Friday, August 30, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Apparently the new revelation in the ongoing NSA spying story is that the agency used taxpayer dollars to pay for the participation of US communications companies.
Well of course they did. The NSA story is perhaps the most important political story since Watergate but that doesn't change that this is a fairly obvious point.
The NSA is a government agency. It has a taxpayer funded budget and expecting private corporations to pick up the tab for its operations in time of war or peace is arguably a great deal worse than using tax dollars to fund the latest NSA outrage.
Also, if the NSA were forcing private companies to cough up for its quasi military intelligence operations there would be a fair case for some 3rd Amendment violations on top of the trampling of the 4th and 5th.
It's not news when it's obvious and it's certainly not scandalous.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
The survey asked "Suppose the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary were held in your state today. If you had a choice between Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker or Paul Ryan, for whom would you vote?" The results break down as follows:
Chris Christie: 21%
Marco Rubio: 18%
Jeb Bush: 16%
Rand Paul: 15%
Paul Ryan: 13%
Scott Walker: 6%
These numbers show little movement from the results of a McCaltchy poll conducted last month which also showed Christie, Rubio, Bush, and Paul in close contention but there is, of course, much more to a primary than the numbers. The American primary system pits the candidates in a marathon like race across numerous states. It's about money, endurance, and not a small bit of quirky luck. Remember that in the run-up to the 2012 race the GOP primary saw moments where Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and Santorum all lead the polls.
Nonetheless, my money is on Rubio.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Now imagine that the US Congress took that away. Imagine how upset you'd be, how betrayed you'd feel. Now stop imagining because Congress did that as part of the PPACA -- the so-called "Obamacare" law.
Outrageous, right? We should repeal that part immediately, right? Surely the Republicans on the Hill have your back on this one!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Would you want your kids there?