Rep. J. Wellington Wimpy, (R-Squishville), senior advisor to Republican Leadership

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

Readers of a certain age may be familiar with a fellow named J. Wellington Wimpy and his famous promise that “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  What you may not be aware of is that Mr. Wimpy is the senior strategic advisor to Republican Congressional leadership.

Wimpy’s appointment is the only way to explain the terrible Export Import Bank deal that leadership duped many conservatives and Republicans into accepting as part of this week’s bill to fund the federal government and our war in Syria.  Wimpy’s play was a stroke of genius.

Using his time-honored strategy, he substituted an appeal for their votes for his normal request for hamburger and a promise to really totally shut down the Export Import Bank next year for his normal promise of payment on Tuesday.  With this simple trick, Wimpy has executed a ruse grander than any of his previous frauds to purloin ground beef.

Some context might be helpful.   Others have written lengthy and persuasive discussions of the need to shut down the Export-Import Bank. The justification doesn’t need to be rehashed here.   Heck, even Representative Kevin McCarthy upon the realization of his elevation to Majority Leader commented, “I think Ex-Im Bank is … something government does not have to be involved in. The private sector can do it.”

All leadership had to do to put this terrible program to an end was – nothing. The Export Import Bank was scheduled to expire on its own.

Instead in a fit of hysterical bed-wetting when the President rolled out his well-worn strategy of linking any a noun, a verb, and “shut-down” the Republican Leadership scrambled to respond with a strategy to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Rep. Wimpy to the rescue.

The Wimpy plan was simple.  He would convince conservatives that when Republicans take the House and Senate majority in the next election they’re really totally going to shut down the Export Import Bank (the Tuesday clause.)  All they needed from conservatives was their votes and a commitment not to put up a fight on the Continuing Resolution (the Hamburger Clause).   Without nary a peep from conservatives, the Wimpy plan was deployed.

It was of course a terrible deal.  Much like Wimpy’s promised payment on Tuesday, the Republican leadership’s support for abolishing the Export Import Bank is never going to materialize.   The President knows that Republican Leadership will fold like a cheap lawn chair if he even hints in the same direction as a shutdown or veto fight.  There will be some must pass legislative vehicle that Ex-Im Bank supporters demand reauthorization be attached to, and since leadership actually does support the bank, it will happily acquiesce.

They’ll explain their supposedly reluctant acquiescence on needing to pass some vital piece of legislation and not wanting to tarnish the Presidential candidate and our “brand.” But believe you me, when Republicans retake the White House, Leadership’s totally going to pay for those hamburgers!

Republican Leadership squandered one of the greatest chances it likely will ever have to shut down the Export Import Bank.  Had they sent the President a government and war funding bill, but did not include extension of the Export Import Bank in the bill, the President would have surely signed the bill.   Does anyone really believe that the President and Harry Reid would have been so brazen as to deny funding for a war effort against terrorists just to protect cut-rate loans for Boeing’s customers?  I doubt it, but maybe they would have.   Regardless it is a pretty weak hand to play and Republicans could have carried the day – had they shown up to fight.

But sadly, Republican Leadership takes congressional conservatives for fools – and with good reason – every Tuesday they act surprised that J. Wellington Wimpy didn’t pay for his burgers.   Until conservatives stop falling for the same lame promises, Rep. Wimpy’s behavior isn’t going to change and the nation is going to suffer.

How the Obama White House Celebrated Constitution Day

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, News

Yesterday was the 227th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, but you wouldn’t know it was being rightly celebrated within the walls of the White House.

To commemorate the day, the White House tweeted out a photo of President Obama – as usual.

Using a photo or quote from the President is standard practice in the White House social media office –from statements  of remembrance to the anniversary of 9/11. It’s always about him – never the actual event or person being celebrated.

The same goes with his respect for the Constitution. His actions have consistently violated this sacred document, as he uses executive order after executive order to pass his own liberal agenda for the country.

As he famously said earlier this year, “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need…I’ve got a pen and a phone.”

There are multiple examples of when the President has done exactly that in the past six years – like when he waived work requirements in a Congressionally passed welfare program, and delayed implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate for select companies.

The latest disregard of the Constitution? Obama plans to take executive action on immigration – a policy that should definitely include the input of a bipartisan Congress to move forward. With two years left in his Presidency, there’s no limit to what he might do in order to secure his legacy.

In fact, it makes the 2014 elections more important ever. We must elect strong conservatives that will truly respect the Constitution as it was written and call out Obama’s imperial actions.

Earlier this year, the White House ironically tweeted out another photo, this time with Obama photo-shopped onto the seat of a throne (paying tribute to the show “Game of Thrones.) The photo was a posted as a joke but its representative of Obama’s increasingly lonely decision making.

