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President Obama’s Symbolic Minimum Wage Hike

by T Akery February 4th, 2014 Republican Reflections
mcdThe President announced in his State of the Union speech that he was raising minimum wage for some Federal contractors' workers. While he signed this Executive Order before the speech, the impact of this raise is almost nonexistent except for a few people who might benefit. Even then, it won't be until next year that any kind of benefit is seen. But there is one effect that it will have almost immediately. The price of Federal contractors is going to go up.

Those new wage increases will have to be factored in. Which means that these Federal contractors can justify
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Union Busting and Building

by Eric M. Blake February 3rd, 2014 Conservative Considerations
obama before sotu whFirst —

As the main Conservative voice of CampCampaign, I feel something of an obligation to at least have some focus on Obama’s State Of the Union address.

To be perfectly blunt, I’m with Dr. Charles Krauthammer: there was practically nothing fresh or new about the speech — it was a tired recycling of same-old, same-old — and considering how this is Mr. Fresh-And-New at the podium … well, dare we hope Obama’s running out of steam?

There were a few things that stuck out.  One, naturally, was the big round of applause for the veteran who was critically wounded in battle
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Obama Apologetics, Poor 1%ers, & More

by Ronald A. Rowe January 30th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sotu birdseyeObama Apologists – Losers – Politics are tough. Partisan politics can be even tougher. Sure, blindly following party dogma relieves you of the burden of free thought, but sometimes it gets to the point that even the most fervent followers have to see at least a sliver of reality creeping in.The blogosphere is blowing up with statistical measures of the Obama presidency to date. And it isn’t good. The Federal debt is up almost 90%. Gas prices are up 82%. Household income is down. Six point seven million more Americans are living below the poverty level than when President
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The Olympics and Politics As Usual

by Jessica B. January 28th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
sochi soyuz nasaThe Olympics are getting closer, and as usual the political chess maneuvering is underway. Many are concerned about growing risks of terrorist attacks as threats made against the games get closer and closer. And although the Russian government has planned an extensive police presence, there remain many who are skeptical as to how they can pull off a successful Olympics in Sochi amid the current political backdrop.

Already, President Barack Obama has appointed several openly gay delegates to represent the U.S. in Sochi, Russia, a move many say is sparked by Russia’s strong anti-homosexual laws, which prevent, among other things,
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A Thought Experiment

by Ronald A. Rowe January 23rd, 2014 Winners & Losers
consideringThis week we have a very special edition of Winners and Losers. This week is not a list of politicians, causes, and events that deserve recognition (positive or negative). Instead, this week we are performing a little thought experiment. The Winners are those readers who use this as an opportunity for some introspection and come away with fresh insight into their own thoughts and prejudices. The Losers are those readers who scoff and come up with tangential rebuttals that fail to address the core issues. Sorry, there is no appealing your status this week. This is my game and
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The NSA Disaster

by T Akery January 21st, 2014 Republican Reflections
headphones Carlos KoblischekThe NSA has been a political disaster for the President. Ever since Snowden revealed all of the things that the NSA was doing, the news on this program is just getting worse and worse. From the outright lies in Congressional hearings to the extent of the breach, the whole NSA program is a sinking ship. There have been some things learned about this program that people are not happy with.

One of the big lessons that people have learned is that you can lie to Congress without having any consequences attached to it. The NSA director, General Keith Alexander, still
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And the Loser is…

by Ronald A. Rowe January 16th, 2014 Winners & Losers
obama gates dodMeryl Streep -- Loser -- Meryl Streep took advantage of the platform afforded to her as a presenter at the National Board of Review awards ceremony to attack the long-deceased Walt Disney. It was inappropriate, inaccurate, and completely unnecessary. She chose the wrong format, wrong place, and wrong time. Streep's attempt to judge a 1940's individual by 2014 standards -- based on limited and anecdotal information she probably heard from a friend over cocktails at the club -- was absolutely pathetic and served no other purpose than to remind America just how out of touch and ill-informed the ultra-rich
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Legislators Introduce Bill to Restrict NSA

by Jason Lightner January 10th, 2014 Independent Ideas
calcapWith the intense fervor surrounding the NSA spying revelations, and companies and states alike standing to lose a large amount of money due to the mistrust created by the news, the backlash is finally beginning to get real.

A duo of bipartisan California lawmakers have proposed a bill that would prohibit companies operating within the state of California from assisting the NSA in any way, shape, or form, except with investigations operating in proper accordance with the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The bill, entitled The 4th Amendment Protection Act, begins with the following statement:

"The

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You Pick ‘Em

by Ronald A. Rowe January 9th, 2014 Winners & Losers
klingon nasaThe power is in your hands. In a break from the long and noble tradition of Winners and Losers, this week we are listing the candidates without prejudice and you, the reader, get to decide whether he/she/it/they belong in the column with the Winners or the Losers.

Rand Paul -- Rand Paul is making waves this week by leading a charge against the Obama Administration and the government’s unwarranted and intrusive actions.

Why you should consider him a winner: Paul has the spectacular distinction of being popular with both both the Left and the Right. He is
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As Obamacare Unfolds, Will Dems Unite?

by R. Carnavale December 17th, 2013 Democratic Deliberations
obama et al whAs 2013 draws to a close and many of the nation's 47 million uninsured register for Obamacare, President Obama and Democratic Party leaders have told the rest of the party to fall in line in support of the new health care law. The federal HealthCare.gov site is now up and running relatively smoothly, so Obama and his team are encouraging incumbent Democrats in Congress to embrace the health care law, despite the fact that many of them are furious because their public opinion poll standings have taken a hit due to the millions of Americans who have received cancellation
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Democrats Invoke Nuclear Option

by T Akery November 26th, 2013 Republican Reflections
51The Democrats have done something that the Republicans have only threatened do in the past. They have changed the Senate rules so that Presidential nominations need only a simple majority for approval -- no longer 60%. Whether it will bite them in the butt remains to be seen. But this is something that they never should have done. There will be a price to pay for this. When the Senate turns back to the Republicans, they may regret ever having done it.

So, the excuse for this was the filibuster of Presidential nominees to the court circuits. The filibuster is
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No “Filibuster Fun” This Time

by Eric M. Blake November 25th, 2013 Conservative Considerations
reid obama wh(Before I begin, I must give a word of thanks to Michele Pesula Kuegler, our CEO and editor-in-chief, for her offering to interview yours truly for her column this week.  I hope you all find it enjoyable — I certainly enjoyed myself!  Okay: to business . . .)

[Editor's note: You can read Eric's interview here.]

Some things never change, dear readers — as Solomon would say, "There is nothing new under the sun."  The leopard cannot change its spots.  Death.  Taxes.  And an American Left filled with liars and hypocrites.

You may recall, a few years back, when the GOP
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