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  • 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 As recently as 1989, voters in avant-garde San Francisco repealed a law that had established only domestic partnerships.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...
  • Santorum: Freedoms are at stake in presidential election

    02/17/2012 7:48:38 PM PST · by FresnoRobert · 90 replies
    The Middletown Journal ^ | 2/17/2012 | Justin McClelland
    “We have to look at the root cause of why the economy is struggling as much as it is,” Santorum said. “Government intervention. Government regulation. Government taxation. Government is crushing and destroying the American spirit and the American free enterprise system.” Santorum said that government spending was impinging on personal freedoms and ultimately chipping away at what made the country great. “When the government gets as big as it’s gotten and starts to take over more of your life, then you get smaller as the individual, you get weaker, you lose control over your lives. You lose the rights that...
  • Republican donor expected to provide $10 million to Gingrich SuperPAC

    02/17/2012 8:47:16 AM PST · by red flanker · 56 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 17, 2012 | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - In a move that could again dramatically shake up the Republican primary race, billionaire and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is expected to donate an additional $10 million to the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, a source with knowledge of the donation told CNN. That contribution is expected soon, before the end of the month, the source said. The timing is important because Gingirch, whose campaign has been lagging, is hoping to do well in several of the upcoming Super Tuesday states that vote on March 6 to boost his effort. His allies will...
  • Newt Gingrich does without D.C. fundraising (Romney THE GOP-e money candidate)

    02/14/2012 8:54:29 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/14/12 7:51 PM EST | ROBIN BRAVENDER
    Newt Gingrich spent more than 30 years building relationships in Washington, but relatively few of his old colleagues in town have ponied up for him. His campaign reported pulling in just $278,000 from the Washington metro area last year — a drop in the bucket compared with the $2.5 million raised in Washington by his chief rival, Mitt Romney, who has spent little time there. Those numbers, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, are for checks of more than $200. Gingrich’s weak showing in Washington is not surprising to many of the former Hill staff, lobbyists and members of...
  • Newt Gingrich visits the Hoover Institution

    02/15/2012 4:51:52 PM PST · by red flanker · 11 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hoover Institution
    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and current Republican presidential primary candidate, visited the Hoover Institution on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, for a series of meetings with Hoover fellows to discuss a broad range of issues, from health care to current economic conditions in the United States and abroad to national security. Gingrich asked for and received fellows’ assessments of the problems associated with these issues and the fellows’ suggestions for solutions. Among those participating in the meetings were Hoover Institution director John Raisian; former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz; former members of the President’s Council...
  • Another Newt Gingrich 'comeback' on the horizon

    02/16/2012 5:42:36 AM PST · by Marguerite · 52 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 15, 2012 | Greta van Sustern
    This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," February 15, 2012. GINGRICH: .... we're going to have to pick up all those delegates in late May, just before the California primary, when we hope to pick up more delegates out here. That still means that on super-Tuesday, we're looking at Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, we're looking at Ohio. It means the week after super- Tuesday, we're looking at Alabama and Mississippi. Now, we have hopes that we're going to keep picking up delegates everywhere and continue. This race is going on for a long time, I think. ... What will...
  • Is There Any Other Republican Candidate Who Can Cut Government Spending, Deeper than Ron Paul?

    01/02/2012 7:22:11 AM PST · by pinochet · 123 replies
    Ron Paul has said that he will cut a trillion dollars in federal spending, the largest spending cuts proposed by any candidate so far. For years, Americans have elected Republicans who have promised to reduce the size of the federal budget, but have failed to keep their promises, once they get into office. How many remember Papa Bush's promise of "No new taxes?". How many times have Republican Presidential candidates lied, about promising to abolish the Department of Education. Ron Paul's critics are not doubting that he will cut the federal budget. They are simply complaining that his spending cuts...
  • Perry the best choice for president

