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  • When Obamacare loses in court, insurance companies lose, too

    07/22/2014 4:14:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/22/14 | Timothy P Carney
    When the administration lost an Obamacare case in federal court Tuesday, the insurance companies lost as well... Subsidies were one of the many goodies Obamacare provided insurers. Obamacare also required individuals to buy insurance, compelled many business owners to insure employees, expanded Medicaid (which is often administered by private insurers) and supplied a bailout to struggling insurers in the form of “risk corridors.” The Halbig ruling is a triple threat to the insurers’ Obamacare favors. By stripping away tax credits, it reduces insurance companies transfers’ from the federal government. Halbig also reduces the impact of the law’s employer mandate and...
  • Perry Announces Details Of Texas National Guard Border Deployment

    07/22/2014 6:23:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 119 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/22/2014 | CHQ Staff
    On July 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security that urgent federal action was required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border. After almost three weeks of inaction by the Obama administration, yesterday, Gov. Perry directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. – Mexico border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal...
  • Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters

    07/19/2014 3:08:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 83 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 7/19/2014 | CATHERINE LUCEY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago. Perry, 64, hasn't said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he's clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake. Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he's committed to the...
  • China Home Prices Fall in Record Cities (Is China's Housing Bubble Bursting?)

    07/18/2014 9:40:12 AM PDT · by MRourke85 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/18/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    China’s new-home prices fell in a record number of cities tracked by the government as developers cut prices to boost sales volume, signaling curbs will be relaxed in more cities. Prices fell in 55 of the 70 cities last month from May, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement today, the most since January 2011 when the government changed the way it compiles the statistics. Prices in Shanghai and the southern city of Guangzhou fell 0.6 percent each from May, the biggest drop since January 2011, while they declined 0.4 percent in Shenzhen. Prices fell 1.7 percent in...
  • Funny: More Awards for Obama...and They Got You Nothing

    07/18/2014 4:55:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have to claim responsibility for the newest parody that’s now starring as president of the United States on TVs everywhere. If ever there were a Steven Colbert character assigned to play a faux president, Obama would get the nod. You see: he’s been nominated for an Emmy now. In a comedy, playing himself, in a tragedy. Seriously. His own incompetence has led to an Emmy nomination. And it’s my fault. When Obama visited Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame in May, ostensibly to promote tourism, I suggested with mock fawning that they should induct him into the HOF as the...
  • San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million as National Jobs Recovery Atrophies

    07/17/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT · by MRourke85 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/17/2014 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The one section of the housing market that is booming is housing for the wealthy. For example, the median home price in San Francisco just hit $1 million. An analysis by DataQuick of 25 of the top U.S. metropolitan areas for multimillion-dollar sales showed purchases for $2 million or more jumped 33 percent in January and February from a year earlier. Unfortunately for the rest of the United States (the mere mortals), the housing affordability (according to the National Association of Realtors) is declining. narafford This is particularly bad news since home prices are rising while real median household income...
  • GM Could Make Huge Payments to Crash Victims [Feinberg, Obama Czar, Involved]

    06/30/2014 7:15:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 6/30/14
    ...The decision on how much to pay claimants is being made by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. GM says the faulty switches are responsible for at least 54 crashes and more than 13 deaths.....
  • National Interest Or Self Interest? Not A Hard Choice

    06/20/2014 5:02:37 PM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 20, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    If character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking, World War II Gen. Dwight Eisenhower radiated it on D-Day’s eve, writing that “any blame … is mine alone” in never-delivered remarks known as “In Case of Failure.” In making one of history’s toughest and most consequential decisions — unlike those chronicled in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” — Eisenhower prepared for the worst as 150,000 men readied for a veritable suicide mission 70 years ago this month. Willing to shoulder failure’s blame, even without knowing its reason, Eisenhower publicly attributed the anticipated victory to liberty’s cause and the...
  • Eric Cantor’s Opponent Beat Him By Calling Out GOP Corruption

