The Blue Wave Is Real

Dusty: Jo! Bill! It's coming! It's headed right for us! Bill: It's already here. Twister (1996) It actually started in the earliest of special Congressional elections in 2017, though as the Republican Party candidates won their expected seats anyway, the drop-off from President Donald Trump's vote percentage was barely noticed, if it was noticed at … Continue reading The Blue Wave Is Real

South Carolina (R)/Nevada (D) Instant Aftermath

By Steve Eggleston "Game over man, game over" - Hudson, "Aliens" I could just as easily titled this "The Death of Conservatism", because that's what the results out of South Carolina mean. Donald Trump, who returned to his liberal roots in the last debate, won the South Carolina primary by 10 percentage points. By "returned", … Continue reading South Carolina (R)/Nevada (D) Instant Aftermath

The “Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy” campaign season

By Steve Eggleston First things first, congrats to Peter and the rest of the Magnificent Seven for winning one of the Best Grassroots Blogs awards from Doug Ross. It's been a honor to write here, even as infrequently as I have been. 2015 has been one crazy year, especially on the political front. Going into … Continue reading The “Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy” campaign season

Economic malaise – the part-time factor

By Steve Eggleston It's been a few months since I've been writing, and the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Recession seemed an appropriate time to return to the ranks of the punditry. I jumped into the middle of a Twitter mini-discussion over the part-time portion of the workforce, specifically … Continue reading Economic malaise – the part-time factor

The rise of the “stable” economy

By Steve Eggleston I've been struggling to understand why the Left is happy with the worst post-recession recovery since before the Great Depression. Then I happened upon this MacIver Institute story on a Milwaukee Area Technical College economics professor who also is the director of the local chapter of something called the Center of the … Continue reading The rise of the “stable” economy

How to spike gas prices even while oil prices fall

By Steve Eggleston Oil prices are at levels not seen since the beginning of the Obama Presidency, but in parts of the country, gasoline prices have radically risen. Here in Milwaukee as well as Chicago, the price of gasoline went up 80 cents per gallon since Monday as part of a spike affecting much of … Continue reading How to spike gas prices even while oil prices fall

The Trump boom goes, well, boom

By Steve Eggleston "Oh yeah? Well I speak loud! And I carry a bigger stick! And I use it too! (WHAP!)" - Yosemite Sam, "Ballot Box Bunny" "A chicken? Of course not. Do you think I'd let a chicken do that to me? That's just a loud-mouthed schnook" -Grandpa Hawk, "The Foghorn Leghorn" Normally at … Continue reading The Trump boom goes, well, boom

Lawfare against conservatives in Wisconsin stopped cold

By Steve Eggleston From time to time, I have covered the attempt by the liberals in and contracted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office and the Government Accountability Board to silence every conservative group of note in Wisconsin through Wisconsin's unique John Doe investigatory process because they, and Governor Scott Walker, were successful in … Continue reading Lawfare against conservatives in Wisconsin stopped cold

King v Burwell – it was all about the SCOTUSCare tax after all

By Steve Eggleston Unless you've been in a cave the last 2 days, you know that the Supreme Court once again rewrote what Justice Antonin Scalia has taken to calling SCOTUSCare to judicially extend tax subsidies for purchasing health insurance to the poor and middle class purchasing insurance on federally-established insurance exchanges. Much has been … Continue reading King v Burwell – it was all about the SCOTUSCare tax after all

Presidential politics – Democrat edition

By Steve Eggleston If one is a historical fatalist like me, former Florida governor Jeb Bush's entry into the 2016 Republican primary signals the end of the 2016 Republican season and likely the beginning of the next competitive primary contest. As James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal noted a long time ago, there is … Continue reading Presidential politics – Democrat edition

Upon further review, 1st-quarter GDP collapsed…again

By Steve Eggleston Last month, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that real GDP in the first quarter of 2015 increased by an annualized 0.2%. In the second of three regular looks, which incorporated most of the economic data from March, and to a lesser extent February, that wasn't available last month, the BEA revised … Continue reading Upon further review, 1st-quarter GDP collapsed…again

Advance look at 1st-quarter GDP – +0.2%

By Steve Eggleston On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released their first look at 1st-quarter GDP, and found that the real (or inflation-adjusted) GDP grew at an annualized 0.2%. While the economic experts had expected a further drop-off from the 4th quarter's 2.2% growth, they weren't expecting it to be below 1.0%. None of … Continue reading Advance look at 1st-quarter GDP – +0.2%

Covered California about to be the latest failed state ObamaCare exchange

By Steve Eggleston After the high-profile failures of Oregon's and Massachusetts' state-run health-care exchanges, and the near-failures of several other state-run exchanges this time last year, the proponents of ObamaCare were hoping that the blood-letting of the remaining state-run exchanges was at an end. Indeed, there hadn't been any further failures. According to an editorial … Continue reading Covered California about to be the latest failed state ObamaCare exchange

What’s bad for the debt is worse for foreign relations

By Steve Eggleston In case you haven't heard, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), unanimously reported favorably out of committee a bill that supposedly gives Congress a "right of refusal" on any agreement between the civilized world and Iran on Iran's nuclear ambitions. My immediate reaction, in the comments section … Continue reading What’s bad for the debt is worse for foreign relations

March jobs report – ugly

By Steve Eggleston Before I get to the bad news, I do have some good news, indeed the best news though it is almost 2,000 years old. Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Have a blessed Easter. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report, and it was a … Continue reading March jobs report – ugly

The PlaceboCare McEconomy

By Steve Eggleston If you haven't noticed, I've been missing in action the last few weeks. I've just been burned out. One can say the economy is, at best, stagnant only so many times before running out of ways to say it. Unfortunately for the country, but fortunately for my writing block, the Bureau of … Continue reading The PlaceboCare McEconomy

Regarding provocations and seats

By Steve Eggleston I had planned on noting the decline in the estimated annualized 4th-quarter real GDP growth from 2.6% to 2.2%, and ObamaCare's outsized effect on that, but another topic caught my eye. Yeterday, Peter posed the probability that Obama and his administration wants to provoke the populace into violence in order to justify … Continue reading Regarding provocations and seats

Giuliani is “mostly” right

By Steve Eggleston By now, you probably have heard about former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's statement at a private fundraiser that he believes that President Barack Obama loves America. Earlier, Peter asked where the affirmative rebuttal from the Left was. Even though he hasn't seen a response, allow me to stir the pot … Continue reading Giuliani is “mostly” right

Ransomware comes to Android

By Steve Eggleston Hopefully you haven't had to deal with this, but there has been a rather nasty set of malware that has been running through the PC world called "ransomware". The original, and most virulent, versions encrypted the hard drive, and then displayed a lock screen purportedly from law enforcement that directs the user … Continue reading Ransomware comes to Android

Is it time for a separate Conservative Party?

By Steve Eggleston Two Sundays ago, Peter declared it was time for a national Conservative Party at least somewhat separate from the Republican Party. Earlier this week, A.P. Dillon said that a redoubling of the effort to take (back) the GOP was the prescription. It's my turn to add my two cents. On the national … Continue reading Is it time for a separate Conservative Party?