Archive for July 8th, 2010

Center for Individual Freedom – Obama is Repeating FDR’s Mistakes, Just Not the Way the Liberal Media Thinks

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The cause of FDR’s depression within the depression wasn’t spending restraint. Herbert Hoover ran substantial deficits from 1929 to 1932 without generating a recovery. Similarly, deficit spending dropped sharply after World War II without endangering the prospects for growth. In fact, total federal spending was actually lower in 1935 – considered a year of recovery – than it was in the down years of 1936 and 1937. And in 1937, government spending was higher than in all years prior to 1936 … not exactly an example of austerity.

ATR President Grover Norquist Testimony at Obama’s Deficit Commission

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Ken Klukowski: Red-state Dems should save themselves, oppose Kagan

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

There remain three big issues weighing against Solicitor-General Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Given these three factors, Democratic senators in red states would do themselves a favor by voting against her.

During her hearings, Kagan showed herself to be friendly, engaging and intelligent. But while some issues seem to be receding to the background, she failed to dispel concerns on three constitutional issues that will doubtless come before the Court many times, on which Kagan is on the wrong side of the American people.

NWJCR Endorsements / Help Support Kansas Conservatives

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Dear NWJCR Supporters:   A couple of weeks ago, the Northwest Johnson County Republicans Membership voted to endorse the following conservative candidates:   Todd Tiahrt for United States Senate Kris Kobach for Secretary of State David Powell for Insurance Commissioner Kelly Meigs for State Rep — District 17 Jason Osterhaus for County Commission, District 4   To support NWJCR and help elect conservative candidates, use the below link and donate today: http://www.nwjocorepublicans.org/support.html Your donations will go to support the candidates running for state and local offices in Kansas.    Thank you!   NWJCR Board   Northwest Johnson County Republicans
http://www.nwjocorepublicans.org

Paid for by Northwest Johnson County Republicans PAC; Sheila Wodtke, Treasurer

Tiahrt campaign – TIAHRT RELEASES NEW STATEWIDE TV AD

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Michelle Schroeder

July 07, 2010                                                                           785/249-8095

TIAHRT RELEASES NEW STATEWIDE TV AD

Great Bend, Kan. -Todd Tiahrt’s U.S. Senate campaign today announced the launch of a new statewide television ad, Stand Tall, which outlines the stark differences between the records of Todd Tiahrt and Congressman Moran.

“Congressman Moran’s record of raising taxes, voting to extend Constitutional rights to terrorists and embracing the Obama/Pelosi takeover are in stark contrast to Todd Tiahrt’s conservative record,” said Michelle Schroeder, spokesperson for the Tiahrt campaign. “Todd Tiahrt has never voted for a tax increase -never.  Todd does not believe terrorists who have plotted or carried out terrorist activities against our troops or our citizens deserve any rights, and Todd certainly saw the danger in an Obama/Pelosi takeover and was not afraid to say it.”

“Congressman Moran continues to run from his record, but the facts are clear, fully documented and verifiable.  Moran voted against the 2003 $726 billion Bush tax cut package, he voted multiple times to raise property, sales and income taxes, and he voted against the permanent repeal of the death tax,” continued Schroeder.  “Congressman Moran also voted to extend Constitutional rights to terrorists and allow them access to our federal courts, he praised President Obama saying he was ‘easier to work with than President Bush,’ and he said the Pelosi takeover of the House was ‘probably good for the country.’  Congressman Moran’s record is certainly dismal, but that does not allow him to be loose with the facts and try to deceive voters into believing these things never happened.”

To see the new Tiahrt ad click here.

The text of Tiahrt’s “Stand Tall” ad is below:

Here in Kansas we’re taught to stand up for what we believe.

Yet where my opponent and I stand is very different.

He votes to raise taxes and I will do everything I can to cut them.

He votes to give terrorists constitutional rights.I believe terrorists deserve no rights.

And where he saw promise in Pelosi taking over Washington. I saw nothing but trouble and said so.

I’m Todd Tiahrt candidate for US Senate and I approve this message.

Because if you and I don’t stand up.who will?

