TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Friday, October 17, 2014


Jenny Beth Martin OpEd:  A Mandate to Govern

… Reagan did not win 49 of 50 states by laying low.  Republicans did not register historic congressional gains in 1994 and 2010 by keeping quiet.  These landslides were won because conservatives proudly announced their ideas for a better, stronger America.  They did not merely win by virtue of not losing; they earned a mandate by boldly offering an alternative vision. Today, the nation is adamantly opposed to promises of amnesty for those who illegally entered the United States; Republicans should promise to fight amnesty and secure our borders.  Americans are strapped with higher health insurance costs under Obamacare; the GOP should amplify its intention to repeal it and start over from scratch with a focus on free-market solutions.  Struggling families are tired of waiting for the non-recovery recovery to deliver good jobs with higher wages; Republican candidates should enunciate proven, fiscally responsible approaches to spur economic growth and prosperity.

The best 600 word summary of the 2014 midterms you’ll see this season is here at The Hill.


CDC Director: Africa’s ‘Porous Land Borders’ Made Ebola Outbreak Worse

On Thursday, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, admitted that Africa’s porous land borders made the Ebola crisis worse. In a statement to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Frieden said the “current epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone” is the “biggest and most complex Ebola challenge the world has ever faced.” He said he feared the disease could spread even more in Africa. “The porous land borders among countries and remoteness of many villages have greatly complicated control efforts,” Frieden conceded in his prepared statement, noting that there have been Ebola cases “imported into Nigeria and Senegal from the initially-affected” West African nations.

If the president’s own guy says porous borders are a problem, why won’t Obama secure our own border?


The Second Obamacare Election

A Gallup survey earlier this month showing that Americans oppose Obamacare by a margin of 53 to 41 percent was  the 150th poll listed by Real Clear Politics during President Obama’s second term to find Obamacare unpopular. The number that found it to be popular was zero. The mainstream media, meanwhile, seemingly operating in an alternative universe, think that Obamacare is here to stay. Politico writes, “Deep down, Republicans who know health care know the truth: Obamacare isn’t about to be repealed. .  .  . [T]hink of the last time a major social program was repealed after three enrollment seasons, with millions of people getting benefits. That’s right—it hasn’t happened.” But to conclude that the track record of major social programs indicates that Obamacare cannot be repealed requires historical cluelessness.

Obamacare repeal nay-sayers need to check this out pronto.


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