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Charlie Crist Strikes Me as a Rather Odd Fellow

Posted by V the K at 10:41 am - October 17, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections

You may recall how in 2010, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was the choice of the Republican Establishment as the party’s candidate for Senator. He lost the party’s nomination to an upstart conservative named Marco Rubio.  No doubt if Crist had defeated Rubio, conservatives would have been told to shut up and support him because nothing was more important than loyalty to the party. Since Crist didn’t defeat Rubio, he ran against him as an Independent, and after losing, switched over to the Democrats.

Funny how that party loyalty thing only works one-way.

Anyway, Crist is running for Florida governor again, now as a loyal Obama Democrat. That’s not so weird, but he does have this peculiar thing about always needing to have a fan blowing on him when he makes a public appearance, which resulted in some “Only in Florida” weirdness at his gubernatorial “debate” with current Republican governor Rick Scott.

Charlie Crist, burdened with an almost pathological disdain for humanity’s untidiness, hates to sweat. This trait runs deep, and it was laid bare again last night in an utterly bizarre and totally hilarious bit of political theater that would only happen in Florida. Crist, who claimed to have something called “temperature issues” that can only be “addressed” with a fan, had installed a fan at his feet before the debate.

This was not to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s liking for reasons that have not yet been fully explained. Scott refused to debate under any condition that would be fanned, giving life to what is now known as #fangate.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have an extremely peculiar situation right now,” the moderator said. ” … We have been told that Gov. Scott will not be participating in this debate. Gov. Crist has asked to have a fan — a small fan — placed underneath his podium. The rules that I was given by the Scott campaign says there should be no fan.” He paused. “Somehow, there is a fan there.”

Eventually, Rick Scott showed up and the debate went on but… pretty weird, right? Though not quite as weird as former Florida Senator Bob Graham who reportedly kept detailed journals recording the time, length, and consistency of his bowel movements.

Too clever for anyone’s good

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:45 am - October 17, 2014.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Iraq,National Security,Republican Embarrassments

To follow up on V’s post about chemical weapons found in Iraq: Guess Who, in the Bush administration, didn’t want anyone talking about the weapons?

Theories vary, but according to Eli Lake’s article, it would have been Karl Rove:

Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to “let these sleeping dogs lie.”

The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds…

Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national-security issues—remembers…“In 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these findings and said, ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

Rove’s reasons make sense. Except they don’t.

It’s true that a lot of politics is about Controlling The Narrative, and you want people talking about the narratives that work for your side. So you talk up the narratives that do, and you shut up about the ones that don’t. It is sometimes called “message discipline” or “staying on message”.

Except in one important case: WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LIED ABOUT. When someone (the Left) has lied about your integrity or key issue maliciously, you don’t pass up chances to air the exculpatory evidence – also known as The Truth – which will expose your opponents as liars. Especially when those chances to air the truth aren’t going to cost you much.

If Lake’s story is accurate, Rove was so clever about Controlling The Narrative that he lost sight of the most important narrative of all: Spreading the truth. Getting the real story out.

Rove may also have lost sight of the next most important narrative, Obeying the law:

After the U.S. found thousands of the old chemical-weapons shells, Wurmser and others at one point argued that they had an obligation to declare the stocks of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention and destroy them. The United States was, after all, the occupier of Iraq and had assumed the country’s sovereign responsibilities as a signatory to the convention.

“It was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried,” Wurmser said.

The law being the Chemical Weapons Convention, in this case.

I should acknowledge here that, if Lake’s story is accurate, then the rise of ISIS isn’t 100% the Obama administration’s fault. Oh yes, it’s largely their fault: the Obama administration was quite negligent in letting the Islamists in Iraq make a comeback. But apparently, the Bush administration may have been negligent in its failure to declare-and-destroy Saddam’s WMD stockpiles.

EbolaCare: The golden oldies

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 8:53 pm - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Health & medical,Obama Arrogance,Obama Prevarications

Barack H. Obama, putting down the Bush administration for allegedly being unprepared for the avian flu:

Via Patterico.

UPDATE: Powerline points out Obama’s political desperation. He recently said this:

I actually believe that capitalism is the greatest force for prosperity and opportunity the world has ever known. And I believe in private enterprise — not government, but innovators and risk-takers and makers and doers — driving job creation.

It’s not that Obama is lying – there’s nothing new, in Obama lying about his own beliefs. It’s that he’s now lying to pretend some sort of admiration for capitalism. How are the mighty fallen! Remember him saying in better times how we’ve got to “spread the wealth around”? And wanting to tell business owners, “You didn’t build that!”

