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We need to combine an effective, reliable safety net for the poor with a hard look at modern barriers to upward mobility. That means attacking cronyism that protects the well-connected. It means lifting poor children out of ineffective schools that leave them unable to compete. It entails pruning back outmoded licensing laws that restrain low-income entrepreneurs. And it means creating real solutions — not just proposing market distortions — for people who cannot find jobs that pay enough to support their families.  In other words, Washington needs to be more like the Dalai Lama.Arthur Brooks

“The rich and powerful, those who walk the corridors of power, are getting fat and happy under the Obama economic agenda.  The top 1%, the millionaires and billionaires who the president loves to demagogue, they earn a higher share of our national income than any time since 1928.”Ted Cruz

Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison. Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet.J. Christian Adams

 

 

As we depart from our former values of decency, honesty, compassion and fairness, our status as a blessed nation will also be diminished.  Our decline is not necessary if we can learn from the mistakes of others and reclaim the values upon which our nation was built. …America can be great, but it requires real courage and conviction to resist the urge to be “cool.” … Fairness is a two-way street, and so is tolerance.Dr. Ben Carson

In the United States of America today, the belief that marriage should remain defined as the union of a man and woman is portrayed as so vile by the left that anyone who holds it is unfit for employment….A handful of those on the gay (and straight) left have spoken out against the forced resignation of Eich. If their words are to mean anything, they must join in the call to boycott Firefox. Otherwise, their protestations are meaningless, made solely to preserve their moral credibility. The battle over Firefox is the most important battle in America at this particular moment. If you use Firefox, uninstall it.Dennis Prager

She compared Bevin to other conservatives in the Senate who have bucked the GOP establishment, such as Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee.  “They’re having daggers put in their back, not by the Democrats but by members of their own caucus,” she said. “That effort is being led by Mitch McConnell and the only way to stop that is to defeat Mitch McConnell.”Amy Kremer of Tea Party Express

There is dignity to work, satisfaction in working with others to meet a goal, and the pleasure of doing your job well and being paid for it. Millions are missing that opportunity and are living lives that tend toward mere passivity.  The high cost of poverty is essentially a human cost that is not limited to economic deprivation. John Teevan (Acton Institute)

The left wants to call out a supposed “1%” that got rich by producing goods and services that Americans actually want, and buy voluntarily. The right should be calling out an “insider” culture that depends on our tax money — and a behemoth government spending and regulating and controlling too much — to line its own pockets. That’s where the real greed is.Carol Platt Liebau

Instead of doing what is right for main street, the party is inclined to do what is right to its top donors. But the donors and activists all get one vote each. There are more of us than them. We must keep up the fight in the primaries. We must continue replacing bad Republicans with better RepublicansErick Erickson

As it stands now, only EPA-funded researchers do the work and review the work, and nobody gets to see the data,” explained Milloy. “These are very expensive regulations, and the alleged benefits are entirely based on this PM/death relationship.” It is a relationship revealed to be an utter fraud. It’s time for a thorough cleaning of the EPA itself. It has been polluted by a poisonous ideology for far too long.– Arnold Ahlert

O’Keefe’s rights under the First Amendment are not outweighed by the state’s purported interest in running a secret John Doe investigation that targets conservative activists.”Federal Judge Randa on Wisconsin case, allowing suit to go forward against the state’s prosecutors who targeted conservative groups

Freedom always has an economic component.  Everything is more difficult to do when it becomes more expensive.  Put a $10,000 federal surcharge on all gun permits, and the right to keep and bear arms becomes almost entirely theoretical.  Big Government imposes extra burdens on activities it disfavors all the time, as well as subsidizing activities it finds desirable, but people don’t always appreciate that these policies are infringements upon freedomJohn Hayward

For a disturbing percentage of people on the left, freedom doesn’t matter, nor do tolerance, inclusiveness and compassion. If you don’t have the correct views — e.g., if you believe that marriage should still be defined as being between one man and one woman — you are not entitled to respect or even to the same rights and freedoms as others. The rationale is that because of your “intolerance” and “hate,” you are of a different class, a subspecies — vermin — and you forfeit the privilege of being tolerated and deserve to be treated with hate yourself. — David Limbaugh

The Democratic candidate in the Kentucky Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has made the minimum wage a central plank of her platform. She dismisses the resulting job losses by pointing to the CBO’s claim that higher wages would lead to a net increase in income across the country. Such theories sound good on the campaign trail, but will be small consolation to those listening from the unemployment line.  It is not government’s role to dictate who should work and who shouldn’t. The kind of ruthless calculations that rob people of their livelihoods for the “greater good” represent the hubris of government power brokers who think they know better than you. Don’t be fooled again—when Washington picks winners and losers in the marketplace, it is always the connected interests who win and the American people who lose.Adam Brandon

 

 

Take the high road whenever you can – it’s usually not too crowded.Harvey Mackay

“There are many people that will tell you that what is going on in this race, and in races like this, including those that you’ve heard on this stage, there are people that would have you believe that this race is a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican party. Don’t be so easily fooled. Don’t be so easily fooled. What this race is about, this race and races like this, this election cycle, and cycles like this and the 2016 Presidential cycle .. what this is about is a battle for the heart and soul of the entire electoral process in the United States of America. What is at stake is: who is still in charge?” — Matt Bevin at FreePAC

“I told you at the very beginning what this administration tries to do you and what the progressives on the right, let me tell you something, Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to this country as Barack Obama is. The progressive disease is in both parties. Big government is a philosophy in both parties, period. It is antithetical to the American system. Period.”Glenn Beck

A political debate is like a job interview.  Any politician who has such disdain for the people (his potential employers) that he refuses to engage in a debate with a serious challenger, who essentially tells his potential employers to just sit down and shut up and do as he says, does not deserve to be hired. — Theresa Camoriano

Republicans continue to lose because Republicans get distracted from story by information. Democrats continue to win because they never let information get in the way of a good story. Until Republicans figure that simple truth out, no amount of truth will put a Republican back in the Oval Office.- Ben Shapiro

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has been subjecting unknowing human guinea pigs to high levels of carcinogens and potentially lethal pollutants in order to justify tough new air quality standards.Matthew Vadum

