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Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer A Leftist

 

 

 

” How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village to buy him a mass card, the priest refused to sell me one. So far left that a self-identified terrorist proposed marriage to me. So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. So far left that my Teamster mother used to tell anyone who would listen that she voted for Gus Hall, Communist Party chairman, for president. I wore a button saying “Eat the Rich.” To me it wasn’t a metaphor.

  I voted Republican in the last presidential election.

  Below are the top ten reasons I am no longer a leftist. This is not a rigorous comparison of theories. This list is idiosyncratic, impressionistic, and intuitive. It’s an accounting of the milestones on my herky-jerky journey.”

 

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A Budget Of Wimps

 

 

” If you weighed 1,000 pounds, would people notice you lost weight if you went down to 999 pounds?

  In Congress, the Republicans feared there would be another shutdown they would be blamed for.  They compromised with Democrats and presented a budget of wimps.  During the next ten years, they will cut spending by $23 billion.  The sequester, which would have cut the budget by much more than that, was done away with for fear it would keep politicians from wasting more money.  What about the debt ceiling that we will have to raise?  The Democrats complain about trickle-down economics in which the rich invest in the economy, create jobs, and purchase expensive things that again require people to service them.  They practice it all the time when they privately invest their money to produce a return that is much larger than what retired people receive from Social Security.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Side Of The Barricade Are You On?

 

 

   We posted a piece earlier today regarding Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s desire to engage in an internecine war with the Tea Partiers and conservatives in his own party and how Mr McConnell felt that the activist (read principled) wing of the Republican party was destroying the brand . 

   This comprehensive article from Politico Magazine covers in great detail the tectonic shift that is taking place in the politics of America and how the old “two party” system just does not suit anyone’s , except the incumbents , needs and desires . While the article is particularly harsh on the right side of the aisle it does cover the lack of moral authority on both sides of the aisle and stands as a primer on what we see as a resurgence of the American spirit in the form of a desire for a more limited , effective government . 

   Below is one excerpt that very clearly identifies why Senator McConnell and his Establishment cronies are wrong on the issue of who’s to blame for the record decline in the Republican party . The entire piece is well worth your time and offers the hope , shared here at YouViewed , that the future could very well be one of a libertarian , back to our Founder’s roots bent .

   The author Doug Sosnik , while a Democratic strategist , pulls no punches and though he sees the trend as one of “populist” sentiment , we feel that is wishful thinking , as his idea of populism is more in tune with an activist government than a laissez-faire , invisible hand polity . We view the trend with the youth of America as having grown tired of the State and it’s failed policies both foreign and domestic , exhibiting a desire for more self-determination and less dependence .

 

 

 

The Sorry State Of The Republican Party

” It is difficult to add much to the current piling on about all of the challenges facing the Republican Party. The party has become narrowly defined as a congressional party controlled by the Tea Party movement. And Republicans continue to have enormous problems with women, young people, Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. It is clear that they will never become a majority party in an increasing multiracial society until they deal with their positions on the issues that have alienated these broad groups of voters.

Any effort the party makes going forward should factor in the following:

 1. The lack of a leader. The Republican Party is leaderless and will continue to be until it has a 2016 nominee. This nominee will either be the next president or the party will go back to being leaderless for four more years after losing its third presidential election in a row. 

 2. The repudiation of the party elders. There is no longer an establishment wing of the Republican Party. The failed leadership under President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress led to the enormous expansion of government spending and got the country into two wars that taxpayers are still funding. These actions alienated a majority of Americans and pushed the activist wing of the party to repudiate what used to be the establishment wing. The party should stop waiting for the ‘grownups’ to come to its rescue since there are no longer party elders that the activist wing is willing to listen to, much less follow.

 3. The demise of right-leaning think tanks. The political contamination of right-leaning think tanks has stripped away the party’s ability to develop a series of substantive ideas and policies to rebuild the party for the future. The intellectual foundation of Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980 began forming in the early 1960s through the ideas of National Review and other right-of-center organizations.

 4. The likelihood that the next Republican president will come from the states. The Republican Party is now perceived nationally as a congressional party, which is poisonous given how much most of America hates Washington. There’s a chance that the party might nominate a member of Congress, but it is highly unlikely that a nominee from the congressional wing of the party could be elected president in 2016.

 5. The party’s congressional wing cannot fix the image of the Republican Party. There’s little that Republicans at the federal level can do to help their party except to do no further harm. All of the burdens for redefining the party will fall on state leaders until Republicans nominate a presidential candidate in 2016.

