January, 2014

From Chaos to Order:  Healthcare Reform in the Digital Age

Although unexpected, the unraveling of the Affordable Care Act—more commonly referred to as ObamaCare—may deliver a mortal blow to liberalism.  At the very least, it presents a momentous opportunity for a majority of American people to recognize that dependence on unaccountable government bureaucracies is a loser’s wager.  Since failure is often the best teacher, the ObamaCare fiasco may well catalyze a broad renaissance of appreciation for the power and virtue of self-reliance and choice that only the free market provides.

By Scott Powell - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Solar Panel Degradation

Everyone has heard the pitch for solar energy, install solar cells on your roof and get free electricity from the sun. Sure they cost a lot up front, but they will last 25-30 years—which just happens to be about the payback time given current electricity rates from coal, nuclear and natural gas. So when the solar panels start failing in two or three years the economics of solar power collapses like a house of cards. That is exactly what is happening around the world. Cheap Chinese solar panels have flooded the market and are now starting to fail at an alarming rate. Solar panels covering a warehouse roof in Los Angeles were only two years into their expected 25-year life span when they began to fail. Worldwide, solar power adopters are reporting similar problems and the $77 billion solar industry is facing a quality crisis reports Doug Hoffman. (1)

By Jack Dini - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Grammy Values Versus American Values

It was a shocking spectacle at the Grammy awards Sunday night. Clearly, the organizers of the event were more interested in sending a social message than recognizing musical talent.

By Jeff Crouere - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

House Republicans unveil ObamaCare alternative, prepare to introduce legislation

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has unveiled the ObamaCare alternative that Republicans are preparing to vote on it in the House of Representatives. There have been Republican alternatives to ObamaCare around for some time, but this is the first time House Republicans have coalesced behind a single proposal they are prepared to vote on.

By Herman Cain - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Cameras roll at a Pennsylvania small business as workers learn what ObamaCare is about to cost them

“We watch what happens when workers learn - for the very first time - how the Affordable Care Act will impact them.”

Remember those words, because they’re about to become ubiquitous.  All over the country, people are finding out what the laughably titled “Affordable Care Act” is about to cost them.  The short answer?  More.  A lot more.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

I’m IN!

“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in”. (Michael Corleone, Godfather III 1990)

I decided I needed a couple of days off and sat heavily in a world of confusing ideas and fear of stepping forward into new endeavors. Today, January 31, 2014, the headline in Politico was: “House leaders sell immigration blueprint.”  It was a copyrighted story detaining the prevailing apparent thoughts being bandied about in caucus and privately amongst the Republican hierarchy in the House of Representatives.

VIDEO: McConnell tells IRS commissioner to resist Obama’s political abuses

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor yesterday and addressed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen with an interesting challenge: He wants Koskinen to resist directives from the White House and the Treasury Department to turn the IRS into an enforcer of the left’s preferences on political speech.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Henry Waxman suddenly retires. Sandra Fluke fills the void?

Congratulations, America.  You’re about to be rid of one of the longest serving left-wing nutjobs in Congress.  Representative Henry Waxman, a man that even NPR refers to as a “ferocious liberal” is retiring. If you believe the reasons stated in his shock announcement, the evil monsters in the Tea Party are to blame.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Immigration Plan: Trust Obama?

House Republicans say they are ready to move forward with an immigration reform plan—and it sounds remarkably like amnesty for illegal immigrants.

By Heritage Foundation Amy Payne- Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

The Republican Establishment reaches the Event Horizon

event horizon
noun: Astronomy.
the boundary around a black hole on and within which no matter or radiation can escape.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

Clearly this is a perfect metaphor of the Republican Establishments rush to dive into a political black hole of its own making.  In what seems to be a last ditch effort to remain at the taxpayer buffet that Washington D.C. has become, the Republican Establishment, with the aid of the Chamber of Commerce and other big business lobbying firms, seems ready to go full thruster into the immigration reform black hole it has created.  The astounding part is the fact that it either has absolutely no one at the controls that has a clue, or those in control haven’t a care that immigration reform is going to be without a doubt the 20-ton straw that will not only break the camel’s back,  it is going to crush and grind it into the pavement as well.

By Mike Henkins - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Trying to scare us

Finance Minister Yair Lapid delivered a scary speech on Wednesday. At the Institute of National Security Studies conference, Lapid warned that if we don’t accept US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework for negotiations, the Europeans are going to take away our money.

By Caroline Glick - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Behind closed doors, Democrats already conceding midterm defeat in the House of Representatives

If The Politico is correct, desperation is setting in among the Democrats’ behind-the-scenes players. According to a new report, Democrat strategists and donors are quietly conceding defeat and admitting that Republicans will maintain or expand control in the House of Representatives. What’s more, they’re terrified that they’ve lost their hold on the Senate, so they’re shifting money and resources away from House races in an effort to stave off a 2014 ballot box apocalypse.

By Robert Laurie - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Progressives Without Progress

There isn’t very much progress in the progressive movement. Progress is the expansion of possibilities. Progressives, however, have a Malthusian obsession with the scarcity of all things. They believe that we are about to run out of everything from energy to water to wealth and education and that like starving survivors on a lifeboat we have to redistribute everything.

By Daniel Greenfield - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Bracing for Amnesty

Unbelievable as it may be to their core constituency, House Republicans are now embracing comprehensive immigration reform. Late yesterday, the Hill obtained a one-page document outlining the GOP’s “statement of principals,” that endorses a path to legal status, once “specific enforcement triggers” have been achieved.

By Arnold Ahlert - Friday, January 31, 2014 - Full Story

Senators Call Attention to Obama Policies That Increase Energy Costs

One of the biggest problems with President Obama’s climate and energy transformation agenda is that it unavoidably increases the cost of energy. Forcing people away from coal and other affordable, reliable sources of energy will increase costs for Americans. President Obama has acknowledged this simple fact saying that under his plan “electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Full Story

SYRIA: Mother and Daughter Persecuted for Christian Faith

Sources: VOM USA, Release International

A Syrian mother and her daughter are under fire for their new Christian faith. Three years ago, “Karima” learned about the love of Jesus and became a devoted follower. As the married mother of three, she hoped her husband “Ismaeil,” a Muslim, might also believe. Instead, he became even more devoted to his Muslim faith and trained as an imam (an Islamic spiritual leader).

By News on the Net - Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Full Story

No Reason to Spend the Evening with BHO

We all know who FDR, JFK and LBJ were, but when was the last time you heard a leader identified using only initials? I, for one would like to reinstate the tradition.

By Doug Patton - Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Full Story