Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR).
Congress and Staff Should Beware Their Obamacare Bribe
Of all the problems with Obamacare, the one that should strike the most fear into the hearts of members of Congress is public reaction to their acceptance of a bribe to keep the law funded. Congress should reject the exemption the President offers them, which allows the federal government to pay for their exchange-based health insurance. Many Americans are in the same situation as members | Read More »
Syria: Distraction From The Trainwreck Of Obamacare
The point of rattling sabers over Syria is to change the media narrative. Instead of talking about the weak economy and its cause, Obamacare and the other regulatory burdens the statists are creating, or the many scandals plaguing the White House to the point of impeachment talk, the President and his handlers want to focus on a convenient demon, King Assad of Syria. At the | Read More »
Giving Thanks For Organized Labor
If you have the day off today, say a little “Thank you!” to organized labor. Also, if you have the day off every day, say a little “Thank you!” to organized labor.
DCCC Fundraising Lies Not Considered Comical
The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee — Nancy Pelosi’s organization to raise funds to return her to power — sent out a fundraising letter over the debt ceiling increase. That normally isn’t news, nor is Democrats lying. But the weird, over-the-edge direction their letter took made me wonder what they were talking about.
Don’t Blame The Victims Of Obamacare
There will be an attempt, and probably a concerted effort, to attack as selfish and even unpatriotic people who do not wish to participate in Obamacare. If people choose to behave rationally and react to perverse incentives, expect the Left to cry foul. But as long as the wrong-headed and unjust law continues to remain in effect, all of us, one way or another, will | Read More »
Will the Real Lindsey Graham Please Shut Up?
Lindsey Graham (R-South McCainolina) said on Sunday that the US should stop aid to Egypt. Why? Because the Egyptian army is putting down the scourge of civilization, the Muslim Brotherhood. As The Hill reported, “We’re headed for Algeria. The [Muslim] Brotherhood will go underground, al Qaeda will come to their aid, and you’re going to have an armed insurgency, not protesters, on your hands in | Read More »
Worried? No, We Smell Victory
Jon Favreau writes in the Daily Beast that Republicans must be really worried Obamacare will succeed. It’s an interesting spin, but shows the echo chamber in which Favreau and his listserve companions operate.
Illinois today became the 50th state to allow concealed carry of firearms. Lawmakers have overridden the line-item vetoes of hapless Governor Pat Quinn (D-Chicago).
Lovers of freedom know that a limited government is the only way to achieve it. Limiting our government in the modern age means also limiting how it uses our personal data. If you want to keep a secret, don’t tell anyone. The only way to be sure data is not used improperly is not to allow them to collect it.
Arizona PCs Rally Against Obrewercare June 22, 10am
Conservative Precinct Committeemen in Arizona are kicking off a campaign to repeal Governor Brewer’s Medicaid expansion with a petition signing party today at 10 AM in Phoenix.
Is the HHS Director Illegally Campaigning … Again?
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has run afoul of the law again, urging companies whose future she controls to donate to do work her agency lacks the funds to do. Congress has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate. Secretary Sebelius has been shaking down the industry she controls, raising funds for Enroll America, an alliance of community organizers and health sector businesses. This is not | Read More »
Keynesian Economics: Still Failing After All These Years
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t post it here until I noticed that Michael Tanner of The Cato Institute agreed. Keynesianism is still not working.
End the Obamacare Slush Fund
As Dean Clancy wrote last week at FreedomWorks, the House today will take up the Helping Sick Americans Now Act (H.R.1549). The bill cuts a slush fund and uses the money to subsidize insurance for the sickest Americans. Congress should pass it. Contrary to various claims, this bill neither cripples Obamacare implementation nor fixes Obamacare. It merely forces the Obamacare train wreck to get by on its | Read More »
The Senate immigration bill proposed by the so-called Gang of 8 claims to enforce border security and reform immigration. But in the end it is just an amnesty plan that adds another layer of difficulty to the process of legal immigration. The United States needs real immigration reform, and Republicans need to show they’re on the side of immigrants. Something has to be done. Not | Read More »
Boston Massacre Conspiracy Theorists at Salon
Guilt peddler and emotional trainwreck David Sirota took to the pages of Salon on Tuesday to write about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing through the lens of “white male privilege,” the only such device he is apparently able to wield. His is an outlook born of conspiracy theory, the fantasy of class collusion and secret alliances. So it is unsurprising that most people | Read More »
Arkansas Statists Fail to Expand Obamacare
Conservatives in the Arkansas legislature held firm against funding what the statists in Arkansas are calling a “private option” for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It’s really just a different way to expand socialized medicine. The legislature should not fund this boondoggle. Arkansas has a Democrat governor and Republican legislature. Arkansas DHS spokesperson Amy Weber told me Friday, “It really lies in the hands of our | Read More »
With Republicans and libertarians rushing headlong to fundamentally transform America’s marriage laws, I thought I’d make an observation. If marriage is no longer defined as one man and one woman, there is no chance that it will not include more than one of each, nor extend to marrying children. That’s because in reality it already does.
Attacks on SarahPAC
Sarah Palin must be over the target.
Outreach and Get Out The Vote
In developing the Growth and Opportunity Project‘s Autopsy of the 2012 election (pdf), the Republican National Committee correctly identified the reason for the party’s loss, but failed to recommend a coherent strategy to reverse it.
President Obama won by defining his opponent in a negative way, and marrying modern technology with old-fashioned boots on the ground. Republicans can do those things even better than he did, but doing so will require radically reforming the party.
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The Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project post-mortem of the 2012 election cycle covers a lot of ground in its effort to diagnose the Party’s losses. This first installment of my response covers the report broadly and particularly its prescriptions for messaging. The RNC report categorized its recommendations in seven areas: Messaging Demographic Partners Campaign Mechanics Friends and Allies (Third Party Groups) Fundraising Campaign Finance | Read More »
Why Pat Brady Will Not Long Remain Illinois Republican Party Chair
The move to oust Pat Brady as head of the Illinois Republican Party has been cast as being all about gay marriage, but it isn’t so. Brady’s full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage was just the tossed glove in a duel for the direction of the GOP in Illinois.
To Win, We Must First Admit We Lost
Excusing defeat is a sure way to keep losing. In the 2012 election, conservatives, libertarians, and tea party groups were outworked and outvoted by an array of forces that should have been demoralized and bitter, but instead focused on their common enemy and working together. If we want to avoid a repeat of that performance in 2014 and 2016, we must first recognize one reality:
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As Your Friend, I Say You Will Regret This
Media members will regret attacking Bob Woodward for revealing, and insisting, that the sequester originated in the White House. They will regret more not realizing that a viable First Amendment requires a press in loyal opposition to the government. But even more, they will regret being the champions of reckless government spending.
How Many Demons Can Dance On the Head of a Sequester?
Our government is too big. The crisis of the moment, the so-called sequester, won’t do anything to change that. Our nation needs a plan to reduce government spending dramatically, rapidly, and in accordance with our needs. Until then, however, the sequester is better than nothing, and far better than any proposal to change it.