Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt
For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz Daniel@madisonproject.com
Madison Project Targets Bill Shuster on Debt Ceiling Votes
Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC today released a new radio ad holding Rep. Bill Shuster accountable for his record of voting for endless debt. The radio ads will air throughout the Ninth Congressional District as part of our first effort to educate Republicans in the district about Bill Shuster’s liberal record in Washington.
To listen to Madison Project PAC’s new Radio Ad entitled “Endless Debt”, click here
“Like many big-government Republicans in Washington, Bill Shuster talks a good game when he is home in the district, but his voting record reflects the fiscally liberal mentality that Republican voters are trying to change,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Bill Shuster voted to raise the debt ceiling eight times during his tenure in Washington, failing to promote any consequential means of downsizing government in return for those votes. There is no way we will change the trajectory of perennial growth of government with people like Shuster. That is why we were proud to announce our support for Art Halvorson last month. Art is a man who is committed to challenging the liberal policies of both parties, including endless increases of the debt ceiling.”
To view our endorsement of Art Halvorson, click here.
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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Wendell Talley and is filed under Blog, Immigration
The men and women of the GOP who are not wholly owned subsidiaries of Big Government should welcome an election campaign centered on illegal immigration. An ideological contest on the merits of importing a poor, non-English speaking, low skilled servant class is one conservatives should win handily. The Democrats taunt of racism would be easily deflected because the facts show amnesty can only be supported by a post-American elite bent on exploiting the world’s poor for their raw pursuit of political power.
Instead of fearing a backlash from Hispanic voters Republicans should use immigration as a vehicle for reaching out to black voters whose turnout percentage has increased every presidential cycle since 1996. As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has documented, illegal immigration harms poor and black Americans the most because it decreases the wages of high school educated, low skilled labor i.e. about 60% of the black male labor force. That is a better entree´to a discussion with black voters than learning awkward handshakes, or slang or pretending you care to spend the morning in a black church.
Amnesty is the perfect forum for the GOP to regain its historic tie to the black community as the party of Emancipation. Democrats want to import a new, more fecund, servant class because they’ve ridden the old one as far as it will take them. Republicans should loudly, and repeatedly, point out the Democratic Party’s addiction to creating and maintaining a large class of dependent minorities and contrast it with their plans to free those same people from federal servility.
Author Wendell Talley
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News
On Wednesday, House Republicans will finally confront leadership on the issue of immigration. In reality, the issue is not too complicated.
There is an enormous bifurcation between the public and the political class over the issue of amnesty. Following passage of the amnesty bill in the Senate, the political class in both parties thinks this is the most pressing issue for the House to consider before the August recess. Senate GOP leadership is working overtime to beg House members to send something over to conference. The public, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about the issue, and in fact, is against amnesty. Moreover, they are distracted with the scandals, Egypt in turmoil, and summer vacations. As such, there is no reason the House should take up immigration legislation before August.
Nonetheless, the forces at be that have the ear of GOP leadership are working indefatigably to pass some form of amnesty. To that end, conservatives have set up a conference with leadership and all GOP House members on Wednesday. Here are the following concerns conservatives must address with leadership:
- A shell game for conference committee: The biggest concern of conservatives is that leadership will take any bill, even a good enforcement bill, and go to conference with the Senate. We all know that this will not end well. Leadership must commit to not conferencing any enforcement bill with the Senate as a means of dropping in amnesty provisions behind closed doors. If they decline to make that commitment, conservatives must vote down any bill, even a good one, and take down the rule to consider the bill.
- Citizenship is a red herring: There is concern that some Republicans will focus too much on citizenship, and ultimately agree to an amnesty bill that either delays or eliminates the path to citizenship. The main concern with the Senate bill is not the path to citizenship; it is the path to any legal status before implementation of enforcement. Once the legal status is granted, there is no way to permanently hold off citizenship. It’s just not going to happen. That’s why any bill which grants legal status before enforcement is worthless. Leadership might have committed to rejecting the Senate bill, but they are still working on an alternative that officially pushes off the path to citizenship for a few years, an outcome that will never come to fruition.