    06/12/2014 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    Republic Report ^ | 12 June 2014 | Lee Fang
    “All of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.”That isn’t a quote from an Occupy Wall Street protester or Senator Elizabeth Warren. That’s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who scored one of the biggest political upsets in over a century by defeating Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last night.The national media is buzzing about Brat’s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons.Did the Tea Party swoop in and help Brat, as many in the Democratic Party are suggesting? Actually, the Wall Street...
  • Obamacare Rigged to Fleece Taxpayers

    06/11/2014 2:43:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Never doubt the cleverness of Big Health. Obamacare does not redistribute wealth to the poor. Instead, the law's various requirements redistribute wealth and wages to Obama's partner in crime: large health plans. These corporations are then by law allowed to keep the cash and shortchange the care under "medical necessity" guidelines, demonstrating again that coverage is not care. New evidence shows how one Obamacare tactic, called "risk adjustment" (RA), will be used to redistribute premium dollars from one health plan to another health plan. In short, the health plans with the sickest (riskiest) patients on paper win. Under RA, enrollees...
  • See How Cronyism Affects You--in Less than 90 Seconds

    06/10/2014 1:37:48 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 3, 2014 | Amy Payne
    What is “cronyism,” and why does it matter? Merriam-Webster defines it as “the unfair practice by a powerful person (such as a politician) of giving jobs and other favors to friends.” This matters because there are only a few in power, and chances are you’re not one of the favored “friends”—but it’s your money they’re playing with. In our new video, we explain what Washington is doing with some of your hard-earned money—in addition to the big-government programs you’ve already heard of.
  • Potato Council Debunks First Lady's 'Science' Claims

    05/30/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition ("food stamp") program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama's claims that including the potato would "override science" and that Americans are already eating enough of them.The Potato Council notes that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s,...
  • ICE ORDERED TO STAY SILENT ON RELEASE OF 36,000 CRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    05/14/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2014 | by KRISTIN TATE
    Breitbart Texas recently reported on the release of 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants, including almost 200 murderers, who were released back into the U.S. by immigration officials in 2013. The figures were outlined in a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Breitbart Texas subsequently reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices around the country, in an attempt to learn more about release policies. Each ICE representative that Breitbart Texas came in contact with was familiar with the CIS report, but would not comment on it. They additionally refused to answer general questions regarding detention and release...
  • Tim Geithner is no hero, no matter how many times he says that he is one

    05/14/2014 10:46:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    TARP was the absolute height of crony capitalism. Many of the big banks should have gone down, but in the midst of a “Blackberry panic” – as David Stockman puts it – the masters of the masters of the universe lost sight of reality and the nature of markets. Yes, Goldman Sachs would have gone down. But this would have been a GOOD THING. The blood which should have filled the the streets of Downtown Manhattan would have washed the unsustainable leverage clean from the system (for a while.) Giants are meant to fall. It would have been good for...
  • Whistleblowers Expose Rampant Corruption Inside Spanish Conglomerate Abengoa...

    05/04/2014 2:31:04 PM PDT · by calfit32 · 7 replies
    The Green Corruption Files ^ | May 2, 2014 | Christine Lakatos
    The Bureau of Land Management is attempting to shut down the Bundy Ranch to clear the path for massive solar energy developments in southern Nevada that will enrich an A-list of well-connected Democrats close to President Obama, Al Gore, Bill Clinton and others. Completely unreported however, a scandal of epic proportions has been brewing with yet another Democrat-connected recipient of “green energy” stimulus funds. The Spain-based conglomerate Abengoa operates close to 600 subsidiaries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, and has received $3.6 billion in loans and grants in direct violation of President Obama’s "Recovery Act" promise...
  • Ignorance And Cronyism Are The Only Settled Sciences

