At NRO this week, I made it clear that I really don't like Paul Ryan's budget deal. I now rush in to urge everybody, on all sides on the right, not to over-react. This admonition applies to Speaker John Boehner, too.
Background: While I haven't always thought Boehner has strategized brilliantly or played his tactical cards wisely, I also think conservatives have frequently gone way overboard in portraying him as some sort of outrageous sellout, "squish," or (in some cases) flat-out enemy. The man has very solid ratings from the American Conservative Union, and he is a far more effective, and far more conservative, Speaker than Dennis Hastert was; and in many ways he is steadier than Newt Gingrich was.
I've also been, over the course of many years, one of Paul Ryan's foremost advocates…[more]
New TV Ad Encourages West Virginians to Urge Attorney General Darrell McGraw to Protect the State’s Sovereignty By Standing Up to Washington’s Power-Grabs
ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) today launched a public education effort in West Virginia, which includes a new television ad urging West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw to use his authority to stand up to Washington, D.C.’s power grabs that are hurting West Virginia families and intrude on the state’s sovereignty.
The ad, titled “Healthcare,” notes McGraw’s failure to join with nearly thirty other state attorneys general and public officials in challenging Washington’s new health care law. The ad, which can be viewed below, encourages West Virginians to call Attorney General McGraw and tell him to start standing up against Washington’s overreach.
This latest public education effort in West Virginia is part of CFIF’s broader State Sovereignty Project – the focus of which is a series of ongoing grassroots-focused communications designed to encourage governmental authorities closest to the people to reclaim and exercise the structural powers granted to them by the U.S. Constitution as a bulwark against federal encroachments on state sovereignty and erosion of the individual liberties of the people they serve.
“The U.S. Constitution not only provides for a system of checks and balances within the federal government, but also a check by the various states on the federal government,” said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella.
“The devastating impact that the federal government’s overreach – including the assaults on liberty and states’ rights represented in the Affordable Care Act, among other policies – is having on West Virginia’s economy and families make the state a prime case study on the need for state and local officials to exercise their constitutional authority to fight back against Washington’s excessive power grabs,” Mazzella continued.
Founded in 1998, the Center for Individual Freedom is a constitutional and free market advocacy organization with more than 250,000 activists and supporters nationwide.
"Barack Obama is not just late to discover the most elementary workings of government. With alarming regularity, he professes obliviousness to the workings of his own government. He claims, for example, to have known nothing about the IRS targeting scandal, the AP phone records scandal, the NSA tapping of Angela Merkel. And had not a clue that the centerpiece of his signature legislative achievement…[more]