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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I wanted to make it very clear from the very beginning, my goal is to move this party forward. We’re in the business of winning elections. And so I’m expecting my grassroots, my state parties, the national organization to get on board, to get on the page that is a winning page and move forward.”
– RNC Chairman Michael Steele
STIMULUS PACKAGE IS A DISASTER…The House Democrats have tried to pass a so called “stimulus package” that is filled with little more than pork barrel projects for their friends and special interests. Government spending, more debt, bigger deficits and pork barrel spending is a huge mistake.
Less than 13% of spending is for “shovel ready” programs that will actually create jobs. Overtime, only 21% of the current package can be argued to create jobs!
What government should do is fix the tax structure, regulatory climate, mortgage crises and strengthen our banking system. Pay attention!
MI GOP…as we pass the leadership over to Ambassador Ron Weiser, I will work with Ron to get everything ready for a smooth transition. We are in great shape to take advantage of the political opportunities before us in 2010. If we work together, I am confident we will elect a Republican Governor, keep our majorities in the Senate and on the Supreme Court, and work to regain the House of Representatives.
We need everyone pitching in and working together. As our party rebuilds and we start focusing on the future we need you. I look forward to continue working with you.
RNC CHAIRMAN’S RACE…Thank you for the opportunity to have participated in this amazing effort to help "reboot" the Republican Party. I made so many new friends, learned so much and built some great relationships that I’m sure will last a lifetime.
We had a great group of candidates, all friends, running to help lead this party. I can say I was proud to be part of this group and I believe it showed the enthusiasm and excitement of the party, that so many were willing to line up and step forward to lead it. Our future is bright!
I will continue to be part of this process. I look forward to fighting for those conservative principles we hold so dear. I will stand proudly with Chairman Michael Steele and the rest of our leadership as we rebuild, reboot and reinvigorate our party nationwide!
BIGGEST REGRET…all the snow on the ground. I could you use a long, hard ride on my Harley!
MRP STATE CONVENTION…Just a quick note to let you know that
the Michigan Republican’s website has been updated with State
Convention information. For your reference in directing
potential delegates to the site, the address is: http://www.migop.org/event.asp.
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Jonathan Alter – Newsweek
President Obama says the $18.4 billion in bonuses paid to those financial wizards who drove the economy off a cliff is "the height of irresponsibility" and "shameful." Vice President Biden fumes, "I’d like to throw these guys in the brig." I’ll settle for just getting that money back before these former masters of the universe spend it on $15,000-a-week rentals in the Hamptons or new Patek Philippe watches. Compensation experts say that’s impossible under current law, which means that Obama and Congress will have to change the law. They should get cracking.
The Obama rollout has been smooth so far. From signing splashy executive orders to inviting the GOP congressional leadership for drinks, he’s making all the right little gestures necessary for success in Washington. The problem is that symbolism takes a president only so far, especially when his own aides admit privately that they’re not sure the economic-recovery package will actually work.
Let’s say that it does, and the economy stabilizes. Winning plaudits for the success of the stimulus will still prove elusive. Even a trillion-dollar shot in the arm might be hard for most people to feel in a $14 trillion economy. An extra $13 in your paycheck, or the news that your state’s budget deficit is improving, or your child’s teacher not having to worry quite so much about being laid off, or bridge repairs somewhere in your county—these may not penetrate.
By Stephen J. Adler
Davos can deliver insights it doesn’t necessarily intend.
The key messages that seemed to flow from four days of speeches, panels, "bilaterals" (i.e., chatting with someone), cocktail parties, and press briefings were these:
1. Everyone stupidly failed to see the financial calamity coming except roughly four economists who now must be heeded in everything they say and all they predict.
2. The private sector has ruined the global economy and can no longer be trusted.
After six exciting rounds of balloting, Michael Steele was elected chairman of the RNC. While some rock-ribbed conservatives may have had other dogs in the fight, the general consensus among both conservative and moderate Republicans alike is that the Republicans chose wisely and dodged far worse alternatives. But now what?
Republicans, even with a telegenic chairman, are still in the minority and have serious work to do in repairing the dilapidated party machinery and refashioning the GOP as a more diverse and inclusive national party. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned, “In politics, there’s a name for a regional party: it’s called a minority party.”
Steele has his work cut out for him. There are seven steps he might take to set the party on the road to recovery.
By Peter Berkowitz
After their dismal performance in election 2008, conservatives are taking stock. As they examine the causes that have driven them into the political wilderness and as they explore paths out, they should also take heart. After all, election 2008 shows that our constitutional order is working as designed. The Constitution presupposes a responsive electorate, and respond the electorate did to the vivid memory of a spendthrift and feckless Republican Congress; a stalwart but frequently ineffectual Republican president; and a Republican presidential candidate who — for all his mastery of foreign affairs, extensive Washington experience, and honorable public service — proved incapable of crafting a coherent and compelling message.
Indeed, while sorting out their errors and considering their options, conservatives of all stripes would be well advised to concentrate their attention on the constitutional order and the principles that undergird it, because conserving them should be their paramount political priority.
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL – 15 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday the massive stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could go down to defeat if it’s not stripped of unnecessary spending and focused more on housing issues and tax cuts.
The Senate version of the bill, which topped out at nearly $900 billion, is headed to the floor for debate. The House bill totaled about $819 billion and earned no Republican votes, even though it easily passed the Democratic-controlled House. At some point lawmakers will need to compromise on the competing versions.
McConnell and other Republicans suggested that the bill needed an overhaul because it doesn’t pump enough into the private sector through tax cuts and allows Democrats to go on a spending spree unlikely to jolt the economy. The Republican leader also complained that Democrats had not been as bipartisan in writing the bill as Obama had said he wanted.
Mike Martindale / The Detroit News
LANSING — A state law requiring DNA samples of every person arrested for a violent offense in Michigan will create physical and fiscal problems, according to an official charged with carrying out the mandate.
Starting in July, every suspect in a serious or violent crime — including assault, rape and armed robbery — will be required to undergo DNA testing. Currently, only those convicted of violent crimes are routinely tested.
The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm just before the end of 2008, will mean nearly 20,000 additional criminal suspects annually will also be sampled and the information entered into a state database.
Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle
Congress passed a bill in December to suspend, for 2009 only, the rule that requires some people to withdraw a certain percentage from their tax-deferred retirement accounts each year.
The rule in question requires people who are older than 70 1/2 to withdraw a minimum amount from their traditional individual retirement accounts each year.
The rule also applies to traditional 401(k) plans and similar workplace accounts, but not to Roth IRAs.
The fear of protectionism has become a central theme at the World Economic Forum at Davos. There is a growing international anxiety that the recession will force governments to adopt more protectionist policies.
At Davos, Gordon Brown argues – rightly enough – that ‘protectionism protects nobody, least of all the poor’. Stephen Green, the chairman of HSBC, our most successful bank, warned that a creeping form of protectionism is beginning to emerge. Britain still sticks by free trade, but that is not true of all our allies.
In America, President Barack Obama is not an instinctive free trader; he is probably the President most sympathetic to protectionism since Herbert Hoover in the Thirties.
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor
COUPLES who have more than two children are being “irresponsible” by creating an unbearable burden on the environment, the government’s green adviser has warned.
Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, says curbing population growth through contraception and abortion must be at the heart of policies to fight global warming. He says political leaders and green campaigners should stop dodging the issue of environmental harm caused by an expanding population.
A report by the commission, to be published next month, will say that governments must reduce population growth through better family planning.
By Richard Gray and Roger Dobson
The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain.
Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen.
Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.