Are Illinois politicians beyond redemption?
Political scandals are not exclusive to any one state – but Illinois seems to have perfected it. In fact, if you type “Illinois gov” into Google and the search engine auto-completes with “illinois gov jail.” And for good reason – four of the state’s past seven governors have been sent to the big house, culminating in Governor Rod Blagojevich’s high-profile attempt to sell a departing | Read More »
Sticker Shock: Californians suddenly discover why all the Republican shouting over #Obamacare.
And BOOM goes the dynamite. Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two – oh, and right: Obama supporter. Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year: “I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican | Read More »
Lockmart 1 – Obama 0
You know who is currently winning the Govt. Shutdown? It’s not the Democrats, it’s not the Republicans and it sure isn’t anyone in the Civil Service. Jim Gareghty suggested nobody will win at all. This would persumably be fine with House Speaker John Boehner who has quite vocally announced that “This Isn’t some d— game!” The White House doesn’t see things this way and has announced that they are happy with the shutdown to go on for a long, long time until Congress learns its lesson and obeys. Unfortunately for Team Obama, the enemy always gets a vote. As it has often been when the Democrats demagouge, the enemy is private business. Lockheed Martin Inc is not happy to have this shutdown continue. They’ve elected to match the Obama Furlough with the ongoing waves of Lockmart Furloughs. The 1st 3,000 are being told to go pound sand this Monday.
In response to this piece of news, the government just got a whole lot less shutdown. 350,000 employess who work for The Department of Defense are now WAAAYYY more essential than they (who am I kidding, we) were last Tuesday. In response to the possibility of the Military-Industrial Complex becoming a whole lot less industrial over the coming months of a prolonged shutdown, the management of Shutdown Kabuki Theatre has made the following announcement:
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The Speaker’s office is keeping score of #HarryReidsShutdown.
Every funding bill that the House has passed and that the Senate has refused to even consider – which is to say all of them, except for the one funding the military. Basically, Harry Reid thinks that he can let a few kids with cancer die and still not worry about losing his Senate Majority Leader gig… but even his current caucus might balk at | Read More »
Maryland, #Obamacare, SIS BOOM BAH! 100 signups (100-minus), RAH RAH …HUH?
Thank God I am not stuck relying on the federal government in order to get health insurance. …Maryland has been at the forefront of implementing the Affordable Care Act. It established six policy work groups. It trained more than 5,000 people to help consumers enroll in new health-coverage options. When its online insurance exchange passed a critical test in the summer — one of the | Read More »
Fifty shades of Big Government
Today’s installment of Shutdown Theater includes the Obama Administration trying to rope off the ocean, as charter fishing boat captains and tour guides were informed by the National Park Service shock troops of His Imperial Barricading Majesty that Florida Bay is closed for the duration of the current “budget crisis.” (Disclaimer: no actual “budget,” or anything remotely resembling one, will be involved in its resolution.) Given that | Read More »
Democrats and their Budget Hypocrisy Leading to #DemocratShutdown
Throughout the past week, Democrats leaders have justified their refusal to negotiate with Republicans as a natural response to hostage taking. They claim that the fight over Obamacare is extraneous to the budget, and as such, they should not have to talk to Republicans until they agree to pass a “clean” CR. There are two points they are obfuscating in the context of the budget | Read More »
Quote AND Tweet of the Day, Nobody @BarackObama Knows Has Troubles edition.
First, the quote, from the Wall Street Journal: Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.” Ah, those Ascended Beings and hyper-geometric messaging geniuses over at the White House. But, alas, I cannot beat Jake Tapper’s (apparent) reaction to that line: There's a definition of "winning" being used | Read More »
Obamacare Glitches and the Harry Reid Era
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the why Obamacare glitches are very dangerous, the debt ceiling and CR fight and why we are in the Harry Reid Era in Washington.
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Share Obamacare With Congress
I have written several times my thinking on the Vitter Amendment. Congress will find a way around it. Word now comes that Speaker Boehner, behind the scenes, was trying to find a way to make sure, on the sly, that Congress remains exempt. I think it is important that Congress make sure we know we expect them to suffer through Obamacare with it. To that | Read More »
General Motors 2: The Strengthening of the Strength is Strong & Stuff
Regular Red State readers know how much fun I’ve had covering the auto industry in recent years. From Obama’s push for newer, tougher CAFE standards on a struggling industry to GM’s crony CEO Dan Akerson. From the Chevy Volt’s fits and starts to GM blowing tax dollars on bonuses, marketing schemes, and ideologically-driven “green” projects. I even had the honor of being attacked by Attack Waaaaaaaaaatch probably | Read More »
Next time, Democrats will take your doctor hostage
Every true “independent” voter in the United States should be clamoring for the full and immediate repeal of ObamaCare after watching a few days of Barack Obama’s Shutdown Theater. Do you really think the man who vandalized the World War II Memorial with barricades to make elderly veterans suffer will hesitate a microsecond to use your health care as leverage against you, the next time you defy | Read More »
Tech at Night: California delusions continue. Silk Road shut down in another blow against Tor. (link fixed)
Again, I’m sympathetic to the idea behind the new California ban in ‘revenge porn’, but ultimately this isn’t going to work, and it’s just going to give a false sense of security to the recklessly promiscuous. Just like the ‘eraser button’ for minors California passed, it’s a dangerously ineffective idea.
Big news: even as some people try to build a new distributed secure chat network, the old distributed secure communications network is continuing to fall apart. Tor has not protected Silk Road, whose creator is going to jail. It will be interesting to see if Bitcoin’s price falls as a result of the end of a major Bitcoin hub of illegal activity.
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@BarackObama attacks the right of workers to strike. …Wait, WHAT?
Apparently the labor union movement has been deemed to be nonessential government employees: Obama: If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they'd be fired. Watch live: http://t.co/4DWGiJMVCO — NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) October 3, 2013 “If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they’d be fired.” …Wow. It’s not every day that a Republican | Read More »
Democrats’s Shutdown Is Refusal To Face The American People
We’ve heard stories of Democrats attempting to “shutdown” privately owned historical sites like Mount Vernon and many other privately funded and run parks. They want the shutdown for use as a weapon, to “hurt and rescue” the American people. Case in point: Canyon Voyages Adventure Company. Don Oblak’s Moab, Utah-based Canyon Voyages Adventure Co. depends on the Colorado River, which winds through breathtaking ravines in | Read More »