Folks in the media live in failed states such as Baltimore, Washington, New York, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, dependent on government schemes to prop up their non-sustainable, urban lives. The rest of us live lives that are sustained by our families, not by the federal government.
If United States is ever to be eclipsed as a major power, defeat might begin with foreign “leaders”—all dictators, actually—having ready access to the American people via our own mass media. Recently, Russian strong man Vladimir Putin was welcomed to the editorial pages of that “newspaper of record,” The New York Times.
The fact that Obamacare is the law today does not mean it must be enshrined forever. A lot of folks in the media are regurgitating this White House talking point. I pointed out that the Continuing Resolution also is the law, but maybe I should have pointed out that politicians change the tax code all the time.
World War II Veterans denied access to their memorial is appalling. But, Catholic priests denied the opportunity to celebrate Mass, even as volunteers, leaves me speechless.
As the high drama continues to intensify in Washington, D.C., my confusion also continues to increase. According to the Treasury Department the borrowing limit will be reached a little later this month, on October 17th. But the real problem would be reached on October 31st, as all the Treasury Department tricks will have been exhausted.
Democrats thought shutting down the government was going to be the smartest decision they ever made, but it's looking more like Napoleon's march into Russia every day. For the first time in years, the Republicans sound like reasonable, principled adults who are willing to compromise to help the country. Meanwhile, Democrats are coming across like arrogant Lords telling the rest of the rabble in flyover country what rights they're willing to allow them to have. Just look at what the public has already learned about the Democrats from the shutdown.
As the American people grapple with the consequences of a government shutdown, there are many federal agencies that are vital to the United States economy that will be affected. However, the closure of at least one government agency should be met with relief, the United States Export-Import Bank’s (Ex-Im Bank). Thankfully operations at Ex-Im Bank have ceased and this is probably for the best, especially in light of recent revelations that the Bank loaned $33.6 million in taxpayer funds to a Abengoa – a Spain-based green energy company – whose advisory board includes former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Never before has an American president threatened and risked the U.S. economy and financial markets the way Barack Obama has in recent days. For his own narrow political ends, Obama and his minions have actually accused the Republican party of deliberately provoking a Treasury debt default because they don't agree with the Obama position on the continuing budget resolution and the debt ceiling.
Today, the White House learned the hard way that the definition of a political gaffe is accidentally telling the truth. In the latest look into the White House's warped view of reality, a senior official proudly boasted that it “really doesn’t matter” to them how long the shutdown lasts because they think that they are "winning" the shutdown.
E.J. Dionne tweeted out a pointer Friday morning to this TPM post that has the lefties very excited about how they are "winning" the shutdown.
The families of two slain Marines from Camp Bastion finally got some answers this week. But their battle for full accountability in the 9/14/12 Taliban attack is far from over. Two top U.S. military leaders will get early retirement and full pensions for their fatal negligence.
Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.
This week’s most important lesson does not involve the failure of Obamacare. There’s no lesson there. If you thought the government was capable of competently executing the roll-out of this abomination I have a timeshare deal you might want to buy into. The place overlooks a unicorn ranch; it’s awesome.
On the same day, CNN and NBC both dropped their plans to make movies about Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, it looks like a win both for the Clintons and for RNC chair Reince Priebus, who boldly told the two networks that they wouldn't be moderating any GOP presidential debates in 2015 or 2016 with those promotional films in the pipeline.
These days Colbert and Stewart are the leading policy wonks, intellectuals and idea guys for the Democrats. Their pronouncements are more like what passes for policy white papers coming from liberals.
Shutting down the government in an effort to use a budget fight to get rid of Obamacare is not the strategy I would have recommended for the GOP. And while Republicans can be blamed for starting the shutdown, it's increasingly apparent that President Obama and the Democrats deserve the lion's share of blame for not only prolonging it, but for making it as painful as possible.
The arrogance of this president is staggering. He is so convinced he is immune from accountability that he thinks he can thumb his nose at Republicans and refuse even to come to the table and negotiate.
