Daschle Withdraws Nomination For Health, Human Services Post
(FROM: Fox News) Just yesterday, Tom Daschle–the guy who once portrayed himself as an everyman who drove his beat-up Pontiac to the Capitol each day and now owes tens of thousands in unpaid taxes for his chauffeur–was indispensable to President Obama; today, the president told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that Daschle’s nomination was “a mistake.” Daschle, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tax-related problems among those in Obama’s inner circle: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner “forgot” to pay taxes, Attorney General Eric Holder orchestrated the pardon for tax cheat extraordinare Marc Rich, and Chief Performance Officer Nancy Killefer has left for tax-related reasons as well. So much for the “Era of Responsibility.”
- Obama Admits ‘Mistake’ in Handling of Daschle Nomination (Fox News)
- Tax Issues Force Nancy Killefer to Bow Out (Washington Business Journal)
Promises, Promises: No Lobbyists at White House, Except…
(FROM: Associated Press) Both Daschle–now out, of course–and Middle East envoy George Mitchell were not lobbyists per se, but both have made a fortune counseling lobbyists in matters of Capitol Hill efficiency. Even the No. 2 at the Pentagon used to be a lobbyist for Raytheon. Personally, I feel as though lobbyists know the system well and can be a great resource for an administration from within, but in the case of Obama, who continuously promised to insulate himself and his adminstration from lobbyists, this is only another embarrassing situation.
Daniel Pearl and the Normalization of Evil
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) The slain Journal reporter’s father, Judea Pearl, wonders aloud why our world continues to make excuses for terror. Wow. Please read. Just a tiny excerpt:
Those around the world who mourned for Danny in 2002 genuinely hoped that Danny’s murder would be a turning point in the history of man’s inhumanity to man, and that the targeting of innocents to transmit political messages would quickly become, like slavery and human sacrifice, an embarrassing relic of a bygone era.
But somehow, barbarism, often cloaked in the language of “resistance,” has gained acceptance in the most elite circles of our society. The words “war on terror” cannot be uttered today without fear of offense. Civilized society, so it seems, is so numbed by violence that it has lost its gift to be disgusted by evil.
Bailed-Out Wells Fargo Plans Vegas Casino Junkets
(FROM: Associated Press) How lovely of them to be vacationing with my money. Gee whiz, I hope they spin the roulette wheel and win a car. You know, it’s the same thing as Citi’s refusal to reconsider plans to spend $400 million on naming rights to the New York Mets’ new ballpark, or the office and bathroom renovations by Merrill Lynch executives, or the excursions made by the folks at AIG. Furthermore, Wells Fargo will be staying at Steve Wynn’s ritzy hotels, the Wynn and the Encore. From a very nice America’s Right reader:
I should add Jeff, that I live here in Las Vegas and needless to say, I have been to virtually every resort in this town. Prior to moving here I traveled here 4 – 5 times a year. Wynn and its sister property Encore are outrageously expensive. Lunch for 2 in the coffee shop runs $75 – $90 plus tip. The food at Encore is even more expensive.
Minimum bets, whether at tables or slots are the highest in the city.
The point is, there are many places in Las Vegas to have a good time without squandering a lot of cash. I do it several times a week at places like Palms, Orleans, Gold Coast and Red Rock Resort.
This must stop. And if you think that the excesses among those who receive the other $350 billion in TARP funds and the $900 billion in stimulus funds will somehow stop, I’ve got an overextended mortgage to sell you. It’s time that we let the irresponsible companies fail.
Ted Nugent: Kill This Porkosaurus
(FROM: Human Events) “In a crisis, hysterical, wrongheaded, ignorant people will squall and holler to ‘do something,’” Nugent writes. “Reasonable people with a modicum of intellect know that throwing a cinder block to a drowning person qualifies as ‘something,’ but surely it is the wrong something.” Liberals from Saul Alinsky to Rahm Emanuel have advocated taking advantage of a crisis in an attempt to enact policies and advance ideas which otherwise may not pass the sniff test — this bill fits that bill. I’ve written enough in the past few days and will likely write more in the next few to demonstrate just why this so-called “stimulus” package is a nightmare; now, however, is the time to call your senators and implore that they educate their constituents about the package and fight against it as best they can.
