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Category: Michael Shannon

House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any Better than Walmart

House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any Better than Walmart

Occasionally the wrong person takes a column to heart. Earlier this month I wrote that Walmart doesn’t help its PR efforts when the company acts in a manner that only serves to reinforce its reputation as the Simon Legree of retail. (Details here.) In this instance an Ohio store had a display in the employee […]

House GOP Has Nothing to Offer Conservatives

House GOP Has Nothing to Offer Conservatives

Here’s the situation: You’re in a high–stakes negotiation with an untrustworthy opponent. The opposition has violated every agreement the two of you have made in the past. Enforcement mechanisms are weak or non–existent. In other areas of mutual interest your opponent regularly violates the law and dares you to do something about the violation. Your […]

Walmart Encourages Grinch Accusations

Walmart Encourages Grinch Accusations

Walmart is a corporation that generates strong opinion. Unions — and their wholly–owned subsidiary the Democrat Party — view Walmart as a rapacious corporation run by brutal overseers whose overriding goal is exploiting the working class. Many Republican officeholders view Walmart as a corporation run by a bunch of cheap so–and–sos who won’t make large […]

Lies. Damned Lies. And Obamacare Statistics

Lies. Damned Lies. And Obamacare Statistics

The latest batch of October statistics from the Obama White House credits me with buying a Mercedes, BMW and an Audi. And the best part is it didn’t cost me a dime! All I did was take three test drives and here I am: A GDP–generating fool. This flexible interpretation of window–shopping and tire–kicking has […]

A Successful Script for Prolife Republicans

A Successful Script for Prolife Republicans

Virginia voters decided after much deliberation that they would rather be ruled by a sleazebag than a puritan. And if Ken Cuccinelli needed any more proof that he should have run for re–election as attorney general — something he promised initially — Tuesday’s election results should have provided it. Cuccinelli had a number of problems […]

The Few, The Proud, The Unisex

The Few, The Proud, The Unisex

When Ronald Reagan was president he described members of the U.S. Marine Corps in a memorable phrase that is featured on the Marines’ Heritage Museum website: “Some people wonder all their lives if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” The generation of paper–pushers and PR–minded behind–kissers that inhabit the Pentagon and […]

Why Changing Demographics Mean More Democrats

Why Changing Demographics Mean More Democrats

They always shoot the messenger. Even when he’s being optimistic. And Mitt Romney was optimistic when he said only 47 percent of the potential electorate wouldn’t vote for him because they were dependent on the government. The actual Census Bureau figures are much worse. The bureau reports 49.2 percent of your fellow citizens received some […]

How Advice from Three Frenchmen Could Have Won the Shutdown Battle

How Advice from Three Frenchmen Could Have Won the Shutdown Battle

Speaker John Boehner is the Adm. Karl Dönitz of Republican politics. Hemmed in on one side by the pounding batteries of the Mainstream Media and on the other by a mob of howling leftists eager to send him to a self–criticism session on MSNBC — Boehner desperately tries to negotiate a surrender to Supreme Commander […]

Government Has Met the Enemy & It Is Us

Government Has Met the Enemy & It Is Us

Americans are learning to their great surprise that Smokey the Bear has big, sharp teeth. Formerly warm and cuddly branches of government — the Park Service, Forest Service and other granola–based management teams — have suddenly turned on innocent taxpayers who only wanted to scratch behind their ears. You’re no doubt familiar with the WWII […]

Tattoo Wars: Can a Waiting Period Prevent Stupidity?

Tattoo Wars: Can a Waiting Period Prevent Stupidity?

District of Columbia leftists have been so generous in providing ideas for negative columns; it’s only fair to compliment them when they do something positive. Currently the District of Columbia Health Department is proposing a mandatory 24–hour waiting period before getting a tattoo. I think making prospective tattoo customers pass a Breathalyzer and recite the […]

Off–Year Election Prospects Grim for Conservatives

Off–Year Election Prospects Grim for Conservatives

In 2009 gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia provided a morale boost for conservatives still smarting from the Obama victory. Chris Christie won in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell won in Virginia. The chance for morale boosting repeat this year is very small. In New Jersey we’ve discovered Christie is now Obama’s newest BFF […]

Feeling Threatened? Borrow a Legislator!

Feeling Threatened? Borrow a Legislator!

The reason the debate over the 2nd Amendment is so futile is that supporters of the amendment have two jobs — one expected, the other burdensome. Marshalling an argument for your position is only natural in a debate and if it’s not done, that side deserves to lose. What’s burdensome is 2nd Amendment supporters also […]

TSA Annexes NFL

TSA Annexes NFL

I never thought I’d live to see the day when you couldn’t bring more than 3 oz. of shampoo into a National Football League stadium. Over the years I’ve grudgingly accepted the ban on explosives, handguns, rifles and vuvuzelas, but this may be the last straw. The NFL has now decreed that fans (quaintly known […]

Consultants Who Think They Are Kingmakers

Consultants Who Think They Are Kingmakers

A Virginia consultant no voter ever heard of endorses a candidate for governor nobody really likes and somehow it’s on the front page of the Washington Post’s Metro section. It reminds me of what Democrats formerly called the ‘Shrum Primary.’  That was the jockeying Democrat presidential candidates went through to try and persuade Bob Shrum […]

Obamacare - Good Enough for You, But not Good Enough for Congress

Obamacare – Good Enough for You, But not Good Enough for Congress

If you want to get a very clear idea of the utter contempt in which our corrupt political class holds the voters who put them in office, look no further than the Congressional Obamacare exemption. Don’t confuse this with previous exemptions a bystander Congress has allowed the Obama administration to award supportive unions and other […]