Egregious Ads and Polls from Mark Zuckerberg’s Front Group

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

Imagine the biggest conservative donors in America banding together to form a group, “Progressives for Retirement Security,” for the purpose of promoting private retirement accounts.  Imagine that group running ads starring Chuck Schumer promoting private Social Security accounts as examples of bold progressive reform.

Don’t worry, hell will freeze over from global warming before that happens.

If you’ve been watching Fox News or listening to talk radio this week, you’ve been subjected to the most nauseating duplicitous ads ever unleashed on conservatives.  Ubber-leftist Mark Zuckerberg’s Orwellian-front group, “Americans for a Conservative Direction,” which is run by Arlen Specter Republicans, is running ads calling the 867-page immigration reform bill “the toughest immigration enforcement measures in the history of the United States” and “conservative reform” designed to end “defacto amnesty.”  The ad shows Marco Rubio discussing all the triggers and qualifications for amnesty, even though he has now admitted that they need to be strengthened and that he’d like to work with conservatives to do so.

What’s next?  Ads from ‘Conservatives for Obamacare,’ funded by George Soros?

To buttress the lies expressed in the ad, Zuckerberg’s group put out a push-poll showing how 71% of voters, and 74% of conservative Republicans(!), support the Senate gang bill.  Take a look at the wording of the question:

As you may have heard, there is a proposal facing Congress to reform the nation’s immigration laws.  This proposal would establish a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants presently in the country as long as they pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and back taxes, learn English, and wait at least 13 years.  The plan would also allow more high-skilled immigrants into the country in technology, science and engineering fields and create a guest worker program to address labor shortages in industries like agriculture and construction. Finally, the plan would require a series of increased border security measures before anyone here illegally can apply for citizenship – including greater enforcement, extended fencing along the border and a requirement that all employers verify the legal status of individuals before hiring them….Do you support or oppose this proposal?

Wow – sign me up…I’m surprised there are even 20% who would oppose such a plan when expressed that way.

Now take a look at real polling data that is as plain and innocuous as can be:

Fox News poll

Do you favor or oppose requiring completion of new border security measures first — before making other changes to immigration policies?

68 percent are in favor; 22% are opposed.  Even 66% of Democrats agree support enforcement first.

Rasmussen Poll

Should those who are now in this country illegally be granted legal status right away or should that come only after the border is secured?

Similar to the Fox News result, 66% favor security first.  Byron York has the crosstabs:

The majority in favor of security-first cut across all party and demographic lines.  Seventy-one percent of men support it; 60 percent of women; 59 percent of young people; 67 percent of middle-aged people; 75 percent of older Americans; 68 percent of whites; 62 percent of blacks; 56 percent of others; 82 percent of Republicans; 53 percent of Democrats; 65 percent of independents; 81 percent of conservatives; 59 percent of moderates; 51 percent of liberals; 77 percent of people who make under $30,000 a year; 66 percent of those who make between $30,000 and $50,000 a year; 66 percent of those who make between $50,000 and $100,000; 55 percent of those who make between $100,000 and $200,000; 51 percent of those who make more than $200,000; 75 percent of veterans; and 64 percent of non-veterans.

Then, when asked “how likely is it that the federal government would secure border and prevent illegal immigration,” just 30% answered in the affirmative while 57% said it was not very or not at all likely.

The reality is that no amount of left-wing money can ameliorate this pig.  The GOP base is not like the pool of low-information voters they are used to manipulating, and they will not be sucked into this sham.  That is…all of them except for the few Mark Zuckerberg conservatives in the country.

Cross-posted at RedState.com

The Madison Projects Releases Updated Index Scores For 112th Congress

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog

For Immediate Release:

May 7, 2013

Contact: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel@madisonproject.com

The Madison Project Releases Updated Index Scores for 112th Congress

Madison Project Chairman Jim RyunNow conservatives can view the performance of their Republican representatives in the context of the districts they were elected to represent.” 

Washington, DC – Today, the Madison Project PAC released its updated Madison Performance Index (MPI) for the full 112th Congress.  Created in 2012, the MPI measures how closely each Republican House Member is performing against the expected conservative score for his or her district.

