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  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • Confronting American empire

    09/30/2011 9:50:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-09-30 | Jack Hunter
    People are reluctant to admit what they are when what they are is considered bad. Alcoholics often have a laundry list of excuses for their alcoholism. Adulterers often justify their cheating by blaming inattentive spouses. Murderers often plead that insanity or bad parenting is the real culprit. Denying or excusing one’s own guilt is a permanent facet of human nature. Understandably, Americans have long shirked the idea that their country is an empire. This is an attitude that dates back to the founding era. As Daniel McCarthy, the editor of The American Conservative, has noted: Jefferson may have mused about...
  • Cut Defense Before Raising Taxes (The Supercommittee backs budget hawks into a corner)

    09/14/2011 6:43:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/14/2011 | Michael Tanner
    Lost amid all the hoopla last week about President Obama’s latest stimulus bill and the Republican primary dustup over whether Social Security is a Ponzi scheme was the news that the bipartisan “supercommittee” has begun its work trying to find at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. Anyone who cares about low taxes, limited government, and economic growth should be paying close attention. That’s because the initial signs are not encouraging. The supercommittee is, of course, the bastard child of this summer’s deal to raise the debt ceiling. Equally divided between senators and congressmen, Democrats and Republicans, the supercommittee is...
  • Rumsfeld: Attack Imminent If Congress Cuts Defense

    09/10/2011 12:00:30 PM PDT · by Clairity · 61 replies
    Human Events ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Jason Mattera
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that it will only be a matter of time before America endures another terrorist attack if Congress ends up blaming the defense budget for this country's red ink woes. "The Department of Defense is not what's causing the debt and the deficit. It's the entitlement programs," he told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview. "If we make that mistake, we're doomed to suffer another attack of some kind, and our intelligence will be less strong and less effective." Before legislators attempt to take out the nation's crushing debt on the Defense Department, they must...
  • GOP compromise on debt: Cut military spending? (GOP may compromise on higher taxes, DoD pork)

    06/26/2011 5:56:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-06-26 | Lori Montgomery & Paul Kane
    As President Obama prepares to meet Monday with Senate leaders to try to restart talks over the swollen national debt, some Republicans see a potential path to compromise: Significant cuts in military spending. Senior GOP lawmakers and leadership aides said it would be far easier to build support for a debt-reduction package that cuts the Pentagon budget – a key Democratic demand – than one that raises revenue by tinkering with the tax code. (snip) In listening sessions with their rank and file, House Republican leaders said they have found a surprising willingness to consider defense cuts that would have...