Archive from January, 2006
30 Jan
2006
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The Second Biggest Event in DC This Week

After President Bush gives his State of the Union address Tuesday, the next item of interest coming out of the Swamp will be the House Republican leadership elections. And as good pachyderms, we should all be following this one closely, because it could signify a significant change in the way the GOP caucus operates in Congress’s lower chamber for at least the rest of this session.

The contenders for House Majority Leader are Roy Blunt, the current interim leader and Majority Whip, John Boehner, and come-from-behind conservative John Shadegg. Between the three of them, they all claim to have more public supporters than there actually are voting Republicans in the caucus, but that’s just details.

What’s really important is that despite appearances, there are some very different choices between these men. Personally, I’m pulling for John Shadegg. Unlike Blunt and Boehner, he is a fresh face, untied to the current Republican leadership in the House and, therefore, unassociated with the status quo which has brought the GOP agenda down to a sputter. Shadegg is an avowed fiscal conservative, something that his opponents definitely cannot lay claim to, and he offers the best hope of getting spending under control. It may appear at this point that Blunt has the race locked up, but Shadegg’s connection to the Republican Study Committee should not be underestimated when it comes to mustering votes. 2006 is going to be a very interesting year for Republicans, and the fun and games could very well start this Thursday.

30 Jan
2006
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Another al-Zawahiri tape:

Well another Al Qaeda favorite is out in the media again calling on the coming destruction of America and how it’s all George Bush’s fault.

What’s funny is at the end of the press release at CNN.com it says “The Egyptian exile (al-Zawahiri) has been indicted for his alleged role in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998”.

So let me get this straight. He and his crew bombed the WTC in 1993, issued a deceleration of war against the U.S. in 1998 via a fatwa, bombed two embassies and the U.S. Cole all while Bill Clinton was President but it’s George Bush’s fault we’re being threatened because of his war in Iraq in 2003.

30 Jan
2006
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Chavez should be careful what he wishes for:

Venezuela’s oil minister stated earlier today that they would support Iran with its nuclear dispute.

Hmm. Considering that Chavez has stated that he would like to develop a nuclear reactor, such an announcement doesn’t seem shocking. Iran gets another voice in the UN, while Chavez gets someone to help build his reactor.

It would be interesting to see how the world would view such a move. Venezuela has signed the NPT but that was before Chavez. You have to assume that Chavez wants nukes to protect his newfound empire and a reactor is always the first step.

Chavez should be careful with who he gets in bed with though. We thought helping the muslims in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union was good for our interests until the Soviet Union fell and the people we helped turned their guns on us. Considering Venezuela is Christian, they’re infidels’ jus as much as we are which means any Venezuela/Iran relationship would be just a short-term matter of convenience until they become enemies.

30 Jan
2006
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Does this guy have no shame?

Yesterday I had the joy of registering my son for kindergarten. For you liberals out there it will pain you to hear that I registered him for catholic school, I know the horror. A cute note is that it’s actually the same grammar school my wife and I graduated from.

While there in the gym they had tables with information spread out across them. As I went down the list the last one on the table caused me to laugh. It was an ugly, cheap, orange pamphlet that was titled the Attorney General Elliott Spitzer’s safety tips for parents. Smack in the middle of the cover was his ugly mug with that fake smile. I swear he must have to take an aspirin every time he takes a photo because his smile looks like it hurts. When you open it, it gives you bullet points on different things that as a parent you already know unless you were brain dead.

This pamphlet was an obvious attempt for self-promotion, it might as well had elect Elliott in 06’ on it. His face on the cover was the main focal point of the pamphlet placed smack in the middle making it what you saw first, not the safety tips, which was suppose to be the point of the pamphlet. What I found most amazing is that this is the same guy who came out and questioned Governor Pataki’s call for tax-credits for private school. I don’t know who I’m disappointed in more, his lame attempt for votes or the schools decision to put that piece of junk on the table.

29 Jan
2006
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The True State of New York

A must-read from George Will (most everything he writes is a must-read, by the way) on our fair state and it’s current political fortunes, or lack thereof.

I encourage everyone to check it out.

27 Jan
2006
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NYYRC Opposes Senate Filibuster of Judge Alito

For Immediate Release, January 27, 2006
Contact: Jen Saunders
Email: pr@nyyrc.com

THE NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC.
OPPOSES SENATE FILIBUSTER OF JUDGE SAMUEL ALITO

(New York, NY) The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. (NYYRC) denounces Senator Kerry’s threat for a filibuster and urges New York Senators Schumer and Clinton to allow the vote to proceed.

