The words “conservative think tank” elicit visions of number crunchers, policy wonks and heaps of quantitative evidence. But at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, wanted to prove that impression of think tanks is only skin-deep.
‘Conservative triple threat’ Mia Love reassures CPAC attendees that conservatives will bounce back in 2014
Described by emcee Steven Crowder as the type of candidate “liberals check under their bed for,” 2012 Congressional candidate Mia Love (R-Utah) took the stage at CPAC Saturday to reassure conservatives that they will bounce back from last November’s defeats.
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) called out President Obama for allowing his big spending, big government agenda to ruin the country.
“Obama is FDR on steroids,” he said, adding that if Americans need only to look at the president’s home state of Illinois if they want a preview of what Obama’s policies will do to the nation as a whole.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal brought a much-needed dosage of laughter to CPAC on Friday, using boatloads of humor to encourage conservatives to refocus how it governs in Washington, especially when it comes to reducing the national debt.
“You don’t need a colorectal exam every time you go to the airport,” quipped Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) during a Friday morning CPAC address on privacy and technology.
A Thursday afternoon panel discussion entitled “Benghazi and Its Aftermath: U.S. Middle East and Southwest Asia Policy” left CPAC attendees with the impression that presidential shortcomings aren’t the only problem with the United States’ international politics.
In a powerful and important juxtaposition on the gun debate, two state senators have proposed drastically different pieces of legislation designed to curb gun violence in the United States. One Missouri state senator wishes for parents with firearms to disclose their weapons to the authorities at their child’s school, while another senator from South Carolina has proposed firearm education and safety courses for students.
Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D- MO) recently proposed legislation that would require parents owning firearms to report that information to their child’s school.
The proposed legislation pries further by even inquiring about how firearms are stored in the home. When asked about the breach of privacy, Sen. Nadal said disclosure would merely help school districts promote gun safety.