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  • Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

    04/14/2014 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 165 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    This is the power of social media. This is the power of personal video cameras. This is the power of citizen journalists. And the next time Senator Feinstein calls for “licencing” only “legitimate journalists,” that the 1st Amendment only extends to people who work at the New York Times, Washington Post, or MSNBC, remember this moment. This is how the bullies with the power, the cronies and their allies, are turned back. Dianne Feinstein First Amendment Is A Special Privilege This is not about a rancher owing the Bureau of Land Management money. This is about a federal government which...
  • The Troubling Legacies of Racism and Crony Capitalism

    04/11/2014 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    Conservatives and liberals had entirely different reactions to the recent confrontation between Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert. After the event, Holder expressed his view that no previous attorney general or president had ever had to deal with such treatment and that the reason had to do with race. Gohmert, on the other hand, said he was just performing congressional oversight because he didn't think Holder was doing his job. This is the latest episode in an American tragedy that has been unfolding since the English first settled colonies in North America. In July 1619, the first...
  • I Can't Believe the U.S. Government Wants to Unleash This on the Public

    04/09/2014 7:11:08 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 3 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 8 April 2014 | Shah Gilani
    Do you know Ally Financial Inc.? You've no doubt seen their commercials. They used to be all over the tube hawking their high-yielding certificates of deposit. Now they're all over the tube with their "no hidden fees" campaign. . . . But Ally isn't funny. It recently announced that it's launching an initial public offering (IPO) of its stock at a price per share of $25 to $28. The shares will be offered by the U.S. Treasury as part of its planned exit of its investment in Ally during the subprime crisis in 2008. I've heard some analysts say this...
  • DeMint: ‘Big Business Is No Friend of Conservatism’

    04/08/2014 11:27:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, writes in his new book—“Falling in Love With America Again”—about the cozy relationship between big business and big government. “Almost all big corporations benefit from, advocate for, and downright like big government,” DeMint writes. […] “These big companies like to write regulations that make it harder for the smaller companies to compete with them,” DeMint said. “The large companies can deal with a regulatory maze much better than the small companies can. Like the big tobacco companies wanted the FDA to regulate cigarettes because they knew the smaller companies could...
  • Moran on Pay Hike: Lawmakers Would Get 114.6% More Than Average Fed Worker

    04/05/2014 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 1:01 PM | Penny Starr
    Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) said on Monday that the $174,000 salary a member of Congress makes is not sufficient to live in the District of Columbia, even as he introduced legislation last month to raise the pay for federal workers by 3.3%—an increase that would provide a salary 114% less than the average made by lawmakers. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity...
  • Hungary’s Fidesz tipped to win big in Sunday vote

    04/05/2014 3:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 4:24 AM EDT | Pablo Gorondi
    Hungary’s governing party is tipped to win parliamentary elections Sunday, while a far-right party is expected to make further gains, according to polls. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats, are expected to win easily and they may even retain the two-thirds majority in the legislature gained in 2010 which allowed them to pass a new constitution, adopt unconventional economic policies, centralize power and grow the state’s influence at the expense of the private sector.Polls predict Fidesz will win around 45-50 percent of the votes, with a close race for second between a coalition...
  • (European) Commission plans to tap pension funds to kickstart business

    03/29/2014 12:09:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.03.14 @ 10:01 | Benjamin Fox
    Tapping pension funds and encouraging online crowd funding are at the heart of plans unveiled by the European Commission to kickstart business investment. Speaking on Thursday (27 March), financial services commissioner Michel Barnier said the Commission’s blueprint on “long-term financing” published the same day was needed to further encourage alternatives to traditional bank lending which remains stagnant more than five years since the start of the financial crisis. “Our financial system must regain and increase its ability to finance the real economy,” he said, adding that “we need to diversify financing sources in Europe and improve access to finance for...
  • Oregon Obamacare website cost $300 million in tax dollars, 0 enrollees, as in none.

