Thomas Jefferson

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cain is out. What now?

Yesterday Herman Cain announced his decision to suspend his campaign for President of the United States.  While I am a big fan of Mr. Cain I think he made the right decision here for several reasons.

         The left and their media attack dogs were holding his head under water and were never going to give him any air.  They couldn’t afford to, as I have said before, they were scared to death of the prospect of having to run their messiah against another black man.  While their minions were writhing around trying to tie Cain’s support among conservatives to racism because that is all they have, they were falling flat on their faces in the process.

      While I personally do not think for a minute that Mr. Cain is guilty of any of the things he was accused of, these fictional issues did illuminate a major fault, and that was crisis management.  He and his team could have ended or at least lessened the impact of the attacks with a strong message right out of the gate.  This inadequacy was made even more glaringly obvious when it was revealed that he and his team knew days before the breaking of the first accusation that it was coming and yet fumbled so badly in their response that he didn’t just look unprepared but also guilty.  Had they a proper answer to the charges they most likely would have benefitted in the end.  This is apparent by his initial rise in the polls after the first accusation.  The base understands these dirty tricks by the left and the media and would have been sympathetic to his plight had he responded properly.  Had that happened the left may have hesitated before producing another woman.

          After the first accusation he and his team failed to learn a lesson and prepare for number two and three.  Those responses were almost as tardy and weak as the first.  This indicates that the people he surrounds himself with are incompetent and does not send a message that he is prepared for the highest office.  I think his drop in support has more to do with that than the accusations against him.

         While I do not fault him for this foreign policy question answer/non-answer, I know he was really tired at the time, his thoughts on foreign issues are not much more coherent when he is wide awake.  He has some really good ideas on domestic policy but unfortunately that is only half the job.  I happen to think that principle can get you through on foreign policy issues and no doubt Cain could apply that.  But he would have to debate Obama if he won the nomination and his dyslexia over such issues would be glaringly obvious.

     It really pains me to say all of this because I was so enamored with the idea of a Washington outsider coming in and shaking things up.  And to a certain extent the candidacy of Cain and Bachmann and the potential candidacy of Sarah Palin has done just that.  The conversation has moved decidedly to the right this year.  Mitt, Newt and the rest of the pack have had to take up a more conservative stance on issues than we talked about in 2008.  I give Cain and his early successes part of the credit for that.  But now we must move on and select who we want to back next.  I continue to adopt an “anyone but Romney” approach to this primary season.  And in spite of his occasional transgressions on some issues in the past I now hang my hat on Newt Gingrich.  

    The reasons for my decision to endorse Newt are numerous.  For all his faults (and he has several) he still is probably most conservative “viable” candidate left to oppose the Ken doll.  Santorum is a really staunch conservative but is not really likable.  From what I understand he is not particularly liked even in his home state of Pennsylvania, and he always has that perpetual pissed off look on his face.  While I do too concerning American politics over the past several years, it does not help you to become President. 

     The upside of Newt is that he is definitely the “smartest guy in the room” and will devastate the Socialist and Chief in any debate.  In fact if Newt gets the nomination, I expect that the Obama camp will refuse to debate.  Newt is also very good at handling, disarming and eviscerating a hostile press.  His press conferences would become a spectator sport kinda like watching Christians being eaten by lions.  (Of course I don’t mean to compare the media to Christians here)  Newt also understands exactly what is required for this country to flourish.  He is a free market principle guy for the most part and understands the Constitution and what it really means better than any of the so-called constitutional scholars you hear on the alphabet networks.  He has a past, and that will get dredged up.  (If only the media spent half the time researching Obama’s past as they have on any of the Republican candidates.)  But that is a storm he will have to weather.  I think he is uniquely qualified to handle those storms unless they find out he murdered his children or something.  Of course knowing the left and the press I am sure they will accuse him of that anyway once it starts looking like he might win.  And by left I also mean the Romney camp of course.

    At the end of the day, whoever the nominee is, (even Romney) we must get behind that candidate and support them like they were our own kin.  This country cannot survive four more years of Barack Hussein Obama, especially if he does not have to worry about re-election.

     Amici mei habete fidem!  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

When Is A Cut Not A Cut?

