11:23 am CST - April 21, 2014
Posted under Quotes
By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
Each year, on March 2, Texans celebrate a uniquely Texan holiday — Texas Independence Day. It marks the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
While March 2 is indeed the day Texans declared their independence, it was in fact the 18-minute battle that occurred several weeks later, on April 21, that cemented that declaration and established the Republic of Texas.
Today, we celebrate the hard-fought victory of Texas’ first generation of veterans under General Sam Houston (right.)
This year will mark the 178th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, perhaps observed nowhere more closely than on the grounds of the San Jacinto Monument and San Jacinto Museum of History in La Porte, Texas.
This year’s San Jacinto Day Festival will be held on April 26th. Continue Reading.
By Drew MacKenzie
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about his plan for a $2 million congressional study on “smart guns.”
In Holder’s testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee last week, he said the smart gun research is part of a $382 million government package to pay for a “gun safety” program, according to The Daily Caller. Read More
By Melissa Clyne – Newsmax
Obamacare’s endgame is the semi-nationalization of American healthcare, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
“What the real objective of Obamacare is is to sever the relationship that people have now with employer-provided insurance and with their private insurance and also with the small group insurance so everybody ends up in the market, which is essentially controlled by the federal government,” Krauthammer opined. Read More
By Tom Howell Jr. – Washington Times
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s voter-approved ban on the use of race-based preferences in the college admissions process.
In a 6-2 decision, the justices said the court had no authority to set aside state laws that let the voters decide if they want race to be among criteria that colleges use. Read More
By James Freeman
November cannot come soon enough for Republicans. Plus, a surge in borrowers avoiding student-loan repayment.
A GOP SENATE MAJORITY?
A survey of U.S. Senate races shows the political damage Democrats have suffered from the roll-out of ObamaCare. A number of swing-state incumbents who were polling in the low- to mid-50s before the launch of Healthcare.gov are now polling in the low- to mid-40s. If the November elections were held today, Republicans would likely capture the six seats they need to take control of the upper chamber. Read More
‘The President plays politics while Americans struggle to pay the bills.’
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Texas Congressman, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee and senior Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement upon the announcement that the White House will delay approving the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the mid-term election: Read More
By Sen. Donna Campbell
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – With every passing day, the 84th Legislature seems to creep closer and closer, and there’s a lot of work to be done in the interim. Last year we had success cutting the margins tax, investing in water and highway infrastructure, and enacting measures to protect the sanctity of life. Now, I look forward to building on this success next session. Read More
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry will take Texas’ message of low taxes, smart regulations and job creation to businesses in New York City from April 22-24. The governor will meet with employers and participate in a reception hosted by TexasOne to discuss the opportunities and freedom available to families and businesses thanks to Texas’ healthy economy. Read More
90%-plus approve of Louisiana Scholarship Program
Texas Insider Report: NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – “The near-universal support from parents, who recognize the life-changing academic benefits provided their children, serves as a compelling reminder why educational choice must remain a viable option for our children,” said Ann Duplessis, president of the Louisiana Federation for Children. More than 91% of parents are satisfied, or very satisfied with the educational choice program. Read More
By Dr. Merrill Matthews, IPI Resident Scholar
It’s the 44th Earth Day today, and those concerned about the earth and its environment have much to celebrate.For one thing, the gradual temperature rise we saw in the 1980s and ‘90s stopped about 17 years ago, and there has been little or no global warming since, forcing the New York Times to wonder “What to Make of the Warming Plateau.” Read More
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst Calls on State Senator Dan Patrick to Release Tax Returns
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The campaign for Lt. Governor David Dewhurst called on Dan Patrick to release his tax returns today, citing opaque financial dealings and a lack of transparency from the State Senator. Dan Patrick has refused to release his tax returns despite numerous requests from the press, as well as public challenges from Todd Staples and Jerry Patterson in the primary. Read More
2:54 pm CST - April 22, 2014
Posted under Opinion
By Michael Barone
Have the Republicans become the white man’s party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans’ opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism?
Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if you click onto MSNBC or salon.com with any regularity.
You can find a more nuanced and thoughtful analysis in Jonathan Chait’s recent New York magazine article, “The Color of His Presidency.” Continue Reading.
2:52 pm CST - April 22, 2014
Posted under Opinion
By Cal Thomas
One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant replay.
It is as if there is nothing the past can teach us; no wisdom that might be culled from those who have gone before. We buy guidebooks, or go online for information about countries or cities we plan to visit, trusting those who have been there to tell us the best places to stay, see and eat. When it comes to more momentous things, like health care, too many people believe government does best, regardless of historical and even contemporary evidence to the contrary. Continue Reading.
2:51 pm CST - April 22, 2014
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By Thomas Sowell
Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.
Unfortunately, the only kind of world that any of us can live in is the world that actually exists. Trying to live in the kind of world that liberals envision has costs that will not go away just because these costs are often ignored by liberals. Continue Reading.
2:49 pm CST - April 22, 2014
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