Happy Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Day!
Reposted from 2012
One hundred sixty four years ago, on this date in the year 1848, in the conquered and occupied Federal District of Mexico, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed by representatives of US President James Polk and interim Mexican President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, ending the war between the two countries.
By every possible measure, the war ended as a decisive victory for the United States and a humiliating defeat for Mexico. As a result of the treaty, Mexico ceded all rights to territory north of the Rio Grande and the Gila River, including all of California, Nevada, Utah, and Texas, parts of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Oklahoma, as well as the parts of Arizona and New Mexico not later bought in the Gadsden Purchase. From Mexico’s perspective, a perspective that recognized neither the revolutions in Texas and California nor the Annexation of Texas, the country lost over half of its prewar territory.
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#Obamacare refuses to pay for sick kids’ care in Seattle, Washington. Like it does.
Back when Obamacare was all shiny and new, I was in the habit of calling it ‘health care rationing.’ I did this because I knew that you can’t have ‘less people uninsured’ AND ‘lower prices’ AND ‘improved services’ – and I assumed that the government would choose the first two and let the third go away on the wind. I got out of the habit | Read More »
Tech at Night: Note how the SIGINT outrage is only against the US and allies. FCC reform.
How do we know that the NSA stuff is being driven by anti-Americanism? So much outrage about NSA and American allies, but so little about Russia, China, and American rivals. Heck, I’m not even seeing a peep about a Chicom firm Lenovo buying Google Motorola.
Now here’s a major reform idea I could get behind: merging FCC and FTC. By removing one entity, we reduce the added burden on business when two different regulators come after them for the same stuff. Getting rid of DoJ’s antitrust division would help, too. Because now even SEC is grabbing new tech powers.
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Obama Spills the Beans on the Citizenship Fig Leaf
Based on the statements from most House GOP leaders, it appears that the major fig leaf in the latest push for open borders will be “legalization without citizenship.” Let’s put aside for a moment the fact that the Dream Act will directly or indirectly grant citizenship and bring in millions of illegal immigrants without any other amnesty legislation. The broad notion of a permanent or | Read More »
DCCC Resorts to Desperate Contradictory Memos About Lobbyists and Party-Switchers
If you actually read through some of the paper that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting out, you’ll start to get the impression that the Democrats have stopped trying to take back the House this year. Or at least they’ve got some management problems, because they’ve clearly let go of whatever copy editor was responsible for making sure the DCCC doesn’t blatantly contradict itself | Read More »
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The GOP Pulls Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory Because They Can
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As incredible as it may seem, the GOP has elected to fight the 2014 elections by innoculating the Democrats on Obamacare and pushing immigration reform. This is not Machiavellian this is abject stoogery.
Live from New York, a Super Bowl Preview with Josh Zerkle
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Josh Zerkle to discuss Sunday’s Super Bowl in New York, the key match-ups to watch, and which team will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
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The Speaker Reaps What the Speaker Sows
Less than twelve hours into the Republican retreat and the leaks and attacks came fast and furious. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan intend to push immigration through the United States House of Representatives. The bulk of the House Republicans thus far seem opposed, but Boehner and his lieutenants intend to find a path forward. They will start bid and grandiose and | Read More »
Whither or Wither The House Democrats?
A subtle change has occurred in The House of Representatives. Some Democrats and some Republicans have decided to back away from the pork barrel one last final time. This happens every two years and usually doesn’t inspire much in the way of notice. Yet to see which Democrats have decided or may be deciding to call it a career is to finally have some hope | Read More »
My Rant about Atlanta’s SnowJam 2014
Here’s my rant about the Atlanta SnowJam 2014. It’s probably different than what you’re expecting. I’m not mad at the mayor or the governor or the weather forecasters. I’m tired of listening to the media’s incessant questions about who is to blame and why we were not more prepared. I’d love to go back in time and put one of those reporters in charge, without | Read More »
Boehner Releases Immigration Deform Proposal
Drum roll…..the long awaited GOP principles on illegal immigration were presented today to the House GOP Conference at their annual [aptly-named] retreat. Sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing new under the sun. Their framework is a mirror image of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill, albeit cloaked in even more deceptive and disingenuous language in order to distract conservatives with shiny objects. Let’s | Read More »
Explained: The Media’s Light Touch Toward Barack Obama
I think I now have the prevailing and ultimate theory regarding the media’s light touch toward Barack Obama. Yes, to be sure, they are liberals and Democrats. I’ve long documented how often “objective” reporters for the Washington Press Corp came over from liberal organizations and now feign objectivity. But with the revelation that Mark Murray is married to the FAA Chief of Staff, we need | Read More »
Mark Udall, Among Other Incumbent Democrats, Wants To Distance Himself From Obama. And I Can’t Blame Him
As I am sure most of you know by now, Mark Udall jumped through hoops, ducked, dived, and down right evaded questions from CNN’s Dana Bash on whether he would want President Obama to campaign with him in Colorado for the 2014 midterm elections. I must admit, Udall was masterful in his ability to not answer a simple yes or no question. Admittedly this is | Read More »
The Behemoth Farm Bill and Its Many Failures
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Daren Bakst to discuss the farm bill before Congress, why the food stamp program should be separated, and how to build a better farm bill.
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