Why former Rep. Artur Davis is switching from Democrat to Republican


The Hill reports (hat tip):

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is officially leaving the party for the GOP, he announced Tuesday.

“Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” Davis wrote on his website after lamenting that “this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party.”

The former congressman will also switch his party registration to in Virginia, where he now lives.

Davis has been rumored as a possible GOP congressional candidate in Northern Virginia, and in the statement he doesn’t rule out the possibility, although his long statement indicates if he runs it could be for either the House or the statehouse and would be in 2014 or afterwards.

The one-time Democratic rising star had grown critical of the party in recent years, was the only African American member of the House to vote against Democrats’ health care reform law, and became increasingly vocal about his disagreements with the Democrats after losing a gubernatorial primary in 2010.

Davis, who has been an occasional guest contributor at National Review Online, has a fairly comprehensive website where you can go to learn more about who he is, his views on the issues, etc. Here’s his full post explaining his party switch.

Even though I wasn’t crazy about “Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party” back in the day, I have to say it would be much more preferable to the far left mentality we see in most elected Democrats today – especially in the case of our radicalized celebrity President and certain members of Congress. It goes without saying that Obama Democrats are bad news for America. It took a lot of guts for Davis to switch parties in this highly charged climate and then openly announce such – even though he is not in Congress anymore – because he is black and few “minority” groups ever feel the wrath of “tolerant” leftists like black people and gay people who either have never toed the Democrat party line or who wake up from doing so at some point in their lives. And right now when all black Democrats are supposed to fall in line behind Barack Obama come election time, Davis making his views public should be considered all the more bold.

I commend him for the stance he’s taken, and am looking forward to reading about him and learning more from him regarding his policy ideas in the future. Welcome to the party, Mr. Davis.

More European Union signs of Doom


**Posted by Phineas

We all know that Greece is a mess… No, wait. Scratch that. We all know that Greece is a hot, steaming, radioactive mess that threatens to mutate into a blob that eats the EU alive.

Everyone knows that.

But it’s even worse than you think when the tax system literally is run by the Mob:

“The basic question is that a German has to increase working from 65 to 67 and that is to pay for Greeks retiring at 50. The 17th of June is the perfect opportunity to say either ‘we’ll behave’ or ‘we’ll carry on cheating,’” he said.

Harsh words, but they are confirmed by many Greeks I know. A Greek member of parliament told me recently that tax reform was “almost impossible” to achieve because “our tax system is run by the Mafia.” I laughed and said that many countries had people who thought of their tax collectors that way. “No, no,” the parliamentarian insisted. “I mean that organized crime really runs the tax agencies for their benefit, taking a cut of the reduction in taxes they give out to citizens. Every person appointed to reform the system has been pushed out. Respect for authority is nil.”

Unless Greeks suddenly show a level of maturity and moral courage they haven’t shown since, well, Salamis, I don’t see how they avoid collapse, which could well take the Euro and the EU itself with them.

PS: Want something even scarier? While it may not sport a Mafia-run tax system, Spain looks like a far worse horror show ready to get underway.

via Jim Geraghty

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)