The Behemoth Farm Bill and Its Many Failures
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Daren Bakst to discuss the farm bill before Congress, why the food stamp program should be separated, and how to build a better farm bill.
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Paul Ryan’s Super Clever Idea for Illegal Immigrants
Now that House Republicans have passed a trillion dollar omnibus and trillion dollar farm bill, they are prepared to tackle the most pressing issue of our time – granting benefits to illegal immigrants. The key to understanding the politics of illegal immigration is that this is not just about amnesty (legalization and/or citizenship). It’s not just that these people are calling for amnesty because of | Read More »
Mark Murray Was Right. Just Not How He Meant It.
I have long thought that most members of the Washington Press Corps go home at night to a cardboard box full of wine and lip print stained press clippings of Barack Obama. Mark Murray, the senior political editor for NBC News, reinforces that image.After the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Mark Murray tweeted: Obama’s ending on Remsburg wasn’t just a story about | Read More »
Tech at Night: They want to try again on Net Neutrality.
So the FCC is meeting soon, and that’s probably going to produce some news. Some of us are hoping for the best under the new FCC Chairman, but he may yet be a radical extremist who will try yet again on Net Neutrality, after the FCC has lost twice in court when attempting that power grab.
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RS Interview: Rep. Tom Cotton (R CAND, Arkansas Senate).
Arkansas, of course, is prime pickup territory for the GOP these days: incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor is considered to be in serious trouble by… well, pretty much everybody and it’s just not a good cycle for Democrats in general. We talked to increasingly-likely Republican candidate Rep. Tom Cotton earlier today about the race, and what he plans to do to win it: Rep. Cotton’s site | Read More »
Another good thing happened, caused by conservatives becoming precinct committeemen in AZ
[Promoted from the diaries. The work of conservative activists within the party structure will be an invaluable tool in the 2014 and 2016 elections. From helping select candidates, either through caucus or primary, to running ground game operations in general elections, much of this work is done by committed conservative volunteers who are often overlooked. I hope to see more reports like the one below | Read More »
Mitch McConnell, the Farm Bill and the Power of Logrolling
Earlier today, the House passed the Farm/Food Stamp bill boondoggle. Sadly, only 63 Republicans opposed it. The bill locks in Obama’s food stamp regime, creates and expands numerous Soviet-style agriculture subsidies and conservation regulations, and authorizes more spending on the biofuels fiasco. House Republicans got rolled in the conference committee by Senate Democrats, yet almost 75% of the conference dutifully followed leadership. Click here for | Read More »
We are all capitalists
Shilling for minimum-wage increases is one of the laziest moves a desperate politician can make. President Obama took it to a new level in his State of the Union address, investing just enough effort to sharpen an embarrassing pander into another weapon in his endless class warfare: In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws | Read More »
Open Thread: Everything is a Metaphor
In closing out the State of the Union address President Obama told a story about a hero, a combat veteran who served proudly during 10 tours and was nearly killed in that service. His name is Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg Obviously this was all a metaphor about Obama growing up in Hawaii, attending Harvard, eventually becoming President of the United States, and the myriad | Read More »
Aaron Blake on SOTU and the Race to Replace Tom Coburn
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Aaron Blake to discuss last night’s State of the Union address, a crazy exchange between a GOP Congressman and a reporter and the latest on the race to replace Senator Tom Coburn.
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So, @MarkUdall! You going to have @barackobama campaign with you in Colorado?
I SAID… Senator Udall? Will President Obama be campaigning with you in Colorado? (Transcript below via RCP link) DANA BASH, CNN: Is he a liability for you, the president back home? SEN. MARK UDALL (D-CO): When the president comes to Colorado and talks about our all-the-above energy approach — we’ve got lots of natural gas and solar power — that resonates with Coloradoans. When he | Read More »
Small Businesses Don’t Add Jobs Because Government Makes Doing So Stupid.
Monday, I paid a couple of hundred dollars to the Internal Revenue Service for a penalty on a penalty that in turn by law I should never have been assessed. I employ myself, one full-time secretary, and one part-time paralegal (part-time because my health insurance company requires that I give every employee with over 20 hours of work per week insurance because they want a | Read More »
Radio is Awesome
Just wanted to share. I really am blessed and I thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. I just got off the radio, having gotten behind the microphone at 4pm yesterday afternoon. Weather and traffic in Atlanta are horrible. As I was signing off at 4 am, there were still thousands of people stranded on the road unable to get home. Many of them | Read More »
Senator Ted Cruz Reacts to the State of the Union Address
President Obama spoke on many issues in his State of the Union address. However, he left out a few things. Listen as Senator Ted Cruz lays out what the president conveniently forgot to mention. Follow @breeannehowe
The State of the Republican Party
The big story for conservatives is not the President’s State of the Union Address. It is the broken state of the Republican Party – the party that is supposed to serve as a bulwark against the poisonous ideas propagated in that speech. It certainly is egregious that we have a president who is brazenly implementing wage controls without congressional approval. It is reprehensible that he | Read More »