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Cowardly Dems Once Again Manage Zero Votes for Obama's Budget

For the second year in a row President Obama’s much-ballyhooed budget failed to garner a single vote in its favor. That’s right, not a single one of the 191 Democrats in the House of Representatives could muster the courage to vote for their president’s budget. Could there be a more stunning indictment of the White House’s misplaced spending priorities? At this point Obama should take a hint from Senate Democrats and just give up on trying to write a budget at all. The president’s budget was so unpopular within the ranks of his own party that it had to be…

Obamacare in Trouble as Obama Team Struggles Under Questioning

Cockiness is not a winning Supreme Court strategy. Contempt for your philosophical opponents does not make you right when looking through the lens of the Constitution. We blogged as much yesterday, and given the results of today’s oral arguments, it appears we hit the nail on the head. Grace Wyler reports for Business Insider: “According to CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the arguments were “a train wreck for the Obama administration.” “This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions, including mine, that the justices would not have a problem with this…

Democrats' Derision Reveals the Weakness of Their Obamacare Case

In just a few hours the Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on Obamacare – likely one of the most consequential cases of our lifetimes. The outcome could literally decide the limits (or lack thereof) of the federal government’s power. While conservatives are honestly pondering the constitutional challenges that the law is likely to face, liberals are exuding a cocky confidence over their chances. Take this article from New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse: “Journalistic convention requires that when there are two identifiable sides to a story, each side gets its say, in neutral fashion, without the writer’s…

New Study Shows Buffett Rule Doesn't Solve America's Budget Problem

Although few liberals like to admit it, math is at the center of this nation’s fiscal future. We can wax nostalgic about all the programs we want to save and all the good that such and such bureaucracy does, but in the end, if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. Right now the math is pretty tough. Using a fairly realistic estimate, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that debt as a share of GDP would exceed its World War II peak of 109 percent by 2023 and would approach 190 percent of GDP in 2035. Of course, that…

Fiscal Researchers: U.S. Quickly Approaching "Game Over"

Liberal columnist Matt Miller is ready for a national discussion about the way to deal with our deficit. What’s more he thinks that Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget is a great way to kick off the “uber-debate the country needs to have.” That’s where his graciousness ends. Miller then says that he’s ready to start the discussion only “once we get done dissecting the deceptions, hypocrisies, and regressive priorities in the Wisconsin Republican’s latest blueprint.” He then goes on to call Ryan’s plan a “misguided, misleading, and unacceptable vision.” So much for an honest debate. Rather than engage…

Commissioner: New Dodd-Frank Agencies Not Following Regulatory Rules

With Democrats in control Washington has become like a bad episode of Hoarders. Rather than actually reform existing programs to make them work better, they write new laws, draw up more red tape, and create expensive new programs and agencies. The result is a tangled up mess of a bureaucracy that not only deters good governance, but also inhibits the growth of our economy. Just as the piles of trash that invade the homes of hoarders prevent them from living a quality life, the piles of regulations coming out of Washington are depressing business activity. One of the most visible…

Democrats Doing Their Best to Ignore Obamacare Anniversary

Today marks Obamacare’s second (and hopefully last) birthday, but don’t expect any fanfare or parties. There are no ticker tape parades planned, no balloons bought, and no cake to be handed out. In reality, President Obama is spending most of the day hoping that everyone forgets what was once supposed to be his most glorious accomplishment. When asked earlier this week if Americans could expect to hear from the president on the anniversary of the health care law, White House press secretary Jay Carney demurred. “The president is focused on doing everything he can, with Congress and independently, to help…

Democrats' Attack on Ryan Plan Reveals the Depth of Our Budget Crisis

As expected, the liberal response to Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget resolution has been vociferously negative. Rather than attack the plan on its merits, liberals have taken the easy way out by ignoring reforms and simply labeling everything a drastic cut. To see just how disingenuous this type of political attack is just rewind to late 2009 when the debate over Obamacare was in full swing. President Obama was preaching the merits of his plan’s ability to “bend the cost curve” (this was obvious bunk) by enacting reforms in the health insurance market. But, following the same logic…

Ryan's Budget Provides Path to Prosperity for America's Youth

It’s a sad indictment of today’s political discourse that the quality of a proposal can almost invariably be judged by the vehemence of the adjectives used to describe it. The more extreme the rhetoric liberals choose to demagogue an idea, the better that idea probably is. So far I’ve heard the words “disturbing,” “extreme,” and my personal favorite, “a vicious plot to destroy our nation’s promise,” which came in a statement from House Democrats, used to describe Rep. Paul Ryan’s just-released Path to Prosperity budget. Given the fervor of the attacks leveled against it you can pretty much rest assured…

The Economic Threat of Obamacare's Employer Mandate

If you’re a foodie like me you’ve enjoyed following the ebbs and flows of the food scene over the past few years. Cupcakes were cool as ice-[ing] and then not, local craft beers bubbled up and then fizzed out, and bacon was sizzling and then…well, ok, everyone still loves bacon. Perhaps my favorite culinary trend has been the emergence of the food truck – a cheap, delicious, and quick way to add some variety to your noontime meals or late night eats. But the oft-overlooked reason behind the existence of food trucks exists well beyond some tasty trend to simple…