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  • Trump has committed the most revolutionary act I've seen in 45 years

    01/26/2017 11:21:45 AM PST · by maddog55 · 115 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2017 | Judge Napolitano
    Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) in ways that are revolutionary. With the stroke of a pen, the president assaulted the heart of the law that was the domestic centerpiece of his predecessor’s administration. How did this happen? How can a U.S. president, who took an oath to enforce the laws faithfully, gut one of them merely because he disagrees with it? Here is the back story. When ObamaCare went through Congress in 2010, all...
  • Congress is Close to Drafting Our Daughters

    06/14/2016 10:31:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Ever since Donald Trump effectively won the Republican presidential nomination by decisively defeating Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary, Congressional Republicans led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have engaged in unseemly public hand-wringing about whether they will or will not accept the people's choice. Unwilling to support the positions that Trump campaigned on -- reducing immigration, adopting a pro-American trade policy, and returning education to the local level -- Speaker Ryan dusted off his own policy agenda and promised to roll out a series of position papers to compete with those of the presumptive...
  • Facebook Owes You Nothing

    05/19/2016 5:12:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    There’s a lot of pearl clutching on the political right this week, so much so you’d be hard-pressed to differentiate it from the constant pearl clutching on the left. Facebook, it is alleged, “censors” conservative news. But does it really? And does it matter? There are not many people in the United States younger than 50 who don’t have a Facebook account. Exactly none of them were forced to open one. When they did they accepted the fact that they were playing in someone else’s backyard. Facebook owes the government no justification as to how it conducts its business as...
  • Why Not Separate Marriage and State? ZOT! And ZOT Again!

    06/04/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Iced Tea Party · 425 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/29/13 | John Fund
    Cultural civil war can be avoided by getting government out of marriage There is no question that the media, political, and cultural push for gay marriage has made impressive gains. As recently as 1989, voters in avant-garde San Francisco repealed a law that had established only domestic partnerships. But judging by the questions posed by Supreme Court justices this week in oral arguments for two gay-marriage cases, most observers do not expect sweeping rulings that would settle the issue and avoid protracted political combat. A total of 41 states currently do not allow gay marriage, and most of those laws...
  • Medvedev instructs ministry to work on 10% layoff of public servants

    05/13/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to prepare and submit proposals by July 1, 2014 to lay off 10% of public servants, said the government official website which posted Medvedev’s instructions upon results of his annual report on government’s working results in 2013 at the State Duma. The Prime Minister delivered the annual government report on April 22. The premier stated particularly to ponder another 10% cuts of public servants in regions and at the federal level, because Russia needs “a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people’s requests.” Meanwhile,...
  • To Attract Millennials, GOP Must Dial Back the Social Conservatism

    12/13/2013 9:51:29 AM PST · by kobald · 155 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 9, 2013 | Charlie Cook
    Fifty-six percent of Americans ages 18-29 disapproved of the Affordable Care Act, the poll found; when it was worded as “Obamacare,” the disapproval was 1 point higher. And less than a third planned to buy health insurance from an exchange... ..President Obama’s job-approval rating had dropped to 41 percent, about the same as the president’s approval rating among the population as a whole, with 54 percent disapproving. The poll also found that a surprising 47 percent of millennials would recall Obama if they could; 46 percent would not. For a group that has been among Obama’s staunchest supporters, these numbers...
  • Poll: Republican voters have embraced libertarian values

    09/19/2013 9:45:28 AM PDT · by shego · 446 replies
    United Liberty ^ | 9/12/13 | Jason Pye
    The libertarian philosophy is taking the Republican Party by storm, according to a poll conducted by FreedomWorks, a DC-based grassroots service center with over 6 million members. With Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and many other liberty-minded politicians gaining influence, libertarianism has generated new interest inside the Republican Party, much to the chagrin of the GOP's political establishment.... "FreedomWorks' poll shows that 42 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the word ‘libertarian,' and only 10 percent don't know the word, compared to 27 percent who don't know nationally," they added. And the term "libertarian" may...
  • What is the Tea Party really all about?

