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Posted at 9:53pm on Jan. 22, 2008 Craptacular Capitulation Continued

By Erick

As my parting thought for the day, isn't it appropriate that when the President finally decided to do a clean break with fiscal conservatives he did it by leaking to the New York Times that he was capitulating in the face of Republican threats from the Hill.

But that's okay because he threw a bone to social conservatives today with his pro-life rhetoric.

You know, I do mean this respectfully. The President had a dependency problem in his youth. He took the steps to recover from it and overcame it. You'd think he'd recognize the GOP's pork addiction and would act boldly to get them to break that addiction.

Pffft. Guess he's all leadershipped out.

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Posted at 10:44am on Jan. 22, 2008 The Craptacular Capitulation of a Lame Duck

By Erick

The President has not issued his executive order on earmarks, and it appears he won't.

President Bush is unlikely to defy Congress on spending billions of dollars earmarked for pet projects, but he will probably insist that lawmakers provide more justification for such earmarks in the future, administration officials said Monday.

Fiscal conservatives in Congress and budget watchdogs have been urging Mr. Bush to issue an executive order instructing agencies to disregard the many earmarks listed just in committee reports, not in the text of legislation.

More than 90 percent of earmarks are specified that way, not actually included in the texts. White House officials say such earmarks are not legally binding on the president.

Congressional leaders of both parties, who are scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the president, said Mr. Bush would provoke a huge outcry on Capitol Hill if he ignored those earmarks.

Lawmakers, including the House Republican whip, Roy Blunt of Missouri, have cautioned the White House that a furor over earmarks could upend Mr. Bush’s hopes for cooperation with Congress on other issues, including efforts to revive the economy.

Moreover, Republicans shudder at the possibility that a Democratic president might reject all their earmarks.

It's sad that the President has shown a spine on all things Iraq, but has displayed the spine of a worm in domestic issues on matters of principles -- namely the principle of fiscal responsibility, which polls show the voters now believe the Republican lack.

At the same time, the House GOP shows no willingness to put Jeff Flake on the Appropriations Committee. These two combined show a House GOP that has not learned the lesson of 2006.

How much longer must we wander in the wilderness? At least as long as the President refuses to lead on these issues, it seems.

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Posted at 4:43pm on Jan. 17, 2008 Something GW should do in his last year, DRILL !

By skicougar

ok, i know if you gave Shell a new oilfield today; they probably wouldn't be ready to drill on it this year; but you can start running with that ball for the country and GOP's sake now.

Since GW has nothing to loose(and he's not going to do diddly on illegal immigration), I say GW's time is best spent pushing policy to open ANWR for drilling, pushing for more drilling offshore, pushing for coal and pushing policy to open doors for possibilities of new refineries and new nuclear power plants.

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Posted at 9:02pm on Jan. 11, 2008 Executive Order Would Be No Magic Bullet To Earmarks

By bluegrassredstate

Many conservatives are claiming that an Executive Order from President Bush could bring an end to the congressional earmarking which has caused so much trouble lately. While it may ultimately be a good idea, President Bush needs to carefully consider all the potential ramifications of such an action. While many on the right are feverishly exploring all of the potential good such an order could do, there seem to be very few exploring the negative potential.

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Posted at 1:27am on Jan. 5, 2008 John Fund on Bush's Legacy

By Bluey

It's not too late for President Bush to leave office with a strong legacy on fiscal responsibility, but his decision next week on an anti-earmark executive order will go a long way in determining how he's remembered, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund told conservatives tonight at Awakening in Sea Island, Ga.

Fund had harsh words for earmark-addicted Republicans in Congress, notably Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Fund predicted Stevens wouldn't be re-elected this year, likely because he'll be indicted for corruption. Here's how he summed up the GOP's earmark problem:

Conservatives went to Washington to clean up the swamp and a few of them found that it makes a nice hot tub.

Fund also confirmed, as I reported earlier, that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of Bush's idea to cancel lawmakers' earmarks.

Posted at 10:33am on Jan. 3, 2008 Earmark Fight Puts Bush's Legacy on the Line

Cancel Lawmakers' Pork Projects With Executive Order

By Bluey

RedState's Moe Lane yesterday called readers' attention to the growing concerns among fiscal conservatives that President Bush might bow to pressure from Capitol Hill appropriators and back away from a fight over earmarks. I echo the fears expressed by Moe, Captain Ed and other conservatives; the time is critical for Bush to issue an executive order canceling earmarks.

The president's tough talk about pork-barrel spending in the wake of the mammoth omnibus was a great boost for fiscal conservatives, but it also angered many earmark-loving lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including several Republicans. They would prefer Bush send Congress a rescission package, which would amount to a complete capitulation to Washington's big spenders.

Republicans can no longer just talk a good game of fiscal restraint; it's time to back it up with action. Take the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, who was among the first to boast about the earmarks he secured for Kentucky. His rhetoric about "protecting their wallets and spending their money wisely" was ridiculed by Louisville columnist David Hawpe, who saw through McConnell's doublespeak. Bush can expect the same kind of treatment if his words turn out to be hollow.

