Democrats and their Mendacity with Israel

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

Democrats have a penchant for implementing bad policies and then responding to the deleterious consequences by throwing money at the problem. The Senate supplemental appropriations bill, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), allocates an additional $2.7 billion to deal with the border crisis, yet declines to deal with the flawed policies that have engendered this new wave of illegal immigration in the first place. Ironically, in order to grease the skids of the bill, Democrats have attached an extraneous rider sending $225 million to help pay for Israel’s Iron Dome System, which is yet another example of throwing money at a policy problem they helped create.

What Israel needs most now is the ability to defeat the Hamas terrorists and preserve its sovereignty – unencumbered by drive-by micromanagement from the White House. No country can survive economically if its entire population has to huddle in bomb shelters waiting for the next rocket to drop.

Unfortunately, not only has President Obama declined to side with our best ally, he has demanded an immediate cessation of Israel’s self-defense operation even as the rockets continue to fall. This week, Obama has taken his dyslexic moral relativism to a new level by rewarding Hamas for their rocket attacks near Israel’s only international airport by banning all flights to Tel Aviv. There is nothing more inimical to a county’s economic vitality than shutting down its airport, and it appears that Hamas has now achieved their desired result. They are declaring victory in light of Obama and other world leaders issuing bans on travel to Israel.

So after telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend his effort to destroy Hamas rocket launchers, Obama now has the impertinence to complain about the lack of security at Ben Gurion airport. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), rightfully asked, “If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?”

With whom does this president’s sympathies lie?  As Cruz noted, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

Sadly, instead of holding their party leader accountable for abrogating the long-standing relationship with Israel and endangering their economic and national security, Democrats are distracting attention with legislative logrolling.  They are tossing in extra funding for Israel’s defense in order to sweeten the pot for a misguided border bill, while simultaneously evincing a pro-Israel image.  Democrats, who are always sensitive to polling, must be keenly aware of the fact that Americans strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense and self-determination.

But what good is it to send more money to Israel only to use those funds to undercut their security and instigate a de facto economic boycott?  Much like the crisis on our southern border, sending money to alleviate a problem while doubling down on the policies that cause or exacerbate the crisis is counterintuitive.

It’s unfortunate that Democrats lack the moxie to confront the leader of their party over his egregious actions against Israel – a sphere of policy for which they claim bipartisan support.  For all the complaints about conservatives and the Tea Party, everyone should appreciate the fact that the party faithful are willing to hold their leadership accountable for violating its principles. To the extent that Democrat rank-and-file really oppose terrorism and support Israel, they should do the same.  Adding funding for Israel’s security to an inappropriate legislative vehicle will not conceal their indifference toward Obama’s dangerous foreign policy.

Ultimately, it is quite ironic that after advocating open borders back home, Obama has now moved onto the next agenda item – ensuring that Israel lacks secure borders as well. Maybe the Democrats are onto something by juxtaposing these two disparate policies after all.

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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 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.”

The Lesson of Ted Cruz’s Two Foreign Policy Victories

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

We often hear the political class bemoan Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) supposed recklessness for blowing up the status quo in Washington and not reaching across the aisle.  These naysayers should pay attention to Cruz’s two recent foreign policy victories and learn from them.

As we reported several weeks ago, GOP leaders were planning to capitulate to Democrats on the IMF bailout by allowing them to slip the provision into the Ukraine aid package.  On March 13, Senator Cruz sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid warning that he planned to block the bill if the IMF provision remained.  While only a few Republicans joined him from the onset, and some like Senator John McCain even lambasted him, Cruz harnessed his megaphone to rally Americans all over the country and embarrass those who supported this provision to weaken our nation’s power on the world stage.

Ultimately, Republicans in the Senate and the House were forced into joining the fight, and Democrats were pressured to drop their demands.

Hence, this is the power and prerogative of one Senator to be a voice, not just a vote in the Senate.

Fast-forward a few weeks and Senator Cruz got wind of another issue that needed to be addressed – one which would have been ignored by senators in both parties.  The government of Iran decided to appoint Hamid Aboutalebi as their ambassador to the United Nations.  Aboutalebi was one of the leaders of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, one of the deeds for which the current regime has never been held to account.

Following the rules of past senators, Cruz could have joined the chorus of merely denouncing the appointment.  And indeed the Obama administration called the nomination of Aboutalebi “extremely troubling.”  But Cruz was the one who took the initiative to actually send a definitive message to Iran by introducing legislation (S. 2195) to ban him and other known terrorists from being granted visas to enter the U.S., even for the purpose of serving at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

While this was an initiative publicly supported by many members across the aisle, it was only Ted Cruz’s high profile campaign to elevate the issue that embarrassed Democrats into considering the floor.  Shortly thereafter, Chuck Schumer co-sponsored the bill.  Yesterday, the bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

The man who is regarded as the most combative conservative in the Senate managed to pass a bill through a Democrat-controlled Senate without a vote.  That is true leadership.  Working across the aisle doesn’t mean putting a Republican stamp on liberal policies, as the political class wishes to happen on a daily basis.  It means harnessing our leverage and political megaphones to inspire, convince, and even shame the other side into supporting our causes.

