Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Golden State No Longer: A Disaffected Californian’s Thoughts on Escaping from America’s Greece

I recently trekked back to California to visit my family and enjoy some downtime after two months in the District.  I certainly needed some R&R to recharge and relax. (The political arena is a hectic albeit wonderful sphere to be immersed in. I’ve learned that any getaway you get shouldn’t be taken for granted.)  I had the chance to see some friends, visit my extended family, and finally went to  the Ronald Reagan President Library in Simi Valley, CA. It was a much-needed trip!

Now, I’m back in Northern Virginia and ready to resume my job.  I’ve got wonderful Field Representatives working with me, and have connected with many eager and bright students excited to shake things up on their campuses. I’ll be traveling up North soon and will be sure to chronicle each trip I make (when time permitted).

With this recent trip back home, it dawned upon me that I will not be back to CA for a very long time. While I’ll miss my home state, I have no regrets moving to the DC-metro area. Yes, it’s muddled with corruption – but it’s full of life and culture unseen on the West Coast. I will always be a proud yet disaffected Californian, and certainly one for the right reasons. Some will accuse me of betraying my roots for fleeing the state. (Mind you, there are no jobs for young people – or any Californian – given the dismal economic and moral state it is in.) I seized an opportunity to work for a conservative nonprofit – Leadership Institute – and took it.

As a California refugee taking shelter in the Commonwealth, I have some interesting observations about my home state now that I no longer live there. Here are the reasons why I’m happy I left:

- Outstanding, high state government debt: As of August 28, 2012, California’s debt rests at $617 billion – the highest total state debt in the entire country according to State Budget Solutions. Need I say more?

-Democrat-controlled state legislature: Both the State Senate and Assembly are controlled by Democrats who  have ushered in radical and arguably anti-American legislation. For example, legislation includes the multiple parents bill, gay history in K-12, abortion carried out by mid-wives/nurses,  DREAM Act, bans on open carry of handguns, and more.

- Endless call for more taxes: Since the return of Moonbeam (Jerry Brown) as Governor, there are more calls for taxing wealthy individuals in the Golden State. Brown and his allies are pushing Prop. 30 on the November ballot, which would “increase California’s sales tax by one-quarter of a cent for four years. It calls for an increase in state income tax on taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 a year for the next seven years,” according to CBS L.A. AEI president Arthur C. Brooks writes in “The Road to Freedom” that when presenting the moral case for free enterprise, it is important reduce spending, not add more taxes, when solving budget problems.

-Welfare state: Yahoo!  reported in December 2011 that California, the largest welfare state in the U.S., “has one-eighth of the nation’s population but one-third of all welfare recipients.”

-Too much spent on education coupled with corrupt teachers unions: Total expenditures (plus state bonds) for education in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, including K-12 and higher education, totaled 35.7 percent of California’s state budget,  or $39,575,109 for K-12 and $10,050,905 for higher education as of May 2012. Tuition hikes plague the University of California and California State University systems, and administrators continue to receive high salaries. (As someone who recently graduated from a UC school, I see the problem beset in education, much like the state budget, in refusal to gut waste and deny tenure/pensions to professors undeserving of it.) Another problem plaguing education in California is corruption in the California Teachers Association and similar teachers unions, whose bosses and members are too concerned about their salaries and benefits – not the welfare of their students. (California is in great need of school choice legislation. It would diminish teachers unions and dramatically improve education there.) When a sex scandal hit LAUSD last year (think worst school district in the nation), the teachers unions – in true fashion -  refused to address the issue and supported the defeat of a bill that would have tackled it, according to CNN:

While senators overwhelmingly voted in support of Senate Bill 1530, it was met with strong opposition from the powerful California Teachers Association.

The teachers’ union says that Padilla’s bill would have eliminated essential legal protections for teachers and that it believes the current system is an appropriate process.

Additionally, the CTA protects bad teachers thanks to tenure. It is also a big political player in Sacramento.

(There’s a lot to discuss regarding education in California, so I’ll detail it in a future post.)

-Illegal immigration: Illegal immigration has proven to be burdensome to the Golden State. Earlier this year, the state legislature passed the California DREAM Act – AB 130 (private scholarships)and AB 131 (public scholarships). This gave children of illegal immigrants and young illegal immigrants access to tuition regardless of their citizenship. Another crippling move that has emboldened illegal immigration is the DMV’s plan to issue drivers licenses to approximately 400,000 young illegals. Talk about oy vey…

There are many problems facing California – too many to list in a single blog post. It pains me to see my home state falter and become like Greece. I’ll even go so far as to call it a state riddled by Marxist and La Raza interests. Unfortunately, the Golden State must collapse and build anew. Otherwise, I’ll maintain that it is a lost cause.

Although I rag on California often, I will admit this: I’m glad I spent my formative years living there. I learned right from wrong, learned who to trust/who not to trust, enjoyed the beaches and nice weather, got my political start, was surrounded by family, and got to see leftist abuses at work.

