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We recently described how T-Mobile was playing crony capitalist DC games and talking out of both sides of its mouth.  On one side, it told Wall Street that it’s in a great position.  On the other side, it pleaded with federal regulators in DC that it needs their help in order to remain competitive in the wireless marketplace.

The company CEO, whom The Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins labeled “Potty-Mouth” Legere, is now doubling down on the company’s "Little Sisters of the Poor" message to DC and calling for a larger set-aside in the upcoming spectrum incentive auction.  The Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already promised to set aside 30 MHz, but that just wasn’t enough for T-Mobile.  Now Mr. Legere and the Save Wireless Choice coalition –…[more]

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61 New York Times: Massive Quantities of WMD Discovered in Iraq After All

So it turns out that "Bush lied!" proved itself a lie.  Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed massive quantities of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) after all.  That according to none other than the leftist New York Times.  First, let's address that deranged "Bush lied, people died!" slogan.  Anyone…

62 The Midterms in Prospect: The Governors (Part 2)

In this final installment of the series providing analysis of this year’s midterm elections, we turn to the governor’s races in the South and the Northeast (last week’s installment looked at the executive races in the West and Midwest — and an earlier four-part series considered the state of the U.S. Senate races). Here&rsquo…

63 The Midterms in Prospect: The Governors (Part 1)

Over the last four weeks, I’ve produced a series of pieces examining the midterm races in the U.S. Senate, which — given the fact that the House of Representatives is universally understood to be staying in Republican hands — has represented the focal point of media coverage of the 2014 elections. Lost in the focus on the federal…

64 Republicans More Informed Than Democrats, According to Pew Research

Few traits better characterize contemporary liberals than their false sense of intellectual superiority.  We're all familiar with the clichés.  Conservatives and libertarians who deviate from liberal articles of faith, from global warming alarmism to Keynesian economics to bureaucratized social engineering, are "deniers,"…

65 New Harvard Study: "A Troubling Divergence in the American Economy"

What elements of American society boost our international competitiveness, and which ones weaken us?  In the real world, what works in America and what doesn't?  In our contemporary political climate, Americans of differing philosophies can argue until we're blue in the face about our various points of view.  It reaches the point where…

66 The Midterms in Prospect: The Senate (Part 4)

Over the past month, this column has presented analysis of this year’s U.S. Senate races by region. Part One looked at contests in the West. Part Two examined races in the Midwest. Last week’s installment considered races in the South where Democrats are in trouble. In this final installment, we’ll examine Southern races where Republicans…

67 The Midterms in Prospect: The Senate (Part 3)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve presented analysis of this year’s U.S. Senate races by region, with previous installments looking at contests in the West and the Midwest. This week’s edition begins an examination of elections in the South that will continue into next week (the fourth and final edition will also include a brief look…

68 The Midterms in Prospect: The Senate (Part 2)

Last week, I began a three-part series on this fall’s midterm races for the U.S. Senate, with each edition highlighting a different region of the country. The first installment focused on the West, where Republicans are all but certain to pick up a seat in Montana and where hotly contested races are currently underway in Alaska and Colorado,…

69 What to Hope for If GOP Controls Congress

Unless voters unexpectedly send Republican super-majorities to both chambers of Congress this November, radical policy change isn’t coming to Washington, D.C., during President Obama’s last two years in office. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope for improvement. A unified, Republican-led Senate and House of Representatives…

70 The Midterms in Prospect: The Senate (Part 1)

In a two-part series earlier this year, I provided a preview of the midterm Senate races, examining which states we could expect to see influence the balance of power in the upper chamber come the beginning of next year. Now that we’ve passed Labor Day — generally considered the line of demarcation for when congressional races start shifting…

71 Senate Democrats and Scorched-Earth Judicial Politics

Whereas Senate Democrats routinely employ scorched-Earth tactics in the realm of judicial politics, Senate Republicans have tended to act with comparative timidity.  In an ominous new ruling from the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding an important ObamaCare decision from earlier this summer, Democrats' Machiavellian methods are again…

72 CFIF Star-Spangled Banner Quiz

Take our 14 Question Quiz to test your knowledge of our National Anthem. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1.  Which one of the following penned the words to the “The Star-Spangled Banner”? a. George M. Cohan b. Benjamin Franklin c. Francis Scott Key d. John Philip Souza 2.  How many stanzas comprise…

73 Time to Make Congress Telecommute?

If you want a sign that America’s civic health is not yet in terminal decline, here you go: We still hate Congress. According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, disapproval of the legislative branch is at over 78 percent. Sure, there are plenty of Beltway chin-scratchers who will tell you that this is a function of Washington…

74 Rand Paul, John Stossel and Disgraceful Commentary in the Ferguson Aftermath

Judging from public opinion surveys, the American public demonstrates greater sagacity than many political leaders and members of the commentariat when it comes to the subject of police.  Sadly, that includes some otherwise insightful conservatives and libertarians whose behavior in the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri, riots leave much to be…

