Friday, December 31, 2010

Maryland Democrats Push In State Tuition for Illegals

As Maryland lawmakers prepare to begin the new legislative session in January, we must be vigilante of the impending assault on our state.  While other states will pass laws to crack down on illegal aliens, the Maryland General Asylum is already planning to give in-state tuition to illegals who graduated high school. State Senator Victor Ramirez (Marxist-Prince George's County) is  threatening to introduce such legislation at the beginning of the new session.

Victor Ramirez has served as the de facto ambassador for the criminal CASA de Maryland for eight years in the House, and will now have an opportunity to influence the immigration debate in the Senate.  Due to the efforts of Ramirez and his compatriots in the legislature, Maryland pays more per capita on illegal immigration than any state of comparable size.  Ramirez's bill would give illegal aliens a 67% discount on college tuition over out-of-state American citizens.

Conservatives throughout Maryland need to mobilize quickly to defeat this push for amnesty and handouts to illegals.  While most state legislatures swung heavily towards the GOP in November, Maryland's actually became more Democratic.  The Democrats picked up two seats in the Senate, giving them a 35-12 super majority.  Until now, Republicans were able to count on several moderate Democrats to block such legislation by joining a filibuster.  During the upcoming session, it would take seven Democrats to defy their party leadership in order to block this legislation.  Without a deluge of outside pressure, that is simply not going to happen.  And although the Republicans picked up seven seats in the House of Delegates, Democrats still enjoy an unstoppable 98-43 majority.  There is no doubt that Governor "new Americans" O' Malley would eagerly sign any pro-illegal alien bill that passes the legislature.

In addition to mobilizing local tea party groups to fight this proposal, we must push the new Republican House to enforce their budget power against states that aid illegal aliens.  They must immediately cut funding from states and jurisdictions that subvert federal law and encourage illegal aliens.  Also, they must pass a resolution clarifying the Immigration Reform Act of 1965 to explicitly deputize states to enforce immigration laws.  This will preempt any lawsuits from the Obama Justice Department against the many states that will follow Arizona's example of tough enforcement against illegal immigration.  Congress must reward those states that follow the law and punish those who implement a 'don't ask don't tell' policy towards illegals.  Then again, in Maryland, they can live openly as illegals and still receive more benefits than other legal Americans.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Democrats Have a Suicide Wish With Filibuster Reform

Back in 2005, when Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and presidency, they were contemplating a "nuclear option" to end the filibuster on judicial nominees.  We were all aghast at the unprecedented number of filibusters that were mounted by Democrats to block highly qualified nominees to Federal Appellate courts.  At the time, the ever perspicacious George Will warned conservatives of the counter-intuitive consequences of squelching the filibuster.  He wrote in the Washington Post on April 25, 2003:

“The future will bring Democratic presidents and Senate majorities. How would you react were such a majority about to change Senate rules to prevent you from filibustering to block a nominee likely to construe the equal protection clause as creating a constitutional right to same-sex marriage?

And pruning the filibuster in the name of majority rule would sharpen the shears that one day will be used to prune it further. If filibusters of judicial nominations are impermissible, why not those of all nominations -- and of treaties, too?”

As it turned out, the Republicans lost control of both Houses within17 months, and by 2009, the Democrats had the presidency and 59 seats in the Senate.  Had Republicans opened the door for filibuster reform, the Democrats might have taken the initiative to completely extirpate it.  One could only imagine how destructive the 111th congress would have been with unbridled power.

Luckily, the Democrats lacked the political support and audacity to implement filibuster reform when it would have counted.  Now that they are irrelevant, they are calling for changes in the filibuster.  The reality is that such radical changes in Senate rules can only undermine the Democrats and benefit Republicans.

Although the Democrats will still control the Senate for the next two years, the Republican-controlled House would block any measure that passes the Senate.  Therefore, even if they were to abolish the filibuster altogether, they would never benefit from it.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Democrats Have an Uphill Battle in Taking Back House

Roll Call reports today that the DCCC is already formulating a strategy to target the most vulnerable Republicans in the upcoming election cycle.  The DCCC is defining a "marginal Republican district" as one in which Obama carried in 2008, or a seat that the Republican won with less than 55% of the vote.  According to Roll Call, the GOP holds 61 seats won by Obama, and 32 that fit both criteria.

This might sound like a cause for disquietude, as Republicans will only hold a 24 seat majority in the 112th congress.  However, not everything is as rosy for the Democrats as the DCCC would have you believe. While the Democrats are trying to compare their electoral prospects in 2012 to the GOP's in 2010, there are some major differences that provide a more optimistic outlook for Republicans.

1. The Obama electoral map was an anomaly and is totally obsolete.  Nobody believes that he will carry the second district in Nebraska, or even come close to it.  Based upon his dismal approval ratings, it is highly unlikely that he would carry Indiana, North Carolina, and Virginia.  The reality is that the Bush electoral map (or the Charlie Cook PVI) is a better standard to which one should measure the vulnerability of a district.