 6. The lack of consensus on the reasons for Mitt Romney’s defeat continues to divide the party. Romney was the worst possible candidate to put up against Obama last year, particularly given Obama’s relative popularity in 2012, the bruising Republican primary in what is now widely considered one of the weakest fields in presidential history and the public’s perception that the economy was on the rebound. On top of all this, there’s the fact that Obama simply ran a vastly superior campaign.

  Given the vacuous nature of Romney’s campaign, there continues to be an ongoing debate within the GOP about the lessons learned from his defeat. Romney’s inauthentic efforts to position himself as a conservative led many to conclude that he ended up standing for nothing. The ascendant wing of the party concluded that Romney wasn’t conservative enough to win.

  The worst thing for Democrats would have been for former senator Rick Santorum to have won the nomination. If he had, Obama would likely have won the presidency in one of the largest landslides in history. This would have settled the open question about the viability of a Republican candidate from the right wing of the party. For now, the debate will continue to paralyze the party until 2016. If Republicans lose the next presidential election, this intra-party debate will continue for the rest of the decade.

 7. The Republican Party’s continued failure to adapt to the electorate’s views on social issues. It’s not hard to conclude that America has changed and that the Republican litmus test on social issues is out of step with the majority of voters. The party’s failure to change with the times is the principle reason that it has performed so poorly among younger voters for the past decade. Despite the party’s talk about becoming more tolerant and inclusive, it hasn’t done anything in the past year to deal with these issues.

 8. Angry, partisan and negative aren’t what the country is looking for right now. One of the core strengths of Ronald Reagan, the last successful Republican president, was his uplifting message of optimism and hope for the country and its people. He also conveyed a sense of mission and a willingness to work with the other side to get things done for the American people. Today’s Republican Party is seen as an angry force that is solely focused on scoring political points against the president rather than focusing on what’s right for the country.

The Democratic Party At A Crossroads With Challenges Of Its Own

  Compared with the Republicans, the Democrats are a vibrant party with favorable demographics and an edge when it comes to the Electoral College map. But the comparison masks several big challenges the Democratic Party faces in next year’s midterm elections, as well as a post-Obama future: “

  The author’s politics do show themselves to a reasonable degree . While he is considerably less harsh on the state of the Democratic party , there is no denying that he has identified a great deal of the problems associated with the lack of leadership and principles that is turning the GOP into the party of also-rans , at least at the national level . If only he offered such a rousing critique of his own Democratic party .

   Regardless of the less than even-handedness of the author’s treatment of the state of the American political parties there is wisdom in his words and the right should ignore him at their peril , just as ignoring the likes of Ted Cruz , Mike Lee and Rand Paul will cause the GOP no end of grief and doom them to a generation in the wilderness .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll: Rubio Drops From First To Sixth Nationally Among Republicans After Immigration Push

 

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” The good news for Rubio fans? He’s just six points back of the new leader, Rand Paul. That’s how open the field is. (And how silly polls two years out from a primary are.)

The bad news? He was at 21-22 percent in PPP’s polls earlier this year, which means he’s lost more than half his support. No wonder he’s wasting no time in making repairs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Boehner Puts Conditions In Place That Mean Amnesty Is Dead In The House

 

” So, how did proponents of amnesty hope to get a bill through the House if only a handful of Republicans would vote for it? Simple, they wanted John Boehner to betray his caucus.

Boehner had already explicitly said that he wouldn’t violate the Hastert rule by bringing a bill up that the majority of his caucus opposed, but he has now gone a step further than that.

Speaker John Boehner said at a press conference today that for “any legislation — including a conference report — to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filibustering Senators Under No Obligation To ‘Play Fair’ To Protect Gun Rights

 

 

 

 

” With at least 14 United States senators (all Republicans), including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), having vowed to filibuster any proposed unconstitutional gun legislation (and given the Constitution’s clear statement that the right to keep and bear arms is one that shall not be infringed, that would seem to indicate that all proposed gun legislation would be subject to filibuster), the forcible citizen disarmament advocates are growing louder and louder in their outrage.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), for example, speaking on the Senate floor Monday, said, “Shame on them,” in reference to the senators planning a filibuster. From Talk Radio News Service:

“There is simply no reason for the blatant obstruction except the fear of considering anti-violence proposals in full, public view. Yet now many Senate Republicans seem afraid to even engage in this debate. S[h]ame on them,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

