February 2011

President Obama’s Budget Lands with a Thud

by Bill O'Connell on February 15, 2011

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President Barack Obama released his budget blueprint on the same day the White House says it expects the budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending in October to hit $1.65 trillion. His budget calls for spending cuts of $1 trillion spread out over ten years.  Click to read more

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Herman Cain Makes the Case for Change

by Bill O'Connell on February 12, 2011

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Presidential candidate Herman Cain stepped to the podium yesterday afternoon and addressed an enthusiastic crowd. Cain was plain spoken and engaging and immediately connected with his audience.

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Ron Paul Fires Up the House

by Bill O'Connell on February 11, 2011

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Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial favorite of CPAC, the annual convention of the American Conservative Union, packed the house and then lit it up with his speech of liberty and libertarianism.

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Republican Budget Battle Lines are Drawn

by Bill O'Connell on February 11, 2011

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The Republicans were swept into control of the House and took a major bite out of the Democrats control of the Senate on a program of fiscal responsibility.  Now as they work on their first budget, some of the tug-of-war was on display at CPAC’s opening day.

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Rand Paul Rocks the House at CPAC

by Bill O'Connell on February 10, 2011

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Calling the current proposals by House Republicans and the administration to curtail spending inadequate, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, produced rousing applause again and again from the crowd.

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The Great Reagan Mistake

by Kevin Dixon on February 10, 2011

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The common themes in each presidential race turn on a hope and dream for the future, defining a common purpose and a call to action. Candidates usually win on the success of their ability to marshal these themes into a cohesive series of arguments for their nomination and eventually election to office. Few were as effective as Ronald Reagan at recruiting the support of the average listener. If he could get your ear, he could get your vote. Candidate Barack Obama frequently compared himself with Ronald Reagan during his campaign. His media cohorts happily aligned themselves with this maladapted relationship, with the centrist and even right leaning (business friendly and low/fair taxes) themes hinted by Obama’s vague comparisons.

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Michelle Bachmann Kicks off CPAC

by Bill O'Connell on February 10, 2011

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Michelle Bachmann let off the three day CPAC conference with a keynote address that laid out the case against the current administration and the rule of Nancy Pelosi. Most of the focus of her talk was on raising the alarm on our current financial situation and its urgency.

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Ignorance Regarding Outsourcing in a Global Economy

by Bill O'Connell on February 7, 2011

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I received an e-mail from my congressman touting his efforts to fight outsourcing. In a global economy, it escapes my why this is a good thing and why we need more businessmen in Congress and fewer professional politicians and academics. So I penned the following response.

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Reagan Warned Us About This

by Bill O'Connell on February 6, 2011

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It’s a funny thing about government programs. Since they sprout from laws and regulations, they all come with rule books that everyone can read. The law-abiding citizen can read them to see what procedures they must follow to comply with the program and the law-breaker can read the same rules to see how to game the system.

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Civil Discourse: Leading by Example

by Bill O'Connell on February 5, 2011

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After the deranged Jared Loughner was subdued in Tucson, it took virtually no time at all for Democrat Sheriff Clarence Dubnik to start blaming rhetoric on the right to have driven Loughner to his deed. As the story unfolded, there was no such evidence to support the sheriff’s claim. If anything, Loughner’s leanings were leftward.

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