Charles Schumer (D, New York): the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass a budget.
Please take note of this. Democratic Senators are a funny bunch, sometimes. Point out that they’re mandated, Constitutionally, to pass a budget every year? They yawn. Remind them that it’s rank hypocrisy to lecture people on fiscal responsibility when they won’t show any? You get a shrug in response. Observe that shenanigans like Senate Democrats not doing a budget since 2009 is one major reason | Read More »
The Smugglers of Old New York.
So I hear (as did our own Dan McLaughlin, last week) that New York is the place to go for an exciting and remunerative career in the cigarette-smuggling trade: Last week, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy released a report chronicling the rate of cigarette smuggling in the United States, revealing what retailers in New York have long known: state-to-state smuggling has become a big | Read More »
TAKE THAT GUN AWAY from Joe Morrissey (D, Virginia House of Delegates).
Background: the aforementioned idjit decided to wave around an “AK-47-style rifle” on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates as part of a fairly bizarre gun-grabbing stunt. Now, Morrissey claimed that the gun was unloaded, but then… “Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to take his finger out of the trigger guard…” …Joe Morrissey is apparently not exactly qualified to | Read More »
An interesting, if mildly depressing, exchange on Obamacare.
Goodness gracious, but check this out. Background: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey called Obamacare first ‘socialist,’ then ‘fascist,’ then regretted calling it fascist because the Left is generally too ill-educated to understand the difference between National Socialism and economic fascism* -so they were thus all getting hung up in their own ignorance, and thus omitting to address Mackey’s point. Cue CNN Carol Costello, who gave | Read More »
Pushme-pullyou Watch: Assault Weapons and Chuck Hagel.
This is a kind of a good news, maybe bad news kind of thing. First, the kind of good news: [Sen Stuart Smalley Al] Franken, speaking during a press event in Rochester, said he supports limits on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds and tightening the nation’s system of background checks. But, he declined to say whether he supported a ban on assault weapons, a key | Read More »
…Anthony Weiner contemplating running for NYC Mayor anyway?
I… don’t know what to say. Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat’s latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. | Read More »
Psst: Obama’s second Inaugural Ball schedule designed to keep hoi polloi away.
Politico kind of buries the lede here: The inaugural team made a show of announcing that the festivities to mark Obama’s second Inauguration would be greatly curtailed this year as a nod to tough economic times. Rather than the 10 official balls that the president and first lady zipped around to in 2009, this year there would be only two: the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, for 4,000 | Read More »
Obama’s budget proposal will be late. Again.
Because apparently math is hard. The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.
An excellent and acceptable gun control legislation suggestion.
This is an idea of pure genius from Frank J Fleming: …here’s a great idea that should make everyone happy: Let’s just pretend to pass gun control legislation. What we can do is pass a law banning a bunch of made-up things that sound scary, and many gun control proponents already have great ideas along this line. For instance, I read a column in which | Read More »
Trillion dollar coin idea *finally* goes down in flames.
About freaking time, too. Forget about the government minting a $1 trillion coin to solve its debt-limit crisis. Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Saturday that neither his department nor the Federal Reserve believes the law can or should be used to produce such a coin to avoid a coming battle with Congress over government borrowing. Some of President Barack Obama’s liberal allies have been | Read More »
Breaking: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D, West Virginia) cuts and runs.
Via the AP: U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world’s richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term. Jay Rockefeller was not on my list of particularly vulnerable Senators for 2014 – I figured that incumbency | Read More »
I do not say that Jack Lew’s signature disqualifies him for Treasury Secretary.
I am saying that it’s… well, look. (via AOL) Seriously? When New York Magazine says that something is a problem for a Democrat, then something is a problem for a Democrat. That’s maybe going to go on our dollar bills if we’re not careful… or if Jack Lew doesn’t learn how to write his name out legibly. I suggest some emergency Palmer penmanship therapy. (H/T: | Read More »
Breaking: Hilda Solis has resigned as Secretary of Labor.
Pretty much out of nowhere: as of an hour ago CNN was reporting that the White House was touting Hilda Solis as a mark of its diversity. Mind you, they were doing so as part of a post about how Barack Obama’s Cabinet is becoming, and I quote CNN here, ‘a boys club.’ At any rate, this was and is very much a surprise, so | Read More »
I propose calling the Trillion Dollar Coin a ‘Gresham.’
Mostly because calling it a ‘friedman’ is just a bit too obscure to be proper black humor; calling it a ‘keynes’ actually maligns a guy who would be freaking out over what Obama’s done to his economic policy*; and calling it a ‘fiat’ will cause people to confuse it with the car**. Anyway, basic details here (H/T Jim Geraghty): if you’re not familiar with what’s | Read More »
The absolutely EXPECTED small business fallout from Obamacare.
It would appear that many small business owners have noticed that the new rules for providing mandatory health insurance coverage have some significant loopholes: to wit, that they only apply to companies that employ fifty or more full time employers (which is to say, people who work for thirty or more hours a week). The answer to handling the situation then becomes fairly obvious. And | Read More »