In predictable Democrat (read: “ruling class”) fashion, the President has threatened that a failure to reach an agreement on the Debt Ceiling would result in senior citizens being without their coveted social security checks. Of course this raises a big question: Why do we need to borrow money if Social Security is solvent?
It’s not a secret: Obama and the Democrats will not negotiate. . . So who are the stubborn ones? Ambassador from the great Republic of Texas, Congressman Kevin Brady, joined the program to discuss the inside scoop on ending the government shutdown.
However, even though I take second place to nobody in my disdain for the income tax, the worst thing about that law is not the tax rates, the double taxation, or the complexity. The worst thing is that the income tax enabled the modern welfare state.
By New York standards the city’s (probable) next mayor Bill De Blasio wouldn’t merit a backstage pass at a Castro concert. The Stalinist dictator’s fan base in the city he craved to incinerate is much too vast and passionate to allow room in the long cue for pictures and autographs to any but the genuinely smitten, who literally swarm in New York City.
The president might have been able to get a joint resolution through Congress backing his policy in Syria if only (1) he had been able to hold on to the support of the president, and (2) had a policy.
Obama is not getting the level of blame he deserves for the economic hardships Americans are enduring in their daily lives as a result of his incompetent policies.
A question Americans should answer for themselves is the one I am thinking through while standing at the National World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall this week.
Anyone who bought the media buzz about a September reduction of QE - called the "taper" - was very surprised when the Federal Reserve announced that stimulus would continue unabated. According the the official narrative, inflation is under control and the labor market is steadily improving. Why wouldn't a modest taper be announced?
A Line of Sight contributing editor, Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army Ret.) just returned from a fact finding mission to Egypt. "The bottom line is they are so upset with the American government supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda over there," Vallely reported.
It's bad enough when one party or another claims to have a monopoly on wisdom. But I've learned it's even more dangerous when the parties agree on something, like almost happened going to war in Syria. See: John, McCain, (R)epublocrat™.
Note to congressional Democrats: You can change your mind on Obamacare. It's allowed. Really. You can. We won't tell.
On March 30, 1981, Jerry Parr’s quick thinking and reflexes became part of history as he pushed President Reagan into a limousine when gunfire erupted outside the Washington Hilton Hotel following a speech to a labor group. Jerry and his wife Carolyn have written a new book, a moving memoir of that fateful day and of Jerry’s life and career. It’s called, In the Secret Service: The True Story of the Man Who Saved President Reagan’s Life.
By now, you really would have thought Michael Bloomberg would have learned his lesson. He has found yet another group of people he knows better than and is making sure they know about it. This time his target is the people of Ohio and our Senator, Rob Portman.
If Republicans were smart (I know, but stay with me) their focus during the Obamacare debate should have been less on blocking its implementation and more on a page they might have taken from the Democrat's playbook, which is to rally the country to its side by use of sentimentality and the threat of impending doom.
The government shutdown is turning out to be more, and more, of a joke. But it is a pretty illustritave display of Obama’s inability to lead. Bob Beauprez, former Congressman from Colorado, joined the show to discuss what the shutdown says about the Obama White House.
The simple solution would be to make sure the plan is fundable at a reasonable discount rate. The yield on 30-year US treasuries seems about right.
President Obama and the House of Representatives will ultimately maneuver towards a resolution of the government shutdown, but only after the stock market begins to take a serious tumble on fears that the debt ceiling will not be raised later this month.
Robert Small, Baltimore parent, tried to warn us that Common Core would be a disaster in Baltimore County. Superintendent Dallas Dance wouldn’t admit it at the time, but he obviously understood the same fact. Dance said, “We are building the plane as we fly it."
It is the most thunderous proof of the Taranto Principle to date. I am speaking of the Senate's rejection of the House of Representative's proposal to delay the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act for a year, along with the federal subsidy for Congressional lawmakers and their staffs if and when these selfless public servants enter health care exchanges.
