The Day Rush Limbaugh Said My Name On His Show

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Rush Limbaugh (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Today I went to work expecting to have a normal day at the office. You could say I lead  an ordinary life. I’m a recent college graduate and nonprofit employee. I’m young, curious about the world, and am a tireless champion of American exceptionalism.  I’m a recent refugee from California taking up residency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And more importantly, I’m the proud daughter of Lithuanian immigrants who’s grateful to have been born in the greatest country in the world.

How do I stand out from my Generation Y peers?  I just happen to be politically active and aware of national/international issues. I also enjoy hunting and fishing. Moreover, I have great disdain for collectivism, tyranny, anti-Semitism, and communism. I reject big government, moral relativism, and appeasenik foreign policy. My activism consists of blogging, working with students, tweeting, and plotting with friends to reclaim this country. It pains me to see this country embrace elements of socialism…

Around 1pm ET today, I started receiving tweets and Facebook posts reading “You’ve been mentioned by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show!” Rush Limbaugh mentioning ME on HIS radio show? I was in disbelief. I’m not famous at all, nor do I aspire to be famous. Yes, I’m well-known in many conservative circles but I tout myself as a humble person. I’m honored by all the media attention I’ve received these past 72 hours on this interview I did for Fox News. Your kind messages, tweets, and words are greatly appreciated. Most of all, I made both of my parents very proud today – that’s what counts the most!

Admittedly, I became giddy after hearing Rush mention my name on his program today. My sister and I grew  up with Rush Limbaugh,  and yes – we’re “Rush-babies.” My dad started listening to Limbaugh when his show first aired in the late ’80s right after he and my mom came to this country in January 1986. Without a doubt, being mentioned by one of my political heroes is truly an honor. I’m blessed and thankful for it.

Here’s the transcript from The Rush Limbaugh Show today:

RUSH: Gabriella Hoffman. “Gabriella Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, her paycheck is a little lighter today thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle.” Well, see, Obama explained in his press conference the debt limit isn’t about new spending. Raising the debt limit isn’t about spending at all. It’s just about paying bills.

He’s gonna raise the debt limit to pay for what we’ve already spent, but there’s no new spending in the debt limit. (Well, it’s what he said.) Gabriella Hoffman is 21 years old. As I say, she works at a nonprofit. She “estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2% from 4.2%, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500.”

The Right Scoop generously provided a clip from today’s show.

I will do my best to multiply the fruits of my labor and inspire other young conservatives to speak boldly. Hope you continue to follow my musings!

My Thoughts on the Payroll Tax on FoxNews.com

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Earlier this week, I was interviewed by FoxNews.com reporter Joshua Rhett Miller about the payroll tax hike and its effects on Americans. Today my thoughts were published in this article, “Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike,” which is the number one trending story on FoxNews.com right now.

As a recent college graduate and newly employed young person, I will see roughly $700-800 of my paycheck going to the government this year. Why should I – someone who maintains a job and contributes to society – surrender so much of my hard-earned money in taxes? Why should anyone with a job be punished with more taxes?

Here are my thoughts from the article:

Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle.

Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500.

“As a newly-graduated person, someone coming straight out of college, I don’t like the idea of having less money coming to me due to the selfish interests of people in Congress who don’t have any interest in reducing our financial problems,” Hoffman told FoxNews.com. “This is an impediment for future economic growth. It’s going to make it harder for young people like myself to get married, find a better job, you name it.”

Hoffman admits the hike won’t completely alter her spending, but the University of California-San Diego graduate said she will definitely have it in mind when it comes to leisure activities and entertainment.

“Although it’s a small quantity on a monthly basis, just having less money going into my paycheck will prevent me from doing things and force me to be more frugal,” she said. “I’ll be more cautious with my spending.”

And I topped off my criticism of this tax  hike with this quote:
 

Hoffman, meanwhile, said she already has all the answers she needs.

“Any tax increase is not good for young people,” she said. “What it does is diminish your hard work and you’re slapped on the wrist. This administration is punishing people who are making money. They don’t like the concept of free enterprise. They think these problems will be solved in Washington by taking away more of people’s incomes.”

UPDATE:

The article was featured as the Drudge Report headline from Friday evening till Saturday afternoon.

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UPDATE II: I was also mentioned in Breitbart.com and on Twitchy.com.

CPAC 2012: Gabbing, Living It Up on Bloggers Row and All-Around Awesomeness

For those of you wondering why I haven’t blogged in recent weeks, I have been extremely busy with my senior year of college (blame those pesky midterms!), editor duties for TheCollegeConservative, and maintaining a social life (Yes, having one is possible at this reputed university).

