Archive from March, 2009
29 Mar
2009
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Health Reform Monologue

18 health care groups have banded together to create what they call the Health Reform Dialogue. This statement mostly mirrors the Obama administration’s take on the health care issue, but it leaves out some rather important issues, like how to pay for it.

29 Mar
2009
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Give Our Veterans What They Deserve

This is an item worthy of your attention:

H.R. 333 – a.k.a. The Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act

Summary: Permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability rated less than 50 percent to receive concurrent payment of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, to eliminate the phase-in period for concurrent receipt, to extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to chapter 61 disability retirees with less than 20 years of service.

This bill was introduced in the 110th Session, but went nowhere. It was reintroduced on January 8, 2009, but it is stuck in committee again. How much deliberation does a simple bill like this need? They’ve already had two years to discuss it.

Call or email your representatives today and let them know you want our veterans to get the benefits they deserve now.

24 Mar
2009
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Don’t Give Up the European Missile Defense

Poland is calling on the United States not to cave in to the Russians over the missile defense system we had planned to install there. Lately President Obama has been willing to use the system as a bargaining chip in order to achieve better relations with Russia.

Such a move is ill-advised. Inconsistency and noncommittal attitudes with allies does not make for good foreign policy. Improving strained relations with certain nations should not be achieved at the expense of good relations with nations that stand by us like Poland.

24 Mar
2009
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Treading Carefully in Unchartered Waters

The (self) righteous anger that emerged from Congress last week over the AIG bonus situation was a perfect example of just the type of damage that can come from the government during trying economic times. After shrugging aside the role that Christopher Dodd played in allowing the AIG bonuses to go forward in the first place, the redistributionists now want to punish AIG and other beneficiaries of bailout bucks by imposing a 90 percent tax on those same bonuses.

The Obama administration and some cooler heads on Capitol Hill are justifiably squeamish about the idea. It may be unconstitutional. It also sets a bad precedent of targeting specific groups with punishing taxes. If this new tax flies, who can say where it will lead next? Media companies that generate product critical of the government? Manufacturers not deemed to be environmentally friendly?

Robert Samuelson, who is probably one of the best economic columnists around, wrote today that while government has sometimes actually come to the rescue in prior economic emergencies, subscribing to the theory that government should have a controlling hand in our markets is a dangerous proposition.

President Obama said on 60 Minutes that “we can’t govern outta anger.” He’s right. But he may have to face down his comrades in Congress if he truly intends to stand by that point.

24 Mar
2009
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All Eyes on Tedisco Race

Over 70 Young Republicans from around New York State gathered in Troy this past weekend to campaign for Jim Tedisco, who is looking to win the 20th Congressional District in a special election on March 31. It’s a close race and everyone is watching this one.

As the first special Congressional election of the Obama administration, many are considering this race to be a referendum on the stimulus package. Assemblyman Tedisco’s opponent has publicly endorsed the stimulus, complete with its wasteful spending and its gaping loopholes that allowed distressed companies like AIG to pay its executives huge bonuses with taxpayer money.

If you want to show your support by volunteering for Tedisco or spreading the word about his campaign to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington, there is still time to help out. Visit www.JimTedisco.com.

23 Mar
2009
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AP covers Monserrate indictment, omits his party affiliation

As if you needed more proof of the liberal media bias and death of journalism, check out this AP article, where the Associated Press covers the indictment of Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate, and omits one key piece of information – his party affiliation.

Hiram Monserrate is a Democrat. If he was an indicted Republican, the AP and every other member of the “drive-by” liberal media would gleefully include that fact. What did Hiram do? On December 19, Hiram slashed his girlfriend’s face with broken glass, and the gash over her eye required 25 stitches. Of course, Hiram claimed his innocence, just like every guilty criminal. He said it was an accident, like the stabber whose defense is “she walked into my knife.”

Again, if Hiram was a Republican, that fact would be in the story. But the drive-by liberal media doesn’t report the news anymore. They report whatever will advance their cause. Journalism is dead. Journalism is now pure propaganda.

