Archive from September, 2009
29 Sep
2009
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It’s Time For President Obama To Lead

President Obama and Democrats are letting ideology stand in the way of making the best decisions for the American people.  It may be what breaks them, but I don’t think they particularly care.  Liberals suffered for eight years under George W. Bush and really haven’t had a clear shot at passing progressive reforms, such as Nationalized Health Care, since Bill Clinton’s first term in office.  You would think after the disastrous defeat of “Hillarycare” in 1994 that the Dems would have learned that extremely partisan bills don’t get through Washington.  But they don’t care to learn.  All they care about expanding government and providing entitlement programs.   They are concerned with gaining enough power to make decisions for the “collective” in expense of the “individual.”  This is why liberal Democrats cannot accept a bill without a public option, even though there are other ways through the private sector of insuring every American.  They don’t care about insuring all Americans, but rather expanding government jobs, so they can retain power.  This is why Dems fight so hard for labor unions and teachers in expense of policies to success in educations,  infrastructure,  and manufacturing. 

Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are liberal ideologues and are not willing to seek common ground with Blue Dogs or Moderate Republicans in coming up with a Health Care bill.  Instead they are working on a plan that will please the liberal side of the Democratic Party, while also looking to coerce Blue Dogs and moderate Republicans to support it.  Health Care reform for the Democrats is not about improving the system, but rather creating another liberal entitlement.  When FDR established his New Deal programs, it was in an effort to stop the Great Depression and save capitalism from extreme leftists who were looking to turn America to socialism.  He had great aims.  The American people aren’t so sure that President Obama’s policies have their best intentions in mind. Unlike FDR, Obama doesn’t have the confidence of a majority of Americans on his desire to provide more government programs

President Obama has been foolish in his first eight months in office by tying himself to Nancy Pelosi and others on the far left in Congress.  It has put him in box that has not allowed him to reach out effectively to the opposition party or conservatives and moderates in his own party.  As President, you must be willing to work with the other side in order to accomplish any significant pieces of legislation.  FDR did  so by gaining Republican support in passing his alphabet soup programs, such as the Public Works Administration, and Social Security through Congress.  Ronald Reagan was able to secure signficant tax cuts for all Americans by working with Tip O’Neil and the Democratic Congress.  In order to make major changes to American industry, such as Health Care reform, a president must be willing to work with the other side to get something done.  He must court the opposition party openly, and not make arrogant, dismissive statements like “we won, we write the bill.”

If during his first month of office, President Obama had reached out to Republicans and allowed them to write the Stimulus bill with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, he would have garnered more bipartisan support for his policies.  However, the Democrats dismissal of all GOP congressman from crafting the Stimulus bill, then bringing it to a vote less than 24 hours after it was completed, harbored ill-will for the President among Republicans.  Now when he really needs their support to pass Health Care reform and create his “Great Society” type program, Republicans are sitting on the sidelines.  Instead, President Obama is dealing with falling poll numbers and a liberal House and Senate that are becoming increasingly unpopular with the American people. Now, President Obama has only two options to passs health care reform after the Senate Finance Committee voted down the public option 15-8 earlier today.  He can either have the more liberal House bill go to the Senate where it can get passed through the “nuclear option” of 51 votes.  Or, he can go forward with the non-public option Max Baucus bill in the Senate, which will infuriate liberals in Congress as he prepares to potentially send more troops into Afghanistan.

Either way, President Obama is set up for failure in 2010 and may be on his way to losing the presidency in 2012.  His campaign-style appeals to the American people to pass his agenda have fallen on deaf ears.  The American people want to see Obama govern, which he has not shown that he is able to do.  He is at the point in his presidency where he can’t vote “present,” but rather needs to make tough decisions based on reason and principle.  No matter what he decides to do on Health Care, the War in Afghanistan, and the Iran nuclear threat, he will be criticized mercily. That’s why he needs to show some political courage and do what he believes is right.