 

Obama’s condemnation of any filibuster is an extension of his State of the Union Address, in which he dramatically and repeatedly thundered that, “They [survivors of shootings and loved ones of the slain] deserve a vote!” It was good political theater, got his supporters fired up, and it’s no wonder that he gets back to the theme at every opportunity.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll: 80 Percent Of Americans Unhappy With Washington

30 Percent Angry

 

 

 

 

” Eighty percent of Americans are dissatisfied with Washington — including 30 percent who are angry, the highest level of anger recorded since polling on that question began in 2010. A new CBS News poll shows rapidly slipping approval of President Barack Obama and very low ratings for the Republican Party.

Anger at Washington has increased nine percentage points since December, and while the overall unhappy sentiment cut across party lines, Republicans and independents are more likely to say they were angry.

Additionally, 61 percent said that they believe the country is on the “wrong track,” up from 54 percent since February, according to CBS. Nearly nine in 10 Republicans say the country is on the wrong track.”

 

 

 

 

 

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HARVARD STUDIES THE TEA PARTY

 

 

 

 

 

” A recent Harvard study entitled, “Do Protests Matter? Evidence from the Tea Party Movement,” examined the effect that protest has on political change. The study found that, “[P]rotests can build political movements that ultimately affect policymaking, and that these effects arise from influencing political views rather than solely through the revelation of existing political preferences.” The study was conducted by a team of researchers from around the world.

For all the talk on the left about how the Tea Party has splintered conservatives and been a drag on the Republican brand, the Harvard researchers discovered the opposite.

Amongst the conclusions derived from the exhaustive study, the report found that the Tea Party protests in 2009, “[I]ncreased turnout in favor of the Republican Party in the subsequent congressional elections and increased the likelihood that incumbent Democratic representatives decided to retire prior to the elections.”

The study continued, “Incumbent policymaking was also affected, as representatives responded to large protests in their district by voting more conservatively in Congress. In addition, we provide evidence that these effects were driven by a persistent increase in the movement’s strength.”

Most stunning, Harvard found that the Tea Party protests had a significant multiplier effects: for every protester, Republican votes increased by seven to fourteen votes.

The release of this study comes at around the same time as the release of a poll recently conducted by NSON that found that out of 500 American respondents, 47.8% identified with Tea Party principles while only 20.6% identified with progressive principles and 22.8% identified “neither.” “

 

 

 

Rand Paul, Rubio Poke At Their Own Party

 

 

 

 

” “The GOP of old has grown stale and moss-covered,” Paul told the Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington.

Paul and Marco Rubio, Republican senators being measured as 2016 presidential possibilities, gave campaign-style speeches at the annual conservative gathering: soaring rhetoric and a quick rundown of policy positions. Paul attacked wasteful government spending, advocated a flat tax and suggested eliminating the Department of Education. He appealed to young voters – a big part of the CPAC audience – calling them “the core of the ‘leave me alone’ coalition.”

“If we’re going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP,” he said. “We need a Republican Party that shows up on the South Side of Chicago and shouts at the top of our lungs … ‘The GOP is the ticket to the middle class.'”

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Subject-Control Drive To Get First Votes In Congress

 

 

 

” Wider background checks had been seen as having a good chance in Congress, but the effort has stumbled in recent days over a dispute about whether to keep records of private gun sales.Republicans fear such records would be a first step to a government register of gun owners.

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma appeared more optimistic on Thursday about the possibility of reaching an agreement with Democrats on background checks.

“I think we’ll ultimately get there even though the outside groups aren’t comfortable with it yet,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The drive for gun-control laws has taken on a new urgency since the December shooting in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

It has become one of Obama’s top domestic priorities, along with immigration reform and fixing a series of budget messes.

But reviving an assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004 has almost no chance in Congress, with opposition from Republicans and some Democrats.

The two parties are closer to agreement on the two lesser elements of the gun-control drive: cracking down on the illegal trafficking of firearms and bolstering school security.”

 

   What the hell happened to Tom Coburn ? He used to be a man of principle and believer in liberty . They’ve all over-stayed their welcome in DC . Now he’s turned into some sort of Olympia Snow ? Oklahoma … call your Senator … he needs a reminder of what he is supposed to stand for .

 

 

Update: Maybe Coburn is growing a pair . Keep burning up those phone lines folks .