I don't know about you, but I felt embarrassed and proud at the same time watching video of veterans that came to Washington DC in four busloads. Told by security they couldn't visit the WWII Memorial they pushed past - many in wheelchairs - and finished their Honor Flight Tour. God Bless those guys.
No matter the reference source, whether it’s Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, The Free Dictionary, or just good old-fashioned Merriam-Webster, the definition for the word “budget” is basically the same. For those U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressmen who happen to be reading this column, let me refresh your memories. . .
The last century was the worst century ever for the persecution of Christians and martyrdom. Next month will mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The official date is November 10, 2013. However, their website states: “…you are free to choose another date if you wish." Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors have chosen November 3.
As the federal government “shuts down,” the media are busy doing their usual stellar job of obscuring the facts and shilling for the Democrat Party. According to the typical (*yawn*) media meme, Democrats are trying to preserve civilization, and Republicans want people to die.
Recently the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) removed three stocks from its membership roster and added three new stocks in their place. The stocks that were kicked out—Alcoa (AA), Bank of America (BAC), and Hewlett-Packard (HP); the stocks added—Visa (V), Nike (NKE), Goldman Sachs (GS).
Why are mediocre stocks so popular when there are so many great ones out there ready to be discovered? That is the one question I keep posing to myself day after day after looking at so many portfolios full of stocks like Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Lowes, Intel, Microsoft, and on and on.
Welcome to ObamaWreck! Americans nationwide spent Tuesday struggling with the much-hyped "Affordable Care Act" health insurance exchanges. Server meltdowns, error messages and security glitches plagued the federal and state government websites as open enrollment began. But when taxpayers discover exactly who will be navigating them through the bureaucratic maze, they may be glad they didn't get through.
Once again, we've reached a government shutdown over irresponsible government spending. Once more, the media are proclaiming the world is coming to an end and blaming conservative Republicans for everything. They are working hand in glove with the Never Enough Government lobby that dominates Washington, without a shred of shame.
Michael Bloomberg’s “Nanny State Fever” is spreading like a bad virus across America. Texting bans have become a new and favored tool in local and state government arsenals, with which to control citizenry and raise revenue.
Yesterday there were reports of Veterans who ignored the barricades placed around the Washington DC WWII memorial. After hearing the story, the thought dawned on me. . . Why were there barricades around an open monument? Then I learned that the White House had specifically rejected the veteran’s request to visit the memorial.
What’s the likely outcome of the government shutdown fight? Well, in my libertarian fantasy world, we leave it closed. Or at least we never bother to reopen counterproductive bureaucracies such as the Department of Education, Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Transportation, etc, etc.
Obamacare Day One: Kinda mixed results. Tad DeHaven, from Cato, joined the program to discuss the failure of Obamacare, and the non-event of a government shutdown.
A partial government shutdown is now underway. I am unimpressed, and so are the futures. U.S. futures are up slightly, and so are global futures in general. Gold and the dollar are flat.
The media have proclaimed the end of civilization for the third time this year. Sure, the mail will still run on time.
As the midnight hour loomed, the Shutdown Standoff continued and the danger mounted hour by hour. The country's much abused citizens could look up and down, left and right, as the hours passed and then the minutes ticked away, and still not see a trace of reason, compromise, negotiation or any of the other elements that make a supposed republic work.
Once upon a time — September 17th —Reuters published a delightfully preposterous blunderbuss of a blog. It served up a one-sided attack on conservatives. It did so as part of what it calls The Great Debate. Well, a debate has two sides.
So here we are in the midst of another government shut down, testing once again if those fire and brimstone predictions will come to pass and the fabric of our nation will be torn to shreds.
Boy, was that ever painful, watching Russian President Vladimir Putin attempting to pry U.S. President Barack Obama's fingers off the Tomahawk missile trigger and convince him not to go ahead with an attack that Obama most likely didn't want to launch in the first place.
