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Conservatives to GOP: Americans Expect Republicans in Congress to Fight for the Conservative Agenda

Election 2014: A Conservative Victory November 5, 2014 Washington, D.C. The American people sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Voters expect Republicans in Congress to listen and fight for the conservative agenda they ran on. - Every single newly elected Republican Senator ran on the full repeal of Obamacare. In most competitive races it was the top issue. Over 40,000 ads against Obamacare were run on behalf of winning candidates. The Republican House and Senate must now keep those campaign promises and use reconciliation to send a bill repealing Obamacare to the President. - All but one of the newly elected Republican Senators ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Obama’s game of high-stakes postelection policy poker

President Obama has been largely mum on details for his agenda after the 2014 Midterm Election. But that doesn’t mean Americans don’t know what to expect. In a new op-ed for The Washington Times, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin writes that even though President Obama keeps hidden details about his priorities, from Eric Holder’s replacement as Attorney General to immigration reform, the president’s past leaves little to the imagination. “When it comes to his plans for the next two years, though,” writes Martin, “Mr. Obama has provided the American people with plenty of ‘tells,’ which betray the strength or weaknes...

A Republic… If You Can Keep It

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?,” inquired the anxious woman outside Independence Hall. Benjamin Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel was profound. “A republic, Madame, if you can keep it.” His answer was more than a revelation of the government the framers had constructed under the new US Constitution. It was a charge – a challenge – to preserve what Abraham Lincoln would later characterize as “government of the people, by the people and for the people." Franklin understood the need for a perpetually vigilant citizenry to curtail a government, one such as ours today. Our government has forgotten its ...

Obama’s immigration “policy” is failing

The Obama Administration announced last Friday[1] that its solution to the wave of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children streaming into the U.S. is to use taxpayer funds to provide them with lawyers. The new program, which comes straight out of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, marks some new territory in the immigration debate. Not only is the federal government robbing Peter to pay Paul, they’re robbing Peter to pay for a law-breaking Paul’s legal defense. The plan calls for $2 million in grants to non-profits that will enroll attorneys and paralegals in a one-year program designed to represent immigrant children as their cases run ...

Obama’s “catch-and-release” immigration policy

According to a newly-released report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the Department of Homeland Security caught and later released 68,000 illegal immigrants who had previously been convicted of a crime. [1] The report, based on data from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), finds that the Obama Administration released these convicts back into the general population instead of deporting them. The CIS report comes on the heels of additional analysis from Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama that found 98 percent of immigrants deported in 2013 were either criminals, had been deported already before, or were apprehended while ...

Right Policy, Illegal Process – Senate Democrats Delay of Obamacare

Last week, New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen became one of the first Democratic voices in the Senate to call for extending the enrollment period for the Obamacare exchanges, and possibly the individual mandate. Now Shaheen and nine of her colleagues signed a similar letter to the Administration, asking for a delay of the enrollment period. Despite the irony of the delay request – these are the same Senators who claimed the Tea Party was extreme for supporting a similar delay weeks ago – they appear to be sincere. Their change of heart is likely for re-election purposes as opposed to any sort of consistent principles. Unfortun...

Laughable Claim: Moderate Republicans are Endangered Species

In 2011, Froma Harrop said Tea Party activists were engaging in “economic terrorism” over the debt ceiling, and later called activists “saboteurs.” Now she’s back, lamenting the alleged loss of the moderate Republican. Harrop’s piece is worth reading, in all of its flawed glory, because it is a textbook case of the factually-challenged view that moderates are good for America, Republicans have lost their moderates, and the insinuation that the Democratic Party is reasonably centrist. First, her opening: Moderate Republicans are, were, good things. I use the past tense "were" because as they became rarities, the centrists' chief ...

Another Pundit Pushing for Politics over Policy

In the Beltway, it is typical for petty fights to take priority over real issues. Consider the “nuclear option” battle that is taking up much of the Senate’s attention, when the federal deficit this year is $512 billion and climbing. Now, Kathleen Parker is saying the GOP is committing “principled suicide” by taking on the farm bill and the Senate’s immigration bill. From her July 12 column: Histrionics aside, whether the fact that something has been done a certain way for 40 years is an argument for repeating the same bears a bit of scrutiny. Republicans argued that they’d prefer to deal with agricultural issues in one bill without ...

Medicaid expansion official policy in Arizona

This is what happens when a governor prefers political expediency over fiscal sanity: Arizona's state legislature approved ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion in two closely watched votes on Thursday, handing a victory to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and a defeat to conservative lawmakers. The policy will take effect next year and extend healthcare coverage to 300,000 low-income patients in Arizona. The Affordable Care Act encourages states to expand their Medicaid programs up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level using mostly federal dollars. "With the landmark votes in the House and Senate, legislators have tackled the issue that is Job One ...

Did 26 Senate Republicans support tax increases?

For years, many brick-and-mortar businesses, as well as many governors, have pushed for the imposition of sales taxes on Internet-based companies. Last week, they got help from the Senate, including 26 Republicans: An Internet sales tax is inching its way closer to being the law of the land: The U.S. Senate supported a non-binding vote of approval, 75-to-24, for a law that would allow states to collect taxes from Internet retailers. If enacted as is, it would allow states to levy taxes on some online retail purchases from businesses with over $1 million in gross receipts. Many conservatives, such as Daniel Horowitz at Red State, are calling this a ...