Ryan-Murray deal, the details [Copyright infringement removed]
here’s what is being reported by wonkblog and other sites. Bottom line: no new taxes. Deficit reduced by 20 billion. sequestration on defense cut in half. no we dont get 100% of what we want but thats the nature of compromise and not holding the Presidentcy. detail of the plan: [The part of this post where the author copy-pasted Ezra Klein has been | Read More »
why should there be any sales tax at all?
I don’t know enough about economics to have a good opinion. My opinion is just my gut feeling and I am happy to be educated. I used to think a VAT tax was a good idea but someone here at RedState gave me some links a while back that showed it wasn’t. I just feel that arguing about whether one sales tax is good because | Read More »
rebranding conservatism – the Superhero
I am really disturbed at people who say we should let Ocare burn and then people will vote for conservatism from the ashes. We need to do what we can to stop bad things, not let them happen and then pick up pieces. We need to be always trying to stop the big bad, even if we fail, we have to be seen making the | Read More »
in a WSJ oped, Governor Walker shows us how to win
Governor Walker has an oped in the WSJ and it’s totally amazing. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303985504579206210388287976 excerpt As governor of the state, my administration reformed collective bargaining in the public sector against enormous odds, turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a $760 million surplus, and cut taxes. In response to the union reform, opponents mounted a recall election in 2012. It was contentious—yet after enduring a hundred | Read More »
House bill pulled – Plan B from outer space all over again
So Boehner pulls the bill from the floor. So hello Senate bill. It’s plan B all over again. I’m just amazed at how dysfunctional our conservative caucus is. They just gave Boehner the cover he needs to pass a clean surrender with Dem votes. Watch tomorrow. Senate will send their bill to the House and Boehner will bring it to | Read More »
once more with feeling: where do we go from here?
UPDATE 2: Will Senator Cruz filibuster the Senate deal? UPDATE: Erick says that the House should reject the Senate bill, but I no longer agree with him. Entitlements are more important. I cant believe I’ve become a fiscon why do I get the feeling that when this is all done and over with, we are gonna be like the Scoobies: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/buffy-the-vampire-slayer/videos/768648/title/once-more-with-feeling-where-go-from-here we fight, | Read More »
Governor Walker is awesome: won’t shut down the public parks
SO AWESOME. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/326611-federally-funded-wisconsin-state-parks-remain-open-under-shutdown Despite receiving a closure directive from the National Park Service, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has decided instead that parks partly funded by the federal government would stay open to the public. In the wake of this week’s federal government shutdown, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also placed barricades by a boat launch on the Mississippi | Read More »
slouching towards a grand bargain
Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul were caught talking on a live mic – Paul suggested that after attempts to defund Obamacare in the spending bill failed in the Senate, it’s time to make Republicans appear more reasonable than Democrats. (POLITICO’s full government shutdown coverage) “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it, we fought for that, but now we’re willing to | Read More »
UPDATED – Paul Ryan will save us
so, what have we learned? Cruz didn’t have a plan, House GOP is starting to waver, and the only thing between us and a “clean CR” that passes with Dems and a few RINOs is… omfg, Boehner. Does’t look good. Also, the new talking point about how the shutdown is actually Reid’s fault would be better if we hadn’t been convincing ourselves earlier that a | Read More »
a note to my senator Ron Johnson: for shame
Senator Johnson, you suck. really, at least with Senator Feingold, we knew where he stood. Russ never said one thing and did another. My dad shook Senator Feingold’s hand and looked him in the eye and said that there was a man he could respect even though he disagreed with everything he ever said or voted. Russ would have stood tall and done | Read More »
Senator Cruz just voted Yea for cloture On the Cloture Motion to Proceed to H.J.Res. 59
ok, this was a question Samsara asked in comments to the frontpage post – at 1pm today the Senate voted for cloture on the CR, and the story says it was unanimous. I checked and yup, that does mean that Sen/ Cruz just voted for cloture. I just have no idea why he would vote for cloture after doing the filibuster. He said a vote | Read More »
delted my diary. it was a stupid thing to write and i am ashamed i wrote it. am just so angry at how it is going to turn out. anyway, I’m sorry.
