The 2014 '30 Under 30'

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Daniel Webb

Daniel is a federal student aid fraud investigator for an institute of higher education. He lives with his wife Rita and daughter Abigail in Lynchburg, VA. He is currently working on his Master of Arts in Public Policy. Follow Daniel on twitter @DanWebbTweets



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Articles From Daniel

Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day: The Aaron Walker Chapter

If you haven’t heard already, today is “Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.”

Who is Brett Kimberlin?

He is a former murder suspect. He is the Speedway Bomber of 1978.

He has 35 criminal counts against him, appearing in 5 criminal trials, and serving 17 years in prison.

He is the founder of non-profits Justice for Music and Velvet Revolution, which have received thousands of dollars in grants from the Tides Foundation, the Barbara Streisand Foundation as well as the Heinz Family Foundation.

Among these credentials, you might add “enemy of free speech.” Brett Kimberlin has taken it upon himself to employ the courts to harass anyone who speaks out in any way about him. He has done so primarily against independent bloggers who have found his association Democrat operatives like Neal Rauhauser, curious, at best.

Waaaaah! Who’s really ‘unfunny?’ Conservatives or Comedy Central?

Last night, conservatives once again owned Twitter. This time, instead of sabotaging an AstroTurf attempt by the Obama campaign to attack Romney, (as conservatives have been doing this week like it was their job and they are up for a promotion…and a bonus) their target was Gonzalo Cordova.

He drew conservatives’ ire when he wrote a piece titled “Conservative Hashtag Games are Ruining Twitter” for Comedy Central’s blog Indecision.
In the article he says that he doesn’t have a problem “with these hashtag games politically. I have a problem with these hashtag games comedically.”

Cordova then provides a few examples of what he thinks are unfunny tweets and proceeds to analyze exactly why they are “unfunny.” How…humorous…of him…

Romney reaffirms marriage stance at Liberty University graduation

LYNCHBURG, Va.-  Gov. Mitt Romney spoke to over 6,000 graduates and 34,000 attendees at Liberty University’s 39th commencement, the largest audience Romney has addressed in his political career.

Despite reports that he may steer clear of the topics on faith and same-sex marriage, Romney dove right in stating emphatically, and to extended applause, that “Marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Center for American Progress and the Left’s Hypocritical Class Envy

New rules coming down the pipe from the Left: It’s OK for Democrats to be rich, but if Republicans are rich they are terrible people whose wealth should be controlled by the government. Oh!  And, rich Republicans are the problem with America.

At least those are the implications from the hubbub created by the Center for American Progress (CAP) (via its subsidiary blog Think Progressaround a video of Gov. Mitt Romney speaking to a group of wealthy donors about how wonderful it is to be wealthy.

The president is allowed to do 40k-a-plate fundraisers but when presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney raises money for his presidential campaign,  he’s supposedly out of touch with the average American

The real #WarOnStudents

Some on the Left are saying that “right wing bloggers” only oppose President Obama’s push to keep student loan rates low because it comes from President Obama.

As usual I am unsure whether they are simply being deceptive or that they truly believe they are the only ones that have thought through their political philosophy (I’m not saying they have, I’m just saying they probably think they have).

Sorry, Eric Boehlert, we don’t oppose the president’s philosophy on student loans just because it comes from him. (Boehlert is Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America.)

Those of us who disagree actually believe in this thing called the free market, and another thing called logic. What this means is that we think – as opposed to many on the Left – that a cause has effects that ripple even beyond what any one person or group of people can predict or understand.

Who’s It Going to Be? Red Alert Politics’ VP Watch

There have been a number of names thrown around as possibilities for Mitt Romney’s running mate. So here at Red Alert Politicswe decided to pick who we think are the top four in the running to get the VP nod.

(In alphabetical order:)

Governor Louis Fortuño (P.R.) – Fortuño has almost a full term of executive experience under his belt as well as four years as Puerto Rico’s non-voting Member of Congress.

He is a battle-tested fighter for limited government and free markets. His decision to keep Puerto Rico solvent by making deep cuts in government spending came amidst much protest.

Although Puerto Rico offers no electoral votes, Florida does have the second highest Puerto Rican population in the United States proper. I would consider a Fortuño Romney’s curve ball option.

UPDATED: Malkin to be on Board of National Bloggers Club

A reliable source has revealed to Red Alert Politics that Michelle Malkin has agreed to join the board of directors for a new association for right-of-center bloggers, the National Bloggers Club.

Malkin is a conservative political commentator known for the conservative news and commentary blog Hotair.com. Her most recent online venture is the new, popular website Twichy, a Twitter curation site that gathers what people are saying about the latest popular news.

Malkin also recently won the Legacy Award at this year’s Blog Bash at CPAC for her efforts in building the conservative blogoshpere.

An Unaccomplished President

If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate (which looks to be the case) or the entire law, President Barack Obama will have been one of the most unaccomplished presidents in U.S. history. Whether he wins reelection or not remains to be seen, but especially if Republicans take a majority in the U.S. Senate, an Obama second term will be a lame duck.

Here at Red Alert Politics we were able to run a truly unscientific and not credible study on the least accomplished presidents. Let’s take a look at President Obama’s competition.

Student Loan Crisis Looms, Congressional Dems Dismiss Ryan Plan’s Solutions

The recently-released budget plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) states that “the decisions of colleges and universities to raise their prices would have been constrained if the federal government had not stepped in so often to subsidize rising tuitions.”

Paul Ryan offers this solution, among others: as opposed to offering even more in federal student aid as President Obama would like, let’s cut $9.5 billion in discretionary funding from the Department of Education.

This is a good, but tiny, first step.

The second step is completely unfeasible: make the Department of Education operate in the realm of economic reality.

