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Money in Politics? No Problem

There will be no problem with money in politics this year. Such problems arise only when Republicans have more money than Democrats. Hillary Clinton has let it get about that she will be spending $2.5 billion this time. If that number is even roughly accurate, it means that she will spend far more than all of her Republican opponents combined. Hillary will portray the $2.5 billion as a) a way to get her message out, b) a way to make the process more inclusive and c) a way to fight back against the scourges of Wichita, the Koch brothers. Somebody, somewhere will buy her story. You could say that if the Koch brothers didn’t exist the Democrats ...

“Ugly politics,” indeed

Washington is still reeling from last week’s revelation that an ObamaCare architect was warning in 2012 that those on the federal health care exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The surprise leak came on the heels of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Halbig v. Burwell that yes, federal subsidies are indeed, illegal. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good week for Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and Obamacare architect extraordinaire. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin was quoted in Politico [1] calling Gruber’s 2012 comments a “shocking revelation.” She went on to add that “The administration ….knew ...

Politics to Paycheck

Hard times have hit those in Illinois. As Kathy pointed out, President Obama’s signature healthcare law – which promised to help so many – is only hastening the state’s economic demise, causing the Land of Lincoln to sink to a new low. “I live in Illinois, which is ranked 49th [in the nation] with the most unemployed,” stated Kathy, who at one time was part of the 8.4% unemployment rate. [1] Laid off from her full-time position at a manufacturing firm last spring, she was determined to find something. Interviewing with various companies over the course of several months, Kathy quickly discovered how Obamacare was crushing any ...

Obama plays politics with economy – again

Late in the afternoon on Good Friday and preceding a holiday weekend, the Obama Administration quietly released its biggest news of the week: another delay in approving the Keystone XL pipeline.[1] Putting politics over pragmatism is starting to become a predictable pattern for this White House. What’s shocking is that the president is willing to play politics outside the political arena when it comes to Keystone. He’s not just aiding congressional Democrats; he’s deliberately blocking the creation of thousands of high-wage jobs all because a bunch of environmental extremists continue to yank his chain. The president claims his admini...

Obamacare Tax: Robbing Peter to Pay Politics

The Administration’s 15-day extension given to those enrollees who encountered technical difficulties on the federal exchange ended Tuesday, coinciding with one of the most dreaded days of the year – Tax Day. With the penalty ultimately being deemed a tax by the United State Supreme Court, the April 15th final deadline seemed fitting as those who can’t or refuse to comply with the insurance mandate will be forced to hand over more of their hard-earned money to the IRS. A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office reveals just how much Washington is planning to rake in from the tax penalty. “Though the stated goal of Obamacare is to ...

Another Pundit Pushing for Politics over Policy

In the Beltway, it is typical for petty fights to take priority over real issues. Consider the “nuclear option” battle that is taking up much of the Senate’s attention, when the federal deficit this year is $512 billion and climbing. Now, Kathleen Parker is saying the GOP is committing “principled suicide” by taking on the farm bill and the Senate’s immigration bill. From her July 12 column: Histrionics aside, whether the fact that something has been done a certain way for 40 years is an argument for repeating the same bears a bit of scrutiny. Republicans argued that they’d prefer to deal with agricultural issues in one bill without ...

When Beltway politics get silly

When it comes to the absurdities of Business as Usual (BAU) in Washington, it is doubtful Tea Party activists harbor any illusions as to the depths to which those absurdities can go. Recently, two examples of Beltway BAU made their way into the news cycle that were too ridiculous to ignore. First, a resolution put forth in the House of Representatives asserts climate change will force poor women to engage in “transactional sex and early marriage,” among other degenerate activities and awful consequences. The resolution, backed by a number of Democrats, “encourages the President to integrate a gender approach in all policies in the United ...

Reality of tax increases meets French politics

Last December, Tea Party Patriots highlighted the departure of the wealthy from France as a result of massive new taxes on upper-income earners. That tax is now being abandoned by the nation’s politicians as a result of two court cases: The French government threw in the towel Friday on plans to levy a 75% tax on the rich, a key election pledge of President Francois Hollande, and acknowledged it wasn't clear how it would increase taxes on the country's wealthiest citizens. After receiving advice from the country's top administrative court, French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said that the top tax rate applied to earned income couldn't exceed ...

Mortal Combat: D.C. Politics vs. Math

As political focus moves from sequestration to the Continuing Resolution (CR) vote in the House later this week, and for funding the federal government for the rest of the 2013 Fiscal Year, the House and Senate are also quietly moving to pass budget resolutions through their respective chambers. Politico reports that one controversial measure is already being proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) – enacting Medicare changes for those Americans aged 56 or older, as opposed to past plans that focused on Americans 55 or older. The article is worth reading in full, if only to better understand the inane way Washington media and ...

When politics find principles revolting

On Monday, John Feehery wrote an op-ed in The Hill blistering the dozen Republicans who voted against John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker. Among other things, Feehery accused these 12 Members of not being Republicans. Attitudes like this make the hypocrisy of GOP “principles” laughable. It was the GOP after all, which set the stage for President Obama’s spending spree by supporting Bush’s deficits, violating the alleged Republican principles of lower taxes and balanced budgets. Over these past two years, the GOP seems to stand for slightly less than anything Obama wants. Let’s look at some of Feehery’s arguments: 1.     The ...