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That Deceptive Koch Chart …

Mickey Kaus
Contributor

Explanatory Journalism! Decaf Koch: A friend sent me a chart from Robert Reich's Facebook page. You may have seen it -- this one.  It has "Koch spending during the 2012 election" at $412 million, while spending by unions is weak by comparison -- only $153 million from the top 10 unions. Reich's chart seems to come from Republic Report, which in turn relies on this Washington Post story by Matea Gold.

A New Opening for Amnesty?

10:56 PM 03/20/2014

Maybe the stakes in the Senate races are in the House: Is it really the Washington CW that

Deus Ex Zuckina

1:48 AM 03/19/2014

Inveterate innovator Mark Zuckerberg continues to shake up the Beltway by carving out new frontiers of sleaze on the political advertising front.  Here's his immigration reform lobbying group's ad for North Carolina Republican Renee Ellmers.

Will Asians Kill Race Preferences in California?

3:29 AM 03/15/2014

Overlooked: 'Coalition of the Ascendant' Goes to War--With Itself; If you're looking for moments when tectonic issue shifts seem to become visible--like the moment when Dems realized they had to give up on gun control, or the (coming) moment when there are enough charter school parents to defeat teachers' unions--here's one:  the moment when California Democrats abandon a push to reinstate race preferences because of constituent-driven opposition from Asian Americans in their own ranks. ...

Obamacare: Show Us Your Fixes!

8:16 PM 03/12/2014

It's Past Time to Talk About Obamacare Repairs: Byron York notes the pathetic answers Dem congressional candidate Alex Sink gave when she was asked (by her now-victorious opponent, David Jolly) how she'd fix Obamacare:

Are patients disappearing?

10:57 AM 03/11/2014

Mickey's Assignment Desk: A New York doctor friend of mine says patient visits have fallen dramatically -- people stopped coming in after January 1, 2014. He and his colleagues are trying to figure out why. Hard to believe it doesn't have something to do with Obamacare! ... It could be a good thing --higher co-payments cause people to avoid unnecessary visits, the health cost curve starts bending, etc. (assuming the docs don't just raise their fees to make up the difference). ... It could be a bad thing, if the patients guess wrong about which visits are unnecessary. ... It's almost certainly a bad thing if the cause is patients who've lost their insurance. ... Further journalistic investigation required. ... Remember: If there is some new trend, you'll hear it first in gossip from friends and random people you run into.  The academics will be the last to know.  The first people who knew about the "Gran Salida" of immigrants back to Mexico were schoolteachers facing empty classrooms. It took Pew researchers years to acknowledge the trend. ...

Kaus vs. Coulter: This Time It’s Personal!

11:15 PM 03/06/2014

Pre-Fight Hype: I'm debating Ann Coulter on Saturday at CPAC (at 1:30 PM). I intend to find something to disagree with her about--there's plenty, actually--and then cunningly turn the crowd against her. I'm betting the CPAC crowd now contains more journalists there to sneer at CPACers than actual CPACers. ....

VW Boss–Unionize or Else!

7:17 PM 03/01/2014

The Man Bites Dog: The United Auto Workers, having lost their big vote at VW's Chattanooga factory, have  filed an "unfair labor practice" complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  It's not a high-percentage shot--the UAW's main complaint is that Republican Tennessee politicians (including Sen. Corker) threatened loss of tax breaks, and said  that VW would bring more work to the plant if the union was rejected.  But Corker and the other politicians aren't VW officials or employees--the parties the NLRB traditionally regulates.

Cooking up Amnesty Today?

6:22 AM 02/25/2014

It's all about amnesty: As my colleague Neil Munro reports, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner are scheduled to meet this morning (Tuesday). Immigration is apparently on the agenda. Will they be trying to figure out a way to pass an illegal-immigrant-legalization bill, something they both favor?  Will Howie Kurtz have Lauren Ashburn on his show this week? ...

Paranoia Is Your Friend!

5:33 AM 02/25/2014

It's hard to read this analysis without concluding that Putin will take military action in Ukraine.  He reportedly does not think Obama is the sort to fight back in any significant way.  Of course, if Obama were truly cynical and 100% political, he might conclude that a confrontation in Ukraine would be just the thing to distract from the Obamacare rollout -- and maybe even cause a rallying around the flag -- in time for the mid-term elections. Obama isn't so cynical. But does Putin know that?
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Rubio for President!

