The Best of the Forge


Maybe I should just pack up and go home.  Golly. – President Barack Obama (April 30, 2013)

This was the President’s response when asked whether he still had the “juice” to get the rest of his agenda through this Congress.

If you were listening to the press conference, that flutter of hope that welled up within you was swiftly quelled when the president assured us that his remark was a joke.  He also quoted Mark Twain saying, “You know, rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated at this point.”

Is the “Marketplace Fairness Act” Really in the Best Interest of Brick-and-Mortar Retailers?

One of the main justifications made by the proponents of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743) is that it remedies an unfair tax advantage that online businesses enjoy over their brick-and-mortar counterparts under current law.  As a result, S. 743 has enjoyed strong support from many small retailers across the country.  However, the legislation will prove to be Trojan horse to the competitive interests of small retailers. 

Senate Gang of 8 Legislation: Amnesty Now, Citizenship Later Without Border Security

S. 744 discourages respect for the rule of law, favors law-breakers over immigrants patiently waiting in line, and encourages future unlawful immigration.  It will also further bankrupt the nation—a similar amnesty bill considered in 2007 would have cost $2.5 trillion from providing government benefits to legalized immigrants.

10 Reasons Not to Confirm Thomas Perez as Next Labor Secretary

It is not every week that the Senate confronts a cabinet nominee who does not believe in the equal application of the law and intends to micromanage your life, except for this week.  On Thursday the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a vote on the nomination of Thomas Perez, the current Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, to be the next Secretary of Labor.  That vote will likely send Perez’s nomination to the Senate floor.  Before that occurs, here’s a list of 10 examples of why Thomas Perez should not be confirmed as the next Secretary of Labor.

Food Stamps and the Farm Bill Head Fake

As the Senate prepares to move a five-year food and farm welfare bill next week and the House marches ever closer toward its May 15 committee mark up, conservative stalwarts are once again tasked with stopping yet another Obamacare-sized monstrosity.

Last year, patent absurdity found a champion in Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). In a statement that firmly planted her feet in thin air and defied all reasonable expectations of truthfulness, Senator Stabenow declared that she and her fellow Agriculture Committee Members would be “putting forward policies that I am sure the Senate will support that will guarantee there is not $1 that is going to somebody who doesn’t deserve it or to someone who is cheating.”

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