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Justin Amash Targeted by Michigan GOP Business Establishment for Lacking Party Discipline

The Hill reports today on attempts to take down libertarian-leaning Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan on the part of big party donors:

In a letter obtained by The Hill, prominent Michigan donors request financial backing for Amash’s primary challenger, Brian Ellis. Seven individuals, including prominent Michigan businessmen Mark Bissell, J.C. Huizenga and Mike Jandernoa, signed the fundraising plea.


They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”

“[Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehner’s plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,” the letter says.

The letter was printed on Ellis’s campaign stationery.

“These are folks I’ve known for a long time, and they’re excited about my candidacy,” Ellis told The Hill.

Ellis said his supporters have expressed frustration with the conservative wing of the GOP and the shutdown strategy....

Not every business interest is peeved with Amash:

An aide to Amash’s congressional campaign said the letter’s signatories don’t speak for the Grand Rapids business community, and noted that the congressman has substantial business support.

Executives at direct-selling giant Amway, for example, are backing Amash. 

The Amash campaign shared with The Hill a letter from Doug DeVos, Amway’s president, calling on donors to support the lawmaker. In addition, Steve Van Andel, Amway’s chairman who also chairs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, has already contributed the maximum $5,200 allowed to Amash’s campaign for the 2014 election cycle.

The National Federation of Independent Business previously endorsed Amash, and a spokesman for the group said while it hadn’t made a decision on the race this cycle, the group wouldn’t endorse his opponent because Amash has had such a strong record on the group’s issues in Congress.

The Amash aide also defended the lawmaker’s record, noting that during the shutdown fight, Amash only defied GOP leadership on the final deal that reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling.
 

My March Reason feature interview with Amash and some other "liberty movement" House Republicans.

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  • fish_remote||

    This is why TEAM STOOPID is finished! Enjoy being out of power forever you McCain loving pinheads!

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    Seven individuals, including prominent Michigan businessmen Mark Bissell

    Well screw you, Mr. Bissell! I'll never buy one of your vacuum cleaners again!

  • Jerry on the boat||

    "Cleanup on aisle denial. Cleanup on aisle denial."

  • Paul.||

    That dude sucks.

  • Robert||

    [Amash] and a small group of like-minded legislators rejected Speaker Boehner’s plea to pass legislation requiring Congress and the president be subject to ObamaCare, and put on hold the special new tax on medical equipment. This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,


    WTF??! Is there a spurious comma in the 1st sentence, or is this as nuts as I think?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    There's a train of thought that the best way to get a repeal of Obamacare is by refusing to make it work better, ie no delay in mandates and leave all the taxes in place. Basically, make Obamacare hurt and people will want to get rid of it.

  • Hawk Spitui||

    And then the proggies have an excuse to implement single-payer. Loverly….

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Making Obamacare as painful as possible makes single payer less likely.

    The phants really need to point out that Obamacare is a fascist policy designed to enrich insurance companies.

  • Nazdrakke||

    You think something as petty as the truth will penetrate the mind-shield of the progressive faithful? Ha.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The progressive true believers are 20% of the population at best.

  • Nazdrakke||

    I wish that their numbers lined up with their impact.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    The phants really need to point out that Obamacare is a fascist policy designed to enrich insurance companies.

    Keep in mind that the average American reads at what was considered third-grade level in 1965.

  • Paul.||

    Making Obamacare as painful as possible makes single payer less likely.

    I agree with this. It has to hurt, hurt fast and hurt big. If they keep nickle and diming it in with amendments, fixes and delays, we'll get single payer sooner than we want.

  • Hawk Spitui||

  • ||

    Monarchism? Sure, if I get to be king. Otherwise they can fuck off.

  • Irish||

    He also has a 'secede' bumper sticker as his example, but I don't think secession is reactionary. All secession means is that you leave the union. You could set up any kind of government you want after that, so secession can't be considered reactionary.