With so much media attention on the 2008 race, it would be easy for the president to back away from a confrontation. But to do so would cement his legacy as a big-government conservative. Instead, Bush has the opportunity to make a lasting impact on Washington by shutting down the favor factory and putting a stop to the corrupting influence of earmarks.

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Posted at 12:38pm on Dec. 26, 2007 2007 Was A Good Year For Bush

By Chris Jones

Larry Kudlow wrote a good piece in today's Washington Times in which he rightly points out that 2007 has been a pretty good year for President Bush, and a pretty good year for America.

This has been the year of the much maligned "Troop Surge" in Iraq, which thanks to General David Petraeus is succeeding despite the best efforts of Congressional Democrats.

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Posted at 11:10pm on Dec. 23, 2007 Which candidate would veto the most and put up the best judge for SCOTUS?

By newagegop

Since the next President will be Republican(God is merciful) and the Congress will be Democrat(God is also just) which candidate would be interested in a legacy of vetos? You can pretty much forget just about any big changes towards conservative governance until we get congress back, so really we're just looking to lose no ground. The only major thing any of the GOP may accomplish is a justice for the SCOTUS.

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Posted at 11:44pm on Dec. 18, 2007 Confession: I like Huckabee

By cbs

I realize that admitting this puts me on the path to sure criticism, ridicule, and possible banishment from RedState (if any of you see Moe coming, please give me a heads up!), but the fact of the matter is, despite his many apparent flaws, I can't help but like Mike Huckabee. Here's why:

He's done the impossible - Did anyone consider this guy a serious contender, let alone the possible frontrunner, a year ago? For the past year he ignored all the experts on the sidelines who were saying, "well, he's a great speaker but he, spends too much time on tv, doesn't have a campaign organization, etc, etc." As we look back now I think he deserves a lot of credit for ignoring the pundits and for plugging along, running his campaign his way. On a shoestring budget, a second-tier staff, and little more than a wing and a prayer, he kept running the only way he could. He knew that his one unique asset and strength was himself and he stuck with it - and it's paid off.

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Posted at 12:48pm on Dec. 5, 2007 What ever happened to the real Fred Thompson?

By cbs

If the same Thompson who did this was running today, he would be the frontrunner.

Where did they put that Fred and why in the world did they replace him with this Fred

He's still my number 2 preference, but man, I can't help but think what could have been....

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Posted at 12:10pm on Dec. 4, 2007 Bush looks old, but sounds great!

By Oz

I got a chance to catch part of Bush's news conference today.

He looks REALLY old like all of the people who inhabit the White House, but he seemed really on his game today.

He hit the Dems hard for not passing War Funding.

He was able to dodge on his feet (something he almost never can manage) when asked questions on the 2008 GOP primaries.

He was strong and just defiant enough.

I especially liked when he talked about campaigning.

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Posted at 10:30pm on Nov. 30, 2007 Well, *this* is going to go over well.

By docj

I suppose I could say, "Better late than never", but instead I'm forced to conclude that you picked a fine time to decide to become a FisCon, Mr. Bush:

Emergency responders face deep aid cuts

The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Posted at 10:45am on Nov. 24, 2007 Presidentual Dynasties

By e640144

I hope people are waking up to the fact that our country is being governed by and "Elected Dynasty". When George Bush leaves office we will had 12 years of of Bushes. Couple this with 8 years of Clinton that adds up to a total of 20 years of occupancy in the White House by two families (if you can call the Clintons a "Family"). Now, factor in the prospect of Hillary being elected to (god forbid) two terms, this would mean that we would have a dynasty of 28 years in the White House by just 2 families.

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Posted at 1:53pm on Nov. 22, 2007 Cocaine in the Whitehouse

By Meucci

With the recent buzz created by Barack Obama's talk about his past drug use to a group of New Hampshire high Schoolers the time has come for this issue to be addressed. I could never vote for Barack Obama or any Democrat for that matter for political reasons but I personally think Barack Obama did the right thing by talking about his past drug use. Anyone who wants to disqualify this man from running for any office just because he admitted using Cocaine could learn alot by just opening up a history book every once in a while.

I have never used Cocaine in fact I never even used Marijuana and I no longer drink alcohol but I knew alot of people who used drugs. Today some of them are in prison while others are Doctors , Lawyers , Police Officers and one is even a Judge who regularly sends people to prison for what he used to do. Drugs are very harmful for some people especially those unfortunate ones who are caught up in our nations Trillion dollar failure known as the war on drugs. I'm a strong Rudy Giuliani supporter and my candidate has arguably been the toughest drug warrior of all candidates on both sides of the aisle. My number one biggest reason for being against the war on drugs is the giant taxpayers burden it has created there is nothing fiscally conservative or responsible about funding this long doomed policy.

There has been much talk about whether or not our current President and his immediate predecessor President Clinton ever used drugs.Speculating whether Clinton or even Bush used Cocaine in the past really doesn't matter because many decades before they were even born there had already been at least 3 Cocaine users who were also Presidents. Ironically all three of them were GOP Presidents as a matter of fact one even died a Cocaine Addict.

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