The Chamber’s Uncanny Ultimatum
Tom Donohue, President of the Chamber of Commerce, made news yesterday when he said that if Republicans fail to pass amnesty they shouldn’t even bother fielding a presidential candidate. The media is reporting Donohue’s statement as an ultimatum to the GOP – pass amnesty or lose our support. However, there is one slight problem that has been overlooked by the media. The Chamber has been | Read More »
Hunter Biden Joins the Ukraine Gas Conglomerate’s Board
If you go there now you may get a 404 error like I just did. But if you go to the Google cache you’ll find that while Vice President Biden was visiting Ukraine, the country decided to put Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma. According to the press release of Ukraine’s largest gas provider, R. Hunter Biden will be in charge of the Holdings’ | Read More »
Former CIA acting Director Michael Morell *wants* Benghazi panel.
Michael Morell sounds like a guy who thinks that he can walk into House hearings on Benghazi and walk back out again with his scalp intact.
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Josh Zerkle on the 2014 NFL Draft
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Josh Zerkle to discuss last weekend’s NFL Draft, why Johnny Football may have a tough time on Sundays and what the drafting of the first openly gay player means for the NFL.
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Obama Administration actions decrease opportunity to get ahead
A recent National Journal/Heartland Monitor poll finds that Americans don’t believe that Obama’s administration is able to make a positive difference in their lives. By a margin of 46 percent to 25 percent, respondents say the actions of the Obama administration “decrease opportunity” for people to get ahead. On a number of key issues Obama claims to focus on, respondents said America is on the | Read More »
Tags: 2014 election
, Barack Obama
, Big Government
, Daniel Garza
, National Journal/Heartland Monitor poll
, The Libre Initiative
Idols of Our Destruction
People, regardless of demographic, are into idols. We have cults of personality, standards by which we judge all comers, issues (not principles) on which we will not compromise, and the ideal of the nation itself. Not all are idols, but all can be idols. In political seasons, we make idols of our candidates — they are flawless, pure, and indestructible. That is until they are | Read More »
Tech at Night: Is the left-on-left fight over Net Neutrality a smoke screen?
When new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans for a new Net Neutrality order, I wasn’t surprised. Despite having lost in court twice, first in Comcast v FCC and then in Verizon v FCC, the radicals weren’t going to give up on this. They were going to try a third time. And we knew he was a radical once he hired Gigi Sohn.
Some are trying to make it sound like a minor technical point, but the radicals want to take over the Internet. They’re following the Obamacare playbook with an end goal of Single Payer Internet. Wheeler put in one minor concession to reality in the form of ‘fast lanes’ being expressly allowed. Paying for what we use, and paying for even better access are good things of course, which is why we’re seeing Netflix moving to tiered pricing to charge HD users more for the bandwidth they’re taking up.
So now Wheeler is in a fight with the radicals that may or may not be real. Remember last time the radicals insisted nothing short of Title II Classification (a dramatic step that literally would regulate Internet the same as phones), when guess what? Even Title II allows fast lanes.
So it’s all just a smokescreen. They want all the government they can get.
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, Brendan Eich
, Incentive Auctions
, Net Neutrality
, Tech at Night
, Tom Wheeler
The Great Divide
When Christy Lemire reviewed Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomanic Vol. 1″ she described it as “unexpected and so refreshing, especially given its subject matter.” Her review of “Moms’ Night Out” begins with “Depressingly regressive and borderline dangerous, “Moms’ Night Out” peddles archaic notions of gender roles in the name of wacky laughs.” A comedy about mothers going out together “peddles archaic notions of gender roles.” I | Read More »
Piketty, the Zeitgeist of Death and the Leftist Ethic of Resentfulness.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. Zeitgeist has a power beyond the realm of policy. This would have been the appropriate response* to Josef Stalin’s query regarding how many divisions the Pope had in his army. What | Read More »
, Grima Wormtongue
, Letist Ethic of Resentfulness
, Mouth of Sauron
, Politics of Envy
, Tenth Commandment
, You Didn't Build That
Pennsylvania Union Bosses Not Registered to Lobby
Leaders of Pennsylvania’s public employee unions regularly lobby state legislative leaders, despite the fact none of them are registered to do so.
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Tags: AFSCME Council 13
, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 13
, David Fillman
, Department of Labor
, Dominic Pileggi
, Frank Dermody
, Frank Snyder
, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO
, Rick Bloomingdale
, UFCW 1776
, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776
, Wendell W. Young IV
Pat Roberts: Virginia’s Third Senator
Senator Pat Roberts sincerely wants to transform perception into reality. After serving in Washington as a status quo, big-government Republican in some capacity for 47 years, Roberts has made a U-turn this year. He is being challenged by Milton Wolf, a man I am proud to support, and has completely changed his voting record. He has taken the “Hatch Effect” to a new level. Hence, | Read More »
#Benghazi vs. Benghazi vs. Paul Rosenberg vs. Reality
Caution, this entire post is full of liberal projection, but the point that really sticks with me is the insistence by Paul Rosenberg that Benghazi is in no way exceptional and that Bush and Reagan both lost more people and suffered more embassy attacks. All the while, he never bothers to mention the very large difference between the attacks under Reagan and Bush… Wait, let | Read More »
WSJ looks for good news on rising Obamacare premiums, fails to really find any.
Watch the spin! In the first look at how insurers plan to adjust prices in the second year under the federal health-care law, filings from Virginia carriers show they are opting for premium increases in 2015 that will pinch consumers’ pocketbooks but fall short of some bigger rate predictions. The new premium proposals, detailed in official filings to the state’s insurance regulator, show health plans | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ VA Tea Party Rocks Cantor’s World
In one more clear signal that the Tea Party is not dead, on Saturday, Tea Party activists ousted a top ally of Eric Cantor’s from a key Virginia chairmanship in Cantor’s own district: Conservatives mobilized against Linwood Cobb – the powerful, incumbent 7th district GOP Chair who was working with Cantor’s top establishment consultants and political action committees to take power away from grassroots delegates | Read More »
ObamaCare’s wasted millions
Politico tallies up the financial damage from four failed ObamaCare state exchanges, coming up with $474 million in taxpayer money for nothing: Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and | Read More »