Tea Party’s Primary Mission + More – Daily Digest

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TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Tea Party’s Primary Mission

Several states held primaries yesterday, and a few GOP Senate races were of particular interest. First among those was the challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell won the Tea Party vote on the way to soundly defeating businessman Matt Bevin, who proved to be a weak candidate. That’s a problem the Tea Party has battled from the outset – at least if you mean candidates backed by organizations called “Tea Party.” The Tea Party movement has had some success in shifting the GOP to the Right – though Barack Obama probably deserves some credit for that too. The struggle for the GOP’s soul is a needed one after the George W. Bush years, and it engenders hope for the future of the Party. The Tea Party certainly shouldn’t heed the Leftmedia narrative as encapsulated by Politico: “In 2014, the tea party insurrection is starting to look more like the Boston Massacre.” Politico forgets history. The massacre came before the Tea Party, which led to the American Revolution and our independence. Liberty is always worth fighting for, and that’s the Tea Party’s primary mission. But once the primary is done, stop the GOP infighting. More…

Personal Attacks About Benghazi

Critics of the congressional investigation into Benghazi are turning to personal attacks against members of Congress who want real answers, not the bull Washington spins. (The YouTube video, anyone?) Barbara Boxer (D-CA) told her fellow senators, “We don’t need to spend money on another committee because someone is afraid of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.” Furthermore, CNN president Jeff Zucker said his news organization is “not going to be shamed” into covering the story “by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something.” Who is “afraid” of a few questions? Based on the “temper tantrums,” there will be a few people who will be “shamed” with the truth. More…

It Won’t Always Be ‘ObamaCare’

During another fundraiser appearance, Barack Obama repeated his claim that, because ObamaCare’s so great, Republicans will eventually ditch the term. “First of all, in five years it will no longer be called ObamaCare,” he asserted, “because when something is working, they’re definitely not going to – there will be a whole renaming process.” So how well is ObamaCare working? Nevada became the latest state this week to dump its exchange – another $75 million down the drain. Nevada instead is partnering with the other bug-ridden exchange, Healthcare.gov. Reason’s Peter Suderman notes that, “As of the middle of this month, the state’s exchange had only signed up about 30 percent of its target of 118,000 people for insurance coverage.” But hey, this thing is working! Meanwhile, the feds have ramped up the investigation into Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority, issuing subpoenas to the two departments responsible for wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on that state’s failed exchange.

Subpoena for Holder

Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is getting no help from Attorney General Eric Holder in their investigation into the IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations. In a letter to Holder, Issa says the Department of Justice has dragged its feet in the investigation, keeping one of its employees from testifying. While the DOJ is frustrating the “Committee’s Constitutional oversight obligations,” Issa went one step further by issuing a subpoena against the DOJ head. “The Department’s obstruction in this regard, coupled with its failure to produce any relevant material to date, leads the Committee to conclude the Department is not seriously committed to cooperating with the Committee’s investigation on the Committee’s terms.” It’s nice to see someone trying to get to the bottom – er – top of the scandal. More…

Kerry: It’s All Good!

During a commencement address, State Secretary John Kerry said, “If we make the necessary efforts to address [global warming], and supposing I’m wrong or scientists are wrong … what’s the worst that can happen? We put millions of people to work transitioning our energy, creating new and renewable and alternative; we make life healthier because we have less particulates in the air and cleaner air and more health; we give ourselves greater security through greater energy independence – that’s the downside.” What’s the worst than can happen? You’re already seeing the ramifications. Electricity prices are surging because the Obama administration has stifled the energy sector, and thousands of jobs are being taken away in the process. The EPA is getting ready to roll out even more debilitating regulations, inching the government closer to monopsony control. This is nothing more than a leftist power grab – the sort of thing the Constitution is intended to guard against. What’s at stake is Liberty. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The White House Watermelon Plan

Fresh off its win before the Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to issue another round of big-time regulations. The Court’s ruling validated the agency’s expansion of its regulatory power under the Clean Air Act, and more burdensome exercise of that power is coming down the pike.

