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Wisconsin and Government Unions – Let the Voters Decide

President Obama calls Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to curtail the collective-bargaining rights of state employees an “assault.” But the real assault is the conspiracy that has existed for decades between elected officials and public-employee unions — and taxpayers are the ones who wind up battered. The unions get salaries, health benefits, and pensions far […] Read more CompleteWisconsin and Government Unions – Let the Voters Decide … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bloated Labor Unions, Politics

European Union Gives Millions to Anti-Death Penalty Groups in America

Why on earth are British taxpayers being forced to fund European Union lobbying for policy campaigns in the United States? Furthermore, why is the EU directly interfering in domestic political debates in America, and so far without Congressional oversight? As the research detailed below demonstrates, the EU’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) […] Read more CompleteEuropean Union Gives Millions to Anti-Death Penalty Groups in America … Read entire article »

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On Economic Freedom, Africa Should Be More Strategic Than China

African Union chairman Jean Ping’s recent op-ed espouses China as the model of economic excellence to which African countries should aspire. Ping praises China’s globalization, particularly in enterprise development, trade, and investment in Africa. However, Ping structures his argument around a misinformed premise. He assumes that since China is a major business partner with Africa […] Read more CompleteOn Economic Freedom, Africa Should Be More Strategic Than China … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics

Obama’s “Start-Up America” Initiative: Stalling Entrepreneurs

“Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs.” – President Barack Obama, January 31, […] Read more CompleteObama’s “Start-Up America” Initiative: Stalling Entrepreneurs … Read entire article »

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Yet Another New Obamacare Bureaucracy

Yet Another New Obamacare Bureaucracy

Once again, Obamacare shows that, when it comes to health care reform, the saying “Hey, it’s the thought that counts” just doesn’t cut it. Proponents of the new law argue that its stringent insurance regulations will help consumers, but these new regulations also threaten some existing employer-sponsored plan arrangements. To avoid a flood of workers losing their health care, two-and-a-half million people have been exempted from the new rules through waivers granted to employers. A … Read entire article »

Filed under: Obamacare, Politics

Lunch With Heritage Online Chat – Crises in the Middle East

From Egypt, to Libya, to Tunisia people have been crying out for freedom. What do these protests mean for America? Join us tomorrow from 12-1 ET when we will be joined by Heritage’s Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Jim Carafano. Jim will be taking your questions about the future of Middle […] Read more CompleteLunch With Heritage Online Chat – Crises in the Middle East … Read entire article »

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Tweet of the Day

Don Rumsfeld tweaks the New York Times: Much to the NY Times’ dismay, #knownandunknown is #1 on the Best Sellers List. From yesterday’s paper: http://tinyurl.com/6ahmv7n Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteTweet of the Day … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

Vogue Defends Its Fluff Piece on Syrian First Lady

Via Commentary's Contentions blog: The article, which portrays the Syrian leader and his wife as enlightened liberal democrats, is in poor taste to begin with. That its publication coincided with al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters makes the piece appear even more tone-deaf and insulting. But Vogue seems to be unfazed by the PR disaster. When Fisher asked Knutsen whether the magazine would print a profile of the wife of Kim Jong-Il, the editor even refused to dismiss the possibility. “That’s the kind of hypothetical that — we really do that on a case-by-case basis,” he said. And while Knutsen did grudgingly admit that al-Assad was an autocrat, he did so only when pressed by Fisher. “Yeah. I would call him an autocrat,” he said. “[T]here’s no freedom there.” Vogue clearly doesn’t grasp the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

Will Google's New Rules Hurt AOL-Huffington?

Looks that way. Here's a good piece by Patrick Ishamel of Hot Air on how Google's changes to their search algorithm will hurt content farms like HuffPo. And as Patrick writes, "good riddance." Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteWill Google's New Rules Hurt AOL-Huffington? … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

Networks 'Winning' with Charlie Sheen Coverage

Heckuva job: Sheen is generating great ratings for the network morning shows. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteNetworks 'Winning' with Charlie Sheen Coverage … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

This Vermont Salmon Knows He's Swimming Upstream

A Republican win over Bernie Sanders in Vermont, in a presidential year, seems pretty hard to envision. Sanders spent 16 years in the House of Representatives, only once winning less than 56 percent, and he won 65 percent in his first Senate race in 2006. The last time Obama was on the ballot, the president won a higher share of the vote in Vermont (67 percent) than anywhere else but Hawaii. Having said that, the state where Obama's approval rating dropped the most from 2009 to 2010 was . . . Vermont, dropping 15.2 percent to 53 percent. The higher the peak, the longer the fall, perhaps. But there's a reason Republicans should aim to get good candidates in as many races as possible, even the longest of longshots: Almost any incumbent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Akaka Retires, Creating One More Competitive Senate Race

Another potentially competitive Senate race falls into Republicans' laps. U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka announced today that he will not run for re-election in 2012. Akaka, 86, has served in the Senate since 1990. He previously served a little more than 13 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. "After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012," Akaka said in a statement. "As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Hawaii. In 2006, the people of Hawaii gave me an opportunity to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

