Author: Rod D. Martin

#BlueWave in Florida? Not So Much

by Rod D. Martin October 17, 2018 #BlueWave in Florida? Not so much. More than 2.6 million mail-in ballots were sent out by elections supervisors two weeks ago. As of early Tuesday morning nearly 446,000 of those ballots had been returned with almost 40,000 more Republicans submitting ballots than Democrats, even though Democrats requested almost 120,000 more of the mail-in ballots than did their GOP counterparts. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to work your heart out for Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis: you do. It’s close, and it’s tough, and the consequences of defeat are frankly ghastly (as...

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Open Letter: Conservative Leaders Urge Congress to Pass the MERIT Act

October 16, 2018 Washington, DC Conservatives have long advocated for reform of our civil service to address a system plagued with inefficiency and abuse. Currently, managers within the federal government struggle to fire underperforming employees. This is no more evident than by the public sector firing rate of 3.37% and the private sector firing rate of 17.27%. America needs across the board civil service reform. The Modern Employment Reform, Improvement, and Transformation Act of 2017 (MERIT Act), has been introduced in both the Senate and the House to address these critical issues. The MERIT Act takes the successful model...

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Senate and House Update, Oct. 12, 2018: The Kavanaugh Surge Continues

by Rod D. Martin October 12, 2018 SENATE AND HOUSE UPDATE: It’s been a heck of a week since the Kavanaugh confirmation, in which the belief that the left’s assault on due process — not to mention on the Kavanaugh family, and by implication, the family of anyone the left decides it doesn’t like — might backfire has indeed borne out. We start with the President, who after all is supposedly the centerpiece of all that is wrong with the world, particularly from a #MeToo perspective. Donald Trump’s approval rating hit 51% for most of the last week, starting immediately...

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Fun Fact: Who Would Control the Senate If There Were No 17th Amendment

by Rod D. Martin October 12, 2018 Fun fact: if the 17th Amendment were repealed, it would radically change the composition of the Senate. Here’s why, and how. The 17th gave us direct election of Senators. Previously (as in, from 1788 to 1912, which is to say, the way the Founding Fathers designed it), the state legislatures picked Senators. The idea was that the House of Representatives would directly represent the interests of the people, while the Senate would represent the interests of the sovereign states (and thus federalism, and thus block unconstitutional centralization and taxes). If the two...

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The Price of “Medicare for All”

by Rod D. Martin October 12, 2018 Democrats are very upset that Republicans are pointing out the actual cost of their “Medicare For All” plan, which nationalizes healthcare and which has been endorsed by almost all major Democrat Presidential contenders. Yes, they’re running on full-on socialized medicine. So what is that cost? Four times the entire U.S. defense budget, in new spending. So much that outright doubling all federal taxes wouldn’t be enough to pay for it. And that’s just the first year. Because as you know, the cost of federal programs always goes up, not down, and the...

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Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida.

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