The score: Trader Joe’s 0, Portland Community Organizers -1.
I saw this yesterday, but forgot to write something about it until Glenn Reynolds reminded me. Short version: Trader Joe’s wanted to put up a store on some vacant lots in Northeast Portland. The people who lived there were largely happy about this; the Portland African-American Leadership Forum (whose membership apparently mostly does not live there) was not. The PAALF hassled Trader Joe’s about this | Read More »
The @NYTimes Touts 2.5 Million Full Time Job Losses as a Win
This morning I caught an editorial from the New York Times which just blew my mind. In light of the news that the CBO has identified 2.5 million full time jobs that will go away as a result of Obamacare, the paper of record let everyone know that this is working as intended. The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act | Read More »
And We’re Doing Immigration Reform?
Dana Milbank is a liberal columnist at the Washington Post who has enraged liberals overnight. Why? This column. It concludes, “Obamacare has been undermined by the very entity they had used to validate it.” As I noted on twitter yesterday, during the 2009-2010 fight over Obamacare, the left told Republicans, “Live by the CBO, die by the CBO.” The GOP had been convinced the CBO | Read More »
McConnell Auditions for Job as Cable News Commentator
At present, we are getting rolled in Washington. Democrats have pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals. Instead of an equal and opposing force in the opposite direction, Republicans have….. pushed an omnibus bill, a disastrous farm bill, endless debt ceiling increases, and amnesty for illegals. There is a serious lack of leadership and vision within | Read More »
Open Thread: Coke Is It
After a SuperBowl that was any thing but, I can understand how many would be in a bad mood. That said, I really don’t think it fair to take out those frustrations on one of the quintessential American brands. If you don’t know what I am talking about, I envy you. During the SuperBowl Coca-Cola aired a commercial, which you can view below, that had | Read More »
How to resist
It didn’t occur to me, when writing of my reasons for skepticism of Big Government, that it would end up with something of a cliffhanger ending, or maybe an implied final sentence reading “… and that’s why we’re doomed.” But I can see why the beast I described sounds formidable. We’re generations past the point where it could have been reformed by a few visionaries, | Read More »
ObamaCare Will Cost America More Than Two Million Jobs
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued a report this morning that finds ObamaCare will cost America roughly 2.5 million jobs through 2024. According to the Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta, the “rolling impact of the law will lead to 2 million fewer workers in 2017, 2.3 million in 2021 and 2.5 million through 2024.” That will represent a 1.5% to 2.0% reduction in the numbers of hours worked. At | Read More »
Majority Believe Obama Policies Will Fail
A new CNN/ORC poll released Monday, found that a majority of Americans — 56 percent, now think Obama’s policies are likely to fail in coming years. According to the new CNN poll, only 37 percent think Obama’s policies will succeed will succeed. The finding is a reversal from a year ago when CNN polling found 54 percent that President Obama’s policies would succeed, while 39 percent | Read More »
Phil Gramm: A Statesman Comes Full Circle
Washington is full of politicians who have forged long careers in Congress either lying to their constituents or offering lousy policy advice – over and over again. Given that most of the politicians serve until they are carried out of the Capitol in a coffin, they often live to see the disaster from their own policies, and unfortunately, are in a position to exacerbate those | Read More »
A GOP Answer to Obamacare: Market-Oriented Healthcare Reforms
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Dr. Merrill Matthews to discuss his 10 point plan for market-oriented healthcare reform, how changes like this can help the average American and policy proposals in DC that incorporate some of these reforms.
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Rob Andrews (D, New Jersey-01) cuts and runs. While still under an House Ethics investigation.
Gee. I wonder why. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., will resign from Congress this month to take a job with a Philadelphia Law Firm, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Andrews, a Pelosi ally, is scheduled to host an 11:30 a.m. press conference in his southern New Jersey district, the newspaper also reported. The 12-term Democrat is currently under investigation by the House | Read More »
In Kentucky, Matt Bevin Polls Better Than Mitch McConnell Against the Democrat
Here’s a fact — Mitch McConnell polls badly in Kentucky. He has been in Washington since 1985. Kentuckians, like everybody else, are tired of Washington. So Kentucky has tired of Mitch McConnell. In fact, there may be no incumbent Republican Senator more vulnerable this year than Mitch McConnell. He stays in the race because of pride. Any other Republican with his polling would be shown | Read More »
Tech at Night: Barack Obama admits the truth about Net Neutrality. Roy Blunt joins with Democrat Blame The Victim Hysteria.
Barack Obama admitted what we’ve been saying all along: Net Neutrality was an attempt to regulate the Internet. Told you so.
More FCC: Data use continues to go up, and it probably makes sense to remove barriers to investment on expanding our wireless capacity in this country. We still need spectrum, but the build out matters after that spectrum is acquired, as well.
Of course, instead of being sensible the radicals just want to spend more money stupidly.
All this is perfectly good reason to want to gut the FCC by reforming the Communications Act, but again, I just don’t trust the current legislative process to succeed at this in one big bill. When was the last time we had one big bill that worked well? Not in many years. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I’m not optimistic.
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Who Will Protect Us From Those Who Would Protect Us? CFPB Spending Money Like It’s Going Out Of Style.
Four and a half years after the 2008 financial crisis, there’s still a lot of talk in policy circles about what to do about banks, bailouts, bad lending practices, booming consumer debt, foreclosures and on and on. Getting into the weeds on most of this stuff requires an expert and sometimes a sherpa to guide you through the nitty gritty details, but in general we | Read More »
Please watch Ben Howe’s “Bankrupt” documentary. #detroit
Here. Clear forty minutes out of your schedule and watch it. It is about Detroit, and how it went down the tubes, and it will tell you things about how it went down the tubes that you probably have not actually heard told before. There’s a bit in the middle about the way that the city eminent-domained Poletown for pretty much no good reason* that | Read More »