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    The Quickly Evolving 9-9-9

    This just in via AEI. I am not making this up. This is from an interview of The Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore on Larry Kudlow’s radio show. I love the idea [of a 9 percent national sales tax]. As you know, Art Laffer and I helped design the plan. But I’ve come to the conclusion that the American people and the voters do not want a | Read More »

    The Reticulating Splines of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

    Yesterday I braved thundering waves of  ignorance to examine Herman Cain’s own very well reasoned opposition to one-third of his 9-9-9 Plan on these pages less than a year ago. As far as I can tell the defense fell into three categories: 1) Herman Cain is our POINT GUARD!!1!1! and you’re a stinking RINO if you don’t know that, 2) Herman Cain speaks in parables and | Read More »

    Herman Cain Thinks 9-9-9 Is A Really Bad Idea

    or at least he did only eleven months ago. Last week I took a couple of looks at Herman Cain’s tax plan masquerading an economic plan called 9-9-9 (here | here) What struck me about the plan was the extremely non-conservative nature of the plan (for the past 30 years conservatives have opposed new taxes or increases in existing taxes), in this case the implementation | Read More »

    Herman Cain’s Unrealistic Economic Plan

    One of the first things you learn as a young infantry officer is that hope is not a method. You don’t hope the enemy behaves in a certain way. You don’t hope support shows up at the right time. You don’t lead an operation that is based on hope. As Herman Cain has shot to a surprising lead in the polls more attention has turned | Read More »

    In Support of the #OWS Protests

    I’m going to diverge a bit from our RedState Echo Chamber® and come out in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests. I’m struggling to find a downside to this bit of theater for conservatives or the GOP. I don’t really see an upside to it for the Administration and the Democrats. Personally, I can’t think of anything more amusing than several heavily blue cities | Read More »

    The Reverend Jeffress And Mormons

    Yesterday at the Value Voters Summit, Texas Governor Rick Perry was introduced by the Reverend Robert Jeffress. This, according to the Washington Post, is how the introduction went. 2:27 pm: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is introduced by Southern Baptist Convention leader Robert Jeffress, who endorsed the candidate recently. Jeffress called Perry “the most pro-life governor in the United States of America.” He also alluded to | Read More »

    Mitt Romney’s Troubling Appointments

    Mitt Romney’s supporters have been dogging Governor Perry on him acting as Texas campaign manager for Al Gore’s abortive 1988 presidential run as one of the Seven Dwarfs. The critique runs, dishonestly I might add, that Al Gore was an environmental kook then, ergo Perry is an environmental kook. Because something. This is just balderdash. In 1988, Al Gore was a moderate-conservative senator from Tennessee | Read More »

    Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy

    (H/T to Mitt Romney’s indefatigable fluffer at NRO, Katrina Trinko, for the transcript.) Today Mitt Romney delivered his views on foreign policy in a speech to the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel. When dealing with Romney you’re never quite sure if he believes what he’s saying but if this is what he believes then it is an impressive statement on America’s place in the | Read More »

    Herman Cain: Maybe Obama Is Better Than Rick Perry

    He didn’t say that exactly but that is what it boils down to. Last week I posted a story titled Herman Cain: I Endorse Mitt Romney. I engendered some lively discussion mostly from Herman Cain fans who insisted that they could parse hidden meaning into his “Today, I could not support Rick Perry as the nominee for a host of reasons” statement. To me, only | Read More »

    A Nobel Prize For Settled Science

    Today Dan Shechtman, Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an Associate of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and Professor of Materials Science at Iowa State University, received a telephone call that he didn’t expect. It was from the Nobel Committee which had taken valuable time out from awarding its Peace Prize to assorted crackpots, incompetents, | Read More »

    Romney’s Difficult Path To The Nomination

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook   Jon Stewart offers the critique of Mitt Romney that most of us at RedState have been offering since 2007. Politically, he was at home in Massachusetts and I believe if he wins the GOP nomination — and I take it as a given that | Read More »

    The Unprecedented Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

    I’m not a lawyer and I don’t even play one after staying at a Holiday Inn Express or when posting on RedState so what follows doesn’t pretend to be a legal analysis but more of a historical perspective on what Mr. al-Awlaki’s untimely end may signify. I’ll preface this by saying that I think the killing of al-Awlaki to be right and proper. I’m not | Read More »

    Herman Cain: I Endorse Mitt Romney

    That’s not exactly what he said but that is what it amounted to. Yesterday, Herman Cain, a contender for the GOP presidential nomination, announced that he would not support Texas Governor Rick Perry for president. Herman Cain said Wednesday that he would be unable to support Rick Perry for president if the Texas governor were to eventually win the party’s nomination. “Today, I could not | Read More »

    On HPV and Virtuous Diseases

    One of the disadvantages of being a procrastinator is that sometimes you lose great opportunities. I started on this story last week and put it aside because of travel, In the meantime I find that Michael Gerson has hit the subject much better than I ever could. Though the kerfuffle concerning Michele Bachmann and the HPV vaccine from the Republican candidate debate in Tampa is | Read More »

    Michele Bachmann: Accidental Kamikaze

    I’ve been leaning towards Rick Perry for a few weeks with Michele Bachmann as my second choice if he implodes. My first preference didn’t change last night but my second place choice did. Last night Michele Bachmann lost my support. She not only lost it for consideration as a presidential nominee, she lost it period. Full stop. In my view she beclowned herself beyond redemption | Read More »