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Madison Project Supports the Cruz/Bridenstine Energy Expansion Bill

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Economy

What can Republicans do when they only control part of the federal government?  Well, for one thing, they can start by not passing bad legislation.  But more importantly, they need to begin communicating with the American people about their plan to grow the economy and fundamentally restore America – if and when they are privileged to control all levers of power in Washington.  Although Republicans lack the votes to pass positive legislation this year, proposing bold conservative solutions will help win back the Senate and the White House.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) understand that energy is the foundation for economic growth, prosperity, jobs, a cheaper cost of living, and national security.  Increasing our capability to produce more energy is the best jobs plan, the best anti-poverty measure, and the best way to protect American and our allies from petro-authoritarianism.   That’s why he has introduced a new bill that identifies almost all of the impediments to energy production within our economy, and seeks to eliminate them.

Here are some of the key elements of the bill, the American Energy Renaissance Act (S. 2170 and H.R. 4286):

Eliminate Federal Regulations on Fracking: Shale technology coupled with horizontal drilling has created the biggest oil and natural gas boom in recent years. But up to 30% of all fracking wells are on federal lands and would be encumbered by new regulations the Obama administration is trying to foist on the fracking industry.  Cruz’s bill would explicitly grant states the sole authority to regulate, process, and issue permits for hydraulic fracking, even on federal lands within its boundaries.

This bill would also grant states the authority to issue permitting for other energy exploration and development activities if they choose to exercise that prerogative. If states fail to act, this bill streamlines the permitting process for the federal government to issue those permits on federal lands.

Expand exploration and drilling: This bill expands drilling everywhere – ANWAR, Indian lands, Outer continental shelf, and other areas offshore.

Energy Exports:  Energy production is a worldwide market and expanding our energy exports will not only create more jobs and wealth at home, it will weaken the power of the petro-tyrants across the world.  This bill ends the ban on crude oil exports and streamlines the process for permitting exports of LNG and coal.

Permitting:   This bill streamlines the bureaucratic process that encumbers projects and drilling permits and sets hard deadlines on issuing permits.  Authority for approving projects would be consolidated and handed over to one authority instead of multiple agencies.   It also sets deadlines on approving construction of new oil refineries, which haven’t been built since the ‘70s.  Not only does this bill strip away the president’s authority to block the Keystone pipeline, it prevents future projects from being obstructed under any auspices of the Endangered Species Act.

Judicial Review: One of the big obstacles to expanding and utilizing our energy resources is the environmental legal defense industry, which has the ability and funding to encumber vital projects in endless lawsuits.   This bill prohibits payment of court costs by the federal government and also charges a fee for the filing of an administrative protest to a permit application.  It also sets hard deadlines on filing lawsuits and the length of time for the entire judicial review process.

Regulations and Mandates:  The bill incorporates the REINS Act, which triggers a congressional vote to approve any major regulation that impacts the economy.  It also bans the EPA from promulgating global warming regulations and treating greenhouse gasses as a pollutant.  Most importantly, the job-killing, price-hiking ethanol mandate is phased-out and repealed after five years.

All Republican members of Congress and candidates for federal office should embrace this bill as our plan to create jobs and grow the economy.  This is something that should unite all Republicans as we head into the midterm elections and ask the American people to entrust the GOP with control of the Senate.

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The Establishment, Allegations of Purity, and Reality

Friday, February 14th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Elections

We all agree that Sen. Harry Reid must be dethroned.  Even from a liberal perspective, he has completely destroyed the structure of the Senate by shutting down the open amendment process, thereby eradicating the most important difference between the upper house and the lower house of the legislative branch.

This year, we have the opportunity to vanquish Reid by defeating his liberal lieutenants in conservative states like Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Alaska. However, if you think that our policy woes with Washington will change one iota if the current crop of Republicans lead the majority, you haven’t been paying attention.  And if you buy into the bromide about not letting “purity tests” get in the way defeating Democrats, you are willingly blinding yourself to the reality that has played out over the past few years.

The entire conglomerate of consultants, donors, and lobbyists who control the bulk of Republicans in Washington, and the leadership in particular, do not share our values.  This is not a difference in strategy, tone, or a casualty to being the minority party in Washington.  We have witnessed this with one issue after another.  These people regard the party faithful with as much contempt as the Democrats.  And that will not change when Republicans win back the Senate – if the House and Senate are controlled by its current cadre of leaders.

