There is a substantial Budget Committee hurdle for leadership right now in attempting to ram Ryancare through.
There is a substantial Budget Committee hurdle for leadership right now in attempting to ram Ryancare through.
Friday, January 27th, 2017 and is filed under Uncategorized
This one is easy for us. While the Republican committee will choose the GOP candidate for the special election to fill Congressman Ryan Zinke’s at large seat, we know two things about Greg Gianforte. He’s a solid, common sense conservative who has (literally) invested heavily in the success of Montana, launching RightNow Technologies in Montana in 1997, a corporation that employed 500 in it’s Bozeman offices. After selling RightNow to Oracle in 2004, Greg continued to invest in Montana, pledging millions to education and charities.
While he narrowly lost the Montana gubernatorial race last fall, we believe Greg has an incredible opportunity to build off the statewide network that he and his team built over the course of last year. But this isn’t the only reason we’re endorsing Greg. He is a man genuine in belief and committed to pouring his time and energy into solutions that help all Americans. He is exactly the kind of elected official we want in Washington, DC.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 and is filed under Uncategorized
Look, let’s be honest. We were highly skeptical of Donald Trump virtually the entire campaign season. Given that this man was effectively a New York liberal for 50 years, we hope folks understand. A cheetah does not change its spots overnight.
However, the first few days of his Presidency have us warming to the idea that Donald Trump may fulfill a lot of his campaign promises. While direct action hasn’t been taken on dismantling Obamacare, it appears that on this issue, immigration and tax reform, Donald Trump is set on delivering on all three. Tack on to these that all the possible Supreme Court justices being discussed are really good and we are tempted to say, “He might be the real deal.” The first 100 days will tell.
But it’s the “smaller” issues, the ones that weren’t really campaign promises that have us excited. From restarting the Keystone and Dakota pipelines to effectively shutting down the EPA until Scott Pruitt is confirmed, Donald Trump is effectively taking a sledgehammer to the leftwing, climate change agenda of the Obama Administration. This agenda has been crushing American industry, from small businesses to corporations. We understand there needs to be a balance (we are, after all, to be good stewards of what we’ve been given), but while the Left has been seeking to grab headlines off Trump’s personality, these three actions have been a punch in the gut to them. Their golden calf of pseudo-science is getting ground up and tossed into the fire and they’re losing their minds. Anytime that happens, we are happy.
So as these first 100 days of the Trump Administration unfold, we are cautiously optimistic. We sense great things might be coming, but we will continue to help push for them as well.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized
They’ve Lost Their Minds
There are those moments when suddenly it hits you. There really is a great portion of America that has bought into the hoax of man-made global warming. I mean, as in really bought in.
The fact of the matter is, for a lot of millennials and those on the Left, this is sacred dogma and settled science. Either we do something to protect Mother Earth or we and our descendants will all die horrible deaths. In many of the post-election write ups, the reaction from millennials was best captured by the following exchange.
Donna Brazile, the interim leader of the Democratic National Committee, was giving what one attendee described as “a rip-roaring speech” to about 150 employees, about the need to have hope for wins going forward, when a staffer identified only as Zach stood up with a question.
“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself.”
Some DNC staffers started to boo and some told him to sit down. Brazile began to answer, but Zach had more to say.
“You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.” (bold italics added)
I can only imagine what this guy Zach is going through today after yesterday’s news of Trump selecting Scott Pruitt to head up the EPA.
Fueling the hysteria are the following articles:
The New York Times (with a super balanced headline): Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.
Then, another “We’re really about to lose it!” headline from the New York Times: An Enemy of the E.P.A. to Head It.
Add to this just a few tweets from my timeline after I wrote my initial piece praising the selection of Pruitt.
Do I care about the environment? Absolutely. Do I worship it? No.
Yes, I actually believe in science. As in actual, data driven science. You, my hysterical friend, appear to be wrapping dogma around a fairytale, the mix of which makes you appear more than a little foolish.
Because of his selection of Scott Pruitt, Trump is now on par with the Central Committee of Communist China. Who. Knew?!
Here’s the real rub, though.
I believe the EPA’s Settlement Fund is going to take a serious hit under Scott Pruitt. Not familiar with it? Essentially, an organization or corporation settles with Obama’s Department of Justice for non-implementation of the new 3,900 EPA regulations under the Obama Administration and the DOJ demands community service.
