Nick Sorrentino

About Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of A political and communications consultant whose clients have spanned the political spectrum, his work has been featured at Chief Executive,, Townhall, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has spoken at CPAC, The Commit Forum, The Atlas Summit, and at many other venues. Sorrentino is the CEO of Exelorix Consultants and a senior fellow at Future 500. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

Statist Brookings Institution is afraid that people actually want a simplified tax code

I love this. The old fashioned 20th Century statism just drips from the attached piece. Vanessa Williamson, fellow at Brookings, arguably the most prestigious statist think tank in Washington, is afraid that people will actually like the idea of closing loop holes in the tax code. She recognizes correctly that if the tax code is simplified, if things are made more simple and more efficient, the government won’t be able to take as much from the citizenry. That is precisely  of course why we need to simplify the tax code.

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Poll: 1 in 3 Independent and Republican voters see the government as an “enemy”

Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.

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Billionaire Paul Singer on Chinese downturn, could cause “Global central bank panic.”

Are we too pessimistic with regard to China? Perhaps, but who really knows. Seriously, who really knows. The data out of the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State is poor. It is politically manipulated. No one really has a hard sense of what’s actually going on, including probably the Chinese government to a large extent.

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The cronies lose in Argentina, Peronistas defeated

Electorally anyway. There remains support among a significant part of the Argentine population for a large welfare state. (Which can be a challenge in a country which occupies a space somewhere between developed and developing.) But this is progress. The soft-fascists (sometimes not so soft), the Peronistas, have been beaten, though they still control the Argentine congress.

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HHS: Bailing out Obamacare insurers an ‘obligation’ of the federal government (That means you and me)


Well, there you go. We warned about this a month ago. Obamacare is a failed plan and it will fail more. But people will try to have the taxpayers pay for this disaster, Obamacare, aka Obama’s Iraq War. One month ago we said;

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In major blow to Obamacare UnitedHealth looks to leave the system

Shocking that such a simple system is failing so badly.

Obamacare has been collapsing for a while. Actually pretty much since it started. A bunch of the state co-ops are dead. More are readying themselves for the grave. And now even the crony partners are starting to abandon the scheme. Indeed repeal may not even be necessary. Ironically the Obamacare experiment may long stand as a testament to one of pro-market economist FA Hayek’s key insights, The Pretense of Knowledge.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club

Not the Laugh Factory

I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is it OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.

Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.

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An excellent 5 minute video explaining* the players in the Syrian war (Plus what’s really going on there.)

Image: Mint Press News

War is fundamentally crony. There is death and destruction and despair for most, but for some people, companies, and governments there is money to be made too. Sometimes very big money indeed. The conflict in Syria is an example. It’s not really about religion and terrorism. (Though these are hugely important factors.)

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The best and worst states for taxes

I live in the Old Dominion, Virginia, mother of presidents and land of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay. Our tax burden is on the edge of becoming overly burdensome. Thankfully there’s still enough sense in the commonwealth to keep the Northeastern interlopers in check. (They want Northern Virginia to become New Jersey.)

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A good idea: City allows people to pay off parking tickets with food donations

I despise parking tickets primarily because they are such a racket. Washington DC, the major city in which I drive regularly collects tens of millions of dollars in parking ticket fines each year. If one visits DC keep an eye out for the folks in the red jackets. They’ll answer your questions and give you directions but they are also patrolling the streets looking to fine drivers.

I’ll grant you that there are legitimate reasons for parking tickets.

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“Organizer” of “Million Student March” has NO CLUE how free college, $15 college min wages, and forgiveness of her debt will be paid for (Video)

“If you’re walking ’round think’n that the world owes you something ’cause you’re here
You goin’ out the world backwards like you did when you first come here yeah”

-The Staple Singers, Respect Yourself

This is the idiocy we are dealing with. Some think that if they are just earnest enough, “progressive” enough, willfully ignorant enough, that supply and demand (you know, economic reality) will no longer apply.

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China slowing, global oil glut, tanker after oil tanker lining up in the Gulf of Mexico waiting to unload

Image: Zerohedge – The red dots are oil tankers just hanging out waiting to unload in Texas.

Yes the Saudis have been trying to take down the American fracking oil industry and probably the Russians too. (With much success to date at least in the USA.) But this glut of oil is not only the result of our Middle Eastern “friends” turning on the oil spigots. It is also because the world’s second largest economy, China, is slowing and likely will continue to slow.

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Extra pay for Chicago police and firefighters is excessive, unsustainable (Taxpayers get out now.)

A few weeks ago we posted on Finnish police wandering the streets of Helsinki looking for pizza which was priced “too cheaply.” The reason? The fear that pizza vendors were selling at a price which didn’t generate enough sales tax revenue for the socialist country. In that post we explained that in many parts of the American big government archipelago, the Northeast, parts of the urban Midwest, and much of California it was likely only a matter of time before “pizza police”

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The interests of teachers (unions) and of students (and their parents) are fundamentally different

I hated public school I have to admit. I had some wonderful teachers but I also had some – too many – who were not particularly bright and who seemed to be just ticking off the minutes until they retired. And I went to school in one of the “best” public school districts in the country.

Teacher unions are a huge problem in this country. They are among the most crony organizations there are. They operate in the interests of the teachers –

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