    I'd actually say it's pretty radical to do something that would drastically change the shape of the United States.

  • ||

    Succesion might be a good idea, I was only referring to the monarchist line of thought there. That is a complete non-starter as the kinds of people who want succession arent the kinds of people to subject themselves to....well, anybody.

    I am convinced that things as they are cannot hold. The statists and non-statists seem to be further and further apart philosophically all the time. I am just wondering how far the statists can push things before the whole system crashes in on itself.

    I am not sure what will follow, but a libetarian leaning state of some sort is almost certainly to be in the mix somewhere.

  • Hawk Spitui||

    Secession is getting to be a hot topic. Even in Silicon Valley.

  • Hawk Spitui||

  • Irish||

    How could Hoppe be in favor of monarchy when he was an anarchist that wanted to abolish the nation state?

  • Kid Xenocles||

    That's because libertarianism deals with the objectives of government, not the mechanics of it. A dictator who protects individual liberty is better than a democracy that does not. As many have noted the problem is keeping the dictator the way you want him.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Yes, that is a good summary.

  • Paul.||

    Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. Democracy always figures out that it can vote itself someone else's free stuff. It always does.

  • Sevo||

    "The Amash aide also defended the lawmaker’s record, noting that during the shutdown fight, Amash only defied GOP leadership on the final deal that reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling."

    No apology required; the "leadership" ought to follow Amish.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    This irresponsible action hurt over 50 great West Michigan businesses and was part of the chaos that led the nation to the edge of default,” the letter says.

    Oh, no! That deranged bombthrower Amash is trying to disrupt the delicate balance of our national socialist priorities! Our profits- our precious, precious, government-supported profits1

  • ||

    "government-supported profits"

    This is the problem.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Fear they might need to actually compete based upon their products.

    The.
    Horror.

  • Irish||

    I still haven't had it explained to me how default was possible when we bring in more money than our debt service requires.

    You're really telling me that they couldn't tell treasury to prioritize debt payments? If they aren't allowed to do that, then the problem wasn't Amash and Cruz, it was the fact that our legislators inexplicably set up a system that gives them no flexibility in prioritizing spending.

  • ||

    Default wasnt possible unless Barack I put us there deliberately. He probably would have been impeached for that , so he was never going to do it. It was just a boogeyman, thats all.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Beyond that, a federal default would primarily hurt the federal government - and no prog with an IQ above 80 would go there.

    Frankly, a default is the best thing that could happen to advance liberty.

  • Paul.||

    By Barack I, you mean Bush III I think.

  • Kid Xenocles||

    ^This.

    Once when this discussion came up some commenters at Volokh insisted that the President was barred from prioritizing payments, because they were all required by law. I found that ridiculous:
    1. Debt service seems to be required by the Constitution.
    2. It is by no means required to spend the entire appropriation on any given line item - do you really think people will complain if a program comes in under budget?
    3. Presidential discretion is often required to execute the law; while not always what I would call appropriate it has been going on for decades.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    It is by no means required to spend the entire appropriation on any given line item - do you really think people will complain if a program comes in under budget?

    Actually, the budget impoundment act of 1974 does make that illegal.

    Of course that law is unconstitutional and has no enforcement mechanism.

  • Kid Xenocles||

    As a practical matter, the executive can reprogram the surplus money to other efforts since there are so many others that run over. I once worked in an budget range small enough where decisions to cancel entire programs were entirely internal to our agency.

    Also as a practical matter I'd like to see the reaction if Congress tried impeaching the President for failure to burn the entire budget for a program while still achieving the program objectives.

    I agree that the law against rescission is unconstitutional. Congress writes the budget but the executive signs the checks. If a budget is excessive compared to the things it was specifically written to do (assuming the goal isn't always "spend money in my district") or if the money isn't actually there to spend (as would be the case in a debt ceiling crunch), it is the duty of the executive to not spend it.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Our profits- our precious, precious, government-supported profits1

    Not having to pay a medical device tax is government support?

