In 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Ryan Plan to cut the deficit by $6.2 trillion. They voted to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which was allocated $432 million from the government in the previous year. They also passed a bill to cut off all federal funding for National Public Radio. These votes were mostly along party lines. All three measures were later stopped in the Democratic Senate.
Republicans said it was time for the government to get out of the TV and radio business. The final vote came a week after conservative activists secretly recorded an NPR executive making derogatory comments about Tea Party supporters.
The ensuing controversy led to the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said taxpayers no longer wanted to spend money on the content CPB and NPR provides. “The problem is, we’ve seen programming for NPR and CPB often veer far from what most Americans would like to see as far as the expenditure of their taxpayer dollars. That’s the bottom line.”
In the rankings posted today, the liberal website Daily Kos predicts Pedro Rios (R) will win an open seat for the California State Assembly. Democrats are especially unpopular in the Central Valley because of stringent regulations which have restricted the water supply. The Daily Kos says it will be very difficult for a Democrat to overcome Rios’ 60 to 40 advantage.
This is a 69% Hispanic district and there are currently no Latino Republicans in the state legislature.
In 2010, the main accusation of Valley Democrats was that Republicans were anti-immigrant. They will have a hard time making that case against this year’s GOP nominee. Rios was born in Mexico and immigrated when he was nine years old. He has lived in Delano for the last 25 years.
Rios understands agriculture because along with his family, he’s picked grapes, pruned almonds, and cultivated tomatoes, squash, bell peppers and green peas. He graduated from California State University at Bakersfield, joined the Army National Guard, and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal.
From personal experience he knew his business idea would be a success, and he was correct. He established Rios Portable Toilets to provide restroom facilities for agricultural workers.
In 2000, he was elected to the Delano City Council (population 53,000), and went on to serve as Vice Mayor and Mayor. Delano is best known as the birthplace of the United Farm Workers, and it is still closely identified with the late labor leader Cesar Chavez. Chavez was a liberal on all fiscal issues but his union strongly advocated restricting immigration.
Rios has gone from farm worker to farm owner. He says “The American dream is still alive, but it is being hampered by the heavy hand of government, taxes and regulation. The once great state of California has been driven to the brink of failure.
“Businesses are leaving in droves and taxes are being raised. Higher taxes are not the answer. We must focus on decreasing the size and scope of government. Spending cuts should be made across the board. I do not support any new taxes, and I do not support Governor Brown’s tax proposal.”
He also has a strong anti-Obama message. The administration has had a major role in restricting water to the Central Valley and Rios says “We need water, not a $100 billion train. Water is the life-blood of our families’ future. It will be my number one job.”
Our quote of the day is from former Speaker Newt Gingrich: “President Clinton and the Republican Congress created a bipartisan work oriented reform of welfare in 1996. Obama is single handedly destroying our work.”
The GOP Congress passed welfare reform but Clinton deserves credit for signing the measure in August of 1996, despite significant liberal opposition. Clinton’s approval rating at the beginning of the year was similar to Obama’s (46%), and the Gallup Poll had him losing to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) by 10% in late 1995.
Clinton’s approval rating jumped six points after his January 23, 1996 State of the Union address, and he received one of the largest ratings boosts in history. He did it by abandoning liberal policies of 1993/1994, such as Hillarycare.
Clinton received numerous standing ovations from the GOP during his address that year when he spoke of welfare reform and said “The era of big government is over.” He then went on to talk of a government that “lives within its means,” and asserting that “deficit spending must come to an end.”
Later in the speech he boasted that the “federal government today is the smallest it has been in 30 years.” Obama has never received a similar response from the GOP.
Doug Schoen who was Clinton’s 1996 pollster says “He had his own health-care and spending baggage, but he shed it by adopting an agenda that included a balanced budget, frank acknowledgment of the limits of government and welfare reform. Clinton would almost certainly have lost the 1996 election had he not taken that approach. Democrats would have suffered major losses in the 1998 midterm election had they not followed him.”
The South Carolina state capitol is shown immediately after Vice President Richard Nixon addressed a campaign rally in 1960. He would come close, but South Carolina remained a part of the solid cotton South that year.
Eisenhower received only 2.9% in 1952, while Nixon increased the GOP vote in the state to 48.8%. Then Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) addressed the South Carolina legislature on October 10, 1960. His speech did not receive wide attention, but it would be the end of an era.
It would be the last time a Democratic presidential nominee campaigned to the right of the GOP.