Those who hold unpopular views must be shunned, fired, or re-educated.  Evil in the world has always behaved thusly — it preaches tolerance until it is dominant. Then it seeks to silence good. The left should be wary that its behavior in civil society increasingly mirrors this historic pattern.Erick Erickson

According to Chevron’s new lawsuit against Patton Boggs, the firm seemed confident it could use political connections to pull off the shakedown. Such, apparently, is the business climate in Washington, where environmental ends justify any means …Instead, they lost when an exasperated Manhattan judge, Lewis Kaplan, last month declared the case so tainted by fraud that the judgment could not be collected anywhere in the U.S. …To its credit, Chevron isn’t taking the path too often followed by corporations these days — that is, leaving sleeping dogs to lie. It’s attacking the root of the problem, suing all those who made the lawsuit possible. Given the degree and extent of the corruption here, here’s hoping it succeeds. Investors Business Daily

It’s pretty rich, if you’ll forgive the pun, that these millionaire politicians have gone to such lengths to wage class warfare by demonizing wealthy entrepreneurs in the private sector, while at the same time showing no qualms about manipulating the system to enrich themselves. If they are really so concerned about income inequality and the plight of the poor, maybe they should consider giving back some of their ill-gotten lucre to the people they claim to care about.Logan Albright

“Corruption in government is not the result of individuals having too much freedom, but government having too much power.” Richard Viguerie


Here’s a pretty safe bet: We’re never going to balance our budget in Washington again until our elected officials get big business off the dole. Paul Ryan wants to do that. So does Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. They are, alas, lonely voices in the GOP. Too many of their colleagues have come to regard farm subsidies to wealthy agribusinesses and Export-Import Bank loans to Boeing as Republican entitlements. And then Republicans wonder why the public holds them in such disdain.Stephen Moore

In the 2012 campaign for instance, Bozell says that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell “knee-capped the defund effort” by “stabbing Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the back,” when he punted on Obamacare, and went out of his way with other like-minded Republican Senators [to] marginalize them. McConnell, McCain, Cornyn, and others in the Senate, supported the Charlie Crist-type moderate candidates against the “Whackos” in 2010 and 2012m and even “went out of their way to destroy” them, just so that they would be able to control the left-leaning GOP message coming out of the U.S. Senate. The Shark Tank

The regulation game is a clever trick for walling out smaller competitors, but it’s also immoral and culturally degrading, since it encourages parasitic rent-seeking rather than economic success through hard work, innovation and other-directed customer service.  For a couple of contemporary examples, think banks and barns.Jonathan Witt

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent cutback on funding for charter schools, and creating other obstacles for them, showed a calloused disregard for black youngsters, for whom a decent education is their one shot at a better life.  But did you hear any Republican say anything about it?Thomas Sowell

When there is no sense that a higher power is in charge, people look to the highest power that they can muster for themselves: civil government. When they turn to the power of government in their desperation, they enter a vicious cycle. For each injustice that must be corrected at any cost, more power must be granted before that cost is counted. When the bill finally comes due in the form of further injustices, more power must be granted to solve them at further uncounted cost. Like a family paying the interest on one credit card with another credit card, the salvation they reach for proves to be their undoing. There will always be more problems requiring more power that in turn causes more problems. Attempting to prevent all harm and inconvenience to anyone is synonymous with tyranny. — Matthew Cochran

What would you think of a white conservative mayor’s trying to defund charter schools where blacks are succeeding? While most of New York’s black students could not pass a citywide math proficiency exam, there was a charter school where 82 percent of its students passed. New York’s left-wing mayor, Bill de Blasio, is trying to shut it down, and so far, I’ve heard not one peep from the Big Apple’s civil rights hustlers, including Al Sharpton and Charles Rangel.   — Walter Williams

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Mitch McConnell couldn’t even go a few hours into this week’s Senate session without selling out conservatives and granting Harry Reid a supermajority.  Daniel Horowitz

The left applauded Apple for putting its moral commitment to the environment ahead of profits. It’s a shame we cannot agree the Greene family is allowed to put their commitment to God first in their business. -- Erick Erickson

McConnell has been in the Senate for 30 years, and in 14 of them his party was in control. During the eight years of the presidency of George W. Bush, Republicans controlled the Senate for six, and McConnell held a party leadership position. In six of those eight years, Republicans held the White House and controlled both the Senate and the House. Yet, during those Bush years, according to the Mercatus Center, spending increased “more than (under) any of the six presidents preceding him.” The number of federal subsidy programs increased by 30 percent. The major problems we face today – our broken entitlement programs, immigration, health care, education, a horrendous tax code – were known. Yet, all were ignored while government grew.Star Parker

It’s plain the growing discipline problem is absent fathers, not racist teachers. Study after study shows children growing up in homes without fathers are much more likely to get into trouble in school.Investors Business Daily

A law that taxes those providing care to the most vulnerable, raises insurance premiums on struggling families, and reduces the American workforce and compensation is exactly the wrong way to address income inequality.  — Governor Bobby Jindal

Ted Cruz may lose many of the battles he fights, but the battles are worth fighting. For too long conservatives have acquiesced to the tactics of “establishment” Republicans and as a result we’ve had more than a quarter century of the winnowing of our freedoms and the unfettered growth of government.Red State

The assertion that the tea party is ruining the Republicans’ brand leads naturally to the question: What brand do they have to lose? What has McConnell accomplished in his many years in the Senate that is so inspiring? Where were the great advances of conservatism when George W. Bush had a Republican Congress? McConnell and friends are not the ones introducing innovative and exciting pieces of legislation. What is it that establishment Republicans really have to offer? Certainly not a vision for the future.Logan Albright

“In the last five years, between 2009 and 2014, the president has spent $120 billion on the environmental agenda, mostly global warming, climate and that type of thing,” said Inhofe. “And in that respect, if you’ll just take the amount that was not authorized by Congress — and I’m talking about the environmental agenda — you could actually buy 1,400 F-35s.”Investors Business Daily

Should a homosexual baker be forced to make a “God Hates Fags” cake for Westboro Baptist Church, simply because its members claim to be Christian?  Should a black printer be forced to develop and print thousands of “White Power!” flyers for a skinhead rally just because the potential customer is white?  Should a Christian florist be compelled to create and provide black floral arrangements to a hell-bound customer for her upcoming Satanist ritual?  Matt Barber

