In This Issue…
Year in Review April Events
GW College Republicans filling Easter eggs to bring to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Conservative Perspective 4 Congratulations College Republicans, Gary Livacari – Former Chairman and Political Affairs Director for the GW College Republicans (20052007) 5 Don’t Just Repeal, Michael Russo 6 The Tea Party & The GOP Ashley Colburn 7 How to Spend $49,845.25, Sinead Casey 9 A Note from the Editor, Cynthia Meyer
The 2009‐2010 Academic Year in Review For the GW College Republicans 9/2 9/12 9/12 9/13 9/14 9/19 9/22 9/21 9/24 9/26 9/29 10/3 10/6 10/9 10/21 10/23 10/30 11/3 11/14 11/16 11/20 11/22 11/30 12/8 1/20 1/21 1/22 2/7 2/11 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/22 2/23 2/26 3/10 3/11 3/25 4/12 4/13 4/15 4/26 4/27
Kickoff Celebration with Bob McDonnell DC March on Washington Virginia campaign day‐trip CR/CD Water Balloon Fight General Body Meeting Virginia campaign day‐trip Freshman Elections Obamacare Awareness BBQ CR/CD Healthcare Debate Virginia Campaign day‐trip Senator Mike Enzi event Virginia campaign day‐trip Congressional Dinner Series Panel with Congressmen Joe Wilson, Tom Price, and Jeff Fortenberry Campaign trip to New Jersey for Chris Christie’s campaign for governor GW College Republicans host Jeb Bush Campaign trip to Virginia for Bob McDonnell’s campaign for governor 96‐Hour Deployment for Bob McDonnell Election Day—Victory party in Columbian Plaza Trip to gun range CR/CD Debate on Energy Policy Trip to Walter Reid Hospital CR/CD football game Special Election for PR Director CR Christmas End‐of‐Semester Party at Tonic Spring Kickoff with Tim Murtaugh Obama: One Year Later Debate with Dems National Right to Life March College Republicans Super Bowl Party CR/CD Debate on Illegal Immigration Karaoke Night at Fridays CPAC CPAC CPAC Republican Governors Association Gala Rep. Erik Paulsen Event Trip to Walter Reid Hospital Bag the Bag Tax Event Voices for School Choices Movie Screening CR/CD Foreign Policy Debate E‐Board Elections 5th Annual Freshman Debate Tax Day BBQ Political Satire Debate with the CDs Pat Buchanan event
Congratulations College Republicans
Gary Livacari, Former Chairman and Political Affairs Director for the GW College Republicans (20052007)
The Republican Party has finally adopted an Barack Obama is a crushing rebuttal to those aggressive strategy to promote the conservative “moderate” voices who clamor for a tempered and agenda. After excusing and even restrained platform. uplifting big government The national resurgence of the “The GW College Republicans for nearly a decade – conservative movement is also Republicans excel when and paying a steep political price evident in the recent successes of their leaders are not in the form of the dispirited The George Washington University afraid to defend conservative base and the ensuing College Republicans. conservative principles liberal victories – party leaders and passionately Amid a shockingly secular and have effectively connected with participate in the campus “progressive” university mainstream voters who remain environment like GW, it is not easy political debate.” fiercely opposed to the to fight for conservative values. No unprecedented growth of one wants to be unpopular. As a government and the concomitant result, our organization has sometimes embraced destruction of America’s capitalist economy. a conciliatory leadership style and passive Gone are the days when conservative campus agenda. This strategy made us more Republicans were forced to support liberal policies, popular with liberal students, university elites all in the name of preserving power and and rival groups. However, it alienated loyal (supposedly) halting Democrat gains. This strategy conservative students, neutered our of political accommodation failed miserably, organization’s activist mission and rendered us an bequeathing a shattered and disoriented Republican irrelevant voice in campus political affairs. We Party. Indeed the ascendancy of Nancy Pelosi and traded popularity and career advancement for
Members of the College Republicans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Easter Morning