    12/13/2011 1:16:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies · 4+ views
    Seacoast Online ^ | December 13, 2011 | Peter Angerhofer, 2010 R. NH State Senate candidate
    If you go out to dinner at a local Margarita's restaurant, it is hard to miss one of the most popular dishes — the fajitas. The unmistakable sizzling, popping sound of a cracking hot plate covered in steak draws attention from diners throughout the restaurant, and that sound is an integral part of the dining experience. But no one would order fajitas if all they got was the noise — we enjoy the sizzle, but what we really want is the steak. While several of the candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination have proven themselves more than capable of producing...
  • When preaching small government, stay out of marriage

    12/01/2011 11:18:07 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 40 replies
    Daily Iowan ^ | 11/1/11
    If the Republican presidential contenders wish to remain truthful to their rhetoric of decentralization of power in Washington, they should take a break from wooing social conservatives and stand for states' rights in regard to gay marriage. Because many likely Iowa caucus-goers describe themselves as very conservative on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, many candidates feel they need to reach out to the far-right if they plan to get the presidential nod. However, a staunch, conservative position on social issues will likely hurt them in the long run, because it undermines their more-appealing small-government policies.... The three...
  • Conservatives want SMALL government, not NO government…

    08/23/2011 2:18:01 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 25 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-23-11 | Vince
    Conservatives are constantly being accused of wanting no government. When we talk about wanting to eliminate things like the IRS, the Departments of Energy and Education or rein in rouge agencies like the EPA and the NLRB we are accused of wanting no government at all. That’s simply false. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a conservative speak about wanting to eliminate all government, or even the federal government. Most conservatives understand that the absence of functional government brings chaos. In an environment where chaos reigns, at some point someone will step in and impose order. That person or...
  • An Important Message To DeMint, McConnell, Boehner, et al.

    07/26/2011 5:55:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 207 replies · 3+ views
    vanity | July 26, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    This ain't rocket science. The country is going bankrupt because of big spending, big taxing, big government Marxists, socialists, liberals, progressives, moderates and RINOS!! We don't need a higher credit limit or higher taxes. We need to cut the damned government! Cut the spending! Cut the stifling regulations! Cut the taxes!! Cut it NOW!! Not ten years from now, not five years from now, not two years from now, CUT IT NOW!! Get the government out of our pockets, out of our faces, out of our business, off our backs and OUT of our lives!! Set our people free, turn...
  • SOCIAL ISSUES FADE AS REPUBLICANS COURT CONSERVATIVES ZOT!

    06/03/2011 11:49:11 AM PDT · by 57 Red States · 160 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/3/11 | Steve Holland
    Christian conservatives looking to put a Republican in the White House heard a lot about the economy on Friday in a sign that their social issues may take a back seat in 2012. Many political speakers at the Faith and Freedom Coalition, including Republican White House hopefuls, emphasized jobs, debt and deficits... In contrast to some previous presidential campaigns, social issues like gay marriage and abortion have not been prominent topics for Republicans hopefuls seeking to replace President Barack Obama in next year's election. The weakness of the economy has triggered a debate within the Republican Party about whether conservatives...
  • Ex-GOP senator to announce pro-gay marriage group

    05/31/2011 7:49:30 AM PDT · by 57 Red States · 7 replies
    A former Republican state senator plans to announce a new advocacy group to build conservative support for gay marriage in Iowa. Jeff Angelo of Creston is expected to appear outside the Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday to launch Iowa Republicans for Freedom. He'll make stops at Green Square Park in Cedar Rapids and at the Davenport Public Library on Thursday. According to a media release, the group will "give voice to Iowans who believe that conservative values of smaller government should keep government out of the private lives of all Iowans."...
  • 2011 Boston TEA Party Rally Disrupted by Union Thugs (illegally?) enabled by Boston Police

    04/17/2011 5:29:56 AM PDT · by Bluesmover · 83 replies
    My youtube channel ^ | April 16, 2011 | John Abrahamsen
    2011 Boston TEA Party Rally Disrupted by Union Thugs (illegally?) enabled by Boston Police (Parts 1,2,3) Just as the 2011 Boston TEA Party rally was beginning, a group of Public Sector Union thugs marched in, planted themselves directly in front of the podium and blocked the speakers. They chanted offensive slogans on the 3 megaphones they had brought and continued to do so for the entire 2 hours! The Boston Police, also Public Sector Union members, came in and stood in front of them. The police did not ask the disruptors to leave, even after Michael Graham on the bandstand...
  • The Libertarian Trend

