GOP House Passes Big Government Energy Bill
The reason many of us don’t trust the current crop of Republicans to actually downsize existing federal programs is because they often agree to create new government interventions into the private sector. Case in point? Yesterday’s obscure vote to create a new program within the Department of Energy. It has become clear this year that House Republicans have no interest in forcing a fight on | Read More »
Wendy Davis Will Cause the Democrats to Divert Resources to Georgia
Georgia is about to get the spoils of the train wreck that is the Wendy Davis campaign. Tuesday night, Democratic voters in Texas signaled they would be aborting Davis’s campaign in November. In the Democratic Primary in Texas in 2014, Wendy Davis somehow managed to get fewer votes than any Democratic gubernatorial nominee since 1998. She got fewer votes than the Democrats’ nominee in 2002, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Why ACU and other STELA opponents are wrong. SXSW goes hard left.
ACU and other normally small-government types have bafflingly come out against the satellite TV bill STELA, and Steve Scalise’s efforts to enact Retransmission Consent reform, a cable idea first proposed jointly with Jim DeMint. This is wrong, and this is a strange supporting of laws that pick winners and losers.
You see, back in the 70s when Cable TV started to take off, broadcasters and socialists alike freaked out. Broadcasters because they were faced with competition for eyeballs where they previously had a monopoly, and socialists because it offended that someone might actually pay for TV. So they teamed up to rig the system, passing laws and regulations that prevented an open market for many broadcasts, instead creating territorial monopolies for broadcasters. These regulations have let the broadcasters get fat and happy (see also Aereo).
Pass retransmission consent reform. Supporters say without reform we “simulate” a free market, and to reform would harm “content producers.” This turns the truth on its head. Broadcasters are overpaid, underworked middlemen with government-manufactured monopolies. They produce nothing but just happen to hold a government license to spectrum. Make ‘em compete. And certainly never make satellite providers buy from a propagandist like The Weather Channel.
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, Edward Snowden
, Internet Sales Tax
, Jim DeMint
, Retransmission Consent
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, Tech at Night
Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan Call It Quits
Today the Senate voted down a particularly noxious Obama nomination. Debo Adegbile, whose only claim to fame was agitating on behalf of a convicted, unrepentant, and vicious cop killer, was voted down 47-52. Pressing this nomination was a stupid act by the White House, though it has become boring to write that phrase over the course of the past six years. The nomination was toxic | Read More »
Spike Lee’s Love of The New, Post-Racial America
We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles. -Hillaire Belloc | Read More »
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, Barack Obama
, Birth of a Nation
, D W Griffith
, Eric Holder
, My People
, Nation of Cowards
, spike lee
Vladimir Putin Does Not Show Weakness by Beating Everyone (Including Us)
Vladimir Putin has set the terms for the world’s conversation in Ukraine because he intrinsically understands something that the group of nimrods running Western foreign policy do not: In real life, away from conferences and meetings and important lunches, foreign affairs is a series of matches of relative strength brought to bear in each conflict.
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The Ted Cruz Effect in the Texas GOP Primaries
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Aaron Blake to discuss the outlook for the GOP’s race to take back the Senate, why Republicans are better at midterm elections than Democrats and how the Ted Cruz effect impacted the Texas elections yesterday.
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Sen. Mark Pryor (D, Arkansas) takes a long step towards DOOM.
We do not minimize the service of combat veterans in this country. MSNBC: Pryor’s Attacks On Military Service “Misstep” and “Unbelievable” https://t.co/rfjr6IaLpV — Kirsten Kukowski (@kakukowski) March 5, 2014
The U.S., Russia, and Ukraine: Why it matters and why we won’t do a thing.
Russia is on the move, and there are no signs that Putin intends to slow down. The happenings in Crimea have all the signs of a full scale invasion. The long and storied history of the region shows that it has been tossed back in forth between various regimes seeking to establish or hold on to their power. Whether it’s Ottomans and Tsars fighting over religion, or Nazis and Communists fighting over who can kill people and economies better, people have been fighting over Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula for a very long time.
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Ted Cruz Wins Big in Texas
Wow — we all knew John Cornyn was going to win last night. He had no significant opposition. His opponents never got tea party or conservative support. His most significant opponent was…well…eccentric to put it politely. Cornyn managed to get 60% in his primary. Ted Cruz was not on the ballot in Texas last night. After the Cornyn race was called, Brian Walsh, a paid | Read More »
Hillary Clinton Mocked Romney on Russia, Then Goes To Hitler Comparisons
In the 2012 President campaign, the Obama Administration trotted out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to poo-poo Mitt Romney’s assertions about Russia. She told CNN at the time, “It’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards,” playing off President Obama’s remarks that Romney was stuck in a “Cold War mind warp.” But Hillary Clinton has started comparing the Russians to the Nazis. An attendee of a | Read More »
Free speech: use it or lose it
There have been some high-toned assaults on freedom of speech lately, such as dark muttering from the Church of Global Warming that heresy against its beliefs puts the Earth itself at risk. Author and commentator Mark Steyn is fighting what could prove to be a landmark case against Dr. Michael E. Mann, who created the “hockey stick” temperature graph upon which so much of the | Read More »
Boehner’s Bootlickers Continued: The Indiana Trio
This is a continuation of our series highlighting members who hail from red districts, yet represent the priorities of House Speaker John Boehner and leadership instead of conservatives. Part 1can be viewed here. Indiana is home to three new members of Congress who rode a conservative wave to Congress in 2010 and 2012, yet they have chosen to represent Boehner and the boys instead of | Read More »
Will Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-09) bolt for the safety of AZ-07?
You know, when I heard a few days ago that beleaguered freshman Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was thinking from switching from her unpleasantly (to her) competitive AZ-09 seat to the much more suitable (for her) AZ-07 seat, I was… skeptical. Basically, the long-time Democratic incumbent in AZ-07 (Ed Pastor) is retiring after this term, and while I can understand Sinema’s presumed logic there (it’s a hardcore | Read More »
Latest Obamacare Delay Seeks to Help Ailing Democrat Campaigns
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the latest Obamacare delay, how this will help Democrats in November and a new study showing the personal impact of Obamacare.
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