Can We Replace John Boehner With Paul Ryan?
John Boehner has been willing to throw his conference under the bus repeatedly. We know from the Bob Woodward book that he was willing to raise taxes. We know he cut a deal with Barack Obama without consulting the rest of his conference. We know it blew up in his face. We know he now doesn’t even want to fight Obamacare, calling it the “law | Read More »
Alert: Ask Your Congressman to Support Tom Price for Conference Chair
We’ve been discussing the importance of the RSC Chairman race over the past few weeks and the imperative to elect Tom Graves as the next chairman. That is undoubtedly the most important leadership election for this term. However, there is another election into which conservatives must interject themselves: the race for Conference Chair between Tom Price and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Aside for the fact that Price | Read More »
Rich Idiots and the Republican Gigolos
A lot of Republican donors are idiots. Right now they are licking their wounds. They got played by a bunch of Republican gigolos, largely known as “tech consultants.” It wasn’t just Team Romney and ORCA. It happened across the Republican Party. Millionaires and billionaires shelled out huge sums of money to outside groups that promised the moon and delivered a crater instead. They became sugar | Read More »
What Happened In Ohio?
This was a narrative/identity election not an ideological one and Romney lost the narrative and failed to motivate key undecideds and low energy Republicans while Obama motivated his base and managed to increase turnout in a few key segments. For more of my take on what happened and why I was wrong keep reading.
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Is It Time to Roll Up the Welcome Mat Here?
Barack Obama won the election. He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college. Barack Obama won. He won by | Read More »
I’ve always been fascinated with numbers in the Bible. I suppose it’s the reliability of numbers that offer me consolation and inspiration. One cannot change numbers. 2 + 2 will always equal 4. My next birthday won’t be the number 29 no matter how I wish it to be. God certainly has a thing for certain numbers and I look forward to asking Him about | Read More »
Not What If, What Next Part III – Breaking The 4th Seal
Demand that the House to do the following.
1) Pass a budget that totally allows the US to go off the Fiscal Cliff. Remind President Obama that he and they made a deal that they intend to honor to the letter as a show of good faith and bipartisan agreement that all Americans should emulate in current and parlous predicament.
2) Refuse a continuing resolution until the US Senate does likewise. Remind them that bipartisanship is always a two-way street and the US Senate does have a professional responsibility with respect to the Federal budget process.
3) When the Senate self-righteously and arrogantly refuses, refuse to raise the debt ceiling, citing the fact that it is irresponsible to issue more debt when you have no coherent statement as to how those funds are intended to be spent.
4) When Barack Obama rails against them, remind him firmly, yet politely that the House has passed a budget and stands more than willing to work with the US Senate anytime they choose to actually fulfill their legal and Constitutional obligations.
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The Problem with All Those Municipal Bonds on Your Ballot
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Cate Long to discuss the overuse of municipal bonds by cities and the problems that is causing, the Obama administration’s plan to begin taxing investment in these bonds and looming state bankruptcies.
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What Arizona Teaches Us About Politics of Illegal Immigration
If you only listened to the media and Republican consultants during the days following the election, you would hear the following erroneous premises about the Hispanic vote and the issue of illegal immigration. 1) Our opposition to the circuitous cycle of amnesty and open borders is the sole reason why we are losing the Hispanic vote. 2) Immediate and unconditional support for illegal immigrants will | Read More »
“[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.” —Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld Byron York has a terrific article in this fact free | Read More »
Our Path Forward Is Not Moderation, It Is Infrastructure
As has been addressed in detail by many of the editors here at RedState the usual suspects have gleefully sounded the call for a purge of social conservatism, as they always do, as a political, cultural and structural solution for all that ills the GOP. Those rushing to the media to make these pronouncements are acting like frightened children lost in the woods, an unsurprising | Read More »
Ohio Still Awaits Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare Decisions
Ohio Governor John Kasich still has not announced official decisions on Obamacare exchange implementation or Medicaid expansion, major factors in the federal Goliath’s reach into the Buckeye State. With President Obama reelected and no chance of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) repeal, choices left to the Republican administration by the 2010 law are more important than ever. In a November 9 column at | Read More »
No Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape
It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.” However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted | Read More »
The Art of Compromise
There is incessant talk of the need for conservatives to compromise on their principles, even though Democrats have never showed a willingness to compromise on any of their sacred tenets. However, there is little thought offered by the wizards of smart in the Republicans Party as to the meaning of compromise and how to effectively pursue one. Let’s excogitate over the definition of compromise. Compromise | Read More »
It Can Happen Again
Here we are less than a week removed from an election that, quite frankly, with better tactics and a commitment to a better ground game, should have been won. One of the great frustrations was that there was a great deal of money wasted on very bad tactics. You can say whatever you want about unforeseen factors (like Obama’s handling Sandy influencing 40% of the | Read More »