Ever heard the one about the wife that comes home, arms full of shopping bags and says to her husband, “Boy I saved you a bunch of money today”?  I figure she must work for the Congressional Budget Office because that is exactly the load of bull pucks they are trying to sell us now.  We hear a lot of talk from the shysters in DC about cuts.  And the super committee being deadlocked between the Republicans that want “cuts” and the democrats that want tax increases because the “cuts” would be too painful and the rivers would stop flowing, the sky would fall and the sun would go supernova.  The plain and simple truth is there are no cuts, never was and probably never will be.  Both sides are lying to you about that.

The reason they get away with these lies is that they changed the meaning of the word “cuts”.  They did this by using a little tool they developed called “Baseline Budgeting”.  The way it works is that increases due to predicted inflation rates and government service expansions (that’s a fancy way of saying hiring more people) are automatically figured into the next year’s budget.    On average, the Congressional Budget Office increases spending projections each year by about 20%.  Then, if we only spend 19% more the next year, YAHOO!  We cut 1%!!!!!!!!   
The fact is, that if we froze all government spending right now, spent the same amount next year as we did this year and so on and so on for the next ten years, the CBO would call that a 9 trillion dollar cut!   As I said before, both sides are lying to you about this.  Republicans are telling you they are slashing budgets……  LIE!  They are only slashing the automatic increase that will happen, spending will still go up.  Democrats tell you they will have to cut programs for vital services like Medicare to make reductions…….  LIE!  Medicare, Medicaid, Defense, EPA, Energy, Education and the rest of the plethora of government programs won’t get cut one red cent, only the extra money they were planning on getting their grubby mitts on next year will be less.
The fatal flaw that should be screaming out to all of us, (or at least all of us that are not smoking dope in a tent at Zucotti park or eating steak and arugula in the oval office) is that this method of budgeting does not take into consideration projected revenue at all.  You see, congress really does not care how much money it will take in while figuring out the next year’s budget, only what they want to spend.  Everything is figured based on that.   If they don’t come up with enough revenue there are only two choices as far as they are concerned.  Raise taxes or deficit spend, it doesn’t even compute in their little pea brains to cut back on the size and scope of the federal government.
That, my friends, is what it is going to take to fix the mess we are in and actually reduce our debt.  While it is vitally important to get the Community Organizer in Chief out of the White House, of even more importance is replacing those men and women in congress on both sides of the isle with citizens that are committed to a smaller federal government.   We may not get there this election or next, the best we may be able to accomplish is to stop or slow the bleeding of this once great nation this coming November.  But let us not grow complacent and satisfied at that point.  Our problems as a nation are much deeper than that.  It is going to require us to be committed, engaged, active and resolute in our mission to rid Washington DC of professional politicians and replace them with patriots who desire to serve.  Our forefathers were committed to sacrifice everything to build this republic.   Are you committed to preserving it?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why Nobody Should Watch the MSM

This past week I visited the windy city because I really enjoy freezing my buns off in a liberal bastion that produces characters like Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.  While waiting for some friends in a hotel bar I got the opportunity to watch the ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on the big screen TV behind the bar.  Now normally I would chew off my own right arm to escape such a situation, but I had already bought a Jack and Coke and it would be a mortal sin to waste it. And far be it from me to upset the ghost of Jasper Newton Daniel.  
As I watched the entire “news” program from beginning to end I was struck by the lack of coverage on the Occupy Wall Street movement.  In fact the only thing good old Diane brought up about the issue was a photo of an elderly (and obviously off her meds deranged) 84 year old woman that had just been pepper sprayed stating that she was the “new face” of the OWS movement.  Proving of course that the right wing want nothing more than to kill the elderly and throw them off cliffs as the democrats have told us all along.......... 
Now, since I normally get my information from the few actual news sources and real journalists out there, I knew there was a lot of other news that day on the dirty smelly entitlement hippie movement.  Like for instance the sidewalk pooping.  Or the hypodermic needles found by the bushel basket full after clearing Zucotti Park.  Or perhaps that the occupiers were stockpiling weapons there.  

Call me silly to think that a national news show would want to tell the American people about threats to throw Molotov Cocktails through the windows at Macy’s.  And of course it would just be irresponsible to report that the OWS movement is allied with a Greek Communist Terror Group.  And I am sure the voters wouldn’t want to know about their representative excusing the deaths and rapes that have occurred at the OWS camps.  
All of these stories and many, many more were broken over a two day period prior to Ms. Sawyers broadcast that I was so honored to watch.  And I am sure the same “non-coverage” took place on NBC, CBS, MSNBC and of course CNN.  We did however get several minutes of coverage on Herman Cain hesitating before answering a question, and Newt Gingrich's divorces.  So, I have one conclusion for you.  If you have watched any of these networks for your source of news you are ill-informed.  If you continue to watch them, you are an idiot.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mitt, He’s Not The 99%, He’s Not the 1%, He Is The Perennial 20 Percenter.

