Matt Yglesias’ Utterly Banal and Misleading Economic ‘Insight’
Matt Yglesias, boy genius and resident economics expert at Ezra Klein’s Vox.com, recently posted the following banality under the title “The Private Sector is Up, the Public Sector is Down”. Matt’s analysis: The recession hit the private sector faster and harder, but the private sector’s already made back all its losses. The government, by contrast, has been really slumping. ProTip: Whenever Matt makes a pronouncement | Read More »
Why Barack Obama is a lame duck and it isn’t even 2015 yet.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) I’m mildly fascinated about why David Gergen apparently doesn’t get what is ridiculously obvious to probably everyone reading this: …it has now become equally puzzling why [Barack Obama] has not become more sure-footed in foreign affairs. He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest. It is has | Read More »
Sid Dinsdale Won’t Compromise On Abortion. He’ll Just Set the Pro-Life Cause Aside.
When I called Sid Dinsdale “Planned Parenthood’s Republican,” he got all upset. In fact, he released a statement saying, in part “I would never compromise on abortion and to insinuate otherwise, is nonsense.” Really? Really? This is the man who demands we call him a “life long Republican,” despite years of funding Democrats, including one guy who wanted to run against Republican Mike Johanns. This | Read More »
Tech at Night: Zombie Net Neutrality just won’t die.
Even though repeated losses in court are making the Net Neutrality folks have to compromise with reality, the fact is they’re still freaking out about the ability to charge more for better service, which is a good thing to have. The facts are though that we don’t need new laws, and the laws they do want would just pick winners and losers, which is why Netflix is pushing so hard. If the roles are reversed they’d be screaming that I was being paid by Netflix.
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Obamacare Cannot Reduce the Cost of Modern Medicine
In case you were wondering, ObamaCare has not positively bent the cost curve. In the case of drug prices, it’s your trip, but the mileage may vary. The table included above is a randomly selected index of pharmaceuticals taken from a database published in Bloomberg.com. I took a random walk through the data selecting the first 20 pharmaceuticals I could find with complete price data | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ Friday’s Open Thread
I came across two really good reads on the war taking place inside the Republican party. This one at the FlashReport examines the battle by comparing how the nation is divided using red states and blue states as a metric. The second one, by Richard Viguerie, takes a longer Washington, D.C. view and marks the starting point for the war as 1912: The most important | Read More »
Terry McAuliffe, would-be dictator of Virginia.
I’m sure that McAuliffe’s staff can find an loophole. What they can’t do is find a way to make people love Terry McAuliffe for it.
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Would You Let the IRS Do Your Taxes for You?
Why not let the IRS do our taxes for us?
Liberal wunderkind Ezra Klein (formerly of the Washington Post and now of Vox.com) was pushing this not-so-new idea a few weeks ago. It may just be the worst idea I’ve ever heard.
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Latest Landrieu Ad Says Nothing
*Promoted from the Diaries. – Aaron* Once again, Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana for the person on Twitter who once called me out for not listing in the first mention that she was a Democrat) is trying to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate by doing the exact same thing she’s done the rest of the race – say nothing. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is out | Read More »
Thus Ends the Campaign of Shane Osborn
The 60 Plus Association has decided to get into Nebraska. One of the sub-surface issues in the race is Shane Osborn’s military record. Osborn, you may recall, piloted the plane the Chinese forced out of the air shortly after George W. Bush became President. What you may not know is the rest of the story. Osborn associates have been circulating a fabricated memo designed to | Read More »
Sid Dinsdale has requested that I correct my piece regarding his family ties to Planned Parenthood. While I did so in the post, it does deserve a stand alone post. I erred in connecting both his wife and daughter to Planned Parenthood, which was a mistake on my part. As I noted in the correction, it is Mr. Dinsdale’s sister who has been on the | Read More »
Nothing Clever about Winning with Lies and Special Interest Riches
Over the past few weeks, political news outlets have been filled with articles beaming about the masterful strategy of the GOP establishment in crushing grassroots challenges. They smugly celebrate the wily tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Chamber of Commerce, and Crossroads in counterattacking the Tea Party. But when you think past the initial headline, you will find that there is nothing special, clever, or | Read More »
Defending Main Street Attacks Matt Lynch for Fighting Obamacare
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) appeared in a Defending Main Street mailer this week attacking Ohio Rep. Matt Lynch (R-Bainbridge Twp.) for his opposition to Kasich’s big-government agenda.
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Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi Attack Formed
Speaker Boeher has finally tired of being punked by the Obama regime. In an effort to remind them his correct title is “Speaker” and not “bitch,” Boehner has announced the formation of a select committee to investigate the Benghazi fiasco and the subsequent cover-up and multiple perjuries by senior Obama officials. “Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the | Read More »
Senator Mike Lee Takes On Crony Capitalism
Utah Senator Mike Lee has an interesting post at Heritage’s blog, The Foundry. If Republicans want to grow their party into a national majority, we must begin, as Reagan did in 1981, by confronting our present crisis: America’s large and growing Opportunity Deficit, namely, immobility among the poor and insecurity in the middle class. Compounding the shortage of opportunities among the poor and middle class | Read More »