Campaigning around the country and making a multitude of television appearances just won’t cut it anymore.  The American people are sensitized to it by now.  It is time for Obama to show that he is qualified to be president.  Every president reaches a criticial time in their first term and need to respond when the pressure  is on.  Ronald Reagan did so during the 1982 recession by providing tax cuts to middle-class Americans.  George H.W. Bush did so  by winning the Gulf War after Saddam Hussein entered Kuwait. Clinton did so by working with GOP House and Speaker Newt Gingrich by to pass welfare reform after losing the 1994 midterm elections.  George W. Bush did so after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  This is President Obama’s time to make a decision that will define his first term and decide whether or not he wil be reelected.  The time for rhetoric has passed and now its time for action.

25 Sep
2009
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Worth a Read

Mark Levin read much of this on Wednesday – a Reagan speech from 1977.

See here:

Reagan’s New Republican Party

People, in my opinion, often equate principles to exclusion.  Reagan understood better.

17 Sep
2009
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The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. Hosts Harry Stein at September Monthly Meeting

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Contact: Kristine Nalbone

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The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. Hosts Harry Stein at September Monthly Meeting

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Young Republican Club (NYYRC) will host Harry Stein on September 17, to speak about his recent memoir, How I Joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Found Inner Peace.

Harry Stein is the author of eight previous books. The New York Times Book Review called his recent memoir, How I Joined the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Found Inner Peace, “a wickedly funny and moral book.” He has also written for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, GQ, and Esquire, for which he created the”Ethics” column.

Aside from our special speaker, the NYYRC will be hosting Joe Mendola, Republican candidate for NYC Comptroller, and Stephen Kaufman, Republican candidate for the 5th City Council district to speak about their campaigns, where they stand on important issues, as well as what we can do to help. – Please note: the NYYRC does not endorse prior to the primary election but encourages all young republicans to get involved with any candidate of their choosing.

In addition, we will be covering other important club business including:

  • New vision for the blog committee
  • Campaigning for Bloomberg and Chris Christie
  • Recapping successful social at Bourbon St./upcoming events
  • Petitioning nights

Additional details for the meeting are as follows:

R.S.V.P: www.NYYRC.com

Women’s National Republican Club, 3 West 51st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, from 7-8:30pm

About the NYYRC:

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.

11 Sep
2009
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The Bigger They Czar, the Harder They Fall

I wrote a bit about the Van Jones debacle for this week’s Patriot Post Digest. A sample:

Jones’s name appeared on a petition stating that the Bush administration deliberately brought about the 9/11 terrorist attacks to have an excuse to go to war. Jones would only say that he did not review the language of the petition carefully. How complicated must a petition be for a Yale man like Jones not to understand?

The White House hopes that this business will end with Jones’s resignation. But there are at least 30 (some count over 60) additional so-called czars in the White House who also could use a little public scrutiny. There already exist cabinet positions and executive offices for all the tasks that these new apparatchiks manage, but Obama brought them on board as “advisers” to circumvent the checks and balances of presidential appointments.

The whole post can be read here.

11 Sep
2009
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Administration Sings its Own Praises, Again

I know beach reading season is over, but you simply must check out the latest work of fiction put out by the White House.

The Council of Economic Advisers released a report yesterday claiming that the $787 stimulus package has saved or added 1 million jobs to the economy since February. They also claim they are on track to save the 3.5 million jobs that Obama promised earlier this year.

Of course they are. Did you ever for a moment think that they were going to state that they would miss this goal? The idea of tracking “jobs saved or created” requires a level of creative math that would make Bernie Madoff blush. It’s an arbitrary standard that the Obamanauts will be able to fulfill no matter what really happens to the economy.

It is the political equivalent of the old Johnny Carson character Carnac the Magnificent – you get the answer, then make up the question. It seems to be the only way this administration can meet its goals.

11 Sep
2009
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The Rise of Czar’s in The White House…

Read a really interesting piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the appointment of so many so called Czar’s to The White House. Not only does the term Czar scare me quite a bit, but the unnecessary overabundance of them, as well as their radical beliefs i.e. the infamous Mr. Jones and his controversial past….

