Archive for the ‘Republican’ Category

Republican Steele’s Trouble Over Abortion Comments Continues

March 22, 2009

A Roman Catholic bishop in Indiana will shun a pro-life banquet if Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele addresses the sold-out event, The Washington Times has learned.

The other honoree at the April 16 Vanderburgh County Right to Life (VCRL) banquet is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and the snub by Bishop Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger of Evansville over Mr. Steele could embarrass Mrs. Palin, a hero to pro-lifers, and reverberate throughout the movement.

By Ralph Hallow
The Washington Times

“At this point, the bishop’s intention is not to attend the dinner he would normally attend,” Paul Leingang, communications director for the diocese and editor of its weekly newspaper, the Message, said. “The bishop has had a conversation with Mr. Steele and has informed [VCRL Executive Director Mary Ellen] Van Dyke that his early decision not to attend still stands.”

Mrs. Palin, an evangelical, is twinned with Mr. Steele, a Roman Catholic, as the featured attractions at the banquet, billed as the biggest such event in the nation and expected to attract more than 4,500 people.

Nor will Bishop Gettelfinger be the only prominent area pro-lifer to shun the banquet over Mr. Steele. Evansville Catholic Charities Director Jim Collins also plans to boycott the gathering, saying he was “shocked” by Mr. Steele’s answers on abortion during a recent interview.

In an interview with GQ, published in the latest issue of the magazine, the reporter asked, “Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?” According to GQ, Mr. Steele said, “Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.” The reporter then said, “You do?” and Mr. Steele said, “Yeah. Absolutely.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news
/2009/mar/22/bishop-to-shun-addres
s-by-steele/

Taking On The “Establishment”: Michelle Malkin

March 15, 2009

Michelle Malkin was ready to pounce when a new report appeared last week detailing the Democratic House speaker’s use of military aircraft.

“Nancy Pelosi is the Jennifer Lopez of congressional travel,” Malkin wrote. Her March 11 column outlined the nature of Pelosi’s trips and quoted from her staffers’ impatient demands — and from the befuddled responses of military officials, worried at the misuse of resources. “No word on whether Pelosi required vanilla-scented candles, Evian water and fresh white lilies aboard the flight,” she concluded.

By DAVID FREDDOSO
Examiner Staff Writer

This is Malkin at her best. Fans enjoy her syndicated column for its documentation of liberal outrages, but also for her provocative, humorous presentation of the facts. Critics bridle at the provocations, missing the humor entirely. The formula makes Malkin distinctively controversial, and loved or hated by everyone who reads her.

In 2004, when the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk dropped her column, its editors denounced her as “too stridently anti-liberal” and claimed that she “habitually mistakes shrill for thought-provoking and substitutes screaming for discussion.” Malkin, whose column is routinely picked up and dropped by newspapers without comment, mused on her blog that the paper probably should never have picked her up in the first place. “I was just as ‘anti-liberal’ five years ago as I am now,” she wrote.

Malkin is generous with harsh words, and she spares no one in the public eye.

Read the rest:
http://www.dcexaminer.com/politic
s/Michelle-Malkin-Making-War-Wit
h-Words-41215392.html

http://michellemalkin.com/200
9/03/15/sunday-open-thread-6/


Michelle Malkin, 38, established her combative writing style in her pre-blog career at the Los Angeles Daily News and the Seattle Times. Her old columns from the 1990s attack multiculturalists, moral relativists, teachers unions, Bring Your Daughter to Work Day and apologists for the Rodney King rioters. ANDREW HARNIK/EXAMINER


We owe a lot to Michelle Malkin… and also Barry Obama, Joke Biden, TurboTax Geithner, Rosy Romer…..

Tax Marijuana, Health Benefits? Obama Will Fiddle While It All Burns….

If you don’t get well at least you can get high….

Why Are Your Tax Dollars Paying For the White House’s ‘Limbaugh Strategy’?

March 6, 2009

So much has been written over the last few days about radio commentator Rush Limbaugh that additional commentary might be considered piling on. It is certainly true that both the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement which, it must be restated, are separate entities, are suffering a crisis of leadership. And, as is all too typical of both institutions, the debate over their vision and direction is being carried on in public.