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending my first CPAC conference. I did not attend the conference in years’ prior for a whole host of reasons, but am grateful I attended it this year. I saw many of my activist friends, twitter pals, and met some terrific individuals.

Unlike most of my peers, I worked the event for several media organizations – namely TheCollegeConservative (where I currently edit and contribute articles) and Red Alert Politics. I joined my fellow TCC editors Zach, Sydney, Kevin and our star writer Christine in this adventure. What transpired can be summed up in one word: amazing.

Having media credentials at CPAC has many perks: access to a private lounge, opportunities to meet/mingle with heavy-hitters of the conservative movement, and refreshments…A blogger’s haven, indeed!

In between blogging/reporting for my respective media organizations, I was able to meet some distinguished commentators and op-ed writers. I met Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein and Charlie Spiering; Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich; Tea Party Nation’s Judson Phillips; Right Wing News’ John Hawkins; Eye on Politics; Franklin Center’s Tabitha Hale; Misfit Politics’ Brandon Morse and Cole Streeper; Accuracy In Media’s Benny Johnson; FreedomWorks’ Kristina Ribali; Girls Just Wanna Have Guns’ Regis Giles; and many more. And my time in the media lounge (and at CPAC) wouldn’t be complete without seeing the gentlemen of The Other McCain (Robert Stacey McCain and Chris Smith), who inducted me into the Axis of Fedora.

CPAC certainly allows attendees to interact with some big-name conservatives, as well. Sightings that I can attest to? Fox News’ Bret Baier (Special Report)  and Jesse Watters (The O’Reilly Factor); former presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry; UK MEP Daniel Hannan; U.S. senatorial candidates Ted Cruz (TX) , Daniel Bongino (MD), and Richard Mourdock (IN); Jimmy McMillin (Rent is Too Damn High Guy); Andrew Breitbart and Dana Loesch.

Furthermore, I was able to attend my first Blog Bash event. Set in Microsoft’s HQ in downtown D.C., Blog Bash boasted a fun and hip atmosphere. I caught up with my political godparents, Eagle Forum of San Diego’s Donna and Woody Woodrum – arguably the best conservative activists in all of Southern California; and my good pal James O’Keefe, who was flanked by his ever-growing entourage. I look forward to going to future Blog Bashes!

Another wonderful event I attended was our CollegeConservative dinner. Set in Famous Luigi’s in Foggy Bottom, the dinner brought together all the editors and nearly a third of our staff. It was great to hear and meet many of our talented writers. We wouldn’t be successful without them!

Of course, no conservative event would be complete without the #Occupy crowd attempting to crash the party. Those Marxists are SO creative and original…

Since I couldn’t attend Reaganpalooza this year (I am a month shy of my 21st birthday), I enjoyed a delightful dinner with some Hillsdale friends, new and old, at Le Pain Quotidian Saturday evening. My lovely friend MaryAnn (who interns at Family Research Council) accompanied me to dinner so we could catch up for lost time. You could say it was good ol’ fashioned conservative fun. : )

And my trip to CPAC wouldn’t be complete without a crazy travel or transportation story. Whether it was metro mishaps or dealing with airport bureaucrats, I experienced several awkward encounters and some instances of bad luck (especially on my flight back home).  My flight to Denver was deplaned after three hours due to maintenance issues. If I didn’t switch airlines, I would have been stuck in D.C. till 9pm local time. Fortunately, with the help of my mom, I was able to get a new flight through Chicago that safely got me back to San Diego before day’s end. (Aciu labai, mamyte! I’m indebted to you for saving the day and watching over me.)

Although bothersome, these detractors assured me that God works in mysterious ways and that all will work out in the end. When in doubt, I always remember the brave men and women fighting for our freedoms abroad – so whatever qualms I have about transportation or airports are  insignificant compared to their sacrifices, pain, and suffering. (God bless the troops!)

If I haven’t mentioned this already, I’m grateful to friends, family members, and cohorts who inspire me to be my best. I would be truly lost without your loyalty, friendship, advice, and reassurance. Look forward to taking this country back with you!

I will return to D.C. this June after I graduate from UCSD…More details on that development shortly. Stay tuned!

On that note, CPAC 2013 or bust!

Philadelphia coddles kids with condoms, not parents

Under the guise of “protection”, the City of Brotherly Love wants kids to get physical.

Check out my latest from The Washington Times Communities section.

Progressive Org Condemns Comments about Lynching Justice Thomas, Destroying FOX

Common Cause is trying to play it safe following the video released on February 3rd.

I would not buy this ‘apology’, though. Nevertheless, it’s funny that they are apologizing for remarks uttered in Christian Hartsock’s undercover video. Isn’t Common Cause supposed to stand behind its supporters? Still, keep a close eye on the group.

