Ted Cruz and Mike Lee Made an Epic Statement — And the American People Say “Thank You”

Friday, December 19th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Economy, Immigration

If you flipped on the news or scrolled through Twitter, you couldn’t have missed the epic statement made by Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee this weekend.

At issue? President Obama’s executive amnesty. The two leading conservatives refused to let Obama’s unconstitutional actions venture on their merry way without a fight.

Just today, a federal judge ruled Obama’s actions were unconstitutional. But, of course, Sen. Harry Reid and his liberal friends will admit nothing of the sort. And most of them, as well as many Republicans,  were whining all weekend about  having to miss Christmas parties at home to work the weekend.

Sorry if the American people can’t muster up an ounce of sympathy for those complaining. Conservatives should be lauding Cruz and Lee for doing everything in their power to make this argument heard.

The lame duck congress is unfortunate for many reasons, but it boils down to this: The American people voted for a drastic change in leadership last month. It’s not okay for the losers to continue carrying out their failed policies — especially when conservatives have the opportunity to speak out.

The $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” was irresponsible, full of unnecessary spending and plenty of issues unrelated to funding the government. At the end of the year, politicians get lazy — but not Cruz and Lee. They came to Washington for a reason — and it wasn’t to bow down to the status quo so they can make it home for the weekend Christmas party.

As former Senator Jim DeMint wrote: “There is absolutely zero debate within the Republican Party as to whether the President overstepped his constitutional authority or acted improperly.”

So why weren’t they backed by the entirety of the GOP? Now is the time to band together against the lawlessness represented by Obama’s amnesty — not criticize the guys making waves for the Left.

Republicans have a lot to prove in the next two years. With a starting point like this one, many conservatives are worried. But with leaders like Cruz and Lee standing up for the American people, there’s hope the majority will be heard and that valuable, long-term change will soon arise.

The Madison Project Endorses Senator Mike Lee for Re-Election

Monday, December 15th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections

In 2010, Senator Mike Lee stunned political pundits and the GOP Establishment, first by defeating incumbent Senator Bob Bennett at the Republican convention then winning a hotly contested primary against Tim Bridgewater before cruising to victory in November.

Son of Ronald Reagan’s Solicitor General, Rex Lee, Mike ran on a platform of limited government, repealing Obamacare, lowering taxes and fighting for the sanctity of life and marriage. In short, he was the epitome of what we at the Madison Project look for in candidates-a comprehensive conservative who could clearly enunciate the principles on which he was running.

As we all know, however, that the rhetoric candidates use to get elected and the actions they take once in office are often diametrically opposed to each other. The GOP class of 2010 in the United States is a clear example of this. In stark contrast to many of his classmates, Senator Mike Lee has been exactly the kind of Senator he said he would be. He has been a strong voice and vote for conservatives, even when the odds against him appear intimidating and insurmountable.

It is not often that we can look back over a 6-year term of a United States Senator and say without qualification that we are happy to endorse him. When it comes to Mike Lee, not only are we proud to endorse him again, we look forward to working with him for years to come as we fight to get this country back on track.

Americans + GOP = Love (The Poll Says!)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Americans made a big play last month when they voted for a Republican Majority in both Houses of Congress.

It seems their message went further than just the voting booth, as well. A new Gallup poll comparing pre and post-election results shows that Americans now identify more strongly with the GOP than they did before the election.

With 42% of Americans identifying with them, Republicans have a slight lead over Democrats, who came in with only 41%, a 2 point decrease for them compared to pre-election results.

Past elections with similar results have also resulted in identity shifts. The question is, will the winning Party remain true to the promises that got them here?

It’s easy to spout lofty commitments on the campaign trail but the going gets tough once the lame duck session ends and January begins.

There is so much riding on this Congress. With more Americans than ever putting their faith in the GOP, they must deliver results on the big issues, like Obamacare, immigration and big government spending.

Too many times, we’ve seen well-meaning politicians get elected to office only to  begin towing the Party line because it’s easier to play nice with Congressional leadership. It shouldn’t be easy and newly elected conservatives must stick to the strong principles that got them here.

