Hennessy's View

How ObamaCare Benefits from the Scarcity Heuristic

The Concorde was a supersonic passenger plane. It shuttled people between New York and Paris very quickly. When commercial Concorde flights began in 1976, the novelty and excitement of flying at twice the speed of sound led people to line up to take the flights. But after 27 years and several safety mishaps, the Concorde’s popularity waned. Flights were often less than half full, so British Airways, the operator, was losing money. Read more →

Ashcroft Passes on Opportunity to Deny Medicaid Expansion Fix

Last week, I wrote about the Missouri Republican Establishment’s plan to win a windfall for lobbyist Kit Bond via Senate candidate Jay Ashcroft. Not that the Establishment cares about Bond, but they want Medicaid expansion passed before they beg for money for 2016 from the Missouri Hospital Association and Chamber of Commerce. Well, the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked Ashcroft about the deal, and he couldn’t quite bring himself to deny that he would pass Medicaid expansion if elected. Read more →

What Would Buckley Do?

I wanted to be William F. Buckley Jr. All I lacked was his intellect, education, and unique experiences. Well, I didn’t want to be him. I wanted to be the next one. Every day, I wrote a 750-word piece. Poorly. I believed that practice would improve my writing. It didn’t. One day, I realized, as long as I tried to be the next William F. Buckley, I was destined for frustration and failure. Read more →

Eric Cantor and the Trojan Rabbit

Eric Cantor’s latest tactic in the battle to defund Obamacare reminds me of the Trojan Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. According to Business Insider’s Josh Barro: It’s a strategy predicated on the idea that Republican activists are stupid. Many of them are stupid. But they’re not stupid enough to fall for this. (Barro is hard-left, btw.) From what I can gather, Cantor intends to pass two continuing resolutions out of the House. Read more →

Found: The One Question John Boehner Doesn’t Want to Answer About Defunding Obamacare

Q: If the Republicans don’t have the stomach for shutting down the government now, how will they have the stomach to take away insurance from millions of people in 2017? Boehner, Cantor, and the House GOP leaders don’t want to use the continuing resolution to fight Obamacare. They’re afraid that doing so–even if they succeed–will cost them seats in 2014. They say the only solution is a full repeal. But that’s a dodge. Read more →

What Can Missouri Legislators Learn From 19th Century St. Louis Politicians?

I’ll let one of my favorite thinkers, St. Louis native Don Peppers, tell about St. Louis in 1850: My hometown of St. Louis, Missouri was the largest city west of the Mississippi River in 1850, and the second largest port city in the entire country. Only New York handled more tonnage than the riverboats that docked, often more than a hundred at a time, at the St. Louis levee. Among other things, the riverboats supplied equipment, people, horses, and other materials to a burgeoning population of pioneers who rode wagon trains out from St. Read more →

Head To Jefferson City Wednesday To Fight Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

[caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“196”] State Senator John Lamping is sponsoring a bill in the Missouri Legislature to curb privacy invasions built into Common Core State Standards. Missouri liberty groups will support him in Jefferson City on March 13.[/caption] John Lamping is one of the brightest stars for liberty in the Missouri Senate, and he needs our help this week. Let’s support liberty by fighting Medicaid Expansion and Common Core State Standards in education. Read more →

Conscious Capitalism:The One Book Every Conservative Must Read

The motivating force behind the first tea party protests of February 27, 2009, was , in part, crony capitalism. Across the country and on the steps of the Arch in St. Louis, signs and speakers denounced bailouts for failed businesses. Rasmussen found that 68 percent of Americans believe Big Business and Big Government work together against the rest of us. I think they’re right. Since then, crony capitalism has only grown. Read more →