Not what you would have expected, even a short two years ago.
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She favors as well fundamental reforms to solve the long-term entitlement crisis without tax increases. These include the freedom to choose personal accounts for Social Security for younger workers. She would also extend the enormously successful 1996 reforms of the old AFDC welfare program to dozens of other federal welfare programs, sending welfare back to the states where it belongs. Like President Reagan, she also favors restoring the lead role in education back to the states as well, rather than in the federal Department of Education. She also supports repealing the Reid/Obama health care takeover, and replacing it with alternative Patient Power reforms based on expanding the power and control of patients and their doctors over their own health care.
All of her primary foes have now endorsed her. This is no time for the politics as usual of old, tax increasing, establishment foes she has defeated in the past playing footsie with now defunct Harry Reid. As Newt Gingrich explained above, the fundamental future and even survival of America is at stake like almost never before. I am sure a strong majority of Nevadans will understand that, and retire all of the old boy network, Democrat or Republican, that doesn’t.
Marco Rubio also served in the state assembly in Florida, rising to Speaker of the House in 2007. He challenged sitting Governor Charlie Crist for the nomination to replace retiring Senator Mel Martinez.
Rubio was also endorsed by the Tea Party, the Club for Growth, and other national conservative leaders. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, named him “the most pro-taxpayer legislative leader in the country” for his proposal to eliminate state property taxes on primary residences.
Like Angle, Rubio would also eliminate remaining TARP and stimulus spending, and return federal programs to pre-Obama spending levels, maintaining a freeze on non-defense and non-veterans discretionary spending until the budget is balanced. In fact, he favors a balanced budget amendment, and “a flat tax code in America that you could fill out on the back of a postcard and mail in every year.” He would also eliminate the capital gains tax, the tax on corporate dividends, and the death tax.
Rubio won the primary in the court of public opinion before the election was even held. He pulled so far ahead of Crist in the polls that Crist dropped out of the primary and announced he was running as an independent. Now he is not even a RINO. Some commitment to principle.
Crist is a living example of what is wrong with politics in America. He is not a convictions candidate running on principle like Rubio and Angle. It is all about him and whatever it takes to win and stay in power. When he thought Obama was the hot ticket early last year, he embraced Obama and the stimulus, tin cupping for more federal handouts. There is not a single reason for any Republican to vote for him, except for those whose votes are bought and paid for by the Governor’s own political machine. Leave him to fight with Meek for Democrat votes. Crist is only doing as well as he is in the polls because of name ID and because the Democrat is so clueless.
Those who have doubted Carly Fiorina’s conservatism should find on YouTube her interviews on the Larry Kudlow show on CNBC. Kudlow was an architect of Reaganomics from his perch in OMB during the early Reagan years. In those interviews, Fiorina displays a thorough understanding of the entire Reaganomics program, and consistent, unqualified, across the board support for it.
She could not be a more perfect opponent for Barbara Boxer. As the former CEO of Hewlitt Packard, she knows from first hand experience what is needed to create jobs and meet international competition in the new globalized world economy. She has an endearing personal story in winning her individual fight with breast cancer, persevering to still step forward to serve her country in this hour of deep crisis. That story shows that she is just the opposite of the self-serving Crist. She is not in this battle for personal gain at this time in her life.
Chuck DeVore, who was defeated in the California GOP primary, is a strong grassroots conservative like the others we have discussed here, and he should persevere for another position, just as long-time California conservative stalwart Tom McClintock has, perhaps in a run for Congress. But with the crisis America faces today, true conservatives cannot sit by and watch ultra-leftist Barbara Boxer return to the Senate in what would be a stirring victory for Obama’s secular socialist machine.
This column first argued over a year ago that Boxer would be vulnerable in the new political environment Obama’s extreme ultraleftism is creating. The polls show her neck and neck with Fiorina, riding her name ID before Fiorina has even begun her attack, while Fiorina enjoys a far more passionate base for the fall turnout. Those who cannot recognize that the knee-jerk, brain dead, ultraliberal Boxer is just the opposite of what America desperately needs right now are letting their country down. Her unreasoned Senate drive for cap and trade would cause electricity costs to skyrocket, as Obama has explained, and steal away your standard of living, if not your job, with no reasonable justification. She has also has been another vote for the failed Obama stimulus, runaway spending and welfare, explosive deficits and national debt, and government takeover of health care.
Rand Paul is another principled, grassroots conservative that overcame the political establishment favorite in Kentucky to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat of the retiring baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. The polls have shown him way ahead, and he would be a national leader in the Senate for much needed fundamental reform of the Fed and basic entitlement reforms without tax increases, like a personal account option for Social Security.
Those insiders and pundits harping on the pounding he has taken in some media precincts should take note: MSNBC is a vanity network with just 3 viewers in Kentucky.
Star Parker knows the failings of the welfare state first hand as a refugee from welfare herself. Her rise from the ashes through a Christian conversion to lead the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) as a grassroots, black conservative, free market leader is a classic American story of personal renewal and redemption. She is now running for Congress in a heavily Democrat, minority, inner city Los Angeles district against first term incumbent Laura Richardson.
The incumbent is actually no match for the highly intelligent, movie star articulate, aptly named Star Parker. Parker has been a national leader in developing fundamental economic reforms that would truly liberate African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities. These include school choice reforms that would free poor children trapped in ghetto bureaucracy schools, so they can get real education and climb the ladder to personal prosperity. They include the choice of personal accounts for Social Security that would empower poor and minority families for the first time to accumulate their own family nest eggs representing a share of ownership in America’s business and industry. They include Medicaid vouchers that would free the poor from the third class medicine they suffer in that government program to enjoy the same health care through the same health insurance as the middle class.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?