Developing story from the SFGate:

A political watchdog group that organized a rally at a weekend meeting of conservative political donors near Palm Springs apologized Thursday for hateful comments made at the event.”We condemn bigotry and hate speech in every form,” Common Cause said in a statement.

The comments were made during videotaped interviews by conservative activist and videographer Christian Hartsock. The footage was then posted on YouTube and created a stir in the blogosphere.

In it, Hartsock is heard laughing as he goads his subjects with questions like, “After we impeach Clarence Thomas, what do we do with him?”

One white woman suggests the black Supreme Court justice should be lynched, while a white man says, “Put him back in the fields.” No one interviewed by Hartsock was identified, and it’s not clear it they knew who they were talking to.

UCSD Students Attend Anti-Koch Rally, Endorse Marxist Views!

It’s no surprise that UCSD students flocked to the anti-Koch rally in Palm Desert this past weekend. We are SUCH a politically apathetic school, if you recall. Our apathy definitely shows when the administration coddles with the Muslim Student Association, reverse affirmative action, and anti-Semitism.

Again, here’s the video from my fellow activist Christian Hartsock, who exposed progressives and Marxists that day:

Remember, philanthropists and TEA Party members are EVIL in their eyes. And interestingly enough, that’s all The Guardian will cover. Talk about fair and balanced reporting. Read the article from Laira Martin of The Guardian:

UCSD was one of several universities represented at a rally against oil company executives held on Jan. 30 in Rancho Mirage, where a secret meeting was held by energy conglomerate Koch Industries and Tea Party members.

The rally was organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition, an organization that works with universities across the state to increase sustainability and awareness. About 2,000 protestors, including 50 San Diegans, showed up with only a handful of peaceful arrests made.

“The goal of the protest was to really expose that the Koch brothers were having this secret meeting and continue to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to take over our democratic elections,” CSSC Campaign Director Gabriel Elsner said.

Andrew Breitbart, a frequent guest commentator for “Fox News,” attended the secret meeting held by the Koch brothers.

“He was on roller skates trying to rile up the crowd and insult them,” Elsner said. “It was uncalled for.”

The rally began at around 1 p.m. Participants marched in front of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, where the Koch Industries meeting was held.

“Getting the Koch brothers into the light and showing the American public what these brothers are doing is one of our strategies to get corporations and dirty money out of our elections,” Elsner said.

Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas were in attendance at the executive meeting— two of the justices who voted in favor of protecting corporations, allowing unlimited spending on elections.

The Koch Industries meeting was to discuss approaches to the 2010 elections in light of last year’s Supreme Court ruling, which protects their unlimited spending.

“[The Koch brothers] are funding far-right wing politicians and groups that spread misinformation about our government so that they can elect politicians who want to deregulate and defund our governments institutions that safeguard the public,” Elsner said.

The New York Times received a leaked invitation to the meeting, according to Elsner.

“[The Koch brothers] keep their company private by owning 51 percent of it, so they can do whatever the heck they please,” UCSD Student Sustainability Collective Director Jared Muscat said.

Muscat organized buses to the meeting in Palm Springs from San Diego. Protestors were also bused in from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

“The Koch brothers do a really good job of keeping everything they do behind closed doors,” Muscat said. “But they do an extra special job of never having to answer to anyone but themselves.”

The Koch brothers invested at least $1 million to support Prop 23, which would have suspended the “Global Warming Act of 2006,” but was defeated in the Nov. 2010 election.

“The Koch ideology is more private profits at the expense of the health and prosperity of the American people,” Elsner said.

Students from the CSSC are also working with partner organizations including Greenpeace and ACLU.

“We’ve never been too big of fans of the Koch brothers,” Muscat said, “They’ve never really cared about the environment.”

Princeton sees death of “Great Hummus Debate” after referendum fails

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Taken from The California Review and AmatoTalk on December 3rd, 2010:

After much deliberation, Princeton University students rejected a referendum that would have banned Sabra hummus from dining halls. Students who have tackled and successfully defeated divestment campaigns on their universities can find some temporarily solace with this development. As I pointed out on November 22nd, this call to boycott and ban Sabra hummus is a political ploy to undermine the state of Israel.

Known as Princeton’s “Great Hummus Debate,” the Sabra hummus referendum attracted attention from Fox Nation, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and the Associated Press. What started off as a pointless war waged on the delicious dip escalated into a deciding moment in the fate of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An article in the Daily Princetonian reports that the measure failed 1044 to 699, making note of the following.

If the referendum were approved, the USG would have recommend to Dining Services that an alternative brand of hummus be offered for sale at retail locations on campus.