Obama-Era Logic

Posted by V the K at 1:07 pm - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

So, according the Obama Administration, we can’t impose travel restrictions to control the spread of a deadly infectious disease because the guy who’s job it is to stop the spread of deadly infectious disease says the travel restrictions would hurt the economies of the countries where the disease is running rampant. (150 people enter the USA every day from the Ebola Hot Zone).

However, the same administration is perfectly willing – indeed eager – to force massive new EPA regulations that will hurt the American economy while providing no quantifiable environmental benefit.

O_o

The Curious Obsessions of the Academic Left

Posted by V the K at 12:29 pm - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

It seems increasingly evident that most universities today have become not much more than zoos where you can watch left-wing progressives fling poo at each other? Up at Wellesley, the leftist progressives are in convulsive outrage because a woman who claims to actually be a man wants to be a diversity bureaucrat.

Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the “female” box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a “masculine-of-center genderqueer” person named “Timothy” (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

And if you find the whole thing a silly waste of time and can’t believe people get worked up about it, that shows you’re not of ‘the tribe,’ that means you are a hater, racist, homophobe, bitter-clinger.

One begins to think maybe Glenn Beck is right and maybe it’s time to boycott college.

If you’re not familiar with it, a college degree is a thing that we tell our kids to buy with money they don’t have, in hopes that it will help them make money they might earn, which will give them the ability to pay back the money they spent in order to make the money they’re paying it back with.

It seems that a college degree is often a way to spend four or five years pretending that it’s very important that a transgendered shemale not get a job in the multicultural affairs department while running up six figures of student loan debt. (A year’s tuition at Wellesley College is $45,000.)

 

Lesbian Mayor of Houston Backs Down

Posted by V the K at 9:51 am - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Free Speech,Freedom

The lesbian mayor of Houston is backing down from her demand that churches in her city turn over all of their sermons, emails, and other communications so her lawyers could examine them for any criticism of her.

Mayor Parker admitted that the subpoenas were too broad, and that the pastors’ sermons should not have been included. “It’s not about what did you preach on last Sunday,” she said. “It should have been clarified, it will be clarified.”

However, she still maintains that the Government has the right to monitor the content of religious speech; because that’s who the Democrats are these days.

More Stuff Obama’s CDC Was Spending Money on Instead of Ebola

Posted by V the K at 9:42 am - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Contrary to the incredible lies spread by Democrat press operatives, the Centers for Disease Control has not had its budget cut by Republicans. While the military copes with reductions to Depression-Era levels of manpower and cuts to soldiers’ pay, benefits, and health care, the CDC like every other civilian Federal Bureaucracy has enjoyed substantial funding increases; with Republicans spending even more than Obama requested.

But instead of the Centers for Disease Controls focusing on a central mission of controlling infectious diseases, they have found plenty of other things to spend money on, including:

  • Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden appoints a 15-member “Community Preventive Services Task Force” to promote pet Nanny State projects. An obscure Obamacare rule–Section 4003(b)(1)–stealthily increased the task force’s authority to study “any policies, programs, processes or activities designed to affect or otherwise affecting health at the population level.” Last year, the meddling panel extended the agency’s reach into transportation safety with a call to impose a federal universal motorcycle helmet law on the country. Is riding a Harley a disease? Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Video games and TV violence. At Obama’s behest, in the wake of high-profile school shootings, the CDC scored $10 million last year to study violent video games and media images, as well as to assess “existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions, with the greatest potential public health impact.” Whatever that means. Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Playground equipment. The CDC’s “Injury Centers” (Did you know there are 13 of them?) have crafted a “national action plan” and funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nation’s playgrounds. Apparently, there aren’t enough teachers, parents, local school districts, and county and state regulators to police the slides and seesaws. Why is this the CDC’s business?
  • Social norming” in the schools. The CDC has funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs)” in homes and schools. It’s the mother of all government values clarifications programs. So bad attitudes are now a disease. Again, I ask: Why is this the CDC’s business?

And then, when it comes to actually doing what should be their one job — preventing the spread of infectious diseases – they completely fail at it.

Not only did [Ebolie-infected] nurse Vinson call the CDC multiple times before boarding the flight, she was already running a fever when she called the CDC before taking her flight and they still allowed her to board the flight, which means she was infectious while on the plane.

