By marfdrat on July 21, 2014
Sure, Cantor suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of college professor Dave Brat, but now he’s freed up to make some serious money. Who needs all those rules and restrictions? The inside-the-beltway free market awaits.
By marfdrat on June 7, 2014
Who the hell does this guy think he is? Oh, right – never mind. “His government” didn’t need to obey the law that requires 30 days notice to Congress before releasing any Gitmo detainees. He promised to empty that place during his presidency; I guess this how he will do it.
By marfdrat on March 20, 2014
Williams has a way of expressing the profound in the simplest terms possible. The key notion here is Thomas Paine’s statement: “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” It may be necessary, but it has become so big, and so invasive, that it is far from the neutral rule keeper the founders intended.
By marfdrat on July 3, 2013
If she “didn’t do anything wrong” as she testified before Congress, why would she need this?
Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she’s given immunity from prosecution, her lawyer told POLITICO Tuesday.“They can obtain her testimony tomorrow by doing it the easy way … immunity,” William W. Taylor III said in a phone interview. “That’s the way to resolve all of this.”
By marfdrat on April 26, 2013
That’s what Congress is busy trying to do – find a way to exempt (or lessen the impact, or whatever they want to call it) for themselves and/or their aides. Gee, isn’t it swell for them that they can even consider this option. The rest of us poor saps are stuck with it.
By marfdrat on March 21, 2013
A group “led” by Eleanor Holmes Norton (D – Stupid) wants the Washington Redskins to change their name because it’s offensive or something, and if they don’t, she and the Mayor of D.C. say they can’t build a new stadium in the district. Hey dumbasses – the Skins already built a new stadium in 1997: it’s in Maryland, in case you didn’t know. If she’s such a Skins “fan” wouldn’t she know that?
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By marfdrat on January 30, 2013
So says WH spokesclown Jay Carney, as reported by Mark Knoller of CBS News. Never mind that little GDP contraction in Q4.
Despite slight contraction in Q4 GDP, WH/Jay Carney says “we continue to be poised for economic growth & job creation.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 30, 2013
Haven’t they been saying this for about three years? You know, the “summers of wreckovery?” I don’t know about you, but I’m not holding my breath. The White House, of course, blames somebody else. This time, it’s Congress:
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By marfdrat on January 9, 2013
That’s Megan McArdle’s description of the current discussion of minting a $1 trillion platinum coin to try and solve some of fiscal woes. That it’s even being discussed is an indication of how silly and protracted and contrived our legislative process has become. Those guys in Washington are really a joke – but if they don’t get something figured out, the joke’s going to be on us.
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By marfdrat on December 31, 2012
She’s introducing a “gun control” bill into the Senate when they come back in January. What she really wants, as recorded in 1995, is for “Mr. and Mrs. America to turn in their guns”.
By marfdrat on June 27, 2012
Great new ad from the Florida Congressman.
By marfdrat on April 3, 2012
A sampling of the constitutional knowledge held by our esteemed elected representatives (these all happen to be Democrats -to prove a point, I’m sure – wonder how many Republicans share the same views?), demonstrated when asked if there was authority in the Constitution for them to pass Obamacare. From The Volokh Conspiracy, via Coyote Blog
By marfdrat on March 5, 2012
Stacy McCain brings up an interesting point about the whole Sandra Fluke / Rush Limbaugh kerfuffle last week: just a little fact-checking would quickly lead one to the conclusion that Sandra Fluke lied her ass off in front of a Congressional committee, and NO ONE is talking about that.
By marfdrat on February 8, 2012
Just when you thought America’s opinion of Congress couldn’t get any lower, there’s a new Rasmussen poll that says random names drawn from the phone book would do a better job.
By marfdrat on January 18, 2012
There’s been a lot of talk about these two pieces of proposed legislation, and some very big and popular sites have blacked themselves out today to make their point about what could happen if the government has the power to arbitrarily shut down websites. If you don’t understand what the prop0sed legislation is about, check out this graphic. It’s educational, and then you’ll know what your talking about when you say “SOPA / PIPA is totally bogus, dude.” Image courtesy of AmericanCensorship.org
By marfdrat on December 16, 2011
Negotiators from the House and Senate approved a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will avert a government shutdown. Whatever. The important news is a rider attached to that bill: the ban on incandescent light bulbs has been forestalled.