Republicans vs. Conservatives Welcome To NY

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We're hearing a lot about the 23rd district in NY about the current disagreements between the Republicans and Conservatives. I find it fitting that they have started acting as if they are 2 different parties. I'm a Conservative first and a Republican second.

I have been listening to the debate in these last few days regarding this race and figured I may as well give my thoughts about this race, (everyone else is). I'm worried about all the faith being given to the polls regarding this race.

First thing we should do is read this story. Note the first 2 words in the title of that article, "Conservative Pollster". That's where the problems begin.

The polls being used in Hoffman's defense that show him in the lead were all conducted by groups that back Hoffman. While more independent polls show him in third.

"the Minuteman PAC -- which is supporting Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman -- finds Hoffman in first place, and the moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava in third."

"This runs contrary to independent polls, which have put Owens in first, Scozzafava second, and Hoffman third, while it's consistent with a poll from the Club For Growth (which also supports Hoffman)."

Do you see my concern here? The polls that show Hoffman gaining the most in New York are being conducted by groups that have backed Hoffman. I'm worried that the bias they understandably have may be clouding their judgement of how well Hoffman is in fact doing.

Hoffman is no doubt gaining steam on the national stage since conservative heavy hitters like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have publicly backed Hoffman but this race isn't about the national stage, it's about the 23rd district in NY. I'm no big fan of Scozzafava but if she ends up split with Hoffman and the Democrats win, it will present 2 major problems between the Republicans and Conservatives.

1. The Democrats will treat this as though the party is divided when it isn't.

Remember how great it was to see Hillary Clinton and President Obama going after each other in the debates? We are giving the Democrats the same kind of satisfaction that we had watching those debates.

2. Conservatives are presenting an image that there is no room for moderates in the Party.

That is the angle Newt Gingrich is trying to point out. The next year leading up to the 2010 elections will be played out much like a political chess game. In some areas we have to help moderates where Conservatives are likely to lose. The Conservative criticism of Scozzafava will be remembered by her. In that regard it's good that this controversy exists, if she wins she will remember how disappointed the conservatives are with her and how close she's being watched by the party.

I agree with the conservative critics of Scozzafava on some of the things she supports. Card check being one of the worst. However, one thing you can be sure of is that if we hand this election to the Democrats because of this rift between the Conservatives and the more moderate Republicans, then you can be sure that everything you dislike about Scozzafava and more will be supported by Bill Owens.

Given the fact that so many of you backed McCain in '08, even if it was only for Palin it looks hypocritical. Remember this? The point of showing you that reminder is simply that we will never get a perfect candidate.

The same could be said for Romney fans, remember Romneycare? Glenn Beck is a vocal critic of Romneycare in MA yet he was backing Romney for president. How about Ronald Reagan? He had to work with the Democrats for the good of the country since they were in control. Newt Gingrich had the same experience with Bill Clinton. I think it's that experience that is guiding his decision here.

You can bet that Newt Gingrich hasn't abandoned conservatism. After all, he stepped down as speaker and formed American Solutions because he saw Republicans shifting from conservatism, (and other reasons). He was right. The Republican party did abandon conservatism.

The leaders of the Republican party must be conservative but think of this. I mentioned earlier in this post that the next year must be played like a political game of chess. Let me explain that.

Think of the pawns in a chess game. They are the weakest pieces on the board but if cleverly used they can set up the win with the more powerful pieces. I think that Newt, and John Boehner by the way, are trying to place Scozzafava in Congress to act as a pawn. If cleverly used against the Liberals it can set up a Conservative victory in the bigger and more important races in the future.

I'd love to be able to elect all conservatives across the board but it's not possible. Without some moderates helping in more Liberal areas we will lose.

Many Conservatives stood up for principles in the November election and cost McCain a few states by voting for Bob Barr. It wouldn't have won him the election but it did make a point. Standing up against the "moderate" may have sent a good message to the party about returning to conservatism in '08 but did that make you feel any better when you realized that Obama had been elected?


Palin Endorses Doug Hoffman in NY-23

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sarah Palin has endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 congressional race. Hoffman is running against liberal Democrat Bill Owens and liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava.

Doug Hoffman is the only conservative in the race. See his website here.

More to come soon...


Swine Flu Shots Or Jail!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

As previously stated by me several times on this blog I'm no fan of Deval Patrick of MA, my home state unfortunately. If Deval signs the new law, which he has already stated that he will, the repurcussions will be grave.

This goes out to other Mass residents specifically. Are we going to put up with this? There should be outrage over this and EVERYBODY whether you're a Republican, Democrat, Liberal, or Conservative should be calling, protesting, blogging, e-mailing, and anything else you can think of to stop this. Even if your not from MA we may just be a testing ground for what's to come in your state.

