U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Watch the video below:
Below are key excerpts.
“Let’s look back at the past four elections, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. The only election we won was 2010, when we stood unequivocally for principle….Who are the most two people who have energized young people? Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul. What did they do? They painted a bold picture of what America can do….You win elections by standing for principles and believing that there is a better tomorrow.”
“How do we inspire people? Number one we tell the truth…. The truth is Washington is corrupt. You are in some of the richest counties in the country. As more and more people make great wealth in Washington, young people, single moms, and small business owners suffer…. Real change is changing the corruption that is here in Washington, D.C.”
On young people:
“Under President Obama, the American Dream is harder to achieve…. If you were to sit down and hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama Administration. Obamacare is a massive wealth transfer. And who the heck is going to pay for our national debt?”
“We need to stop bankrupting our country. What we’re doing to our kids and grandkids is morally wrong. If we don’t change course, they will be left working to pay off the debts their parents left them with. We are need to turn this around.”
Sen. Cruz outlined a positive agenda that includes an American energy renaissance, repealing Obamacare, expanding school choice, abolishing the IRS, ending corporate welfare, auditing the Federal Reserve, and term limits.
Last week, the Democratic Party got together to plan the next step in turning America into Europe.
The Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph was there to find out if they were ready for Hillary in 2016.
And they were.
But when pressed to name a single significant accomplishment, no one could name anything:
My favorite moment?
“You think Joe Biden will give her a run for her money?”
He didn’t even think about it. Just flat out refused to consider Joe Biden as a threat to Hillary.
Hat Tip: CNS News
The fact a school was willing to celebrate high achievers in a world where everyone gets a trophy is a story in itself. Here’s what went down:
Students who earned straight A’s at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring have been invited to a school dance Tuesday, a celebration that starts during the final period of the school day and includes a DJ, free pizza and a game room.
Students with B’s and C’s may join in later, when classes are over and pizza is no longer served. Students with lower grades are not invited at all.
Of course, some of the parents of students with lower grades are pitching a fit, and they’ve got some backing from a Professor of Education:
Barbara Marinak, an associate professor of education at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., who studies student motivation, questioned the celebration.
“You’re creating a caste system that could easily result in bullying and victimization, which is what we’re trying to prevent, especially in middle school,” Marinak said. She added, “We’ve got 30 years of research that says extrinsic rewards do little to nothing to nurture any kind of intrinsic motivation.”
I’ve got centuries of research that show positive reinforcement works and so does bonuses motivate people. This whole anti-bullying movement, while noble sounding, it being warped into creating a system where no one is treated any differently, even if they excel.
That’s wrong. Hard work needs to be rewarded and laziness needs to be punished.
Hat’s off to the school administrators who put this together. It’s far better for the children than giving everyone a slice of pizza for participating.
President Obama told Bill O’Reilly there wasn’t a “smidgen” of corruption regarding the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
Andrew Malcolm points out this “smidgen.”
Catherine Engelbrecht and her family run a small oil-field machinery business in Texas. In 2009, after spotting numerous instances of alleged voter fraud as a poll-watcher, she founded a couple of conservative political groups, the King Street Patriots and True the Vote.
“Ms. Engelbrecht, in the first 20 years of business, did OSHA ever visit your place of business?”
“After you filed the [tax-exempt application for King Street Patriots], OSHA visited then, right?”
“In the first 20 years of business did the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] ever come to your business?”
“And they came a couple times once you filed your application?”
“And in your first 20 years of business, did the IRS ever audit you?”
“But once you filed your application, they audited you?”
“And in your first 20 years of business, did the FBI ever visit you?”
“But once you filed your application, did they visit you?”
That’s as suspect as it gets. What do you think?
I am not a fan of Bill. I think he’s a populist windbag.
But I want to share this video with you, not for the points he made, but for the point he missed:
One of the major positives coming out of my presidential interview is that I learned a lot. The far right is making a huge mistake in thinking that President Obama is actively trying to harm the nation. He is not, and his overriding concern can be summed up in two words: social justice. The president sincerely believes the deck is stacked against minority Americans and many working poor people, and he is trying to right that perceived wrong. Accepting that premise, you begin to understand his posture on almost every other issue. Take Benghazi, where the president believes the issue is trumped up by Fox News and others. He doesn’t see Benghazi or the IRS situation or the ObamaCare screw-ups as important in the long run. He sees them as mistakes, believes we should all move on and support his goal of social justice. Presidents Nixon and Clinton also thought their troubles were inconsequential because they believed what they were doing for the country was far more important. Talking Points believes that the Benghazi, IRS, and ObamaCare stories are very important to the nation, but President Obama and his supporters disagree. But the president has brought some scrutiny upon himself by claiming the Benghazi attacks were ‘not some systematic, organized process.’ Based upon our investigation here, the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans was an organized terrorist action. Also, there is strong suspicion that the Obama reelection campaign did not want that made public because it could lose the president some votes. That’s a big deal.”
Yeah, well not as big a problem as the fact that the President doesn’t think a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of an Ambassador isn’t a big deal, but a mistake. While Bill does his best to explain why he doesn’t care, but isn’t the bigger deal that he doesn’t care.
Think about that. He’s more concerned with “social justice” than he is with the death of Americans.
He’s a community organizer, not a world leader. And that’s why the rest of the world now sees America as weak.
The man who helped President Obama defeat Hillary in 2008 has a message for Democratic donors – stop giving money to Hillary:
With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn't Dem funders be focused on '14 and not '16 races?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 6, 2014
Ah, yes. The leftist boogeyman, the Koch Brothers. Of course he has to use them.
Who do you think he’s talking to? Dem donors giving to Hillary:
The tweet comes just days after a Wall Street Journal report on Democratic concerns that the early support for Clinton could hurt the Democratic Party’s midterm efforts.
“The formidable campaign apparatus that has sprung up to support a possible 2016 presidential bid by Hillary Clinton is rattling some Democrats, sparking concerns that it could suppress competition for the party nomination and siphon money from candidates running in the midterm elections this fall,” the Journal said.
It was two years ago that Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, then Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said if there was a white man as President, they’d be marching. Things haven’t gotten any better since then. In fact, they keep getting worse:
The black teen unemployment rate spiked to 38% in January. The dramatic increase represented almost a 10% increase over December’s 35.5% unemployment rate. Overall, the teen unemployment rate for all races was 21%, a modest increase from December.
President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the minimum wage will only make things worse.