By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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One thing's for sure about the Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins Thursday. It starts bright and early at 8 a.m. sharp, and on a note of traditional patriotism and respectful gravitas, countering critics at Politico who already have declared that "CPAC muddle mirrors GOP mess," and deemed the event a "carnival."
Ordinarily, political disputes ought to be settled by lawmakers accountable to the public, not unelected judges. It's bad form for a political party to run to the judicial branch simply because it can't win on an issue fair-and-square in the legislature.
Last month, three states joined State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, along with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the 60 Plus Association, in a major lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Dodd-Frank.
Rep. Mike R. Pompeo was elected in 2010 by the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. A native of Wichita and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he patrolled the Iron Curtain as an Army officer before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
On one side, there's a baby-faced, decorated Marine intelligence officer and attorney who serves as Ohio's state treasurer. On the other, a noted liberal who won his first election the same year he graduated from college and who served 14 years in Congress before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.
The House will vote next week on a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution. Democrats agreed to hold this vote as part of the deal raising the debt ceiling, but House Republicans are going to make it more than just a symbolic gesture. They're going to bring up the version that passed the House in 1995.
Gentleman crooner and conservative stalwart Pat Boone is in the nation's capital on Wednesday to be feted by no less than 40 members of Congress for his steadfast support of the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, lower taxes approach to myriad issues.
The theme of this year's election season is simple: Stop the spending now. The federal government needs to stop adding to its budget and stop funding new programs. Current expenditures should be rolled back. That's the message sweeping America's heartland.