• Crony Capitalism and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

    The word “cronyism” is everywhere you turn. Conservatives are rallying around the argument that government power and corporate power are not enemies, but allies. An opaque and sprawling state makes possible the special carve-outs and tailored regulations that benefit those who have power already. Industry leaders and the politicians they bankroll link arms and cash out together. And consumers and entrepreneurs, who need competition and churn, lose out.

    This might seem an unlikely tune from the typically business-friendly Republican Party. Yet these notes ring louder and louder in the symphony of the modern right. Libertarian-leaning pundits such as The Federalist’s own Ben Domenech and Tim Carney, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, have seen to that.… Read More...

  • (VIDEO) Edward Snowden’s Interview Decoded by Washington Post’s Barton Gellman

    The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman, who interviewed Edward Snowden in December in Moscow, decodes the NBC News exclusive interview with the former NSA contractor. “That’s the first time I’ve heard him say, or come close to saying, that what he did was against the law,” Gellman says. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the leaked NSA documents.

  • Systemic fraud at the VA ‘crime syndicate’

    Remember that Inspector General report President Obama said he was waiting for, before he weighed in on the mushroom cloud of scandal hanging over the Department of Veterans Affairs? The report he needed to read before making any decisions, because the previous eighteen reports issued over the past decade just weren’t good enough for him?

    Well, Report Number Nineteen is out, and Barack Obama will once again be astonished to learn what the Obama Administration (which he has absolutely no connection to, or responsibility for) has been up to. The IG speaks of a “systemic problem with clinics lying about treatment records,” according to Fox News.… Read More...

  • Obama’s Speech at West Point: Lies, Deceptions and Delusions

    Today Barack Obama gave the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While the address was billed as his “foreign policy vision” it was vintage Obama: banal, deceptive, self-serving, and partisan to the very core. Sort of a metaphor for them man himself.

    He led off by proclaiming success. He trotted out Osama bin Laden’s putrescent corpse for effect. He claims, rightfully, that al Qaeda’s leadership in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region has been “decimated.” He failed to acknowledge that the policies undertaken by his administration have given al Qaeda two new safe havens, Libya and Syria, and enabled al Qaeda to become resurgent in Iraq.… Read More...

  • Crony Capitalism: How Enron, Papa John’s and the Ritz Got Taxpayer Subsidies

    What do Enron, the Soros Economic Development Fund, Papa John’s Pizza, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, MTV, the Bank of Palestine, and Deutsche Bank have in common? They’ve all benefited from millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

    OPIC provides loans and loan guarantees for investments in developing and emerging markets, offers “political risk insurance” (covering losses resulting from things like coups, terrorism, and expropriation), and supports funds that invest in companies doing business in emerging markets.

    When proposed by President Nixon in 1969, OPIC was sold as a way to “contribute to the economic and social progress of developing nations” by encouraging venture capital to pursue investments that might normally be deemed too risky.… Read More...

  • Obama is Guilty of Dereliction of Duty, Malpractice, Criminal Neglect and Treason

    On this Memorial Day, we are called to remember and honor our loved ones, friends and others who served and died protecting our country and securing our freedoms. Like so many others, I have family members who served and died and a number who served and lived. I chose to honor them all on this day as they were all willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect you, me and the American way of life.

    Sadly, President Barack Obama would rather honor and pay tribute to the millions of illegal aliens rather than to the men and women who fought and served our nation.… Read More...

  • Obama Strives to Appease Illegals Not Americans

    When someone is sworn in as President of the United States, they are required to recite the official oath of office. It’s short and concise:

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    When Barack Hussein Obama first took that oath of office on January 21, 2009, was anyone looking to see if he had his fingers crossed on his other hand? Or did Obama intentionally lie to the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court when he said he would preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States?… Read More...

  • After Horrific Care at Veterans Administration – Purple Heart, Iraq War Veteran Pays for his Own Health Care, Medicine and Psychologist

    Editor’s Note: A lot has been in the news lately about how our veterans are not having their claims taken care of under the Obama Department of Veterans Affairs. Joe has contributed to Freedom Outpost for some time and, as an Iraq veteran, who has had to be referred to the VA due to physical and mental trauma sustained during his service, I think his experience sheds light on how many of our veterans are treated.