For the White House to employ an operative whose responsibility is, fundamentally, to direct a political strategy aimed, not at shaping is response to criticism but to take down a single media figure goes well beyond of the pale of an acceptable response.

This is not, in a word, helpful. And it is not my intention to add to the unhelpfulness of what has occurred. There are enough strong personalities already involved.

It is true that Limbaugh’s daily radio show carries considerable weight with the great majority of American conservatives. He is an articulate spokesman for the center-right coalition and, given the size of his audience, he is someone whom liberals fear.

By Peter Roff
Senior Fellow, Institute for Liberty/former Senior Political Writer, United Press International

He, like few others who occupy positions of intellectual leadership on the right, can move large numbers of people to action. Hence the efforts of the Obama White House to exploit the divisions among its opponents, seizing the opportunity to divide and conquer and to distract from their agenda to tax, spend, borrow and regulate the American people into submission. Nevertheless, the whole discussion — and the actions of the White House are included in this — creates cause for concern because of a story appearing on the Politico, a Washington-based Web site.

The American people have a right to know who this person is, what their duties are and how much they are paid. And the White House press corps has the responsibility to ask the questions that will get us the answers to these questions. This is not a matter of idle curiosity; it is a question of power, and tax dollars, being abused.

“Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin wrote Wednesday, “a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.”

According to Martin, an unidentified “senior White House aide” has been given the responsibility of “helping to guide the Limbaugh strategy,” a very scary thing indeed.

Read the rest:
http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2
009/03/05/roff_limbaugh_steele/

Realted:
Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It
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Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It

March 6, 2009

With President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove gone, the Democrats have lost easily identifiable right-wing leaders to vilify.

But Democrats think they’ve found a replacement – Rush Limbaugh – even if most Americans aren’t buying it.

By Joseph Curl
The Washington Times

When asked if “Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party,” 59 percent of 1,000 likely voters polled in a national survey disagreed, while 29 percent agreed, according to the Rasmussen polling firm.

”The strategy to use Rush Limbaugh as the poster boy for all things Republican helps the Democrats the most right now because it galvanizes their support of Obama and opposition against Republicans,” said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/
06/most-voters-dont-see-limbaugh-as-gop-chief/

Related:
Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

Republican 12 Step Program

February 13, 2009

This from Newt Gingrich….
1. Payroll Tax Stimulus. With a temporary new tax credit to offset 50% of the payroll tax, every small business would have more money, and all Americans would take home more of what they earn.

2. Real Middle-Income Tax Relief. Reduce the marginal tax rate of 25% down to 15%, in effect establishing a flat-rate tax of 15% for close to 9 out of 10 American workers.

3. Reduce the Business Tax Rate. Match Ireland’s rate of 12.5% to keep more jobs in America.

4. Homeowner’s Assistance. Provide tax credit incentives to responsible home buyers so they can keep their homes.

5. Control Spending So We Can Move to a Balanced Budget. This begins with eliminating Congressional earmarks and wasteful pork-barrel spending.

6. No State Aid Without Protection From Fraud. Require state governments to adopt anti-fraud and anti-theft policies before giving them more money.

7. More American Energy Now. Explore for more American oil and gas and invest in affordable energy for the future, including clean coal, ethanol, nuclear power and renewable fuels.

8. Abolish Taxes on Capital Gains. Match China, Singapore and many other competitors. More investment in America means more jobs in America.

9. Protect the Rights of American Workers. We must protect a worker’s right to decide by secret ballot whether to join a union, and the worker’s right to freely negotiate. Forced unionism will kill jobs in America at a time when we can’t afford to lose them.

10. Replace Sarbanes-Oxley. This failed law is crippling entrepreneurial startups. Replace it with affordable rules that help create jobs, not destroy them.

11. Abolish the Death Tax. Americans should work for their families, not for Washington.

12. Invest in Energy and Transportation Infrastructure. This includes a new, expanded electric power grid and a 21st century air traffic control system that will reduce delays in air travel and save passengers, employees and airlines billions of dollars per year.

http://johnbrodigan.com/2009/02/13/
newt-gingrichs-12-step-program/

Bling Fling Stimulus and Obama Faces Questions With: Answers?

