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Criticizing Candidates Who Want to Grow Government

Authored forUnited Liberty.

Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize Republican candidates?

Mississippi is one example. Washington Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen. Thad Cochran, in his primary election.

Some Thoughts on Civility Among Minnesota Republicans

7/21/14 Update:Bill Jungbauer, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and the chairman of the Republican Party in Congressional District 2, provided some additional insights in comments at the bottom of this post.
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Michael Brodkorb on Saturday published an accounting of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s internal politics. It described the tension that State Executive Committee member Diane Johnson was experiencing because of her opposition to Jeff Johnson, the party’s endorsed candidate for governor.

President Obama’s American Nightmare

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Earlier this year, White House press secretary Jay Carney suggested that Americans losing their jobs due to ObamaCare should be thankful. “At the beginning of this year,” he said, “we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Is the Obama Administration really trying to help Americans by putting them out of work, or is it just trying to create more voters by trapping them in a welfare state they are unable to escape?

The War on Students?

Authored for FreedomWorks.

“Higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility in America,” President Obama said  last year. “And if we don’t do something about keeping it within reach, it will create problems for economic mobility for generations to come.”

It is a common refrain from political leaders that it is necessary for students to pursue a college education. The cost of that education comes at rising cost, with graduates of the 2012 class holding  an average of $29,400 in student loan debt.

Miss America Erika Harold Misses Major Opportunity At CPAC

Authored for Western Journalism.

Speaking at CPAC last week, congressional candidate Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner, advanced the idea that those seeking to join the political arena should not need to ask permission to get involved, relaying her own experience:

Some within the political establishment told me, it’s not your turn. And the political establishment sought to drive me from my involvement. But I refused to step aside because our country is built on the leadership of men and women who decided not to wait their turn and who decided to speak truth to power, even when that power was within their own party.

FreedomWorks Polling Suggests Path for Uniting Republicans

Authored for FreedomWorks.

“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War. Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes to dividing the other side.

Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next election.

Dispelling the Myth of Partisanship in Washington

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the wearer feel good, but no one can see it.

The complaints come to mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote of 359-67.

AFF January Roundtable: Resolutions for the Conservative Movement

On January 14th, I'll be participating in this roundtable discussion hosted by America's Future Foundation at Reason Magazine. See below for details or  click here  to RSVP.

Libertarians and Conservatives Debate!  Inside the Beltway 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. What should the liberty movement’s priorities be this year? Find out at America’s Future Foundation’s exciting panel discussion and debate on the direction of the conservative and libertarian movement.
 
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John Kline’s Eight Worst Votes on the Budget

Though he campaigns as a budget hawk at home, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) often votes differently while he is away in Washington. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable occasions that he has voted to increase spending and lift the debt ceiling over the years.

Kline voted for the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 before he voted against it.When it was passed in 2011, the BCA increased the debt ceiling by $400 billion while giving President Obama the option of increasing it, on his own, by an additional $2 trillion.

The 94 Republicans Who Upset Washington in 2013

Authored for FreedomWorks.

Earlier this month, House Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chair Steve Scalise fired Executive Director Paul Teller for allegedly working  with conservative organizations like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action. It was especially ironic in light of how often liberals and pretentious academics use the RSC as an example of how the movement to limit government has grown out of hand.

Has Washington really been overrun by people trying to limit government?

Thomas Mann & Norm Ornstein, scholars at the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute, respectively, like to lecture on the idea that the Republican Party is too conservative.
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