Despite repeated promises of transparency and openness, the Obama administration has been marked by an overt hostility to unfriendly media. Reporters have been denied access to official White House events, photographers have been prevented from taking photographs, and the Justice Department was caught spying on Fox News reporter James Rosen.
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Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a nationwide grassroots organization fighting for lower taxes, less government and freedom and the author of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto.
The snowflakes were falling on Washington, D.C.
People were setting up their Christmas trees.
The chestnuts were roasting in Farragut Square,
With just a touch of magic in the silvery air.
Over the last several years, the media has repeatedly predicted the end of the freedom movement. The party is over. Only the left can successfully engage grassroots activity. The Tea Party was just a phase. At the same time, the political establishment’s conventional wisdom declares TV advertising to be the difference between success and failure.
This article is the second installment in a three-part series on the Tea Party. You can find the first installment here. The final article in the series will appear next week.
If you put all your faith in one politician, you will always be disappointed. This is especially true if he or she holds a position in government with no legislative authority.
"I despise these people,” Orrin Hatch told NPR last week, “and I'm not the guy you come in and dump on without getting punched in the mouth." What would make the powerful 36-year incumbent senator from Utah say such a hostile thing? Who does he “despise”? What did they do? Who, exactly, does he want to punch “in the mouth”?
There must be some sort of contest among actors to see who can level the most offensive charge against the tea party. Sean Penn tossed his hat in the ring over the weekend, calling the tea party “the ‘Get the N-word out of the White House Party’” during an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” He added that the tea party wants to lynch President Obama.
After shunning fiscally conservative principles for much of his political career, Mitt Romney has realized it might benefit his presidential campaign to embrace the tea party. In New Hampshire this weekend, Romney held a photo op with the Tea Party Express in an attempt to court this powerful voter bloc, a group he’s spent the last 18 months distancing himself from. Memo to Mitt: We are not props for another stump speech. We care about substantive policies that lift the burden of big government from our struggling economy.
In his speech to the nation Monday, President Obama called for compromise on the debt ceiling debate, bemoaning that “compromise has become a dirty word” and waxing nostalgic that “America, after all, has always been a grand experiment in compromise.” He specifically attacked Republicans in the House of Representatives, who he said “refuse to consider this kind of balanced approach.” What the president, other establishment leaders and the media fail to understand, however, is that the Cut, Cap and Balance approach of House Republicans is the compromise.
David Brooks is mad at Republicans. Again. In particular, he is perturbed by the Tea Party, a group he dismisses as “a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative.” The reason, apparently, is that the Tea Party is making negotiations on raising the debt ceiling difficult. Rather than take a deal hobbled together by President Obama and the Democrats, some are looking for real reforms.
With the ink on the budget deal barely dry, Congress now faces an even more daunting challenge — a vote to raise the debt ceiling. As the U.S. Treasury announced this week, the nation has officially maxed out its credit card. Congress must use this opportunity to put new constraints on runaway federal spending while implementing significant and immediate spending cuts.
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Japan. This is a terrible tragedy that has cost thousands of lives and destroyed infrastructure, homes and businesses.
Last year, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) bailout of Ireland and Greece put U.S. taxpayers on the hook for over $46 billion. It’s time to get ready for the next round of European bailouts in 2011. IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky says that “we will stand by with our European partners to provide support.” Speculation has been circulating that this will mean an upcoming taxpayer bailout of Portugal and Spain.
President Ronald Reagan, who would have turned 100 on Sunday, was a bold and inspirational conservative visionary. His ability to effectively communicate both the failures of bureaucratic central planning and the virtues of a free market are unparalleled in modern American political history. To commemorate Reagan’s birth, General Electric is sponsoring the two-year Reagan Centennial Celebration, which coincides with GE’s release of a short documentary on the anniversary of Reagan’s famous “A Time for Choosing” speech.
On November 2nd, the American people’s voice was heard at the ballot box. Voters in Arizona, Oklahoma and Missouri overwhelmingly voted for ballot measures stopping the enforcement of the individual mandate — one of the key provisions in Obamacare. The mandate, which takes effect in 2014, will force Americans to buy government-approved health care insurance whether they want to or not. Somehow, the Obama administration thinks this new mandate will boost our ratings in the first ever review by the United Nations Human Rights Council.