Vote For John Whitbeck This Tuesday

I know John Whitbeck personally for several years now.  He is a good family man who runs a business, and the Washington Post, as usual, is conducting a character assassination of the Republican in a Northern Virginia Election.  Take the time to learn about who is John Whitbeck.

John believes that government exists to serve the people, and not the other way around. He is a fiscal conservative constitutionalist and a loyal Republican.  As Chairman of the 10th district he has shown himself to be a leader.   John is the founder of his law firm, a small business with offices in Loudoun County and Clarke County. His practice focuses on family law, criminal law, mental health law, and other litigation.  In his practice John has dealt with the real problems of real people, and understands the issues that confront Northern Virginians today.

With Terry Mcauliffe in the governor’s mansion do you want to give him out right control of the VA Senate?  Mcaulliffe wants to dump hundreds of millions of dollars in VA taxes into Medicaid expansion and try to set up an Obamacare state exchange.  Most state exchanges operate about as well as Oregon’s, which has cost that state $250M dollars and has not signed up a single enrollee.

The Washington Post as usual is endorsing the Democrat (Wexton) no matter how flawed – and allows her to misrepresent her record as a prosecutor and as a private attorney in her law firm where Wexton has violated her clients trust.   Wexton has issues with ethics and serious judgment issues, recently describing the Tea Party as rapists in her campaign adds.

The Post of course is also ignoring the issues with the former Republican cum independent Joe May.  May has been in politics for too long, and became a bitter clinger to power when he lost in the primary to David LaRock.  He showed his true colors a number of times during the primary campaign and then helped the Democrat in the general election against David, the Republican candidate.  He is looking for payback against Republicans, and has engaged in some dirty pool already.  This is not someone you want to see in the Senate.

Neither May nor Wexton live in the 33rd, as such are you really looking for a carpet bagging opportunist to get elected to the VA Senate?  This sort does not look out for their constituency’s interest’s. Instead they are seeking to further their own agendas.

If you live in the 33rd, or know someone else who does please get yourself to the polls.  Or, get your friends and neighbors to go and vote for John.  Down in Norfolk we have a recount going on for another VA Senate election were the difference was nine (9) votes.  Every vote counts!  Get the vote out for John Whitbeck!!

North Carolina GOP Preparing to Siphon Virginia Jobs and Growth

Just a heads-up. When you hear that “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving Virginia for points south, now you’ll know why.

Republican legislators in North Carolina have unveiled a plan to completely eliminate the state’s income tax, to be replaced with a consumption tax. This pro-growth measure, designed to place North Carolina squarely in the same league as jobs-creating giant Texas, has the support of the state’s Republican leaders and comes on the heels of last year’s across the board cuts in corporate and personal income taxes.

Imagine. Pro-growth, pro-taxpayer Republicans.

By contrast, Republican leaders in Virginia, led by Gov. McDonnell, argued that the largest tax increase in the state’s history passed earlier this year was absolutely necessary for economic growth. People other than Republican leaders, such as Bill Bolling, even went so far as to argue the economic benefits of expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, provisions for which were included in this year’s Virginia budget.

Silly me, but that sounds an awful lot like what Democrats typically say about deficit-busting entitlement programs and enterprise-crushing tax increases.

So, now we watch and wait to see the natural experiment in action. Who will have better economic growth? Which state will create more jobs and opportunities? I suppose we’re fixing to see. But Detroit-style economics (characterized by higher taxes and greater “investment” of other people’s money) has never worked wherever it has been tried. Texas economics (low taxes, less regulation) works every time.

But at least we’ll get to ride Amtrak to Roanoke. We still got that going for us.

Cross-posted to The Bull Elephant

Democracy, Open Borders, Multiculturalism–Pick Any Two

Headlines about continued rioting in Sweden reminded me of the wisdom of Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge: Why the English-Speaking Nations Will Lead the Way in the Twenty-First Century.

One of Bennett’s greatest truisms is the idea that democratic government cannot long endure in an environment of permissive immigration and multicuturalism (i.e., a culture-wide resistance to assimilation). Indeed, no two of these three things can survive the addition of the third. As Americans concerned for our constitutional republic and “little d” democratic government, we should look upon what is happening in Sweden–not to mention the recent London butchery–with extreme interest.

