1. John LeBoutillier: Is Romney Blowing a Winnable Election?IsIs RomIs
2. Kyle Olson: Condoleezza Rice Makes Case for School Choice on Friedman’s 100th Birthday
3. Dave Bego: Big Labor’s Expense for Election Foot Soldiers, Finally in Media Spotlight
4. Doug Johnson: The Tea Party is Back and Growing Stronger
Is Romney Blowing a Winnable Election?IsIs RomIs
With 97 days to go, the 2012 presidential election remains Romney’s to lose. The deteriorating economy is President Obama’s albatross - and should be enough to defeat him on November 6th. But - and it is a significant “but” - Mitt Romney has yet to convert this inherent advantage into an asset. Why? Because he seems to be a step slow politically. It is alarming to observe:
• The President - as a candidate, not as a president - is a far superior political candidate than Romney.
• He is hungrier.
• He switches tactics on a dime.
• He and his campaign are setting the tone and terms of each week’s debate.
• Overall, Team Obama is playing a weak hand much better than Team Romney is playing their far stronger hand. [more...]
Condoleezza Rice Makes Case for School Choice on Friedman’s 100th Birthday
By Kyle Olson
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a compelling case for school choice at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice dinner honoring Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. Friedman, who died in 2006, was universally known as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. His free-market philosophy had a strong influence on the policies of world leaders like President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and helped convince leaders of many developing nations to reform their economic strategies. Less known is the fact that Friedman was the father of the American school choice movement, advocating for school vouchers and the elimination of public school district boundaries as early as the 1960s. [more...]
Big Labor’s Expense for Election Foot Soldiers, Finally in Media Spotlight
By Dave Bego
Last week, Fox News Corporation and the Wall Street Journal stepped up and exposed the extravagant spending of Big Labor bosses at the expense of the rank and file members. They also brought to light the coercion utilized by Big Labor bosses to impact elections at all levels of government through funding of their intimidating foot soldiers to the tune of four times actual political donations over the past several years. The WSJ article reported that Big Labor contributed $1.1 billion from 2005 through 2011 to political campaigns. However, during the same time period, Big Labor spent $3.3 billion on political activity. In other words, they spent $3.3 billion utilizing foot soldiers to register people to vote, and then get them to polls to vote for the candidates Big Labor endorses! [more...]
The Tea Party is Back and Growing Stronger
By Doug Johnson
Contrary to the desires of the mainstream media, Democrats, and establishment Republicans, the Tea Party and other like-minded groups are growing and prospering. Their detractors thought that the rallies a few years ago were all the Tea Party was good for. Their detractors think the movement is dying when, in reality, they’ve only just begun to grow. When the Tea Party started a few years ago, the establishment watched the rallies and thought they’d go away; and to aid in their demise they started attacking them as radicals and racists. They think the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement are the same from different ends of the political spectrum. But they are wrong. The Tea Party is a conviction-driven movement of citizens who have actually developed a plan and are moving it forward for the betterment of America. They aren’t just about rallies (which their detractors think are the same as Occupy’s protests). They are about a plan to save America and bring it back under control of the citizens. [more...]