Mike Simpson Supports Surrender to Harry Reid

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues

Republicans are finally unified in fighting the egregious stubbornness of President Obama and Senator Harry Reid.  As they actively shut down memorials that don’t need to close, and refuse to fund veterans affairs simply for the purpose of protecting every penny of funding for Obamacare, House Republicans are standing strong.

Naturally, a Republican from Idaho would uphold Idaho values in the fight against Obamacare and the liberals.  Yet Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), an ally of Speaker Boehner, announced today that he would support Harry Reid’s budget bill funding Obamacare.  Hence, he supports unconditional surrender.

This is par for the course with Simpson.  As we’ve noted before, Simpson has supported abortion, amnesty, bailouts, wasteful spending, and tax increases.  He has never been down for the struggle against Obamacare, and at least today he decided to be candid about his beliefs.

It is clear this is a coordinated move by GOP House Leadership and specifically Speaker John Boehner. It is no secret that Mike Simpson is part of John Boehner’s inner circle and in spite of his liberal voting record, was one of the first incumbents to be graced with Boehner’s endorsement this election cycle.

This is why we were proud to endorse Tea Party conservative Bryan Smith against Mike Simpson earlier this month.  Let’s help Bryan oust this ‘white flag Republican.’

Lamar Alexander’s Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Monument

Friday, August 9th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

If you want to understand everything that is wrong with the current crop of leaders in both parties, take a look at this story out of Nashville by local investigative reporter Ben Hall.

Evidently, Lamar’s top campaign staffers were coordinating the creation of a traveling exhibit of Senator Alexander with the taxpayer-funded Tennessee State Museum.  The exhibit, which would paint a acclamatory picture of the senior senator, was originally going to be deployed towards the end of this year and into 2014, to coincide with his reelection campaign…that is..until Ben Hall caught them in the act.

The taxpayer-supported museum had been working with Alexander’s campaign on an exhibit that would travel across the state — while the senator was running for re-election.

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Lamar Alexander Votes to Rubber Stamp Another Radical Obama Executive Nominee

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues, News

For Immediate Release:

July 18, 2013

Contact: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel@madisonproject.com

Lamar Alexander Votes to Rubber Stamp Another Radical Obama Executive Nominee

Washington, DC – The Madison Project PAC made the following statement today with regards to Senator Lamar Alexander’s cloture vote on Wednesday for Tom Perez to serve as the next Secretary of Labor.

“Once again, Senator Lamar Alexander has shown that he has been in Washington too long and is out of touch with the conservative values of his Tennessee constituents,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “While the president is often afforded flexibility in filling his cabinet, Tom Perez is unqualified and unacceptable.  As head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, Perez violated his commitment to apply the law equally.  He has used his position to promote a radically liberal agenda, serving as the point man in the administration to attack Voter ID laws passed by sovereign states.  He has also worked for a radical pro-illegal-alien group in Maryland that aids and abets illegal immigration in the state of Maryland.  Unfortunately, those views are consistent with Senator Alexander’s support of amnesty and his disregard for the rule of law.”

“Although Senator Alexander voted against final confirmation today, his vote for cloture on Wednesday paved the way for Perez’s confirmation.  Had he voted against cloture, Democrats would have been denied the 60 votes needed to proceed.  Hence, his vote today was a typical empty gesture we have come to expect from Lamar Alexander.

“Working with Tea Partiers within the state, we have received positive feedback from grassroots conservatives ever since we announced our desire to find an alternative Republican in next year’s primary,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “We are confident that Tennessee voters want to be presented with a bold contrast to the status quo, which is a weak Republican who rubber stamps the Obama agenda.”

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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Bill Shuster Flip Flops on Another Spending Cut

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Issues, News

Wow – what a difference a primary challenge makes.

Yesterday, conservative Rep. Tom McClintock offered an amendment to the FY 2014 appropriations bill funding the Energy Department which would cut $1.5 billion from energy subsidy programs.  If Obama has taught us anything it is that government should never distort the energy sector and pick winners and losers (usually losers) in the market.

Amazingly, Shuster voted the right way.  He didn’t join the 50% of Republicans who helped vote down this commonsense free-market spending cut.

The only problem is that when a similar amendment was proposed by Mr. McClintock to last year’s energy appropriations bill, Shuster voted against it…along with his RINO buddies.  Additionally, Mr. McClintock offered another amendment last year to eliminate the Office of Fossil Energy and save taxpayers $428 million in special interest handouts to green energy social engineering.  Shuster voted no.  In 2011, Shuster voted against cutting $3.25 billion from the Innovative Technology Loan Program, which was responsible for Solyndra and some other Obama venture socialist activities.