    04/27/2014 12:56:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    An honest debate with a progressive is almost as rare as a verified sighting of Bigfoot. You’d have better luck getting a devout Scientologist to say L. Ron Hubbard was a horrible writer than you would to get a progressive to admit the “science” behind climate change is not all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, it is based on models of what could happen in 100 years, even though those models are mostly unreliable when you use them to map what happened in the last 30. That’s right, the vast majority of “climate models” predicting doom and...
  • Desert Developer's Woes Buffet Reid [Coyote Springs about 50 miles from Bundy's ranch]

    04/26/2014 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 10, 2012 | By ALEXANDRA BERZON
    Six years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid celebrated what he called a "love fest" of government support for the construction of a proposed 150,000-home community in the Nevada desert and the lobbyist-turned-developer behind it, Harvey Whittemore. Last week, a federal grand jury charged Mr. Whittemore with making illegal political contributions to Mr. Reid, a Democrat. Even before the indictment, Mr. Reid and other politicians had begun to distance themselves from Mr. Whittemore—long one of Nevada's most powerful lobbyists—by pledging to charity money to offset donations they had gotten from him. ~~snip~~ The allegations against Mr. Whittemore stem from a...
  • So long, net neutrality? FCC to propose new pay-for-preferential treatment rules

    04/25/2014 4:35:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/25/14 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday. The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official confirmed Wednesday.
  • When the government owns the land it's communism

    04/24/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    April 24, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    When the government owns the land and natural resources and controls production from same, it's called communism. The Founders intended Americans to enjoy their God-given liberty. The constitution was written to severely restrict government power and ensure freedom. The founders never intended for an all powerful central government to own the land or to control the means of production. They limited the central government to about 18 enumerated powers and left all others to the people and the states to decide locally. The United States was intended to be a free Republic governed at various levels by elected representatives, working...
  • Crony Capitalism Keeps the US Dependent on Vladimir Putin

    04/24/2014 8:52:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The latest news to come out of Ukraine doesn’t involve Vice President Joe Biden, European natural gas supplies, or Vladimir Putin’s insatiable appetite for the resurrection of the Soviet Union. In fact, it hits a bit closer to home. America’s spy satellites, as it turns out, is dependent upon Russian provided technology to reach orbit. That’s right… Not only are our astronauts hitching rides to the Russian-run “international” space station, but even our spy satellites have to hitch a ride via Putin’s Russian Military industrial complex. And any sanctions that could come out of the situation in Ukraine, may just...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Questions Raised About Senator Reid’s Connection to Bundy Ranch Dispute

    04/14/2014 11:50:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    NewAmerican ^ | April 14, 2014 | Written by Warren Mass
    The standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deescalated on April 12, when the bureau announced that it will stop its operation to confiscate Bundy’s cattle.But another aspect to this ongoing story is jumping: The blogosphere is alive with allegations that Senator Harry Reid (pictured), and his son, Rory, have motivations of their own for wanting Bundy’s cattle off the disputed lands.Though the major media announced that a “deal” had been reached between Bundy and the BLM, Bundy explained what transpired differently in an interview with KLAS TV in Las Vegas: “There is...
  • CHELSEA CLINTON MAKES HER MOVE [Hubble's girl may run for orifice]

    04/15/2014 8:14:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    Fast Company.. ^ | DANIELLE SACKS
    CHELSEA CLINTON IS THE PRODUCT OF TWO OF THE MOST POWERFUL BRANDS IN THE WORLD. NOW SHE'S FINALLY CARVING OUT HER OWN IDENTITY--BY JOINING THE FAMILY BUSINESS.... I woke up one day when I was 29 and craved red meat," says Chelsea, now 34, and a self-described omnivore. "I'm a big believer in listening to my body's cravings." ... she's not just another millennial. She's political royalty. And now, finally, she has decided to join the Clinton family business.... ... "People [were] always asking me [since I was a kid], 'Do you want to go into politics?' " she tells me,...
  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Here are 625 well sourced examples of Obama's lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

    04/07/2014 1:43:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | April 2, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 625 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on August 15, 2013. Updated on April 2, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible – and especially, to please...
  • Republican Senator: 'GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks'

