The Argument For “Marriage Equality” Is Not A Conservative One
This week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on same California’s Prop 8 and a section of the Defense of Marriage Act which deals with benefits for same sex couples. Same sex marriage is front and center once again and I’ve heard some interesting arguments on how supporting government involvement in defining marriage is a “conservative” ideal. During the Sunday morning talk show circuit, | Read More »
Union Briefs for Tues., March 26, 2013: Ohioans help replacement teachers, NLRB update & more…
From Washington to the Midwest, unions are having a rough go of it these days. Residents have taken to the street to help deal with a teachers’ strike in Ohio and the National Labor Relations Board may not get resolved for months…or longer.
It’s Tuesday, March 26th and these are your Union Briefs…
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, Noel Canning
, Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act
, Rep. John Kline
, Teachers strike
, Thomas Perez
, Union Briefs
, union membership
‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible
The kids these days on the right are full of a great libertarian notion that “hey, let’s just get the government out of marriage.” “Rock on,” say other libertarians. They then all smugly self-congratulate themselves, pat themselves on the back, and move on to other issues. What they ignore is that the left will never take marriage out of the hands of the government. The | Read More »
Tech at Night: The Internet Sales Tax roll call. Obamaphone survives. Do people care about Privacy?
Jeff Flake. Jeff Sessions. Ron Johnson. Tim Scott.
Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Mike Lee. Rand Paul.
I’m generally pleased with all eight of these guys being in the Senate. They were on opposite sides of the sales tax compact amendment vote, though. If you look at the way Governors split on the issues, you’ll see similar responses. Effective conservative Governors have fallen on both sides, including neighbors Haley Barbour and Bobby Jindal.
I’m fine with the compact. It’s Constitutional and merely lets states preserve existing revenue streams, without having to defy basic economic reality by unilaterally cooperating in the rewrite-the-sales-tax Prisoner’s Dilemma. That is, any one first state that shifts from buyer-owes to seller-owes in sales tax, creating the marketplace of sales taxes that compact opponents favor, automatically creates a disincentive for businesses to set up shop there.
So, we pass the compact as the best practical solution.
Recently at RedState: Ajit Pai on Robert McDowell is worth a read. Then there’s Seton Motley on Marco Rubio challenging Internet regulation.
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, Bobby Jindal
, Claire Mccaskill
, Internet Sales Tax
, Marco Rubio
, Net Neutrality
, Robert McDowell
, Sales tax
, Tech at Night
Undoing the ‘Ginsberg’ rules at the Spring RNC meeting
There was plenty of coverage of the rules changes during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa (where I was an at-large delegate from Virginia). Erick Erickson blogged about it. The Blaze picked it up. Daily Beast, too. NBC. HuffPo. Long story short: The Romney campaign, through D.C. attorney Ben Ginsberg (and then-surrogate John Sununu), strong-armed the Rules Committee into changing a number of rules | Read More »
Republican Rep. Barbara Sears Blocks Effort Against Obamacare
In early March, Ohio State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson introduced a bill known as, “The Health Care Freedom Act,” (HCFA) that proposed a new line of defense against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, Obamacare. The bill, when passed, will prohibit health insurance companies in Ohio from accepting any federal funding that would trigger penalties for employers or individuals who | Read More »
Jim Carrey’s Anti-Gun Logic
Last night I engaged reported “funny man” Jim Carrey in a conversation on gun ownership. This was after his poorly-worded Twitter diatribe about how society needs to foster non-lethal forms of self defense. I repeat,HOW ABT DEVELOPING MORE NON-LETHAL FORMS OF SELF-DEFENSE?! TOO SENSIBLE?!!!Why the hell are rubber bullets … say.ly/tvW5rcm — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 24, 2013 ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless | Read More »
Yes I Still Support Mark Sanford
I have no hesitation in continuing to support Mark Sanford. I recognize that there is greater risk in supporting Sanford. He is far more easily attacked in the general than Bostic, his rival in the runoff. He is far less able to attack his eventual Democratic opponent. But there is far more reward with Mark Sanford and it is a risk I am willing to | Read More »
Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist
Last week the House voted on 6 different budget frameworks. Surprisingly, with so many budgets to choose from, Rep. Bill Owens couldn’t bring himself to support a single one. He’s a budget nihilist. Owens’ refusal to support any budget last week is a classic case of a Washington politician trying to have his cake and eat it too. By opposing everything and failing to offer | Read More »
Universal Health Care Action Network Helps Gov. Kasich Pressure Ohio House
The contents of a March 15 Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio) web training for progressive activists interested in lobbying for Medicaid expansion bore a striking resemblance to talking points from Governor John Kasich and his administration. Kasich, a Republican, has decided to pursue billions in new federal funding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promises to states that expand | Read More »
Jim Carrey’s inalienable rights
Comedian Jim Carrey rolled into the gun-control debate with a “parody song” called “Cold Dead Hand,” whose purpose is to portray Second Amendment defenders as callous monsters who don’t mind sacrificing children to their gun-crazed ideology. As Carrey put it via Twitter, his song is “about you heartless m***erf*ckers unwilling to bend for the safety of our kids. Sorry if you’re offended by the word | Read More »
Robert McDowell: Champion of Liberty, Innovation, and Competition
From the Diaries…
As you may have heard, my colleague and FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell has announced that he will be leaving the FCC in the next few weeks. This is a loss not just for the FCC, but for everybody who believes in Internet freedom. Rob has been one of the most important and eloquent champions of free-market conservatism in our time.
I have had the privilege of working with Rob for several years, first as a lawyer in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel and now as a fellow Commissioner. In that time, I have come to know Rob as a colleague and as a friend. Before he steps down, I want conservatives to know about the terrific work he’s done to modernize communications regulation and defend liberty.
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Christine Quinn and the NY City Council Punish The Creation of Jobs
It would be hard to design a more obvious example of why New York City employers should be terrified of Christine Quinn’s Mayoral ambitions than the passage earlier this month of an unprecedented bill allowing lawsuits for damages by unemployed job-seekers against any employer that tries to hire in the City: When the law takes effect in three months, the city will be the fourth | Read More »
Digital Footprints Reveal Continued RNC Cronyism, Cynicism
It’s bad enough that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has decided to continue the relationship with failed Romney consultants Targeted Victory to send the RNC’s mass emails. What’s so harrowing is the cynicism and sloppiness Targeted Victory brings to the table to fulfill that contract. One would think that Targeted Victory, in fulfilling the RNC email contract, would take extreme care and would want to remove | Read More »
Cyprus Deal Takes 40% of Depositor Cash
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the the deal struck in Cyprus, how it’s similar to Obama’s GM takeover and Larry Kudlow’s change of heart on Ben Bernanke.
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