On February 27, funding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out unless Congress authorizes a new appropriation. The House passed such a bill some time ago, funding the department but denying funding for the immigration policies that President Obama instituted by executive order, despite the opinion of nearly everyone, including President Obama—22 times no less—that the president lacks the authority to issue such executive orders.
The Republican majority in the Senate has been trying to begin debate on this appropriations bill ever since. Unlike Harry Reid when he was majority leader, Mitch McConnell is willing to entertain amendments proposed by the minority and vote them up or down. The Democrats will have none of it. Three times the measure has been brought up and three times the Democratic minority has used the filibuster to prevent debate from even beginning. John Boehner, being interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, said that “… the House has done its job under the Constitution. It’s time for the Senate to do their job.”
But Wallace said:
I understand there’s two sides to the argument. Here’s the bottom line: the deadline is less than two weeks from now. And the fact is that you and Congress are going to be out on recess for the next week. Can you promise the American people with the terror threat only growing that you’re not going to allow funding for the Department of Homeland Security to run out?
Why is it up to Boehner to bend instead of the Democrats doing so? The answer is simple. As Jonah Goldberg tweeted, “So when GOP holds up things in Dem-run Senate, GOP is to blame. When Dems hold things up in GOP-run Senate, GOP is to blame. I see a trend.” Even Chris Wallace—the fairest and best of the Sunday morning talk show hosts—thinks that when push comes to shove on Capitol Hill, it is the Republicans who must yield, even when they hold majorities in both houses as they do now. Why? Because that is the way the mainstream media will always play the story.
What should Boehner do? I think he, and every Republican, should do what George H.W. Bush did to Dan Rather as the 1988 presidential race was heating up: eat the mainstream media alive. They are the enemies of the Republican Party and should be treated as such. Stop trying to curry favor because you won’t get it. Bush laid a trap for Rather, insisting on the interview being live so it couldn’t end up on the cutting room floor. It totally flustered Rather, greatly energized Bush’s campaign, put the kibosh on his too-much-a-nice-guy image, and helped mightily to propel him to the White House. Make mainstream media bias the issue. Throw loaded questions and those premised on liberal assumptions back in their faces. Accuse them of bias when they are biased. Don’t be Mr. Nice Guy.
Why have the Republicans been such wimps when dealing with the media? The reason, I think, is that the Republicans were the minority party in this country from 1932 to 1994. The Democrats held the House for all but four of those 62 years and the Senate for all but ten of those years. In far too many ways, the Republicans still act as the minority party, begging for crumbs from the media. But they now hold more political offices, at both the federal and state levels, than at any time since the glory days of Calvin Coolidge.
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I have a prediction. I know its early in the presidential nominating season, but I sincerely and firmly believe that Gov. Chris Christie (R) of New Jersey will become the next Herman Cain.
Remember Cain? In the very early stages of the Republican presidential contest in 2012, Cain was riding high and thought to be presidential timber. In retrospect, what a delusional fantasy. Cain did not have any of the requisite qualifications and his personal infirmities led to a free-fall of ludicrous speed and proportions.
Now, I realize that Christie has been twice elected governor of a large state and, before that, he was a U.S. attorney. But what we have witnessed lately is a man who is obsessed with the perks of office and, by his public pronouncements, cannot and should not be taken seriously.
This week, the front page of The New York Times chronicled the expensive tastes of the governor, who insists on staying exclusively at five-star hotels worldwide and traveling on private jets paid for by billionaire benefactors.
His present trip to England has turned out to be a total disaster. This was supposed to be an excursion to burnish his foreign policy credentials. Instead, it has shades of Sarah Palin. Not one speech of significance or substance. No talking or interacting with the press covering him. In fact, The Washington Post had the seminal photo of his hand in front of his face starkly signaling “no questions,” “no comment,” as he was walking by 10 Downing Street. The only statement which he did make concerning vaccinations had to be retracted and revised.
This is a guy who loves to be noticed even for the wrong reasons. Just recently, he was in Texas desperately hugging Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys in his sky suite. Before that, there was the widely publicized shouting match with his constituents who had the nerve of wanting to know where the money was to rebuild their homes on the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. And before that, there was Bridgegate, an embarrassing episode that has never been fully explained.
