Archive for June, 2012

Is Your Congressman Serious About Spending Cuts?

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Originally posted at the Coalition to Reduce Spending

(Note: I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending)

The Club For Growth, one of the nation’s premier free market advocacy organizations, has recently announced a new project that we think is extremely worthwhile. While the Club is most well known for its overall congressional scorecard, they’ve recently created a “mini” version they call the Spending Cut Scorecard. This particular ongoing scorecard gives Congressmen a rating from 0%-100% based on whether they support amendments offered in the House to cut spending.

In a press release sent out this week, Club For Growth’s president Chris Chocola said:

The Club for Growth today launched a new Spending Cut Scorecard designed for members of the public and Club Members to track how members of the House of Representatives are voting on amendments to cut spending from the FY13 appropriations bills. In the past, the Club for Growth tracked amendments to cut earmarks from appropriations bills, but recently noticed that many House members who ran on promises to cut spending have abandoned their pledges to do so. (emphasis added)

The Club will include clean spending cut amendments and will update the Spending Cut Scorecard following the passage of every appropriations bill. To view the new Spending Cut Scorecard, click here: www.ClubForGrowth.org/spendingcutscorecard.

Here at the Coalition to Reduce spending, we’re pleased to see the Club For Growth drawing attention to the very reason we created our Reject the Debt pledge. As Chocola noted, too many House members, even several who were elected on what many call the 2010 tea party wave, have simply gone to Washington and continued with business as usual upon their arrival.

The Reject the Debt pledge exists precisely to quell that kind of go-along-to-get-along behavior. With a $16 trillion dollar national debt that continues to grow exponentially, the days of politicians making empty promises must end for the sake of our nation’s future. That’s why the Reject the Debt pledge puts those who seek to represent us on the record, creating a mechanism to turn what in the past were false promises into a key set of policy goals that candidates and politicians sign their names to. Upon signing the pledge, these politicians can now be held directly accountable for the promises they made to get elected, putting constituents and activists in the drivers seat.

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The Liberty Split

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

 

I’ve long predicted that when Ron Paul retired we’d see a massive split within the liberty movement. That time has arrived, and it’s been further compounded by Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney; a move that was necessary to legitimize his liberty faction and create a position of power for our views within the GOP. Ultimately, the truth is that influencing from the inside is just as important as the philosophical based message spreading that Ron has been doing for decades.

What strictly philosophical libertarians need to realize is that there are several avenues for spreading the liberty message. You may not be comfortable with the political side – and that’s honestly fine. But it’s wrong for philosophical libertarians disparage those of us working from the inside when we’re more than 95% with them on the actual issues. When they do that, the statists win. In fact, general libertarian disengagement and constant infighting has helped them shore up all of this power on a bipartisan basis for so many years. We’re too busy figuring out what it means to be ‘principled’ while in the mean time, the leadership in both the Democratic and Republican parties continuously grow government at our expense. Given the current state of our nation, this can no longer happen if we want to live in the country we all believe America should be.

After all, when it comes to Rand, all you need to do is look at his latest bills. He’s working to fight the use of domestic drones, and is co-sponsoring, with a Democrat, a bill to allow the use of industrial hemp in this country. If you truly think he’s a “neocon sellout” you don’t know what either of those words mean, and are simply “anti-establishment” for the sake of socially identifying yourself as such – and you know what you’re doing by behaving that way? Legitimizing the bipartisan assault on our freedom.

And, as always, Jack Hunter says it better than I can:

Wisconsin and the Left’s Beclownment

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Originally posted at Misfit Politics

This week, there will be no shortage of commentary on the Wisconsin recall election. Depending on whom you talk to, Governor Walker’s triumph is either a win for Romney, or it means nothing for the Massachusetts Governor. Or, of course, if you’re Lawrence O’Donnell, it’s a victory for Barack Obama. (I guess I’m just not IntellectualTM enough for the mental calisthenics required to come to that conclusion, so I’ll leave that kind of heavy lifting up to the folks on MSNBC’s payroll.)

That being said, I’ll spare you a detailed analysis on what this means for the future of public sector unions, the future of the GOP, the future of the Tea Party. I already opined on those topics pretty extensively via Twitter on Tuesday night.

What I do think deserves some extra attention though, is the extent to which the left-wing establishment utterly beclowned itself Tuesday. I mean, seriously – were Democrat consultants, and in particular, MSNBC anchors, really this unprepared for a Walker victory? They picked this fight and should have been ready – but alas, Ed Schultz was all “flabbergasted.” Poor guy.

Now I will admit that Team Obama did a decent job of keeping him away from Barrett. Either they’ve learned the lesson that started with Scott Brown’s election (that virtually all of the candidates he campaigned heavily for have lost) or perhaps the President’s folks actually saw this one coming. Nevertheless, the talking heads and union types actually messaging on Wisconsin set themselves up for disaster.

Watching the #WIRecall Twitter feed and MSNBC on election day, one would think Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening existed in entirely different universes.

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