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Tuesday
Jun152010

NRCC - If the Economy is the Dems’ “Baby,” Why Won’t Shea-Porter Create a Budget?

Despite $13 Trillion National Debt, Dems Forge Ahead With New Spending, Anti-Jobs Agenda

Washington- With a $13 trillion national debt and a failed stimulus under their belt, most would think Carol Shea-Porter and her Washington friends would finally put an end to their reckless spending habits. Yet, with no budget to speak of, President Obama urged Washington Democrats over the weekend to forge ahead with $50 billion in new spending, making it clear that Shea-Porter and her party will continue with their anti-jobs, anti-small-business agenda at the expense of a healthy economy.

 “President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.” (Lori Montgomery, “Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid,” Washington Post, 6/13/2010)

Yesterday, during CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. James Clyburn said:  “The economy is our baby.”  If that’s the case, why won’t the Democrat-controlled Congress propose a budget to get the economy back on track?

Candy Crowley: “I think one of the questions that's cropping up now is, when does the statute of limitations run out on blaming the Bush administration and when is it on you all as the governing, really, in the House and the Senate and in the White House; when does the economy become your baby, so to speak?”

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.): “The economy is our baby. But let's stop talking about cutting taxes, cutting taxes, cutting taxes.” (State of the Union with Candy Crowley, CNN, June 13, 2010)

On the heels of the President’s new request for spending, former U.S. International Trade Commission Chief Economist warns of President Obama’s anti-small-business agenda:

 “Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland and former chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, said Mr. Obama's proposed small-business lending fund is "a drop in the bucket" compared with what is needed. With the estate tax scheduled to be reimposed at the end of this year, he said, small businesses will suffer even more.”

 “’I can't imagine a president with a more anti-small-business agenda than Barack Obama,’ Mr. Morici said."What you saw in the Rose Garden was the cynical enterprise of a cynical man. He simply doesn't believe in the private sector, and it shows in his actions.” (Stephen Dinan and Kara Rowland, “'Stimulus' or not, Obama seeks new spending,’” Washington Times, 6/13/2010)

 “Over the course of the past two years of a Democrat-led supermajority, Carol Shea-Porter and her Washington friends have led the economy into a jobless recovery by pushing an anti-jobs, anti-small-business agenda at the expense of a healthy economy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “If a 9.7 percent unemployment rate and a record-breaking $13 trillion national debt were not enough evidence of their inability to govern, House Democrats are refusing to propose a budget that outlines how they plan to spend taxpayer dollars. As Shea-Porter continues to dismiss opportunities to rein in runaway government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs, voters are realizing that Washington Democrats can’t be trusted to get our economy back on track.”

Tuesday
Jun152010

ALG Urges Congress to Reject Obama's $50 Billion States Bailout, to Instead Adopt "New Jersey Plan" 

"We urge you to reject the New York and California plan to perpetual bailouts and deficit-spending, and instead, for the sake of taxpayers, to adopt the New Jersey plan of fiscal solvency by making the tough decisions to slash spending."—ALG President Bill Wilson

June 14th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today renewed his call for Congress to reject "another bailout of insolvent state governments like New York and California, this time with a $50 billion payout to public sector employee unions in an election year."

"To ask for another $50 billion from taxpayers in these stressful economic times to balance state government budgets — money taxpayers don't even have and will instead have to borrow from overseas and the Federal Reserve — is an insult to the American people who are tightening their belts as they watch in horror as government grows," Wilson said.

In a letter to Congressional leadership over the weekend, Barack Obama attempted to persuade members concerned about the burgeoning $13 trillion national debt to include $50 billion for public education spending to troubled states, as reported by the Washington Post.  The current national debt equals almost 90 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.

Wilson said the Obama Administration was "politically desperate to get this done before June 30th before the fiscal year begins for most states." The $50 billion in funding would come atop $53.6 billion that was included for states in the 2009 "stimulus", and Wilson said "would represent the third attempt by Congressional Democrats this year to pass a states bailout." 

Wilson said the first attempt came in HR 2847, which passed the House 217-212 on December 16th, 2009 as part of a wider $154 billion bill intended to spend paid-back Trouble Asset Relief Program monies to balance state budgets.  That attempt floundered in the Senate, as the provisions were stripped out of the final bill.