By that measure, the Republicans aren't nearly as overextend as the Democrats were, headed into the 2010 Midterms.  Prior to November, the Democrats held almost 70 R rated districts.  As we head into the 2012 elections, the Republicans will only hold 17 D rated districts and 7 that are rated as even.  Also, most of those 14 Democrat districts are rated as D+2 or less, while only one district (Mark Kirk's old seat), is rated over D+5.  Contrast that to the Democrat majority of 2008, in which they held 35 seats rated as R+5 or more, with many of them being R+10 or more.  The bottom line is that despite all of the hype concerning the potential for Republicans to win deep blue districts like Barney Frank's, it never materialized.  Most of their gains were from the red districts of the Blue Dog Democrats.  They are in a solid position to hold every one of those conservative leaning seats.

Hey EPA, Don't Mess with Texas

As Americans continue to shiver during this record cold December, the government continues to implement its regressive energy policies under the guise of global warming.  Over the past 40 years, the regressives have successfully blocked the construction of the most modern, clean, and efficient power plants and oil refineries in the world.  They have also mounted a full scale assault on coal and oil exploration.  In addition, the green energy subsidies and mandates, along with the regulations on fuel transportation and blends, has kept the price of energy near all time highs.  But, it appears that the Obama administration isn't satisfied with preventing the construction of new power plants and refineries.  The EPA is now ordering existing power plants and refineries in Texas to curb their carbon emissions.  The regressives obviously feel that the "little guy" isn't paying enough for his basic needs.

Here is the report from the Houston Chronicle:

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday effectively declared Texas unfit to regulate its own greenhouse gas emissions and took over carbon dioxide permitting of any new or expanding industrial facilities starting Jan. 2.
The EPA also set up a framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions in seven other states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon and Wyoming. In addition, the agency set a timetable on establishing regulated levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The action will give the EPA permitting authority over refineries, power plants and cement facilities in Texas, the agency said, but will not affect small pollution source facilities, such as restaurants and farms.

Luckily, they are picking on a state with a solid conservative Governor.  Here is Rick Perry's response:

Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the state's lawsuit against the EPA is continuing in an effort to prove the agency never was given authority by Congress to regulate greenhouse gases.
"The EPAs misguided plan paints a huge target on the backs of Texas agriculture and energy producers by implementing unnecessary, burdensome mandates on our state's energy sector, threatening hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs and imposing increased living costs on Texas families," Cesinger said.
She said the state's flexible air quality permitting system led to a 22 percent reduction in ozone and a 53 percent decrease in nitric oxide emissions since 2000.

While it is important that states take the initiative in the fight against unconstitutional administrative fiats, they need assistance from Congress.  When the Republican House majority is sworn in, they need to immediately curtail the EPA's illegal activities.  This is the time for Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hasting to fulfill their campaign promise of reigning in the EPA.  Republicans have a golden opportunity to educate the American people on the regressiveness of the progressives, by illustrating how their anti-growth policies are destroying manufacturing jobs, while raising the cost of living on vital goods and services.  We will need our eventual presidential nominee to grab the mantel of true energy reform.  Until then, Texas will have to pave the way.  As the state with the most job creation, they have the right to declare, "don't mess with Texas".

Monday, December 27, 2010

Political Zingers and Musings for the End of 2010

-  Senator Scott Brown famously declared his Massachusetts Senate seat to belong to the people and not the Kennedy family.  Yet, after voting with the Democrats on almost every fiscal, social, and defense issue, it appears that it is the Kennedy seat after all.

-Eight Republicans, including Senators Ensign and Burr supported the repeal of DADT.  Richard Burr attributed his support to the changing times, while many others in the GOP conceded that the change was inevitable.  Really?  The Democrats only had 58 votes and just a few days left until the end of the session.  Based upon the electoral dynamic of 2012 and 2014 the GOP is slated to easily win control of the Senate and hold it for quite a while.  The only thing inevitable was the capitulation of the RINOs.  Now, Joe Biden is saying that gay marriage is inevitable, as American values deteriorate rapidly.  Will Mr. Burr support gay marriage as well?  What about socialized health care?  What about liberalism and Marxism in general?  Hey, that's what the cool guys are experimenting with, and it's inevitable anyway.  Why not join them?

I've got news for you RINOs.  The Democrats are fighting vociferously to make their full agenda inevitable, and if we don't respond with comparable indomitability, it will indeed be inevitable.  If you can't handle the heat; get out of the political kitchen and let real fighters take your place.

 -  Speaking of wimpy Republicans, I think we can all agree that there is a problem with Senate Republicans when Lindsey Graham thinks that they capitulated too much during the lame session.  But fear not, Graham is doing his own capitulation.  Not to be outdone, Senator Graham is announcing a renewed push for cap and trade climate fascism during the next session.  I guess it is only a vice when the Republicans play second fiddle while backing left wing legislation.  There is no problem at all when they are the ones introducing the extreme agenda.