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Bill Shuster’s Money Can’t Buy Him Love

Monday, July 8th, 2013 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.

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Good Riddance to Joe Bonner

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News

If we are ever going to obtain a conservative majority within the House GOP Conference, we must utilize our most conservative districts.  While it would be nice to knock off the red district statists in primaries, the easiest way to pick up a seat is through a vacancy.  Today, Jo Bonner just gave us such an opportunity by announcing his plan to resign from this conservative Alabama seat based in Mobile.

During the past Congress, Bonner scored a -38.5 on our index, the seventh lowest score in the party.  Here is what I wrote last year on Bonner in a piece advocating for the replacement of the entire state House delegation sans Mo Brooks:

He was elected to the House in 2002 during a good Republican year, and has held his seat for five terms.

While conservatives cheered on the effort to keep the GOP pledge by cutting $100 billion from the 2011 budget, this member deemed it “misguided.”

This member is one of those who used his membership with the Republican Study Committee as a means of concealing his affinity for big-government from his conservative constituents.  After years of voting against every single RSC proposal, and after realizing that the group would not roll over and genuflect before leadership, he summarily terminated his membership.

Throughout his career, he has been a reliable vote for CAFE standards, ethanol, and all sort of subsidies.

No – he doesn’t represent a Democrat-leaning district in the northeast, even though he scored a dismal 54% on the Heritage Action Scorecard.  He represents an R+14 district in this staunch conservative state.  In fact, it is such a conservative district that he faced no Democrat opponent in 2010.  His nearest competition was from the Constitution Party.

Well, one down, four more to go.

We look forward to finding a comprehensive conservative to fill this red seat – one who is committed to challenging the current direction of the party leadership.

How to Give Vulnerable Democrats Cover on Guns

Friday, April 12th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

Yesterday, 16 Republicans voted along with the Democrats to break the filibuster against the Reid gun control bill (S.649).  Although Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn voted against it, they failed to whip against the vote, exerting no pressure on these wayward Republicans to put the brakes on this fast moving train wreck.  The end result is exactly what the Wall Street Journal editorial page advocated earlier this week: we will now have a debate on how much we are willing to limit the Second Amendment.

On Tuesday, the WSJ condescendingly chastised Senate conservatives for mounting a filibuster on the motion to proceed with debate.  They mockingly observed that “If conservatives want to prove their gun-control bona fides, the way to do it is to debate the merits and vote on the floor. They can always filibuster the final bill if they want to, but it makes no sense to paint themselves into a political box canyon before even knowing what they’re voting on.”

Moreover, they argued that by blocking debate on the bill, red state Democrats “don’t have to declare themselves on provisions that might be unpopular at home.”

Obviously, these novice observers of the legislative process have not been paying attention to the way the Senate has functioned in recent years.  The reason why Republicans need to filibuster even the motion to proceed on debate is precisely to leverage Reid into allowing a debate in the first place!  Reid has used a parliamentary procedure to “fill the amendment tree” and block all amendments that would embarrass his caucus.  To that end, the only recourse for Republicans is to filibuster the motion to proceed with debate, as a means of forcing him to allow amendments to go through.

Now that these Republicans, with the support of the dinosaur conservative intelligentsia, have handed over their one point of leverage, Harry Reid has once again taken full control of the amendment process in an effort to protect the vulnerable Democrats.  In fact, it is those 16 Republicans who afforded Reid the opportunity to hand out hall passes to Pryor and Begich yesterday to vote no on cloture.  They provided him with more than enough votes to break the filibuster without those two Democrats.  Now they can go home to their states (Arkansas and Alaska) and feign a more pro-gun posture than one-third of Republicans.

Now it will only get worse once “debate” commences next week.  Harry Reid knows that there is no chance of ever passing a sweeping gun banning bill.  He merely wants Republicans to break their consistency on the issue, and grant the overzealous ATF more power to begin stepping up gun stings and collecting more data.  Perforce, he will bring up Feinstein’s assault weapons ban knowing that it will never pass, only to offer Democrats like Kay Hagen (NC), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Max Baucus (MT), and Claire McCaskill (MO) the opportunity to vote no and bolster their position at home.  They might also vote yes on some good Republican amendments with the knowledge that they won’t pass either.  This will give them the requisite cover to vote for the part of the bill Reid thinks will actually pass.

Enter Schumer’s Toomey-Manchin amendment.  Although it contains dangerous healthcare privacy concerns, statist regulations on transporting guns across state lines, and allows the ATF to collect more data from background checks, it doesn’t overtly ban guns.  All those vulnerable red-state Democrats will have enough cover to support it because they will vote the right way on all the straw men votes.