    10/28/2010 9:53:49 AM PDT · by Sakity Yaks · 74 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 10/28/10 | David Boaz
    There's been lots of talk lately about a turn to the right in American politics. President Obama's declining poll numbers, the sharp rise in opposition to his health-care plan during 2009, the growth of the grass-roots Tea Party movement, and the polls predicting a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives all point to a resurgence of conservatism in the electorate. But as I noted last year, there are also trends in the direction of social tolerance these days. Some indeed have described current political trends as a libertarian resurgence. California voters are getting ready to vote on a marijuana...
  • Should Arizona secede?

    07/29/2010 6:34:13 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 160 replies · 7+ views
    WashingtonTimes.com ^ | July 29, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    Judicial activism is pushing America to the breaking point. This week, a federal judge blocked key provisions of Arizona's immigration law, thwarting the will of the people. The decision was ominous and will reverberate for years to come. Judge Susan Bolton, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, is a liberal elitist who believes judicial imperialism trumps democracy. Her ruling states that local police cannot check the immigration status of people arrested or stopped for violations of the law. In her view, that would amount to an abuse of civil liberties and unduly burden the federal immigration system. She also stipulated...
  • Editorial: School Choice Case Headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Restore the Role of Parents

    06/23/2010 4:47:10 AM PDT · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/23/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    One of the important public policy issues making its way through the Courts is "school choice" or more accurately, "Parental Choice" - since parents are the ones who should make the educational decision for their children. The unwillingness of those in charge of the Federal Educational Bureaucracy to consider this approach at a time when we all know the educational system is broken exposes the difference between rhetoric and reality. To support "Parental Choice in Education" is to affirm that Parents are the ones who should be able to make the choice of how to best extend their own teaching...
  • N.J. Gov Chris Christie Says a Combative Tone is Needed to Shrink Government and Taxes (VIDEO)

    05/17/2010 10:41:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies · 329+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/18/2010 | MichCapCon
    ...and I always try so hard to hate all politicians! Gov. Christie makes it hard: "I came here to govern, not to worry about re-election." New Jersey Governor Chris Christie contrasts his beliefs in "less government and less taxes" with his opponents in the legislature. This was removed from Youtube, but we have it up.
  • Iron Man, capitalist hero (Tony Stark stands up for what’s right — smaller government)

    05/10/2010 7:05:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies · 1,835+ views
    New York Post ^ | 05/10/2010 | Kyle Smith
    Little did Aaron Sorkin suspect, when he wrote the lefty drama "A Few Good Men," that the only thing anyone would ever remember about it was Jack Nicholson’s Col. Jessep speech, which Sorkin accidentally made more convincing than any liberal argument he ever offered: "Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. You want me on that wall — you need me on that wall. My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives." Col. Jessup, shake hands with your 21st-century equivalent: Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark....
  • Don't Tread On Me Director's Hotel Room Burglarized, Script Stolen

    01/23/2010 5:25:15 PM PST · by JustPiper · 27 replies · 1,553+ views
    Restore the Republic ^ | 1-23-10 | Debbie Morgan
    For Immediate Release January 23, 2010, Oklahoma City, OK - While in Oklahoma City to film probably the most important footage of his career, independent filmmaker William Lewis' hotel room was ransacked, the thieves getting away with everything...but his camera, cell phone and the clothes on his back.
  • Rasmussen Reports: Sixty-six percent of voters prefer a smaller government

    12/21/2009 9:44:37 AM PST · by KonservativeKyle · 18 replies · 681+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | December 21, 2009 | Sean O'Donnell
    A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveals that 66% of U.S. voters favor lower taxes along with a smaller government that provides fewer services. The poll also found that 88% of Republicans like a smaller government.
  • How to Get Rid of Government Dead Wood Without Firing a Shot