Something to remember the next time a leftist drone insists we need a gigantic bureaucratic state to protect us. [via Michelle Malkin]

Democrat Hit Piece FAIL

Posted by V the K at 9:26 am - October 16, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections

A “journalist” working at Deadspin thought he had found his ticket to the Big Time. If you’re a “journalist” and you can add “Destroyed the career of a major Republican politician” to your resume, you’ve pretty much got a meal ticket for the rest of your life. So, anyway, this guy… his name is Dave McKenna… thought he had a great scoop that Republican Cory Gardner, senate candidate in Colorado (who is leading in the polls but not outside the margin of Democrat voter fraud) was lying about his high school football career. And, of course, a lot of other Democrat press operatives ran with the story.

Had Mr. McKenna bothered to ask the Gardner campaign… or even bothered to check one of the yearbooks from Gardner’s old high school, he would have seen that Gardner wasn’t making up anything. The entire hit piece was a lie, but very few of the Democrat press operatives who promoted the story have backed down or apologized.  Lies that serve the party and Obama are “good lies,” don’tcha know.

Watching the Campaigns of Democrats Implode

Posted by V the K at 6:19 pm - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: 2014 Elections

Not much joy in this election year, but at least some of the Democrat campaigns are providing entertainment value.

In Texas, the woman Democrat running for governor who is famous mainly for her fanatical support of abortion, stepped in it pretty badly with an ad that focused on the fact that her Republican opponent is confined to a wheelchair. Democrats can’t seem to figure out why the ad is offensive; maybe they should imagine what would happen if a Republican in 2016 were to open an ad with lingering close-up of Hillary’s cankles. So, anyway, the the woman Democrat running for governor of Texas is now trying to get over her gaffe by staging lots of photo ops with people in wheelchairs. Kind of like if Todd Akin had spent the rest of his campaign visiting rape crisis centers.

In Kentucky, Alison Lumbergh Grimes or whatever her name is, has found herself in a bit of a spot because she refuses to say whether she voted for Obama (when everyone knows she did), or whether she will vote for Harry Reid as Senate majority leader (which everyone knows she will). It’s not so much that being a brain-dead loyal democrat is a bad thing — they love that — but if your goals is to defeat Mitch McConnell, you should probably position yourself as an alternative to a sleazy, oleaginous hack politician, not a replacement for one.

Speaking of oleaginous hack Republicans, Thom Tillis in North Carolina is not getting any traction against Democrat Kay Hagan, even though a story has just come out about her and her husband skimming off the Obama Stimulus. But it’s OK because she’s a Democrat; I mean, it’s not like somebody in her office closed an exit off a bridge or anything.

Also, Democrats are running an ad targeting Africa-American voters and telling them that if Republicans will win, racist white cops will shoot them. Hey, they convinced women that Romney would outlaw tampons, so why not?

UPDATE (from Jeff): HotAir goes with “Alison Lundergan Grimes” and points out that even MoveOn.org is now attacking her. Blue-on-blue violence!

This is who plans our economy

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 6:14 pm - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: Debt Crisis,Depression 2.0,Economy,Free Enterprise

Some might disagree with my view that the U.S. is a centrally-planned economy (and thus, non-capitalist; more of a social-fascist economy). But it is. A central planning board carefully rigs the three most important features of a large economy: its interest rates, its money supply, and the practices of its financial markets and banks.

Of course, that doesn’t mean our economy always co-operates with our brave central planners. And it doesn’t necessarily mean that our planners even have a clue. This chart (via ZH) shows some of their cluelessness:

It tells a story like this:

  • In 2009, they thought publicly forecast that they’d have interest rates back to normal by 2011.
  • In 2010, they publicly forecast that they’d be rigging up some normal rates by 2012.
  • And so on, with each new year. Today, they forecast having normal rates by 2016-17.

These are some of the very people (*cough* Janet Yellen) who had no clue that the 2008 Global Financial Crisis was coming.

As to the economy: If it were recovering (for real) all these years, interest rates would indeed have been back to normal by 2010-11. But our economy hasn’t been recovering much, all these years. Just the markets. (Oh, wait.)

Hollywood Left Divided Over Islam

Posted by V the K at 8:43 am - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy

Apparently, there is some debate on the left now about how much they should tolerate Islam’s basic hostility toward women, gays, and human rights generally. It was started when Bill Maher had the audacity to suggest that maybe Mohammedans should be criticized for their anti-liberal attitudes toward women and minorities. The deep progressive left thinkers like Ben Affleck, Rosie O’Donnell, and Toure have reacted by proclaiming that any and all criticism of Islam is racist and xenophobic. But it’s pretty hard to get around the fact that serious Christians who believe homosexuality is wrong will pray for those who are gay, and serious Mohammedans who think homosexuality is wrong will frakking kill you.