After 6 years with the most liberal President in history, Americans are more than ready for lasting change in the right direction. The inside politics of Congress tempt new Members to compromise on their principles but that would be the worst thing any of them could do moving forward into 2015.

The Republican reputation is riding on this Congress and 2016 will be determined by exactly that.

Immigration Executive Action Costing Obama Big Time

Friday, November 28th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

It seems that President Obama will do almost anything to secure the legacy he wants — even if that means making the American people dislike him.

His approval rating hasn’t been stellar for years, but he’s now at under 40% and things don’t seem to be moving in a positive direction, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

The recent dip is likely due to the drastic move he just made on immigration. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the President used executive action to implement his own personal immigration reform.

Last night, he was caught on tape admitting that he violated the Constitution, saying, “I just took action to change the law.”

He didn’t have to say it out loud for the truth to be revealed but it certainly solidifies what much of the nation already thinks.

And it’s not just a segment of people —  it’s actually a widespread disapproval across party, age and gender. The under-30 Democrat crowd is excluded from that set but otherwise, it’s fair game from every angle.

The downfalls within in Obamacare, botched foreign policy and now, the move to offer amnesty to over 5 million people is taking it’s toll.

According to the Hill,  “only 48 percent of American voters now say illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. with a pathway to citizenship — down 9 percentage points from a year ago.”

There has been outcry from legal immigrants who came to the United States and went through the legal immigration process. So many toiled for years to become citizens and now, individuals who broke the law and crossed the border will get that same opportunity at much less a personal cost.

President Obama may achieve his dream of allowing amnesty in America, but the legacy of that will have more consequences than he can imagine.

Keystone Pipeline Hovering in Uncertainty Before Big Vote

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 and is filed under Blog

There’s more than one major issue coming to a head during the lame duck session of Congress this year. One of the biggest votes is happening tonight, on construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

While they still have some control, the Left would like to quell the debate on moving forward with the controversial legislation, but American energy prospects may put a damper on their hopes.

The Obama Administration has procrastinated on the issue for years, despite ample support from at least 62 Senators two years ago. Detractors say the pipeline will cause environmental stress but research has shown that not to be the case.

Heritage Foundation energy policy analyst Nick Loris wrote:

“The State Department has conducted multiple environmental reviews, concluding that the pipeline would be safe and not contribute significantly to climate change.”

Now, a bill in support of the Pipeline has passed the House and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate.  The Senate version is bipartisanly sponsored by Sen. Mary Landreiu (D-LA) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) so supporters remain hopeful — but nothing is certain right now.

The bill easily passed the House but Hoeven told MSNBC earlier today that they had only 59 of the 60 necessary “yes” votes confirmed, with a few “maybes” on the fence.

In fact, even if the bill is passed in the Senate, President Obama will likely veto it. However, the political symbolism of the pipeline is part of why the votes politicians take on it matter. It has become a very visible issue representing expanding domestic energy production.

A majority of Americans support building Keystone and Speaker John Boehner said today that if Obama vetoes the bill, he’d be “calling the American people stupid.”

Landrieu is currently embroiled in a runoff Senate race with opponent Bill Cassidy. She’s taken Keystone on as a priority issue and is reported to have been scrambling today in effort to secure the necessary votes in the Senate.

The vote is set for Tuesday evening, so we’ll soon see if Washington had the guts to listen to the American people. If Obama vetoes a passed bill in both House and Senate, it will only serve to strengthen his reputation for unconstitutionally abusing executive power.

Combat Troops in Iraq? The Obama Double Down Saga Continues

Friday, November 14th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

If you told candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that he’d be doubling troops in Iraq in the year 2014, after announcing he “ended the war in Iraq,” he would have laughed in your face. But reality is a funny thing, isn’t it?

Thankfully, Obama is listening to military leaders who have his ear at this crucial time to combat terrorism. With ISIS running rampant, murdering hostages and terrifying the Iraqi Army into hiding, it’s impossible for the United States to sit across the ocean and watch.

Today, Obama’s top military adviser Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he’s now open to considering U.S. ground troops to work with Iraqi Army to retake the city of Mosul.

