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Townhall… Question of the Day: Can Men Have Babies? by Katie Pavlich
Oct 30, 2013 - Can men have babies? That was the basis of a question asked posed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers earlier today on Capitol Hill. It might seem like a silly question, because the answer is obvious, but under new Obamacare regulations young, healthy and single men are forced to pay for healthcare plans that include maternity coverage. Ellmers: You also brought up the issue that when you were in... read more
Townhall… The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius, by Michelle Malkin
Oct 30, 2013 - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare's Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies. Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare's... read more
Townhall… IRS Tax Credit Scandal A Bad Omen For Obamacare, by Byron York
Oct 28, 2013 - Under Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service will determine who is eligible for health insurance subsidies, and it will deliver those subsidies, in the form of tax credits, to millions of individual Americans. It's a huge job, and a critical one, involving hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. So it should go without saying that the subsidies go only to people who actually qualify for them. But a new scandal within the IRS casts serious doubt on whether that will happen... read more
Redstate… Big Government once again turns on its Little Partners, By John Hayward
October 29th, 2013 - I’m going to use a loaded word in this post, so I want to get it out of the way right up front.  That word is fascism. We all know it’s bad – just about the worst thing a government can become, although I can think of a few million victims of communism who might argue the point, if we could use a Ouija board to contact them.  But it’s very difficult to define fascism with precision.  It’s not the same thing as Nazism, although they are obviously... read more
Townhall…Record Americans on Food Stamps: A New Normal? by Kevin Glass
Oct 28, 2013 Costs for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program - SNAP, colloquially known as food stamps - have skyrocketed during the Barack Obama presidency. As Christine wrote earlier today, enrollment in food stamps has doubled in the last decade. Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took to pejoratively referring to President Obama as "the food stamp president" during his failed run for the White House in 2012. Of course, there was a massive financial... read more
Townhall…You Say You Want a Revolution, by John Ransom
Oct 28, 2013 Liberty is about a lot of things; it’s a deep topic. But at its core liberty can be summed up in one simple and reciprocal concept. That concept is respect. You know the 2010 last election was about many things, but it was mostly about respect. It was about starting to restore the respect that people have in government, by getting the government to restore the respect that they show to you…by taking liberty seriously. If you are like me... read more
Redstate… White House doing emergency meeting with insurance industry… Deniably
By Moe Lane; October 23rd, 2013 - Gee, this doesn’t sound ominous for Obamacare boosters. No, not at all: “The White House is meeting with CEOs of health plans on Wednesday, according to two insurance industry sources.” I got a reaction to this from a (non-insurance company) CEO who, for reasons which will become abundantly clear as soon as you read it, prefers to stay anonymous. You can guess whose code name ‘Unicorn’ is in this, of course: Here’s how I bet this meeting will... read more
Townhall Finance… The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools
by Daniel J. Mitchell - Oct 27, 2013 - You would think the bureaucrats who run government schools would want to focus on the basics, such as teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. After all, no nation spends more per pupil on education than the United States. And based on some Cato Institute research, I suspect the OECD estimate of about $15,000 per student is a low-ball estimate of the burden on American taxpayers. So what do we get for all this money... read more
Townhall… Democratic Senators Pen Letter to Obama, UN Opposing Arms Trade Treaty