“It’s a simple way for us to create clarity for the American taxpayers. Either their Members are performing to the make-up of their districts or they are not,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “We believe the MPI provides a measuring stick for voters to look at when it comes time to retain or remove Members.”

To view the full scores for the 112th Congress (2011 and 2012 combined), please go to: http://www.conservativevotingrecords.com/2011-2012-scores-2/

“Last year, we started a national conversation about the need to better utilize our most conservative districts in elections when we unveiled the Madison Performance Index,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project. “We found that only a small percentage of elected Republicans were fully utilizing their districts to represent conservative free-market values.  Our updated scores continue to show that there are many members from red districts that are dramatically underperforming.”

The Madison Performance Index also highlights Members who have scored above a 90 in the Hall of Fame while listing the worst performers in the Hall of Shame.

“We believe this list of liberal red state Republicans will serve as a checklist for the best opportunities to elect conservatives to the House in primary elections,” said Ryun.

Key takeaways from Madison Performance Index from the 112th Congress:

  • Only 43 members, or 18% of the GOP conference, met or exceeded expectations to fully utilize their seats to promote conservatism
  • 58 members have an index of -25 or worse (25 of them are from R+13 districts); 114 members score -15 or worse (42 of them are from R+13+ districts) 149 members score -10 or worse on the index.
  • The worst performer was Don Young (AK) at -48.  The best performer was Joe Walsh (IL-8) at +23.

The Madison Performance Index factors the average of the 2011 and 2012 legislative scores from Heritage Action for America and the Club for Growth, the two most respected conservative scorecards.  Each Member’s average score is pegged against the ideological orientation of his district, as defined by the Cook Partisan Voter Index.  Members from the most conservative districts are expected to score an A (90 and above), while those from less conservative districts are held to a slightly lower standard in a gradual regression.  Their index score represents the number of points they are scoring above or below the expected score for that district.

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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The Madisonian, Issue #40

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Debt, Immigration, Issues, Taxes

For those of you not getting The Madisonian, go sign up for it at www.MadisonProject.com.

Here’s Issue #40 (giving you a glimpse of what you are missing every week Congress is in session)

The Madisonian, Issue #40

Online Sales Tax: After a number of Republicans voted to invoke cloture on the online sales tax bill (S.743), this bill is expected to pass with a simple majority vote on Monday.  To make matters worse, supporters of the bill are offering a manager’s amendment which will provide a new definition for “state” that allows every tribal organization to force businesses in every state to pay sales tax too.  There are 565 federally- recognized tribal organizations.  This means that every business will now have to add 565 tribal tax systems to their system when collecting sales taxes for online purchases.

Conservatives must work to quickly circulate a letter in the House invoking the Hastert Rule against this massive tax increase.  We must make it clear that this tax increase is opposed by the majority of the House Republican Conference, and should not be brought to the floor any time during this session.

Debt Ceiling - In January, Congress voted to suspend the debt ceiling ($16.394 trillion, at the time) until May 18.  However, given that the Treasury has the ability to shift payments and employ “extraordinary measures,” that de facto debt ceiling will not be reached until the end of the summer or early fall.  Meanwhile the gross debt stands at roughly $16.8 trillion.  In preparation for the fight over raising the debt ceiling yet again, GOP leaders have finally caved to conservative demands to pass the Full Faith and Credit Act, H.R. 807.  This bill will force the Treasury to prioritize payments for interest on the debt and social security in the event that the debt ceiling is reached.  The bill will come to the floor on Wednesday.

Conservatives have long advocated that we take default off the table so we can fight for transformational change while refusing to raise the debt ceiling without concessions from the Democrats.  There is more than enough revenue coming in to the Treasury to pay the vital bills.

Conservative concerns:

  • A shell game: Leadership is not bringing this bill to the floor because they have undergone a cathartic change and are suddenly willing to fight the debt limit increase.  This is just a bone being thrown to conservatives in return for their agreement to vote for the January debt limit suspension and the CR that funded Obamacare in March.
  • De facto Debt Increase:  Unlike the original version of the Full Faith and Credit Act sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintcok (R-CA), this iteration was dramatically altered by the Ways and Means Committee.  The original bill would have prohibited any new issuance of debt, forcing the Treasury to use only the incoming tax revenue (which covers about 65% of outlays) to prioritize interest payments.  This version would allow the Treasury to issue more debt in order to cover interest payments and Social Security interest expenditures.  This means that the tax revenue can be used to pay for almost all other functions of government, while using new debt to pay for the priorities.  This is a debt limit increase.

