The Watercooler ~ An Open Thread
Warning: Sarc meter is experiencing extreme pressure and may cause unexpected outbursts of incomprehensible rambling. So, what’s up at the Department of Homeland Security? Why won’t they approve the document made by the California Department of Motor Vehicles so the undocumented can get a document to let them drive? Just because they’re not authorized to be here in the first place, that is NO EXCUSE | Read More »
Avik Roy on Medicaid’s Failures and the ObamaCare Repeal Trap
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Avik Roy to discuss the collapse of the RomneyCare system in Massachusetts, the nearly 5 million Americans who have lost their insurance coverage because of ObamaCare and how Republicans might fall into the ObamaCare repeal trap in 2016.
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Join Me in Fort Worth #RSG14
Six years ago, I suggested those of us who’d built a relationship online here at RedState get together in Atlanta for a drink. I put out an open call and 400 people decided they wanted to meet. Well, with weather and scheduling conflicts, it turned out to be 200 of us. We discussed politics, met like-minded RedStaters in person, and heard from elected officials and | Read More »
House Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt
Via the Washington Post: The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the agency’s special targeting of groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names that were seeking tax-exempt status. On a 231 to 187 vote, the House approved a contempt citation against Lois G. | Read More »
Tech at Night: We now have a horde to go with our Zombie Net Neutrality
So Zombie Net Neutrality keeps on chugging along. Leftist opposition to it is growing because it contains one small nod to reality, letting people in one narrow case pay for what they use. Of course this hurts the companies who want to use lots of bandwidth but want to have that cost subsidized by everyone else. It’s funny how the left freaks out when some industries lobby, but for some reason Internet firms get a free pass.
Amusingly enough, these same leftys are going full Occutard and even getting FCC Democrats to waver. The goal of the radicals here is to eliminate any sort of idea that people should pay for what they use, making Internet investment unsustainable, and generate a pretext later for socialized Internet as a “human right.” Sound familiar? This is the same playbook used in Obamacare.
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“Check Your Privilege” 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. – Exodus 20:17 Perhaps the most telling aspect of Thomas Piketty’s solution to inequality is his justification. He doesn’t even do it to help the less fortunate*. As I recently blogged, | Read More »
Keep the Benghazi Select Committee Select
Now that House Speaker John Boehner has moved forward with the formation of a Select Committee on Benghazi under Representative Trey Gowdy, John McCain and Lindsay Graham are lobbying for the committee to be a joint House-Senate probe. Graham was up first, asking Harry Reid, mother-may-I. From the Washington Examiner Harry Reid: No Benghazi select committee in the Senate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., | Read More »
House Rams Through Another Corporate Welfare Bill
We already have the Ex-Im bank, which ostensibly subsidizes foreign countries – often unfriendly ones – to purchase products sold by specific domestic companies. But even as conservatives seek to abolish it, the House is sneaking through reauthorization of its sister agency – Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) – under suspension. OPIC is in some sense the rear-view image of Ex-Im in that it subsidizes | Read More »
Dave Weigel’s Hand Waving Will Not Make Benghazi Go Away
Right now the left is attempting to minimize the significance of the investigation into the attack on our consulate in Benghazi. These follow three basic rubrics. Controversialization This was pointed out by former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, Controversialization simply means that you try to make the subject a controversial one rather than the object of empirical examination. The left does this regularly. This is | Read More »
Call your Representatives: Ask them to support discharge of H.R. 3086
One of the great, lingering bipartisan achievements of the early days of the commercial Internet, was the moratorium on taxes on Internet access. We all know governments would love to slap all sorts of taxes on something just because it’s new, and there. But in the Clinton era, Republicans and Democrats came together to stop that.
The moratorium is in danger of expiring, but the Congress doesn’t seem all that eager to move on extending it. Please call your representatives today and ask them to support a discharge of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would end this renewal game forever.
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An Inside Look at the Left’s Elite Donors
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Lachlan Markay to discuss his scoop unveiling the membership list for the Democracy Alliance, the super wealthy liberal donors who are part of this secretive Democratic campaign organization and the hypocrisy of the Left.
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Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman, Attacks Republican Candidate as “Fraud”
Jahan Wilcox is the rapid response director at the RNC. He’s charged with responding quickly to attack Democrats and rebut Democrat attacks on the GOP. Last night, Jahan Wilcox responded quickly to Thom Tillis’s victory in North Carolina by declaring that next would be to defeat Matt Bevin, the Republican candidate in Kentucky, who Wilcox called a “fraud.” Holy crap! RT @DrewMTips: Team GOP ladies | Read More »
I Gave $100 to Thom Tillis’s Campaign
Whether he wins his nomination or not, I won’t send even a penny to Tom Cotton in Arkansas unless he fires his campaign manager Justin Brasell. Brasell used Ben Sasse’s children in a television commercial to attack Ben Sasse. Then, after producing and placing the ads, Brasell quit his PAC that placed the ads. What a cowardly thing to do. You’d think a guy like | Read More »
About Last Night’s Primary Results
It’s been less than two hours since the North Carolina Senate primary was called for Thom Tillis, and there are already copious pages of commentary attempting to explain the masterful strategy of the establishment in pulling off the victory. With 97% of precincts reporting, Tillis avoided a runoff, earning 46% of the vote, while Greg Brannon and Mark Harris took 27% and 18% respectively. But | Read More »