    03/23/2014 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    I can barely put 2 pieces of code together but I’ll bet I could have made a website which enrolled at least one person at this point. Well I could have hired someone anyway. Oregon couldn’t even do that. (From Breitbart.com) Rep. Jason Conger, the other Republican on the panel, says officials in charge including executive director Rocky King, who left his job in December, should have known better than to try to pull off a project of this scope without hiring an IT contractor to run it. “I think it reflects a certain amount of arrogance that it...
  • Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

    03/19/2014 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2014 | by Kevin Liptak
    President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities. The Obama administration thinks that local data, which may have a real-world effect on Americans' lives, will provide a convincing argument for steps to prevent climate change. The risk rising sea levels have on individual communities will be the focus of a new website, climate.data.gov, which uses government data to put environmental changes in context. The White House also called on tech companies to develop tools for Americans to better get a grasp on how...
  • Crony Corporatism Shouldn’t Be Fast Tracked

    03/15/2014 3:41:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Jerry Rogers
    Historians will one day look back at the presidency of Barack Obama and highlight the administration’s dangerous willingness to short-circuit the Constitution when convenient. From refusing to enforce immigration laws and disregarding rules governing presidential appointments to the outright takeover of our health care system, President Obama has repeatedly painted outside the lines to reward his friends, punish his enemies or to achieve his legislative and political objectives. There can be little debate that Hollywood and the recording industry have been some of the president’s strongest allies. They invested millions in his reelection campaign and are often credited with helping...
  • Whether You Call it Socialism, Statism, Fascism, or Corporatism,

    03/12/2014 3:04:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Regular readers may have noticed that I generally say that advocates of big government are “statists.” I could call them “liberals,” but I don’t like that using that term since the early advocates of economic and personal liberty were “classical liberals” such as Adam Smith, John Locke, and Jean-Baptiste Say. And proponents of these ideas are still called “liberals” in Europe and Australia. I could call them “socialists,” but I don’t think that’s technically accurate since the theory is based on government ownership of the means of production. This is why I’ve been in the strange position of defending Obama...
  • Charity Gets No Respect

    03/09/2014 9:06:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Hunter Lewis
    There is a common saying on Capitol Hill that those who do not come to the table will become the lunch. This refers to those who fail to hire sufficiently well connected lobbyists or make large campaign contributions. Even those who do come to the table may get carved up. When President Obama called the parties making money from medicine into the White House to discuss what would become of Obamacare, most of the special interests tried to make a deal. With the Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, they knew that defiance would likely backfire. The major insurance...
  • Obama to pitch health care on WebMD

    03/09/2014 7:30:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 7, 2014 | By Lesley Clark, McClatchy
    President Obama next week will champion his health care law on WebMD, which bills itself as the “leading source of health information for consumers and health care professionals.” The White House says Obama will answer questions about health care and the Affordable Care Act from WebMD users during a conversation with the site's health care reform expert, Lisa Zamosky. The interview will air March 14 and WebMD users can pose questions atWebMD.com/AskObama.
  • Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway posts record profit in 2013

    03/01/2014 5:51:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/01/2014
    Warren Buffett's conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway posted a record profit in 2013, jumping 31 percent over the previous year, the company said in its annual report, released on Saturday. Profit for the full year rose to $19.5 billion from $14.8 billion in 2012. Net income rose to $4.99 billion in the fourth quarter, or $3,035 per Class A share, from $4.55 billion, or $2,757 per share, a year earlier.
  • US Sen. Durbin lauds federal manufacturing grants

    02/23/2014 11:19:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST
    Top Illinois politicians say a multimillion-dollar institute bound for Chicago will be the nation’s flagship research site for digital manufacturing. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday publicly heralded Chicago’s selection by the Defense Department as the site of one of two manufacturing institutes. …
  • Obama's Two Americas: The Economy and How Democrats Win Elections

