Saturday, May 26, 2012

Grown-Ups, Take the Wheel

Grown-Ups, Take the Wheel

This is a good essay on letting the adults take this country back from the life long teenagers.  I agree, but as we just saw in France it isn't easy to get the childish voters to take their medicine. It is even harder when you have a bunch of career criminals who's only goal is to be re-elected to office, telling them they don't have to because we can just steel from the rich or worse ignore the reality of the coming crash.

We wouldn't let our children play with fire or knives because they could hurt themselves, so why do we let them have a loaded gun.  We allow these children to vote for our representatives and wonder why we are getting more of the same.  We need to be the adults and put on our big boy pants and do the hard things that are going to save this country and protect our children.  We have to stop trying to be their friend and telling them it is okay to eat ice cream for every meal.  It is time to grow up and do the right thing or we will be Greece with no money and plenty of hands out looking for the ice cream.

It is time to eat beans and get our financial house in order.  It is time to sacrifice the pleasure of today for a brighter future. We have to know that fixing this mess is going to be hard and it is going to suck, but just like any job it is called work for a reason.  It will take sacrifice by everyone, sacred cows need to be slaughtered by the herd and it won't make anyone happy to do it.  Everyone pays!  Shared sacrifice is just that everyone in the household suffers and cuts back, not just little Jimmy while Jane lives it up.  This is America where people can do anything they want and it only takes hard work to make dreams come true.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Articles: California Dreamin': A Nightmare of Collapse

Articles: California Dreamin': A Nightmare of Collapse

One has to wonder why no one is minding the farm because how does a librarian bring in over $200K and no one question that fact.  I mean this is a public official and there should be some disclosure.  Even so, this is just another CA town run amok with public malfeasance like Bell, CA.  Cali may collapse, but not before taking the rest of us with it on a death spiral of bailouts and failed bonds.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blog: Obama says recovery takes both 'growth and cutting'

Blog: Obama says recovery takes both 'growth and cutting'

Not alone in my thoughts about how crazy it is for the Joker to try to tell Merkel how to run her government.  Countries that have cut spending have experienced growth, while those that have spent themselves further into debt have slowed or stopped growth.  I say we've wasted billions and have nothing to show for it, so lets try cutting billions and see what happens.  I am betting that the world will not end and the economy will start growing again.  I know that our government doesn't have the stones to tell the little birds with open beaks the party is over and make their own way in the world.  We could never be so mean to tell people that they are not going to get the federally subsidized life they have grown accustom to, eh Julia.

Tax Reform That Is Simple, Transparent, Fair

Tax Reform That Is Simple, Transparent, Fair

Here is another idea on how to make the tax system simpler and more fairly applied to all Americans.  I am all for a far simpler tax plan and that everyone gets skin in the game.  I am not sure how this plan prevents the politicians from constantly jacking up the percentage from 20% to 30% or 40%, they would say that at 40% the employer would only be paying 20% which is lower than the current 35%, but the 20% would be harder to sell.  The politicians know that if it comes out before we see it, they can monkey around and most Americans won't call them on it.  I like the scheme of the plan, but the controls are very week.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party?

Still Clueless: What Is the Tea Party?

I love this guy and what he knows about the Tea Party.  The media and the Republicans will never get it, so I've stopped trying to help them figure it out.  I will gladly sit with anyone that truly wants some knowledge dropped on them and have an open mind, but wasting my time trying to get Republicans to wake up to the truth of their failed leadership isn't worth the hours of my life.

The Tea Party is still out there seeking out good candidates that understand that our fiscal house needs to get in order and you do that by cutting spending.  You don't need to raise taxes, you don't need special committees, you don't need special programs, and you don't need some crazy compromise with the devil.  You need to set priorities and when the money runs out the programs below the line get the ax.  If you want to save something below the line then put it to a vote to raise a special tax to pay for it the everyone regardless of income pays has to pay, you will see a whole bunch of stuff rapidly dropping from the government plate when everyone has to pay.  I know I am dreaming again of my straight tax and revenue limited budget, but I am allowed to dream because this is America.  I am telling you the straight tax and revenue limited budget with the national debt paid off is the ultimate dream and just think of the economic growth that would spur.

The Tea Party is many things, but dead isn't one of them so buck-up and put on your big boy pants and do the right thing to help fix this country vote for principles not pork.

