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August 19, 2013

IPI's response to Senator Durbin

The story so far, told through a series of links in chronological order:

  1. Senator Durbin's letter of intimidation to IPI
  2. Wall Street Journal editorial on Durbin's letter
  3. Chicago Tribune editorial on Durbin's letter
  4. Cato Institute's reply to Senator Durbin
  5. IPI blog entry on the Durbin episode
  6. IPI letter replying to Senator Durbin


Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

August 12, 2013

Told you so! (on the sequester)

So IPI went out on a limb on the sequester. We wrote a paper praising the sequester and explaining that the sequester represented the mildest down payment on the kind of spending restraint that is necessary if we have any hope of setting our fiscal house in order. We created charts to explain just how small the sequester restraints were. We blogged and gave speeches and did TV and went on the radio to sell the sequester. We got coverage in print media. We did our part--we more than did our part.

And we were right.

Check out Steve Moore's piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

The $150 billion budget decline of 4% is the first time federal expenditures have fallen for two consecutive years since the end of the Korean War. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

August 10, 2013

Here's what political intimidation looks like

If you want to know what political intimidation looks like, this link will take you to a PDF of the letter sent to IPI (and allegedly over 300 organizations) about their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

I'm not going to excerpt any language from the letter in this blog entry, because you just have to read the entire thing.

Durbin's office probably made a major mistake sending this letter to think tanks like IPI (and the Cato Institute), because we don't cow to things like this--in fact, we see them as opportunities to point out political intimidation. The letter was reallly designed for corporations who are members of ALEC, to make the occupants of the executive suite call up their government affairs office and ask what the heck Company X is doing with this organization that generated a letter from a U.S. senator. It's subtle but strategic intimidation of free speech and freedom of association, and IPI intends to respond along these lines. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

May 30, 2013

A Way Around the Law

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has taken a lot of heat for asking--some would say shaking down--health insurance executives for money to help implement ObamaCare. So it has changed the messenger, but not the message. Read More >>

Posted by Merrill Matthews | Comments

May 25, 2013

Governor Perry vetoes SB 346

Texas Governor Rick Perry has today vetoed SB 346, the bill sponsored by a couple of RINO Republicans that supposedly was designed to increase transparency in Texas elections, but really was designed to punish Texans for Fiscal Responsibility for holding Republicans accountable for their RINO ways.

Here is an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about the veto, and here is a blog by Empower Texans on the veto.

And earlier this week the Wall Street Journal editorialized about SB 346 here.

This legislation was, as I said, designed to punish a single group that has held Republicans accountable. If you doubt my characterization, then tell me why the legislation specifically exempts labor unions and organizations related to labor unions from the new requirement.

I pointed this out Thursday morning on the Mark Davis Show, and the audio of my interview goes into some more detail about what all is wrong with the bill. I think Mark was fairly neutral on the legislation until he heard the blockbuster about labor unions being exempt. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

May 16, 2013

The simplest observation about the Benghazi emails

The simplest observation about the Benghazi emails is that the Obama administration spent a lot more time discussing how they were going to spin the situation than they did deciding whether or not to try to save American lives under attack by terrorists.

The evidence thus far suggests that the Obama administration decided almost immediately to stand down and not send in forces to try to support the embassy under attack. And there has to be more there, since as of yet we've not been able to get a clear answer to who, exactly, was in the situation room that night and who made the decision. One person who clearly DOES know the answer, General Carter Ham, mysteriously decided to retire just a few years before his mandatory retirement date, and 18 months into a 3 year rotation.

Another military official who would have knowledge of the episode, Admiral Charles M. Gauoette, was also removed by the Pentagon around the same time.

I think we all want to hear more from General Ham and Admiral Gauoette. I think the decision process that led to our abandoning Americans in Benghazi is more important, or at least logically precedes, the cover-up scandal.

Meanwhile, the administration spent four days and twelve drafts deciding how they were going to spin Benghazi.

Covering their own tails was clearly a greater concern that covering the lives in Benghazi for which they were responsible. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

May 1, 2013

Ted Cruz for President?

