Written by Michael Hausam
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just completed a study of the financial health of each state in the country. Considering debt, pensions, and health-care costs, they’ve ranked them in order of fiscal solvency.
Here is a map showing the overall ranking of the states [click on the maps to zoom]:
Cash Solvency – Can the state cover short term bills?
Budget Solvency – Is there a budget shortfall or can revenues cover expenses?
Long-run Solvency – Can it meet future commitments?
Service-level Solvency – Could it accommodate an increased demand for services?
Trust Fund Solvency – What are the debt levels, unfunded pension liabilities, and health care liabilities?
A quick observation about these states: Firstly, the top five fiscally healthy states, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Florida, are controlled by Republicans in their state governments.… Continue Reading
Written by Dr. Susan Berry
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year’s Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center. The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that Bush, a potential GOP contender in the 2016 presidential race, is chairman of the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center located in Philadelphia.
“Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy,” Bush said in a statement. “These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.”
Bush’s decision to honor Clinton, who is considered by some to be a likely Democrat candidate for president in 2016, was condemned by the Independence Hall Tea Party Association of Philadelphia.… Continue Reading
After 11 years of hiding and hinting, the real Barack Obama is back.
The guy who spent twenty years listening to Reverend Jeremiah Wright preach the gospel of racial hostility has decided it is just too much trouble to keep his black-on-white resentment all bottled up.
So the president put it on full display last week at the eulogy for the pastor who was a victim in the Charleston mass murder.
And what we saw was quite a bit different than the fresh-faced, new-vision, ‘put race behind us’ guy who electrified the country with his speech to the Democrat National Convention in 2004.
Remember that guy? “This is why you go into this business, to watch a speech like that.” said David Brooks on PBS immediately following the speech.… Continue Reading
Written by William Sullivan
We all know the famous Republican Jeb! (as his campaign seems eager to avoid use of his last name and believes an exclamation point will get people excited about him, I’ll indulge that wish) who is now an immediate heavyweight in the Republican primary after his long-expected announcement for president.
But don’t let the R that often makes its way in front of his name fool you. Jeb! loves lots of things that Democrats and big government progressives love.
Jeb! loves Common Core, for example. To be fair, a number of Republican heavies once advocated Common Core in its inception, only to later reject it when a groundswell of opposition arose — including Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie, and Mike Huckabee. The latter have all reversed course on Common Core due to largely (but not solely) conservative backlash. … Continue Reading
Written by John Biver
The Old Testament book of Proverbs (chapter 29 verse 18) reads: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” There is an amazing lack of vision among Republicans and conservatives about what is possible in America today. Despair and pessimism reign. Instead of searching out the potential for changing things, too many on the political right spend their time bemoaning the sad state of affairs.
It is the opinion of this writer that our side needs to quit the whining and do what previous generations have always had to do: buck up and do what is necessary to make improvements. This one and the following two columns will address one glaring change in the political arena that is possible immediately: our elected representatives can become public opinion leaders.… Continue Reading
Written by Aaron Goldstein
Yesterday officially marked the entry of Jeb Bush into the 2016 Republican presidential race. Although the former Florida governor has instant name recognition and vast resources, they will not be enough for Republicans to pick him as their nominee for the White House. I believe this to be so for the following five reasons.
1. Illegal Immigration is Act of Love
At a town hall meeting in April 2014, Bush told Shannon Beam of the Fox News Channel the following about illegal immigration, “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”
Suffice it to say there many conservatives who do not view illegal immigration as an act of love nor an act of commitment to one’s family.… Continue Reading
Written by Gary L. Bauer
Forty-eight hours after Hillary Clinton relaunched her presidential campaign, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally declared his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. (The governor began speaking moments ago and I’ll comment on his remarks tomorrow.)
The last time America faced a choice between Bush and Clinton was 1992. Anyone excited about a decades-old redo?
That question may dog both of the presumed party frontrunners. As CNN noted today:
“A 2016 campaign between Bush and Clinton would undoubtedly be clouded by questions about legacy, nepotism and the vitality of a political system seemingly dominated by a pair of powerful families with close ties to wealthy elites in Washington and on Wall Street . . . challenging the maxim that presidential campaigns are about the future rather than the past.”
By the way, a recent poll found that 62% of Americans felt that Jeb Bush “represents the past,” while only 45% said the same of Hillary Clinton.… Continue Reading
In his 1975 speech to CPAC Ronald Reagan said:
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Forty years of work by conservative thinkers, think tanks and issue advocacy organizations from coast to coast have provided more than enough intellectual ammunition to accomplish the raising of that banner of bold colors on every issue.
So why hasn’t it been raised? We experience election cycle after election cycle — and even election victories — without seeing that banner raised. With a few important exceptions here and there, Republican congressional majorities, Republican governors and Republican state legislatures continue to govern mostly in line with the Democratic Party Platform.… Continue Reading
Written by Ben Howe
Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides. Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot. You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance.
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That Walker is under pressure to prove his social conservative bona fides is perhaps surprising. He’s worn his faith proudly as he crisscrosses the country, even suggesting that his ultimate decision on whether to seek the presidency is in God’s hands.