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In her weekly memo to staff, my school principal made it a point to remind teachers to avoid “group punishment”. So if the class is louder than a 747 on take-off, you can’t say to the kids, “Get quiet or lose some recess time”. The miscreants must be singled out (privately, of course) and given […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. More Shutdowns, Please

 

Up now at Forbes and leading RealClearPolicy, I’m making the argument that our democracy is moribund if every law that gets passed is hardwired into the government because we’re too scared to defund it:

Elected representatives from both parties ought to break the shackles of fear-soaked propriety more often. So what if, most of the time, their push to defund will be dead on arrival? Establishment types will realize that shutdowns aren’t the horrorshows they dread. And Members of Congress will begin to understand that slavish devotion to party and budget orthodoxy serves neither their conscience nor their constituents.

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If any one of you have been puzzled as to why Fr George Rutler was moved then this 12:00 minute video created in March 2013 by Michael Voris will explain it in crystal clear detail. Note well the quote by St John Eudes toward the end of his video. And if I can fix one […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Moving Parts in the Shutdown Fight

 

Earlier today, the Senate, as expected, voted down the House proposal that would have included a one-year delay of Obamacare and repeal of the medical device tax as part of the continuing resolution to keep the government open. There’s now another gambit in the works, per Politico:

House Republicans are moving toward putting a bill on the floor that would delay the individual mandate and cancel health-insurance subsidies for members of Congress, the president and administration appointees, according to multiple sources. That bill would be part of a government funding measure to which the Senate would have to agree. The Senate just rejected the House’s last move this weekend to delay Obamacare and repeal the medical device tax as part of a government funding bill.

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Of course we can’t be sure these folks ever vote, but this brief story on CNN shows some residents of North Bergen, NJ, who have never heard of Obamacare. Never heard of it. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is Population Growth Really an Existential Threat?

 

Hannah Gais, an editor at the Foreign Policy Association, is one of those people very concerned about too many people. For her, it’s right up there with climate change as an existential threat to humanity, Gaia, the whole shebang. As she writes for U.S. News & World Report: ”If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that there are certainly a lot of us. But how much of a growing population can the earth really support – comfortably and without destroying it, that is?”

But Gais isn’t really asking a question here. She is searching for affirmation of her existing belief that, yuppers, there’s too darn many of us. And that affirmation arrives in the form of Alan Weisman, author of the The World Without Us, a thought-experiment that examines what would happen to the planet if all 7.1 billion of us disappeared. (Spoiler: a return to Eden.) Gais:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Managuan Candidate

 

Imagine for a moment that Joe Lhota, the Republican candidate for mayor of New York City, had spent his mid-20s working for an organization that supported the regime of right-wing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Of course, he never did. But if he had, do you think Lhota’s campaign could survive a revelation like that?

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I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately, not least because my employer only offers high-deductible medical plans. Other than all the “wellness” campaigns they run year-round, they are now offering a service supplied by a company called Castlight, to help you find the lowest-cost services (doctors, imaging, hospitals, etc). The premise here is […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Goodbye, Breaking Bad

 

Sunday nights just won’t be the same now, will they? I thought it was a fitting ending for an excellent series, one of the best ever. Did you watch? Ricochetti, please share your thoughts below.

(Apologies to Valiuth, who already posted on this over at the Member Feed).

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It is becoming increasingly clear that we are about to experience a shutdown of the Federal Government. The catalyst for this shutdown is the insistence of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives that any continued funding of the government be conditional upon the repeal of Obamacare. The proponents of the House’s strategy, Senator Ted Cruz notable […]

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Much of the debate around the debt ceiling fight consists of moving the goalposts. Republicans are to blame for the shutdown. No, Democrats are. Of course, those who compare Republicans to terrorists are moral cretins. Suffice it to say that terrorists are engaged in illegal violence, while what the House GOP is doing is neither […]

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While I know most of the media today is wailing and gnashing their teeth awaiting The End of Civilization As We Know It because the Federal Government may take a day or two off, I found this story far more troubling. In short, it’s yet another sign that the Obama Administration does not recognize, and […]

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Should congress continue on its present course there will be a shutdown tonight. It’s not a real shutdown, but there will be some pain felt. Only those things funded by discretionary spending will be cut off. Social Security and Medicare will continue to pay out as those are not subject to the appropriations process (which […]

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What can be said other than that it was amazing! I fear discussing all of it in the body of the post lest I spoil it for people who haven’t seen it. But, I think the ending strikes a good balance of both consequences and redemption.  More

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In November 2012 I posted to my personal blog tips for surviving the second Obama term. Since then my disgust with politics and the American people who re-elected their lousy officials, combined with an incredibly taxing year in my personal life, have kept me away from Ricochet posts and my own blog. Over that time […]

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Many here opposed the “defund Obamacare” tactic because of either: a) potential negative effects on the economy if there was a government shutdown; or More

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Today, I read an email from Jim Geraghty, National Review, that government shutdown is “dumb, dumb, dumb.” Made me wonder: “Is government shutdown going to cripple the psyche of Washington Republicans the same way the Goldwater defeat caused them to run, scatter, hide, and crouch?” Anything but a shutdown! Anything but a shutdown! The budget […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Whither the Government Shutdown?

 

CNN is out with some new polling data this morning that doesn’t bode especially well for the GOP on the eve of a likely government shutdown:

According to the poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, 46% say they would blame congressional Republicans for a government shutdown, with 36% saying the president would be more responsible and 13% pointing fingers at both the GOP in Congress and Obama.

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