This goes far beyond any legislative scorecard or analysis of voting records.  As we witnessed this week with the debt ceiling vote, most of the elected Republicans spend their time plotting political cover and manipulate their votes to ensure that our side loses, albeit without their public stamp of approval.  We don’t need votes to tell us who is on our side.  You can tell who is with us and who is against us simply by listening to them, watching their actions, and observing their associations.

Indeed, despite the allegations that we seek purity within the party, it is clear that what we want is a bold party of contrast – whether in the majority or minority.  We want a party that will offer a bold stance on immigration and the debt ceiling, for example, and fight for it with equal and opposing force.  We want loyal conservatives that share and fight for our conservative values the same way elected liberals fight for the Democrat party platform. Instead we are given a pale pastel version of Republicans who placate conservatives during election years, and then enact the liberal Democrat talking points through clandestine political efforts.

We know who is with us and who is with the political class.  Everybody takes bad votes once and a while.  Even Ted Cruz recently voted for a bad flood insurance bill.  None of us are demanding purity from him because we know that on almost every issue he is not just a vote but a courageous and effective voice for the millions of us who are disenfranchised by the ruling class oligarchy.  He fights every day in Washington for us.

Jeff Sessions is another good example. He has cast a laundry list of bad votes, and probably doesn’t believe in limited government and free markets to the same extent we do on some issues.  But he is an inimitable statesman when it comes to his core issues of immigration, budget, and welfare.  On immigration, he has offered more selfless, indefatigable leadership – both on a political and policy level – than almost any member on any issue.  He has stood as the Elijah on Mount Carmel against the entire universe of sleazy politicians and consultants in Washington who seek to subvert our civil society.  Despite his bad votes on some other issues, none of us are looking to replace him because indeed we are not purists.  We just want people who fundamentally represent our values, and Sessions has shown that his heart is with the Country Class over the Ruling Class.

The leaders in the House and Senate, along with their boot lickers, are fundamentally against us.  Many of us have known and observed this privately for years, but the debt ceiling vote – both in the House and Senate – brought their devious subterfuge out in the open.

In the House, leadership got together and agreed to pass it with Democrat votes, thereby letting almost their entire conference off the hook to vote against their true beliefs so they can play their Republican constituents like fools.

In the Senate, McConnell attempted to do the same, but was thwarted by Senators Cruz and Lee.  Then he tried to get others to vote for something he badly wanted to pass, but lacked the conviction to own.  Roll Call explains in plain English how Democrats and Republicans worked together to fool the American people by instructing the clerk not to call their names publicly and then by switching their votes.

Remember, this is just a rare glimpse into how these guys operate on most other issues.  This will not change by simply voting Republicans into the majority, especially on the critical issues of immigration and debt.

Even with the best of leaders in Washington, there will always be differences of opinion on strategy, tone, and minor issues.  But what is happening now is far beyond a strategic disagreement.  Democrats might have internal squabbles once and a while, but they are united in goose step for the inexorable promotion of their liberal values.  There is no effective dissent from even one member.  And to the extent a couple of red-state Democrats vote against the liberal agenda, it is just a two-faced game for their conservative constituents.  Whereas Republicans are just the opposite.  They privately agree with the Democrats and only vote the right way to dissuade a potential primary challenger.

As we head into the primaries over the spring and summer, we must ask ourselves the following questions: do we want to build a GOP majority on quicksand or on a solid foundation?  Do we want to go into the voting booth on November and vote for Republicans with our heads held high or with our fingers on our nose?

The right candidates are out there.  The opportunity is calling.  The choice is ours.

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My appearance on ABC News/Yahoo News’ Topline Program

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Videos

In case you missed it, here is my interview with Rick Klein of ABC News and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.

From the fight over Obamacare to Ted Cruz to the 2014 primary season-we discuss it all and more.

Madison Project Stands With Ted Cruz Against Obamacare

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare, Press

For Immediate Release:

September 24, 2013

Contact: Mary Vought


Madison Project Stands With Ted Cruz Against Obamacare

“This is not just a conservative issue; this is an American issue”

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement regarding Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster against the budget CR Senator Harry Reid plans to use to fund Obamacare:

“We were proud to be the first national group to stand with Ted Cruz during his election, and we are proud to stand with him now in his bold fight against Obamacare,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project.  “Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and a few other conservatives, understand that defunding Obamacare in the budget CR is the only way to force a confrontation over this train wreck.  Like these Senators, the American people know that by voting along with Democrats to proceed with Harry Reid’s adulterated version of the House bill, Republicans will be complicit in funding Obamacare.”