- The Republicans' behavior during the lame duck session, which followed their huge electoral victories, reminds me a lot of the Israelis.  They win huge victories in defensive wars, yet they are the ones who are immediately conceding territory again and again.

- The Democrats have imported millions of illegal aliens to undermine this nation and swell the ranks of the Democrat Party.  Well, for the time being, the strategy has backfired.  The illegals have augmented the population of the red states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Texas.  Their unconstitutional inclusion in the census has given Republicans more electoral votes and congressional seats.  Unfortunately, the Democrats, like their Chinese counterparts, implement long term strategies.  They figure that the metastasizing illegal population will eventually overtake the red states and turn them deep blue.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 13 Republican Putin Poodles

 Here are the thirteen Republicans who gratuitously gave Obama his biggest foreign policy victory of his presidency.  They pointlessly voted to entrust Putin and Obama with our missile defense, and capitulated to a tyrant during a time when America is exuding weakness throughout the world.  All they had to do was hold out for two days and the session would have been over.  Not only did they support this repudiation of American exceptionalism, they did so in a lame duck session, thus empowering those whom the voters rejected, while disenfranchising those new Senators who were elected.  The resolution of ratification passed with 71 votes, but 9 of those supporters no longer belong in congress.

 The Thirteen Traitors

Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Scott Brown (Mass.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Mike Johanns (Nebraska), Richard Lugar (Indiana), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Olympia Snowe (Maine), and George Voinovich (Ohio).

The amazing thing is that they are from such conservative states as Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah!  Imagine if the Democrats had as many traitors among their ranks as we do.  Imagine if Democrat Senators from Vermont and Massachusetts would vote for staunch conservative legislation.  Unfortunately, they don’t have any sellouts.

Bennett, Gregg, and Voinovich are retiring, but felt the need to flip one last birdie at the American people.  Isakson took the resounding conservative support he just received in his reelection and pocketed it.  But Brown, Corker, Lugar, and Snowe are up this cycle.  Corker and Lugar must be toast at all costs.  Collins, Cochran, Johanns, and Alexander are up in 2014 and every one of them must be defeated.  This is not the first infraction of any of those on this list, and many of them were part of the lame duck massacre that has served to undermine the mandate of the midterm elections.  Hey, when Lindsey Graham thinks that the Senate Republicans have wimped out, we really have a problem.

Mike Huckabee Sides with Obama and Nanny State Liberals Over Palin

Mike Huckabee is a very likable person and often has a knack for charming conservatives by his articulate and passionate speeches, especially in regard to cultural issues.  The problem is that despite his rhetoric, he has never been a conservative.  He was always an ardent supporter of open borders and believed in government intervention for global warming.  His hallmark legislative philosophy in Arkansas was nanny-statism, especially as it relates to the regulation of food.

Earlier this week, Sarah Palin ripped Michelle Obama over her anti obesity campaign during her documentary show Sarah's Alaska.  Yesterday, Huckabee was on the radio with Curtis Sliwa and said that he sided with Michelle Obama on this one.  Of course, he went on to explain that he opposes government intervention, but his record in Arkansas proves otherwise.  He always supported heavy handed regulations and had a tendency to advocate for liberalism under the guise of religious compassion.  For this reason, he voted to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some Observations on Reapportionment: Part 1

It is widely being reported that the data from the new decennial census provides us with good news.  The new reapportionment based upon the population shifts will have ramifications on the presidential election and on House seats.  We'll start with this article by analyzing how reapportionment affects our prospects to win the presidency in 2012.

The New Reapportionment

States gaining Congressional seats: Arizona (1), Florida (2), Georgia (1), Nevada (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Washington (1).
States losing Congressional seats: Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1).

In order to properly assess the ramifications of reapportionment on the 2012 elections, we need to divide up the states into several categories; solid GOP, solid Dem, and swing states (red, blue, and purple).  Any meaningful appraisement of the political leanings of specific states will judge them based upon their election returns during the past three presidential elections.  The 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections have ostensibly set the table for the modern electoral dynamic.  Let's categorize the solid red states as those that voted Republican all three times (McCain states), solid democrat states as those that voted Democrat all three times, and swing states as those who vacillated between elections.  Based upon this criteria, here is the breakdown of the states:

If Republicans Were Democrats

As an observer of the 2010 midterm elections and the subsequent lame duck session from beginning to end, I am absolutely dumbfounded.  After hearing the news about a plethora of Republicans who committed to pimping away our national security for Obama and Putin, I am flabbergasted.   It's as if the midterm elections never occurred.