I find it curious that in this past year, all potential candidates for the Republican nomination for President are measured against one other candidate, Mitt Romney.  There are a few reasons I can think of for the talking heads to want to use this 12 inch ruler to measure a Saturn 5 rocket.  Not the least of which is their desire to make sure that if a Republican does kick their beloved Kenyan prince out of the White House in 2012, it will at least be the Republican that will do the least damage to their left wing agenda.  This is the same reason they tried (successfully) to convince us of how awesome the Mavericky one was in 2008 (until he got the nomination that is). But I don’t think it will work this time around, because Mitt is stuck at 20% support and I believe that is about as high as he will ever get.  
In 2008 Romney never commanded more than the mid 20% range in polling, and ended up with just 22.1% of the national primary vote.  We know him better now.  I believe there is a core group of squishy country club Republicans that will always provide that 20% support that Romney enjoys.  “You  know Lovey, we just must make sure that those bourgeois Yale types don’t take over our party”   But Mitt’s problem is we remember what he stood for in 1996, in 1998, in 2000, in 2004, in 2008 and what he stands for now.  Only Rich Little can bring more personalities to a party than our buddy Mittens.  And this is why we must make sure he does not get the nomination and become our candidate.  The man has no principle.  He will get on whatever side of an issue he thinks will do him the most good politically.  If we want that in a leader we should draft Billy Jeff Clinton to come back to the job, at least he was somewhat entertaining.
Of course these same folks (and some so-called conservative pundits) also tell us that Mittens is the only one that can beat Obama.  Anyone with half a brain and just a little political savvy knows that is pure bull excrement.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  Romney is the candidate most likely to lose against Obama in a general election.  In debates for example, with just a little research on the Obama team’s part, they will be able to counter any criticism Romney has for Sparky with an example of old Mitt supporting the very same idea in the past.   

The 20 percenters are fond of telling us how these cursed Tea Party type candidates are raising the poor unwashed idiot voter’s expectations too high with their fairy tales about free markets and constitutional values and will cause disenfranchisement among a big section of the base when Mittens surely, naturally  wins the nomination.  Well, they may be right about that.  But the disenfranchisement will be because of the weakness of their candidate, not the principle of others.  I don’t even understand this argument.  Are we supposed to ignore our values and not vote for our candidate of choice in the primary because we might be excited to go out and vote on Election Day?
So to recap, we are supposed to vote for Mitt Romney because:

a)     He won’t work to destroy the status quo in  Washington and dismantle the liberal agenda.

b)     He is like Texas weather and if you don’t care for his position on an issue just wait a few minutes and it will change

c)       He is at least as principled as Bill Clinton

d)      He will lower voter energy for 80% of the conservative voters.

e)      He is probably the candidate most likely to lose to Obama. (with the possible exception of Ron Paul)

f)       He’s got really good hair, (like John Edwards) 

So if you really want 4 more years of republic killing Hope N Change, the easiest way to get it is to pull that lever for Mitt Romney in your primary.  Otherwise, choose a principled candidate that will inspire the American people, hey, it worked for us once before……………

Sunday, November 6, 2011

In One Year We Begin to Fundamentally Change America ……… BACK!

That’s right sports fans, one year from today we have the opportunity to fix a lot of ills in this country.  The question is, will we do it?  As we get closer to the magical date that we get to tell the Communist in Chief to take a hike, I am becoming even more aware of how critical his eviction is.  I am convinced that he and his minions represent a larger threat to America than we have ever before faced.  And it has become more than obvious that his true goals are to destroy our economy, our health care system, our military and our freedoms in an effort to make his vision of a socialist utopia feasible.  He has already shown that he has no problem doing an end around the constitution and implement laws by executive order, the concern now is how many more republic destroying orders will he issue as his expulsion becomes clear?  He knows that the democrat controlled Senate and that worm of a Speaker of the House will do nothing to contain him.  Whoever occupies that oblong office after him had better make his or her first order of business resending every single executive order Obama issued during his tenure.  