  • Paul.||

    It's the law. To delay it would delay the pain of Obamacare. The pain of Obamacare must be swift like the hellfire of doom across the land. I'm now convinced that if John is going to be right about the Democrats getting routed in the next election, the hammer of Obamacare must be felt NOW.

    Also, it appears you didn't get the progressive memo: A tax cut-- or lack of tax altogether is a government handout.

  • Mercutio||

    Our preciousss profitses!

  • Irish||

    20 Chris Matthews quotes calling Obama opponents racist.

    Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”

    Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”

    This one's my favorite because it comes out of nowhere.

  • ||

    I know a number of people who believe that in their heart of hearts. They eat up whatever that vile little Troll spews.

    One tolerant, compassionate progressive who called me racist , when he found out I had sent money to Herman Cain, called Cain a "jive-ass nigger uncle Tom" to my face.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Remember in 2007 when a lot of black people were saying that Obama "wasn't really black" or some such. Well they were right, which is why white proglodytes love him so much. He's a 'black' guy, just like them.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "called Cain a "jive-ass nigger uncle Tom" to my face."

    Ha ha, and he still thinks *you're* the racist!

  • juris imprudent||

    Chris Matthews was just listening to one of the voices in his head. That is all progressives ever listen to.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    I'm sure there are SOME people who are upset by there being a black President, so he's technically correct. It's still a red herring though.

  • Paul.||

    Makes Matthew's statement no less odd.

    When the NAACP says that they're upset with the policies of George Bush, I don't immediately thing, "Well, you just hate white people"

  • Killazontherun||

    I'd completely be on board with the Obama agenda if it were not for the unfortunate matter of his skin color. Intellectually, I see that he was born that way, and in that sense, it is not his fault, and he is trying the best he can and succeeding, I might add, to emulate that great, moderate Republican, Richard Milhouse Nixon, so it is not like he isn't trying to make up for the excessive melanin in his skin, but there are some hurdles that are just too steep, and race is one of them.

    Come to think of it, Chris is right about the Republicans he knows, old establishment farts who ruled the day in the 70s. How could they possibly object to a man so much like their own?

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Fun fact about Chrissy Mathews.

    His siblings, parents and extended family are mostly republicans. And not just voters but active in local politics.

  • JeremyR||

    Like the people here (commenters and Reason staff itself) never uses those tactics?

    How often does that "brown people" canard get dragged out when it comes to foreign policy and immigration?

    All the time. Hurh hurh, "Republicans like to bomb brown people"

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Frank Bruni weeps for America. Greedy, evil, moneygrubbing racist America.

    We minimize the tyranny of money, money, money. Money is surely why Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, won’t change the team’s name: What if too many fans were irked and too many of their dollars withheld? Money is certainly why there’s now a prime-time game every Thursday night, though the teams playing it get just four days of recovery from their Sunday matches, an abbreviation of down time that’s a potential force multiplier of injuries. Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner, won’t be thrown off his financial goal, sketched out in a chilling profile of him by Don Van Natta Jr. in ESPN’s magazine last March. Within 15 years, Goodell wants to boost annual revenues to $25 billion from $10 billion.

  • juris imprudent||

    "Sunday matches"?

    Anglo-phile pretenses?

  • Irish||

    We brush that aside, as we do the substance abuse and each bulletin about the latest arrest. Aaron Hernandez isn’t playing tight end for the New England Patriots this year because he’s on trial for murder. If it’s not one alleged felony, it’s another, the on-field aggression traveling off-field to dogfights, fistfights, sexual assault: the high jinks of American idols in their idle time.

    This is really dumb. Football doesn't make football players violent. Many football players come from very bad backgrounds and grew up in violent neighborhoods.

