The Forgotten Bailout
When it comes to setting public policy fires, Democrats get away with serial arson. A maladroit opposition party and a complaisant media ensure that the public will never pin the tail of blame on the donkey. Nowhere is this more evident than with interventionist housing policy. Decade’s worth of government intervention in the housing market almost single-handedly took down the economy. Bill Clinton’s National Homeownership | Read More »
I Think Sometimes We are Truly a Stupid Movement
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, of gratefulness and rejoicing, I’m not going to rant too much, or insult people’s intelligence, or insinuate that some people’s entire political existence is a complete waste of time and money. Nor will I question many of the conservative donors’ political acumen and how they invest hundreds of millions in pointless efforts. I will even restrain myself from completely insulting | Read More »
On the GOP Establishment And Primaries
Friends, I thought I would share this OpEd I wrote for the Kansas City Star, the home paper of incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman and Kansas Senator Jerry Moran. Read it, and tell me your thoughts in the comments. How the GOP can avoid the next Todd Akin By Chris Chocola November 21st, 2012 http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/how-gop-can-avoid-next-todd-akin/ As Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran takes the reins of | Read More »
Tags: Chris Chocola
, Christine O'Donnell
, Club for Growth
, GOP Establishment
, Jim DeMint
, Marco Rubio
, Mike Lee
, pat toomey
, Rand Paul
, Ron Johnson
, Ted Cruz
, Todd Akin
, Tom Coburn
Let Them Eat Cake: As Hostess Workers Get Hurt, Bakery Union Bosses (& Their Kids) Do Well
Eighteen thousand Americans are now without jobs to put bread on their tables (pun intended). Yet, Frank Hurt will not be hurt in the least by the strike he led his members into taking, or the resulting unemployment of both his members, as well as other Hostess employees.
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Tags: Bakery Confectionery & Tobacco Workers
, Hostess Bankruptcy
, union bosses
, union hypocrisy
, Union Hypocrites
, union strike
Tech at Night: Copyright, copyright, copyright. Where the real money is made in the Constitution.
I said earlier this week that I wouldn’t comment on the RSC’s pulling of the copyright paper until I studied it. Well, I studied it, and they were wrong to pull it. Of course, for saying that, I’m being called some radical opposing the free market.
Meanwhile I’m getting called an ignorant tool of the big media companies because I oppose further market meddling in the form of IRFA.
It’s rare that a bill rises in awareness quickly but then dies hard. But by the time I’d even heard about the new Patrick Leahy power grab, this time spying on emails allegedly, he’s already given up on it. Score one for small government, at least.
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, Internet Sales Tax
, Jeff Bezos
, New York Times
, Patrick Leahy
, Sales tax
, Tech at Night
I Believe and Am Thankful
Marco Rubio is getting beaten up by the press for not decisively and convincingly saying he thinks the world is billions of years old. The press gave Barack Obama a pass for largely the same answer. This issue has become the new litmus test in the media for conservative politicians. Believing what was believed to be literally true for a few thousand years is now | Read More »
The End of The Twinkies Saga? Mediation fails to save an American icon and 18,500 jobs
Unless some yet-to-be named conglomerate steps in to buy the bankrupt banker, along with its liabilities–or Barack Obama nationalizes the Twinkie industry–it looks like this is the end for Hostess and 18,500 mostly-union jobs.
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Susan Estrich’s barren complaints about Obama’s future tax hike plans.
If she was a guy, I’d be calling said complaints “impotent.” [snip of all the reasons why Susan Estrich reflexively - and, alas, stereotypically - voted for Barack Obama] I did not vote for Obama because I think I am paying too little in taxes. While I think that it’s adorable that Susan Estrich thinks that Barack Obama cares about why anybody did or did | Read More »
Chemical Safety Board Subpoenas Black Elk Energy re: the West Delta 32 Explosion and Fire
We mourn the loss of life and pray for the missing worker. We wish the injured a speedy recovery. I am dismayed by a new development: U.S. board issues subpoena on offshore platform blast (Reuters) – A U.S. industrial accident investigative board served Black Elk Energy with a subpoena on Monday, seeking information about last week’s offshore Gulf of Mexico oil platform explosion that left | Read More »
Backward To The Future!
Ah, the 1950’s – a quaint decade of peace and prosperity. We compare it the 60’s, and mourn our nation’s lost hygiene, oops I mean innocence. Ok, so maybe that sort of nostalgia is overblown and a wee tad derogatory. Yet Dwight Eisenhower warned us of America turning into Amerika and we just didn’t get it. So Paul Krugman rides again to sell us his typically origami* version of economic events.
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For those of us who thought that John Boehner was weak and flaccid in the face of adversity, we might consider rethinking our estimation of him. The Hill has a very informative article out today detailing all of Boehner’s recent power grabs and scorched-earth maneuvering in order to crush conservative opposition in the House. After locking up the top three leadership spots for himself, Cantor, | Read More »
The RSC should not have pulled the Copyright paper
The Republican Study Committee backed off on copyright reform after publishing what was an important paper on the topic. The excuse is that the paper needed further review, but what I fear is that the paper actually went further than rent-seeking allies of squishy centrist Republicans are willing to go. I have no evidence to sustain this. It’s just my gut feeling. The paper went out, industry groups had to have seen it, given all the attention it got. Over the weekend they complained, and down the paper went on Monday.
I have a copy of the paper, and if we go point by point, it’s hard to find a real reason to oppose it though. So if there is another reason, I’d love to hear it.
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How Big Data Can Save the GOP
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Patrick Ruffini to discuss the GOP’s failures in the technology sphere during this last election, why Obama’s in-house big data brain trust gave him an advantage, and how the GOP can rebound by 2016.
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Um . . . Heck Yeah We Are the Latter
The hand wringing continues about the 2012 loss. This time it has moved to “conservative media.” Included in the Buzzfeed article is this: John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary and a prolific tweeter, rejected the notion that Obama’s reelection represented a failure of the conservative media. But he said that as the GOP tries to widen its tent in the coming months and years, conservative | Read More »
Ronald Reagan and What I Got Wrong
Every person who talks and writes about politics gets stuff wrong. I’ve gotten my fair share wrong. But what I think I got most wrong in Campaign 2012 was the damage Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark would do to him. It may seem obvious, but bear with me. Mitt Romney was talking off the cuff to a supposedly off the record group of donors and muddled | Read More »