Lots of Taxpayer Green Going to Greens
Democrats have a penchant to misconstrue the parlance related to tax credits and subsidies. They refer to subsidies as tax cuts and tax cuts as subsidies. They would have you believe that oil companies are completely on the dole, while solar and wind companies are heavily taxed entities in desperate need of some “tax breaks” and loans in order to alleviate the burden of producing | Read More »
This Week in Washington — March 5, 2012
The Senate will work through a Senate version of a highway funding bill this week. The House has a relatively light schedule. This week will dominated with discussion about “Super Tuesday” and President Obama’s Tuesday press conference intended to steal the press corps on “Super Tuesday.” The House is working on a bill that will partially repeal ObamaCare. The Senate is continuing work on a highway bill that spends too | Read More »
Republican Senators Selling Out on Obama/Boxer/Inhofe Stimulus
Folks, it’s not the amendments we should be focused on; it’s the underlying bill that we must block. Yes, it’s another week in D.C., and that means it’s another week of work on the highway bill. Throughout the past two weeks, there have been copious pages of ink spilled pontificating about the ramifications of the Blunt amendment and religious conscious issues. Moreover, the Capitol Hill | Read More »
This Week in Washington – February 27, 2012
The House and Senate this week come back into session for five weeks of work before the next recess. The highway bill will be the first order of business in the Senate. The House has a full schedule of suspension bills and hearings on the FY 2013 budget. Expect an extended debate in Washington on President Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan in the wake of the killings | Read More »
Senator Jerry Moran Wants to Pick Losers in the Market: His Choice is Big Wind
If I were pressed to offer one anecdote exemplifying our failure to elect consistent conservatives to Congress last November, the story of Senator Jerry Moran and Big Wind would be at the top of the list. In 2010, then-Congressman Jerry Moran beat former Congressman Todd Tiahrt for the Republican nomination for Senate in Kansas running as a red meat conservative. He easily won the seat | Read More »
There’s One Earmark in Senate Highway Bill
If the House highway bill is an excrement sandwich, the Senate version is…well, it’s a lot worse. The one saving grace of the bill was that it supposedly did not contain any earmarks. Well, indeed there is one earmark in the bill, and it’s directed to Nevada. The earmark is ensconced in the bill very cleverly. On page 463 of the bill (lines 8-14), it | Read More »
The Highway Bill and ANWR: It’s a Trap!
Well, it appears that our efforts are paying off. Responding to our charge that the GOP was violating the pledge against bundled megabills, Boehner announced that he will split the proposal into three separate bills; the highway bill (HR 7), pension reform (HR 3813), and expanded oil and gas drilling (HR 3408). This from Roll Call: In a joint statement with Rules Chairman David Dreier | Read More »
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Clark Durant for Michigan Senate
Editor’s note: Earlier this year, I promised to harness our collective outrage against the GOP establishment by searching out candidates to support – men and women who will uphold our first principles. Unfortunately, we have been too busy dealing with capitulation after capitulation on the major legislative battles. That is about to change. Over the next few months, I will be seeking out conservative candidates | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Sarah Steelman (R CAND, MO-SEN PRI).
Sarah Steelman is one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri – which is, of course, a prime nomination to have, considering that sitting Senate Claire McCaskill is widely expected to be a prominent member of the next wave of Democratic politicians slated to die the political True Death for the greater glory of Obamacare. We spoke for a bit | Read More »
GOP Does the Right Thing With Payroll Tax
We all agree that a temporary payroll tax cut without permanently restructuring Social Security, along with its funding source, is a ludicrous idea. Sadly, Democrats would rather play politics by introducing this inane stimulus measure, in an attempt to get Republicans to vote against a tax cut. For far too long, the extension of the payroll tax cut was coupled with more entitlement spending, in | Read More »
This Week in Washington – February 13, 2012
Today is President Obama’s FY 2013 budget roll out day. This last budget was unanimously defeated by the Senate last year and we should expect a similar result this year. According to news reports, the $3.8 trillion budget will contain about $1.4 trillion in higher taxes. The House and Senate will take up a bloated highway bills. The Senate will take up a judicial nomination to | Read More »
The Anne Boleyn Budget — 1000 Days In
Anne Boleyn was queen for 1000 days then her head rolled off her shoulders thanks to a Frenchman’s sword. We’re seeing the Anne Boleyn of budgets making its way to Capitol Hill now — after 1000 days the President is finally presenting his budget. But like the last one that got rejected 97-0 in the Senate, this one too, it seems, will get rejected by | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Ted Cruz (R CAND, TX-SEN PRI).
Ted Cruz is an old friend of RedState, of course: so we made sure to spend a couple of minutes talking about the race, how the ongoing redistricting dispute in Texas is making everybody’s elections difficult, and about CPAC generally. And if you’re wondering why a Texas federal Senate race would be affected by redistricting, it’s because nobody really wants to have three primary dates | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Richard Mourdock (R CAND, IN-SEN PRI).
This particular interview with Richard – we’ve talked with him before about the race – is of interest for another reason: Dave Weigel of Slate happened to reference it in his day-in-the-life article about Richard Mourdock at CPAC. I don’t have any actual beef with Weigel’s reporting of anything that I was involved with – I did ask those questions, more or less, and I | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Dan Bongino (R CAND, MD-SEN PRI).
One of the interesting things about CPAC is, of course, that you can meet a whole lot of different candidates. Below was my conversation with Dan Bongino, who is a former US Secret Service agent now running for Senate in Maryland against Ben Cardin – and if you don’t remember who Ben Cardin is, don’t worry. Cardin’s an amazingly generic Senator who, on his good | Read More »