Reminding us what public service is about. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: “[The] problems that people are facing in this country are a lot greater than any kind of setback — political setback, personal setbacks — I’ve got. So I really am very focused on continuing on the mission that I’ve tried to be about here in Washington. It’s those reform conservative solutions that actually can be applied to people’s problems in the working middle class of this country, the poor, and for everyone.” Good for him.
Rejecting the latest administration excuse to do nothing. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.): “There’s no way you’re going to get reconciliation. The reason that [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-]Maliki is doing what he’s doing, once the U.S. pulled out he realized he didn’t have many friends in the neighborhood and he tried to consolidate his power with the Shias. That was a mistake. We could debate that for years to come, if that was — I do think it was a serious mistake, but we helped condition his behavior. Right now, the threat is to the United States and to our European allies, and a rising al-Qaeda army. These are not monkey bar terrorists, out in the desert somewhere planning some very low-level attack. These are sophisticated, command-and-controlled, seasoned combat veterans who understand the value of terrorism operations external to the region, meaning Europe and the United States. That is about as dangerous a recipe as you can put together. And for us to say, maybe somebody else needs to deal with that — we will deal with it. It’s just a matter of what it looks like.”
Recalling that, for all her “toughness,” Hillary Clinton does a lot of complaining. Hillary Clinton on CBS Sunday whines that “the U.S. political system is most ‘brutal’ in world. Would Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto agree?”
Rebutting the MSM narrative about the GOP’s peril is a full-time job. RNC chairman Reince Preibus tells his interviewer it’s the Dems who are in trouble. “We’re going to do great in this midterm, and I think people expect us to do well. Then we are going to move in to the presidential election. The Democrats have nobody behind Hillary Clinton. If she keeps freefalling, she is not going to be the nominee.”
Rethinking Hillary’s coronation? “A wake-up call for Democrats before it’s too late to change their minds about 2016.”
Repudiating the idea that the primary item on the conservative agenda should be cutting top marginal tax rates: “A few facts to keep in mind: When Ronald Reagan took office, the top marginal rate was 70% and inflation-driven ‘bracket creep’ (consumer prices rose by more than 8% a year from 1973 through 1981) pushed middle-class wages and salaries into higher and higher tax brackets. Today, by contrast, the top rate is 40%, tax brackets are annually adjusted for inflation (which has averaged only 1.6% the past five years), and 43% of American’s pay no federal income tax (although two-thirds of those folks pay payroll taxes.)”