Politics

Articles of Interest

Us v. Them: The People and the Political Class (Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy). "The fundamental problem facing our nation is that true representative government has been supplanted by an inbred, self-serving, self-perpetuating political class that does not represent the people. As a result, the government has escaped the control of the people." McHugh explains how resistance to term limits, campaign finance regulations, public employees and their unions, even the political parties, work against the interests of the people. When Change Is Really More Of The Same (Howie Rich of Americans For Limited Government). "No more lobbyists dictating…
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American Majority Activist Training a Success

On a Saturday morning, about 35 citizen activists and want-to-be activists met at the offices of Americans For Prosperity in Wichita for training provided by American Majority. The training covered traditional topics and factors in political activism such as coalitions, holding events, the structure of government in Kansas, and holding elected officials accountable. Then the focus shifted to recent developments in activism such as blogs, wikis, and social media like Facebook. Shari Weber, executive director of American Majority, introduced her organization and set the tone for the day. American Majority is a training institute for liberty-minded individuals, she explained. American…
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Articles of Interest

Obama's budget, Citigroup rescue, Twitter, climate change, lobbying. The Era of Even Bigger Government: There is very little to be happy about in Obama's first budget (Veronique de Rugy at Reason) Does the Obama budget work? According to this author, some of the accounting tricks used in the past are gone, but dissembling remains: "To cut the size of the federal government, one actually has to, you know, cut programs. While Obama's overall numbers do show a spending decrease between 2009 and 2010, he actually increases many categories of spending, which remains far above 2008 levels in any case. In…
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Seeding Bobby Jindal attacks, for later harvest

The Left builds a "paper trail" of false information about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Should he become a contender for national office, these false attacks will be dug up and presented as authoritative. Erick Erickson explains when you click on The Importance of the Coordinated Attacks on Bobby Jindal. Also click on VIDEO PROOF the Left Is Lying About Bobby Jindal (Updated) at the Gateway Pundit.
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Kansas City Star covers tea party — sort of

The Kansas City Star covers yesterday's tea party protest in the story Protesters gather at Sen. Claire McCaskill’s office in Westport. But, the phrase "tea party" isn't mentioned. I don't know why. See more coverage of the event by clicking on Kansas City Tea Party Protest Photos.
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Kansas City Tea Party Protest Photos

Coverage of a snowy Kansas City tea party protest provided by Chuck Armstrong. Click on Kansas City Tea Party: February 28, 2009. Coverage from the Kansas Meadowlark is at "Tea Party" Rally and March to Senator McCaskill’s Office in Kansas City. Also photos at Kansas City "Tea Party" (Stimulus and Bailout Protest).
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Wichita Tea Party News Coverage on KSN Television

The Wichita Tea Party protest as covered by KSN Television, February 27, 2009. A very good job by reporter Josh Witsman. "Someone needs to go and cut up Congress and President Obama's credit card, because it’s not their credit card -- it's our credit card."
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Wichita Tea Party Citizen Report

A citizen report submitted by John Todd. Photos are available by clicking here. More coverage and video can be viewed by clicking here. An estimated 100-plus citizen activists assembled today near Second and Waco Streets to participate in a protest of the federal stimulus package and bailouts. The event was billed as The Wichita Tea Party. Two men drove 200 miles from Garden City to attend. Other Kansans were here from Abilene, Hutchinson, Andover, and Augusta. A gentleman from the Kansas City area came dressed in a pink pig suit with a sign denouncing "pork spending." He delighted the crowd.…
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Wichita Tea Party Photos

In Wichita, it was a cold day with a freezing wind, but quite a few protesters --human, canine, and porcine -- came out to show their displeasure with the direction of our country. Appreciation was also expressed for the members of the Kansas Congressional delegation who voted against stimulus pork and bailouts. Click here for more photos from this event. Or, click here for an automatic slideshow. See more coverage by clicking on Wichita Tea Party.
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Articles of Interest

Subsidizing Bad Ideas What are some of the things wrong with the president's plan to solve the mortgage crisis? Howie Rich of Americans For Limited Government explains: "First, the plan is emblematic of America’s new “dependence mentality,” which is advanced by politicians like Obama who rhetorically extol the virtues that once made this country great while they systematically remove brick-by-brick the incentives needed to make it great once again. Second, it’s more of the same smoke-and-mirrors Washington politicians employ to hide the true coming-and-goings of your tax dollars in our nation’s capital. Third, it rewards many of the same financial…
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In Wichita, Angry Citizens Revive Boston Tea Party Protest

Wichita Tea Party organizer Nancy Armstrong talks about Friday's Wichita Tea Protest on KAKE Television: Coverage at KAKE Television is at Angry Citizens Revive Boston Tea Party Protest. Other stories at Voice For Liberty in Wichita are at Wichita Tea Party Area Residents Plan Wichita Tea Party Wichita Tea Party, from AFP
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Read the Bill

The Sunlight Foundation has created the website ReadTheBill.org. This site contains information about how bills such as the recent stimulus bill aren't read by members of Congress of their staff before they're voted on. The Sunlight Foundation asks for Congress to post all bills online for 72 hours before they are debated. There's a lot of useful information and a video on this site, as well as an online petition to sign.
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Wichita Tea Party, from AFP

Here's a message from Americans For Prosperity's Kansas state director Derrick Sontag about the Wichita Tea Party this Friday. It started with people like you, logging on and signing our petition at NoStimulus.com, and now we have a full-blown grassroots movement on our hands. One such activist, Nancy Armstrong, supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary and even went on the road, campaigning for the former New York Senator. But while on the campaign trail, Nancy learned more than she anticipated about the Obama campaign. Now she’s joining the fight against the massive deficit spending bill by organizing the Wichita…
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Area Residents Plan Wichita Tea Party

Grassroots movement sweeps into Wichita with anti-stimulus rally WICHITA -- Grassroots activists in Wichita will rally outside Sen. Sam Brownback’s office on Friday, to show their appreciation to the senator for opposing the federal stimulus bill, and to demonstrate their frustration with big government spending. Nancy Armstrong, Garden Plain, organized the rally at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27 outside Sen. Sam Brownback’s office (245 N. Waco, Wichita). Sen. Brownback voted against the federal bailout bill. Armstrong said Friday’s rally is intended to thank the Senator for standing in opposition to this bill, but also to let everyday Kansans vent their…
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Public education illustrates special interest politics

One of the problems with government today is the proliferation of special interest groups, and then how issues are framed according to the needs of these special interest groups. You might think that public education would fall outside the wrangling of special interest groups. After all, it's "for the kids," as we're reminded. But the public schools and their lobby are one of the fiercest special interest groups. Even conservatives fall into this trap and may ask "what's in it for me?" or "what is my relationship to this issue?" Here's an example. On a recent episode of the KPTS…
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