Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's time to stop START

We should be negotiating from the position of strength, not from a position of appeasement or political correctness. Our enemies are preying on the weak leadership we have in Washington.

It's time to stop START.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sarah, Go!

We have come such a long way since Governor Palin was named the VP candidate for John McCain. There were many videos after the election that championed a Presidential bid for Sarah. This is one of them. It is far more relevant today the when it originally hit the Internet, which was a few day before I got a hold of it.

There are many more. Just look for them. They are more inspiring today than ever.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Go Bristol, Go!

I am thrilled that the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" is capable of rigging a television show. Hillary Clinton should be proud!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arthur Laffer agrees with Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin provided some excellent advice to the incoming members of the House of Representative. You can read about it here. As support for her position, Arthur Laffer wrote an excellent piece in the WSJ. Excerpts follow:
The problem is that the government has driven a massive wedge between the wages paid by firms and the wages received by workers. To make work and employment attractive again, this government wedge has to shrink. This can happen over the next two years, even with a Democratic majority in the Senate and President Obama in the White House, through the following measures:

1) The full extension of the Bush tax cuts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives can write legislation extending all the tax cuts in perpetuity. Of particular importance for employment is keeping the highest personal income tax rate at 35%, the capital gains tax rate at 15% and the dividend tax rate at 15%, while eliminating the estate tax permanently. If the Senate blocks this legislation or Mr. Obama refuses to sign it, House Republicans should hold firm and let voters decide in 2012. (My guess is that he'll sign it or have his veto overridden.)

2) The full repeal of ObamaCare, which allows individuals to pay only five cents for each dollar of health care. Who do you think pays the other 95 cents? As former Sen. Phil Gramm notes, if he had to pay only five cents for each dollar of groceries he bought, he would eat really well—and so would his dog. No single bill is more antithetical to growth than ObamaCare.

Repeal could take the form of Michele Bachmann's Legislative Repeal Act, and if it is blocked in the Senate or by a veto Republicans should continue bringing it up every six months. Come 2012 the public will have a clear view of what congressional candidates stand for. The end game for U.S. prosperity is the election in 2012.

3) The cancellation of all spending that punishes those who produce and rewards those who don't. This is really the distinction between demand-side economics and supply-side economics. Stimulus spending and quantitative easing don't make it more rewarding to work an extra hour. If the government pays people not to work and taxes people who do work, is it really so difficult to see why employment is so low?

So the government should sell its stakes in public companies acquired via TARP, sell government-run enterprises that lose money (e.g., Amtrak and the Postal Service), end farm subsidies that pay people not to farm, cancel the rest of the stimulus and return all spending programs to their pre-stimulus levels. Congress should also continually examine spending in Afghanistan and Iraq. And it should return the duration of unemployment benefits to the standard 26 weeks, from the current 99 weeks.

4) The enactment of stalled free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

These changes would spur recovery, but they are just the start. Elected officials should offer longer-term measures that voters can judge in 2012, when 33 senators—including 21 Democrats, two independents who caucus with the Democrats, and 10 Republicans—as well as the entire House and President Obama are up for re-election.
Sarah Palin is wise to follow Arthur Laffer's lead. He helped usher in the Reagan eighties and is even more relevant today.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Obama Battling Severe Depression?

I have no way to determine the veracity of this article, but it seems to go a long way toward offering some explanation toward Obama's recent behavior.
White House Insider: Obama Battling Severe Depression
Published by Ulsterman on September 27, 2010 in World Politics

So you state that President Obama is depressed? How did you come by this information? From a direct source still working within the White House on a daily basis. As I had stated previously, tensions at the White House have reached a critical stage. The infighting among staff is off the charts. More recently, the president has increasingly withdrawn emotionally from the day to day demands of his job – he has become what was described to me as “empty”.

Do you mean to say the president is not doing his job? Not exactly. He is there, he is getting briefed throughout the day, but President Obama appears to have emotionally shut down, not entirely mind you, but a great deal. It has worsened since I was last there. His natural detachment has become almost chronic to the point of being disconcerting to staff around him. It appears President Obama is suffering from severe depression.

And why do you think this is happening? Well for one, he was completely unprepared for the job of being President of the United States. The demands on one’s time, the emotional and physical toll, are considerable. Second, the failure of the administration to effectively communicate to the American people. You have to understand that Obama believed that his ability to orate would be enough – that is proving to have been a considerable mistake on Obama’s part, and he is not dealing particularly well with that reality.

Wayne Madsen is also following this line in his reporting. What makes me suspect the above interview is the part I highlighted in the last paragraph. I truly believe he was effective in his communication to the American people. They just didn't like what he was saying.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Marco Rubio's response to the 2010 elections

This man is so impressive, I had to share his speech.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My message to John Cornyn

I sent a message tonight, after listening to this.
Senator Cornyn,

I am one of your constituents. I am pleased that you are the head of the NRSC. I am, however, disappointed by your lack of support for Joe Miller in Alaska. Joe Miller won the Republican primary in Alaska. He was and is our candidate there. Why have you not marshaled the resources of the NRSC to support him in the aftermath of this election? Lisa Murkowski is not the Republican candidate!

As a Texan concerned about the direction of this country, I am dismayed. I do not see you supporting Republican candidates throughout the United States in their election bids. You wrongfully supported Charlie Crist in the Florida primary, which was not your place to do. You have not come to the support of Joe Miller in Alaska, while he battles a defeated candidate from the Republican primary.

If you do not support Joe Miller in his election efforts, I will not support you in any re-election effort in Texas. It's really that simple.

This was NOT a GOP victory

I'm really getting sick and tired reading about how the GOP "nationalized" the mid-terms. This is almost as bad as Barack Obama saying the Democrats got a "shellacking" in the mid-terms and then turning around to tell that he would continue to fight for his agenda.

Neither position talks to the clear results of the elections: the American voter wants smaller government, less spending and a return to fiscal sanity. Oops, I just reiterated the position of the Tea Party. Silly me!

What Obama, the Democrats and the Republican elites don't get is that we are sick and tired of financing their lifestyles in Washington. I fully expect Obama and the Democrats to push back against any Republican effort to curtail or reverse Obama's agenda. I will not tolerate, however, any effort on the Republican caucus to do anything less than rebuke, reject and repeal.

If that doesn't happen and happen soon, then all bets are off. The 2012 elections will make 2010 look like a picnic. If the GOP thinks the Tea Party is going away, they are sadly mistaken. The Tea Parties are only getting started!

Morning in America