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In the late 90’s I staffed then-Congressman John Shadegg on his Budget Committee assignment. Now-Governor of Ohio, John Kasich was the Chairman of the committee.
At the beginning of each February, there was a buzz of anticipation as we waited for the President to release his annual budget – which was delivered to the Hill packaged in three or four separate books. We would pull all-nighters combing through tables and language to see what trickery President Clinton was using to try to mask deficits for as far as the eye could see.
Alas, it is April 10, and Obama is just now getting around to releasing his budget. It says something about a person – who voluntarily ran for election to a job that has legal requirements – but ignores laws and rules. The President is, by law, required to release a budget in early February. But Obama thumbed his nose at the law, and our nation, and decided that getting a March Madness bracket done and shutting down the White House to visitors was much, much more important.
How can we expect Obama to get serious about fiscal restraint when he doesn’t respect the process enough to do the basics of his job?
Republicans in the House should set up working conference room, put Obama’s budget on the table, and invite the President over to go through the budget line-by-line, like he promised he would.
“And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” (Presidential Debate, Sept. 28, 2008)
Of course, they’d be waiting there, by themselves, for a long time…
Bob Robb, one of the best political commentators in Arizona, wrote a very insightful column yesterday headlined “Gingrich anti-establishment?”
There are some real gems worth repeating here:
Sometimes politics is staged as farce, as in the narrative in the Republican presidential primary that Newt Gingrich is the anti-establishment candidate.
The guy is a former speaker of the House of Representatives, for goodness sake. You know, third in line to be president.
Since being ousted as speaker, Gingrich has made himself wealthy as a political entrepreneur and operator. In fact, he got ousted in part because he starting doing too much of that while he was speaker.
Gingrich was as responsible as anyone for turning the Republican Party into the party of pork. Under his speakership, earmarks as a re-election tool proliferated.
In fact, virtually everything the tea party doesn’t like about the Republican establishment can be traced to Gingrich and his Majority Whip, later Majority Leader, Tom DeLay.
I remember the frustration of some of the true believers of the Class of ’94 when Gingrich and DeLay were advising the freshmen that the best way to win re-election was to send the bacon home. Guys like my former boss John Shadegg and a his cohorts like Tom Coburn and Mark Sanford fought those guys every day.
Gingrich is no conservative.
If Democrats don’t pass health care “reform” by March 26, then the two-week Easter recess could end up looking a lot like last August, when the American electorate made it abundantly clear that they did not favor a government takeover of health care. At least that is the intent of some Republicans, according to this story in the Washington Examiner.
“If health care doesn’t get done by Easter,” says Republican Rep. John Shadegg, “then we need to make Easter look like last August.”
The Democrats continue to push the narrative of inevitability, but even that is wearing thin, given that they have been pushing that narrative since last April. One thing for certain: never have the American people been offered such a stark difference in philosophy over the role of government than what the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress in comparison to what the Republicans would offer as solutions.
The question is whether the moderate Democrats will listen to the American people or Nancy Pelosi.
Congressman Shadegg Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-03) issued the following statement regarding his plans to represent Arizona’s Third Congressional District beyond 2010:
“I am today announcing that, while I will serve out my current term in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be a candidate for re-election to Congress. Representing the people of Arizona in the House has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. And, while it would be difficult to leave this position at any time, it is particularly hard to do so now with the challenges we face as a nation, but it is necessary for me to do so.
“While representing the people of Arizona in the House was one of my goals in life, it is not the only one. After 16 years it is time for me to take my life in a new direction and to pursue my commitment to fight for freedom in a different venue.
“In doing so, I particularly want to thank the people who have supported and voted for me throughout the years. I couldn’t have won this seat or engaged in this fight without their steadfast friendship and support. I will remain forever in their debt. I also especially want to thank my wife, Shirley, and my children, Courtney and Stephen, for their sacrifice, patience, and encouragement. They have been there through the highs and lows, and I sincerely appreciate all they have done to make my career in Congress possible.
“I also want to thank the men and women that I have been blessed to have on my staff, working alongside me as we fought the good fight. My staff is Shirley’s and my extended family, and their creativity, wit, and hard work stands unparalleled. Most importantly, together we share a passion for freedom.
“Two years ago I considered retiring and briefly announced my intention to do so. I was talked out of that decision by my constituents and colleagues. For those who encouraged me to run then and particularly those who stepped up and helped financially in that race, I want to reiterate my sincere appreciation. 2008 was a disastrous year for Republicans. Yet, with their help we proved that this is a solidly Republican seat, defeating my Democrat challenger by double digits notwithstanding the millions of dollars poured into this race by National Democrats. This time, however, my decision is irreversible.
