An Earmark by Any Other Name
There’s an enduring rule in all aspects of life that is very applicable to conservatives in politics. Whenever you achieve a rare, hard-fought victory, you do everything possible to ensure that the victory stays intact. The House-adopted earmark ban is one of our biggest achievements over the past decade. As such, we must not reinstate the practice of passing Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs), which are | Read More »
DCCC desperate to recruit dirty, dirty lobbyists.
Ach, forgive me: in DCCC chair Steve Israel’s mind former Democratic Congressmen who are now the aforementioned dirty, dirty lobbyists are really just poor souls who have to eat and pay the bills. They’re also the only hint of a glimpse of a hope that the man has at putting up something like a competitive roster of candidates in 2012, too. See, here’s the underlying | Read More »
Secret White House Meetings
Remember all that highfalutin rhetoric from Barack Obama about not doing business with lobbyists, etc? Well, we already knew it was a lie given the number of lobbyists he let into the White House to work after saying he wouldn’t. But it appears the lie is a serial lie. Obama is having his minion take meetings with lobbyists routinely, but they are doing it outside | Read More »
What Better Way to Signal the World You “Get It?” – Hire Washington Insiders!
So, expecting to pick up a number of seats by “newbies,” what do GOP leaders in Washington want to ensure? They want “GOP insiders to staff outsiders,” according to Roll Call. Eric Cantor’s staff added, “There’s a lot of important work to get done right out of the gate, so it’s important that newly elected Republicans have access to experienced, competent staff so that they | Read More »
Torn Between Two Lovers: Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD)
You know, one of the (many) problems with Washington is that all-too-often politicians are too easily bought by special interests and end up selling out their constituents (and America). Historically, it’s been a bi-partisan disease that goes something like this: 1. Person decides to go into politics. 2. Person gets elected and goes to Washington. 3. Newly-minted politician meets lobbyists who wine and dine said | Read More »
Jay Inslee (D, WA) uses lobbyist letter for Net Neutrality push.
I believe that the technical term for this is “Oops.” A letter that Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., is circulating on Capitol Hill expressing gushing support for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s controversial proposal to subject broadband to tougher regulation wasn’t written by the congressman. How do we know? Digital fingerprints left by the author, Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, a media watchdog. (H/T: Ed | Read More »
Barack Obama LIED!
Tonight, Barack Obama said, “To close that credibility gap we must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to give our people the government they deserve. “That’s what I came to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history – my Administration posts our White House visitors | Read More »
It’s About The Change Yet Lobbyists and Tax Cheats Abound in New Administration
From the early days of his campaign, Obama made with the flourish that, should he be elected, lobbyists would not be welcome in his new tone Washington, his Washington of change and hope. Soon after the election, Obama’s spokesman John Podesta made a great show of announcing that Obama was insisting on the “strictest ethics rules ever applied” to his ongoing choices for members of | Read More »