The second attempt came as a proposed $23 billion bailout that would have been attached to a defense appropriations bill was taken off the table, first in the Senate by Senator Tom Harkin, who could not find the votes, and then in the House by Rep. David Obey, as reported by the Associated Press.

According to a CNN report, "States are looking at a total budget gap of $180 billion for fiscal 2011, which for most of them begins July 1." Compared with prior years, according to Sunshinereview.org, state budget shortfalls totaled $113.2 billion for FY 2009, and then rose to $142.6 billion in FY 2010. 

California currently faces a $20 billion shortfall.  On the east coast, New York faces a more than $8 billion deficit, and New Jersey too faces a $11 billion deficit for 2011

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), state spending grew from $945.3 billion in 2000 to more than $1.5 trillion 2008, almost a 58.7 percent increased during the 2000's, where revenues were generally rising because of inflated property values and what Wilson termed "a bubble economy." 

Wilson pointed out that states knew a downturn was coming as early as 2007, but spending still grew by about $100 billion in 2008.  "Everybody else is tightening their budgets, and so too must state governments," Wilson said.

In a recent letter to Congress Wilson described Obama's plan as a "failed approach" that will "create an incentive for states to continue to follow the failed, insolvent policies of New York and California.  Making matters worse, this bill will disincentivize the prudent path that New Jersey has taken under Governor Chris Christie's leadership in recent months, which because of the spending freeze undertaken, New Jersey will not have to raise taxes this year to balance the budget."

The letter concluded, "We urge you to reject the New York and California plan to perpetual bailouts and deficit-spending, and instead, for the sake of taxpayers, to adopt the New Jersey plan of fiscal solvency by making the tough decisions to slash spending."

Attachments:

ALG Letter to Congress Against States Bailout, May 27th, 2010.

Tuesday
Jun152010

CHQ - Could Winning The House In 2010 Cost the GOP in 2012?

Could Winning The House In 2010 Cost the GOP in 2012?

NEWS FROM THE FRONT is your daily wrap-up of information affecting the conservative movement! For more information or media inquires, please contact editor@c-hq.com.

Could Winning The House In 2010 Cost the GOP in 2012?
Daily Caller - 2010 is shaping up to be a promising year for the Republican Party in federal elections, but the prospect of winning back the House has some in the GOP worried about a potential voter backlash heading into the presidential election of 2012.  Some fear (and based on recent history, justifiably so) that Republicans would be unwilling or unable to make the government spending cuts that voters want - and that would only increase conservatives' disillusionment with the GOP.

Cantor and McCarthy Join Others in Backing Tim Scott
National Review Online (blog) - Conservatives and Republicans are lining up to back Tim Scott in South Carolina's 1st district runoff election, with House GOP leaders Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy joining Sen. Jim DeMint and the Club for Growth in praising Scott.  The unique aspect of the contest is the fact that Scott, if successful, would be the first black Republican elected from the South since reconstruction - but thankfully, race has not been a factor in the campaign thus far.

GOP Missed Opportunity With Paul's Remarks
Washington Examiner - Gregory Kane writes of the opportunity the Republican Party missed in reacting to the remarks made by Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on the Civil Rights Act.  Kane says Paul's comments provided the perfect chance for Republicans to point out that it's the Democratic Party that champions racial discrimination through affirmative action and various other forms of overt racial preferences.

Stutzman's Next Battle On Road To Washington
Indiana's NewsCenter - Marlin Stutzman drew the attention of national conservatives during his recent unsuccessful run for Indiana's GOP U.S. Senate nomination (which went to the Party establishment candidate, Dan Coats), but he's being given a 'second chance' to head to Washington as the Republican nominee from Indiana's 3rd congressional district (with the seat being vacated by the disgraced Rep. Mark Souder).  

Tea Party Favorite Clint Didier Fires Up Washington GOP Convention
Politics Daily (blog) - Former Washington Redskin Clint Didier has already spent a great deal of time in the nation's capital, but he's now running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Washington - and by the sound of the ovation he received at the state's GOP convention, he's a favorite of conservatives in the northwest.  Didier is running as the conservative outsider in the race, and says if he heads back to Washington D.C, he'll be 'taking heat' with him. 

Star Parker:  Can Republicans Win the Hispanic Vote?
World Net Daily - Star Parker looks at the future of the Republican Party from a demographic standpoint and says it doesn't look bright for the GOP unless it can make headway into the Hispanic population.  Parker argues the GOP can woo Hispanic conservative voters by presenting the stark contrast between Texas and California - both with large Hispanic populations, but headed in two different directions in terms of economic success and governmental philosophy.

