Let it Burn!
So… The Administration built it’s ‘house’ on this law… They own it… And now – completely on it’s own, without GOP involvement, the law is self-destructing. Predictions say it only gets worse heading into the 2014 election season…. WHY would we even consider expending legislative capital trying to dismantle something that is now working in our own favor? EVEN IF we could repeal the law… | Read More »
General Foch, Ted Cruz, and what to do about bugetary trench-warfare…..
“My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking” – Gen Foch, WWI The above quote appears to be about how certain factions of the GOP view the current situation (defined: Obama, Ried’s Senate, and the GOP House wrestling with the budget, Obamacare, et-al)…. Namely: It doesn’t matter how much damage you’re taking, how badly things are going – so | Read More »
Obama’s ’5-Rounds-Rapid’ Syria Policy: Doing the right thing, the wrong way, too late…..
Ever since the Syrian Civil War started, I’ve always been an advocate of US intervention… Mainly because (A) it offered us a chance to hamstring Iran, and (B) because if we didn’t, then Al Queda would step in instead – undoing all the gains we made in the Iraq War (And yes, we did make gains – for all practical purposes we actually WON Iraq, | Read More »
How Syria Repudiates ‘Non Intervention’
As history repeats itself yet-again, the question has to be asked: How many times will the US end up ‘letting the war come to us’? When the Syrian civil war started, the rebel side looked to us & our allies for aid… We ignored them. No one would help… Except the organization once known as ‘Al Queda in Iraq’ – the very group we spent | Read More »
What ‘Free Market’ Health Reform looks like…
We’ve all heard it before, from some lefty somewhere… ‘You Republicans are just the party of ‘No’… You hate Obamacare because you hate Obama, but you don’t have anything better… So, how about we ask: What *WOULD* be better? End ‘Whole Office’ Group PlansThe fact is, in economic terms, having your employer purchase insurance for all employees as a ‘group’ is almost as bad as | Read More »
Don’t Fall For it: Why ‘Defund Obamacare’ is a trap we shouldn’t step in…
Since we’re rather fond of using ‘fighting’ military analogies here… You’re faced with the ‘oppertunity’ to attack one of the enemy’s key strongholds… It will be a glorious battle… But you will lose… Horribly… There is simply no possible way that the forces you can commit have the ability to even scratch the surface of the enemy’s defenses… To make it worse, if you attack, | Read More »
On Gold: Anybody want some BACON?
We’ve all heard ‘Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered…’ Well, if you ignored history (1979!), ignored economic reality, and actually believed that ‘intrinsic value’ was a real thing… The recent small drop in the price of gold is your last warning to avoid becoming a ham sandwich…. Gold buggery is, perhaps, one of the most irrational things you will ever see related to economics… Simply | Read More »
And then there were NONE! (No-Carry States, that is)
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Illinois’ total ban on defensive firearms carry outside ones private property is unconstitutional. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-illinois-concealed-carry-law/2012/12/11/33791f78-43bc-11e2-8c8f-fbebf7ccab4e_story.html For those not following the gun-rights issue, this means that unless the Supreme Court reverses said ruling (which is unlikely in light of their recent decisions in the DC and Chicago cases, which finally settled in precedent that the 2nd Ammendment means | Read More »
How to get something *real* out of a fiscal cliff ‘deal’
Ok: It should be pretty clear that we are not going to win the fight over tax rates at this time… I don’t *like* it, but it’s where we are stuck: If we do nothing, taxes go up on everyone, with no real impact on spending (the ‘Sequester’ is a joke). So, here’s a thought: Why not take one of the Dem’s own talking points | Read More »
An issue that’s sinking us: Immigration
Now, I’m going to start this off with a simple, clear statement: I do not support amnesty for immigration violators. Period. That said, I’ve been saying for quite some time that we have a problem here – as far back as 2006. It’s a problem that many don’t recognize, because they are fixated on talk of ‘porous borders’ and ‘the law being broken’. That problem | Read More »
Fixing Our Coalition: What we need to do to win in ’16
Ok… Romney lost. Got it. Can’t change it… Can’t un-do it, and monday-morning QBing the general election won’t help us any: Obama won’t be the other side’s candidate next time. 2014 is largely going to be a contest to see who gets blamed for nothing getting done… It’s unlikely we’ll see any significant movement (better or worse) in the economy between now and then… Which | Read More »
3 Possible Futures
Ok. ‘Status Quo’ won… Right? Not really. Actually, WRONG. With the help of 40,000-60,000 clueless Libertarians in each of a few key swing states (the 1-2% who voted ‘Other’. P.S. Libbies, NO, Obama is not going to give you legal weed.), IF the economy improves & the Obama folks don’t royally piss off America, we will be… Sunk… We are now backed into a corner, | Read More »
ENOUGH shooting ourselves (as a party) in the foot on the subject of ‘Abortion & Rape’!
