Sunday, September 30th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
In recent weeks, we’ve been shedding light on the banal politics of insider positions within Congress. Last week we focused on our project to place conservatives on vital domestic policy committees. This week we’d like to focus on a leadership race that is brewing and will culminate after the November elections. That is the race for Conference Chairman – the 4th ranking position in the Republican leadership hierarchy.
Unfortunately, the top three slots are locked up. It appears that nobody is willing to challenge Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority Whip McCarthy for their respective positions. However, with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX) vacating the position of Conference Chairman next term, there is an important opportunity for the conservative movement to demand a seat at the table.
Traditionally, the #4 spot was the one position that the GOP moderates were willing to cede to conservatives. The past two chairmen – Jeb Hensarling and Mike Pence – have been former RSC chairmen. Well, there is another former RSC chairman vying to replace Hensarling – Dr. Tom Price (Georgia). However, he is being challenged by Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, the current vice chairman of the conference.
Here’s the deal: if McMorris-Rodgers is allowed to move up to conference chair, we will not have a single conservative voice at the leadership table. She scores an average 62% conservative rating and a -19 on our Madison Performance Index. That is exactly in line with Kevin McCarthy (62%), and only slightly better than Eric Cantor (58%). She is cut from the same cloth as the others and will never provide an alternative conservative perspective to the ‘go along to get along’ echo chamber. She has worked hand in glove with Cantor and McCarthy on all the budget capitulations.
Sunday, September 30th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Economy, News
The Dollar Index fell by the most since the first quarter of 2011 after the European Central Bank pledged to protect the euro from unraveling and the Federal Reserve committed to reduce unemployment via open-ended debt buying, which may debase the U.S. currency. (via Bloomberg)
The liberal economists will protest from now until tomorrow claiming that there is no significant threat of inflation. But the reality is that an attenuated dollar is inflation. Thanks to the debt and the monetary policies that have been implemented by the Fed, at the behest of the Obama administration, the purchasing power of consumers has been dramatically diminished.
Sunday, September 30th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Foreign Policy, News
How many good men have to be cut down due to a politically correct aimless war effort? And for what? When will Republicans attack Obama for his Afghan policy? The Blaze is reporting that the latest soldier to be gunned down in cold blood by the so-called Afghani security forces was the 2,000th casualty.
Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy, Issues
The primaries ended a long time ago, and we are all focused assiduously on the general election. However, there is one major Republican primary contest that is still outstanding. The member-on-member battle between conservative Jeff Landry and pro-Palestinian leftist Charles Boustany in Louisiana District 3.
Louisiana holds a jungle primary in which all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are put on the same ballot on November 6. The top two vote-getters, which in this case will invariably be Landry and Boustany, will head to a runoff in December if no one secures 50% of the vote.
There are few issues that bind together all factions of the Republican Party. Even the tax issue has become unglued as many Republicans, including Charles Boustany, have expressed their willingness to raise taxes as part of some phantom grand bargain. The only issue that seems to bind together almost every Republican is their strong support for Israel and the global war on Islamic terror. Even the RINOs are good in that regard.
Well, out of 242 House Republicans, there is only one who is incorrigibly on the wrong side of the issue.
Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
The million dollar question I hear from friends and relatives is this: with Obama’s failures on full display and the unprecedented lethargic economic growth for everyone t see, why is Obama leading?
The answer is simple. We don’t have retention ballots for presidential elections. You have to beat the incumbent with an alternative, and in this case, Obama is running unopposed.
Many people on our side are in complete denial of the situation. They are still stuck on the 1980 narrative and feel that Romney will pull out a Reagan style victory. He still can. But he will lose if he doesn’t begin showing up in the ring.
Ronald Reagan did two things to win. He relentlessly beat the stuffing out of Jimmy Carter on specific policies, and he proposed a very specific positive agenda. Those two magical components are missing from Romney’s campaign.
With regards to the aggressive attacks on Obama, take a look at this trenchant piece from Byron York:
Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under News, Obamacare
We’ve spent a lot of time in these pages showing how government interventions into healthcare have distorted the market and arbitrarily raised the cost of providing healthcare and health insurance. But there is a more serious problem as well. The lack of free market healthcare has reduced access to healthcare, driven out the best talent from the medical field, and will eventually lead to rationing. Here is an illuminating survey of current doctors conducted by the Physicians Foundation (via Ben Domenech’s Transom):
Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Elections, News
The latest Fox News poll shows Obama leading by 5 points overall. However, it also shows a significant enthusiasm gap favoring Romney. How many points is that worth? We’ll find out. The Hill has a good breakdown of the results:
a. 61% of Republicans say they’re “extremely interested” in the election, while only 52% of Democrats say the same.
It’s not a leap of logic to say that the more interested you are, the more likely you’ll be to vote.
b. White voters (which support Romney by 12% over Obama) are slightly more interested than non-white voters (56%-51%).
c. Men (who favor Romney by 2%) are slightly more interested than women (57%-53%).
d. Senior citizens (who favor Romney over Obama by 12%) are most interested in the election, while the youngest voters (who favor Obama by 23%) are the least interested.
And the gap is huge there. 65% of seniors say they’re extremely interested in the election, while only 41% of those under age 35 say the same.
Meanwhile, only 47% in the youngest age group say it’s “extremely important” that their candidate wins, but 64% of older voters say the same. That’s a huge gap, and one that favors Romney.
e. Conservatives are more interested than liberals (59%-53%).
Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Taxes
Have you ever bumped into a liberal acquaintance who won’t stop bloviating about the “tax cuts for the rich?” Well, as is often the case with liberals, it’s hard to argue with them because they know so much that just isn’t so. As we’ve pointed out before, since the Reagan and Bush tax cuts were implemented, our tax code has become even more progressive. So anyone who is suggesting that we let the Bush tax rates expire on the “rich” is absurdly asserting that the tax code is not progressive enough under the current system. Well, here is one chart from the Tax Foundation that deracinates the entire liberal premise about who pays their “fair share.”
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Drew and is filed under Blog, News
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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Economy, News
A new poll from the National Association of Manufacturers confirms the damage from Obama’s regulatory albatross:
- Sixty-seven percent say there is too much uncertainty in the market today to expand, grow or hire new workers.
- Sixty-nine percent of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers.
- Fifty-five percent say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.
- Fifty-four percent say other countries like China and India are more supportive of their small businesses and manufacturers than the United States. Read More