There's an article leading the National Review website this morning on the fact that Senator Ted Cruz and his intimates are considering making a run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.

Just the thing we need to justify yet another reminder that IPI's 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner tomorow night features Senator Cruz as our keynote speaker.

There is still time for you to get your tickets and even your table sponsorships in order to meet and hear Senator Cruz. Certain sponsorships will get you into the VIP Reception, where you'll have an opportunity to have your picture taken with Senator Cruz.

We hope you can join us.

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

December 6, 2012

Why Obama is Pushing Republicans Over the Fiscal Cliff

Ever since passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, most people have assumed that, eventually, some sort of deal would get done. Both sides have something to lose, the thinking went, so both sides will eventually compromise to spare the country from going over the fiscal cliff.

And everyone also assumed that, while the outcome of the election would tilt the balance of power, still both sides had something to lose, so a deal would get done.

And that makes sense, if you assume both sides have something to lose.

But what if, even before the election, one side thought it did NOT have much to lose? What if, in fact, one side thought it had almost nothing to lose and much to gain, and the outcome of the election simply confirmed this calculation? What then? Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

November 7, 2012

We have work to do

I think it's true that the election gives no one a mandate--that it was not a sweeping victory for a particular set of policies. But it's a tough day for those of us who thought the policy deficiencies of the past four years were obvious. Clearly, we have work to do, and lessons to learn.

Our principles are not wrong, or insufficient for today's challenges, but we have clearly not sufficiently persuaded the American people how those principles directly benefit them in their daily lives.

We have to convince the American people that freedom is better for them than Big Government. We have to provide support and analysis for our allies in Congress, and we have to work to strengthen their resolve and to help them navigate some difficult policy problems.

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

October 31, 2012

The bureaucrats get BuckyBalls

Update: More from CNET.

Well, the nanny state bureaucrats did it--they've run another successful American small business into the ground.

BuckyBalls are a desktop magnetic toy, and they're ingenious. They're basically tiny magnets in a variety of colors and shapes--balls, cubes, and rods.

They are targeted at adults, and they've been highly successful. Two entrepreneurs in an apartment with $2,000 started the company in 2009, and in a short period of time BuckyBalls became highly successful, sold in specialty retail stores.

But the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) came after them, and despite the fact that BuckyBalls has jumped through every hoop presented to them by CPSC, finally this year CPSC dropped the hammer. You can read the whole story, in detail, at this link.


Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

October 24, 2012

So, I kinda predicted the release of the Benghazi emails

Not to brag too much, but I kinda predicted the release of the Benghazi emails.


During the debate between the candidates for Vice President, when Joe Biden threw the State Department under the bus and blamed them for knowing about the terror attack and not telling the White House, I sent out this tweet: Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

October 17, 2012

Giovanetti: Townhall debate not a game changer, and Obama desperately needed a game-changer

Posted by Erin Humiston | Comments

October 4, 2012

Tom Giovanetti on the presidential debate on Politico

I frequently participate in Politico's "Arena" group policy blog, and last night I posted my reaction to the presidential debate here. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

September 18, 2012

Thurston Howell Romney should still beat Gilligan Obama

In the New York Times, former conservative David Brooks responds to the leaked video of Mitt Romney talking about his electoral chances with the 47 percent of Americans who are going to vote for Obama because they have no "skin in the game" by referring to him as "Thurston Howell Romney."

It's cute. I'll give him that. We have already gone on record with our responses to the Romney video here and here.

But Thurston Howell Romney should still beat Gilligan Obama. Thurston was not entirely incompetent, after all. He managed to succeed at some things.

Let's take a look at whether or not Gilligan Obama has succeeded. Here are some economic stats that should matter more than any leaked video of a candidate talking to his supporters and simply saying the truth in a way that is uncomfortable to some.


Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments

August 29, 2012

Dr. Merrill Matthews at the RNC Convention

As we've noted, IPI's Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews is that the Republican National Convention, monitoring policy discussions and participating in a daily live webcast in conjunction with the Washington Times. Read More >>

Posted by Tom Giovanetti | Comments


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