Archive from November, 2006
3 Nov
2006
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Envy of the World:

This morning the labor department announced that the U.S. added an additional 92,000 jobs in the month of October and raised the number of jobs created in August and September. Additionally the unemployment rate fell to 4.4%.

As I look across the Atlantic and see a country like Germany doing cartwheels that their unemployment rate has finally fallen below 10%, I can’t believe that people in this country are still complaining.

What the Bush administration has done with this economy in the last five years despite 9/11, the crash of the Internet market and Hurricane Katrina is amazing and is directly related to his tax cuts and other policies like enticing companies to repatriate money back to the U.S. and getting them to purchase new equipment by allowing them to accelerate its depreciation.

As we head into Tuesday’s election I wonder if Americans will continue to act like the spoiled child who ignores the overflowing toy box in the house to cry they want more or look to at our peers like France and Germany to see just how good we’re doing.

2 Nov
2006
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Funny she feels that way:

Over at the NY Times Empire Zone, Patrick Healy gives details about a speech given by Hillary Clinton to a group of clergy leaders in the city.

One quote I found interesting is when she tells the clergy:

“I come from the parenting school that believes most children want rules, and they want discipline,”

Though I agree with the statement I’m surprised to hear it come from someone who vehemently supported the ability for underage teenage girls to go across state lines and have a surgical procedure (abortion) without their parents knowing.

Funny how depending on the audience a politician can change their tune like a chameleon its stripes to blend in with their surroundings.

2 Nov
2006
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Did he say terrorist?

While traveling in France, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani pleaded that U.S. troops remain in Iraq to fight what he calls are “international terrorists” who were using Iraq as the frontline battle against the U.S.

This is what President Bush and Think Tanks know that Democrats continue to ignore for political gain. Whether they were there before or not, a frontline has been created and the outcome can affect the world for decades.

If the Ned Lamonts get their way and pull troops out of Iraq before the terrorists can be defeated we will be handing Al-Qeada the propaganda they need to recruit and move the front line westward. History has already proven this to be correct. Anyone that has paid attention to the history of Al-Qeada or even just read the 9/11 report knows that when President Clinton pulled and ran from Mogadishu, Bin Laden used it as propaganda to recruit new members and to show them that America the Satan can be defeated, nor has the stomach for a long fight.

The reality is we can follow the recommendation of Talabani and stay and finish the job so we don’t have to do it again later or we can follow the recommendation of Democrats and leave, leaving Iraq to become the new Mogadishu.

An additional story today that reported forces seized donkeys carrying high-powered explosives from Iran into Iraq, show this battle is not just a fight against terrorism but that it’s also a proxy war against Iran. Leaving will only make our enemies convinced America can be defeated.

2 Nov
2006
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I’m going to actually enjoy seeing Spitzer as Governor:

Even though he hasn’t officially won, I’m getting that tingle that you get a few days before Christmas staring at the presents under the tree. You know what’s in the big box but you just can’t wait until you can open and enjoy it. Now Democrat’s in New York are getting that same feeling, mine is for a different reason.

I’m going to enjoy as Spitzer scrambles to find a way to pay for everything he’s promised especially as New York’s tax receipts will start to slow as the economy tops. Spitzer is going to have to either go back on his spending plans or raise taxes.

I’m going to enjoy as his “reform” pledge amounts to nothing except maybe a timely bloated budget and Silver getting the boot.

I’m going to watch upstate New York see no improvement.

The best though will be watching New York States real-estate market tumble. New Yorkers will see the value of their homes decline, making them angry with no one to blame but Eliot.

It’s going to be fun times by all.

2 Nov
2006
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The biggest moderate I know:

My mother-in-law and I are close. She understands and is more informed then most people I know when it comes to history and politics. We regularly have conversations and debates about politics and what I have come to learn over the years is that she is the most moderate person I know. Her voting habits don’t reflect an allegiance to a party but to the individual she thinks will do the best job.

Last night we had our “who are you voting for on Tuesday” conversation. Here is how the biggest moderate you will ever meet is voting.

Senator: Hillary Clinton. It’s hard to argue with her here. My argument against Hillary was that she’s not a New Yorker and I hate that the media treats her like we should be privileged that she’s chose us. In addition I don’t like being a stepstool for her. Mom being the moderate doesn’t care about that stuff, thinks Hillary has done well and doesn’t trust Spencer.

Comptroller: Chris Callaghan. Hevesi is a crook enough said.

Attorney General: Jeannine Pirro: Always liked Pirro and thinks she would do a great job as AG. Thinks Cuomo is overrated and is running on his name not qualifications.