Simply put, the GOP has a problem here. It’s not a problem with the morality or correctness of opposing abortion in all cases, period. I happen to hold the same view… The problem, is that either there IS NO specific set of talking points/official ‘message’, or that we are running abject tone-deaf IDIOTS who – having worse media-relations-sense than GW Bush – say the STUPIDEST | Read More »
The one that flew ‘under the radar’: Obama’s Stealth Tax Increase (on the Middle Class)…
Of all the things that were said, and have been said about the debate on Weds… One thing just slipped right past everyone (including Mitt – if it didn’t, he didn’t show that he caught it)… During the debate, Obama promised to raise taxes on the middle class, 3 times. WAIT! WHAT? Yes, that’s right… He did. But most folks didn’t realize it! How? Simple: | Read More »
The OTHER 1% – What ‘Occupiers’ and the Left hope we’ll all ignore….
Via the ever-so-poorly behaved ‘Occupy!’ protests, the Dems have managed to insert this concept of ‘the 1%’ into our political discourse for 2012. Their narrative: ‘America has been taken over by the 1% richest people, and we need to take it back!’ But here’s what they don’t tell anyone – and it’s something anyone concerned about ‘control of America by a small minority’ should know: | Read More »
Will the Senate save us from the House, Ron Paul, and the idiocy that is trying to ‘Audit’ the FED?
Some bills just need to die… Every time they’re brought up, by any legal means available… One such bill, is Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ proposal. Unfortunately, the House has managed to pass it… Which means we’re reliant now on Harry Reid’s common sense (God help us) to pigeonhole this rubbish until the end of the session… So, what’s WRONG with the Paul bill? Quite | Read More »
The False Narrative of ‘Too Big to Fail’…
The phrase ‘Too Big to Fail’ has been used alot since 2008, in reference to various financial firms – and the notion that because of the size of said conglomerates, the failure of any one firm would devastate the economy… The common narrative in such use, is that we need to break up our banks into smaller ones, and this will somehow prevent another 2008 | Read More »
Law, War & Security – Why libertarians are wrong about ‘Indefinate Detention’
We hear complaints on this subject from time to time – in the past it was Bush’s opening Gitmo, the 2006 Military Commissions Act, and now it’s the NDAA & Obama not closing Gitmo… Supposedly, this is a ‘grave violation’ of people’s rights, and we should all be very, very afraid because ‘It might be us next’… Predictably enough, it’s usually lefties, extremists, libertarians, and | Read More »
Tariffs, Trade, Markets & Us… A Conservative, Economic case for Free Trade and against Protectionisim
In the past, the US relied heavily on tariffs to fund our government – the concept of free trade is relatively new. Yet by and large, the majority of mainstream conservative movement leaders support free trade. Why is this? Is it right? And if so, why? I believe the answer to the above is ‘Yes, it’s absolutely right, the reasons are mainly economic (with some | Read More »
Why ‘Inflation’, ‘Deficit Spending’, and ‘The Fed’ have essentially NOTHING to do with the rising price of gas…. (Don’t worry, it’s still Obama’s fault)
We went through this in 08, and now it’s happening again… People – often Conservatives (who should be familliar enough with our monetary system to know better) – claim that inflation – supposedly driven by ‘money printing’, government spending, or government debt – is the ‘real reason’ for the rising price of gas Every time, they’re WRONG. Here’s why ‘Inflation’ (which, BTW, is NOT caused | Read More »
The False Promise of Hard Money….
Perhaps this is somewhat motivated by Gingrich’s recent sop to Paul voters – where he advocated forming a ‘Gold Commission’ and investigating a return to the gold standard or at a minimum a mandate for the Fed to focus on ‘price stability’…. To be fair, Perry (whom I support) made a similar mistake earlier on in the campaign, criticizing the Fed for it’s monetary policy | Read More »