The Democrats successfully strike out at our social values, military (DADT), national security (START), liberty (FDA takeover), and economic freedom (FDA takeover, green mandates) in a matter of just a few weeks following an electoral rout.  They come close to passing amnesty, even while our border agents are being killed and nobody demands action.  They also seek to control the internet by administrative fiat in an effort to circumvent the courts.  As gas soars beyond $3 a gallon, they destroy coal and oil exploration, while pushing "green measures" which destroy our economy and impoverish American consumers.  Worse yet, the Republicans help pass almost every one of those legislative calamities.  As a bonus, the margin of passage for all of these bills was achieved through the support of members who no longer belong in the Senate.  It appears that every retiring member is voting for START except for Sam Brownback. There comes a point in time when it's hard to comprehend why we should continue fighting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Another Act of Treachery By Senator Dick Lugar, And the Political Imbalance in the Senate

Richard Lugar has become the leader of the rampaging RINOs.  Ever since the November electoral repudiation of liberalism, Lugar has voted for the FDA farm takeover, Amnesty for illegals, and co-sponsored the child nutrition law.  Lugar also opposed the moratorium on earmarks.  He has also been the chief architect of the near confirmation of the START, unilateral disarmament treaty in the Senate.  In fact, he is so incorrigible in his quest to carry water for America's enemies that he even voted against the McCain amendment to the treaty.

The McCain amendment would have clarified the language of the treaty to exclude missile defense from the reduction of offensive arms.  The language of the treaty clearly interconnects the two.  For any Senator, much less a Republican, to vote against this amendment, is stupefying.  Richard Lugar is so focused on undermining this country’s security and screwing fellow Republicans that he is willing to oppose a common sense amendment that would still allow the treaty to be ratified.  Lugar, Bennett, and Voinovich joined every Democrat (except Joe Lieberman) to defeat McCain's amendment.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A U.S. Tourist Killed by Religion of Pieces in Israel

One tenet of the Bush Doctrine is that nations that fund terror should be held as accountable as the actual terrorists.  Well, based upon that judgment, we should be punishing ourselves for aiding the so called "Palestinians" with hundreds of millions of dollars, equipment, and military training.  These same peaceful loving recipients of U.S. aid, decided to brutally kill a random American tourist in Israel.  The NY Daily News has the scoop:

An American tourist was brutally stabbed to death in Israel as she hiked with a friend who says they were attacked by a pair of Arab men.
Israeli officials found the body of Christine Logan, a U.S. citizen whose age and hometown were not immediately released, Sunday morning outside of Jerusalem. She had been bound and stabbed multiple times.
Logan's friend, Kaye Susan Wilson, who hails from England but has lived in Israel for decades, was also bound and stabbed numerous times but managed to escape.
Wilson, 46, said the two men had attacked with murder in their eyes.
"They came to kill," she told Israeli news agency Ynet from her hospital bed.
She said they had been hiking in a mountainous area between the southern Jerusalem suburb of Tzur Hadassah and the nearby town of Beit Shemesh on Saturday when the men approached.
I would note that these mountains are not even in the area that the left and the media refer to as the "occupied West Bank".  The story continues:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

8 Republicans, Including Ensign and Burr Support Immoral Military

Here is a list of the Republicans who supported the repeal of DADT and the undermining of our troops during a time of war. 

Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mark Kirk of Illinois, John Ensign of Nevada, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, George Voinovich of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Ensign and Burr?  Unfortunately, Burr just took his reelection and ran with it.  He has voted for some other un-American pieces of legislation since November, such as the FDA farm takeover.  The real shock of the night is the fact that sleazy Ensign voted along with it.  Who saw that coming?  Then again, based upon his lack of regard for the sanctity of marriage, it is no surprise that he spits on conservative values.  The difference between the two Senators is that Ensign is up for reelection this year and is already vulnerable.  He needs to be defeated at all costs.  

And what about Scott Brown?  I am convinced that he is the biggest liar in the history of politics.  In the time span of less than a year, Brown has supported every far left, corrupt, "political chicanery" that he railed against during his election.  I hope the Democrats defeat him in 2012. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

A List of Red District Dems Who Voted for Social Engineering in the Military

There is a broad misconception among the election handicappers that the Republicans picked the electoral map clean.  The fact is that there is still room to grow, as there are blue dogs who were almost defeated and will be prime targets in 2012.  We need to start keeping a tally of these Pelosi lapdogs and publicize every instance in which they vote with the far left.  Let's start with their support for social engineering in the barracks during a time of war.  Here is a list of 14 Dems who reside in culturally conservative districts, and will stand for election in 2012, that voted for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (H.R. 2965).

Jason Altmire (PA-4)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Leonard Boswell (IA-3)
Ben Chandler (KY-6)
Jim Cooper (TN-5)
Joe Donnelly (IN-2)
Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)
Tim Holden (PA-17)
Larry Kissell (NC-8)
Bill Owens (NY-23)
Gary Peters (MI-9)
Heath Schuler (NC-11)
Chuck Yarmuth (KY-3)

Now, there are obviously many more blue dogs who supported this bill, but were defeated in November.  They figure that they can flip the birdie to their constituents one more time.  It is these 14 however, whom we must remind their constituents in 2012 that they are not the social conservatives that they profess to be.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

John McCain's Seminal Moment

“I know this is a seminal moment, because for the first time since I’ve been here, we stood up and said ‘enough.’"

