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    The Great Big Fat Tax Lie

    Anyone descending to Earth from Mars to view last night’s presidential debate would come away with the impression that rich people are free loaders and swindlers who pay no taxes, while the poor/middle-class shoulder the lion’s share of the tax burden.  Obama incessantly repeated the fallacy that the rich don’t play by the rules.  Anyone who lives on planet Earth should be asking, “what planet | Read More »

    The Petulant Circus Clown Drowns Out any Substance

    The Petulant Circus Clown Drowns Out any Substance

    Was Joe Biden on drugs or did he use Al Gore for his debate prep? That’s the question anyone viewing the debate on TV should be asking. Biden’s appalling petulant behavior, in conjunction with the moderator’s refusal to moderate the debate instead of debate the debate, allowed Biden to get out of control and make a clown of himself.  That is all anyone will remember.  | Read More »

    New Cook PVIs Show Big Opportunities for Conservatives in the House

    For all you political junkies, this is the type of news that will brighten up your day.  Charlie Cook has finally revised his partisan rating index for House districts to reflect the new congressional districts post-redistricting.  The index factors in the average vote totals for the Republican and Democrat presidential nominees during the past two election cycles in each district and compares them against the | Read More »

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    U.S. With Highest Corporate Tax Rate

    Well, it’s official.  The socialist country of Sweden plans to cut its corporate tax rate from 26.3% to 22% to improve prospects for new jobs and investment.  So where does America – the beacon of freedom – stand in the rankings of corporate tax rates?  We’re dead last among industrialized nations, checking in at 35% with another 5% on average for state taxes. Yes, we | Read More »

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    Why Today’s BLS Jobs Numbers Make No Sense

    Why Today's BLS Jobs Numbers Make No Sense

    Every month, we try to break down the monthly employment report from the BLS and analyze it in plain English.  Today’s report of September employment is so bizarre that it’s hard to comprehend, much less give over. The BLS puts out two surveys:  1)the establishment survey, which shows the growth in non-farm payroll jobs (as well as a breakdown by specific industry), surveys businesses and | Read More »

    Obama’s Tax Deduction Lie

    Obama’s Tax Deduction Lie

    Obama thinks the American people are stupid.  Throughout the debate, Obama regurgitated his talking points about a balanced solution to the debt crisis.  In the process he insulted the intelligence of every voter by intimating that the budget can be balanced by eliminating a few tax credits.  No, he didn’t commit to tackling the tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities to Medicare and Social Security.  | Read More »

    Beating an Empty Chair

    We’ve all been critical of Mitt Romney from the beginning of the primary and throughout the general election for his lack of core principles, pale-pastel ideas, flaccid attacks on Obama, and lack of specifics.  I have not shied away from pointing out that the Romney convention along with his acceptance speech was a disaster. So what about his debate performance? To paraphrase Michele Obama, this | Read More »

    Charles Boustany: The Most Pro-Palestinian Republican in Congress

    Charles Boustany: The Most Pro-Palestinian Republican in Congress

    The primaries ended a long time ago, and we are all focused assiduously on the general election.  However, there is one major Republican primary contest that is still outstanding.  The member-on-member battle between conservative Jeff Landry and pro-Palestinian leftist Charles Boustany in Louisiana District 3. Louisiana holds a jungle primary in which all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are put on the same ballot on | Read More »

    Obama’s ‘Recovery’ is Worse Than Recession

    Here we go again.  GDP growth for Q2 of this year has been revised down to 1.3% from 1.7%.  Our GDP now stands at $15.585 trillion, while our debt (including intragovernmental liabilities that must be dealt with) is $16.022 trillion.  Durable goods orders have dropped 13.2% in August, the largest dip since January 2009.  Orders for July were revised down. Folks, this is not endemic | Read More »

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    Time to Put Conservatives on Major Congressional Committees

    While everyone in politics is focused on the horse race of presidential politics, we must not abjure our responsibility to assert conservative control over Congress.  Regardless of who wins the presidential election, we must create a conservative firewall in Congress, particularly in the House. How do we remake the House as a conservative firewall against big government?  Even if we elect more conservatives, history has | Read More »

    Undoing the Food Stamp Presidency

    Undoing the Food Stamp Presidency

    Shortly after the November elections, Congress will reconvene for the lame duck session and consider the farm bill at the behest of a bipartisan coalition of statists.  The farm bill is really a food stamp bill.  The House version (H.R. 6083) authorizes $957 billion in spending over 10 years, $756 billion of which will be spent on food stamps and other nutrition programs. The Senate | Read More »

    A Missed Opportunity on Housing Policy

    There’s nothing that exemplifies the deleterious effects of government intervention into the private sector than the housing market.  Bill Clinton’s National Homeownership Strategy did to the housing sector what Obamacare will do for the healthcare sector.  His administration created entire offices and programs dedicated to forcing banks to underwrite risky mortgages under the dubious goal of universal home ownership.  Concurrently, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac | Read More »

    We’re #18 in Economic Freedom

    We’re #18 in Economic Freedom

    Every year, the Fraser Institute, a Canadian free-market think tank, publishes an economic freedom index for all developed and some developing countries.  The index is determined by 42 variables that fit into 5 broad categories; (1) size of government; (2) legal system and property rights; (3) sound money; (4) freedom to trade internationally; and (5) regulation. So where do we stand in the 2012 Economic | Read More »

    Republicans Beclown Themselves With Sequester

    Last week, I was watching the House debate over the sequester replacement bill, and was struck by the effectiveness of Chris Van Hollen’s attacks against the Republicans.  Their absurd gyrations of ideological inconsistency have exposed them to pungent attacks from Democrats.  Honestly it’s hard to defend them against those attacks. Pursuant to the Budget Control Act – the absurd debt ceiling agreement from last year | Read More »

    The 47 Percent

    Copious pages of commentary have been poured over the kerfuffle surrounding Romney’s newly-discovered comments regarding the 47% who don’t pay taxes and inexorably vote for Democrats.  It’s important to note that Mother Jones malevolently edited out two minutes of the video right at the time Romney made the “47 percent” comment.   There are a few points that I believe have been overlooked throughout this | Read More »