Saturday, June 30, 2012


If we can just get a few big things right today — a Simpson-Bowles-like grand bargain on spending and tax reform that unleashes entrepreneurship, a deal on immigration that allows the most energetic and smartest immigrants to enrich our country and a plan on energy that allows us to tap all these new sources in environmentally safe ways — no one could touch us as a country. Connect the dots for people, Mr. President — be the guy taking the risk to offer that big plan for American renewal, and Romney will never be able to beat you.

Friday, June 29, 2012

How a Leading Analyst Sees the Ruling

Erick Erickson is fundamental reading for conservatives.  This is, in my view, an outstanding analysis of Roberts' ruling.

Dear RedState Reader,

As you have no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court largely upheld Obamacare with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority 5 to 4 decision.  Even Justice Kennedy called for the whole law to be thrown out, but John Roberts saved it.

Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points. John Roberts is playing at a different game than the rest of us. We’re on poker. He’s on chess.

First, I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above the partisan fray and damaging the reputation of the Court long term. It seems to me the left was smart to make a full frontal assault on the Court as it persuaded Roberts.

Second, in writing his opinion, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. In the past twenty years, Republicans have punted a number of issues to the Supreme Court asking the Court to save us from ourselves. They can’t do that with Roberts. They tried with McCain-Feingold, which was originally upheld. This case is a timely reminder to the GOP that five votes are not a sure thing.

Third, while Roberts has expanded the taxation power, which I don’t really think is a massive expansion from what it was, Roberts has curtailed the commerce clause as an avenue for Congressional overreach. In so doing, he has affirmed the Democrats are massive taxers. In fact, I would argue that this may prevent future mandates in that no one is going to go around campaigning on new massive tax increases. On the upside, I guess we can tax the hell out of abortion now. Likewise, in a 7 to 2 decision, the Court shows a strong majority still recognize the concept of federalism and the restrains of Congress in forcing states to adhere to the whims of the federal government.

Fourth, in forcing us to deal with this politically, the Democrats are going to have a hard time running to November claiming the American people need to vote for them to preserve Obamacare. It remains deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people. If they want to make a vote for them a vote for keeping a massive tax increase, let them try.

Fifth, the decision totally removes a growing left-wing talking point that suddenly they must vote for Obama because of judges. The Supreme Court as a November issue for the left is gone. For the right? That sound you hear is the marching of libertarians into Camp Romney, with noses held, knowing that the libertarian and conservative coalitions must unite to defeat Obama and Obamacare.

Finally, while I am not down on John Roberts like many of you are today, i will be very down on Congressional Republicans if they do not now try to shut down the individual mandate. Force the Democrats on the record about the mandate. Defund Obamacare. This now, by necessity, is a political fight and the GOP sure as hell should fight.

60% of Americans agree with them on the issue. And guess what? The Democrats have been saying for a while that individual pieces of Obamacare are quite popular. With John Roberts’ opinion, the repeal fight takes place on GOP turf, not Democrat turf. The all or nothing repeal has always been better ground for the GOP and now John Roberts has forced everyone onto that ground.

It seems very, very clear to me in reviewing John Roberts’ decision that he is playing a much longer game than us and can afford to with a life tenure. And he probably just handed Mitt Romney the White House.

*A friend points out one other thing — go back to 2009. Olympia Snowe was the deciding vote to get Obamacare out of the Senate Committee. Had she voted no, we’d not be here now.

Read my full thoughts here <> .
Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor, <>

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Imagine That! The Dems Raised Taxes

Pelosi famously said that we have to pass the bill to find out what is in it, and now we know.  Taxes!

Do you remember that our President, the Senate Leader and the then-Speaker all assured us that they were not raising taxes and that they would in fact lower medical costs.  It turns out that the Court, which apparently did "find out what is in it" found taxes.  Translation: Obama, Reid and Pelosi lied.

Shocking, isn't it!

There is absolutely no evidence that costs are coming down or that they will go down.  The federal government is not well known for its cost effectiveness, and with its takeover of the health care delivery system it is only going to get worse.