These were John McCain's comments regarding the successful GOP filibuster of the Omnibus bill.  Hey, Senator McCain, now that you realize the effectiveness of a united Republican front against the liberal assault on this country, maybe you will use it more often?  You are precisely correct about this being the first time in your tenure that the RINOs stood up.  Please don't let it be the last.  According to your own admission, it took 28 years to unconditionally stand up to the Democrats on a single issue.  We can only hope that it doesn't take another 28 for the next time.  Imagine if you had coalesced opposition against DADT, the tax porkulus, and START.  In fact, you voted for the introduction of the START treaty, even though that only required 34 Republicans to obstruct it.  Imagine if you would have fought so valiantly against McCain-Feingold.  The first time is a real charm, isn't it?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Amidst Obama's Economic Assault, Let's not Forget the Battle for National Security

Our brave soldiers have been dying every day in Afghanistan due to political correctness and egregious rules of engagement.  Unfortunately, conservatives have failed to importune public outrage over the misdirection of the war because everyone is focused so keenly on the Democrats’ unrelenting, multi-pronged assault on our freedoms back home.  However, in light of the killing of a border agent on our own soil, we need to refocus our outrage on national security and the safety of those who are protecting us.

Brian Terry, an American hero, was killed Tuesday night in a shootout with illegal armed bandits near Nogales, Arizona.  KPHO reports:

National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said Terry was waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales late last night when a gun battle with the bandits ensued. No other agents were injured, but one of the suspects was wounded in the shootout.  The Border Patrol said that Manuel Arianes, a.k.a. Manuel Arellanes Osorio, was wounded in the gunfight.  Arianes, 34, and a Mexican national, was convicted in Maricopa County Superior Court in 2006 for aggravated assault on a police officer, and had been deported to Mexico twice, according to sources familiar with his case.  Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu and FBI spokeswoman Brenda Lee Nath declined to confirm Bonner's account, but said authorities have four suspects in custody and are searching for a fifth.  FBI Special Agent Manuel J. Johnson confirmed authorities were still searching for a fifth suspect.  Johnson said Terry died shortly after he was shot about 11:15 p.m. in a remote and rugged area near Rio Rico, just north of Nogales. (Emphasis added).

So, once again, our brave border agents are obliged to conduct law enforcement operations in areas that are ostensibly war zones and require military action.  Not only do we send thousands of our boys into the meat grinder to fight a politically correct war on the other side of the world, we have them die on our own soil as well.  How did this guy reenter the country after he was apprehended and arrested twice?

6 Republicans Oppose Permanent Extension of Tax Cuts

Today, the Senate voted on the DeMint amendment to the tax deal (H.R. 4853).  This amendment would have extended all of the Bush tax forever and would have permanently eliminated the death tax.  The amendment was forced through a suspension motion which required 67 votes because Harry Reid has once again filled the amendment tree.  The motion only garnered 37 votes.  Ben Nelson was the only Democrat to support DeMint, but 6 Republicans opposed him:

Scott Brown
Susan Collins
Mark Kirk
Olympia Snowe
George Voinivich
Lisa Murkowski

Thank you Scott Brown for stabbing those who elected you in the back.  There is one thing to support this "compromise" on the premise that it is the best deal we could get.  However, now that they opposed a stand alone measure to permanently extend the tax cuts, their true colors are exposed.  These five Senators are nothing but socialist, class warriors.  With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Tom Coburn offered another amendment to pay for the unemployment welfare, but failed by a 47-52 vote.  Luckily, every Republican supported it along with Democrats; McCaskill, Bayh, Tester, Lincoln, and Hagan.  Noticeably missing from this list is Joe Manchin.  We knew all along that he would be a lap dog for Harry Reid.  So far, he hasn't disappointed.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

John Thune Attacks Conservatives, Ignores Ethanol Support

Potential presidential candidate John Thune (R-Ethanol) lashed out at conservative critics of the Porkulus II (Obama tax deal) today.  Thune said on the Senate floor,"Inaction is not an option, and advocating against this proposal is no different than advocating for higher taxes.”

It's funny that Thune makes no mention of the ethanol subsidies that he so emphatically supports.  He has supported subsides, tariffs, and mandates that have driven up the costs of food and fuel on every American.  If this is not a tax, please explain to us what is. So, Mr. Thune, who is the one who is raising taxes after all?

Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) was on the Sean Hannity show last hour and expressed the same arrogance as Thune.  It is all about deal making and working with the political reality of Democrat control.  But here is the dirty little secret.  Even if these guys had 70 Senators, they would still support big government programs.  Thune and Hatch support ethanol subsidies even as a stand alone bill.  It has nothing to do with the tax deal.  They are always demanding that we support big government bills under the guise of it being "the best political option at the time".  Well, I'm waiting for a time in which the Republicans will finally stand on principle.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Ethanol Juggernaut :Do Republicans Have the Will to Stop Big Government?

