Happy Debt Ceiling Day

    It feels like yesterday when John Boehner was bragging how he got 98% of what he desired from the deal negotiated to raise the debt ceiling in August 2011.  Yet just 17 months after Obama was granted a $2.1 trillion debt limit increase to preserve his reelection, we have breached the new ceiling.  In just 519 days, we’ve burned through $2.1 trillion in debt, for | Read More »

    Smarter Than Jesus – What an Unwise Conservative Might Believe About Our Leadership

    While I must admit I am a Christian and Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior, I am just overwhelmingly proud to be a Republican and conservative in America these days. Republican and conservative leadership including all the pundits, journalists, bloggers, consultants and us rank-and-file conservatives have all demonstrated that collectively we must be smarter than Jesus. That’s an audacious thing for someone like me | Read More »

    Forget 12/21: Today We are 1331 Days Without A Budget

    In order to understand the magnitude of government spending, debt and fiscal cliff “solutions”, it is helpful to scale down the numbers to more manageable ones that we are more accustomed to. Most citizens cannot properly comprehend the magnitude of the government finances because the amounts with which we are dealing were — at one time — unimaginable. First, some basic facts: 1. Government annual | Read More »

    Boehner’s Tax Increase to Nowhere

    Boehner’s Tax Increase to Nowhere

    So Boehner plans to introduce a bill on the House floor that increases the top marginal tax rate on those earning more than $1 million per year.  Most likely, Boehner and Obama will ultimately agree on a deal that splits the difference between $400,000 and $500,000.  Many Republicans will shrug their shoulders:  “Who cares about a few rich liberals?” However, this rationale represents a shortsighted | Read More »

    Obama’s ‘Disaster’ Aid Package

    Obama’s ‘Disaster’ Aid Package

    Democrats live by the dictum “never let a good crisis go to waste.”  What better way to insert their campaign wish list into a Hurricane Sandy disaster aid bill? To that end, Obama has submitted a $60.4 billion dollar aid request for recovery of damage from Hurricane Sandy.  His proposal is chock full of items from his campaign wish list, and will be considered before | Read More »

    Boehner Can’t Give Away the House Fast Enough

    What is worse than striking out?  Grounding into a double play. Not only is Boehner prepared to raise taxes – both through capping deductions and increasing marginal rates – he is now prepared to preemptively surrender our last point of leverage in one fell swoop.  The media is now reporting that Boehner offered Obama a clean 1-year debt ceiling extension as part of the deal | Read More »

    “Next Time We’ll Really Stick it to Obama”

    A common tactic used by someone who fears confrontation is to contrive an excuse for not battling his adversary at the present, while promising to deal harshly with him in the future.  That’s how the GOP has operated with Obama in all of the budget battles over the past two years.  It’s always ‘the next fight.’ There is an emerging consensus from some conservatives inside | Read More »

    We spend $571 Billion on Education

    We spend $571 Billion on Education

    We spend $571 billion every year on education. How much outrageous waste and abuse lurks beneath the surface?

    President Obama’s deleterious effect on America’s work ethic.

    The United States was built on the backs of hard working people. From pilgrims who survived an ocean’s journey and founded a colony at Plymouth to slaves who endured the blistering sun as they harvested cotton to settlers who braved temperatures, terrain and Indians to fulfill a Manifest Destiny, the United States was the product of people who worked like their lives depended on it. | Read More »

    Embrace the Cliff!

    Congress:  All y’all voted and passed it last year, and President Obama signed it.  Please go home, enjoy the holidays, and do nothing. You’re good at that. Social Security is safe: they made a $59.3 billion profit as of September 30, the end of the Federal Fiscal Year.  Grandma will keep getting her payments. although she’ll lose some on dividends and interest from all she’s | Read More »

    Raising Taxes… in Return for What?

    Raising Taxes… in Return for What?

    It’s not like we haven’t been through this recently.  In fact, we’ve seen this rodeo less than 18 months ago.  When will Republicans learn their lesson? Republicans came to power in 2011 promising to put a stop to Obama’s addiction to spending and growing government.  They pledged to cut $100 billion immediately.  They had a number of opportunities to leverage their control over the budget | Read More »

    Inauguration 2013: Faith in Obama

    While discussions in Washington are focused on the fiscal cliff, the White House is looking ahead to spending a record amount of money on a three day celebration.  Inauguration day will fall on a Sunday in the new year, meaning the President’s official swearing-in will be a small, private ceremony as is tradition.  The President has called for a day of service the day before | Read More »

    Why do we need a deal?

    Perhaps the best way forward for the GOP addressing the “fiscal cliff” is to play small ball and just pass bills patching specific items. One bill that extends the expansion of the family tax credit, one that preserves the 10% tax bracket, one that extends the payroll tax cut, and also bills extending the capital gains and dividend tax cuts. Clean bills that don’t do | Read More »

    Congressional Abstinence Program

    From my friends at the Patriot Alliance: Congressional Abstinence Program Dear Republicans of the Congress, The “Debt Deal” many of you struck with the President and the Democrats in Congress last August turns out to be the fiscal and economic mess we warned you it would be.  You were blamed at that time by the media and both sides of the political spectrum for the | Read More »

    Fire Boehner: We Only Need 16 Votes to Depose Boehner

    From the diaries…

    If conservatives want to keep the House and win the Senate, we need to fire John Boehner as speaker of the House. We only need 16 House votes to do it.

    As most conservatives know, Boehner and the House GOP Steering Committee decided to purge four conservative House members from their committee. Congressmen Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp were removed from the House Budget Committee, and Congressmen David Schweikert and Walter Jones were cut from the Financial Services Committee.

    Amash, Huelskamp, and Schweikert were targeted because they were too fiscally conservative—all three have voted against Boehner’s debt ceiling hikes. Amash and Huelskamp were the only two GOP votes against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget.

    Amash explained that vote at yesterday’s Bloggers’ Briefing at the Heritage Foundation, “It’s unacceptable to have unbalanced budgets until 2040.”

    For anyone outside of DC, this statement seems obvious. Only in Washington is balancing the budget radical.

    Many conservatives voted for the Ryan budget because they didn’t want to “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” I understand that, but we shouldn’t criticize those who actually understand the depth of our debt problem and plan to propose real answers.

    If Speaker Boehner wants to purge independent, bold conservatives—I think it’s time he gets fired as Speaker. Not only for the purge. He has failed to effectively win negotiations with President Obama and appointed moderate committee chairs. To the public, Boehner may appear radical but in reality he proposes milquetoast policies, like the tax-hikes he proposed this week.

    While the caucus has already voted in support of John Boehner as speaker of the 113th Congress, the final floor vote doesn’t happen until early January.

    Everyone thinks it’s a fairytale, but the Conservative Movement is capable of firing Boehner with just 16 votes.

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