Who Exactly is Against Marijuana Legalization, and Why?

Consider this: the Supreme Court tipped the national scales on same-sex marriage after it had been legalized in thirty-seven states. Marijuana has some status of legality in over half the country (according to Pew Research), with new laws budding every day. Will the Supreme Court follow a similar route of judicial legalization with marijuana? Possibly. But it’s important to realize a crucial difference between marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage. Whereas there were very powerful lobbies Read more […]

Bill Gates Apparently Doesn’t Understand How the Private Sector Works

Given the amount of money Bill Gates has made, one would think he already understood how the private sector works. But his recent comments concerning green energy research and the public and private sector makes me think he has no idea what he’s talking about: Yes, the government will be somewhat inept… But the private sector is in general inept. How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly? By far most of them. Yes. Precisely. It is absolutely necessary for companies Read more […]

EPA Administrator: Global Warming Affects Everything and Everyone We Love

Not only does global warming affect “everything and everyone we love,” it also affects our ability to earn a decent living, according to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy who’s been in the news quite frequently of late ever since her agency oversaw the making of a giant mess out in Colorado. She’s devoted most of her recent coverage to global warming. I’m a little surprised she hasn’t come out and blamed the whole abandoned gold mine toxic sludge thing on global warming. Maybe that’s Read more […]

Planned Parenthood Pleads with Media: Please Don’t Air Anymore Undercover Videos!

Planned Parenthood’s excuse is that airing these undercover videos filmed by the Center for Medical Progress constitutes an egregious patient privacy violation. They’re so concerned that a patient or a dead baby in the video’s background might be seen on national television. So, it’s not that they think they’ve done anything wrong, and they’re afraid more of their evil will be exposed. It’s that they want to protect their patients’ privacy. Uh-huh. Here’s Planned Parenthood’s Read more […]

Former TSA Lobbyist Now on TSA Appropriations Committee

Oh, the revolving door. How I hate thee. It’s becoming quite common for corporate lobbyists to get seats in key bureaucratic committees overseeing funding for their former employers (see: Comcast and the FCC or Monsanto and the FDA/EPA). The latest entry in that increasingly ballooning file involves the ever-repugnant TSA: Rapiscan Systems lobbied aggressively to win a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide X-ray body scanners at airports, only to lose the Read more […]

The Lobbying Problem and How We Can Fix It

We have a lobbying problem in Congress. Beginning in the early 2000s, the amount of money being spent to lobby Congress exceeded the amount of money taxpayers were spending to fund Congress: Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures – more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It’s a gap that has been widening since corporate lobbying began to regularly exceed the combined House-Senate budget in the Read more […]

Monsanto Lobbyist Insists Roundup is Safe to Drink … Then Refuses to Drink Some

A Monsanto lobbyist interviewed on French television made claims that the flagship Monsanto herbicide, Roundup, is safe for humans to drink. Little did he know that the interviewer actually had a glass of Roundup right there ready to drink. Here’s what happened: “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” [Patrick Moore, lobbyist for Monsanto] said. But when the reporter told him that they had prepared a glass and invited Moore to drink it, he refused, saying “I’m not Read more […]

Democrats Pretend to be Anti-Corporation but Hypocritically Support the Export-Import Bank!

Democrats frequently accuse Republicans of being the party of big business, but the parties’ respective positions on the Export-Import Bank would seem to belie that narrative. In an op-ed for The Daily Beast on Sunday, Mercatus Center senior fellow Veronique de Rugy conceded that, “Republicans are indeed big supporters of business interests,” but said, “These days, they are second to the Democrats.” De Rugy made the claim in reference to a bill recently introduced and Read more […]

Fannie Mae Is At It Again!

Mortgage giant Fannie Mae, the too-big-to-fail bailout beneficiary, is apparently at it again—doing everything in its power to sink the economy into another recession: The Federal Housing Finance Agency inspector general said its latest concerns involve Fannie Mae’s “haphazard” decision to fill a critical auditor position with an employee who lacked proper qualifications and suffered from a conflict of interest. Unless Fannie Mae’s leaders and the audit committee that allowed the Read more […]

The Direct Line Between Lobbying the DHS and Getting Defense Contracts

The top five contractors for the DHS, in terms of the value of defense contracts, spent millions on lobbying and political contributions to receive almost $9 billion worth of DHS contracts: MapLight looked into the contracts awarded by the DHS to the top 5 contractors and these contractors’ political spending. These companies were chosen because they were the top recipients of DHS contracts between fiscal year 2011 and fiscal year 2014 according to USA Spending. The top 5 DHS contractors, between Read more […]

Why Isn’t Anyone Angry Over Failing Vaccines from Merck?

In the wake of the recent measles “outbreak” that affected a few dozen people, pro-vaxxers got the anger machine churning over all the anti-vaxxers who have threatened the safety, health, and herd immunity of the whole population by their close-minded, superstitious, anti-science selfishness. But one of the real devils contributing to the declining efficacy of vaccines is not being decried at all: Merck, the multi-national corporation with sole licensing rights to the MMR vaccine. Merck is Read more […]

Feds Give $39 Billion A Year to Solar Industry; Only 0.5% of Power Generated by Solar

If “green” really was the way to go, we wouldn’t need any government subsidies to produce it. The market would demand it, and innovators would create the supply. The competition would naturally drive prices down, and the quality of the product would get progressively better. CNS News is reporting that despite $39 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies to the solar industry, solar power accounts for just 0.5% of all electricity generated in this country. Does it sound like we’re getting an Read more […]