“If no religion, no culture, no person, if no behavior, if no form of governance — if nothing is better than anything else, then success is unjust. Why should a person, a nation, a government, religion succeed, if it’s not better than any other? So that liberalism says ‘everything is equally good, man, coexist — doesn’t make everything meet in the middle. It makes the better, bad.” Evan Sayet

Burwell is one of about 6,100 deceased people still registered to vote in Nassau County, a Newsday computer analysis shows. The former Wantagh resident, who died at age 74, is also among roughly 270 people that records show voted in Nassau County after dying, a group that includes a man who voted 14 times since his death. (No voter fraud here….move along….) — Matt Clark, Newsday

Imagine a United States Senate with Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter and without Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz. That is the United States Senate that Mitch McConnell wanted.Erick Erickson

If you think Mitch McConnell needs protection and saving, consider that if McConnell had his way Trey Grayson would be in the Senate instead of Rand Paul; Charlie Crist would be in the Senate instead of Marco Rubio, David Dewhurst would be in the Senate instead of Ted Cruz; Arlen Specter would be in the Senate instead of Pat Toomey; and Bob Bennett would be in the Senate instead of Mike Lee. When McConnell attacks FreedomWorks, Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, Madison Project, and even the tea party — he is attacking the conservatives who have saved the Republican Party from itself. He is attacking you. So you should defeat him. Erick Erickson

Why doesn’t Obama get to the bottom of the IRS scandal?  Because he’s behind it. — David Horowitz

Crush or be crushed — Mitch McConnell just clarified this election.Erick Erickson

We need citizen activists like Matt Bevin with the courage to fight to take back Washington from the entrenched political establishment. It’s our only hope that the work will get done that is essential for saving the nation.Star Parker

In another state, or maybe at some other moment in the future, Republican elders would be recruiting Matt Bevin. However, this is Kentucky and it is 2014. So the establishment is trying to crush him.Kevin Carmichael

When parents have a choice [in education], kids have a chanceSen. Tim Scott

The reason many of us don’t trust the current crop of Republicans to actually downsize existing federal programs is because they often agree to create new government interventions into the private sector.  Case in point?  Yesterday’s obscure vote to create a new program within the Department of Energy.Daniel Horowitz

Arbitrary power is ugly and vicious, regardless of what pious rhetoric goes with it. Freedom is not free. You have to fight for it or lose it. But is our generation up to fighting for it? Thomas Sowell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walked out onstage at CPAC holding a rifle and to the sound of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”  The Kentucky Republican is facing a primary challenge from Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin, and is arguably in less-than-friendly territory at the Conservative Political Action Conference.The Blaze

“If they come for this [Romeike] family, it’s going to ignite a movement that’s going to be the same as when they told courageous Rosa Parks to go to the back of the bus and she wouldn’t go…I think we may be approaching a similar moment in our country.” -- Michael Farris  LATEST REPORT:  Administration has decided to let Romeike family stay.  Article notes that Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana interceded on the family’s behalf, asking the administration to allow them to stay in US.

People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.Sarah Palin (discussing her 2008 prediction of Russian invasion of Ukraine for which she was ridiculed)

I myself believe the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world…I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.William F. Buckley

The closest the [Republican] party comes to victory is when the Cruzes and the Lees and the Pauls stand up and fight. They are willing to begin where Reagan did and, against a Democratic Senate Majority and the bully pulpit of a hostile Democratic White House, they have fought some tough battles. Imagine if someone who commands the authority like McConnell does stood with them and rallied the Republicans to Cruz’s side during the shutdown. The story would’ve been different. The Democrats would have been forced then to negotiate, and the Republicans could’ve have some victory in there somewhere. – Joe Cunningham

It’s highly ironic that liberals have compared a baker choosing not to bake a cake for a gay wedding to slavery and Jim Crow laws. After all, the Christian businesses are the ones that are being forced into involuntary servitude for ungrateful, vicious masters. Ask yourself why anyone with good motives would want to FORCE an unwilling person to bake his or her wedding cake or take pictures at his or her wedding?John Hawkins

The NRSC plays favorites in primaries, not just by propping up their chosen candidates and incumbent bosses, but by expending resources to help destroy any upstart conservative who may threaten to upend the power and influence they wield with unsuspecting donor dollars.  As long as the NRSC continues to engage in the primary process in destructive ways and ignore the expectations of the grassroots conservatives in states like Kansas, the divisions between the establishment and the Tea Party will increase and nothing will change for the GOP in the Senate.Aaron Gardner

Unless we elect the right candidates for Senate, a weak GOP majority would still net enough votes to pass amnesty, an internet sales tax, omnibus bills, highway bills, or the anti-liberty “ENDA” bill.Daniel Horowitz

On Tuesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could cost 500,000 Americans their jobs. Patriot Post

Gigabit is in demand. Many cities, like Louisville, Ky., have invited Google Fiber but been turned down. Google didn’t like the terms.Andy Kessler, WSJ

It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?  — Thomas Sowell

 

Remember you don’t have to be on a southern plantation to be a slave, if you are dependent on government entitlements you just have a different slave owner. — Jack Wheeler

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Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn fully supported raising the debt ceiling. They both said so. They both said it needed to happen. They were just too chicken to have their finger prints on it.  We need boldness. We need principled leaders. We have too many moral cowards in Washington.Erick Erickson

In America, gay rights activists are making us care. We are not allowed to turn a blind eye. We are not allowed to opt out. They are forcing businesses to either shut their doors or provide goods and services to honor commitments that violate religious beliefs.Erick Erickson

We know who is with us and who is with the political class.  Everybody takes bad votes once and a while.  Even Ted Cruz recently voted for a bad flood insurance bill.  None of us are demanding purity from him because we know that on almost every issue he is not just a vote but a courageous and effective voice for the millions of us who are disenfranchised by the ruling class oligarchy.  He fights every day in Washington for us. - Daniel Horowitz

[Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal] praises states such as Kansas and Kentucky for enacting religious liberty protections, which adopt strict standards in the state constitutions, either by amendment or judicial decision. The Kentucky law, which passed over the Democratic governor’s veto, requires proof of a compelling government interest before any state or local law can force citizens to act in opposition to their religious beliefs.

