This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 26, 2014:
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. He also signaled to pollsters that it was time for them to
Alan Abramowitz (Photo credit: flguardian2)
Despite the elections being seven months away – a virtual lifetime in politics – pollsters are coming out of the woodwork to offer their statistical opinions on the outcome in November. Most of them agree that control of the Senate, now firmly in Democrat hands, is
President Obama’s proposal to double the earned income tax credit (EITC) for the working poor on March 4 came with all the attendant benefits such an expansion would provide: it would reduce poverty while encouraging people not working to get a job. It would expand the existing law to cover an additional 16 million families with 30 million children.
In his State of the Union Address in January, the president warned this was coming,
This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 28, 2014:
On the surface, the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday in Fernandez v. California seems pretty innocuous. Only when the details are examined does it become clear that the Fourth Amendment has been
On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled in Fernandez v. California that when a resident who objects to the search of his residence is removed through a lawful arrest, the remaining resident may give police consent to search without first demanding a warrant.
The back story is much more complicated than that official summary, and
Following Tuesday’s passage of a “clean” debt ceiling bill in the House of Representatives, the Senate approved it on Wednesday and sent it on to the president who is expected to sign it without delay. The bill allows the president unlimited spending authority until well after the November elections so that Republicans can focus instead on the failings of Obamacare to leverage their chances in that election. It also neatly
This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 12, 2014:
Jeffrey Toobin may have been a little too enthusiastic in his announcement in the New Yorker magazine (issue dated February 17th) that Attorney General Eric Holder was going to be leaving the Department of Justice before the end of the year, perhaps even sooner. It was based on an interview Toobin had with Holder in late December:
In the February 17th issue of the New Yorker magazine Jeffrey Toobin wrote that, based on an interview he had with Attorney General Eric Holder back in December, Holder would be leaving office sometime this year, sooner perhaps than later. Almost immediately the Justice Department said that Toobin was misinterpreting what Holder meant, and
This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 7, 2014:
Midst the outrage following President Obama’s declaration that there’s “not even a smidgen of corruption” inside the Internal Revenue Service have come some interesting questions: just how far up the chain of command does the corruption go? Does it reach to the top levels of the IRS? Does it reach to the White House? Does it reach to the president himself?
Who cares? Those are the wrong questions.
The latest tally shows that Obamacare enrollments are just over 2 million, falling far short of the estimated 3.3 million expected to sign up by January 1st, and putting into serious doubt the goal of 7 million by the end of March.
At first blush, it’s the premiums. Many are learning to their dismay that
This article was first published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 20th, 2013:
In his press release announcing the publication of his annual “Wastebook” summarizing 100 examples of egregious, wasteful, and outrageous government spending, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn tried to make himself appear “holier than thou” by
When Karl Pierson entered his Arapahoe High School last Friday wearing a black face mask, dressed in a black hoodie, and carrying a shotgun over his shoulder, he briefly appeared to present another opportunity for the media to promote its anti-gun agenda. Within 80 seconds Pierson proved them wrong,
This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 13th, 2013:
The old saying, “The measure of a man is the size of the thing that gets his goat” certainly applies now to the erstwhile conservative Republican from Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan. Working in closed-door sessions with liberal Democrats over the past two weeks, Ryan has finally revealed the size of his goat:
In announcing the budget agreement hashed out during secret negotiations over the past two weeks, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said:
I’m proud of this agreement. It reduces the deficit without raising taxes. And it cuts spending in a smarter way. It’s a firm step in the right direction…
This was for public consumption. In fact, now that the agreement has passed the House and will likely shortly pass the Senate, it will
Last Tuesday the White House issued a Thanksgiving Day reminder: “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of Americans put food on the table.” Then began a litany of statistics and charts along with explanations of how wonderful SNAP is, even getting in a dig at those selfish “House Republicans [who] would cause nearly 4 million Americans to lose access to SNAP next year.”
Harold Maass, writing at the liberal TheWeek.com blog, explained all the reasons why conservatives hate food stamps:
This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 11th, 2013:
Fresh from his resounding reelection victory for a second term as New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie spent the weekend being interviewed on four different TV shows denying that he has any interest in running for president in 2016. He probably would have done another one but he ran out of time.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Christie said:
Newly reelected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was busy over the weekend explaining that his focus is back on running New Jersey and not worrying about running for president in 2016. For instance, in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Christie said:
On the surface, the reelection of Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor was remarkable, winning with a resounding 60% of the vote in a dark blue (liberal Democrat) state.
A closer look reveals that Christie was running as a Republican in name only, against a weak opponent who was earlier slated to lose by a much higher margin. Christie won for his ability to
This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 25th, 2013:
The complaints, charges, accusations, finger-pointing, and back-pedaling associated with the stumbling start of Obamacare are real and accelerating. They are also irrelevant, and a smokescreen hiding the real underlying problems with Obamacare itself.
Late night comedians are mining this disaster for all it’s worth. They have struck gold, and they are permanently damaging Obamacare’s image, and along with it
This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013:
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott, meet Barack Obama. By trying to hide the real costs – far higher than most expected and way above the savings Obama initially promised – of signing up for Obamacare, Obama ordered his techies to force applicants to
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