Addressing Some Commonly Held Beliefs About Teh Gheys

Posted by V the K at 8:41 am - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: Gay Culture

Cracked.com has been drifting hard to the left lately, and instead of the fun lists they used to do like “Ten Crazy Things Star Wars Actors Have Put in Their Anuses,” there has been a notable increase in the amount of content on the theme of “People Whose Views Are Outside the Progressive Left Are Scary and Stupid.” But this article on “Five Six Myths About Homos Everybody Supposedly Still Believes” is only moderately left in its execution (mainly because of the pro forma religion-bashing which has become obligatory on the left).  I’ll save you the trouble:

6. All the statistics on the percentage of homos in the population are probably wrong.

5. Contrary to popular belief, bisexuals are not gay people in denial and really do exist.

4. People in same-sex relationships do not necessarily fall into traditional gender roles.

3. Most gay people are not as spittingly hostile to religion as the gay activist left is.

2. Not all gay people are as wealthy and stylish as the positive role models portrayed by Hollywood.

1. Sexuality is constant over time.

 

The Fate of a Disarmed Population

Posted by V the K at 8:15 am - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: Gun Control

The ultimate goal of the Progressive Left is to outlaw the private ownership of firearms. Any talk of “universal background checks” and “common sense gun safety laws” are just incremental steps in this direction. The left believes that the State and the Police should have a monopoly on the use of firearms. How does that usually work out for the people who are not allowed to own firearms?

Usually, like this: When the disarmed people protest against the abuses and injustices of the State, the State orders the Police to round up the disarmed people and kill them.

Omar Garcia, survivor of the slaughter of students from Ayotzinapa Mexico, gives his version of what happened the night of September 26 in Iguala, Mexico. That’s when 43 student protesters were last seen being pushed into police vans after a protest in Guerrero state on 26 September. “Forensic teams have recovered the remains of at least 28 victims so far from a series of clandestine graves and diesel-soaked pyres on the outskirts of the city,” washingtonpost.com reports. “The bodies are so butchered and burned that Mexican authorities say it could take two months for DNA testing to determine if they’re the missing students, many of whom are from impoverished rural villages where being a teacher is one of the only decent jobs.”

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The Left Lied, Turns Out the Military Found Lots of Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Posted by V the K at 6:53 am - October 15, 2014.
Filed under: Liberal Lies

Remember how the Left used to chant “Bush lied, people died” and claim that Iraq under Saddam Hussein didn’t have any chemical weapons, and the whole Iraq War was ginned up to make money for Dick Cheney and Halliburton?

Yeah, it turns out pretty much all of that was a lie.

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But, hey, just because the left spend the entire Bush presidency lying for political purposes doesn’t mean they aren’t totally being honest when they tell us that Global Warming is the most dangerous threat our country faces, the borders are totally secure, and unemployment is only at 6%.

Hat Tip: GayPatriot Bruce for the screencap.

A miracle: French Nobel laureate makes sense…almost

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 10:07 pm - October 14, 2014.
Filed under: Economy,Free Enterprise,Liberal Integrity

From France24 (via Zero Hedge):

Hours after he won the economics Nobel Prize, [Jean] Tirole said he felt “sad” the French economy was experiencing difficulties…

France is plagued by record unemployment and Tirole described the French job market as “catastrophic”…arguing that the excessive protection for employees had frozen the country’s job market.

“We haven’t succeeded also in downsizing the state, which is an issue because we have a social model that I approve of – I’m very much in favour of this social model – but it won’t be sustainable if the state is too big,” he added…there will not be “enough money to pay for it in the long run”.

He doesn’t quite make the connection, that a social model which is unsustainable (his notion) is not any sort of model that any economist should “approve” of.

But for awhile there, he almost made sense.

If you live long enough, you’ll see everything

Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc and Facebook Inc will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs…

From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs.

“We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments,” Apple said in a statement.

I’m pretty sure that Apple already covered its employees’ *medical fertility problems*. (If that’s mistaken, please correct me in the comments.) Something else must be new here. What is it?

Could it be, a benefit for egg-freezing as a pure career move? Let’s see:

“We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.”