Christie prides himself on being blunt and brassy. He so frantically wants you to pay attention to him. His persona, he believes, is his greatest asset. Just as there is a necessary judicial temperament, there is a presidential temperament. This guy doesn’t have it.
In fact, he delights in being insulting and demeaning even to the residents of his home state. His local radio show is a perfect illustration. Christie is not going to change. His appetite for controversy is insatiable. This is not a witty engaging provocateur with a light touch, but someone who comes off as a self-indulgent bully. He thinks he’s a contender, but most often he looks like a lightweight.
We need a president who believes in America, who trusts and believes in the American people. Americans are smart enough to know that the greatest business successes, the quantum leaps in technology that have made our economy the greatest the world has ever seen, and the most beneficial developments in medicine didn’t come from the government. They came from individual Americans who were able to make those things happen because the government didn’t stand in their way. People such as David Packard, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates put computers in our hands, not the government.
The Republican Party is the natural choice to give America that president, but we must select a candidate who will enact policies that allow Americans to do what they do best: Create a robust and thriving economy. For starters, across-the-board tax cuts will free up capital that businesses — not government — can use to create jobs and turn our meager recovery into an explosion of growth and innovation.
We need to unify the taxes paid by businesses — large and small — under one low rate of 15 percent. We need to simply individual income taxes into three brackets — 10 percent, 15 percent, and 25 percent. And we must permanently eliminate the death tax, so that Americans can pass on family farms and other small businesses without being taxed a second time.
Our president should also believe in America enough to stand with our friends and against our adversaries. America is threatened by enemies that are dedicated — by nationalism, by ideology, or by their medieval interpretation of religion. We need a president who has the experience, knowledge and temperament to successfully deal with all of these challenges.
Obama has embraced our enemies and shunned and even insulted our allies. We need a president who will ask the British ambassador to return the bust of Winston Churchill so it can again stand in the Oval Office where it belongs. As I said at the Iowa Freedom Summit, to paraphrase George Orwell, Americans should sleep soundly in their beds assured that rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm them.
My faith in the Republican Party has already been pretty low, but now it’s almost non-existent. This is the party that is supposed to be the anti- abortion party but yesterday the Republican leadership decided to pull the “Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act,” which would ban abortion after 20 weeks. This bill has the approval of most Americans (about 60%). Most Americans, Republican and Democrat, support a ban on late-term abortions. Why are they scrapping this?
Apparently the effort to drop the bill was lead by Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Jackie Walorski of Indiana, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, who has the most ridiculous reason quoted that I have ever seen:
“I prefer that we avoid these very contentious social issues,” Dent told National Journal. “Week one, we had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn’t want to have a discussion about. Week three, we are now talking about rape and incest and reportable rapes and incest for minors. … I just can’t wait for week four.”
He would “prefer” to avoid this kind of contention social issue, WHAT?!! Why did you run for Congress then? That is your job; to represent the people of your district (and most people in Dent’s district support this bill). Also,why does he think these things aren’t going well? Maybe it’s because they are not representing the people who elected them and not keeping the promises that many of them made to get elected. If the leadership of the Republican party keeps this up, they will end up going the way of the Whigs.
A largely Hispanic Texas district elects Will Hurd, a black GOPer who spent years with the CIA overseas.
He spent nearly a decade undercover with the CIA in the Middle East and Asia, but don’t expect Will Hurd to keep a low profile when he arrives in Congress.
Hurd, 37, heads to Capitol Hill from Texas’s massive 23rd district — the state’s largest, it shares 800 miles of border with Mexico — following his upset victory Tuesday over Democratic representative Pete Gallego. At a time when one of the GOP’s top priorities is broadening its appeal to blue-collar and minority voters, Hurd’s victory is instructive. He joins Utah’s Mia Love as one of two black Republican House members, and he won in a district whose residents are mostly Hispanic.
This isn’t Hurd’s first bite at the apple: He ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 GOP primary for the same seat. This year, in an election cycle in which immigration and foreign policy became key issues, Hurd’s national-security expertise proved crucial. Those credentials helped him unite establishment Republicans and grassroots voters in the general election to pull out a win.
