The Magical Mythical History of the Government Shutdown Hurting Republicans
There is a lot of talk these days about how the GOP cannot afford to shut down the government like they did in 1995. “Remember,” they the chattering class say, “the GOP got destroyed at the polls in 1996.”That talk has everything to do with the Democrats winning the message battle in the media, but has nothing to do with anything else. Let’s roll the | Read More »
Over and out for the middle class
The latest gaudy repackaging of Barack Obama’s cobwebbed economic “ideas” is to declare them a “middle-out” approach to growth. It doesn’t really mean anything – it’s just the latest effort to make the Sainted Middle Class feel as if Democrats really, really, really care about them. Republicans use such language, too. The entire political class speaks always and only to the Sainted Middle Class. A | Read More »
Study Suggests Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Would Cut Ohio’s Workforce
The Obamacare Medicaid expansion could reduce nationwide employment by up to 940,000, a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper released this month estimated. If every state implemented the expansion sought by Ohio Governor John Kasich, as many as 4.2 million Americans would be pushed from private health insurance into Medicaid. Working paper authors Craig Garthwaite of Northwestern University, Tal Gross of Columbia University, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo | Read More »
Gay Marriage Imposed on Ohio: Hurrah for Federalism.
This is strictly for the “I told you so” files. Today a federal judge ordered the State of Ohio to honor a gay marriage executed in Maryland because of the decision of the Supreme Court in overturning one section of the Defense of Marriage Act. The judge held that even though the Court had only jettisoned Section 3, the section that prohibited the federal government | Read More »
Ohio Pro-Life Groups Oppose Medicaid Expansion
Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) endorsed Medicaid expansion in February without input from its local affiliates, many of whom are against expanding Medicaid. Republican Governor John Kasich has nonetheless touted ORTL’s endorsement as proof his push for billions in new entitlement spendinghas conservative support. “ORTL does NOT confer with their affiliates when they make a decision to take any action,” Cleveland Right to Life President Molly Smith | Read More »
American Commitment Action Fund hits the Cory Booker charade
The Democrats’ candidates in the primary for the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat aren’t the only ones releasing campaign ads. American Commitment Action Fund, a conservative SuperPAC, is launching a video which effectively throws cold water on the pretense of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Corey Senate Campaign’s claims of accomplishment. The new ad, made by RedState’s own Ben Howe, does so by showing the real | Read More »
What Other Cities Can Learn from Detroit’s Bankruptcy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Cate Long to discuss Detroit’s bankruptcy, the state constitutional challenges it faces and what other cities can learn from Detroit.
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IRS rank-and-file STILL not getting it?
Oh, pity this poor, poor, put-upon Cincinnati office anonymous IRS lawyer. S/he wrote in to Robert Anderson’s Witnesseth blog after Anderson noted that campaign contributions among IRS lawyers skewed heavily towards Democrats (government lawyers in general do, really). After complaining a bit about that awful Republican party, and its hostility towards government lawyers, the government lawyer finished up: …if there is a lack of political | Read More »
The RedState Gathering 2013 #RSG13
We’re two weeks away from the RedState Gathering in New Orleans, LA. It’ll be August 2nd and 3rd. You can still register at www.redstategathering.com. The event starts at 9am on August 2nd and runs through the early evening of the 3rd. This year I’m pleased to announce the following speakers: Governors Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, and Rick Perry. Senators Tim Scott and Ted Cruz Congressmen | Read More »
Spending tomorrow’s money is easy
The short explanation for the demise of Detroit is that time caught up with it. Decades of corruption built a mountain of liabilities, while scaring off the taxpayers needed to finance those promises. It’s like a movie trailer for the blockbuster disaster film to come, when America’s declining demographics catch up with the federal government’s vastly higher mountain of unfunded commitments. Detroit is the city | Read More »
Causation, Correlation and Detroit
Let us stipulate that the collapse of Detroit, MI and its recent Chapter Nine bankruptcy filing represents an all-American train wreck of inexcusable dimension. Detroit went from being considered by some the Athens of The West to having a credit rating and crime problem more reminiscent of the Mogadishu of The Midlands. So many people are blamed for the current state of Detroit. But most of what you read is patently illogical.
Those who have no desire to deal with the truth tend to deliberately invert the mechanisms by which Detroit, MI was reduced to an ash heap reminiscent of Hiroshima without the expenditure of thermonuclear ordnance. The general technique of obscuring what went wrong in Detroit is to deliberately conflate causation with correlation. I’ve read a lot of biased writing over the last few days about Detroit. In every case, the thesis of the article, editorial, or blog post involves describing a result of Detroit’s stupidity as the fountainhead of the stupid itself.
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The Wealthy’s Fast-Pass Lifestyle
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss more on Detroit’s bankruptcy, one-percent playtime consultants and the reality gap between the wealthy and the rest of America.
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Why It’s Time To Replace Mike Simpson
Dear Red State community – the following OpEd ran in the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho on Sunday, and I thought I’d share it with you here as well. – Chris Reader Comment: Why It’s Time To Replace Mike Simpson By Chris Chocola July 21, 2013 http://magicvalley.com/news/opinion/columns/reader-comment-why-it-s-time-to-replace-mike-simpson/article_c3793953-9d3b-55a4-a357-20a302cc6f07.html The Political Action Committee of the Club for Growth, of which I am the president, has endorsed Idaho | Read More »
Primaries Bring Fresh Air to Foul Odor Emanating From GOP Establishment
Conservatives have been ill-served by a prevailing conventional wisdom pertaining to flaccid incumbent Republicans. The conventional wisdom dictates that every incumbent should automatically enjoy a rubber stamp for 6 more years in the Senate unless he/she is plagued by some egregious scandal or overtly votes with the Democrats on almost every major issue. If we continue down this path of reauthorizing failure in the primaries, | Read More »
ACLU reverses course on further #Zimmerman prosecution: will @BarackObama… AGAIN?
Jeralyn Merritt of Talk Left has always had a stubbornly sensible streak about her when it comes to the absurdities of her side’s legal-themed shenanigans, and sometimes it gets loose. Case in point: her addressing of basic reality on the Martin-Zimmerman case, and exactly why the ACLU was smart to reverse course and get out of any further race-baiting in the form of trying for | Read More »