In a meeting at our offices in Framingham [...]]]>
The beauty of the game is in it the balance between the tasks of offense and defense. The time it takes for a fastball to travel 60 feet, 6 inches from the mound to the plate is so close to the time it [...]]]>
“There were definitely some angels up above looking down in the sixth inning.”
~ Johnny Gomes, commenting on his Game 4 home run.
This one was special. This season. This series. This was not “moneyball” or the clever sport of major acquisition where big name stars guarantee a place in the show. We had our stars like Big Papi, [...]]]>
He attended an elite exclusive fundraiser in Weston, then boarded his private jet and flew back to Washington.
And this is the ultimate blue state. If you need any more evidence that he despises the people, that he is not a man of the people, that he’d rather hunker down with Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and discuss the minutiae of policy wonkdom, this is it. That wouldn’t be so bad if he was effective or if his ideas actually worked, but [...]]]>
That stench in the air this morning is the sulfuric smell of Barry Obama arriving in Boston.
Over the past six months, I’ve been getting really sick of people pooh poohing the small business owners who have been facing massive escalation of health care costs because of Obamacare as well as substantive damage to the bottom line even though these companies have fewer than fifty employees. In fact, three business owners who went on television to explain the [...]]]>
One of the fundamental problems with Obamacare and its web page is that more than 60% of this country, and that includes most of the uninsured, can’t handle on line shopping. As the article don included points out, the administration promised that buying health insurance would be as easy as buying a tv on line, or plane tickets. Well, news flash, people. I am a [...]]]>
In the last days of the H.W. Bush admin and the early days of the Clinton era, well-meaning American lawyers from Boston and Washington rushed to Europe to help draft the new constitutions and treaties that defined the post-Cold War European era. Amongst those laws and treaties was a curious example of the enlightenment coming home–American lawyers writing natural law into European code. One of those [...]]]>
The New York Times reports many of the predictions made by opponents just haven’t come true. There’s been no visible increase in crime or the use of other drugs, or the use of marijuana by teenagers. Among young adults, cannabis [...]]]>
“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is rebuffing calls from Republicans for her to resign over the troubled launch of the ObamaCare sign-up website, saying those asking her to resign are ‘people I don't work for.’”
Really? This Administration doesn’t work for Congress, or Republicans, or Americans, or who, exactly? Or does she mean she answers only to Obama and that he is above the rest of us. [...]]]>
In a closed-door meeting with Congress members from both parties, Durbin wrote on Facebook, one Republican lawmaker told the president “I cannot even stand to look at you.”
Think about that. Is that how people behave these days in the White House?
Deval Patrick, who has been in meetings of governors with both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, [...]]]>
To whom it may concern
First it was about repealing Obamacare, or defunding it, or delaying it, or maybe tweaking it just a little. For a heady moment, the hostage-takers figured while we’re at it, let’s demand the Keystone pipeline, changes to Dodd-Frank, malpractice reform, tax reform and easing coal ash regulations.
They thought Obama would cave, but he didn’t. They thought the [...]]]>
Just pay the bond holders and cut spending elsewhere, Rob says. But bonds aren’t the government’s only legal obligations. The guys building aircraft carriers, the surgeons operating on Medicare patients, the [...]]]>
Carl wouldn’t say he disbanded the SWAT team because of the Stamps raid; it was a professional decision, [...]]]>
Really, what’s it about? First it was a desperate push to defund Obamacare. Then House Republicans muddied the water by adding other things to their list of demands: the Keystone pipeline, malpractice reform, tax reform, rollback [...]]]>
“By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the [...]]]>
Needham, 31, is CEO of Heritage Action, the Heritage Foundation’s campaign operation. He sat down with a bunch of reporters this week and showed some of his hand (Salon’s account his http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099987/-1/blogs01
The Head Start program and the WIC (Women with Infant Children) program have been stopped. Veterans services have been suspended including combat pay for our fighting men and women. Restaurants and retail businesses are devoid of customers in a Kentucky town where the IRS office is empty.