    04/07/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/7/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix what’s broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people." Lee continues: Impossible? That’s what they said about earmarks. Too radical a change? These are principles we already espouse. Imagine a reformed Republican party seizing...
  • Republican Senator: "GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks"

    04/07/2014 7:56:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 7, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix what’s broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people."
  • Ex-Im Bank and the GOP’s Cronyism Test: Republicans should take a stand against corporate welfare

    04/07/2014 7:00:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2014 | Sen. Mike Lee
    For five years now, the Republican party has attacked the economic policies of President Barack Obama as “crony capitalism.” And with good reason. From the stimulus to cash-for-clunkers, from the bailouts to cap-and-trade, from Dodd-Frank to Obamacare, every name-brand initiative of the Obama era has distorted public policy to privilege well-connected insiders and elites at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Republicans have slammed all this “corporate welfare” and “venture socialism” for unfairly “picking winners and losers in the marketplace.” In 2012, for the first time, “crony capitalism” was even singled out for condemnation in the Republican party platform. The...
  • Want To End Crony Capitalism In Texas? Repeal Prop 4

    04/01/2014 4:57:19 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 1 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 04/01/2014 | Hardhatters
    To read all of our reports on crony capitalism in Texas, click here.Crony capitalism is very similar to the seven-headed Hydra of Greek mythology. Politicians, if and when they do decide to tackle the issue, may cut off one slush fund, but two (or more) slush funds end up replacing it. To destroy crony capitalism, it’s not enough to cut off the head; you have seal the body off from growing any more heads. The Texas Constitution was originally designed to be sealed off from such voracious heads springing up from the body of government. In the mid-19th century after...
  • Tony Blair handed £3m slice of Barack Obama’s aid for Africans

    03/23/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mathew Holehouse, Edward Malnick
    Tony Blair is celebrating another multi-million pound contract after his charity secured a key deal with the US government. This time, the former prime minister’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a £3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obama’s flagship African aid programme.… It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blair’s charity from USAID. The body was, until last February, overseen by Hillary Clinton, who, along with her husband Bill, the former US president, is a close friend of Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie.
  • More Warren Buffett Hypocrisy; Restructures Deal To Avoid $400 Million In Taxes

    03/18/2014 8:39:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/18/2014 | Mike Krieger
    Warren Buffett epitomizes everything that is wrong with the global economy, and the U.S. economy specifically. He is the consummate crony capitalist, a brilliant yet conniving oligarch who intentionally plays on the gullibility of the masses to portray himself as one thing, when in reality he is something else entirely.He publicly talks about how rich people need to pay more in taxes, then turns around and pioneers new ways for his company Berkshire Hathaway to avoid hundreds of millions in taxes. He thinks that by going on television stuffing ice cream cones and hamburgers in his mouth and acting all grandfatherly...
  • Gates: Tax consumption to fix unemployment caused by technology [VIDEO]

    03/18/2014 8:28:21 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2014 | Neil Munro
    Billionaire software mogul Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of tech experts who predict that low-skill Americans will face greater unemployment because more jobs are being done by software and robots. The Microsoft founder, whose net worth is $76 billion, suggested the problem could be fixed by reducing taxes on employers and raising taxes on employees, via the reduction of payroll taxes and the addition of new federal consumption taxes.
  • REPORT: GOP CONSULTANT CLASS CONTINUES TO GET FABULOUSLY RICH

    03/17/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Monday March 17, 2014
    A new report from Politico’s Ken Vogel details how ten major GOP consultant firms who made a combined $1 billion off Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 White House bid are still large and in charge of GOP politics, raking in millions more for the 2014 cycle. According to Vogel’s analysis, the firms and the consultants who work for them have already made—through January 2014, nearly a full year before the midterm elections—more than $19.6 million. “They’ve also cemented relationships with some of the GOP’s rising stars, setting up the firms for even bigger paydays headed into the fall, when costly advertising...
  • JetBlue, American Airlines end frequent flyer agreement [After Obama approved MERGER]

