The Hidden Tax of the Regulatory State

    Many of us in the Tea Party have focused intensely on the cost of big government to the federal budget.  Undoubtedly, this cost will be born directly by future taxpayers in the form of more taxes, higher interest payments on debt, and less economic growth.  While we must continue hammering home this point, we must also understand that many Americans still fail to connect the | Read More »

    Trash Talk #cruztovictory

    The media, Democrats, and senile Republicans are all after Senator Ted Cruz.This is a must watch video reminding you why and to what extend the media, Democrats, and John McCain are after the junior senator from Texas.

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    Tech at Night: Reject IRFA because it’s a price control bill. Cybersecurity roundup.

    Tech at Night

    IRFA is a bill seemingly written by Pandora to stick it to copyright holders and pad their bottom line.

    Other Internet radio firms are doing fine. Spotify’s growing. Apple is reportedly in negotiations with copyright holders to create their own service. Pandora is probably feeling the competitive pinch since Spotify came over from Europe, and instead of competing and innovating, wants the government to pull a Net Neutrality and shift some rents their way.

    Why do we want to impose price controls? Look, if you came to me and said here’s a bill to deregulate the whole thing, I’d be all for that. But IRFA doesn’t deregulate. It tightens regulations. It picks winners and losers.

    This is the same old stuff we’ve been seeing from Washington since January 20, 2009. Washington has been tilting the playing field for all those hipster-filled online firms that love Obama, and worked to re-elect Obama, and now they’re trying to wrap a free market flag around it and get us to sign on.

    Didn’t we settle the price controls debate decades ago? Reject IRFA, Republicans. Thanks.

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    Working Hard Or Hardly Working? A union boss lives down to the union fat cat stereotype

    Union Boss Sleeping On The Job

    Given the well-established stereotype of union fat cats, it is little wonder that New York union boss Mark Rosenthal cause a minor stir earlier this week behaving like a very well fed union fat cat–eating and napping on the job.

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    The IRS, Obamacare, and other pains in Barack Obama’s tuchis.

    There’s something that I am quite happy to point out about the Obamacare jam (H/T: Hot Air) that Democrats are finding themselves in right now… Conservative groups are preparing to use the deepening public distrust of the Internal Revenue Service to discredit the Affordable Care Act, and the Democrats who support it, in the 2014 election cycle. Now that the IRS has admitted to unfairly | Read More »

    Internet Radio: Will Congress level the playing field?

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    Ever heard of Pandora?  A question you could be asking in the future when American’s largest Internet radio service no longer exists.  A strange idea in an era where the power of the internet has transformed the way we do business and our everyday lives. In a nutshell, Pandora is a free online radio service that allows subscribers to personalize their own “station” by artist, genre or other musical preference. Pandora then creates a playlist of songs in that stripe, perhaps exposing the user to artists who don’t normally get play on traditional AM/FM stations.

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    Obama’s NLRB Nominees Get Support From The Usual Suspects…And A Few Unlikely Ones Too

    The Obama Administration, Senate Democrats and their union handlers must be concerned about the Supreme Court’s hearing the issue of Obama’s “recess” appointments at the National Labor Relations Board.

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    Frankly, based on the amount of disingenuous hyperbole being generated by left-wing union bosses and their cohorts, it appears Obama & Co. may have a loser on their hands after a second appeals court struck down Obama’s “recess” appointments at the NLRB.

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    The penumbra of power

    A few weeks ago, Apple executives were called on the Congressional carpet for… well, it’s not really clear, actually.  Congress was very angry at them for failing to haul international profits back to the United States so they could be taxed at confiscatory anti-growth American rates.  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) countered by pointing out that everyone tries to legally minimize their tax liability.  Accountants who failed to | Read More »

    Support @SenTedCruz #cruztovictory

    Support @SenTedCruz #cruztovictory

    Tonight in New York, Senator Ted Cruz will participate in an event.While he is there, the radical left has organized a protest against him over his support of the second amendment.One of the things the left will do is from 5:30pm to 7pm ET today, Wednesday, May 29th, they will tweet Senator Cruz’s twitter account @SenTedCruz and also post on his Facebook page. They will | Read More »

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    McAuliffe’s stalled electric car company salary raises funding scheme questions

    At this point the failures and false promises of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s electric car company, GreenTech, have been well documented.

    For those who need a refresher, Clinton fundraiser and party insider McAuliffe re-christened himself a ‘Virginia businessman’ in his second quest for the Old Dominion governorship and touted several supposed job-creating ventures on the campaign trail, one being a wood pellet firm that has yet to become operational, and another was GreenTech Automotive, which he pledged would create thousands of jobs.

    First, it was revealed that those promised jobs were to be created in Mississippi, not Virginia. Then, McAuliffe was caught fibbing about why the company chose to locate outside the state, claiming Virginia authorities had rejected their application before it was made clear that GreenTech had never completed its application materials. Then the revelation that Virginia officials were concerned that the company was “a visa-for-sale scheme” given its lack of a credible business plan and utilization of the EB-5 funding mechanism, which hands out U.S. visas to foreign investors (more on this later).

    Eventually, it came out that McAuliffe had resigned from GreenTech in December 2012 despite continuing to use his role with the company as a key talking point as he campaigned around Virginia.

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    Ted Cruz Takes Center Stage, Media Increases Attacks

    Ted Cruz Takes Center Stage, Media Increases Attacks

    With news Wednesday morning that Michelle Bachmann won’t be running for re-election in 2014, the left has turned their sights quickly to another target: Ted Cruz.  Not that they weren’t already focused on him.  The left has been foaming at the mouth over Cruz since he boldly stepped on the scene and refused to play by their crooked rules.  Bachmann’s exit, however, has introduced a | Read More »

    How Can Conservatism Appeal to Young Voters?

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Liz Wheeler to discuss her new book Young, Conservative, and Why it’s Smart to be like Us, how conservative politicians can appeal to young voters, and what we need to do to reform the party.

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    Democrats Understand the Politics of Amnesty, Republicans Don’t

    There’s nothing more amusing in politics than watching Democrats feign concern for the political future of the Republican Party, as they attempt to cajole Republicans into self-immolation.  The issue of amnesty is the latest and greatest example of this spectacle. Behind all that bravado and push-polling perpetrated by liberal special interest groups, Democrats are apprehensive about their immigration deform/voter registration drive.  They know that all | Read More »

    Go Big or Go Home

    In 1960, Barry Goldwater published The Conscience of a Conservative. In it, he noted Conservatism is not an economic theory, though it has economic implications. The shoe is precisely on the other foot: it is Socialism that subordinates all other considerations to man’s material well-being. It is Conservatism that puts material things in their proper place — that has a structured view of the human | Read More »

    Oh, noes: Barack Obama planning another charm offensive on #obamacare.

    Guess the GOP’s doomed, then. President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that’s not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive campaign this summer that will cover all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. And the president’s legacy may hinge on whether it succeeds or fails. The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has been through more | Read More »