Jim Matheson (D, Utah-04) cuts and runs.

    He just can’t take it anymore: It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives. Better to go out on his own | Read More »

    Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye — Budget Deal Vote

    Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye By Congressman Tom McClintock The great irony of the Republican decision to bust the budget sequester is that barely two months ago, congressional roles were reversed.  The Democrats insisted on funding the government according to existing law.  The Republicans sought one simple change: that the individual insurance mandate under Obamacare be delayed for one year.  They were trying to spare | Read More »

    Immigration is the Tipping Point

    In the past several years, Congress has written some incredibly bad legislation – the Stimulus, PPACA and the Senate’s attempts at immigration reform are part of the highlight (lowlight?) reel of recent horrors from Congress. Now we hear that immigration reform might be in for another grand push from all sides. No less a political luminary than Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame is calling it | Read More »

    Thinking Outside the Obamacare Box

      Every day we see the headlines and horror stories. Millions of health insurance policies canceled, with an exponential number more facing the ax next year. And besides the broken promises, we have a broken website that makes it nearly impossible for the long suffering uninsured, and the newly uninsured, to sign up. On top of what appears to be a combination of poor planning, | Read More »

    LA-05 and Engaging the Establishment

    On Saturday, there was an election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District to replace Rodney Alexander, who retired earlier in the year and was immediately offered a job in the state government. Alexander, on most conservative scorecards, was the lowest-ranked Republican in the state’s delegation. This is largely due to the fact that Alexander was a Democrat-turned-Republican, a move he made at the last second before | Read More »

    It’s Accountability Season

    It’s accountability season; do you know how your elected officials have been voting? Every two years it rolls around – as sure as death and taxes – primary season. So how is your State Representative, State Senator, Congressman or U.S. Senator doing? Now is the time to do your homework, check the record, and decide if they have earned your vote. Homework is the key | Read More »

    ITIN de facto amnesty empowers Obama IRS to buy votes

    Outraged that illegal aliens claimed child-tax-credits, but no outrage that current tax law allows them to report income and pay taxes without threat of deportation? The power of a president to succumb to the temptation to use executive power for political purposes has always been available. That the current occupant of the Oval Office is so uniquely brazen in betraying the trust inherent in the | Read More »

    Charles Boustany – Flag Waiver

    I write this as being from LA originally I try to keep up with the goings on there. When one thinks about the type of Republican that should be coming from the State of Louisiana one thinks of the type of Senator that Ted Cruz is, or the type of Congressman Trey Gowdy is. Meaning they obviously have no interest in being someone’s friend or | Read More »

    The Debt Crisis

    The Debt Crisis October 14, 2013 House floor remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) Mr. Speaker: The debt limit exists for a simple reason: to assure that public debt isn’t recklessly piled up without Congress periodically acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it.  If a debt limit increase is supposed to be automatic, as the President suggests, there really is no | Read More »

    Dear Republicans: DRAG HIM DOWN

    For our Republican leaders. I would like to note that your approval rating is somewhere in the mid 20% range, meaning about half of your own party disapproves of how you are performing. I suggest that a large component of those in your own party disapproving of your performance are members disappointed with your lack of resolve. I would also like to take this opportunity | Read More »

    Thanks for nothing Paul Ryan

    In negotiations there is a saying “shoot for the stars and you might get the moon.” Basically ask for everything you could dream about and you might be able to end up with close to what you really wanted. Republicans in Congress have never learned this lesson. They shoot for their nuts and typically end up shooting their own feet. Meaning they start out asking | Read More »

    Congressional Chicken or Egg?

    The Democrats (and some others) have been screaming for all the country to hear that the upcoming debt ceiling vote should not have to be. After all, once Congress passes a law that involves paying for something, and the President signs it, the country has an obligation to “pay its bills”, right? Wrong. This rationale is utter nonsense, as Congress has the sequence of events | Read More »

    Obama’s Frustrated? Go Team!

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama is frustrated with the shutdown. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20131002-710361.html Given that he surely assumed Republicans in both the House and Senate would crumple like a wet napkin I am not surprised that he is frustrated. I suspect that he remembers the collective shoulder shrug after a month of the country not falling apart following the sequester. I suspect that he | Read More »

    Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid

    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR).

    Congress Should Not Have Its Obamacare Paid

    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) will hold a press conference today, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT at the “Senate Swamp,” on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Capitol. The press conference is to urge House Republicans to include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” (S.1497) amendment in the Continuing Resolution (CR).