In praise of simplicity
I am in Washington, D.C. for a few days, and while I was at a coffee shop this morning, my online news feed was full of discussions about this fiscal cliff mess: what the President is proposing, how the Republicans are reacting, whether there is any chance of a deal, how bad it will hurt our economy if we go off this fiscal cliff, whether it’s even remotely possible to avoid it, and so on.
What frustrates me is that, as usual, the debate in this town misses the main point – neither side is taking any steps to address why we’re in this mess in the first place…
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BREAKING: Allen West Endorses Sandy Adams in FL-07 Primary
Sandy Adams locked in another powerful endorsement for her reelection campaign today from one of her fellow freshmen members of Congress, Allen West.
Adams’ campaign sent out a press release this morning (I’ve included it below) with West’s endorsement, which is noteworthy not only for the enthusiastic support that West expresses for Adams, but also because West explicitly draws a distinction between the freshmen who were elected in 2010, and the “entrenched careerist politicians” who were supporting the status quo in Washington.
I’ve been involved in a long list of campaigns over the past few years, and I’ve seen an endless number of endorsements trotted out by candidates. The reality is that not all endorsements are created equal. All too often I’ve read endorsements and wondered if the endorser had ever even met the candidate they were endorsing.
In contrast, West’s endorsement of Adams is personal and detailed, describing how they both were elected in the conservative tidal wave elections of 2010, and how he shared a common purpose with her in “fighting to change the ways of Washington.”
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Turning Massachusetts Red
…In this modern campaign era, we are not limited to supporting just the candidates in our own neighborhoods, and Republicans need to realize that the ever-stagnant economy and Obama’s continual failed leadership means many more districts are up for grabs than were in 2008.
We don’t have to just settle for trying to elect conservatives from red states like Texas. We can play on the Democrats’ turf (or at least what they think is theirs!), and we can win.
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Allen West is running for Congress. Period.
Reality check: Being a United States Senator sounds fun. However, actually running statewide in Florida, a gigantic state with lots of highly expensive media markets, is less fun.
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My Message to House Republicans
Dear House Republicans, Today you are voting on the Cut, Cap, Balance Act (H.R. 2560). The Democrats are going to say you want to hurt poor people and senior citizens. The media are going to call you extremists. The Washington insiders are going to tell you this is all unnecessary. They are all wrong. It does matter. It is necessary. If the Cut, Cap, Balance Act | Read More »
Give ‘em an inch, they’ll take a trillion
I saw a frightening graphic of our national debt at the Washington Post today. [Click here to see a graph of our national debt and debt ceiling over the past 31 years, and projections for the next decade] Note the red line on the graph – that’s the debt ceiling. See how every single time it gets raised, our national debt grows to match it? | Read More »