The Permit Power, The IRS and The Troll Under The Bridge

    Since August or September of 480BC, Western Culture has been well aware of the power multiplier that comes with establishing and holding a choke point. When King Leonidas of Sparta held a vast army of Persians at bay for several days with a smaller force at Thermopylae; the world then knew that chokepoints were strategic fulcrums from whence power could be leveraged far beyond its initial limits. The economic analog to such a chokepoint is the monopoly. The government permit power is just such a chokepoint generating function to empower the state beyond its circumscribed constitutional limits.

    When the government controls activity via permit, they are able to do several things that go far beyond their enumerated Constitutional powers. They can pick winners and losers. They can dictate the size and scope of activities without having to depend on the approval of courts or legislators. An agency wielding permit power can skim a surplus off the top through fees that go beyond the cost of providing inspection and certification related to the permit. Like a gang of brigands controlling a bridge, a regulating agency can use the permit power to dictate who gets to pass, how much traffic traverses the road and how much in bribes have to be paid in order to get across the river

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    Picking Fights

    “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – John Wayne, Stagecoach (1939)

    Throughout the last two years, Erick, Drew Ryun and myself have introduced RedStaters to many problems within the leadership of the Texas State House. Supporting evidence has been provided, most recently with Erick’s exclusive a few weeks ago, showing the Speaker’s office as the catalyst behind the war against house conservatives. It’s not a new fight but with the January vote on House leadership looming, it’s time to saddle up.

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    Picking Fights

    “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” – John Wayne, Stagecoach (1939)

    Throughout the last two years, Erick, Drew Ryun and myself have introduced RedStaters to many problems within the leadership of the Texas State House. Supporting evidence has been provided, most recently with Erick’s exclusive a few weeks ago, showing the Speaker’s office as the catalyst behind the war against house conservatives. It’s not a new fight but with the January vote on House leadership looming, it’s time to saddle up.

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    Playing the Right Game

    I confess, it is fascinating to watch the Republican consultants responsible for the Orca system debacle try and explain its inherent short comings away. Let’s begin with the first problem they face. They put an untested piece of technology in the field the day of the election. Let me repeat that-they put an untested piece of technology in the field the day of the election. | Read More »

    Playing the Right Game

    I confess, it is fascinating to watch the Republican consultants responsible for the Orca system debacle try and explain its inherent short comings away. Let’s begin with the first problem they face. They put an untested piece of technology in the field the day of the election. Let me repeat that-they put an untested piece of technology in the field the day of the election. | Read More »

    Dear Consultants: In Close Elections, GOTV Matters

    In 46 states (excluding AK, MS, NJ, and RI), Mitt Romney either expanded the percentage victory margin or shrunk the percentage loss margin compared to McCain in 2008.  In only 4 states did Romney win by a smaller percentage or lose by a higher percentage than McCain did in 2008.

    Great news, right? Not so fast.

    Judging by the current vote totals, Romney’s nationwide operation fell far short of McCain’s in 2008.  In fact, Romney currently trails McCain by around 2 million votes.

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    Dear Consultants: In Close Elections, GOTV Matters

    In 46 states (excluding AK, MS, NJ, and RI), Mitt Romney either expanded the percentage victory margin or shrunk the percentage loss margin compared to McCain in 2008.  In only 4 states did Romney win by a smaller percentage or lose by a higher percentage than McCain did in 2008.

    Great news, right? Not so fast.

    Judging by the current vote totals, Romney’s nationwide operation fell far short of McCain’s in 2008.  In fact, Romney currently trails McCain by around 2 million votes.

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    There Are Two Paths

    As we approach the finish line of what I think is one of the most fascinating periods in this great American experiment, a Presidential election, it is clear to me and the team at the Madison Action Fund that we are literally a country at the crossroads of history. We have the choice between two paths. And while some will complain that the distinction between | Read More »

    The Ryun Boys Approach 40

    One of my favorite organizations in the conservative movement is American Majority. In fact, I’m pleased that American Majority is going to partner with us for the RedState Gathering this year instead of just being a sponsor. They’ll be with us in Jacksonville, FL the whole time helping with registration, providing extended training sessions, etc. The grassroots training the group offers up is second to | Read More »

    The Ryun Boys Approach 40

    One of my favorite organizations in the conservative movement is American Majority. In fact, I’m pleased that American Majority is going to partner with us for the RedState Gathering this year instead of just being a sponsor. They’ll be with us in Jacksonville, FL the whole time helping with registration, providing extended training sessions, etc. The grassroots training the group offers up is second to | Read More »

    Organizing for Freedom: American Majority and The New Leaders Project

    Yesterday, in a bold move that directly addresses the need for unity and a true bottom up leadership approach to the problems facing America, American Majority and American Majority Action unveiled  an ambitious plan to take back America. “On the heels of an historic mid-term election, and amid speculation about the future of the Tea Party movement, American Majority along with local Tea Party leaders from | Read More »

    Making ObamaCare an Issue this Fall

    Now that we are in the midst of the final sprint of election season 2010, the issues that will decide the election are becoming clearer by the day. It’s about the economy and jobs. It’s about taxes. It should also be about healthcare reform. However, a recent Hotline poll showed Republican campaign insiders downplaying ObamaCare as an issue.  We understand why the Republican consultants are | Read More »

    Making ObamaCare an Issue this Fall

    Now that we are in the midst of the final sprint of election season 2010, the issues that will decide the election are becoming clearer by the day. It’s about the economy and jobs. It’s about taxes. It should also be about healthcare reform. However, a recent Hotline poll showed Republican campaign insiders downplaying ObamaCare as an issue.  We understand why the Republican consultants are | Read More »