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

Ed Gillespie says GOP “learned a lesson,” then proves it by opposing Ex-Im Bank

Roughly a month after he earned the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie – consummate Establishment man – spoke to Rick Sincere (a.k.a., the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner) about his campaign going forward. He addressed head on complaints about his former employer, President George W. Bush (emphasis added). “The difference between Republicans and Democrats,” he told … More Ed Gillespie says GOP “learned a lesson,” then proves it by opposing Ex-Im Bank

Obama is Rewriting Obamacare … Illegally

The constitutional scholar does not appear to understand what are the legal, legislative limits of the US Presidency.  Senatorial Candidate Sasse of Nebraska is pointing this out brilliantly.  The one year delay of the employer mandate was nothing but a political maneuver, to help get his fellow Democrats elected in 2014.  Obama is now telling … More Obama is Rewriting Obamacare … Illegally

About that sequester…

One of the amber-encased pieces of conventional wisdom regarding the sequester is that the Administration has no room to maneuver on what spending it can reduce. The sequester demands across-the-board, so it gets across-the-board, supposedly. Byron York (DC Examiner) explains how that is completely untrue: Congress tells executive branch agencies how much money they can … More About that sequester…

DHS: Never Mind The Terrorists – Beware Of Wet Mittens!

Our vaunted Department of Homeland Security, mocked for once having had color-coded terrorist alert levels, is now issuing warnings to stretch before you shovel snow and “change wet clothing frequently.” I thought DHS was a bad idea to begin with when it was first proposed (Homeland Security — gee, isn’t that the job of the … More DHS: Never Mind The Terrorists – Beware Of Wet Mittens!

Please vote Yes on Question 1 in Virginia

Amidst the whirl and rush about the candidates, there is a critical ballot initiative up in Virginia tomorrow. Question 1 would enshrine in the state constitution private property rights against eminent domain – rights that were presumed to be in the federal Constitution until the Kelo decision. This is an excellent example of the dangers … More Please vote Yes on Question 1 in Virginia

Loudoun BOCS Once Again Shows Up PWC

WMAL reports this morning that the Loudoun Board of County Supervisors will vote tonight on whether to launch an investigation to determine if long-time Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio improperly used county resources to benefit his political campaign. A former staffer has charged that he made her do campaign work on county time in county offices. Time will … More Loudoun BOCS Once Again Shows Up PWC

Excellent supply-side analysis from John B. Taylor on the weak recovery

John B. Taylor – an economist at Stanford University – provides a vital supply-side explanation for the weakness in the post-Great Recession recovery since 2009. On his Economics One blog, he compares the post-2009 recovery with it’s post-1982 counterpart. One measure of the difference between the regulatory policies in the two recoveries is shown in … More Excellent supply-side analysis from John B. Taylor on the weak recovery

GOP Prez. Candidates Side-By-Side Competitiveness Plans

Continuing Virtucon’s series of side-by-side comparisons of GOP candidates’ stances on the key issues using their own words from their websites, we now turn to the issue of Competitiveness. Newt Gingrich Ron Paul Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Eliminate the thirty-nine White House “Czar” positions created during the current administration. The president does not have the authority … More GOP Prez. Candidates Side-By-Side Competitiveness Plans

VA House Dems Have Some Good Ideas On Government Reform

Several news outlets are reporting today on a series of government reform ideas being put forward by House Democrat leaders in the Virginia General Assembly.  Chief among them is a proposed constitutional amendment allowing Virginia governors to serve two consecutive terms rather than the “one and done” (with an option to return later) system we … More VA House Dems Have Some Good Ideas On Government Reform

About last night . . .

No bones about it, last night’s New York result was a defeat for the Republicans – period. Had Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-gadfly Jack Davis won 20% of the vote – or even 15% – perhaps some solace could have been taken for the GOP. Instead, he only won 9%, meaning just about every would-be Republican voter was gleaned … More About last night . . .

The rubber’s about to hit the road in New York

It’s time for the New York state legislature to take up the state budget: usually a comedy of errors, waste, and graft that makes New Yorkers squirm. Once again, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is trying to bring back the millionaire’s tax and nix the dramatic Medicaid reform deal that includes a cap on medical malpractice … More The rubber’s about to hit the road in New York

Scott Walker is Right…

…and he explains how recent history shows that both public workers and the taxpayers will benefit from the collective bargaining reform for government-employed workers. First, Walker provides an example on how the unions are preventing the improvement of education… In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, … More Scott Walker is Right…

On Wisconsin!

When most Americans think about hotbeds of political drama, Wisconsin normally doesn’t register. History says something different: Wisconsin was the birthplace of the modern Republican Party, the Progressive movement (arguably), and Joe McCarthy’s career (inarguably). Today, to hear it as the left calls it, Wisconsin is supposedly the front line in a battle to kill … More On Wisconsin!

Christie throws down the gauntlet to House Republicans

So House Republicans trying to work their way through entitlement reform are hearing from Teabrewers, party activists . . . and the Governor of New Jersey (Weekly Standard): This afternoon at the American Enterprise Institute, New Jersey governor Chris Christie said he wants House Republicans to “put up or shut up” on entitlement reform and … More Christie throws down the gauntlet to House Republicans

The Deficit Commission votes down the Co-Chairmen’s proposal . . .

. . . and after some consideration, I’ve decided that’s a good thing. After the initial release of the first draft won so much applause, I was inclined to support it. Then I began to look at the details, and the more I saw of it, the less I liked it. In fact, its early … More The Deficit Commission votes down the Co-Chairmen’s proposal . . .