Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Immigration, Press
“We will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty…”
The Madison Project PAC released the following statement today regarding the GOP leadership’s plan to pass President Obama’s wrongheaded immigration proposals:
“Over the years, the Republican Party has continually been ridiculed for making politically tone-deaf decisions,” said Daniel Horowitz, Policy Director of the Madison Project. “This latest effort to distract from Obama’s failures and Obamacare to focus on granting benefits to illegal immigrants ahead of a promising election cycle shows they are now, more than ever, out of touch with the American public. Seldom do we have a wealth of history to draw upon in order to learn from past policy mistakes like we do with the endless cycle of amnesty and open borders. Yet, the House GOP leadership’s proposal is another ‘amnesty now, enforcement later’ plan that will engender a new wave of illegal immigration and grant perennial de facto amnesty to anyone who enters our country illegally.
“Although they crafted their document with careful wording, all of their specific proposals would grant immediate legalization, similar to the framework of the Senate ‘Gang of 8’ bill. The idea that this legal status would be revoked if border triggers are not met or that the legal status would not grow into full-blown citizenship is absurd and disingenuous. Moreover, passing the DREAM Act without first fixing our unqualified birthright citizenship and welfare system will chart a pathway to welfare benefits for millions of low-skilled illegal immigrants within just a few years. It’s time Republicans place the needs of the American worker and taxpayer ahead of the desires of wealthy special interests and illegal immigrants.”
“Coupled with recent capitulations on the budget, Farm Bill, and debt ceiling, GOP leadership is showing they will never provide a bold contrast from the Democrats,” said Drew Ryun, Political Director of the Madison Project. “The GOP establishment will learn you can fool some of the voters some of the time, but not all of the voters all the time. Moving forward into this next election cycle, we view this issue as one that cuts across all three legs of the conservative stool – fiscal, social, and national security. We will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty before the proper security and enforcement measures are implemented and the rule of law is restored.”
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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Now that House Republicans have passed a trillion dollar omnibus and trillion dollar farm bill, they are prepared to tackle the most pressing issue of our time – granting benefits to illegal immigrants.
The key to understanding the politics of illegal immigration is that this is not just about amnesty (legalization and/or citizenship). It’s not just that these people are calling for amnesty because of logistics, yet desire an end to illegal immigration in the future. If that were the case they would simply implement the enforcement measures that have been passed on numerous occasions (eight times, in the case of Visa exit-entry), and address those already here from a position of strength – knowing that this won’t happen again.
What they really desire is open borders. That is why they always propose the legalization before implementation of enforcement measures and cutting off of magnets and benefits. They know the latter will never come to fruition while the former will occur immediately. They want to continue the perennial cycle of open borders and amnesty.
However, they understand that the public (and certainly their base) is not buying it. So Paul Ryan has thought of a clever shiny object to use for packaging of this grand scheme. A probationary status!
Ryan said the principles would outline a bill that would allow immigrants living in the country illegally to “come out of the shadows” to receive a probationary work permit.
To get out of the probationary status and receive a regular work permit, triggers for border security and interior enforcement would have to be met and independently verified.
Those immigrants would also have to pay a fine, learn English and civics, and prove that they are not on welfare.
At that point, they would be able to apply for a green card for permanent residency through regular procedures.
What a novel idea! Probationary status. Why haven’t we thought of that? Oh, wait, that was the cornerstone of the Senate “Gang of 8” bill last year. The difference is that Ryan seems to imply that when the government fails to stop illegal immigration the status will be revoked!
What’s the matter? You don’t believe him?
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt, Economy
[The voting spreadsheet has been updated due to some errors taken from an old roster of Congress. We apologize for the mistake. - Madison Project Staff]
Earlier today, the House passed the Farm/Food Stamp bill boondoggle. Sadly, only 63 Republicans opposed it. The bill locks in Obama’s food stamp regime, creates and expands numerous Soviet-style agriculture subsidies and conservation regulations, and authorizes more spending on the biofuels fiasco. House Republicans got rolled in the conference committee by Senate Democrats, yet almost 75% of the conference dutifully followed leadership.
Click here for a color-coded spreadsheet of the GOP vote.
There is also one other point overlooked in this bill – earmarks. You will notice that some good members voted for this terrible bill. In particular, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) voted for the bill!