5 effective leadership and policy advocacy. Chairman Brandon Hines and the current Executive Board have reversed this negative trend and restored the practice of principled conservative activism. Our current leaders were not content to produce mediocre, non‐ controversial public activities. Instead they worked diligently to deliver real results. This year, the College Republicans hosted two prominent conservative governors, Jeb Bush and Bob McDonnell. These events energized our campus membership and, more importantly, signaled our renewed willingness to vigorously promote a conservative policy agenda – even if it is unpopular. Republicans matter again, because the E‐ Board has worked hard to orchestrate large‐ scale political events and endure the campus cold‐shoulder that is often directed at young conservative leaders. The GW College Republicans have emerged as far more than a social group. We have again become powerful advocates for the core principles of the Republican Party. This dramatic change is especially remarkable when we consider the personal story of Brandon Hines. I first met Brandon in 2006. He was an eager freshman member who was ready to lead. I was privileged to helm the College Republicans in those days, and Brandon Hines was an integral member of our team. Brandon had skeptics in some circles, but he proved them all wrong. His unmatched competency, commitment to principled activism and broad appeal quickly earned him the trust and support of many members. Brandon worked behind the scenes to plan serious policy speeches and activist events that ultimately reinvigorated our organization. The GW College Republicans excel when their leaders are not afraid to defend conservative principles and passionately participate in the campus political debate. The success of 2009‐ 2010 is a testament to this important truth and a reminder that we must resist the temptation to moderate the values and ideals we hold dear. Brandon Hines and the Executive Board: Thank you for resurrecting one of GW’s most
storied organizations. Thank you for demonstrating what it really means to be a College Republican.
Don’t Just Repeal Michael Russo
Doomsday, End of the Republic, Armageddon; these are all terms that can be, in the eyes of the Right, associated with the passage of the Democrats abomination of health care reform. Despite this horrific bill now being law there is still a glimmer of hope for the forces of good in our Constitutional federation of States, that of course being repealing the bill. The President’s urgent rush to pass the bill was rather odd considering most major proposals will not take effect until 2014 and the full extension of insurance is not guaranteed until 2019! This give the GOP plenty of time to stop this waste of money by repealing and more importantly replacing this bill. GOPers and conservatives now have their 2010 campaign slogan: Repeal and Replace. This is a two‐part deal. We cannot simply repeal the bill since that would not accomplish anything for “Republican proposals will not the country long term cost anywhere near and only give $1 trillion dollars— ammunition to the most won’t even cost Democrats to reignite a dime.” their push for an American NHS. There are many who do not believe that would ever happen here but the evidence is mounting. Look at the reasons Dennis Kucinich (D‐OH) changed his vote: he was promised more. Then there is the Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Lynn Woolsey (D‐CA), who proposed a new public option bill the day after the current one passed. This is only a stepping stone to the complete nationalization of healthcare. When you are asked why this sounds so bad, respond with “PIGS” (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain), which is a funny abbreviation for the four once‐wealthy and prosperous nations that
6 are tanking due to the load of debt that they face from these bloviated government programs. And imagine that the US is already heading in that direction without an NHS. Unlike the UK in 1946, the conservative movement in this country is not going to be quiet. And unlike 1946 UK, the socialists are not willing to admit they are socialists.
