Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trey Gowdy verses the IRS Commisioner at Congressional Hearing

Koskinen needs to be ripped a new one. The emails are "lost" even though there are specific policies on records and communications retention. The IRS would not accept that excuse from a citizen, it definitely should not work for them.

The WH was not involved, I call BS!

Weird Government: EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

You read that right! A Deputy Regional Administrator was forced to send an email to EPA employees of Region 8 in Denver, Colo. warning them that defecating in the hallways was a health and safety issue and that it needed to stop immediately.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Obama wants to raise the minimum wage...

Congressional Budget Office released a report stating that raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 would help bring 900,000 people above the poverty level–at a loss of over 500,000 American jobs by 2016.

As a group, workers with increased earnings would pay more in taxes and receive less in federal benefits of certain types than they would have otherwise. However, people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, business owners, and consumers facing higher prices would see a reduction in real income and would collectively pay less in taxes and receive more in federal benefits than they would have otherwise.

But, but, but it FEELS right to raise the minimum wage! Even though economists have stated that increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs, raise prices and increase government assistance outlays this NEEDS TO BE DONE because we have to do something!

Never mind that the something to do is never less government or less regulations so that business can create more and better paying jobs.

If raising the minimum wage was as simple as simple passing a law, why stop at raising the minimum wage to $10.10? Why not raise it to $20 or $30 or even $40 an hour? If (as liberals think) there is no cost to raising the minimum wage, that the only reason businesses pay minimum wage is due to greed, then really raise it. Raise it to $50 per hour. They won't do that though because if you say that, even a liberal understands that raising the minimum to $50 is ridiculous. They are just unable, intellectually to apply that same thought process to smaller rate increases. The get the absurdity of it but don't really (nor want to) understand why that is.

A business will pay its workers the minimum it can get away with while ensuring that it gets workers of sufficient quality to maintain the business at the desired level of production / quality. The more skilled the employees need to be and the more rare those skills are, the higher the wages need to be to get and retain that level of employee. Nuclear power plant technicians make more than burger flippers because the skill set needed to be the technician is far greater than the burger flipper and the pool of available employees is greater for the burger flipper. Forcing the employer to artificially pay more for the burger flipper than he or she is worth is a waste of money that would otherwise be allocated more efficiently. This is money that is not spent on hiring additional employees, upgrading equipment, paying more skilled workers more money to retain them or increased profits that go to the business owner or stockholders resulting in those stakeholders being able to increase their own savings or spending.

This is basic economics. That this reality is ignored by our elected representatives demonstrates a critical ignorance of economics and business reality in our political class or a crass moral outlook that places political expedience ahead of the actual welfare of the citizens of this country. I am afraid that these possibilities are not mutually exclusive.

Friday, June 20, 2014

More IRS stonewalling

Watch these videos of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in front a congressional committee. These interactions sum up the issue fairly well. Watch and then decide if you agree with the White House and the MSM that "there is no scandal here".

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jason Mattera, ‘You magnificent bastard’!

Jason Mattera, author and Daily Surge publisher caught up with Hillary Clinton and asked her to sign a copy of her book “Hard Choices”. He asks her to sign it for Christopher Stevens. Priceless!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Branco Cartoon – Men Overboard

Original available here...

And as a follow-on, Taliban-Bergdahl swap unpopular, so … blame Hagel

According to Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services committee, the Obama administration’s briefers told [t]he gathered House members that the person responsible for the decision to make the deal was not President Obama but Chuck Hagel, the secretary of defense.

The administration’s claim that Hagel, not Obama, made the decision is at odds with what Hagel himself said on Meet the Press on June 1. “I signed off on the decision,” Hagel said. “The president made the ultimate decision.”

Monday, June 9, 2014

Taliban: Thank you President Obama!

A commander still with the Taliban, meanwhile, says the exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders gives the movement legitimacy and has boosted morale among the hundreds of fighters under his command. The prisoner exchange "shows we are able to deal directly with the Americans and also successfully," he tells Reuters.

Fighters rushed to capture Bergdahl after villagers informed them of his presence, and he was found walking alone, acting strangely, and cursing his fellow Americans, one commander tells NBC.

So President Obama traded 5 important Taliban leaders for one Army deserter. Just the latest "brilliant" decision in a presidency filled with brilliant decisions...