    03/15/2014 6:52:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    JetBlue and American Airlines are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft, as well as a frequent flyer program agreement. JetBlue travelers can no longer earn miles on AA-operated flights.
  • NASA Admits to Selling Discount Fuel to Google Execs

    03/07/2014 9:42:41 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 44 replies
    . ^ | march 7, 2014 | Stephen Stock and Scott Pham
    NASA now acknowledges what NBC Bay Area's Investigative Team first uncovered last year--that the government agency has been effectively giving a price break on jet fuel to a private company.
  • Wal-Mart forecast disappoints, food-stamp cuts hurt customers

    02/20/2014 7:14:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/20/14 | Phil Wahba
    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc forecast a lower full-year profit than analysts expect, as fewer food stamps, higher taxes and tighter credit erode its sales, news that sent its shares down 1 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. The world's largest retailer expects net sales growth this year to be at the lower end of its forecast range of 3 to 5 percent, Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley said on Thursday. Wal-Mart said comparable sales at stores open at least a year in the United States - its biggest unit - fell for a fourth straight quarter, by 0.4 percent....
  • Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley: GOP Resembles a Crime Family

    02/19/2014 11:36:33 AM PST · by xzins · 28 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 2/18/14 | CHQ Staff |
    Yesterday our old friend Craig Shirley, chronicler of Ronald Reagan’s five-decade war of ideas against liberalism and communism, defined the national Republican Party this way in an interview with Brietbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy: "The Washington Republican party is no longer a political party in the way we understand political parties. It more resembles a crime family than a movement of ideas." Shirley was commenting on the charge that the reason Congress has not gotten to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives and Tea Party movement groups is because the establishment GOP wants the IRS to hobble these groups...
  • Florida Panthers ask for $86 million bailout to help pay for rent at BB&T Center

    02/19/2014 4:14:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 2/18/14
    The Florida Panthers faced some high stakes Tuesday; not on the ice, but at Broward County Hall. With opposition building against the Florida Panthers' request for $86 million for free rent at the county-owned BB&T Center in Sunrise, a majority of county commissioners made it clear at a workshop meeting Tuesday that they’re in favor of a major public giveaway to the hockey team. New Florida Panthers hockey team owner Doug Cifu said he has no plans to move the team with or without the $86 million bailout he's asking from public, but that didn't stop Broward County Commissioner Marty...
  • $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    02/18/2014 9:32:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    President Obama was in Michigan last week to sign a 10-year, $1 trillion farm bill. While much of the debate has centered around the spending on food stamps, buried in the 1,000-page plan are many other provisions that are indefensibly bad policy. While some are praising, and others complaining, about slightly rolling back spending on food stamps and eliminating some of the direct payments to "farmers" (who did not actually farm), the bill goes far beyond that. This bill continues special subsidy deals to farmers in every area in the country — from corn and beans to rice and peanuts...
  • Colorado Health-Care Exchange Director Indicted in Montana Housing (Fraud & Theft) Case

    02/12/2014 6:55:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | SF Gate
    Colorado health-exchange director on paid leave DENVER — A director with Colorado's health-care exchange is on paid leave after it was discovered she has been accused of stealing from a nonprofit housing organization she oversaw in Montana. Christa McClure is the director of partner engagement for Connect for Health Colorado, the state program that implements the Affordable Care Act. According to the Denver Post, program spokesman Ben Davis says in her Colorado job, McClure does not have access to any of exchange's finances. The eight-count indictment against McClure was filed in U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont., in January.
  • 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...
  • Tenn. lawmakers: VW incentives threatened by UAW

    02/10/2014 1:22:43 PM PST · by don-o · 88 replies
    AP via Kingsport TN Times News ^ | February 10, 2014 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are threatening that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the German automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.
  • Donate to Obama, and Get Nominated for Ambassador

