*UPDATED* – A TIME FOR CHOOSING! Will AZ Republicans Side With Boehner or The People?

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**[UPDATE: Earlier this evening Rep Paul Gosar came out with the following statement declaring he will vote AGAINST Boehner on Tuesday:

“Trust is a series of promises kept; my vote for new leadership reflects a promise I made to voters when they elected me,” Gosar said. “I cannot stand beside the same leadership that has offered up bills too large to read, used parliamentary tricks to bring bills to the floor and has refused to take swift action against the president and his administration’s unconstitutional actions.”]

In an exclusive interview on Fox News this morning, Texas Republican Louis Gohmert announced that he is joining Florida Republican Ted Yoho in challenging John Boehner for the Speakership.

Both candidates echo the sentiment of the grassroots that Speaker Boehner has nothing but a track record of failed leadership and missed opportunities since taking the gavel in 2011.  His unwillingness to use the power of the purse to reign in Obama in addition to his broken promises that he gave in 2012 to use of ‘Regular Order’ and the Hastert Rule are primary reasons that leave him vulnerable to a challenge.

 

 

It is being reported that GOP establishment staffers have been instructed to lie to their constituents telling them that a vote for someone other than Boehner means that Nancy Pelosi can be elected Speaker.   This is simply untrue and shows the establishment’s contempt for the American voter.  In order to win the gavel, a candidate must receive a majority of all the votes cast.  If Boehner does not win on the 1st ballot, then there will be a second ballot, and a third ballot until one Republican gets to the 50%+1 mark.

Where do Arizona’s Republican Congressmen stand on Boehner?  At the time of this post, not a single Arizona Republican congressman has publicly stated if they will support or oppose Boehner for his 3rd term.

Since the rise of the Tea Party in 2009, AZ Tea Partiers have heard Rep Schweikert, Rep Franks, Rep Gosar, and Rep Salmon tout their Conservative ‘street-cred’ in word and activists see this week is the time for action.  Many view this vote on House leadership as the only way they will see real measurable change in DC over the next 2 years.

Will the Arizona Republican Delegation join Rep. Thomas Massie and Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine and side with the Conservative base?  Or will they side with the ineffective, inept, and complicit GOP leadership? Arizona voters will find out Tuesday when Congress votes — until then,  give them a call or a tweet and make your voice heard.

Note: the primary Hashtag on Twitter is #FireBoehner

(We did not include Martha McSally in the contact list above.  This is largely due to TeamBoehner and the Chamber of Crony-Capitalism placing a vast amount of financial resources behind her campaign.  With that being the case, we believe she will side with the GOP establishment over the grassroots)

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Obamacare – The Audacity of Nope

Obamacare Affordable Care Act

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by Manny Fernandez – It has cost the American taxpayer $634 million to launch the Obamacare web site. I am sorry, but that as a reckless and misleading statement. The truth of the matter is that it has cost the American taxpayer $634 million to launch the Obamacare WEBSITE. The website plagued with major glitches has cost the American taxpayer six times as much as the bid from the private contractor bid for the contract to create the website.

Now, let me ask you something. How come Mark Zuckerberg can make billions launching a website that has hundreds of millions of subscribers without charging them a cent, but the federal government is 600 PERCENT OVER BUDGET launching the portal that is supposed to take Americans that do not have health insurance or are losing their health insurance because their employers have dropped insurance coverage in response to Obamacare? That is correct. The cost to date for a website that does not work is $540 MILLION MORE than the contractor agreed the website would cost.

If you think about it, the Obamacare website is the portal or front porch for Obamacare. So, let’s say you were having a contractor build a $250,000 home for you. Let’s assume that the soft cost line item for the plans was $5,000. Let’s say that the hard cost line items for the front door and the porch you decided would make a nice feature for the home totaled $10,000. What would you do if the contractor who was building the house for you came back to you and said that those line items — which your construction contract provides will cost $15,000 — will cost $90,000 instead. Do you still think your contractor is going to bring the job in on budget?