by Leah Barkoukis - Oct 26, 2013 - Though Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty in September, there are positive signs that the treaty will be dead on arrival in the Senate. Last week Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., released a bipartisan letter opposing the treaty, which was signed by 48 of their colleagues. And on Tuesday, four Democratic Senators sent a letter to President Obama, Kerry and the UN stating that the small arms treaty would not be ratified... read more
Townhall Finance… "Helpful" Tips on Navigating HealthCare.Gov, by Mike Shedlock
Oct 26, 2013 - You can now see cost options of various Obamacare plans whether or not you are registered. Once on the site (see below), filter your state and county. Click on the lines as shown by the arrow, not the "i" symbol. Don't bother with the instruction line at the top of the form that reads "For instructions on how to read and use this data, please view the documentation available under the ‘About’ tab on" If you find and click on the "about tab"... read more
Townhall… Great: More Americans on Welfare Than Working Full Time, by Christine Rousselle
Oct 25, 2013 - A new report from the Census Bureau showed a total of 108,592,000 people were on some sort of means-tested government benefits program in the fourth quarter of 2011, yet only 101,716,000 people were employed full-time for the entire year. An individual counted as a beneficiary of a means-tested program if they resided in a household where someone received benefits. Means-tested benefits programs are the second-largest category of government spending. The government spends... read more
Redstate… Follow the Law, By Erick Erickson
October 25th, 2013 - Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed, “the worse, the better,” meaning the worse things got for Russians the better it was for the communists. Lately, the left has taken to calling conservatives “Leninists” for our refusal to fix Obamacare. The implicit acknowledgement here is that Obamacare is going to make things worse, despite their claims to the contrary. No conservative wants things to get worse. We just know things will get worse... read more
Redstate…Stopping the Amnesty Train in its Tracks, By Daniel Horowitz
October 24th, 2013 Over the past few years, Republicans have emphatically declared that they are unable to block a bad law, Obamacare, from going into effect as long as Obama is in the White House. Yet, amazingly, some of them think they can pass new meritorious legislation that would be politically advantageous to Republicans. That’s why we hear the endless talk of tax reform and fixes to the entitlements. The most absurd idea – one that just won’t die – is that we can somehow pass ... read more
Townhall…Hang One, To Encourage the Others, by Ann Coulter
Oct 24, 2013 One of the most effective ways of discouraging people is to make them think there's absolutely nothing they can do about something, anyway. Thus, liberals have tried to insinuate that Obamacare is impossible to remove, hoping conservatives will despair. But with only one-half of one branch of government, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the House Republicans have made it absolutely clear that Republicans are not giving up... read more
Heritage Network… Obama Said This with a Straight Face, by Amy Payne
October 22, 2013 - “Thousands of people are signing up and saving money as we speak.” Yes, President Obama actually said that yesterday about Obamacare. As we all know, for the vast majority of people, the opposite is true. SIGNING UP? Most people have found it impossible to sign up for coverage through the website. In fact, some of the people standing behind the President during his speech—who were supposed to represent “success stories”—have not yet obtained coverage... read more
Townhall… Broke U.S. Resumes Spending, by John Stossel
Oct 23, 2013 - What would you think of a person who earned $24,000 a year but spent $35,000? Suppose on top of that, he was already $170,000 in debt. You'd tell him to get his act together -- stop spending so much or he'd destroy his family, impoverish his kids and wreck their future. Of course, no individual could live so irresponsibly for long. But tack on eight more zeroes to that budget and you have the checkbook for our out-of-control, big-spending... read more
Morning Bell… $17,000,000,000,000, by Gerren McHam