    12/16/2009 8:30:00 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 957+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | 12/16/09 | Anthony G. Martin
    'Government dead wood'--the term I use to describe those who live off the taxes of others, including elected officials who propose bigger and more powerful government, along with their constituents who hold out their hands for the loot--can be permanently removed from power without firing a single shot.
  • Because I Said So

    09/01/2009 8:17:59 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 13 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Tusk (F.K.A. Right Up Front.org) ^ | 09/01/2009 | Katy Loraley
    Michelle Roberts, AP writer writes in her piece San Antonio, restaurants fight fat by cooperating that San Antonio health officials, along with the help of the of our beloved Major Julian Castro, and the San Antonio Restaurant Association have decided to change the way food is consumed in this city. They are targeting local eateries and encouraging (read: threatening) them to offer healthier meal options, lest the restaurant be faced with future regulations or fines for non-compliance. The argue that the city is "getting heavier" and this is a viable options to combat that. Lest we succumb to the ravages...
  • Ron Paul: Believer in small government predicts 15-year depression

    03/23/2009 5:12:20 AM PDT · by GoldStandard · 43 replies · 1,859+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 22, 2009 | Phil Davis
    Pension trustees and insurance company portfolio managers look away now. Your increased commitment to government bond holdings in recent times is about to blow up spectacularly. At least, that is the view of Ron Paul, the US congressman who ran against John McCain in last year’s Republican Party presidential nomination. His is a minority view. Yields on government bonds worldwide have been falling fast over the past few months and in the UK, the commencement of “quantitative easing” this month sent bond prices soaring. But the credibility of both western governments and their currencies is waning, and has been ever...
  • Road Still Leads Back To Reagan In Republicans' Latest Soul Search

    11/06/2008 5:23:50 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 995+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2008-11-06 | Craig Shirley
    As Obamaniacs whoop it up, the Right is undergoing the same self-examination it went through starting in 1977. Some decisions will be easy, others less so. Few will claim that "big government Republicanism" — or, as Goldwater referred to it, a "Dime Store New Deal" — is the wave of the future. Conservatives know that competing for the affection of voters by leasing their souls to corrupt lobbyists has been a fool's errand. Within days will come a restatement of minimalist government principles, especially by the economic right.
  • Conservatism Can Rise Again

    11/05/2008 10:18:06 AM PST · by Delacon · 23 replies · 910+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 11/5/08 | Philip Klein
    America is not as conservative as it seemed in 2004 and it isn't as liberal as it looks this morning. What happened is that four years ago, voters put their trust in one political party to run the country and they didn't like the results, and so, over the course of two elections, they systematically threw out that political party and turned to a different one. If Democrats disappoint the public, they could be waking up on a not so distant November morning just as devastated as Republicans are today. Those who are in the profession of writing the first...
  • Why the GOP Must Lose: Nothing short of defeat will put it back on its limited government track

    10/22/2008 11:32:45 AM PDT · by grundle · 202 replies · 4,731+ views
    Reason magazine ^ | October 22, 2008 | Radley Balko
    Why the Republicans Must Lose Nothing short of defeat will put the GOP back on its limited government track I grew up in a particularly conservative part of the already conservative state of Indiana. I voted for Bob Dole in 1996 and George Bush in 2000, generally because—though I'm not a conservative (I'm a libertarian)—I'd always thought the GOP was the party of limited government. By 2002, I was less sure of that. And by 2004, I was so fed up with the party that I did what I thought I'd never do—vote for an unabashed leftist for president. Since...
  • Government Can't Do it All (Or Even Most of It)

    10/20/2008 9:51:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    People who put faith in government to solve national or even individual problems are headed for deep disappointment, if it hasn't already arrived. Still, that doesn't stop politicians from attempting to sell political snake oil to the gullible. No one ever lost money betting on the ignorance of the uninformed masses. What should be required viewing before the election is "John Stossel's Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics," a "20/20" report critical of the U.S. government's ability to get things done (abcnews.com). The report looked at facts, not opinions, or "feelings" concerning government's inability to live up to the high expectations...
  • Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain

