Archive from April, 2009
15 Apr
2009
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Meet me at SW corner of Barclay & Broadway

If you are a NYYRC member and you are coming to the Tax Day Tea Party in a couple of hours in City Hall Park, meet me at the Southwest corner of Barclay and Broadway. That’s the SW corner of Barclay and Broadway, NOT West Broadway. When you enter “Broadway and Barclay” into Google Maps, it only brings up “W Broadway and Barclay.” So I guess when you look for Virginia, you should be given West Virginia.

~ Matthew Hindin
NYYRC Campaign Chair

15 Apr
2009
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NYYRC Monthly Meeting TOMORROW

For Immediate Release April 14, 2009
E-mail: info@nyyrc.com

THE NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC. TO WELCOME DR.KIMBERLY KAGAN, PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR ON WASHINGTON, ON APRIL 16:

New York, NY – Kimberly Kagan, President of the Institute for the Study of War on Washington, will speak with The New York Young Republican Club about winning the war on terrorism. Dr. Kagan is a military historian who has taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale University, Georgetown University, and American University. She is currently an affiliate of the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Kagan previously held an Olin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Military History at Yale International Security Studies in 2004-2005 and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies in 2002-2003.

She is the author of The Eye of Command (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and editor of The Imperial Moment (under contract with Harvard University Press). She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Dr. Kagan recently published Iranian Influence in the Levant, Iraq and Afghanistan, Don’t Short-Circuit the Surge in the Wall Street Journal, and The Patton of Counter-Insurgency in the Weekly Standard.

In addition, it’s also time for Annual Elections at the NYYRC. You must be a member in good standing in order to be eligible to vote. The nominations for the 2009-2010 period are as follows: President: Lynn Krogh, Vice President: Gail Allen, Treasurer: Greg Dussaq, Secretary: Jennifer Gallacher, Chairman of the Board of Advisors: Chris Edwards. So come join us and be enlightened by Dr. Kagan, and come to rock your vote! The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Women’s National Republican Club (3 West 51st Street btw. 5th & 6th) and is free of charge and open to the public.

The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. is a not-for-profit political organization that exists to bring Republicans aged 18-40 together to discuss the Republican Party platform and aid the Republican Party in the education of the public about the Republican agenda and the promotion of Republican candidates for office. To find out more about the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. please visit the Website at http://www.nyyrc.com

15 Apr
2009
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Tax Day Tea Party Preview

Below are links from around the web of articles relating to Tax Day Tea Parties being held today:

Washington Independent: Tea Party Activists: Tax Day Events Will Attract ‘Silent Majority’

  • Good article explaining the tension among conservatives, libertarians, and mainstream Republicans heading into today’s tea parties. Many of those who began the tea party movement are afraid their message is being jeopardized by mainstream Republicans who supported the huge spending of former President George W. Bush.

Fox News: Tea Party Protesters Gird For Possible Liberal Backlash

  • Article addresses the fear of Acorn and other liberal groups coming to tea parties looking to make trouble with the protesters.

Wall Street Journal: Tax Day Becomes Protest Day

  • The opinion piece by Glenn Reynolds on Instapundit explains that the tea party movement could be a source of strength for the GOP in 2010 and 2012 as it is helping to revitalize the grassroots. He also makes the case that technology helped organize the movement through Facebook and other social media with no assistance from political parties or traditional political organizers.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Two Differing Views on the Tea Parties

  • Are the tea parties showing a revival of the conservative grassroots and their new found use of social media, or just an event that has grown from the promotion it has been given by Fox News?
15 Apr
2009
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Come to the Tea Party!

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: City Hall Park, New York, New York

The NYC Tea Party will bring thousands of people to historic City Hall Park to protest against the reckless and wasteful government spending that is leading to higher taxes. The two-hour event will feature nationally prominent speakers and musical performances. Kellen Giuda, NYC Tea Party organizer and David Webb will emcee the Tea Party. Speakers at the event will include:

Newt Gingrich – American Solutions General Chairman and Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Andrew Wilkow – Host of The Wilkow Majority on Sirius Patriot 144 and XM America Right 166
KT McFarland – National Security Advisor to President Reagan and National News Commentator
Jordan Sekulow – Syndicated Radio Host
David Webb – Radio Host, Political Commentator and Co-Founder of the Black Republican Forum
Michael Johns – Former Speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush
Brett Joshpe – Conservative Author, VP of Parcbench Media and General Counsel of American Civics Exchange
Janks Morton – Political Activist and Documentary Filmmaker of What Black Men Think
S.E. Cupp – Author and Political Commentator
Richard Brownell – Former President of the New York Young Republican Club
Thomas J. Basile – Commentator, Republican Strategist, Speaker and Professor at Fordham University
Alex Zablocki – Republican Candidate for New York City Public Advocate
Brandon Brice – Political Contributor to Hip Hop Republicans

15 Apr
2009
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Pirates of Somalia – What’s Next?

Now that America has become intimately involved with the rampant piracy that has been going on off the coast of Somalia for ages, the debate is what do we do now?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is downplaying any major military buildup. This statement comes as Somali pirates seized four more ships, and Rep. Donald M. Payne’s (D-N.J.) plane was fired upon as he was leaving Mogadishu.

