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An exciting choice, but not enough to seal the deal with the American electorate.

No doubt there is already a considerable amount of backroom squabbling concerning the who will carry the “lesser half” of the Republican ticket.

Recently Rubio, Florida’s junior Senator and Barber, the Governor of South Carolina have been mentioned.  It’s not too early for speculation, but speculation is all there is.

There is a lesson to learn about the VP pick that we can take from the last election cycle.  It matters, but not as much as some would like to hope.

When McCain picked Governor Palin from OBSCURITY to be his running mate there was a lot of high emotion!  Her conservative Bona Fides were hoped to be enough to bolster McCains lack of the same.

THEY WEREN”T.  The best part of Palin’s presences was the absolute fits she gave the official left and the left leaning press.  It WAS FUN watching them fall all over themselves to drag her down.  As strong as she was, McCain was just not enough.

So, the VP nominee is not really important.  Look, Clinton got elected with Gore and Bush 1 got elected with Dan Quayle.

Ideology aside, the most important aspect of our nominee will not be his running mate, but his willingness to ENGAGE THE ENEMY in a NO HOLDS BARRED contest for the most powerful office in the history of human kind.  Romney has demonstrated a willingness to destroy opponents on “his own team.”  If he’s our nominee, I believe he’ll be able to level the same intensity at the real enemy, Obama and his radical leftist agenda.


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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anybody who believes that the continued pursuit of the nomination by Santorum and even Gingrich will somehow hurt the Republicans chances in the Presidential election is really just well,  WRONG.

Whoever our nominee is will be running against BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA.  Despite any hard feelings that may be generated by the primary process, there is no one who opposes Obama that will vote for him because of the nastiness in the primaries.

The only thing that will matter is that our candidate must be unrelenting and merciless in his “attack” on the President.  I hope that Romney or whomever can unflinchingly “beat up on” Obama.  McCain didn’t have the stomach for it.  We need someone who does.

In the past, political power was transferred by murder or war or violence of some sort.  These days, at least here in America we really just talk really, really awfully to our opponents.  It IS ugly, but it’s much better than blood in the streets!


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Three days ago, Speaker of the House, John Boehner told a gathering of economists that he wouldn’t agree to a debt limit increase without TRILLIONS of dollars in federal spending cuts.

This sounds good.  Well, a good start.

There are many who believe there is no good reason to raise the debt limit at all.  That to stop the debt right where it is is the best way to start on the road to fiscal sanity.

I have no credentials as an economist.  But it seems that no one can get around the basic idea that income MUST at least match outflow to remain solvent.  If the debt ceiling is constantly being raised, that prospect seems further off.

So, I applaud Mr. Boehner’s leadership.  However, very very soon, their must be no more increase to the debt.  Tax rates must NOT increase until the waste, fraud and duplication in federal spending is weeded out.  There IS a revenue problem.  But it must be solved with growth and federal spending, as the last two plus years demonstrates, does NOT cause economic growth.


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Destroying freedom for over 100 years!

To no one’s surprise president Obama announced that he will run for reelection in 2012.  After nearly three years is there anyone who would deny that our president is a radical socialist?  I for one am convinced that he IS.

Here is an analysis by Glenn Beck of Obama’s own words which demonstrates the man’s ideology. (more…)







Here are the links for the videos of the last post.

Pelosi/Gingrich Climate Change Commercial:


Newt’s affairs questioned:

In the past, these videos embedded directly into the email  So, I’ll work on debugging it.

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Newt Gingrich in 2007 in Washington, DC at the...

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In the article linked here: It looks as though the former speaker is serious about a run at the presidency.

He won’t win against Obama.  He is damaged goods.


It could certainly feel like doomsday, if the Republicans can't field a great candidate.

It’s been a week (or more) since I posted here.  I’ve had a hard time focusing in on any of the salient issues before us and saying something that hasn’t already been said.

However, there is one chilling thought  that comes to mind OVER and OVER.   I believe Obama will win a second term. Despite his once falling approval ratings, and his recent loss of the House of Representatives and near loss of the Senate, I believe Obama is nearly unbeatable.

Here’s why.  The Republicans.

Yes, it’s early, but I haven’t seen one contender from the potential Republican field that makes me excited.  That’s a problem.

It’s likely that the Republicans will gain the Senate in the next election. I’m very happy about that.  However,  I for one don’t think the Republicans are particularly good when they have the trifecta of power.    Further, I think there are many voters who feel as I do.

The genius of our system, the American system, is the separation of powers.  I for one, after the last 2 decades, am very wary of any ONE party occupying the house, senate and white house.  No one seems to do it well.  So, I for one could live with another 4 years of Obama, as long as we keep the house and gain the Senate.  I’d be happy to be proved wrong.


“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song, and in a recent speech that seemed like Larry Summers‘s swan song, the president’s now-departed economic adviser warned that America is “at risk of a profound demoralization with respect to government.” He fears a future in which “an inadequately resourced government performs badly, leading to further demands that it be cut back, exacerbating performance problems, deepening the backlash, and creating a vicious cycle.”

The idea that America’s problem of governance is one of inadequate resources misses this lesson of the last half-century: No amount of resources can prevent government from performing poorly when it tries to perform too many tasks, or particular tasks for which it is inherently unsuited.

