Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)

Disaffection with the president was a major driver for Republican success in last night’s election – of that there is no doubt. That said, the extent of success was greatly helped by…wait for it…taxes. We begin with the epicenter of the tax argument: Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback’s tax reduction were supposed to be his own… More Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)

Wall Street demands new money fix (Updated)

Update: It appears the Fed isn’t listening (Washington Post), good for them. They’re at it again. The Wall Streeters who made their money while hooked on “quantitative easing” (or QE, for short) – the fancy term for when the Federal Reserve sucks up a whole range of securities and turns them into dollars – are insisting… More Wall Street demands new money fix (Updated)

Hillary Turns Left

The economic illiteracy of the the Democrat party is on full display as Hillary tries to make the ridiculous claim that businesses do not create jobs. Thats is correct. She said that this is, “trickle down economics.”  No Hillary, is the free market. I remember the 80’s and 90’s. The private sector – relatively unencumbered… More Hillary Turns Left

Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement

As we careen toward Election Day, the rest of the world drones on. Across the Atlantic, the European Union has decided to try reducing carbon emissions by 40% over the next fifteen years. Anthony Watts thinks it’s nuts… Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to… More Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement

President Obama’s Latest Interview on the Economy – More Pinocchios on the Way

Guest Post by Howard Roark: President Obama was on a roll in a recent interview with “The Economist”. “Feel free to keep your house” sounds for my comfort too much like “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able… More President Obama’s Latest Interview on the Economy – More Pinocchios on the Way

Obama’s immigration order threats mean Ex-Im Bank is probably dead

There has been a lot of speculation about the president ordering a mass de facto legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants “by summer’s end” (Charles Krauthammer, NRO), and the possibility that he might just be hoping for an impeachment reaction, judging by Dan Pfeiffer’s reaction (Reid Epstein, Wall Street Journal). His fellow Democrats appear giddy just at the… More Obama’s immigration order threats mean Ex-Im Bank is probably dead

Another TARP opponent survives

The victory of Pat Roberts (Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas) in his primary battle is reaffirming the conventional wisdom that “Establishment” Republicans are thwarting “Tea Party” challengers. As one may expect, I don’t automatically share that view. In fact, I think the Tea Party vs. Establishment meme misses the point. Most would be surprised to… More Another TARP opponent survives

The 2016 Republican nominee better have an alternative to Obamacare

There is a lot of discussion about the effects and wisdom of the Halbig decision, including some amusement at the site of a leading Obamacare architect turn himself into a rhetorical pretzel. However, one thing that has not really been addressed is the need to be serious about “repeal and replace.” Republicans need to remember that if the… More The 2016 Republican nominee better have an alternative to Obamacare

Egregious Ex-Im Deal of the Day

I basically copied and pasted the title from Veronique de Rugy, who got it herself from the Blog of the House Financial Services Committee – where Chairman Jeb Hensarling is leading the fight against the Export-Import Bank. The Bank’s defenders insist that it’s all about helping American exporters, but they largely ignore the fact that most of the… More Egregious Ex-Im Deal of the Day

The Real War on Women is an Economic One

The labor force participation rate among women, which had grown steadily since the 1950s, began to flatten out under Bill Clinton (no pun intended), and remained fairly steady during the Bush 43 years, including the recession.  However, it has fallen off a cliff under Obama. The economic well-being of women and their opportunities for employment… More The Real War on Women is an Economic One

What is happening with USHCN temperature data?

Over the weekend, what started as an argument among global warming skeptics became a dramatic indictment of temperature reporting from the United States Historic Climate Network. Anthony Watts (Watts Up With That) and Judith Curry (Climate Etc.) provide the details on Steve Goddard’s initial attempt to claim that a large swath of temperature “raw” data… More What is happening with USHCN temperature data?

New House Majority Leader: Kill Ex-Im Bank

The primary defeat of Eric Cantor continues to reverberate in unexpected ways, as his incoming successor as Majority Leader tells Fox News that he supports shutting down the Export-Import Bank (Washington Examiner): On “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked McCarthy if he agrees with “conservatives who say that the Export-Import Bank is a form… More New House Majority Leader: Kill Ex-Im Bank

Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

“First, you win the argument, then you win the vote” – Margaret Thatcher On Medicaid expansion in Virginia, proponents have the newly-elected Governor, all of Virginia’s Democrats, a few dissenting Republicans,the State Senate and various well-heeled interests. Opponents have the reality of Medicaid’s damage to poor people and (most of) the Republican Party of Virginia – a party… More Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

Oh joy…another immigration flame-fest

So, new RPV Executive Director Shaun Kenney (full disclosure, close friend of mine) takes some time to sit with center-left activists on the immigration issue. Much of his talk centers around thanking them for stopping by, talking about how it’s important to talk to folks who don’t necessarily agree with them, and an observation on… More Oh joy…another immigration flame-fest

On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie

There has been increasing talk among Virginia Republicans about “the Buckley Rule,” and how it should impact decision on the nomination for U.S. Senate. There are, however, two problems with the application (usually from Ed Gillespie supporters): the rule isn’t quite what they think it is; and even if it did, Gillespie still wouldn’t qualify.… More On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie

Another achievement for government-run health care: VA deletes appointment to pretend its backlog is cleared

Mark Flatten (Washington Examiner) has the details on the latest government-run health system to succumb to fraud: the Veterans Administration. Thousands of orders for diagnostic medical tests have been purged en masse by the Department of Veterans Affairs to make it appear its decade-long backlog is being eliminated, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.… More Another achievement for government-run health care: VA deletes appointment to pretend its backlog is cleared