It's always politically advantageous to support tax cuts.  However, it takes more intransigence and fortitude to oppose big government programs and special interest handouts.  It is even more arduous to oppose such programs when they are coupled with tax cuts as part of a backroom compromise.  Based upon Senator Jim Inhofe's comments to NRO it appears that there aren't too many GOP Senators who are down for the struggle.  Concerning the green handouts hidden in H.R. 4853, Inhofe told National Review's Robert Costa:

“94 percent of the provisions are meaningful. For people talking about wind and ethanol subsidies, you’re talking about 2 percent of the whole deal.”

Well, if Inhofe is signing on to this, then there won't be too many others joining Jim DeMint.  If today's cloture vote to proceed with debate is any indication of the final outcome, only 5 Republicans oppose the bill: Coburn, DeMint, Ensign, Sessions, and Voinovich.  (Although Voinovich opposes it on liberal grounds).  What concerns me more than Inhofe's support for the tax deal is the way he expresses it.  I could respect the fact that some believe that this is the best political decision we could make given the circumstances.  However, to dismiss the permanent welfare benefits, the special interest handouts, and the regressive ethanol "Hawkeye Handout" as "2 percent", is very disconcerting.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Alex Mooney, A Movement Conservative, Becomes Chairman of MD GOP

Over the weekend, Maryland GOP Central Committee members met in Annapolis to elect a new leadership.  With the state party is disarray, the most important thing was to elect a leader who is one of us.  That is to say, somebody who views themselves as a movement conservative, and not a big government political hack with an R next to their name.  The two front-runners were former state Senator Alex Mooney and Ehrlich running mate Mary Kane.  Thankfully, Alex Mooney is the new chairman.

According to the Washington Post, Mooney lead on the first ballot but failed to garner a majority.  He defeated Rino Mary Kane by 362-219.  John Kane, husband of Mary Kane and former state party chairman himself expressed his dismay over the election of a conservative.  "I believe it's clearly a step back to an uncompromising and uninviting environment that clearly didn't work in the past and won't work in the future, said Kane".  This tells us everything we need to know about the results.  I wasn't quite sure how much animosity Kane held towards conservatives, but now it is abundantly clear that we made the right decision.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Tax Deal and the Bush Republicans

President George W. Bush and his compatriots introduced a new typology of conservatism called "compassionate conservatism".  They believed in big government, entitlement and transfer programs, market distortions such as ethanol mandates, and special interest handouts.  They felt that it was all fine and dandy to grow government, as long as they advocated for tax reform.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has always been a paradigm Bush Republican.  It is therefore not surprising why he so emphatically supports the Obama tax deal. 

All throughout the week, we have highlighted the disastrous big government spending and ethanol price distortions that were part of the larger compromise.  All of these permanent concessions are being used as bait for temporarily retaining the marginal tax rates and reinstating the death tax.  I'm glad to hear that Rush is categorically rejecting the compromise even if it means that we miss the deadline.  The tax rates for 2011 will not be finalized until the end of the year and we will have the political clout and mandate to repeal them retroactively when we retake the House on January 3.  On the other hand, if we acquiesce to this deal, there will be no way to repeal the destructive entitlements, market-distorting corn welfare and tariffs, and God knows what other special interest handouts will be slipped into this bill before the session is over.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

What's Up with the Extension for Ethanol Subsidies?

As conservatives, we understand that not everything that is dubbed as a tax cut is a good thing.  Liberals are wrought to describe handouts as tax cuts and tax cuts as handouts.  Thus, the extension of the regressive, job killing, price hiking ethanol subsidies are not good tax cuts and should not be extended.  Yet, through all of the discussion concerning the deal on the Bush tax cuts, there is a total blackout concerning the deal with the ethanol subsidies.  Tim Carney reports at the Washington Examiner, that Chuck Grassley (R-Ethanol) is claiming that a one year extension of these subsidies is part of the deal.  He draws attention to this article from the Quad-City Times:

"A deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts also includes action on ethanol and biodiesel credits, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday.
The details aren’t clear yet, but Grassley told reporters that the ethanol and biodiesel tax credits would get a temporary extension, through 2011.
The biodiesel credit of $1 a gallon expired last year, and farm-state lawmakers have blamed the expiration for the idling of biodiesel plants.
The ethanol credit, at 45 cents per gallon, is scheduled to expire at the end of the year.
Grassley said the biodiesel credit extension also included applying it retroactively to 2010."

Republicans have already agreed to a permanent unemployment welfare system in order to extend the tax cuts for just two years.  They also agreed to bring back the death tax, albeit at a lower rate.  Are we now going to agree to more corn welfare for special interest groups?  According to the CBO, the ethanol subsidies cost us $6 billion annually.  The payroll tax cut will cost social security $120 billion and the unemployment welfare will cost $57 billion.  How much more are we going to bankrupt the nation in order to make a deal with Obama on something that he is already compelled to support?  Where is this deal anyway?  What else is hidden in this compromise?  Could Senator Kyl provide us with a hard copy?