    02/14/2014 5:36:02 AM PST · by Bratch · 1 replies
    Big Government ^ | February 13, 2014 | Peter Morici
    President Obama is dividing America into two nations—one rich, the other increasingly poor, and both more likely to elect Democrats. Americans growing richer support his policies, and those growing poorer are increasingly dependent on Democratic politicians for government handouts. In this century, the economy has not performed well, and a jobs shortage has driven down the income of most Americans. Obama’s “recovery” has managed only 2.4 percent growth, but George W. Bush’s expansion scored about the same rate and then collapsed altogether. Since 2001, when Bush took office, the U.S. economy has created only 4.7 million jobs—about 30,000 a month...
  • The Wages of Cronyism, Big Government, and Corruption

    02/11/2014 8:45:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death,” but the same can’t be said of Washington, DC. The bureaucrats, lobbyists, politicians, contractors, insiders, cronyists, and influence peddlers have rigged the system so that they get rich by diverting money from people in the productive sector of the economy. How bad is the disconnect between Washington and real America? Well, according to Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, people in every state have a negative outlook. But there is one outpost of giddy prosperity, and that’s the District of Columbia, where residents have a 20-point gap compared to the most optimistic...
  • Google subsidiary to run nearby federal airfield

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company's billionaire executives. The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google's Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield, a former U.S. Navy based 4 miles from Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. The airfield, which was built in the 1930s, has been managed by NASA's Ames Research Center for the past 23 years. Financial terms of the new arrangement still must be worked out...
  • Eric Cantor Earns an Opponent - Dave Brat

    02/10/2014 7:18:10 AM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 2/10/14 | CHQ Staff
    Once thought of as a possibly more conservative alternative to establishment Republican Speaker John Boehner, establishment Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) long ago proved he is fully invested in Boehner’s lobbyist-driven legislative agenda. The Murray-Ryan budget and Amnesty for illegal aliens are just the latest in a long list of betrayals conservatives have suffered at the hands of Eric Cantor. From breaking the spending caps in the sequester, to voting for the Wall Street bailout through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), when faced with a choice between business -as -usual and fighting for limited- government constitutional conservative...
  • Corporate backing is helping Obamacare go mainstream

    02/09/2014 8:03:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 8, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
    Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, is airing half-hour specials about healthy living and educating viewers about how to sign up for coverage under President Obama's health law. And tax preparers at thousands of Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block offices are talking to their customers about how to enroll in the new insurance plans sold through the law's online marketplaces. As the law becomes embedded in American life, the Republican drive to dismantle Obamacare will almost certainly become more complicated.
  • Cantor’s Big Business Agenda Sparks Primary Challenge

    02/07/2014 11:53:56 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Dave Brat is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor in a Republican primary — and giving the House majority leader a verbal thrashing on immigration. Dave Brat is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor in a Republican primary — and giving the House majority leader a verbal thrashing on immigration. “Cantor is following the agenda of the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce — pursuing policies that are good for big business, but come at the exclusion of the American people,” said Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College. Brat’s upstart bid against the second highest-ranking House Republican may seem quixotic. But it’s...
  • CVS’s decision isn’t really about smoking

    02/07/2014 1:51:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 5, 2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    When CVS Caremark Corp. Chief Executive and President Larry Merlo announced that his drugstore chain would stop selling tobacco products , one of the first to respond was the president of the United States. The speed of the president’s statement indicates that CVS’s decision was likely coordinated with the White House. Every day, countless business decisions are made without any comment from the White House. Something unusual was going on. This is troubling. It gives the appearance of preference for those who curry favor with the powerful, and it squeezes out smaller entrants who can supply innovative products and services...
  • Environmentalists Do Billionaires' Bidding in Fight Against Keystone Pipeline