My hope is that the Republicans will take this issue and run with it.  I trust the markets much more than the Feds, and I think that is a majority view.  If Obamacare stands costs will continue to rise and individual choice will be significantly constrained.

Vote the liars out.




Tuesday, June 26, 2012


I'm in the writing mode so hang on. The unfortunate thing about this coming election is that both sides will not examine their rigid ideas. For Mitt evry problem will be solved with lower taxes for the so called "job creators". For Obama it's all about the social programs for his liberal base. For me someone who voted " the hope" it's disappointing. Obama wasted his election on a compromised health care bill that no one likes really. A strong case should have been made for a single payer minimal coverage with a tiered system where people can buy into special premium coverage, a guest worker program no citizenship for hard working immigrants who don't break the law while here, but these of course need compromise, and when you have a Republican party that says our goal is a one term President, what do you expect? If I took a job and a co-worker told me on day 1 his goal was to see me get fired, I would ask why work this person?
A third choice/? But who does a write in hurt the Most? Let me Know? 

Who is Best for America ?

The reality is " are these two candidates the best we have to offer"? Obama has shown he is over matched for the job.  Has chosen poorly what problems to try and solve first, second, and so on! He has chosen poorly  on advisors, Cabinet, and for sure Attorney General.
 Mitt has no center will say and do anything to get the job. Mitt is a light weight of all lightweights. He can't  say or stand for anything untill his handlers have told him what to say. Obama might have a teleprompter to tell him what to say , but Mitt doesn't have a position other than I think it would be cool to be President. Mitt has not grown up in America he was born on third base and thought he hit a triple. Obama raised middle class at best has seen people struggle and knows what it means to start behind the 8-ball. Now Obama has done a poor job, let's not quibble about that. The question is Who is best for everybody?  Man I wish we had a third choice!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

He is going to hope

Obama is heading for a landslide defeat.

He will not let go of his Liberal/Socialist views, will not despite a mountain of evidence they are failing.  Despite a growing discontent of voters, including his base. 

His ridiculous class warfare argument is drawing fire from even within his own party.  He and his views have been trounced at every election since he became President.

Listening to even a little political news, the obvious question is why?  Why not moderate just a little?  Talk about easy, if he was even just a little more pro business, pro capitalism, man things would fall right into his lap.

Then this writer had his Eureka moment. 

He will, he is going to moderate...triangulate, fire his core staff and reintroduce himself as....Obama the moderate. 

Bet's available, any takers?

The wink, wink President

Must be tough to be Obama.  Gotta say one thing but every one knows its not serious (true).

"I'm going to end the war and close Gitmo"!  Now we all know that would be foolish, to leave our country exposed, but he got his believers, believing but then wink, wink, never closed Gitmo and extended the Afghan conflict.  President drone!

"I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman", but now wink, wink, I really don't think that, we know I don't think that and ...OK, I'm gonna evolve!  Besides, the religious are not my base.

"If you like your insurance, you will get to keep your insurance", but...big wink, wink, everyone knows my goal is single payer, government controlled health care and the best way to get there is to legislate a monstrosity, destined to fail, which will allow us to usher in complete government control.

"I'm not  a Socialist"!  but everyone knows and everything I do is to enlarge government.  But wink, wink let's talk about profit and how the private sector is "OK".  Granted, even with my amazing wink, wink ability, I'm struggling a lot on this one.  Better drag out Billy, he will get it done.....wait...did he just say "sterling record"?

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Stimulus, it was argued by the Liberals, would and did create jobs; we, Conservatives, argued that it would not, at least not long term ones.  The much touted infrastructure and green energy jobs would be temporary in the former and not market driven in the later.


CBO: Obama Porkulus Spent $4.1 Million Per Job

When [the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] was being considered, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that it would increase budget deficits by $787 billion between fiscal years 2009 and 2019. CBO now estimates that the total impact over the 2009–2019 period will amount to about $831 billion. By CBO's estimate, close to half of that impact occurred in fiscal year 2010..." The bottom line is this: The amount of money that they calculate the stimulus will cost and add to the deficit equals $4.1 million per job created.