Sunday, September 28, 2014

So Long Eric Holder


Lawmakers Not Shy With Eric Holder Comments
- via Wall Street Journal

News that Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to resign evoked disappointment among Democratic lawmakers and cheers from Republicans, whose relationship with Mr. Holder has been fraught with tensions over his six-year tenure.

The conservative FreedomWorks released a statement with the headline “IT’S HAPPENING.” Matt Kibbe, the group’s president, said: “Americans deserve an attorney general who will treat everyone fairly and equally under the law, not a blatant partisan who selectively prosecutes some groups while giving others a pass. His successor should be driven by an impartial respect for the laws of the land, not ideology.” Read more here...


The Approach of Tax Day Brings New Headaches for ObamaCare Participants
- by Josh Withrow

April 15th – Tax Day – is going to be another not-so-fun milestone for hundreds of thousands of ObamaCare’s beneficiaries. The paperwork to comply with the law’s individual mandate is already going to be an annoyance to all who file taxes, but those who receive subsidies to help pay for their health insurance could be in for an especially rude surprise.

Anyone whose income is under 400 percent of the Federal poverty level is eligible for subsidies to help them pay for their government-mandated health insurance. Because the amount of the subsidies is based on income and family status, differences in the numbers reported to the exchange and those reported in the later tax return could result in filers being required to pay back some or all of their subsidies. USA Today notes: “Some married couples could owe $600 or $1,500 or $2,500 or even more. It might feel like a raw deal for some who are already suffocating under the escalating costs of health insurance.” Read more here...

Real Talk with Julie Borowski: Legalize Ride Sharing 

The government is cracking down on ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. As is too often the case, big businesses are lobbying for more regulations to hurt their competitors. I say get rid of these regulations and let companies compete on a level playing field to see who is best. Watch more here...


Why is the Chamber Endorsing Democrats
- by Easton Randall

Most businesses offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their goods or services. We have heard about it all time, most of us even taken advantage of this offer from time to time. In light of this, it would be interesting to ask whether the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers the same level of guarantee to their members that the rest of us get from them. Because if they do, it is about time their members start asking for their money back.

Members of the Chamber join because they need a voice in Washington to fight against the federal intrusion we see year after year. They expect the Chamber to fight on their behalf and promote candidates who are going to serve in the best interests of the business community. However, it is time for the members to take notice, because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is failing them. Case in point, once again the Chamber has decided to diversify their portfolio and endorse Democrats for Congress in 2014. The same party that gave us a federal takeover of health care, fought to increase the minimum wage, and regulate every business into the ground is running candidates with the Chamber seal of approval. Read more here...

Will Texas Legislators Stand Up for Ethics?
- by Matt Armstrong

"If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe, do not cry about what you will lose."

I have no idea who this quote is from, but I love it. I think it's fitting of the upcoming Speaker's race for the Texas House. What do I mean? I mean that if you aren't willing to fight for a new, conservative Speaker of the House, then don't cry about what you will lose. What will we lose? The conservative stronghold that we have maintained here in Texas, despite the current speaker's liberal influence.

Let's introduce the players, shall we? We have incumbent Joe Straus, with known ties to Democrats and a history of stalling conservative legislation. We now thankfully also have Scott Turner, a staunch conservative who has vowed to his family and his supporters to see this race through to the bitter end. Not only that, he has promised to make the vote for speaker an 'on the record' vote for all of the state representatives so that their constituents can see. No more closed door, back room deals on Speaker of the House. Read more here...

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Ceding Control of the Internet to Foreign Governments
- by Logan Albright

Back in March, the U.S. government announced that it would relinquish control over ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This is the organization that is responsible for managing how domain names are assigned on the internet, and until now, it has been under fairly tight supervision from the Commerce Department.

The announcement was met with two different reactions from people who understand and care about internet freedom. One group, seizing on the Commerce Department’s assurances that ICANN would be moving towards a model of private management, were hopeful that the lack of government involvement could lead to a better, more efficient internet. Just as a government run post office will never outperform a privately run one, they reasoned, it was right for government to relax its hold on internet domains. Read more here...

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