WSJ: GOP Primary Voters Like Daniels's Truce Idea, but Note Fine Print

Quite a few potential GOP contenders, like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, have derided Indiana governor Mitch Daniels's comments that the country needs a "truce" on social issues while so many fiscal and foreign-policy crises rage unabated. But that position may not be the sure-fire primary loser that some expect: The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll appears to vindicate Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels‘s repeated insistence that the country needs a “truce” on fights over social issues while it grapples with its mounting economic challenges. Nearly two thirds of Republican primary voters said they would be “more likely” to vote for a GOP primary candidate who says the party should focus more on the economy and the deficit and less on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Only 8% said … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

‘In Wisconsin, Leaders Don’t Run Away From Tough Problems.’

‘In Wisconsin, Leaders Don’t Run Away From Tough Problems.’

The Republican Governors Association is putting up an ad, touting Scott Walker and hitting the runaway Senate Democrats: More of this needs to be done to reclaim America back from the labor unions power and control. What is that again collective bargaining among themselves. The public worker and the politician(public worker). That sounds a lot like being able to vote on your own raises. Oh wait, our congress does that. Maybe something else that needs to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Richard Painter’s Deceptive Portrayal of Goodwin Liu—Part 3

I’ll limit myself to a couple of additional observations (beyond my Part 1 and Part 2 posts) on Richard Painter’s deeply defective Huffington Post defense of Goodwin Liu: 1. In addition to failing to confront my actual arguments, Painter relies heavily on the argument-by-authority fallacy. As he puts it: Now, you can believe the top experts in the areas of Liu's scholarship and prominent conservatives such as Ken Starr and Clint Bolick–or you can believe National Review Online's Ed Whelan. I know where I would put my marbles. Set aside that Painter, having evidently lost his marbles, would have to find them first before he could put them anywhere. Painter leaves the false impression that folks like Starr and Bolick have actually responded to my critiques of Liu and of their misunderstandings of … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

Obama the Un-Lincoln

In tomorrow's Public Discourse essay, already posted, I consider whether President Obama should be considered to stand with his putative idol, Abraham Lincoln, as a defender of inter-branch equality in the interpretation of the Constitution, and a skeptic about judicial supremacy.  In "Obama, DOMA, and Constitutional Responsibility," I answer: not exactly.  Here's a sample: Continued enforcement of a law the president considers unconstitutional—but which he invests no political capital in attempting to repeal in Congress. An administration spinning its wheels in the federal circuit courts until an “opening” appears in one of them to maneuver more freely in the absence of precedent. An obvious muddling of political with legal arguments when it finally seizes the opportunity. A refusal to go the whole distance that logic requires while the president muses aloud … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Re: Obama’s Dive on DOMA

[Note: Oops. I tried to post the following last Wednesday, as a follow-up to this post, but just discovered that I had inadvertently left the post as an unpublished draft.] I’ll highlight two worthwhile posts from the Volokh Conspiracy, both from opponents of the Defense of Marriage Act: 1. Orin Kerr explains how the Obama administration’s refusal to defend DOMA departs sharply from DOJ’s longstanding practice—and why folks should be reluctant to welcome that departure: If you look at AG Holder’s reasons for why DOJ won’t defend DOMA, it is premised on DOJ’s adoption of a contested theory of the constitutionality of laws regulating gay rights.… This theory is not compelled by caselaw. Rather, it’s a possible result, one that is popular in some circles and not in others but that courts have … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Richard Painter’s Deceptive Portrayal of Goodwin Liu—Part 1

On Huffington Post, law professor (and former Bush White House ethics adviser) Richard Painter offers an extensive, but badly flawed, defense of Goodwin Liu that falsely accuses me of “invent[ing] a series of myths about Liu with no basis in reality.” The opening part of Painter’s essay consists of regurgitating ill-informed or utterly conclusory endorsements of Liu from various folks, including some conservatives who ought to know better. See, for example, my critique of the letter that Ken Starr submitted (jointly with Akhil Amar). Given that Liu’s hearing starts soon, I’m going to race through Painter’s supposed myths in this post and the next (in the same order as he lists them): 1. According to Painter, I have propagated the “myth” that “Liu believes judges ‘may legitimately invent constitutional rights to a … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Haley Barbour vs. Barack Obama

Haley Barbour is under fire for saying that President Obama wants oil prices to go up to further his "green" agenda, but why is that any different than what then candidate Obama said in 2008 when he declared that energy costs would "necessarily skyrocket" under his plan? Yes, there's a difference between costs that skyrocket due to a cap-and-trade system and costs that skyrocket due to supply-and-demand, but the effect on consumer behavior is the same. Video of Sen. Obama here: Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteHaley Barbour vs. Barack Obama … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

SCOTUS Rejects Bloomberg's 'Green' Taxi Program

Good news, except for all the poor cab owners who were forced to buy hybrids already. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteSCOTUS Rejects Bloomberg's 'Green' Taxi Program … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax