Category Archives: Federal

Going nuclear: Why we need obstruction in the Senate

Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, finally made use of the so-called “nuclear option” and eliminated the filibuster on judicial nominees. Majoritarians everywhere rejoice! This is a pretty easy public relations gambit by Reid and his ilk. After all, the thing that frustrates the American people more than anything about their […]

A rose by any other name

There was a time when people on the political left called themselves “liberals.” At some point in the late 20th century — particularly after the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s — it became clear to people that the word “liberal” had become a dirty word. Describing someone as such would immediately impact their favorability ratings […]

Do as I say, not as I do

Hypocrisy, thy name is the American left. A government shutdown, according to the Democrats, is an amoral assault on American values. It is something that should never be done, under any circumstances, as it threatens to wipe out the American economy, destroy the lives of ordinary Americans and possibly invite the beginning of the apocalypse. […]

Mike Michaud and an inconvenient fact

In his long political career, being cautious has been the hallmark of being U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd district. That’s what makes his recent claim about Maine losing jobs so surprising. He has never been out front on any major political issue while in Congress. Indeed, quite the opposite, as he has melted into the […]

The MaineCare black hole

Here is a fact that is simply inarguable: Maine hospitals are owed $450 million. Here is another fact that is inarguable: That debt was caused by an expansion of MaineCare, which is Maine’s version of Medicaid, without accompanying state resources devoted to paying for the additional coverage. Even the most enthusiastic supporters of MaineCare expansion […]

It isn’t the gun lobby

In the wake of the failure of the self-styled “bipartisan” gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, many supporters of the bill sponsored by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., are coming unhinged. President Barack Obama accused the National Rifle Association (full disclosure: I am an NRA member) of “willfully lying” to […]