February 9, 2009

The stimulus is a “bling fling” of tossing around the goodies for the sake of pleasure.

But what do we get for sure?  Debt and spending.

 

The experts can’t agree on the rest.  Some say it will create a million jobs.  Some say 4 million.  Some say in two years.  Some say four.

Some say its temporary.  Some say it is purely an effort to make communities and people dependent upon the public trough.

And the media has been fawning over Barack Obama for many months.

Obama’s “positive” rating is now some 67%.  The stimulus?  Only half the voters like it.

Given all of this, will the right questions be asked by the media tonight?  Probably not.  But Politico’s Jon Martin did a great job explaining what the questions should be.

If I was a Republican lawmaker I’d vote against the stimulus.  If I was a Democrat I’d go with the president.  And hope.

But as a Democrat in the Senate I’d know this stimulus package is a terrible piece of pork foisted upon the Senate by Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats in the House.

Jon Martin, Politico:
http://www.politico.com/news/sto
ries/0209/18604.html

The stimulus is a PorkFest:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/02/09/the-golf-cart-stimulus/

Economic journalist Stuart Varney said today on Fox News, “The stimulus was dishonestly presented to the public.  It is all spending and little stimulus. It is mostly pork and Congressional leaders have not been honest about that at all.”

Related:
Pelosi, Reid “Failed;” Honest Democrat Their Worst Nightmare

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Risks To Republicans and Democrats on Stimulus

The risks for Obama are considerable. He and the Democrats will have no one else to blame if the package fails to boost the economy. Obama himself has said his first term can be judged on whether it succeeds, whether it creates or saves the 3 million to 4 million jobs he promises. 

And if the economy fails to show marked signs of improvement — a possibility indeed — Republicans will have a megabillion-dollar “I told you so” in their pockets, just in time for the 2010 midterm elections and Obama’s own reelection bid in 2012. 

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/
0209/18576.html

My number one question for all voters who watch the president tonight: does this look like a campaign or a man honestly defending the best possible economic jump start?

Number two question: Is the media digging for the truth?

Related:
Economic Recovery: Try No Stimulus and Wait

Stimulus: Calls To Senate 8:1 Against; Political, Economic Toll Looms

U.S. Taxpayers Risk $9.7 Trillion on Bailouts as Senate Votes

Stimulus will lead to ‘disaster,’ Republican warns

 Stimulus: “93% spending and only 7% stimulation”

 Stimulus Dilusion: More Debt Spending Will Never Resolve Debt Crisis

Obama seeks grass-roots support for stimulus

February 9, 2009

President Barack Obama will face a barrage of questions from ordinary Americans and skeptical reporters on his plans to reinvigorate the economy with a massive stimulus bill and additional billions in bailout money for the financial markets.

Two trips to cities hurting under the economic meltdown and a prime-time news conference are signs that Obama and his advisers are worried about a looming Senate vote on the stimulus bill, which failed to gather meaningful Republican support during rare weekend debate. The question-and-answer sessions will allow Obama to go directly to voters for grass-roots backing of his plans.

By MARK S. SMITH, Associated Press Writer

Both trips were added to Obama’s schedule as difficulties with the legislation on Capitol Hill increased. Originally, aides had insisted his time would be better spent in Washington to shepherd the bill rather than traveling the more traditional presidential route around the country, pressuring lawmakers from his bully pulpit.

The $827 billion Senate version of the plan was expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday. However, it must be reconciled with the House version, which totaled $820 billion in spending and tax cuts. With Senate and House negotiators preparing to deal, Obama is likely to push for a bill on his desk for his signature by mid-month.

“The president’s top man on the economy is the president,” Larry Summers, the chairman of the White House National Economic Council, said on “Fox News Sunday.” Summers added: “He listens to advice from all of us, and he sets his direction.”

