- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The tea party realm is not exactly thrilled with Rep. Paul Ryan’s 102-page federal budget proposal, a meticulously crafted document open to interpretation. The Republican National Committee frames it as evidence that the GOP is the “party of solutions,” while President Obama proclaims it a “stinkburger.” All that aside, fiscal conservatives in the heartland tend to look askance at the complicated maneuvers and fancy language on Capitol Hill and instead opt for kitchen-table solutions. The Tea Party Patriots, in fact, have a simple remedy for the nation’s money woes, minus the dialogue and paperwork.

Simply shave one penny from every dollar spent, the grass roots folk say.

“Congress doesn’t need a 12-step program to cure its addiction to overspending,” says Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Patriots, who argues that the minimal method could yield big results.

“We can balance the federal budget in about five years, and in the process, restore fiscal sanity to congressional spending. By spending one penny less next year out of every dollar the government spends, we set the nation on the right course to a debt-free future with a realistic, reasonable and measured approach to fiscal policy,” she said.

See what all the fuss is about: Mr. Ryan's “Pathway to Prosperity” proposal is available for public scrutiny at Budget.house.gov

THE BLANKLEY SCHOLAR

The search is on for an singular scholar to fill the Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, a new academic fellowship offered by the Steamboat Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit dedicated to lower taxes, limited government, free-market capitalism, individual rights and a strong national defense.

The late Blankley, a cheerful, insightful and consistent conservative force, oversaw the editorial section of The Washington Times for six years and was a press secretary to then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Tony Blankley. He was a man who could articulate public policy in broader terms, and a way that many, many people could understand,” Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairman and CEO of the aforementioned institute, tells Inside the Beltway.

“We’re also not specifying an age range for applicants. We’re looking for an emerging thought leader here. Yes, it could be a college student or a graduate student, but it could be someone in their 40s or older. We’re open, and seek somebody who needs a little help getting their ideas out there.”

Applications will be taken until June 30. The selection committee includes Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican; Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich; Reagan administration Attorney General Edwin Meese; U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie; pollster Frank Luntz; columnist Amity Shlaes; and none other than Thomas P. McDevitt, chairman of The Washington Times. Find information here: Steamboatinstitute.org

ON THE RADAR

“The Ethos and Profession of Intelligence”

A conference organized by the CIA and Georgetown University in mid-June, showcasing heavyweights who must concoct a workable balance between the ongoing call for transparency and the ever-present need for, well, actionable intelligence in a dangerous world. “This conference will give attendees new perspectives on the Intelligence community and how the IC can best serve the open society it defends,” organizers say.

PERRY SEEKS THE FALLEN

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