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19 Apr
2011
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President Obama’s hypocrisy

A terrific example of Obama’s willingness to sanctimoniously school us on how to be post-partisan, and then violate his own principles was on display last week. At the same time that the President demagogued Paul Ryan’s fiscal plan by alluding to how it’s going to kill Granny, a video was played from the speech President Obama made to the Republican conference in 2010 during the health care debate. In it, Obama pronounces the importance of not demagoguing an opponent’s position by saying that it’s going to kill off our loved ones or society’s most vulnerable. I guess this rule applies to everyone but the President himself. The contrast only shows how unserious the President really is about bringing about civility when his election is one year away.

Below is an excellent article by Peggy Noonan on Obama’s reelection bid:

http://peggynoonan.com/

25 Mar
2011
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Obama pulling a John Kerry on Libya

So far the establishment of a No Fly Zone over Libya has been a positive development, beating back wacky Khaddafy and his gang of murderers. This fight was the right thing to do, as the American tradition and creed requires us to stand up against tyranny in any part of the world when we can. This minimal commitment with little risk of American casualties can help to bring about a democratic future in a part of the world that once could only dream of such an occurrence.
Though President Obama is pining to take credit for this turn of events, we must resist the media’s attempt to rewrite history so quickly. It is amazing to see how the White House press office can change its story from one week to the next without any accountability in the press. Only weeks ago Obama’s Defense Secretary was vocally opposing American involvement in Libya. Obama refused to take any leadership role in the UN or NATO on this issue. Only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some others vocally supported the idea of assisting the rebels. This led to Obama to knock his Secretary of State down a notch by publicly joking about her zeal to help the Libyan rebels.
The fact is that the French and the British made this No Fly Zone happen, and Obama was forced to take a position – which he resents doing, as we all know. And once the confrontation started and Khaddafy’s air force was quickly beaten back, showing that intervention was the right move, what does Obama do? He takes credit. And what will he do if things start to go wrong? He will blame Hillary.
As we know the American media will never hold him accountable on this. So it is up to all alternative news sources to do so.

9 Mar
2011
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Last In First Out

One of the most important issues in reforming our schools in New York is the end of Last In, First Out. The push by Senate Republicans and Mayor Bloomberg to do away with this terrible policy is the right thing to do. Governor Cuomo understandably has many issues to deal with in terms of the unions, and does not want to needlessly antagonize them. However, his hesitance to support the GOP Senate bill could have an incredibly damaging effect on the children of New York City.

One of the few positive things that can come out of this terrible economic mess is governmental reform. When I say government reform I mean changing laws to leverage public money and agencies to do the most it can for taxpayers, as opposed to only serving special interest groups. We are seeing governors across the country fighting the good fight to bring down the power of union special interests, and instead fighting for the rights of taxpayers and kids. Too long have we the people permitted the teachers unions to treat teaching positions as some sort of permanent jobs program. The idea that the rubber room teachers (whose switch to administrative posts is merely cosmetic) would stay, while bright, smart young teachers who are driven to help their students would be laid off, is unfair, ridiculous and incredibly harmful to children. Let’s not let this happen. The GOP is on the right side in this fight.

16 Feb
2011
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Andrew Cuomo – the country’s best Democrat?

Let me preface this by saying that I am a proud and registered Republican and have been so for many years. I am also not accustomed to writing or saying many good things about the politics of the Democratic Party. But I think that we must give credit when credit is due – and that (for now) goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. From the looks of the polls, I am not the only Republican in NY State who feels this way. In the poll just released this week a strong majority of Republicans support him, as well as all other New Yorkers.

For Cuomo to be fighting for not just deficit reduction, but to reform the ridiculous budgetary laws that create mandatory increases in state spending (without taking into account how much the state is receiving in tax revenue), is in many ways admirable. This is a terrible practice put in place by historically left-wing special interests by their trusted cohorts like Sheldon Silver. Though I would expect a Republican to take these interests on, I admire the fact that Cuomo is attempting to go against these powerful groups. His calls to also deal with pension reforms, which will affect Democratic groups like the teachers’ unions is also commendable.

Even worse – as this NY Post article illustrates (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gop_skeptical_about_skelos_k5xYaXH1nSYkeNh1I9UYQM)

 Dead Skelos is already signaling that he is caving into certain interests, in seeming to withdraw support for strengthening ethics laws. New Yorkers should know who is paying their elected leaders.

Do not get me wrong – the jury is still out. We must reserve judgment until the end of these budget negotiations. But for now, I am somewhat optimistic that the Governor has good intentions and the ability to stand up to his own base.

11 Feb
2011
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Congratulations to the Egyptian people

There is no doubt that it is reasonable to be concerned about the future of Egypt. But as a believer in the universal right of the individual to take part in choosing their own government, I am happy for those Egyptians who fought to remove the tyrant who has ruled them for so long. Let us hope that this leads to free and fair elections, which do not result in another dictator or Islamic fundamentalist coming to power.

As the GOP is the Party of Lincoln, I hope every Republican would ultimately support the right of the Egyptian people to choose their own government and who will represent them.

24 Jan
2011
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Goodbye, Mr. Olbermann, and good riddance

There are few times that I will take an opportunity to celebrate the temporary disappearance of a particular talkinghead, but Keith Olbermann is an exception. Though I was lucky enough to see him on television on few occasions, his shows are difficult to forget. Bordering on slander and filled with uncorroborated accusations against Republicans and conservatives, it was a good example of the lengths that the far left will go to win over the public. In the end, he served very little except to rile up his leftist base. It was ironic to see him dub others as “the worst person in the world,” considering his own strong candidacy for the title. Let us hope MSNBC takes this failure as a teachable moment to put someone in their prime-time slot that will provide a constructive voice to the nation’s political dialogue, as opposed to what they have been offering up until now.

12 Jan
2011
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Charles Krauthammer’s response to liberal politicization of Rep. Giffords’s shooting

This is an excellent article written by Charles Krauthammer on this issue. Of note, the writer is also a medical doctor.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/11/AR2011011106068.html?hpid=topnews