NBC News reported on Tuesday that Facebook recently began covering egg-freezing for non-medical reasons…

Egg freezing is a pricey but increasingly popular option for women. It enables women to delay child bearing…

A sign of the times. Now that Facebook/Apple woman can freeze her eggs at 30, work years of 80 hour weeks, and then at 50 when she’s pulling 300K a year (and naturally infertile), pay a surrogate to do that other part of her life for her – you know, having kids from her eggs.

Honestly, I see nothing wrong with it – if she’s doing it all with her own money. The issue I see here is, Apple and Facebook are choosing to engage in a form of discrimination against their employees who don’t make (or shall we say, don’t need to make) that particular, optional choice.

Remember, the money comes from somewhere: the overall “employee comp” budget. Rather than pay tens of thousands of dollars for a hugely *optional* procedure for a special category of employee, why would Facebook/Apple not raise all employees’ bonuses by (say) a thousand dollars? That would empower far more women (and men, and transgenders) and be much more fair.

The free market will (or should) ultimately decide if Apple and Facebook have done the right thing here. In the meantime, some people appear not to grasp that freezing your eggs – purely as a career move – is optional:

“Egg freezing gives women more control,” said Jennifer Tye, marketing lead for Glow, a mobile application aimed at helping women avoid pregnancy or conceive.

“When I turned 30, I had this notion that my biological clock was ticking, but I didn’t know what my options were,” said Tye.

Really? At 30, she didn’t know what her options were? I hope she was misquoted; if not, it’s mind-boggling stupidity.

The Left Comes for the Churches

In Houston Texas, where the mayor is a lesbian,  the local Democrat leadership is seeking to make the sermons of local church leaders subject to Government oversight, and, as usual, it’s because LGBT feelings got hurt.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a motion in a Texas court to stop an attempt by the city of Houston to subpoena sermons and other communications belonging to several area pastors in a lawsuit in which the pastors are not even involved.

City officials are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms. ADF attorneys say the city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.

Earlier this year, the IRS – weaponized by Obama into an instrument of political control – was colluding with groups of atheists to subject the content of religious services to State scrutiny.

The Culture War is over; we now live in the era of the Cultural Occupation. The social left… with its agenda of abortion, pornography, and the destruction of traditional moral and social values… occupies the Government, Academia, and Media. Anyone not on board with that agenda is living under occupation (and the Republican Party has gone Vichy). The only refuge left is the church, and the left is coming for that, as well.

Separation of Church and state is not enough; it now has to be subjugation of the church to the state.

Republicans Attempt Humor

Posted by V the K at 6:07 pm - October 13, 2014.
Filed under: Humor

Mitt Romney told a joke at a campaign event for Joni Ernst, the wannabe Republican senator from Iowa. It was a mild little thing. I have heard better Obama jokes (I am quite fond of the one that begins “A Muslim, a Kenyan, and a Communist walk into a bar…) But since the joke was directed at the Democrats’ god-king, it is, of course, being attacked as racist and hateful by the same people who thought Sandra Bernhard’s joke about Sarah Palin being gang-raped was pretty funny stuff.

The GOP … or at least the GOP IT Staff (I really doubt any of the RNC management is this clever)… did somewhat better with this Error Page on their website, which is also sending humorless leftists to the fainting couches.

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Progressives Claim Ebola Is Caused by Insufficiently Gigantic Government

Posted by V the K at 3:07 pm - October 13, 2014.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Democrats have launched attack ads blaming Republicans for Ebola; claiming that “budget cuts” (there were no budget cuts) are to blame for the fact that there is no cure for Ebola. One of their bureaucratic zones is supporting the charge.

Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

It is hard to believe the NIH couldn’t find the money to come up with an Ebola vaccine considering they spent millions of dollars trying to figure out why lesbians get fat.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”

With progressives, it’s always a false choice between massive, bloated, all-intrusive mega-Government or Somalian anarchy. The idea that a Government should be limited in scope to those activities for which there is no practical private sector alternative is completely unthinkable.

Why Didn’t Mitt Romney Think of this?

As you may recall, the Democrat/Media machine spent much of 2012 hounding Mitt Romney for his tax returns. Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid even claimed he had inside info that Mitt Romney never paid any taxes. When Romney did finally release his tax returns, they showed nothing improper, only that he gave a lot more to charity than most people do; which the Democrats also said was a scandal.

When a journalist asked Democrat Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for his tax returns, the governor threatened to throw him in jail.

“You’re really going to call police,” I said as he dialed 911. “OK. I’ll record this and I’ll leave.”

How are you liking the New Authoritarianism?