- Incremental amnesty: While it is unlikely the House will pass comprehensive amnesty, there is a major concern that they will pass incremental amnesty. The two biggest threats are the DREAM Act amnesty and legal status for Agriculture workers. Both of these groups are relatively young and poor, and their legalization would create a profound public charge. Unfortunately, many Republicans have expressed their support for these two ideas, particularly the Dream Act. An agriculture amnesty bill already passed out of committee, with only 6 Republicans voting to strip out the amnesty. Conservatives must remind the conference that even those who are sympathetic to passing these amnesties must not embark on this endeavor before Obama begins implementing the laws on the books and until we eliminate welfare incentives and birthright citizenship.
Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, News
Who needs Democrats when we have Republicans like Lamar Alexander?
As I comb through his voting record, it is striking to discover his history of supporting big government. He voted for massive energy mandates and subsidies, tax increases, against blocking eminent domain, for expanded federal healthcare, against blocking Obama’s EPA mandates, against worker’s choice, and for every spending bill under the sun. And of course, for mass amnesty.
It is particularly jarring that he is the Ranking Member on the Appropriations subcommittee on energy. It’s no wonder he is being praised by a new liberal environmental group, “Citizens for Responsible energy Solutions,” for his work on anti-free-market energy policy. Incidentally this group is run by the wife of Steve LaTourette, the chairman of the RINO Republican Mainstreet Partnership.
But, perhaps, the scariest thing about him is that he is the Ranking Member of the Education Committee. Control of the education system is the most important priority for the statists, for when you control the children you control the destiny of the country.
As Lamar Alexander asks voters of conservative Tennessee to give him a third term to push big government, I hope to continue highlighting the need for change. Here is a speech he gave in 1989 on education that really embodies his political ideology and reflects the cumulative effect of his voting record:
Monday, July 8th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections, News
We would like to congratulate Bill Shuster on his ability to raise special interest campaign cash. For the Q2 of 2013, Shuster reported $646,785 in new funds and $916,180 cash on hand. But all that money comes at a cost to his constituents.
There is a reason why so many special interests are donating to Bill Shuster. Instead of devolving transportation dollars to the states, Shuster supports raising the gas tax in order to fund more failed federal transportation funds that are used for wasteful handouts to unions. This might be good for his campaign coffers, but not for motorists and consumers.
Friday, July 5th, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration, News
What happens when you bring a Lamar Alexander to a Chuck Schumer fight? He turns around and becomes a weapon for Chuck Schumer and his allies, albeit an ineffective one.
In 2007, before running for a second term, Alexander rightfully noted that “to regain the public’s confidence, we ought to scale it back and fix the problem step-by-step by absolutely securing our borders first, then enforcing our laws without amnesty.” Now, after years of voting for more spending, higher taxes, more debt, expanded government healthcare, massive energy regulations and subsidies, and liberal judicial nominees, the former third ranking Senate Republican has become a Chuck Schumer Republican. He led the fight, along with Bob Corker, to push a fledgling amnesty-first bill across the finish line.
Naturally, his constituents in Tennessee – a state where Obama lost 91 of 95 counties – are not too happy with him. So he’s going up on the air with a $180,000 media campaign featuring Rand Paul. What is he touting? His fishing bill:
In an apparent effort to boost conservative support, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has launched his first TV ad campaign of the 2014 cycle with a spot featuring footage of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that touts a measure Alexander spearheaded to protect fishing access.
“We don’t want a government that’s strong enough to make our lives risk-free. We can do that for ourselves,” says Alexander in the ad, which touts his work to pass a measure that placed a two-year moratorium on efforts to restrict fishing access in certain areas in the state.
The spot includes footage of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who co-sponsored the measure, saying: “Nobody wants to say no to Lamar Alexander.”
Fish? Really? After voting for mass amnesty and new red tape on ICE agents with the hollow promise of enforcement 10 years from now, I don’t think we will have to worry about free fishing. The entire country will be voting like California, and fishing will be the least of our problems.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues, News
Here’s your daily dose of pale pastel politics from GOP leaders.
In 2007, the Nancy Pelosi Congress passed a bill to slash the rate of interest on government-subsidized Stafford loans from 6.8% to 3.4%, at a cost of $6 billion. But as we noted last week, the market distorting effect of government-subsidization of Big Ed is worse than the $6 billion cost to taxpayers. The cost of higher education has risen at almost the same pace as the government subsidies. One would expect Republicans to use the expiration of this Pelosi program as an opportunity to bury this bad policy and identify the true culprit of price inflation – the collusion of Big Gov and Big Ed.