Obama certainly doesn’t want troops on the ground but if he’s willing to heed Dempsey’s wisdom, that’s what we may soon see. And the public may actually be behind the strategy. In a a CBS News poll last month revealed that 71% of Americans said they supported continued air assaults against ISIS. More notably, 47% of Americans said they supported sending troops to Iraq, an increase of 9 percentage points since September.

Additionally, the White House proposes to request $5.6 billion for the campaign, with $1.6 billion of that segmented out for Iraqi troops.

In an interview about the troop upgrade, Obama called his move to double the troops “a new phase” and said that ISIS is not only a threat to Iraq but also to the surrounding region and ultimately, the United States.

“This is a threat we are not only committed to degrade, but also to destroy,” said Obama.

That’s the kind of language Americans have desperately needed to hear from the President for a long time. No one likes war — or wants to put our troops in harm’s way — but as the United States, we have a responsibility to lead the crusade against the terrorist thugs of ISIS

Deception, Lies & Really Bad News for Obamacare

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

Things continue to get worse for supporters of Obamacare. First, a key architect of the law revealed on camera how deceptive he and the Administration were in crafting the law so it would pass without transparency — “call it the stupidity of the American voter,” he said.

Now, another piece of the law is under continuing fire since the Supreme Court decided it would hear King v. Burwell after an appeal. This is just one of many issues with the law, which has, in fact, already been changed 42 times since it’s passage.

If a law has to be so completely hacked to death over such a short period of time, doesn’t that mean it wasn’t ready to go in the first place? That’s putting it nicely.

King v. Burwell regards whether or not the Obama Administration will provide tax credits to individuals who purchase insurances through the federal Obamacare exchanges – and not just to those using state-based exchanges.

The Supreme Court taking up the case alone makes the Administration look bad — but the confusing language inside the law only serves to confirm that deception via confusion was part of the plan all along.

The Obamacare architect in the video above said the law was “written in a tortured way” on purpose and that such tactics were “really critical in getting the thing to pass.”

Clearly, the tortured language has been torturing the American people since then, and that continues in this latest court case.

Part of getting people to buy into Obamacare was promising them their healthcare would be less expensive or that they’d receive tax breaks. If the Supreme Court now decides, via King v. Burwell, that individuals cannot receive subsidies through the federal exchange, then all the people in those states will be out of luck once again.

It will be yet another promise broken, another misleading part of a law that’s been everything but what many Americans though it would be.

When something is so bad it has to be written “in a tortured way” to deceive people — and revised 42 times in three years — it’s time to admit it shouldn’t have been passed in the first place.

Since Obamacare was passed, there have been plenty of conservative alternatives to consider but both Democrats and the media have ignored them. It’s time to put forward legislation that actually prioritizes Americans and puts the patient first.

The Obamacare Horror Show

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

What was on the forefront of every candidate’s mind this election season? Obamacare.

Democrats have tried desperately to get away from it and Republicans are doing all they can to remind voters how awful it is. That’s why the House GOP decided to attack Obamacare in their ads more than any other issue this year.

According to the Hill, 1/3 of 130 television ads from the GOP were focused on the controversial legislation.

Even some Democrats ran ads this year criticizing the law, though not going so far as to support repeal.

Many candidates are still campaigning on the notion of repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Polls show that up to 60% of voters still want Obamacare to be repealed and numbers began moving up increasingly this summer as Election Day neared.

As conservative grassroots candidates and voters remain committed to getting rid of the law, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is making some on the Right angry.

McConnell recently said of an Obamacare repeal, “No one thinks we’re going to get that,” proving he’s not nearly as committed to repealing the law as his passionate conservative counterparts.

Despite McConnell’s back tracking, Republicans remain confident that Obamacare criticism is an essential part of gaining voter support.  Veteran pollster Scott Rasmussen said in an interview this week that Obamacare is the “defining issue” of the 2014 elections.

With everything from website security issues to unaffordable healthcare plans and taxpayer coverage of abortion, there’s little for voters to find appealing about the law even at face value.

The GOP was wise to keep a strong focus on Obamacare, the legislation that had to be passed in the middle of the night against the will of the American people.

Today, the people speak.