    They're violent because of their backgrounds, not because of the NFL. Aaron Hernandez apparently got in a bar fight in 2007 that left a bartender with a burst ear drum. He was also the son of a man who was known for being involved in gang activity and for getting into street fights.

    Are you really telling me Hernandez would have been a good citizen were it not for football? The only difference would be that we never would have heard of him when he eventually killed somebody.

  • DenverJay||

    And the 'roids...

  • ||

    Bruni sounds like a marxist ranting about the evils of capitalism. Since he writes for the NYT I am guessing there is a good reason for that.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    some commenters at Volokh insisted that the President was barred from prioritizing payments, because they were all required by law.

    Surprise; some commenters at Volokh are idiots.

  • Kid Xenocles||

    Yes, I came to learn that. I like a lot of the posters and even many of the commenters but I purged the whole site in one of my time-sink removals.

    (Yes, I could read and not engage in the discussions, but I'm weak. A man's got to know his limitations.)

  • Kid Xenocles||

    Yes, I came to learn that. I like a lot of the posters and even many of the commenters but I purged the whole site in one of my time-sink removals.

    (Yes, I could read and not engage in the discussions, but I'm weak. A man's got to know his limitations.)

  • The Late P Brooks||

    do you really think people will complain if a program comes in under budget?

    Corporations are PEEPUL!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    One tolerant, compassionate progressive who called me racist , when he found out I had sent money to Herman Cain, called Cain a "jive-ass nigger uncle Tom" to my face.

    Shreeeek is your neighbor?

  • ||

    Heh.

    The reason all the Obama suppporters hated Cain is because Cain is a successful Capitalist. The reason they love Obama is because he is not a capitalist. The color that they are sensitive to is not black, it is red.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Explain why they single out Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, and Dr Ben Nelson for hate, then.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    Doctor Ben What?

  • Killazontherun||

    Haven't heard any leftist ranting on Nelson, probably some out there, but likely calling him out for abuse also underlines his bone fides in the medical industry to speak on Obama's ignorance of the same. Likewise, you don't really hear a more concentrated volume of hate for Sowell than you do Krauthammer, or any other conservative columnist from them. He is really not that controversial. Clarence Thomas, bingo. That is where the knives come out. They felt betrayed because they thought that as someone who benefited from Affirmative Action he was in debt to them and owed his allegiance. He refused to jig on their porch to entertain them.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The progs are openly racist to any conservative or republican black person. Remember all the racist shit they threw at Michael Steele when he was running for senator and governor of MD. Same thing with Condy Rice when she was secretary of state.

  • Bryan C||

    "called Cain a "jive-ass nigger uncle Tom"

    Sweet Christmas! I'd steer clear of people who live in an early-70's blaxploitation movies.

  • Nazdrakke||

    “These are folks I’ve known for a long time, and they’re excited about my candidacy,” Ellis told The Hill.

    I'll just bet that they're excited, Brian, with all that sweet federal money I'm totally sure you aren't promising them hovering just over the election horizon.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Living wage!

    We explored one way SeaTac's Proposition 1, approval of which was leading Friday, would impact travelers in this web exclusive video Tuesday. In short, airport workers would no longer be penalized for staying home when they're sick since they'd get paid sick leave for the first time -- meaning tray tables and seat cushions near you could be a lot cleaner.

    But Proposition 1's marquee initiative -- raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour -- could also improve the travel experience of fliers passing in and out of Seattle-Tacoma's airport and surrounding hotels, says Simon Fraser University economist Peter Hall in Friday's web exclusive video above. When workers are paid better, they're more focused on the job (especially if that's the only job they're working), and their performance is more efficient. It's an "efficiency wage," in economics parlance, and Hall says it's been shown to reduce incidences of damage or lost luggage and security breaches.

    And if a higher minimum wage improves everyone's travel experience, could it also be better for the economy as a whole? That's the argument of SEIU Local 775NW President David Rolf, from whom we heard on Thursday.