October 21, 2013 - President Obama boasted last week that he had signed legislation to lift “the twin threats” to our economy of government shutdown and default. But what was done to fix the problem of growing debt that leads Washington to repeatedly raise the debt ceiling? Nothing. In fact, by Friday, the U.S. debt had rocketed past $17 trillion. What does this mean? At $17 trillion, this number has passed total U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), the measure of all that is produced in the economy... read more
Redstate… ObamaCare is greed sanctified through politics, By John Hayward
October 22nd, 2013 - Money gets a bad rap from some people, because it’s supposed to be the instrument of greed.  Wanting more money is said to be crass.  Indeed, in our modern political culture, wanting to keep your own money is treated as “greed.”  The noble and virtuous demands of the collective, as interpreted by a priesthood of politicians, completely trumps individual self-interest. But it’s easy to be greedy without demanding money.  The... read more
Redstate…Chuck Schumer Introduces the ‘McConnell Rule’, By Daniel Horowitz
October 20th, 2013 Last week, I noted that Mitch McConnell’s slick debt ceiling plan would pave the road for permanently abolishing the debt limit, as long as members would get a ceremonial vote of disapproval. Well, it didn’t take long for the idea to grow roots. On Meet the Press, Chuck Schumer, who has enthusiastically praised McConnell for doing his bidding, announced that he would introduce legislation echoing the “McConnell rule.” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will propose legislation that ... read more
Townhall…We’re Not Retreating – We’re Advancing in a Different Direction, by Star Parker
Oct 21, 2013 A number of years ago I was between flights on a business trip and was sitting in an airport restaurant having lunch. It was right after the 2008 presidential election and I knew that the election of America’s first black president, a man of the hard left, would make my job bringing a conservative message to black communities much more challenging and difficult. As I ate my sandwich I glanced at the wall and saw a sign with a quote... read more
Heritage Network… Obama’s Priorities vs. the Economy, by Amy Payne
October 18, 2013 - Now that the government is whirring again, President Obama has identified three priorities for the country. Here’s a quick look at how they stack up against your priorities. “There is a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that has been lost over the last few weeks,” Obama said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.” Well, Americans still say the economy is their no. 1 concern—by a large margin... read more
Redstate… To Each His Own, By Erick Erickson
October 18th, 2013 - I don’t really care if you want to stand with Mitch McConnell in his re-election. I hope you might go with Matt Bevin, but I’m not going to get worked up over it. I’m excited to support Matt Bevin. Likewise, I’m very pleased to support Chris McDaniel in Mississippi against Thad Cochran, who has been Mississippi’s Senator since I was three years old. But I’m not going to be upset if you don’t. There is a whole lot of outrage at the Senate... read more
Redstate… Ohio Senate President Warns Gov. Kasich May Bankrupt State’s Medicaid Program
If Medicaid in Ohio goes bankrupt, it's because John Kasich bankrupted it - By Jason Hart - October 18th, 2013 - Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) has voiced concern that Governor John Kasich may bankrupt the state’s Medicaid program if the Ohio Controlling Board rejects Kasich’s request to spend Obamacare funding. “If we don’t move the [Obamacare] money from the federal funds account and authorize it to go over to the Medicaid account, Medicaid goes bankrupt,” Sen. Faber... read more
Townhall Finance… The Great Default Already Happened, by John Ransom
Oct 19, 2013 - If a US default on interest and principal payments were to happen, make no mistake it would be a default of choice. Obama’s choice, that is. But he wouldn’t be the only one defaulting. Nor is he the only one to blame here. In order for the United States government to default on paying interest on the debt that we owe, a series of decisions would have to issue from the White House that would prevent those payments in the first place. There is enough... read more
Heritage Foundation… Could Obamacare Cause More People to LOSE Coverage Than Gain It?
