From the monthly archives:

September 2013

Government Shutdown Likely

September 30, 2013

With just hours to work out a deal over funding the federal government, it doesn’t look like either side will budge: the Dems believe that any shutdown will hurt Republicans, so why bother resolving anything; all while the Republicans spend their time negotiating with themselves since the Dems have no incentive to solve the problem [...]

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Senate GOP Stands with Obamacare

September 27, 2013

Funding for Obamacare is back on the table and headed for the House.  The cloture vote (essentially a vote to end debate and have a meaningful, real vote) passed 79-19.  That means 25 Republicans joined hands with all the Democrats.  On the real vote, the tally was 54-44 in favor of adding Obamacare funding back [...]

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Cruz Control*

September 25, 2013

Twenty-one hours of Ted Cruz yesterday on the Senate floor pounding Obamacare was great!  Whether or not anything good was going to come from the gesture the point was made, those who listened got a civics lesson, and those who believe in limited government appreciated a DC Republican sounding different than a Democrat for a [...]

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The Establishment War on Ted Cruz

September 23, 2013

Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace interviewed Texas Senator Ted Cruz this weekend with an interesting twist.  Wallace admitted to Karl Rove that …As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions — not from Democrats, but from top Republicans — to hammer Cruz. Why are [...]

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House Votes to Defund Obamacare

September 20, 2013

So, the House bit the bullet and voted 230-189 for a continuing resolution (since those antiquated things called “budgets” are from a seemingly bygone era) to defund Obamacare while keeping the rest of the government open.  Though Dead On Arrival in the Senate, the House did the right thing by forcing another debate. Now things [...]

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House GOP to Push Obamacare Defund Vote

September 18, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner finally bent to the pressure within his caucus to push for a vote to defund Obamacare, threatening a showdown with Senate Democrats and the President which could result in a government shutdown October 1.  While I’d love a full repeal, I’ll take the GOP short-term proposal which doesn’t repeal Obamacare (yet), [...]

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DC Attack Leaves 13 Dead

September 16, 2013

Thirty-four year old discharged navy veteran Aaron Alexis used an official ID to walk into a DC-area naval yard and opened fire.  Details are still coming in, but as of now 12 people were killed by Alexis, who himself was killed in a subsequent firefight. We do know that Alexis was an unstable man suffering [...]

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Putin’s Victory Lap Goes Through Iran

September 15, 2013

The ever-funny poignantly honest Mark Steyn wrote a piece for NRO that says everything about the state of American “ineffectualism” which has led us to a point where: A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama’s partner for peace, and the [...]

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Rowling’s Harry Potter Spin-Off a Go

September 14, 2013

Looks like Warner Bros. attempt to find their next Harry Potter is over!  JK Rowling and the studio are going to team up to create a series of films based on the Harry Potter universe.  While not a prequel, the storyline will follow the author of the fictional Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s [...]

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Putin Echoes Obama on American Exceptionalism

September 12, 2013

The United States of America.  Simply, there has been no nation or people in the history of mankind that has done more for the expansion of human freedom and dignity than the United States.  With an economy which has grown an average of just over 1% for over 200 years, the modern world owes its [...]

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Twelve Years Later

September 11, 2013

9/11.  As the years have passed, this anniversary has always seemed like a time to take account of where we are and who we were.  A time of silent reflection.  The “where were you” moment of our generation.  For the families of the fallen the wounds are still raw, but time has some healing qualities [...]

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Putin Gives Obama an Out in Syria

September 9, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that instead of an ill-advised US strike on Assad in Syria, Assad should just give up his chemical weapons.  Obama seems to be biting, Ban Ki Moon seems ready to rally the Security Council, and John Kerry remains haughty through it all (it was Kerry’s off-handed suggestion that got this [...]

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A Poorer New Jersey

September 8, 2013

During the first four years of Governor Pop N’ Fresh Chris Christie New Jersey is still in the grips of the Great Recession.  The Garden State has a stagnant 8.6% unemployment (higher than the national faux-average of 7.3%), along with a staggering 24.7% poverty rate, the highest it has been in 52 years.  My county [...]

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Our Ever Shrinking Workforce

September 6, 2013

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 90,473,000 Americans weren’t working in August (the highest number ever), meaning that we have a meager 63.2% labor participation rate.  That’s the lowest it’s been since the years of Jimmy Carter.  Yet, using Washington math, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3% — only in DC could it [...]

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Obama: Red Line? Not My Red Line!

September 4, 2013

On August 20, 2012, President Obama first uttered his now infamous “red line” comment regarding use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War: We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of [...]

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Boehner on Board with Obama on Syria Means War

September 3, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner had a meeting with Obama today and the usual happened — Boehner caved to Obama’s wishes, this time on the issue of military action in Syria: Later, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, General Dempsey and others attended a picnic Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing where they tried to make the case for [...]

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Syria: Sarin Gas Used, but Whose Was It?

September 2, 2013

My thoughts on Syria are pretty clear:  with no clear strategic American interest in that civil war, let Iran’s proxies in the Assad regime and the Islamist rebels keep killing each other.  The only other pressing issue is letting the use of chemical weapons go unpunished, especially after all of President Obama’s “red line” statements. [...]

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