Last night I had the opportunity to watch two potential new residents for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in a non-debate debate.  Hosted by the Texas Tea Party PAC, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain spent about two hours discussing ways to fix the mess we find ourselves in.  I have to admit, I would be happy with either of them replacing the COOTUS (community organizer of the United States).  In fact the two of them on a ticket together would be awesome.  Cain brings common sense values and outside the beltway solutions that are desperately needed right now to turn this country around.  And Newt is obviously the “smartest guy in the room” who believes in market driven solutions and getting government out of the way of business.  While both have some issues, either of them would be a far cry better than the leftist race pimping jackass that we currently have.

Both men issued several good ideas about how to fix the budget, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and most of those ideas appealed to my libertarian leanings.  Gingrich suggested a way to save a trillion dollars with one simple free market solution.
“I just put on the table trillions of dollars that would be saved by not paying crooks.  Why is it so hard to not penalize good people before you stop paying crooks?  You can take existing IBM technology and use it to stop paying crooks in Medicare.  You can turn this around and pass a bill to contract out to American Express, Visa and IBM to handle Medicare payments and in 60 days you would save a trillion dollars.”  
He pointed out that American Express has a fraud rate of 0.03% and the Federal Medicare system has a fraud rate of 10%.  Just another example of what a complete and utter failure the Federal government is at just about anything.
Cain made several good points but one of the highlights for me was this one.  
“We need to have standards and not make it easy for people to cheat on things.  You can’t get on an airplane without showing a valid I.D.  Why should we allow people to do other things without I.D.s?  Photo IDs are needed and should be required to vote and end fraud.  WHY NOT?”
Cain also won the prize for the funniest comment of the night when told to close things out by asking a question of Gingrich.  Cain’s question was; 
“Mr. Speaker, if you were Vice President of the United States, what would you want me to assign you to do first?”

Gotta say, I think I got a tingle up my leg with that question.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

GOP Establishment: He Swings! And Misses Again!

The question is, when do we get to strike three?  The hot shots in the GOP elite and their message boys are really starting to sweat now.  They have pulled out all the usual time honored tricks used in the past to effectively derail any real conservative that dares to step a little too close to the Republican nomination for President.  But just like the great Casey in the old poem, they keep swinging at air balls.  Or like that old Texism says, “They keep a chopping, but there ain’t no chips a flying”.  
They tried to just ignore Herman Cain, didn’t let him get any press.  But to their surprise, the conservative voter is actually engaged for once and paying attention.  Not good news for the Kampaign Karl Roves of the GOP.  So they trotted out the town criers of the Grand Old Party.  The Krauthammers and Kristols went after him on his 999 plan.  (hmmm, notice all the “K”s in the last two sentences?)  Anyway as they walked away with their chests pumped up mightily, sure that the misinformation tool that they had just deployed had driven a stake through the heart of their tormentor, Mr. Rasmussen said “uh….. guys, he just got stronger.

“Not a problem” said the old pro exterminators, “this little bug is just a little more resilient than the others”.  And they reached way back in the shelf for the little can with three X’s on it.  “He hasn't got any political experience” they sprayed across the airwaves.  “He has never won an election in his life”.  “Surely you poor idiot Tea Party folks understand we need a professional politician to unseat Obama”.  And then they sat back, smugly satisfied that they had finally rid themselves of this pest.  But Mr.Gallup pointed to his numbers and to their shock he had gotten stronger still.
Now panic started running through the ranks.  “But he is not socially conservative enough” they screeched.  “Look at the way he answered those vague questions on the  Holy Grail of conservative social topics, ABORTION”!!!!  And then Mr. Cain clarified that he was stanchly anti-abortion and someone pointed to the fact that he gave one million dollars to convince black voters to vote pro-life back in 2006.

“But, but, but, HE IS NOT POLISHED ENOUGH, LOOK AT HOW HE FLUBBED THE QUESTION!!!!!!!” they bellowed.  “WE NEED A POLISHED PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN AND HE IS NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH!!!”  And the American voter said, “Guys, the fact that he is not a polished politician is what endears us.  We have polished politicians up to our eyeballs and that is why we are in the mess we are in now.”

Dejected, shoulders slumped, the old pros walked back to the dugout.  There is no joy in Mudville, mighty Casey has struck out……….
Hey!  There's no crying in baseball!!!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

999, Is It Good For You?

I have been talking with some friends about Herman Cain and the 999 plan and it has become painfully obvious that many do not understand the plan.  Some do understand it and have some issues with it, and others understand it and love it.  So today I thought we would pop the hood on it and give it a good look over.

