Time to Push the Panic Button?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 and is filed under Blog

This morning The Blaze carried this story: GOP Senator Admits Republicans Aren’t Working on Obamacare Replacement Plan.

There are obviously a few problems with this scenario.

The first is that for four election cycles, Republicans have been running on the campaign promise that they will repeal Obamacare and tear it out “root and branch.”  It is now apparent that maybe want many of us have suspected all along is true: those were just talking points. There was no real plan of action to actually repeal Obamacare at all.

The second is that with all the intellectual ammunition in the conservative, free market movement, not one Member has thought to create a road map for what healthcare world free of socialized medicine looks like. Really? Is this possible? We don’t need to replace Obamacare (socialized medicine) with anything but freedom in the marketplace.

Here’s our solution and it took us about 5 minutes to come up with it.

Create a marketplace where people are free to pick and choose the plan that fits them and goes with them across state lines. You have a plan you like but are moving? Totally fine.

But get government out of the healthcare business. Make insurance companies compete and in that competition, guess who wins?

The consumers.

 

The Madison Project Endorses Greg Gianforte

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.

They’ve Lost Their Minds

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 and is filed under Uncategorized

Cross posted from The Resurgent, by Drew Ryun

 

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.

The Washington Post: Trump Names Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General Suing the E.P.A. on Climate Change, to head the 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.

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Do I care about the environment? Absolutely. Do I worship it? No.
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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.

 

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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.

The screeching you heard yesterday was the combination of visceral sorrow that the funding will now likely be gone and the sound of the money train’s wheels grinding to a halt.

 

The Madison Project Endorses Colm Willis (OR-5)

Monday, June 13th, 2016 and is filed under Elections

Many politicos take a look at Oregon and think, “No way. No way can a conservative win in Oregon.”

Well, we have news for you. There is a conservative who can win and he happens to be running in the perfect district to win.

His name is Colm Willis.

Back in 2010, Colm worked for one of the principles here at the Madison Project, Drew Ryun, as part of a major effort to elect more conservatives. As a field staffer, Colm excelled and after the election was over, became Political Director for Oregon Right to Life. A native Oregonian, Colm graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2015 and represents nonprofits, individuals and entrepreneurs in the Willamette Valley.

Not only is Colm a full spectrum conservative, he showed considerable political wherewithal by winning the multi-candidate primary for Oregon’s 5th Congressional District with 58% of the vote and now heads towards the fall as the Republican nominee in a district that currently polls R+7 on the generic ballot.

With the right resources this race is very winnable. Colm has done the hard work this point by coalescing conservatives in OR-5 around his campaign. It’s now time for the national groups to engage and we are happy to lead the way today by endorsing Colm Willis for Congress.

For more on Colm, watch his campaign video. Get to know him. Then donate to him!

The Madison Project Endorses Steve Toth

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 and is filed under Elections

He’s a successful businessman who has spent one term in the Texas House of Representatives and while there, earned sterling scores from the conservative scorecards in Texas.

More importantly, in his election to the Texas House of Representatives, Steve challenged and knocked off liberal Republican, Rob Eissler, organizing a “from the ground up” kind of campaign to oust Eissler 56.5% to 43.5%.

Now Steve is looking to jump to the big leagues by challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Kevin Brady for the 8th Congressional District of Texas.

In an a conservative R+29 district, Congressman Brady scores a paltry 55% on the Heritage Action scorecard, failing to even meet the average score of House Republicans (and that’s saying something). On our Madison Performance Index, Congressman Brady scores a -24.5. From voting for the Ex-Im Bank to the pork laden $325B Highway Bill, Kevin Brady is a man out of step and out of touch with his Congressional District.

Clearly, it is time for Kevin Brady to go and in Steve Toth we will have an election and legislatively proven conservative. He has been there, done that and it is time to promote him to Congress.

We are excited about this race and for the chance to endorse Steve. This is one of those races that we feel is going to surprise a lot of people in 2016.

The Madison Project endorses Mary Thomas

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 and is filed under Elections

At 37 years of age, Mary Thomas is a rising star in conservative politics. A general counsel inside Governor Rick Scott’s administration in Florida since 2011, Mary has been involved in interviewing the governor’s nominees as well as serving as general counsel for the Department of Elder’s Affairs in Florida. Already having made the repeal of Obamacare a core component of her campaign, Mary impressed us with her deep knowledge of the Constitution. We have seen this a few times before with great Madison Project candidates-the one that comes to mind is Ted Cruz.
Florida’s 2nd Congressional District is currently held by a Democrat but with redistricting it is now a strong Republican district which means whoever wins the Republican primary looks to win this seat comfortably in the general election next November. Though Mary has raised a healthy six figures, she is up against a well funded moderate in the race who, as a lobbyist, fought for the expansion of Medicaid as a part of Obamacare and is on record saying he opposes the repeal of Obamacare because it would “jar the economy and leave many people without care.”
This is an opportunity for us to make history as a team, not only by helping Mary win but by helping elect the first Indian-American female to Congress, one who has promised us her first order of business in Washington, DC will be to join the House Freedom Caucus.
We are thrilled to endorse her and look forward to helping her win both the primary and the general election.

Is Paul Ryan A Conservative?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 and is filed under Blog

As we noted last year in our post Defining Conservatism, it is critical that words retain meaning. By definition (literally), that is what they are intended to do. One would never use “cold” to describe “hot” or “dry” to describe “wet.” There are implications to the improper use of words.