The Tea Party & The GOP Ashley Colburn
What exactly is the Tea Party Movement? Every minute, Google updates its news site with articles trying to figure out what and who exactly is the tea party. This political “Contrary to what phenomenon has Democrats the media portray, As mentioned earlier, the campaign for Congress frantically trying to search for the Tea Party ways to stop something they must be centered on Repeal and Replace. But we activists are not don’t yet understand, and even must explain why the Replace part is so vital. We worse, Republicans are having racist. In fact, they must pass reform‐limiting payments in medical a more difficult time figuring malpractice lawsuits (which cost the average strive for a diverse out if the Tea Party is friend or America under doctor almost a third of their income to get foe. insurance to cover such payments), we must conservative establish a special court system to handle these values.” As both a Republican and case so that a judge with medical knowledge can Tea Party activist, I embrace make the decision and not a jury with no the core tea party foundations, such as liberty, understanding of many procedures (or at least give constitution, conservatism, and country. I have such cases to existing judges with such knowledge), worked tirelessly with such organizations like the we must allow purchasing insurance across state Tea Party Patriots in lobbying, writing, lines, we must end all exemptions from anti‐trust fundraising, and event planning to ensure the tea laws for insurance party core ideals are a companies, and most prominent force within importantly, we must American politics. end all state and 3.8 Yet I am a stable and federal mandates as to trillion proud Republican that what must be included tries to ensure the in health insurance same goals within my 3.8 coverage. own party. So why trillion It is a good thing to have I turned to the tea create high risk pools party for my political
The Monopoly Money the CRs handed out at their Tax Day BBQ of people who solutions? Because I desperately need am one of the many insurance and try to make sure they are covered, millions that want to rebuild the party. Although a but forcing people to buy plans with things they large number of tea party‐ers are libertarians, feel they don’t need is wasteful. The current system constitutionalists, independents, and disgruntled is not designed to let the market work. More Democrats, most of us are discontent Republicans. importantly, Republican proposals will not cost Contrary to what the media portray, the Tea anywhere near $1 trillion dollars—most won’t Party activists are not racist. In fact, they strive for even cost a dime. a diverse America under conservative values. Isn’t
Let us follow the example of Governor Bob McDonnell and run on things that our country and citizens actually need. If we do that, we will win. If we fulfill our promises, we will stay.
that largely what conservatism is about ‐ the protection of individual rights for all men? But the Republican Party is often portrayed as the party of old white men. The GOP lacks much diversity. In order to succeed, it needs to embrace all races, all religions, and all cultures, rather than steering strictly towards the Christian Right without giving
7 minority voters the option of feeling comfortable within the Republican Party. The Republican Party needs to unify with the Tea Party movement and assert that they are a unified party of diversity and tolerance, regardless of what liberals may say. Unfortunately, Democrats use diversity to simply gain a large number of votes. Republicans must reach out to potential conservative voters that currently feel left out due to racial and religious segregation. The tea party movement wants to see a different change than the “change” that Obama spoke of. Ultimately, Republicans must avoid assuming that the tea party movement will solely vote Republican. In a Fox News poll,
Lets not forget the tab for a sex‐themed night club = $2,000 Total = $49,846.25 I don’t know about you, but to me that looks like an excerpt of a financial spreadsheet from a deficit‐increasing, pork‐barrel spending, tax hiker for no good reason, Democrat. With all his “street‐ smarts” I am shocked that the Chairman couldn’t think of better ways to spend Republicans hard earn donations.
23% of Americans would vote for a The Tax Day display at the College Republicans Tax Now let’s Day BBQ tea party candidate, while only consider some 18% of Americans would vote for a other fiscally Republican. This is a surprising and terrifying fact. responsible, victory oriented ways to spend Without those votes, the Democrats could $49,846.25 ultimately win in every election, while the third To run a facebook ad that gets 98,524,740 hits party movement would never be able to break in Nevada for voters between 18 and 64 for the through into the American political system. In month leading up to the election is $30,000. order for the Republican Party to regain the tea That leaves $19,846.25 of the original party movement’s trust, it must change with today’s issues rather looking to the past. Diversity, $49,846.25 that was wastefully spent by the RNC in the month of February to . . . true conservatism, and the emphasis of the Constitution being the ultimate law of the land Send 40 members of GW’s College Republicans will surely grant the Party a great chance of to Columbus, Ohio the week before the election to winning the 2012 presidential election. campaign for Kasich for Governor. (1 plane ticket to Columbus, Ohio, week before Election Day = $204 * 40 = $8,160).
