Archive from March, 2009
15 Mar
2009
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Sleight of Hand in State Budget

Gov. David Paterson and State Senate Leader Sheldon Silver announced this past week that they will be able to hold the line on some of their ridiculous tax increases (iPod tax, soda tax, etc.) by using the $5 billion block grant due to New York State from the federal spendulus package.

The big problem here, as outlined by E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute, is that Albany is going to be using this new chunk of cash to increase spending. That’s all well and good for this year, but what about next year when there is no stimulus to cover those spending increases?

I guess that means that we have not killed the iPod tax; we’ve just postponed it for a little while.

13 Mar
2009
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Freedom Among Tyranny

It now seems apparent, obvious to me that we’ve put in office a doctrinaire Marxist. This statement might seem unnecessarily controversial, but anyone who takes the time to familiarize themselves with Marx and the history of Communism would likely agree. (Why else would he be demonizing our capitalist system and its producers from the Presidential podium on a regular basis, driving our stock market down and down and down, without respite?) Or, to paraphrase David Limbaugh, if you still doubt his Marxism, then ask yourself: How would a Marxist act if elected president?

In light of this fact, and in light of our utterly incomprehensible foreign policy, I pose a question:

Does it seem unlikely that before the end of this (I pray only) 4 years, Israel and Taiwan, beacons of liberty in seas of totalitarianism, will be betrayed by our president?

After all, in his view they represent unprogressed societies, halfway, backward societies, waiting for the Great Liberation that is Communism.

13 Mar
2009
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Project Fierce: Rebuilding the American Auto Industry

Intrepid automotive critic and indomitable gear head George J. Notaras has come up with the ultimate plan to save America’s automobile industry. Notaras’s plan, called Project Fierce, illustrates a number of practical and necessary steps to bring America back to to the top of the automotive heap, such as it is.

Among the items:

  • The engineer or engineers that increase horsepower and performance while simultaneously improving economy will win a date with Jessica Alba.
  • Immediately ban all minivans—the automotive equivalent to stretch pants, which say to the world “I have given up on life and just don’t care anymore.” I would institute an anonymous Minivan for Muffins exchange program.
  • Immediately discontinue all overlapping, uncompetitive and just plain dated models (i.e. Mercury).
  • Mandate that all packaging and technology items be under the control of the Apple Computer industrial designers. No exceptions.

There are many more suggestions like these, but I heartily encourage you to read them for yourself.

And remember, when Notaras’s nomination comes up for America’s car czar, be sure to show your support. He’s likely the best man President Obama could find for the job. He’s not a Democrat, but at least that guarantees that he has paid his taxes.

13 Mar
2009
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More Reasons to Reject Card Check…

…including the double-standard that applies for entering and leaving a union, the mandatory arbitration provision, and other little tidbits that will ultimately harm American workers and the economy.

Check it out here at Real Clear Markets.

13 Mar
2009
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Freeman Blames the Jews for Failed Intelligence Nomination

Charles Freeman, who had been nominated to run President Obama’s National Intelligence Council, withdrew his nomination this week in the face of growing criticism over his background. Freeman’s nomination became increasingly in doubt after it became known that he was an apologist of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and someone who has questionable ties to the Chinese, and even more questionable views on Israel and the Middle East.

Rather than accept his fate as the tide turned against him, Freeman decided to fall back on an old, tired, and rather shameful excuse: he was the victim of the pro-Israel lobby – that Illuminati-like mystery cabal that supposedly holds sway over America’s foreign policy.

Did Israelis lobby against Freeman? Frankly, I think that’s beside the point. What gets me is that, rather than accepting his fate and taking it like a man, Freeman chose to ignore his own shortcomings and blame a nameless, faceless group.

13 Mar
2009
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Obama Too Tired to Treat PM Brown with Proper Respect

Many people are skeptical about President Obama’s foreign policy skills, but offering a welcoming hand to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown ought to be a no-brainer. Great Britain is our oldest and staunchest ally. Obama has superhuman charm skills and you’d think he would be a great host. You’d think.

Brown came to Washington and met a White House and a State Department that was embarrassingly unprepared for his arrival. No state dinner, no joint press conference. Brown presented Obama with the definitive biography of Winston Churchill and then found out that the bust of Churchill given by Tony Blair to George W. Bush was returned by Obama’s staff to the British embassy. Brown then presented Obama with a pen holder made from the timber of a warship that combated the slave trade. In return Obama gave Brown a stack of Hollywood DVDs. Doubly unthoughtful because Brown is blind in one eye and thereof is not much of a movie buff, and the DVDs are not compatible with British playing systems.

The excuse the White House gave for this embarrassing performance was that Obama is overwhelmed with handling the financial crisis and is exhausted and out of sorts. He’s this exhausted after 50 days? And people are comparing him to FDR and Lincoln?

One State Department official, when questioned by the London Telegraph, compounded the embarrassment by insulting the special relationship between America and Great Britain. “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.”

If this is a clue to how our foreign policy is going to be handled over the next four years, then we have some serious problems coming our way.

This is a sneak peek at the Friday Digest available at The Patriot Post

12 Mar
2009
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Get on the BUS, and come to TROY!

NYSYR Tedisco Campaign Weekend in Troy, NY.
March 21-22, 2009

The NYYRC is going to rent a bus, which will leave from Manhattan on Saturday, March 21 at 7 a.m., tentatively. I am going up to Troy on Friday night, but Jen Gallacher will be there Saturday morning, and Villamor Asuncion will be on the bus with you. We are renting the bus because we expect about 30 people.

The bus will leave Troy on Sunday night, after dinner. So please confirm that you are definitely in, so we can arrange the bus and the hotel rooms. If you are definitely coming, you must let me and Jen Gallacher know, so we can get you a spot on the bus and a hotel room.

