The Future – Tea Party Nation

 

The Future – Tea Party Nation.

 

Posted by Judson Phillips

 

The Republicans have done the unthinkable.  They reelected John Boehner as Speaker of the House.  There was no compelling reason to do so.  Boehner is simply the worst Speaker in the history of the world.  Reelecting Boehner is like the Detroit Lions going 0-16 and deciding they should keep their head coach. 

 

 What’s the difference between the Republicans of the 112th Congress and the 2008 Detroit Lions who went 0-16?  The Lions had a better season than Congress did.  And the Lions would at least get on the field and fight, which is more than we can say for Boehner.

 

 But Boehner has been reelected and now we have to deal with the future.  What is coming and coming soon?  How do we deal with it?

 

 Coming up in March will be the debt ceiling, sequestration and the end of the continuing resolution that has kept government funded for the last six months.

 

 This is like the massive Battle of the Bulge during World War 2, but instead of General Patton, we have John Boehner.

 

 We can win this fight, assuming Boehner and the Republican leadership will fight.   First, we have two months to get our messaging out.  The messaging is simple, do we want more debt or less?

 

 The Party of Treason wants us to have debt. 

 

 We now have levels of debt that the Greeks wish they had.   Debt only leads us to one place.   National Bankruptcy.

 

 80% of Americans realize this.

 

 This is the story we need to be telling now.  This fight in March is simple.  Do we want more debt or do we want less.

 

 The Republicans must be the Party of less debt.  Obama has given us more debt that all other administrations combined.     He can’t say a word.   Obama trying to lecture America on debt is like Kim Kardashian lecturing us on the sanctity of marriage.

 

 The Republicans must commit to being the Party of less debt.

 

 How do we get less debt?

 

 It is simple. 

 

 We stop spending money.

 

 Republicans within the Congress must not only commit to real spending cuts, they must be ready to shut the government down to force Obama to concede. 

 

 This is the fight that the Republicans must be willing to go to the mat for. 

 

 This is also a fight the Republicans must begin today.

 

 One huge problem Republicans have is that they are absolutely horrible at messaging.   Obama will drone on about the rich paying their “fair share,” while Republicans sit on the sidelines assuming the American people will pick up their message by osmosis.

 

 The Republicans must get someone on board who understands messaging and who can get the Party onboard with messaging the American people will understand.

 

 This battle has a simple message.  Do you want more debt or less debt?  Is debt good or bad?  Everyone knows debt is bad and no one wants more.

 

 If the Republicans message this as a choice between less debt and more debt, Americans get that choice.  Americans understand that.

 

 If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are left to message this battle, we are lost.   

 

Time for a secret ballot – Tea Party Nation

Time for a secret ballot – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

What is more American than a secret ballot?  Everyone voting can vote without fear of retribution.

 Unions have long tried to do away with secret ballots in Unionization votes.   That way more people could be forced to join the union because if they voted against the union, there would be retribution.

 Now a vote is coming up.  It should be a secret ballot but is not.

 What is it?

 It is the election of the House Speaker.

 When the House meets on January 3, one of the first items of business will be voting for the House Speaker.   As mentioned, this will not be a secret ballot, unless we can change that.

 From Breitbart.com:

 But if a member introduces that resolution for a secret ballot, the whole House will vote on that first. That vote will need to have a public roll call, meaning the American people, the press, and Boehner will know who voted which way. Even so, those who are considering this path forward to unseat Boehner know that Boehner and other establishment Republicans can’t legitimately oppose the concept of a secret ballot election for a leader of a political body.

 John Boehner himself has called for secret ballots in union votes.  How does he now turn around and demand a public vote on his election as Speaker?

 Again from Breitbart:

 It would be very difficult, politically, to vote against a resolution for a secret ballot. A secret ballot is sacrosanct in the American psyche. The procedure, however, would free Congressmen to vote for Speaker without fear of punishment or retaliation. If just a handful of Republicans vote for someone other than Boehner on the first ballot, he would be denied that gavel and the House would then move to another vote. Because of a current vacancy in the House, a member would need 217 votes to claim the Speakership.

A move to a second ballot could quickly get interesting. Seeing that Boehner is vulnerable, other members would start trying to build support for their own nomination. If this coalesces behind a single alternative to Boehner, then his speakership would be in serious doubt. The position of Speaker is built to a large degree on inevitability, i.e. the lack of any credible alternatives. Once that veil is breached, support for current leadership can melt away quickly. 

 This is our mission this week.  We must contact our Republican Congressmen and demand they support a secret ballot for the election of the Speaker.  Boehner can only maintain his grip on the Speakership by fear and intimidation.  A secret ballot ends that.

 This is the week between Christmas and New Year.  Most of us do not have much planned for this week and indeed want to do very little.  But this is one thing that is essential.

 

Call your Republican Congressman today and demand they vote for a secret ballot for the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives on January 3.

Are John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered? – Tea Party Nation

Are John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

distressAre John Boehner’s days as Speaker numbered?