Documentation:

  • Voted against creating temporary tax incentives for businesses to make investments in their companies and providing individual tax relief in the form of tax rebates.  (RC 42, HR 5140, 2/7/08)
  • One of just 12 Republicans to vote against the 2003 Republican $726 billion Tax Relief Package, that cut taxes across the board, ended the double taxation of dividends, increased several deductions, such as the child tax cut, and expanded the 2001 tax cuts. (RC 82, H Con Res 95, 3/21/03)

  • Voted for the so-called Blue Dog Democrat FY 2000 budget, which contained taxes that were $100 billion more than the Republican budget. (RC 75, H Con Res 68, 3/25/99)
  • Voted to “postpone” and delay all of the Bush tax cuts until 2010 and raise taxes on the top two income tax brackets. (RC 89, H Con Res 393, 3/25/04)

  • . Supported giving constitutional rights to terrorists by opposing military tribunals and arguing that terrorists deserve Habeas Corpus (RC, HR 6166, 9/27/06)
  • “Moran, 1st District representative from Hays, was one of just seven Republicans to vote against a bill sanctioning military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.” (“Moran bucks party over terror measures,” Garden City Telegram, 10/3/06).
  • “He expressed concern the bills granted too much power to government – which he considers a traditional Republican concern – and denied prisoners traditional U.S. legal protections.” (“Moran bucks party over terror measures,” Garden City Telegram, 10/3/06).
  • “Moran said he was concerned about provisions of the bill that would allow detainees to be imprisoned indefinitely and denied them the ability to have their cases appealed to the federal court system.” (“Moran bucks party over terror measures,” Garden City Telegram, 10/3/06).

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Pat Toomey – New Cap-and-Trade TV Ad

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Pennsylvania is home to a wealth of energy resources. The utilization of these resources employs tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians and powers our state.

Our liberal opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak, supports a cap-and-trade energy tax which would kill thousands of Pennsylvania jobs and dramatically raise taxes. Congressman Sestak sponsored the cap-and-trade legislation, voted for it in 2009 (RC #477, 06/26/09), and argued that this energy tax did not go far enough (Senate Forum Urban Issues, 05/03/10).

Republicans and Democrats across Pennsylvania are opposing Congressman Sestak’s cap-and-trade energy tax because expert studies have shown that it will cost the Commonwealth at least 41,000 jobs and as many as 97,000 jobs and will cause electricity and gas prices to skyrocket. Joe Sestak is so far outside the mainstream he continues to push for this energy tax even though his Democratic colleagues oppose the measure, including Democratic Reps. Chris Carney (PA-10); Mark Critz (PA-12); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); and Tim Holden (PA-17).

We’re running a TV commercial right now about this critical issue. Please take a moment to click on the image below to watch.

Thank you for your continued hard work and support,
Tim

Tim Kelly
Press Secretary, Toomey for Senate

AFP-Kansas – KDHE Sets Hearings for Sunflower Power Corp., and Our 2010 Candidate Questionnaires Are Now Online

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Sunflower Power Plant Hearings set for August

Three public hearings have been scheduled in August on issuing a permit to Sunflower Electric Power Corporation for construction of a coal-fired power plant here Holcomb.
The hearings provide an excellent opportunity for you to voice your support of this significant economic development initiative. (more…)

Club for Growth – Companies Find Ways to Bypass Earmark Ban

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Pro-market Democrats disappeared just when we needed them most – Matt Welch

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

But as the Bush-Obama era of bailout economics and Keynesian rehabilitation settles into something like cruising speed, perhaps the most fantastic fact to swallow will be that once upon a time the United States had a president who restrained government spending, balanced the budget, argued forcefully for the benefits of free trade, and declared that “the era of big government is over.” And he was a Democrat.

I come here not to mourn Bill Clinton, nor to give him sole credit for accomplishments that would not have happened without a hostile Republican Congress, but rather to lament the mostly unremarked passing of the political movement that made his economic successes possible. Its disappearance has meant the biggest expansion of the federal government since World War II.

Karl Rove – Obama doubles down on ‘stimulus.’ Republicans can take advantage

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

In his Saturday radio address, Mr. Obama attacked Republican opposition to additional stimulus spending, saying they “just don’t get it.” Maybe they do get it. The first, $862 billion stimulus bill of 17 months ago has after all failed to work the president’s promised magic.