    08/22/2013 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Aug 20, 2013 | By Bill Randall
    WAKE FOREST, NC, August 20, 2013 — Many Americans see the Tea Party as a bigoted movement of uneducated white men that caters to big business and the rich. That does not and never has accurately described the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party is not an officially a political party, though there are Tea Parties affiliated with the movement. It has no central leadership. People who identify with the movement do not come just from Republicans or identify only as conservatives. Independents, Democrats and liberals are all represented. It lacks any significant representation only from those who call themselves...
  • President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget (What pork would you cut from the government?)

    06/04/2013 4:13:27 PM PDT · by CaptainCapsLock · 23 replies
    National Priorities.org ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Staff
    "On Feb. 13, President Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, which includes $3.67 trillion in new spending. That’s a 3.7 percent decline from 2012 levels, after adjusting for inflation. Discretionary programs—like education, the military, and environmental protection—account for $1.15 trillion, or 31 percent, of the new budget. That includes around $73 billion for education, a 2 percent increase over last year. A poll by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans support increasing education funding—the strongest support for any type of spending—even when asked in the context of how the federal government should reduce budget...
  • Should Advocates of Small Government Now Escape to Canada?

    09/25/2012 12:00:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/25/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the Free State Project, which is based on the idea that libertarians should all move to New Hampshire and turn the state into a free market experiment.I was impressed when I spoke at one of their conferences and gave them a plug, but more recently I’m running into people who are so discouraged about America’s fiscal outlook that they’re thinking of moving to some other nation.Wealthy people seem to prefer Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, while middle-class people mostly talk about Australia and Latin America (mainly Costa Rica or Panama).But maybe Canada is the...
  • smallest government in 45 years? (be ready for a talking point)

    08/07/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/3/2012 | Jordan Weissmann
    Since the official end of the Great Recession, America's public sector has shrunk. And shrunk. And shrunk some more. We've said goodbye to about 600,000 government jobs, handing the economy a nasty self-inflicted wound in the process. But how small has our public sector really become? Here's one way to think about it: Compared to our population, it hasn't been this size since 1968. Your dreams are coming true Baby Boomers. We're almost all the way back to the Summer of Love! First, credit where it's due. The Hamilton Project has produced a beautiful graph illustrating the government employment to...
  • Beyond Left and Right, Liberal and Conservative: Time for Good Governance

    07/17/2012 6:45:24 AM PDT · by tcg
    Catholic Online ^ | deacon Keith Fournier
    EXCERPTS: ...Is it Moral? Does it recognize the existence of the higher law, the Natural Law which is a participation in God's Law? Does it affirm that there are self evident truths? Does it recognize the fundamental human rights with which we are all endowed and acknowledge that these rights are not given to us by civil government but by God? Does it affirm the nature and dignity of the human person as created in the Image of God? ... recognize the primacy of true marriage and the family and society founded upon it and serve the true common good?...
  • What do we mean when we say small government, ie, constitutionally limited government?

    05/03/2012 3:05:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    Jim Robinson
    Some of the areas/functions the federal government should not be involved in per the constitution (see enumerated powers of congress and the Bill of Rights, the 9th and 10th amendments, etc): Health Education Welfare Housing Mortgages Student loans Subsidies Health insurance Retirement insurance Mandating insurance contracts of any kind Trade unions Government workers unions (huge conflict of interest) Jobs (other than not creating an environment that kills them) Banking/finance Free markets The stock market The economy (other than not overstepping its constitutional bounds and creating havoc) The working environment Global warming Crime in general (other than treason, piracy, counterfeiting, etc)...
  • Where Do Conservatives Go Now? Part 2 (Don’t Get Suckered into Supporting the Republican Party)