Case in point for Bennett’s arguments. Read them here.

How is your local government doing?

While counties to the north are raising taxes, Stafford County, yet again, eliminated taxes.

Fairfax County is doing it (Supervisor Pat Herrity’s email newsletter)

Yesterday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the property tax rate by one cent to $1.085. With the increase in assessments that translates to a 4.5 % or $216 increase in taxes on the average homeowner. This increase is on top of a 1.9% increase last fiscal year (FY2013) and another 4.5% increase in next year’s tax bill (FY2015) if cuts are not made for a total of 11% over three years. I voted against this budget.

Prince William County is doing it (Virginia Virtucon post, April 23, 2013)

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will vote tomorrow, April 23, on the FY 2014 tax rate. A resolution has already been drafted setting the rate at $1.181 per $100, which amounts to an average tax hike of 2.3 percent. There is much flowery language included in an attempt to provide a fig leaf here (“lowest tax bill”, “lowest tax burden”, “efficient and effective governance”, etc.), but the bottom line is people’s taxes are going up.

Stafford County is NOT doing it (Chairman Susan Stimpson’s email April 24, 2013)

Want proof that conservative governing and ideas work? Look no further than what we did in Stafford County last night. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a budget that:

  • Returns approximately $3.4 million to the taxpayers
  • Zeroed out the machinery and tools tax
  • Zeroed out the motor vehicle carrier tax
  • Zeroed out the boat tax
  • Focused dollars into the classroom and cut approximately 10% of the school administration costs by targeting categorical funding to instruction and technology
  • Put a mechanism in place that will address surplus funds, returning $2.4 million back to the taxpayer.


Conservative governing works and Susan Stimpson, Bob Thomas, Paul Milde, Cord Sterling, Gary Snellings, Jack Cavelier and Ty Schieber, all members of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors are proving it.

Radtke Endorses Stimpson

Former candidate for the U.S. Senate and Tea Party leader has endorsed Stafford County Chairman Susan Stimpson in the race for Lt. Governor.  Last year there was speculation Jamie herself would be a candidate for the job.  However over the last several months Jamie has made it clear she was not going to run and is supporting Stimpson.  Today she released the video below to make it official.

Having Radtke’s support could be a game changer in a convention setting.

Bill Whittle outlines the way forward for conservatives

An excellent and practical video. It’s well worth the hour you’ll spend watching it, and for those of us who have been extremely discouraged by the results of the election, Bill give a gracious-but-firm kick in the butt!

Stimpson Jumps In

As we correctly speculated earlier this week, Susan Stimpson, Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors has thrown her hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2013.

Stimpson made her announcement via a video message to her supporters on Facebook and her website.

Stimpson has been a friend to many of Virginia Virtucon contributors.  Of course, several of the current candidates for the nomination are friends of ours.  Stimpson joins PWC Chair Corey Stewart, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Sen. Steve “Wild and Crazy Guy” Martin.  There are rumors that a few others are also considering jumping in.  They include former State Sen. Jeanmarie Devolites Davis, Del. Brenda Pogge and current Victory Chairman Pete Snyder.   It will certainly be an interesting race to watch and see how many of these candidates can withstand the next 9 months of campaigning around the state.  The nominating convention will be held next summer in Richmond.

Stimpson, in her announcement touted the success she has led in reforming Stafford County government.  When Stimpson was first elected the previous board had enacted a BPOL tax in the county, had several years in a row of raising the real estate tax rate and expanded the government’s budget.   Stimpson with a new Republican majority Board of Supervisors eliminated BPOL and have focused on reducing the tax rate that has translated to real tax cuts for Stafford taxpayers.  Her successes most certainly put her in good position to earn the support from the conservatives that will be a major voting block at the RPV convention next year.

Virginia Virtucon is keeping it’s powder dry in terms of endorsements for 2013, instead focusing on the task at hand of electing the team of Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan and George Allen in 2012.   Stimpson is certainly a candidate we will be keeping our eye on, though.

A Full-Time Board Of County Supervisors For PWC?