by Chris Jacobs - October 18, 2013 - Obamacare’s supporters have always claimed that the law will help increase the number of Americans with health insurance. But an analysis released yesterday provided persuasive data showing that the number of people losing coverage under Obamacare could exceed the number of people who gain it. Health insurance industry expert Robert Laszewski’s updated analysis of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges included the following nuggets... read more
Townhall… Keep Your Chins Up, Conservatives, by David Limbaugh
Oct 18, 2013 - Call me Pollyannaish or insincere, but I am not depressed about the so-called "caving" of the GOP -- for a host of reasons. To put this in perspective, let me confess that I did feel totally dejected after Obama's re-election in 2012. How could he possibly have won, I wondered, given the obvious failure of his policies and the wholesale repudiation of his agenda in the 2010 congressional elections? I was also very disheartened when the... read more
Redstate… McConnell Debt Plan: Press Release Conservatism, By Daniel Horowitz
October 17th, 2013 - The $2 billion Kentucky Kickback is not the only treat in McConnell’s bag of Halloween tricks.  The final deal to sell out the American people with Obamacare and perennial debt includes a hallmark of the 2011 McConnell debt ceiling plan. Section 1002 of the bill provides for McConnell’s infamous resolution of disapproval. Basically, within three weeks of the President’s official request for a debt limit increase (until Feb 7, 2014 in this case), Congress can force a vote to disapprove of... read more
Townhall… Anthony Weiner: That Darn Internet Thing is Why I Lost the NYC Mayor Race
by Katie Pavlich - Oct 17, 2013 - In an interview with GQ magazine former Congressman and NYC Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner is blaming his pathetic loss last month, where he raked in less than 5 percent of the vote, on the internet. The “if” is far bigger than Anthony Weiner’s dangerous appetite for sexting, but the failed mayoral candidate says he’d be mayor if it weren’t for the Internet. “Maybe if the Internet didn’t exist? Like, if I was running... read more
Politico…GOP’s recipe for success is found on state level, By Mark R. Kennedy
10/14/13 With both cocktails and political messaging, it all comes down to the mix. Most people don’t want to guzzle down a glass full of gin, but with the right proportions of tonic and lime, a large majority of people will enjoy a gin-based cocktail. The Republican brand, as it is currently being served to the American people, is too much 100-proof Washington whiskey and not enough club soda, which is overpowering the successes the GOP is having at the state level. Rebalancing the recipe will be essential... read more
Human Events…The brains behind the Obama shutdown strategy, By John Hayward
10/16/2013 Who talked Barack Obama into shutting down the government and pulling up the curtain on Shutdown Theater? (For those still clinging to “Republican shutdown” mythology, Matt Vespa at PJ Media reminds us that Republicans in the House voted 11 times to re-open the government, listing the bills by number. All of these bills were killed by Senate Democrats, while the media tucked its hands in its pockets and looked... read more
Heritage Network… Two Things Washington Cannot Ignore, by Amy Payne
October 14, 2013 - Members of Congress are still at an impasse—they cannot agree on the debt limit, spending cuts, Obamacare, or funding the government. The House has passed a variety of bills that would have reopened portions of the federal government, but the Senate has rejected them all. As they volley proposals back and forth, there are two things they cannot ignore. 1. Obamacare - Obamacare is not even fully implemented, but it is negatively impacting people today. Just look at... read more
Redstate… Bridge Burning and Bridge Building, By Erick Erickson
October 16th, 2013 - House Republicans have signaled they are giving up. They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare. Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back... read more
Townhall…The Redskins, Liberalism and Public Opinion: The Way We Live Now, by Brian Birdnow
Oct 14, 2013 The current politically correct imbroglio over the Washington Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder’s stout refusal to appease the bloodhounds on his trail by surrendering will probably soon pass, regardless of the eventual outcome. The demands of the modern 24-hour news cycle guarantee that this will not last too long. This mini-controversy does, however, serve to illustrate the nature of the manufacturing of public opinion by the standard bearers of cultural liberalism and their allies i ... read more
Townhall…Vets Vs. Obama, by Rich Galen