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125261851127501015.html#mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLEForthNews

10 Sep
2009
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President Obama: Liberalism 101: Health Care Reform

President Obama made it crystal clear tonight that he and the Democratic Party will pass a health care bill at any cost.  It doesn’t matter if Republicans craft the bill or not.  It may not even matter if Blue Dog Democrats help craft bill.  Health Care will be passed.  It is a “moral obligation.”  It is to honor Ted Kennedy.  Nothing will stop them now.  They are committed.

During the month of August, townhalls were held throughout the country where many Americans,  especially conservatives and moderates, showed skepticism toward the bill released by the House before Congress went into recess. Seniors were nervous about provisions regarding end of life care and average Americans saw the possibility that the creation of a public option would deter companies from providing health insurance for their employees.  They saw that a Democratic “dream” of providing health insurance for every American may cause the quality of their health care to suffer.  Washington bureaucrats would control and dictate the coverage they would receive, not private insurers and medical doctors.  The American people were nervous of the President’s intentions and wanted to hear an attempt for bi-partisan health care reform .

Unfortunately, what they got was a rallying cry from President Obama to pass Health Care Reform at any cost.  It was a war speech.  Similar to what President Bush gave after 9/11, which layed out our mission to defeat terrorism around the world.  President Bush attempted to rally Americans to a cause greater then themselves, just as President Obama did tonight.  You think I’m crazy?  Well Salon’s Joan Walsh on MSNBC tonight compared Obama’s speech tonight to very same Bush speech back in 2001.

As conservatives, we love America and are in favor of doing whatever is necessary to defend her from all who look to bring evil to her shores.   We see terrorism as an evil that  must be defeated on moral grounds.   We believe it needs to be defeated because it restricts us from living in freedom and peace.  This is why President Bush strongly created a doctrine that stated that we would go after any country that harbored terrorists and gave them a safe haven to operate. President Obama and the Democrats enemy tonight was something that they consider evil.  Big business.  They believe that insurance companies are big, bad corporations that want to restrict Americans of care, earn “insane profits”, and deny coverage to patients that they see as “unhealthy.”

It was a compelling plea made by the president in order to get passed what Democrats have been seeking to accomplish since the days of the New Deal, which is government-run health care. Conservatives essentially believe that the role of government is protect Americans from forces that prevent citizens from enjoying liberty and freedom.  By protecting their liberty & freedom, conservatives believe that individuals have equal opportunity to make their own choices for what is best for them and their families.  Liberals have a different idea of government.  They believe that liberty & freedom can only be enjoyed by every American receives “necessary” services.  This ideology has caused such entitlement programs as social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps, and now perhaps nationalized health care. 

President Obama’s speech tonight was an assault on high achievers in American society, whether that be the wealthiest Americans or big corporations.  He and Democrats see achievement as something that is morally wrong and unjust.  They don’t see the greatness in our current health care system and how it saves so many lives through groundbreaking procedures that are the envy of the world.  They only sees its inability to provide equal care for everyone.  Therefore, it must be fundamentally changed in the eyes of liberals

President Obama tried his best to hoodwink the American people tonight to accept his vision for health care reform, but what he did a better job of was defining liberalism.  He gave the best explanation of liberalism I have ever heard in a presidential address.  Just read below:

You see, our predecessors understood that government could not, and should not, solve every problem. They understood that there are instances when the gains in security from government action are not worth the added constraints on our freedom. But they also understood that the danger of too much government is matched by the perils of too little; that without the leavening hand of wise policy, markets can crash, monopolies can stifle competition, and the vulnerable can be exploited. And they knew that when any government measure, no matter how carefully crafted or beneficial, is subject to scorn; when any efforts to help people in need are attacked as un-American; when facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter – that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.

This very passage is at the center of the Obama presidency and modern Democratic Party.  It goes to very core of what they believe is best for America and its people.  They believe they are ones to solves big challenges, not the private sector.   Liberals believe in providing a choice for you, so you don’t have have to be responsible for your own choices.  However, choosing from and contributing to a marketplace of goods and services is what makes us free.  It is what creates entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and progress.   Liberalism creates a fear in people that the world is too compicated for them to  comprehend.  That we need to follow its guiding hand rather than our own reasoning to make decisions regarding what is best for us. It provides certainty to our lives, rather then experimentation.  It gives us security and stability, and restricts creativity and flexibility.  It makes us subjects, rather rulers.  It makes us become followers and not leaders.

