Thursday: Heritage Action at CPAC

5:15 pm  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who has a 96% on our Legislative Scorecard, is talking to CPAC attendees about President Obama’s war against the very people who pay the vast majority of taxes in this country:

“Does the President hate all rich people? Or just those who don’t contribute to his campaign?”

Considering that the wealthy who contributed to his campaign received cabinet or ambassador positions, or received stimulus funds, his spite seems questionable.

5:10 pm Herman Cain is still being Herman Cain. But he does come with a new message:

“Stay informed. Stay involved. Stay inspired.”

For all of our activists, this should be your mantra. We know that Democrats and liberals will try to distort the facts and muddle the issues, which is why we need to make sure we have the facts, and engage.

4:20 pm Colonel Oliver North discussed what truly makes a hero:

A hero is someone who “puts themselves at risk for the benefit of others.”

2:18 pm Kirk Cameron (yes, the actor) is speaking about how the American people are the ones who will be able to save our country, not government.

1:40pm House Speaker John Boehner just brought up the highway bill, and claimed it would be directly linked to American energy production. While that is a component to the bill, unfortunately, the current transportation bill spends more money than energy production is expected to bring in over the next 5 years.

1:oo pm Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed the growth of government and the disparity between the pay of federal workers and that of the private sector workers who pay their salaries. We wrote a blog on this this last week, but Sen. McConnell added an interesting statistic:

“Federal workers are 13 times more likely to die of natural causes than to be laid off.”

That should astound everyone. While we face 8.3% unemployment, and nearly 13 million Americans are still unemployed, the only people who have near-total job security are those whose salaries we pay. With the government growing exponentially, and the calls for cutting spending growing louder, we should look no further than to reducing the size of the federal workforce, and bring those jobs back to the private sector.

11:00am Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has a 97% rating on our Legislative Scorecard, just gave an amazing speech to help kick off the conference. He spoke about what conservatives need to continue fighting for, including lower taxes and and a robust military. I found his argument against burdensome regulations quite poignant:

“Regulations can’t exist just to justify the existence of an agency.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t an exaggeration. Today, agencies like the EPA create thousands of rules – without considering how many people will lose their job or what kind of effect the rule would have on the economy – just to continue their need for government funding. While there is a need to protect our environment, do we really need to destroy our country in order to do so? Does the EPA need a building half the size of a football field in order to do its job?

Sen. Rubio closed with the words, “the greatest thing that we can do for the world is be America.”

So true.

Today we’ll be live-blogging from CPAC 2012!

Check this post throughout the day for updates from the floor and to learn what’s being said by the greatest conservative speakers of our time. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) gave a rousing opening speech, our booth is up and running, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful event.

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