Monday, June 15, 2009


“Shadow Speaker of the House” John Boehner, released the following alert today about the revolt going on in some state houses towards the administration’s seeming attempt to bankrupt them.

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At the bottom you will see this link for his State Solutions Group.


I realize we are not in England with a real “Shadow Government” but I seriously think John Boehner perhaps with some advice from Newt (among others) is using the “Shadow Government” idea to form an infrastructure well before the 2010 election from which to mount an attack on the Liberal agenda flowing out of Washington.

The “Shadow Government” idea in England I really like. It gives the party out of power an infrastructure around which it can show the public what they would be doing, what policies they would enact, and what they would do if elected next time. They come up with actual alternative solutions to problems facing the country. At the same time giving the leaders and upcoming stars of the party a chance to show their stuff. Gives the voters a better sense of who to vote for.

Shadow Speaker of the House, Boehner has set up Solution Groups dealing with specific policy areas.

There is a lot of angst out there in the state governments about the Fed. seemingly trying to usurp their power. Some Democrats especially the Blue Dog Dems, are starting to grumble already about some of the Federal Intrusion.

Shadow Speaker Boehner set up a group of House Republicans to define the problem and come up with solutions. They have their own leaders and web presence and other "new media" in which to study and come up with solutions to the specific problem at hand.

Best of all the Shadow Speaker is fully behind them and highlights their findings through his “leader Alerts”, and places like

I have blogged before about this “Shadow Government” idea and how great it appears to me.

Mr. Boehner has set up the following “biggies”, along with a lot others as the need arises.

Health Care Chaired by Roy Blunt.
Energy. This is chaired by Mike Pence.

This site is just what we needed; talking points, all kinds of video and documents, plus the entire bill. If anyone says that the Republicans don’t have a solution. Send them to the above link.

“Shadow Speaker Boehner is doing what a leader of the Minority party should do. He is uniting the party by putting the Republican leaders in the House to work on solutions in the areas in which they are expert at. This is starting to look like a more united front than just a few months ago. The Democrats are starting to splinter while the Republicans are beginning to show signs of uniting.

John Boehner is gathering the talent available to him and uniting them to show that the Republicans have real solutions to the problems we face. We are showing that Republicans have alternatives to the bankruptcy that the administration is leading us towards.

This “Solutions” platform is ideal for the members to work off of. With the active support of the “Shadow Speaker”, members are able to highlight their skills and help the country at the same time.

The Republican Leader can then leverage these efforts in things like this June 13th Weekly Republican Address. Mike Pence remember is the Chair of the Energy Solutions Group he and his solutions group was responsible through hearings, energy summits and a lot of hard work for the creation of the American Energy Act.

This is real legislation done the right way through study and deliberation and it will work.

As a case in point I’ll highlight Mike Rogers of Livingston County Michigan, who along with Rep. Kevin Nunes (R-CA) Co Chair the "State Solution group" mentioned earlier. While Mike Rogers is a frequent and powerful critic of the administration; he is in a unique position as a Representative from the state of Michigan which has been decimated by the tax and spend policies of the Democrat Gov and State House for eight years, this gives him a unique perspective on the tax and spend efforts of the Obama administration. This next video is at the start up of the State Solutions Group after he was first chosen chair.

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Remember that the State Solutions group chaired by Rogers and Nunez was responsible for the Leader alert at the top of the page.

Well there you have it. I don’t really have a clue whether House Minority Leader John Boehner is really doing what he’s doing under the mantle of the British Parliamentary “shadow government” model or not. I do think that my analogy fits and the unity and actual fruits of his labor are proof enough that what he is doing is starting to work.

I haven’t heard lately from the libs that the Republicans have no solutions. This was their mantra just a short couple months ago.

Now they are starting to act as if they are trying to hide the fact that we do have solutions. That is progress; that is getting back on the offensive after such a long wait. This is something we can work with.

I’ll do my part in getting the news out.

In fact I’ll be proud to.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

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