This is seen as a victory for pro-Israel advocates, as the war waged on hummus proved to be divisive:

Tigers for Israel opposed the hummus referendum and the Center for Jewish Life cautioned students that “passage of the referendum would allow the referendum’s sponsors to make a strong political statement about Israel.” In a statement released Friday, CJL co-presidents Kerry Brodie ’12 and Mendy Fisch ’11 said, “We are proud that the Princeton student body defeated the referendum.”…“This is a victory for those who wish to foster open dialogue and honest discussion on campus. It is a victory for those who wish to continue to think, work and act to achieve peace,” they added.

The Princeton Committee on Palestine (PCP) sponsored this referendum to seek an alternative to Sabra hummus, citing The Strauss Group’s partial shareholdings in Sabra Dipping Company. The motive behind the group’s attacks originated in their belief that Sabra Dipping Company supports a brigade of the IDF that is “guilty of crimes against humanity.” Their intent is highlighted below:

The student group Princeton Committee on Palestine sponsored the referendum because The Strauss Group, which owns 50 percent of Sabra Dipping Company, has publically and financially supported members of the Golani Brigade of the Israeli Defense Forces. The brigade has been accused of human rights abuses against Palestinians.

This particular attack on Sabra hummus is seen as a pet project of the Philly BDS, which seeks to boycott, divest and bring sanctions against companies that support the Israeli Defense Forces. Essentially, this group seeks to condemn Israel and its powerful military forces by accusing them of human rights violations. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is not exclusively tied to the U.S., as similar campaigns can be found in Canada:

Well hummus is just the latest target in a long line of commercial and ideological boycotts targeted at the Israeli government. Not simply an American movement, Canadian students have also actively supported the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) campaign, which was initiated in 2005 with the intention of pressuring the Israeli government to “end its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” and “[recognize] the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel.”

Princeton University was not the only campus subject of recent BDS campaigns. DePaul University twiddled with a similar hummus ban referendum, although it failed to materialize.

With the continued rejection of BDS campaigns on college campuses, it is evident that students and their peers find this to be a pointless attack and something that is foolish to debate. Again, student governments should refrain from making statements on international relations. Leave the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the diplomats and experts. Now, eat your hummus in peace and hopefully people can focus on the real problem: Hamas.

What Are We to Behold Post-Election Day?

Going into November 2nd, we were confident that Obama’s largely unpopular bills and efforts to radically transform America would come into light with a referendum on him. It surely showed! Now that the elections are over, we can find some solace in the people  elected to office.

Major gains were witnessed in several Senate races with wins by Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Dan Coats in Indiana, Rand Paul in KentuckyKelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio in Florida, and Mark Kirk in Illinois. Also, major gains in the House  were observed with victories in New York, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia, to name a few.

But do not get me started with California: Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, AGAIN…My state has disappointed America and conservatives. Sadly, this was expected.

Nevertheless, the rest of the United States has every reason to rejoice.

After witnessing huge gains in the House of Representatives for Republicans, our government will now enter a state of gridlock and divided government. Although this phenomenon is largely frowned upon, at least Obama won’t push his socialist agenda down our throats without a fight from Republicans! On that note, the Republicans better fend off ludicrous legislation if it surfaces.

Nonetheless, House Minority Leader John Boehner appears confident in these gains. When he assumes the role of  Speaker of the House come this January, he should honor his pledge to defend the interests of the American people.

Let us pray that the newly-elected Republicans do not compromise on their conservative principles and submit to the liberal ploy of  “bipartisanship.” To reiterate Rush Limbaugh’s words:

“When people say we must compromise with Obama, they are really saying that we must compromise with freedom.”

Obama is very dangerous, folks. Let us hope that our newly elected representatives stand up to him and defeat his policies. The TEA Party Movement proved to be a force to be reckoned with. More real change is to come in 2012-stay positive!

The Final Stretch: Halloween Regards, Birthday Wishes, and Momentum for Victory

With the midterm elections looming, I would like to extend a Happy Halloween to everyone. Whether trick-o-treating, going to costume parties, baking, watching the news, whatever–take a break and be safe!

When you have a moment, enjoy these politically incorrect Halloween costume ideas. They will surely have you laughing!

Wish CA-Assembly 44th District candidate, Alvaro Day, a Happy 21st Birthday! He would be one of the youngest people to enter the State Assembly. Plus, he is in good position to beat his liberal opponent. Vote for him if you live in his district, and offer a donation to his campaign if you can.

We will be victorious come November 2nd. Keep up the tremendous work, fellow patriots! We are in dire need of accountable, Constitution-minded folks representing us in Washington, D.C. “Politics as usual” has failed.  Be sure to vote if you haven’t already!

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