The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 34

    The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. To bail out banks in Cyprus (who had loaned a lot to Greece, hence the need for a bailout), the Eurozone suggested confiscating money in those banks to partially pay the banks. Sweet deal if you’re a banker, panic-inducing if you’re not. Socialism is destroying Europe. The Democrats in the | Read More »

    Republican Study Committee introduces 4 year balanced budget plan

    Monday night the Republican Study Committee chaired by Steve Scalise(R-LA) introduced its “Back to Basics” alternative to the Paul Ryan budget plan.  Where the Ryan plan attempts to balance the federal budget in 10 years, the RSC budget released tonight does so in 4 years. Among this things included in this budget plan is a return of federal spending to 2008 levels and freezes it | Read More »

    Welcome to Budget Irony Week

    It’s ironic to see Republicans speak so passionately about this year’s Ryan budget, even as they simultaneously vote to vitiate last year’s Ryan budget with the CR. Every Republican in Washington will give lip service to the importance of balanced budgets and cutting spending as they vote to pass the House budget for FY 2014 this week.  The RSC has introduced an even more aggressive | Read More »

    Trimming Deficits – The Democrat Way

    No wonder Democrats were recalcitrant to propose a budget over the past four years.  I’d be embarrassed too. This week Washington Senator Patty Murray, as Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, introduced her budget blueprint for the next 10 years.  The headline of her budget is that it achieves $1.85 trillion in deficit reduction, presumably, off the $47.2 trillion CBO baseline.  Murray claims that the | Read More »

    Defunding Obamacare is This Easy

    After the House caved on funding Obamacare in the CR, the fight moves to the Senate.  Senator Ted Cruz has taken the lead in fighting Obamacare.  For the first time in almost two years we are actually having a discussion about the rising cost of health insurance engendered by Obamacare.  Cruz is proposing an amendment to the CR, which is already full of Barbara Mikulski’s | Read More »

    Vulnerable Incumbent Democrats Leery of Budget. McConnell Vows “They’re Not Getting Another Tax Hike”

    Vulnerable Incumbent Democrats Leery of Budget. McConnell Vows "They're Not Getting Another Tax Hike"

    After neglecting to pass a budget for almost 1,500 days, Democrats finally started revealing tidbits about how they intend to run the nation’s finances. With huge deficits and mounting debt, questions of fiscal discipline and balanced budgets abound in DC, and this morning Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) revealed the Democrat’s “new” plan: raise taxes. Sen. Patty Murray’s new budget plan will raise tax revenues by | Read More »

    Ryan Budget: Balancing with More Taxes

    Paul Ryan released his budget proposal for FY 2014 today, and as expected, it will balance within 10 years.  Let me first say that this budget would be superior to the status quo a million times over.  Medicaid and Food Stamps would be block granted to the states and Medicare would be subject to at least some free market reforms.  Most importantly, it defunds the | Read More »

    Funny, funny lines from the Senate’s budget follies.

    Pick which one you like best! I can’t decide. Senate Democrats say they will soon pass their first budget in four years, but it is proving a test. You can tell, right from the start, that the Hill itself will believe that Senate Democrats will pass a budget when the Hill actually sees one. Senate Democrats are tired of the GOP taunts over their failure | Read More »

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    Reps. Salmon and Schweikert Call for Members to Vote Down Bad Rules

    Earlier today, Congressman Matt Salmon wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times echoing Erick’s call for conservatives to vote against the rule on bad legislation brought to the floor by leadership.  The underlying rationale is as follows: if leadership is bent on bringing legislation to the floor that needs Democrat votes to pass, the only way to fight back is by voting against the rule | Read More »

    The drive to defund ObamaCare: doomed, but useful

    House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is at it again, producing one of those antiquated “budget” documents that seem so painfully square to hip, swinging, money-no-object, deficit-reduction-means-tax-increases Democrats.  Washington stopped producing anything resembling the conventionally understood accounting instrument of “budgets” many years ago (you know, the green-eyeshade stuff where assets equal liabilities, and income more or less covers expenses) but even the silly deficit-riddled | Read More »

    What’s the Point of the Ryan Budget?

    This week the House and Senate will focus on spending measures for two different years, but they are both intertwined.  The Senate will vote on the House-passed CR to fund the government for the rest of the current fiscal year, while the House will introduce the “Ryan” budget resolution for FY 2014. With much anticipation and gusto, Paul Ryan will release his budget this week | Read More »

    What New Conservative Members Need to Know About AIPAC

    Roll Call reports today that teams of AIPAC lobbyists are fanning out across the Capitol in an effort to block sequester cuts for Israeli foreign aid.  We’re talking about a $155 million cut from $3.1 billion, for goodness sakes. Nonetheless, here’s a novel idea that would kill two birds with one stone.  Egypt receives about $1.5 billion in foreign aid per year.  Additionally, Obama is | Read More »

    Just Say No to Funding Obamacare

    On Wednesday morning, the House will vote on the Continuing Resolution  (H.R. 933) to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.  This is the last opportunity to defund Obamacare before the health exchanges are implemented on October 1.  Conservative lawmakers, Jim Bridenstine (OK) and Tim Huelskamp (KS), submitted an amendment to the Rules Committee today to defund Obamacare.  The amendment was rejected.  | Read More »

    I am SOOOOooo Ticked Off

    So I read the latest, on Republican “compromises.”  I haven’t noticed the sky falling since The Sequester took effect, although I am told  it must have been a catastrophe.  Sec. State Kerry announced $250 million in aid to Egypt , since. The US Navy bought another four “littoral ships” for almost $1.4 billion ($1,378,350,912, to be precise, because we can price a ship down to | Read More »

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    If you live in the real world, you will notice that the federal government has destroyed our free markets, limited our freedoms, and denigrated our right to religious liberty – all before Obamacare has fully taken effect.  The federal agencies continue to promulgate rules and regulations that drive up the cost of the most vital goods and services to the point that most of us | Read More »