17 Mar
2009
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President Obama: Cooling As The Weather Is Warming

As the temperature begins to get warmer with spring just a week away, President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are heading in the other direction. Yes, the American public is cooling to the 44th president of the United States and he could use some global warming right about now. The president’s approval rating has fallen to 56% in the latest Rasmussen poll after being 65% on innauguration day. However what’s more striking for President Obama is that his disapproval rating has surged to 43% in Rasmussen and 34% in the more left-leaning CNN/Opinion Research poll. So why has “the annointed one” fallen from such favor?

Clive Crook in the Financial Times states that the president has lost the center of the country who supported him over John McCain in the election. He states that the American people though they were getting a centrist, but instead have received an ideological liberal. He even states that President Obama’s attacks on Rush Limbaugh made him look “silly” and the public thought with the economy the way it is that this was no time to play politics. Simply put, the American people thought they were getting a president who was above petty Washington partisanship, but instead they received a guy who revels in it.
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David P. Gushee in USA Today makes the central point that evangelicals who voted for Obama thought he would bridge the divide brought forth by the culture wars, but instead those barriers have held firm. Gushee had hoped that the Democratic Party platform of trying to limit abortions meant that they were attempting to move to the center on that issue. Instead, the president’s reversal of the Mexico City Policy, his appointment of strong abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius, and his allowing of embryonic stem cell research has alienated social conservatives and even moderates. President Obama has launched an attack on life in favor of groups such as planned parenthood

However, his biggest source of disapproval comes from his managing of the economy through massive government spending that has yet to generate any sort of economic recovery. President Obama knows that if his stimulus package fails that he will be a very unpopular president and for the first time in over two years he is not receiving overwhelming admiration from the public.

Adam Nagourney in a front page piece in today’s New York Times states that the administration is “Bracing For a Backlash On Wall Street Bailouts.” They are worried that people could start to show their anger over the bailing out CEO’s and executives and that ultimately a populist uprising could breakout. They are also fearful that since Obama was a Harvard Law School professor and a Hyde Park resident in Chicago, that he can be easily tied to elitist Wall Street types who are benefitting from his policies. If this turns out to be true, Obama could lose a lot of support in states like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana that were crucial to his presidential victory. That would put the party in tough shape for the 2010 midterm election and maybe even make the president vulnerable for reelection in 2012

The worst news for President Obama is that he can no longer blame this bad economy on Bush, because the public is no longer buying it. Carter also got a pass for a while because of Nixon and Ford, but eventually his horrid policies proved to be his undoing. The Republicans have a great chance to gain seats in Congress as long as they stand on their principles of individualism and personal responsibiilty. The public is getting a taste of what America will be if both don’t exist anymore and they are starting to get a bitter taste in their mouth. The Revolution has begin and the president must adjust or deal with the consequences. It is crucial for Republicans to stay on message and give the American people an alternative. It is what the party needs to gain strength and once again have major role in formulating policy in Washington, D.C.

17 Mar
2009
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What Does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

Click here for an impressive visualization.

17 Mar
2009
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Beware Fairness Doctrine II

The Democrats recognized early that reinstalling the Fairness Doctrine was a non-starter with the American public at large. After all, how do you convince people that all political views aren’t being expressed in the public square when pretty much everyone has access to 500 television channels, 1,000 satellite radio stations, 4-6 million blogs, and some 10-15 million Web sites.

Of course, the real reason behind the liberal love affair with the Doctrine is to break the hold conservatives have on talk radio. They couldn’t do it through commerce. Remember that farce known as Air America radio?

So now those wily donkeys have come up with something new: the Durbin Doctrine. This new and improved Fairness Doctrine means to “promote diversity in communication media ownership.” This is a delightfully nebulous way of saying that the Democrats in Congress will repeal and redistribute broadcast licenses at will in order to push like-minded programming that will drown out opposing views.

Stalin would be so proud.

17 Mar
2009
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Pelosi Quietly Downgrades Impact of Stimulus

During the heady days of February when the Democrats were eagerly auctioning off our future with their fantastic stimulus package, Speaker Nancy Pelosi bragged that the $750-plus billion ($1 trillion including interest) package would create or save 4 million new jobs.

Now, some three weeks later, she’s talking about 3 million jobs saved or created.

Do I hear 2 million? 1 million? Do I hear a washout?