He’s told Ukraine, “If you like your peninsula, you can keep it.”
Matthew Lillefielt has a piece over at The Examiner about some of the lobbying done by law enforcement officials during the current session of the Maryland Legislature. He notes that those lobbying against loosening the state’s marijuana laws seem to be from the counties that voted for Mitt Romney, while those favoring liberalization are from … well … liberal counties that voted for Barack Obama.
Of course, correlation doesn’t prove causation, but does Lillefielt mean to say that the parts of our state where people are more likely to be clean and sober are the places that vote Republican?
NOTE—I live in one of those few red counties, but I support decriminalizing marijuana in order to make it less of a moneymaker for criminals. While I think dope should be a legal substance, I view it as a potentially destructive one similar to alcohol. I would like to know how marijuana DUI would be handled before I would be ready to change the law though.
Hank Campbell has a post at Science 2.0 about an effort in Washington state to require labeling of genetically modified fish. He points out that the anti-GMO crowd is really the left’s counterpoise to the right’s anti-science creationists.
When conservatives want to put a label on science textbooks because they might contain evolution, they are rightfully mocked for being anti-science. But when progressives want to put a label on food because it might contain GMOs, they are applauded as consumer activists. And science media criticizes the former, but enables the latter, by giving credence to claims it is instead about “not trusting corporations.”
Read the whole thing, and then go read this post by Michael Schulson about Whole Foods. The left does trust some corporations.
Governors Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Dannel Malloy (D-CT) sparred at a press briefing outside the White House follow a National Governors Association meeting with the President. Politico reports that Jindal noted that the President placed great stress on raising the minimum wage during the meeting. ”The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that, I think America can do better than that.” He spoke out in favor of action such as reduced regulation or building the XL Pipeline that would benefit Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.
Malloy disagreed noting, “So let me just say that we don’t all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy.”
Jindal replied, “We think we can grow the economy. We think we can do better than the minimum wage economy.”
Jindal’s remarks do describe what some Americans are now seeing. Unemployment and underemployment are becoming the new normal in many places. We have a measure of prosperity here in the DC area that doesn’t exist in large sections of fly-over country. If Republicans can convince voters that they can do better, this will be a very bad year for Democrats. OTOH, if the voters continue to see Republicans as described by P. J. O’Rouke (“The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.”), …
The IRS is proposing to rewrite the rules for 501(c)4 “social welfare” not-for-profit organizations in ways that would drastically reduce their political activities. The general buzz is that this is being done at the behest of Democrats in the Senate who worry about organizations such as Americans for Prosperity. Eliana Johnson has a report over at NRO over the Left’s reaction to the proposed rules.
The proposed regulations have a host of left-leaning groups worried that the 501(c)(4) rules could serve as a template for regulations governing 501(c)(5) nonprofits (unions) and 501(c)(6) groups (trade associations), and they are speaking out.
Also, leftwing 501(c)4 outfits are waking up to the threat to their activities. Being able to
help deliver votes engage in voter registration is often a key part of the business model of such organizations.
Dan Haar of the Hartford Courant seems unhappy that an overwhelming percentage of gun owners have failed to register their “assault weapons” under Connecticut’s recently enacted law. He wants the law to be enforced.
Emerson wrote a poem about an attempted assault weapons ban and confiscation. It begins
By the rude bridge that arched the flood …
If the opinion leaders in New England 240 years ago had been like Mr. Haar, our national anthem would be God Save the Queen.
You’d think that would be a Republican plan, but Politico reports
Democrats know their biggest problem in this year’s midterm election is Obamacare.
Read the whole thing.
The WSJ has a post up explaining just how much income redistribution the federal government is doing already and what it would take to give every family an “average income.”
Many people believe the “rich” can afford to pay higher taxes since they command a disproportionate share of the nation’s income. However, the current amount of redistribution already takes 21% of the top quintile’s [20%] income. That would have to soar to 74% to make every family in America “average.”
I’m in that top quintile. I’ve gone back to work from retirement, but if the feds were to start taking 74% of my paycheck (on top of what Maryland takes), I’d find a way to be less productive so that I could keep at least half of what I make. Given that many, if not most, other high-income earners would do much the same thing, the amount of money available to be taxed from us would go down, which would drive the tax rate up, which would drive more earners to be less productive, which would result in the need for a further tax increase, which would …
The problem with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.
But liquor is quicker.Image Credit: National Media Research, Planning and Placement
PJ Tatler reports that Attorney General Eric Holder sent Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard into court to try to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion from last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote. The DOJ opposes that.
Read the whole thing.
There’s an interesting map over at Strange Maps that shows the states renamed for countries with similar GDPs. My native state of Tennessee is labeled “Saudi Arabia,” and my current state of residence Maryland is labeled “Hong Kong.”
I did a bit of math to find the per capita GDPs of the two states. Tennessee’s was around $44k, and Maryland’s was around $32k. Given that several of the richest counties in America are in Maryland (suburbs of DC), I found that result a bit surprising. OTOH, Tennessee has a much better business environment, and that likely has something to do with the 37% boost.
Yep. As I think about it, those counties do well because of direct federal employment or folks like me who do federal contracting work. The rest of the Maryland struggles under blue state government interference and mismanagement.
<sarc>In a stunning exposé by Xenophon, Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it) has published the earth-shattering news that certain Maryland Republicans actually know each other and, as hard as this may be to believe, have worked together in recent political campaigns. Some these Republicans are conservative or libertarian bloggers as well.</sarc>
For the record, Jackie Welfonder is a friend, and I look forward to seeing her again at CPAC this year. I voted for Dan Bongino for Senator in 2012, and I’d vote for him for Congress this fall if I hadn’t been gerrymandered out of the 6th Congressional District.
Gabby Giffords: “Congress Is Afraid Of The Gun Lobby”
Gun owners in Connecticut don’t seem to be complying with the recently enacted unconstitutional “assault weapon” and normal-capacity magazine registration law.
Civil disobedience in support of a civil right. Good.
The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, given enough time and enough ranks in the hierarchy, a person rises to his level of incompetence. In other words, in a bureaucracy someone gets promoted until he screws up, and then he’s left there failing at his job.
Every rule has it’s exceptions.
The White House on Friday announced David Simas, a senior adviser to President Obama who managed the healthcare rollout, will head up a new post at the White House: Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.
I’m sure that he will handle that as well as he did the Obamacare rollout.
Ann Althouse has a post up looking at Chuck Schumer’s comments about the “tea party elites” who have tricked the masses into following them.
The elite that were around — in high places in government and media — were liberal, and they were challenging the tea partiers. Their key challenge was that these people must be fake, must be following some rich Pied Pipers who were tricking them — which is to say, the masses were following the wrong Pied Piper.
Read the whole thing.
The latest polls show that just under half of the public sees the economy as the number one issue in the country. Some leftwing pundits are trying to seize on that as proof that Obamacare will fade as an issue as the election draws near.
Sure. Obamacare has had no effect on anyone’s having hours cut back to less than 30 per week. It’s had no effect on any small business deciding not to hire a 50th employee. And no one has had to replace the healthcare they liked with something more expensive. Or drop coverage because it was no longer affordable. Yep. Those definitely aren’t economic issues.
Let it burn.