Evidence Proves Key Demographics Have Made a Right Turn

Friday, October 31st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration

Ask anyone running for Congress or higher office and they’ll tell you they want to reach millennial voters. They were a key demographic for President Obama’s 2008 victory and typically, voter turnout for that generation is rather low.

While it’s sometimes assumed that youth skew Left, things are actually changing. A new National Harvard Youth Poll shows that millennial voters prefer a Republican Congress by four percent right now.

Today’s youth were sold Obama’s promises but have gradually realized they were empty, even until the end. With only two years left under Obama, young people are reconsidering what they want in the next decade of their lives.

And it’s not just youth. Poll after poll has shown that key demographics are positioning themselves as swing voters or to the Right.

An Associated Press-Gfk poll showed that female voters are split almost dead even between Democrats and Republicans.

Despite the Democrats’ “war on women” rhetoric, many female voters have seen beyond it. The Left most often appeals to women on the basis of sex, birth control and abortion. It seems some young women have finally recognized how degrading and sexist that actually is.

Who else is eyeing the Right? Hispanics. A Pew Research Center poll showed that Hispanics are moving toward the GOP in higher numbers than ever. The same poll showed that 54% of registered Hispanic voters would vote for someone who disagrees with them on immigration reform, providing they share their views on most other issues.

The Left has many talking points for women, young people and minority communities – but they do very little besides spend lots of money in ways that are ineffective in the long run.

The cultural definition of what it means to be a Democrat has evolved from moderate to extreme Left – and these demographics may be realizing that’s not a place they want to be.

Kill The Duck

Friday, October 31st, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Obamacare

There seems to be a general consensus that Republicans will retake the Senate in next Tuesday night’s election. If that is the case, they won’t retake the reins of power until early in January of 2015, giving the Senate Democrats one last gasp at legislating during the forthcoming lame duck session. There are a number of terrible ideas being floated for the lame duck, but the one I want to discuss today is the idea of “clearing the decks” so that Congress can start fresh in 2015.

Currently there is a continuing resolution in effect that funds the government until December 11th. There are rumblings that Congressional leadership, both Republicans and Democrats in both chambers, wants to pass a long term funding bill that funds the government through next fall. If next Tuesday night’s election results hand the Senate over to Republicans, conservatives need to resist this approach vigorously.

First, the obvious reason is that all manner of retired and defeated members will be voting on extremely important issues. Even the fine folks who wrote The West Wing understood how problematic this is.Lame duck Congressman and Senators could be voting on numerous nominees, internet taxation, funding for Obamacare and amnesty for illegal aliens and voting contrary to the people who just turned them out of office.

This brings me to my second and more important point. The funding bill.

Leadership wants to “clear the decks” (by that they mean pass all the major legislation and nominees sitting before Congress) so that they can start off the new Congress focusing on their priorities.  Their priorities are much more likely to reflect the priorities of Wall Street and K Street than Main Street.  The first thing they want to get out of the way is the controversy surrounding funding Obamacare and the President’s illegal amnesty. And by get out of the way I mean fund Obamacare and amnesty.

Congress – and the House of Representatives in particular – holds the purse strings, without which the President cannot implement his agenda. If Congress does not fund an activity, then the Executive Branch cannot implement it. Further if Congress affirmatively acts to restrict funding for an activity, the Administration’s hands are similarly tied. Congress knows exactly how to limit funding for Obamacare – they have done it in the past – and candidates are pledging to do it on the campaign trail at this moment.

At the same time, the American people want Congress to defund President Obama’s lawless amnesty program for illegal immigrant children – often known as DACA.   If media reports are correct, by the time the lame duck begins, President Obama will have issued an even broader amnesty for adult illegal aliens.   The only way to stop this will be to turn off the funding for the President’s amnesty.

But if the Congressional leadership “clears the decks” in November the opportunity to include riders to block amnesty and defund Obamacare evaporates until next fall.  By the time we get back to appropriations bills the amnesty program will be well underway and much harder to undo.

If candidates are serious about opposing Obamacare and Executive amnesty, they need to pass a very short-term Continuing Resolution in November that only funds the government until January, so that the Republican House and Senate can come back and include the important Obamacare and amnesty defunding provisions they promised the American people.