Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project
American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it. It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, | Read More »
Surely You’re Joking, Dr. Chu!
The creation of a incredible mythology for departing Sec. of Energy Steven Chu is underway. Incredible, as in “lacking credibility”.
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Senate Democrats, please listen carefully to the New York Times
I have made my debut at Fox News with a column on FoxNews.com encouraging the Democrats to listen to the New York Times Editorial Board. I think they really should. I think they should try to do exactly as the New York Times commands. You can see why here.
Reflections on the American Revolution: The Militia
How did thirteen colonies, with a barely functioning central government and a thrown-together, underfunded and poorly supplied army of constantly fluctuating size and composition, win the Revolutionary War? One reason was the colonies’ ability to rely on their common citizens to supplement the Continental Army with local militia. I’ve looked previously at the demographic and physical conditions and foreign alliances that shaped the war and | Read More »
Schumer: Indeed Enforcement is Not a Precondition to Citizenship
All things equal, when preparing to compromise on a policy issue, it is better for conservatives to first work together to craft a statement of principles, conditions, and red lines before signing onto a plan enthusiastically backed by the left. That is why it is so disconcerting that the statement of “conservative principles” on the issue of immigration was first crafted with Chuck Schumer. When | Read More »
Reflections on the American Revolution: The Generals
How did America win its independence? In Part I of this essay, I looked at the population trends, foreign alliances, and equipment and weather conditions under which the American Revolution was fought. Let’s add some thoughts on the leaders of the principal combatants: the American and British generals. The American command was far from perfect – but the war could have turned out very differently | Read More »
Baltimore Police Chief Johnson: The Folly of a Blue City Politician
At yesterday’s Senate hearing on gun control, Ted Cruz once again stood out as an articulate voice for commonsense. After declaring the Senate to be a “fact-free zone,” he went on to destroy the myth that there is a consequential difference between an “assault weapon” and a regular semi-automatic rifle. You can watch him in action for the first 3.5 minutes of the clip. Beginning | Read More »
Why I Love Twitter
In emails and on twitter I’m starting to see a common theme emerge. People are getting sick and tired of the nonsense on twitter and how “high school” it is. They’re tired of the snark. They’re questioning its effectiveness. Some are even suggesting that we give up on the platform, perhaps relegating it to Google+ status: have a twitter account, post links to your stuff, | Read More »
Bob Menendez’s foreign underage prostitution story stubbornly not going away.
Background: just before the election a story broke alleging that Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey had taken advantage of the hospitality of one of his campaign contributors to go down to the Dominican Republic (via the aforementioned contributor’s private plane) and use the services of at least two prostitutes (one of whom may or may not have been underage). Worse, he allegedly refused | Read More »
A Rejoinder to Senator Rubio on Illegal Immigration
Senator Marco Rubio was gracious enough to engage our conservative community with his thoughtful comments on his framework for immigration reform. I’d like to respond to some of the points made in his post. “and we have by some estimates as many as 11 million human beings living in the United States without the proper immigration documents in a state of de facto amnesty.” The | Read More »
Applying Conservative Principles To Immigration
I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Erick’s post last night regarding the principles for immigration reform I have recently developed. Before diving into the details of the plan, I want to take a moment to point out how the debate about immigration reflects positively on the conservative movement in general. Unlike the left, whose default tactic is to attack and destroy the personal character | Read More »
Amnesty and the Welfare State
As we contemplate granting full citizenship to millions more legal and illegal low-skilled immigrants, it would be wise to review the status of the current welfare state. Robert Rector and Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation, two of the leading experts on welfare policy and poverty, have put out an informative report on the welfare state and where we are headed in terms of reform | Read More »
I Don’t Like Marco Rubio’s Plan
There. I said it. You’d be surprised how long it has taken to say this. I’ve let multiple friends vet the various drafts of posts I’ve written on this and they all wind up arguing with each other over the details. Is it amnesty or isn’t it? Should we give a path to citizenship or not? We are getting in the weeds when the basics | Read More »
Colorado Energy Office Can’t Account for $252 Million In Last Six Years
A 2012 performance review of the The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) revealed several disturbing findings by the State Auditor last month, which included a non-existent accounting system for CEO’s 34 programs, a runaway budget, and staff who had no knowledge of program goals or standards.
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I was not going to say anything, but rather just fade away. I suppose though with rumors and reports I should say something. My voicemail and inbox are, as I type, filling up. I have turned my phone off as the only way to get it to stop ringing. Yes, I can confirm I am leaving CNN. It was a very, very difficult decision. I | Read More »