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<p>FreedomWorks Oklahoma rallied against the bailout and congressional spending last week as part of our national Pocketbook Issues Tour. Field Coordinator Tim Gillespie led a group of activists in a protest against past and future bailouts. Tim was interviewed by a local radio station and a local television station. </p> <p> Our activists got the attention of the staff of Congressman John Sullivan, who came out to try and explain his vote for the Wall Street Bailout. FreedomWorks will continue to organize for limited government around the country. </p>
<p>John McCain's noble concession speech is expected to quickly allow him to rebuild his former reputation as an independent bipartisan force in Washington. </p> <p>For his party it is more difficult. </p> <p>Republicans are now divided between social conservatives for whom abortion and gay marriage still override all other concerns, and moderates who think the fanaticism of some evangelical voters has driven away independent voters. </p> <p>Many fear the collapse of the Reagan coalition, which united social, fiscal and foreign policy conservatives. </p>
<p>So much for a lasting Republican majority.</p> <p>The Republican Party is essentially in tatters, and not that long after George W. Bush's 2000 election spurred talk of enduring GOP dominance.</p> <p>John McCain's shellacking and Tuesday's congressional losses leaves the party searching for a new leader and identity.</p> <p>"It's time for the losing to stop. And my commitment to you is that it will," House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio told his rank and file after the party lost at least 19 congressional seats _ on his watch.</p>
<p>Capping a campaign that saw Americans expressing dissatisfaction with issues from the war in Iraq to the economy, voters presented Barack Obama with a decidedly more Democratic Congress Tuesday, providing the president-elect with Capitol Hill support crucial to enacting his agenda.</p> <p>Republicans said they had been prepared for a dismal Election Day. “We expected this kind of night,” said Sen. John Ensign , R-Nev., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Ensign said voters blamed Republicans for the financial downturn and candidates paid the price on Election Day. </p> <p>Even while basking in their victory, congressional Democrats pleaded for patience, making it clear that their agenda cannot be enacted overnight. “We have a great deal of work to do,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., said in an election night speech in Washington, D.C. “And we can do some of it right from the start. But the rest of us will take a while. The rest of it will take a while. We must take a very deliberate steady course for America”</p> <p>Pelosi also attempted to strike an air of bipartisanship Tuesday night. However, a key moderate House Republican who often worked with Democrats was defeated in his reelection bid. Rep. Christopher Shays , R-Conn., first elected in 1987, was defeated by Democrat Jim Himes. But in the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins , R-Maine, a key GOP moderate who also has a reputation for working with members of the other party, managed to hold onto her seat.</p> <p>Republican losses in the House could trigger leadership challenges. If so, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor is the man to watch. The longtime appointed deputy to Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, Cantor passed up a chance to run against Blunt after the GOP lost 30 seats in the 2006 election, even though many of his colleagues wanted him to mount a challenge to his mentor. Cantor has kept his cards extremely close to his chest in recent weeks and is considered a good bet to challenge Blunt -- if Blunt doesn’t step aside in the wake of Tuesday night’s losses.</p> <p>Cantor is also viewed as the candidate with the best base from which to make a run at Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio. Many Republicans, predict that Boehner will survive the leadership elections, despite the GOP hemorrhaging seats for a second consecutive election and general frustration among the remaining lawmakers.</p> <p>Colleagues continue to hold Boehner in high regard, according to longtime Republican operatives and congressional aides. They cite the success Republicans believe they had in challenging Democrats on oil and gas drilling over the summer. They also say Boehner was particularly deft in spreading blame on issues that divided most of the rank and file from their leadership -- most notably the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector that attracted less than one-third of the Republican Conference even with the backing of Boehner, Minority Whip Roy Blunt , Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia and Conference Chairman Adam Putnam of Florida.</p> <p>“Boehner is 100 percent safe. He could commit a crime on videotape and still be re-elected as Republican leader. Members like him. They think he’s a good guy who cares about them, which he is. It’s just that simple,” said a senior Republican aide who does not work for Boehner. “And his brilliant move to put Blunt in charge of the bailout negotiations has further inoculated him from any hostility in the Conference.”</p> <p>But if Boehner is able to keep his job, there may be a more important factor: His ability to present himself as a leader willing to push reform despite having been his party’s floor leader since winning a February 2006 election to succeed then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in that post. Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan , argues that Republicans need to be a party of reform. “We have to reclaim the mantle of the reform party. We have to sweep out of our party those who stand in the way of reform,” Ryan said.</p> <p>Former Majority Leader Richard K. Armey of Texas, who came to power with Newt Gingrich and Boehner in 1995, said Boehner can lead that charge now that congressional Republicans are freed from pressure to support a president of their own party.</p> <p>“He doesn’t have that problem anymore, and I think you’re going to see John Boehner as the small-government revolutionary that he was when he first came to Congress,” Armey said. “I think he becomes, in Washington, the energy center around which you rebuild the Republican Party.”</p> <p>Putnam wasted no time in announcing his decision. “I believe it is time to step off the leadership ladder and return my focus to crafting public policy solutions for America’s generational challenges — the very reason I ran for Congress in the first place,” Putnam, a 34-year-old Floridian who has been viewed as a rising star in his party since his first election to Congress in 2000, wrote to colleagues. “With the issues before us today come bipartisan opportunities and partisan differences. My current role obligates me to the latter and too often excludes me from the former. I want to fight the battles worth fighting and lock arms to strengthen our nation whenever possible.”</p> <p>Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling , chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, is likely to announce his candidacy, according to GOP aides. “Hensarling is inclined to run,” said a Republican aide close to Hensarling. But there are other members who could run, including former Conference Vice Chairman Jack Kingston of Georgia and Darrell Issa of California, according to a senior Republican aide.</p>
<p>The majorities won by Democrats in Congress confront President-elect Barack Obama's party with twin dangers: failing to deliver on its most important campaign promises, and pressure to push too far, too fast on politically divisive issues. </p>
<p>Losing the presidency and seats in Congress puts the Republican Party at its lowest point in generations. </p> <p>Insiders and analysts agree that the Grand Old Party's next move should be to return to one of its core beliefs: emphasizing that small government is what makes America work best.</p>
I was going to repeat my many prior assertions that many Americans are economically clueless, something I stand by.
This morning, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama, continued the downward ratchet of the level of income at which Barack Obama intends to confiscate income. Obama started at $250,000, then said $200,000. Joe Biden then dropped the bar to $150,000 three days ago. And now, Bill Richardson says that "there is a tax cut for those" making $120,000 and under, implying that anyone making over $120,000 will be penalized by an Obama administration. I realize that liberals will argue with that conclusion.
(a) He talks about economics (b) He says he believes in lower government spending (c) Even the left-leaning Associated Press says he's misleading voters (d) All of the above For today's installment of answer (d), see today's AP article on Obama's infomercial last night: "Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities"
In a speech in Sarasota, Florida on Thursday, Barack Obama said he "will eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-up companies that are the engine of job creation in this country." Sit back and think about that for a minute, especially in combination with what he said to Joe the Plumber. What does Obama think the goal of someone who starts a small business is?