Morning Action: Jim DeMint Articulates Conservative Vision for America
BALANCE. Heritage President-elect Jim DeMint explains the truth about the sequester on “The Kudlow Report.”
VAWA. The headline in the Hill says it all: House GOP leaders set to hand Senate Dems victory on Violence Against Women Act:
House Republican leaders are set to hand a victory to Senate Democrats on Thursday with the expected passage of a Senate-approved reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
The move angered some conservative Republicans, and it means that for the third time in the last two months, the House will pass a significant piece of legislation with minority Democrats carrying the vote.
“It’s a huge concern,” Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) told reporters at a conservative press event Tuesday. He and other members were particularly worried, he said, that it was “becoming the norm” for the House to accept bills from the Senate without moving a Republican version.
SEQUESTER. With a complete disregard for our nation’s debt and deficits, liberal politicians are, unsurprisingly, demanding new taxes and massive spending increases to replace the sequester:
Senate Democrats’ $110 billion sequester replacement bill contains $3.5 billion in new farm program spending.
The bill, designed to replace economically damaging across-the-board cuts set to begin March 1, contains $54 billion in new taxes on millionaires.
The new spending was inserted during a negotiation between Senate leadership and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
STIMULUS. David Freddoso details a study that explains the effect of the President Obama’s stimulus. Although you’d need an alternate universe to truly see what the U.S. would have looked like without the stimulus, you can minimally compare the 50 states. Freddoso produced a chart to plot the change in each state’s unemployment rate against the amount of stimulus money spent in each state per capita. He finds:
[O]n the whole, states that did better with their unemployment rates were just slightly more likely to be states that received less stimulus money per capita.