Republicans refused to cough up enough votes to clear the 60 vote margin until McConnell himself voted to raise the debt ceiling.Erick Erickson

The House and Senate Republicans have handed Barack Obama a blank check to raise the national debt as much as he wants. Throughout last year, Republicans said conservatives should fight on the debt ceiling, not the continuing resolution. They said they should filibuster the debt ceiling, not the continuing resolution. They said they should shut down the government over the debt ceiling, not the continuing resolution…Just two weeks ago, Senator Mitch McConnell claimed the GOP would refuse a clean debt ceiling increase and demand cuts and reform. But this week the GOP caved across the board. Erick Erickson

As Dr. King pointed out during his life, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”  The USS United States of America is headed in the wrong direction. If it crashes like history would predict, then we will all go down with the ship. It won’t be a sudden and dramatic titanic crash. It would be like a death by a thousand cuts. We can heal what’s ailing America, but it will take all of America together to do that. — Herman Cain

Folks, the problem here is not just a lack of trust in Obama.  It is a lack of trust in Republican leadership.  They act as if they are on our side fighting against an untrustworthy Democrat administration, yet they are really collaborating with Obama to bamboozle their own base.Daniel Horowitz

 

One of the big problems that those who are pushing “comprehensive immigration reform” want solved is how to help people who came here illegally and are now “living in the shadows” as a result. What about embezzlers or burglars who are “living in the shadows” in fear that someone will discover their crimes? Why not “reform” the laws against embezzlement or burglary, so that such people can also come out of the shadows?Thomas Sowell

 

 

It is tragic to see the tyrannical use of government power to block and silence political opponents in places like Egypt or China. It is something more painful still to see it so plainly in the United States of America. And then for it to be dubbed a non-scandal.Paul Jacob

What the Democratic Party’s effort to remake one-sixth of the economy in restructuring health care delivery has totally ignored is the vital role of entrepreneurial input, individual choice and the free flow of information, which are at the heart of delivering quality and low cost in every industry. Scott S. Powell

“The United States government is taking the remarkable position that private individuals lose their religious freedom when they make a living,” said Duncan. “We’re confident that the Supreme Court will reject the government’s extreme position and hold that religious liberty is for everyone—including people who run a business.”Obama Admin files papers to force Notre Dame to comply with HHS mandate

People conduct themselves very differently when they think of themselves as part of a family legacy that reaches across generations.  Appealing to personal dignity and integrity is one thing (and perfectly valid in its own right) but it’s interesting to note the reaction of even fairly young children when they are told unacceptable conduct makes Mom or Dad look bad, or encourage to do their best because their parents will be proud. --John Hayward

Paul, a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, endorsed McConnell long ago, but has had kind words for Bevin, calling him a “good, honest, Christian man.”AP story about Bernie Kunkel joining Bevin campaign

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. But McConnell’s GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by six points.Rasmussen Reports

54 percent of 18-24-year-olds say they would vote to “recall and replace” the president …There are a few reasons for the sudden exodus: First, millennials detest the NSA phone snooping program. And they were put off Obamacare by the technically inept rollout, when the federal webpage wouldn’t work for weeks. Plus, few can find jobs as the economy continues to flounder.Washington Times

Why the high salaries? Ask yourself: If a corporate board of directors could hire a person for $45,000 who could do what a CEO could do, why would they pay CEOs millions? If an NFL team owner could hire a person with the athletic ability and decision-making capacity of Drew Brees for $100,000, why would he pay Brees $40 million? If some other actor could have created as many box-office receipts, why would movie producers have paid Downey $75 million?Walter Williams

While we were there, an old farmer pulled up in an old pickup truck. He got out, looked over the leak [in the fire hydrant], then went and puttered around in the back of his truck. He returned with several tools, and twenty minutes later the leak was fixed. The man walked back to his truck, and I asked him if the city sent him. I’ll never forget the truly shocked look on his face. “No,” he said. “I was just driving by. The hydrant was broke, so I fixed it.” Then he got in his truck and drove away.I hauled hay a few times for this farmer, earning some spending money during high school. Neither of us ever mentioned the incident again. It was as normal as sunrise. The hydrant was broken, so the man fixed it. He didn’t work for the city. But he lived there — and a broken hydrant needs fixing.Oliver DeMille

A “Liberal Paradise ” would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does indeed exist …… It’s called prison.  –Sheriff Joe Arpaio

For all those who are silent now: What would they think of a Republican president who announced that he was going to ignore the law, or unilaterally change the law? Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed. That would be wrong—and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. - Ted Cruz

I have said before and will say again that the single greatest thing you can do to change the GOP and thereby begin to change Washington is to support Matt Bevin for the United States Senate.  No one is entitled to our vote merely by serving so long in Washington. Matt Bevin deserves our vote because he really is committed to changing the direction of this country.Erick Erickson  (please read this article and click on the links embedded in the article to learn more about Matt Bevin)

Five days on, the commentariat continues to drop anvils on Tom Perkins, who may have written the most-read letter to the editor in the history of The Wall Street Journal. The irony is that the vituperation is making our friend’s point about liberal intolerance—maybe better than he did.  — Wall Street Journal

I truly hope you people are ready to go on offense. Instead of being defensive and hoping to get the GOP in control of the Senate, we need to go on offense and get control of the GOP itself. That’s the only way to turn the tide and it must be done by getting involved in your local party and by picking challengers across the country who you are willing to pray for, write checks for, knock on doors for, and fight for. Erick Erickson

Last year, the chamber (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) poured more than $52 million into K Street lobbying efforts on behalf of illegal alien amnesty, Fed Ed Common Core programs and increased federal spending. This year, chamber bigwigs are paving the perilous pathway to GOP capitulation. The left hardly needs to lift a finger against tea party candidates and activists who are bravely challenging the big government status quo. The chamber has already volunteered to spend $50 million subsidizing the Republican incumbency protection racket and attacking anti-establishment conservatives….What’s in it for the statist businesses that go along for the ride with Obama and his team of corruptocrats? Like they say in the Windy City: It’s all about the boodle — publicly subsidized payoffs meted out to the corruptocrats’ friends and special interests….When businesses get in the government handout line, it’s not a “public-private partnership.” It’s corporate welfare. Venture socialism. Whatever you call it, it stinks as much under Democrat administrations as it does under Republican ones.   — Michelle Malkin