Friday, May 11, 2012

In Search of the Dreaded Austerity

In Search of the Dreaded Austerity

Austerity leads to prosperity!  Funny how that works, you cut government spending and your economy gets better even in a world wide downturn. I wonder if we would have had a world wide downturn had America followed the example of Israel and South Korea.  Think about it, if our wonderful government had been shrinking maybe they wouldn't have screwed up the housing market to begin with and that bubble would not have burst.  Funny how the government and bubbles go hand and hand.  We need austerity to reach prosperity, that is the new mantra for government.  We the People need to set up a sacred cow and political pork slaughter house to reach austerity, therefore bringing on prosperity.  It would be nice to reinvigorate the American Dream by putting and end to the American Nightmare of our Orwellian government.  Less government more people or wait isn't soylent green people, I lose track.  I think we need to show how austerity brings prosperity to the people and rip the curtain away to reveal the great Oz of government (bumbling fools that rely on the illusion to maintain power).

I for one do not fear austerity, but rather embrace it's freedom from government spending tyranny.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

PAUL: Tea Party wins in Indiana - Washington Times

PAUL: Tea Party wins in Indiana - Washington Times

Rand Paul understands the true nature of the Tea Party.  They are the flash-mob voters that spring up to put down Washington hubris and over reach. I am proud founding member of the party and I was sad to see the far right drag the Tea Party into the social conservative quagmire.  We don't need to keep banging on the social conservative drum, while the country burns to the ground due to fiscal recklessness.  There is a time coming that every concerned American will no longer be shackled by the major parties and their radical controlling wings.

We need to back Romney to remove the Joker, but more importantly we need to clean house in Congress.  That is far easier than trying to win the WH with a true fiscal conservative candidate as we have seen this past year.  We have better control of the candidates for both houses of Congress.  It takes brave voters to stand up to the parties and their anointed ones.  Sen. Lugar must of have thought that he was a shoe in after racking up the bucks during his 6 terms as Senator, but the people of Indiana had a different idea.  We need more people to stand up to the parties and let their vote be heard.

An advantage of living in a state where you can vote regardless of party affiliation is great because the parties shouldn't be able to pre-decide the winners.  It is already nearly impossible for anyone to beat an incumbent, so why not make it as easy as possible for the voters to decide.  We still hold the power, they just don't realize it yet.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Romney Needs to Learn from Lugar’s Fall



Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor, moved a step closer to becoming the Republican nominee last night. The voters of Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia all voted in his favor, giving him 900 of the 1,144 delegates he needs to seal the nomination and run for president.

He has got this far by promoting himself as  the moderate Republican. As the Republican most likely to sweep up independents disgruntled or downright angry with Obama’s policies. However, two events last night are undermining Romney’s efforts to sell himself out to the so-called middle ground.

First,  Barack Obama polled 7 points clear of Romney in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday. This is an increase of 3 points on from the last one in April. Obama now has 49 percent compared to Romney’s 42, Obama is up from 47 and Romney down from 43 in April. To make matters worse, Obama’s Approval Rating is creeping up and now stands at 50 percent. If Romney cannot appeal to the middle for his votes, who can he appeal to?

To say his Republican ‘base’ is less than confident in him is an understatement, but Richard Lugar’s ousting as Indiana’s longest-serving Senator is a lesson for Romney for what happens when you compromise as a Republican in 2012. After 36 years in the Senate, Lugar has been ousted in the Indiana primary by a Tea Party nominee called Richard Mourdock. The Mourdock effect, an energetic and uncompromising view is likely to have a ripple effect down other Republican nominations and could propel Tea Party favorites such as Kristi Risk and John McGoff onto the election night tickets.

Lugar lost because he compromised with the Democrats and alienated his base. He’d always been given leeway by his voters, but never saw his compromises as diminishing his connection with his base. They did. The base reacted and 67 of the 92 Republican County Chairs switched to Mourdock. For his part, Mourdock has promised to build the biggest Republican party, one so big it absolutely will not compromise with the Democrats, ever.
Romney should look at Mourdock’s backers and how effectively they won the argument in Indiana because it is going to be repeated across the nation. He got his backing from powerful and moneyed groups such as Club For Growth, Tea Party Express, Freedom Works, Citizens United, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Indiana Right to Life. These groups are hyper-local and national, they cross borders, have affiliations all over the place and have powerful campaign networks. They are groups of individual voters and not just big businesses. They are people who will be heard, but is Romney listening?

