Tom Cotton Caves On Budget Deal
I’ve mentioned in a previous diary about the correlation that being a super-hawk has with a disrespect for civil liberties and disregard for spending prudence. Look no further than John McCain and Lindsey Graham. It was for this reason I declined to support brand-new Rep. Tom Cotton for Senate. It turns out he didn’t wait to get to the Senate to demonstrate a lack of | Read More »
Methinks The Tea-Party Just Went Back On The Warpath
Here’s the unspoken narrative of the entire recent adventure in Game Theory that was the soon-to-be-terminated government shutdown. The Tea Party is Ba-aaaack!
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Advancing. Ever Advancing.
Much cynicism has been expressed over the past month about the effort, led by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, to fight Obamacare. It was about money or defeating Republicans or something other than what it was about — undermining Obamacare with a united front. It was always about undermining Obamacare, despite the claims of others. But, those of us who were in this fight against | Read More »
Party Of No, The Birth Of A Meme
“Party of No.” It’s all you hear anymore coming from the “unbiased” media echo chambers. Have you ever wondered how their logic works? Wonder no more.
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Anti-UAW Workers File NLRB Charges Over VW’s Pro-Union Coercion
Four Volkwagen employees opposed to being unionized by the United Auto Workers in Tennessee have filed an unfair labor practice charge against Volkswagen management for coercing them into accepting union representation. According to a National Right to Work Foundation press release: The charge comes after senior VW management in Germany stated, according to recent media reports, that for any expanded production to be considered in | Read More »
Ted Cruz is Doing the Right Thing
Some conservatives are complaining that Ted Cruz will not filibuster the debt ceiling increase in the Senate.He is doing the right thing.While you and I and he and everyone else knows the debt ceiling issue will not actually throw us into default, we must remember low information voters and the media. The media will report that Ted Cruz has single handedly thrown the nation into | Read More »
Saving California: Interview with Greg Raths (R-CAND CA-45)
Here at RedState we believe strong conservative candidates deserve our support, especially in deep blue states like California. On June 3rd, in California’s 45th Congressional District, retired Marine Colonel Greg Raths will face off in a primary against State Sen. Mimi Walters and Pat Maciariello to replace U.S. Rep. John Campbell, who is retiring. Not only does Col. Raths stand for traditional conservative values, such | Read More »
Obamacare’s Failure to Launch
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the problems of Obamacare’s website, how consultants may make the problems worse and what the worst case scenario is with Obamacare’s failure to launch.
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Tech at Night: Regulation picking winners and losers in television and radio. Let’s deregulate both and also reform copyright.
Next time you wonder why there is such a push to pick winners and losers with regulation, remember that industries like broadcast TV don’t like to become buggy whip makers, so they have to go after firms like Aereo who innovate and threaten traditional revenue streams.
Which is why, as much as I do agree that there are a number of piecemeal copyright reforms we should make, I disagree that fixing radio regulation isn’t a good idea. We have a system in place now called ‘compulsory licensing’ which is designed to rig the marketplace. Getting to a free market is a valuable thing. Copyright is probably too strong, but this isn’t where we need to trim it back, at all.
Let’s walk and chew gum at the same time. Let’s take on targeted copyright reform as Derek Khanna suggests, while also deregulating radio/music licensing.
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Sabotage, and Where We go From Here
Throughout the past few weeks, we witnessed the train wreck of the stupid party colliding with the evil party. The stupid party made sure to tell the evil party that they just need to reject their offer and there will be a new watered-down iteration in a flash. Finally, it got so bad that they couldn’t even draw a line in the sand on delaying | Read More »
Aetna CEO: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up for a Quick Fix to Obamacare
The various glitches and bugs (some might say features) that have popped up in the Obamacare rollout have been well enough documented that I shouldn’t have to run through them here. Most people, however, don’t understand the extent of the issues or just how long it could take to fix them. CEO Mark Bertolini of insurance company Aetna is probably one of the few people | Read More »
Building a Coalition Out of Chaos
It’s hard for me to even calculate the amount of words that have been used to debate the merits of defund vs delay vs some other strategy. The amount of energy complaining about Ted Cruz or the amount of flyers calling for John Boehner’s head have reached apocalyptic proportions . Truly things are a mess. And no doubt, each faction believes some other faction is | Read More »
There’s No Courage Like Mitch McConnell’s
The Senate Minority leader doesn’t let things like voter expectations or approval ratings stop him from doing what he thinks is best for him.
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Bridge Burning and Bridge Building
House Republicans have signaled they are giving up. They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare. Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back. Reid | Read More »
The Pirate Game, The Shutdown and The Debt Ceiling Ultimatum
Let’s say for the sake of hypothesis that the current Federal Budgetary process is so badly broken and divorced from any legitimate concern for the American commonweal that we could describe it as five pirates deciding how to divide up the spoils from looting America. Mathematician Ian Stewart proposed a mathematical game that could describe how this situation could work itself out. There are 5 | Read More »