Republican Representative Ron Paul announced April 26 that he had formed an "official Exploratory Committee to assess his options for the 2012 Presidential campaign" that includes three advisers who are veteran Republican activists from Iowa. The Texas congressman and former obstetrician was launched into national prominence after the issues he raised in the 2008 presidential campaign became national concerns: a Federal Reserve-driven housing crisis and recession, burgeoning budget deficits, and too many foreign wars. He announced the formation of the exploratory committee in Iowa, where the first caucus for the 2012 race will be held.
Remember a conservatism that included the principles of balanced budgets and spending cuts? No longer. The new conservatism in vogue inside the Washington, D.C., beltway is �spendthrift conservatism,� which can be defined as claiming to be cutting spending and paying off the national debt while at the same time increasing both.
Last week, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (left) signed into law a measure that will require Kansas voters to present photo IDs at the polling booth. According to Brownback, the law is a “modest, prudent measure” that will ensure “the sanctity of the vote.
Californians want to be taxed more — at least according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll. Governor Jerry Brown (left) has been traveling around the state attempting to generate support for his plan to balance the budget by spending reductions and tax increases. The poll reports that 60 percent of Californians, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, want a vote in June to renew several tax increases that will otherwise end on July 1.
The McClatchy-Marist Poll, which was released last Monday, revealed that those calling themselves Tea Partiers have little interest in doing anything substantial about slashing government spending. This cuts the legs out from under any attempt by conservatives in Washington to rein in that spending and it also gives President Obama a huge edge going into the 2012 elections.
Item: “More than 100 health care reform advocates rallied Wednesday near the site of the new Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center to celebrate the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act,” reported the Kansas City Star on March 23. “‘For the first time in the history of this country, we will — maybe — see the end of physical suffering to a large degree,’ Rodgers CEO Hilda Fuentes told the group. The health care law has already brought several changes in medical coverage but won’t be fully implemented for several years. Many Republicans contend the law is too costly and unconstitutional.”
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from Virginia’s Attorney General to expedite the legal process for the ObamaCare suit and instead required judicial review of the healthcare law to continue in federal appeals courts. As a result, the lawsuit must first be considered in appellate courts, where hearings are scheduled in May and June.
Recently released classified military documents regarding the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have once again forced the Obama administration to defend the continued presence of the military detainment camp in Cuba, where 172 men remain.
Now that he is considering running for President at a time when the federal government�s financial condition is precarious indeed, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says that his 2003 vote in favor of Medicare prescription drug coverage �was a mistake.� Yet the reasoning behind his admission reveals his lack of commitment to both conservative principles and the Constitution.
Lovers of liberty hoping that another Dr. Paul would go to Washington next January are probably going to have to wait for another election year. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Dr. Robert Paul, the youngest son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and the brother of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), “told students at the University of North Texas that he has all but ruled out a bid for political office.” But, the paper adds, that is only “for now.”