Oct 14, 2013 Anyone old enough to remember Viet Nam can remember how the country felt toward the man and women who were sent to Southeast Asia to prosecute that war. They were treated like [as this is a family column] garbage. We have discussed before how, in the National Guard during those days, it was suggested that we wear civilian clothes to and from drills. Of all the dumb things the federal government has done during this partial... read more
Redstate… Fighting Obamacare: The Difference Between Cutting Spending and Limiting Harmful Government
By Daniel Horowitz - October 14th, 2013 - As Mitch McConnell puts the finishing touches on his terms of surrender, here are some thoughts to ponder. Republicans and conservatives have spent the past few years messaging their platform to the American people built upon budget-speak.  It’s all about the debt and cutting spending. In reality, we don’t have a spending problem... read more
Redstate… Obstructing Conservatives, By Erick Erickson
October 14th, 2013 - Columbus didn’t sail the Ocean Blue to discover a land where we wait around for Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid to decide the future of our lives. We decide. Not the power brokers in DC. We haven’t gone all this time and risked so much over two hundred years to turn the keys over now to others to run our lives. The Veterans on the Mall today don’t deserve a country the leaders of which play games with a memorial dedicated to them... read more
Heritage Network… How Much Is Your Health Insurance Going Up? By Kelsey Harris
October 11, 2013 - Have you gotten a letter from your insurance company about your premiums going up? Has your employer told you that more will be coming out of your paycheck to pay for your health plan? President Obama promised that Obamacare would lower premiums by $2,500. But instead, Americans everywhere are facing higher premiums because of Obamacare. George Schwab, who lives in North Carolina, was notified in a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield on September 23 that his current plan... read more
Townhall… 1-800-T-O-T-A-L-F-A-I-L: One Man's Obamawreck Nightmare, by Michelle Malkin
Oct 11, 2013 - Behold the Hollywood bubble. This week, actress Olivia Wilde starred in an Obamacare propaganda video targeting young people. "You can sign up for health care online in 10 minutes," her co-propagandist chirped as she cheered. Cue the laugh track. Back on planet Earth, Americans nationwide are still struggling with the $634 million online health care exchange nightmare. One reader asked me to share his story. Like me and 22 million... read more
Heritage Network… A Letter to President Obama, by Jim DeMint
October 10, 2013 - Dear Mr. President: As the temporary slowdown in government operations enters its second week, I write to explain why conservatives have insisted on making the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act the prime source of contention. Speaking for our organization, I can tell you we’re in this fight because of the harm the law is inflicting on Americans across the country. We are fighting for people like Michael Cerpok, a leukemia patient in Arizona, who recently learned he will... read more
Townhall... The ‘Bizarre and Incomprehensible’ Choices of Obamacare are Ready
By John Ransom - Oct 11, 2013 - The part of Obamacare that’s supposed to deliver services, as opposed to, say, the IRS portion, the punitive portion, which is supposed to enforce Obamacare, isn’t faring very well. “After emergency repairs over the weekend,” reports the Associated Press, “consumers in different parts of the country Monday continued to report delays on, as well as problems setting up security questions for their accounts... read more…Real Jobs Numbers Are Far Worse Than Official Numbers Suggest
Labor Market: For many economy-watchers and investors, the nonrelease of jobs data due to the government shutdown is a big problem. How can they know how the economy is doing? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Investor's Business Daily has been polling Americans each month on the job market for well over a decade. Unlike the numbers released each month by the Labor Department, ours haven't been crunched, tweaked, twisted, seasonally adjusted or otherwise tortured to tell ... read more
Townhall…Shutdown Theater, by John Stossel
Oct 09, 2013 Government wants you to play a role in the "shutdown" of the federal government. Your role is to panic. Republicans and Democrats both assume that shutting some government is a terrible thing. The press concurs. "Shutdown threatens fragile economy," warns Politico. "Federal workers turn to prayer," laments The Washington Post. If the public starts noticing that life goes on as usual without all 3.4 million federal workers... read more
Townhall… Meanwhile, Obamacare's Roll-Out is Still a Stunning Failure, by Guy Benson
Oct 10, 2013 - Is a one-year delay of Obamacare's mandate tax starting to go mainstream? In elite circles, that is -- the American people have hated that tax from the get-go. On Monday, Jon Stewart grilled HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the administration's unequal treatment of big business vs. small businesses, families, and individuals. That interview culminated in Stewart wondering aloud if Sebelius' answers were lies. Then came CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who suggested yesterday... read more
