Tech at Night: In the post-landline era, there is no phone monopoly. Out of touch privacy regulation coming.
It’s amazing to me that at this point we’re still pretending there’s a phone monopoly. Competition exists. Yes, it’s obvious that nobody has a monopoly on phone service anymore. The assumption that there’s a monopoly is detached from the reality of the modern market. People routinely go without landlines these days, and there’s even competition for those!
FCC is at least pretending to investigate the need to deregulate and prepare for the IP Revolution in phone service. We’ll see if they rig it to get what they want out of it, though. No, I’m not very optimistic about second term Obama regulators.
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Steven Chu to leave Department of Energy?
Interesting. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu may be leaving the post during the next term of the Obama administration. Among those on the list to replace Chu are Ritter; Tom Steyer, a Democrat from California; former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan; Susan Tierney, a former assistant energy secretary; and Steve Westley, a California businessman, according to The Washington Post. More at Hot Air, which notes | Read More »
A Time for Choosing
Obama has spent four years asserting that his plan to let the Bush tax cuts expire on the top two brackets is not a tax increase, rather just a continuation of the current law (pursuant to the sunset provision) for the wealthy, and a tax cut for 98% of taxpayers. Republicans spent the past 4 years sans the last month arguing that this would constitute | Read More »
Lost in the midst of the fiscal cliff drama are President Obama’s outrageous offers. A cursory review of his plans reveals he is fundamentally unserious about addressing our nation’s coming fiscal crisis. This should come as no surprise, of course. Throughout his presidency and even during his reelection campaign, President Obama spurned serious solution in favor of big-government gimmicks.
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Meet the Bosses of the Ohio Education Association
Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Patricia Frost-Brooks was paid $267,916 in dues taken from Ohio teachers during fiscal year 2012, according to the union’s latest staff and officer data submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than a hundred OEA employees and officers were paid six figures during the same period, as the union gave $77,500 to progressive groups who demonize “the rich” in the name of bigger government.
Frost-Brooks, the Ohio Democratic Party’s “Democrat of the Year,” was one of seven OEA employees and officers paid more than $175,000 from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012.
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The Great Benghazi Butt-Fumble – If The US State Dept Were An NFL Franchise
Sometimes professional sports provide us the perfect metaphor for the utterly Darwinist and unfair world into which we all are hurled at birth. Those who do well, work together. They go all-in like brothers-at-arms and never accept less than the best. We can watch what transpires for the rest below.
The end result of such tomfoolery is loss of one’s status and livelihood. Results matter, money talks, bull-bleep runs the marathon. You must deliver if you want the pay-wad. If you loaf, you learn the hard way what St. Paul meant in 2 Thessalonians (3:10). That is what is right. That is what is good in life. On the other end of the spectrum we get the US State Department.
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It’s Time for Lawyers to Loosen Their Grip on the American Economy
As we we peer over the “Fiscal Cliff” and face the upcoming kick-off of Obamacare’s implementation, our already ailing economy is about to get bushwhacked again by these two 800 pound gorillas. One reason we’re here is the incredible influence of trial lawyers in Washington, D.C. and in state capitols across the country. It’s been said that states are laboratories of innovation, and as a | Read More »
What is Marriage?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Ryan Anderson to discuss his new book, “What is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense,” how the President’s evolved opinion of marriage is impacting the debate, and why the role of the state is a critical component in the definition of marriage.
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Are We Living in the Twilight Zone?
At least Esau got a bowl of lentil soup for selling out his birthright. What will Republicans get? It’s amazing how events in politics seem to repeat themselves more often than Charlie Brown and the football. It seems like it was yesterday that we were advocating against Boehner’s trial balloon vote to raise the debt ceiling at the end of July. Back in 2011, it | Read More »
An old joke, long attributed to Winston Churchill goes like this. Churchill asked a famous British socialite, “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” “My goodness, Mr. Churchill. Well, I suppose we would have to discuss terms, of course,” the socialite replied. Churchill then asked, “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” at which the socialite angrily responded, “Mr. Churchill, what | Read More »
In Marx’s Crosshairs: The Left-Wing Nation Targets WalMart, Tries To Tie Retailer To Mass Murders
While The Nation uses WalMart as its anti-gun piñata in both articles—even invoking the Aurora, Colorado theater movie shooting—it does not explicitly claim that any mass murderers actually obtained their guns from WalMart. Rather, The Nation’s writers merely imply that the retailer is responsible for the deaths committed by mass murderers.
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Fiscal Cliffs and Cocoa Puffs
In the old days, economic crises were organic events that reflected popular greed, economic instability and tangible fear. Speculative bubbles burst, bank depositors panicked and stock markets (and stockbrokers) plunged. No more. We have grown too sophisticated for all that.
Our economy has reached a degree of complexity that its crises must be planned, packaged and marketed just like Cocoa Puffs.
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Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?
The Washington Post‘s editorial board is the latest group to jump on the God, please, not Chuck Hagel bandwagon: FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. | Read More »
With Apologies to Governor Haley, Congressman Scott, and the South Carolina Press
This morning I made a dumb and careless mistake. Yesterday, at 11:20 a.m., about 40 minutes before the official announcement, Governor Haley and Congressmen Scott called me to give me an advanced notice of the announcement and let me ask questions. We chatted, according to my iPhone, for 8 minutes. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know two things — since | Read More »
Republicans Must Retreat, Not Surrender, on the Fiscal Cliff
It’s time for John Boehner and the House and Senate Republicans now engaged in the fiscal cliff negotiations to learn a lesson from George Washington: when faced with fighting a losing battle, the wisest course is to retreat rather than surrender. Washington’s Retreats George Washington didn’t get to be the Father of His Country by leading his often outnumbered and outgunned troops on suicide missions. | Read More »