In a recent post, the Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County put forward for debate the idea that perhaps the Board of County Supervisors should go from being a part-time post to full-time.

A Forward Thinking Solution

Prince William County is going through growing pains that involves steps that, in the view of The Sheriff, will cause some consternation among limited government advocates.  The solution is to change the status of Supervisors from part-time officials to full-time public servants.

It is a discussion that needs to start now, and move quickly to enactment.  With a budget of more than $1 billion, we have a group of part-timers who lack the capacity and time to actually understand how that money is being spent.

As it stands now, Prince William County is run by Melissa Peacor, and that is a very scary thought for The Sheriff.

That is an interesting discussion to engage in.  (Al Alborn raised the idea earlier this year as well.)  I would respectfully disagree with the Sheriff and Al on this as being the solution, though.

Two of the biggest problems on the current BOCS, Maureen Caddigan and John Jenkins, are retirees who treat this part-time post as full-time jobs.  Now imagine six MORE supervisors with nothing better to do all day than figure out new and creative ways to spend our tax dollars in self-aggrandizing ways.  At least now the other six are kept busy practicing law, running a business, or   making a living off a federal stimulus earmark.

One commenter on the Sheriff’s blog had this idea:

better than making them full time is to allow them to meet for 15 minutes every quarter…a lot less damage done.

That is definitely at the other extreme, but makes an excellent point.  Take a look at state legislatures — which ones are part-time, such as Virginia, and which ones are full-time, such as California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts.  Anyone else see a direct correlation between how often lawmakers meet and the amount of trouble they cause for their states (and ultimately their fiscal position)?

My solution?  Eliminate the 2 p.m. afternoon BOCS sessions and only hold BOCS meetings in the evenings.  If that necessitates meeting once a week instead of once every two weeks, then so be it.  Even then, I do not think that the BOCS needs to meet that frequently except perhaps in budget season.  This way, ALL PWC residents can participate, either as spectators or as members of the BOCS.  How many residents today are locked out of their local government because they can’t attend an afternoon BOCS meeting let alone watch it on cable access or online because they have a standard 9-to-5 job?  I say no more “hiding in broad daylight.”

Secondly, the BOCS should institute the position of County Ombudsman (or an Inspector General as Alborn suggests) who will investigate and address concerns raised both by taxpayers and county employees.  King County in Washington State has such a post that could be used as a model for PWC.

Office of Citizen Complaints

The Ombudsman’s Office manages citizen complaints concerning King County government agencies. We also investigate allegations regarding violations of the Employee Code of Ethics, and reports of improper governmental action and retaliation filed under the Whistleblower Protection Act.

For more information about the types of complaints we investigate and our jurisdiction, please visit the links listed on the menu bar to the left. In addition, you may contact us via e-mail, phone, or visit our office to speak with an Ombudsman staff person.

Our Mission
To promote public confidence in King County government by responding to citizen complaints in an impartial, efficient and timely manner, and to contribute to the improved operation of County government by making recommendations based upon the results of complaint investigations.

Who We Are 
The Office of Citizen Complaints — Ombudsman was created by the voters of King County in the County Home Rule Charter of 1968, and operates as an independent office within the legislative branch of the King County government.

What We Do 
The Office of Citizen Complaints — Ombudsman is authorized, by King County Code (KCC) 2.52, to investigate complaints regarding administrative conduct by King County agencies, and to publish recommendations for change based on the results of investigations. In addition, the Ombudsman’s Office investigates possible violations of the King County Employee Code of Ethics (KCC 3.04), and reports of improper governmental action and retaliation under the Whistleblower Protection Code (KCC 3.42).

Finally, a new County Executive from outside PWC must be hired.  This new individual should be tasked with performing a top-to-bottom review of county government and review past practices — including but not limited to budgetary, financial and administrative — and deliver a report to the BOCS that puts forward recommendations to increase efficiencies and save taxpayer money.  I never had confidence that Melissa Peacor was the right person for this job and recent events have only confirmed that.  If this Board will not fire her, then this Board needs to be fired in 2015 and replaced with one that will.  (While they’re at it, they should look into hiring a new County Attorney as well.)  Peacor only gets away with her behavior because the Board members let her.  They all have full-time staffers that could (and should) be keeping their eyes on her and the rest of county government.