This should be considered political suicide for ALL legislators of MA and for Deval Patrick as well. I don't think Deval wants to keep his job though since Obama probably has something lined up for him in D.C. so it's up to all of us. I wonder if the police have the courage to stand against this law. Will police, who are charged with serving and protecting the citizens really come to our houses and force vaccinations on us? I pray that they will stand by people like myself who refuse to accept this blatently communist law.

This video from fox shows what I'm talking about.

If you don't trust Fox with this that's fine. CNN has reported about forced vaccines for healthcare workers. It looks like a good start for NY to inch it's way closer to the Mass law.

Here are some tips from Dr. Russell Blaylock about swine flu and the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Obama says he'll wait to get the swine flu shot! He claims to want "priority groups" to get the shot first. Isn't the president a priority?!!

If this law is passed in MA then I think the legislators and Devil PaTRICK, (Misspelled on purpose of course), should have to get it first. Don't pass laws on others unless you're willing to be first in line to comply with your own law.

We know legislators don't abide by their own tax laws etc. that they impose on us but this is far more serious. This is about injecting a largely untested new type of flu shot into our bodies. If they are going to try and force us to take the vaccine by a law we didn't get to vote on and they passed regardless of public opinion then it's only fair to ask for them to take it first.

I know Deval won't read this but I wish he would. It would be nice to have a governor that listens to the people. As a former lawyer, like most politicians unfortunately, he should be among the first to speak out against such a radical law.

"Every dictator who ever lived has justified the enslavement of his people on the theory of what was good for the majority." - Ronald Reagan

Isn't that basically the logic of Deval and company for forcing the flu shots on Mass residents?

If you choose to get the flu shot then that's fine as long as YOU CHOOSE. Remember these are the same folks who thought President Bush wiretapping suspected terrorists violated people's rights.

If you thought wiretapping was a violation of rights then what do you call this? Where are you now? What's worse? Listening to phone calls or forcing injections of a new form of flu shot under threat of jail and removal from your children?

All that's left is to see if the Liberal majority in this state will stand against this law that is so clearly a violation of our rights. Standing up for our individual rights as citizens is what's really best for the majority. I just wonder if the majority will remain silent here in MA with passive acceptance or will there be enough of a reaction to make a difference? I guess we'll find out soon enough.


Health Care Lobbyists, Unions, Special Interests, and Politicians...Where Do We Fit In?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The health care debate has become less and less focused on health care in recent months. Lobbyists and special interest have always been the focus of health care reform to many in Washington D.C.

"Labor unions, business organizations and conservative and liberal advocacy groups have timed advertising and grassroots campaigns to coincide with the Senate Finance Committee’s 14-9 vote that approved the bill."

"Groups such as Working America and Health care for America Now (HCAN), a coalition of liberal groups and labor unions, plan to intensify grassroots campaigns."

I don't think liberal groups and labor unions represent grassroots movements. Average citizens questioning politicians at town hall meetings about real concerns that affect their lives represent grassroots movements.

While some people are thinking of real health care reform others are just playing games.

It gets better.

"There are other massive earmarks in this bill. Up to $10 billion will go to VEBA, such as the underfunded retirement health care package of United Auto Workers retirees. This may or may not be a good idea, but it clearly does not belong in this legislation."

"Most importantly, and this is what the legislation is really about, the Baucus bill will transfer power from the American people to Washington elites — a power grab far more massive than it appears. Just think about it, the fiction (yes, some would call it lies) you're hearing about today is happening while people are watching."

"Imagine what will happen with earmarks, political favoritism and social engineering when the details are negotiated by government bureaucrats, lobbyists and the Obama administration's "health czar" behind closed doors."

The above comments come from this story.

It's amazing how little these elitist politicians have learned. Despite our growing outrage and their plummeting poll numbers they still don't seem to care about what's truly best for the country. It has become Washington D.C. (District of Corruption).

It's time to start voting many of these overpaid reckless elitist out of office. I'm tired of hearing campaign speeches about getting lobbyists and special interests out of Washington from politicians whose campaign's were funded by those same lobbyists and whose bills take care of the special interests.

We pay for it all and, like always, we end up with the short end of the stick. Left with nothing to show for all the money of ours that Washington wastes. CNN reported today that 30,383 jobs have been saved by stimulus. How about the millions that have lost their jobs? For all the money we're spending 30,000 jobs is a joke.

One last thing to think about. We keep hearing from the Obama administration that recovery will be slow etc. Some even claim as late as 2013. That unemployment will remain high until 2013 etc. Do you think that President Bush would have gotten away with saying in 2001 that we will have rising unemployment etc. until 2005? It would have been the end of him.

Every time we hear bad economic news while Obama's in office it turns into the argument that it would've been much worse if we didn't pass his stimulus plan. What do you think they'll say when health care doesn't go as planned? Something along the lines of "we'd have even worse health care if we didn't act". Will you let them off the hook with that kind of excuse?

Where's the lobbyist for the American people? Where's the working middle class special interest? As the title of this post asks.....where do we fit in?