Well, knowing Massie he wasn’t too enthralled about the underlying piece of legislation. Presumably, he supported the bill because a provision to allow a pilot program growing industrial hemp was inserted into the legislation. And, guess who is now bragging about his involvement in this form of logrolling? That’s right, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Thanks to Mitch McConnell, he made it easier to grow government and increase spending. Industrial hemp is very popular in the state, and what better way to buy off votes than by inserting this provision into the bill. While this provision might not meet the technical definition of an earmark, it has all of the harmful characteristics of one.
We’ve always noted that the problem with earmarks or extraneous provisions is not the “small potatoes” expenditure. The problem is that the $500,000 earmark is then used to buy off a conservative vote for a $1 trillion omnibus, farm bill or some other terrible transformational legislation. The earmarks are used as the magic “grease” to garner majority support for big-government legislation. Once we reinstate the practice of earmarking, we will never be able to mobilize a majority within the Conference to oppose any big-government legislation. Most of them will be seduced into supporting bad legislation through personal earmarks for their districts. This is the “multiplying factor” of earmarks.
This hemp provision is a superlative example of how Mitch McConnell and others quietly enable the growth of government. If this is something that is necessary and popular then pass it in a separate bill. Placing it in a massive welfare/subsidy bill only helps advance the liberal agenda. Would McConnell and others have supported Obamacare if it had a hemp provision attached? We’d hate to see what finds its way into the immigration bill!
It is precisely because of leaders like McConnell and the use of logrolling provisions that we are stuck in the situation we are in today.
And this is another reason why we must change leadership. I’m not here to dump on Massie. He’s a great conservative. But that’s the point. The way GOP leaders do business is so antithetical to our values that it creates a “meat grinder” dynamic in which even the best members are faced with tough decisions on bad votes.
Business as usual in Washington will never change with current leadership. They are not a symptom of the problem. They are the problem. Not only do people like Mitch McConnell enable the growth of government, they corrupt an entire state delegation and act as a malignant force on the broader effort to downsize the federal government. That is why we need game-changers like Matt Bevin in the Senate.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Economy
The big story for conservatives is not the President’s State of the Union Address. It is the broken state of the Republican Party – the party that is supposed to serve as a bulwark against the poisonous ideas propagated in that speech.
It certainly is egregious that we have a president who is brazenly implementing wage controls without congressional approval. It is reprehensible that he speaks of inequality while promulgating regulations that throw people off their healthcare and destroy jobs in Appalachia.
But it is even more reprehensible that we have an opposition party that is hell-bent on rubber stamping Obama’s agenda, while engaging in a civil war with the party base that desires a bold contrast.
Obama is requesting endless debt ceiling increases. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have made it clear they agree with his fallacious premise about default and plan to raise it, yet somehow extract concessions.
Obama has doubled down on Obamacare. Yet GOP leaders are owned by lobbyists who have made it clear they will never repeal the law.
Obama has shredded the Constitution and used illegal administrative power to advance legislation that never passed Congress. The GOP leadership has made it clear they will never use the power of the purse vested in the House to clamp down on those illegal maneuvers.
Obama talks about the endless need to intervene in the private economy, yet Republicans are prepared to pass a $956 billion Farm Bill, which locks in the President’s baseline for food stamp spending and entrenches the federal government into every aspect of Agriculture.
Obama speaks of the need to make “investments” in the nation, yet Republicans respond by passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill.
Obama panders to radical socially liberal interests in order to remake our society, and Republicans are silent on “social issues.”
And finally, Obama speaks passionately about our obligation to open our citizenship and welfare state to illegal immigrants and the rest of the world without limits, yet Republicans respond…..by offering the same! Their alacrity to open our doors and pocketbooks to illegals has already empowered the drug cartels to smuggle in more potential beneficiaries and future Democrat voters.
On Politico’s front page you will find an article titled “Boehner Unchained,” which details the Speaker’s new mission to join with Obama and fight conservatives. You will also find an article titled “GOP Ready to Surrender on Debt Ceiling.” Now couple that with tomorrow’s vote on the Farm Bill, and we have a full-blown crisis within the party.