Judge Alito has received public support from many Republican Senators, as well as several Democrats. NYYRC President Dennis Cariello remarked, “It is clear that Judge Alito will be confirmed if the vote is allowed to come to the Senate floor. Even if Senators Clinton and Schumer are not going to vote yes for Judge Alito, though I believe that with Alito’s credentials there is no reason they should not, they at least need to respect Judge Alito’s right to a fair and timely vote.”

The New York Young Republican Club implores Senators Clinton and Schumer not to stand in the way of the legislative process and to discourage their colleagues from initiating a filibuster. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), came out in opposition to the filibuster, “because we have such a full plate of pressing issues before Congress, a filibuster at this time would be, in my view, very counterproductive.”

Cariello commented, “Senator Landrieu makes an excellent point. I call on Senators Clinton and Schumer to make similar statements to that effect, to compel their colleagues to allow the vote without filibuster. Senators Kerry and Kennedy need to stop their grandstanding, so that the Senate to can confirm Judge Alito without delay and move on to other important matters.”

The New York Young Republican Club, Inc., is a not-for-profit political organization that exists to bring Republicans aged 18-40 together to discuss the Republican Party platform and aid the Republican in the education of the public about the Republican agenda and the promotion of Republican candidates for office. To find out more about the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. please visit the Website at http://www.nyyrc.com.

27 Jan
2006
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NYYRC Policy on Posting on the Record

The New York Young Republican Record Web log welcomes comments from all areas of the ideological spectrum to the posts that are submitted herein by the Executive Board and the Board of Governors of the New York Young Republican Club.

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Because we want to have the views expressed by the posts and comments of this blog read by the widest possible audience, we developed a policy that will be strictly adhered to from this point forward. Any postings or comments put on the Record Web log, regardless of the source, that contains foul language or vulgar displays will be summarily deleted without exception. The public discourse will not suffer from the loss of such language, and any political or social commentary that is expressed herein will be viewed more broadly because of this policy.

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27 Jan
2006
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Why I think America needs to keep its farm subsidies:

I know, the title alone probably has some of you falling out of your chair considering it’s coming from me but before I’m accused of being a hypocrite let me make my point.

For several years now a battle has raged around the world on what to do with farm subsidies by rich nations. Developing countries have continuously cried foul on their inability to compete because of cheap farm goods from America and Europe thanks to our subsidies and the tariffs we but on their agricultural products when coming into the country. Many will recall when President Bush first came into office he signed the largest farm subsidy bill in history giving over $170 billion to American farmers over the next decade. Now it can be argued that allot of the reason behind it was to secure votes across the farm states and on that they have a point. However I believe subsidies are much more important to America then votes for politicians.

Currently one of the biggest crises we face is over our dependence on foreign oil. America though the second largest oil produce in the world, still only makes enough to support half our needs. One has to wonder what our policies toward the middle east would be if it weren’t that oil was a matter of national security.

With that said, what would America’s national security be like if we had to all of a sudden depend on foreign countries for our food source like we do with oil. It is safe to say that if the American government didn’t subsidize our farms many would close, shifting production offshore to places like Latin America. Without subsidies the economic rule of Comparative Advantage would takeover, as it would no longer be to someone’s advantage to farm in America.

At that point with the majority of America’s food source in foreign hands the chances of being held hostage to them increases like we are currently with oil producing nations. Worse in every major war since the Roman Empire, natural resources were generally one of the biggest issues in deciding its cause and victory. Just because it’s been 60 years since the last world war, it doesn’t mean another one can’t happen. If it does I want as a nation to be assured that we’re making our own food no matter how much the cost to tax payers. When it comes to national security and free trade, farming off the production of t-shirts is one thing, having someone else make my vegetables is another.

26 Jan
2006
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We won A:

I think we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t take a moment to congratulate the conservative party in Canada for winning the election on January 23rd. The new Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done a great job revitalizing a party that has been out of power since 1993. He ran on the platform of lower taxes and being strong on crime, which was an easy sell to even Canadians.

26 Jan
2006
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Actually, the Attack on Google is Part of the Master Plan

I commented on this earlier this month, and I am of the same mind now as I was then.

It is necessary for people to call out companies like Google each and every time they make a decision that placates the communist government in China. Irrespective of what their corporate responsibilities are in that country, it must be consistently and repeatedly pointed out what they are doing.

You say baby steps are what will bring greater freedom to the Chinese people, and I agree with you. However, those baby steps will not be made without people protesting against Google’s actions that favor the Chinese government. They are a constant reminder that no one should be satisfied with or settle for the anti-democratic situation that currently exists there. Without these protests, no one will know. And if no one knows, then nobody will care. And if no one cares, then nothing will change.