Redstate… This is the Strategy. Now Do It. By Erick Erickson
October 9th, 2013 - Conservatives need to push the debt ceiling fight off the front burner to after Christmas. Republican Leaders are begging us to merge the continuing resolution fight and debt ceiling fight. They covet this with all their mind and heart. They do not want a stand alone fight on Obamacare. They want to conflate it with the debt ceiling so they can do a grand bargain and leave Obamacare alone. Consider Rep. Paul Ryan’s op-ed in the Wall Street... read more
Heritage Network… Obama Needlessly Scares Seniors: Social Security Checks and the Debt Limit
by Romina Boccia - October 7, 2013 - President Obama is needlessly scaring seniors by suggesting that their Social Security benefit checks may not arrive on time if the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority at the debt limit. The 57 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits should know that their benefits will not be affected—unless President Obama and the Treasury deliberately choose not to pay them. President Obama threatened Social Security benefits last week, saying... read more
And then it is winter, From a CNO reader
This is for my golden age friends (or a CNO reader noted not long ago… us wrinkled ones). It might also be noted by those who see us without managing to understand that they, too, will be there some day. The phrase “things I wish I had done but never did” strikes a special note as I watch the travesties occurring in our nation today. The problem? Not sure how I could have changed anything… but I should have tried harder. I pray today’s generation... read more
Heritage Foundation… How Obamacare Hurts Americans: The Story of Dr. Martha Boone
by Crystal Goodremote - October 6, 2013 - Government-run health care is hurting doctors as well as patients, according to Dr. Martha Boone. “The frustrating part of my day is I have two employees that work nearly full-time fighting Medicare and other insurance carriers for work that I have done,” Dr. Boone said. “I absolutely detest that part of my life. I never imagined that I would do work and then have to fight a third party to get paid for the work that I did.” Boone said that her office stopped... read more
Townhall Finance… The Guy Who Couldn't Stop the Seas from Rising Tries to Close the Ocean
by Michael Schaus - Oct 06, 2013 - Assuming the position of “Supreme Leader” of the US government, President Barack Obama has named a new casualty due to the (partial) shutdown of the Federal Government: The Ocean. Over 1,100 square miles of ocean has been declared off limits to the public in the Florida Bay. Apparently, unknown to most Americans, allowing boats to meander into open water is a cost that has proven to be unsustainable... read more
Townhall…UN: Iran is the Perfect Country to Serve on the Disarmament Committee! by Leah Barkoukis
Oct 05, 2013 And this would be why no one (in the U.S., at least) takes the United Nations seriously: “The United Nations has selected Iran to serve in a senior role on its Committee on Disarmament and International Security, an international body that deals with major global security issues. Iran announced on Wednesday that it had been selected by UN member states to serve as the disarmament committee’s rapporteur, according to reports. The position would put Iran in charge of reporting ... read more
Townhall…Who Shut Down the Government? By Thomas Sowell
Oct 04, 2013 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. There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going -- except ... read more
Townhall… Poll: Economic Confidence Sinks to Lowest Since 2011, by Sarah Jean Seman
Oct 05, 2013 - Gallup's Economic Confidence Index dropped 14 points since the government shutdown, the lowest it has been since December 2011. The poll acknowledged the spiral as part of a developing trend: “Economic confidence had already been dropping prior to this week's official shutdown, with a slide to -19 for the month of September, compared with -13 in August. But a significantly sharper decline in confidence has been evident over the past three days just as the government partially closed down... read more
Redstate… Fifty shades of Big Government, By John Hayward
October 4th, 2013 - Today’s installment of Shutdown Theater includes the Obama Administration trying to rope off the ocean, as charter fishing boat captains and tour guides were informed by the National Park Service shock troops of His Imperial Barricading Majesty that Florida Bay is closed for the duration of the current “budget crisis.”  (Disclaimer: no actual “budget,” or anything remotely resembling one, will be involved in its resolution.) Given that we’re... read more
The Heritage Foundation… Mr. President, You Can End the Government Shutdown, by Matthew Streit