I think the GOP needs to go all in. I would rather bet the farm on a bold new strategy and give the country an opportunity to recover if a Obama does not play ball than allow Obamacare, as presently enacted, to bankrupt the treasury. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should agree to end the shutdown and draft a clean continuing resolution that will raise the debt ceiling for six months. They should publicly lobby for the roll-out of Obamacare to be delayed until all of the bugs are fixed. They should also lobby for the assembly of a non-partisan blue ribbon panel of business people and computer nerds who will work together to make recommendations on how to fix Obamacare so that the program:

  1. Provides affordable healthcare for Americans who do not have and cannot currently get healthcare insurance;
  2. Incentivizes Americans to buy healthcare and incentivizes businesses to offer healthcare to their employees; and
  3. Does not create an incentive for businesses to fire employees, cut back their hours or stop hiring them.

I firmly believe that American business people have the ingenuity to make recommendations that will accomplish the laudable goal of providing affordable healthcare for those who cannot currently obtain it without creating a healthcare brothel where the government is the pimp, insurance companies are the hookers and the American taxpayer is getting royally screwed. Instead of using all of the obvious problems with the ACA to make the President look bad, John Boehner should ask for one concession to the end of the shutdown. He should ask for the President to go on national television and promise the American people that he is going to work with Republicans and Democrats to fix the law and agree that the discussions of the blue ribbon panel will be televised. In turn, Boehner and McConnell should promise the American people that they will stand up to both the left and the right in order to do whatever is necessary to fix the glitches in the law.

Like it or lump it, Obamacare is the law of the land. All we can do in a divided government is work together to fix it. The notion that a political party completely devoid of leadership like the GOP — or where what passes for leadership is the Audacity of Nope — is going to be able to overturn a piece of legislation that the President regards as the signature achievement of his administration without a majority in the Senate, absolutely no chance of acquiring veto proof majorities in Congress in 2014, no currently viable Presidential candidate for 2016 and dwindling support for the intransigent ideologues it sent to Congress in 2010 and 2012 is just plain silly. On the other hand, if the GOP demonstrates a willingness to work with the President to fix Obamacare, it will acquire the credibility it needs in order to convince the American public that there is more to this once Grand Old Party than the Audacity of Nope.

Editor’s Note: reposted with permission from Cafe Con Leche Republicans – original link.

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Manny Fernandez is the Florida Director for Cafe Con Leche Republicans

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Obama’s Insulting Fiscal Cliff Deal

by Bob Quasius

Charles Krauthammer is right about the looming fiscal cliff. Obama’s insulting offer should be flatly turned down, and in fact Republicans should walk.

In a speech at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, Gingrich commented on the fiscal cliff:

“It is a device to get all of us running down the road so we accept whatever Obama wants, because otherwise we will have failed the fiscal cliff, and how can you be a patriot if you don’t do what the fiscal cliff requires?”

Why are congressional Republicans allowing taxes instead of spending to be the focus of budget discussions? We are overspent, not undertaxed,

What I would say to the House Republicans is to get a grip. They are the majority; they are not the minority. They don’t need to cave in to Obama. They don’t need to form a surrender caucus,

Entire speech:

Gingrich recalls a similar fiscal cliff in a February 2011 Washington Post op-ed. In December 1995, the House passed a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Although the Senate failed to pass the amendment, House Republicans and some Democrats decided to balance the budget anyway, despite the looming threat of a presidential veto. Clearly President Clinton thought Republicans would cave rather than see government shut down.

A balanced budget passed the House and Senate, and when the expected presidential veto resulted, Republicans stood firm. Clinton’s veto did indeed shut down the federal government. The shutdown was painful for a few weeks, but laid the ground work for four straight years of balanced budgets. In fact, many of the successes Clinton often trumpets were the result of Republicans standing firm and insisting on a balanced budget!

It’s time for Republicans to walk away from negotiations unless and until Obama gets serious about balancing our budget, and yes, Obamacare needs to be on the table.

Obama’s most recent budget proposal was overwhelmingly voted down by both parties, in fact the Senate voted “no” 99-0, and after four years without any budget it’s time our government began operating under a budget.

It’s obvious that Obama is not willing to negotiate in good faith, and is attempting to bully Republicans in Congress into caving on massive tax increases, in fact double what Obama asked for last summer, along with increased stimulus spending and no concrete spending cuts until the future. Obama even wants Congress to hand Obama the authority to increase the debt ceiling, an unprecedented power grab! It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stand firm, and for Obama to come to the table and negotiate in good faith.

