For a great lesson in free markets, check out Milton Friedman’s PBS series, ‘Free to Choose’ , which Idea Channel is streaming online at www.ideachannel.tv.
OK YRs… This just came across… Let the NYYRC know what you think.
As State of the Union addresses go, it wasn’t tediously long and self serving, like Bill Clinton’s 2000 address. But it wasn’t a barn-burner, like some of Bush’s earlier speeches in the House chamber.
Bush’s address had some nice ambitious notes in it: reducing our use of gasoline by 20% in ten years; market-based coverage for the uninsured. But like in speeches past, both from Bush and his predecessors, we are not exactly sure how we are to achieve these goals. But at least he’s thrown down the gauntlet. Whether the folks he addressed in the House and Senate will take up that challenge is another story.
There were a couple of nice moments that only the power of television could provide and they made the speech that much more fun to watch. The first was New York CIty’s own Wesley Autrey was in the gallery and got a shout-out from the President. He appeared to thoroughly enjoy the moment that he earned with his courage.
The second was Barack Obama sitting directly in front of Hillary Clinton. I don’t know how the seating assignments were drawn for this affair, but their proximity for the cameras must have drawn more than a few chuckles from the House staff. Clinton and Obama did a good job of pretending not to notice each other, but I can’t help but wonder if they weren’t thinking about 2008 and didn’t hear a word the President said.
Or should I say Chairwoman? Jennifer Saul Yaffa was elected as leader of the New York Republican County Committee last night. Former Chairman James Ortenzio stepped down after nearly four years in the post, which he professed to have enjoyed immensely.
Mrs. Yaffa has spent years fundraising for the GOP and is the National Committeewoman for New York State. We all look forward to working with her.
At the New York Young Republican Club’s January 17, 2007, general meeting, I gave the following address about where we’ve been in 2006, and where we are going in 2007.
In the tradition of transparency and accountability that are the benchmarks of any successful democratically-elected organization, I would like to take a few minutes to present to you the state of New York Young Republican Club as it stands at the beginning of this New Year. I will review for you the accomplishments of 2006, and I will also present a series of projects and ideas for the coming months that I believe will help the Club continue to grow in 2007.
The benchmarks that offer the clearest picture of this organization’s success are its total membership and its fundraising performance. While fundraising does include the generous contributions of Club alumni and supporters, the yearly dues that members pay to join this organization are our principal source of fundraising. Consequently, building a larger membership is key to maintaining a successful operation.
As of December 31, 2006, this organization…
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Day One has Come and Gone… and Eliot’s Changing:
One of governor Spitzer’s “Reforms” reads as such:
“Neither the Governor nor the Lieutenant Governor will hold or participate in any fundraisers within the Capitol Region during the legislative session”
BUT within NYC is fine…
So Let’s go protest the fundraiser he’s holding TONIGHT:
988 fifth ave, cross street is 81st, event starts at 6:00PM
Signs will be provided for. Governor Spitzer is charging $25,000 a head for this event!
Come to the January monthly meeting of the New York Young Republican Club at the Union League at 38 East 37th Street, New York, NY. The meeting begins promptly at 7:00pm.
Featured speakers are Thor Halvorssen, President and CEO of the Human Rights Foundation; an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the American hemisphere. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny.
We will also be hearing from Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. And I will be giving my president’s report on the State of the Club in 2007.
And it’s time to sign up for your 2007 membership. Please visit our membership page for details. You can purchase your membership online, or at tonight’s meeting.
The Union League requires business attire. Please turn off your cell phone upon entry.
THE NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC.
HOSTS HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION’S THOR HALVORSSEN
AT JANUARY GENERAL MEETING
New York, NY – The New York Young Republican Club will hold our January monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. The featured speaker will be Thor Halvorssen of The Human Rights Foundation, an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the American hemisphere.
Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in the spring of 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Halvorssen led the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the nation’s pre-eminent student rights organization. Mr. Halvorssen has appeared on National Public Radio, Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, The Today Show and many others. Mr. Halvorssen is also a film producer.
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan will also address the club.
Please join us at the Union League Club, located at 38 East 37th Street, on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, beginning at 7PM. Business attire required. Please check your coat at the door and turn off your cell phone. This event will be open to media that RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Human Rights Foundation
HRF is an international nonpartisan organization devoted to defending human rights in the American hemisphere. It centers its work on the twin concepts of freedom of self-determination and freedom from tyranny. These ideals include the belief that all human beings have the rights to speak freely, to associate with those of like mind, and to leave and enter their countries. Individuals in a free society must be accorded equal treatment and due process under law, and must have the opportunity to participate in the governments of their countries; HRF’s ideals likewise find expression in the conviction that all human beings have the right to be free from arbitrary detainment or exile and from interference and coercion in matters of conscience. HRF’s International Council includes former prisoners of conscience Vladimir Bukovsky, Palden Gyatso, Armando Valladares, Ramón J. Velásquez, Elie Wiesel, and Harry Wu.
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 Party 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.
After all the talk about how Eliot Spitzer was going to revitalize Upstate New York, his first press release takes a cautious tone.
While explaining his plans to make upstate an economic success, he starts by saying:
“The turnaround we seek won’t be easy and won’t occur immediately, but we will keep at it until the job is done.”
Where have I heard that line before?
He must be practicing for when President Bush puts him in charge of Iraq.
As I read the articles and listen to the interviews it has become clear that not only the future of Iraq but also the future security of our interests at home and abroad are in danger. Despite the President’s best effort to take the fight to the terrorists and do what he knows is best for the security of our nation the people of our country are no longer capable of understanding. Gone are the days when the American people comprehended what was at stake. When they were capable of seeing the risk to the future if we did not act or hold the line.
With even Republicans now falling into the trap the only thing left is for our troops to go the way of Mogadishu in 1993. Al Qeada will be given new life and a new home to plot and attack American and western interests, the way they used Somalia to plot and attack our embassies in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kenya after Clinton pulled out.
The complete pullout of Iraq will be as momentous for Islamic terrorists and their host nations as was the Soviet pullout of Afghanistan. While Americans cheer that we are now home on our couches watching the E Channel, Al Qeada will use the opportunity to plot their next faze of the war.
At what point did we loose our understanding of what it takes to be a powerful and secure nation? Maybe we should be grateful that we’ve even made it this far. Had today’s American mentality beset us two centuries ago, America would very likely still be a handful of states without a western coast or worse the property of either Britain or Mexico. It might not even be the United States but two separate nations of north and south.
Maybe the change came when new generations of Americans forgot what it took us to get here. There is something sad about today’s masses when many don’t know what Pearl Harbor was or in some cases think she’s a singer. How many today even know that we fought a war in 1812, against who and why?
America is still a great nation but is unfortunately receding into a state of vulnerability. The reaction of Americans after 9/11 gave us a brief moment of what once was, a look back into the distant mirror of a time when American’s refused to cave or compromise the way our enemies currently are today and why after our forced withdrawal from Iraq, they will hold all the cards.