Time For Real Leadership

And it’s needed in the House of Representatives.

It’s time for a change. A leadership change. Yes, I know there are still 10 months to go before the election of 2012 but seriously…Do we have any time to waste? Can we afford to just ride it out?

No.

We must act and act now.

We have a true leadership vacuum and we need to make things right.

I am NOT talking about Obama or the White House here – though there is a pronounced lack of leadership there, too.

I’m talking about something more immediate.

John Boehner must be replaced and soon.

Very soon.

After the House Members went their way just days before Christmas, John Boehner initiated a conference call to inform the Members that the House would approve, unanimously, a 2-month extension of the payroll tax breaks.

In other words Speaker Boehner instead of standing on principle surrendered.

By unanimous, Boehner essentially agreed to Senate terms without putting it to a vote of the House. In fact, Boehner took a dive. He spoke TO the House Members not WITH them and clearly he did not speak FOR the people whom the House represents.

That is not leadership.

What it is…  surrender.

So what does the GOP-led House need in a leader?

What the people need in the people’s House is a true leader. We need a leader unafraid to stand the people’s ground. Unwilling to back down. Eager to be tough. A leader who knows the issues. A leader who who speaks clearly, frankly, and cannot be intimidated.

We no longer need Boehner.

We need to find a real leader for the rest of this year and one who can turn our ship around. We must find a leader cool under fire, willing to make tough decisions and one who can and will start the reversal of the Washington way of doing things.

So who should Republicans replace Boehner with as Speaker?  That would be Florida Republican Allen West. Here’s why:

Allen West has been a Member of the House for just one single year and he has emerged as the liberal’s NUMBER ONE TARGET. Allen West, more than any other Member of the House is the ONE that liberals want GONE.

Because he stands on PRINCIPLE and he doesn’t back down.

Liberals KNOW West is a danger to THEIR ideology and THEIR agenda and they know he won’t compromise.

Rep. West is an interesting choice as many have said he should be running for President or be asked by the eventual GOP nominee to join the ticket as VP.  However he could be more effective in a leadership role in the House.  But would he run for the position is the question.

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Senator DeMint Not Endorsing In Primary

From Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC chaired by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC):

“I’m going to work on Senate races and let South Carolina decide for itself who they want to nominate,” DeMint said. “I want to help deliver a conservative Senate, otherwise it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.”

Interesting decision by the Senator, considering his voice carries a great deal of weight among Conservatives.  But he does make a great point in that without a conservative Senate it really doesn’t matter.  The GOP having control of the House the last two years shows that.

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Paul Ryan Named Conservative of the Year

Congratulations Representative Paul Ryan.

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When you think of Republican congressman Paul Ryan, terms like earnest, serious and important come to mind.  So does the term old-fashioned. Ryan comes from an old-fashioned place, the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wisconsin.  He cherishes the old-fashioned values of a faithful family man. He even looks old-fashioned, with his white shirts and striped ties.  And he uses old-fashioned argument skills, persuasively weaving big-picture themes with the numbers that back them up.

And Ryan has old-fashioned goals, too, like saving America from fiscal bankruptcy, economic stagnation and a European-style entitlement state.

“Just look at what happened across the Atlantic,” Ryan told me in a year-end interview.  “We have to avoid that.  We must reclaim our founding principles of economic freedom and free markets.  We must preserve the American Idea.”

With this vision, and with a pro-growth budget framework called “A Roadmap for America’s Future,” Ryan’s serious ideas have seriously gotten under President Obama’s skin.

And in the process Representative Ryan became very influential.

No, Ryan’s reforms didn’t quite resonate in the White House.  But they did force a serious debate about domestic policy and the economy throughout the country.  With his comprehensive budget of deep spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax simplification—a plan that would strictly limit government and unleash growth at the same time—Ryan became the most influential Republican of his younger generation.  Quite likely, he became the most influential thinker in today’s GOP. For all these reasons, Paul Ryan has been chosen as the HUMAN EVENTS Conservative of the Year.

So just what is the vision of Representative Paul Ryan?

Ryan talks about “reclaiming founding principles,” and about “fighting paternalistic, arrogant, and condescending government elites who want to equalize outcomes, create new entitlement rights and promote less self-government by the citizenry.”

In other words, Rep. Paul Ryan is offering a completely different vision from the one Obama outlined in his Osawatomie, Kan., campaign speech in early December.  Ryan wants “the right to rise,” not a third wave of liberal progressivism.  He wants to stop Obama’s attempt to add to the New Deal/Great Society with the statist universal-healthcare program called Obamacare and an effective nationalization of the energy and financial sectors.  And he completely rejects Obama’s divisive, big-government, punish-wealth, tax-the-rich leftist populism.

for the 2012 election, Ryan has a political vision:  Republicans must develop and communicate a clear policy agenda along the lines of his “Path to Prosperity.”  Then, should they win, the GOP can use this agenda to govern effectively.

“Reagan had this right,” Ryan told me.  For the congressman from Wisconsin, it’s the American Idea.  That’s Ryan’s vision.

The question is this though.  Are the contenders in the GOP Presidential primary and Republican candidates in races across the country smart enough to embrace this vision that may be the only way to victory?

Especially when sound policies like those of Representative Paul Ryan drive the liberals and Democrats nuts.

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Obama’s Magical Misery Tour

Now that the Midwest tour, here’s the truth you didn’t hear.

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