Romney again? Really?

Yellow dog establishmentarianism.

 

Not only handsome but a powerful big-government centrist.
Not only handsome but a powerful big-government centrist.

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

The long game: Not so fast with drawing lessons from the 24 June primary

Rising tide.

 

Unsustainable. (Image: Joe Ellis, AP via Clarion Ledger)
Unsustainable. (Image: Joe Ellis, AP via Clarion Ledger)

New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret

Untrustworthy.

In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republican members highlighted a 2012 email from a Treasury Department official that indicated the Obama administration was planning to revise the rules for 501(c)(4) organizations without notifying the public that it was deliberating this move (emphasis added).

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” Continue reading “Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret”

Crisis of politics: The opportunity in the storm

Let’s roll.

Each day brings new bad news about Obamacare.  Each day also brings another volley from one or both sides in the War Between the Republicans.  (See here, here, here, and here, if you must.)

This is silly.

A recap, to begin.  The Tea Party and limited-government folks are right that we are at a great crisis point in the life of the republic.  The “moderate” or “establishment” conservatives are right that there is a limit to what can be done at the moment within the constraints of law.

But two things really need doing. Continue reading “Crisis of politics: The opportunity in the storm”

A house divided: The GOP dialogue continues

There’s a reason for it. It’s not going away.

I wrote a few days ago about the current division in the Republican Party, which is as profound as I can remember seeing it in my lifetime.  The dialogue on this isn’t going to end any time soon.  There’s a sense in which we would be shortsighted to want it to.  Some observations.

1.  Rush Limbaugh is right about the Tea Party and other limited-government conservatives.  They have been galvanized by the recent fight, not abashed.  The sense about Ted Cruz among limited-government conservatives may be best expressed by Lincoln’s famous exclamation Continue reading “A house divided: The GOP dialogue continues”