Any strategy that calls for less than dealing with this threat head-on is no strategy at all.

Maersk Alabama First Mate Shane Murphy said it best:

“We would like to implore President Obama to use all his resources and increase his commitment to end this Somali pirate scourge. Right now there are still ships being taken, right now as we are standing here. America has got to be at the forefront of this. It’s time for us to step up and put an end to this crisis. It is a crisis. Wake up! This crew was lucky to be out of this with every one of us alive. We won’t be that lucky again.”

14 Apr
2009
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Today is Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day this year is April 13. That means that every day you worked in 2009 up until today went solely to pay for your local, state, and federal tax burden.

Check out this report from the Tax Foundation on the current state of criminal affairs courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.

An excerpt:

Tax Freedom Day falls a full two weeks earlier in 2009 than it did in 2007. In fact, not since 1967 has Tax Freedom Day come earlier than this year’s April 13 date.

This shift has been driven by two factors: the recession has reduced tax collections even faster than it has reduced income; and the stimulus package, a.k.a. HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, includes large temporary tax cuts for 2009 and 2010. Nevertheless, in 2009, Americans will pay more in taxes than they will spend on food, clothing and housing combined.

Read more here.

14 Apr
2009
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Remember Federalism? Let’s Bring it Back

House Republicans have established a new Web site: GOP State Solutions to highlight the work that can be done in states and local communities to promote good governance.

From the site:

In a time of great challenge for the American people, real solutions start in states and communities across America, not with bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Through the State Solutions project, reform-minded Republicans in Congress and in state capitols across America are working together to present better solutions to the challenges facing families and small businesses.
- House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

Check it out at http://states.gopleader.gov.

14 Apr
2009
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More on Democrats Shafting DC School Parents

Mary Katherine Ham has a great post at the Weekly Standard blog about how Democrats are robbing DC parents of their rights to provide their children a decent education. I touched upon this yesterday here at the Record.

A sample:

Alas, it seems that is not to be, despite recent revelations that the evaluation Durbin was so interested in was released a month after the vote on the program and revealed— wait for it— “After 3 years, there was a statistically significant positive impact on reading test scores.” There is some question as to whether Duncan suppressed the study until after the vote in the Senate, as it appears to have been ready by the time of the vote, but not officially released.

Read more here.

13 Apr
2009
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Reasserting the Freedom of the Seas

U.S. Navy Seals, proving once again that you don’t mess with U.S. Navy Seals, rubbed out three of the four pirates who held Maersk-Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips hostage since Wednesday. The fourth is in custody and faces a life sentence in the U.S. for piracy and hostage taking.

Phillips’s family could not have received better news on Easter Sunday than to hear about his rescue and safe return. The man is indeed a hero for being willing to trade his own life for that of his crew and he should be duly recognized as such.

President Obama deserves a nod of support for his actions here, too. Truthfully, I feared that his relative silence on the situation would lead to his attempt to try to engage the pirates diplomatically. That is laughable prospect, but this administration hasn’t been a dazzler on the foreign policy front so far. I’m glad he proved me wrong here.

13 Apr
2009
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Vouchers Work But That Doesn’t Seem to Matter

A recent study by the Department of Education on the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (a.k.a. DC school vouchers) found significant improvement of reading scores and parental satisfaction for those who accepted vouchers to attend private schools rather than stay in the public school system.

In all fairness, the study does not indicate that the voucher program is a smashing success, but it definitely proves that there is validity in offering a lifeline to students stuck in failing public schools.

Despite the report’s findings, Education Secretary Arne Duncan echoed the Obama administration’s sentiments that the program should not be allowed to continue. They argue that instead of diverting resources away from the failing schools, we should continue to dump taxpayer money into the beleaguered public school system. The liberal wisdom, which is guided by national and state teacher unions, appears to be that we will someday reach a magic budget number at which suddenly public schools will turn around and deliver the education that our children deserve.

For all the talk about challenging the status quo, Obama and Duncan have indicated they have no intention of making any real changes to our education system. Surprised? I wasn’t either.