Luckily, some members are starting to get the message that the establishment doesn’t share our values. When the House passed its version of the farm bill last year divorced from food stamp spending, we warned that they would reinsert it back into the bill in conference. Not only did they remarry agriculture with food stamps, the conference committee gave Democrats almost everything they wanted among the disputed items with House Republicans. There are even some environmental conservation regulations that liberals never thought they’d win in the deal. Members are finally starting to understand that we will always get rolled during private negotiations.
And the reason is quite simple. GOP leaders don’t share our values. To the extent they humor us with some shiny objects it is designed to get the bills to conference so they can inject their real priorities into the final agreement. Now some House conservatives are getting a taste of what a potential immigration conference committee would look like.
We all know that this president is dangerous. We need to defeat him and his party. But if we focus exclusively on Obama and the priorities he laid out tonight and ignore the fire within the Republican Party, we are destined to play into his hands.
But the good news is that reinforcements are on the way. Senator Mike Lee showed us last night that there is still hope within the Republican Party and it rests with competitive primaries. After a vanilla pudding response to the State of the Union offered by GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers – one which was full of platitudes and devoid of policy substance – Mike Lee laid out the superlative response from the Tea Party.
Mike Lee laid out our first principles in plain language but also weaved them together into specific policy solutions. He explained exactly how free markets and limited government help the very people for whom Obama claims to protect. He argued our views from a position of strength and went on offense against Obama’s class warfare instead of the banal GOP response of “don’t hate us; we’re sweet people too.” Lee unambiguously called for an end to corporate welfare. Not surprisingly, he noted that “to be fair, President Obama and his party did not create all of these problems. The Republican Establishment in Washington can be just as out-of-touch as the Democratic Establishment.”
Lee went on to take Obama’s inequality meme and throw it back at him like a cruise missile. He noted that inequality in rural communities exists from government controlling most of the land out west. He hit Obama directly on administrative fiat and NSA spying. He went on to tie in government-sponsored inequality to government messing with life and marriage (not running away from so-called social issues.) Finally, he offered numerous policy solutions on infrastructure, education, energy, and healthcare.
There are more Mike Lees where he came from, but we will only find them in competitive primaries. It’s time to get to work and rebuild the Republican Party, and by extension, this great Republic.
Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Debt
Some things will never change in Washington. And this week’s deal on the Farm/Food Stamp bill is a perfect example of Washington’s recalcitrance to conservative reforms. After months of a protracted K Street food fight, the majority of the lobbyists appear to have brought home enough bacon and have settled on a deal.
Throughout the week you will find headlines heralding the bipartisan agreement to “save” $24 billion in Farm Bill – $8 billion from food stamps and $15 billion from agriculture. But as we’ve learned from past experiences, spending cuts in Washington parlance are quite unique.
The CBO’s 10-year score for the 2008 Farm Bill was $604 billion. After Obama engendered a massive increase in food stamp spending with looser eligibility requirements, the overall baseline was driven up to roughly $972.8 billion. The House proposed a $40 billion “cut” in food stamp spending from that baseline. The Senate proposed a $4 billion “cut.” They get together in conference and….drum roll…we have an $8 billion cut….off the $972 billion baseline. That is what counts for cutting spending in Washington.
Moreover, any projected score on food stamp spending is meaningless. The food stamp program is part of mandatory spending, and given the fact that this bill fails to structurally reform the program on a large scale, the 10-year cost will continue to rise as more people are encouraged to join.
On the agriculture side, this bill is an even bigger joke. Drafters of the bill are boasting how they are abolishing $5 billion in direct subsidies. The problem is that this bill creates new subsidy programs, which will be even more expensive and market-distorting – and they will be permanent law, not subject to reauthorization.
The Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) would guarantee shallow loss off of record revenue farmers have been enjoying over the past few years. The shallow loss program would kick in when revenue dips below 86% of the past few years. The Price Loss Coverage (PLC) would trigger subsidies when prices for certain commodities dip below target prices. For many crops, prices are already beginning to drop towards the cusp of those trigger levels. Hence, the cost of these programs will probably spike much higher than originally projected when CBO scored the bill with the higher prices.
The only logical outcome of this bill is that reforms to both agriculture subsidies and food stamps will be precluded for another five years. So much for the GOP promise to sever the two issues so we can reform each one independently in the future.
