Offbeat

What’s so great about moderates?

Barney Keller - March 06th, 2012

Jack Shafer at Reuters has a really good article today about the recent New York Times whining over the departure of RINOs like Olympia Snowe from the Senate:

Could David Brooks, Frank Bruni and Joe Nocera be any more disappointed with the Republican Party? Over the last week, the three New York Times columnists have written op-eds about how miserable the ultra-Republicanness of the Republican Party establishment has made life for moderate Republican officeholders. …

None of the pieces really makes the case for why a less ideological Republican Party would mean a better Congress or a better country, unless conviviality, the building of congressional coalitions and the steady passage of new legislation are the supreme measures of improvement. Mostly, theTimes op-ed troika transcribed their Christmas wish list, the first item being that they want the Republican Party to become more like the Democratic Party. But you can’t put ideological realignment of the party you oppose on your Christmas wish list. It’s up to the party faithful and the voters to determine what sort of party they will become, right? Liberals like Bruni remind me of an ex-girlfriend of mine who wanted to order her entrée and my entrée when we went out so she could maximize her dining options.

Definitely worth a read.

Fear of Big Government Nears New High

David Keating - December 13th, 2011

Gallup published a new poll out today with some incredible numbers on a question they have asked for years:

In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future — big business, big labor, or big government?

The poll found that 64% picked big government as the #1 threat, just one percentage point from the all-time high and higher than in March 2009.

Gallup also notes that “Almost half of Democrats now say big government is the biggest threat to the nation, more than say so about big business, and far more than were concerned about big government in March 2009.”

The Incandescent Light Bulb Song

Mr. Andrew Roth - December 02nd, 2011

Heritage Foundation Constitution Quiz Lists Wrong Answers.

David Keating - October 05th, 2011

The Heritage Foundation is out with a heavily advertised quiz on the Constitution.  Unfortunately, the very first question lists all wrong answers!

Here is the question:

With our nation’s pressing debt and looming financial problems, there has been a great deal of talk about the need for a Balanced Budget Amendment. In order to amend the Constitution to make it happen, it would require:
 
  • Majority vote in the House. Majority vote in the Senate. Presidential signature and 3/4 of state legislatures to ratify it.
  • 2/3 vote in the House. 2/3 vote in the Senate. 3/4 of the state legislatures to ratify it.
  • 3/4 vote in the House. 3/4 vote in the Senate. 2/3 of state legislatures to ratify it.
  • Majority vote in the House. Majority vote in the Senate. Presidential signature and 2/3 of state legislatures to ratify it.

All of the options are wrong.  They need to study Article V of the document.

Error 1:  The States may amend the Constitution, and Congress is not needed.  The States may petition for a convention to draft a balanced budget amendment.

Error 2:  The amendment may be ratified by State conventions, "as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress."
James Madison wrote that Article V "equally enables the general and the State governments to originate the amendment of errors."

Logging in with Facebook

Mr. Andrew Roth - September 15th, 2011

CLUB WEBSITE USERS:  The "Login with Facebook" button on the Club’s website has been buggy lately.  Our website guy says that something has changed on Facebook’s end to cause this problem.  While he tries to fix it, you might have to click on the button twice for it to work.