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ObamaCare and GDP: yet another broken promise

Yesterday I mentioned that increased costs and mandatory spending due to ObamaCare were given credit for keeping the U.S. economy from slipping into negative growth in the first quarter of 2014 (by the slimmest of margins, as GDP growth weighted in at just 0.1. percent.)  I forgot to mention that ObamaCare supporters were the primary purveyors of this claim.  ThinkProgress actually had a post entitled, "Health care spending is on the rise, and that's a good thing." May 1, 2014 7:19 AM PT

Obama's Broken Windows economy

Bastiat's "Broken Windows" parable illustrates the absurdity of claiming that a broken window counts as economic "stimulus," just because a little tornado of economic activity appears as the window is replaced.  Most people over the age of five can at least dimly grasp the idea that you can't achieve prosperity by destroying your own stuff. Apr 30, 2014 3:43 PM PT

Obama and ObamaCare crater in the polls

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with polling.  On the one hand, it seems reasonable to want a snapshot of how the public feels about issues and candidates at any given moment; it's easy to understand why political strategists and activists desire such information.  Taking polls from a number of sources, as a site like RealClearPolitics does, helps to overcome the inevitable weaknesses, sampling errors, and perhaps deliberate bias of individual polls. Apr 29, 2014 7:47 AM PT

Lead author claims U.N. climate change report was rewritten for political reasons

If the Church of Global Warming still had any real credibility, the bombshell revelations by Harvard professor Robert Stavins in an open letter published Friday would be devastating.  As it is, the fanatics will probably scream that Stavins has become a Nazi-like "climate denier" or tool of Big Oil or something. Apr 27, 2014 3:01 PM PT

House Oversight Investigates Justice Department Connection to IRS Scandal

Last week, it was discovered - not by official investigators, but by outside watchdog group Judicial Watch, which spends its days waterboarding the Most Transparent Administration in History with Freedom of Information Act requests - that IRS scandal kingpin Lois Lerner made inquiries with the Justice Department about the possibility of ginning up criminal investigations against the conservative groups she was targeting.  Basically, Lerner wanted to establish that these groups were engaged in the sort of partisan political activity they promised not to pursue in their applications for tax-exempt status, then prosecute them for lying to the IRS. Apr 26, 2014 3:44 PM PT

Raiders of the Lost Crappy Videogame

Strange to think of videogame cartridges turning up as archaeology, but a legend of the gaming world was just confirmed by a documentary crew working on a series to be broadcast over Microsoft's Xbox network next year.   Apr 26, 2014 3:20 PM PT

CNN busted for slipping Democrat propaganda into Chicago 'documentary'

In an earlier age, this would be shocking enough to bring network executives tumbling out of their offices.  In today's world of absurdly biased left-wing media, it's a footnote.  But for what it's worth, the Chicago Tribune just busted CNN for allowing Chicago mayor (and former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel's office to orchestrate some propaganda in what viewers were told was an unbiased "documentary" series: Apr 25, 2014 6:42 AM PT

'Net Neutrality' Gets Less Neutral

There are many ideas and proposals packed under the rubric of "Net Neutrality," but the core principle amounts to rent control on the Internet: all web traffic must be treated equally.  In its undiluted, absolute form, this idea would work about as well as rent control does - it would destroy the Internet experience as we know it.  The ability to sell high bandwidth to large websites that can afford it, adjust rates and access speeds for users who consume large amounts of bandwidth, sell unused bandwidth at a discount, and otherwise treat traffic unequally is crucial to the business model that sustains the fast, inexpensive, and powerful Internet we have come to take for granted.   Apr 24, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Race-baiting loudmouth gets his comeuppance at the hands of angry parents

One of the salient features of Democrat race-baiting is that participants believe themselves to be invincible.  They can say any crazy, offensive, slanderous thing that pops into their heads, and there will never be a price to pay.  Usually that means a political price, but in the case of Alabama Democrat Alvin Holmes, it's a specific six-figure cash amount.  From the Alabama ABC affiliate: Apr 23, 2014 2:34 PM PT

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