These are the things that must be done in order to begin reforming Prince William County.  We are the second largest county in Virginia and one of the ten wealthiest counties in America.  It is time we started to act like it instead of some corrupt backwater county if we want to share in the types of economic growth that Loudoun County is reaping from the hi-tech sector and Stafford County is receiving from the defense industry.

“The American Idea” – Understanding Paul Ryan

If you have listened to Paul Ryan’s speeches since he was named Mitt Romney’s running mate, you may have picked up on a phrase that he often uses, “The American Idea.” This is the key to understanding him, where he comes from and what has made him the man he is today.

“The American Idea” is the title of a book that Jack Kemp put out in 1984. Ryan has spoken of Kemp in his speeches as his mentor, so this is yet another way that he is honoring him. One can not grasp the magnitude of the impact that Kemp had on someone unless you experienced it yourself. Fortunately, I did and was literally seated across from Ryan in a cubicle at Empower America back in ’93-’94 when he did as well.

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Since becoming House Budget Committee Chairman, the media has characterized Paul Ryan as simply a budget-cutter.  That misses the bulk of what Ryan is truly about.

Ryan’s brother was on Greta Van Susteren’s “On The Record” last night and he related how working for Kemp had a profound impact upon Paul.  Kemp had such an infectious optimisim that spread to all those around him that sprung from his deep belief in “The American Idea.”  The basis of this is every American should have an equal shot at success so they can strive to do their very best and reap the rewards for their efforts.  That doesn’t mean everyone will meet with the same level of success, but everyone will have an opportunity to reach whatever heights their intellects and abilities will allow them to achieve.

The difference in philosophy between Ryan / Kemp / Reagan vs. Obama can be boiled down to these two quotes from this past weekend:

Ryan – We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes
Obama – a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared

No one can argue the fact that Jack Kemp was someone who took his message to everyone regardless of their station in life because he believed in the indefatigable (one of his favorite words) nature of the human spirit.  It didn’t matter whether someone was rich or poor, what the color of their skin was or any other arbitrary difference because he truly believed that every single life had purpose, meaning and potential.  The key to unlocking that potential is opportunity.

It is easy to talk about equality of opportunity, but it is another thing to advance policies that strive towards making that a reality.  As early as 1980 Kemp was working on strategies to create jobs in the inner city.  Not government jobs, handouts or bailouts, but private sector jobs.  His goal was to “greenline” urban America with what he initially called an “Enterprise Jobs Zone.”  He wanted us to achieve an economy with full employment without inflation.  He sought to bring together unions and management by highlighting for each the reasons they needed one another.  Ryan caught this passion from Kemp to use economic growth not as an end in itself, but as a tool to lift up everyone willing to work and that is coming through clearly in these initial speeches he is giving as a vice presidential candidate.

People forget that Kemp was also concerned about mounting debt, not just in America, but worldwide.  His answer to this was a two-pronged approach — economic growth and a stable monetary policy.  Those are linchpins to Ryan’s thinking as well.

Ryan, like Kemp, represents a Democratic-leaning district with contituencies one would not normally associate with being supportive of Republicans let alone conservative Republicans.  Yet Ryan routinely wins reelection by significant margins.  How does he do it?  He seeks to teach, not argue or demagogue.  He uses examples that people can relate to in their everyday lives.  When it comes to healthcare, he gives examples of why our system is broken — one hospital charges $3,000 for an MRI while another charges $5,000 and neither one can tell you how they arrived at the cost because it doesn’t matter anyway since insurance pays some other random amount anyway.  People get the insanity of that.

Kemp inspired loyalty in people — loyalty not to him, but to ideas.  It was never about self-aggrandizement, but advancing sound policy that could make a difference in people’s lives.  That is what drew so many of us to Kemp nearly 20 years ago.  Kemp was my first paying client as an attorney after I was admitted to the bar.  I was offered the post of Deputy General Counsel for his 1996 presidential campaign which would have required that I move across the country to Sacramento, Calif. and was prepared to do it until he decided against running.  The ideas he championed, however, lived on and two years later, in 1998, Paul Ryan brought them back to Congress.  Now, 16 years after Kemp was the GOP vice presidential nominee and three years after his passing, one of his staffers holds that same honor.