    07/17/2008 10:28:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 145 replies · 189+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2008-07-17 | Bob Barr
    The judiciary is becoming an important election issue. John McCain is warning conservatives that control of today's finely balanced Supreme Court depends on his election. Unfortunately, his jurisprudence is likely to be anything but conservative. The idea of a "living Constitution" long has been popular on the political left. Conservatives routinely dismiss such result-oriented justice, denouncing "judicial activism" and proclaiming their fidelity to "original intent." However, many Republicans, like Mr. McCain, are just as result-oriented as their Democratic opponents. They only disagree over the result desired. Judge-made rights are wrong because there is no constitutional warrant behind them. The Constitution...
  • Local Toll Opponent to Address Ron Paul Rally

    07/12/2008 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 334+ views
    WOAI radio ^ | July 11, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Local toll road activist Terri Hall, the Spring Branch home schooling mom who's campaign against toll roads made her WOAI's San Antonian of the Year for 2007,. is taking her populist campaign nationwide. Hall is among the speakers for Saturday's 'Freedom March,' in Washington DC, organized by supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and designed to keep alive his message of smaller government and vigilance against encroaching government power. "They wanted someone to speak about the Trans Texas Corridor, and what's happening here, and the eminent domain abuses, and how all these toll roads are tied to corporate...
  • The Final Hurdle to Ballot Status for END the Income Tax Initiative (MA)

    05/02/2008 5:18:37 AM PDT · by Disturbin · 4 replies · 94+ views
    Center for Small Government ^ | May 2, 2008 | Carla Howell
    Together, you and we cleared the first 4 hurdles to putting the END the Income Tax Initiative on the November 4th Ballot. First, we wrote the legal language for the Initiative - and got it legally certified by the Attorney General's Office. Second, we collected 76,085 certified petition signatures to qualify our END the Income Tax Initiative for legislative action - and move it toward the ballot. Third, we survived an under-the-radar, stealth campaign run by the Massachusetts Teachers Union to disqualify our ballot initiative. Fourth, although the Massachusetts Constitution requires the state legislature to take testimony on and vote...
  • Show Us the Money: An Open Letter to the Massachusetts State Legislature

    02/08/2008 5:36:51 AM PST · by Disturbin · 6 replies · 643+ views
    Small Government News ^ | Feb 8, 2008 | Michael Cloud and Carla Howell
    Show Us the Money: Open the Books for all Massachusetts State Government Income and Spending **** An Open Letter to the Massachusetts State Legislature **** from Michael Cloud and Carla Howell Dear Massachusetts State Legislators, On behalf of the 3,000,000+ taxpayers of Massachusetts, For the purposes of transparency and accountability of the Massachusetts state government, We request that you show us the money: open the books for all Massachusetts State Government income and spending. We ask that you post the Massachusetts state government budget - every dollar of all state government income and spending online - on an open, free,...
  • What Scares Mike Huckabee?

    01/05/2008 8:27:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,242+ views
    Moore Thoughts ^ | January 5, 2008 | Nathan Moore
    Apparently, small government Republicans [Huckabee’s] aides are wary of New Hampshire. “It’s all no tax, no government there,” said Bob Wickers, a top strategist. “It’s not ideal.” But they believe that the message of economic anxiety that he preaches will help in Michigan’s primary on Jan. 15 and in states in the South, which have high poverty rates in addition to strong groups of social conservatives.” Mike Huckabee is skipping New Hampshire because it’s too fiscally conservative. Instructive, yes? Huckabee’s brand of identity politics is as dangerous as anyone else’s - after nearly eight years of a fiscally liberal Republican...
  • Fred or Ron?

    12/30/2007 10:27:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 261+ views
    Samizdata ^ | December 31, 2007
    Fred Thompson or Ron Paul? Like Perry and some others, I would rather see a big government Democrat elected than a big government Republican. At least that would bring back some opposition. Republicans in Congress have a much better record of reining in the Democrats' presidents than their own. And as I explain later, I think that one of these two is the only Republican candidate capable of winning the national election. Ron Paul answering the What programs? question by naming three cabinet level departments ... Wow. Good answer. If there was no rest-of-the-world, he would possibly have my vote....