    02/05/2014 8:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- An environmentalist lies down alongside his fellow organic cucumber aficionados to block the construction of an oil pipeline and wakes up a member of a proxy army serving the billionaires who are fighting against America's economic and national security interests to line their own pockets. How did that happen? This phenomenon is on display in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline project, the cornerstone of Canada-U.S. energy independence, set to run from Alberta, Canada, into Nebraska, then ultimately to the Gulf Coast of Texas where it can be exported. None of this pleases environmental activists, whose actions...
  • Tech group boosts GOP on immigration (John Cornyn crony in charge of Amnesty ad campaign)

    02/03/2014 12:08:20 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | MIKE ALLEN
    Americans for a Conservative Direction, an affiliate of the Silicon Valley-backed FWD.us advocacy group, on Friday launched a remarkable $750,000 ad campaign heaping praise on the House GOP for its new plan for immigration reform. President Barack Obama signaled Friday in a Google Hangout interview that he was open to the GOP terms, meaning reform is looking more likely than it did a week ago. The 10-day buy includes national broadcast TV and cable TV, plus talk radio. The ad, produced by FP1 Strategies, ends with type on the screen saying: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT TO FIX IMMIGRATION – STRENGTHEN OUR...
  • Did Showdown Kill Boehner's Immigration Dreams?

    01/31/2014 2:28:14 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 50 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/31/14 | Jonathan Strong
    Immigration is the zombie of political issues--even when it is dead, it is still alive. The combination of the Democratic Party, business interests, and a GOP operative class yearning for its promise of improved standing with Hispanic voters means that you can never really count it out. That said, it is hard to imagine Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moving forward after yesterday's closed-door showdown. According to estimates from those who were in the room--both in favor of moving forward and against--the dozens of GOP lawmakers who spoke were at least 80-20 against bringing a bill to the floor this year....
  • State Dept. Webcast Features Guest Who Called Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice 'Uncle Toms'

    01/31/2014 8:45:06 AM PST · by RicocheT · 10 replies
    Weekly standard ^ | Jan 31, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, [snip] Some of Michel's more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.'s music ambassador on a government-sponsored webcast representing America to the world.
  • House-Passed ‘Compromise’ Farm Bill to Cost $1.4 Billion a Page

    01/30/2014 10:12:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2014 - 5:54 PM | Timothy Hill
    … The bill will cost nearly a trillion dollars over ten years. But, considering the bill itself is 702 pages long, the bill will cost about $1.4 billion per page. If that doesn’t garner the attention of taxpayers, there was something else that bothered at least one member of the House today—how settling on cutting $8 billion of waste could be a called “compromise” between a $40 billion House cut and a $4 billion Senate cut. …
  • BOEHNER CONFIDANT CASHES IN ON AMNESTY

    01/28/2014 12:34:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/27/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    House Speaker John Boehner’s ex-chief of staff Barry Jackson (pictured, right) is now working with the Chamber of Commerce to help its lobbying campaign for comprehensive immigration reform. “The former chief of staff to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is working as a consultant for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the big business trade group pushes Congress to enact immigration reform,” Politico reported Monday afternoon. While his firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck publicly registered to lobby for the chamber on immigration reform in June, Jackson's involvement was not previously known because he is acting as a non-lobbying adviser. BHFS confirmed...
  • Business groups press Republicans over immigration reform

    01/28/2014 10:16:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 1/28/14 | Barney Jopson
    Pro-immigration business leaders ranging from strawberry growers and bulldozer makers to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are pressing Republicans in Congress to revive moves to reform the US immigration system. Barack Obama is expected to touch on immigration in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, but it is Republicans in the House of Representatives who will have the decisive influence on the fate of reform in the next few weeks. The most incendiary political issue is giving America’s 11m-plus undocumented immigrants legal rights to live and work in the country – a step wanted by many farmers, hoteliers and restaurants that see...
  • Chamber of Commerce: Conservatives the 'Problem' in Amnesty Battle

    01/26/2014 8:31:20 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jan 2014 | Tony Lee
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said once again that conservatives were the "problem" when it came to passing immigration reform legislation with amnesty provisions. “The left has never been the problem on this,” Randel Johnson, the chamber’s senior vice president, said on Friday during an immigration summit in Washington. “The right is the problem.” As Breitbart News reported, that is why the Chamber is reportedly going to spend $50 million against the Tea Party, largely because the Tea Party opposes amnesty and comprehensive immigration reform. According to Bloomberg News, the Chamber of Commerce wants to "rewrite" the immigration laws because...
  • Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?