Something Republicans Just Need to Learn

By Thomas Martin Salazar

Growing up my father (a Mexican national) taught me the importance of having three basic priorities that should govern my life. These priorities were to always place God first, family second, and work/school third above everything else. After the spanking the Republicans  received this last election day, it seems as if we as a party could benefit from considering these priorities, especially when it comes to the family.  I understand that not every Hispanic person is the same, nor is every Mexican American for that matter. But I do believe that these priorities are important and relatable to the Hispanic and Latino community. While the GOP tends to do a great job at defending religious liberty and is the most active in the defense of the unborn, it seems to neglect one of the most important priorities – family and fails miserably at communicating the third – work/education.

If Republicans wish to gain back the support of the Latino vote, especially that of the Mexican Americans in many southwestern states, then we need to end the rhetorical attacks on their families. Hispanics are not going to vote for any candidate whom they  think is going to deport their abuelita or go after their parents, husbands or wives.  They also will not support candidates of a party who want to end birthright citizenship. If we are to be the party of family values which I believe we are, then we must let go of our rhetoric and reach out in good faith to work towards some form of immigration reform just as George W. Bush tried to do. Conservatives seem to think and fear that Hispanics are inherently liberal. I disagree. The Democratic party does not hold our values; but neither do they pander to the immigration enforcement only crowd as republicans tend to do. I am not calling for open borders or lax enforcement. I am suggesting that we use our enforcement resources on the border and go after the criminals and the cartels, meanwhile, finding a humane way to keep families united and help build a better future for America and the Republican Party. When the Republicans finally embrace pro-family policies and cease the rhetoric that has been perceived as anti-Hispanic, then the door will be opened for further dialogue.

After we reach out in good faith, then we, as a party, must communicate better toward Hispanics and Latinos in general. We need candidates and organized groups to reach out and educate them on economic issues. Both employment and education are top priorities for many Hispanics, but if they do not see the connection from the policy played out in their daily lives, then we are failing to communicate.  Republicans must do a better job at explaining how raising tax rates and continued deficit spending will negatively impact them. While at the same time, Republicans need to articulately respond with fiscally sound economic policies that will lead to economic growth and rising incomes. Moreover, we need to defend the free market and explain how it is their inherent right as human beings, created by God, to choose how to spend and use their money. Republicans should also educate Hispanic voters on  the myriads of federal regulations and taxes that are inhibiting his or her ability to freely choose, by decreasing growth and upward mobility.

Furthermore,  we need to work harder at  defending educational choice for parents. We have an over regulated education system that sends billions of dollars to bureaucrats in the Department of Education, while spending on students and their classrooms  are both neglected. Moreover, Republicans can defiantly win on the issue of school choice. School choice is not a federal program; it is the right for parents to have the choice whether to send their children to public, private or charter schools or even homeschool if they wish. Parents should be afforded all options because each child learns differently and no one size fits all federal education program will meet those needs. We must oppose federal one size fits all cookie cutter educational standards and move  towards state rights  and parental rights. Education is a pivotal issue for each and every Hispanic mother and father. This goal will be hindered if  we do not reach out and clearly articulate to Hispanic voters our educational polices.

Thus, we must do better at articulating our values to the Hispanic and in particular  the Mexican American community. I do believe this goal is attainable and I am optimistic.  Just recently, conservative talk show host, Sean Hannity, came out in favor for immigration reform and the Speaker of the House,  John Boehner, said he is “confident”  that the Republican congress can reach a deal on an immigration reform bill. Again, we are the ones who need to reach out in good faith and restart the dialogue. Therefore, I pray that the GOP will heed these words and consider the three top priorities of this frustrated Republican: God, family, and work/education. If we do anything less, failure is inevitable.

Editors note: as with all blog postings that appear with a by-line, the opinions presented are the author’s and not necessarily the positions of Cafe Con Leche Republicans.

Thomas Martin Salazar is an Arizona leader of the Café con Leche Republicans. Thomas was born and raised in Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Grand Canyon University and is currently working on obtaining a MDiv in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary. Thomas has also served as the Grand Canyon University College Republicans Vice President and interim President (February 2007-April 2008) and as a Maricopa County Republican Precinct committeeman (August 2009 – August 2012).