Conservatives Can’t Be Hypocrites About Gambling

My newest column at PracticalPoliticking.

The arguments against casinos and online gaming are well cataloged: they can encourage personal fiscal recklessness, gambling addiction can take a heavy toll on families, and casinos can attract an undesirable quantity and quality of ‘outsiders’ to otherwise quiet communities.

All have merit, and yet all are irrelevant from a legal standpoint.

For those who maintain free market principles, supporting anti-casino legislation – for online, as well as offline gaming – creates an irreconcilable contradiction.

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No, Congress Shouldn’t Get a Raise

My latest short piece in The Ring at PracticalPoliticking.

“Hard to fathom but this is a direct quote from Representative Jim Moran (D VA):

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. Members can’t afford to live decently in D.C.”

Perhaps there exists a better example of the worldview pretentiousness of Big Government Benevolent Betters than Rep. Moran’s call for a pay raise, but one would be hard pressed to find anything as audacious and absurd.

$17 trillion in national debt, $800 billion deficits, a real unemployment rate of over 11%, a labor force at its lowest participation rate since the Carter Administration, less than 2.5% average annual GDP growth … but our politicians should get a raise??

Congressional salary varies based on years of service and other factors, but the average annual salary is $174,000.

Most of us would sing hallelujah to be “underpaid” to such an extent.”

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Bill de Blasio Put Teachers’ Unions Ahead of NYC Students

My latest post in The Ring at PracticalPoliticking.

As it stands, de Blasio has kicked 700 students out of high performing schools – institutions that are “highly prized by underprivileged families” writes Michael Schaus (read this piece, the evidence is damning) – and is relegating them to attend underperforming schools in their districts – the same schools that caused them to search for better alternatives in the first place.

NYC voters made the mistake of supporting expanded educational opportunities for their kids and electing a Democrat at the same time.

Actively preventing children from receiving a quality education in order to avenge a political foe is not just a disservice to the constituency at large, but is an affront to the very idea of democracy in general. Serving in public office is a privilege, but de Blasio cares only about the union cause and not the wellbeing of the city that elected him.

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How Republicans Can Ensure They Win the Senate

My latest column at PracticalPoliticking.

With virtually no risk of losing the House, a Senate takeover would render Obama’s last two years in office almost indolent. He would be relegated to a mere political figurehead, wielding no tangible legislative leverage. Controlling both sides of the legislative branch could provide the GOP ample momentum to propel its nominee into the White House in 2016. In addition, it would lay to rest any notion that Obama’s re-election constituted a mandate for whatever progressive agenda he desired to force upon the country without Republican resistance.

52% of voters re-elected Obama because they didn’t like Mitt Romney, not because they want their gasoline consumption taxed at a higher rate or their guns taken away. That said, conservatives have little to feel good about these days. Retaining the House and regaining the Senate could turn that around, and set Democrats on their heels for the next several cycles.

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The President’s Budget Is An Offense to Serious Minds

My latest for The Ring at PracticalPoliticking.

President Obama is hailing his new budget proposal by making sure every buzzword box is checked.

It’s “balanced and responsible,” makes “smart investments,” provides “preschool for all,” ensures the wealthy are “paying their fair share,” and was crafted for the benefit of the “middle class”.

The budget “… allows us to meet our obligations for future generations without leaving them a mountain of debt,” he said.

I suppose the technical accuracy of that claim is dependent on how one defines a “mountain.” Does $8.3 trillion qualify? I would submit that it does.

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Now Is Not the Time to Slash Military Spending

My latest column at PracticalPoliticking.

“Even a casual glance at the headlines from Ukraine and Venezuela would indicate that the world is still a dangerous place and may turn even more dangerous in the future” opened an op-ed by the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

It is now the future, and with Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his troops into Ukraine after the uprising and ensuing overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the world is clearly a more dangerous place.

(But rest assured, just Friday Secretary of State John Kerry was completely praising Russia’s willingness to help Ukraine’s economy, so we’re in good hands).

President Obama’s latest budget proposal, however, would depress the Army to its lowest numbers since 1940, while also enforcing cuts on the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and overall benefits for military personnel.

There are good arguments in favor of budgetary cuts across all of government’s fiscal spectrum. After all, inefficiency and waste is lamentable in the White House and the Pentagon alike. But discretionary and military spending decreases are drops in the ocean of entitlement spending, and the tide is coming in.

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The Cult of Climate Change Alarmism

My latest column at PracticalPoliticking.

The very phrase “climate denier” is in itself a testament to how outlandish this affair has become – as if it’s wholly outside the realm of reasonable discourse to find oneself dubious of the claims that A) the earth is heating up, B) this is dangerous, C) the cause is mankind’s behavior, D) this trend is reversible, and E) the reversal can be achieved only through business regulations and reallocated tax dollars.

The green lobby has taken what could have been an honest datum evaluation over time and turned it into pure political propaganda at its most aggravating. It has found its sympathizers in the Democrats, who love grasping its self-assumptive superiority in faux science magniloquence. The Democratic Party is not the “Party of Science;” it is the party of substituting cheapjack unanimity for the sincere skepticism necessary for accurate truth-seeking.

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