“We look forward to helping Senator Cruz marshal support on the outside for his effort to fulfill the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans – to fund the government without funding Obamacare,” said Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project.  “Taken as a whole, Obamacare is destroying jobs and small businesses, chasing doctors out of medicine, raising insurance premiums by as much as 300%, placing onerous tax burdens on individuals and job-creators, and involving the federal government in every aspect of the doctor-patient relationship.  The law is unworkable and illogical even from the vantage point of those who support a larger federal government.  This is not just a conservative issue; this is an American issue.  Ted Cruz is honoring his election promise to do everything it takes to get rid of the law.  We plan to carry his torch to every corner of the country.”       

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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Ted Cruz is Serious About Defunding Obamacare. What About Your Senator?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Obamacare

There’s a reason why all the candidates we interview for 2014 say they want to be like Ted Cruz.  All Republicans talk a good game about conservative policy, but few of them have the gumption to fight for it.  While Republicans like Mitch McConnell will rail against Obamacare, and even create a photo op with the tower of regulations, most of them have voted to fund the beast through the appropriations process.  Ted Cruz, on the other hand is leading the fight to defund it.

Earlier today, Ted Cruz introduced a bill to defund Obamacare and issued the following statement:

“Consistent with my long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare, I am introducing a bill to permanently defund the law.

The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake.

Yesterday, all 46 Senate Republicans called on President Obama to permanently delay the law. This legislation would guarantee that result by ensuring not one more taxpayer dime is wasted in its establishment.

House Republican leadership is resorting to optics and messaging by pushing for a vote to repeal only the individual mandate.  None of this will ever pass the Senate, so the only way to halt implementation is by refusing to vote for any bill that doesn’t contain a rider defunding Obamacare through the IRS and HHS.  Moreover, half-baked measures will only provide cover to Democrats for retaining the remainder of the law, as Cruz notes in his statement:

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In Which Paying Back Taxes Transforms into Winning Back Taxes

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Immigration

One of the biggest selling points of the gang’s immigration deform bill was the provision which would force amnestied illegals to pay back taxes.  From listening to the peddlers of amnesty, one would think that the windfall to the Treasury from the taxes would be large enough to make the entire amnesty worthwhile.  I’m sure you’ve heard those sleazy Zuckerberg ads playing Rubio’s speech about all the conditions for amnesty, including the requirement that they pay back taxes.

Well, despite the fact that all those conditions, including the tax provision, have been exposed as fraudulent, those ads are still contaminating the airwaves of conservative talk radio.  In fact, Rubio himself now admits that the bill lacks the votes to pass because of all the failed promises.  To digress for a moment, while Rubio is correct about the lack of public trust in the gang’s bill, which he helped craft, he is wrong about not having the votes.  Democrats absolutely have the votes to pass the bill, including Rubio’s own vote.  They might add some cosmetic amendments to the bill, but the basic structure will remain intact and will pass with over 60 votes.

Hearkening back to the tax provision, let’s put aside the fact that this bill only requires those illegals who have already been “assessed” by the IRS to pay back taxes.  In the real world, that would mean that no illegal, aside for those who run conservative organizations, would be required to pay taxes pursuant to this legislation.  But even if they would fix this loophole and require them to pay back taxes….they wouldn’t have to pay anything; they would actually make money off the system.

We have pointed out from day one that the entire notion of balancing the budget and saving the economy with millions of low-skilled immigrants is absurd.  Most conservatives understand that over 40% of tax filing units from native Americans are not substantial enough to result in a net positive tax liability.  In the case of the amnestied illegals, they will receive more in refundable tax credits than the small amount they pay in payroll taxes (very few of them will have any income tax liability).  The Senate Judiciary Committee has already rejected amendments to bar the amnestied aliens from receiving refundable tax credits.  This means that if they owe $2,000 in payroll taxes and receive $7,000 in refundable tax credits, they will walk away with $5,000.

Now, what if all of the amnesty recipients would be entitled to collect refundable tax credits retroactively from the time they began working here?  According to Temple University law professor Jan Ting, that is a distinct possibility:

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It’s the ‘Wacko Birds’ vs. the Wackos Again

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt, Elections

If I were granted one wish about the state of today’s politics it would be for the Democrats to be saddled with their own version of John McCain.  Once again, McCain is working to score points for Democrats and undermine Cruz/Paul and Lee – the “Wacko Birds” – in their attempt to prevent a free debt ceiling increase.

Back in January, Republicans and conservatives got together at Williamsburg and agreed to “suspend” the debt ceiling law until May 18 in return for the Senate passing a budget.  I never liked the idea because, among other reasons, a Senate-passed budget is not such a good thing.  Yes, they are not so excited about publicizing their blueprint for more debt, and yes, the fact that they didn’t pass a budget for over 3 years was a good talking point.  But do we really want them to have a vehicle for fast-tracking tax increases, debt ceiling increases, and other nefarious policies through reconciliation?

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