Governor: Not voting as a protest: Doesn’t like Spitzer and thinks he’s going to raise taxes and throw money at everyone he gets the chance. Doesn’t like Faso mainly because he has made no effort to court the States voters and if you weren’t paying attention you wouldn’t even know he was the candidate. She feels he has no message other then he won’t raise taxes. I gave her the devils advocate pitch but she can’t vote for someone she doesn’t feel she knows.

I just thought it was interesting and if the moderates like her turn to Pirro and Callaghan, I think Republicans can win those seats.

2 Nov
2006
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Wal-Mart is not on the list:

In October the New York City Council and Christine Quinn completed a report on the high costs of prescription drugs in New York City.

The main finding of the report is that the prices of the same drug swings depending on the location of the pharmacy providing it. The report complains that two years after the City Council signed a law requiring pharmacy’s to list the price of their drugs consumers are not using it to price shop like they would a TV. The report makes a number of recommendations including starting a citywide public information campaign to educate citizens about the benefit of generic drugs.

I find it interesting that as the City Council is writing reports and complaining about the lack of cheap prices they still are doing their best to keep Wal-Mart out. The company has already announced it’s moving its $4 prescription drug offer to New York and if the City Council allowed them to open a number of the City Councils concerns would be covered.

The average price of drugs would come down, as the City Council would like.

A public information campaign would occur on Wal-Mart’s dime not the taxpayer, as they would advertise the benefit of generic drugs like crazy.

Other pharmacies would then also be forced to lower their drug prices and advertise them in order to compete with Wal-Mart.

As the City Council writes reports on why drug prices are high, the answer has been staring them in the face all along. Competition.

1 Nov
2006
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Joke?

The response coming out of the Democrat camp is that John Kerry’s comments were just a “joke”.

Well I watched the clip and at no point did I see Kerry smiling or laughing during or after he made the comment. He looked pretty damn serious to me and was obviously reading from a script.

1 Nov
2006
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Really? Schumer co-wrote this?

Almost fell out of my chair when I saw who co-authored this piece in The Wall Street Journal calling for less regulation in the US financial markets to keep NY competitive on the global market. Bloomberg is a businessman, so his stance is no surprise, but Schumer? It’s nice to see a Democrat openly stand-up for corporate America. They even bring up making it harder to file frivolous shareholder lawsuits. It should be interesting to see if his party turns on him like they turned on Lieberman.

I look forward to seeing Bloomberg & Schumer put their plan into action.

1 Nov
2006
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Should America’s Presidential election go back to its original format?

If you ask most Americans, chances are they wouldn’t know how the early Presidents and Vice-Presidents of this country were decided.

Starting with our country’s first Presidential election until the signing of the 12th Amendment, the Vice-President was the individual who received the second most electoral votes. This led to the obvious result of have the winning Party hold the Presidency and the losing Party the Vice-Presidency. This is how one of our country’s biggest political enemies in history, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, ended up serving with each other.

As we look out over our 50/50 nation today and the divisiveness that grips us, I wonder if going back to such a format would be better for the nation. Having the other Party hold the Vice-Presidency would give comfort to the party out of power and for the nation, the devils advocate it needs.

Though I’m a Republican and believe when it comes to economic and foreign policy they have a better understanding of the realities of the world, I also believe that having a dissenting voice allows only the strongest and best policies to survive.

The early days of our nation had issues like whether to even build a military that were more decisive, heated and critical then the issues we currently are fighting over today, like stem cell research. If John Adams and Thomas Jefferson could survive during a time when the rules were still being written I’m sure today’s political Party’s could make it work as well.

1 Nov
2006
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Kerry should tell that to my three cousins:

Yesterday John Kerry while speaking at Pasadena City College insulted U.S. service personnel and their families when he told the students in the crowd:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Though Democrats are trying to paint it as a slip of the tongue, it’s not even close. A slip of the tongue is when you mistakenly say one word when you mean another. John Kerry spat out a crafted sentence. You don’t slip on a whole sentence!

Comments like these are typical of a northeast elitist Liberal like Kerry. They pretend to understand and try to convince people like the NASCAR society in this country that they’re one of them but Americans no better, which is why he lost the 2004 election by 2 million votes.

I take personal exception to Kerry’s comments since I currently have three cousins in the Navy. These three guys could have gone to any college but instead decided they wanted to see the world and be part of something that is exciting and rewarding.

The oldest is coming out soon after two tours; the second just signed up for a second and the third (who are all brothers) is serving his first tour. All three will come out disciplined young men ready to contribute to our society more than any person who decided to go to some State or City college instead.

To think this guy wants to be Commander in Chief.