Republicans Getting Professional Advise from Experts:
USA Today: Joe the Plumber is scheduled to address GOP congressional aides today on the economic stimulus package, Politico reports. Politico says Wurzelbacher, who also did a brief stint as a war correspondent in Israel recently, will speak to the Conservative Working Group, an organization of Hill staffers who meet regularly to chart GOP strategy for the week. Wurzelbacher will be focusing his talk on the proposed stimulus package. He's apparently not a fan of the economic rescue package. Kimberly Wallner, an aide to South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, wrote in a message to her e-mail list this afternoon: “In case you weren’t planning to attend CWG tomorrow morning, you might want to reconsider because Joe the Plumber will be joining us!”Conservative Racist Duke Wants to Save Republican Base:
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is not happy with the Republican Party these days. Duke, says the GOP has forgotten its roots by electing a "radical Black racist" as chairman of the party. "We will not stand for Obama junior to be head of the Republican Party," Duke writes. Duke attacks former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, the newly elected RNC chairman, as a "passionate supporter of affirmative action programs that racially discriminate against tens of millions of White Americans." Duke argues that Steele "supports increased discrimination against White owned businesses in the awarding of non-merit and non-bid minority contracts" and is "opposed to the death penalty and thinks that it is disproportionately applied to Blacks even though it is applied to White murderers at 500 percent higher than it is to Black murderers." The 57-year-old former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan also predicts the Steele election will divide the party and "will lead to a huge revolt among the Republican base." "As a former Republican official," writes Duke, "I can tell you that millions of rank-and-file Republicans are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore! We will either take the Republican Party back over the next four years or we will say, 'To Hell With the Republican Party!' And we will take 90 percent of Republicans with us into a New Party that will take its current place!" Duke spent time in prison for tax-related issues. He denies that he is a white supremacist and instead calls himself a "White civil rights advocate."RNC’s Michael Steele Promotes Partisan Politics as Solution:
The election last week of Michael Steele to be chairman of the Republican National Committee represents a break from the Republican past. The new face of the Republican Party does not seem to share the hunger for bipartisanship that Mr. Obama has made one of the stylistic touchstones.
The Headline: “California GOP lawmakers use budget as leverage to refight old battles” counters public will. “With their votes needed for a spending plan, Republicans press for delaying or rolling back rules on overtime pay and diesel pollution, a move they say would aid the economy.” Is this politics or blackmail?
Back on the table: labor rules on overtime pay and work breaks, plans to clean up the dirtiest diesel construction equipment and California's curbs on greenhouse gases.As Republicans in Congress complains the stimulus contains non-stimulus items, it’s different when they include the same non-related items. The items include a breathtaking list of dangerous public health issues and third world labor standards.
Although such policies are not directly connected to the state budget, Republican lawmakers say they are germane to the economic downturn that has depleted tax revenue and helped open California's gaping budget deficit. Delaying or rolling them back, GOP lawmakers argue, will spark a recovery, create jobs and refill state coffers.…and these Republican lawmakers are serious about becoming a majority again.
They are looking to curtail overtime requirements for the eight-hour workday to give businesses more flexibility in scheduling. "One man's provisions to protect labor can be another man's imposition on business," said Niello, vice chairman of the Assembly budget committee.Republicans are also looking to delay or change diesel regulations for big construction equipment … exempting several road projects from the state's environmental review process … setting up an ad hoc committee of governor-appointed agency chiefs with veto power over environmental requirements hindering some of the state's more contentious projects and easing regulations meant to reduce air hazards caused by pesticide use.