Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism
Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.
Real Clear Politics has released polls on the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire Primaries and if you're a Democrat, it seems to be over already. Hillary is so far ahead, the rest of the Democratic field seem like rounding numbers. That should clear things up for GOP candidates who - as of now and with more than six months to go - face a very competitive race. While they may not be sure who among them will be the winner, they have a pretty good idea of who they will be facing. Why is Hillary so far ahead? In an interview with freelance reporter Samuel Rosales-Avila, he provoked her with a tough question about whether she was too old or not healthy enough to run for president. "It's my turn. I've done my time, and I deserve it." she snapped at him and then stormed out of the interview, which is now off-the-record apparently. Now it might not be fair to start with Bob Dole comparisons at this point because we still have no idea who will be running against Hillary. But it is interesting to ask, why is Hillary Clinton running for president?
Allan Sloan has a good article in the WaPo today on how corporations are evading much of their tax liabilities. He laments that corporations, while receiving 'full benefits' are avoiding taxes and sticking Joe Citizen with the bill.» Continue reading "Subsidizing Corporations"...
Today's WaPo editorial relates that Montgomery County, Md is considering a bill that would change their CFR. This stems from a growing concern that labor unions and developers have exercised undue influence in local elections.» Continue reading "Local Bill For Cleaner Elections"...
I've asked many on the left to describe what their version of America would be if they were to be granted all of the policy changes they wished.
What would a liberal U.S. look like? What would living in a liberal U.S. be like?
That's basically what I've been asking the left for some time. I haven't got an answer I could recognize as a description of a liberal America. So be it. Perhaps, if I were to go out on a limb, risk my name and credibility, open my views up to the masses, and describe my version of Conservatism, I could reasonably ask the same from the left. I could then expect an answer to my, many times asked, question.
So, here it is!» Continue reading "My Version Of Conservatism"...
July 6 was Cost of Government Day or CGD according to Americans For Tax Reform's Cost of Government Center. It measures deficit spending as a percentage of GDP rather than as a percentage of Gross National Income. It also adds in the cost of regulatory compliance which results in an added two months of GDP being devoured by government. The problem is, when it comes to regulatory compliance, it is more than just government that is doing the devouring. Regulations have to be interpreted by the courts and that means more than just judges and court staff, it means lawyers, usually lots of them. Any corporation of any size nowadays has to hire expensive legal help to ensure they are compliant with any new or existing regulation pertaining to their business. The lawyers might even help them convince a judge or a bureaucrat to modify the rules that regulate their line of work and enable the corporations to end up saving some money in the long run. That is a risky and uncertain outcome in many situations and depends on how the courts find on any challenge to any regulation on the books. What is less risky is the fact that the legal help will be well compensated.
The Supreme Court has left two rather thorny cases for this week; the Hobby Lobby case and home health care workers in Illinois who are fighting against being forced to pay union fees. While the Supreme Court's decision on the former case will receive more attention as it defines perhaps a new balance between freedom of worship and women's rights, both cases are more related than might appear at first blush. Both have to do with the distinction between negative and positive rights. Our right not to be subjected to the action of someone or some other group, leaving us free to work our destiny out - a negative right - is the foundation of much of natural right theory. Our right to be subjected to an action by another person or group - a positive right - is the foundation of most entitlements. If you're progressive, or better yet out and out Marxist, this distinction annoys you. In any social contract we all have to relinquish our absolute freedoms to ensure we can function as a society, right?
Well, it remains to be seen!
» Continue reading "Voter Fraud! We Don See No Steenkin' Voter Fraud!"...
Maude Barlow is going to sic the UN on the USA if delinquent Detroit Water and Sewage Customers keep getting their water cut off. Never mind that, according to Curtrise Garner a Water Department spokeswoman, there are programs in place for those truly in need and that many customers come in the very next day after being cut off, and pay their bills. No, this all part of a fiendish "neoliberal" plan to hollow out Detroit. Say what? Neoliberal? The phrase is a transliteration of a Spanish (and European) expression that is equivalent to neocon. Maude Barlow has been hanging with too many Latin American leftist it seems. Understandable for the Chairperson of the very-left-of-center Council of Canadians who have offices in Ottawa, which would be in Ontario. Which would be in Canada. What was Maude doing in Detroit? She was there as part of a program to protect the Great Lakes as a bioregion worthy of preservation, presumably invited by local groups. While there, she heard of the horrible plight of delinquent customers who couldn't quite find the time to pay their water bills. Detroit, Michigan, and the USA must be held accountable for this "travesty" according to Maude. A coalition of activist groups have filed a plea with the United Nations. If America does not respond to a UN intervention, it could affect the UN Universal Periodic Review of America. Just what Detroit needs to work its way out of bankruptcy and decades of decline; a review by UN bureaucrats.
The surge in young illegals crossing the border has Border Guards changing diapers, keeping boys and girls from getting too "frisky" with each other and doing sundry duties worthy of a camp counsellor instead of doing their jobs helping to secure the border. Rep. Candice S. Miller, (R-Michigan), chairwoman of a key border security subcommittee has asked President Obama to send in the National Guard to take over the day care center duties and let the Border Guards get back to work, stopping guns, drugs, and illegals from crossing into the country. At some point, Obama is going to have to admit he has made a bad mistake. Behavior changes according to rewards offered and punishments administered, and by handing out benefits like the DREAMERS program and easing, or promising to ease, on deportations of minors, a predictable result has ensued, if even more dramatic than many had feared.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy now appears the shoo-in for House Majority Leader. Pete Sessions has dropped out and Jeb Hensarling made his last no-thank-you on Thursday. The GOP leadership is circling the wagons. Mike Simpson R-Idaho told the Washington Examiner that "several months before a general election, I don't think we need a shakeup of our leadership team." It's hard to know how to react to such a statement; does the first House Majority leader defeated in a primary really not qualify as a shakeup in Rep Simpson's view? Or is it merely a case of keeping the appearance of calm while they the leadership try to understand what happened in Virginia? Simpson does know that his fellow Republican Representative from Idaho, Raul Labrador, who has Tea Party support, has now entered the race for House Majority Leader? The conservative wing of the GOP couldn't convince Hensarling and they have now turned to Labrador, a former immigration lawyer but one who puts border security first and then adjustments to legal immigration as a later step in the process.
What can be said of Eric Cantor's recent loss in the Va. GOP primaries? Highly unusual, abnormal. Reason given is that Cantor had been giving lip service to his local base while stroking his national constituency, big business.
Brandon Friedman, deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at HUD has apologized. While his words of contrition for his attacks on Bergdahls' fellow soldiers on Twitter is the least he could do, one wonders how many in the Obama White House share his view. As the evidence becomes more disturbing on what Bergdahl may have done and why he might have done it, the Administration's attacks on any critical viewpoint become very understandable, if hardly uplifting. The fact that Bergdahl is under military supervision and support means he can be debriefed at length and some answers can be obtained, about Afghanistan and the Taliban as much as about his own personal conduct. What was supposed to be a feel good story has quickly become a liability for Obama's Administration.