Teen-age vandalism. It’s a common, typically local problem that doesn’t generally garner much attention. But when 300 teens broke into a former NFL player’s vacation home and trashed it, it created headlines—but not for the reason you might suspect.
Contemporary Liberalism elevates itself to unnatural heights, having nowhere but downward to fall. Policies like the Affordable Care Act (Seriously?), i.e. ObamaCare, highlight the arrogance of liberals who promote themselves to a place of superiority, telling us what we need and then redefining those needs as a "right."
A year before George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin at a townhouse complex in Sanford, Fla., Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a shot into the ceiling during a 2010 confrontation with her husband at their home in Jacksonville.
Where can I get free or low-cost care in my community? This greeted visitors to www.healthcare.gov from June 26 to September 15, designed to inform Americans about the new healthcare law. The problem with the statement above is that there isn't any such thing as "free" care.
The federal government shut down and right now House Republicans look really stupid but so do the President and Senate Democrats. None of the three want to do the jobs they were elected to do: serve at the behest of “we the people.”
We come, we go. So quickly it's not easy to keep up. "You never know who's here anymore," my big sister once complained when we were trying to remember whether a character actor in the movies we used to watch years ago was still living.
Elderly veterans will not be allowed to pay their respects at the World War II Memorial’s outdoor plaza in as a result of the government shutdown, angering a Mississippi congressman who is calling on President Obama to accommodate the aging warriors.
The memorable line from Monday's debate about Obamacare?
Despite evidence from around the world that minimum wage laws can price low-skilled workers out of jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor is planning to extend minimum wage coverage to domestic workers, such as maids or those who drop in from time to time to do a few household chores for the sick and the elderly.
There was a time in America when the first priority of our schools was educating our children.
Many Democrats are genuinely puzzled about Republicans' continuing opposition to Obamacare. It is the law of the land, these Democrats say. Critics should accept it, as critics accepted Medicare.
We need to ask the folks in DC who can’t even manage their own checkbook to stop micromanaging ours.
The President uttered a fact during his 11 minutes of blaming Republicans yesterday when he said "the Federal Government is the Nation's single largest employer." Yep. . . Now, prepare for me to give John Maynard Keynes a posthumous mini-stroke: That's worse news than a government shutdown.
There’s a hoary old joke about the parson who is treed by a bear. The clergyman prays most earnestly to God, but in an even-handed way: “Lord, I know I’m a sinner, but I beg you: If you won’t help me, please do not help that bear!
The politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists and interest groups in Washington are hyperventilating that the federal gravy train may get sidetracked for a day or two by a shutdown fight between Republicans and Democrats.
Truth be told, the Markets don’t really seem to care too much about the looming possibility of a government shutdown. After all, checks will continue to be cut, dollars will continue to be printed, and one-way-or-another we will see an increase in National Debt. . . So, really, what’s changing?
In Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Stephanie M. Lee delivered a down-the-middle story about a Bay Area couple, Jennifer Benito-Kowalski and Steve Kowalski, 40 and 41 -- who paid an Indian woman to help them attain their goal of making a baby with their own DNA.
In the face of a stagnating economic activity many economists are trying to explain why the medicine they have been administering these last six years isn’t working. Not capable of accepting theoretical defeat they offer new explanations. The “new” normal is in the process of being explained by nuance con gusto.
Ronald Reagan made a spectacular warning at the start of his political life. He said that if Americans do not fight to maintain our freedom that "one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free."
While recently making a morning sojourn to Starbucks for my occasional latte, I decided to add the USA Today (paper edition) to my purchase. The headline said, “Closing time?” So, as I pointed to the headline, I asked the three twenty-somethings behind the counter, “Was this a good idea?”
One has to wonder how a publicly-traded company can do business with a business model staked on organized hateful harassment of Christians and the vast majority of normal, everyday, heterosexual Americans.