75 The Unlikely Resurrection of Rick Perry

There’s a pretty handy rule of thumb in American politics: We forgive our sinners, but not our buffoons. If you’re Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, or Ted Kennedy, we will, given enough time, welcome you back into polite society. If, however, you’ve become fodder for late night comics — if you’re Dan Quayle or Joe Biden &mdash…

76 What Would a Real “Change Election” Look Like?

By all accounts, November’s midterm elections look likely to deal a decisive rebuke to the Obama Administration, currently at a nadir in public opinion. Should Republicans retake the Senate — an outcome that looks exceedingly plausible — they’ll control both houses of Congress, as well as holding a slim (though unreliable)…

77 Obama’s Own Watchdogs Say Administration Violates the Law

“This is the most transparent administration in history.” – President Barack Obama, February 13, 2013 Apparently, transparency doesn’t mean disclosure, even when it’s legally required. On August 5, two-thirds of the Inspectors General who serve in the Obama administration sent a letter to Congress saying that several…

78 CFIF State Sovereignty Project

DATE OF LAST UPDATE:  May 13, 2015 Welcome to the Center for Individual Freedom's State Sovereignty Project, a comprehensive effort devoted to persuading all 50 states to aggressively exercise their authority to serve as a check on the ever-growing and often extra-constitutional power of the federal government. CFIF’s…

79 Obama’s Last Two Years: The Worst Yet?

A political operative friend of mine recently posed a question that’s arresting in its implications: Which do you fear more — the first four years of a Hillary Clinton presidency or the last two years of Barack Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office? Just a few years ago, the idea that any other Democrat could compare to Mrs. Clinton…

80 IRS, Immigration Scandals Are Destroying the Obama Administration’s Credibility

With the IRS scandal and immigration crisis revealing new depths of duplicity in the highest levels of the Obama administration, a pattern of deception is emerging that is lethal to the credibility of government leaders. Earlier this week, investigators working for the House of Representatives publicized interviews with IRS IT experts that directly…

81 America’s Civic Failure: Have We Gotten What We Deserve?

Being a conservative — or, for that matter, any American with the decency to recoil at Barack Obama’s generalissimo style of governance — is a pretty disheartening experience. Sure, there’s a schadenfreude to seeing the White House reel from the tidal wave of problems currently submerging it — the international tensions…

82 "War on Women?" Federal Law Has Protected Contraceptives and Equal Pay for 50 Years

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act to "prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers."  In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which broadly outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as race, religion, national origin or color.  In…

83 Obama in 2009: “You’ve Got Me.” Democrats Today: “Barack Obama? Never Heard of Him.”

In 2009, an Icarus-like Barack Obama with artificially high approval ratings demanded fealty from Congressional Democrats toward his ultra-partisan agenda.  From his trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending to “Cash for Clunkers” to ObamaCare, the Obama White House breezily dismissed centrist Democrats’ trepidation and…

84 To Impeach… or Not?

When it comes to the subject of whether to impeach President Barack Obama, Republican sentiment is coalescing around three options: Yes, No and Maybe. Sarah Palin is now the face of the Yes camp with a blistering op-ed that doesn’t mince words. “Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president,” she writes at Breitbart.…

85 "Consent of the Governed" No More?

Here’s a disquieting observation: The most controversial decision out of the Supreme Court this session dealt with a legal requirement that was never approved by a single member of Congress. ObamaCare’s contraception mandate — the applicability of which was narrowed by the judiciary last week — was, believe it or not, never…

86 U.S. Politics in the Age of Instability

One of the most peculiar facts about American exceptionalism is that we know it exists precisely because so many Americans are blind to its effects. Consider, for instance, all of the factors — each of them luxuries by historical standards — that Americans take for granted: power will peacefully be transferred from one political party to…

87 With Cantor Loss, Liberals Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Democratic Party may have finally landed on a campaign slogan for 2014: “Any port in a storm.” That’s the only explanation for the glee that some liberals have been expressing in reaction to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th district. They have to have…

88 VA Scandal Scapegoating: Don’t Blame Insufficient Spending, Bush or Iraq and Afghan Wars

The burgeoning Department of Veterans Affairs scandal presages the dysfunctional future of ObamaCare, and it serves to erode what remains of Americans’ faith in the big-government model more generally.  For that reason, liberals find themselves desperate to rationalize by trotting out their usual litany of scapegoats:  insufficient…

89 Barack Obama, Presidential Kamikaze

I have to admit, I’ve always had a hard time with arguments that President Obama is intentionally trying to undermine the standing of the United States of America. It’s a testament to how spectacularly he’s failing the country, however, that I now have to take them seriously, even if they still reside on the outer fringes of plausibility…

90 Mind the Gap: The Dangerous Distance Between Civilians and the Military

In a just world, the scandal over the mistreatment of retired military members by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare system would’ve broken in early November. That may sound like a strange argument, so bear with me. The fact that the VA scandal was capturing headlines in late May had the unfortunate effect of making the story…

 
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