President Obama tonight told us that we should just stop our doubting and just let him take control of the wheel.  His version of Health Care Reform is what is best for our country and we will thank him for it later.  We should trust him and government to do what is right.  We need to have faith in him to lead us to the promised land.  He is our “messiah.”  Yes, we can.  Yes, we will.  Yes, we must.  Yes, or else.  Yes, or we take or chances. Yes, or we face peril.

STOP FEAR-MONGERING.  We won’t buy it anymore.   Mr. President please lead us and don’t try to bully us.  There is a difference

 

9 Sep
2009
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Could Democratic Furloughs Lead to a GOP Opportunity?

Check out how cash-strapped states are trying to meet their budget numbers and what it could mean for the coming elections at NewMajority.com

8 Sep
2009
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Hitch a Ride on the Tea Party Express

The Tea Party Express is headed to Washington this weekend to give the liberals what-for about health care, the stimulus, and numerous other ham-handed attempts to wrestle freedom from our clutches and put the government in greater control of our lives.

Alas, I won’t be able to make it, but there is still a chance for you to hitch a ride. Check out TeaPartyExpress.org for more details.

2 Sep
2009
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The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. Attends GOP Chairman Forum; Extends Gratitude to All in Attendance

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The New York Young Republican Club, Inc. Attends GOP Chairman Forum; Extends Gratitude to All in Attendance

– Race for Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee Heats Up –

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Young Republican Club (NYYRC) would like to formally thank all those in attendance at the lively New York Republican County Committee (NYRCC) GOP Chairman Forum on September 1st .  The event served as a speaking platform for candidates Ed Cox and Henry Wojtaszek who are running to succeed Joe Mondello as Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee.  There was an impressive turnout of district leaders, state committee members, several club presidents from various affiliated organizations, and New York media.

“It was exciting to see the passion within both Cox and Wojtaszek, and I think whichever candidate wins will be a dynamic Chairman,” said Matthew Hindin, Campaign Chair of the NYYRC.  “I always love attending events like these because you can see the candidates in such an open setting and you can get in-depth insight into each candidate’s stance on important issues relevant to the role of the Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee.”

Jason Weingartner, former president of the NYYRC and current executive director of the NYRCC, kicked off the night with warm opening remarks and quickly turned the floor over to Daniel Isaacs who promptly announced he has withdrawn his name from the ballot.   Isaacs had nothing but positive feedback and remarks for Cox and Wojtaszek, stating they are both “excellent choices.”  Both candidates are undoubtedly qualified for the position, remarked Weingartner.

The highlight of the night was hearing each candidate deliver their vision to the entire room.  Ed Cox has an impressive background having served past Presidents, Governors and the Republican Party for decades, and Henry Wojtaszek does as well currently reigning as the dynamic Niagara County GOP Chairman.  Cox led things off by discussing his strategy plans for fundraising, campaigning and communication, and Wojtaszek heated things up by stressing the failures of the party, and outlining his plan for relentlessly revitalizing it. 

“My favorite part of the night was when the candidates took questions from the audience,” said Lynn Krogh, president of the NYYRC.  “Some really interesting ones like how each candidate would give young Republicans and minority groups more of a voice in the statewide party, and how the statewide party would support local candidates evoked interesting and candid responses.”

Each candidate brings valuable assets to the table and it will be fascinating to see how things shake out.  During the Q&A session with the audience Cox explained his contacts with influential Republicans nationwide, his efforts statewide, and his intimacy with New York City.  Wojtaszek demonstrated his knowledge of new communication technologies and guerilla campaigning, as well as his relentless passion for stimulating the Republican Party.

Overall this event was a great success from a Republican Party standpoint and really electrifies this race.  The New York Young Republican Club appreciates everyone who participated and attended.  As a reminder, the next Chairman will be elected at a formal meeting which must be called within 15 days after the primary elections which are held on September 15th.  A location is yet to be determined and more details will follow on this.  To access any additional information you can visit: www.nyyrc.com or email Lynn Krogh directly at president@nyyrc.com.

About the NYYRC:

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.