While Vice President Joe Biden makes ridiculous statements such as Republicans want to re-enslave African Americans (“They’re going to put y’all back in chains“), Paul Ryan is speaking about ideas that will free everyone to achieve whatever heights we can dream.

The fundamental choice here is between President Obama who believes that prosperity is something to be shared and Paul Ryan’s belief that prosperity is something that is earned and only opportunity is what must be shared.  The latter is what has always been “The American Idea.”  The 2012 election will determine if that still holds true or whether we have lost our way as a nation and we are headed down a dark path from which there may be no return.

Why are Conservatives so Afraid of Capitalists?

From an article at the National Review:

“”The last two presidential election cycles have revealed a stinking hypocrisy in conservatives: They profess their love of capitalism and entrepreneurship, but when offered a real capitalist and entrepreneur, they go, “Eek, a mouse!” And they tear him down in proud social-democrat fashion…..

“I was watching a clip of Romney tangling with an “Occupy” protester last week. Romney was defending corporate profits. I was astounded. I don’t think I had ever seen a candidate do this. When the subject comes up, you’re supposed to denounce corporate profits or say, “Hey, nice weather we’re having, huh?”…….

“Over and over, Romney defends and explains capitalism. And he’s supposed to be the RINO and squish in the race? That’s what I read in the conservative blogosphere, every day. What do you have to do to be a “real conservative”? Speak bad English and belch?

“In the Saturday debate, Santorum knocked Romney for being just a “manager,” just a “CEO,” not fit to be president and commander-in-chief. This was odd for a couple of reasons: First, Romney did have a term as governor of Massachusetts (meaning he has executive political experience, unlike Santorum). And second: Since when do conservative Republicans denigrate private-sector experience?

“About 800 times, Newt Gingrich told us to read a particular newspaper, to see what a capitalist meanie Romney was. What was the newspaper? The New York Times, of course. There’s a great slogan for our conservative visionary: “Read the New York Times!””…….

“Perhaps after the election, while Obama is deepening the country’s poverty, Romney and others like him can find a party friendly to capitalism. We conservative Republicans turn out to be cradle-to-gravers, like everyone else.””

The whole article is worth a read. I sums up my puzzlement over why we republicans have turned on capitalism and free enterprise. When did Republicans and conservatives decide that we hate rich people who make money from their own business endeavors?

More on Romney Derangement Syndrome.

UPDATE: Tim Pawlenty weighs in:

Too Conservative, Conservative Enough?

Disclaimer: Someone may have thought this is about a blog or a website but it’s not; it actually is about Conservatism.

With the GOP presidential primary season beginning in less than a month and a full field of candidates competing for the nomination, many find themselves in a quandary about who to support.

No doubt after the first few states have their say the field will narrow some, but it appears there will still be several who are in it for the whole ride; how will we choose between them when it’s our turn?

One of the most important discriminators for GOP voters this cycle is undeniably the question of whom is most conservative.

According to an August 1, 2011 poll, 11% of American voters identify themselves as “very conservative”, 30% as “conservative”, 36% as “moderate”, 15% as “liberal”, and 6% as “very liberal”, but how do we define Conservatism? How do you determine who is most conservative or conservative enough? What does Conservatism mean to you?

Here is a standard definition:

“a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as in retirement income or health-care coverage)”

Historian Gregory Schneider identifies several constants in American conservatism: respect for tradition, support of republicanism [the concept, not the party], preservation of “the rule of law and the Christian religion”, and a defense of “Western civilization from the challenges of modernist culture and totalitarian governments.

The Reagan model solidified conservative Republican strength with tax cuts, greatly increased defense spending, deregulation, a policy of rolling back Communism (rather than just containing it), a greatly strengthened military, and appeals to family values and conservative Christian morality.

Does the term “Electability” have anything to do with your assessment of Conservatism? Do you even think a conservative is electable? If so, is there a degree of conservatism that makes a candidate unelectable? Will only a “Moderate” be electable? Should we take a chance on a conservative?

