Pass a Debt Limit Increase From the House
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Susan Collins are doing their best to complicate everything and shill for K Street.I am actually surprised Paul Ryan could be diverted from amnesty long enough to ensure Obamacare is fully funded.But he has.The House should act very simply — pass a debt limit increase. Pass it so it goes through Christmas. There is no point trying to do negotiations | Read More »
MSNBC’s Phil Griffin: Fox News is spying on me! With RAYS! In My HEAD!
This is a highly entertaining media tantrum: Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, says there’s something fishy about Tuesday’s ratings for the Fox News Channel, which were up significantly from a day earlier when Fox News debuted its new schedule. And he wants an investigation. “Monday we had a really good day in the key demographic. On the night that Fox News debuted their three shows, | Read More »
The Moe Lane Zen And The Art Of Partisan Hackery Flow Chart.
Given the somewhat contentious discussions that we have been having in the conservative movement over the last few weeks, I felt that this might help. Besides, hey: flow charts. I’ve been meaning to get a program that would let me do flow charts*. Anyway, I hope this assists. Moe Lane *It’s who I am, and I have given myself permission to be all right with | Read More »
Get Out Your Checkbook NOW
Republican leaders in Washington, DC are signaling they will cave on the fight against Obamacare.Heck, they are signaling they are caving on everything.Isn’t it interesting that when Ted Cruz and Jim DeMint were touring America to fight against Obamacare, the popularity of the GOP was going up and the popularity of Obamacare was going down.But now that John Boehner and the Orange Man Group of | Read More »
Dignity and self-interest
Rest assured, there will eventually be some happy ObamaCare customers. It’s comical, and highly significant, that the media can’t seem to find any after ten days of diligent searching, but they’ll be along eventually. It’s just about mathematically impossible to throw a trillion bucks around, and redistribute a trillion more, without someone on the candy end of the lollipop declaring themselves extremely satisfied with the | Read More »
Milton Wolf in Kansas: Another Conservative Primary Challenger
[Update: After foisting Kathleen Sebelius upon us in 2009, Pat Roberts just called upon her to resign. That is the power of primaries.] The biggest lesson to take out of this past month is that as much as we think we control the Republican Party, we represent such a small portion of its elected officials in Washington. We might desire to fight Obamacare, but ultimately, | Read More »
Yellen’s Fed Will Look Familiar
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the official nomination of Janet Yellen as the next Fed Chair, why it’s likely the Bernanke philosophy will continue forever and if the depressed job market is temporary or more permanent.
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The Fight Remains About Obamacare
I stepped out last night, away from politics, to be the celebrity chef at a cooking school. It was refreshing to tune out the political world. But when I checked into my hotel after eleven last night, there was a backlog of weepy, crying emails from people ready to surrender. Why? Because the GOP has gone from being not liked to being not liked? Because | Read More »
Tyranny of the majority
There was a time when the Left was very concerned about the “tyranny of the majority,” as everyone of all political persuasions should be. Once in a while, you see a few sparks popping and sizzling on that old ideological circuitry, mostly when the discussion turns to same-sex marriage. But for the most part, tyranny of the majority is liberal policy now. A single politician | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Embrace The Healing Power Of “And,” Brother @charlescwcooke edition.
Charles C.W. Cooke, in the process of pointing out that Obamacare was sold to us as a money-saver – and that the Left is now apparently stupid enough to think that we’re stupid enough not to have noticed – writes: [Barack Obama's] central claim [in 2008] — that premiums would drop for the typical family by $2,500 — could literally have been taken from the | Read More »
Now It’s Time for Full Throttle Defund of Obamacare
The House plans to pass a bill to raise the debt limit by $117 billion, bringing the new deadline to November 22. The bill will specifically prohibit the Treasury Department from using extraordinary measures to concoct an arbitrary crisis deadline. Conservatives can debate the prudence of this particular strategy, but the more important question is what comes after the vote on this bill. The establishment | Read More »
A Short Term Debt Ceiling
It seems the GOP has taken a hint and will continue the fight on Obamacare by punting the debt ceiling discussion six weeks to Thanksgiving.I think this is wise, though I think the GOP should not do a clean increase. They should tie it to a full faith and credit act or something to stop future market jitters over this stuff. The GOP should not | Read More »
Turns Out We’re Not Going to Get Farm Bill Reform After All
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Scott Lincicome to discuss changes to the Farm Bill in the House, why the SNAP program was merged back into the larger bill, and how subsidies make your food more expensive.
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House GOP Preparing to Give Up
I’m being told by several sources that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are plotting to give up trying to either defund or delay Obamacare. This comes at the same time the Obama administration admits it will be months before their Obamacare website will be fixed and Kathleen Sebelius is saying if people want out of the mandate they can pay a fine. Nonetheless, | Read More »
So What Could Go Wrong If You Owned Your Own Money Tree?
Janet Yellin may not remind people of the boisterous cartoon character Buzz Lightyear, but her fete accompli elevation to the Chairmanship of the Federal Reserve probably implies Quantitative Easing to Infinity and Beyond! The White House announced that President Obama would nominate her to succeed Ben Bernanke this Tuesday. This bears significance because she is seen as being a strong advocate of quashing intrest rates in order to support lower unemployment. She is a classic Keynesian to the core in that sense and will not be willing to “taper” QE under anything like the current circumstances.
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