    This is a very short account of my experience with the VA (Veterans Administration). After being wounded in Iraq in May of 2004, I was medevaced to LRMC in Germany.

  • Obama Working to Drive Gun Sellers Out of Business

    When you don’t like the rights that are written into our Constitution, regulate them out of existence death. That’s what the Obama Administration is trying to do with gun sellers. For example, “Black Rifle Armory in Henderson, Nevada, had its bank accounts frozen this month as the bank tried to determine whether any of Black Rifle’s online transactions were suspicious.”

    Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales.

    Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers.… Read More...

  • New report links longer congressional tenures to increased govt. spending

    A new study reports a direct correlation between the length of congressional terms and the size and growth of government.

    Our Generation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization, released the report, titled Congressional Tenure and its Impact on Government Spending. It concludes that: “the longer a Member of Congress remains in office, on average the more supportive of higher government spending he or she becomes.”

    According to Our Generation:

    The report analyzes the congressional voting scorecards of a sample of five large, influential, and diverse Congressional delegations from New York, Virginia, California, Texas, and Florida. The study, which compares voting scorecards over a decade period, found that an average Member of Congress “was more supportive of government spending in 2010 than he or she was in 2000.

  • Dianne Feinstein Compares Benghazi Investigators to Benghazi Terrorists

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) clearly doesn’t want the truth about Benghazi made public. During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Feinstein compared the House Select Committee – not the actual attackers – to a ‘lynch mob.’ As the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein would have been one of eight members of Congress who received a highly classified ‘annex’ to a bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report (SSCI) released earlier this year, according to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh. First, here is Feinstein being a bit melodramatic about why she opposes the Benghazi investigation, using a term to describe House Select Committee investigators that far more accurately describes the Benghazi attackers:

    The contents of classified annex could go a long way in explaining why Feinstein wants Benghazi to go away as much as Rep.… Read More...

  • Letter from California: A tale of two states with something in common

    California and Massachusetts are separated by over 2,555 miles. However, they share much in common when it comes to protecting their children.

    If you live in Massachusetts, you may be very familiar by now with the Justina Pelletier case.

    Briefly, Justina, a 15-year-old Connecticut resident, diagnosed by Boston’s Tufts Medical Center with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare genetic muscle wasting condition, after she was referred by Tufts to Boston Children’s Hospital in February 2013, when she became ill with the flu while in Boston with her family.

    Justina’s doctor at Tufts wanted Justina to be seen by a specialist at BCH because of the complications that Mitochondrial Disease can produce and suggested that the parents take her there.… Read More...

  • McDaniel Campaign Asked Arrested Blogger To Take Video Down In Late April

    “Someone has created a video about Thad and Kay,” Sojourner wrote in the email, a partially redacted version of which was provided to Breitbart News. “It must come down ASAP. Does anyone know where this came from?”

    Sojourner was responding to a video posted online by Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, a blogger who had been compiling documents and other information about Cochran’s relationship with his executive assistant, Kay Webber.

    Kelly was arrested Friday night for illicitly entering the residence of Cochran’s wife Rose at a retirement home in Madison, MS.… Read More...

  • Senate Intel Chief Calls Benghazi Panel ‘Hunting Mission for a Lynch Mob’

    The special House panel being set up to probe the Benghazi terrorist attacks is “a hunting mission for a lynch mob,” the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said today, putting herself at odds with three former national security officials who recently endorsed the move.

    “It’s ridiculous,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s a hunting mission for a lynch mob, actually. I think that’s what’s going on. There have been four major reports; we spent a year and a half on a report.”

    The fiery armed assaults on the U.S. consulate and a nearby facility in Benghazi, Libya, resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept.… Read More...

  • Benghazi only the tip of impeachment iceberg

    As the Benghazi scandal unfolds through the congressional investigation of White House and State Department lies, we should keep in mind that the Benghazi lies are only one facet of a rogue presidency that has ridden roughshod over the Constitution for over five years.

    If the Benghazi scandal can wake people up to the magnitude of Obama’s crimes against the Constitution, well and good. But White House lies about Benghazi are only the tip of what is really a very large impeachment iceberg.

    We will hear many pundits say that whatever the truth of what happened in Benghazi, it’s “only politics” to lie about foreign events during an election campaign, and so, it’s not a scandal on the scale of Watergate.… Read More...