Are Mitt and Newt not conservative enough? Are Santorum and Bachmann the real conservatives but unelectable? Is Ron Paul so conservative that it has made him mentally ill?

I believe the American people are not only ready for, but are in fact seeking a true constitutional conservative leader who will lead them to the right of center like Reagan did, not one who will move to the left to meet them like McCain tried to do.

I believe the majority of Americans are looking for another Reagan, and perhaps even another Jefferson; a leader that believes in Constitutional government and will lead us forward to a time when government is once again small and out of our lives and our pockets; a time when America is once again a great and prosperous nation.

Business leaders rally around Thomas for 56th Delegate

8/19/2011

Key Business Leaders get behind 56th District Delegate Candidate Steve Thomas

Conservative candidate gathers business support from around the Commonwealth

Spotsylvania, VA. Steve Thomas, Chairman of the Spotsylvania Republican Committee and candidate for the Republican nomination for the 56th District House of Delegates, today announced the endorsements of several business leaders from across Virginia.

“I am an entrepreneur and small business owner. My father is an entrepreneur. My grandfather was an entrepreneur. Leading business associations such as TiE-DC has given me the experience to push for the policies small businesses need to be successful, even in the Obama Economy”, said Thomas. “That CEOs of some of Virginia’s most dynamic companies are supporting my candidacy speaks not only to my ability to craft wise policy, but also to having the inroads necessary to fundraise in such a short timeframe.”

Thomas’s Business Coalition Founding Supporters are:

-Sudhakar Shenoy, Chairman of IMC, former Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, named one of the 100 most influential people in Washington

-Reggie Aggarwal, CEO of Cvent, which just completed the largest technology investment round in four years

-Pallabi Saboo, CEO of Harmonia Holdings, Board Member of TiE-DC, Member of Virginia’s Small Business Financing Authority

-Ann Heidig, Founder of Lake Anna Winery, President of the Virginia Wineries Association, President of Spotsylvania Farm Bureau

 

Aggarwal remarked, “”As the CEO of one of the fastest growing companies in Virginia, I face the challenges of doing business and creating jobs every day. I have known Steve Thomas for years through TiE-DC. He knows the challenges that businesses face as they grow, and is the ideal person to be a partner for the business community in the General Assembly. He is a conservative who will work hard to create jobs and lower taxes. I heartily endorse him for the 56th District House seat”.

Saboo added, “I have gotten to know Steve Thomas through his work with the entrepreneurs’ group TiE-DC. I know him to not only be a sharp, resourceful person, but very savvy on issues facing businesses today, especially small businesses. His dynamic personality and ability to carry people with him has benefited TiE-DC greatly.  He will make an excellent Delegate and I endorse him whole heartedly for the nomination in the 56th District.”

The 56th House district encompasses Louisa County and parts of Henrico, Goochland and Spotsylvania counties. It went 70.8% for Gov. McDonnell in 2009.

Steve Thomas owns a consulting firm and lives in Spotsylvania, VA with his wife Katherine and son Charlie. He is the Chairman of the Spotsylvania Republican Committee, a member of the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department and serves on several community Boards and groups.

Virginia Is For Lovers Of Free Enterprise Business

From Phil Cox at Opportunity Virginia PAC:

Just hours ago CNBC released its annual Top States for Business ranking, and we are very pleased to relay that Virginia was awarded the #1 spot – with the highest vote total in the history of the study! 

Governor McDonnell’s top priority since taking office has been to create more jobs and bring more opportunity to every corner of the Commonwealth, and while we’ve still got a lot of work to do, his consistent focus on that priority is producing a record of results that all Virginians can be proud of. In fact, unemployment in Virginia has dropped from 7.2% in February of 2010 to 6.0% last month – the third lowest unemployment rate east of the Mississippi.

Governor McDonnell sat down with CNBC today to discuss Virginia’s #1 ranking and the steps he’s taken to reduce bureaucracy, help the private sector create jobs and increase Virginia’s competitiveness. I have included the video clip below – please share the great news with friends, family, neighbors and coworkers, and thank you very much for your continued support!

Can Trump Get Elected?