 

” Democrats had hoped to reach a bipartisan deal on expanding federal background checks with conservative Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. But on Wednesday, Democrats set aside their efforts to win over Coburn after weeks of talks failed to resolve a dispute over requiring that records of private sales be retained.

Their inability to craft a deal with Coburn was a blow to Democrats because of his solid conservative credentials and “A” rating with the NRA. His support could have meant backing from other Senate Republicans and even moderate Democrats, including several facing 2014 re-election campaigns in GOP-leaning states.”

 

Why The Sequester Is The GOP’s Worst Possible Move

 

 

 

 

” The danger for Republicans is that they will bury emerging news about economic weakness tied to higher taxes and more far-reaching regulations and instead promote a story line that puts a new round of disruptive spending cuts at the center of an economic slump — courtesy of the GOP.

I’ve been arguing for months that Washington is trying to shrink the deficit faster than is economically sound. The sequester would only exacerbate this shortsightedness with automatic cuts designed to do the maximum damage per dollar saved.

In other words, this is about the worst way to cut government, and it would be happening at the worst possible time for Republicans.”

 

Senate GOP Ponders Ceding Power To President Obama

 

 

 

 

” Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.

The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year.

As proposed, lawmakers would retain the power to overturn the president’s spending plan by March 22, but only under a resolution of disapproval that would demand two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate to prevail over an Obama veto.

The proposal would require — like the sequester — that no more than $42.6 billion of the cuts come at the expense of defense programs. But the elaborate, almost Rube Goldberg construct is already provoking sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike and reflects a political scramble to escape the fallout from the sequester.”

 

 

MAKE OBAMA TRAVEL PATH OF BROKEN GLASS

 

 

 

 

” In the mid-1970s, the Republican Party was in complete disarray. Watergate had taken its toll.  Democrats swept into office by huge margins, where they held a super majority in the Senate and nearly 300 votes in the House. The conservative movement was decimated but within the Senate a rump group of conservative senators decided to fight back. They did not take to the microphones. They did not hold press conference.  Rather, they used the rules of the institution to get Democrats and liberal Republicans to take dozens of “tough votes” on “killer” amendments to defeat a slew liberal legislation. Despite having only 39 Republicans, including RINOs like Jacob Javits (R.-N.Y.), they defeated a slew of liberal agenda items. Those roll call votes were the very issues used to defeat all those liberal senators in the 1980 Reagan landslide, including Javits, who lost in a GOP primary that year.

In other words, they made their opponents crawl over miles of glass. The lesson lost on the modern GOP.

Boehner has engaged in the series of one-on-one negotiations with the president while his members have been sitting ideally waiting for news of the coming capitulation.

A better strategy would have been to put them to work. The speaker could use his ability to schedule votes and committee hearings to being a series of bills to the floor that would drive a wedge between the president and his Democrat allies. Forcing a series of uncomfortable votes would ultimately create back pressure on the President from members of his own party.”

5 Big Problems Obama Will Ignore In His State Of The Union Address

 

 

 

 

” He has already told House Democrats that the focus of the speech will be on jobs and the economy, but according to USA Today, he is also expected to discuss gun control, climate change, and immigration.

In other words, the State of the Union address will probably sound a lot like every other speech the president has given. If your State of the Union drinking game doesn’t include the phrase “common-sense solutions,” you’re probably some sort of teetotaler.

If you’re among the 88 percent of Americans who won’t bother to tune in (according to Nielsen ratings of last year’s audience), don’t worry: It’s not like the president will actually discuss the real state of the country. Rather it’s yet another chance for Obama to promote his own policies and ignore their many flaws. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on behalf of the GOP, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on behalf of the Tea Party, will provide responses that will hopefully point out the president’s attempts to dodge reality. But if not, we’ve got a handy list of issues the president is likely to avoid in the State of the Union address.”

 

  Can you guess what topics will be left untouched ? Make your list and then go here to see how you fare against Reason’s estimates of what’s missing . We don’t think it’s too difficult to get a grip on what Lord Obama will ignore … just think what’s truly important … yet politically inconvenient .

RAND PAUL TO GIVE TEA PARTY RESPONSE TO SOTU

” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will give the Tea Party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Paul will deliver his remarks at the National Press Club after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers the Republican response, which he will give in both English and Spanish in an attempt to broaden the GOP’s appeal to minorities.”

A Revolution In The Works?

 

 

 

 The “BlogFather’s”  newest column  for USA Today

 

” Americans are out of sorts, and increasingly they’re unhappy with the government. According to a Pew poll released last week, more than half of Americans view government as a threat to their freedom.