11:13 PM 02/23/2014

If Rubio's the GOP funder's favorite, amnesty's dead, no? Mike Allen's Playbook flags John King's report on Jeb Bush reaching out to "key funders" to let them know he's maybe still in the GOP mix for 2016. Which reminded me of a crazy conspiratorial theory I had about Marco Rubio and immigration "reform:"

Let’s “deal with” this Gallup poll!

2:11 PM 02/18/2014

Paranoids live better: It saves time and confusion, when you are trying to understand MSM polls on immigration, if you start from the premise that they are designed to produce the amnesty the MSM consensus favors. Why, for instance, would Gallup ask voters whether the main focus of immigration policy should be to "deal with immigrants who are currently in the U.S. illegally" (with the alternative being "halting the flow of illegal immigrants")?

UAW Crushed. What Comes Next?

1:07 AM 02/15/2014

No wonder they wanted card check:  I remember, toward the end of the last Bush administration,  whippersnappers all the confident young Dem policy warriors repeating labor's talking points about the need to allow the secret ballot in union recognition elections to be replaced by "card check," a system in which workers sign cards in the presence of union organizers. Without card check, management would "coerce" workers by pointing out the downside of unionization in mandatory propaganda meetings.

Schumer’s latest scheme

6:01 PM 02/09/2014

If they can wait 3 years ...: If Republicans don't trust President Obama's implementation of an immigration law, suggests Sen. Schumer, why not a compromise that postpones the effective date until after Obama leaves office?

Falling through Obamacare’s floor?

4:39 AM 02/07/2014

A mess at the bottom of Obamacare: We know what happens when people who claim subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges underestimate their income--the IRS will grab the unwarranted part of the subsidy back at tax time. And we know what happens if they overestimate their income--they'll be refunded the subsidy to which their lower income entitled them.

Psst! Ryan’s Lyin’ …

11:27 PM 02/03/2014

The Supposed Right to Lie (to the Right) for Amnesty: Here is Rep. Paul Ryan talking  about the Republican leadership's immigration plan on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos last Sunday:

Boehner’s Bad Date with Amnesty

6:11 PM 02/01/2014

I Walked With a Zombie! It sure looks like Speaker Boehner had a Bad Date with Amnesty on Thursday, according to Jonathan Strong's reporting at Breitbart. ("[T]he dozens of GOP lawmakers who spoke were at least 80-20 against bringing a bill to the floor this year.") But the WSJ is buying the claim of the GOP leadership and its aides that the immigration "principles" were "largely accepted." ... Do not disrupt the planned narrative! .. .

This is the best scam they can come up with?

5:23 AM 01/30/2014

Dud Con II: Immigration reform watchers have been waiting to see how the GOP leadership tries to package legislation to trick anti-amnesty conservatives into voting for what in essence is an amnesty.** Curiosity grew after House Judiciary chair Bob Goodlatte gave the impression that the leaders were preparing some sort of "enforcement first" approach -- or at least preparing to pretend they were proposing an "enforcement first" approach:

Who is the GOP’s Mystery Speaker?

1:53 PM 01/27/2014

Speaking with one voice--or listening to one voice, anyway: Word is that a single speaker will be allowed to address House Republicans on the topic of immigration when the GOP caucus gathers later this week in Maryland--an actual debate might disrupt leadership plans to weasel through a Legalization First amnesty. But who is the all-knowing expert Boehner & Co. have chosen to lead the crucial indoctrination session discussion? The GOP leaders aren't saying**--perhaps because if the Mystery Speaker is identified beforehand he or she might become a figure of controversy. ....

When is the Abortion Issue Not About Abortion?

4:06 AM 01/27/2014

Chronicles of Paranoia: Roe Bait for the Bubbas Are Republicans really going to make a big fuss about abortion for the 2014 midterms? The New York Times, remembering how well this issue worked for the GOP in 2012--as Senators Aiken and Mourdock can attest--is licking its chops promoting the story, which makes me suspicious. But apparently Reince Priebus, the revered statesman suicidal K Street puppet party chairman, indeed attended the big anti-Roe March for Life,  and he fiddled with the start of the GOP retreat to let others attend. Plus he's made time for conservatives to introduce a pro-life declaration at that event. So maybe this isn't just a story being blown out of proportion by wishful liberals. ...