Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist
Last week the House voted on 6 different budget frameworks. Surprisingly, with so many budgets to choose from, Rep. Bill Owens couldn’t bring himself to support a single one. He’s a budget nihilist. Owens’ refusal to support any budget last week is a classic case of a Washington politician trying to have his cake and eat it too. By opposing everything and failing to offer | Read More »
George McClellan’s Ghost Must be Advising Congressional Conservatives
Forget John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Conservatives in the House and Senate have been hit with the stupid stick. All I can think is that George McClellan’s ghost is whispering in their ear. The conservatives in Congress — forget Republican leaders for a minute — want to make their stand not on the continuing resolution to keep the government going, but on the debt ceiling. | Read More »
Why Americans Prefer Genghis Khan to Congress.
When asked if they have a higher opinion of either Congress or a series of unpleasant or disliked things, voters said they had a higher opinion of root canals (32 for Congress and 56 for the dental procedure), NFL replacement refs (29-56), head lice (19-67), the rock band Nickelback (32-39), colonoscopies (31-58), Washington DC political pundits (34- 37), carnies (31-39), traffic jams (34-56), cockroaches (43-45), Donald Trump (42-44), France (37-46), Genghis Khan (37-41), used-car salesmen (32-57), and Brussels sprouts (23-69) than Congress.
So here’s a political and philosophical quandary to chew on. Do most Americans secretly yearn for Democracy? My answer is pretty much unfashionable and unsexy. Most Americans, if given a social unconstrained choice and the opportunity to control what happens if they don’t choose deliberative process, would tell you take Democracy and shove it from whence the waste emerges. So given this economic preference, who in their ever-loving gourd would actually like Congress? Certainly not that vocal and growing Ghengis Khan Fan Club™.
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For those of us who thought that John Boehner was weak and flaccid in the face of adversity, we might consider rethinking our estimation of him. The Hill has a very informative article out today detailing all of Boehner’s recent power grabs and scorched-earth maneuvering in order to crush conservative opposition in the House. After locking up the top three leadership spots for himself, Cantor, | Read More »
Obama’s EPA Continues Handouts for Rich Ethanol Farmers on the Backs of Consumers
Nothing exemplifies the failure of Republicans to communicate more than the exit polling data regarding the public’s perception of the cost of living. A whopping 37% of voters selected ‘rising prices’ as their most important issue in the election, yet amazingly, they split their votes evenly between Romney and Obama. Hence, the arsonist behind the high prices for food, fuel, healthcare, and every other vital | Read More »
We Need a Choice, Not and Echo
Some things just never change. Back in 1976, President Ford ran for president against Jimmy Carter on a pale-pastel platform that was indistinguishable from the Democrats. In fact, based upon the demographics of the electoral map, many conservatives voted for Jimmy Carter. During the wilderness years of the Ford administration, Reagan issued an ominous warning about the direction of the party. “Our people look for | 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 »
No Farm Bill in Lame Duck
Irrespective of the outcome of this election, there must be no effort to pass major legislation during the lame duck session. We don’t need political suicide bombers who have nothing to lose deciding consequential issues immediately preceding their departure from Congress. As such, we must block any faux grand bargain during the post-election session. Unfortunately, it looks like we will have to contend with another | Read More »
Time to Put Conservatives on Major Congressional Committees
While everyone in politics is focused on the horse race of presidential politics, we must not abjure our responsibility to assert conservative control over Congress. Regardless of who wins the presidential election, we must create a conservative firewall in Congress, particularly in the House. How do we remake the House as a conservative firewall against big government? Even if we elect more conservatives, history has | Read More »
(Video) Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter: Guy
Ed Perlmutter is a lot of things to a lot of people. After catching up with some of his supporters to find out why they liked him so much, the folks at Revealing Politics made a video in his honor. There’s no telling if this complex record will help him against Republican challenger, Joe Coors. Follow @BenHowe
(Video) Rep. Perlmutter Supporters Have No Clue Why They Support Rep. Perlmutter
With all the talk of polling and issues that are important to voters, Caleb Bonham at Revealing Politics decided to ask some people in Colorado why they support their Democrat congressman, Ed Perlmutter. The answers varied but all boiled down to one thing: they have no idea why they support him, they just do. Perhaps it’s time for Ed to worry less about how Obamacare | Read More »
Only 70 Republicans Vote Against Disastrous CR
As we noted earlier this week, the Continuing Resolution voted on in the House will increase spending, fund Obamacare, and extend the main welfare program without forcing Obama to reinstate work requirements. This bill is really an embarrassment to everything House Republicans professed to stand for. It will delay the major battles until March 27, 2013. And let me tell you, they will really really | Read More »
The Definition of Stupid: Another Legislative Surrender
Get ready for another weak ground out into a double play in the upcoming budget battle. Shortly before the August recess, we reported that Republicans planned to pass a clean 6-month CR which funds Obamacare and appropriates $1.047 trillion in spending – commensurate with Obama’s request instead of the House budget. The idea behind the “deferment” strategy was twofold; to delay the major battles to | Read More »
Can Boehner Find $8 Billion to Cut?
Several days before the August congressional recess, we noted that some conservatives were considering abjuring the House budget in favor of a 6-month CR to fund the beginning of FY 2013 in October. Their rationale was to defer the major spending fights until 2013, when presumably, we would have more control over the final outcome. Additionally, the original intent of this plan was to deny | Read More »
The Debt Ceiling Deal One Year Later
As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the disastrous debt ceiling deal hatched late last July, it is worthwhile to reflect on what we have gained from that legislation. On August 1, 2011, the House passed the Budget Control Act with support of 72% of the Republican conference. The Senate followed suit on August 2, with support of 60% of the Republican conference. Buoyed by | Read More »