AIM’s Ben Johnson discusses “Atlas Shrugged: Part I,” with producer and screenplay co-writer John Aglialoro. This big screen vision of Ayn Rand’s renowned masterpiece is in select theaters April 15th, 2011.
“I am extremely disappointed that after weeks of productive negotiations with Speaker Boehner, Tea Party Republicans are scrapping all the progress we have made and threatening to shut down the government if they do not get all of their extreme demands,” Reid said in a statement.
“The division between the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans is preventing us from reaching a responsible solution on a long-term budget that will make smart cuts while protecting American jobs, and prevented negotiations from taking place over the weekend even as the clock ticks toward a government shutdown,” he added.
Republicans counter that the Democratic offer is too puny and their unwillingness to allow policy riders — such as those defunding Obama’s healthcare reform — make their position a non-starter.
After this, New York Senator Chuck Schumer also fired a shot a the Tea Party:
“After days of positive negotiations, with significant flexibility shown by the Speaker, the House Republican leadership is back to agonizing over whether to give in to right-wing demands that they abandon any compromise on their extreme cuts,” Schumer said. “The Speaker knows that when it comes to avoiding a shutdown, his problem is with the Tea Party, not Democrats.”
Of course, neither one of these two career politicians sees the truth. The jig is up. America is broke. Unless some serious changes are made, we will lose more than cowboy poetry festivals.
Meanwhile, Tea Party Republicans like Rep. Allen West and Sen. Rand Paul have to be facing serious pressure from the Trent Lott types to play ball according to the Washington playbook.
Remember to call them and say thanks from bringing reason to the debate.
The senator said, “We have to stop the funding of Obamacare and over the next two years show the American people what the real options are to improve the system we have now.”
“The first step is obviously to — to defund it. And I think we can do that with Republicans controlling the House,” DeMint said. “I think the next Republican running for president needs to run on complete repeal of Obamacare.”
That’s really the only option. They could waste their time trying to repeal it, but why? Obama has a veto waiting for any repeal bill.
DeMint is correct in calling for a total repeal, but he wasn’t the only one that hit the nail on the head.
Also appearing the program, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, “It’s put up or shut up time for our party. We lost our way the last decade.”
“We’re doing it in New Jersey,” he said, “smaller government, less spending, less regulation, lower taxes.”
Yes, yes, yes and yes.
There’s a way to knock out two of those in one action. Get rid of the IRS and implement the Fair Tax. That would also be a HUGE boost to the economy.
If I can keep my whole check, it’s probable I’m going to spend more, which is much nicer than having the IRS take it before I touch it, launder it in some Washington bureaucracy and then give it back to me as a “stimulus.”
I’m honestly surprised I haven’t heard more about the Fair Tax. It’s a Tea Party favorite.
The NAACP released a report showing just how racist the Tea Party actually is.
It found, it’s really, really racist.
David Gregory asked Colorado Republican Senate Candidate Ken Buck and his opponent about it this Sunday:
So the fact that white nationalists are attracted to the Tea Party for recruiting reasons is a sign that the Tea Party is racist?
Um, then what does this make the NAACP:
For many, April 8, 1994 was the day the NAACP jumped the shark. The group invited a rogue’s gallery of crackpots, extremists, and racists to a secret meeting, dubbed (take a deep breath): “a deliberate mechanism for communication and interrelations between representative leaders of the progressive community and the NAACP within the inclusive mission of the Chavis administration and the African-centered self-determined program thrust of the ‘new’ NAACP.” Attendees included black supremacist Leonard Jeffries, famous for his “sun people”/”ice people” dichotomy to explain the differences between blacks and whites; Maulana Karenga, the originator of Kwanzaa who went to prison for torturing two women; and fringe presidential candidate Lenora Fulani.
Louis Farrakhan teaches that an evil scientist named Yakub created white people, claims to have been abducted in a UFO, and has made a mountain of anti-Semitic utterances. So it shocked many when the NAACP invited the Nation of Islam grand panjandrum to participate in a “leadership summit” on June 12-14, 1997.
Which is worse: to have racists show up at a public rally uninvited, or to personally invite them to be part of a leadership summit?
Tell you what, when the Tea Party invites the Klan to participate in some sort of a leadership summit, then the NAACP can talk about the mote in our eye. Until then, start looking at the beam in your own.
Knowing that this year, they can’t run on Hopey-Changey or anything remotely associated with the Democrat brand, Democrats in New Jersey have come up with another plan: deceit!
The Courier Post reports that campaign and legislative staff from Democratic Congressman John Adler, assisted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have concocted a plan to siphon off votes from Republican challenger, former Philadelphia Eagle offensive lineman, Jon Runyan. Dems have recruited and collected enough signatures (apparently they only needed 100) to get an unknown Mount Laurel picture framer on the ballot as the “New Jersey tea party” candidate. The paper reports that the goal of the plan was to confuse voters and siphon off about 5 percent of Runyan’s support, enough to preserve the seat in a tight race.
There have been suspicions of Dems doing this type of thing, but as far as I know, this is the first time it has been exposed.
The article that broke this story is very detailed and very good. Read it here.
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska conceded late Tuesday in her Republican primary race to Joe Miller, a lawyer from Fairbanks backed by Tea Party activists, Sarah Palin and other conservatives.
Mr. Miller shocked the political establishment here and in Washington last week when he emerged with a narrow lead, 1,668 votes, after the primary vote, on Aug. 24.
