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  • The Problem with Politicians Who Grow

    07/09/2017 6:30:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 9, 2017 | Paul Jacob
    Casting aside any semblance of personal honor or integrity, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) announced last week that he will break his personal term-limit pledge by seeking another term in Washington, come 2018. “I’ve grown a lot,” explained the double first-named, third-term congressman from Oklahoma in addressing his double-cross of voters. Yes, Mullin has grown bigger and more full of himself during his time in the nation's capital, just as the federal government under his watch has grown bigger and more full of itself, too. Still, even in an 11-minute fake news interview concocted and promoted by Congressman Mullin to...
  • Establishment GOP Looks to Arizona, Florida Primaries to Bolster Ranks

    08/12/2016 10:25:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 8/12/16 | Simone Pathe
    After defeating House Freedom Caucus member Tim Huelskamp last week, establishment Republicans are looking ahead to their next conservative targets. The goal is to have a House conference that cooperates with leadership. And primaries are the best way for establishment Republicans to eliminate troublemakers. Now that Huelskamp has been knocked off, the establishment's sights are shifting to Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, another member of the House Freedom Caucus. A group called Right Way Superpac has spent nearly $130,000 through Aug. 10 on mail and media opposing Gosar and supporting his primary opponent, pastor and city councilman Ray Strauss. "Has Paul...
  • The Confessions of Congressman X

    05/17/2016 8:17:09 AM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    Amazon ^ | Congressman X
    A devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own! No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing. . . "Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that's lavished upon them." "My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything." "Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works." "It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive,...
  • Why Conservatives Elected to Congress Turn Into Moderates

    10/05/2015 8:24:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    A member of Congress estimated to me that out of 84-86 new GOP members who swept the House in the GOP takeover of 2010, there are only about only four to five left who remain conservative. It is a well-known fact that candidates running for Congress as conservatives frequently become moderates; compromising on many issues they vowed to stand principled on. There are several discernible explanations why: ItÂ’s easy to get support when youÂ’re promising Santa Claus goodies, you get more favorable coverage from the left-leaning media (and hence better reelection chances), you get invited to all the cool cocktail...
  • Primary Target

    07/27/2010 2:11:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 27, 2010 | Matthew May
    "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams In pundit parlance, Michigan's 6th Congressional District is most assuredly "safe Republican." Republican Fred Upton has represented that district since 1987. Yet for quite some time, the seat has not been "safe conservative." Michigan's 6th district is a microcosm of the general arrogance and complacency of the Republican establishment against the constitutional conservatism of the Tea Party movement. If Republicans and conservatives lazily continue to return so-called moderates...
  • How Washington Culture Seduces [Rush on what happened to McClellan]

    05/28/2008 6:14:20 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 35 replies · 897+ views
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 28 May 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let me expand a little bit on this theory that I posited right before the conclusion of the previous hour, and that theory basically is we've seen this. I've always talked about the Washington culture, and I've joked here, but it's not really a joke. Over the course of almost 20 years, when I have to go to Washington, I say, "I'm not spending the night there." I'm not going to do my radio show from Washington. I mean, I love our affiliate there, WMAL, but I don't want to get caught in that culture. I have...
  • McCain's a lobbyist-loving Beltway hack; so what?

    02/25/2008 3:37:18 PM PST · by Delacon · 21 replies · 137+ views ^ | February 25, 2008 | Paul Mulshine
    I don't understand why people who purport to be conservatives are getting so worked up about that New York Times article on John McCain.As a conservative, I took that article as proof that everything we conservatives were saying about McCain was correct. My main objection to his candidacy concerns the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. That bill would offer amnesty to 10 million or so people who entered the country illegally. McCain not only sponsored the bill, but he continually argues that the approach that he termed "amnesty" in 2003 is not amnesty in 2008.So McCain is a liar. No big...
  • Founder's Quote - Potomac Fever Prediction of 1788

    09/10/2007 5:34:15 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 29 replies · 415+ views
    Patriot Post ^ | 1788 | James Mason
    "Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state." George Mason (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 14 June 1788) The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constituion of the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body, (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the...
  • Potomac Fever [Federal Spending]