October 4, 2013 - President Obama has made it clear he “will not negotiate” when it comes to ending the government shutdown. At last check, the nation’s capital wasn’t run by one branch of government, or even one political party. But President Obama is so intent on protecting his unpopular, unworkable, and unfair health care law that he’d prefer to keep the government closed. Mr. President, here’s a five-point plan to end the government shutdown—using some of your favorite phrases... read more
Redstate… This is About Shutting Down Obamacare, By Erick Erickson
October 2nd, 2013 - Congressmen, this is about shutting down Obamacare. Democrats keep talking about our refusal to compromise. They don’t realize our compromise is defunding Obamacare. We actually want to repeal it. This is it. Our endgame is to leave the whole thing shut down until the President defunds Obamacare. And if he does not defund Obamacare, we leave the whole thing shut down. After all, if the government is not spending any money... read more
Redstate…How the Democrats got us to a shutdown, By Soren
Dayton October 2nd, 2013 The press has been falling over itself to attack Republicans for the shutdown and claiming that they are the source of all the irresponsibility in the process. They have conveniently forgotten several important things about how much the Democrats have broken the budget process in the last couple of years and in this year in particular. I wrote back in January about how the Senate Democrats were dismantling the budget process. While the Senate did pass a budget resolution ... read more
Townhall Finance…Tell Jamie Dimon to Tell Eric Holder to Tell Obama I Found Those Jobs That Are Missing, by John Ransom
Oct 03, 2013 Burlington stores and RE/Max both had very good IPO debuts this week. It's been quite some time since I can remember the IPO market being significant to the point were two new issues were able to have good days on the same day. Getting past the bubble conspiracy theories about the IPO market, and the ... read more
Redstate…Emperor Obama’s Dog and Pony Show Turns Into A Dog…Dem Shutdown Politics Have As Many 404's As The CA ObamaCare Website, By Repair_Man_Jack
October 2nd, 2013 So Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo tells the Department of The Interior that a group of old, ailing WWII veterans are coming to visit the WWII Momument on the Capital Square. He asks if they can see it despite the coming government shutdown, given that some of them won’t be alive long enough to have another chance. The people-powered... read more
Townhall…Escaping 'Government' Schools, By John Stossel
Oct 02, 2013 People say public schools are "one of the best parts of America". I believed that. Then I started reporting on them. Now I know that public school -- government school is a better name -- is one of the worst parts of America. It's a stultified government monopoly. It never improves. Most services improve. They get faster, better, cheaper. But not government monopolies. Government schools are rigid, boring, expensive and more segregated than... read more
Townhall… Reminder: Every Senate Democrat Voted in Favor of Exempting Themselves From Obamacare, by Daniel Doherty
Oct 01, 2013 - One of the most profoundly unfair provisions of Obamacare is that members of Congress and their staffers were unilaterally and illegally granted a special exemption from the law they themselves passed. Unlike many Americans, many of whom have been forcibly kicked off their current health care plans, the governing class and their staffers as of now will keep... read more
Townhall… Destroying Household Jobs, by Thomas Sowell
Oct 01, 2013 - 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. This coverage is scheduled to begin in January 2015 -- that is, after the 2014 elections and nearly two years before the... read more
Politichicks…Muslims Demand Holidays, by Candace Hardin
September 29, 2013 It appears that Muslims in Maryland are demanding that schools observe their holy days as well as Christian and Jewish ones. I went to a formerly Catholic school that had been bought from the Church by a board of directors. We had a very diverse group of students with varied Christian beliefs as well as Jewish students in our ranks. The Jewish students and any other with certain restrictions or requirements were allowed their holidays. They were given a chance to make up their work ... read more
Redstate…We get the government we submit to, By John Hayward
September 30th, 2013 An old chestnut holds that we get the government we deserve. To some degree, that’s true. The American public has a huge amount of theoretical leverage over its Ruling Class. Broadly speaking, no nominally free population can be eternally bound by any system of laws it profoundly disagrees with. Any aspect of law or government could be changed. The Constitution has been amended many times. But as a practical matter, it... read more

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