Stripped of his numbers an economist would have to resort to the old home truths about how the world works: If you tax something you get less of it; as a general rule an individual manages his own affairs better than his neighbor can; it’s rude to be bossy; the number of problems that resolve themselves if only you wait long enough is far larger than the number of problems solved by mucking around in them. And the cure is often worse than the disease.Andrew Ferguson

So far, we’ve killed 55 million human lives on the scientifically ignorant premise that either they’re not really human or they’re not really alive, or the ethically bankrupt notion that one human life isn’t as important as another and can be tossed away when inconvenient. Ed Morrissey on the Roe v. Wade decision

Words seem to carry far more weight than facts among those liberals who argue as if rent control laws actually control rents and gun control laws actually control guns.  — Thomas Sowell

President Kennedy said, “We must find ways of returning far more of our dependent people to independence.”The same theme was repeated endlessly by President Johnson. The purpose of the “war on poverty,” he said, was to make “taxpayers out of taxeaters.” Its slogan was “Give a hand up, not a handout.” When Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark legislation into law, he declared: “The days of the dole in our country are numbered.”Now, 50 years and trillions of dollars later, it is painfully clear that there is more dependency than ever.Thomas Sowell

President Obama seems completely unaware of how many of the policies he is trying to impose have been tried before, in many times and places around the world, and have failed time and again.  – Thomas Sowell

55 million children have been legally killed in this country since Roe v. Wade was decided, without even the dignity of an unmarked grave. It is long past time to name this tragedy what it is: a Holocaust of unimaginable proportions. Hopefully someday, within our lifetimes, we will be able to look upon this abomination as a thing of the past, and erect monuments to help our children not to forget its horrors. In the meantime, let it be recorded that some continued to stand against it, even in the face of countless quislings who counseled surrender and defeat.Red State

At the worst high schools in Buffalo, fewer than 25% of students graduate on time. District wide, only about half graduate. The same is true in Rochester and Syracuse. That means no mobility — social or geographical — for these kids. BridgeGate has been all over the news, because New Jersey’s Governor allegedly stalled drivers at the George Washington Bridge for four days. New York’s Governor is stalling inner city kids for a lifetime. They can’t escape or succeed.Betsy McCaughey

Because one would suppose that in policies promoted by properly-thinking, modern progressives– who worship all things science— and have no time for mumbo jumbo about faith and religion, that at the very least they’d have data to support that their policies will cool the earth, solve world hunger, bring people out of poverty, improve education, create income equality, or pay female White House staffers commensurate with men.  OK, the last one was outrageous. Never gonna happen under Obama.  What was I thinking?John Ransom

If you walk the corridors of the elite institutions and firms in Washington, there is nothing more important than granting amnesty to illegals.  Yet, when you step outside the beltway, it becomes obvious that nobody cares about the issue, and to the extent they do most people are on the other side.   In fact, the dyslexic and wrongheaded focus on immigration amidst a healthcare crisis is precisely why people view the Ruling Class as the biggest policy problem.Daniel Horowitz

Unless you will commit to beating Mitch McConnell, even if you must hold your nose to do it, this will not change. The Republican Establishment is slowly building the foundation for giving up the fight on Obamacare. It will take collecting scalps at the ballot box for them to turn back toward the right path of repeal. - Erick Erickson

Clearly, in their minds, the most important purpose in making Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn new leaders of a Senate majority is to bring amnesty to the floor ahead of the 2016 elections.Daniel Horowitz

 

You may think you can sit it out. You may not want to get dirty. But you do not have a choice. You will either stand with the labor unions and crony capitalists funding the establishment, or with the conservative fighters funding freedom loving candidates.…We need to take Washington back from entrenched interests on the right and left who profit from the status quo. We must start by beating Mitch McConnell to send a shockwave before us. Then we must work in other states in the wake of that conservative victory with Matt Bevin…. We must save the GOP from itself.Erick Erickson

The single biggest thing you can do to clean up the GOP is to defeat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky by supporting Matt Bevin. The NRSC attacks all came after the Senate Conservatives Fund decided to support Bevin. The attacks on Mark Levin came after he spoke kindly of Matt Bevin. The attacks on conservative candidates came after Matt Bevin became a credible candidate.  All these attacks came because Mitch McConnell would rather rule in Hell than serve in Heaven. He would rather a Senate GOP minority with himself in charge than a Senate GOP majority with himself retired.  You beat Mitch McConnell, you will find many Republican squishes with squishy soiled underwear. Until you beat Mitch McConnell, these guys in Washington will neither respect you nor fear you.  But when you beat the sitting Senate Republican Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.  And we have our chance with Matt Bevin.Erick Erickson of RedState

The total fiscal overhang of our federal, state, and local governments — their combined debt and unfunded liabilities — is around $140 trillion, and growing. That is about twice the annual economic output of human civilization, and nearly the value of all the financial assets in the world. It is something close to a mathematical certainty that those debts and obligations will not be made good on at their present value.Kevin Williamson

You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. — Ronald Reagan

 

But the crony wing of the GOP hates Amash. Boehner loathes the guy especially. The Michigander does what he thinks is right, and often bucks leadership. He’s only been in Congress for 3 years and he has become one of the most influential members in the House even though leadership dismissed him from the “official” leadership track. Boehner did this he explained, because Amash has a “high asshole factor.”  Think about that. Probably the most principled small government member in the House of Representatives was frozen out by the leader of the supposedly “conservative” GOP.Nick Sorrentino

The fall of the Iraqi Anbar province towns of Ramadi and Fallujah recently to foreign fighters under control of Al Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, represents not just a tactical defeat in Obama’s “Smart Power” strategy, but a strategic surrender of the entire U.S. foreign policy conception for the last 50 years.John Ransom

There’s an understandable desire in Washington to “do something,” and extending benefits once again certainly is the easy route for policy makers. But if we are serious about keeping workers out of the long-term unemployment trap, we must have a debate about which policies cause unemployment and which policies create jobs.Rand Paul