“As the Obama Administration and Speaker Pelosi grow further and further out of touch with average Americans, evidence continues to build that 2010 will be a record year for Republicans running for Congress. And, I am extremely confident that the people of the Third District of Arizona will elect a solid conservative.
“In the last year, I have been able to fight the massive government takeover of our nation’s health care system advanced by President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. I will continue to do so with every ounce of energy I can summon. This takeover is deeply flawed and overwhelmingly opposed by my constituents.
“I have worked on health care reform my entire Congressional career. One of my proudest moments came when my legislation to encourage states to cover those with pre-existing conditions was passed by Congress and signed into law.
“I have introduced legislation every year since 1996 to give Americans greater choice in selecting their health care and greater control over their health care decisions. Time and again, I have proposed innovative ideas. Early on, I introduced legislation giving individuals the ability to purchase coverage on the same tax-favored basis businesses now enjoy. I was the first to propose allowing individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines, an idea that continues to gain momentum. These are real reforms that would force America’s health insurance companies to compete with each other for our business, and drive costs down and quality up.
“I have repeatedly introduced legislation that would give every American, rich and poor, health coverage and cover those with pre-existing conditions while preserving choice, creating real competition, and cost savings.
“The biggest problems in health care in America today are the result of misguided government policies. It is the government that puts your employer and the health plan your employer selected between you and your doctors. It is the government that allows employers to buy health care coverage tax-free but makes individuals use after-tax dollars to buy coverage. And, it is the government, including a specific provision in the current House and Senate bills that gives health insurance companies immunity from damages if their decision injures or kills someone. Yet, National Democrats are about to bail out the health insurance industry, compel every American to buy their product whether we want to or not, dramatically expanding the roll of government in health care. This is a tragic mistake which we will come to regret.
“To this day, I get goose bumps when I walk back to my office in the Cannon Building after a late night vote and look up at the Capitol Dome shining through the darkness. I will deeply miss doing so. Our Nation’s Capitol is the greatest symbol of freedom in the world. And, I will be forever indebted to the people of Arizona who bestowed on me the privilege of representing them in the fight for freedom.
“While the rules of the House do not allow me to pursue future employment while I am still in office, rest assured, I will continue to remain in the fight for freedom and defend American exceptionalism.”
In Obama’s fantasy world of make believe, he thinks that just by saying so, it is so.
Case in point. At Recovery.gov the White House lists 30 jobs saved or created in Arizona’s 15th Congressional District by spending $761,000. Uh, small problem. Arizona only has eight Congressional Districts.
As John Shadegg asks, “Is this the same federal government Democrats want to entrust with our healthcare?”
I think the answer is obvious.
In typical Democrat fashion, they prove they don’t have original ideas, they just steal them from Republicans.
Recall this post about Shadegg’s LD, Paul Edatell barely missing the “50 Most Beautiful” list by coming in 51st (or so, that is the claim).
Now, the totally unoriginal folks at the DNC stole the idea for to show their press secretary how much they missed him.
So, the Republican Party continues to be the party of ideas, while the Democrat Party is just a bunch of copycats (but they do it bigger! See below)
(photo by Ralph Freso, Tribune)
Today was a big day in the health care debate. There were hundreds of rallies/protests across the country as people voiced their opposition to a government takeover of health care.
In the Phoenix area, 1,000 people showed up outside Democrat Congressman Harry Mitchell’s office in the morning, and then nearly 1,000 showed up at a town hall held by Congressman John Shadegg.
The East Valley Tribune covered both events.
(photo by Ralph Freso, Tribune)
Reports from the Shadegg town hall were that it was a very civil discussion. And there wasn’t a big ACORN or Union presence. Conclusion? The reason you are seeing videos of major conflict at town halls across the country, is because the unions and ACORN are sowing discord to try to discredit those Americans who truly want to be heard. When the union thugs aren’t around to intimidate people, tempers stay in check.
I’m not saying that there aren’t some loud and rowdy protesters from the right, but the only times there have been violence is when ACORN and/or unions are in the mix.
It’s more than a coincidence.
The one thing I will say about this story, is that Giblin captures what little humor and wit I have. To that I say, well done sir.
GOP operative Sean Noble on mend after wreck
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 16:24 Paul Giblin
By Paul Giblin
The Arizona Guardian
Republican political strategist Sean Noble is recovering from injuries he sustained in an early morning car wreck Saturday.
Doctors removed Noble’s spleen during emergency surgery Saturday after he rolled his 2000 Infiniti I30 sedan two or three times south of Cordes Junction.