Since it is an organization or corporation, the entity often cannot practically perform community service so it instead agrees to donate an agreed monetary value to a third party non-profit organization and that counts as community service and also the DOJ typically then reduces fines, some of which also fund the Settlement Fund.
Those third party NGO’s are about to lose millions of dollars of funding, funding they used to hire more lawyers to create more litigation in the name of climate change.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized
Back in 2011, the Madison Project was one of the first PACs to endorse one of the rising conservative stars in American politics, Josh Mandel, for his run for United States Senate in Ohio.
Josh ultimately fell short in that race, losing 50-44 to incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown.
But 2018 is going to be different. In the interim years, Josh has served as the State Treasurer for Ohio, launching the still-expanding Ohio Checkbook program, which posts line-item level spending and salary data for local and state government to create more transparency on how taxpayer dollars are spent. His efforts have taken Ohio from #46 in transparency rankings to #1.
Rock solid on issues like the repeal of Obamacare, border security and shrinking the size and scope of government, Josh is primed for success in 2018 and we are happy to endorse him early in his run to capture Brown’s Senate seat.
Monday, December 5th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized
We hear the phrase “the free market” tossed around a lot by folks in politics and economics, but the question remains in a lot of folks’ minds: what IS the free market?
A basic definition of the free market is of a marketplace as free of regulation as possible that enables those who produce goods to interact as freely as possible with those who seek to purchase the sellers’ goods.
What drives this marketplace? Demand.
What drives demand? Either an actual need or the desire simply to have something.
In this marketplace, a perfect price point is met. To find this price point, several things must be considered: the cost to manufacture the item, the margin of profit the seller seeks AND the margin the market will bear based upon what the consumer will pay. That’s pretty much it.
The latter is critical because it drives innovation. Once a price point is met, this doesn’t mean the seller is locked into a certain margin of profit for the rest of his product’s shelf life. It simply means that this is what the market will bear at the time.
How then does a seller increase his margin of profit? By seeking to create less expensive costs of production that enables him to continue to sell the product for the same price by enjoy a larger margin of profit. Some might look at a 5% increase in the margin of profit and think, “Is that worth it?” It depends on the cost associated with the discovery/invention of the more inexpensive cost of production. Let’s assume for a moment that a seller has set the cost to purchase his product at $100. It cost him $75 to make it (production/overhead, etc), which means every time he sells a product, he enjoys a 25% pre-tax profit. If he sells 1,000 products at $100, he grosses $100,000 and nets $25,000.
Let’s now assume that the seller wishes to make more profit on his product. Without improving it, he raises the price by $25. He may enjoy some modest success, but it is likely that a buyer will think, “I used to be able to buy this product for $100 and now it is $125. I think I will look for it somewhere else for $100.” This opens the door for competition, which is one of the prime movers in a free market.
What then can the seller do if he wishes to enjoy more profit if the market rejects his price hike?
Two things. He can take some of his profit and roll it into innovating a more inexpensive way to create his product. If he comes up with a solution that saves him, in the end, 5% on production costs, this means that he can now enjoy a 30% pre-tax profit. Off 1,000 products sold, that’s now a $30,000 pre-tax profit.
His other solution could be that he attempts to improve his product. His initial product, Product A, provided the buyer with A, B and C. With minimal cost on his part, he legitimately creates a slightly better product, Product B that provides the buyer with A, B, C and D, and slaps his hoped for $125 price tag on it.
Will the market bear his new pricing? There is a good chance that it will. Will it bear it for $125? The buyers dictate this. But, if the market does bear it, then the seller has legitimately increased his profit margin by anywhere from 30-50% and his pre-tax earnings rise from $25,000 to potentially $50,000.
What then does an enterprising seller do with his increased profit? More likely than not, he will roll a portion of it into either producing more products that he can then market or he will hire another employee who will ease the burden on him and potentially increase the selling power x2.
So why write this? Because a truly free market approach does not have a government picking winners and losers. It does not slap tariffs on for profit companies looking to produce their product more cheaply.
Instead, a government’s role in the free market is to ensure that one producer does not create a monopoly that crushes innovation AND provides the environment in which businesses can thrive and innovate to produce better and better products in a competitive marketplace.