So what is the moral case for capitalism? It lies in recognition that socialism isn’t a great idea gone wrong — it’s an evil philosophy in action. It isn’t driven by altruism; it’s driven by greed and jealousy. Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution. Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: It turns government into God, it legalizes thievery and it elevates covetousness. Discussions of income inequality, after all, aren’t about prosperity but about petty spite. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy?Ben Shapiro

In reality, we’re losing the war on poverty because we have forgotten the original goal, as LBJ stated it half a century ago: “to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities.”Robert Rector

Another undocumented Democrat comes out of the shadows – Dick Lugar (Indiana Republiccan) contributes to campaign of Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia – Remember, establishment Republicans poured in a lot of money on behalf of Lugar.  The Chamber of Commerce spent roughly $266,000 and American Action Network spent over $500,000 defending Lugar from conservatives. If the establishment is so concerned about defeating Democrats, they should start by not backing undocumented Democrats in primaries. Daniel Horowitz

Sometimes it is hard for people to accept that there really aren’t many new ideas. …Plato argued for collective ownership of property on the grounds that it would erase social divisions. Aristotle disagreed, insisting that, “when everyone has a distinct interest [his own private property], men will not complain of one another, and they will make more progress, because everyone will be attending to his own business.” — Jonah Goldberg

This was the year when Ted Cruz showed the Republican Party what was possible when you fight the good fight for what you believe in. And that is why he is FrontPage Magazine’s Man of the Year.Daniel Greenfield

The characteristic pathology of ObamaCare is that government is making the choices. Consumers aren’t. …The biggest, dumbest ObamaCare lie of them all was that these distortions were necessary to cover the poor and those with pre-existing conditions. Direct tax dollars could have been used to cover these users. Everybody else could have been left free to buy insurance in a market not distorted by mandates—exactly what a broad spectrum of health-care reformers (not just Republicans) have sought for decades.Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

It seems very plausible that two McConnell campaign aides are now under investigation for their roles in the shady dealings that they orchestrated under the employ of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.  While McConnell was able to deal with Benton’s insulting remark by posing for a funny picture, the media will likely have some actual questions for McConnell since the FBI is now involved.Craig Robinson

  • Are you tired of being frustrated with Congress and your elected officials?  Heritage Action will be having a clinic in Louisville on January 27 to teach you how to be a more effective citizen.  Louisville 912 will be participating in this event instead of our regular monthly meeting.  Please find out more and sign up to attend here.

If one group of people prefers strong government control and management of people’s lives while another group prefers liberty and desires to be left alone, should they be required to enter into conflict with one another and risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences on the other group? Yes or no. My answer is no; they should be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways.Walter Williams

In an event chock-full of bitterly cold irony, perhaps even Al Gore has noticed that multiple icebreakers couldn’t free a boat stuck in Antarctic ice that global warming was supposed to have melted. Investors Business Daily

The first time someone stands up to a bully and the sky doesn’t fall, the tyranny is over. The gay mafia was out of control, drunk with power. This time, they got their wings clipped. Ann Coulter

The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington but as one of the worst for the republic. In both the executive branch and Congress, Americans witnessed an unwinding of the country’s founding principles and of their government’s most basic responsibilities. The rule of law gave way to the rule of rulers. And the rule of reality—in which politicians are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts, as Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan liked to say—gave way to some politicians’ belief that they were entitled to both their own opinions and their own facts. It’s no wonder the institutions of government barely function….The coming year presents an opportunity to Americans who hope for better. Despite Washington’s dysfunction, “We the People” still call the shots and can demand a course correction. In 2014, here’s a message worth considering: If you don’t like the rulers you have, you don’t have to keep them.Sen. Tom Coburn

Does anyone seriously believe that those government agencies that stand to see their powers and money increased if the “global warming” agenda prevails will be handing out research grants impartially to both those climate scientists who agree with that agenda and those who disagree?  — Thomas Sowell

“Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice… If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity.”Paul Tilsley

Here, A&E, let me help you and the next company caught up in a situation where someone expresses his views under your auspices:  “At A&E, we support the right of every human being to express his views freely. Phil Robertson is capable of discussing and debating his ideas, and we are confident that those who disagree with him will be able to do so using the same rights Phil exercises.” Done. Finished. That’s all A&E needed to do. And that’s all the next company needs to do. Once a company refuses to give in to blackmail the whole sordid scheme of unofficial oppression falls apart.Kurt Schlichter

The “competitive economy” would be better described as the “cooperative economy.” Consider the most basic economic unit, the transaction. A transaction is cooperative because both parties gain from a voluntary exchange.Paul Rubin

The Environmental Protection Agency pretends that its mission is scientific, not political. But you sure wouldn’t know it from the campaign to cut out the EPA’s independent science advisers who exposed the junk science behind the EPA ban on new coal powerWall Street Journal

This is the real danger of incivility. Our free, self-governing society requires an open exchange of ideas. That can’t happen without a certain level of mutual respect for each other’s opinions and viewpoints….Sadly, too many us are not rising to these challenges as a democratic people. Rather than helping to reverse this decline, the rising chorus of incivility is driving out citizens of honest intent and encouraging those who trade in jeering and mockery.  If we are to prevail as a free, self-governing people, we must first govern our tongues and our pens. Restoring civility to public discourse is not an option. It is a necessity.Ed Feulner

The left inflicts poverty and then campaigns against it. It raises the prices of products and the cost of services, it devalues incomes, destroys jobs and raises energy prices… and demands even more regulatory powers so that it can finally solve the poverty mess it creates once and for all.Daniel Greenfield

The Department of Energy’s 1705 Loan Guarantee Program is a $16 billion program that is responsible for the Solyndra debacle and a number of other failed “green” enterprises. Credit rating agencies rated the majority of projects that were funded through this program as risky and “highly speculative,” with 22 of the 26 projects rated as “junk” investments. The Reason Foundation looked in detail at the program and found it riddled with crony capitalism. – NCPA

 

You would think the coal industry would launch an all-out media blitz, taking full advantage of the current temperature plateau and the IPCC’s retreat on the science. They could also reference the thousands of peer-reviewed scientific papers cited by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, which clearly demonstrate that the science backing the EPA’s position is rapidly disintegrating.  A reasonable person would expect coal to proclaim their industry’s innocence of the climate crime of which they stand accused, using the overwhelming evidence that global warming fears are greatly exaggerated.  But, no, with only a few exceptions, coal leaders plead guilty to producing “climate-change emissions,” as Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) labeled CO2 at the massive coal rally in Washington, D.C., in October. — Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris

“Give me one example of a nation that went from poverty to prosperity through foreign aid. Just show me one. There is none.”Does Poverty Have a Cure?