And it’s not just Republicans unhappy with Obama, or gun owners afraid that the government will take their guns: 38% of Democrats, and 45% of non-gun owners, see the government as a threat.”

Kept Conservatives: Prominent Right-Wingers Who Sound Very Liberal

 

 

 

” We’ve had a wide variety of conservative: the neo-cons, the paleo-cons and most recently the crunchy cons. Have you ever noticed how many of the most prominent conservative voices in America sound more like liberals? I have, and I believe they are in class all their own: they have a special mission and fit a particular profile.

They are what I like to call ‘kept cons.’ They are ‘kept’ by liberals in that kept cons generally work for liberal institutions and seem to fill the role of token conservative; they write conservative columns for national liberal newspapers or appear as conservative hosts or commentators on CNN or MSNBC or CNBC; but they don’t sound all that conservative. You can spot them slamming Sarah Palin or tamping down on the Tea Party.”

 

 

 

 

   This is the primary reason the GOP keeps losing . The ” kept con’s” aren’t only in the liberal media establishments , they are sitting the congress as we speak . They are called RINO’s and establishment ” go along to get along ” GOPers . Their lack of core beliefs beyond keeping their elective office goes only to being liked by the media and their opponents across the aisle . Their thoughts always go something like this … ” I’m a gun owner but …” or ” I support tax reform but … ”  or “I support securing the border but … ” 

 

 

 

 

 

   There is always a caveat and typically that caveat is a watered down version of the liberal talking points of the day . No core beliefs insight whatsoever . This is the root of GOP troubles . You have to stand for SOMETHING if you expect people to stand with you . 

 

 

 

 

     If all you have to offer is leftwing-lite or pseudo-liberalism why should you expect to be supported by anyone that has any real beliefs at at ? They are not liberal enough for the libs and certainly not conservative enough for the right . Guess here that leaves you Mr Graham , Mr Brooks … It leaves you with a dying constituency that cannot possibly garner enough votes to win elections . Welcome to the backwaters of American politics , enjoy it because that is where you shall spend the rest of your days . 

 

 

 

 

     The time for choosing has arrived and as the BlogFather himself is wont to say ” that which can’t continue , won’t” . Enjoy those fancy DC cocktail parties because that is all the celebration you’ll be seeing .

 

 

 

 

 

This last bit sums up the current state of affairs far more eloquently than I could ever hope to . 

 

 

 

” Their usual message is always something like, “I’m a conservative but these other people, these gun owners/southerners/TEA Partiers/Tax Cutters/Randians/Supply-siders/Pro-lifers/Climate Change Deniers/Libertarians/Gun Nuts/ Gold Bugs, etc., are beyond the pale.

The kept conservative’s announced job is to represent the conservative point of view, but their real job is to give the illusion of balance without really challenging any of the core tenets of liberalism. They spend lots of time ‘reinventing’ the Republican Party, and the new invention is always the same: more liberal. They live among liberals, their friends are liberals, and, of course, they are paid by liberals.”

 

Rove & Co Declares War On Tea Party

 

 

” The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”

But it is American Crossroads and its ilk that have run the GOP into the ground. Spending millions of dollars on useless 30,000-ft. advertising campaigns during the last election cycle, training candidates to soften conservatism in order to appeal to “moderates,” blowing up the federal budget under George W. Bush as a bipartisan tactic – all of those strategies led the party to a disastrous defeat in 2012. The Tea Party, which may nominate losers from time to time, also brought the Republicans their historic 2010 Congressional victory. If Tea Party candidates lose, it’s because they weren’t good candidates; if GOP establishment candidates lose, it’s because they weren’t good conservatives. The choice for actual conservatives should be easy.

But it isn’t. The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama insists that they, and only they, know the path to victory. As the Times reports, Conservative Victory Project won’t merely protect incumbents – it will challenge sitting Congresspeople of the Tea Party variety, including six-term Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who may run for Senate.

 

 

What’s Right With Kansas: Real Innovators Are GOP Governors

 

 

 

 

” In Washington, Barack Obama is looking to expand government into every nook and cranny of American life, and is looking to raise taxes to pay for it. But just in case you’ve bought the idea that conservatism is dead, my friends, look to the states.

