Congress should reign in the Export-Import Bank
Another sign of the blatant cronyism involving the Export-Import Bank emerged this week.
First Solar, a solar panel manufacturer, is by most standards a failing company. It suffered a net loss of $39 million in 2011, and an even greater loss of nearly $100 million in 2012. The company threw away $215 million at one point on solar panels that ended up failing at high temperatures. (A solar panel that can’t withstand heat?)
But First Solar has political connections within the Obama Administration. And it also has a trump card: First Solar is a member of the “Business Alliance,” a secret clique of corporate donors to the Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP, in turn, lobbied Capitol Hill for First Solar, without disclosing the financial support it receives from the flailing solar energy company:
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Progressives Blame WA Bridge Collapse On GOP
Yes, they did. (Thankfully there were no fatalities from the bridge collapse and my prayers are with the inured.) Washington Department of Transportation blamed an oversized load. But back to the leftist narrative. Facts are fun: – $8.4 billion dollars in stimulus awarded to Washington for 3,723 jobs created at an astronomical cost of $2,256,244.96 per job. - Here is the jobs list for WSdot. Perhaps I’ve | Read More »
I Have No Problem With the Boy Scouts’ Decision
The Boy Scouts of America have decided to keep the ban on gay scout leaders, but allow gay young men to participate in scouting. The vote was not even close. More than 60% voted to end the ban. I have no problem with this. While I would have voted against it, if a majority of scouts want that, that is fine with me. Their institution | Read More »
Left Blames NLRB Delays For Teamster Rep Losing Home Without Asking: Where Was His Union?
As opposed to helping their own union representative keep his home, union bosses and their lapdogs on the Left are more inclined to make someone like Marcus Hedger into a poster child to push their political puppets into action.
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Peggy Noonan, Nate Silver & Punditry
Nate Silver kicked up a minor fuss last Friday with yet another NY Times column deriding the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. There’s less than meets the eye to the specifics of this particular dustup, but what’s interesting is Silver’s ongoing critique of Noonan and what it says about both of them. For today, I’ll focus here mainly on Noonan. Assume A Can Opener Noonan’s | Read More »
CFBP, Protect Us From State Lotteries
The recently formed Consumer Protection Bureau (CFBP) has regulations concerning disclosures on bank teller machines, Loan Originator Compensation Requirements, and credit card fees, among many others. Isn’t it about time that those purchasing lottery tickets had the same protections?! By God! I recently filed the following complaint with CFPB here (its the only complaint category that seems to apply) on behalf of those who buy | Read More »
An Open Letter to DOJ Attorneys
Dear Department of Justice Attorneys: Working for the Department of Justice has to be a rewarding experience for an attorney. Your country is your client. But now, you find yourself working for an Attorney General who puts the president’s political aspirations above truth. Understanding that you have nothing to do with who your boss is, I feel its my obligation, as a fellow member of | Read More »
Google Needs Extra Time to Spy on Your Kids
It seems that Google is constantly falling afoul of conservatives, consumers, pundits, regulators and really everyone else on earth (except for the Obama campaign) for its privacy-infringing tendencies. It got hammered for “alleged” spying in the Safarigate scandal, where it wound up agreeing to a record-breaking $22.5 million fine in connection with charges it surreptitiously tracked Apple Safari users who Google had said could opt | Read More »
Join the Relief Effort for Victims of the Devastating Tornado in Oklahoma
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Kristina Ribali to discuss her work with The Blaze and their Mercury One charity to help victims of the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week, the 24 hour telethon they are having tomorrow on The Blaze Radio and how you can contribute to their relief efforts.
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It’s the ‘Wacko Birds’ vs. the Wackos Again
If I were granted one wish about the state of today’s politics it would be for the Democrats to be saddled with their own version of John McCain. Once again, McCain is working to score points for Democrats and undermine Cruz/Paul and Lee – the “Wacko Birds” – in their attempt to prevent a free debt ceiling increase. Back in January, Republicans and conservatives got | Read More »
Lois Lerner Attorney: Purpose Of Hearing Is Just “To Embarrass Or Burden Her”
This was just too much. Lerner’s attorney offers this excuse as to why she’s pleading the 5th: Lerner ‘has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation,’ Taylor’s letter read, ‘but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.’ He is asking the oversight committee to excuse Lerner from testifying, claiming that calling her in a congressional hearing would ‘have no | Read More »
Democrats Fight Against Lies Told To Women
According to The Hill, there is new legislation coming down the pipe that aims to protect women from being lied to about their health care. Democrats in the House and Senate are looking to stop what they say are deceptive advertising practices by anti-abortion health clinics that imply they offer abortion services, but instead encourage birth and promote adoption. The legislation is aimed at crisis | Read More »
Mitch McConnell Supports Schumer’s Amnesty/Immigration Deform Bill
It looks like Mitch McConnell’s pass from Chuck Schumer to publicly remain silent on the amnesty bill has expired. While McConnell has come out of the witness protection program to attack the ‘low-hanging fruit’ IRS scandal with alacrity, he has remained silent on the most profound threat to our Republic – the Schumer immigration reform bill. How can the sitting GOP leader remain silent on | Read More »
Somebody’s mucking around with Sharyl Attkisson’s computers?
Well. Isn’t this a thing: Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy-award winning CBS News investigative reporter, says that her personal and work computers have been compromised and are under investigation. “I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and | Read More »
Governor Perry, Please Veto SB 346
I think Governor Rick Perry is the conservative Ben Kenobi. I started to title this piece, “Help me Obi Wan Perry, You’re My Only Hope.” In light of the IRS scandal, you would think that Texas Republicans would not be so foolish as to vote for SB 346 in the state legislature, but apparently they are that foolish. The legislation, in Texas of all places, | Read More »