Will Senate Republicans Surrender the Fight?
Yesterday, when asked directly about Republicans shutting down the government over Obamacare, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell sounded less than committed to the endeavor. This is not a hypothetical question. Senator Mike Lee has issued a letter saying he will not pass a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare. He has been joined by fifteen Republican Senators. Unfortunately, I can confirm from multiple sources in the | Read More »
After Mitch McConnell Speaks, Legislators Want Mike Lee to Unsign His Letter
Mike Lee has begun the legislative fight to defund Obamacare. He has a letter out calling on leadership to join him in the fight and others are signing his letter. At the same time the Speaker’s Office pushed out two stories — Americans are increasingly souring on Obamacare and Democrats are starting to turn on it. But earlier Mitch McConnell suggested the GOP would not | Read More »
In Which Paying Back Taxes Transforms into Winning Back Taxes
One of the biggest selling points of the gang’s immigration deform bill was the provision which would force amnestied illegals to pay back taxes. From listening to the peddlers of amnesty, one would think that the windfall to the Treasury from the taxes would be large enough to make the entire amnesty worthwhile. I’m sure you’ve heard those sleazy Zuckerberg ads playing Rubio’s speech about | Read More »
A Note on Bridging the Gap Between Conservative Theory and Practice
This post arose out of some thoughts I had after seeing Erick’s “Go Big or Go Home” post. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative holds the distinction of being one of the few books I keep within easy reach of me in my apartment (the Bible being another one). Reading over Erick’s post reminded me of another part | Read More »
It’s the ‘Wacko Birds’ vs. the Wackos Again
If I were granted one wish about the state of today’s politics it would be for the Democrats to be saddled with their own version of John McCain. Once again, McCain is working to score points for Democrats and undermine Cruz/Paul and Lee – the “Wacko Birds” – in their attempt to prevent a free debt ceiling increase. Back in January, Republicans and conservatives got | Read More »
Senator Mike Lee on the Power and Corruption of the IRS
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Senator Mike Lee to discuss the growing scandal at the IRS, its constitutional implications and his efforts to protect your emails from the feds. Then Ben and Brad discuss the political opportunities and traps that Republicans face with these brewing scandals.
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Senate Judiciary Committee Seals the Fate of the Gang Immigration Bill
Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its markup of the gang of 8 immigration deform bill (s.744). The striking thing about the markup is that any casual observer would think we were living in 1965 or 1986, when there was either relatively low legal immigration or no failed amnesty to look back upon. To most of the senators sitting around the table, the border is more secure than ever (despite the sharp rise in crossings), our record levels of immigration don’t exist, and there is no reason to implement the enforcement before the legalization.
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, Marco Rubio
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Kim Strassel Again Serves as the Senate GOP’s Stenographer
Kim Strassel somewhat diplomatically lashes out at Senator Ted Cruz in the Wall Street Journal. Her subtitle sums up her point, which really isn’t worth delving too far into. The subtitle is, “The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.” Got that? So Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz want to make | Read More »
Capitalism and community
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) recently gave an address to the Heritage Foundation entitled “What Conservatives are For.” I think he intended a double meaning with the title, as he addressed both the purpose of conservatism, and the positions conservatives should support. I heard a bit of this speech on the Rush Limbaugh show Wednesday afternoon, and my interest was piqued, so I found the full transcript and | Read More »
We Can Win. But Only if We Fight to Win.
“Instead of these three Senators backing down, we should be sending them reinforcements. Until then, you might want to pick up the phone, dial (202) 224-5922, and tell Ted Cruz thanks for standing up for America.” I’ve been on the road the last two days. In finally getting to emails this morning, I see a lot of people have emailed about Joe Scarborough taking on | Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: McConnell to Filibuster Reid Gun Control Bill
Senator Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has confirmed he will filibuster new gun control legislation, spokesman Brian McGuire confirmed for me today. While nobody knows yet what Senator Reid’s plan is for the gun bill, if he chooses to file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Reid Bill (S. 649), Senator McConnell will oppose cloture on proceeding to that bill. The future of the | Read More »
Tech at Night: ECPA may yet be worth a look. Robert McDowell to leave FCC. Resist comprehensive copyright reform.
Well, just last time I mentioned I had so little to talk about. I guess everything was lying in wait for tonight.
Top story appears to be the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. I’ve been skeptical since Leaky Leahy has been pushing it, and he’s pushed many a bad tech idea in the Senate. But Mike Lee is also backing it, as is apparently Jim Sensenbrenner. So it’s worth considering. It may actually be that Leahy isn’t trying to expand the state or weaken the nation here.
Also, Robert McDowell is leaving the FCC. It’s up to Ajit Pai to get stuff done, now.
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, Mike Lee
, Patrick Leahy
, Robert McDowell
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, Tech at Night
The Power of One Man’s Conviction
What was it about Rand Paul’s filibuster that has captivated conservatives all over the country and reinvigorated their desire to fight for our Constitutional Republic? The irony is that the drone issue was not even one of the most popular issues among many conservatives until last night. I suspect that many conservatives don’t necessarily agree with some of Paul’s assertions about targeting terrorists like Al-Awlaki | Read More »
The Rand Paul Filibuster: A Point Not to be Missed
Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA. By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue. Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in | Read More »
Mike Lee Will Join Ted Cruz Opposing the Continuing Resolution
Ted Cruz will not stand alone. He’ll be joined by the Senator from Utah. Here’s a statement from Senator Lee’s office: “I will join Senator Cruz in objecting to Senate consideration of any Continuing Resolution without a vote on delaying funding of Obamacare. Defunding Obamacare is essential to restoring economic growth. At this time of fiscal turmoil, Congress shouldn’t borrow more money to pay for | Read More »