The club will book the hotel room, and pay your registration, food and transportation. If you don’t confirm that you are definitely coming, we can’t book a hotel room for you. More information is available at http://www.nysyr.us/events/2009_Spring_Meeting.pdf .

Republican Jim Tedisco, currently the minority leader in the Assembly, is running for Congress against Democrat Scott Murphy, in Congressional District 20, the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand. The Special Election is Tuesday, March 31. Our goal is to retake the House, and that goal begins with Jim Tedisco on March 31!

So get on the bus, and I’ll see you in Troy!

~ Matthew Hindin
NYYRC Campaign Chair
campaign@nyyrc.com

12 Mar
2009
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Open Letter to all YRs — Bloomberg and the Republican Party Line

Dear Fellow YRs,
There’s been much talk lately about the YRs and whether or not we’re endorsing the idea of Mayor Mike Bloomberg running as a Republican. A couple of our sister clubs are against the idea. Specifically, the Brooklyn and Bronx YRs have come out against Bloomberg, asking their County Chairman to “Say No!” Brooklyn Chairman Craig Eaton held a meeting last week where Brooklyn’s GOP endorsed Bloomberg.

Here in Manhattan, the NY County Republican Party has made the sound decision to honor the process by allowing the Committee Officers and District Leaders to screen any and all candidates for office. These actions of recognition and respect for the individuals that make up the backbone and the grassroots operation of Manhattan’s GOP are just a few reasons why we have the largest and most active YR Club in the Country.

The NYYRC, Inc. will abide by our governing documents and not endorse any candidates until the Primary Election has concluded. We are an organization with an extremely large constituency and as Republicans we believe in individual freedoms and liberties, i.e. the NYYRC Executive Board WILL NOT tell our members how to think and which candidates to support. Again, we have binding documents that we will abide by. We have and will continue to encourage our members to get involved in any campaigns that they support. We will NOT alienate our members, but disseminate information and support their choices.

I hope this clears up any confusion that folks out there have. We here at the NYYRC are about open and frank discussions, because the best ideas always perculate to the top. That’s why we’re Republicans!

Best,
Lynn Krogh
NYYRC – President

12 Mar
2009
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Call Rep. McHugh – Don’t Support Card Check!

Union-beholden Democrats submitted the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) today in Congress and Representative John McHugh (NY-23) turned up as one of three Republicans out of the 223 co-sponsors of the bill.

EFCA is many things, but “free” is certainly not one of them. It’s main goal is to take away workers’ right to a secret ballot so that unions can openly shame, cajole, and intimidate those who do not vote to support unionization of their shops.

Unions and their supporters have no problem trying to shout down any opposition to the EFCA. Maybe it’s time we started shouting up our own opposition. Rep. McHugh’s Washington office can be reached at (202) 225-4611. Give him a call and let him know that you do not support EFCA, and neither should he. It’s bad for workers, and it’s bad for our country. Be nice, but be firm.

9 Mar
2009
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Is Rush Bad For The Republican Party?

Newsweek has released this week’s cover story by David Frum entitled “Why Rush is Wrong.” It is an interesting take on the central figure of the conservative movement in America, but doesn’t completely understand Rush’s message.

David Frum is one of main critics of conservatives who want to return the Republican Party to the policies of Ronald Reagan. He believes that the party needs to retire its fascination with tax cuts and come up with real world solutions for health care and the environment. He also believes that they need to tone down criticism of abortion and gay rights by becoming more socially moderate. His evidence shows that Republicans are slipping in states that they used to own like California and are not receiving a majority of the youth or college-educated vote. «Read More»

However…this problem was not caused by Rush Limbaugh. The Republican Party lost the youth vote because it lost its ability to communicate its message to younger voters. The party was totally vacant from Social Networks and Text Messaging and continues to have no role in popular culture (unless you consider it’s portrayal of Sarah Palin as a demon that must be destroyed). If your message is not where young people spend their time, then how can you expect them to vote for you?

The GOP lost the college-educated vote because it didn’t present a consistent alternative to the big government policies being presented by the Democrats. Also…don’t forget that the candidate who made the best case for tax cuts during the election was Obama…and not McCain. When the GOP loses the tax cuts argument, how can you expect them to receive college educated voters? Who wouldn’t vote for a man who told them if they make less than $250,000 a year they would receive a tax cut? All McCain offered was more of the same from President Bush’s playbook…as President Obama said. People wanted change and the GOP didn’t deliver.

The principles espoused by Rush Limbaugh every Monday-Friday are the tenets of conservatism that must not waiver under any attack from any group. He believes in personal responsibility and individual liberty. He believes that all Americans should be able to accumulate wealth and create opportunities for themselves without government interference. Rush believes in a strong national defense to maintain our way of life and social policies that protect all human life.

Although Rush may come across as a little too “In Your Face” for intellectuals…he connects with everyday voters better than Mr. Frum or any other “conservative” stooges that Academia and the Media love. He is one of us. He loves America and the freedom that it provides. If the central tenets of America are so wrong, why do thousands of people put their lives on the line every year to reach its borders illegally.

The GOP was going to same sort of division when Gerald Ford lost reelection to Jimmy Carter in 1977. Ronald Reagan’s speech at CPAC in 1976 reminded conservatives to stick to their principles and unite around a common message. A week ago at CPAC, Rush Limbaugh gave all of us a similar message. We conservatives must come together under the principles espoused by Rush Limbaugh and other prominent conservatives and find a leader who will fight for us. Infighting is very common amongst a group of people and it is nothing to be ashamed about. From this ideological battle we will come out stronger than before and be united as one to defeat President Obama, the Democrats, and their ideas for America. Yes we HOPE HE FAILS…and we win. Isn’t that the point of having two parties?