Monday, July 27th, 2015 and is filed under Blog
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell sold out conservatives once again
All last year, McConnell pledged that if the Republicans took the majority in the U.S. Senate, he would change the way the chamber operated, that he would not operate it like Senator Harry Reid.
Newsflash: he is far worse.
What is taking place in the U.S. Senate right now is high stakes drama as the Batman and Robin team of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are forcing Mitch McConnell to expose who he really is – a big government liberal who masquerades as a Republican.
Right now McConnell is forcefully defeating any efforts by Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and to keep the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) from being reauthorized (for the best breakdown on the events in the Senate, read Tim Carney’s article.).
If anyone thought a Republican majority in the Senate was going to be a conservative one, this is the ultimate slap in the face.
Not only is Mitch McConnell working overtime in ways that Harry Reid never did to muzzle U.S. Senators, he is aggressively pushing to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank under the guise of “Every Senator deserves the right to offer an amendment.”
That is unless it is a conservative Senator attempting to offer conservative amendments.
This is outrageous and it must be stopped. Call Mitch McConnell today and tell him this can’t stand: 202-224.2541.
We can’t continue to let Mitch McConnell run the U.S. Senate like a Democrat.
Friday, July 24th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy
As the vote approaches to bring Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) back from the dead, it’s important to make one thing clear: Republican leaders have failed us once again. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has hid behind the Obamacare issue in order to push for the Ex- Im Bank.
This morning, Sen. Ted Cruz, grilled the Majority Leader and called him out for what he is: a liar.
McConnell had promised Republicans that there would not be a vote on the Ex-Im Bank, a bank that McConnell had claimed to not be in favor of.
Now, McConnell has done everything in his power to ensure that there very well will be a vote on the bank come the end of the month. In his attempt to ease Republicans who see through his act, he plans to rally the Senate for a vote to repeal Obamacare on Sunday. Here’s the thing, no one is fooled by his tricks again.
Sen. Cruz also stated “it is career politicians in both parties that are kept in office by looting the taxpayer to benefit wealthy, powerful corporations”. Interestingly enough, the Ex-Im Bank has been receiving support from both Democrats and Republicans. Coincidence? Not.
On top of it all, McConnell has also tried to get Democrats and Republicans to come together over the Highway Bill, something that will continue to allocate funds to the federal government instead of letting the states manage highways and transportation (something they already do the majority of and, a better job at). Not to mention it will be full of special interest projects.
So what can we do about the problem? Sen. Cruz again sets a great example of not letting crooks in Washington get away with their lies and tricks. We need to stand against this and put up a fight.
Conservatives need to reach out to their Senators and Representatives and let them know that they are totally against this institution that only takes money from taxpayers and gives it to large corporations that don’t need it. We need to hold them accountable for their actions and make sure, as stated by Sen. Cruz this morning, that they are not eating out of the hands of “big money and big corporations” at all.
Call your Representatives today!
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Amongst the many battles that Conservatives have faced in Congress in the past few months, the battle against the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has taken front stage as the legislation enacted by President Bush in 2002 is up for revision. While efforts to stop the inefficient and outdated solution to the education problem (it never really worked anyway), Democrats and some pro- No Child Left Behind GOP members have actively blocked voting on legislation that would cut money going to cities that are sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. A sanctuary city is one that declares Federal Immigration laws null and void within its limits. Republican leaders like Senators Alexander (R-TN) and Cornyn (R-TX) have both actively blocked voting on the very legislation that would essentially be making cities comply with the law.
The amendment (no. 2146), introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), would cut all funding of government law enforcement grants to these so called sanctuary cities. Supported by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the legislation would properly address a growing issue regarding national security and the well being of the United States. If the recent issue of illegal immigrants being involved in criminal activity doesn’t speak for itself, a recent study conducted by the Center For Immigration Studies shows that many of the illegal immigrants that are let go will soon fall to criminal activity. In 2014, sanctuary cities were responsible for the release of about 8,000 illegal immigrants, and out of those 8,000, about 2,000 were arrested for an array of crimes within an eight-month period of their initial release.
