John Kasich’s Billion-Dollar Medicaid Expansion Bluff
Governor John Kasich has wagered he can pressure the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly into expanding Medicaid by telling legislators they cannot stop billions in federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) spending. With the complicity of Ohio’s media, he may be right. The governor, a Republican with a reputation for fiscal conservatism, insists Medicaid expansion would keep “Ohio’s tax dollars” in the state instead | Read More »
On Conservatives And Culture
Well over a year ago while filling in for Glenn Beck I said this on conservatives and culture: Here’s a lesson for conservative artists, too: as Dez Dickerson told me (he played guitar for Prince), be judged on the merit of your work, not because of your ideology. Make your art beyond reproach. Going out and buying crappy art from someone just because they are | Read More »
Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood’s Support for Infanticide
For almost as long as there have been two parties, there have been accusations of mainstream media bias. Conservatives know it’s real. Liberals insist it’s imagined. Bias is evident not only in how events are covered but also in what is covered—and more importantly what is not covered. Consider two events from last week. First, in North Dakota the governor signed into law bills that | Read More »
Steve Penley Paintings on T-Shirts
es I’m putting this on the front page.And yes, I’m putting this as a featured story.I get requests all the time for information on Steve Penley’s paintings. I have two of them myself. Steve is a dear friend and each year at the RedState Gathering we’ve used his paintings as backdrops for the event.They are gorgeous. You’ve probably also seen them on TV and, in | Read More »
Colorado’s Citizens Provide $10 Million in Funds to Planned Parenthood Between 2009-2012
The Colorado Constitution clearly states that public funding of abortion is forbidden, but four separate Colorado state departments are listed as financially supporting the most public advocate for abortion in the state. Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has received $10 million from the state between fiscal years 2009 and 2012. Upon request, state department receipts documenting the payments have been released to Media Trackers Colorado. | Read More »
Obama wants to try that whole “subprime mortgage” thing again
To combine a few old chestnuts into one grand expression of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot amazement: those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it, first as tragedy, then as farce. The Washington Post brings word that President Obama wants another crack at the same policies that nearly crashed the financial system of the Earth in 2008, not coincidentally fueling his own rise to power: | Read More »
Some insurers may extend existing policies until after 2014 elections.
Well, we had to pass the bill before w… oh, never bloody mind. At issue is a little-known loophole in President Obama’s landmark legislation that enables health insurers to extend existing policies for nearly all of 2014. This runs contrary to the widespread belief that all health insurance must immediately comply with new federal rules starting Jan. 1, when most provisions of the law take | Read More »
The $20 Trillion Welfare Question
Drudge has linked to several articles this morning reporting on the record number of people below the poverty line in the country. The latest numbers from the Census Bureau show that 50 million people, including 20% of children in the country, are living below the poverty line. The poverty rate is at its highest levels since the ‘60s. The amazing thing about all these articles | Read More »
Worshiping the State
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by by Benjamin Wiker to discuss his new book, a historical look at the de-Christianization of Western civilization and the left’s efforts to erect the Church of the State.
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It’s Time to Face Reality on the Keystone Pipeline
Four and a half years. Approval by 10 federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. Study upon study demonstrating the economic and energy independence benefits to our nation. Bi-partisan support. And yet, despite the campaign promises of the President, a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline continues to sit, and the only thing seemingly preventing a commitment is a desire to placate environmentalists who care | Read More »
Maybe we should all leave this book alone… On the bookshelves.
Last month, a ruckus kicked off when Roger Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth Ailes, hinted in a tweet that New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, author of a forthcoming unauthorized book about her husband and Fox News, had been bothering her and had previously been asked to leave her alone, apparently to no avail. @gabrielsherman is following me? He’s been asked before to leave me alone but he | Read More »
SC-01 Special Election Primary Runoff (GOP) Open Thread.
Mark Sanford vs. Curtis Bostic. Polls closed at 7 PM: will put up links to results when I find them. [UPDATE: Politico's results here.] [FURTHER UPDATE: Looks like it's Mark Sanford.]
The ObamaCare tax credit trap
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged us to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it. Here’s the latest grisly surprise, courtesy of the Associated Press: Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don’t accurately project their income. President Barack Obama’s new health care law will offer | Read More »
The Power of Disability
I spent the last eight days or so sick with the flu bug from Hell. I had a slightly better Good Friday than my savior; didn’t do as well on Easter. On the bright side of life, I did manage to lose 8 pounds without a single visit to the dreaded squat rack. But the whole thing had me asking some very fundamental questions… Why | Read More »
Medicaid Expansion Would “Save” Ohio Money by Increasing State, Federal Spending
Governor John Kasich and other supporters of expanding Medicaid in Ohio make a strange economic case for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion, portraying millions in new state spending as responsible because it would be offset by billions in new federal spending. The left-leaning Urban Institute, in estimates the Kaiser Family Foundation released last November, projected that Ohio’s adoption of the PPACA | Read More »