Imagine a million people walking in a circle and shouting, “WE’RE SMART AND WE’RE RIGHT. WE’RE RIGHT BECAUSE WE’RE SMART. WE’RE SMART BECAUSE WE’RE RIGHT.” Now imagine that these marching morons dominate academia, the government bureaucracy and the entertainment industry allowing them to spend billions yelling their idiot message until it outshouts everyone else while ignoring the disasters in their wake because they are too smart to fail.
  That is liberalism.  — Daniel Greenfield

All the money in the world won’t help the mentally ill if it isn’t getting to them or is squandered on ineffective treatments. The Murphy bill is an informed attempt to overhaul a broken system. It might even prevent the next Newtown.  — Wall Street Journal

Everything is open and acceptable in America today – except, apparently, being a believing Christian.  There was a time when religious freedom meant tolerance and living your life how you want.  Today religious freedom means open legitimization of whatever the Bible condemns and condemnation of any public statement of Christian conviction.  Maybe A&E is sending Phil Robertson out to pasture at Christmas time to deliver a message to the tens of millions of America’s believing Christians that it’s time to wake up, as our freedom disappears over the horizon.Star Parker – A Duck Dynasty Christmas

Republicans spent a lot of time whining that, if Obama was prepared to negotiate with the Iranians, the Syrians, and the Russians, why wouldn’t he negotiate with the GOP? Well, the obvious answer is Rouhani, Assad, and Putin don’t curl up in a fetal position at the first tut-tut from Bob Schieffer or Diane Sawyer. — Mark Steyn

Part of what’s so problematic with Washington is how many Republicans want a show vote to pretend to their constituents they’re fighting for what they say they’re fighting for, rather than actually fighting for it and actually winning. In both parties, you’ve got entrenched politicians who have barely veiled contempt for the American people. They think their voters are gullible rubes — and you give them a little “show vote,” you tell them, “Hey, I’m totally with you,” then they go to Washington and they don’t actually do what they say.Ted Cruz

The only real solution for the hopeless mess that ObamaCare has become is to chuck the whole law and start over. Few would mourn its passing.Investors Business Daily

Liberals love diversity. That’s why they love to punish anyone who doesn’t think, act, eat, drink, drive and speak exactly like them.Congressman Steve Stockman

Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question.Erica Johnson

Christians were once told they did not have to look or listen [to images of Christ in urine,  the Virgin Mary in elephant dung, and other offensive "artwork"]. The militant gay rights movement and the secular left will not abide by their own prescription. Those who dissent or think differently must be silenced. The members of GLAAD, which also took it upon itself to tell America what Christians really should think and believe, could simply not watch Duck Dynasty. But the hysteric whiners can’t leave it at that. They cannot leave well enough alone. They must punish and destroy. Evil must, when it is able, silence good because good serves as an ever present and ongoing witness against evil.Erick Erickson  and more on Phil Robertson

It’s important to remember that some of these incumbents are not liberals, or even moderates.  But they are not conservatives either.  They are ruling class of special interest career politicians who pursue personal power as an ends to itself.  When it suits their need to cast some conservative votes, they will do so.  But when they need to placate the special interests, they will jump in head first.  They certainly will never put their careers on the line to fight for us.Daniel Horowitz

A & E has now joined much of mass market culture in the Western World in picking sides in a fight — tolerance for gay rights, but not for Christians expressing honest answers to questions asked of their faith.Erick Erickson

We owe it to the memory of these kids to unclog the regulations that prevent us from forcing psychotics to take their medication.Ann Coulter

The votes are lacking to repeal Obamacare, but the votes are there to fix it for the near term and prevent more people from losing their coverage. Democrats running for office in 2014 would love to wake up and find the dysfunctional website, failing exchanges, and controversial navigators gone.  Here’s a roadmap for a “compassion without compulsion” compromise that Congress should enact right after the holiday recess.Betsy McCaughey

“It’s disgraceful and telling that President Obama’s new Counselor [John Podesta] is not only comparing the Republican Party to a cult that murdered those who disagreed with them [Jonestown], but is also using that comparison as an argument in support of shredding the Constitution and governing like a third-world dictator.”Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La  (Editor’s note:  Maybe someone should remind Podesta that Democrats keep claiming that they are tolerant and want a return to civility.)

 Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the country. Only 37% of Kentucky voters approve of him to 55% disapprove. Both in terms of raw disapproval (55%) and net approval (-18) McConnell has the worst numbers of any of his peers, taking that mantle from Nebraska’s Ben Nelson. Public Policy Polling

One longs to hear a word of compassion from our president for Christians who are being killed or mutilated, and for the churches being destroyed—some of them ancient churches with great historic significance.  One would love to hear a word of sympathy for Christians burned alive or crucified in Nigeria, Central African Republic, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Pakistan; or a simple word of concern for the Christians being persecuted in earnest in more than sixty countries.  One would love to hear even the mildest of protests against the Iranians (for whom he lifted sanctions) on behalf of tortured and imprisoned pastors, such as Pastor Saeed. …. But all we hear is the sound of silence. Michael Youssef

Check out Matt Bevin’s web site here.

Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city. Their policies failed, they’re not willing to admit it and the fact is it’s the poor who suffer from bad government.Newt Gingrich

Senate Republicans could be on the verge of a big political mistake. Sen. Mitch McConnell is leading the charge to vote against this [budget] deal. He may have a lot of support. But with all due respect, this is a hypocritical position. It was McConnell and other GOP senators who trashed Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and House Republicans over the defunding shutdown last summer. Now he wants a shutdown? Makes no sense.Lawrence Kudlow

The fact that the insurance industry isn’t in open revolt at the complete chaos ObamaCare has unleashed, to say nothing of Sebelius’ blatant last-minute attempts at intimidation, shows just how deeply it’s now wedded to the federal government. Investors Business Daily

If the Republican Party wants to end all these primary challenges, stop the intraparty fighting and get everyone to sing Kumbayah, it’s really not that hard to do. Do what you say you’re going to do, treat the opinions of your base with respect, and stop picking fights with the people who put you in power by saying things like….  John Hawkins

Republicans have a choice: Fund the government, raise the debt ceiling and extend unemployment benefits past the election or spend time before the election fighting – and losing – those battles rather than pointing out the failures of Obamacare. It can’t be both.Derek Hunter

The Speaker assumes he can marginalize conservatives through primary season, make conservatives unpopular, then push through an amnesty based immigration reform plan daring his tenuous coalition to move over to the unpopular kids’ table.Erick Erickson

Given the way the GOP establishment abandoned Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia Governor’s race this is a fact that conservative candidates will have to take into consideration in 2014. They are not only running against the Democrats, they are also running against Democrat funded super-PACs who are pretending to be Republican and they are running against the GOP power structure that would rather enjoy their life-style of bilking the unwary than try to move this nation onto the right path. Keep that in mind this election cycle, every time you see an Karl Rove or a Defending Main Street ad during a GOP primary you are seeing a group doing the work of the Democrats.Strieff (Red State)

Geophysicists estimate that just three volcanic eruptions, Indonesia (1883), Alaska (1912) and Iceland (1947), spewed more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than all of mankind’s activities in our entire history.  — Walter Williams

A collateral political benefit of Mr. Paul’s [economic freedom zones] plan is that its Democratic opponents will have to explain why they’re against economic opportunity and lower taxes for the middle class and poor.Allysia Finley

The [South Carolina anti-Obamacare] bill’s main component prohibits agencies, officers and employees of the state of South Carolina from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation of the national health-care law entirely in the hands of a federal government that lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates. This provision, according to Davis, comes from the anti-commandeering doctrine established in case law that says feds can’t compel states to enforce federal laws. “What the Supreme Court said in Printz v. United States is that states are not merely political subdivisions of the federal government to carry out what the federal government does; they are sovereign entities,” Davis said. “Congress can pass laws, but it cannot compel the states to utilize either their treasury or personnel to implement those federal laws.” South Carolina fights back against Obamacare

 

Last month Republicans bailed on the Obamacare fight and declared sequestration their line in the sand. Now they are saying they’ll bail on sequestration, but they’ll hold the line on unemployment benefits. Why should we believe them anymore? Is it any wonder that poll after poll shows Republican voters hate their Republican congressmen and Senators? Bend over America, here it comes again. Exit question: If Mitch McConnell votes against this, is he in favor of shutting down the government? That’s what he claimed last month about conservatives in the Obamacare fight.Erick Erickson

Harry Reid pulled the nuclear option in the Senate, yet McConnell has not threatened to hold up the deals on the farm bill or new budget conference.  In fact, he hasn’t commented on them at all.  He hasn’t even commented on Obama’s Iran capitulation, an issue in which he presumably shares our views. So what is Mitch McConnell doing as the most powerful Republican in Washington? He’s fundraising for Thom Tillis, the Charlie Crist of North Carolina, at the house of a Fannie Mae lobbyist.Daniel Horowitz

Unlike trust funds, marriage is available to everyone and confers the same benefits on the rich and poor. There is no substitute for two married parents who care for each other in sickness, spell each other in child and elder care, watch the kids while a spouse takes night classes and contribute to thriving communities. -- Mona CharenHow to fight inequality and increase happiness

Liberals believe any malady known to man has nothing to do with poor choices, bad judgment or weak character. Instead it’s the fault of capitalism, discrimination, global warming, white people, conservatism, big corporations, Christianity, the wealthy, Bush 43, Reagan….and so on.With that kind of hopeless mindset, it’s no wonder that I’ve yet to meet a happy liberal.  – Susan Stamper Brown

Given that Massachusetts rewards its police for seizing property and that state crime labs are funded per conviction, is it really such a wonder that Annie Dookhan did what she could to ensure that her lab got as many convictions as possible?Gina Luttrel

Even after the nuclear option, 45 Senators have the ability to wreak havoc on the majority.  Just one senator has the ability to slow down the Senate.  It’s all up to Mitch McConnell.  He can end the year with a bang or a bust. - Daniel Horowitz

It is sad to see clergymen, purporting to uphold the “dignity of the worker,” nonetheless withhold that dignity from business owners and instead demonize them.Austin Hill

None of this was perceived as a major problem so long as the 501(c)(4) category was dominated by the political left. Beginning in the 1990s, however, and especially since 2010, organizations that were more conservative began using the 501(c)(4) category to engage in public education as well as political activity, thus challenging liberal dominance in nonprofit advocacy.In response, the left has attempted to silence conservative 501(c)(4)s by unveiling and harassing their donors.Bradley Smith:  The latest IRS power grab

What has happened is Democrats’ previously uncheckable lies are now fully checkable. It’s real now. You can’t keep your doctor or insurance, no matter how much you like them. And this hurts in the wallet – a lot.Derek Hunter

You know, Harrison’s talk about the space program, and John F. Kennedy’s commitment that let us commit together we’re going to send a man to the moon, inspired me. And let me say, collectively, let us commit together today that we should send Congress to the moon.  And the best thing is, we only need to worry about one-way travel….The answers to this country are not going to come from Washington. But the reason I am so excited is that we are seeing a new paradigm in politics. We are seeing the rise of the grass roots. -- Ted Cruz

President Barack Obama has admitted he lived with his Kenyan uncle in the 1980s — an embarrassing flip-flop from an earlier White House claim that the two had never met.Newsmax

There will be no accommodation between gay rights activists and those seeking religious freedom to opt out of the gay rights movement. Gay rights activists demand tolerance for their lifestyle, but will not tolerate those who choose to adhere to their religious beliefs. Erick Erickson

 The radical environmentalists, who are aligned with most Democrats and the mainstream media, have no sense of proportion. Climate change is an idea hatched and sustained by fevered minds. It has killed no one, but somehow it is still the top public health issue, says McCarthy, and requires “global action.”  While fixated on a fraud, the alarmists haven’t been able to see the real public health threats around them, from the post-antibiotic era to terrorism to the re-emergence of diseases — measles, mumps, tuberculosis — we had almost eradicated to the possible widespread and uncontainable outbreaks of bird flu, SARS and the West Nile virus. Investors Business Daily