The Constitution was meant to help maintain a limited government. Perhaps it should be required reading for the President on this day.

Revealing New Lois Lerner Email Implies Guilt

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by and is filed under Issues, News

Evidence against Lois Lerner’s innocence in the IRS scandal continues to mount. The latest revelation was discovered in an email received by Lerner, in which she clearly overlooked political and monetary abuse by Labor Unions when it reported to her.

The email quotes Don Todd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office Labor-Management at the time, saying, “The IRS was telling us it would cost more to enforce the law then they would collect.”

During the same time period, Lerner chose to hone in on groups like the National Organization for Marriage and the Alabama Tea Party.

These are just more examples of Lerner paying little attention to Left-leaning organizations, while carefully scrutinizing Right-leaning organizations – many of those clearly associated with the Tea Party.

Thankfully, emails like these (remember when she called conservatives “crazies?”) continue to trickle in. After the IRS claimed to have “lost” 2 years worth of Lerner’s emails, it smelled like a doozy of a cover-up – and last week, they claimed that Lerner’s Blackberry was “wiped clean.”

But all hope is not lost in getting to the bottom of this mess.

The activist group Judicial Watch has been doggedly pursuing the supposed lost emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), hoping their efforts will uncover even more of what went on behind the scenes.

A Department of Justice attorney recently told Judicial Watch that “the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe so the government can continue operating.”

If this is true, the Obama Administration has been blatantly lying to the American people about the missing emails. In fact, during the June hearings on the scandal when IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified before Congress, Rep. Paul Ryan said:

“Sitting here listening to this testimony, I don’t believe it…that’s your problem. No one believes you. “

It was perhaps the first time a Member of Congress said what everyone else was thinking out loud in an official capacity.

This IRS scandal is just another example of how crucial the midterm and 2016 elections are for our country.
While some will say that putting an “R” into office is much more important than how conservative that person might be fails to recognize the crux of this problem. Lerner was attacking conservative groups, not because she was a Democrat, but because she is part of a group of politicians, Democrats and Republicans, who fundamentally reject the proper execution of government. They believe that the ends will justify the means. Ultimately, to restore liberty in America, we need to elect people who will ensure that the government is a quiet defender of rights, not a group of outspoken actors seeking to enact a set of policies.

Madison Project Congratulates Jody Hice on His Victory in Georgia’s 10th District Primary Runoff

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2014

Madison Project Congratulates Jody Hice on His Victory in Georgia’s 10th District Primary Runoff

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC congratulated Jody Hice Tuesday, on his victory in the Republican primary runoff election in the 10th Congressional District of Georgia:

“Jody Hice’s victory is a clear indication that Georgia voters in the 10th District want someone to follow in the footsteps of Rep. Paul Broun and carry the flag of true conservatism to Washington,” said Drew Ryun of The Madison Project. “Hice will rely on his Christian faith and constitutional beliefs when fighting for conservatives against the special interests and liberals in D.C. 

“At a time when open borders, foreign policy blunders, excessive regulations, out-of-control spending, and the ever-expanding federal government threaten the future of the American Dream, Hice will stand with other conservatives in Congress to fight for conservative principles.”

To read our full endorsement of Jody Hice 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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Madison Project Congratulates Barry Loudermilk on His Victory in Georgia’s 11th District Primary Runoff

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

For Immediate Release:

July 22, 2014

 

Madison Project Congratulates Barry Loudermilk on His Victory in Georgia’s 11th District Primary Runoff

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC congratulated state Sen. Barry Loudermilk Tuesday, on his victory in the Republican primary runoff election in the 11th Congressional District of Georgia:

“Barry Loudermilk’s victory is a testament to the fact that Georgia’s 11th District clearly desires strong conservative leadership in D.C.,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Loudermilk’s victory shows that Georgia is moving forward, and has selected a fiscal and social conservative to fight for them against the big-government liberals of both parties in Washington. Barry will be a fresh, strong conservative voice for Georgia and we are excited about his future fighting for conservative principles.”

To read our full endorsement of Barry Loudermilk 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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Madison Project Supports Sen. Ted Cruz’s Call for a Full Investigation into the Mississippi U.S. Senate Runoff Election

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

Fort Worth, TX The Madison Project PAC made the following statement supporting Sen. Cruz’s call for a full investigation into the June 24, Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election:

“We fully support Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and his call for a full investigation into the Mississippi U.S. Senate runoff election,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “The fact that a sitting U.S. Senator, who is a vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), is calling for an investigation shows how deeply troubling and volatile this situation truly is.

“Sen. Cruz knows that his call for an investigation will not be well received by the NRSC, especially in light of the fact that they were involved in some of the underhanded tactics employed by the Cochran campaign, but free and fair elections are paramount to the success of the Republic. We support Sen. Cruz’s commitment to the truth and the integrity of elections, and his willingness to ignore the political ramifications that accompany the quest for truth.”

