Are We Close to a Fiscal Cliff Deal?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Conn Carroll to discuss the latest proposal in the never-ending Fiscal Cliff negotiations, whether Republicans would except a tax hike as part of a deal and if Boehner may lose his speakership.Read More »
The Democrats’ Tax Mendacity
One of the biggest ironies lost in the tax debate is that the very same Democrats who worked assiduously to block the Bush tax cuts have now embraced 98% of the cuts. In fact, they are running around the country propping up working class Americans as examples of the calamity that is set to befall the middle class if the tax cuts expire. Amazingly, if | Read More »
What is the Proper “Fair Share”?
Here’s a true story to ponder. A gentleman, one of my clients, recently sold his entire business that he founded. Having worked at it and worked hard for it his entire life (he is in his late 70′s), the company sold for around $600 million dollars. This is a classic example of the American Dream. From the sale of the company, his cut was around | Read More »
Welcome to the Senate, Mr. Scott
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina leaves the Senate on December 31st. Replacing him will be Congressman Tim Scott. Yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley made the announcement that she would choose Congressman Scott for the replacement.Governor Haley and the future Senator called me Friday Monday* morning before the announcement was made. Governor Haley emphasized that Senator Scott would be as independent as Senator DeMint. In fact, | Read More »
Tech at Night: The ITU treaty is a failure of Obama to lead internationally
Hello again. Having been traveling from Wednesday to Friday for my employer, I did my best to get this out Friday night, but I crashed about a third of the way into my backlog of links. Then over the weekend my email server died. So, we catch up with Tech at Night on Monday!
We’ll start with the International Telecommunications Union. Reports came out that ITU anti-liberty proposals were backing off, but the effort is going in the wrong direction. A big chunk of the Anglosphere is against it, including the Obama administration.
The President is getting credit for this position from industry and House Republicans, but consider this: if the ITU’s secretary general didn’t see the Obama opposition coming then just how muted were Obama’s efforts to fix the treaty to begin with? This is a failure of the President to lead internationally.Read More »
RIP, Senator Daniel Inouye (1924-2012).
This is very sad news: “Democrat Daniel Inouye, the U.S. Senate’s most senior member and a Medal of Honor recipient for his bravery during World War II, has died. He was 88.” …yes, the Medal of Honor thing wasn’t ever really brought up, much. Here’s the citation: Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the | Read More »
Take Action Now: White House, State Dept. Silent As Mexican Jailers Chain U.S. Marine To Bed For Months
Please help push the Obama Administration into acting to press Mexican authorities for the release of Jon Hammar. This soldier needs to come home. Our servicemen and women deserve better than this.Read More »
Question One in Our National Conversation: Why Did Gun Control Fail the Families of Newtown
Because gun control advocates want to change the law, the burden of proof lies on them; so here is the first question they must answer: Why didn’t restrictive gun control laws save the victims of Newtown?Read More »
I Don’t Like Mondays – How A Failed Society Produces Mass Shootings
People want there to be a reason for everything. People should have a logical reason for any significant thing they do. Life should make sense. Humans so strongly feel the desire for ratiocination to triumph over chaos and that Charles Williams once remarked that “Hell is (the) indefinite.” No matter how bad a tragedy occurs, we try to find a reason or a purpose behind it.
It is only when we give up trying to figure it out that we call it senseless or lapse into evil satire as Bob Geldof famously did when he heard of the Cleveland Elementary School shooting spree in 1979. So we look for a reason for the seemingly inexplicable things such as Adam Lanza’s shooting spree in A Connecticut Elementary School.Read More »
Obama’s ‘Disaster’ Aid Package
Democrats live by the dictum “never let a good crisis go to waste.” What better way to insert their campaign wish list into a Hurricane Sandy disaster aid bill? To that end, Obama has submitted a $60.4 billion dollar aid request for recovery of damage from Hurricane Sandy. His proposal is chock full of items from his campaign wish list, and will be considered before | Read More »
There Is No Easy Answer to Prevent Another Sandy Hook Style Tragedy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the terrible tragedy in Connecticut on Friday, why the media’s portrayal of mass murders is inaccurate and why there is no easy policy solution to prevent these kinds of tragedies.Read More »
Deficit Reduction: Forget the 1%, Government Workers Enjoy Much Better Pay At Your Expense*
While America is more than $16 trillion in debt, we also have nearly $122 trillion in unfunded liabilities, which no one seems to be focusing on. Right now, every American taxpayer is liable for more than $1 million in unfunded liabilities.Read More »
Boehner Can’t Give Away the House Fast Enough
What is worse than striking out? Grounding into a double play. Not only is Boehner prepared to raise taxes – both through capping deductions and increasing marginal rates – he is now prepared to preemptively surrender our last point of leverage in one fell swoop. The media is now reporting that Boehner offered Obama a clean 1-year debt ceiling extension as part of the deal | Read More »
Obama’s NLRB Blasted For Being Biased On Behalf Of Union Bosses
It’s not as though this will come as a shock to most readers, however, it’s just been officially revealed that Barack Obama’s union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board are biased toward unions.Read More »