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Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Gladiator, RIP

by Bill O'Connell on March 1, 2012

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Andrew Breitbart at CPAC

The shocking news arrived courtesy of Fox News this morning. Conservative lion Andrew Breitbart was dead. In his pursuit of conservative principles and his disdain for the other side, he was fearless.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner photo by craezer

Yesterday, the House passed a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from telling Boeing, America’s largest exporter, that it couldn’t build a factory in South Carolina, a Right-To-Work state. Boeing built a $750 million factory (with their own money, not yours) and hired 1,500 workers, before the NLRB stepped in and called this union retaliation. But no jobs are being eliminated back in Washington state, in fact, Boeing has added  2,000 jobs.

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The Coming Union Crackup

by Bill O'Connell on August 30, 2011

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Photo by cursedthing

We saw the beginnings with the Battle of Wisconsin. The one place were unions were growing robustly was in the public sector, surpassing the private sector for the first time in 2009. But then 2010 happened.

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Hang In There Tea Party, Help is on the Way

by Bill O'Connell on April 19, 2011

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As the Tea Parties celebrate their second anniversary, some of the volunteers have become battle weary, particularly those who live in blue states and don’t see some of the progress that that have been achieved in red states. To rally the troops the following speech was prepared for one of the Tax Day rallies.

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Cato, American Exceptionalism, and Education

by Bill O'Connell on April 12, 2011

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(This is the second of a series of articles focusing on topics presented at the Cato Policy Perspectives 2011 conference held at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel on Friday, April 8, 2011)

Kicking off the conference, Ed Crane, president of the Cato Institute, talked about American exceptionalism and how President Obama doesn’t believe in that. To illustrate, he gave the example where while in Europe the president was asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, and he hedged by saying he supposed so, just at the Germans believe in German exceptionalism, the British believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. President Obama doesn’t think that America is exceptional and to the extent that he might, he is doing everything in his power to root it out.

The other key point that Mr. Crane made concerned people talking about national goals and aspirations. Nations shouldn’t have goals. People should have goals and nations should protect their right to pursue them. Who wants Washington to set some goals and then have individuals reorder their lives to fit into the grand plan? To me that is the essence of the battle between libertarianism and statism. This is also a nice segue into the Cato presentation on education provided by Charles Murray.

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The New Welfare Recipients Are Politicians

by Bill O'Connell on March 30, 2011

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The new model of public service that we are being sold from Democrats and progressives is to get elected and then do nothing and stop anyone who tries to actually serve those who elected them. Shall we call it a politician subsidy or welfare, where we pay them to do nothing?

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Well Past Time to Get Serious about Spending

by Bill O'Connell on March 17, 2011

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You have to smack your head listening to Schumer, Weiner, Pelosi, Reid wailing like crybabies that the spending cuts proposed by the Republicans are too harsh. Perhaps it’s time to shut the government down and like a parent at wits end, send the babies home for a timeout.

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Collective Bargaining and Public Sector Unions

by Bill O'Connell on March 5, 2011

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The line in the sand that public sector unions draw is over collective bargaining. They will give in to the requests of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin on contributing to their retirement and health care, but don’t you dare touch collective bargaining. Why is this sacrosanct?

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Obama and Federalism

by Bill O'Connell on March 3, 2011

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So here’s the bottom line.  Once fully implemented, I’m convinced the Affordable Care Act will do what it was designed it to do — cut costs, cover everybody, end the worst abuses in the insurance industry, and bring down our long-term deficits.  I am not open to re-fighting the battles of the last two years, or undoing the progress that we’ve made.  But I am willing to work with anyone — anybody in this room, Democrat or Republican, governors or member of Congress — to make this law even better; to make care even better; to make it more affordable and fix what needs fixing. – President Barack Obama addressing the National Governor’s Association.

 

Is President Obama addressing members of the House of Representatives or the Senate? No. If he were, I would have no problem with what he said. Both he and the members of both houses of Congress are part of the federal government. No law gets passed until all three play their part. There are checks and balances between them, but they do negotiate and can take various positions.

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The Leadership Vacuum

by Bill O'Connell on February 28, 2011

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The order in the Middle East has been crumbling, but it seems that the only place President Barack Obama knows where to lead is on the dance floor or when ramming through his socialist programs. When it comes to real solutions to fix the economy or on foreign policy he is utterly lost.

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