Governor Sam Brownback, who was elected in that red wave of 2010, has cut and simplified the state’s income tax. He’s slashed the state payroll. He’s slashed the welfare rolls. And now he’s got something really big in mind – eliminating the state income tax altogether! “

Obama’s Masterful War Against GOP Strawmen

Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals

RULE 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” 

 

 

” I guess I already knew this, but something struck me about Obama’s inaugural address yesterday, especially as I read the transcript this morning. The reason Obama succeeds politically is that he has done a masterful job of setting up Republican strawmen – and straw policies – to use as his foils. And real Republicans do little but flail away helplessly in response.

Here is the Republican Party that Obama has created, and has convinced a majority of independent voters is the real thing:

  • The party that hates women.
  • The party that hates gay people.
  • The party that doesn’t want to help anyone in need.
  • The party that wants endless war.
  • The party that will do anything to stop the poor and the middle class from improving their lives.
  • The party that opposes building infrastructure.
  • The party that hates public employees, especially teachers, police and firefighters.
  • The party that doesn’t want you to have sex.

Does that sound like anyone you know? Does that sound like any Republican you’ve ever voted for? Does that sound like any commentator you read? Does that sound like any thoughts you’ve ever had? “

 

 

 Now you may say that the notion that people would take this sort of propaganda seriously is absurd but you must remember that we are in the age of the ” low information voter ” and the fact that Obama won re-election after that first miserable term should be enough to inform you that the momentum is on the side of the Statists . 

 

Benjamin Franklin said we were given a Republic , ” if we can keep it ” . Can we , given the fact that the majority of Americans would tell you that we live in a democracy ?

 

Thanking GOP Governors For Saving His Bacon.

 

 

” Anyway, we knew that the economy as a whole wasn’t really recovering (by the way, it still isn’t), but that’s not what mattered then. As Vince Lombardi once said: “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Lombardi also didn’t believe incheating and cheating again to win — but poor Vince didn’t understand how urgent it is that I “fundamentally transform the United States of America” while I have the opportunity.

That brings me to the second group of people to whom I owe thanks. I have yet to recognize their critical role in my reelection, and I really should express my gratitude publicly for what they did. Those people are the evil Republican and conservative governors who, despite my best efforts to stop them, worked so diligently during my first term, especially the past two years, to turn around or further improve their own states’ economies.

First and foremost, there’s Rick Perry in Texas. Did you realize that employment in his state was 440,000 higher in October 2012 than it was just 22 months earlier? Despite having my Environmental Protection Agency wage regulatory war on the Lone Star State, Texas, which has 8.3 percent of the nation’s population, accounted for 12.5 percent of its job growth and had an October unemployment rate of only 6.6%. Don’t rest on your laurels, Rick. Now that I don’t have to face reelection again (unless I can do something about that pesky 22nd Amendment), you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Three other smaller states had job-growth records either better than or close to that seen in Texas: North Dakota, Utah, and Oklahoma, which added a combined 150,000 jobs during the same period. Collectively (I really love that word), those four states grew their combined workforces by 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, the other 46 states plus D.C. only managed to grow their employment by less than 2.1 percent. “

 

 

7 Reasons Conservatives Don’t Trust the Republican Establishment

 

 

 

 

” My latest Townhall column is called, 7 Reasons Conservatives Don’t Trust the Republican Establishment. Here’s an excerpt from the column.

Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that’s dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don’t feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it’s a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP’s levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can’t trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them. “

 

 

Illustration By Michael Ramirez

 

 

Why The Left Got Taken To The Cleaners

 

 

 

” For liberals, this was not a moment of danger to be minimized but by far their best opportunity in a generation for increasing tax rates (which is the only fiscal reform they seem to want) and for robbing Republicans of future leverage for spending and entitlement reforms. And it is likely the best one they will encounter for another generation. Many on the left have seemed convinced lately that the politics of taxes had changed dramatically in their favor, and that the opportunity presented by the cliff could result in the kind of surge in revenue that could put off the coming fiscal crunch for years (until, they seem to think, it will just magically go away at some point) and so could save our entitlement programs from the need for reform. . . . “

 

 

 

Boehner Returns As Speaker By Three Votes

 

 

 

We are witnessing a GOP extinction event 

 

” Mr. Boehner kept the speakership despite the defections of 10 House Republicans who didn’t vote for him — a reflection of simmering discontent after a rough several months for the Ohio Republican.

In the speaker’s race, Mr. Boehner received 220 votes, or three more than he needed to guarantee the top post, which leaves him second in the line of presidential succession. “

 

 

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