Last Thursday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the president in his bad bet by offering up the economic gem that extension of unemployment benefits “creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.” Really? Faster than, say, cutting personal income tax cuts or slashing the corporate tax rate?

George Will – Another round of Prohibition, anyone?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

And so Prohibition came. Sort of. Briefly.

After the first few years, alcohol consumption dropped only 30 percent. Soon smugglers were outrunning the Coast Guard ships in advanced speedboats, and courts inundated by violations of Prohibition began to resort to plea bargains to speed “enforcement” of laws so unenforceable that Detroit became known as the City on a Still.

Prohibition agents cherished $1,800 jobs because of the bribes that came with them. Fiorello La Guardia taunted the government that it would need another “150,000 agents to watch the first 150,000.” Exemptions from Prohibition for church wine and medicinal alcohol became ludicrously large — and lucrative — loopholes.

Government Bureaucracy on Liberal Autopilot – Jonah Goldberg

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

NASA chief Charles Bolden recently told Al-Jazeera TV that President Obama charged him with three crucial missions: (1) “help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math”; (2) “expand our international relationships”; and (3) “perhaps foremost,” Bolden explained, Obama “wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world . . . to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science . . . and math and engineering.”

The Politics of Arizona’s Immigration Law – Sean Trende

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

California has moved away from the Republicans at the presidential level in the last 20 years, but it is not really because of shifts in the Hispanic vote. Instead, it’s based on two dynamics. First, the California white vote has moved toward the Democrats. Second, the share of the white vote in California has declined. In 1988 whites accounted for 82% of California voters. In 2008, they were just 63% of the electorate.

Moreover, as we can see from the chart below, Prop 187 actually enjoyed a cross-racial voting coalition that even included 30% of Hispanic voters. Support for Prop 209, which barred affirmative action, was also cross-racial. While we don’t have official exit poll results available for Prop 227, there are contemporaneous accounts that state that the CNN/LA Times exit poll suggested that 37% of Latinos supported the English-only initiative, as did a near-majority of blacks. Whites supported these conservative ballot initiatives in all three instances, yet still continued moving toward the Democrats on the presidential level.

USA Today – Is college overrated?

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

But how much students with low skills, little motivation and lousy study habits are going to profit from going to college is not so clear. Over the past five years, I have seen students who didn’t have the skills one would expect of a ninth-grader going off to four-year colleges where fewer than 30% of entering freshman graduate.

That means that 70% of the freshman class is likely to end up not with a diploma but a pile of debt. In these days of tight budgets at every level of government, it’s also hard to ignore that these schools are heavily subsidized by the federal government.

Kansas Senate – Erick Erickson voices support for Todd Tiahrt

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Ohio – Republican Rob Portman has a 9-1 cash on hand advantage over Democrat Lee Fisher

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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European Government curbs stop-and-search terrorism powers – Breitbart

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Home Secretary Theresa May said she was introducing interim guidelines for police stating they could only use stop and search powers if they reasonably suspect the person of terror-related activities.

She was responding to a European Court of Human Rights judgement earlier this year that Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to search people without suspicion, was illegal.

WSJ – “federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed ‘Perfect Citizen’ to detect cyber assaults on private companies”

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

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Wash Post – Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah may follow Arizona’s lead on immigration law

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The Obama administration sued Arizona in federal court Tuesday, charging that the state law usurps federal authority, would hamper immigration enforcement and would lead to police harassment of those who have no proof of lawful status. The government asked that a federal judge stop the law from taking effect July 29.

Legislators in at least 17 other states introduced bills this year similar to the Arizona law, which allows officers to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. But most of those measures are not considered likely to be adopted or signed by governors.

Rasmussen on Kansas US Senate general elections

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Moran and Tiahrt, both congressmen, are waging a tough primary battle. But Moran now earns nearly 60% support in each matchup, while Tiahrt’s support is in the low 50s.

The four Democratic candidates – Senator David Haley, college administrator Lisa Johnston, retired newsman Charles Schollenberger and retiree Bob Conroy – also run slightly stronger against Tiahrt, but none of them exceeds 32% support against either Republican. Moran earns 60% of the vote in a matchup with Haley who picks up 22% support. Tiahrt leads Haley 54% to 26%.