“The EPA will launch the most dramatic anti-pollution regulation in a generation early next month, a sweeping crackdown on carbon that offers President Barack Obama his last real shot at a legacy on climate change,” Politico reports. “The EPA’s proposed rule is aimed at scaling back carbon emissions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gases. It’s scheduled for a public rollout June 2, after months of efforts by the administration to publicize the mounting scientific evidence that rising seas, melting glaciers and worsening storms pose a danger to human society.”

The administration’s climate change agenda includes the recent National Climate Assessment, an 800-page warning siren about man’s supposedly devastating impact on the weather. The White House is making climate change a big election issue despite polling that shows voters don’t put it high on the priority list. The administration’s reason is still political – more control means more favors for constituent groups.

As John Kerry might ask, however, What’s the worst that can happen?”

One result of the EPA’s power play will be that electricity rates continue to necessarily skyrocket as coal power plants close because they can’t meet new standards. And while Obama wages a war on coal with one hand, he’s working to offer more secure subsidies to alternative energy with the other.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is spearheading that effort in the House. “[W]e have introduced the Green Bank Act of 2014 to establish a Federal Green Bank as an independent, self-sustaining, not for profit, wholly owned corporation of the United States,” he said. “The bank would be authorized to provide a comprehensive range of finance and support to qualifying clean energy and energy efficiency projects across the country.”

Van Hollen’s effort isn’t new – he first tried it in 2009. But in the interim, we’ve seen the disastrous failure of federal “investment” in green energy. Remember Solyndra, the failed California solar panel maker that cost taxpayers half a billion “stimulus” dollars? And Solyndra was just a chip off the melting iceberg.

In the Senate, Mark Udall (D-UT) and Michael Bennett (D-CO) are pushing to renew billions in tax credits for wind energy. Those are the same tax credits billionaire Warren Buffett says justify the very existence of wind farms. “[W]e get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms,” he said. “That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”

So Democrats’ play is essentially this: Crush traditional energy sources such as coal while propping up otherwise non-viable energy sources like solar and wind, all to please their ecofascist base of climate change alarmists. And the government just happens to gain more power along the way. There’s a reason why environmentalists have been called “watermelons” – green on the outside, red on the inside.

Minimum Wage and Society

If a minimum wage increase would work as intended, it would be great for the disadvantaged, the fringes and the people struggling on the bottom of the economic ladder. But intentions aren’t results. The federal minimum wage has gotten a lot of press lately, with fast-food workers striking for higher wages, states raising their minimums and voters in Switzerland trouncing a proposed $24.65 minimum wage at the polls.

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‘Why Johnny Can’t Read’

Despite decades of education “reforms” and dumping billions of dollars into public schools, the downward slide continues unabated. Occasional plateaus occur when test scores remain close for a year or two, but considering that the United States once had the best education system in the world, excuses simply cannot be accepted anymore.

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TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965): “If you have 10,000 regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”

Economist Walter E. Williams: “[T]yrants have always started out supporting free speech, and why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses. … Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, one of the nation’s most accomplished women, graciously withdrew as Rutgers University’s commencement speaker after two months of campus protests about her role in the Iraq War. Some students and professors said, ‘War criminals shouldn’t be honored.’ One wonders whether these students would similarly protest Hillary Clinton, who, as senator, voted for the invasion of Iraq.”

FRC’s Tony Perkins: “[T]he Obama Pentagon is working overtime to give national security leaker Bradley Manning the ability to live out his sentence as a woman. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave the Army the green light to work out a transfer agreement with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which offers the kind of hormone therapy Manning demands. Meanwhile, the men and women who served our nation with integrity are wasting away on ‘special lists,’ excluded from care. And if the administration will desert America’s bravest when it comes to health care, what’s to keep the government from putting conservatives on a similar ‘list’ where they, too, would be denied care? Folks, this is the face of government health care. And in this administration’s hands, it is a system that … continues to be the President’s greatest weapon.”

Fred Thompson: “Obama ‘absolutely’ believes that Democrats will win back the House this year. That’s great news, since this is the same guy who predicted that Obamacare would save you money.”

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