The Mission Fields
My wife and I spent the better part of last Friday afternoon and evening in the emergency room at a local hospital. Long story, but all is well. While there, only a curtain separated our section of a room from another. Several patients rotated through on the other side of the curtain. The first was a young man with terrible ear pain. A nurse came | Read More »
Wedge Issues and the Rape Exception
Winning political parties don’t change their core principles or flip-flop on the major issues that animate major elements of their coalition. But they do pick their battles with care to maximize the number of wedge issues that favor them. Understanding this is key to understanding why the House GOP is right to push a late-term abortion bill that contains a rape exception. A Compass, Not | Read More »
Gang Of Eighter-ers Place Full Confidence In Janet Napolitano
Forget the fake “savings.” Forget how the bill has no real penalties for breaking the law, forget how it presupposes that people who don’t pay into the system will willingly cooperate to only pay back “assessed taxes” (not back taxes) at time of filing (Sec. 2101, p. 70). Forget the host of other inanities in this bill that make it 1986 redux. The first thing that should | Read More »
Bernanke Sends Stocks Tumbling
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss indications from Ben Bernanke that tapering is ahead, the market reactions and what impact it will have on main street.
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Curing the Corker-Hoeven Syndrome
Well, it looks like Chuck Schumer has once again injected the GOP Capitulation Caucus with an acute case of the Corker-Hoeven Syndrome. Those senators who suffer from Corker-Hoeven are gripped with an inexorable desire to gravitate towards Room 201 in Dirksen Senate Office Building for their daily marching orders. The Corker-Hoeven Syndrome is especially contagious when the air at 317 Russell gets stale with moss-covered | Read More »
ObamaCare suckers needed, inquire within
In the course of explaining why the White House is still spending huge amounts of time and money to convince Americans that ObamaCare doesn’t stink, even though we hate it more with every passing month, Time drops this little nugget of information: At the White House, health care implementation has become an obsession. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough spends two hours a day on Obamacare implementation, staffers said, and senior | Read More »
The Path Forward on the Farm Bill
Today, GOP leadership suffered a stunning defeat as 62 Republicans voted against the 5-year farm bill (H.R. 1947), which locks in the record baseline of food stamp spending and creates multiple new agriculture subsidy programs. A handful of them voted against it because it cut too much spending, and others like Bill Shuster voted no because they are facing potential primary challenges (Shuster voted for | Read More »
Amazing Audio from @GRTL : “If All Aren’t Protected, None Are Protected.”
There is a rumor the folks at Georgia Right to Life reject Genesis 5 – 10 because Noah couldn’t save all the animals, only pairs. Fox 5 Atlanta led their newscast last night with Georgia Right to Life joining pro-abortion groups to oppose pro-life legislation in Congress. I have been telling you that Georgia Right to Life’s position has descended to the insane position of | Read More »
After The Gold Rush IV: Fear Not The Latent Unpleasantness. Fear The Pain-Killer Instead
Kicking the metaphorical Mr. Brownstone of QE is also necessary for the United States to ever redevelop the economic power that we once enjoyed. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may be pitching his last inning, but he said the right thing when he announced that The Fed would taper the rate at which it shelled out QE. As you can read below, that will be hard. Here’s what Mr. Bernanke got as a reward for speaking the truth to a gaggle of easy money addicts yesterday.
STOCKS GETTING SLAMMED — INTEREST RATES SPIKING — COMMODITIES CRUSHED — GOLD AND SILVER TANKING, The LIBOR Of China Is Going Totally Ballistic, Market Bloodbath In Brazil, and you’d better have a GOOD Plan ready, because Night Wolf is Eating The Moon Virgin! Now I can’t quite verify that last one, but it’s not a good day to check in and take a peek at the Ye Olde Mutual Funds.
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Peter King Claims Domestic Spying Would Have Prevented 9/11
Rep. King spoke with Jake Tapper: First, there’s no way agencies would have shared information as one of the most glaring mistakes gleaned from the 9/11 Commission’s report is that bureaucracy prevented such agency cooperation. Lastly, King presupposes that 9/11 was solely a terror problem. As I’ve addressed previously, 9/11 began as an immigration problem: You didn’t need NSA or its surveillance system to thwart | Read More »
Democrats Aren’t The Only Problem
Many conservatives believe the tipping point has tipped – that a majority of Americans are either ill-informed, uneducated, delusional, foolish, feel entitled or are just plain lazy to the point where they will continue to vote for the Party or candidate they feel will give them more and more free stuff. Young kids espousing socialism over capitalism; rich liberals with their guilt and hypocrisy about | Read More »
Are Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty at Odds?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Matt Franck to discuss the clash between same sex marriage rights and religious liberty, how same-sex marriage could change non-profit works by church, and if there can be a middle ground.
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We Elected Liars Like Bob Corker
We sit back helplessly watching our elected Republicans cut backroom deals with Chuck Schumer to sell out the Republic and create a permanent Democrat majority. Yet we have nobody to blame but ourselves for electing these liars in the first place. Back in 2006, conservatives split their votes in Tennessee between Van Hilleary and Ed Bryant, handing a solid red seat to progressive Bob Corker. | Read More »
Corker-Hoeven: Schumer’s Wimp Brigade Rides to the Rescue
WIMP (wmp) n. A subatomic particle that has a large mass and interacts with other matter primarily through gravitation. n. Informal. 1. a weak, ineffectual, timid person. Political Representing a state like North Dakota and scoring a 47% from Heritage Action while working overtime to save Democrats and pass a dying amnesty bill Imagine if Democrats elected senators from blue states in the northeast who | Read More »
Rubio vs. Rubio
As a candidate for the United States Senate, Marco Rubio campaigned on a tough, “no amnesty” immigration stance, in which he advocated against a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and in strong support of border security before legalization. Now, as a leader of the “Gang of 8,” he has embraced — and in many instances moved farther left of — the very policies he | Read More »