Why Americans Prefer Genghis Khan to Congress.
When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34- 37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.
So here’s a political and philosophical quandary to chew on. Do most Americans secretly yearn for Democracy? My answer is pretty much unfashionable and unsexy. Most Americans, if given a social unconstrained choice and the opportunity to control what happens if they don’t choose deliberative process, would tell you take Democracy and shove it from whence the waste emerges. So given this economic preference, who in their ever-loving gourd would actually like Congress? Certainly not that vocal and growing Ghengis Khan Fan Club™.
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How Long Before We Reach 6.5% Unemployment?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the nomination of Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary, dire projections about the length of time until we reach the magic 6.5% unemployment and what it will take to get us there.
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Breaking: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D, West Virginia) cuts and runs.
Via the AP: U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world’s richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term. Jay Rockefeller was not on my list of particularly vulnerable Senators for 2014 – I figured that incumbency | Read More »
Obama’s Egregious Hypocrisy on Housing
In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the new “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB),” an all-powerful agency vested with the power to limit the choices of consumers in financial markets, making it harder and more expensive to obtain credit. This unaccountable agency operates autonomously within the Federal Reserve and will not be subjected to congressional appropriations or oversight. Yesterday, the CFPB announced | Read More »
Let’s Force Obama Into a Balanced Budget
Let’s start with a simple question: If conservatives had a choice, would we choose to balance the budget now or follow Obama’s model of catastrophic debt instead? For conservatives, the answer is painfully obvious. And the quickest way to a balanced budget is to let the US government hit the debt ceiling. When we reach the debt limit we can only spend what we take in; | Read More »
TN-4: Scott DesJarlais Must Go
It’s not enough to vote conservative. We need members of Congress to live the lives of conservatives. At a time when every aspect of our traditional American value system is under assault, we need strong leaders who can defend those values through word and deed. What has long distinguished our party from the Democrats is that we don’t tolerate immorality among our ranks. Adultery should | Read More »
I do not say that Jack Lew’s signature disqualifies him for Treasury Secretary.
I am saying that it’s… well, look. (via AOL) Seriously? When New York Magazine says that something is a problem for a Democrat, then something is a problem for a Democrat. That’s maybe going to go on our dollar bills if we’re not careful… or if Jack Lew doesn’t learn how to write his name out legibly. I suggest some emergency Palmer penmanship therapy. (H/T: | Read More »
Obamacare is Actually Causing a Spike in Premiums
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the rise many patients are seeing in their health care premiums after Obamacare’s passage, how this will impact the individual and small group markets and what changes this may lead to.
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Al Gore Is A Big Oil Man Now
Al Gore, Mr. Green, is sure rolling in the green now. Al Gore is Big Oil.
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Tech at Night: Google caving to Communists; Ron Wyden allying with Al Franken
And this is how that tech coalition begins to die: Ron Wyden working with Al Franken on large expansions of government online, a startling reversal from the anti-PROTECT IP Senator from Oregon.
Google caves to the Chinese Communists even as Google’s Eric Schmidt hands a propaganda victory to North Korean Communists. A pattern?
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, PATENT WARS
, PROTECT IP
, Ron Wyden
, Tech at Night
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Why I own an AR-15.
Other than the occasional tweet, I have tried to stay out of the gun debate—largely because of Jonah Goldberg’s haunting and compelling statement: “…I nonetheless resent being dragged into the political maw so quickly after a bunch of little kids were picked off by a madman with a gun.” But something has changed that obliges me to share a personal story. Maybe it was Wayne LaPierre’s, | Read More »
The Real Gun Violence Problem
Piers Morgan has been in the news a lot lately with his interviews on gun control. He’s made it his cause of late. He interviewed my friend Larry Pratt a couple of weeks ago and really attacked Larry. The other night he interviewed that conspiracy crank Alex Jones and many conservatives and gun owners have lamented a perception that Alex Jones will become the face | Read More »
Hasta la vista, Hilda! Homage Paid As Obama’s Union-Backed Labor Secretary Packs It In
Although she was never apparently a union member herself, one of union bosses’ best friends in the Obama administration, ethically-challenged Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, announced her resignation on Wednesday.
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Union Hypocrisy: Local Teamsters Bosses Try Union Busting On Their Office Workers Seeking A Union
Why is the Teamsters union spending thousands of dollars on hiring lawyers to fight unionization of their own workers? Couldn’t the Teamster bosses just practiced what they preached and voluntarily recognized the Steelworkers and bargain a…you know…fair contract?
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Breaking: Hilda Solis has resigned as Secretary of Labor.
Pretty much out of nowhere: as of an hour ago CNN was reporting that the White House was touting Hilda Solis as a mark of its diversity. Mind you, they were doing so as part of a post about how Barack Obama’s Cabinet is becoming, and I quote CNN here, ‘a boys club.’ At any rate, this was and is very much a surprise, so | Read More »