Many folks have a problem with the 9% national sales tax.  I have heard that complaint from a lot of conservatives and independents and it is understandable.  The right has spent most of its existence fighting new taxes and I think many have a visceral reaction to the idea of a sales tax at the federal level.  I admit that I too had a knee jerk reaction to the idea when I first heard it.  Some of the critics also claim that congress can easily turn a 999 plan into a 15, 15, 15 plan or a 25, 25, 25 plan based on their past history and addiction to other people’s money.  They also point out that the numbers just don’t add up and it would not do anything to reduce the deficit.  One other worry is what the effects of the plan would be on seniors.  Another concern is that it creates new taxing systems without really getting rid of the old systems at least at first.  So I thought we should take a hard look at the plan and its positives and negatives.  We should also explore the political  impact of the plan as well as the political realities.

The 9% flat rate on income,
I first went back and looked at my personal finances.  Now I cannot be considered a fat cat rich guy by any stretch of the imagination.  I won’t get into specifics about my income but let’s just say we struggle at times like most all Americans do and wonder just where the money is going to come from sometimes.  But when I looked at the 999 plan and applied it to my paycheck I was pleasantly surprised at the result.  Cain’s plan is supposed to give everyone a flat 9% tax on income.  All other payroll taxes are eliminated, that includes Social Insecurity payments and Medicare taxes.  So first add all those up from last year’s pay stubs and your tax return.  Figure the percentage of your gross that it was.  Unless you make less than $34K you should see a lot less money coming out of your check. 

The 9% national sales tax,
From what is left of your paycheck deduct your house payment and car payment and any other loans you are currently paying off.  These are not new purchases and do not qualify to be taxed under Cain’s plan.  From what is left, assume the worst case and figure that all of that money will be spent on taxable “new” products.    Take 9% of that number and add this to the amount you would be pay at a 9% income tax rate and see how that stacks up against what you pay now in federal withholding, Social Security and Medicare.  I already see a savings.  But let’s go a little further and deduct every penny you pay in property taxes and all other local taxes and fees.  This is starting to look really good.  Currently the plan is to tax everything “new” but I really don’t see congress taxing food, at least staples, so we can probably consider that out as well.

The 9% corporate tax,

Just about everyone in the business world that has chimed in on the subject admits that this would be great for business.  Just the drop in costs of compliance alone can save companies billions.  In fact Cain’s figures on the subject are that it would save American companies 430 billion a year.  The only downside there is all the accountants that would be put out of work as a result.  Ronald Reagan’s supply side guru Art Laffer loves the plan and exclaims it would broaden the tax base and grow the economy almost immediately.           

What about congress increasing the rates?
Some folks are hesitant because they believe congress, being true to form, will raise the rates after a while especially if the economy improves.  I understand their concern, the government is addicted to money.  And that addiction is not going to go away overnight.  But if this plan or one like it with a flat tax on income does become a reality, it can never be raised.  It would be political suicide for any congressman to vote to raise those rates.  The same applies to the sales tax portion of the plan.   The class warfare game could not be played over the issue and all voters including the welfare queen baby makers would be affected.  This is one of the things I love about the plan, everyone has skin in the game.  This is also why during the legislative process on passing this plan the democrats will stir up riots like we have never before seen.  Their political future will be tied to defeating this plan and they will pull out all the stops.  If Cain is elected, gird your loins and load the guns folks, it’s gonna get hairy.  Of course unless the plan has built in protections there is nothing to stop congress from raising the corporate rate so I guess it could become a 9, 15, 9 plan at some point as idiots in DC start trying to figure out ways to grab more of your money to buy votes and influence.  Of course it all comes out of the same pockets in the end but most of the electorate is too ignorant on the subject of economics to understand that.

What about creating a new tax system without first doing away with the old one?
I have heard this argument before from conservative friends and it is a genuine concern.  They like the idea of the FairTax, which is a national sales tax to replace all other taxes.  To be fair, (get it?) Cain does call for the FairTax and repeal of the 16th amendment in phase two of his plan.  The issue is that some are worried about having a new sales tax and not getting rid of the income tax and corporate tax now.  And they are skeptical of Washington following through with phase two which they see as vital.  Once again, crack whores don’t put down the crack pipe easily and Washington won’t give up revenue streams from the private sector easily either.   Getting phase one of Cain plan passed is one thing, getting phase two passed is another animal and another battle.
Seniors hardest hit?
Another criticism of Cain’s economic plan is that it would put a heavy burden on our eldest tax payers.  Or as Rush calls them, “our seasoned citizens”.  Will those living on Social Security benefits and pensions have to pay the 9% on income?  What about medicines?  They are a “new” product and subject to a 9% sales tax under Cain’s plan aren’t they?  Cain’s plan outline is vague on details about such things.  Again I expect congress to exempt drugs and perhaps give a break on senior’s pensions.  Of course the sales tax would be hard on elderly with fixed incomes.  But their Social Security and pension benefits are being taxed already, so let’s not act as though they are not already carrying a bit of the burden as it is.  And if they have planned well for retirement they stand to gain from the plan like everyone else.