    01/27/2014 1:08:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2014 – 01:54 PM | Michaela Schiessl
    Opposition to the planned new trans-Atlantic free trade agreement is growing. So far, criticism has focused on the fact that the deal seems directed exclusively at economic interests. Now fears are growing that corporations will be given too much power. […] Some aspects to be negotiated make a lot of sense—ways of coming up with universal charger plugs for electric cars, for example. But other, more controversial issues, are also on the agenda, including whether the Americans will be allowed to sell genetically modified corn without labeling it as such in the EU. Or whether the US Food and Drug...
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America

    01/25/2014 8:45:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/24/14 | Michelle Malkin
    Giant corporations make common cause with leftist special interests to win government favors. he U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests. These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class, or age who believe in low taxes and limited government. The chamber’s business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America. If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the...
  • 7 Reasons That Russia Is Not The Soviet Union

    01/21/2014 1:48:31 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 105 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/31/2013 | Mark Adomanis
    National Review published a rather overheated piece the other day that contained an entertaining line: “Russia has become the Soviet Union with a better suit”. The idea that Russia is fundamentally the same as the Soviet Union is a popular one, particularly on the political right where “Soviet” has for decades served as a synonym for “bad.” Barely a day goes by without someone bemoaning Putin’s “Soviet” character or the “neo-Soviet” policies that Russia pursues in its part of the world. However this idea is deeply mistaken and extremely misleading, and can only be held by deliberately ignoring a huge...
  • Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide

    01/17/2014 6:01:02 AM PST · by thackney · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 17, 2014 | David Ljunggren
    Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long. The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada's Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging. Baird also conceded that Washington might veto the project, the first admission of its kind by a Canadian government minister. The 1,200-mile (1,930-km) pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day from the Alberta tar sands in...
  • Democrat Gov. vetoes income tax cut for citizens, then seeks special carve outs for big business

    01/16/2014 1:21:10 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-16-14 | Will Freeland
    Just a few months after Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a small but beneficial income tax cut, totaling $700 million over 10 years (barely larger than the one-year value of recent cuts in North Carolina), the Governor convened a special session to provide tax carve-outs for aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. That special session resulted in $1.7 billion in tax incentives to be paid out over 23 years, albeit with some job creation performance targets Boeing is required to hit in order to receive said tax benefits. The juxtaposition of these events provides an awkward contradiction. First, the suggestion that Boeing needs...
  • TransCanada will look at rail if Keystone XL rejected

    01/16/2014 5:44:12 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | January 15, 2014 | Rob Gillies
    The chief executive of TransCanada said Wednesday if the Obama administration doesn’t approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline his company will look to the more dangerous alternative of building build rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma. President Barack Obama is expected to decide early this year on Keystone XL, which is under review at the State Department. The long-delayed pipeline would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said pipelines are “by far a safer alternative” to oil trains but said if customers want him to build rail terminals he will. He said he’s in...
  • Inequality in a Crony Capitalist World

    01/14/2014 3:50:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 14, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    If popes and presidents have anything to do with it, 2014 looks set to be the “Year of Inequality.” Already the rehashing of old, old arguments has begun in earnest. Economists, for instance, are re-disputing the inequality statistics. Others are re-debating perennial philosophical questions such as what we mean by inequality and (depending on the meaning) whether it’s always a bad thing.You don’t, however, have to join most of the contemporary academy in worshiping at the altar of the prophet of modern liberal egalitarianism, the late John Rawls, to recognize that some seriously unjustifiable inequities do characterize virtually all modern...
  • How Did The Democrats Become The Party Of The Rich?

