What has the Democrats most upset at their party? Not social issues…

The Pew Research Center has a new poll out on how self-described Democrats and Republicans view their own parties on abortion, immigration, marriage, and spending. Most are focusing on the top line: namely, that we Republicans are more upset at our party than the Dems – across the board. However, Pew did a little more digging about why Democrats… More What has the Democrats most upset at their party? Not social issues…

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

The Virginia Medicaid battle is suspended, but not over

Based on the Richmond Times-Dispatch report, a budget deal is in sight (via Bull Elephant): The Senate will convene Thursday to enact a two-year state budget that will have about $700 million less in new spending than when the General Assembly adjourned its regular session March 8 without approving a budget because of a bitter political battle over… More The Virginia Medicaid battle is suspended, but not over

Irony – Bush 41 Gets JFK Profile In Courage Award For RAISING Taxes

Fmr. President George H.W. Bush (a.k.a. “41”) was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage award yesterday for raising taxes as part of the 1990 budget deal. Why they decided to honor him nearly 24 years after the fact is a mystery to me. What is truly ironic, however, is that one of… More Irony – Bush 41 Gets JFK Profile In Courage Award For RAISING Taxes

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

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

The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

For those wondering where I’ve been for the past three weeks, I was recently married (Sunday, the 12th, to be exact). For those interested, meet the new Mrs. Liberal. Anyhow, while I’ve been on my honeymoon, Ed Gillespie made it official – he is running for the U.S. Senate. Whether he wins the nomination or not… More The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

This has been cross-posted from my personal blog, the right-wing liberal. I speak only for myself. There have been whispers (and much louder) about Ed Gillespie running for United States Senate next year. Given his national connections and the potential vulnerability of Senator Mark Warner, one can understand why there is excitement around Gillespie’s potential… More Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

Shut-Down Tide Begins To Turn Against The Dems

“Americans are increasingly pointing the finger at the Oval Office,” according to National Journal. “A recent Bloomberg survey found that 40 percent blame the GOP for what’s wrong in Washington, while 38 percent blame the president and congressional Democrats. Back in February, Obama had a nine-point edge over Republicans and independents were evenly divided over who… More Shut-Down Tide Begins To Turn Against The Dems

Single-payer, the left’s health care nirvana – doesn’t exist

As the nation careens toward the true launching of Robertscare (a.k.a. Obamacare) – and even here, there is a disconnect between the insurance exchanges to launch on October 1 and the subsidies for them, which don’t start until January 1 – there is talk that the entire edifice will crash in a mess of incompetence,… More Single-payer, the left’s health care nirvana – doesn’t exist

Republicans to urban and suburban consumers: Drop Dead

I’ve been a bit busy on Facebook regarding the 2013 Farm Bill, but I was lax about posting on it. Time to fix that – and thanks to Veronique De Rugy for bringing this up again in The Corner: A few weeks ago, I suggested that splitting the farm bill into two pieces would have the benefits… More Republicans to urban and suburban consumers: Drop Dead

The Senate immigration bill predicts one future; microeconomics predicts another

For various reasons, I’ve been on the sidelines regarding S. 744 (otherwise known as the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill), which the Senate passed last week. The biggest reason, frankly, was that Plan ’13 From Outer Space largely occupied my time on the policy front. However, I have seen the Congressional Budget Office’s reports on… More The Senate immigration bill predicts one future; microeconomics predicts another

Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

Much like Riley in his post endorsing Scott Lingamfelter, I do not claim to speak for Virginia Virtucon as a whole. I only speak for myself. As the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia careens toward the finish line, convention delegates are faced with a smorgasboard of candidates: some with experience,… More Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

Sanford wins special election to Congress

I am surprised at how the blogosphere seems to have missed the pertinent lesson of Mark Sanford’s return to Congress last night. Yes, it’s a highly Republican district (SC-1). Yes, Sanford has had some personal issues. Yes, he ran about 8 points behind Tim Scott (although, this being a special election, weird things can happen).… More Sanford wins special election to Congress

Data issues and errors spread from global warming alarmism to economics…and from left to right

Whenever I mention the statistical chicanery, data manipulation, and errors behind “global warming,” my friends on the left go into high dudgeon. They can’t fathom that such things could occur among the “experts.” Well, this week, a new example of data issues (along with an error) popped up – in my discipline (economics), and from a… More Data issues and errors spread from global warming alarmism to economics…and from left to right