    02/09/2014 6:23:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Have you thought about becoming an Ambassador, diplomat, or foreign dignitary? Well stop wasting your time trying to build a career… Just bundle a few million dollars in campaign money for your friendly Chicago-style politician, and help him become President. Once he’s in charge, you might even get a nomination to far-away-lands that you know nothing about! At least, that’s how it seems to work judging by the administration’s latest nominee. Noah Mamet, has been nominated as the ambassador to Argentina. Noah is well traveled, but has admitted that he has never even visited Argentina… (Become a political crony, and...
  • Meet the "Kronies"–Brilliance in Highlighting "Crapitalism"

    01/25/2014 4:55:34 PM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 1/25/14 | Whitney Pitcher
    I don’t know exactly how to characterize this, but there is a new campaign to highlight crony capitalism (or the portmanteau that I like to use–crapitalism) . This campaign–The Kronies– uses youtube clips and specially designed 80s style action figures.
  • ...Michelle Obama Announces Commitment by Subway® Restaurants to Promote Healthier Choices to Kids

    01/24/2014 11:10:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 104 replies
    White House ^ | 1/23/14
    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and SUBWAY® along with SUBWAY® Famous Fans Michael Phelps, Nastia Liukin, and Justin Tuck at a local Washington, DC, SUBWAY® Restaurant, to announce a three-year commitment by the chain in support of her Let’s Move! initiative to promote healthier choices to kids, including launching its largest targeted marketing effort to date. In addition to strengthening its already nutritious menu offerings to kids, SUBWAY® will launch a new series of campaigns for kids aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and will set new standards...
  • 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...
  • Middle-Class Heroes? To take on Big Business, the GOP needs more than rhetoric.

    01/02/2014 10:59:13 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 31, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    [W]hile crony capitalism has certainly flourished under the Obama administration, the GOP hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to combat the trend. Many have argued that taking on crony capitalism, and perhaps adopting a more populist tone that emphasizes the needs of working-class Americans, should be an important aspect of the GOP’s rebranded agenda. By advancing a message and a policy agenda that combat the stereotype of Republicans as beholden to Big Business, the party could go a long way toward regaining some lost trust with the American people. But the party’s actions haven’t matched this desire to change...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses ‘Wolf’ Controversy: ‘We’re Not Condoning This Behavior’

    12/31/2013 11:42:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    variety.com ^ | Tim Gray
    No year-end film has stirred up as much talk as Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which looks at American greed and excesses. The three-hour film has earned $34 million since it opened Christmas Day, with supporters embracing its originality and daring, but some fretting that the film celebrates the self-obsessed lifestyle of convicted con man Jordan Belfort. In an interview with Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio, a producer and star of the pic, talked about the challenges and rewards of making a film that is “outside the box” in its subject matter and approach. Here are excerpts of the interview, with...
  • Middle-Class Heroes? The GOP is often too cozy with Big Business.

    12/31/2013 5:45:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/31/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Crony capitalism — the highly profitable alliance between Big Business, K Street, and the federal government — is a frequent topic of scorn for Republican critics of President Obama. But while crony capitalism has certainly flourished under the Obama administration, the GOP hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to combat the trend. Many have argued that taking on crony capitalism, and perhaps adopting a more populist tone that emphasizes the needs of working-class Americans, should be an important aspect of the GOP’s rebranded agenda. By advancing a message and a policy agenda that combat the stereotype of Republicans as...
  • Unions Get Big ObamaCare Christmas Present As Other Self-Insured Groups

    12/22/2013 11:17:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | By Larry Bell
    Welcome to the new world of ObamaCare reality. As a presumed constitutional scholar, Barack Obama should know that while a president has authority to check the Legislative Branch by recommending legislation to be passed by Congress, or through presidential veto, he or she cannot legislate through executive fiat or pick which parts of the law to comply with or decline. Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5 of our Constitution requires that the president “…shall take care that the Laws be carefully executed.”    It doesn’t limit those laws or encapsulated provisions to the particular ones that he or she likes.Speaking before...