    01/09/2014 6:38:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/09/2014 | Steven Hayward
    If you brought back either of the Roosevelts—Teddy or Franklin—from the grave, the most astonishing thing they would find is that the “malefactors of great wealth” have become the benefactors of today’s liberalism, and Democrats have become the party of the rich. In the economic crisis of the 1930s, the rich hated FDR. Most of today’s rich love Barack Obama—so much so that Washington D.C. area airports ran out of space to handle all of the private jets flying in the well-heeled for both of his inaugurals. Forget the “limousine liberals” of the 1960s and 1970s, sending their own kids...
  • Texas Business Groups Ally to Counter Tea Party Influence in GOP Primaries

    01/05/2014 5:55:30 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 55 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    Some of Texas’ biggest business trade groups are moving to counter tea party and anti-government forces that have dominated recent Republican primaries. The movement mirrors the schism happening nationally between hard right and establishment Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently pledged $50 million to back pro-business Republicans in U.S. Senate primaries and fight tea party insurgents. Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of the fiscal-hawk group Empower Texans said the Texas Future Business Alliance is nothing but a group of big-money interests wanting taxpayer dollars to flow into their pockets. “This is what we’ve come to expect coming out of the...
  • Drug companies accused of holding back complete information on clinical trials (UK Tamiflu)

    01/03/2014 11:08:32 AM PST · by opentalk · 3 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | January 3, 2014 | Rajeev Syal
    Clinical trial results are being routinely withheld from doctors, undermining their ability to make informed decisions about how to treat patients, an influential parliamentary committee has claimed. MPs have expressed "extreme concern" that drug manufacturers appear to only publish around 50% of completed trial results and warned that the practice has "ramifications for the whole of medicine". Their conclusions have emerged in a public accounts committee report which examined the Department of Health's decision to spend £424m on stockpiling the flu drug Tamiflu, before writing off £74m because of poor record keeping. … A review by the non-profit Cochrane Collaboration...
  • Industry, not environmentalists, killed traditional bulbs

    01/01/2014 1:17:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/01/2014 | Timothy Carney
    Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business and big government. The 2007 Energy Bill, a stew of regulations and subsidies, set mandatory efficiency standards for most light bulbs. Any bulbs that couldn't produce a given brightness at the specified energy input would be illegal. That meant the 25-cent bulbs most Americans used in nearly every socket...
  • Obamacare Pork to UAW Rolled Out Without a Glitch

    12/26/2013 2:42:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 23, 2013 | Mark Modica
    While the Obama Administration is still pumping resources and taxpayer money into the implementation of Obamacare, the initial disbursement of pork included in the bill was successfully doled out almost a full two years ago. And the main recipient of taxpayer largess was, once again, the UAW. The Obamacare pork came in the form of a program called the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program or ERRP. $5 billion of taxpayer money was allocated to help pay for healthcare costs to retirees between the age of 55 and 65 . Number one on the union-dominated list of recipients was the UAW, which...
  • Podesta Will Peddle Green Agenda - disclosure report "hottest read in Washington"

    12/14/2013 7:32:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | Dedember 14, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    ".......“Podesta has no financial interest in the Keystone XL decision,” says Credo Action. Is that truly the case? I am not saying that John Podesta is directly invested in companies that will profit if Keystone is defeated. What I am saying is that the connections between VIPs and think-tank donors and corporate boards and lobbying clients are hard to disentangle. It is so easy for a reporter to lose the thread, especially when that reporter is already inclined to think that the motives of his subject are pure. Podesta’s fame and power have certainly helped line the pockets of his...
  • Obama to feds: Bulk up on green power [20% by 2020 - triples use]

