Support Curtis Bostic over Appalacian Trail Hiker Mark Sanford

 

I cannot begin to believe that South Carolina would send a serial adulterer and liar to Congress as a Republican.  We must do all we can in the next 2 weeks to support Curtis Bostic in the runoff for this safe Republican seat.  Mr. Bostic is a Marine veteran of Desert Storm, the father of 5 home-schooled children, and his campaign site is StopSpending.com

The Other McCain has a full rundown, but let’s show the GOP Establishment that the Tea Party is still strong.  Contribute what you can – I did.

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Another Failing Institution Handing Out Bonuses

clipped from online.wsj.com
WASHINGTON — While Congress has been flaying companies for giving out bonuses while on the government dole, lawmakers have a longstanding tradition of rewarding their own employees with extra cash — also courtesy of taxpayers.
Capitol Hill bonuses in 2008 were among the highest in years, according to LegiStorm, an organization that tracks payroll data. The average House aide earned 17% more in the fourth quarter of the year, when the bonuses were paid, than in previous quarters, according to the data. That was the highest jump in the eight years LegiStorm has compiled payroll information.
Payments ranged from a few hundred dollars to $14,000. Lawmakers, at their own discretion, gave the money to chiefs of staff, assistants, computer technicians, and more than 100 aides who earned salaries of more than $100,000 a year.
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Doug Lamborn – Colorado CD5

John Andrews nails this one:

Republicans lost Congress in 2006, and may lose more seats in 2008, largely because members forgot it’s all about the principles, the party, and the country, acting instead as if it was “all about me.” Unless I’m missing something, that’s also the reason two primary challengers are hounding Congressman Doug Lamborn in Colorado’s 5th congressional district this summer.

As a freshman, Lamborn has compiled one of the most stellar conservative records in the US House or Senate, bar none. Club for Growth ranked him in their top 5 out of 535 members in the two bodies. National Journal rates him No. 1 among all House Republicans in consistently voting against Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

He co-founded the House Caucus on Missile Defense and battled his way onto the diminished GOP side of the Armed Services Committee.

His endorsements for re-election, in addition to the Club for Growth, include National Federation of Independent Business, National Pro-Life Alliance, National Right to Work, Concerned Women for America, Republican National Coalition for Life, and the Minutemen Civil Defense PAC.

Other than that, he has done nothing, earned no one’s admiration and support, and put up a big zero for the conservative cause, the state of Colorado, and the people of his Colorado Springs-centered district.

It’s hard, therefore, to discern any motivation for the greater good or causes beyond themselves that would be driving ex-Hefley staffer Jeff Crank and retired Gen. Bentley Rayburn to force a rematch with Lamborn after losing to him two years ago.

These are two likable, accomplished, and capable men as best one can tell, but (news flash) we already have a solid Republican congressman in the 5th. So the burden of proof is on them to demonstrate objective reasons why either should displace the honored and honorable incumbent of their own party.

Absent some such reason — and I’ve seen none — the only remaining explanation is such nakedly selfish assertions as “I belong in Congress” or “He’s not half the man I am” or “This is my destiny.” Gag.

This is the kind of “me generation” thinking that eventually produced rank overspending, gross expediency, incumbency mania, scandal, and in some cases even prison terms for the GOP idealists of 1994 as things spiraled downward toward the voters’ repudiation in 2006. Why dump a proven conservative whose record shows he is not susceptible to any of those things, and put another “all about me” contender in his place?

The sensible decision for Republican primary voters, come August, is to keep Rep. Lamborn right where he is, and encourage Mssrs. Crank and Rayburn to find other outlets for the public service which they unconvincingly claim is their only motive.

Fast Decline or Slow?

Lemuel has a really good analysis of the Republicans in the past 20 years over at Hillbilly White Trash.  The whole thing is very good, but some of my favorite parts are:

The Republican party cannot achieve majority status if its program is simply to run along behind the Democrats calling out “me too, me too – but just not quite as much”.

For far too long Republicans and “conservatives” have been mainly occupied with looking at whichever bit of socialism the Democrats are currently pushing and coming up with their own plan which goes in the same direction, but just not as far.

The Republican party has worked hard for 20 and more years to earn its coming defeat. It is my hope that the party will at long last learn its lesson and understand that it must be a conservative party. I pray that it comes to understand that the Republican tent must be large enough to hold everyone who upholds the three pillars of conservatism, social conservatism, fiscal conservatism and foreign policy conservatism. But not one square inch larger.

The trend since Reagan has been government for government’s sake – especially with the Republicans spending like drunken sailors before they got kicked out of power in 2006.  Our future doesn’t look very good at this moment – either as a Party or as a Country.

Missing in Action

In this teeny, tiny little article about how their hometown Congressman is a crook and a liar:

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., says Congressman Jim McDermott owes an Ohio congressman $1 million for leaking an illegally taped phone call to the media.

Today’s decision may end the dispute that began in 1996 when John Boehner (BAY’-ner) was taped talking about an ethics case involving Newt Gingrich. The tape reached McDermott who gave it two newspapers. He says it’s a free speech issue.

Boehner sued and the case has been in the courts for a decade. A federal court ruled McDermott had no right to release the call.

It would be the McDermott (D-Wash).  There’s lots of other stuff about how two retirees just happened to be driving along an interstate in Florida and they just happened to be right behind an Ohio Congressman and they just on the merest coincidence had in their car a radio scanner that could tune in to cell phone calls and they also coincidentally had a recorder with which to illegally record those calls and they then as good little citizens gave this illegal material to Saddam Hussein’s favorite Congressman Mr. McDermott who then somehow gave them to newspapers in an effort to discredit Speaker Gingrich.

Lots of coincidental stuff in that little story.

Treason Charges to Soon Be Filed?

Let’s put it this way – they ought to be. Three US Congressmen who took Saddam’s money to come and try and support his murderous regime. I guess its impossible to actually get treason charges filed any more. If they didn’t send Hanoi Jane to Old Sparky for her Vietnam shenanigans, what is the big deal about three traitors going to help a killer like Saddam?

However, let’s name them clearly:

Democrat –  Jim McDermott of Washington

Democrat – David Bonior of Michigan

Democrat – Mike Thompson of California

Here’s the sordid details so far:

Saddam Hussein’s intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution.

Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam’s regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid for the trip through an intermediary and rewarded Al-Hanooti with 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.

The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. None was charged and Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said investigators “have no information whatsoever” any of them knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.

I was just following my leftist orders:

Both McDermott and Thompson are popular among liberal voters in their reliably Democratic districts for their anti-war views. Bonior is no longer in Congress.

How Are You Enjoying the Change?

A question from Texas Rainmaker:

A little over a year ago:

1. Consumer confidence stood at a 5-year high;
2. Regular gasoline averaged under $2.30 a gallon;
3. The unemployment rate was down to 4.4%.
4. Americans were enjoying historically-high home equity.
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Since voting in a Democrat Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1. Consumer confidence plummet;
2. The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.25 a gallon;
3. Unemployment rise to 4.8% (a 9% increase);
4. American home equity hit the lowest point in six decades;
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