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Inside the Beltway: Still crying for Rep. Paul Ryan
Republicans apparently have not forgotten the earnest face and serious economic insights of Rep. Paul Ryan. The former vice presidential hopeful bests potential 2016 presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in theoretical matchups with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Hillary Rodham Clinton, says a new Quinnipiac University poll of registered votes. The numbers:
GEEZERS AND UPSTARTS
“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” growled Sen. John McCain following the filibuster heard ‘round the world, or at least through the hallowed halls of Congress.
Indeed, Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour marathon on the subject of drones rankled the Arizona Republican — but not those aforementioned kids.
“Sen. McCain’s ideas are literally a dying breed in the Republican Party,” insists Jeff Frazee, executive director of Young Americans for Liberty, which boasts 125,000 members on dozens of college campuses. “These ‘libertarian kids’ are the future. It’s just a matter of whether or not the GOP will stand with Rand and remain relevant, or turn their backs on the next generation and die with McCain.”
“The leadership shown by Sen. Paul and other senators like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio is what the American people long to see in their elected representatives,” says Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “We applaud them for articulating American principles under scrutiny and potential criticism.”
WHITE HOUSE MATH
About those spending cuts. ABC News estimates that President Obama will save $18,000 a week by canceling public tours of the White House. Hmmm. Big deal. Mr. Obama could save 10 times that in 60 minutes by foregoing flights aboard Air Force One, which costs $179,750 an hour to operate, this according to a Congressional Research Service report.
AN AMERICAN POPE
“An American pope may be an idea whose time has finally come,” says Forbes contributor Thomas Basile, who points out that the U.S. remains a charitable mother lode of benefit to the church; American Catholics contributed $70 million to the Holy See in 2011.
Mr. Basile also reasons that a forward-thinking U.S. pontiff could be a fundraising dynamo on his own, and be quite at home in a 24/7 media culture. But there’s more.
“America’s first freedom is the Freedom of Religion,” Mr. Basile observes. “An American pope is uniquely positioned to drive a message of freedom on behalf of the church and all people of faith around the world. The message of religious freedom delivered by the Holy See is one that has universal importance, particular in regions where governments and religious extremists imperil Christians or political dissenters. The American church’s present fight against intrusions on the rights of conscience over Obamacare’s mandates also gives an American Pope increased credibility in articulating the importance of standing up to secular institutions and other forces that seek to reduce freedom.”
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