Hill’s career | Read More »
The Anthony Murder Trial And The Sickness Of Lifestyle Abortion.
“I think that while it may be uncomfortable to hear one of the reasons its uncomfortable to hear is there is an element of truth in it. If they, if you people the media really really think she’s guilty and you want to feel better about this just tell yourselves that she just waited a couple of years to get an abortion and you’ll feel | Read More »
AGW and The Latest China Syndrome
The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway… – Dr. Judith Curry, Georgia Tech University. The AGW pep-squad has lately found itself befuddled. Kevin Trenbarth of NCAR National laboratory in Colorado, summed up their problem in an email to Dr. Michael Mann. The | Read More »
Would You Pay $7mil For Internet Access?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) appropriated $7.2 billion to subsidize broadband deployment, including $2.5 billion to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Prior investigations have shown that RUS’ broadband subsidy programs were not cost effective, and often funded duplicative coverage in areas already served by existing providers….The evidence indicates that RUS’ history of funding duplicative service has continued under BIP, and that the current | Read More »
What If What You Knew Was Wrong?
What if what you knew was wrong? What if you had a set of political beliefs that you could translate into actionable policy? What if you acquired so much political power that you could actually put those policies into play – and then they failed? What if you believed that using public monies to mitigate the impact of economic recession would lead to higher employment | Read More »