Those of us on the right tend to be more defensive about the Pentagon than most organs of the federal government, and with good reason: it's unquestionably a legitimate function of the federal government to maintain a military and protect America's security interests, both at home and abroad. Too often, however, we get caught in a false dichotomy about the Department of Defense, with hawks unwilling to entertain the notion of the military seeing its budget cut by even one red cent and a certain strain of libertarians wanting to cut the military to the bone.
In between those two poles is a more sensible position: the military should receive absolutely everything it needs to discharge its core mission of defending the country and our interests abroad … and should be brought to heel like…[more]
With the revelation that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is soliciting health industry executives for millions of dollars in donations to promote ObamaCare, the distinction between coercion and crony capitalism is now almost erased.
The coercion inherent in Sebelius’s strategy is clear.
Reports in the Washington Post and The New York Times cite health industry sources saying that Sebelius gave strong indications that every firm contacted is expected to contribute a predetermined amount. For example, a donation of $1 million was suggested to one small firm, with larger businesses asked…
"In a letter sent late Wednesday, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa reminded Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime. Issa's Committee has been looking into the details of how Obamacare was implemented, along with the major problems with Healthcare.gov and has requested a number of documents from HHS, none…[more]