Immigration – Just two weeks after releasing the 844-page amnesty bill (S.744), which was written behind closed doors, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin a marathon markup of the bill this Thursday.  The Senate Homeland Security Committee will also hold a hearing on the border security aspects (or lack thereof) of the bill.  In addition to forcing this super-complex legislation down the throats of Republican members so quickly, the drafters of the bill plan to introduce a 350-page managers’ amendment.  Taken as a whole, Republican members on the committee, most of whom were shut out of the entire process, are flummoxed and struggling to understand the ramification of this bill, let alone any new amendments.  For a detailed critique of how this bill will break our immigration system for years to come, please read this analysis by Daniel Horowitz over at the Madison Project.

Meanwhile, conservatives are now getting a handle on how many immigrants would be brought in under this bill.  According to Senator Sessions, this bill would bring in 32.7 million immigrants over the next 10 years, not including the 25 million new guest workers.  This is on top of our current record levels of between 1 and 1.1 million new green cards annually.  The bill will essentially bring in 2 million new immigrants every year. Also, the Heritage Foundation is published a study today pegs the price tag for amnesty at $6.3 trillion when all the welfare costs associated with such a low-skilled population are factored in.

Outlook

After spending two weeks denying the flaws in the bill as laid out by conservatives, Marco Rubio is finally admitting that the bill should be changed.  However, here’s how we see this playing out.  Republicans will offer some good amendments –both in committee and on the floor – to strengthen the border triggers and limit the amnesties.  Undoubtedly, Senator Rubio and most of the Republicans (and even some Democrats) will support those amendments, knowing that they will be voted down.  Then, after feigning concern for our security with their show votes, these senators will ultimately vote for the final bill.

Ultimately, it’s hard to see how this bill, no matter how odious the final product, will fail to get 60 votes on the floor.  Almost every Democrat will vote for it along with the GOP gang members.  There is very little margin for error.

The real fight will commence in the House.  There is a parallel Gang of 8 in the House that is working on a very similar bill.  They will add in one or two shiny objects to attract more Republican votes, but from what I’ve seen of the rough draft, this bill will be very similar to the Schumer/Rubio amnesty.  Conservatives must work closely with the good members on the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees in an effort to block any mass amnesty bill, while focusing on national security, enforcement, and targeted legal immigration reforms.

Ancillary issues this week

- Here is a list of some of the smaller issues that will be considered in the House under suspension, along with the daily schedule for both the House and the Senate.

 

Stay informed every day at www.MadisonProject.com

 

 

The Debt Ceiling is all About Obamacare

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Debt, Obamacare

There is nothing more odious in a free society than politicians using the boot of government to make the most basic goods and services unaffordable for the majority of the country, thereby engendering a need for subsidization.  In one fell swoop, representatives who deviate from the Constitution have the ability to destroy the self-respect and quality of life for all but the top 1% – the very people who are reviled by these same politicians.

This is exactly what is transpiring with Obamacare implementation.  That is exactly why Republicans must use the debt ceiling to kill Obamacare while it is extremely unpopular and before its immutable dependency takes effect.

I am one of those people who buy private health insurance and am hurt by the government’s tendentious tax treatment of employer-based insurance.  I am also unlucky enough to live in Maryland, where health premiums are slated to increase as much as 150% after Obamacare is implemented.  Other people who get their insurance from employers are being laid off as a result of the ubiquitous company splits in preparation from the employer mandate.  Still others are being cut back to part time employment.

This is one of those moments where the American people expect Republicans in Washington to lay down in front of the metaphorical Obamacare tanks and stop this assault on freedom.

No, the bill will not collapse under its own weight; the country will collapse under the weight of the program.  We must make the program collapse.

