Friday, December 23, 2005

Ryun Looking At Budget Chairmanship

The Journal World writes this story on Congressman Ryun's contemplation of running for Budget Chairman next fall.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Responsible Spending Still America's Priority

According to the USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Dec. 9-11 "Two thirds of respondents said the federal government should fund Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by cutting spending, as opposed to raising taxes or increasing the federal deficit. But finding major spending cuts has proved difficult in this Congress, which is stalled over a major plan to cut Medicaid and other programs for low-income Americans. (Related: Poll results)"

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Democrats Not Sure What They Believe

While the President has said we must finish the job in Iraq of standing up a freely elected government and a military capable of securing the country, the Democrats aren't so sure.

Howard Dean said today, “The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): "We Should Follow The Lead Of Congressman John Murtha ... I'm Endorsing What Mr. Murtha Is Saying ... I Believe That A Majority Of Our Caucus Clearly Supports Mr. Murtha ... And Let's Be Clear About What It Is Mr. Murtha Said, 'Yes, Let's Bring The Troops Home.'"

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "[I] Reject A Rigid Timetable That The Terrorists Can Exploit, And I Reject An Open Timetable That Has No Ending Attached To It."

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT): "I Have Just Returned From My Fourth Trip To Iraq In The Past 17 Months And Can Report Real Progress There. ... Progress Is Visible And Practical."

In an attempt to clear up the confustion, DCCC Chair Rahm Emanuel (D-IL): "At The Right Time, We Will Have A Position [On Iraq]."

Friday, December 02, 2005

Economy Humming Along

Despite the hurricanes that ravaged the gulf coast, our economy continues to be strong. Employment grew by 215,000 jobs in November and the 3rd quarter saw 4.3% GDP growth. That was the 10th straight quarter of 3% or greater growth in the GDP, better than any period of growth during the Clinton Administration.

Despite what this AP article says, the President's job approval numbers seem to be improving. In the only survey taken entirely after Thanksgiving by Fox News (which had him at 36% in their last poll for those of you who think they are biased), his job approval climbed 6% to 42%, not great, but climbing.