We often hear the word “conservative” bandied about, untied to any concrete example(s) of why it should be used other than the ones using it hope to gain some street cred with their hearers, the grassroots activists who are, by experiential action, conservative in nature.

Which brings us to Paul Ryan. First elected to Congress in 1998, Paul came was the fresh, under 30 face of the new conservative movement. He was the smart kid with the pencil tucked behind his ear and slide ruler in his pocket. He was going to save America.

However, in spite of his tax plans painfully crafted to balance the budget over certain time periods (all of which were so far in the future as to beggar the question of relevance), it became abundantly clear that Paul Ryan’s voting record and his rhetoric did not sync. In fact, not only did they not sync, they were so at odds with each other we began to wonder as to the split political personality of Paul Ryan-big government Paul or small government Paul-and who would win the Gollum-style argument in the mirror.

It’s clear now that Paul was, all along, what we have suspected for some time. A big government liberal who has mastered the talking points that conservatives want to hear, which is why we see the easily entertained (namely Hugh Hewitt) rush to defend Paul Ryan’s “conservatism” against the attacks of those who point to his voting record and say, “Prove it.”

In a normal world (not Washington, DC), our actions define us. That is reality. It is how the real world works. In light of that, take a quick minute to review the “highlights” of Paul Ryan’s voting record.

During his tenure in Congress, Paul has voted for (each hyperlinked with what these bills actually have done or will do to America):

No Child Left Behind

Medicare Part D (projected net expenditures from 2009 through 2018 are estimated to be $727.3 billion-can we just say, “gazillions”?)

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

Numerous Debt Ceiling Raises

Amtrak Reauthorization (with a price tag of $7.2 billion)

Couple this voting record with his stances on amnesty, his voting for a Continuing Resolution that funds Planned Parenthood AFTER the videos exposed Planned Parenthood for selling aborted baby parts for profit and one is hard pressed to define Paul Ryan as a conservative.

A Republican, yes. A conservative, no.

So let’s be done once and for all with this nonsense that Paul Ryan is a conservative. He is, at best, a middle of the road Republican content with being in power and never using it to achieve anything of merit.

 

 

American History In 5 Minutes, Episode #1

Friday, October 9th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

In our first series of podcasts, How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun of the Madison Project discussed practical steps to winning in politics.

In the next few podcasts, our series within a series, Drew discusses the intellectual foundation for conservatism and how our nation began with American History In 5 Minutes. Today’s podcast discusses the origins of the American Revolution and the influence of pamphleteers in the American colonies.

American History In 5 Minutes, Episode #1

 

Drew Ryun on The Steve Deace Show

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

Listen as the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun breaks down the Presidential race, the GOP Establishment and other topics with Steve Deace, the Rush Limbaugh of Iowa.

To hear Drew’s interview, click here.

#Winning

Monday, September 28th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Economy

We are winning. No doubt about it. The GOP Establishment, so confident it had crushed the peasants in 2014, is in disarray. After 9 months of abysmal performance, the proverbial chickens are coming home to roost for the Establishment.

The first indicator of this was the quitting of John Boehner on Friday. He quit. He did not resign to protect an institution, no matter how hard he and his team have tried to spin it.

He was potentially days away from being fired by his own caucus as a major fight over the Continuing Resolution loomed and he refused to commit to defunding Planned Parenthood through it. He and his team were still, believe it or not, under the impression that they won the majority in the House and grew it in 2014 based on his jobs agenda.

What, you ask, was John Boehner’s jobs agenda? Crickets. . . .

Don’t worry. We wonder as well.

No, John Boehner and Co. were given the majority to repeal ObamaCare, stop executive amnesty, halt the Obama Administration in its tracks and use the power of the purse to enforce all of the above.

He not only didn’t do any of that, he and his team rammed through the following “big ticket” conservative items like:

*Stripping conservative language from the DHS bill to pave the way for Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty

*Approving $500 Billion in Deficit Spending

*Funding Obamacare

*Walked away from Medicare reform

*Ruining the Pain-Capable Abortion Ban, the only pro-life legislation likely to be seen this session.

Much to his amazement, Boehner found he couldn’t spin himself out of how the items above were actually conservative and good for America.

Why? Because the ground underneath him had shifted. He wasn’t just dealing with outside pressure. He was dealing with internal pressure thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, a majority of whom were Madison Project candidates over the last few election cycles.

He was, in essence, attempting to govern with out the consent of the governed, i.e. his caucus. And they were ready to toss him.

Now that he is gone, House conservatives need to keep moving forward. Here are our suggestions for the next few weeks.

  1. Clearly communicate to any GOP Members who are considering running for House leadership: “You cannot allow John Boehner to ram through a transportation bill, renew funding for the Export-Import Bank or fund Planned Parenthood in October or you will not be considered for any leadership slot.”
  2. Work to elect someone, if not one of their own, who will be amenable to working with them to advance campaign promises. Before they support whomever it is they want to win leadership roles, they must have firm, public commitments from them on a host of issues: that they will stop any nonsense Boehner thinks he will engage in in October (see the above) and that they will drastically reform the House rules, from Steering Committee to chairmanships to the Rules Committee. It’s time to restore a little democracy to the peoples’ chamber.
  3. Message that if the government slows down, that is all it is. A slow down. Not a shutdown. ALL essential parts of our government will continue to be funded. If Obama and the Democrats want to have a public debate over Planned Parenthood, we should welcome it.

This is opportunity. With Boehner out, House conservatives hold all the cards.

It is imperative that they use them.