Ice Storm Leaves Over Quarter Million Without Power in Kentucky
(FROM: Fox News) Though the weather was perhaps a little too cold for those stranded without power in Kentucky and neighboring states to stand atop their houses and await rescue, as dozens of Americans froze to death, President Obama was partying and watching the Super Bowl. Sound familiar? At least President Bush flew over New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina — Obama hasn’t even left Washington, D.C. Where’s the similar outcry? Where’s the media attention?
An Open Letter to Conservatives
By Rep. Tom Price
Dear Fellow Conservative:
Election Day 2008 produced a liberal governing majority that no one envisioned even as little as two years ago. The Democrats control both chambers of Congress as well as the Presidency. And while they are motivated by politics rather than solutions, Americans perceive them as the true agents of change and reform.
Buried within election data is troubling news. The Republican Party is losing grassroots support, and conservatives are peeling away from the party. According to exit polls, one-in-five self-identified conservatives voted for Barack Obama, clearly illustrating the Republican Party’s inability to project conservative values with credibility.
And this reality has been manifested into a set of greater truths: Americans in 2009 believe that Republicans are tied to the status quo, cannot be trusted on the issues that matter most to them, and are incoherent when articulating a positive vision for the future.
But in light of this, I believe Republicans, by firmly embracing conservative solutions-based traditions, can rise again and set the best course for America. From the desk of an eternal optimist, better days are ahead.
Before coming to Congress, I helped transform the Republican Party in the State of Georgia from permanent minority party status to a governing, conservative, principled and solutions-based majority. Now, it is some of the most fertile ground for conservatives in the nation. This happened in Georgia because of a commitment to what is at the core of leadership: to lead with principle! Yet right now, conservatives are correct about a Washington in which too few are fighting consistently for their values and concerns.
The Republican Party is at its best when its leadership has a bold vision and is rooted to conservative principles: personal responsibility, liberty, limited government, traditional values, providing for the common defense, and optimism about the future. But Republicans seem to have lost the ability to intelligently or ideologically define these principles and convey them to the American people.
Moreover, elected conservative leaders need to act immediately in order to facilitate the rebuilding of the Republican Party and reconnect it to the conservative movement.
- Back to basics: The first step starts with a little bit of self-reflection and “re-learning” the core principles of conservatism. Only through understanding the past can our core principles be applied and developed into meaningful solutions to tackle the challenges facing America.
- Party of Solutions: A new Republican platform of ideas and language must be created and championed, built on a foundation of conservative solutions. It will also need to be built from the ground up from fresh and innovative ideas.
- Rebuild the party’s infrastructure and coalitions: There must be a specific focus on nurturing the grassroots, shoring up ties with existing coalitions and leading thinkers, and creating new infrastructure to meet the challenges of politicking in a new century.
- Hold Democrats accountable: This begins with a proactive and coordinated strategy between elected conservative leaders and outside allies. Americans need to be reminded on a daily basis that Democrats want to play politics and centralize power, raise taxes, cut defense spending, and undermine traditional values.
- Go on offense, engage and educate: Yes, Virginia, someone in Washington is fighting for you. And when Republicans stay on offense and engage, then it garners attention and provides opportunities to educate every American on conservative solutions that work. Look no further than the Energy Revolt on the floor of the House of Representatives this past August which gave Republicans a needed voice and identity.
- Remain unified and disciplined: Hostile Democrat majorities and liberal special interests are more energized than they have been in decades. Without unity and discipline, the differences between the two parties become blurred, and conservatives have every right to question allegiance to Republicans.
- Reclaim the American lexicon: Democrats have been successful in altering the mindset of what made this nation great through language and institutions. Once, Americans valued “responsibility,” “self-determination,” and “hard work.” Now, these ideals have been replaced by fuzzy appeals to “diversity,” “fairness,” and “social justice.” No longer can Republicans cede the language or institutions.
- Broaden the appeal: Republicans win elections when they run on an across-the-board conservative solutions-based agenda. However, the appeal must be broadened to acknowledge and embrace the demographics in our country. Failure to do so will relegate the party to permanent minority status.
My letter ends with a direct appeal to you. With continued optimism and clarity of purpose, action can be taken to rebuild the Republican Party, reconnect it to its conservative roots and provide the solutions to tackle the challenges facing America. Last week’s principled and unified opposition to a big-government spending spree that would mortgage our nation’s future and prolong economic strife was just the beginning. Please join me and set us on the course for a better tomorrow.
Tom Price, M.D.