From RedState, by Erick Erickson, 02/02/15 –
Humanity is tormented once again by an age-old issue—is man to live in dignity and freedom under God or be enslaved—are men in government to serve, or are they to master, their fellow men?
It befalls us now to resolve this issue anew—perhaps this time for centuries to come. Nor can we evade the issue here at home. Even in this Constitutional Republic, for two centuries the beacon of liberty the world over, individual freedom retreats under the mounting assault of expanding centralized power. Fiscal and economic excesses, too long indulged, already have eroded and threatened the greatest experiment in self-government mankind has known.
If history has taught conservatives anything, it is that having Republicans in power is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition to advance a conservative agenda.
During the George W. Bush era, for instance, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. Spending soared, the federal role in education grew, and entitlements underwent their most significant expansion since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.
From RedState.com, By: Daniel Horowitz, July 22nd, 2013 – Conservatives have been ill-served by a prevailing conventional wisdom pertaining to flaccid incumbent Republicans. The conventional wisdom dictates that every incumbent should automatically enjoy a rubber stamp for 6 more years in the Senate unless he/she is plagued by some egregious scandal or overtly votes with the Democrats on almost every major issue.
New York Times, By JOHN ELIGON, October 6, 2012 – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For establishment Republicans, it is decision time in the Missouri Senate race.
Should they return to Representative Todd Akin’s corner?
Many quickly withdrew their support for Mr. Akin weeks ago after his controversial comments about abortion and belief that victims of “legitimate rape” have a biological mechanism to fight off pregnancy, hoping to force him aside so another Republican candidate could battle the Democratic incumbent, Senator Claire McCaskill.
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City, State, % of people below the poverty level –
1. Detroit, MI 32.5%
2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%
3. Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%
5. Miami, FL 26.9%
6. St. Louis, MO 26.8%
7. El Paso, TX 26.4%
8. Milwaukee, WI 26..2%
9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
10. Newark, NJ 24.2%
What do the top ten cities (over 250,000 population) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?
From RedState.com, by Erick Erickson, June 28, 2012 – House and Senate Republican leaders, collectively the Stupid Party, are yet again set to expand government, government spending, and engage in Keynesian economic policies they’ve criticized Barack Obama for.
Somewhat wisely, they are releasing all this as the Supreme Court releases its Obamacare decision so no one will pay attention. Ironically, as we wait to see if the Supreme Court gives Congress plenary power through the Commerce Clause, Congressional Republicans are feeding the Leviathan on their own.
From Declaration Entertainment, by Bill Whittle –
School choice is on the move in Wisconsin, at least in Milwaukee County.
But an idea recently suggested by Gov. Scott Walker, to spread voucher opportunities beyond Milwaukee to Green Bay, Racine and Beloit, received a cool reception from Senate President Mike Ellis, as well as several other Republicans. Continue reading →
It is hard to believe, but the Tea Party activists are already formulating lists of targets of United States Senators — both Democrats and Republicans — up for reelection in 2012. On the Republican side, the Tea Party groups will be closely watching the votes and actions (in committees on which they serve) of such Republicans up for reelection as Indiana’s Richard Lugar and Texas’ Kay Bailey Huchison, among others.
There are a number of Republican senators who should be concerned about primary challenges — who may be running for reelection in 2012 — who saw conservative Senator Bob Bennett from Utah being challenged in the Republican primaries and being defeated.
The Tea Party groups also scared Republican Senator Arlen Specter so much with their support for the now Senator-elect Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, that he fled the party. They now are even talking about challenging conservative Utah Senator Orrin Hatch up for reelection in 2012. Continue reading →