How to Spend $49,845.25 Sinead Casey
The Chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele, has become embattled in fighting off criticism of fiscal irresponsibility.
Send 40 members of GW’s College Republicans to Florida the week before Election Day, to elect a real conservative, Marco Rubio – not that candidate endorsed by the RNC. (1 plane ticket to Florida = $160 * 40 = $6,400).
Private cars for RNC = $12, 691
And with the 4,686.25 left over we could send nearly the entire 300+ George Washington College Republican Membership to Pennsylvania to campaign in yet another contentious race. (1 bus ticket = $15).
Four Seasons stay for RNC & Beverly Hills Hotel Stay = $17,641.25
I am sure Republican donors would much rather see their money go towards winning
Such as . . . Private planes for RNC = $17, 514
8 elections, instead of winning the top lead on Politico for hypocrisy and wastefulness.
Republicans on the Hill have anonymously expressed outrage and top Republicans like Karl Rove have moved on to alternative groups such as the newly formed American Crossroads.
To top it all off, Steele went on Good Morning America and when asked if “as an African‐ American” he has “a slimmer Steele has raised $96.2 million margin for error than another during his tenure, but he has “I am sure Republican Chairman would,” he replied: “The spent $109.6 million, for a deficit donors would much honest answer is yes,” and then of $13.4 million, according to the rather see their money stumbled for a valid explanation, Daily Caller. No, the Chairman go towards winning claiming the same margin exists for should not be meeting donors in elections, instead of Obama. the Holiday Inn lobby, but he winning the top lead on needs to know where to tighten The Chairman needs to stop Politico for hypocrisy and the belt. Whatever “loopholes” or stealing Obama’s race card and stop wastefulness.” “mistakes” that allowed the acting like a spending addicted $2,000 nightclub expenditure to liberal and reform the committee and either appear on FEC reports should have never return to his traditionally seated, behind‐the‐ occurred in the first place. Big donors aren’t scenes post with a conservative perspective or going to be persuaded by a Michael Steele step down. commercial, the average Americans who see his It’s not called racism, Mr. Chairman. Its called “freedom is worth fighting for” commercial are fiscal responsibility – and that is why you are going to be deterred from giving what ever they being attacked. can to the committee when they read the It would be one thing if the above was all of the headlines. lavish spending credited to Steele, but its not ‐ a If the Republican National Committee cannot combined $19,443 for stays in Vegas and DC’s top promote fiscal responsibility in their interior hotels, such as the M resort and the W, operations with their donors’ money than how respectively, as well as a $43,828 midwinter trip are voters supposed to trust that the candidates to Hawaii, not including airfare. Early on in his they pick are going to be fiscally responsible term his spending prompted Republican with their taxpayer dollars. committeemen to pass a resolution requiring Chairman Steele’s accountability does not rest checks to be signed by at least two RNC officers. on how many campaigns “he” wins or how many dollars he raises. His accountability is dependent on how well he represents and executes the values and policies of the Republican Party – and the Chairman has failed to do this.
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9 A Note from the Editor: It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the GW College Republicans Director of Publications and Editor‐in‐Chief of the CR Monthly Newsletter this year. From when I launched this publication in October until now, the CR Monthly has been read over 13,200 times! It has seen enormous success, and that is due to only to the great young Republicans on this campus who have kept it thriving. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of the outstanding writers for the CR Monthly this year. It is necessary for these strong conservative voices to speak up and speak out on a liberal campus such as George Washington. As we all know, that is not always easy. I also want to thank our Chairman, Brandon Hines, for his exceptional, fearless leadership this year. We have had one of the greatest years in the GW CR history because of his vision, his drive, and his determination. He inspired me and my colleagues to always do our best for this organization. For that, I commend his service to the College Republicans for the past 4 years. I have full faith in my successor, Kaitlyn Martin, to make this publication even better. It has been my pleasure to serve you all this year, and I wish Kaitlyn the best of luck. Always, Cynthia Meyer
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Published on Apr 23, 2010