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In GOP Civil War, No Easy Answers

Republicans continue to argue about whether the party needs to take steps to prevent the next Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akinand Ken Buck, as well as how it might do so.

Those inept and seriously flawed candidates lost races that other Republicans would have won easily.

Now, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, has created a new organization, the Conservative Victory Project, to focus on getting more electable candidates through primaries against uncompromising, tea-party-type conservatives who successfully tap anti-establishment feelings in the GOP grass roots.  Click here to continue reading this story.

New Alan Simpson-Erskine Bowles plan

rskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the wise men of Washington whose deficit reduction plan has become a frequently-invoked Washington shibboleth over the past two years, are releasing a new plan Tuesday, hoping to split the difference between President Barack Obama and House Republicans.

The new plan from Bowles, a former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, and Simpson, a former GOP senator from Wyoming, would reduce the deficit by $2.4 trillion over the next decade, according to POLITICO’s Playbook. House Republicans want to cut it by $4 trillion, while the White House has set a $1.5 trillion goal.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Guns and Pensions

A nation’s choice between spending on military defense and spending on civilian goods has often been posed as “guns versus butter.” But understanding the choices of many nations’ political leaders might be helped by examining the contrast between their runaway spending on pensions while skimping on military defense.

Huge pensions for retired government workers can be found from small municipalities to national governments on both sides of the Atlantic. There is a reason. For elected officials, pensions are virtually the ideal thing to spend money on, politically speaking. Many kinds of spending of the taxpayers’ money win votes from the recipients. But raising taxes to pay for this spending loses votes from the taxpayers. Pensions offer a way out of this dilemma for politicians.

Creating pensions that offer generous retirement benefits wins votes in the present by promising spending in the future. Promises cost nothing in the short run — and elections are held in the short run, long before the pensions are due.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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  1. Mark D Quick says:

    Dear fellow Republicans and Patriots,
    My name is Mark D. Quick and I am the Republican municipal chairman for Frelinghuysen Twp. on the Warren County Republican Committee. I am also a political activist and an outspoken patriotic conservative with plenty of attitude and energy; I am running for the open seat in the 24th district just vacated by Gary Chiusano.
    Over the past 4+ years I have railed against the effects of Illegal (not “undocumented”) aliens on our working families. I have tried to get our members of Congress to support “E verify” legislation; I’ve had the support of my former members of the NJ State Assembly in the 23rd District, John Di Maio and Erik Peterson, as well as Assemblywoman Alison Mc Hose. In September of 2011, I sat down with Congressman Scott Garrett to discuss this issue and he refused to support any “E verify” legislation or any other efforts that would curb the affects of Illegal aliens in our communities. I believe that on this front, we as a party have lied to the public because we do not hold our representatives accountable to the values “We the PEOPLE” hold dear.
    I have also pushed for Equal Education Funding for all of our children across the state. Today most of our communities receive very little state aid from tax revenues that were originally put in place to fund the needs of our children’s education. Misguided court verdicts have resulted in an education funding system that greatly discriminates against the average student across the state; instead we have a slush fund in favor of political interests that supports a corrupt political machine rather than the well being of our students.
    I have also started much of the fight against the United Nations Agenda 21 assault against our communities. I have, with the help of others, fought and defeated some of the Agenda 21-inspired attempts to advance their agenda. These efforts bore real fruit when Frelinghuysen Twp. rejected Sustainable Jersey (the local label of Agenda 21) and the EFFI solar project. If elected, I will work to cut “ALL” funding going to these programs, starting with SREC’s that cost every resident of NJ about 30% extra on their monthly electric bills and in many cases supports the foreign takeover of our infrastructure paid for by you and me, the New Jersey taxpayer and energy consumer.
    I will also, regardless of party, stand on conservative values and hold peoples feet to the fire. I believe we need to be the vigilant guardians of the public trust and the public treasury; we cannot become complacent just because the individual in question is a Republican.
    I am a lifelong resident of the area that now makes up the 24th District. I was born at Newton Hospital just two days after Alison McHose and maybe sharing the nursery for a while had some political effects on my life. I have a deep desire to protect our children’s education while also protecting the tax payer from being fleeced. The changes I have witnessed over my life time amount to little more than an assault against our communities and it must change. If elected I make a simple promise: I will FIGHT FOR OUR COMMUNITIES and the best interest of our children.

    Most Respectfully,

    Mark D. Quick

    Municipal Chairman Frelinghuysen
    Warren County Republican Committee
    CANDIATE 24th District for NJ State Assembly