The GOPAC Newsletter: March 2013


This March, GOPAC has been working hard to ensure emerging Republican leaders have the tools and training necessary to lead the party for years to come. As Washington continues to grapple with increasing debt, an unbalanced budget, and anemic job creation, leaders who have resolved these issues on the state level will be integral to the success of the party and the nation.

The opportunity to connect our state and federal leaders will continue next month as GOPAC hosts our annual Charter Member Meeting in Washington, D.C. Preparations are well underway, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and visit with leading state and federal elected officials including Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber. This year also marks GOPAC’s 35th year of educating and electing Republican leaders, which will be celebrated with a special reception.

T.W. Shannon in The Daily Caller: New Face of G.O.P.

Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, a member of GOPAC’s Legislative Leaders Advisory Board, spoke with The Daily Caller’s Brendan Thomas about the importance of implementing reforms on the state level to overcome the nation’s biggest obstacles.

New Face of G.O.P: T.W. Shannon
By Brendan Thomas
The Daily Caller
March 18, 2013

“People focus too much on race,” says T.W. Shannon, a sixth-generation Oklahoman and member of the Chickasaw Nation. What’s more important, he says, is “what you believe and how you’re going to govern.”

At just 34, Tahrohon Wayne Shannon is Oklahoma’s first African American Speaker of the House, its youngest ever, and the first African American Republican speaker in the country since Reconstruction, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

He’s also part of the Republican Party’s effort to advance a more diverse public face, after America elected — then re-elected — its first black president. Last November, Barack Obama won 93 percent of black voters and 60 percent of those under 30 years old, sending the GOP a clear message that it needs to break down demographic barriers.

Read the full article at The Daily Caller.

Chairman Donatelli Reacts to February Jobs Report: Good, Not Good Enough

GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli shared the following statement in response to the U.S. Labor Department’s report that the economy added 236,000 jobs in February 2013 and the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%:

It is good news every time we add a new job to the economy, and this month’s report is certainly positive.

We need many more months creating even more jobs if we are going to make a major dent in an unemployment rate that is still far too high.

The president’s tax rate increases, capital gains increases and payroll tax increases are suffocating job growth. There are millions of Americans who aren’t employed today, who should be employed today, if President Obama would free up American workers by lowering tax rates and getting rid of burdensome regulations. Instead, the recovery under this Administration’s policies remains the most sluggish since World War II.

There are many states whose unemployment rates are far below President Obama’s national rate. It would serve us well if he would pay close attention to the Republican governors and state legislators who are succeeding at creating jobs and follow their example. The livelihood of 12 million unemployed Americans depends on it.

David Avella in POLITICO: Sequestration: Good for U.S. and GOP

GOPAC President David Avella explains that the spending cuts prompted by the sequester are the first step to getting the nation’s financial house in order.

Sequestration: Good for the U.S. and GOP
By David Avella
Politico
February 28, 2013

“He serves his party best who serves his country best,” – President Rutherford B. Hayes.

As the clock ticks down to the dreaded sequester on Friday, there is no better way for Congressional Republicans to serve both their country and their party than by standing true to this ideal. They cannot give in to the hysteria being manufactured by the White House and Senate Democrats and raise taxes to replace the fiscal discipline that is the foundation of sequestration.

In every way possible Republicans have sought to find common ground to replace the current approach of sequestration with targeted spending cuts that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years. It has been met with Democratic inflexibility along with campaign-style rallies and daily press events attempting to play to Americans’ worse fears.

But is the sequester as bad for our economy as President Obama and the media have made it out to be? Absolutely not. The act of fiscal discipline puts our economy on a path to stability, ultimately benefiting the American economy.

Larry Kudlow, National Review Online’s economics editor, makes the case that when the government spending share of GDP declines, so does the true tax burden on the economy. As a result, more resources are left in the free-market private sector, which will promote real growth.

It’s an approach that is the exact opposite of what the president and his economic team have pursued since the first day of this administration. And, tragically, the state of our economy and job market shows the results.

The U.S. Treasury tells us that last year the United States under Obama added over $3 billion of debt per day. Add to this our annual $1 trillion deficits, reduced credit rating, 7.9 percent unemployment and sub-par economic growth, and we have a recipe for long-term economic pain.

The president’s response has consistently been to “ask” for more and more of our taxes to pay for it, rather than reduce wasteful or mathematically-unsound spending.

Read the full article at Politico.

Chairman’s Corner: In Case You Missed It

Chairman Donatelli discusses why President Obama’s budget proposal, due to be released in early April, will hold little promise for jumpstarting our economy and getting our nation back on track.

Obama’s latest unserious budget
By Frank Donatelli
The Daily Caller
March 8, 2013

Our celebrity president is taking some time away from TV appearances and campaigning to actually submit his budget for the upcoming year. He is already in violation of the law that required him to present his plan to fix our economy on February 4, but the country has its timetable, and he has his.

The president is said to be “frustrated” that Republicans won’t work with him on the economy. But it’s hard to work with someone who hasn’t shown any interest in tackling the long-term fiscal problems our country faces. If President Obama thinks Speaker Boehner is a tough adversary, wait until he hears from rank-and-file Republicans in the speaker’s caucus.

President Obama’s budget will be unveiled later this month. Here are a few things to expect from it:

The budget will not propose any solution to the country’s long-term fiscal imbalance. The flaw in Obama’s position has always been that his tax increases on the “wealthy” will not appreciably change our long-term budget problems. Incorporating the revenue from his tax increase at the end of last year will still leave huge budget deficits in the out years. That is because entitlement spending, especially on health care, will continue to spin out of control and Obama refuses to propose anything substantive to change this pattern. In his State of the Union address this January, he actually proposed spending more, not less, on a variety of initiatives.

The economic assumptions in the president’s budget will be unrealistic. In the Reagan years, the media would refer to Reagan’s growth assumptions as a “rosy scenario.” Actually, the economy hit Reagan’s high growth numbers more often than not. Since Obama is immune from press criticism and accountability, his budget is not labeled as “rosy,” but it should be. His budget document will surely project growth assumptions far in excess of what this administration has ever achieved so as to make the out-year deficits look better. The economy has never grown 3% in any year of his presidency, and anything above that in this budget is indeed a “rosy scenario.”

Read the entire op-ed at The Daily Caller.

GOPAC Celebrates its 35th Anniversary: Become a 2013 GOPAC Member

Help train the next generation of Republican leaders by ordering your 35th Anniversary GOPAC Membership Card today!

In 2013, we mark GOPAC’s 35th anniversary since our founding in 1978 by Delaware Governor Pete Du Pont, and we have bigger goals than ever to help the party of Ronald Reagan succeed in America’s comeback.

After years on the frontlines of political campaigns, the impact that your early membership renewal will have on our opportunity for success is unquestionable. This is your chance to be heard and help start the revolution our party needs by educating and electing a new generation of common sense Republicans at all levels of government.

Your early 2013 membership renewal of $50 or even $100 is vital to helping GOPAC recruit and train the next generation of Republican leaders our party so desperately needs.

Join us today by following this link to renew your GOPAC membership, and you will receive your 35th Anniversary GOPAC Member Card showing that you are part of the movement helping to educate and elect the next generation of Republican leaders.