Instead of harnessing the opportunity to explain limited government and free markets, Republican leaders are pandering and trying to out-left the Democrats on their own proposals. They are decrying the inaction of Congress in extending the subsidized rates. Here is Mitch McConnell’s rare take on a policy issue in the form of an op-ed in a local Kentucky paper:
Students in Kentucky pursuing higher education have enough to worry about as it is—like passing their exams, or finding a job after graduation. They don’t need the added worry of increasing interest rates for their student loans.
And yet, if Congress does not act before July 1, the interest rate on subsidized federal Stafford loans, given to eligible students to defray the costs of a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school, will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
What’s next? Are we going to decry the delay of Obamacare implementation?
Amazingly, McConnell recognizes that the effect of the rate increase to students would be negligible, even as its cost to taxpayers and the free market is profound:
Since the doubling of the interest rate would only impact 40 percent of new student loans and lead to students only paying on average $6 more a month for any new loan, some ask why this is a compelling issue
Yet, he proceeds to explain why the expiration of a Pelosi bubble-inducing subsidy is a terribly consequential thing:
But in this Obama economy, too many college graduates are already having difficulty finding jobs.
I’m not even sure what that non-sequitur means.
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2013
Contact: Daniel Horowitz
Madison Project Looking for Primary Challenger to Lamar Alexander
Washington, DC – The Madison Project announced today that it will be working with
Tea Party leaders in Tennessee to find a viable conservative challenger to Lamar
Alexander in next year’s primary.
“The Senate amnesty bill is one of the most destructive bills to come before the Senate in
years, yet Senator Lamar Alexander betrayed conservatives and helped secure its
passage,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “Last year, Tennessee voters
strongly rejected Obama’s agenda, but Lamar Alexander voted for Obama’s most
important priority of his second term. The amnesty bill is the Obamacare of
immigration policy, as it exacerbates the current system, creates a permanent cycle of
amnesty, ties the hands of law enforcement, and grants enormous discretion to Obama’s
bureaucrats. Even the hollow promises of enforcement will not be implemented until 10
years after amnesty is granted.”
“We look forward to backing a candidate who prioritizes the American taxpayer and the
rule of law over the desires of special interests,” said Daniel Horowitz of the
Madison Project. “Whether it’s amnesty, tax increases, debt limit increases, energy
subsidies, or liberal judicial nominees, Alexander has stood on the side of Democrats
and special interests over the conservative values of his Tennessee constituents. It’s
time for Tennessee to have at least one senator who stands for bold colors instead of
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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Issues
It’s no secret that there is a deep sense of disquiet about the deterioration of our country as we approach the 4th of July festivities. 237 years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the 1338-word Declaration of Independence in which we declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
237 years later, we find all of our founding principles under assault. The signers of our sacred founding documents would roll over in their graves if they were forced to witness the actions of our politicians and courts.
We have a federal government that can now coerce us to buy health insurance, but they evidently lack the authority to recognize marriage as a marriage. Men in black robes are on the cusp of inciting lawsuits against those of us who wish to be free of the decedent agenda of the left.
We have a federal government that is spending its time and resources catering to illegal aliens and their foreign lobbies while attacking the states that wish to preserve our sovereignty.
We have thousands of bureaucrats working for agencies with the power to monitor, tax, and regulate every aspect of our personal lives and businesses – agencies that are completely foreign to the governance model established by our framers.
We have a rogue administration that seeks to destroy our military from within and pursue a reckless policy of unilateral disarmament.
Taken as a whole, we have a group of fringe radicals who have taken over our government and civil societal institutions with the purpose of infringing upon our liberties, dismantling our free markets, erasing our borders, attenuating our values, and appeasing our enemies.
Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration
Imagine the Democrats reelecting a guy like this from one of their most liberal urban districts.
Spencer Bachus has always been a big government Republican. He has supported all the financial bailouts. He has also opposed efforts to rein in government intervention in public housing, at least until Fannie and Freddie became so unpopular. He has been a reliable vote for wage controls during the past two decades. Oh, he is an RSC member, but he has voted against almost every RSC budget.
In 2010, he was one of only 17 Republicans to vote for a massive 5-year expansion of child nutrition programs. He has supported unconstitutional limits on campaign donation for his entire career. What about market-distorting farm subsidies? He’s the biggest supporter within the Republican Party. He loves all subsidies, including those for Viagra.