Obama Creates His Own Luck

    “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people | Read More »

    More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith

    A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the desperation you can smell in the left’s opening salvo of attacks against him. The early leader for the genre’s exemplar is this piece from the formerly proud The Atlantic (which has sadly been reduced to a gay gossip site and anti-Semitic conspiracy newsletter). The author, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, first | Read More »

    RS Gathering 2011: Get Involved

    I can remember back when this website was enthused to get 30K hits a day and many days got less than 20K. I am sure some front pagers can remember when it got much less. I can remember three years ago when we started the RedState Gathering as a means for RedState diarists and commenters to get together and meet each other face and socialize. | Read More »

    The Enemy Within

    Rick Perry said a prayer on Sunday. After you’ve picked yourselves up off the floor and recovered from your collective shock, you can read the full transcript of it here, or if you are so inclined, you can watch the video here. As is perfectly obvious to everyone who has ever met someone who’s attended a Christian church, Perry’s prayer was standard-fare mainstream evangelicalism – | Read More »

    CREW Complaint Against Christine O’Donnell Dismissed

    The world is too full of liberal organizations posing as neutral arbiters of fact and fairness. Thankfully, these organizations are never able to maintain the patina of objectiveness very long, and the mask inevitably slips. Last week, Politifact exposed themselves as liberal hacks yet further. Now it is Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)’s turn. I was not a Christine O’Donnell supporter. I | Read More »

    Politifact’s Review of Josh Trevino: Mostly Hackery

    RedState Co-Founder appeared on MSNBC last night discussing, inter alia, the debt ceiling, and liberals are in a tizzy. Some of them apparently contacted the liberal hack artists at Politifact (who have still got about 5 people on earth convinced that they are a neutral fact checker) to take a run at Josh’s claims about polling on the deficit. The clip of Josh’s performance is | Read More »

    Why Are You Outraged?

    To a certain extent, I live in a cave when it comes to following the news, particularly when it comes to media coverage of sensational trials, which tends to drive me around the bend. Therefore, I seriously had never heard of the Casey Anthony trial even as recently as Sunday night. Therefore, I have no strong opinions on whether Casey Anthony is actually guilty of | Read More »

    Jen Rubin Continues Her Tragic Self-Beclowning

    It figures that when the Washington Post hired a token conservative, they apparently hired someone completely ignorant of the conservative blogosphere. Apparently, they also hired someone who is completely ignorant of even recent Republican political history. Behold her latest offering in her quixotic campaign against the SBA List pledge: One final point: Billy Valentine, SBA’s deputy director who fielded questions all day Saturday, was a | Read More »

    Jim Tucker’s Fight to Keep Workers on the Government Dole in Louisiana

    (See here, here, here, here and here for previous coverage on the budget battle in Louisiana.) It appears that Louisiana Speaker of the House Jim Tucker has won at least a temporary victory in his battle to prevent Bobby Jindal from selling and privatizing three state prisons, a move which would have infused almost $100M in cash to the State’s strapped budget as well as | Read More »

    Substituting Sloganeering for Leadership in Louisiana

    For years, Democrats in Louisiana ran the state legislature incompetently and inefficiently, wasting the taxpayers’ money and creating bloated entitlement programs that generated structural budget deficits that were almost impossible to overcome. In 2010, for the first time in ages, Republicans finally gained control of both chambers of the Louisiana legislature, giving them the chance to finally show the people of Louisiana that Republicans could | Read More »

    Jim Tucker Resorts to Desperation in Opposition to Pension Reform

    As I noted here, Louisiana Speaker of the House Jim Tucker is attempting to defeat needed pension reform in Louisiana by falsely claiming that requiring Louisiana state employees to contribute additional money to their pension is a payroll tax, which he opposes (because of course he is a fiscal conservative and all fiscal conservatives oppose taxes). Tucker has confirmed that he intends to treat the | Read More »

    Reform on the Ropes – Prison Reform

    Currently, the Louisiana prison system is served by 11 state prisons. Some years ago, the State of Louisiana built three essentially identical prisons – the Allen, Avoyelles, and Winn correctional centers – which served as something of an experiment. The Avoyelles correctional center was run and staffed by State employees. The Allen and Winn correctional centers were run by private companies under 10-year contracts – | Read More »

    Reform on the Ropes in Louisiana – Pension Reform

    See Part 1 of this series here. In addition to reforming the Medicaid system in Louisiana, Bobby Jindal is attempting to reform the state employees’ pension system in Louisiana – a move that conservatives have supported in other states like New Jersey. In order to understand this move, it is necessary to explain how the state pension system works. In the typical private retirement system, | Read More »

    Reform on the Ropes in Louisiana (Part 1 – Healthcare)

    “True fiscal conservatism supports privatization of government services wherever possible because the private sector is almost always more efficient than the government.“ Although he has not kept a national profile as high as that of some other Republican governors like Chris Christie or Scott Walker, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been quietly and competently reforming state government in Louisiana since his election.  Jindal has successfully | Read More »

    Texas Becomes First State in 50 Years to Actually Cut Budget Spending

    UPDATE: Reading the release a little more carefully, this is the first budget cut in Texas in 50 years. I have no idea when the last other state was to actually reduce spending. I would welcome if anyone has the answer to this question. Via the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Texas Legislature has reached a deal for the upcoming fiscal which actually cuts government | Read More »