Deficit reduction,
Whether this plan is “revenue neutral” (a term that means it takes in exactly the same revenue as the old system) or not is really not the issue.  In my honest opinion deficit reduction is a weak strawman argument.  The idea is to grow the economy and the additional tax revenue that generates will help to reduce the deficit.  Of course that is if congress does not increase spending as they take in more money.  This is why Cain has also called for drastic budget cuts as well. 

Political Impact,
The effects of the 999 plan on politics in this country could be enormous.  If the bulk of the plan were to be passed and after the riots by the leaches on society died down, we would see a very different political dynamic in Washington.  The left would undoubtedly work with their lame stream media compadres toward repeal and run on that platform at least for a few election cycles.  If we can get past that assault though the face of the Democrat party would have to change or it would be wiped away from the political arena.  The class warfare tool that the left has used so effectively in years past will be gone and the resulting economic boom would mean those tactics would become less and less effective across all racial and socioeconomic groups.  They won’t completely go away, but it would set the socialists and communists back several generations.    

Ok, all this talk of flat taxes and everyone paying in to the system the same rate is like porn to conservatives and libertarians, but let’s get real.  Even if Cain was swept into office in an overwhelming landslide and Republicans took over the Senate this plan would have a tough row to hoe in getting passed as is.  When Ronald Reagan was elected in a landslide in 1980 he had a bold tax plan that he managed to get some parts of passed even with a Democrat controlled Congress and Senate.  But it was not the original, and compromises had to be made to get some relief passed.  The temptation to play politics with Cain’s plan is too great and I just doubt that Republicans in Congress would have the steel backbones necessary to get it passed in its current form.  The Marxists in the Democrat party will scream bloody murder about the burden on the poor and how racist the Republican party is for just suggesting that poor people that have benefited from the system for years actually pay their fair share.  John Boehner would undoubtedly have several good cries over the subject and come out with a “deal” that would be extremely watered down.  I think the way to look at it is, that it’s kinda like negotiating the price on a car.  Your first offer must be ridiculously low to set the tone for future negotiations, just not so low that the used car salesman does not take you seriously.  The 999 plan is very bold and starts the discussion over reforming a broken system.  Just getting Congress to consider change is a step in the right direction.  Many people criticize the plan as being very light on specifics.  But it is not the President’s job to get specific with something like this.  The specifics are Congress’s job, the chief executive provides a vision and direction.     

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Another Tea Party? Eh, Not So Much.

So I hear that our old buddy Joe Biden, in a stunning moment of lucidity Thursday, woke up from his coma and compared the Occupy Wall Street protests to the Tea Party protests, proving that he understands neither.   The left is so desperate to have a Tea Party movement of their own, that they will tie themselves to just about anything these days.  Our old buddy Van Jones (remember him?  The communist Green Jobs Czar) even gave a speech on the subject the other day.  I think the left will live to regret that alliance.
In spite of the media’s collusion in this misinformation campaign about the #occupy wall street crowd and their similarity to the Tea Party, the American people are getting wise to these games.  And the dirty smelly hippies on Wall Street are not helping the cause at all.  As with most mobs, anarchy reigns supreme with that bunch and lawlessness ensues.  I have been to several Tea Party protests myself and have yet to see anyone arrested, or any defecating on a police car, or defacing of public property, or smelled any overwhelming body odor.
Perhaps we should explore just exactly what motivates these two groups and who the members really are if we really care to compare them. (which of course the NBC nightly news prefers not to do)

In a past post I discussed what makes up a Tea Party Patriot.  In it I stated “The folks that believe in the constitution, in fiscal responsibility, in common sense foreign policy and that our elected officials should actually honor their oaths of office.”  “They are your Grandmas and Grandpas, your Vietnam veteran uncle, your church going Mom and Dad, your cousin who just got back from a tour in Afghanistan and your preacher.  They are the history teacher you always liked, the owner of the corner market, and the guy who owns the gas station down the road.  They are the farmer, the local pediatrician and the nurse that works in his office.  They are the firefighter, the policeman and the ambulance driver.  In short they are America.  And they represent everything that made America what it is today.  They are the folks that make this country and this economic engine work.  They are not, as MSNBC or CNN would have you believe “Astroturf” bought and paid for by greedy capitalists to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into the gears of “Hope and Change”.  They are not as NBC, ABC and CBS claim, white hood wearing fanatics who oppose Barack Obama because of their seething racism.   They are patriots, that believe in American exceptionalism, the rule of law and that they are blessed to have been born or immigrated to the greatest country in the history of the world.”