Actually, government is not sufficiently demoralized. The hubris that is the occupational hazard and defining trait of the political class continues to cause government to overpromise and underperform. This class blithely considers itself exempt from the tyranny of the bell-shaped curve – the fact that in most occupations a few people are excellent, a few are awful, and most are average.

In fact, the bell curve is particularly pertinent to government. Surgeons achieve eminence by what they do “in office” – in operating rooms, performing surgery. Politicians achieve eminence simply by securing office – by winning elections, a skill often related loosely, if at all, to their performance in office.


James Q. Wilson, America’s preeminent social scientist, has noted that until relatively recently, “politics was about only a few things; today, it is about nearly everything.” Until the 1930s, or perhaps the 1960s, there was a “legitimacy barrier” to federal government activism: When new policies were proposed, the first debate was about whether the federal government could properly act at all on the subject. Today, there is no barrier to the promiscuous multiplication of programs, because no program is really new. Rather, it is an extension, modification or enlargement of something government is already doing.

The vicious cycle that should worry Summers is the reverse of the one he imagines. It is not government being “cut back” because of disappointments that reinforce themselves. Rather, it is government squandering its limited resources, including the resource of competence, in reckless expansions of its scope.

“There has been,” Wilson writes, “a transformation of public expectations about the scope of federal action, one that has put virtually everything on Washington’s agenda and left nothing off.” Try, Wilson suggests, to think “of a human want or difficulty that is not now defined as a ‘public policy problem.'”

Summers leaves a federal government funded by a continuing resolution. Congress has been so busy passing gargantuan legislation to expand government’s responsibilities that it has not had enough time, energy or sense of responsibility to pass a budget. And the pathologies of expanding government are becoming worse because of two concepts Summers mentioned in his valedictory – Baumol’s Disease, and Moynihan’s Corollary to it.

William J. Baumol, Princeton economics professor emeritus, said that in certain economic sectors – e.g., labor-intensive service industries – productivity will increase, if at all, more slowly than in the rest of the economy. The late senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan‘s corollary was that such services – e.g., teaching, nursing, the performing arts – tend to migrate to the public sector.

Moynihan noted that if you want a string quartet, you must hire four musicians with four instruments, just as in Chopin’s day. “Productivity,” said Moynihan, “just hasn’t changed much. And when it does – e.g., playing the Minute Waltz in 50 seconds – it doesn’t seem to work right.” Actually, lopping 10 seconds off the waltz subtracts from musicians’ productivity.

Moynihan noted a danger to his party in the tendency for the “stagnant services” to become government services: “The Democratic Party is identified with this very public sector in which relative costs are rising. By contrast, the Republican Party is identified with the private sector where relative costs are declining.” The public sector’s involuntary tendency to become, regarding productivity, a concentration of stagnation is a reason for government to become more circumspect than it has been about the voluntary acquisition of vast new responsibilities, such as micromanagement of health care’s 17 percent of the economy.

As Summers returns to Harvard, he is hopeful because “markets climb walls of worry.” That is, American history is replete with self-refuting prophesies of peril – predictions of national decline that prompt renewals.”

I admire this man’s thoughts and ability to express them.


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At the risk of sounding like a heretic, I’ll say that we can’t lay all the blame for the current scene on either Bush or Obama. This crisis has been decades in the making. Government fiscal policy of cheap debt, a housing market driven by government intervention and wall street profiteering laid the foundation for a massive bubble and subsequent collapse. It’s like a massive financial sink hole dragging all around into it’s maw!  (See the picture below, it’s really cool.) 

Bush, like EVERY president since the beginning of the 20th century presided over AN EXPANDED federal government. He showed almost no fiscal restraint, conducting 2 “unfunded” wars and creating a prescription drug entitlement of which any honest liberal would be proud. He also created the largest federal bureaucracy in history.   His tax cuts, which I SUPPORT, like all the spending was funded by borrowing money from the CHINESE because no administration or congress since forever will stop the crazy, out of control spending.

Obama, however, has taken spending to such dizzying heights that we may truly not recover.

In MANY ways I hold the Republicans as more responsible for this mess because WE WERE AND ARE supposed to KNOW BETTER.

We will see if this latest crop of legislators can make a difference and finally put the brakes on the FEDERAL JUGGERNAUT.


An aerial view of Washington, D.C.

The 112th congress opened session yesterday with a reading of the constitution.  Frankly, I’m not really impressed.  It is a symbolic act and I appreciate it as such.  However, the corrupting influences in Washington cannot be over matched by the simple vocalization of our nation’s supreme law.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hold that anyone believes just reading the constitution is a remedy to any of our country’s ills.  There are going to be some very tough battles, the toughest being the battle against the status quo.

Washington is a machine.  It has A LOT of momentum.  The interconnections and intricacies of regulation, legislation and the bureaucracy that keeps it all humming along is MIND BOGGLING.  Further, that bureaucracy is deeply entrenched and deeply committed to ITS OWN SURVIVAL.

We’ll see what happens.


This decade's battle will be The Constitution, a document of maybe 50 or so pages, against the massive bureaucracy of Washington D.C.