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Marco Rubio Republicans

By John Biver

An Associated Press report back in February had this headline: “U.S. debt will keep growing even with recovery.”

Two sentences from the article: “The government already has made so many promises to so many expanding ‘mandatory’ programs. Just keeping these commitments, without major changes in taxing and spending, will lead to deficits that cannot be sustained.”

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Local GOP orgs could help stop government controlled health care

By John Biver

We’re at flood tide when it comes to the amount of fantastic materials available to anyone who wants to understand the health care reform debate. Truly it is a thing of beauty to watch countless issue advocacy organizations sending out top shelf analysis.

If you want it in brief, you can find it summed up in dozens of places. If you want to delve deeper, there are books and white papers and detailed plans with explanations of why the Democrats’ path to health care reform is exactly the wrong path to follow.

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A cold assessment of the GOP 2010 starting line

By John Biver

A friend sent a link to a news item with the following note: “Independents swinging against Dems – but not too thrilled with Republicans, either. 22% approval? Down 10% since January? Shouldn’t Pelosi get some sort of achievement award for that? How about a hearing aid? Note the bit at the end about only 40% of voters supporting their incumbent – unlike the usual pattern of complaining about Congress in general, but not about their own representative.”

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Comparing the think tanks to the “political tanks”

By John Biver

I don’t work for a think tank. As I’ve alluded to in the past, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for those who work with principles and ideas – those full time think tank employees – to see the grand canyon that exists between what they produce and what reaches voters or becomes law.

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Election 2006 versus Election 2010 in Illinois

By John Biver

Yesterday I noted the basic notion that personnel matters – in fact, as with sports or business, the quality of the people on the team is the most important factor for success. Even if there’s a great game plan or product, the ability of the performers is the difference between achievement and failure.

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Personnel is policy so the GOP’s personnel matters

By John Biver

I had the opportunity to attend my Kane County Republican Convention last Wednesday as an elected Precinct Committeeman. What I experienced there was no doubt what a lot of supporters of reform experienced throughout the state: there are still not enough of us on the battlefield. Until that changes, don’t expect to see policy changes at the local, state, or federal government level.

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Grassroots means YOU

By John Biver

What impressed me most about many of the attendees at the National Tea Party Convention last week in Nashville, Tennessee, was their willingness to learn – and then act. Politics for them isn’t a…

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At the National Tea Party Convention — Day 3

By John Biver

“America Alone,” by Mark Steyn, is one of the most important books written in my lifetime. In it, he writes:

“Our enemies have made a bet that the West in general and the United States in particular are soft and decadent and have no attention span.”

Steyn also stated simply that those who act are the ones who will shape the age in which we live. That’s not complicated. If you want to have an impact, you have to move. The political left is in motion. The Republican Party for the most part is the very definition of moribund.

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From the National Tea Party Convention — Day 2

By John Biver

With all the news coverage of the event, many readers no doubt are being subjected elsewhere to the highly charged reports of supposed controversies and squabbling between TEA partiers here and nationally. Listen, I’m here,…

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From the Tea Party Convention in Nashville

By John Biver

You might have read about some of the drama surrounding the National Tea Party Convention here in Nashville, Tennessee. SurgeUSA.org’s Bruce Donnelly addressed the row the other day here, and after his remarks he posted the response of those who are hosting the event that started yesterday and runs through tomorrow.

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Like a lot of election days, a mixed bag indeed (Part 2)

By John Biver

Interpreting election results involves guesswork, of course, because you’re trying to read the minds of a lot of very different voters. At the end of the day, however, the basics come back into play.

If conservatives are going to elect enough good people to actually roll back the government behemoth, we’re going to have to do a lot better at local, regional, statewide, and national politics. As I’ve argued, “All politics is marketing.” Americans are busy people and it takes a lot of work, resources and creativity to impact enough of our fellow citizens to actually convince them that our policies are the best.

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Like a lot of election days, a mixed bag indeed (Part 1)

By John Biver

Yesterday saw both wins and losses for Republicans who want their party to return to its principles. I’m not sure a trend exists except to say that the old rules of politics still apply more often than not.

A friend reminded me to thank those good conservatives who stepped up to run for office. I can think of three individuals that I know personally who worked their butts off. Two of them lost and one won. Supporters of limited government and traditional values owe them a debt of gratitude.

When turnout is as low as it was, you can’t say that voters are steaming mad about anything. A lot of citizens might be, but if they’re not voting, then they aren’t steamed enough to do the least little bit to help bring about needed reforms.

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U.S. Senator Jim DeMint sets a national example for our intramural party fight

By John Biver

Six months ago I noted the creation of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) – which bills itself as a political action committee –

– “dedicated to electing true conservatives to the United States Senate. SCF seeks to bring bold conservative leadership to Washington by supporting only the most rock-solid, conservative candidates nationwide.”

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