The House of Representatives is a large body with diverse opinions. Without structure, nothing could get done. In order to both have debate and amendments while also not dragging processes on forever, legislation brought to the floor of the House of Representatives is accompanied by a rule. That rule sets out the parameters for debate, timeframe for debate, and amendments to the underlying legislation. Legislation | Read More »
GOP Rules Committee Rapidly Moving to Shut Out Grassroots at 2:00 p.m. Today
At 2:00 p.m. today in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots activists. I’ve been on the phone with several individuals involved in the fight who tell me that the fight is not over, it is only just starting.Specifically, the media is reporting that the rules fight is over because Team Romney is abandoning Ben Ginsberg’s | Read More »
Junk the Filibuster, but only once the GOP wins the majority back
During this long tortuous health care debate, many conservatives have voiced strong defenses of the Senate filibuster, a procedural tactic whereby a minority of US Senators can prevent legislation from receiving an up or down vote on the senate floor. Given how destructive the health care legislation currently being considered in Congress would be to our nation, it is understandable that conservatives would encourage the | Read More »
Rules for Radicalized Conservatives
In response to Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, I came up with twelve rules I think we should all adhere to in order to actively fight the liberal-socialist scum who are attempting to take control of every aspect of our lives: Rules for Cons #1: Be informed and use irrefutable facts. Understand that liberals employ false logic (anti-American arguments are the only good arguments, while pro-American | Read More »
When Rules Replace Principles
As Philadelphia moves to ban the use of hand-held cell phones in cars, I heard commentary that all phones (including hands-free) should be banned. The argument is that just talking directs attention away from driving. If this is the case then I propose the following new measures to make driving even safer: – Ban passengers. Normally that might be hard to enforce, but since | Read More »
Are You Ready to Be Ruled?
Podcast Show Notes CBS reports how Obama must work to win over the media (because they’re so skeptical.) (Hat Tip: Newsbusters.) Plus will Obama be "ruling" January 20? He may not have done anything yet, but let’s have a National Holiday anyway. (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin.) Obama’s tax dilemna. The magically disappearing "Change Agenda" (Hat Tip: Wizbang Blog.) The magically appearing Minnesota ballots. (Hat Tip: | Read More »
Is the financial crisis the result of accounting rule changes?
As an inhouse lawyer for a Fortune 500 company in the 90s, I can definitively say that many corporate mistakes are based on a desire to get the accounting to “work out” in accordance with the goals of corporate executives. In one instance, I was asked to convert a relatively simple 2-way transaction into an incredibly complex 3-way agreement so that the transaction could be | Read More »