    12/05/2013 5:55:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 5, 2013 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    President Obama on Thursday will order the federal government to use renewables for 20 percent of its electricity needs by 2020. The Associated Press first reported the news and obtained a copy of the executive order to be released Thursday. The White House confirmed the report to The Hill. It will nearly triple the use of the federal government's renewable sources and apply to all federal agencies, civilian and military. "The federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates 600,000 vehicles and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services," the AP reported late Wednesday. "The government currently...
  • Obamacare’s Potential New Funding Streams for Abortion Providers

    11/21/2013 3:47:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Heritage ^ | 11/21/2013 | Sarah Torre
    Taxpayer funding streams from Obamacare and mandates on insurers could provide increased funding and coverage for abortion providers. Through grants awarded for promotional efforts and new coverage requirements on insurers providing qualified plans, the health care law could benefit Planned Parenthood and other providers of elective abortion.The coercive, one-size-fits-all regime of Obamacare is already set to increase costs and further burden taxpayers. The fact that bureaucrats are using the law to funnel more tax dollars to an organization that performed almost 1 million abortions in the past three years alone[1] should give policymakers another reason to stop further implementation of...
  • Pentagon Wants To Power Navy With Used Cooking Grease

    11/20/2013 4:42:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Environmentalism: Forget Navy blue. The U.S. fleet is turning green. That might make the eco-left happy, but it'll be an unnecessary burden for taxpayers with no advantages for the military. Reports tell us that the Navy continues to "invest" in a green-fuels future, paying startups to develop fuels from algae, switchgrass, wood chips, old cooking oil, even household garbage. This program hit the high seas in the summer of 2012, when the Navy launched its Great Green Fleet demonstration. The official line said "alternative fuels, including nuclear power" were to be "used in an operational setting, fueling helicopters and jets...
  • New Hot Wax Tax Scheme Screams ‘Crony Capitalism’

    11/15/2013 12:53:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Neil McCabe
    Every political science major should be taught that a bill with the words “free market” in the title is not a bill freeing a market. This is the certainly the case with the "Free Market Royalty Act.” Crony Capitalism is the merging of government powers with private businesses for the fun and profit of the connected businessmen—and a poignant example is the bill by Rep. Mel. L. Watts (D.-N.C.), written by the Recording Industry Association of America, and set to create a performance tax on broadcast radio stations paid directly to a vassal entity of the RIAA. The entity,...
  • The Secret Environmental Cost of US Ethanol Policy

    11/14/2013 6:35:18 AM PST · by Wuli · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 11, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
    CORYDON, Iowa -- The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn't supposed to be this way. With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons...
  • The Incompetent Socialist: Barack Obama

    11/13/2013 6:50:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Jared Bernstein, the man who was formerly responsible for advising Vice President Joe Biden on economic matters (wow . . . that would be a daunting task), has said that if Obama is a socialist, he’s not a particularly good socialist. In fact, he said the President would have to be considered the “worst socialist ever” because the financial markets have been climbing during his Presidency. And to think everyone used to call me names for suggesting socialism is a tool used to prevent mass prosperity. Biden's Former Economic Adviser: 'If Obama's a Socialist, He's the Worst Socialist'Al Sharpton, who...
  • Business to tea party: Get out of our way

    11/13/2013 6:49:41 AM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | 13 Nov 2013 | Lawrence Delevingne
    The recent elections underlined a growing tension in political money circles: Business people are increasingly fed up with the activist wing of the Republican Party. It's a trend that will have broad implications for next year's midterm elections and the presidential race in 2016, political experts say. [Snip] And there's more to come. Business interests appear to be rallying behind moderate Republicans Brian Ellis, David Trott and Mike Simpson against tea party-approved challengers Justin Amash, Kerry Bentivolio and Bryan Smith for House seats in 2014 (Ellis and Trott are running in Michigan and Simpson is in Idaho). [Snip] "If the...