Last week Eugene Robinson, the noted Washington Post columnist, mounted his soapbox and declared that, “…Republicans scream that Obamacare is sure to fail. But what they really fear is that it will succeed.”
We’re all paying more at the pump. It’s hurting consumers and dangerous for the fragile economy. And, it’s because of a Washington handout to corn farmers and big Wall Street banks – all disguised as a measure to promote renewable energy and clean-burning fuels.
In this “insurgents” vs “establishment” fight, I think it’s possible for good people to have opposing positions, but my sympathies are with the former over the latter. Here are a couple of observations to illustrate why I think the insurgents are correct
“The schools [utilizing Common Core]… are organized in a highly centralized government-run system. They [Common Core courses] have the following characteristics in common: they are overwhelmingly secular in orientation; a common school is provided through at least grades seven or eight; little or no tuition charge is made; schools are mostly coeducational; the curricula are tightly prescribed, as are the textbooks...students are offered few electives…”
As far as "dissolving flesh" goes, I can actually attest to that. On one hand I was stung three times and skin was gone in all three places. Other stings were simple swollen and itchy for over a week.
There a many, many calendars to mark the passage of time. There are, according to Wikipedia, 48 current calendars and 22 obsolete calendars ranging from the well-known Aztec Calendar to the more obscure Xhosa calendar (unique to certain areas of Nigeria).
Most Americans understand that the federal government's cupboard is definitely not bare – more like stuffed with waste. The folks back home also noticed that the Armageddon that the Democrats warned would occur with the sequester cuts instead resulted in barely a ripple.
We were once told it would provide universal coverage, ensuring every American has access to affordable health insurance. Nope: The Congressional Budget Office says more than 33 million Americans will still be uninsured by 2023.
An industry shake-out may be at hand. You can get a sense of how close to bankrupt these firms are by looking at their cash burn for the first six months of 2013, and how much cash they have left.
If you think bubbles are a great avenue for wealth creation, then Yellen is the Fed chair for you. If you, however, suspect bubbles are damaging to our economy, then you might rightly be concerned that she repeats her San Francisco performance on a national level.
It’s been apparent for some time that they’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel at the George Soros Institute for Internet Trolling. There’s been a real drop off in the quality of talent since Obama raised taxes on everybody. I guess the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, and revelation of other associated good works by him haven't helped him either.
While the media has been fixated on Republican infighting over how to deal with Obamacare, it has completely ignored the panic-induced irrational rhetoric coming from Democrats on the same subject.
If you think Obamacare is bad for consumers and patients think about this: how would you like to spend between twelve and sixteen years of your life in grueling and expensive academic training, only to have politicians and bureaucrats dictating to you years later how you will practice your craft and how much money you’ll be allowed to earn?
I was told as a young squab growing up in west Texas that life is about compromises—finding a happy medium between two parties in any given situation so that neither party feels like it’s being deep fried in bacon fat.
If you think that a government shutdown is a fantastic idea (I sure do), then please contact your elected representatives and let them know.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been working on a bill to shield reporters from heavy-handed federal officials who seek to use their power to uncover information about whistle-blowers and leakers. Given the Obama Dep
If you're a visual person, we'll first present the information graphically in chart form and then we'll present a tool where you can get a more precise estimate of what your percentile ranking is within each of these groups.
As a general rule, the names of professional sports teams, and their connotations, are of little concern. No one cares that the Chicago White Sox don't wear white socks, or that Utah, where the NBA's Jazz are based, is the last place you'd think of when you think of jazz.
In 1977, sporting a dilettante interest in UFOs, then President Jimmy Carter participated in developing the first truly universal message, included on board each of the Voyager Spacecraft.
The McAuliffe’s MyCar—a “neighborhood electric vehicle” with a 25-mile range and a top speed of 35 mph that Car and Driver reported “isn’t a real car”—may have private funding that’s scandalously acquired, but it also depends on millions in government assistance, tax exceptions, and rebates.