A Message from the President: Mid-Semester Update

The College Republicans at Texas (CR) has had a very busy semester. This semester under the new leadership, the organization has returned to hosting weekly meetings on campus.

Meetings

Each meeting begins with the pledges and recurring segments known as “Member of the Week” and “Republican of the Week,” highlighting active members and candidates we feel have represented the Republican Party well through their actions. The main segment of our meeting consists of hosting speakers ranging from consultants to pollsters to elected officials, amongst these have been Representative Larry Gonzales and Comptroller Susan Combs. Afterwards we hold our “Issue of the Week,” in which the club either discusses current hot topics in politics or opts to have CR Jeopardy in which members compete in groups to answer Jeopardy style trivia from subjects ranging from politics to famous UT Alumni to questions on Olympic host cities. Meetings conclude with announcements before heading out to eat at our favorite restaurants, including Austin’s Pizza and Player’s.

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If Not Us, Then Who?

By Danny Zeng

Today is the last presidential debate between the two candidates in this heated election season. The subject will be over foreign policy, an area that most Americans, I would say myself included, are not educated enough to to know fully what is going on. But I believe common sense suffices to have a broad position on foreign policy. After all, simplifying complex issues using principles as guidance is the closest approximation to good decision making. If we all exercise a certain level of common sense, then we all be better off.

A brief review of the last four years signal that we have not lived a quiet four years: Gaddafi is dead; Mubarak is done; Bin Laden has been decimated; Arab Spring fanned across Middle East and Norther Africa, providing hope for millions living under totalitarian regimes; even places like Russia and China, pockets of democratic idealism sprung up and challenged the status quo. This administration has achieved some deserved victories, but it has failed in larger part to lead the free world without a coherent vision; indeed, challenges remain and the world searches for the proactive leadership in us.

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Romney: I’ll restore the vitality that gets America working again #debate2012

By Danny Zeng

Tonight, after not doing so well in the polls in recent weeks, Governor Romney resurged as the opposition leader who is in command of the issues challenging a very liberal president who has a drastically different vision for America. Everyone went into the debate knowing that the most important issue to America: job creation. Throughout the debate, Romney remained constant on-message in that HE is the only candidate who has a real plan to create jobs for this country.

Obama’s standard message on his failure to deal with the debt: I inherited…[The President: “When I walked into the Oval Office, I had more than a trillion-dollar deficit greeting me”] The then-candidate Obama promised that he’d cut the deficit by half, but deficit has been above a trillion throughout Obama’s tenure. The President lost control of the issues toward the beginning when he unsuccessfully tried to tag Romney to “trickled down economy.” If anything, the conventional wisdom that “it’s the economy, stupid” as a campaign mantra has salvaged tonight, as the President was hammered on his failed economic policies.

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