Civitas Review

Lee Offers Vision for Conservative Reforms


Mike Lee, one of our CLC speakers, gave the Tea Party response to the State of the Union Address.

Some excerpts are available here. (Maybe video too by Wednesday morning.)

One telling quote:

“But where does this new inequality come from? From government — every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests.”

He doesn't just make things look bad by denying the liberal accusation; he turns it into a weapon and directs it back at liberalism. And he's tactful but clear that he thinks Republicans need to clean up their act too.

Local Governments Need to be Watched


At Civitas we mostly keep an eye on state government, with the occasional glance at Washington. But municipalities can also get bogged down in useless government spending.

As I note in The Cary News, it even goes for the town where I live. For instance:

The headline in The Cary News sent a shiver of fear through my heart.

Was it “Stock market crashes”? “War declared”?

No: “Five Cary intersections set for upgrade improvements.”

My wife or I drive or walk through a couple of those intersections almost daily, and the others at least once a week. I dread the thought of seeing construction machinery and workers at those spots.

Read the rest here.

Note that colleague Angela Hight has been following the debate over the Event Center in Rocky Mount.

I suspect these are not isolated incidents. Sadly, the temptation for governments to spend money and meddle in private businesses is widespread. We all should keep that in mind, and keep an eye on our town and city officials.

CLC Speaker Sen. Mike Lee to Give Conservative Response


Hanging around the house tonight? Well, the State of the Union Address will be on TV.

Afterwards, however, one of our Conservative Leadership Conference speakers will be giving the Tea Party response. Utah Sen. Mike Lee will respond at You can "RSVP" for the online response here.

According to the Deseret News:

Brian Phillips, Lee’s communication director, said Lee's response, to be delivered from the National Press Club, will address the real causes of economic inequality.

“He will outline the president’s contributions to economic inequality and then discuss a series of conservative proposals that create greater opportunities for low-income and middle-class Americans,” Phillips said.

Sen. Lee has been working on a raft of conservative solutions to today's problem, and his address tonight will give viewers a thought-provoking look at what the future may bring those of us who defend freedom.

Plus, if you want to hear him live at CLC on March 28, sign up here.