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26 Republicans Vote for Internet Sales Tax

Monday, March 25th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Taxes

Early Saturday morning, the Senate adopted its first concurrent budget resolution in four years.  Democrats cleverly made sure to hand out enough hall passes to vulnerable red state senators so they could vote against the $1 trillion tax increase, while ensuring that it ultimately passed 50-49.  Senators Baucus, Begich, Hagan, and Pryor were given the green light to vote no.  After a 13-hour “votarama” on 70 amendments, there is a lot to digest.  Obviously, none of this will have the force of law as all of the amendments that passed are attached to this budget resolution, which is dead on arrival in the House.  However, there are some important votes that can be used against Democrats in vulnerable seats, such as those pertaining to Obamacare, abortion, cap and trade, and guns.

On the Republican side, perhaps the most egregious vote was the Enzi amendment to allow states to form a cartel and collect internet sales taxes for other states.  The so-called Market Fairness Act passed in the form of a second degree amendment by 75-24, with the support of 26 Republicans.  This will send the message to Harry Reid that he has more than 60 votes to pass this as a standalone bill.  In doing so, they have voted to grow government all over the country, hurt low-tax states, impose taxation without representation, saddle small businesses with collecting taxes for 10,000 distinct tax jurisdictions, and adulterate the freest most successful entity known to man.  You can read more about it here.

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Tom Cole: The New John McCain of the House

Friday, March 8th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Elections, News

Dear residents of southwest Oklahoma,

There is only one liberal left in your district (OK-4- PVI=R+18), and he happens to be your representative in Congress.  His name is Tom Cole.  Maybe you should elect someone next year who will represent the heartland and challenge the status quo instead of serving as a conduit for the left to attack conservatives.

Tom Cole, like most of the appropriators in Congress has always been a big spending pale-pastel politician who never saw an opportunity to grow government that didn’t strike his fancy.   However, he usually kept those sentiments to himself, suffice to merely use his vote to grow government.  Now, as Roll Call reports, Cole is on a mission to spread his big government views to the rest of the conference:

Rep. Tom Cole has firmly staked out a position as a foil to conservative hard-liners in the GOP conference, using the media’s megaphone to push back against Republicans who want to hold a firmer line in spending battles with President Barack Obama.

In recent weeks, he’s compared the GOP’s right flank to the drunk uncle of a dysfunctional family, suggested Republican critics of the Violence Against Women Act were racist, and singed the tactics of Speaker John A. Boehner’s detractors as “amateur night at the Bijou.”

In the interview, he said he was on a mission to fight “political immaturity” within the ranks of the right.  His candor is quite illuminating.  I couldn’t have coined a better term myself.  It is this very “political maturity” that is destroying our Republic.

 

In recent years, well over half the Republicans elected to Congress have entered with a fresh “immature” perspective that the answers to our policy problems are not found in Washington.  They intuitively understand that many problems need to be solved on a state level, others need to be dealt with in the private sector, and still others aren’t problems at all.  Yet, after several years (or even a few months), most members rapidly mature and begin advocating Democrat-lite policies.  Tom Cole is one of those members who never needed time to mature.  He fit right into the cesspool from day one.

It is this very form of political maturity that has engendered our cradle to grave government-run-all society, higher cost of living, lower incomes, and fewer jobs.  All we have to show for it is $16.7 trillion in debt and over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities.

As residents of conservative southwest Oklahoma, I’m sure you can find someone who is not schooled in the political maturity of Washington to replace this paragon of statesmanship.

20 Republicans Vote for Liar Jack Lew

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Issues, News

If you want to know why conservatives are losing the battle for this country, look no further than the imbalance in presidential nominees.  When Republicans are president and they nominate strong conservatives to the cabinet, Democrats move heaven and earth to oppose them.  Republicans just genuflect before Democrats now that Obama is president.

Aside for the fact that Jack Lew is the architect of Obama’s socialist fiscal policy, he also lied before the Senate Finance Committee concerning his role in the sequester, as confirmed by Bob Woodward.  Yet, 20 Republicans voted to confirm him as the next Secretary of Treasury.

This idea that the president is entitled to appoint anyone he chooses is absurd.  The Constitution grants each individual senator the authority to reject that nominee.  Yes, there has been a tradition (not a Constitutional mandate) to grant the president leeway in appointing cabinet members.  But that tradition was broken long ago by Democrats.  We are in a war for the heart and soul of the Republic and we have no requirement to confirm people who themselves have no regard for the Constitution.  We have no requirement to confirm people like Chuck Hagel, who are not qualified to serve in the Defense Department.  Nor are we required to confirm socialist liars to the Treasury.  The Democrats will never reciprocate this courtesy for controversial Republican nominations.

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