Archive from February, 2009
27 Feb
2009
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NYSYR Spring Board Meeting & Targeted Campaign Weekend

New York State Young Republicans (NYSYR)
Spring Board Meeting and Targeted Campaign Weekend
March 20-22, 2009.

Hotel, meeting, location, schedule and transporation information, as well as the official registration form, can be found in this google document.

See ya in Troy!

27 Feb
2009
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Why American Princess Loves the South…

While we’re talking about 1 Trillion dollars in new taxes, I figure I’ll take a cue from American Princess (http://americanprincessblog.com/)and remind everyone to keep a tight grip on their guns, as well as their money…

http://americanprincessblog.com/?p=3600

(a Big TY to Shep for passing it on…)

26 Feb
2009
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GOP Looks To Make A Northeast Comeback

Stuart Rothenberg in The Rothenberg Political Report analyzes Republicans chances for gaining gubernatorial and congressional seats heading into 2010.

For New York, he believes that Jim Tedisco has a good chance of grabbing Sen. Kirsten Gillenbrand’s open seat in the 2oth congressional district. He also sees Greg Ball being able to defeat Democrat Rep. Jim Hall in the 19th district.

As for major contests in the Northeast, Rothenberg believes that former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie could defeat NJ Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009 and that Sen. Chris Dodd could be in trouble for re-election in Connecticut.

26 Feb
2009
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Americans Confidence Shaken In War On Terror

According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, only 47% of Americans believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror.

This is a remarkable 15% drop from two weeks ago and provides President Obama with a major hurdle to overcome in foreign policy. Last week, Obama decided to commit an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan and plans to remove all combat troops out of Iraq by August 2010.

Remember…the main reason President Obama won the Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton was his early opposition to the Iraq War. His main reason for opposing the war is that he felt the United States needed to focus on the Taliban in Afghanistan and catching Osama Bin Laden.

This is now President Obama’s war and he already has to deal with skepticism from the American people on whether or not it is being won. Although the economy is his main challenge, the young president needs to show that he is a strong commander-in-chief who can make wise decisions about the use of our military.

If Iraq reverses into sectarian violence and Afghanistan becomes a worse problem, then President Obama’s approval rating will plummet like a rock. It is important that he follows the commands of Gen. David Petreaus and Sec. of Defense Robert Gates who stabilized the situation in Iraq. They have the experience needed to guide a newly inaugurated president to a winning strategy in the Middle Last

26 Feb
2009
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Join the Tea Party This Saturday in City Hall Park

If you are in New York this weekend, and you have had it up to your eyeballs with the stimulus package, then you need to come to City Hall Park at 2:00pm for the Tea Party.

The Tea Party, and 39 other such parties around the country this weekend, will be a show of unity and protest over the government’s willingness to gamble away our present and our future with its sham stimulus package.

You can RSVP here or just show up. There are more supporters of responsible government than you know. Come by and see for yourself. This is the real thing.

2PM, Saturday Feb. 28th, City Hall Park in Manhattan. Socializing afterwards. Let’s make our voice heard in NYC!

Agenda:

2:00pm start time: Organizers comments

2:10pm: Confirmed speakers and anyone from the crowd who wishes to address everyone.

2:45pm: Closing statements, press interviews

3:00pm: End.

25 Feb
2009
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Obama picks Israel-hater to chair National Intelligence Council

Check out Gabriel Schoenfeld’s Opinion Article in the Wall Street Journal, about President Obama picking Charles “Chas” Freeman Jr. for chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Freeman is a notorious China apologist, Israel basher, Palestinian apologist, and Islamic Terrorist apologist.

Freeman was the President of the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC), which in 2006 published the controversial and disgusting essay, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt. Freeman himself defended the article and endorsed its thesis, that American Jews have a “stranglehold” on the U.S. Congress, which they employ to tilt the U.S. toward Israel at the expense of broader American interests. It pains me to even write those words, those lies. But it doesn’t bother Barack Obama.

I am a Jew. I spent months warning every Jew I could that Barack Obama was bad for Israel, bad for Jews, and good for Islamic Terrorists. But none of my friends and family listened. And John McCain refused to say it. On Election Day, 78% of Jews voted for Obama. Mayor Bloomberg went to Florida to tell old Jewish people that Obama was not a Moslem. Jews went to Florida to tell their grandparents to vote for Obama. I am disappointed and ashamed that eight out of ten Jews voted for this man. Now, to quote Jeremiah Wright, our “chickens are coming home to roost.” Obama is appointing as many Israel-haters and Jew-haters as he can. You can decide for yourself if Obama himself hates Israel and hates Jews.

25 Feb
2009
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A Matter of Great Concern

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is “making brisk headway” for the launch of the Taepodong-2 that will carry the nation’s first….err…..the “second” experimental communications satellite after failed tests in 1998 and 2006. Many analysts believe that Pyongyang is attempting to test the willingness of the BHO White House to bargain a deal, especially after the six party talks on verifying their nuclear activities have been on hold since mid-2008. South Korea, having linked financial aid to disarmament, has cost the North $300 million in aid and therefore may be trying to turn public opinion against President Lee Myung-bak’s policy.

As Iran has been the major recipient of North Korea’s missile technology, how they was first to succeed in space probably eludes them.

25 Feb
2009
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Paterson Favorability Takes a Dive

Like most Americans, I eschew political polling unless the results confirm my own beliefs or prejudices. Case in point: the latest polling by Siena College’s Research Institute indicates that Governor David Paterson is at an all-time low in popularity (40 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable) and job performance (28 percent positive, 69 percent negative).

In hypothetical 2010 election match-ups, Paterson fares no better. In this poll, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo leads Paterson 53 percent to 27 percent in a Demo primary. In a race against Rudy Giuliani, Paterson gets beaten by 15 percentage points.

Right now only 19 percent of voters are prepared to vote for Paterson in 2010. 57 percent would rather vote for “someone else.”

Check out the full results here.

24 Feb
2009
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Santelli Nation

The Politico reports that a Rasmussen poll found 55% of those surveyed (49% of Democrats) believe that Obama’s federal mortgage subsidies “rewards bad behavior”. As you recall, CNBC’s Rick Santelli passionately argued last Thursday against the mortgage bailout and stimulus plan. The White House press secretary, Bobby Gibbs, brushed off Santelli’s comments, dismissing him “as a know-nothing derivatives trader out of touch with Main Street”.

Although proponents claim that the plan does not reward irresponsibility but is rather an effort to stabalise the housing and financial markets, both you and I know better.

24 Feb
2009
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Supreme Court Reform Ideas

A group of legal scholars and attorneys gathered recently to develop a detailed proposal to reform the Supreme Court. Among the items addressed are term lengths and appointments as well as changes in how the high court actually handles and picks its cases.

I’m not averse to making some changes to the Supreme Court. For instance, I’ve always believed that in a democratic society no public office of any sort should be a lifetime appointment. I don’t think the Founding Fathers were wrong about too many things, but I think they fouled the ball on that one. On the other hand, I’m extremely concerned about the idea of making fundamental changes to the judicial branch of our government when the Democrats control the White House and Congress. They simply don’t have the respect for the rule of law necessary to undertake such a mature task.