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 »
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 »
Sen. Rand Paul wins CPAC 2013 Straw Poll
Sen. Rand Paul wins the CPAC 2013 Straw Poll, narrowly beating Sen, Marco Rubio: Rand Paul – 25% Marco Rubio – 23% Rick Santorum – 8% Chris Christie – 7% Paul Ryan – 6% Scott Walker – 5% Ben Carson – 4% Ted Cruz – 4% Bobby Jindal – 3% Sarah Palin – 3% Other – 34% Undecided 2% There were 23 candidates on the | Read More »
, Ben Carson
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The Democrat budget’s “spending cut” hocus pocus
It’s awful that the Democrats want to squeeze a trillion dollars in new taxes out of Americans with Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray’s (D-WA) budget proposal, but hey, at least they offer a “balanced approach” by cutting a trillion in spending too, right? Wrong. The “spending cuts” are almost entirely fraudulent. They’re just paperwork shuffles and accounting tricks. It begins with one of the most | 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 »
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 »
Must Paul Ryan, Brit Hume audition for Hillary 2016 ads?
Undeserved McCain-like praise on competence and debt crisis perplexing coming from conservatives, especially given Hillarycare, Benghazi and most of the rest of her history as First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. Hillary Rodham is no Bill Clinton and one house of Congress is less than two. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) can count and Fox News commentator Brit Hume covered the Clinton White House, yet: | Read More »
Regarding Immigration Proposals, Beware of Your Opponents’ Motivation
The subject of immigration (and evidently, illegal immigration) has proven to be a divisive issue for conservatives. There are divergent opinions as to which policies should be pursued vis-à-vis the 12 million illegal immigrants who reside in the country. However, as conservatives, there are certain fundamental goals and red lines that we should all unite behind as we commence debate on this issue. Any so-called | Read More »
Keep your Eyes on the Ball Republicans
Over the next few weeks there is going to be a barrage of new liberal law proposals, press releases, and publicity campaigns. These are designed for one purpose and one purpose alone, that is to distract the republican party from the true playing field, which is the economy and the federal budget fight. Let me give you an example of this from the heart of | Read More »
Obama’s budget proposal will be late. Again.
Because apparently math is hard. The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress. Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.
The Cult of Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan was a great pick for Mitt Romney’s Vice President. He’s a young, articulate guy the left has tried and failed repeatedly to paint as some sort of heartless monster. His “Ryan Plan” has some great points in it, though it is not as bold as the left would have you believe or as Ryan’s acolytes would have you believe. But this fiscal cliff | Read More »
Et Tu, Paul Ryan?
Evidently Paul Ryan does not want to run for President; he voted for the amended fiscal cliff bill HR8, ironically titled “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” His likely rival, Senator Marco Rubio, voted no. Eric Erickson of RedState.com tweeted, “The number of people who’ve convinced themselves this bill means the GOP cut taxes is pretty hysterical.” This is the legislation that will raise $41 | Read More »
‘House GOP in Disarray’ Isn’t Just Liberal Media Spin
Many Republicans are trying ton convince themselves that they will make up ground on the spending side of the equation come the debt ceiling fight. Mr. Obama says he will not negotiate, but he is going to have to. The problem for the GOP is that its House leadership is working at cross purposes and really is in the disarray the “liberal media” keeps saying. | Read More »
Rep. Paul Ryan: back in the fiscal wars.
I think that I can taste just the faintest touch of bitterness in this article: When Mr. Ryan returned to Capitol Hill last week, he was met with a standing ovation from his Republican colleagues, a bear hug from Mr. Boehner and the hope from conservatives that he would hold the line on taxes and other spending. [snip] According to aides and others close to | Read More »