Why Is Mitt Flattering Rudy?
American Spectator (blog) - Philip Klein notes the recent efforts from 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to make amends with his former opponents, the latest being effusive praise for Rudy Giuliani in an op-ed on leadership qualities.  Klein says Romney was by far the most disliked candidate amongst his Republican rivals, and has spent much of the time since trying to heal any potential hurt feelings leftover from the campaign.

Tuesday
Jun152010

Franklin Center - Do You Support a Newspaper Bailout? 

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission released a 47-page staff discussion draft purposed for “reinventing journalism.” The draft discussion entitled "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism," outlines major government intervention to help the struggling newspaper business.

Among the numerous proposals mentioned in the document are:

  • the creation of a "journalism" division of AmeriCorps, the federal program that places 75,000 people with local and national nonprofit groups annually;
  • tax credits to news organizations for every journalist employed;
  • establishing citizenship news vouchers, which "would allow every American tax payer to allocate some amount of government funds to the non-profit media organization" of their choice;
  • increased funding for public radio and television;
  • providing grants to universities to conduct investigative journalism;
  • increased postal subsidies for newspapers and periodicals;
  • a 5 percent tax on consumer electronics, which would generate roughly $4 billion annually, to pay for increased public funding.

We at Franklin Center released a press statement about the idea of expanding government influence on journalism and you can find that here. But we would like to see what you think about this idea by answering the poll on our website. Your opinions are important to us so please vote by clicking here. Also, please forward this to any of your friends and family who believe in independent journalism.

For more information, please visit FranklinCenterHQ.org

Tuesday
Jun152010

NRCC - More Shea-Porter Hypocrisy: Doors Closed to the Public, Open to Washington Lobbyists

Democrats Meet in Secrecy With K Street Lobbyists to Strategize Job-Killing, Big-Government Agenda

Washington- As the political battle for November intensifies for Democrats, one thing is for sure: Carol Shea-Porter is hiding. She hid from constituents back home in an effort to avoid town halls during recess, and she is hiding behind closed doors in Washington as Democrats meet with downtown lobbyists to discuss fundraising, messaging and campaign strategy in a desperate attempt to save her re-election.

At a dinner last Wednesday, lobbyists who are loyal to Pelosi met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in private to strategize retaining the majority and expanding their unpopular message of a job-killing, budget-busting, special interest agenda to vulnerable Dems like Shea-Porter in their incumbent retention “Frontline” program. Just weeks after Democrats were caught avoiding town hall style meetings during Memorial Day recess, they have now been caught spending time with K Street lobbyists in secrecy rather than listening to their own constituents. As corruption and the lack of transparency muddy the waters for Democrats, it has become abundantly clear that Carol Shea-Porter cares more about her loyalty as a Pelosi puppet than the constituents she is supposed to represent.

As reported by the New York Times, Democrats hid from voters during Memorial Day recess and refused to hold unscripted town hall meetings at the warnings of Pelosi and her party leaders:

 “Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts. It was no scheduling accident... [M]any Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings - a bank or credit union, for example - or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.'” (Jeff Zeleny, “Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage,” New York Times, 06/06/10)

And just last Wednesday, Pelosi and her party loyalists met behind closed doors to discuss strategy for their job-killing, big-government agenda:

 “Lobbyists may be persona non grata on the campaign trail, but that hasn’t stopped the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from tapping K Street’s brain trust to try to retain the majority.

 “Facing a tough political cycle, the DCCC is redoubling its efforts to enlist K Streeters to help its most vulnerable “Frontline” program Members with fundraising, messaging and campaign strategy.” (Anna Palmer, “DCCC Seeking Savvy K Street Reinforcements,” Roll Call, 6/14/2010)

 “While the culture of hypocrisy muddies the Democrat party and the uphill battle until November intensifies, Carol Shea-Porter continues to turn her back on her constituents and prove her loyalty as a Pelosi puppet,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “From skipping town halls during recess to strategizing with K Street lobbyists in secret meetings, it is clear that vulnerable ‘Frontline’ Democrats like Shea-Porter are struggling to stay afloat in this election cycle and are putting party loyalty before the constituents they are supposed to represent. While Carol Shea-Porter continues to hide behind closed doors, voters are left wondering one thing: What happened to the transparency Democrats once promised?”