A GOP of Bold Colors
“Let's have a new first party – a Republican Party – raising a banner of bold colors, no pale pastels. A banner instantly recognizable as standing for certain values which will not be compromised.” – Reagan
While I myself am a registered conservative, I look to the Republican Party as the closest representative of conservative values in American politics. Overtime, that appears to be fading. Sometimes I look at Washington lately and I wonder if it is possible to distinguish one party from the other. While many see the parties as becoming more partisan in their rhetoric, often we can look at their actions and find it nearly impossible to discern one from the other. It's as if they are melting into the same pot of power, rather than standing firm on the principles that brought them there to begin with. Reagan also stated in that speech quoted above that people at the time felt it no longer mattered which party won. Are we approaching a similar place in history? I think that conservatives have the chance to bring a similar vitality brought by Reagan if they listen to his idea that Republicans don't need to act like a watered down version of the Democrats. Instead, they need to make the differences between the two parties bold, no pastels. Standing for principle will earn you respect, others will want to fight alongside you for shared principles and it will restore a renewed faith that we send conservatives to Washington who won't bend at the fear of a Democrat-Media campaign. For more on this, check out Hannity.com.
Why The Obama Care Fight Is So Important
This is what the fight over Obama Care is truly all about. Like it or not, this is the issue where conservatives will rise to the top and Republicans who don't act on conservative principles will sink. Obama Care represents virtually every antithesis of conservative principles: Big government, lack of freedom, invasion of privacy, increased taxes, harms businesses, higher costs with worse results, more government dependency, less innovation, more regulations. Not only that, but you have the majority of Americans who despise the law AND you have the power in Congress to stop it if Republicans unite. If Republicans won't stand up and fight against Obama Care, then I seriously doubt their willingness to fight for any conservative principles in the future. They will become irrelevant. I don't want to see that happen and neither do you. Those who are opposed to Mike Lee's idea of how to fund Obama Care need to hear from you and they need to know that this issue matters, the se principles matter and you are counting on them to lead rather than to cower in the shadows of a potential Democrat PR smear campaign.
Obama's Grand Bargain
Continuing his series of campaign-style speeches, Barack Obama made another speech today focusing on the middle class. Obama proposes cutting corporate tax rates from 35% to 28% and to 25% for manufacturers. After all, America has the highest corporate tax rates in the world. But Obama's support for cutting the corporate tax rate is nothing new. If you will recall during the election, Obama and Romney agreed on the need to lower our corporate tax rate. During one of the debates in October 2012, Obama said: “When it comes to our tax code, Governor Romney and I both agree that our corporate tax rate is too high, so I want to lower it, particularly for manufacturing, taking it down to 25 percent.” Well that is exactly what we are now seeing proposed, but it is being painted as a “grand bargain.” Why? Because Obama isn't going to just lower taxes out of the goodness of his heart. He wants … other tax increases and more spending! In 2009 we spent over $800 billion on Obama's stimulus plan, which was supposed to “save or create” jobs almost immediately. Remember that? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look around and see that this idea failed miserably. We have fewer Americans working today than when Obama took office and we have more debt than ever before. Why on earth are we to believe than another $50 billion jobs stimulus will be any different?
Randal Howard "Rand" Paul (born January 7, 1963) is an American ophthalmologist and politician who describes himself as a "constitutional conservative". He is the third child of Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. Paul is the chairman and founder of Kentucky Taxpayers United. In August 2009, Paul officially announced his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by retiring Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky. Paul, a lifelong Republican, won the party's primary election on May 18, 2010. He then defeated Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the general election on November 2, 2010.