It’s also important to note that it’s bills like this which help create a culture of dependency in red states (on top of the blue state dependency culture). You will hear many of the Republicans who represent these districts speak out passionately against Obamacare, yet celebrate the endless agriculture subsidies in this bill. What they fail to tell you is that it is precisely this bipartisan culture of injecting the federal government into private enterprise that has given rise to the climate which engendered passage of Obamacare. The Feds didn’t take over the healthcare sector overnight. It was facilitated by the precedent of decades’ worth of government intervention in private industries such as agriculture. If government can completely control commodity prices through price targeting, trade barriers, and production quotas, it wasn’t such a drastic leap to take over the healthcare sector.
Federal intervention into state and private business will not end overnight or in one year. But this Farm Bill is one more indication that we will never have a chance to downsize government so long as the current politicians are leading both political parties. They continue to add more government intervention even on top of the rare programs that are repealed.
This bill doesn’t represent incremental reform; it is a classic bait-and-switch subterfuge to spend more and grow government, while seizing the mantle of fiscal reform. Conservatives beware.
Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Debt, Elections
When we endorsed Matt Bevin against Senator Mitch McConnell, we noted the following about Mitch’s double game:
For years, McConnell has been undermining conservatives in the Senate, even as he evinces the image of a conservative warrior to his constituents. Whenever there is a low-hanging political issue to hit, McConnell is eager to run before a microphone and feign outrage, even when he can’t contribute anything more to the debate. But when some of the most consequential odious pieces of legislation come before the Senate, he is silent or quietly pushing for it.
We see this play out every time we approach a debt ceiling. Before the confrontation is upon us, McConnell strikes a hardline tone and demands spending cuts in return for a debt ceiling increase. Then when we get closer to the deadline, McConnell begins echoing the false notion of default on debt and sells us out.
Watch for a replay in February.
McConnell was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and was called out for the first time on this double game:
WALLACE: After the government shutdown in October, which Republicans took the hit for, you were quoted as saying, “We are not going to threaten default again by attaching conditions.” But more recently, you said you don’t think there’s any chance that a clean, without any condition debt bill could get through the Senate.
So, which is it?
McConnell never really answered the question and just proceeded to mutter something about getting something in return.
As we all know, McConnell can’t answer the question. Once GOP politicians like McConnell state unequivocally that they will never “default on the debt,” they lost the argument. The cat is out of the bag. Democrats will never have any incentive to negotiate on a balanced budget or Obamacare as long as Republicans show their hand and declare that they will give in.
So, do you want McConnell negotiating for you?
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
At present, federal “mandatory” programs, which include Medicare, Social Security and roughly 77 welfare program, account for 57% of the entire federal budget. Social Security is by far the largest federal expenditure, which is projected to cost $848 billion in 2014 and at least $11 trillion over the next 10 years. It is clear that we will never control spending and bend the trajectory of our fiscal insolvency without offering comprehensive and effective reforms to Social Security.
However, the budgetary cost of this program is by no means the only pernicious aspect of our burgeoning entitlement state. Under the current system, the federal government has complete control over our personal retirement. Their monopoly on 12.4% of our earnings (on the first $113,700 of income) undermines savings, investments, and personal ownership – some of the most cherished values of a free and prosperous society.
To add insult to injury, the federal government taxes the Social Security benefits of seniors, even though the money had already been taxed. Moreover, the more a senior earns in private income, dividends or interest while receiving Social Security, the more they are taxed. Hence, in addition to the double taxation, the federal government has created a perverse incentive for seniors to continue working, if they desire to do so.
Today, a pair of conservative champions in the House, Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have introduced a bill, H.R. 3894, to repeal this double taxation on Social Security benefits. As Massie noted, this bill will prevent Congress from using this ill-gotten revenue to grow government while pretending to protect the notional Social Security Trust Fund.
Again, conservatives should not only discuss the budgetary problems with Social Security. Many analysts only focus on the “austerity” solutions, such as means-testing benefits and raising the retirement age. But they fail to address the broader problem of government controlling and squandering our retirement. And ironically, Social Security is already means-tested in several ways, one of which is the taxation of benefits on a graduated income scale.