Now let’s examine what makes up the average #occupy wall street protestor.  
Average age about 25.  With a very strong sense of entitlement, they went to school (mostly on the taxpayers dime since tuition only makes up about 10% of most college revenue) and got a degree in minority women’s studies and can’t figure out why in the world nobody wants to pay them a six figure salary for that kind of background.  Mom and Dad have given them everything except an understanding of where all that money came from and what it takes to acquire it.  They can’t tell you what it really takes to create a job, (much like most of the democrats on capital hill) but can give you a dissertation on corporate greed and blood diamonds.  They have never held a job of any kind and would be happy to continue that trend for the rest of their days blaming all their woes on Wall Street and demanding that they be paid to sit on their keester for the rest of their lives and occasionally come out to berate the folks that pay for it all and tell us how evil we are.  They expect the 10% of the cost of their education that they financed be paid by us along with 90% we already did.  They seem to be some type of feline I deduce based on their obvious aversion to soap and water.  And they have zero respect for authority, experience, the rule of law, religion or their elders.  In short they are spoiled brats that should have gotten more ass beatings than time outs during their formative years.  In a way I feel sorry for them because someday the reality of life is going to slap them up aside the head and they will of course be the first to perish.  But I guess that kinda proves one part of Darwin’s theory.

The best advice I can give to these wayward dipwads is to listen to GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain.     

Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!  It's not a person's fault because they succeeded, it is a person's fault if they failed.  And so this is why I don't understand these demonstrations and what it is that they are looking for." 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Trying to Derail the Cain Train

I was pleasantly surprised the other day by the results of the Florida Straw Poll in which Herman Cain garnered 37% of the vote.  Not only did he beat the media anointed “front runners” but his total was greater than the both of theirs combined.  Rick Perry got 15% and Mitt Romney only received 14%.  Of course Rick’s slip in the polls was expected after the performance he gave in the debate just a few nights earlier.  And I seem to remember telling folks he wasn’t’ the sharpest knife in the drawer some time back before he even threw his hat into the ring.  Mitt just ain’t gonna command more than 20% of anything outside of the Northeast. 

But why the sudden surge of Cain?  In the Iowa Straw Poll in mid August he claimed only 8% of the vote.  I have a theory on that subject.  First of all Cain worked Florida hard.  In spite of having one of the poorest campaigns in the race.   He spent more time in Florida than any other candidate, touring the state in a bus and shaking lots of hands.  But that alone is not what carried the day for him.  He handed in a spectacular performance in the debate on the evening of September 22nd.  While the media focused like a laser beam on the “frontrunners” Perry and Romney, Cain used charm, wit and conservative values to explain what was wrong with this country and what he would do to change it.  The media didn’t notice, which is not much of a surprise seeing as how they follow the mob mentality in all reporting.  The narrative was already set, the news was all about the clash of the titans with good hair.  But Florida Straw Poll voters noticed, and gave an overwhelming victory to the guy who was pushing a strong conservative message and not engaging in the political one-upmanship that the press was salivating like dogs for.   Hmmm, I have heard somewhere that would be an effective technique. 

The next few days were a lot of fun for me, as I watched the media incredulously reporting the Cain victory and wondering what went wrong.  And believe me, to them, this was very very wrong.  The fact is that there are very few “journalists” (and I apply that term very loosely) that want to see a staunch conservative win the nomination.  They either are O-bots that worship at the feet of the one and only God King Xerxes uh…. I mean Obama. Or they back the Republican establishment Karl Roves from inside the beltway. (Most of the Fox News folks). To either group a real conservative that can articulate that message is a very dangerous thing indeed. I’m sure Mr. Cain had a great time as well with the interviews that were grudgingly given over the next few days. To add insult to injury some national polls started showing a similar trend with Cain way out in front of the pack.