For his first direct pitch to citizens, Obama scheduled a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Ind. He was to return to Washington for the news conference Monday night. On Tuesday he plans to visit Fort Myers, Fla., an area hit hard by foreclosures.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090209
/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_economy

GOP governors press Congress to pass stimulus bill

January 31, 2009

Most Republican governors have broken with their GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of President Barack Obama‘s economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works and health care.

Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors would welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama’s spending priorities.

Related:
Obama Week 3: Senate Poised to Defeat Stimulus?

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, planned to meet in Washington this weekend with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other senators to press for her state’s share of the package.

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist worked the phones last week with members of his state’s congressional delegation, including House Republicans. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the Republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, planned to be in Washington on Monday to urge the Senate to approve the plan.

“As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans,” said Douglas’ deputy chief of staff, Dennise Casey.

Not a single Republican voted with the majority last week when the House approved Obama’s $819 billion combination of tax cuts and new spending. The president’s goal is to create or preserve 3 million to 4 million jobs.

Republicans led by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio complained that the plan is laden with pet projects and will not yield the jobs or stimulate the economy in the way Obama has promised.

The measure faces GOP opposition in the Senate, where it will be up for a vote in the week ahead.

But states are coping with severe budget shortfalls and mounting costs for Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. So governors, including most Republicans, are counting on the spending to help keep their states afloat.

This past week the bipartisan National Governors Association called on Congress to quickly pass the plan.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200901
31/ap_on_go_co/stimulus_gop_governors

Related:
http://nobamablog.wordpress.com/200
9/01/31/is-the-stimulus-obama%E2%8
0%99s-iraq/

You’ll Be Happy To Know, Nancy Pelosi is Not Partisan

January 31, 2009

When asked about the president’s stimulus package this week, and why every Republican and 11 Democrats voted against it, Nancy Pelosi said:

“I didn’t come here to be partisan. I didn’t come here to be bipartisan. I came here, as did my colleagues, to be nonpartisan, to work for the American people, to do what is in their interest.”

“The president’s agenda is reflected in this legislation. It’s — I mentioned, some of the priorities that were there about creating jobs, cutting taxes, helping states through this difficult economic time, and to do so in a fiscally sound way.”

“People vote for what they believe in. Clearly, the Republicans did not believe in the agenda that I just described for you, and that’s probably one of the reasons they voted that way. I think they probably voted their conscience and they couldn’t support that. … We reached out to the Republicans all along the way, and they know it. And they know it. They were part of the original bill, with the — some of the tax provisions were their suggestions. They had what they asked for in terms of committee mark-up. They had the rule on the floor that gave them plenty of opportunity to make changes. They just didn’t have the ideas that had the support of the majority of the people in the Congress. ”

Well, few in the Republican camp buy Nancy’s assesment of herself so either she is wrong or the other 188 people who voted against her bill are all wrong….

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-calif., speaks during a ...
Nancy Pelosi tries to hold off critics and self assessment….

Michael Steele becomes RNC chairman

January 30, 2009

The Republican Party elected a black former Maryland Lieutenant Governor as Party Chairman today.  Michael Steele won after sevaral ballots for RNC.  He is well known and respected in his party both for his work in his home state and for his TV appearances nation wide…. was elected Republican National Committee chairman on Friday, defeating the incumbent party chief and three other challengers over six rounds of voting to become the first black to lead the GOP. The former Maryland lieutenant governor takes over a beleaguered GOP as Republicans seek to rebound from back-to-back defeats in national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress and the White House.

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Michael Steele

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

“As a little boy growing up in this town, this is awesome,” said Steele, the most moderate candidate in the field and considered an outsider because he’s not a committee member.

In a brief acceptance speech, the new GOP chairman struck a tone of inclusiveness.

“We’re going to say to friend and foe alike: We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us, and for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over,” Steele said.

He won 91 votes out of a possible 168 in the sixth round. A simple majority of 85 was needed, but it took six rounds for Steele to win.

Also see the CNN report:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/01/30/rnc.chairman/index.html

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele smiles after being elected ... 
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele smiles after being elected the first black Republican National Committee chairman, Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, in Washington. Steele was the most moderate candidate in the field and was considered an outsider because he’s not an RNC member. He beat back four challengers, including incumbent Mike Duncan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)