Bloggers talk to California's Dan Lungren (3rd) about his run for House Republican Conference Chairman. He serves as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommitte on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity.
It’s official. Nancy Pelosi is going to be the next Speaker of the House and Harry Reid will be the next Majority Leader of the Senate. Should the Left consolidate its power past 2008, the future of tax cuts and pro-growth legislation would be in doubt and economic growth would suffer as a result.
Despite plunging gas prices, a low 4.4 percent unemployment rate, and a soaring stock market, voters are worried that debt-financed overspending will make the future economy worse than today’s.
The recipe for success consisted of recruiting a slate of moderate to conservative Democrats to run for open and vulnerable seats. In some cases those Democrats actually ran to the right of their Republican opponents. Another element of their strategy was to hide their liberal leaders.
How ironic that Bush has been accused of politicizing the war when he has been the one politician who has remained steadfast in attempting to do the right thing regardless of how it would affect his approval ratings in the moment.
Among the few people who are recognized by just one name, Oprah probably stands out as the most recognizable – her magazine identifies her by a single initial. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her daily television show, and she is rich beyond imagining. Forbes magazine identified her as the richest African - American of the 20th century and the world's only black billionaire. She has consistently ranked among America’s 400 richest people.
Nothing demonstrates the absurdity of the illegal immigration crisis we face in the United States better than the story of a single mother from Mexico and her 7-year-old son, a little boy named Saul Arellano, who has been turned into a pawn by activists who desperately want to reward lawbreakers who have barged into our country under the guise of "seeking a better life" for themselves.
Simply put, the outcome of this year’s election was a resounding defeat for the politics of big government, rampant spending, and "politics as usual." Cold comfort though it may be, conservatism was not the culprit.
As the Republican debacle retreats ever more in the rear-view mirror, what can be said of the road ahead?
Will the Democrats' new control of the House and Senate shake things up that much abroad? They certainly will have plenty of opportunities to alter the present American course of fighting terrorists, the war in Iraq and our overall foreign policy.
Among Townhall reader blogs, immediate responses to the midterm election and aftermath varied. Some sat down and cried and some joked about developing an anxiety disorder, but even those who cast their first ever Republican ballot in a general election are not totally disheartened. Townhall readers are ready to get to work.
The results of the ’06 election are in. The left wing of the Democratic Party has taken over Congress. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the Speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is the new chairman of the Ways and Means panel. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is majority leader, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) runs the Environment Committee. The left is empowered.
This bulletin arrived over the weekend from Michigan's Carl Levin, the Democratic senator who will soon return to the chairmanship of that body's Armed Services Committee. In his previous tenure as chair, Levin did his best to prevent the deployment here at home of a national missile defense system.
So what is the secularists’ attitude toward such ground-breaking ceremonies that include the recitations of prayers and the singing of hymns? Would Dawkins and Harris castigate Reverend Jackson’s prayer as a vestige of foolish superstition?
Who is Barack Obama? He is a cipher running as a shaman. He has been in the Senate for two years. He has virtually no voting record; he has virtually no articulated positions.
With only one vote clinging to a majority there would have been an unreasonable expectation of what the barely Republican Senate working with President George W. Bush could accomplish. Now the Democrats are in control of both Houses. It is clear cut. They are in charge.
A Gallup poll conducted last January, in addition to asking respondents to identify themselves as "Pro-Life" or "Pro-Choice," offered a third option: "Don't Know What the Terms Mean."
Recently, a certain Senator from Massachusetts made some rather uncharitable remarks about the educational level of our troops in harms way. The varying ways in which he chose to initially and then subsequently insult both their intelligence and ours are the parts of the story that have been widely covered.
Days ago, in a proposal unnoticed by the media, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the largest land grab since President Clinton designated massive national monuments across the West. When Clinton decreed 1.9 million acres of federal land in Utah as the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument to kill a vast underground coal mine that would have employed 1,000 locals in the most economically depressed region of southern Utah, generated $20 million in annual revenue, and produced environmentally - compliant coal for generating electricity, there were protests across the West. When the Bush Administration published its plans, there was barely a ripple of protest.
To what extent, and in what manner, did the 2006 mid-term elections affect education policy and practice in this country? The answer to that question lies in part with the answer to another question, namely, is education policy still largely local or has it been nationalized?
If you think Santa Claus came early this year by delivering liberal majorities in the House and Senate, you had better check your stocking again. Liberals and the political parties will continue to play us like the kid who asked Santa for a pony, but woke up Christmas morning to find a big box of horse manure.
The number of embeds in Iraq is so small it’s grotesque. During the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, more than 600 reporters, TV crews and photographers were embedded with Coalition Forces, according to the Associated Press. Last year, during the vote to ratify a new constitution, there were 114. At the end of September, there only 11 and one of them was me.
For years, people have asked me why I switched from being a left-wing Democrat to a right-wing Republican. When I'm not in the mood to talk, I give a one-word response: reality. When I'm feeling more verbose, I give a two-word response: affirmative action.
But more influential than all those in directing our culture is the arm of government known as the public schools.
Nov. 7 needs to be remembered for something even Republicans don't have the stomach to address at the moment: that the remnants of objectivity in the mainstream media were all but exterminated by some on the left. A chilling and ominous development that played some role in the Democratic wave that is still splashing around the red states.
As House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader-elect Harry Reid, D-Nev., measure the drapes for their new suites, all eyes turn toward the 2008 election.
I first heard the term "velocitized" in high school driver’s ed. When a driver accelerates from, say, 30 to 60 miles per hour and settles in, he gets acclimated to his new speed and loses his sense of velocity. It doesn't feel as if he's moving any faster at 60 than he was at 30.
No matter which party governs, it can always expect to be aggressively pursued by bribery, debauchery and corruption. Temptation trumps good intentions when the elected become more concerned with holding on to power than pleasing the people who put them in office.
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