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Chris Chocola OpEd: Trump is not an option for conservatives

Posted on Apr. 21, 11 | 09:15 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Note: This OpEd appeared in the Manchester, NH Union Leader:

Op-Ed: Chris Chocola: Trump is not an option for conservatives
IMAGINE it’s 2013. The President is sworn in. The national debt is still in the trillions of dollars. The new President proposes what he calls a “one-time, 14.25 percent tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million.” He claims that that this new, $7.14 trillion tax hike will go towards paying down our national debt and enable us to fix Social Security.
If you think that the President is Barack Obama still, you’re wrong. That’s the exact proposal, with the size of the tax hike adjusted for inflation, made by Donald Trump in his 2000 book “The America we Deserve.”
Some in the media have worked themselves up into a lather over the possibility of a Trump candidacy for President. They shouldn’t: Donald Trump has taken policy positions that will make it impossible for him to win over conservatives in a Republican primary.
Trump’s tax hike on net worth is destructive, and even worse when you consider that he made this proposal before the implementation of the Bush tax cuts. A tax on net worth of this magnitude would cripple small-businessmen who are making capital investments, would cause a massive stock sell-off and would, conservatively speaking, have other catastrophic effects on growth.
But that’s not all.
What potential Presidential candidate once said: “We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.”
That’s Trump again, right after he dubbed himself a “liberal on health.” Every conservative knows that a single-payer plan is code for government-run health care that takes away choice of doctors from Americans, will lead to massive tax increases, and lower the quality of care. Trump's plan was to the left of even "Obamacare," which the next president ought to repeal upon taking office."
Trump even hewes to some of the worst, protectionist orthodoxy that would make the far-left blush. He’s said that he’d “love to have a trade war with China” (a job-killer), that he wants a 25 percent tax on all Chinese imports” (another job-killer), and he opposed NAFTA (a job-creator). No true believer in free markets would ever take such positions, but the Donald has.
Who said the following in 1999: “I said I'm conservative, generally speaking, I'm conservative, and even very conservative. But I'm quite liberal and getting much more liberal on health care and other things.”
That’s right, it’s a chameleon who’ll say anything to get attention, but not a serious candidate for the Presidency. The next Presidents’ expertise should be in promoting pro-growth policies that lead to jobs and economic growth, and not someone whose expertise is promoting himself.
Chris Chocola, a former Indiana Congressman, is President of the The Club for Growth. 
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Club for Growth President Chris Chocola on "Hardball"

Posted on Apr. 20, 11 | 09:46 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Chris Chocola: Donald Trump 'Is Not Conservative'

Posted on Apr. 20, 11 | 08:45 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Huckabee Bashes the Club for Growth in His Latest Podcast

Posted on Apr. 19, 11 | 11:24 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Mike Huckabee comes to Donald Trump's defense by bashing the Club for Growth.
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MSNBC: Chris Chocola on Donald Trump

Posted on Apr. 19, 11 | 08:08 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Donald Trump, not a Conservative

Posted on Apr. 18, 11 | 03:39 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
 The Club put out a press release today about the liberal policy positions of Donald Trump - it's certainly going to be difficult for him to get any traction among conservatives if he's going to be advocating tax hikes and universal health care. The text of the release is below:

Club for Growth to Trump: You're a Liberal!
Club for Growth: Trump called for massive tax hikes; is a self-described "liberal" on heatlh care

Washington, DC - The Club for Growth assailed potential presidential candidate Donald Trump today as a tax-hiking liberal whose open flirtation with single-payer health care and warm embrace of protectionism disqualifies him from consideration by conservatives.

"Donald Trump for President? You've got to be joking," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. "Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs. His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives. This publicity stunt will sputter and disappear just as quickly as the 'The Apprentice' is losing viewers."