Who wins in this scenario? The seller and the buyer.
This is how the free market works. It’s that simple.
Monday, December 21st, 2015 and is filed under Uncategorized
In today’s Politico, one of the headline stories was that Ted Cruz is locking horns with the “conservative” Wall Street Journal over its coverage of him.
In the article, Ari Fletcher, former press secretary for George W. Bush (noted limited/free market conservative. . . .), rushes to the WSJ’s defense.
“In an era where print newspapers have long been on the decline, the one exception is the editorial page and the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, for Republican primary voters especially. They’re the gold standard,” said Ari Fleischer, a former press secretary to President George W. Bush. Calling the paper a front for Rubio, Fleischer added, is “a wrong read of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. … They’re a consistent voice for conservativism, especially on economics and supply side Reaganomics.”
Let’s break that one down for a minute. Fleischer claims the WSJ is “a consistent voice for conservatism.”
One question that begs an answer: define conservatism. Our hunch that if tossed this question, Ari Fleischer would be hard pressed to find his way out of the brown paper bag known as Big Government Republicanism.
In other words, he has no idea what he is talking about.
Why do we say that? Politico actually answers that question for us.
“Editorial page editor Paul Gigot, who notes the Journal hasn’t endorsed a presidential candidate since Herbert Hoover, said the paper’s differences with Cruz are rooted in nothing more than substantive policy differences. The paper has called for comprehensive immigration reform, backed President Barack Obama’s trade agenda in Asia and supported the NSA’s controversial metadata program to screen domestic phone calls for potential terrorism connections — and it has criticized Cruz for being on the opposite side of those issues. All three happen to be issues where Rubio — along with many establishment Republicans — is aligned with the paper.”
Quick show of hands.
Can you, dear reader, name one conservative who is for more government intrusion into our lives (NSA)? Or for comprehensive immigration reform (read amnesty)? Or, or, even better, for ObamaTrade?
No, of course you can’t.
Bottom line, the Wall Street Journal has become a hotbed of Establishment shills lead by the Paul Gigot, a man more interest in shining Mitch McConnell’s boots and the GOP Establishment than being a clear and consistent voice of free market conservatism.
Quoted in the article, Gigot says, “As for who is the voice of conservatism, I’m not sure Ted Cruz gets to define what’s conservative, but our views haven’t changed very much in 125 years.”
Newsflash, Paul Gigot.
Ted Cruz isn’t defining anything. He’s living it.
As for the “we haven’t changed at all” statement, in fact, they have changed dramatically. The Wall Street Journal that you read today is not your father’s Wall Street Journal. Whether pimping McConnell’s big government policies or attacking free market conservatives, the WSJ has lost whatever remaining shine (or credibility) it had.
Bottom line, this is a great fight for Ted Cruz to pick.
In fact, what took him so long?
In this episode of American History in 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun of the Madison Project discusses how the Declaration of Independence came into being, laying the intellectual foundation necessary for the American colonies to move into outright rebellion against King George III and the British Empire.
In 2010 she ran as a pro-life conservative to replace retiring Senator Judd Gregg in New Hampshire, narrowly squeaking past Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican primary (we endorsed Ovide) before cruising to victory in the general election with 60% of the vote.
Entering the United States Senate with her conservative bone fides, many expected Ayotte to be a transformative force. She has been anything but transformative, quickly falling into the pattern we have seen established by many GOPers. Run as a conservative, govern as a liberal.
During her first Congress, Ayotte “enjoyed” a 73% on the Heritage Action scorecard. In the 113th Congress, she dropped to 48% and in the 114th, her slide into abysmal continued to a 29% against the average GOP Senator score of 62%.
On our Performance Index (that measures Members of Congress to their districts and states), Ayotte scores a paltry -15.
In the 114th Congress, she has already voted:
*To Fully Fund Executive Amnesty
*For Same-Sex Benefits
*To Undermine Religious Liberties
*To Reauthorize No Child Left Behind
*To Renew Funding For The Ex-Im Bank
*Against The First Amendment Defense Act
Her latest foray into the art of run as a conservative, govern as a liberal, has been to serve as the GOP Establishment’s hatchet man (woman) against Senator Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Planned Parenthood through the Continuing Resolution process.