Donald Trump made quite an appearance in his speech at CPAC.  However, he is getting both hailed and impaled by conservative pundits over his statement that Ron Paul cannot get elected.

I think Trump was referring to Pauls electability and ability to appeal to the masses, not necessarily his political stances.  Plus, it was Paul’s campaign in 2008 that, in the opinion of many (including myself) that planted the seeds for the Tea Party movement.  Unsurprisingly, Rand Paul came to his father’s defense, but his statement that the crowd was partisan to his father is a bit overstated…there were more cheers than boos for what Trump said.  Plus, I think Trump meant for that to be a tongue-in-cheek statement.

So, if Ron Paul can’t get elected, could Donald Trump?  Judging by the buzz, you must at least take the possibility of his candidacy seriously.

ACU Releases Legislative Scorecard

Interesting that on the same day that Sen. Jim Webb threw in the towel, the American Conservative Union released their legislative scorecard (based upon 24 House votes and 25 Senate votes taken in 2010) showing that Webb earned a dismal 13 percent rating in 2010 bringing his lifetime ACU score to 14.25 percent.

So, how did the rest of the Virginia delegation stack up?

Well, if you think that Webb’s rating is abysmal, check out that of his Senate seatmate.

Sen. Mark Warner’s ACU rating in 2010 was only 8 percent bringing his ACU lifetime rating down to 16 percent.

Over in the House…

First, the Democrats –

Fmr. U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye – 2010 / 29 percent, Lifetime 30.5 percent

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott - 2010 / 0 percent; Lifetime 18 percent

Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello – 2010 / 8 percent; Lifetime 13 percent

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran – 2010 / 8 percent; Lifetime 12.79 percent

Fmr. U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher – 2010 / 22 percent; Lifetime 16.12 percent

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly – 2010 / 4 percent; Lifetime 2 percent

That’s right, Gerry Connolly, who proclaimed in his 2010 campaign literature and on the trail that he was a moderate, even a conservative to some degree, has the lowest Lifetime rating of any member of the delegation and the second lowest rating for the year 2010.  Take a good look at Perriello’s ratings as well given that his name is being floated as a replacement for Webb.

Now, the GOPers –

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman – 2010 / 92 percent; Lifetime 94 percent

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes – 2010 / 100 percent; Lifetime 95.27 percent

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte – 2010 / 100 percent; Lifetime 95.2 percent

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor – 2010 / 100 percent; Lifetime 97 percent

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf - 2010 / 92 percent; Lifetime 80.66 percent

“Rush Limbaugh will be on the air”

Obama, as Rush Limbaugh predicted, has in fact now failed. Nancy Pelosi is out of a job. And thanks to Rush Limbaugh, a new generation of Americans is learning that conservatism is not simply cool — more importantly they are learning collectivism isn’t smart.

But lest there be any doubt, this fight will continue. Not all races were won last night — not all races will ever be won. Harry Reid is still there. No one in all of American history has won a unanimous election — with the solitary exception of George Washington. 2012 lies ahead. Fortunately for conservatives, for the Republican Party — and America — there is one certainty as this battle continues:

Rush Limbaugh will be on the air.

via spectator.org

Yep. And the Tea Partiers and the Dittoheads and the Beckheads will be on the team.

What team is that, you say? Oh, it’s not Rush’s team – and he’d probably be the first to say that. No, it’s not Rush’s team; it’s America’s team.

Rush may have been a focal point, and he has certainly been a leader for the past 20-odd years. But the real team is American citizens keeping a critical and skeptical eye on Washington – and finally this year deciding to move like the giant we are to shrug off the chains of oppressive government.

In United States law, the first document is not, actually, the Constitution.

It’s the Declaration of Independence.

It is that same Declaration which states:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Don’t mess with the American people. Because if you abuse us and our trust enough, we get angry.

You liberals, politicos, and intellectual “elites” won’t like us when we get angry…

And Rush Limbaugh will still be on the air!

(crossposted from CatHouse Chat)

 

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“It’s Time to Channel Your Inner Jack Kemp”

Looks like I’ve been ahead of the curve.

From an op-ed yesterday:

Time to channel our inner Jack Kemp.