Mr. Miller, who had trailed badly in local polls in the weeks before the election, benefited from a last-minute flood of advertisements, mailings and automated calls casting Ms. Murkowski as a Democrat in disguise. An abortion-related ballot measure also brought conservatives to the polls .
Ms. Murkowski’s concession followed the counting of about 16,000 additional ballots on Tuesday, which left Mr. Miller with a lead of about 1,469 votes out of about 103,000 cast. Several thousand more votes were to be counted on Friday but the trend suggested Ms. Murkowski would not gain enough ground to win.
Perhaps now the establishment Republicans will start to sweat. More and more of them are dropping in the primaries. The message is clear: enough is enough. We’re taking the party back.
Politico has a article on the financial trouble of the Republican National Committee, complete with a pic of Michael Steele begging to be the center of a caption contest.
So here’s what Politico is saying:
The Republican National Committee has just over $5 million in the bank for the final stretch of the 2010 midterm election campaign, according to an unannounced filing with the FEC disclosed Friday night.
The report also indicates that the national party headed by embattled chairman Michael Steele is carrying just over $2 million in debt.
The RNC’s money woes have many party leaders and operatives deeply worried about whether the GOP will be able to take full advantage of an otherwise promising election cycle.
Instead of giving money to these groups who endorse liberal Republicans they think can win over conservative Republicans in the same race, many Republican donors are giving money directly to candidates they recognize as sharing the values they support.
The November election is still four months away, but incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has already raised $4.1 million for her re-election campaign in the 6th Congresstion District.
That exceeds her total for the 2008 election cycle. Bachmann raised $1.7 million alone in the second quarter, her campaign said Wednesday.
Also, Joe Wilson, the man who told the president he was lying, is also raking it in:
South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson had similar numbers to Bachmann’s. Like Bachmann, he has taken in just over $4 million this election cycle, with $3.7 million of that coming from individuals. Unlike Bachmann, much of his financial support came last year. Wilson’s infamous outburst of “You lie!” during a September 2009 speech by President Obama sparked an outpouring of financial support. The Wilson campaign reported receiving $200,000 in the 24 hours after that incident, and nearly two-thirds of Wilson’s current fundraising total came in that quarter. Wilson’s $342,895 in receipts for the second quarter of 2010 pale in comparison.
Sen. Mike Pence, a strong conservative, had raised $1,755,298 as of July.
It’s very simple. If you want our money, you have to espouse our beliefs. I’m not going to part with my dollars so you can direct them to Dede Scozzafava’s campaign in New York. Instead, I’ll drop $20 to a candidate I know needs the money and shares my values.
Let’s not fall into the liberal storyline that the Republicans are hurting in an election cycle because they have turned to far to the right. It’s simply not true. The establishment Republicans are in trouble and have to change. Until they get that message and make some adjustments, the money is just not going to be there.
There is no gender gap on this question. Younger voters are more likely than their elders to believe the government today has the necessary consent. Among voters under 30, 28% say the government has that consent. Just 15% of senior citizens share that view.
From an ideological perspective, most liberal voters (58%) think the federal government has the consent of the governed. Most moderates (57%) and most conservatives (84%) disagree.
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.
The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.
According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken – though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.
The plain and simple truth is, we are already in the Second American Revolution.
Statists from the late 1800s until today have been attacking the very foundations of America. They hate the concepts of individualism and capitalism.
They have turned our system of education into a system of liberal indoctrination.
They have turned our government from a limited one into a limitless one, governed by a “Living Constitution,” meaning essentially whatever they want it to at the time.
Radicals like Rep. Barbara Lee, who in the 60s was known to the Black Panther Party as “Comrade Barbara,” and later worked with our enemies to deceive the American government, now lead other radical socialists in Congress, lobbing charges of racism like defamation cluster bombs, apathetic of who they hurt.
Unrepentant radical terrorist Bill Ayers is not in prison for his crimes, but is training teachers on how to promote social justice, leftist code for communism, in government schools.
Speaking of government schools, statists reject the people’s demand for school choice, choosing to side with teacher’s unions who are more dedicated to the teachers than they are the students.
Leftists parade around in Che t-shirts promoting the falsehood that Che was something other than a cowardly, mass murdering thug. They get personal tours of socialist countries like Venezuela and take pictures with Hugo Chavez, then come back and trash America.
Film-makers like Michael Moore make crockumentaries like “Sicko” that promote Castro propaganda as fact, leading the uninformed to believe Cuba is a health care paradise, rather than a miniature version of Stalin’s Soviet Russia.
Statists have been attacking the traditions of America for decades and now, with the election of the most radical president in modern history, the right is finally fighting back. We see President Obama talking about “redistributing the wealth” and know that is a Marxist principle.
But most of all, we know that leftist programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are colossal threats to the future of the country. We know that both our deficit and our debt are bigger threats than any outside enemy.
We see plans like Cap and Trade and know that it will result in more and more property flowing from the people to the government via fines and increased energy rates. We see ObamaCare and know it is less about helping people get treatment and more about consolidating power in Washington.
The right has been watching from the sidelines for decades. But we have had enough.
This is the New Right. We will no longer sit idly by and watch the left turn this country into a socialist utopia. The Tea Party movement is standing across the Bridge to Dependence like Gandalf the Grey, staring down the demonic horde of statism and screaming, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”
The tension in America isn’t because the right wants revolution. The fact is, the revolution has been going on for decades. The right wing is just finally engaged in the fight.