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Winning the White House

by Bill O'Connell on February 11, 2012

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At the conclusion of Newt Gingrich’s speech as CPAC a colleague and I discussed the Republican chances for the White House. That day we heard from Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt and we both agreed that winning in the fall should not be hard. But a couple of conditions had to be met.

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Drawing by DonkeyHotey

Rather than do their job, Congress and the President designated a super committee to do it for them. The committee failed miserably.  But what exactly were they shooting for?

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Congressman Eliot Engel writes a letter to the editor of the New York Times titled, “Banning Gun Imports.” He was prompted to write because of an editorial in the Times titled “Hypocrisy, Locked and Loaded,” but I’ll address that one later. Here is how Congressman Engel sees it. There is a tremendous illegal drug business in Mexico. It has gotten so big and contentious and violent that thousands are killed every year. His solution to the problem in Mexico? Ban the importation of guns into the U.S.

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Senator Chuck Schumer is extremely upset. Something extreme is going on and he doesn’t like it. That extremist new chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan has released his extreme budget plan that will cut $6 trillion out of the federal budget over the next ten years. How extreme is that?

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The Stark Difference between Democrats and Republicans

by Bill O'Connell on March 30, 2011

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Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. – Barry Goldwater

“I always use the word extreme, that’s what the caucus instructed me to do the other week, extreme cuts and all these riders, and Boehner’s in a box but if he supports the Tea Party, there’s inevitably [be] a shutdown.  – Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)

From a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown. If I was head of DNC, I would be quietly rooting for it. I know who’s going to get blamed – we’ve been down this road before.” – Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman

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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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The Tea Party has some major accomplishments to their credit that will be on display this week.  The first is a reading of the Constitution in the House of Representatives to open the 112th Congress, the second is the change to rules that require any bill to state where in the Constitution Congress has the authority to enact that legislation.

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Democrats: Free Market Capitalists-No, Crony Capitalists-Yes

by Bill O'Connell on December 3, 2010

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The latest news on the economy is not encouraging: a mere 39,000 jobs added and the unemployment creeps ever closer to 10% at 9.8%.  In spite of this, or apparently ignorant of it, the lame duck House voted yesterday for another whopping tax increase on the most productive among us. Yes, yes, they will beat the class warfare drums about tax “cuts” for the rich, when what they are voting on is not a cut at all, but either leaving things the way they are or raising taxes.  With the recovery barely showing a pulse, it is not the time to take money out of the hands of free market capitalists and put it in the hands of the government.  Who do you think can pull the economy out of the doldrums, entrepreneurs or government bureaucrats?

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John Boehner’s First Big Test

by Bill O'Connell on November 29, 2010

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The newly elected majority in the House of Representatives has an opportunity to prove that what they campaigned on was not just talk.  In the next week or so the Republicans will choose their committee chairman.  We will have the opportunity to see if the Republican old bulls lead the party back to the same old, same old, or if the young bulls lead the charge to change.

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Al Gore Quietly Paves the Way for Ethanol’s Demise

by Bill O'Connell on November 27, 2010

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Did you hear the news on broadcast television what Al Gore said about Ethanol?  Neither did I.  You have to dig a little further to find news that goes against the progressive grain.

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