There is currently a robust debate among conservatives whether the current tax deal is the best we could get from Obama.  But don't the supporters want to see the full copy of the deal before they sign off on it?  Is there any limit to the number of poison pills that the deal  would contain before Republicans will oppose it?  How can we blindly trust an invisible deal made with the devil that already contains extraneous details that are detrimental to this country?  I guess it is all about compromise for some GOPers.  To hell with the details.

The EPA's War on.....Bed Bugs!

Liberals always like to feign indignation towards government regulation of marriage by exclaiming that "the government should stay out of our bedrooms."  Well, it appears that the EPA is doing just that.  Accodring to The Hill, the EPA will be holding a summit next year to "help find solutions to the nation’s bed bug problem.”  They report:

At the Feb. 1-2 meeting, government officials will review the progress made by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, which includes representatives from the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture. The EPA held the first bed bug summit last year.

The EPA said the summit’s agenda includes “identifying knowledge gaps and barriers to effective community-wide bed bug control, proposals for next steps in addressing knowledge gaps and eliminating barriers, and developing a framework for addressing the highest priority needs.”

Talk about the nanny state!  Well, Fred Upton, the incoming Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee is now provided with an opportunity to show that he is serious about reducing the mandate of the EPA.  He might want to start with cutting their budget for bed bug summits.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

For Republicans, Elections Have No Consequences.

The GOP won their greatest electoral victory since 1938, but you wouldn't know it from most of the recent news.  Let's round up some of the GOP's greatest hits since November 2nd.

  • The House Republican Steering Committee, led by leadership, appointed big government, big liberals Fred Upton as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Hal Rogers as Approps Chair, and Spencer Bachus (R- Freddie Mac) at Financial Services.  So we have three wolves guarding the hen houses by leading three of the most vital committees.
  • Last week, 6 Republican Senators (including John Thune) joined Tom Harkin in signing a letter of support for extension of Ethanol welfare.  This comes at a time in which these same regressive policies of the progressives have already spiked the price of gasoline to $3 a gallon.
  • Last week, 8 Republican Senators voted against the earmark moratorium.  Mark Kirk, a member of the class of 2010 voted against it.
  • After the health care and financial services takeover, the FDA food-Nazi bill was one of the most egregious nanny state, job killing, cost raising, special interest pandering pieces of legislation to come out of the 111th congress.  15 Republican Senators, including the likes Vitter, Burr, and Enzi, ensured its passage.
  • The Debt Commission.  Yes, even Conservatives like Coburn and Crapo voted for massive tax hikes and the exacerbation of the current Social Security ponzi scheme that will force young workers to pay even more into a bankrupt system until age 69.
  • Incoming Majority Whip Eric Cantor announced that he would support the pre-conditions and slacker (26 year old's on parent's plans) previsions of Obama Care.  These mandates are the very reason why insurance is already so expensive and will ensure that costs rise to the point that all Americans will beg for single payer.  This is exactly what Obama had envisioned all along, and Cantor is being played like a fiddle.
  • Loads of GOP Senators seem to support unilateral disarmament, the return to Soviet era rivalries, and the gutting of our missile defense by ratifying START.  Even John Kyl has indicated that Republican support of START might be part of a compromise to other issues.
The list is unfortunately too long to mention the numerous other policy hits from the GOP.  Are there any conservatives left aside for Jim DeMint?   Did we just have an election, or are we living in the twilight zone?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

35% for Death is Still Confiscation

John Kyl is proud of his compromise with Obama that has resulted in an agreement to extend all of the Bush tax cuts until the next election, except for the death tax.  Those who are content with the death tax compromise are remembering the time when 55% of anything over $1 million was taxed upon death.  They therefore are praising the new rate of 35% on assets above $5 million.  The problem with it is that a 35% tax for dying is immoral, unconstitutional, and confiscatory no matter how you slice it.

The reality is that most of these taxable assets from estates were already taxed at least once (if not several times) and there is simply no reason to tax them again upon the owners death.  Also, if we cut through much of the class warfare rhetoric we will see that $ 5 million is not that much.  Keep in mind that we are not referring to $5 million in annual income.  The death tax confiscates all land, equipment, and assets of businesses and farms that have accumulated during the lifetime of its owner.  It is not hard to understand that any successful entrepreneur would be able to accrue such assets during his lifetime without reaching the top 1%.  Why should his descendants pay a dime to inherit the fruits of his labor?  The death tax, in any shape or form, fundamentally violates the spirit of liberty and property rights that the country was founded upon.

