Rep. Dave Brat: Ryan Should Explain Agenda Before Holding Speaker Vote

I consider Brat one of the few good guys up on the Hill. He’s the guy who replaced Eric Cantor and has done a good job of sticking to his constitutional guns.

Brat’s right. What are Ryan’s priorities? Has he changed or is he going to try to cling to the ways of old? We still remember Ex-Im.

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Poll: 73% of Likely Republican Voters believe GOP leaders have lost touch with Republican voters

In the polling world 73% is a big number. When a president is at 73% approval it is the smoothest of sailing. When 73% of the voters in a party think party leaders are not reflecting their views it reflects serious anger.

Likely GOP leadership will dismiss these numbers as they have the TEA Party, the opposition to the Omnibus spending bills, the opposition to the Export-Import Bank renewal, and all sorts of other things.

How long leadership can continue to do so is another question.

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Paul Ryan Is Going To Need Democrats On Omnibus, Just Like Boehner

Folks, they just do not get it. Congress has yet to figure out that it should be shrinking government, not expanding it. Yes, things will get hung up. And that is OK. Better to have nothing done than to spend taxpayer money as it has been spent for too long. (My entire life plus many many years.) Ryan “going full Boehner” on the American people is not helpful. It isn’t progress.

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As Ryan takes over, can he tame the reckless Establishment?

We expect more of the same from Speaker Ryan, but we hope for the best. Indeed if Ryan can get the big spending establishment under reins this will be an historic achievement. Truly something to be proud of. His position in history will be unique. And you know pols love that sort of thing.

We think it is possible that Ryan has it in him. Possible. Not probable though.

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Speaker Boehner has betrayed small government ethos, many want him gone, likely to happen soon

To be fair it’s not like Boehner was ever really a “conservative” and certainly he does not appear to have a libertarian bone in his body. He is a big government, Abrams tank-loving big spender. He has systematically tried to disenfranchise the younger, more liberty oriented members of the Republican caucus. He has sided with the President over the libertarian-conservative coalition pretty much every time it has mattered. In the face of an executive power grab Boehner backed down when voters clearly wanted him to stand up.

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Boehner to “go big government” yet again, Wants to spend tens of billions without commensurate cuts

A couple of weeks ago we reported that John Boehner was being backed by House Democrats in the face of a rumored leadership coup effort spurred by the libertarian/conservative coalition in the House GOP.

It’s easy to see why the Speaker gets support from the other side of the aisle. Mr. Boehner wants to spend a pile of money just like the Dem leadership before him. Sure the spending is more heavily weighted toward Republican friendly programs,

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Dems vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup

Boehner has a pretty tough job. He is a Republican stuck in the 20th century trying to lead a caucus which is very much of the 21st Century. The Republican Party has changed. Many within its ranks are actually for smaller government and working within the parameters of the Constitution. They are not of the New Deal “consensus” of which Boehner is a vestige (if a Republican one).

Add a president who seems more than willing to push the envelope of executive power (to be kind) and one has to have some degree of pity for Boehner.

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Cancer and Cronyism in the New York State Assembly

The Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver was recently arrested on corruption charges. Millions of dollars in bribes may have found their way to the politician. Given that the Manhattan Democrat was the most powerful person in the state legislature for years, this is no small deal.

At least part of what concerns authorities is Silver’s connection to an oncologist, Dr. Robert N. Taub a leading light in the effort to fight mesothelioma. Mr. Taub’s office may have improperly referred cancer patients to the law firm of the Assembly Speaker.

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NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused of $6 million bribery and kickback scheme, taken into custody

This is the Speaker of the Assembly in New York state. And $6 million is not chump change. It will be interesting to see how far this scandal spreads given that presumably nearly everything done in the New York state legislature had to go through Silver somehow.

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Flood of anti-Boehner calls rattles leadership

Well Boehner won, but he knows there’s an asterisk next to his victory. It seems that those of us in the hinterlands have put the big guy on notice. Word is he’s unnerved by all the grass roots disaffection. Good, let him be unnerved. The only way we are ever going to put this house (pun) in order is by keeping the heat on these guys. Unrelenting heat.

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