There is a fascinating game that is played in Washington.  People watch to see the ebbs and flow of power in the corridors of the Nation’s capital

 John Boehner rose to the Speakership in 2011 after the Tea Party swept Republicans into office.   But could John Boehner possibly be a one term Speaker?

 There is an interesting rumor floating through parts of Washington.  John Boehner’s days as Speaker could be numbered.

 Could Boehner really be leaving the Speaker’s post?

 No one is saying yes, in fact, I expect if Boehner’s office is asked about it there will be nothing but denials.   But there are a couple of clues out there that say there may be some truth to this rumor.

 First, recently George Rogers, one of Boehner’s top aids left to go work for a K Street lobbying firm.   There is nothing out of the ordinary in people leaving the corridors of the Capital to cash in their skills as lobbyists. 

 But why now?

 It is not uncommon for top Congressional aides to hit the door and leave if they get wind their boss is going to leave.  There could be many innocent explanations for Rogers’ departure including the desire to make more money.

 But as a practical matter, how does Boehner survive as Speaker?

 First, he has painted himself into a corner.  He has all but agreed to Barack Obama’s major demands on taxes.  By surrendering on taxes, he will break the back of the Republican Party.    For two years, Boehner has presided over one defeat after another. 

 Activists are furious with Boehner and among the conservative media and blogosphere there are non-stop calls for Boehner to be replaced.

 No matter how the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” crisis ends, there is no path for Boehner to declare victory.   He has walked into Obama’s trap again.   If Boehner agrees to massive tax hikes, the base of the Republican Party revolts against him.  A significant part of the Republican Caucus in the House probably will too.

John Boehner - Caricature

John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

 If he agrees to give Obama the blank check on the debt ceiling that he wants, the only Republican votes in the House for that proposition might be his and Eric Cantor’s. 

 Boehner will have no leverage with Obama to get any kind of cuts in spending because he agreed to Obama’s demand that they deal with and raise taxes first. 

 Even if no agreement is reached, and the fiscal cliff is hit, Boehner still loses because the fiscal cliff was his idea. 

 Is John Boehner going to be leaving the Speaker’s post soon?   Some are already pushing others to run.   Tom Price’s name has come up. 

 Will Boehner leave?

 I am sure there will be official denials of that as soon as his office is asked. 

 If he does not and he surrenders to Obama, as he will, I predict Boehner, who once was a part of the revolt against then House Speaker Newt Gingrich will see his own revolt.

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP – Washington Times.

By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times

House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won’t vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership.

Mr. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, is not in any danger yet — the rebellion shows no signs of reaching beyond a small group of dissatisfied lawmakers — but it could complicate his efforts to strike a deal with President Obama to head off the looming “fiscal cliff” that will send tax rates soaring and will impose automatic spending cuts early next month.

American Majority Action, a conservative interest group, on Monday endorsed Rep. Tom Price and two other Republicans who they said should replace Mr. Boehner and his top lieutenants, and has launched a lobbying push to try to sway rank-and-file members to withhold their votes from Mr. Boehner.

Mr. Price won’t challenge Mr. Boehner, a spokesman said.

But lawmakers can vote for anyone when the House members cast ballots Jan. 3 for the next speaker, and if Republican members vote for someone other than Mr. Boehner, that could help Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat.

So far it’s a matter of threats, as some Republicans hold out the possibility of voting for an alternative.

Last week, Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who was one of four lawmakers booted from his committee assignments after leaders said he wasn’t a team player on votes, refused to commit to supporting Mr. Boehner. He told CNN that the speaker needs to be “willing to make amends.”

On Monday, Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, another Republican who was stripped of his assignments, seemed to float the idea of voting for Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who is the second ranking Republican in the House.

“I must tell you that I’ve had wonderful relationships with [House Majority Leader] Eric Cantor and I’ve actually found him to be one of the truly straight shooters I’ve dealt with,” Mr. Schweikert said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Asked specifically whether he would vote for a Speaker Cantor, he paused.

“You know, it’s bad enough being removed from your committee — I’d actually like not to be chairman of janitorial supplies if I answer that,” he said.

“I didn’t come to Washington to fight against my Republican colleagues, or even against my colleagues on the other side of the aisle,” he wrote in a commentary published in The Washington Times on Tuesday. “I came to Washington to fight for the values that make our country unique — for the economic freedom that gives life to the American Dream. I came to fight for the people back home who still can’t find a job, for the families who worry about their children and grandchildren’s futures. No matter the price, that is what I intend to do.”

Another of the targeted lawmakers, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, said Monday that he has formally asked Mr. Boehner to be reinstated to the House Agriculture and Budget committees.

Mr. Huelskamp, along with Mr. Amash and Mr. Schweikert, also wrote to Mr. Boehner asking for a complete written explanation as to why they were removed from their committee assignments, plus any purported voting “scorecards” used to make the decision. Mr. Amash was removed from the House Budget Committee and Mr. Schweikert from the House Financial Services Committee.

Mr. Boehner’s office responded to the request from the three congressmen, but a spokesman said Mr. Huelskamp will not be reinstated to his committees.

The spokesman had no comment on Mr. Price’s decision not to raise a challenge for the speakership.

