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They Get the Subsidy, Taxpayers Get the Bill

| December 13, 2014
They Get the Subsidy, Taxpayers Get the Bill

  Right now Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is not very popular in Harry Reid’s Democrat Senate. The irony is he may not be much more popular with the leadership in Mitch McConnell’s Republican Senate next year.   Vitter is one of those annoying people who believe members of the House and Senate should be subject […]

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Let’s Cut the Fat Subsidies Farmers Rake In

| December 8, 2014
Let’s Cut the Fat Subsidies Farmers Rake In

  Now that I’ve recovered from a bout of tryptophan poisoning, I’ve been giving some thought to the photos of this season’s Thanksgiving ceremony, and the subsidies that often accompany the food on the table. Meat producers don’t receive agriculture subsidies; it’s the side dishes and the tablecloth that are killing us. The farmers responsible […]

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Feds ‘Free’ Phones Cost Taxpayers

| December 1, 2014
Feds ‘Free’ Phones Cost Taxpayers

Wouldn’t you know big government leftists have found a way to combine the worst aspects of federal compassion — regulation from yesteryear and capitalist incentives — in a package that costs taxpayers $2.2 billion a year. The program’s official name is Lifeline, run by the Federal Communications Commission. The new, improved goal is to give […]

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Obama’s Not the Only Democrat Hearing Voices

| November 23, 2014
Obama’s Not the Only Democrat Hearing Voices

Letting voters that don’t vote set your political agenda is so liberating I’m surprised politicians didn’t think of it years ago. Richard Nixon used to refer to the “silent majority” when he was beleaguered and isolated in the White House. (This was during the dark days when a rogue IRS investigated and persecuted political groups […]

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Leftist Xenophobes Outraged Over Border Crossers

| November 10, 2014
Leftist Xenophobes Outraged Over Border Crossers

  Everyone has a border awareness tipping point. For some it was when illegal labor, imported from points south, depressed wages and made jobs a matter of culture instead of citizenship. For others it was when they lost loved ones to criminal or drunk-driving illegals. And for still others it was the adolescent invasion of […]

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Principled Coburn’s Departure a Loss to Senate

| November 1, 2014
Principled Coburn’s Departure a Loss to Senate

  As the end of the year approaches you’re going to be hearing both Democrats and Republicans lavish extravagant, bipartisan praise on Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, a man formerly known unfondly as “Dr. No.” Why the change of heart? Coburn’s leaving the Senate this term and leftist Democrats and RINO Republicans will be free to […]

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Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

| October 24, 2014
Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

  Give The Washington Post credit for its expose that criticizes a large portion of its declining subscriber base: Federal employees. According to the Post, “Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more […]

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Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

| October 20, 2014
Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

  Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control, is sorry. Now instead of one Ebola patient, we have a dead Ebola patient and a newly infected nurse, with a third showing symptoms as she flies about the country. Frieden laments, “I wish we had put [an Ebola containment] team like this on […]

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Obamacare Forces Retailers to Drop Coverage

| October 14, 2014
Obamacare Forces Retailers to Drop Coverage

  Four years into Obamacare, taxpayers are still discovering ways the ACA is expensive in both tax dollars and damage to the healthcare system. Isn’t it ironic you can sue a doctor for negligence when he damages your health, but you can’t sue politicians for negligence when they damage a healthcare system? Trial lawyers could […]

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USPS – Delivering Deficit Spending Since 2006

| October 5, 2014
USPS – Delivering Deficit Spending Since 2006

  I’m old enough to remember when milkmen drove the streets before sunrise delivering dairy products in sweating glass bottles to customer doorsteps. My family’s last delivery was when I was in the 6th grade, because mom said it was cheaper to buy the milk with the rest of the groceries. Now the United States […]

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