Good Republicans and Bad Republicans
After the last two Presidential elections, some on the Right have demanded that the GOP jettison its positions on social conservative issues such as abortion and gay marriage. To them, the GOP lost these elections because those issues are too “divisive” and that capturing the younger voters demands that we capitulate on social issues. Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, President Obama agrees. There are going to be | Read More »
Recess Appointments and the Balance of Powers
Over the course of our Republic, presidents have often tested the limits of their constitutional power. Without the checks provided for in the Constitution our executive branch would easily have digested the other two long ago. But as long as the legislative and judicial branches invoke their constitutional responsibility, executive overreach is contained. When they fail to act, the balance of power is shifted and | Read More »
A Sign Of The Things To Come? Hospital Chain Gives Obama’s NLRB & SEIU The Finger
In a move that may become more prevalent among employers–as in epidemic–a California hospital chain is refusing to comply with rulings issued by Barack Obama’s constitutionally-questionable National Labor Relations Board.
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Tags: Corporate Campaign
, Healthbridge Management
, Labor Unions
, National Labor Relations Board
, Noel Canning
, Prime Healthcare Services
, Recess Appointments
, SEIU Corporate Campaign
, Service Employees International Union
, Sherman Anti-Trust Act
Faulty Premises and Outlooks Formed
As I noted earlier the very cast of characters who tried to bring us “big government conservatism” and wound up seeding the tea party movement are at it again. This time they want to defeat conservatives by pooling millionaire dollars to label a bunch of squishes “conservative.” They are, in essence, painting targets on the backs of a lot of candidates, making anyone they support | Read More »
Matt Yglesias and the Difficulty of Starting a Small Business
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the trouble Matt Yglesias found when starting a small business in D.C., how this experience differs from state to state and the impact small businesses have on our economy.
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The Snakes in the GOP Grass
Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the power players at American Crossroads are financing a new group to help fund candidates in the primaries who oppose conservatives. In light of their smashing success electing candidates like Tommy Thompson, Rick Berg, Denny Rehberg, George Allen, Heather Wilson, and Linda Lingle, they will expand their roadshow into the primaries during the next election cycle | Read More »
Thank God for American Crossroads and the Conservative Victory Project
American Crossroads is creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions. Thank God they are behind this. In 2012, they spent hundreds of millions of rich donors’ money and had jack to show for it. It is interesting though. The people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, | Read More »
Surely You’re Joking, Dr. Chu!
The creation of a incredible mythology for departing Sec. of Energy Steven Chu is underway. Incredible, as in “lacking credibility”.
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Super Bowl Open Thread
Yes, folks, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. It’s the game NFL fans have been waiting for all year (assuming you are a Ravens or 49ers fan). So, consider this an open thread for those of you stopping by RedState today, or alternately, talk about the Puppy Bowl over at Animal Planet (or whatever else you’re doing instead of watching the Big Game). CBS Sports has coverage here. | Read More »
The essential problem with the Chuck Hagel nomination.
It’s actually… pretty simple: Chuck Hagel is a bit of a schlemiel. I’m not actually trying to reference Hagel’s Jewish problem*, here: it’s just that Yiddish has an excellent word to describe a sad-sack bungler, and English wants the useful words. It wants all the useful words. …Anyway, Hagel is a schlemiel. Now, I know what people are thinking: they’re thinking “But… but… but being | Read More »
So, when we invade Antigua in 2014…
…and topple the government there, here’s the actual reason. On January 28, 2013, the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) authorized the small, Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua) to suspend its obligations regarding American intellectual property rights. As a result, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will be able to authorize the sale of products of innocent holders of copyrights, | Read More »
Tech at Night: Our Broken Patent System. Connecting the dots on pro-regulatory hypocrisy.
Hey Mark Cuban: We both know that when Obama signed the American Invents Act, crushing small businesses was a feature, since it meant a) more work for lawyers who backed the bill and b) easier competition for the big businesses who backed the bill.
I see the vultures using Aaron Swartz’s dead body for political purposes are now going full Weekend at Bernie’s on this. It’s amazing.
And yet nobody reconciles the Democrat outrage at this, with Democrat plans to ignore the Constitution and use Executive Orders on cybersecurity. If we allow stuff like what Swartz did, we’re letting cybersecurity threats go unpunished, sorry.
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Tags: aaron swartz
, America Invents Act
, Ari Rabin-Havt
, Barack Obama
, George Soros
, Mark Cuban
, Media Matters
, Susan Crawford
, Tech at Night
Senate Democrats, please listen carefully to the New York Times
I have made my debut at Fox News with a column on FoxNews.com encouraging the Democrats to listen to the New York Times Editorial Board. I think they really should. I think they should try to do exactly as the New York Times commands. You can see why here.
Chuck Hagel – The Nietzschian Last Man
It’s as if Barack Obama just got done reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and has now dedicated his remaining time in office to doing the exact opposite of what Billy Bean would do. It’s a shame the one of the two with actual talent is running a baseball club. You see, Moneyball was really a book about how Billy Bean figured out how to hire | Read More »
Reflections on the American Revolution: The Militia
How did thirteen colonies, with a barely functioning central government and a thrown-together, underfunded and poorly supplied army of constantly fluctuating size and composition, win the Revolutionary War? One reason was the colonies’ ability to rely on their common citizens to supplement the Continental Army with local militia. I’ve looked previously at the demographic and physical conditions and foreign alliances that shaped the war and | Read More »