Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, News, Press
For Immediate Release:
January 13, 2014
Contact: Mary Vought
Madison Project Opens GOTV Headquarters in Kentucky to Support Matt Bevin
Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX), announced today they are teaming with tea party groups across Kentucky to open five GOTV (Get Out The Vote) headquarters to help organize grassroots canvassing for U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin. The offices, which will have hired staff and volunteers, will be located in Bowling Green, Florence, Glasgow, Louisville and Owensboro.
“The Madison Project is focused on a bottom-up grassroots model to help empower local conservative activists and elect reliable conservatives to Congress,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We are excited about our work with a wide array of dedicated conservative groups in Kentucky. That is why we have teamed up to open these GOTV headquarters in several parts of the state. Each office will be equipped with our voter canvassing technology, which will be used to contact thousands of Republican primary voters and spread Matt Bevin’s message of limited government via an interactive ground game. Polls show that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is one of the most unpopular incumbents in the country, and voters are starving for new leadership in Washington.
“Not only will an effective ground game help propel Matt Bevin to victory on May 20th, it will also empower conservatives across the state. While conservative grassroots will never raise enough money to match Mitch McConnell’s special interests, which support amnesty and corporate welfare, an organic and dedicated ground game strategy can help even the playing field. We are extremely proud of the grassroots conservatives in Kentucky and look forward to working with them in cities and towns throughout Kentucky until November.”
The Madison Project endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin in July of 2013. The full endorsement can be read here.
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues
Dr. Milton Wolf has never held public office, but he has already given voice to Kansas’s conservative values by forcing Senator Pat Roberts to change his voting habits. Ever since Wolf announced his candidacy, Roberts has clung to Ted Cruz and the conservative movement with all his might. Sadly, we’ve seen this bad movie before. Once the incumbent wins his primary and is reelected, he tends to relapse into his old ways of pushing for big government.
Help us support Milton Wolf in his historic bid to replace another ineffective Republican. RetireRoberts.com. Here is our latest video:
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
For those of you who thought that our previous warnings about an amnesty push in the near-term were overblown, today’s developments should serve as a wakeup call. In what was clearly a coordinated effort by the establishment, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor issued a call for passing immigration legislation this year during their weekly conference meeting at the same time Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue made an emphatic pitch for amnesty.
Boehner and Cantor
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) both included an immigration rewrite among the top 2014 priorities they outlined during a closed-door meeting with the GOP ranks, lawmakers said after the gathering.
Mr. Boehner told Republicans on Wednesday that he expected to release a set of GOP principles in the coming weeks. The speaker had announced in November that Republicans, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), planned to draft the guidelines before bringing any immigration bills to the House floor.
Although many House Republicans have been wary of changing immigration laws, GOP leaders have consistently maintained they plan to tackle the topic in their own fashion.
Mr. Boehner told lawmakers Wednesday that “‘This is an issue we have to deal with and I continue to believe that,’” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.). [WSJ]
The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce vowed Wednesday that 2014 will be the year his organization pulls “out all of the stops” to pass immigration reform, pledging that the Chamber will turn the 2014 midterm elections “into a motivation for change.”
“We’re determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted,” Donohue said at his 2014 State of American Business address. “The Chamber will pull out all the stops – through grassroots lobbying, communications, politics and partnerships with unions, faith organization, law enforcement and other – to get it done.”
Donohue refuted the idea that immigration reform would not pass in 2014, a midterm election year when very little, if anything, gets done on Capitol Hill.
“We hope to turn that assumption on its ear,” he said. “It’s based on a simple theory: If you can’t make them see the light, then at least make them feel some heat.” [CNN]
We’ve made this point a number of times, but it’s worth repeating. Why would Republicans be in a hell-fire rush to pass immigration legislation when they have so little political power? These are the same folks who suggest that we can’t even block bad things with control of just the U.S. House, even though the House is vested with control over the purse strings. Why would they think we can pass new immigration legislation built on conservative principles if it requires the cooperation of all three branches? Why in the world would Republicans reward Obama’s malevolence and disregard for our immigration laws by granting him his biggest second-term agenda item? Why not wait until Republicans control the White House, and we can trust the president to faithfully execute the enforcement first, thereby precluding another 1986-style disaster?
Moreover, why would we distract attention from Obamacare and dispirit Republican voters in an election year?
These are all rhetorical questions. As we know, the GOP elites and their special interest backers do not share our values. They agree with Obama 100% on open borders.
And speaking of the special interests, the Chamber is promising to reward those who support their views and punish those who oppose amnesty. Accordingly, in light of their large media buy in support of Senator McConnell, has anyone asked the Minority Leader about his plans for immigration? Will he support the push in 2014?
Furthermore, McConnell’s biggest selling point for his reelection is that he would be slated to become Majority Leader of the Senate. The most important consequence of obtaining that position is that he would control the floor schedule. And thanks to Harry Reid’s new precedent, that would include control over the amendment process. Will McConnell pledge not to bring any immigration legislation or amendments to the floor as long as Obama is in the White House?
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
It’s understandable why Democrats would feel embarrassed about unemployment. Employers are cutting jobs, reducing hours, and lowering wages as a direct result of the Obamacare mandates and taxes. Instead of putting out the fire that they set, Democrats have decided to distract our attention by offering band aids for the economic burns in the form of unprecedented long-term unemployment benefits.
Typically, the Unemployment Insurance program lasts for 26 weeks of unemployment with an additional 13 weeks during recessions. Most of the cost is purveyed by employer payroll taxes. Since 2008, however, Congress has funded Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for up to 99 weeks of unemployment.
As part of the fiscal cliff deal, they extended benefits for up to 73 weeks. In total, extended unemployment benefits have been renewed 11 times since 2008. Over the past 5 years, the federal government has collected roughly $240 billion in federal unemployment payroll taxes, while paying out about $600 billion in benefits. We are already in uncharted waters and dangerously close to creating another permanent entitlement program.
Yesterday, the Senate voted for cloture on a bill that will extend the 73-week maximum UI extension for another three months. Although the recovery in the job market is historically slow and lethargic, it is improving. Why in the world would we push another extension post-recession? Moreover, although the job market is improving relative to the nadir of the recession, are a record number of people have given up looking for work. Now is the worst time to offer incentives for disgruntled unemployed to remain outside the labor force.
And if we don’t stop the endless counterintuitive cycle of UI benefits five years after the recession, unemployment will become another permanent entitlement.
Then again, that is exactly what the Democrats want. They obviously have no intention to end this charade in three months. They want UI to become permanently enshrined into the welfare state, but are aiming for perpetual short-term extensions in order to use the issue as a convenient life boat amidst the tumultuous political waters created by Obamacare.
Republicans have an opportunity to speak with moral clarity and show a bold contrast: the conservative plan of cutting government red tape on job creators vs. the Democrat plan of engendering job losses and then offering permanent dependency – subsidized by future generations of taxpayers – as a panacea for their man-made disaster.
Republican leaders should directly challenge Democrats on the premise of their stratagem. If they really believe in the prudence of indefinite UI extensions, why not make the extension permanent law? Why not raise the dollar amount of the benefits? Why not expand coverage to 100 weeks or for the entire duration for which any individual is unemployed?
Sadly, in yet another manifestation of the impervious Democrat super-majority, six Republican Senators gave Democrats the requisite votes to break the filibuster. Other Republicans are taking the pale-pastel route, suggesting they would play the UI game as long as the three month expenditure is “offset,” presumably, over 10 years.
A lack of unified opposition from Republicans is another example of the vacuum of leadership from the top. Leadership has failed to rally the conference against any Democrat legislation until Harry Reid restores the rules of the Senate. Indeed they are getting ready to pass a new 5-year farm bill next week. Nor have they unified opposition against the UI extension until and unless Democrats agree to pass a relief on the very regulations that cause joblessness, such as Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, and sundry EPA anti-energy restrictions.
As tens of millions of Americans begin receiving smaller paychecks due to the increase in withholdings for health insurance, joining the more than 5 million who already lost their coverage in the individual market, Democrats have an arduous task in shifting the public’s attention to unemployment benefits. But as Republicans equivocate and negotiate over their preposterous scheme, Democrats might succeed in deploying their latest political decoy.
Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
House GOP leaders have made it crystal clear that it is their intention to pass an amnesty bill based upon every liberal premise of the immigration issue. The only question is timing. Conservatives must sound the alarm and acknowledge that engaging in the upcoming primaries is the only way to preempt Obamacare 2.0 in the lame duck years of Obama’s tenure.
When talking with many grassroots activists throughout the country this primary cycle, it seems that many conservatives are fooled by the false sense of security that a GOP-controlled House would never pass amnesty. After all, why would Republicans reward a lawbreaker – a president who has ostensibly placed a moratorium on border security and immigration enforcement – with the biggest political victory of his second term?
After the government shutdown in October, I felt the same way. There was no way Republicans would play ball with Democrats on immigration after President Obama and Senator Harry Reid conducted themselves with such contempt during the budget battle. But like many others in the movement, I was temporarily overlooking the fact that our party is controlled by undocumented Democrats.
Immediately following the budget battle, we began to see news reports about Speaker Boehner promising a push for amnesty after the primaries are settled. We saw Rep. Eric Cantor hold up the Dream Act as a paradigm of positive conservative legislation. We watched in shock as John Boehner suddenly hired one of the key staffers involved in writing the Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill to be his top policy advisor on immigration. And we saw Rep. Paul Ryan, a rabid supporter of open borders, forge a budget deal for an extra year, clearing the schedule to focus on immigration over the next two years.
Now, the New York Times is reporting that John Boehner is planning to act on his tantalizing open border dreams, albeit through a surreptitious strategy. Knowing that conservatives are repulsed by anything comprehensive in nature, aides to the Speaker told the Times that he plans to push a “step-by-step” approach. In case you were wondering, that step-by-step approach doesn’t include reforming our out-of-control refuge and asylum policy, building the fence, cutting off the welfare spigot, clarifying birthright citizenship, ending chain migration, or reducing our record high levels of low skilled immigration before making other changes. It includes a list of liberal priorities couched with some shiny objects that will never make it in the final bill, especially with Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and the White House.
And speaking of Democrat control, why are the same people who told us we can’t block bad legislation with control of just the House now suggesting that we can pass conservative immigration legislation with such little power?
The question answers itself. These people do not share our values. This intra-party battle is not just about strategy; it is about substance.
Indeed it is hard to sit back and watch Republican leaders remain silent as Obama hamstrings our border agents, suspends laws of Congress, and even harbors illegal immigrants in his own family. Instead of debating how much enforcement they will demand from Obama, Republicans are already negotiating how much amnesty and chain migration they will unilaterally cede to the President.
If conservatives remain silent, all of the incumbents will coast to reelection and the current leadership will remain intact. Even if Boehner retires, Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan will pursue amnesty with even more alacrity. That’s why conservatives must work to change leadership.
In addition to engaging in every contested primary this year, conservatives need to commence a discussion with sitting members regarding their plans for next year’s leadership elections. Instead of waiting until the last minute, there needs to be a well-organized effort beginning this year to block the current leaders from retaining or obtaining power during the next Congress.
After three years of failed promises from the Pledge to America, and now with the new push for amnesty by the big four players (John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan), it’s time for new leadership. Make no mistake about it, if we are saddled with Boehner and Cantor for leaders, or if Paul Ryan replaces Boehner as Speaker, we will witness the fundamental transformation of America through immigration deform. It’s time we start bringing individual members out of the shadows and document their plans for leadership elections. Otherwise we will all be disenfranchised by an opposition party that joins with a very ambitious lame-duck president who has nothing to lose by pushing a sweeping amnesty bill.
Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
Later today, when the Senate votes on the nomination of Janet Yellen to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Republicans will have an opportunity to shed the image of stubborn allies of Wall Street and stand with the free market. Republicans should oppose the confirmation of Janet Yellen, who has been known to support Bernanke’s aggressive stimulus policies at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), unless Democrats agree to some critical reforms of this powerful institution.
There is something fundamentally wrong when the Chairman of the Federal Reserve can serve as essentially an unelected fourth branch of government, wielding power over our purchases, savings, and national debt. During her confirmation hearing, Yellen declined to say how long she plans to keep interest rates so artificially low. She also failed to answer how and when she plans to sell off the Fed’s huge balance sheet, which has quadrupled since 2008. Most disturbingly, she obdurately rejected any plan to inject congressional oversight into this unaccountable and unelected creation of Congress. This is simply irresponsible.
We have a prime opportunity to hold the Fed and their special interests’ feet to the fire over their manipulation and dangerous economic game of distorting our economy.
It’s never good to make abrupt and drastic changes in monetary policy, but we must not be dissuaded from proposing reforms just because the stock market will have a tantrum – the same repetitive threat that is used to force Congress to raise the debt ceiling. Republicans need to begin advocating for the repeal of Humphrey-Hawkins, which charges the Fed with a dual mandate to achieve maximum sustainable employment and keep prices stable. The Fed should focus solely on price stability. Once they lack the ability to administer to Wall Street what the Dallas Fed Chair Richard Fisher refers to as “monetary morphine,” there won’t be any wild swings in the stock market in anticipation of such harmful meddling.
After three rounds of ‘quantitative easing’ and two rounds of ‘operation twist,’ the Fed has a balance sheet of almost $4 trillion — purchasing $40 billion in treasuries and $45 billion in mortgage-backed securities per month. The governing body of the Fed has not offered any comprehensive plan to sell off these assets without incurring a loss. The endless bond buying is distorting the housing market, yet Washington politicians seem to have forgotten the tough lessons learned from the previous housing bubble and continue to allow it to happen.
Additionally, the perennial policy of keeping interest rates near zero is hurting retirees all for the purpose of putting a short-term band-aid on the ailing economy. It’s almost impossible for seniors to find low-risk investments that will allow their savings to keep up with the rate of inflation. A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute shows that households lost $360 billion in net interest income from the monetary manipulation, with seniors losing roughly $2700 per year. Also, record-low interest rates have incentivized banks to sit on their money and not offer loans to startup businesses, exacerbating the existing tightness in the credit market due to Dodd-Frank.
The artificially low interest rates have done nothing to spawn organic growth in the economy, except for juicing up the stock market in the short-run, benefiting the special interest corporatists at the expense of the people.
To make matters worse, the ability of the Federal Reserve to service the national debt with artificially low interest rates on treasuries has allowed the Obama administration to grow harmful government programs like Obamacare. If government expenditures would be limited to the amount of tax revenue, it would be much harder for liberals to expand the role of government in private enterprise. Each increase in spending would require a commensurate increase in taxes.
Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
Over the past few years, it has become abundantly clear to the conservative grassroots that the Republican establishment in Washington is broken and no longer represents the party’s values. We embarked on the 2014 election cycle with a goal to help recruit or support candidates who will serve in the Ted Cruz model – men and women who are willing to stand up to the leaders of both parties to represent constitutional values. Well, 2014 is upon us and we could not have anticipated more success.
Thus far, we have helped recruit or support candidates who are mounting historic primary challenges to some of the most powerful and longest serving members of Congress, as well as game-changing fighters running in Democrat or open seats. If elected, these candidates will send a shock throughout the D.C. political swamp. They will be more than just a vote; they will serve as a voice for the country class and break all ties with the ruling class of both parties.
We could not have done this without the support of all our followers and readers. But 2014 is going to require an even more robust commitment from the movement. If we do not defeat enough of these establishment Republicans, President Obama will succeed in two of his goals - initiatives that will fundamentally transform the fabric of this nation – preserving Obamacare and passing amnesty/immigration deform.
The leadership in the GOP and their ruling class enablers in the consultant and lobbying crowd have made it clear that they will pass amnesty and block any effort to fight Obamacare in the budget or debt ceiling bills. It behooves us all to remind them that their jobs are tenuous; that they merely serve at the pleasure of those who elect them.
Please help us begin the new year with a bang and lend support to our slate of candidates. We have four Senate candidates and four House candidates, with a number of promising prospects on the way. In the coming weeks, we hope to unveil a new website with information on all our candidates and how you can help volunteer working the phones or knocking on doors in the contested states and districts.
Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Madison Project Staff and is filed under Blog, Issues, News, Obamacare
There has been much acrimony and infighting within the Republican Party of late. But in the coming year, there are many upcoming battles that should be able to unite the party, most prominently, the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
Republicans agree that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with policies that eliminate the burdensome interventions that drive up the cost of healthcare. And as the national debt continues to soar over $17 trillion, there must be an immediate push to reduce the size of government. That means there is no better opportunity to unite in the fight against both Obamacare and the growing national debt than with the upcoming debt-ceiling deadline in February.
Conservatives will have two key advantages in the fight over the debt ceiling that were missing during October’s budget showdown. First, the messaging over the debt ceiling is much simpler: Everyone understands that as a country we are accruing an irresponsible level of debt. It is more than reasonable to assert that we not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan to stop this endless spiral. What better way to reduce spending than by cutting funding for the most unpopular entitlement program?
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt, Taxes
Congress plans to kick off the new legislative session the same way it ended the last one. They will continue to spend more money.
When Congress voted on the Ryan-Murray budget deal before adjourning for Christmas, members were only signing off on the topline discretionary spending figures, not the individual accounts for all the departments and agencies. They agreed to repeal part of the sequester for the next two years. Consequently, discretionary spending will increase from $967 billion to an annualized level of $1.012 trillion for the remainder of FY 2014. Congress will now work on passing an omnibus bill with 12 appropriations bills rolled up in one massive piece of legislation, which will reflect the topline figure in the Ryan-Murray deal.
Now, as The Hill reports, the appropriator cardinals are working frenetically to divvy up the new spending among their favorite portions of the government pie.
“Congress is set to unveil a giant spending bill next week that staff for appropriators have been preparing on a near daily basis throughout the holiday break.
Aides say progress on the $1 trillion, 12-part omnibus legislation has been better than expected at the subcommittee level, and that their goal remains to pass the bill through both chambers by Jan. 16 to prevent a government shutdown.
The secretive process has members anticipating rushed votes when they return next week, as congressional leaders race the clock.”
Thursday, December 26th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
Here’s is a thought for a slow vacation week. Congress’s approval rating has dipped into the single digits. Anyone with any intellectual honesty – whether liberal or conservative – should agree that we need wholesale change in the ranks of leadership in both parties. Yet the Chamber of [Government-Run] Commerce is prepared to spend $50 million in order to protect the status quo.
The Wall Street Journal published an extensive story over Christmas detailing some of the efforts of party leadership and their corporate allies to keep the Republican Party a small tent – one which stands for nothing and appeals to nobody:
Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party’s most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year.
GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014′s midterm elections. […]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said the business group’s top political strategist, Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
Well, if the Chamber is looking to avoid loser candidates they should start by pulling the plug on their support for Mitch McConnell. He is losing to a liberal Democrat in a state Republicans carried by 23 points last year. That’s a loser candidate if I’ve ever seen one.
Yes, indeed the Chamber is full of many ironies. They supposedly represent business interests, yet they continue to perpetuate the powers that be in Washington – the very same forces that stifle business growth. With their candidates, they help perpetuate Obamacare, which kills small businesses. With their candidates, they help Democrats win on every debt ceiling fight, so that the federal government has unlimited money to propagate job-killing regulations. And with their candidates, they ensure that we re-elect the current crop of failed GOP leaders who have given Democrats a defacto super-majority in the Senate.
Most amazingly, they are also spending millions of dollars pushing for amnesty and an unlimited supply of Democrat voters. These voters will help defeat their chosen Republican incumbents, thereby countermanding this year’s $50 million campaign.
In reality, the Chamber doesn’t stand for free markets or limited government. They stand with the special interests and venture socialists as long as it helps the bottom line of their clients. They are attracted to the strongest political forces on the block like flies are attracted to cow pies. Hence, they will do anything in their power to protect the status quo.
Folks, if you like the status quo in Washington, the Chamber of Commerce has $50 million in banal political ads to sell you in the upcoming primary season. Are you buying?