Conservative interest groups have complained about the committee moves and Mr. Boehner’s negotiations in the fiscal cliff talks.

Mr. Boehner and his lieutenants have said they would be willing to accept $800 billion in higher income taxes for the wealthy, as long as the money comes from eliminating deductions and loopholes, not from raising rates.

That runs against conservative orthodoxy, which holds that the deficit is a result of too much spending, not of too little taxing. Mr. Obama, though, has insisted that higher rates be the centerpiece of any final deal and that the wealthy can afford to pay more in order to maintain the promises the government has made to lower- and middle-income Americans.

As he tries to negotiate, Mr. Boehner has the support of the rest of House leadership. Even many rank-and-file members who aren’t enamored with his opening offer say he still has their backing as he tries to negotiate a deal.

Committee assignments are doled out by a steering committee headed by Mr. Boehner, and his spokesman, Michael Steel, said those decisions are “based on a variety of factors.”

Leadership aides disputed the notion that the four Republicans who were kicked off their committees were punished for being too conservative. They pointed to conservative lawmakers who won key committee assignments this year as evidence that it wasn’t a purge.

Party leaders often struggle to maintain discipline. Earmarks once were a key tool, as leaders doled out spending for local projects based on who was most cooperative, but with the end of earmarks, leaders have fewer tools at their disposal. Committee assignments are one way to punish lawmakers.

Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, who was booted from the Financial Services Committee, said he has no regrets and vowed to continue to vote his conscience.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my integrity for anyone or any party,” Mr. Jones said. “It’s the price you pay. I didn’t come up here to be a puppet for anyone. And I think the public back in my district, which is the most important, has seen I’m willing to do what I think is right.”

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation

It is time for a conservative insurrection – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.

It is time for conservatives to stand up and fight.  Yes we are discouraged and depressed after the election on Tuesday.  We are mourning the loss of our nation.  We have seen defeat after defeat, yet we cannot give up.

 We must start our insurrection now.  What must we do?

 Let’s start our next battle now.  

 Having just lost this fight, a new fight is probably the last thing most people are thinking about.  Yet, time dictates that we must fight now. 

 What is this fight?

 We must fight to replace John Boehner as the Speaker of the House.

 On election night, while a disaster of unimaginable proportions unfolded, Boehner gleefully appeared on a stage in Washington to announce that the Republicans were holding the House and by extension, he was keeping his job.

 Can someone give me one reason why Boehner should keep his job?

 Within a day of the election, he announced that he was putting tax hikes on the table.  Boehner wasted no time in raising his freshly laundered white flag of surrender again.

 Just after this gem, Boehner announced he was not fighting Obamacare any more.  It would be hard to call what Boehner was doing a fight.  Perhaps a slow motion surrender would be more accurate.  Boehner announced that Obamacare is now the law of the land.  And with that pronouncement, Boehner takes his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only man to have surrendered more than the French Army.

 In fact, emblazoned above the Speaker’s office is a giant motto, “Surrender early and surrender often.”

 During the last two years, Boehner did nothing but surrender.  Was Obamacare defunded?  No, but he did make sure we had a bunch of worthless symbolic votes on Obamacare that would do nothing.  Was government shrunk?   No.  In 2011, spending was up 3% over Nancy Pelosi’s last year.

 In fact, can anyone show me a single conservative accomplishment for Boehner’s first term as the Speaker?

 The closest thing to an accomplishment is his golf game with Obama.   Or perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the times he sent the House into recess so no more damage could be done.

 What will Boehner do in the next two years?  He will not solved our fiscal cliff problem.   He will agree to a solution that simply pushes the problem down the road.   He will agree to a “grand bargain” with the Democrats, which involves immediate tax hikes with promised spending cuts (other than military cuts) at some point down the road.

 A friend of mine who is a Washington insider told me an interesting story about Boehner.  He was one of Gingrich’s lieutenants during the 1995 government shut down.  According to my friend, Boehner told people that he learned his lesson from 1995.  Never pick a fight with the President.  That is Boehner’s wisdom.

 He will not fight Obama.  He will roll over.   He rolled over when the debt ceiling fights came up.  He rolled over when the budget fights happened.  He is going to roll over when Harry Reid and Barack Obama demand new taxes.

 Enough is enough.

 Boehner is a feckless failure.  He must go.

 We conservatives need to start calling our Republican Congressmen and demanding that they pick someone else, other than John Boehner to be the House Speaker.

 Who could it be?

 First House rules do not require the Speaker to be a member of the House.   A new speaker can be someone who is not a Member of Congress.  Or, it can be a sitting member of Congress.   

 Honestly, it does not matter, as long as it is not Boehner. 

 How about Paul Ryan?

 Ryan did well on the campaign trail.  He has shown a willingness to confront the Democrats and understands not only the budget but also the desperate need to fix the problems that are going to destroy America.

 How about Allen West, whether or not he wins his recount?   How about Michele Bachmann?  She has shown courage and a willingness to take on tough issues.  Plus, she could be good narrowing the so-called “gender gap” we saw in this last election.

 We must have new Republican leadership.  It starts with the Speaker of the House and it must go through the Party and to the next nominee for President.