The latest offensive in the War on Christmas – you know, the war we’re supposedly not having, according to the people fighting it most energetically – began as a blog post at Slate, which argued that the traditional white Santa Claus is frightening, alienating, and divisive to non-white children. The solution proposed by the author was to replace Santa with not a Person of Color, but | Read More »
#Obamacare’s expanded Medicaid asset seizure bonanza.
Hey, you had to pass the act to find out what was in it: It wasn’t the moonlight, holiday-season euphoria or family pressure that made Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, suddenly decide to get married. It was the fine print. As fine print is wont to do, it had buried itself in a long form — Balhorn’s application for free health insurance through | Read More »
Republicans Will Totally Kick Butt On The Debt Ceiling
After throwing away the hard-fought success that was the sequester for fairly dust and unicorn farts twenty years down the road, Paul Ryan and the House GOP leadership is now trying to convince us that they will TOTALLY GO TO THE MATTRESSES ON THE DEBT CEILING.
We all know that isn’t going to happen.
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2014: The Year of the Primaries
Next year Republican primary voters will have an unprecedented number of choices for whom to nominate to the United States Senate. There have never been so many primary challenges against such high-level and long-serving members of the Senate. There are now primary challenges in Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas, and Wyoming. The challengers vary in degrees of viability, competence, and skill. Not all | Read More »
New York’s Struggle with Homelessness
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Mollie Hemingway are joined by Robert McManus of the Manhattan Institute to discuss an in-depth piece in the New York Times about a homeless girl in New York City, why liberal policies have failed to reign in homelessness and what the conservative response should be to Dasani’s story.
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The Political Corollary to You Will Be Made to Care
Many of you are convinced you can sit on the sidelines or quietly take the side of the Republican Establishment in the upcoming primary season. Many of you are convinced it does not matter. Many of you are convinced that the GOP will do the right thing once they have control. Many of you will be made to care by a Republican Party intent on | Read More »
Hope Yes, Vote No is Not a Winning Equation
Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed the House with overwhelming support, it was not a slam dunk in the Senate as of late last week. Without Paul Ryan’s strong influence, individual GOP senators were leery of the deal. Even the defense hawks view this deal as ‘too little too late.’ The Senate whip count began with only one Republican – John McCain | Read More »
The Harsh Environment of Today’s Internet
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Melissa Clouthier to discuss the harsh environment of today’s online political communities, how social media and smart phones have fueled the flames and how Melissa’s perspective on Obamacare is impacted by her job as a physician.
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Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) lied about #obamacare: watch him get called on it here.
Ladies and gentlemen, expect a war in the Colorado Senate race. Senator Udall, don’t you DARE tell more lies about this healthcare mess. YOU’RE the one who took away our doctors. YOU’RE the one who cancelled our plans. You looked us in the eye, Senator Udall, and you lied.
Union Bosses Outrage Members By Denying Them A Vote On Boeing’s Final Offer
Union leaders in Puget Sound exercise veto power over rank and file members Machinists union members in Puget Sound are “outraged” their local leaders did not give them the chance to vote on a final offer from Being last week. If members had been given the chance to vote and accepted the offer, work on Boeing’s 777X would have likely stayed in Washington State. Following | Read More »
Why @BarackObama will cheerfully ignore the AP’s photo complaints.
This would be the complaint in question: Manifestly undemocratic [...] is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access. The White House-based press corps was | Read More »
We’re Back to the “Next Fight”
The past three years of GOP control in the House have been marked by the rallying cry of fighting “the next time.” With every budget deadline comes a degree of leverage from which Republicans can extract concessions on reducing the size of government. Yet with every budget battle, House leadership shirks from the fight and blithely points to the next battle – the debt ceiling | Read More »
Milwaukee’s Best: A Lesson In School Choice
As a Blogger, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many places around the country to learn about various issues. While it’s always exciting going to a new place, I admit to being a little torn upon finding out The Franklin Center’s School Choice Conference would be in Milwaukee. Not that there is anything wrong with Milwaukee, I just didn’t know anything about it and | Read More »
Sunday Morning Open Thread: SNL Cold Open
Sunday Morning Open Thread featuring video from last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open sketch. Remember the sign language faker at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial? He’s back!
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Sen. Pat Toomey (R, Pennsylvania) relates his family’s failed #obamacare exchange situation.
And ‘failed’ is the word: Just last week, my wife, Kris, tried to sign up on the health exchange website that’s available to us. Now, my wife is a very sharp woman, she’s a former computer software consultant. She’s also an amazing person and a great mom, but that’s another story. When Kris went onto the website, she typed in all our personal information and | Read More »