Here’s How a Mere Mortal Becomes Speaker of the House

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe geniuses at Heritage Action put together a fantastic brief explaining everything you need to know about the Speaker election process. Check this out: Speaker Election Procedural Facts For the record, I’d love to see the election go to a second, third, fourth, or ninety-fifth ballot. But I don’t expect Boehner to lose. And if Boehner …

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Republican Party Animal
Congress Adjourned and You Need a Drink

Reading Time: 1 minutesIt’s the Heritage Action Christmas Party Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 pm Scarecrow in Chesterfield ( map ) Heavy Hors d’oeuvres complements of Heritage Action for America. Let’s talk about 2015 and $2.15 gasoline. You don’t have to RSVP, but we’d appreciate it.    

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Our Tax Code: The Fustercluck From Which Everything Rancid Crawls

Reading Time: 3 minutesWilliam F. Buckley proposed a simple tax reform in 1973. The language barrier that separates people like Buckley from that odd species we call Congress prevented his thoughts from finding fertile soil.  And in the 40 years between, the tax code has become only murkier and more dangerous. “Our tax laws were,” Buckley wrote in …

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The GOP is to Public Relations What Evel Knievel Was to Motorcycle Safety

Reading Time: 2 minutesI live in a very hilly area. Yet I’m still alive. Explain that. Maybe that’s why I’m a lower-case “r” republican and not an upper-case one. Republicans seem to feel every hill is worth dying on.  What else could explain the House’s rejection of a silly payroll tax cut extension followed by a doubly-damaging capitulation? …

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GOP: Knock Off the Symbolic Crap

Reading Time: 1 minutesJust as in 2001, some Republicans are falling for Democrat mind games.  In 2001, it was the shared leadership arrangement in the Senate, even thought the GOP had the majority because of the VP tie-break.  This year, it’s beginning with “bi-partisan” seating at the State of the Union address. I have one message for Republicans:  …

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The 112th

Reading Time: 1 minutesFour years after Nancy Pelosi swore to end deficit spending, a new Congress, elected by a grassroots surge, took office today. Our work has just begun. But we have the momentum. Here’s how we need to deal with Congress: 1.  We let them know what’s important to us. 2.  We defend them—individually and collectively—when they …

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The Courage of Roy Blunt

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhen  you vote for a candidate for high office, sometimes you do so with fingers crossed. You just don’t know how they’ll handle the new responsibilities.  Will they succumb to pressure and influence?  Or will they remain true? Luckily for us, Senator-elect Roy Blunt showed his courage in a recent Wall Street Journal article about …

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