“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
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.
As the senior member of Minnesota’s Republican congressional
delegation, Rep. John Kline has amassed considerable clout over the years. He
is generally thought to have a close relationship with House Speaker John
Boehner. As the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the
Workforce, that relationship appears to have paid off.
With the political capital he has
accumulated, you might expect that he has even more influence than other
members to help Republicans to limit the explosive growth of the federal
Establishment Republicans are facing some tough approval ratings. Speaker John Boehner has the same approval rating held by Rep. Nancy Pelosi when she brought Democrats back to the
minority in the House in 2010. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is losing to the Democrat he will tentatively face for re-election next year.
improve their numbers, the RNC has been developing its plan to win over
young voters who fall in the millennial generation.
Bloggers and activists from around the nation gathered at
FreedomWorks this September 6-8 for a Defund ObamaCare Summit, where
they discussed the consequences of ObamaCare and the strategies being
used by Democrats and some Republicans to keep the law in place.
at the summit learned to counter the most substantive arguments – many
of which have been ironically formulated by Republican congressional
leadership – to support the funding of ObamaCare. The message was
simple: Why fund a law that no one believes will work with money the
federal government doesn’t have?
This month marks the third anniversary of FreedomWorks’ endorsement
of Rep. Renee Ellmers during her very first campaign for the U.S. House.
Ironically, Rep. Ellmers decided to commemorate the anniversary by
putting a knife in the back of the conservatives who support defunding
In response to a question she received at a town hall this past week, Rep. Ellmers
tried to explain that her low ratings from conservative organizations
had nothing to do with her voting with Democrats to expand the size of
government, but suggested that she was being unfairly singled out by
groups like the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks.