Mitch McConnell’s Inconsistent Record on Gun Rights

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Issues, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

 November 12, 2013

 Contact: mary@madisonproject.com 

 

Mitch McConnell’s Inconsistent Record on Gun Rights

 

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding the NRA’s endorsement of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

“It’s sad to see the NRA continue their policy of reflexively endorsing the incumbent in any given race,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “While Mitch McConnell would be a better choice for Second Amendment rights than Alison Lundergan Grimes, he is not the best choice in the race.  Mitch McConnell has shown himself to be a fair-weather friend of gun owners over the years and has refused to lead against Sen. Harry Reid’s anti-gun agenda this year as GOP Leader. If not for the leadership of conservatives like Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), the Senate would have passed a gun control bill this year.  If Senator McConnell wins the primary and no longer fears reprisal from conservatives, he will not be a reliable voice against the growing push to limit choices of guns and ammunition.”

Here is a sampling of some of McConnell’s shortcomings on gun rights issues:

  • Voted against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Amendment to block authority under Patriot Act to obtain gun records [RC #82, 5/26/11]
  • Voted for an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) prohibiting the sale or transfer of handguns by a licensed manufacturer, importer or dealer unless a secure gun storage or safety device is provided for each handgun. 25 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted against it. [RC #17, 02/26/04]
  • Voted for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) amendment to spend taxpayer funds for Department of Education grants used to disseminate a gun control agenda in schools and through public service announcements. [RC #32, 03/02/00]
  • Voted for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) Amendment requiring that all guns be sold with trigger locks [RC#122, 5/18/99]
  • Voted for the 1991 Crime Bill (S. 1241), sponsored by then Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), that imposed a waiting period for handguns and a ban on 14 types of assault style weapons. [RC #125, 07/11/91]
  • Senator McConnell cut a deal with the Democrats to allow all of Obama’s second term nominees to sail through the Senate.  Included in that deal was the confirmation of anti-gun zealot Todd Jones to serve as Director of the ATF.

“Matt Bevin will be a consistent voice for the Second Amendment,” continued Ryun. “He will oppose every effort of the left to infringe upon gun rights, including all procedural votes.  Bevin is a concealed-carry permit holder and understands the effects of Washington’s heavy-handed efforts to curb gun ownership instead of dealing with the root causes of violent crime.  That is why Gun Owners’ of America, the most effective voice for gun owners, endorsed Matt Bevin.”

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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ENDA, Pathetic Amendments, and the End of the Fight for Religious Liberty

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

If you want a glimpse into the insufferable nature of the Senate GOP and its leaders, study this week’s legislative process over the transgendered trial lawyer employment bill (ENDA).

On Monday, after GOP leaders refused to marshal opposition against cloture, Democrats picked off several new Republican votes.  A total of seven Republicans voted for cloture – Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Orrin Hatch, and Pat Toomey.

What did the members get in return for the vote on cloture?  A phony religious liberty protection:

“Senate passage of ENDA seemed more and more likely Wednesday after the Senate unanimously accepted an amendment by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) protecting religious groups exempted under the legislation from government retaliation. That amendment likely secured the vote of several other Republicans pushing for that language, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).” [Politico]

This is a classic one-sided Republican deal.  They will vote for a bill mandating the hiring of cross-dressers to any position as long as the government doesn’t retaliate against religious groups.  And of course, John McCain was in on it.

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on one more phony amendment.  In exchange for his vote for cloture, Senator Toomey secured a vote to “expand” the religious protections.  The underlying bill only exempts those groups whose “purpose and character are primarily religious.”  His amendment would expand that to organizations that are partly religious in nature, such as a school that teaches religion for part of the day.

What’s missing from all of this?

Private business owners – religious or otherwise.

If you own a daycare center or any other business and object to the dissolute behavior of a cross-dresser, you are out of luck.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will have full latitude to agitate seminar discrimination complaints and infringe upon private property rights.

Amazingly, even this milquetoast amendment is being subject to a 60-vote threshold.  They couldn’t even secure an agreement for a simple majority vote in exchange for ensuring passage of the bill.

The amendment is being co-sponsored by Senator Flake, which means he will join McCain in juicing up the Democrat supermajority.

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The Half-Century Failed Progressive War to Perpetuate Poverty

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Economy

Year after year, leftists run for office promising to solve the very problems they helped create with central planning and distorting the private economy.  They self-righteously ingratiate themselves to an array of constituencies promising policies that will redistribute wealth and create a utopia for all.  Well, 50 years into the so-called war on poverty, and after flushing roughly $20 trillion in inflation-adjusted spending on mean-tested programs, they have nothing to show for it but dependency and perpetuation of their own power.

Throughout the 1950s and early ‘60s, the federal poverty rate declined sharply thanks to the post-WWII economic boom.  In 1964, as the poverty rate was tumbling, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the Great Society campaign, ironically declaring an end to “the days of the dole in our country.”  Well, as President Reagan noted in 1988, “the federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.”

Sadly, things have only gotten worse since Reagan’s era.

The AP reports that according to a revised census measure released today, the poverty rate has topped 16%, enveloping 49.7 million people.  In 1966, the poverty rate was 14.7%.  So after spending at least $20 trillion on welfare programs, we have failed to move the needle one inch against poverty.  Instead we have perpetuated and exacerbated the problem.

We could have flushed $20 trillion down the toilet and enjoyed the same result sans the dependency and extra Democrat votes.  Or as Cato’s Michael Tanner pointed out last year, with the amount we spend on combined federal and state welfare each year, we could write a $61,830 check to every poor family of three.

Unfortunately, when you ponder the real motivation behind the welfare state, it is clear that the war on poverty was a smashing success.

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The Shutdown – The Dog that Didn’t Bark in Virginia

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign was horribly run; he was outspent on the airwaves as much as 10:1 some weeks; the party had abandoned him. Yet somehow he surged back from a double-digit deficit to lose by only 2.5 points.

There are obviously a lot of different factors that contributed to sinking Cuccinelli early on in the race.  It’s clear that the scandal with the McDonnell administration hurt him early on.  The millions of dollars in misleading ads that were unanswered also juiced out Democrat turnout and swayed some suburban women against Ken.  Moreover, Virginia is now a different state than it used to be even 10 years ago.  Once again, blacks represented 20% of the electorate, a high hill to climb when they are voting over 90% for the Democrat.

However, one thing is clear.  Once Ken began focusing solely on Obamacare, he surged and almost caught up with McAuliffe.  Had the election continued for another two weeks with Republicans spending money hitting McAuliffe over Obamacare, it’s likely the result would have been very different.

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Obamacare’s gift to Kentucky

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare

The liberals in Kentucky continue to boast about the success of the Obamacare website in the state.  Sadly, Obamacare is a lot more than just a website.  About 280,000 people lost their health insurance so far in the state.  They will be forced to browse this great website to clamor for coverage.  What do they have waiting for them?

Here is a cost calculator from Forbes.com.

State Age Sex Pre-ACA Post-ACA Change

 

KY 27 M 103.84 172.5509992 66.2%
KY 27 F 124.08 172.5509992 39.1%
KY 40 M 123.2 210.4200162 70.8%
KY 40 F 189.38 210.4200162 11.1%
KY 64 F 327.93 493.9437 50.6%
KY 64 M 342.96 493.9437 44%

We already know that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes supports every word of Obamacare.  We also know that Mitch McConnell, despite his duplicitous rhetoric, has given up on the fight against Obamacare.   Remember, these premium increases are just small potatoes for the first year of Obamacare.  With all the unsustainable mandates, premiums will skyrocket further over the next few years.

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Will Pedophiles be Covered Under Senate “ENDA” Bill?

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Family Values

While it’s possible to recover from fiscal bankruptcy, we will never recover from the moral bankruptcy in Washington.  We will never build a free and prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society.  But this week in Washington, Harry Reid’s Senate will spend the entire week using the power of government to infringe upon our liberty and destroy the civil society.

As we noted on Thursday, the Senate “ENDA” bill (S.815) would bestow civil rights status on anyone who claim they were denied a job because of “such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”  As part of a trial lawyer’s dream, the term “gender identity” is so vague and subjective that it includes “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

Let’s put aside the issue of legislating immorality on private individuals and businesses.  There is a legitimate question as to what constitutes a sexual orientation or a gender identity.  Before insanity reigned supreme in recent years, a man was a man and a woman was a woman.  But if all appearances or mannerisms “with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth” are included, then who is to say that a pedophile is not covered under this bill?

Think such an eventuality is outlandish?  Think again.

On Friday, the Washington Times broke the story that the American Psychiatric Association in its new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, reclassified pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” instead of a mental illness.  According to Breitbart, it was only after the Liberty Council exposed this deplorable act that the APA put out a press release declaring the reclassification a text error.

But even in the corrected version, they failed to categorically rule out pedophilia as anything other than a mental disorder:

“Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.

So pedophilia is a sexual interest instead of a sexual orientation!

Breitbart goes on to report the Liberty Council’s observations on how the APA has changed their attitude over pedophilia over the past decade.

Folks, there is no floor to this insanity.  There is no end to the decadence that is being promulgated by the central planners.  At the very least, such legislation like the Senate’s ENDA bill will open a Pandora’s Box of endless litigation for all sorts of anti-liberty lawsuits on behalf of licentious special interests.  Once you reject the most basic facts of science, the most rudimentary ethos of Judeo-Christian values, and the most fundamental aspects of natural law and nature’s God, you are left with tyranny.

Every single Democrat plans to vote for cloture.  The GOP Leader, Chuck Schumer, is working hard on a number of Republicans to join this insanity.  As always, there is no counter-voice from McConnell and Cornyn.  No leadership.  No inspiration.  Mitch is too busy fighting conservatives.

If nothing changes, Democrats will get their 60 votes.  Susan Collins and Mark Kirk are co-sponsors of the bill, and Orrin Hatch (yes, him) and Lisa Murkowski voted for it in committee.

Call the following Senators and tell them to show a backbone against the destruction of religious liberty:

Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353

Kelly Ayotte  – (202) 224-3324

Dean Heller – (202) 224-6244

Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254

Orrin Hatch – (202) 224-5251

Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665

Jeff Flake – (202) 224-4521

Also, Call Senators McConnell (202) 224-2541) and Cornyn (202) 224-2934) and tell them to do their jobs and preserve some semblance of Republicanism in the Republican Conference.

Cross-posted from RedState.com

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Madison Project Announces Five-Week Radio Ad Buy Supporting Chris McDaniel

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2013

Contact: press@madisonproject.com

 

Madison Project Announces Five-Week Radio Ad Buy Supporting Chris McDaniel

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding their five-week, statewide radio ad buy in Mississippi supporting Chris McDaniel, candidate for U.S. Senate:

“Conservatives have witnessed the painful reality in recent years that there are very few principled fighters in Washington, particularly in the Senate,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are waging a lonely battle against the bipartisan entrenched powers – the very people who have saddled us with a permanently lethargic economy, a higher cost of living, open borders, and less liberty.  Based on his strong conservative record, there is no doubt that state Senator Chris McDaniel will help bring more fighting power and reinforce those fighting on the front lines of the battle for individual liberty and limited government.”

“We were proud to be one of the first national conservative groups to endorse Chris McDaniel and we will be proud to fight along side him as he becomes Mississippi’s next U.S. Senator,” said Drew Ryun of Madison Project. “McDaniel has a proven record in Mississippi that shows true dedication to the conservative movement. Rather than put politics before principle, Chris has stood up for the people of his state with unwavering conviction. This type of leadership is greatly needed in Washington.”

The radio ad will hit Mississippi airwaves today (November 4th) and run for five weeks across the state.

To listen to the ad click here.

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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You will be made to care

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

At some point, those of you on the right who have completely ceded the field to the Democrats on so-called social issues will need to confront an uncomfortable reality.  There is no floor to the licentiousness of the statist social-engineering agenda.  We will not have a liberty-driven prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society.  We can only go so far with government-sanctioned and mandated gender-bending policies without destroying liberty.  Hence, you will be made to care.

As early as next week, the Senate plans to reintroduce the deceptively named Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S.815, which essentially invites lawsuits on private employers who refuse to accommodate the subjective and transitory behavior of various “gender identities” – among them transsexuals and transvestites.  For the purpose of the bill, the term “gender identity” refers to “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

Most egregiously, the leftists, who refer to this steaming pile as the next Civil Rights Act, are implicitly comparing African Americans to the aforementioned groups.  They are creating a protected class for people who suffer from a mental illness and think they are the opposite gender.

Imagine you are a small business owner, and one day a cross-dressing individual shows up and agitates for a job, and regardless of your beliefs or business, you can’t say no to their obvious socially discordant appearance.  Think of a scenario where a person shows up and demands he-she use the opposite gender bathroom at the office?  Imagine a female employee complains to you that a male worker is harassing her in the bathroom (this is already happening in schools) because “they” chose to identify one way, but act another?  Imagine you run a day-care center and are confronted with a worker of either gender who openly engages in bizarre sexual-identity behavior around the children? If you choose traditional scientific understanding over political correctness, you would be fined under this bill by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Even the limited religious exemptions in Section 6 of this bill are only afforded to religious organizations, not privately owned businesses. This law makes it so that religious beliefs are to only be accepted in private, and it will be mandatory to accept these deviant private beliefs in public. Furthermore, once Congress conveys on these people a protected status, it’s easy to imagine the inevitable lawsuits against those “discriminatory” religious institutions.  Not only is this reflective of government-mandated immorality, it represents an infringement on private property and private contracts.

In a sane world, something this radical would only garner a few votes.  But Washington is insane, and as is the case with every legislative issue, every Democrat is now in lockstep with this radical social engineering.  That includes the weaselly Senator Joe Manchin, who talks one way in West Virginia but acts diametrically opposite in D.C.  And once again, of the usual cast of characters of “Sometimes Republican” already support the bill, including Senators Orrin Hatch, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.  A number of others are also in play, including Senator Jeff Flake and the GOP Leadership’s beloved Rep. Paul Ryan who both voted for it in the House when the Pelosi Congress passed it in 2007 (it failed in the Senate).  Don’t expect Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn to speak out against this or whip for our side on cloture. They hide in the shadows when anything contentious to the floor.

The Senate plans to go full steam ahead with this nonsense next week even as millions of Americans are suffering under Obamacare.

This is yet another example of my working thesis that Democrats have a super majority on even the most radical ideas in the Senate.

It’s time we stop cowering under the covers and call a spade a spade.  When we’ve reached the point where individuals are forced by the boot of government to accommodate those who cut off their body parts, we’ve got a serious problem.  You can only go so long with government-induced deracination of basic norms without coming into conflict with individual liberty.  When there is no longer a definitive line between a male and a female, we can no longer function as a free society.

To my dear libertarian friends – you will be made to care.

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It’s Not about the Website or the Individual Mandate

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

When discussing the problems with Obamacare we often hear the politicians focus on the failure of the website, healthcare.gov.  Clearly, the website failure is a great illustration of the dangers of statism and bureaucracy, but there is no doubt the website will get fixed.  They will make sure of it.

The individual mandate is also a tangential point in the scheme of things.  Obviously, there are constitutional issues with it, and the broader implication of the mandate is that government now has the power to regulate (or “tax”) not just all activity but even inactivity.  However, from a healthcare standpoint, this is not nearly the most offensive part of Obamacare.

The most odious part of Obamacare (at least on the insurance side) is the fact that it prohibits insurers from doing almost everything it takes to lower costs and requires everything under the sun that will raise premiums.  Between community rating and guaranteed issue on steroids, requirements of superfluous comprehensive coverage, and lack of individually tailored plans, the system was designed to fail and lead to single payer.

In a sense, this is the crown jewel of Democrat socialism.  With all of their onerous interventions into the private sector, they engender job-killing price-hiking distortions while concurrently offering subsidies.  The ultimate goal is to make the private sector unaffordable and create perennial dependency and a permanent constituency – all the while racking up trillions in debt.  They have succeeded to a large degree and have amassed a high floor of support as a result of their poverty-inducing interventions.  Now they are going for the kill.

As a result of the crazy mandates, which are built on top of decades’ worth of price-hiking healthcare interventions, Obamacare is designed to immediately destroy the private insurance market and slow bleed the employer-based market.  At the same time, they are offering subsidies to many middle class families.  Although most people will not be happy with this new arrangement, they have no choice but to submit to their new dependency status for such a vital service.

Within a few years, the entire middle class will be dependent upon government subsidies for lousy insurance and sub-par healthcare (from all the regulations on actual medical care, not just insurance).  Those beyond the subsidy level will just be subjected to the lousy care without the subsidy.

Consequently, to the extent we ever pursue a fix or partial delay, it should not be a delay of the individual mandate.  That will only give cover to red state Democrats and fail to deal with the fundamental problem of Obamacare – destroying affordable care and creating permanent dependency.  Instead, we need to restore the free market in order to compete against Obamacare.

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The Latest Obamacare Horror Story

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Issues, Obamacare

Last week, we asked for your personal Obamacare horror stories, as more and more middle class families are forced to surrender their dignity and grovel before government for their health insurance.  Here is the latest from Chris.  You can email me your story at daniel@madisonproject.com.

My wife and I have a combined household income of $100k.

My wife works as a nurse and I work for a small business that has never had great medical coverage so we have always used her insurance.

Pre obamacare her employee pay portion of the insurance coverage for the family was $4255/yr.  This was a $750 deductible and $25/copays

Unfortunately, she worked in a regional clinic at the time and many doctors in her clinic decided to retire explicitly naming obamacare as their reason for leaving their medical practices.  The clinic replaced the CEO and began making cuts of the nursing staff.  Seeing the writing on the wall we decided it would be a good idea for her to find other employment.

She went to work for a home health company and not a month after she started the company announced that they would no longer be offering health insurance to nurses of her status and directed us to the exchange.  I won’t go through the ordeal we have gone through with the exchange, suffice it to say that my experience mirrors the account that was recently posted on Redstate.com from Patricia in North Carolina with the exception that I never tried to call the help line.  I am certain that I will not get any subsidies, so I am not terribly motivated to try to work through all the bugs.

So now we are left with my employer sponsored coverage.  Last year the medical coverage through my employer was ~$14,000 with a $1,500 deductible per person

This year, my current coverage costs us $10,563/yr with a $3000 deductible on all of us (5 children) and this insurance went in to affect June of 2013 so is not even subject to much of Obamacare’s regulation.  I shudder to think what it will be when it gets renewed next year.

Obamacare didn’t just cause our health insurance costs to go up, it cost my wife a job.

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