As we work to push for more choices in retirement security, the least we can do is repeal the harmful tax on Social Security benefits.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values
Today is the 41st anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision that denied states the right to restrict abortions, thereby paving the road for 56,662,169 killings of precious life. Back in 1973, there were no sonograms or sophisticated digital technology that could convey the truth that babies in the womb are very well developed at quite an early stage in the pregnancy. It was easy for people to debate this issue with disregard to the life that is affected – as if it were some piece of cartilage. Well, times have changed, and now we know what is inside the womb. Please take a moment to watch this video showing how sophisticated the development of a baby is from early on in the womb.
While the technology has changed, the insouciance of liberals towards the life of the unborn has not. It’s amazing how they shed crocodile tears over enhanced interrogations for vile terrorists or the death penalty for murderers, yet they have no problem with violently killing the most innocent life. In that sense, the entire morally dyslexic philosophy of liberalism begins with their celebration of abortion.
While they claim that they view abortion as a necessary evil, that assertion fails to account for their aggressive pursuit of a “leave no abortion behind” policy. It fails to explain why Obama voted against criminalizing the act of killing babies after they were born from botched abortions in Chicago hospitals. Indeed, it is the issue of abortion that tells us everything we need to know about the left and their perverse ideology.
From a political vantage point, all we seek is the opportunity to fight for life through the electoral process. It was the moral and judicial travesty of Roe v. Wade that denied that us opportunity, by taking the fight away from the people and the states. Despite the misconceptions created by the fallacious propaganda that is consumed by too many low-information voters, Roe v. Wade is not the only thing standing between liberals and their cherished abortions. By overturning Roe v. Wade, we would merely remand the issue to the states. Undoubtedly, the blue states will continue the baby killing without restrictions. States in the south and Great Plains will largely restrict them. And the swing states will probably wind up with some sort of compromise. But the point is that we would all be able to engage in the political process and fight to elect state legislators who represent our views. Roe erroneously found a constitutional right to an abortion, thereby precluding states from deciding the issue.
This is the reason why the abortion issue is more divisive in America than anywhere else. In Europe, the duly elected representatives in parliament decided the issue. Being that Europe is a morally decedent leftist utopia, they elected politicians who reflect their values. But at least it was not decided by unelected courts.
We are witnessing the same dynamic unfold with marriage. Unelected leftists state and federal judges are now forcing states to recognize alternative lifestyles as marriages. The issues of life and marriage show how the civil society and limited government intersect. Sadly, too many Republicans remain silent and want to surrender on the so-called “social issues.”
We are proud to endorse candidates who will not only vote for life and marriage; for example, by opposing all liberal judges, they will give voice to a culture of life and family values. One of our biggest stars of the election cycle is Matt Bevin. His opponent, Senator Mitch McConnell, has remained stone silent on social issues for years, refusing to speak out against the judicial tyranny enabling abortion and gay marriage. It’s worth a few moments to read Bevin’s op-ed on life and his campaign video on family values.
The real question for liberals is why are they so scared of giving the people and states a “choice,” if they are truly on the winning side of the issue? Why not allow the people to decide through their state legislatures and put an end to this divisive issue once and for all?
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait for another 55 million babies to be killed before we get an answer to that question.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News
If you are looking for a vivid example why it is so important for us to change the Republican Party in the upcoming primaries, look no further than the latest news from the Chamber of [Government-Run] Commerce – the most prominent establishment GOP lobbying empire. According to The Hill, the Chamber has spent $50 million lobbying for the Senate amnesty bill last year:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year as it pushed for action on immigration reform.
Typically the biggest K Street spender in Washington, the business group funneled about $52.7 million toward lobbying efforts in 2013, according to disclosure records. In the last quarter of the year, the group spent almost $16.5 million.
Some of that money went toward lobbying on immigration reform, which is a top legislative priority for the business community.
So the Chamber’s top priority is the same as Obama’s top priority – passing mass amnesty, rapidly expanding low-skilled immigration from its already record-high-levels, and ensuring that we continue the cycle of open borders. Given that the Chamber is the most influential lobby within GOP establishment circles, why should we support Republicans who will follow the edicts of this defacto pro-Obama lobby?
It’s ironic how they accuse us of helping Democrats by fielding conservative primary challengers. The very reason we pursue primary challenges is because Republicans are joining with Democrats, not only to harm the country but to destroy the Republican Party. We are helping to stop this self-immolation by preserving the party as one that offers an alternative on immigration and other issues and will not help Democrats grow a permanent majority.
Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
On Friday, we all learned the sad news that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) will be resigning from the U.S. Senate next year as he fights his battle against cancer. Coburn has valiantly fought waste in the federal bureaucracy and he will, God willing, fight off this wretched disease.
The impending vacancy in Oklahoma has triggered a special Senate election for this year, with the primary to take place on June 24, 2014. Over the weekend, several expected candidates, including Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), announced they will not vie for the seat, while Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) plans to officially declare his intentions to run later today. We are safe to assume the GOP establishment wants a united front. And if Lankford becomes their anointed candidate, in what is perhaps the most conservative state in the country, color us underwhelmed.
To be clear, Lankford is not a purely liberal Republican and an anathema to Oklahoma like Rep. Tom Cole would have been, had he contested the seat. And in a perfect world – one without a truculent Democrat Party and a treacherous GOP party establishment – Lankford would go with the flow and drift in the proper direction. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Our country, culture, marketplace, and system of government are on fire. If we don’t aggressively reverse the tide of Obama’s 100-year culmination of the progressive utopia, our slide into socialism and moral decay will be immutable. The only way to reverse this trend is to drive straight through the obstructionist bodies of the GOP establishment and the special interest ruling class. Politicians who support the status quo in the way we approach politics and policy are not up for the task.
Rep. Lankford is a quintessential status quo Republican. After just two years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lankford was groomed for a leadership position, serving as the number six-ranking member in the Boehner-Cantor team. Nobody gets into leadership that quickly if they are bent on fighting the power structure in Washington. He has since served as a conduit for Boehner and Cantor, supporting their debt ceiling increases and funding for Obamacare in budget bills, thereby obviating one of the reasons for Republicans controlling the U.S. House.
Given that Lankford is from Oklahoma and has always had his eye on higher office, he tends to be more careful about his final votes than most other members of leadership. We noticed that Lankford voted for the Ryan-Murray budget deal in December, which busted the spending caps set by the Budget Control Act. Yet, he voted against the omnibus bill last week, even though that bill was directly born out of the December deal. Lankford cited a number of objections, but he knew exactly what the Ryan-Murray deal engendered. Moreover, he voted for the FY 2012 budget in December 2011, which contained similar objections. Clearly, he understood the optics of voting for this leviathan a week before announcing for the Senate seat would not bode well for his campaign.
Moreover, as we’ve noted before, immigration reform is likely to be the most important issue pending before Congress in the coming years. Lankford supports amnesty and is one of those Republicans who believes “doing nothing” (with regards to amnesty, not enforcement) is not an option. More disturbingly, he offered a typical liberal non-sequitur in support of amnesty: “I wouldn’t prohibit forever (people from getting citizenship). I’m a Christian, and restitution and reconciliation’s a big deal. If you do something illegal or inappropriate you should be able to resolve that, face the penalty, clear it and be forgiven.”
Lankford clearly doesn’t understand the broader consequences of our inane cycle of amnesty and will not be down for the struggle against Obama when he pushes it as a dangerous lame-duck president. When Obama issued his illegal administrative amnesty in 2012, all Lankford could muster was a feeble equivocation over whether it was even amnesty: “It is technically not amnesty, and it is amnesty. It’s both. That’s the frustrating part of it.” [CQ, GOP Avoids Taking a Position on New Immigration Enforcement Policy, 6/19/12]
Folks, we have enough of these consummate politicians in the U.S. Senate already. The Senate GOP Conference is even farther to the left than the House GOP. There is no way someone like Lankford will change the country club culture of Senate Republicans; we will be changed by them. Sending another mediocre Republican to the meat-grinder would be a waste of one of the most conservative seats.
Fortunately, Oklahoma is home to one of the most conservative game-changers in Congress. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), which the Madison Project endorsed last year for reelection, was a game-changer when he defeated the sponsor of the NatGas subsidy bill in a primary, he was a game changer when he voted against Boehner for Speaker, and he will be a game changer in the Senate when he stands up to weak-kneed leaders. Lankford is a yes-man for House leadership, and he will be a yes-man for Senate leadership.
We will never change Washington with the status quo.
Bridenstine has too much to offer Oklahoma in the Senate for him to sit this one out. We encourage him to jump in the race and give voice to conservatives.
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