He was bedrock conservative—a staunch cold warrior that supported the spread of freedom around the world, believed in the expansion of our national defense, tirelessly promoted the free market system, and was the most passionate crusader for tax cuts of his time.

Like his presidential mentor, Kemp also had an innate ability to communicate a fiercely conservative message in a way that appealed to non-traditional Republicans. He was reelected for almost two decades in an urban working-class congressional district in Upstate New York comprised largely of the swing voters of the time, “Reagan Democrats.”

GOP’s “Pledge to America”

We’ve got a final draft copy of House Republicans’ “Pledge to America” being unveiled in Loudoun County tomorrow.  Click on the link for the full document.

CBS has a summary:

Jobs:

- Stop job-killing tax hikes

- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income

- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

- Repeal and Replace health care

- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)

- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward

- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

Defense:

- Provide resources to troops

- Fund missile defense

- Enforce sanctions in Iran

Here are the aspects of it that I especially like:

We  pledge  to  honor  the  Constitution  as  constructed  by  its  framers  and  honor  the  original  intent  of  those   precepts  that  have  been  consistently  ignored  –  particularly  the  Tenth  Amendment,  which  grants  that  all  powers   not  delegated  to  the  United  States  by  the  Constitution,  nor  prohibited  by  it  to  the  states,  are  reserved  to  the   states  respectively,  or  to  the  people.

Our  plan  stands  on  the  principles  of  smaller,  more  accountable  government;  economic  freedom;  lower   taxes;  fiscal  responsibility;  protecting  life,  American  values,  and  the  Constitution;  and  providing  for  a  robust   national  defense.

We  will  rein  in  the  red  tape  factory  in  Washington,  DC  by  requiring  congressional  approval  of  any  new  federal   regulation  that  may  add  to  our  deficit  and  make  it  harder  to  create  jobs.

(It is about time that Congress began to take back the authority that it has abdicated to the unelected bureaucracy.)

We  will  require  that  every  bill  contain  a  citation  of   Constitutional  authority.    We  will  give  all  Representatives  and  citizens  at  least  three  days  to  read  the  bill  before   a  vote.    We  will  make  sure  that  the  floor  schedule  and  operations  reflect  the  priority  of  revitalizing  the  economy,   and  ensure  there  is  an  open  process  that  makes  it  easier  –  not  harder  –  to  eliminate  unnecessary  spending  on   any  legislation  that  spends  the  people’s  money.

(I’ve been a proponent of the Constitutional authority provision for well over a decade now.)

Once  created,  federal  programs  almost  never  go  away,even  if  the  problem  they  were  created  to  address  is  no  longer  relevant.    More  than  20  states  have  addressed   this  problem  by  requiring  that  programs  end  –  or  “sunset”  –  by  a  date  certain.    We  will  adopt  this   requirement  at  the  federal  level  to  force  Congress  to  determine  if  a  program  is  worthy  of  continued  taxpayer   support.

We  will  make  the  decisions  that  are necessary  to  protect  our  entitlement  programs  for  today’s  seniors  and  future  generations.    That  means   requiring  a  full  accounting  of  Social  Security,  Medicare,  and  Medicaid,  setting  benchmarks  for  these   programs  and  reviewing  them  regularly,  and  preventing  the  expansion  of  unfunded  liabilities.

We  will  end  the  practice  of  packaging  unpopular  bills  with   “must-­‐pass”  legislation  to  circumvent  the  will  of  the  American  people.    Instead,  we  will  advance  major   legislation  one  issue  at  a  time.

The  number  of  House  legislative  days  devoted  to  action  on  noncontroversial  and  often  insignificant   “suspension”  bills  is  up  significantly  in  this  Congress  by  comparison  with  the  past  several  Congresses,   wasting  time  and  taxpayer  resources.    Of  the  bills  considered  under  the  suspension  procedure  –  requiring   2/3  vote  for  passage  –  so  far  during  this  Congress,  more  than  half  were  bills  naming  federal  buildings,   recognizing  individuals  or  groups  (like  sports  teams)  for  achievements,  or  supporting  the  designation  of   particular  days,  months,  or  weeks.