Governor Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee now. No one can hope to overturn his lead in the delegates stakes. The right of the party is fractured, but powerful. It is well organized and uncompromising. They stand up for a right to life, small government, small taxes and Christian ethics.

He needs to face the wider world too. There is the war in Afghanistan and the Iraqi legacy, the return of the Russian dictator Putin, the destabilizing debt crisis in Europe, the leaderlessness of democratic India, the anonymous dictatorship and oppressions of China, who holds America’s debts and the slow decline and death of Japan, America’s greatest ally in Asia.

Back home, Romney is faced with the problem of the economy. The Democrats are rubbing their hands with glee about the election of Socialist President Hollande in France, but the Tea Party and other Republican activists are standing for something else: small government. The people do not want taxes or addiction to the state, businesses want the freedom to hire and fire, to generate wealth and spend it how they want. They want to be able to go about their business whether it be shopping, meeting friends or picking up a parcel from their local distribution center without the government sticking its nose into their business.

Romney has to define the America he stands for. He needs to stand for a strong America. If he engages his base he will win that identity, he will win their support and energize the base. If polls are to be believed, if he goes for the middle and loses, he will not only lose the middle voters, but his base too and President Obama will be reelected.  If nothing else, Romney needs to understand why Lugar fell, then maybe he won’t.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Romney to be GOP Nominee – Unbelievable but True


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Source: Gage Skidmore
Sometimes you hear a piece of news that you simply know in your gut can’t be true; but then you hear it again and you keep on hearing it from different people, perhaps people who you know are generally truthful, intelligent and rational human beings, and who’s opinions you would normally value. That’s when you tell yourself that they must simply be mistaken, or that they’ve been duped by some elaborate spoof, and that when they find out the truth most of them will laugh at how gullible they’ve been; but they don’t start laughing, and they’re still telling you the same thing.  Then you don’t laugh either, because you realize that what they’ve been trying to tell you was right all along; Mitt Romney really will be the Republican candidate for President in 2012.

Only Ron Paul still stands between him and an outright coronation at the GOP convention in Tampa at the end of August, and to be realistic, a lame donkey has more chance of winning next year’s Kentucky Derby than Ron Paul does of miraculously pulling off an upset that would see him capturing the nomination. For most conservative minded people it raises the question of how such a situation has been allowed to arise. Unfortunately, it is perhaps a question to which there is no simple or palatable answer.

Conservatism Wins Elections

Certainly since the nineteen eighties, the Republican Party has enjoyed greater electoral success when its message to Americans has most clearly reflected the conservative positions held by the majority of its supporters. Ronald Reagan, probably the father of modern day American conservatism was supremely popular and trusted during his two terms.  So much so, that the momentum created by him was sufficient to deliver the more equivocating George Bush Senior a term in office following him. George W Bush learned from his father’s mistakes and projected a positive conservative agenda that took him to the Oval Office in 2001, and kept him there four years later. The ‘Republican Revolution’ of 1994 led by the avowedly conservative Newt Gingrich gave the GOP control of the House of Representatives for twelve years, having been in the minority since 1954. With the arrival of the ‘Tea Party’ on the electoral scene in the 2010 midterms they have a majority once again, largely due to their stance against big government and the promotion of conservative social values.

Romney – The Most Liberal of Conservatives

Mitt Romney makes claims to be a conservative politician, but many people question which of those two words is the most important for him.  Is he in politics because he wants to advance conservative ideas, or does he simply label himself as a conservative because it offers him the best prospect of being elected to office? Many who favor the latter explanation would argue that his past record is such that you could drive a truck through his conservative credentials; whilst his worst critics would advise you to get fleet insurance for the huge number of vehicles you could drive through those holes.

In his 1994 run for the US senate against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, asked about his views on abortion he said that, “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law, and the right of a woman to make that choice, and my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign", and in his successful campaign for the Governorship of the state in 2002 he reiterated his position when he told voters,"I will not change any provisions in Massachusetts' pro-choice laws." Many also believe that the “Romneycare” legislation he introduced as governor helped encourage abortion through a co-pay arrangement that saw tax dollars funding terminations.