With all of this information on the table, Republican leaders continue to push their leftist agendas and block voting on this important issue. While both No Child Left Behind and the Export-Import Bank will hurt American education, businesses, and jobs respectively, a crack down on these sanctuary cities will promote a safe and lawful nation, one in which repeatedly breaking the law and sheltering those individuals who do so is simply unacceptable.
Monday, July 20th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy
If the last few weeks have shown us anything about the President’s grasp on the issues taking place around the globe, it’s that he’s weak when he should be strong.
With new information from the Pentagon last week, Obama came out with a new plan to defeat the terror group ISIS. This “new strategy” comes a month after Obama approved the deployment of 450 more troops to Iraq sent to help train Iraqi soldiers to eventually take over the majority of the fighting. However, U.S efforts to train and attract Sunni volunteers and additional enlistments to the Iraqi forces have fallen significantly under the mark. Less than 100 new troops have been trained, falling way below the yearly 5,400 goal.
Despite the success that the air strikes have had and additional efforts the U.S have made against ISIS, the evil terrorist group has still been expanding and posing a threat to many countries and innocent individuals. Recently, there have been terrorist attacks in France, Canada, and the United Arabs (to name a few) as an increase from the initial problem in the Middle East. Regardless of what the Obama Administration is saying, ISIS is a growing threat that needs to be stopped immediately.
In the new plan, the President stated this battle is one that will be won “through ideology, not guns”. Obama also said that it will be a “generational struggle”: one that will take a long and slow process. His focus will be on “partnering with Muslim communities” and working to continue to train forces in Iraq and limit U.S involvement to a simple partnership.
But the facts is, no one wants a long-term fight with ISIS, or any country or group for that matter. The U.S is already involved whether we like it or not so we need to complete this task as quickly and effectively as possible. ISIS poses an immediate threat to our national security, which we continue to be reminded of as domestic attacks increase. But ISIS also threatens other countries, not only in the Middle East, but the entire world.
By stating that the United States “lacks a complete strategy”, President Obama fails to convince anyone that he knows what to do to defeat ISIS once and for all. He also sends a single of weakness to ISIS and likeminded international terrorist threats. As Commander in Chief, the President needs to take charge and push for a more effective plan. Obama also said that if the United States takes on ISIS alone, it will take much longer than necessary to make progress in the battle. However, if the United States doesn’t lead by example, the President can forget about getting support from other countries.
This problem with the President’s approach to foreign policy is also clearly seen in his negotiation of an Iran deal that gives Iran too much of a break and ultimately provides them with the resources necessary to continue to support terror groups and expand their military power.
After a long debate, the United States, alongside five other countries (China, Russia, the U.K, Germany, and France) struck a deal with Iran on Tuesday that supposedly limits Tehran’s nuclear program and in return, lifted financial and oil sanctions on Iran. However, the deal is proving to be more beneficial to Iran than the United States.
For one, the removal of sanctions will give Iran an influx of about $100 billion in sanctions relief. Note, just six days ago, Iran sent $1 billion to Syria (supporting the terror groups). Clearly, there is a pretty good chance that some (if not the majority of) the sanctions received from the deal will be sent to aid the terror group.
In addition to the great benefits that Iran will be enjoying from the nuclear deal, countries like Russia and China received “breaks” from the U.S to get them to stand by the United States in light of the long fight for the nuclear deal. China is now making a move to bid to buy out the last American owned memory chip producer; the very day that President Obama revealed the Iran deal, China’s Unigroup Ltd. stated that it planned to bid $23 billion for Micron Technology. If this move were to go on as planned by the Chinese, they would be one step closer to an overall control of the technological industry.
Regarding Russia, the meeting of Putin and Sec. of State John Kerry signified an acknowledgment of Russia’s importance by the U.S. By having to keep them in the deal talks, the United States has refrained from providing Ukraine with weapons that could be of use to defend themselves from increased Russian aggression. Thus, the deal has allowed Russia to maintain a sort of control over the U.S’ approach to their power hungry actions.
Both the approach to ISIS and the Iran deal show that the President is weak when it comes to dealing with global issues. This minimalistic approach is leading to other countries walking over the United States and essentially either getting their harmful agendas through or doing as they please in the global “playing field”. This is a dangerous precedent and we must change course. The future of our nation depends on it.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Family Values
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DeSantis reacts to video of Planned Parenthood representative discussing the sale of fetal organs
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Congressman Ron DeSantis released the following statement in response to video released by the Center for Medical Progress that appears to show a senior executive in Planned Parenthood discussing how to save organs from aborted fetuses in order to sell them to third parties:
“This video is deeply disturbing and made me sick to my stomach. That anyone from Planned Parenthood could so casually talk of selling off organs from aborted babies is repulsive,” said Congressman DeSantis. “I join my colleagues in denouncing this loathsome practice and Planned Parenthood’s callous attitude regarding the disposal of fetal remains. The organization ought to be ashamed and I will continue to support efforts in Congress to prevent them from receiving taxpayer dollars.”
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Cross posted from Conservative Review
By: CR Staff | July 15, 2015
Forget about sanctuary cities, the U.S. Senate is becoming a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
It’s not only President Obama who refuses to recognize the murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of illegal aliens – both in public and by privately consoling the family members. According to conservative aides, Republican leaders are opposing a vote on an amendment that would put an end to liberal cities thwarting federal immigration laws, “sanctuary cities.”
“Alexander and Cornyn really pressured conservatives to back off from getting a vote on sanctuary cities amendments,” an aide told Conservative Review. “Alexander didn’t want his education bill derailed but John Cornyn, despite his public comments otherwise, is terrified about the prospect of voting on eliminating sanctuary cities and offending his golden goose: Houston.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has introduced an amendment (no. 2146) to the pending reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, (S.1177) that would cut off all federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities and reallocate those funds to states and localities that comply with federal law. Sens. Sessions (R-AL) and Cruz (R-TX) have co-sponsored the amendment and Sen. Vitter (R-LA) has a similar proposal he recently introduced.
Read More at Conservative Review
Thursday, July 9th, 2015 and is filed under Blog
As Congress looks at the next three weeks, there are particular pieces of legislation they seek to address before the recess at the end of July. On that list is the proposal to update the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education law that saw it’s beginning during the Bush-era. While both Democrats and Republicans seem to be concerned with rewriting the law, supporters of No Child Left Behind fail to see that the provision as a whole is problematic and does not address the problems with the education system in the United States in an effective manner.
For more on this issue click here to read the Daily Signal’s analysis.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy
Recently, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) was not reauthorized and expired for the time being. While the bank cannot make out new loans, it can still manage its existing loans and investments since it was funded by Congress through September.
Regardless of the fact that debate over the bank lead to the failure of reauthorization by Congress, supporters unfortunately have reasons to stay optimistic (reasons conservatives cannot put down the fighting gloves just yet).
Congress has less than three weeks before its recess at the end of July, and one, if not the most important item on the to do list is the passing of the Highway Bailout Bill that would fund the nation’s Highway Trust Fund for a couple of years in addition to pet projects and waste added on by Washington politicians. To give a little bit of background, the Highway Trust Fund is the method by which the federal government gives states funds to build and maintain roads, transportation, and infrastructure projects.
But before we get into the issues of the Ex-Im Bank, its important to recognize that the Highway Trust Fund is simply not the most efficient way of costing road maintenance and transportation improvements as a whole. States already control about 75% of the maintenance of highways and roads, and would most definitely do a better job at managing the costs than the federal government (they already do!). Efforts to push for more control by the states regarding road and transportation, such as Rep. Ron DeSantis’ introduction of the Transportation Empowerment Act are necessary to ensure that the federal government continues to receive money that the states could better manage.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised supporters of the bill the opportunity to vote on the measure within the month. A vote conducted a little ago showed that there are enough votes in the House to get it to pass. However, not as much is known about the Senate, and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), another supporter of the Im-Ex Bank, is waiting to see what the Senate does about the matter (and most likely follow suit).
The issue with the Ex-Im Bank is more than just reauthorizing it. Fundamentally, all it has been doing is taking a great deal of government money and sending it to companies that simply don’t need the aid. To give some background, the Ex-Im Bank has been around for about eighty-one years and exists for the purpose of financing US firms in their attempts to connect with markets overseas. The bank, while claimed to help American businesses, only really helps large companies; in 2012, more than 80% of the bank’s assistance went to Boeing.
