In His Bid to Buy T-Mobile, Sprint Chairman Slams US Wireless Policies that Sprint Helped Create
Promoted from the diaries by Neil
Sprint’s Chairman, Masayoshi Son, is coming to Washington to explain how wireless competition in the US would be improved if only there were less of it.
After buying Sprint last year for $21.6 billion, he has floated plans to buy T-Mobile. When antitrust officials voiced their concerns about the proposed plan’s potential impact on wireless competition, Son decided to respond with an unusual strategy that goes something like this: The US wireless market isn’t competitive enough, so policymakers need to approve the merger of the third and fourth largest wireless companies in order to improve competition, because going from four nationwide wireless companies to three will make things even more competitive. Got it? Me neither.
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Madison Project + Mike Lee + Me
On Wednesday night, I’m going to join the Madison Project and Senator Mike Lee for a Tele-Townhall. Among the topics of discussion will be: How shrinking the federal government and fostering free market competition will benefit average American families while interventionist policies raise the cost of food, fuel, and healthcare – often to benefit well-connected special interests; Ideas for eliminating corporate welfare and corporate favors; | Read More »
@GovernorPerry: @BarackObama attempting to bully governors.
This was from a RGA panel(?), back in February: “When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ | Read More »
CPAC Aftermath: Lessons Learned
The Conservative Political Action Conference is over now, and there were some ups and downs, as any event will inevitably have. There were great speeches, lots of news stories, and pictures of Steve Stockman at a hot tub party (seems he was fully clothed, so thank Heaven’s for small miracles). Overall, there were many things to take away from CPAC. Rick Perry and Ted Cruz | Read More »
Bitcoin and the Future of Crypto-Currency
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the Newsweek report on the potential founder of Bitcoin, the destruction of Mt. Gox and why crypto-currency is here to stay.
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A McConnell Majority vs. an Enduring Majority
One of the more trenchant lines delivered from the podium at CPAC last week was Sarah Palin’s zinger regarding the GOP “Beltway Boys”: “You didn’t build that. The Tea Party did.” Palin was referring to the GOP House majority acquired through the 2010 midterm elections, but the same observation is apropos for the potential to win a Senate majority this year. I don’t know about | Read More »
‘Crush Them Everywhere’
“Crush them everywhere.” That is not Mitch McConnell’s expectation on beating the Democrats. That is not Mitch McConnell’s hope against Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats. This — “crush them everywhere” — is what Mitch McConnell tells the New York Times he intends to do to conservatives. “They cannot crush this conservative uprising; they can only delay it.” Across the country, as conservatives realize that | Read More »
Big Labor: Wait, this #Obamacare thing we passed is going to hurt *us*?
Unite Here has discovered the indifference of Barack Obama: A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix. Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union | Read More »
Ted Cruz: Republicans Win When They Paint in Bold Colors
When Senator Ted Cruz spoke last week at CPAC, he brought more than a speech designed to fire up the base, though certainly that was part of his rousing appearance oat n the conservative conference. “Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no | Read More »
Whoa!! Pat Caddell channels Erick Erickson at CPAC, and other observations.
Don’t know how many of you caught Pat Caddell’s address at CPAC, but it was fascinating. He excoritated the GOPe, the money men, the Roves in our midst. And then he went after Boehner. He all but called for the House GOP caucus to toss him overboard. Powerful stuff. Note: I’ve looked for a video of Caddell’s talk, but couldn’t find a link. If anyone | Read More »
It’s Time to Move the Individual Mandate Delay in the Senate
The individual mandate delay (H.R. 4118) passed the house Wednesday by a 250-160 margin and, thanks to Senator Rand Paul, the bill should be on the Senate calendar by the time you read this. Although there are tricks to bringing it up, bringing it onto the calendar means that any Senator can force the Senate to vote on delaying the mandate — or any other issue any | Read More »
NLRB accuses union thugs of violence, threats of rape and implied harm to managers’ kids
In the latest development of a more than year-long labor dispute in Vancouver, the National Labor Relations Board has accused picketers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 of a multitude of horrific acts which include violence, threats of rape and implied harm to children, as well as racial slurs toward company security officers. These acts, according to The Oregonian include the | Read More »
Al Cardenas Responds to Lack of Pro-Life Emphasis at CPAC 2014
The 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) caused concern for the pro-life community before the doors even opened on Thursday. As noted at LifeNews Wednesday, while the agenda included a variety of topics, the issue of life was noticeably absent from the breakout panels. From the perspective of pro-life activists, the lack of inclusion perhaps indicated a deficit of interest in openly supporting what has traditionally | Read More »
Witness The Political Genius of Salon
Brian Beutler of Salon says Republicans are only pretending that Obamacare will help them at the polls. Hilarity ensues.
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The Washington Times twists the knife on the Connecticut gun registration law.
They had to set it up, though. First, the Washington Times hammered the Connecticut legislature for passing a law that maybe three hundred thousand gun owners are deliberately flouting. Then they noted that Connecticut doesn’t have the resources for putting all those people in jail. After that, and gently hinting that the recent problem that we’re having with over-militarized cops is not exactly compatible with | Read More »