Thomas R. Eddlem
Michigan congressman Justin Amash engaged in a successful smackdown of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a Tweet war February 13-14. The social media snit got started after Carney tried to make political hay of Amash's criticism of GOP leadership over the budget sequester, and ended with Amash burning the White House's position that the sequester was a looming evil: “@PressSec It's even more disingenuous for Pres O to call sequester 'devastating' when he came up w/it & signed it into law.”
One would have thought the twin Republican responses to President Obama's State of the Union address by Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul should have been almost identical in opposition to the president. But they ended up a study in sharp contrast.
In his February 12 State of the Union address, President Obama unloaded a leftist laundry list of plans, including the implementation of gun control, more education spending, federal pre-school care, and more high-handed executive orders.
Former presidential advisor Karl Rove established the Conservative Victory Project this month as a means of becoming the gatekeeper to Republican nominations in the intra-party battle between constitutionalists and neo-conservatives.
President Obama has issued an order to close the small office he created with the responsibility of closing Guantanamo Bay prison. He repeatedly promised during the 2008 presidential campaign and immediately after assuming office to close the Cuban prison, which houses many of the detainees picked up after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001; however, the closure never happened.
Former Republican vice presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan told NBC's Meet the Press January 27 that the Republican ideas for spending cuts on social welfare programs would have increased the Food Stamp program by 260 percent over a decade, instead of the Democrats' 270 percent.
Americans who want to know how ObamaCare, the recently passed healthcare reform package, will impact the nation need only look toward Massachusetts.
President Obama derided the Second Amendment as obsolete in his second inaugural address, claiming that “when times change, so must we” on issues like gun control.
House Republicans have decided to pass on a stand-off against the White House and Democratic Senate on the looming national debt limit fight, choosing instead to insist upon an unconstitutional measure denying Senators federal pay until the Senate passes a budget.