The “Romneycare” legislation he introduced as Governor 2006/07 provides for universal private health insurance provision across Massachusetts.  It is amazingly similar to the “Obamacare” plan that came into law in 2010, and yet Romney has tried to distance himself from the idea of socialized medicine, describing Obama’s Act as "an unconscionable abuse of power", and only in April asserted that, “With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free-enterprise society.”
 
His drug policy would also be conservative in nature. He is pro-Big Pharma and against the legalization of marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. In fact he has gone further in some speeches. In 2005, he wanted school districts to be able to drug test students. It turns out that Romney's anti-marijuana stance is one of his long term, non-flipflop policies. In his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney said that drug legalization came from a "pleasure seeking generation that never grew up." It is unclear if he would support drug courts and DUI courts, an idea raised by many to help rehabilitate small-time criminals with substance abuse issues.

Romney also has form for his views on civil liberties and upholding constitutional rights. During the 2002 Gubernatorial campaign he was unapologetic in saying that, "We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won't chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety." In office, two year later he introduced an extensive ban on assault weapons. However, with presidential ambitions in mind he has since tried to project himself as being supportive of the right to bear arms. In 1994, asked about his support for the Brady Bill he said, "That's not going to make me the hero of the NRA. I don't line up with the NRA", and yet this April he spoke at the organization’s annual convention in St Louis  and told delegates that, "If we are going to safeguard our 2nd Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will."

The list of policy areas on which Romney has flip-flopped is almost endless, ranging from tax cuts to gay rights and beyond. It is an issue that nearly all his opponents in the GOP nomination campaign have highlighted at some point. Newt Gingrich has perhaps been the most hostile, and began by describing him as the “Massachusetts Moderate”, although by January he was going much further, and quoting left wing opinion when he told a Florida rally that George Soros gave us the perfect answer yesterday. He told us flatly that there’s no difference between Romney and Obama, he doesn’t care which one wins.”

Who to Blame?

Many of us like to believe in the power of redemption. That having recognized and confessed to their erring ways, any man or woman can re-commit themselves to following a better path in life. Yet, try as they might, given his past record, many will find it difficult to believe that Mitt Romney really is a born again conservative. However, with him almost certain to be the GOP candidate, will conservatives be willing to vote for him?

Well in truth conservatives have no one to blame but themselves for the conundrum they find themselves in.  Some of the leading lights in the party such as Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush refused to take up the baton this time around, probably hoping for an easier run in 2016. Meanwhile, in their absence conservative supporters spent their time looking for someone with a bit of sparkle, flitting from this candidate to that candidate, only to find that nearly all were flawed in some way, wasting time and energy instead of solidly getting behind a champion in the early stages of the race. Now they find that Mitt Romney will soon be the last man standing, and there is nothing much can be done about it.

Making the Most of a Bad Choice

For some conservatives his past mistakes, doubts about his candidness and trustworthiness, or indeed questions about his religion, will mean that they don’t feel able to vote for Romney, but in the absence of any real alternative, most they will probably follow Newt Gingrich’s pointer. Having very recently pulled the plug on his own bid for the GOP nomination, he gave a less than resounding endorsement of the man who will face Obama in November, saying that, "I am asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative enough? My answer is simple: compared to Barack Obama?” He then added that, "This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history."

So like Newt Gingrich, most conservatives will probably vote for Romney in November, but they will do so without a great deal of enthusiasm, and unfortunately for the GOP it is usually the gusto of the conservative base of the party that is the driving motor in a successful electoral campaign. However, for the sake of America’s future it is important that they work as hard as possible to keep a strong measure of control in Congress. Primarily this would act as a brake on Obama’s ambitions for his second term should he be re-elected; but also, unlikely as it may seem from the polls at the present time, should Romney actually snatch victory, it will be up to conservatives in Congress to put his feet to the flames should he begin to turn back to his old liberal ways.

Sources: Reuters 05/02/12, LA Times 04/13/12 & 04/30/12, Mail 01/31/12, clerk.house.gov

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Big Picture: Our Curiously Failing Civilization

The Big Picture: Our Curiously Failing Civilization

I rather dark look into our near future.  This is especially relevant considering the elections in Greece and France.  Doom and gloom are upon us and there appears very little hope in this shattered country/world of turning things around.  We need a fiscally conservative hero to whip this country back into shape and show the world that America is still the bright light upon the hill.