Speaker John Boehner is against government creating uncertainty [...]]]>
The case that has me ruminating this morning is McCutcheon v. Federal Election [...]]]>
The first, on Saturday, includes details that shine light on the “why can’t they compromise” question:
“Mr. Reid said in an interview [...]]]>
Some voters might parse the position papers of the candidates looking for subtle [...]]]>
You might think Massachusetts has a flat tax code, since it’s written into the state constitution that everyone must be charged the same tax rates on earned and unearned [...]]]>
I think Gerson’s list of substantive problems in Obamacare is well-stated, especially the section on why Obamacare is not sustainable. [...]]]>
I’ve been assured this is [...]]]>
House Joint Resolution, offered October 3, 2013
A Modest Proposal to Dislodge the Current Legislative Stalemate
Whereas, the American people are sick and freaking tired of the ugliness of petulant partisan personalized resentment based politics;and
Whereas, identifying a piece of legislation, one that involves varied and complex regulatory provisions for the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries and the tax liabilities and responsibilities [...]]]>
Ezra Klein offers another example: “Imagine if the Republican Party had won the 2012 election and [...]]]>
“The official says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been invited to the meeting. The official says Obama will urge the House to pass a spending bill to allow the government to reopen”
I’m not sure when Barry is going to get the message that talking to Boehner is useless. Boehner is done. Boehner is toast. [...]]]>
Last night, unlike 17 years ago, the “shut down” didn’t even crack the top four news stories on the BBC world service. But when they did finally get around to it, they went to New York City looking for people, other than federal employees, who were actually affected by the shut down and found… no one. When they got desperate [...]]]>
But I prefer to focus on the patriots:
This is about the veterans who gave the finger to the idea that the federal government could lock the people out of a public monument with barriers. So while the [...]]]>
Consider the person who is unhappy with his or her job, but can't afford to lose its employer-provided insurance. Maybe he's always wanted to start [...]]]>
Why I'm really trying to understand is the Tea Party's philosophy about the rule of law. The talk about the Constitution as if they were the sole owners of that document, but don't show much respect for it. They certainly don’t respect elections, or voters, who expressed themselves pretty clearly in support of this president and his health reform bill. [...]]]>
And then someone at the Boston Herald, who was apparently shocked at the fact that the Hotel was naming a drink after Walsh, an alcoholic. Here’s what Loews said as quoted by the AP: “Loews Boston Hotel acknowledges the insensitivity of this recent promotion and have canceled it effective [...]]]>
Page 202-203: “You can render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, but if you don’t keep from Caesar that which is yours, Caesar will take some, and then take some more, and if you don’t put a stop [...]]]>
As the NYT [...]]]>
We need to discuss this on another thread, but the real misconception is that Tea Party folk, including me, belong in the Republican Party. This is only happening because of the calcification of the two party system. The Tea Party is something entirely different, a true third party, but it is stuck in the umbrella of a GOP that doesn't like it and doesn't want. But I had to reregister to the [...]]]>
It's beginning to look like the golden age of the American middle class, from the end of World War II to the ‘80s, when income [...]]]>
For the moment, lets ignore the fact that Starbucks has lousy product and its way too expensive. When I lived in San [...]]]>
Like many other great Massachusetts GOP hopes – Scott Brown, Paul Cellucci, etc. – Winslow [...]]]>
The UN inspectors were not charged with [...]]]>
2. Drag out the the thoughts and prayers speach.
3. What, no kids involved? Who cares?
4. Ah. Guns! Back to an issue where I’m supported by Congress.
5. Local! I can still make my tee time before I head there to wallow.
6. Get Eric Holder to play the race card for civil rights violations!
His column dovetails quite nicely with a growing sense of historians of the extent to which the Obama Regime has allowed itself to be hijacked by poor judgment calls in terms of battle selection. In other words, Obama may have had a real shot at addressing issues of rising [...]]]>
When, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That's what makes America different. That's what makes us exceptional. With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.
Vladimir Putin, NYT oped:
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see [...]]]>
Anyway, he was commenting on a topic I had raised a few days ago–that the Syrian episode (he said in his mind since Obama never had the support of [...]]]>
As I noted a week ago, Assad is super rational, which distinguishes him from the rebels in his country. One of [...]]]>
This was Rick's take on what happens in Massachusetts in 2014:
Problem is, the small business community thinks Rick is dead wrong. Rick thinks that everyone else is sailing into the paradise of Romneycare, while the small business community thinks we in Massachusetts are [...]]]>
John Kerry says “I just gave you real evidence, evidence that as a former prosecutor in the United [...]]]>
Right now I lean against intervention, and I’m mad at Obama for putting everyone in this position. Frankly, the virtue of retaliation for a bad act with military force doesn’t do much for me. The “red [...]]]>
Here’s how he explained it in a statement sent to the press. I’m not exactly buying the proposition that he needs to study the issue and “consult with experts” before taking a position. He’s experienced enough to understand the resolution put in front of him. For that matter, he should have had a hand in writing it. If [...]]]>
It won’t be easy. There are several steps that could be taken at the federal level, like dropping the programs that transfer military hardware to local police forces and repealing the asset forfeiture laws [...]]]>