Was it a Good Day at the Supreme Court?

Monday, June 30th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Family Values, News

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s final decisions for this term, conservatives appear jubilant in apparently winning two key court cases.  In Harris v. Quinn, the high court ruled 5-4 that a group of home health care providers who work for a state government cannot be coerced into providing financial support for a public sector union.  In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled 5-4 against Obamacare’s contraception mandate, which would have forced a privately owned business to provide abortion and contraception-related health care coverage to its employees.

Indeed this is great news for religious liberty, as these decisions were both one vote from going the other way.

But therein lies the problem.

Why should bedrock inalienable rights pursuant to natural law and nature’s God be subject to the whims of nine justices in black robes?  Why should we have to wait with baited breath on Twitter, wondering if our right to uphold our religious beliefs will be preserved?  Remember, four justices clearly held that government can coerce a private company into providing any service that violates our rights.  This should scare us all.

Moreover, to the extent that we place our rights and destiny into the hands of the remaining five justices, their decisions were quite narrow in scope.  In the Hobby Lobby case, the majority ruling only covered “closely held private corporations.”  Hence, until any future ruling is handed down on more expansive grounds, the government can still coerce religious institutions, non-profits, and publicly-traded corporations to provide abortifacients.

Furthermore, the decision only applied to contraception coverage and no other forms of religious liberty.  The justices made it clear that coercion to accommodate gay marriages or other “ENDA style” mandates could be fair game.

We are supposed to rejoice over the fact that a narrow set of businesses were spared from the worst form of coercion?  I guess so.  Sadly, it could have been worse.

In the Harris case, while the court ruled against the coercion of home health care workers to join a union, they declined to uphold the natural rights of any worker to work freely – unfettered by unions.  Why should any worker, particularly government workers who are funded by taxpayers, be coerced into supporting the circuitous Democrat campaign finance operation through unions?

There’s something fundamentally wrong that we now live in a time when we must wait for a new court case in order to preserve all areas of liberty – religious or anything else.

So was this a good day at the court?  Sadly, yes.  We are at the point when a day like today is reason to rejoice.

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Madison Project Congratulates Barry Loudermilk on Placing First in GA-11 Primary

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC made the following statement regarding state senator Barry Loudermilk’s strong showing in the Republican primary election for the 11th Congressional District of Georgia:

“Even though he was heavily outspent, Barry Loudermilk has become the consensus choice for the grassroots by uniting both fiscal and social conservatives,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “The contrast between Loudermilk and Barr could not be starker.  Whereas Barry has been consistently conservative on all social and fiscal issues, Bob Barr has waffled on so many issues throughout his career.  When Barr had the chance to show leadership, he instead led the charge to praise Eric Holder.  We need more 21st century conservative fighters, not a step backwards.”

 

To read our full endorsement of Barry Loudermilk 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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Madison Project Airs Radio Ad in Support of Dr. Chad Mathis in AL-6

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by and is filed under News, Press

Fort Worth, TX –The Madison Project PAC released a new 60-second radio ad encouraging Republicans in Alabama’s 6th Congressional district to vote for Dr. Chad Mathis in the June 3rd Republican primary election. The ad buy is $20,000.

To listen to the ad click here.

“Dr. Chad Mathis is truly ‘one of a few’ when it comes to political candidates,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Not only is Mathis a principled conservative that will not be afraid to take on the ruling class in Washington, D.C., he’s also a courageous individual displayed by his commitment to challenge what many have viewed as a deeply entrenched incumbent. The Madison Project looks forward to fighting along side Dr. Mathis when he’s serving in the halls of Congress.”

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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Madison Action Fund Airs Anti-Simpson TV Ad in Idaho: ‘Nancy Pelosi Republican’

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by and is filed under Blog, Elections, News, Press

Fort Worth, TXMadison Action Fund, the super PAC associated with the Madison Project, recently released a new TV ad against liberal Republican Mike Simpson (R-ID) called “Nancy Pelosi Republican.” The TV ad started airing districtwide on Wednesday, April 30th and will continue airing until Election Day, May 20th.

“Mike Simpson has always felt uncomfortable and out-of-place with his liberal voting record in such a conservative state like Idaho,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “That is why he has attempted to reinvent himself as a conservative, even as his liberal allies, funded by big labor, pump millions of dollars into the campaign in order to save this liberal Republican.  It’s time to have an honest discussion about Simpson’s voting record so voters know what to expect if Simpson continues his life-long career in Washington and no longer fears reprisal from conservatives. ”

The Madison Project endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson’s opponent, Bryan Smith, in September. For more information on their endorsement visit: www.sacksimpson.com.

To view the TV 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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