#TCOT Tuesday: @RBPundit

General George Patton once said “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

Follow @RBPundit on Twitter for one day and you see this quote personified.

When asked what he thinks the greatest threat to the conservative movement is he said, “Apathy. This idea that you don’t need to confront Leftists and their lies at every turn.”

And confront he does.

He has practically made a job of calling out lies from the left, not only on Twitter but also by contributing to conservative sites like Big Journalism, The Right Sphere and Misfit Politics.

Despite Deathblow Losses In MS and AL, Gingrich Vows To Fight On

The biggest story of Tuesday night is Rick Santorum winning both Alabama and Mississippi. Polls leading up to the Alabama primary showed it would be a tight race between Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, although Gingrich was a slight favorite. Santorum’s wins were not necessarily a huge shock, but an upset all the same.

Santorum took 34.5 percent of the Alabama vote, leading Newt Gingrich at 29.3 percent and Mitt Romney at 29 percent.

The surprise came when Santorum garnered 32.9 percent of the vote in Mississippi, beating heavy favorite Gingrich by 1.6 percent. This effectively dealt the deathblow to the already miniscule chance Newt Gingrich had to make a run at being the conservative alternate to Mitt Romney…again.

Who is Professor Derrick Bell?

A recent video released by Big Government reveals then Harvard Law Professor Barack Obama declaring before a crowd of protesters, “Open up your hearts and your minds to the words of professor Derrick Bell.”

So what are the words of Derrick Bell? What did this man believe that so influenced President Obama?

It can be summed up with Derrick Bell’s life motto: “I live to harass white people.”

The preface at the beginning of his book, Faces At The Bottom Of the Well, further explains his beliefs about race and society.

Georgia for Gingrich

Former Georgia congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has won the primary in his home state – Georgia.

Gingrich, who won the primary with 47% of the vote, had been leading in Georgia polls since the race began and had a commanding 20 percent lead going into the primary, according to Real Clear Politics averages.

Mitt Romney, Gingrich’s closest contender, received roughly 25% and Rick Santorum, despite a surge earlier in the month, won roughly 20% of the vote. Ron Paul trailed with a mere 6.5%.

5 Reasons You Should Vote Newt in the Republican Primary

1. He is the torchbearer of the Reagan Revolution

Gingirch is often named one of the three most influential politicians in modern American conservatism after Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

We know Gingrich was one of Reagan’s young lieutenants during the Reagan Revolution. It is true Gingrich complained to Reagan during the 80s about many goals he felt were left unaccomplished. However, Reagan biographer Stephen Hayward wrote in The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution that during once such instance, ‘Reagan put his arm around the young Georgia Congressman and said in his typically gentle fashion, “Well, some things you’re just going to have to do after I’m gone.” ’

*This article is part one of an eight part series on the Top 5 Reasons to Vote For and Against the four remaining presidential candidates*

Romney’s Inadequately Feigned Conservatism

Governor Mitt Romney has reversed course in the last decade on his largely liberal social stances. But, to this day he proposes economic polices which can hardly be considered fiscally conservative.

Some of the central tenets of fiscal conservatism are lower taxes, free trade and deregulation.

Romney’s current tax plan is relatively unchanged from President Obama’s. The only major differences between the plans are the elimination of the death tax, a drop in the corporate tax rate to 25 percent and a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. Romney’s entire plan has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “modest.”

Comparison of Romney’s new tax plan with Gingrich’s and Santorum’s plans

Mitt Romney’s revamped tax plan was released today. I have summarized it here and did a comparison to Rick Sanoturm and Newt Gingrich’s plans. In addition to the new rates, Romney piggybacks on Santorum’s manufacturing push by strengthening and making permanent the R&D tax credit for manufacturers and innovators. Let us know what you think.

Republicans Need to Man Up

Republicans claiming it will hurt our chances of winning in November if we focus too heavily on the contraception issue need to man up.

Catholic Hospital administrator’s consciences are being violated…and we shouldn’t “focus too heavily on this issue?” Am I hearing this correctly?

This move by the Obama administration is a grievous violation of freedom of conscience and this is a completely winnable argument in realm of public opinion.

According to a Gallup poll released on Christmas Eve, 78 percent of Americans say they are Christians. Nearly eight in 10 Americans have been moved by their conscience to be devoted to a religious denomination. The White House has given Republicans a low hanging fruit.

Grassroots supporters of Gingrich organize for Paul in Virginia

An e-mail from Newtgingrich360.com, a grassroots website unaffiliated with the Gingrich campaign “for Newt Gingrich Supporters and Volunteers,” reveals a push for Gingrich supporters in Virginia to support Ron Paul in the state’s primary on March 6.

Rick Santorum and Gingrich were unable to make it on the Virginia ballot in December. Because Virginia will be allocating its delegates proportionally, Gingrich supporters plan to give Congressman Paul as many votes as possible in order to stop Mitt Romney from running away with the 46 bound delegates.

The Occupy Movement: An Interview with Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby is a former liberal turned conservative activist and close associate of Andrew Breitbart. In fact, Breitbart recently said that he believes Darby will be this generations David Horowitz. He is also widely known for informing the FBI of liberal activists’ plans to bomb the 2008 Republican National Convention.

In this interview Darby answers questions regarding the origins of the Occupy movement, what their next steps will be and what he hopes to see come from the upcoming Citizens United documentary Occupy Unmasked that he, Andrew Breitbart and Lee Stranahan collaborated on.

McDonnell Blows VP Tryout at CPAC

On Friday Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell addressed attendees of CPAC in what could have been a major debut for him to be a Vice Presidential pick.

He focused on explaining the basic conservative free-market principles without use of notes or a teleprompter. He spoke well, but did not come off as inspiring or passionate. It was a good speech and delivered well, however, it was relatively unoriginal.