“It all kind of came together at the right time for him,” says Texas-based Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. “I don’t know if he’ll be a tea-party member, but I don’t think he’ll be an establishment member either. Part of the equation that he realized [from his previous run for Congress] was bringing the different aspects of the party together.”
Mackowiak expects Republicans to showcase Hurd early and often. “He will have a higher profile than the average freshman member would,” he says. West concurs. “When you look at the type of environment that Will Hurd has had to operate in, he’s not going to sit in some back corner,” he says.
That new environment may be a change of pace for Hurd after spending years trying to avoid the limelight, but he says he is up for it. “I was able to navigate the back alleys of Pakistan — I think I’ll be able to navigate the halls of Congress,” he says.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., explained during an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday that it is the Republican Party and its support for things being conducted at the local level, and not the Democratic Party, that has helped people like him rise from poverty and become successful.
His remarks came after MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked: “You say you’re concerned about kids that are growing up in the wrong zip code and, like yourself, had a tough start on the way out. But if we look at agencies that are following some of your voting records, they have concern. And the NAACP has given you an ‘F’ on their annual scorecard.”
Scott responded to his grading with a laugh.
“Let’s just ask ourselves, if we look back over the history when Congress was controlled by the Democrats for 40 consecutive years, if we look at the result of that control, what has happened in black America? We saw greater poverty,” the South Carolina senator said.
“[I]f I have an ‘F’ on the NAACP’s scorecard, it’s because I believe that progress has to be made and the government is not the answer for progress. I was a kid growing up in poverty. I had a mentor who was a Chick-fil-A operator … who taught me that the brilliance of the American economy happens through business ownership and entrepreneurial spirit,” he added.
Scott explained that as government gets larger, poverty remains, meaning that the a bloated bureaucracy is clearly not the answer. The answer to address poverty, Scott said, is found in “ a good education” and “a strong work ethic.”
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) said a Republican-led Senate would pass new, stronger legislation on immigration reform.
Romney said, “You’re going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border. Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally. And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent … That’s going to happen. You’re going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate. So, we’re going to get it done.”
Romney also said he will not be running for president in 2016, “I’m not running. I’m not planning on running.”
After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.
Republicans appear poised to win three of the net total six seats required to take the Senate. But they are locked in six other, too-close-to call contests in their effort to win the remaining three seats.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday dismissed the notion that party voters are not united behind their candidates.
“Can you point to a race … ? It’s a false narrative,” said group spokeswoman Brook Hougsen, who cited a recent George Washington University survey that shows Republicans with a 16-point advantage over Democrats (52-to-36 percent) in a generic poll on competitive Senate races.
Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee, singled out a few races, particularly in Kansas and Mississippi, but suggested his troops will rally for the general election.
“While Tea Party people and conservative activists might have a bad taste in their mouth, the goal is to keep Barack Obama from making more bad appointments to the federal appeals courts,” he said. “And the way you stop that is to take away (Nevada Sen.) Harry Reid’s Democratic majority and his nuclear option.”
The America Enterprise Institute seldom has much positive to say about the impact of California’s leftist public policies on business and job growth in the less-than-Golden State. But AEI’s blog pointed to Monday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report to show that conservative Texas continues to crush liberal California in job growth.
The real action in Texas Tuesday wasn’t the klieg lights on Texas Governor Rick Perry being booked after vetoing funding for Travis County’s District Attorney and YouTube sensation Rosemary Lehmberg, it was that Texas businesses have continued to add more than 1,000 jobs every day over the last 12 months. Despite leading the nation again with 46,600 in July, there was no big celebration in Texas. In the Friendship State, job creation is just business as usual.
But in California, officials were high fiving that Employment Development Department data “showed state’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4%” last month and that they actually picked up 27,700 jobs in the latest BLS report.
The U.S. economy was hit hard in the Great Recession, but since December 2007, Texas has added 1,078,600 net new jobs versus California’s 69,400 net new jobs. That works out to a ratio of more than 15 new workers added to Texas State’s payrolls for every one worker added to California payrolls.