Kennedy had voted against the Eisenhower Administration’s 1957 Civil Rights Act. He repeatedly praised slavery’s champion, Sen. John C. Calhoun (1782-1852), and then attacked Nixon: “Popularity, not logic, is his standard. He promises a vast new Federal program for housing.
“He calls for a vast new Federal program for education. He pledges a vast new Federal program for health.
“He promises to outdo anything the Democrats can do in agriculture, public works, reclamation, foreign aid, defense, and all the rest. But then he journeys South and says he is against Federal spending, against Federal bureaucracy, and against the Democratic Party because we are supporting these programs.
“I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort. There is no magic attached to tax dollars that have been to Washington and back.
“No expert in the Nation’s Capital knows as much about your local problems and how to meet them as you do. Big government is just as much a threat to our liberties as too little government.”
On July 4, 1867, the Georgia Republican Party was established, and one of its founders was Jefferson Long. He was a former slave who learned to read and write on his own, and became a successful tailor in Macon after his emancipation.
Georgia’s re-entry into the Union was delayed because the state legislature refused to ratify the 14th Amendment. When that happened Long was elected to Congress in 1870, but four of his black supporters were killed on election day by white mobs. Long was the second African American elected to Congress, and the first black man to speak on the floor of the House of Representatives. He warned his colleagues of the atrocities being committed by white supremacists.
He said federal troops should not leave Georgia because of the “danger of KKK outrages”. Long was the last black Congressman elected from Georgia until Representative Andrew Young (D) won a seat in 1972.
Long was also elected Republican National Committeeman and was a delegate to the 1872 and 1880 Republican National Conventions where he supported the nominations of U.S. Grant and James A. Garfield.
A recent Business Insider article described Bettina Inclan, 32, as “The Woman With The Single Toughest Job In The Republican Party”. She is the RNC’s first National Director of Hispanic Outreach, and is implementing a new strategy which focuses on Florida, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia. She says “We are going to have a strong ground game in all of those states.”
Inclan was previously Executive Director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Communications Director of the House Republican Policy Committee. She was co-host of the national radio show “Power Play” where she debated a Latina liberal. Inclan also helped Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) win 51% of the Hispanic vote in 2010. Latina magazine named her one of the “Top Six Latino Players in the 2012 Presidential Race.”
Bettina had both good and bad news for Jarrod Agen on December 23. They were at Boston’s Old North Church and she accepted his marriage proposal. The bad news is that she also accepted the RNC job and would be moving to DC in the next week.
Her survey research demonstrates Obama’s growing unpopularity among Hispanics. The latest Gallup poll shows the president’s approval among Latinos at just 46%, down from a high of 85% in 2009 — the biggest decline of any demographic.
Inclan says the recession has hit Latinos harder than other group, and this especially true when it comes to unemployment, home ownership and their neighborhoods.
George W. Bush received 44% of the Hispanic vote in 2008, but McCain got only 31%. Inclan says Romney’s economic platform is popular among many Hispanics, and they were an important part of his winning coalition in the crucial Florida primary.
Romney has already made 54 trips to Florida. The former Governor is an immigration hard-liner who opposes amnesty and Obama’s version of the Dream Act. Romney praises Arizona’s SB 1070 as a model for the nation.
Inclan says “Democrats don’t believe Hispanics are very conservative voters on many issues. Even though people are labeled ‘Hispanic voter’ they often do not have things in common.
“Hispanics are a very diverse group. You can’t say they are monolithic on any issue. I think the immigration debate is not so much about policy as it is about rhetoric.
“Senator Jon Kyl (AZ), the GOP Whip, has always been an immigration hardliner but he still won a very high percentage of Hispanics because he talks about the need for immigration reform without blaming all Mexican-Americans or Hispanics. Hispanics aren’t single issue voters and they don’t vote solely on immigration.”
Inclan has a Mexican father and a Cuban mother. She grew up with a grandfather who had been a political prisoner in Cuba for 14 years. She describes herself as a Ronald Reagan conservative, and says “Perhaps we were fiscal conservatives because we were always on a very tight budget.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, holds a copy of his “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal. The $6.2 trillion reduction was defeated in the Senate earlier today.
The Senate today defeated the Ryan budget on a 57 to 40 vote. The “Path to Prosperity” deficit reduction plan had earlier passed the House and it would have reduced the deficit by $6.2 trillion over a decade. The most controversial part of the Ryan plan involved Medicare. Continue reading