Let’s establish the pattern for the Ayotte types. It generally starts with, “There is no one more pro-life than I am (no one!!). I support investigating Planned Parenthood. I voted for the stand alone bill to defund Planned Parenthood.”
Then there is the inevitable “but” thrown in there.
Ayotte’s, predictably, is: we just don’t have the votes because we don’t have the White House. If you think you’ve heard this line before, see Mitch McConnell.
Backing up the first excuse is the alarmist: we can’t shut down the government over this!
Quick question for Senator Ayotte-how pro-life are you that you would surrender before the fight to save hundreds of thousands of babies begins?
But here is where the ignorance of Senator Ayotte shines through.
There is no such thing as a government shutdown. Slowdown, yes. Shutdown, no.
In fact, in the longest government slowdown in history (1995-96, 21 days) all non-essential government employees were furloughed and guess what? Employees defined as those performing duties vital to national defense, public health and safety, or other critical operations kept right on working. It makes you wonder why we have “non-essential” government employees in the first place, doesn’t it?
Bottom line is this. Kelly Ayotte has not come remotely close to fulfilling her promise as a conservative in the United States Senate. Not only has she fallen in with bad company, she is now helping lead their charge.
While she frets that a government shutdown may ruin her chances to re-election, we cast a quick glance at her scorecard averages and performance index numbers and ask, “Why would any voters in New Hampshire vote to re-elect you? If given the choice between a legitimate liberal and a knockoff one parading as a conservative, go with the authentic one.”
Running for President is a game of high stakes. There is little margin for error, especially if you are a Republican.
It’s no secret there is groupthink amongst the political subset known as reporters. Products of our increasingly intellectually rigid “academic” institutions, these would be purveyors of news come from a worldview and ideology diametrically opposed to that of the Republican Party.
Increase that tenfold or more when it comes to conservatives. “Far rightwing” and “extremists” are among the other monikers the news makers toss out there to attempt to paint the conservative movement as out of touch with what they think is real America.
Never mind that nothing statistically bears this out. Limited government, freedom loving, individual liberty minded Americans are conservatives and are the majority today in America.
Yet, on climate change and other “settled” issues, the liberals inside the media live in their own world, eager to please others in their subset while spouting opinions (not news) that they think the herd will approve. In their minds, the knuckle draggers are the conservatives.
Enter politicians like Ted Cruz. He is an insult to them because he does not fit the straw man mold they have created for conservatives and therefore he will never win them over.
Make no mistake. He’s not perfect.
A general rule of thumb in politics is not that politicians will disappoint you. That’s a given. It’s the ones that will disappoint you the least that we should celebrate. Ted Cruz absolutely falls into that category. As such, he walks a tightrope daily between the media attempting to discredit him, a GOP leadership trying to derail him and a grassroots base eager to anoint him the Chosen One.
While in the past TPA efforts have been mostly good, the current TPA is fraught with all kinds of political pitfalls as it is tied to Trade Adjustment Assistance, a big government program favored by the Democrats and their labor union allies, and the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
In other words, in the end, this is not your daddy’s TPA. This has rightfully earned the nickname “Obamatrade” for the “pass it and find out what is in it” mentality swirling around it.
So what is Ted Cruz to do? He’s out there already has 1) penned an op-ed supporting TPA 2) having voted for TPA in the Senate and 3) attempting to defend his vote. The response from the conservative grassroots has been one of outrage and justifiably so. While supporters of free trade, they smell a skunk in the details of the TPA and want Ted to walk his support for it back.
It’s hard for politicians to say, “I was wrong. Sorry about that.” They are Type A’s which is both blessing and curse and that sort of thing does not come easily.
However, a lifeline was thrown to Ted in the last few days as it became apparent that TPA and the associated vehicles are hiding a small business tax hike. Now, not six weeks from now, is the perfect opportunity for Ted to pivot and say, “I love free trade. It’s what our nation is built on. But I cannot abide a tax hike on small businesses-they are the lifeblood of the American economy and I will stand with them every step of the way. In light of this, I am removing my support from TPA.”
Whether he takes the lifeline thrown to him or not remains to be seen.
But with one camp already against him (the media), Ted cannot afford to have one that has been to this point firmly with him (the grassroots) turn against him.
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