“You can take the girl out of California, but you can never take the California out of the girl.”

#Resist44 Co-Founder Justen Charters Defends S.E. Cupp Against Leftist Misogynist Attack

My Resistance 44 partner-in-crime Justen Charters defends conservative commentator/GBTV correspondent S.E. Cupp after Hustler Magazine defamed her image in that rag of a magazine.

Be sure to share the video:

 

“Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan” Meme – Best Political Thing Ever!?

Admit it. You’ve swooned over Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) like the rest of us. Females like myself are enchanted by those blue eyes, that perfectly parted hair, and those pearly whites. And males admire him for his fortitude, manliness, and business acumen.

Who could deny Ryan’s greatness?  He’s very attractive. And not only that – he’s articulate, family-oriented, and knowledgeable about finances. He is… the Most Interesting Republican in America!

Hey Girl, Its Paul Ryan”  lets the whole blogosphere see what we’re raving about.

If you’re familiar with “Newt Judges You,” “Texts from Hillary,” and “Dogs Against Obama,” then you’ll like this. It’s a play off of  the “Hey Girl, Its Ryan Gosling” meme.

Check out some of these memes:

And my personal favorite.

So, who are the masterminds behind this awesome tumblr account and correspondent meme? None other than CRAFT DC’s Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) and Naked D.C. Editor-in-Chief Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti)

Girls – Let not your heart be troubled. Thanks to “Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan,” now you can swoon over Paul Ryan every day. And guys – you might find these to be useful pickup lines. Just sayin’.

Check http://heygirlitspaulryan.tumblr.com/ for new memes each day.

CPAC is Coming to Obama Land

If you live in the Midwest and are looking for a conservative event, then attend CPAC Chicago!

This regional conference will take place on June 8, 2012.

The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced official conference details earlier today:

The American Conservative Union is taking CPAC back on the road this summer with a series of regional events designed to arm grassroots conservatives across the country with the resources and tools needed to defeat the liberal agenda in November.  CPAC Chicago will bring national and state conservative leaders and regional grassroots activists together for a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions, workshops and networking opportunities, all celebrating the shared principles of limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense.  Advance registration closes on June 4th and ticket prices increase onsite.  Don’t wait– register today!

Register for the event here.

Santorum is First Candidate to Agree to Student-Led Presidential Symposium at Hillsdale

Late last night, the Hillsdale Collegian broke a story about Rick Santorum confirming his spot in the first-ever student-led presidential symposium. The event will take place at Hillsdale College on Monday night.

Santorum had these words to say about Monday’s event:

“I am excited to share my  vision for a brighter America, and the life experiences that have helped shape those  positions,” Santorum said.

Hillsdale senior Elliot Gaiser, who will moderate the symposium, shared his thoughts about the event and its goals.

“My hope is this will shine a bright light on what candidates believe about the Constitution, and influence the presidential race to focus on the document we expect our next president to protect and defend,” Gaiser said.

The three other presidential candidates have not confirmed nor denied their participation. Nevertheless, Hillsdale College plans to make history next week with this event.

Pray for Bella Santorum

This past evening, the Santorum campaign released an official statement regarding Bella Santorum’s health.

Pro-life blogger and Santorum supporter Lisa Graas wrote about the development here:

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: “Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this evening. The campaign will cancel Rick’s upcoming Sunday morning Florida campaign schedule. However, Rick intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible”

Bella Santorum, 3, suffers from trisomy and was not expected to live past her first birthday. Miraculously, she is alive today.

She is in the hospital tonight. As a result, Santorum cancelled campaign events in Florida and flew to Pennsylvania to be by her side. What a noble and virtuous thing to do. He is a great example for men to follow; I hope more young men aspire to be great fathers and husbands like him.

Please put aside your candidate preferences tonight and extend prayers for Isabella Santorum.

Earlier in the campaign season, Rick Santorum released this video about the importance of family and love for his daughter.

If you’re like me, you were brought to tears by this video. It is so touching and powerful. It goes to show that every child is a precious gift. It is amazing how beautiful the gift of life is.

Please have the Bella and the Santorum family in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

Bad Lip Reading Pokes Fun at GOP Candidates, President Obama

If you have not watched any of the Bad Lip Reading videos, you must!

The ingenious Internet sensation has poked fun at celebrities, music videos, and, as of late, politicians.

The latest video–arguably, their funniest video to date–takes a jab at Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Here are the rest of the videos:

Herman Cain

President Obama

Michele Bachmann

Rick Perry

Mitt Romney

Chris Christie says no to presidential run and ‘Flavor of the Week’ status

My latest from the Washington Times Communities

 

 

 

 

Obama apologists propel mudslinging, clash of Republicans during Reagan debate

Cross-posted from Washington Times Communities

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