Yesterday, Congressman Jim Bridenstine drew a line in the sand on this so-called Williamsburg Accord that we’ve mentioned here several weeks ago.  Pursuant to that ad hoc agreement in January, a number of good conservatives have fallen on their swords with bad votes to suspend the debt ceiling law and to fund Obamacare in the CR.  The rationale behind the agreement was that we’d push off the major fight until we can formulate a 10-year balanced budget and unite behind it.  Well, that’s what we did.  Now is the time to stand behind it.

Later this week, the House will pass the Full Faith and Credit Act, which forces the Treasury to prioritize payment of interest on the debt and Social Security treasuries in the event that the debt ceiling is breached.  It also allows the Treasury to issue more debt just for the purpose of paying that interest.  This bill must not serve as a show vote for conservatives.  It must serve as the foundation for fighting any further debt ceiling increase unless Congress agrees to pass a balanced budget.

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21 Republicans Vote for Unconstitutional Interstate Online Sales Tax

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, News, Taxes

Yesterday, 21 Republicans helped secure passage of the Orwellian-named Marketplace Fairness Act.  The bill would allow states to join together in a contract to force online retailers who earn more than $1 million in annual revenue to collect sales taxes on behalf of all 50 states based on the location of the shipping address.

In an effort to rectify what proponents see as an unfair tax advantage over brick and mortar stores, this bill will create a tendentious tax scheme for large online retailers with stores in multiple states, at the expense of small firms who will be encumbered with collecting taxes for almost 10,000 distinct tax jurisdictions.  The bill will also help grow government all over the country, hurt low-tax states, impose taxation without representation, and impede the freest venue of commerce in the world.

Here are the 21 Republicans:

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Robert Rector’s Study: Open Borders + Welfare State = Disaster

Monday, May 6th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

We’ve noted many times throughout the debate over amnesty that you simply cannot legalize so many low-skilled people without reforming the welfare state.  Some people don’t like to hear it, but the reality of today’s redistributive society is that the higher-skilled population transfers a tremendous amount of wealth to the lower-skilled population in the form of the tax code, entitlements, welfare, and social services.  Do we really need to import so many new low-skilled illegal and legal immigrants over the next decade to exacerbate the current unsustainable dynamic?

That is the question Heritage’s Robert Rector deals with in his cost study on amnesty today, at least in the case of illegal immigrants.  And the answer is a resounding no.  Under any amnesty plan, there would indeed be more people paying payroll taxes, but that revenue will never outweigh the cost of benefits they would inevitably receive.

According to Rector, “over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes.”  That’s a net cost of $6.3 trillion in combined federal, state, and local benefits.   The annual net cost will be roughly $112 billion.  The majority of expense will be the result of increased educational and welfare costs.

Additionally, there are a number of likely factors that could result in higher costs:

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The Obamacare Job Market

Monday, May 6th, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Economy, News, Obamacare

On Friday, the BLS released a better-than-usual jobs report for the month of April.  The number of jobs created increased by 168,000, and there were some positive revisions for the past two months.  However, when you dig a little deeper into the details, you will find a permanently lethargic job market, endemic of the massive distortions created by Obamacare.

The total increase in jobs was almost completely countermanded by this staggering note:  “involuntary part-time workers”  increased by 278,000 to a whopping 7.9 million.  This means that a number of employers are cutting back their workers to part time (defined as less than 30 hours), so they can avoid the steep costs of paying for their healthcare under Obamacare.

The Obamacare job market reality is also born out in two other statistics.  The average weekly hours  fell to 34.4 from 34.6, and the average weekly earnings fell to $821.13 from $824.52.  Hence, when a jobs report like the one released for April is considered the best report in a while, we are is serious trouble.

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Protect America First

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News

When Jim DeMint delivered his farewell speech in the Senate, he touched on a salient point that is often lost in the raucous of political discourse.  The entrenchment of political interests and allegiances has often made commonsense ideas that transcend political ideology impossible to implement.   Nowhere is this more evident than with the push to hold national security hostage for mass amnesty.