Donald Trump: Just Another Liberal

Trump: "We must have universal healthcare": We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.  
(Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.206-208 & 218)

Donald Trump favors a massive tax hike on Americans that would kill jobs and investment: I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million. For individuals, net worth would be calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt [and shore up the Social Security Trust Fund].
(Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.170-74)

Trump: The King of Protectionism:

  • Trump wants a 25% tax on all Chinese imports: "Twenty-five percent tax on China, unless they behave," he told O'Reilly. "You're threatening China with a trade bill. Twenty-five percent tariff. That's big," O'Reilly retorted. "No, they're threatening us. They're going to make a three hundred billion dollar, let's call it profit, this year on the United States." (Source: Fox News, 4/1/11,
  • Trump: "I'd love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we'd save a lot of money.": In a Fox News interview, Trump said “I’m a big free trade believer by the way.” A few minutes later he said “I’d love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of money.” (Source:
In 1999, Trump opposed NAFTA: “KING: You shared Mr. Perot and Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Nader's belief with regard to NAFTA, right? You were an opponent of NAFTA? TRUMP: I am. And the reason NAFTA looks OK now is because the economy is strong, but when the economy is not strong, which, unfortunately, will at some point happen, NAFTA is going to look like a disaster.” (Source:

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Michael Moore, Capitalist

Posted on Feb. 08, 11 | 01:01 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Crazy Liberals
Liberal propagandist Michael Moore is reportedly suing the Weinstein brothers, the movie producers who backed his recent “documentary” Farenheit 9/11.  According to media reports, Moore has already made almost $20 million on the movie, but feels he’s owed $2.7 million more.

These disputes are common in Hollywood, and Moore of course deserves every dime to which he is contractually entitled.

But the episode once again proves William Buckley’s famous critique of socialism – that it will always fail because there are no actual socialists.  At the end of the day, human beings – regardless of their politics – will always look out for their own.  They will protect their own property and strive to enhance their own wealth and opportunities.  They will care primarily about the education of their own kids, and the economic and social interests of their own communities.

The democratic capitalism of our Founding Fathers succeeds because it accepts human nature as it is, and puts that nature at the service of the society at large.  In a market economy, the easiest way to get rich is to make everyone else’s lives better.  By contrast, socialist utopias like the kind preferred by Mr. Moore fail because they assume human nature can be transcended by sufficiently empowered government. 

You know, like in North Korea.

Anyway, I hope I speak for all democratic capitalists in wishing Mr. Moore well in his pursuit of his hard-earned money.  If only he would extend the same courtesy to us.
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Communism in NYC

Posted on Jan. 02, 11 | 03:30 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals

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Quote of the Day

Posted on Nov. 17, 10 | 01:55 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
From Kim Strassel in today's WSJ Political Diary ($):

The real question is whether the tattered Blue Dog caucus will go beyond just new faces and show voters that it's willing to act on principle by voting with Republicans to roll back the worst parts of the Obama agenda. A first step would be acknowledging the coalition's mistakes, something at least Mr. Ross wasn't prepared to do in yesterday's statement. He instead said "the Blue Dog coalition will continue to be a moderating force" in Congress -- as if its failure to do just that wasn't a major cause of this month's Blue Dog trouncing. The proof of a Blue Dog reawakening will be in its actions.
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The Blue Dog's New Leadership Team

Posted on Nov. 17, 10 | 08:03 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
The 54-member Blue Dog Coalition, which lost at least 28 seats on Election Day, recently selected their new leadership team for 2011.  They are:
  • Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), Co-Chair for Administration
  • Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), Co-Chair for Policy
  • Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR), Co-Chair for Communications
The Blue Dogs are perceived to be "fiscal conservatives," so how do these new leaders fare on economic issues?

Combined, they vote with Nancy Pelosi 77% of the time.  Their average RePORK Card score is a meager 3%.  They all supported bailing out Fannie and Freddie.  They all voted for Cash for Clunkers.  Shuler voted for Cap and Trade while Ross and Barrow voted for the trillion dollar Stimulus.  Ross and Barrow also voted for the auto bailout.  Wisely, all three voted against ObamaCare, but Barrow failed to support repeal of the individual mandate when the House voted on it afterwards.  None of them supported repeal of TARP.

It might not be accurate to call these three "San Francisco liberals," but they are far from the fiscal conservatives they try to portray themselves to be.
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Murkowski: Not a Republican by Tea Party Standards

Posted on Nov. 16, 10 | 08:38 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Crazy Liberals
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