    12/15/2005 9:46:14 PM PST · by ncountylee · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Cato ^ | December 16, 2005 | Chris Edwards
    Congress is being criticized for funding pork projects and for a general lack of fiscal restraint. Many people agree that there is a spending problem in Washington, but not many understand the fundamental causes. Why have Republicans abandoned their pledge in the 1994 Contract with America to cut "government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money"? Did the GOP simply decide that it was good politics to buy votes with lavish special-interest spending? That is one cause of the budget crisis, but not the core problem. With the extraordinarily high reelection rates in Congress,...
  • The Gergen TemptationWill Bush fall for the advice of the Establishment?

    11/05/2005 5:36:08 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 66 replies · 1,339+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/14/2005 | Fred Barnes
    PRESIDENT BUSH DIDN'T TAKE THE HINT. Clean house, find fresh blood, replace senior White House staff--and this will assure success in the final three years of your presidency, Bush was told. When he didn't respond, those offering the president advice in public got specific. Get rid of Karl Rove, the key presidential adviser, and things will get better. Bush ignored that recommendation, too. Then Rove himself was addressed. Your peers in the White House are turning against you and debating whether you should be fired, the Washington Post informed him on the front page. Besides, you're not only hurting the...
  • The corrupting influence of the Washington Establishment

    10/05/2005 3:13:38 AM PDT · by KeithCu · 9 replies · 530+ views
    My ideas ^ | 10/5/2005 | Keith Curtis
    This is my first post to FreeRepublic, but I've been reading it for years and met a few at CPAC 2005! ---- I watched Bush's press conference today and he said over and over again that he picked Harriet Miers because she's not going to change. I think he may be telling us about the corrupting influence of the Washington establishment. The question is why so many Supreme Court nominees change when they get nominated? Since Nixon, the GOP has nominated Blackmun, John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and they all became libs. Why did this...
  • The Souter Factor: What makes tough conservative justices go soft?

    08/04/2005 1:35:32 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 27 replies · 771+ views
    Slate ^ | 8/3/05 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Here they are, for Roberts' watchers to consider: 1. The Greenhouse Effect "The Greenhouse Effect" is the name of a phenomenon popularized by D.C. Appeals Court Judge Laurence Silberman referring to federal judges whose rulings are guided solely by their need for adulation from legal reporters such as Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times. 2. Mean ol' Nino This theory holds generally that justices tweak their philosophies and ideologies in response to each other; and specifically, that Antonin Scalia and (to a lesser degree) Clarence Thomas have managed to drive once stalwart conservatives into the arms of the court's...
  • Tunehead54 (& Family) Goes To Washington (Trip Tips Vanity!)

    03/18/2005 1:33:54 PM PST · by Tunehead54 · 45 replies · 729+ views
    My To Do List ^ | 3-18-05 | Tunehead54
    Hi gang! Since its Friday maybe this won't get pulled before I get a couple of tips. We're 50 and taking our two gals (17 & 14) and our guy (10). We'll be arriving Sunday 3-20 (Amtrak willing)and leaving Friday 3-25. If there are any great places to eat or relatively unknown cool places to visit you know of we'd appreciate a quick post. BTW, since I read Michener's "Chesapeake" years ago I've regularly tried crab cakes but they never have lived up to his description. Softshell crabs however, have! Yumm. Any DC FReepers - please ping the rest of...
  • Potomac Fever, Symptoms and Cure, a review of the books "Breach of Trust" and "Armey's Axioms"

    12/11/2003 11:06:45 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 194+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 11, 2003 | JOHN FUND
    <p>A Republican Congress has just passed a prescription-drug benefit for seniors -- the largest expansion of an entitlement since the Great Society. The federal budget grew by more than $150 billion this year -- more than twice as much as any year under Bill Clinton -- and the deficit eclipsed $300 billion, a 10-year high. Two books by former GOP House members help explain how their party's 1994 small-government revolutionaries have helped turn the Contract With America into something that at times resembles a Contract for Re-Election.</p>