The Broken GOP House

    We’ve noted many times that the GOP Senate Conference is rotten to the core, as Harry Reid can count on a supermajority at any given time to pass liberal legislation.  Many of us thought that the House was significantly better, although far from perfect.  Sadly, the GOP-controlled House adjourned the 2013 session with a bust. Ever since the details of the budget detail were released, | Read More »

    On John Boehner’s Temper Tantrum

    Today John Boehner held a press conference and said that the conservative groups who believed him when he said he’d hold the line on sequestration have lost all their credibility for believing him.His histrionics surprised a great many people.What he is doing though is strategic. John Boehner is trying to get the “us vs. them” battle lines drawn before primary season. He needs those lines | Read More »

    Cruz Responds To Coloring Book Controversy

    Cruz Responds To Coloring Book Controversy

    Recently a story made the rounds concerning a coloring book about Senator Ted Cruz published by the Really Big Coloring Book company.  While the company didn’t work with Senator Cruz or his staff on the project, and have previously printed political comic books, that didn’t stop political adversaries of Cruz from associating him with the book. Today, Senator Cruz’s office chose to respond to the “controversy” | Read More »

    GOP Aided by Democrats Attack Conservatives

    Close ally of Speaker John Boehner, Steve LaTourette, has created a Democrat funded super PAC dedicated to attacking conservative candidate. Is this a coincidence? Do you believe in leprechauns?

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    Washington State #obamacare exchange raids enrollees’ bank accounts.

    Heck of a job there, Governor Jay Inslee (Democrat). Heck of a job. Shot, December 10, 2013 (all bolding mine): Four of the states with their own exchanges – Connecticut, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Washington – have sites that have run especially smoothly, becoming models for states such as Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois and New Mexico that are planning to launch their own sites in 2014. | Read More »

    The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton’s Republican Legacy

    The Ryan Budget Fight is Partly Bill Clinton's Republican Legacy

    Everyone really should be able to admit it is the oddest and most nonsensical fight. The Ryan budget does raise taxes. It does fund Obamacare. It does break sequestration. And it does nothing to address the debt and deficit. It is a compromised can kicked down the road just to a further distance than normal. In doing so, though, it violates a lot of what | Read More »

    Dyslexic Priorities in Budget Deal

    We already know that Ryan-Murray budget bill raises taxes and spending to fund Obamacare and the TSA.  Tonight we learn that this deal contains a provision which allows the Senate to pass tax increases with just 51 votes.  But there is another problem with the bill that has been overlooked.  The priorities implicit in the smorgasbord of notional spending offsets are completely dyslexic. Most of | Read More »

    VIDEO: Boehner’s 36 Hour Budget

    VIDEO: Boehner's 36 Hour Budget

    John Boehner has made a lot of promises over the years about the type of Congress he would lead as Speaker. As is often the case in Washington, it seems that his actions aren’t lining up with his rhetoric. And so, here we are faced with a major budget vote and yet members of Congress are only being given 36 hours to read it, understand | Read More »

    Protecting Email Privacy is First Step to Ending Unconstitutional Mass Surveillance

    Promoted from the diaries by Neil

    You’ve heard of the NSA’s numerous — and likely unconstitutional — mass surveillance programs, but they’re not the only way government is invading your digital privacy. There’s a law on the books that law enforcement agencies, from the IRS to the ATF, have used to justify reading American’s emails and other online communications without having to convince a judge to issue a warrant.

    Ironically, the Electronics Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) was originally intended to protect our privacy against government snooping. But it was written in 1986, back when we were concerned about things like landline voice calls and floppy disks, not cloud storage and cell phone location data. “Email” was still a Compuserve trademark, a fringe service used by few. Because ECPA has never been updated to address modern technologies, law enforcement has exploited its loopholes to conduct warrantless searches of all sorts of digital information.

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    BOHICA Act of 2013

    BOHICA Act of 2013

    I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending | Read More »

    “Thank You, Paul Ryan, Sir!”

    Greta Van Susteren claims not to like ObamaCare. Last night alone, she talked about how ObamaCare was destroying the insurance industry, destroying medical practice, compromising your privacy, and insuring that (unlike the “1%”) you would not have access to the top doctors treating your serious medical condition (and would be forced to die). Minutes later, as she nodded in adulation, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan explained | Read More »

    From the Mail Bag: Who the Heck is Kevin Hagan?

    From: Subject: when being banned is a badge of honor Date: December 10, 2013 at 4:18:35 PM EST To: Having been banned after posting one comment and a couple of responses to replies to that comment, and reading through what you laughably call “rules” governing comments trying to figure out why I was banned, I wonder if anyone there could tell me truthfully | Read More »

    Reporters @McKayCoppins, @Kasie, and @ShaneGoldmacher Introduce Us to a New Rule in Journalism

    I don’t know if they are all getting their talking point from the same place, or just being so unoriginal that they’ve seized on the same talking point without any thought. My guess is they’ve all been listening to a common source whose bidding they have no problem doing.I noticed the talking point first, yesterday, when Douglas Holtz-Eakin attacked Heritage Action for America for expressing | Read More »

    McConnell Hosts Fundraiser for North Carolina’s Charlie Crist at Home of Fannie Mae Lobbyist

    Senator Mitch McConnell has been awfully quiet lately.  After making it clear in October that he would never again fight Obamacare in the budget or a debt ceiling increase, he has fallen off the face of the earth.  Harry Reid pulled the nuclear option in the Senate, yet McConnell has not threatened to hold up the deals on the farm bill or new budget conference. | Read More »

    The Big Spenders Return

    If Paul Ryan were a Peanuts character, he’d be the guy who pulls the football out of the way just as he himself is about to kick it. Over the past number of years, Congressman Ryan has come up with a few reform proposals.From his roadmap to this, he has made as his starting point for negotiations that which should be his ending point. Now, | Read More »