Posts Tagged ‘stimulus’

Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

Hodge at Race42012: Charlie Crist should re-consider 2010 plans, run for re-election as Florida Governor

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


But where Gov. Crist has built-in general elections advantages in the US Senate race, Crist also has disadvantages.  The two that stand out to me:

  1. Crist unapologetically supports the “stimulus.”  We should assume that Democrats will use this against him in any way they can.
  2. Crist has now twice broken his no-new tax pledge as governor, according to The Club for Growth.  Democrats will definitely use this against him (of course, while also supporting the tax, but I think we can count on the criticism being effective in the general election).

Charlie Crist says this week he would have voted FOR Obama’s wasteful ‘stimulus’ bill

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Orlando Sentinel:

Gov. Charlie Crist, now a U.S. Senate candidate, said Tuesday he would have made the “pragmatic” decision to vote for the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, differentiating himself from fellow-Republican opponent Marco Rubio and the man he is trying to replace – Mel Martinez.

Speaking to a politically mixed crowd in Daytona Beach, Crist emphasized his support for the bill as practical and pragmatic, though it would have meant crossing party lines. Only three Republican senators backed the stimulus bill, and Martinez wasn’t one of them.

Now Florida stands to get about $15 billion over the next two years through different stimulus grants.

“A lot of that $15 billion dollars you sent to Washington, D.C., and my view is we ought to get it back,” Crist told his audience. “Florida deserves her fair share.”

Hodge at Race42012: Republicans must bring back to the table a federal balanced budget amendment or other Congressional super-majority spending limitations

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Hodge’s first article at Race42012:  “Giving the Temporary Majority Unlimited Authority to Increase Taxes and Debt Has Failed.”

To jump forward to today:  if the Republican Congress of the mid-1990s had merely passed a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority of Congress in order to increase the national debt, the Obama-Specter stimulus bill would not have passed, at least without first forcing Congress to increase taxes.

If one half of a marriage repeatedly spends money without permission, the marriage will not be a success.  And when one gives a limitless credit card to a 15-year-old, it should be no surprise when the privilege is abused.

Long-term, America will fail if 52% of the citizens continue to wildly spend the money owned by the other 48%, and if the cost of federal programs can continue to casually be passed down to future generations.  Rather than merely focusing on the individual programs to which we object, I find it more effective to focus on the total size of the purse.

When given a Constitutionally-instructed limit, Congress will be forced to prioritize, and we will begin to see permanent, meaningful reform with regard to the size and scope of the federal government.

Study: Federal stimulus handouts likely to hurt private sector — Kansas Liberty

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Kansas Liberty:

According to a study released Monday by a free-market grassroots group, the economic stimulus that’s supposed to come with federal bailout funds is likely to have a damaging effect on the private sector, instead of improving economic conditions.

As many as 22,000 Kansas jobs are to be lost, the study says.

Americans for Prosperity-Kansas released the study by Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, analyzing the impact of the federal stimulus plan on the states.

Donna Arduin, one of the authors of the study “The Economic Impact of Federal Spending on State Economic Performance” will be in Topeka Wednesday to discuss the findings with legislators.

“Obviously, when government expenses go up, that money is taken from the private sector,” said Derrick Sontag, AFP-Kansas state director. “While that seems to be an obvious concept, many of our elected officials don’t seem to understand how increasing government spending ultimately crowds private sector growth.”

Review: Obama broke ethics and tax pledge

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Weekly Standard:

Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown reports:

Obama’s 5 p.m. signing [of the children's health insurance bill] came barely three hours after the House approved the bill, breaching Obama’s promise to have a five-day period of “sunlight before signing,” as he detailed on the campaign trail and on his website.

Yesterday, the White House claimed that “Obama was committed to the pledge, and ‘we will be implementing this policy in full soon.’”

Why do I have the feeling that the White House’s pledge to implement the policy “soon” means “after we ram the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ bill through Congress”? Public opinion has now turned against the “stimulus” bill as it stands. Maybe Obama thinks the public will more easily swallow billions of dollars in pork and social welfare spending if they don’t have a chance to look at the text of the bill online. But breaking a promise about transparency on a more controversial measure like the “stimulus” will surely create problems of its own.

Also, Americans for Tax Reform points out that during the campaign Obama pledged not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 per year.

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes” (Barack Obama, September 12, 2008, Dover, NH).

Newsmax: Jindal to Turn Down $100 Million in Stimulus Funds

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. He explained his decision to turn down $100 million in federal stimulus money for his state.

Transcript follows:

DAVID GREGORY: You have a budget shortfall in Louisiana of $2 billion. Now, under the stimulus plan by the Obama administration, you would get a cut of that. You’d get $4 billion in federal stimulus. But this is what you said on Monday about the stimulus plan: “We’re going to have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars.” And just Friday you made good on that pledge not necessarily to take the federal money, saying that you would reject almost $100 million in federal unemployment assistance. Why would you turn this money down? (more…)

Wichita Tea Party on Friday

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

From Bob Weeks in Wichita:

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Individual liberty, limited government, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas

Wichita Tea Party This Friday (more…)

McCain on spending: ‘Generational theft’

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Overland Park lobbies for wasteful ‘stimulus’ bill

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Benjamin Hodge at “Overland Park government on its budget: ‘We have a crisis. This is historic. Let’s build a museum.’”

“A low point” in Overland Park’s history.

Hundreds of economists state opposition to bill

Hundreds of economists state opposition to bill

Read the whole column here.