    04/20/2012 8:09:50 AM PDT · by xzins · 226 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 19 Apr 12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    Fourth, Remember the Difference Between Republicans and Conservatives. Conservatives look at the endorsements Mitt Romney has garnered from such establishment figures as former President George H.W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and most importantly from business-as-usual Washington insiders, such as lobbyist Ed Gillespie, and they see advocates of positions they often opposed, not friends of the transformational agenda that won the Tea Party wave election of 2010. Surveying Romney’s record and agenda, and most importantly the people he is likely to bring to Washington to implement his agenda, movement conservatives see little likelihood a Romney administration will differ...
  • Why Conservatives Have Lost the Political Battle for America’s Soul

    04/19/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | April 18, 2012 | Gary North
    This was posted on one of GaryNorth.com forums. The battle for America’s political soul is always fought on the battlefield of federal politics. That’s why conservatives lose, generation after generation.” Dr. North, would you please elaborate on this, why you believe the battle for America’s political soul is fought in Federal politics and why it is that conservatives continue to lose, generation after generation? From the time of the ratification of the United States Constitution, American politics shifted to the national level. One of the things that I realized late in my career, even though I had been trained as...
  • Tea Party, RIP?

    02/25/2012 5:34:58 AM PST · by IbJensen · 45 replies · 2+ views
    The New American ^ | 23 February 2012 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Does the Tea Party now support politicians who favored bailouts and the ObamaCare individual mandate? Such a statement sounds like an oxymoronic joke, about as likely as a pacifist who backs war or an atheist for Jesus. But the answer, according to exit polls from New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida primaries, is an emphatic “yes.” According to each of these exit polls, the vast majority of self-identified Tea Party supporters have backed either former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (left) or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over anti-bailout candidates such as Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum,...
  • Food is Fundamental, Only Don’t Ask Newt Gingrich

    02/20/2012 3:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Juvenial Justice Information Exchange ^ | February 20, 2012 | Alecia Newton
    On January 21 Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Primary. But he did it, in part, by using racist rhetoric, characterizing President Obama as “the best food stamp president in American history.” Since then, he has continued to drive this distortion hoping it will somehow resonate with voters. It’s not likely to work, because most Americans understand that food is fundamental. Presidents do not put people onto the food stamp rolls. People, predominately people with children to feed, become eligible for food stamps. The food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is a critical safety net for...
  • Newt- 2008 on Consulting Fannie and Freddie

    02/19/2012 2:16:19 PM PST · by georgiagirl_pam · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 27, 2012 | You Tube
    This was in 2008, BEFORE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!
  • Georgia Turns Into Shaky Ground for Gingrich ["Evangelicals and Tea Party Breaking for Santorum"]

    02/17/2012 11:53:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 18, 2012 | TRIP GABRIEL
    Georgia Turns Into Shaky Ground for Gingrich By TRIP GABRIEL February 18, 2012 ATLANTA — If Newt Gingrich has any hope of a comeback, it must begin here, in the state he represented for 20 years as a congressman and where the haul of delegates to the Republican National Convention is the biggest prize of the Super Tuesday contests next month. Yet when asked about the once-unthinkable possibility that he might lose the primary in Georgia, where Rick Santorum is surging just as he is nationally, Mr. Gingrich offered a shrug. “Given this kind of a year, who knows?” he...
  • Newt Gingrich threatens TV stations over [Romney PAC] ad

    02/17/2012 10:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Newt Gingrich’s campaign is threatening to sue TV stations in upcoming primary states that are airing or plan to broadcast an ad from a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC accusing the former House Speaker of supporting the “one-child” Chinese policy that has been criticized as inhumane. The ad in question, which is the work of the Restore Our Future super PAC and is already airing in the former House Speaker’s home state of Georgia, asserts Gingrich “co-sponsored a bill with Nancy Pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N. program supporting China’s brutal one-child policy.” A letter...