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Jeb Bush is wrong

Jeb and 41

Bush 41 broke his pledge and raised taxes rather than letting Gramm-Rudman automatically cut federal spending. Faced with a choice between smaller govt and larger govt, Bush 41 chose the latter.

Jeb Bush is wrong. There will no downward path in the deficit when his father was president. All he succeeded in doing was driving America into a recession with his huge tax increase.

If Bush 41 won 1992 reelection, we never would have had the Gingrich revolution of 1994 and conservatism is better off for Bush losing in 92 and Gingrich winning in 94.

Sarah Brady, RIP.

Sarah Brady, widow of wounded Reagan press secretary, dies

Published: Friday, April 3, 2015, 6:28 PM

Sarah Brady, the widow of Reagan White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Friday of pneumonia, according to her family. She was 73.

Brady was a prominent gun control advocate after her husband was shot during an assassination attempt on then-President Reagan in 1981.

“Sarah courageously stepped up after Jim was shot to prevent others from enduring what our family has gone through, and her work has saved countless lives,” the family’s statement read.

James Brady died last August at age 73 of complication from his wounds. His death was ruled a homicide by the Virginia medical examiner’s office.

Both Sarah and James Brady were known as tireless advocates for gun control laws and the pair fought for years for passage of legislation that in 1993 ushered in background checks for handguns bought from licensed dealers.

The bill was known as the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention act.

Sarah Brady joined the lobbying group, the National Council to Control Handguns in the 1980s. The group was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in 2001.

“Our nation has lost a great hero, and I have lost a dear friend,” Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said in a statement. “I am certain that she would want nothing more than to know we are carrying on her and Jim’s legacy with the same fiery compassion and dedication that made her so remarkable.”


Statement of Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley on Salon’s Interview with Rick Perlstein

Pat Robertson NH primary 2

For Rick Perstein to gratuitously attack Richard Viguerie is beyond laughable. Richard Viguerie is an important figure in American political history. Rick Perlstein has been forever branded as a serial plagiarist.

No one takes him seriously.

As a so-called historian, Perlstein is an extremely poor one. Pat Robertson did not win the New Hampshire GOP primary in 1988—or in any year.

Perlstein even fails open book tests.

NEW BOOK: Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan

November 24, 2014

Last Act - book coverDear Friends,
Whew! Well, after three years, “Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan” is done and with my publisher, Harper Christian. The publication date for “Last Act” is September of 2015. Also, I’ve finished “Citizen Newt,” a political biography of Newt Gingrich which will come out in 2016. “Citizen Newt” will also be published by Harper Christian, on which work was begun in 2011. This is the authorized biography of one of the most important political figures of the last 50 years. Dozens of interviews were conducted with Speaker Gingrich.

Also, I’ve drafted “Wilderness,” a book about Reagan’s evolving ideology in the critical years from 1976 to 1980. And I’ve begun new research on several more books which will cover both Ronald Reagan and other historical figures.

There is such joy and a clear conscience in doing original research and original writing.

Thank you friends for all your support and kindnesses.