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On Branding, or How I Stopped Fearing The Human Fund and Learned to Love "Money for People"

Mar 14, 2013 2:31 PM PT
was just wondering, "Is the word conservative now a bit of a turn-off?"

All this is the long way around to saying that the problems creating the current dissension at CPAC stem in part from the word “conservative” itself. It seems mired in the past — even when it is not. As much as anything else, in an odd way, it’s a semantic difficulty. Young people particularly (and even some older folks like myself) like to see themselves as oriented toward the future. Clinton was no fool when he chose “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” as his theme song, corny as it may now seem. The truth is yesterday is gone. Liberals, as we all know, rebranded themselves with some success as progressives — a word that was, ironically, itself once discredited. The wheel goes round on these things.

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Mar 14, 2013 11:22 AM PT

The latest victim of fishy video editing turned out to be none other than Vice President Joe Biden - who, to be sure, was in the middle of saying something dumb, but the video that flew around the Internet was maliciously edited to make it seem much worse.  (I'm not sure who did that, but I saw the same clip everyone else did, and I found it at the Washington Free Beacon.)

In the course of rolling out a domestic violence initiative, Biden was quoted, and shown, discussing severe forms of abuse including strangulation attacks and firearms threats, then saying: "These are tell-tale signs to say this isn’t your garden-variety slap across the face."

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At Least Ryan HAS A Budget

Mar 12, 2013 6:41 PM PT

In response to Ryan Budget Doesn't Account for the Democratic Party's Dependency Agenda:

In what Paul Ryan called "an unprecedented disrespect for the law", Obama failed   to submit his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year by the the first Monday of February. 

This failure to meet statutory budget obligations has become a pernicious pattern for the President and his party’s leaders.  For over 1,000 days, Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget resolution, ignoring the legal requirement to pass a budget resolution by April 15 of each year. 

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Ryan Budget Doesn't Account for the Democratic Party's Dependency Agenda

Mar 12, 2013 4:22 PM PT

It's silly season (when is it not?) in Washington D.C. and Paul Ryan's budget plan is at the center of attention. Ezra Klein calls Ryan's budget plan "social engineering," while NPR predicts his proposal is dead on arrival. Of course this is all debatable. And soon enough, the discussion surrounding America's fiscal future will consist of talking points and partisan squabbling. 

Reality will be lost on the conversation and the country. And that reality is, that damn-this-so-called-deficit-spending Democrats in Washington will never concede the now regnant agenda at the heart of their political existence: dependency. Paul Ryan's Budget abolishes ObamaCare, privatizes Medicare, and repeals Dodd-Frank. The Democrats' budget calls for more spending: a $100 billion stimulus for job training, repairs to roads and bridges, and closes loopholes and cuts military spending.  

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Obama's 'Charm Offensive' A 'Joke' And Waste of Time Says Senior WH Official

Mar 12, 2013 11:42 AM PT

Because the president's poll numbers are sliding, he has very publicly been "reaching out to Republicans" in an effort to stem the tide.

According to Ron Fournier of National Journal an anonymous White House official told reporters that Obama's so-called "charm offensive" is a "joke," a waste of everyone's time, and basically a stunt for the media. The  official made the comments after being promised anonymity.

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Vote fraud never, ever happens...

Mar 12, 2013 7:25 AM PT

... so please pay no attention to the indictment of devout Obama-worshiper Melowese Richardson of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was just indicted on eight counts of ballot fraud, six of them stemming from the six extra Obama votes she cast in the 2012 election.  She allegedly also cast fraudulent ballots in two previous elections, offenses which clearly weren't detected for quite a while.  

Her defense is that it was all a big misunderstanding because she didn't understand the ballot rules, and thought it would be cool to vote in person as well as sending an absentee ballot, just to make sure her hyper-important support for the re-election of Obama was registered.  It's easy to understand how she might have been confused by this blindingly obvious aspect of election law, since she's only a... veteran poll worker.  And her excuse was stretched even thinner by the five additional ballots she filled out for Obama, beyond that first "just in case" duplicate.

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Ted Cruz Press Release: Restore Growth First - Defund Obamacare

Mar 11, 2013 5:26 PM PT

This afternoon, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement on his Continuing Resolution amendment to delay funding of Obamacare:

For the last four years, our economy has grown at just 0.8% per year. As a result of this anemic growth, 23 million Americans are struggling to find work, and millions more are being denied a fair opportunity to achieve the American dream.

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It's all about the 6 show record

Mar 11, 2013 3:46 PM PT

In response to Jeb does the 'Full Ginsburg + 1':

Doesn't matter if you're pro or con a Jeb Bush run at the presidency. In spite of Jeb Bush's credentials America on the national stage will not elect a legacy family member for some time. The electorate has changed. The growing demand is for new blood in politics. A growing interest in politics and personal political education by Americans is a national call for a seed change. 

Organizing For Access: Obama To Speak at OFA's Founding Summit, This Wednesday

Mar 11, 2013 12:11 PM PT

Although Organizing for Action was set up by Obama's former advisers to advocate his agenda, it has been described by Jay Carney as a “outside “, “independent”, “separate” organization. In January, the President sent a mass email to his supporters urging them to join OFA, and the First Lady filmed an OFA recruitment video  from her White House office. The White House has received blistering criticism from both the right and the left over the perception that they are offering access to big donors.

 The Hill reported Obama will be speaking to the group at their "founder's Summit" this Wednesday, and the price tag to attend the event is $50,000.

The president will address the advocacy group's "founder's summit," a two-day event for donors and supporters at a Washington-area hotel.

According to The New York Times, donors will pay $50,000 to attend the event, and other speakers will include OFA Chairman and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, as well as Jon Carson, the group’s executive director and former director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

At the event, the president and OFA officials are hoping to rally supporters for efforts on the president's gun control, immigration and budget initiatives.

But recently, watchdog groups and Republicans have accused the White House of selling access to the president through OFA, which accepts unlimited individual donations. 


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