We it’s good to know that McConnell and Harry Reid can agree on at least one thing.
The establishment GOP is digging in its heels. McCain, McConnell, Boehner, and company are clinging to power. They thought they had a win when the shutdown ended. But guess what? More and more people, and not just small government people, now think the shutdown was at least to some degree warranted given the historic disaster that is Obamacare. What a difference 3 weeks makes.
It is often assumed by many who do not know better that libertarians are just conservatives who like to smoke pot and really like guns. There is something to this simple minded assessment, but it is very simple minded. Libertarians are for liberty on both the social and the economic front. It is a forward looking ethos. It does not cling to tradition per se, but believes that solutions for society are best found using an uncoerced marketplace of ideas. Sometimes age old traditions are the best solution, sometimes they are not.
Another good one from Tim Carney. He is absolutely on point with this piece. The GOP should get real about small government or it may find itself completely irrelevant in the relatively near future. Voters are done financing this sort of thing, at least formerly GOP voters are.
Why are so many bills introduced in Congress if only 5% will ever become law? One of the reasons is that these floating bits of legislation can be used to compel companies to give money to politicians.
I think the article pretty accurately reflects a growing sentiment. Young Dems are inclined to remain Democrats. The Democrats will likely remain the “statist” party. Those who generally want more government, believe in the collectivist ideal, are for increased centralization, and believe the only way to deal with environmental issues is through federal regulation are unlikely to leave the warm embrace of the Democratic Party anytime soon. It’s a union mentality.
So is this the “Kentucky compromise”? Perhaps the Kentucky Kickback? These folks will never stop. They seriously cannot help themselves. At least the GOP has stopped calling itself “the party of small government.”
The Internet sales tax which passed the Senate is designed to take out smaller retailers who cannot afford to comply with expensive new tax collection regulations. Sold as the Marketplace Fairness Act, it is by no means fair, and benefits primarily large retailers to the detriment of consumers and those looking to compete with the Amazons and Best Buys of the world.
“Reid and Boxer must really want their #Obamacare exemption to start bribing Members. I’m asking for an ethics investigation,” – Sen. Vitter on Twitter
Under Obamacare members of Congress and their staffs were supposed to participate in the healthcare “exchanges” set to come online October 1st, or whenever. However in August both Dems and Republicans in Congress worked a deal with the White House which allowed them to keep their very generous health plans and to avoid being thrown into Obamacare.