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President's Day: A Day to Remember to Resent Public Unions

Feb 18, 2013 1:05 PM PT

In the almost thirty years I've worked a full-time job and supported myself, never once has an employer of mine offered a President's Day off. And why would they? It's not a real holiday. What we have here is just another holiday exploited by government unions; another Monday where those of us who work out here in the real world go to the mailbox, find there's no mail, and are reminded that, once again, we just spent another day working in order to fund a holiday for government workers.

Pensions, Cadillac health plans, all these obscure holidays gerrymandered to fall on a Monday so the people who are supposed to be working for us get to enjoy yet another three-day weekend…

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The results deficit

Feb 18, 2013 11:27 AM PT

Rep. Stephen Scalise (R-LA), who now chairs the Republican Study Commission, is once again talking about the rather glaring gap between President Obama's 2009 promises and 2013 reality.  "Bigger government is the problem, not the solution.  In the wake of the stimulus, Americans have suffered through higher taxes, a weak jobs market, and the worst economic recovery seen since the Great Depression."

This is a devastating point: just compare our grinding unemployment and stagnant economic growth to Obama's lofty stimulus promises.  We're nowhere near where he promised we would be, if we just gave him $800 billion to "invest."  No private investor could survive such a degree of failure - and of course, none of them gets $800 billion to play with.  At the very least, it's highly likely that the clients of such a lousy investor would take their business elsewhere.

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NLRB Leads Government in Use of Paid Union Time

Feb 18, 2013 11:11 AM PT

Federal law specifies that government employees be granted so-called "official time" to work on union duties. The Office of Personnel Management defines official time as "time spent by Federal employees performing representational work for a bargaining unit in lieu of their regularly assigned work." This time can not be used for other union business, only representing employees.

In 2011 OPM says government employees spent a total of 3,395,187 hours on union representational activities, which is 10 percent above FY 2010. The cost of funding this union work during business hours was $155.7 million.

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The Great Brown Hope in 2016

Feb 18, 2013 8:39 AM PT

Well, well, well, it appears the Democrat party is beginning to lay the groundwork for their ‘great brown hope’ to possibly counter a Senator Marco Rubio 2016 presidential candidacy- this ‘hope’  rests in none other than San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.  Democrats featured Castro prominently at the 2012 Democratic National Convention to introduce him to the broader party in hopes that he would attract more Hispanics to the party.

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Perry On CA Businesses Coming to Texas, 'Bien Venidos'

Feb 17, 2013 11:54 AM PT

With Texas Governor Rick Perry trying to steal businesses away from California, I am wondering how many other Governor's, besides him and Florida Governor Rick Scott, will begin to publicly entice businesses to move out of California, New York and other mega-taxed states, took pack up and move to their respective states?

So far Perry and Scott are leaving these other guys in the dust.

Democrats have a 'Jewish problem'

Feb 17, 2013 9:25 AM PT

Democrats have shown an alarming tolerance toward anti-Jewish attitudes recently, with DNC vice chair Donna Brazile's indulgence towards Bill Maher's Hagel-inspired antisemitic rant only the latest example.

It is safe to say that if any Republican had sat there while a talk show host spouted bigoted conspiracy theories about Jews, or any other group, his or her career would be seriously damaged, if not entirely finished.

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I just want to put in a good word

Feb 17, 2013 6:52 AM PT

for Ray's Hell Burger. I will miss them, I was a frequent patron. The good news, is that they have several restaurants that are still open, including the fantastic Ray's the Steaks. Next store is Retro Rays, also delicious. (Both are across the street from the former location of Ray's Hell Burger)

Everytime I visited Ray's Hell Burger, the place (actually places, they opened Hell Burger II a few doors down) was hoppin'. There was usually a line and it was tough to get a table. Come back Hell Burger!

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