Opposers of both legislations that promote a disgusting and inefficient use of government money need to continue to fight against it and realize that the next month is crucial to the survival or defeat of the bank that sends unnecessary amounts of money to large companies that don’t need it. Conservatives need to stress the problems with the Ex-Im Bank and fight against the bad GOP leadership in Washington and continue to nail the coffin on Ex-Im. In other words, we need not allow supporters of the Ex-Im Bank to continue to try and attach theses provisions to other legislation to try and get their agendas in by force.
Same goes for the Highway Trust Fund: conservatives need to continue to fight to give more power to the states regarding things that the states have much better control over (in this case roads and transportation).
The Ex-Im Bank and the Highway Trust Find alike need to go, and those who want to continue to give big government, businesses, and corporations a break need to be silenced.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Family Values
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th amendment of the Constitution guaranteed same sex couples the right to marry. Regardless of this misinterpretation of the 14th amendment, as of now, same sex marriage is legal throughout the entire United States.
What does the Supreme Court’s decision mean for those who do not support or agree with same sex marriage? Before the Supreme Court came to its conclusion, Justice Alito has asked Solicitor General Verrilli regarding IRS regulations if schools and other religious institutions would lose their tax exemption status if the definition of marriage were to be changed. There has long been suspicion and fear that the advancement of the same sex marriage campaign would lead to the coercion of those who do not share the belief into participating in the celebration and affirmation of same sex marriages, regardless of religious beliefs and practices.
A brief example of this attack on religious liberty is the well known case of Aaron and Melissa Klein of Oregon, whom when refusing to provide their bakery services to a same sex couple that wanted a wedding cake were fined $135,000. This horrible violation of the Constitution came after the couple had to shut their bakery down as a result of the many protests and boycotts that occurred in reaction to their exercise of their right to refuse service.
In response to the SCOTUS decision, Senator Mike Lee continues to stay true to protecting the religious liberties of Americans and defending the actual rights granted in the Constitution. The Senator from Utah has introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (which has 57 House co-sponsors and 18 Senate co-sponsors) in order to protect the rights of individuals and institutions that support traditional marriage. In particular, the bill would prevent the federal government from denying contracts, tax exemptions, grants, certificates, license, or anything of the sort to a person, business, or institution solely because that person, business, or institution believes that marriage is and can only be between one man and one woman.
Regarding the importance of protecting the rights of all Sen., Lee states: “Our focus must now be on defending these crucial rights of conscience. That is exactly why Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) and I have introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from discriminating against anyone who believes that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”
Mike Lee continues to show through his efforts to preserve a fundamental right that he is willing to lead and defend our values when few in Washington are willing. His example should be a motivator for all of those who value the rights granted to us in the Constitution and remind us that we need not be discouraged by the inability of the Supreme Court to make the correct decision. Instead we should mobilize and fight for our religious liberty like never before. It’s time to support real conservatives, like Mike Lee, who will spend their time in Washington fighting the status quo not becoming part of the problem. Our freedoms are at risk and we must do all we can to support efforts to protect them.
Thursday, June 25th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare
Cross posted from Conservative Review.
By: Daniel Horowitz | June 25th, 2015
With a Republican Party that fights just as hard for the liberal agenda as the Democrat Party, the remaining argument promoted in defense of voting for liberal Republicans is that they will appoint good judges to the Supreme Court. Today’s events should relegate that argument to the fate of the Confederate flag.
For the second time in two years, Chief Justice John Roberts redrafted Obamacare from the bench. We already know that Obama has supplanted the legislative powers of Congress; now Roberts is competing with him to consume the remaining vestiges of legislative power ceded by the people’s representatives.
In upholding the Obamacare subsidies in states with federal exchanges – in contravention to the plain text of the law – Roberts and the 5 other Justices have made it clear that political outcomes and ideology not only affect their constitutional jurisprudence but their obligation to read the plain meaning of congressional statutes.
After essentially conceding the argument that the plain language of the text only provides for subsidies for those states that set up state-based exchanges, Roberts wrote, “In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.” Roberts concludes, “A fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”
Read More at Conservative Review