The former top aide to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg has been recovering at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix and expects to be discharged Wednesday.
Noble said he is getting along fine without his spleen.
“I don’t miss it. I really didn’t have much of a relationship with it,” he told the Guardian in a telephone interview.
He has been able to work a bit from the hospital, but his conservative political blog “Noble Thinking” has been uncharacteristically inactive in recent days.
Noble was returning home after speaking about tolerance and acceptance at a Mormon youth camp near Prescott. He decided to make the late-night drive because his teen-age daughter Kinsey recently had spinal surgery and he wanted to be with her.
He remembers the incident clearly.
He was headed south on Interstate 17, driving at 75 mph, listening to Tom Petty on the radio. It’s important to note, he said, that despite his well-earned reputation of being a BlackBerry addict, he was not using the device at the time. He had just checked the time; it was 12:20 a.m.
“I was sipping a soda and singing ‘Free Falling,’” he said.
It had rained earlier and he came upon a patch of water on the highway that caused his car to hydroplane, he said. The Infiniti spun and slid toward the edge of the highway.
Noble saw dirt next to the pavement and knew things were going to end poorly.
“The first thing that went through my mind is, ‘You’ve got to kidding me. The last thing I need is to be stranded here at this time of night,” he said.
The tires caught on the dirt and the car rolled two or three times – or more precisely, 2½ or 3½ times – stopping on its roof. Noble found himself hanging upside down from his seatbelt. Every window was shattered.
He unbuckled himself and crawled out a window. He couldn’t find his cell phone, so he walked back to the highway and waited about 10 minutes for another motorist to drive by.
Noble said he didn’t realize he was badly injured, though later tests indicated that his spleen was damaged and that he had internal bleeding.
“I was totally mobile. I was sore. What I thought was that I had broken a few ribs,” he said. “I’m just glad someone stopped.”
A motorist named Patrick stopped, called 911 and allowed Noble to use his phone to contact his wife. Noble sat in the Good Samaritan’s car until rescue personnel arrived. After the rescue team showed up, Patrick drove off. Noble never got his full name.
Noble said he’s thankful for the first responders and the doctors who treated him. And he’s been overwhelmed by the number and kindness of well-wishers who have contacted him since the wreck.
“I wish I hadn’t put myself in that position, but I’m glad I survived,” he said.
Shadegg said he’s spoken to Noble since the crash and has teased him about his poor driving.
“You can tell him I said the conservative movement needs bright and talented people like him and he needs to stop risking it with these car accidents,” Shadegg said.
Noble worked on Shadegg’s staff for more than a decade, finishing as chief of staff. Currently, he’s serving as a campaign consultant for 2010 GOP candidate Jim Ward in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District race, and he’s working on a national campaign opposed to President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative.
As I have pointed out before, Greg Patterson over at espressopundit is a really smart guy and has a great, great blog.
But he needs to put the crack pipe down and rethink what he wrote here:
The new schism in the Republican party is not Conservative or Moderate, it’s Conservatives who are part of the establishment versus conservatives who are part of the resistance and it looks to me like McCain, and to a lessor extent even Shadegg and Brewer, are vulnerable in Republican Primaries.
McCain vulnerable in a primary? Maybe. Depends a lot on who it is.
Brewer vulnerable in primary? Uh, oh yeah – you know, the whole demanding a tax increase thing? Yes, Greg, Brewer is vulnerable, very, very vulnerable. No “lessor extent” about it.
Shadegg vulnerable in a primary? What are you smoking? Seriously. Yes, McCain has not been the most solid of conservatives – you know, campaign finance, global warming, and, you know, immigration. Yes, Brewer is following in George H.W. Bush’s footsteps. But Shadegg?
This is a guy that conservatives (you know, like, Mike Pence, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, et al.) begged to stay in Congress when he announced retirement last year. This is a guy who consistently ranks among the most conservative in the U.S. House by Club for Growth, National Taxpayer’s Union, American Conservative Union and Americans for Tax Reform among others.
If the argument is that some elected officials are potentially vulnerable because they are not conservative enough, then I get it. But saying that Shadegg isn’t conservative enough is a little bizarre.
The Arizona Republic ran a little story about the earmarks that members of the Arizona Congressional delegation have requested. Surprisingly, Republican Trent Franks topped the list with earmarks totaling $3.1 billion. The entire total for the delegation was $4.3 billion, so Franks makes up nearly 75% of the total (and that’s with Shadegg and Flake out of the picture, since they don’t request earmarks.
As long as Republicans participate in the “pay to play” game that comes with earmarking, they will never have the moral high ground to demand the system change. How many Members of Congress have to be investigated for folks to say enough already?