Then slowly you started to see mention of the “frontrunners” come up in the political talk shows and news programs. And Cain was not one of the subjects. It’s like the media just decided that they could make this nightmare scenario go away if they just ignored it. Pretend it never happened, Huh? What Florida Straw Poll? They have one? Never heard of it………….

Herein lies the issue for Cain. The press is bound and determined to select our candidate for us like they did in 2008. They will try their damndest to ignore Herman Cain and anyone else with similar ideas and the ability to speak to them. There will be six more debates between now and the new time for the Florida Primary on January 31st. Pay close attention to the talking heads that moderate these events as they try to pretend Cain is not in the room. If he carries the Florida Primary and follows up a week later with a victory in the Iowa Caucuses, they won’t be able to ignore him any longer. Also of course, pay heed when they can’t pretend he isn’t there anymore and they shift to reporting all the slime that the Democrat and Republican machines will try to hurl at him in an effort to save their hides.

Should be an interesting 2012 sports fans. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yawn, Another Republican Debate. Color Me Underwhelmed

Well Fox news and Google paired up to give us another Republican debate last night.  I’m told that sales of whips and chains fell drastically on Thursday because S&M perverts figured out that a better form of torture was on Fox News.  Why is it that in the run up to what is arguably the most important presidential election in our history, after all the town hall activity, outrage at Washington’s disregard of the will of the people, Tea Party protests, unconstitutional intrusions into our lives by an out of control federal government and a President that is an obvious Marxist or more probably a Stalinist, we can’t seem to come up with a field of candidates for the Republican nomination that are inspirational?  Oh some have a little excitement potential, (see Herman Cain) but none are real standouts.
Rick Perry continues to prove me right as watching him in a debate is like observing Forrest Gump discuss quantum physics with Albert Einstein.  The look on his face is painful to watch as his wooden gears up there grind and smoke as you picture a thought bubble above his head with “thinkin is purty hard” written in it.  I would say he is an embarrassment to the state of Texas if that slot had not already been filled by Sheila Jackson Lee and another contender for the Republican nom named Ron Paul.  At one point Perry sputtered out a string of unintelligible verbiage that had the audience thinking “Wow, I didn’t know he spoke fluent Klingon”. 

Of course Mittens continues to inspire me…………… to stick my head in the oven.  While Romney has learned how to at least answer most of the questions correctly, past statements make you wonder how sincere those answers are.  He looks good, but that is what drew people to Barry Obama, I expect a little substance from our candidate.  And am I the only one that looks at Romney and gets a mental picture of Joe Isuzu?  
Michelle Bachmann, I can’t say anything mean about the lady.  Not for southern chivalrous reasons because IMHO if a woman gets into politics she should suffer the same slings and arrows as a man.  I am not going to give you a pass just because you look good in a pair of pumps.  I mean, really, I don’t cut Ron Paul any slack for that.  No, I think Mrs. Bachmann is on the right side of every issue and I have no doubts about her sincerity.  I just don’t think she is quite smart enough for the top job.  And she has a habit of putting herself in hot water over spur of the moment comments.  As the Republican nominee the media microscope will amplify all those little goofs like a Fender amp trying to make her look like a loony tune. 

Probably my favorite out of the current crop of contenders is Herman Cain.  And unlike all those independent voters in 2008 I don’t like him for the color of his skin, I like him for the content of his character.  I agree with him on most issues and am a big fan of his 9,9,9 plan.  However he does not stand a chance because the media ignores him more than Ron Paul.  He just can’t get the coverage from them mostly because the left wing media gets the vapors thinking about the GOP running a real black man against their half black messiah.
Newt is impossible for me to figure out.  The man knows history, understands all the things that are destroying our republic, has a common sense response to almost all issues when ask, but has continually used poor judgment in the past on personal and political issues.  I like him, always have.  But don’t trust him any further than I can throw him.   I think he was a good Republican once, but Nancy Pelosi hopped off her broom and turned him into a Slimy Newt.

Santorum I just don’t know enough about.  And based on the way he was ignored last night I doubt I ever will.
Huntsman, Johnson and Paul I won’t even dignify with comment other than they should get out of the race now.  I am tired of the background noise. 
So, while we have a pretty large field right now, there are some major holes in it.  I don’t know how we can fill those and come up with a good candidate, you know, someone that will drive passion into the race, somebody that will shake things up, somebody that the left is really scared of, someone who will excite the base……….  No Idea………. Drawing a blank……… Nope nothing…….