The Path Forward
Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves. The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax. Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion. Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference | Read More »
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R, Kansas) rashly promises to sign up for #obamacare exchanges.
I say rashly because he’s making a BIG assumption, here: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), an opponent of ObamaCare, said he will try to sign up for the healthcare exchange when it opens Tuesday. “I’m going to try to enroll tomorrow morning, October 1,” Pompeo vowed. “I wish everyone [signing up for ObamaCare] good luck. …which is to say, Pompeo is assuming that it will be | Read More »
Here Comes Mitch McConnell! #McConnellcare
As conservatives unify behind a solid position, you can always count on Mitch McConnell to quietly come in at the last moment and cut a deal. Most people associate John Boehner with the fiscal cliff and 2011 debt ceiling deals because he was the public figure for most of the debate. But both of those deals were cut by Mitch McConnell with Joe Biden during | Read More »
The Effects of a Shutdown on Main Street and Wall Street
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the prospects of a government shutdown, the impact it may have on the average American and how Wall Street will react.
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Oppose the Medical Device Tax Repeal
Republicans are attempting two tricks to convince conservatives the GOP is still with them. The first is the Vitter Amendment, named for Senator David Vitter, which would require Congress to adhere to Obamacare like the rest of us. I consider it a shiny object and you should not be cheering the GOP is they get it. Congress will always game the system to benefit itself. | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Pro-#Obamacare Trolls Will HATE Reading This edition.
Stu Rothenberg, after looking at the 2012 exit polls and noting that the same electorate that re-elected Barack Obama also supported repeal of Obamacare over not-repeal 49/44, finishes up with: There is no denying that Obama won the 2012 presidential election. But that vote shouldn’t be held up as a vote of confidence for Obamacare. And it’s worth mentioning (again) that the Republicans taking a | Read More »
Beware the Medical Device Tax Fig Leaf
[Update: Jonathan Strong is reporting that Kevin McCarthy is already planning on using last night's bill as a means of caving even further. He is floating the idea of passing a clean CR with a provision eliminating the congressional exclusion - offering no relief for the American people. Let the self-negotiations begin...] Last week, the House stood unified behind a bill to fund the government | Read More »
Harry Reid Coins An Evil Fallacy
So the law is THE LAW when Senator Reid says it’s the law. When it becomes a political convenience to get rid of it, he can argue against and vote against THE LAW that he previously voted in favor of. When the President finds parts of a law hard to implement or remarkably unpopular, he can enforce it piecemeal. When a person Harry Reid likes (himself for example) is harmed or inconvenienced; he can get waivers because in his case it is “different.” But if you oppose the law itself, there is no need for discussion. It’s THE LAW.
Under a similar set of circumstances to Socrates, if I were confronted by a law like Obamacare in argument, I’d want to drink too.
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Some short and sweet advice for the Senate Republican caucus. #obamacare
The Senate Republican Caucus is currently having a rather public fight over the tactics that Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have adopted to try to stop Obamacare before next Tuesday’s train wreck. I have a position about those tactics, as does everybody reading this. But let me (as someone who has striven to remain civil to fellow-Republicans about the whole thing) put a word | Read More »
Lies, Damn Lies, and Republican Senators
Turns out John McCain was willing to shut down the military to stop Obamacare back at the end of 2009. Though attacking Ted Cruz for daring to risk a government shut down, McCain and a number of other Republicans were willing to try that in 2009, only to see other Republicans undermine them. Texas Senator John Cornyn is sending out fundraising letters telling people the | Read More »
Government by demand
The laws of supply and demand are beautiful things – expressions of logic as elementary as the basic laws of physics, which govern everything except the more unruly subatomic particles, which thumb their noses at laws, dress like slobs, and listen to the kind of music that drives their parent atoms crazy. Supply and demand even applies to the use of government power, although the | Read More »
Small businesses must …fax… their #obamacare exchange applications in.
Yes, faxes are still a thing, apparently. You can even do them from your computer. And if you’re a small business owner wanting to get Obamacare coverage, you’re going to have to! Administration officials are quietly telling key interest groups to expect initial glitches signing up online for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Two sources tell The Associated Press that small businesses | Read More »
There is a real and genuine disconnect between grassroots conservatives and many in Washington. Let’s first concede that, like with many politicians, a cult of personality has started developing around Ted Cruz, though from my vantage point it is not nearly as virulent as among some. But, there are some who, should Cruz fall flat on his face, would declare it all part of the | Read More »
The Cancerous Lie of Unbounded Positive Rights
An alliance of Progressive Organizations is attempting to counter 23+ hours of truth from Senator Cruz with thirty-one seconds of disingenuous horse-hockey. They rail at Republicans who vote to deny other people healthcare. They rail at Republicans who vote to deny other people food stamps. It’s as if being an American implies that you have a natural right to have the government give you goods and services that originally belonged to, or are produced by somebody else.
In the bizarre world of “Positive Rights,” we get logical constructs that would totally destroy the social contract of any society that attempted to fulfill them. There is never any logical limit to what can be claimed as a so-called Positive Right. In the real-world, to all of these limitless demands are attached similarly limitless costs. It’s analogous to the Work-Energy Relationship in Physics.
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