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