Even some authentic conservatives are applauding the Obama deal, especially in light of his surprise tax holiday on payroll taxes.  They believe that we have achieved an unimaginable victory by securing the Bush tax cuts while the Democrats control all branches of government. However, the fact is that the Democrats have been backed into a corner on this issue for quite some time and were forced to pass the tax cuts.  This is not only a result of the midterm elections, but also a consequence of so many red state Democrats up for election in 2012 (including Obama himself).  Despite their bravado shown through their class warfare rhetoric, in private, they knew that they could not raise taxes on anyone in a recession.  This is why they waited until the last minute to agree to the deal.  They didn't want to be perceived as giving into the Republicans until the last week of the session in which it would be do or die for the Democrats.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Baltimore Crime Update: White Patrols Are Racist and Must be Disbanded

Anyone who is familiar with the sociological orientation of Baltimore City knows that there is a a very troubling cycle of violent crime throughout every corner of the city.  Due to the Soviet style one-party rule for so many years, Baltimore has become one of the most criminally oriented cities in the country.  The laws that were passed by the legislature over many decades make it extremely difficult to lock up repeat offenders so they cannot hurt others.  The juvenile laws are non existent.  There are thousands of outstanding warrants in the city that are not pursued by the state's attorney.  In addition, Maryland has some of the most morally perverse anti-self defense laws in the country.

Now, the liberal media and prominent "black leaders" (creations of the media) are calling for the disbandment of a local Jewish patrol called Shomrim.  They claim that a recent incident, in which a patrolman roughed up a 15 year old black juvenile delinquent, is proof that the local Jewish community is racist and a threat to "community relations."  Worse yet, the police have arrested the patrolman for first degree assault.  Here is the report from the extreme leftist Baltimore Scum.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Social Security is the Poison Pill of the Debt Commission's Proposal

If the only legislative option is to vote on the entire report from the Debt Commission, then the changes in Social Security should serve as a poison pill to prevent any Republican from supporting it. While there are definitely some good proposals in the report that call for spending cuts, anyone who calls themselves a conservative cannot support the commission's report as a package deal.  It is therefore disappointing to hear that Senators Coburn and Crapo plan to vote for the report unconditionally. 

The Hill is reporting that these Senators believe that if something is not done soon we are headed for a fiscal ruin.  Therefore, they will vote for any proposal, irrespective of how flawed it is.  Coburn declared at a press conference,” I am scared to death of the potential that could unwind this country far greater than anything we've seen before.”

Senator Coburn is correct in asserting that if we don't cut the spending then we will face peril.  However, we need to understand that this is not about balancing a budget, it is about limiting government.  If our only option of immediate reform is to vote for modest spending cuts in conjunction with dramatic tax hikes, entrenchment of Obama Care, and the perpetuation of the SS ponzi scheme, then it is better that we wait two months so we can propose drastic limits in government spending without any tax increases.

Six Republicans Sign Letter Demanding Ethanol Subsidy Extension

The ethanol mandates are one of the most regressive socialist interventions into the free market that have been peddled by the progressives. [Here is our editorial on the costs of ethanol]  Unfortunately, many Republicans, red state ones at that, are signing onto the extension of these backdoor taxes on food and fuel.  6 Republicans joined seven Democrats in penning a letter to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell demanding that the subsidies be renewed before the end of this congress. 

Here is a list of the Republicans who signed the letter together with their socialist compatriots.

Chuck Grassley
Kit Bond
Sam Brownback
John Thune
Mike Johanns
Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk is no surprise.  He has wasted no time in voting with the democrats on virtually every issue since the minute he took office.  The rest of these guys are from red states.  Did we gain anything from the midterm elections, or did it never take place?  Kit Bond and Sam Brownback are retiring and it remains to be seen if Moran and Blunt will be any better on this issue.  Chuck Grassley?  Well, he is .... Chuck Grassley after all.  Johanns and Thune are really upsetting.  Is this the best we can do from ruby red states?  John Thune should kiss his bid for the presidency goodbye.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

When it Comes to the Regressive Policies of Progressives, Let’s Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Let's face it.  The Democrats get away with murder.  They pick an industry; from health care to energy, financial services to mortgages, and set a time bomb to blow it up through taxation, regulation, and or litigation.  It often takes years, maybe even decades to destroy that industry by raising costs of its delivery and by extension, its price tag for consumers.  By the time the crisis within that industry comes to fruition, nobody remembers to pin the tail on the donkey and ascribe blame to those who deserve it.

Worse yet, the Democrats attempt to enforce their "solutions" to their contrived crises.  These solutions usually contain every aspect of the factors which caused the crisis to foment in the first place.  They always include market busting mandates which raise the cost of doing business and purchasing that product or service to the point of unsustainability.  Then, the Democrats quickly swoon in to pick up the dead corpses of the private industry and demand full nationalization ( the auto industry is one of many great examples).

What is the typical Republican response?  Instead of agreeing that there is a problem of high costs to the American people and illustrating how that problem was caused by the very government intervention that was already implemented by the Democrats, they simply oppose the new Democrat "reforms".