We have a wide open border, through which crossings have tripled amidst the push for amnesty.  We have no way of tracking those who overstay their visas.  We now know that the third suspect in the Boston bombing was a young student from Kazakhstan who violated the terms of his student visa and was let back into the country without a new one.   In 2002, Congress created the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required those visa recipients from countries that represent a security risk to register with an ICE office and report regularly about their plans.  That system would have exposed this terror risk, yet it was essentially abolished by Obama’s DHS in 2011.  Why is that system not restored immediately?  Moreover, why do we let these people into the country in the first place?

These are all questions that We the People – both Democrat and Republican – care about.  Yet these are the issues that are being glossed over in the current debate over immigration.  Isn’t it commonsense that before we embark on any massive immigration expansion, we protect America first?  National security might not be the ephemeral aspect of immigration – one which attracts a plethora of special interest money – but shouldn’t that be the priority of any elected official?

Even those who are sympathetic to amnesty must admit that it doesn’t have to be done this month.  It could wait another few years until we implement comprehensive security.  Yet, the policies that protect and benefit We the People are not represented in Washington.  The illegal immigrants have Big Business, Big Ag, Big Labor, Big Environment, Big Ethnic, Big Religion, and Big Media shilling and inveigling others on their behalf.  Border and immigration security-related policies have no lobby, and in fact, are vociferously opposed by the aforementioned coalition.

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Paul Ryan’s Busy Week

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Immigration, News, Taxes

Here are the rhetorical accomplishments this week of one of the biggest “stars” in GOP politics.

Joining in mass amnesty with a radical Democrat

On Monday, Paul Ryan joined Luis Gutierrez at a rally in Chicago to promote immigration reform.

“A sweeping immigration bill that would provide a path to legalization for millions of illegal immigrants was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week,” WBEZ reporter Alex Keefe notes. “Gutierrez said he and Ryan are in the process of drafting a House bill.”

According to Keefe, Ryan “stressed that changing the “broken” immigration system goes along with quintessentially Republican ideals. He pointed to his own family’s immigration from Ireland during the Great Famine.”

Promoting Gay Adoptions

“I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple – I think if a person wants to love and raise a child, they ought to be able to do that. Period. I would vote that way. I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman; we just respectfully disagree on that issue,” Ryan said.

It’s funny because Ryan believes that children who were brought here illegally “of no fault of their own” should be given citizenship and welfare.  What about the children who are forced to grow up in a licentious, dysfunctional home of no fault of their own?

Online Sales Tax

Paul Ryan now supports the concept of a online sales tax.  Aside for some technicalities of the current bill, he has no problems with raising taxes and instituting taxation without representation across state lines.

Folks, we’re in a world of hurt.  When do you ever have a prominent Democrat come out one week and evolve on a major issue in favor of conservatives, support massive tax cuts, and join with conservatives on a major right-wing initiative?

There is a reason why we are losing this game.  We have no men on the field.

The Madison Project: Gang of 8 Immigration Bill Has “Serious Flaws”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by and is filed under Blog, Immigration

For Immediate Release:

May 1, 2013

Contact: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel@madisonproject.com

Madison Project Releases Analysis of Flawed Senate Immigration Bill

Washington, DC – Today, the Madison Project PAC released a comprehensive analysis detailing many of the flaws in the Senate “gang of 8” immigration bill (S. 744).

“After viewing all of the provisions of the bill in totality, it is clear that this legislation was designed to ostensibly grant amnesty and legal status to all those here illegally before any of the tepid enforcement measures are ever implemented,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.

“This proposed legislation has serious flaws in it. It is yet another ‘amnesty now, enforcement later’ bill that will help engender a new wave of illegal immigration and grant perennial defacto amnesty to anyone who comes here illegally,” said Horowitz. “Moreover, when coupled with chain migration and unqualified birthright citizenship, this bill will chart a pathway to welfare benefits for millions of low-skilled illegal and legal immigrants within just a few years.  The bill also liberalizes our refugee and asylum policies at a time when we should be scrutinizing our system, which has let in numerous immigrants that represent a national security risk in recent years.”

“Moving forward into this next election cycle, we view this issue as one that cuts across all three legs of the conservative stool – fiscal, social, and national security,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “We will not support any candidate who favors any sort of legalization or amnesty before the proper security and enforcement measures are implemented and the rule of law is restored.”

The Madison Project’s full analysis of the bill can be viewed 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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