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    Why Mitt Romney’s Electability is Not Inevitable

    After many months of getting a pass, it seems that the other candidates are willing to finally start hitting Governor Mitt Romney on his major weakness: The Massachusetts Health Care Insurance Reform Law.  The bill, known by most as Romneycare, is (as we all have been saying for many moons) the basis for the much maligned Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise affectionately known | Read More »

    Governor Rick Perry & Rep. Mick Mulvaney Join the Inaugural Broadcast of ‘The Ben Howe Show’

    If you haven’t been keeping up, I’ve been neck deep in a contest to get my own radio show on one of the largest radio stations in the southeast, WBT out of Charlotte, NC. You can see the stages of the contest here, here, & here. After much spamming of twitter and the gracious web real estate of, the first day of my new | Read More »

    The New York Times Ponders: “Are We Biased Enough?”

    The lefties on Twitter are very upset with their favorite paper, The New York Times.  They’ve even started a hashtag (#NewNYTSlogans) attacking them for the apparent lack of dedication to truth that the paper has exhibited of late in its pages. An article titled, “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?” is what has sent them into full fledged mock mode and, as best I | Read More »

    From “Tea Party Revolution” to “It’s Time to Settle”

    On last night’s show, Co-host Ace of Spades and I celebrated the inevitability of our presidential candidate.  We have been informed that this candidate will be former Governor Mitt Romney.  We are also told that we should be excited about this.  We are not. On a brighter note, we also discussed Conan the Barbarian vs Conan the Destroyer, who was really the hero in Wall | Read More »

    American Weapons Manufacturer Taking U.S. Government to Court for Bid Disqualification

    In November I reported on American company Hawker Beechcraft being inexplicably disqualified from bidding on a weapons contract that appears ready to go to a Brazilian company named Embraer, which has questionable ties to America’s enemies. Embraer, a Brazilian aerospace giant which is currently under investigation for potentially making illegal payments to obtain government contracts, is essentially owned by the Brazilian government. Through their “Golden Share,” Brazil | Read More »

    The Rick Perry I Know

    A little over a month ago, I had the opportunity to put together a video honoring Veterans Day to be shown at BlogCon 2011 in Denver, Colorado. In conjunction with FreedomWorks, I was able to get a handful of questions about Veterans Day over to a handful of politicians to have them say thank you to our troops. Because of technical difficulties, it wasn’t actually | Read More »

    VIDEO: Just A Vision

    So what exactly is Barack Obama’s plan?  Wasn’t he the great problem solver?  The great unifier?  Wasn’t this the moment that the oceans started to recede?  The winds started to change? Wasn’t he going to usher in a new era and fundamentally transform the United States of America? Turns out Barack Obama’s grand ideas and plans were little more than brainstorms.  An excellent new video | Read More »

    Is Lisa Jackson Looking to Get Back at Barack Obama?

    As Obama moves closer to his perception of the center, he moves further from the environmental base that had placed their hopes and dreams in him.  Over the summer, he ended up in a heated battle with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa Jackson over a proposed Ozone rule that he was set to weaken against her wishes.  According to the New York Times, it | Read More »

    This Is It!

    [promoted because Ben is too modest for his own good] So its come down to this moment.  RedState readers and my friends on Twitter have helped me make it through round 1 & 2 of the Next Talker contest to win my own radio show on the 50,000 watt radio juggernaut that is WBT which on clear nights can be heard in 22 states. I | Read More »

    The Regulatory Climate is Affecting More Than Business

    The chorus of CEOs and business leaders saying that regulation is choking business and growth had a new addition yesterday: CEO Clarence Otis, Jr. of Darden Restaurants, Orlando, Florida’s only Fortune 500 company and the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse. This is interesting to me for a handful of reasons.  The first is that a quick look at campaign donations from | Read More »

    Fast & Furious – ATF Weapons Scheme Designed to Push Gun Control

    Obama’s tactics are becoming obvious. Whether it’s destroying coal to prop up green, endlessly extending unemployment benefits to keep the public desperate so as to allow him to push through more entitlements, how he intends to bring his “fundamental changes” to the United States are about as veiled as laminate.  He is a radical trying to institute change by manipulating the facts on the ground in | Read More »

    Obama Administration Uses EPA to Buy Favor and Harm Cars

    I’ve said before that when the Democrats propose a tax credit it’s called a “business incentive” and when a Republican proposes a tax credit it’s called a “loophole.”  This game of semantics only works because of a complicit media which is more than willing to apply the Democrat designated classifications to ensure the correct narrative. In reality, all sides are using fancy words to avoid | Read More »

    DNC Discrimination Against Non-Union Business Challenged By NC Lawmakers

    Several weeks ago, I told you the story of John Monteith, a Charlotte, NC business executive that had been told his company could not bid on work related to the Democratic National Convention because the printing firm he worked for was not unionized. The person that John spoke to is an executive on the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee who are central to the planning of the | Read More »

    Obama Administration and EPA Use Clean Water Act for New Overreach

    Just as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has used the Clean Air Act to broaden the scope of their authority way beyond its original intention with rules like MACT and CSAPR, the Clean Water Act is becoming a tool of overreach by the out of control agency. Barack Obama and the EPA’s Lisa Jackson have made it clear through their actions that they will circumvent | Read More »

    Obama Administration Sends Weapons Contract to Foreign Company with Ties to Iran

    Late Thursday night, American company Hawker Beechcraft was informed by the U.S. Air Force that they were not going to be allowed to compete for an American military aircraft contract. The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said. The company had | Read More »