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Florida’s special election shows the GOP is finally getting it

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Joanne Butler
Senior Economics Fellow, Caesar Rodney Institute of Delaware
Republican David Jolly speaks during a candidate forum with Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby, all candidates for Florida's congressional District 13, in Clearwater, Florida, February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Blanco

There are three takeaways from yesterday’s special election in Florida, where an admittedly not-great Republican candidate -- David Jolly, just divorced, with a much younger girlfriend in tow -- won against a (seemingly) stronger female Democrat. The Republican won because of demographics, Medicare, and a strong data-driven ground game.

Eric Cantor could learn a thing or two from Delaware’s charter school success

5:32 PM 02/17/2014

Last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wrote about the House Republican agenda for 2014, which included a passing reference on expanding access to charter schools. Note to Mr. Cantor:  you should meet my hair stylist here in Wilmington. Not for a haircut (though her skills are excellent), but because she’s a great example of the impact of charter schools on a family.

How Obamacare’s work incentives could impact future Social Security payouts

6:14 PM 02/10/2014

Although the recent Congressional Budget Office report on long-term unemployment has gotten a lot of play in the media, I wonder if anyone has actually read it. You can read it here. It’s not long, only 15 pages (the impact of Obamacare on the labor market is on page 14), but you might need a Xanax to get through it – it’s that depressing  If you don’t feel up to reading the report, then look at the graphs – they’re just as depressing as the text.

A tale of two Virginia governors: Jim Gilmore, the anti-McDonnell

4:29 PM 01/28/2014

As the story of Bob and Maureen McDonnell unfolds, I’ve been thinking about another former Virginia governor: Jim Gilmore. Full disclosure: Gilmore appointed me to the board of a small Virginia public college – not because I was a big donor, but because of my campaign work and resume. Gilmore came from a very modest background (his father was a grocery store meat cutter and later store manager), but he and his wife, Roxane had no obsessions about being glamorous. They seemed perfectly at ease in being middle-class folks.

A modest proposal for getting young people to sign up for Obamacare: Subsidized liposuction

2:32 PM 01/23/2014

In the spirit of bipartisanship, I have a modest proposal for getting younger people to sign up for Obamacare: liposuction discounts. I’m not saying insurance should pay for liposuction, but as insurance companies routinely offer discounts for joining health clubs, etc., I thought lipo discounts might be attractive to the twenty and thirtysomething crowd. (My husband suggested discounts on silicone implants, but I think lipo is a more gender-neutral procedure, as you’ll see in a moment.)

Nixon’s lesson on income inequality

6:35 PM 01/09/2014

On this, the 101st anniversary of Richard Nixon’s birth, I’m reminded that the issue of ‘income inequality’ has been around for decades.  It may have been called other names in the past (such as ‘guaranteed annual income’) but the basic problem remains unchanged: what’s the right role for government vis-à-vis the poor?

Obamacare website failures run deeper than personnel problems

10:25 AM 10/30/2013

Thank God for the World Series and football – they give us something more entertaining to watch than the legions of Democrats with their frozen grins (as if they’ve had one too many plastique procedures) numbly repeating that all is well. Reminds me of a (very young) Kevin Bacon at the end of "Animal House," when the Faber College homecoming parade runs amok. Like Dean Wormer, President Obama is learning that indeed all is not well.

How to make the most of a government shutdown

10:32 AM 10/01/2013

As the government shut down last night, here’s one outcome that nobody’s mentioned: an uptick in federal retirees. Call it Shutdown, Act II.

Taxpayers score victory against Medicare and Medicaid fraud

11:20 PM 06/03/2013

Last week, thanks to the actions of an obscure George W. Bush-appointed federal district judge in Florida, the United States took a significant step forward in the fight against Medicare and Medicaid fraud. If you missed the story, that’s understandable, as it received little attention from the general press.

Pulling the plug on federal agencies’ TVs

5:03 PM 02/27/2013

Back in the 1980s, a friend of mine was laid off from a defense contractor. That night he unplugged the cable box to his TV --- to send his family a message that things were going to be tough for a while. I suggest that, especially in light of the sequester, the federal government follow my friend’s example and get busy pulling the plug on unnecessary televisions and cable TV contracts.

Obamacare’s tooth tax takes effect on January 1

2:24 PM 12/13/2012

With all the chatter about the fiscal cliff, you may not have heard of a tax change that will take effect on January 1 --- and why going to the dentist now may be the right response to it.

Watch out: Democrats are trying to implement Obamacare at the state level

1:38 PM 06/21/2012

If you think the Supreme Court’s upcoming verdict on Obamacare will be the final word, you’re in for a surprise. Here in Delaware, the Democrats who control the state legislature and governor’s mansion have just floated a bill to mandate single-payer health care in the state. If your state government is controlled by the Democratic Party, brace yourself. It’s clear Democrats have decided that if Obamacare doesn’t survive a federal court test, they’ll battle it out state by state.

Will Obama kick Joe Biden off the ticket?

7:02 PM 05/14/2012

Has the liberal chattering class finally had enough of Joe Biden? Some say Biden shouldn’t be on the Democratic ticket this year because he forced President Obama’s hand on the same-sex marriage issue. And his gaffes just keep coming: He recently referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney” (paging Dr. Freud!).

Obama’s slow jamming won’t make up for lack of jobs

11:17 AM 04/26/2012

According to many in the media, President Obama’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show Tuesday was swoon-worthy, as he “slow jammed” his talking points on student loan interest rates. Yes, I had to find out what “slow jamming” meant. In this case it was the president intoning his words to a rhythm-and-blues beat provided by Fallon’s band.

Restoring accountability to the federal government

2:44 PM 04/20/2012

The General Services Administration’s piñata of wasteful spending has been a gift to House and Senate members looking to burnish their oversight credentials. But unless there’s a fundamental change in the underlying management culture at the GSA and other government agencies, we can expect taxpayer dollars to continue to disappear.

Two cheers for the House transportation bill

9:11 PM 02/09/2012

The $260 billion House transportation bill could reach the House floor as early as next week. Republicans deserve some praise for producing it. After all, it contains zero earmarks. However, Republicans seem to have punted on the issue of eliminating duplicative transportation programs.

A guide to the New Hampshire psyche

4:43 PM 01/05/2012

As someone who grew up in the D.C. suburbs but lived briefly in New England and worked several New Hampshire primaries, I’ve been dissatisfied with the pundits who think they “know” New Hampshire. They don't. Here’s my mini-guide to the New Hampshire psyche:

Thoughts on JFK’s assassination, 48 years later

4:20 PM 11/22/2011

Today is the 48th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. I know it’s risky for a woman to give clues about her age, but I admit to remembering that day, now nearly (gulp) a half-century ago.

The House Agriculture Committee: A Republican Bizarro World

5:36 PM 11/17/2011

When I was a kid, my favorite Superman comics featured Bizzaro World, a place where everything was topsy-turvy and kryptonite was good for you. Today, you can find a real-life congressional version of Bizzaro World at the House Agriculture Committee, a place where deficit spending is rarely criticized and corporate welfare is stoutly defended. On Wednesday, the Republican committee chairman, Frank Lucas, successfully blocked a small but bipartisan effort to reduce agricultural spending --- demonstrating that in Lucas’s political Bizzaro World, Republicans want to spend and spend.