16 Reasons Hillary will lose – IF …
Myra’s diary is basically a give up and let’s go home kind of attitude and I think it’s because there’s a ridiculous urge on our side to basically put blinders on and avoid thinking outside of the box. So let me reply point by point to her arguments and show why all of them are basically wrong. 1. Social movements? social movements are bogus. Email, | Read More »
had a great summer and sad to see nothing’s changed on the politics front
Well, I’ve had an awesome summer. Got the job, got the girl, spent a lot of time outside, including a trip to Texas to see some cousins and went wading near Perdenales Falls but oh my was it HOT. And to be honest I prefer our own local Cave of the Mounds to Natural Bridge Cavern. So anyway I’m just stopping by to say hello | Read More »
does impeachment wait until 2014 or after?
UPDATE: I ave no clue why I wrote my “graduation” below. I just finished my freshman year, I didn’t graduate. Calling that a graduation is incredibly lame. Sorry about that I think my brain went awol while writing! Some of my family came up from Texas for my graduation and man did we have a blast! Apart from the plinking and the swimming | Read More »
finals week and reflection as a conservative at a liberal school
So, my 1st year of college is winding down, I’m basically done with the important finals and it’s time to go home for the summer… wait, no it isn’t, I’m staying here for the summer to work, hang out on the lake, and maye spend some more time with certain people who have expressed interest in spending more time with me. Let’s see how that | Read More »
one lesson of the Ohio kidnapping / hostage case
the horrible story is no less horrible even though it has a happy ending of reunion and the family. But i see one thing in this, notice that the girls were made pregnant by the captors, and one gave birth and has a daughter now. Next time a liberal says a woman who is raped will look at her living daughter and only see her | Read More »
proud to be a RINO
I just realized that “Republican in Name Only” is actually something a conservative should embrace. Far better to be a RINO than a CINO. (Conservative in name only). Now I have defended the need for conservatives like me to stay in the GOP because if we do not then we lose the only vehicle we have for promoting our value to the public in | Read More »
where is the social conservatism at CPAC?
I’ve been following a few people on twitter at CPAC and they haven’t really mentioned social issues yet. Is there anyone covering it for RedState or on Twitter I should follow? Can someone point me to any talks or scheduled sessions that are about ssocial issues? It is really hard to find the information. I assume that it is there but there’s no coverage.
What is a conservative? 4 things
I’m going to start reading Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” on my Kindle but before I do I wanted to jot down what in my own mind I think about when I say I am a conservative, and I think I have it boiled down to a few things: 1. there is a natural order to how human beings should behave, which originally came from | Read More »
how do we replace Obamacare?
I am going to admit my ignorance and just ask this question aloud, why are we against just allowing anyone who doesn’t have insurance to buy it from Medicare? A lot of young people like me buying insurance from medicare would be premium dollars that would help support the program without much expense since I don’t go to the doctor very often at all. Thats | Read More »
Great op-ed by Gov. Walker on the economic outlook for Wisconsin, compared to nationally: After years of tax increases and budget tricks, Wisconsin faced one of the largest budget deficits in the country — $3.6 billion. Our state government was hemorrhaging money due to fiscally liberal policies which catered to special interest groups and government union bosses. Wisconsin was on the same path as many | Read More »
calling all gamers on Redstate
I am quite disturbed to see so much anger and misunderstanding directed at video games in several comment thread. I had hoped that other gamers might join me in vouching for the value and innocence of our hobby. I enjoy video games as much as I enjoy my real gun ownership and I find that these are perhaps the most honorable and beautiful examples of | Read More »
Scott Walker’s surplus
this is awesome news but not a surprise for anyone paying attention: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/wisconsin-budget-surplus-projected-to-grow-to-million/article_ec6cc518-666a-11e2-ac09-0019bb2963f4.html Wisconsin’s budget picture brightened Thursday, with new estimates that show a surplus will grow to $484 million, giving Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker even more room to pursue their tax cutting agenda. The estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau was nearly $137 million better than one Walker’s administration released in | Read More »
Why I am still a Republican
Seems pretty obvious that there is no fiscally-conservative party. The GOP doesn’t want to cut spending any more than the Dems do, even when they are in power, Even now, there’s no one on the GOP willing to stick out their neck and say clearly, here’s what I’d cut, by how much, and why. Show me one GOP legislator who has used either of these | Read More »