    If SEIU and PBS say it will work, who are we to contradict them/

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Just think how much efficiency would improve if we raised the minimum wage to $50/hr...or $100.

    I know my travel experience will improve when I can no longer afford to fly.

  • ||

    What these fuckers are claiming will happen is the exact opposite of what will actually happen.

  • Killazontherun||

    An ignorance so pure it can sustain its own reality.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    I'm stealing that.

    Awesome!

  • The Late P Brooks||

    I'm sorry you're so ungrateful.

    "We weren't as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place," Obama told NBC. "And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position, a better position than they were before this law happened."

    The president's critics have accused him of misleading the public about changes that were coming under the law, which remains unpopular with many Americans.

    Obama dismissed those accusations, saying the White House was operating in "good faith." He acknowledged that the administration "didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law" but did not specify what changes his administration might make.

    "We meant well, you fucking whiners. Get over it."

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    He acknowledged that the administration "didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law" but did not specify what changes his administration might make.

    The executive branch doesn't change the law, dipshit. If he wants to go back to the drawing board and throw this monstrosity out, I'm all for it.

  • DenverJay||

    In theory, no. But didn't the administration decide to delay the employer mandate, Constitution be damned?

  • General Butt Naked||

    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has proposed requiring insurance companies to reinstate canceled plans, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is supporting a measure to delay for a year the penalties for going without insurance. Another Democrat, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, is asking Obama to extend the open enrollment period for insurance exchanges because of the widespread problems with the website.

    Wait, I thought Dear Leader was perfect and this law was just his omnipotence in earthly, legislative form. I mean, if TOP MEN wrote and voted for this thing all of these problems should have been foreseen, right?

    Seriously, this thing is a giant moldy turd in the dems' ears, and the party of stupid would be, well, stupid to give them some slack in the rope they've hanged themselves with.

    "That's why he should work with Congress and support bipartisan legislation that fulfills his promise and allows insurance companies to continue offering the plans that so many Americans like and can afford," said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman.

    Ohh...

  • ||

    "That's why he should work with Congress and support bipartisan legislation that fulfills his promise"

    And Judge Nepolitano was fired from FOX for saying that the two parties are gaming the american people.

    The Blue vs. Red fight is no more real than a wrestling match except that it is far less spectacular. It is all for show. As far as I can see the Red team has nothing to lose by staying right where they are, keeping their cushy jobs and letting the dems grab more and more power and take the blame for it. Eventually they will inherit that power so all they have to do is pretend to fight it but doing so ineffectively.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Well, there is the dumbass argument that by allowing this prog plan to fail people will be convinced that the prog plan of single payer is even better.

    Which if true, I don't know how allowing the prog plan to succeed by changing it somehow will convince people that the prog plan of single payer is terrible.

    To summarize:

    Obamacare fails = people want more of the same, but harder and longer

    Obamacare succeeds = people want less of the same

    Sure, whatever.

  • ||

    Bald faced lies.

    That motherfucker would lie if the truth served him better.

  • General Butt Naked||

    That motherfucker would lie if the truth served him better.

    I've known a few like that and your comment seems appropriate.

  • pangloss90@gmail.com||

    I don't know if having the support of Amway is something I'd brag about. They don't exactly have a reputation for being likable.

  • ||

    I came here to post that.

  • Juice||

    Seconded. Being endorsed by Amway is nothing to be proud of.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Hey, I hear he's also courting the Telemarketers Who Call At Dinnertime as well.

    I saw some thing on pbs (or somewhere like it) a long time ago about how the Amway people practiced dirty, evil business practice and were also teabagging christfags.

  • Bee Tagger||

    I am under the impression that this isn't true in Michigan.

  • thorax232||

    Amash is a politician, nothing more.

  • Killazontherun||

  • Paul.||

    They argue that Amash “and others have effectively nullified the Republican majority in the U.S. House.”

    Good, and you can go fuck yourselves, because what have you done for me lately?

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