Future Inflation Worries

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I've wanted to bring up a few things about inflation for awhile. Maybe you've been thinking about it and maybe you haven't. After all, we've yet to see rampant inflation hit us yet. I for one think it's coming.

I'm going to approach inflation starting with a story from when I was a bit younger. I remember when I was an early teenager my father would always be yelling at the news. I didn't care as much then but I sure understand the frustration now that I'm probably following it even more than he ever did.

Not understanding much about inflation or economics at the time I innocently asked my father, who has a master's degree in accounting, why can't we just print money if we need it? After all to me at the time a dollar was a dollar. Why wouldn't a candy bar be .50 cents anymore just because of some more money circulating out there?

The answer I got was simple and made perfect sense to me. "If we just print more dollars then the dollar becomes worth less because there's more of it." It's a pretty simplified answer to inflation but one that explains it perfectly.

What makes a rare baseball card or stamp worth so much?...The fact that it's rare. The more dollars we print then the less rare a dollar is. Therefore, the less rare a dollar is the less it's worth. We haven't increased our supply of anything, (like gold), that can back our dollar up. We just keep increasing our supply of dollars.

Now, we do have to print money at a certain controlled pace because of a growing population and a growing cost of living. We can't have more and more people chasing the same few dollars. However our monetary policy has to be sound and carefully controlled. At the moment our monetary policy is nothing short of insane and never mind controlled, the government for the most part doesn't even know where a lot of the money is going.

"We know from centuries of evidence in countless economies, from ancient Rome to today's Zimbabwe, that running the printing press to pay off today's bills leads to much worse problems later on. The inflation that results from the flood of money into the economy turns out to be far worse than the fiscal pain those countries hoped to avoid."


Notice that this is from June of last year. It's the Democrat controlled congress and former president Bush.

Ok, so that's a story worried about inflation and here's one from Paul Krugman that isn't, gotta love the NY Times.

And the United States itself emerged from World War II with debt exceeding 120 percent of G.D.P. In none of these cases did governments resort to inflation to resolve their problems.

Mr. Krugman forgets some major factors that make the difference between FDR's New Deal America and today's Obama New Deal 2 America. For one thing during WW2 the dollar began to stand out as the top world currency. Other countries involved in the war invested in the dollar which made the dollar strong despite heavy deficits.

We took gold etc. and they took dollars. We have the opposite happening now. Instead of the world turning to the dollar and thus helping to stabilize our money, many like BRIC, (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), are thinking about what to do about the decline of the dollar.

The only thing helping to stop rampant inflation of the dollar is the fact that so many other countries like BRIC are so heavily invested in the dollar, especially China. They are currently trying to think of a way out of it.

"The Chinese see that America’s economic policy could drastically reduce the value of their holdings in dollars. China cannot completely abandon the U.S. dollar without severely damaging the value of U.S. dollar assets that it already holds.

But now that America is creating trillions of dollars of more debt, China’s U.S. investments are going to get damaged anyway. With that realization, China is thinking about spending its money elsewhere."

China stops buying U.S. debt.

Some of Obama's economic advisers, who convince me more and more each day that they got degrees in economics out of cereal boxes or Cracker Jacks, helped cause this mess even though they take no credit for it now.

"As treasury secretary in 2000, Mr. Summers championed the law that deregulated derivatives, the financial instruments — a k a toxic assets — that have spread the financial losses from reckless lending around the globe. He refused to heed the critics who warned of dangers to come."

"Mr. Geithner, currently the president of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, also has helped shape the Bush administration’s erratic and often inscrutable responses to the current financial meltdown, up to and including this past weekend’s multi billion-dollar bailout of Citigroup."

Full article.

Does any of that give you confidence in President Obama's economic advisory team?

The problem is that so many believe in the myth of FDR. Many think that FDR's New Deal helped end the great depression. Even Newt Gingrich, who I'm a big fan of, has stuck up for FDR. The problem most seem to ignore is that as a wartime president FDR fought to win and he was obviously a good wartime president. After all he fought to win, unlike Obama plans too.

Before WW2 though FDR was a catastrophe. His economic policies failed miserably and unemployment skyrocketed to 25% with the New Deal in effect. Obama seems to embrace all of the economic failures of FDR but none of his wartime will to win.

Here's a great book about the New Deal. As I read it I was amazed how much compares to President Obama's current policies. If President Obama's New Deal 2 yields the same kinds of results as the previous one we may be in more trouble than anyone realizes.

Many Americans today have never lived under a true depression, myself included. If our dollar collapses then this current recession will seem like the tip of the iceberg. I for one would rather not be on that ship.

World War 2 truly ended the great depression. I hope for all of our sakes that World War 3 isn't necessary to end this one. Sorry to end on such a grim note, but like all of you I fear for the future we may be handing to our children.


Obama Loses the Olympics, Or Did He?

Friday, October 2, 2009

It was announced late this morning that Chicago was eliminated from hosting the 2016 Summer games. This was a surprising turn of events, especially given that President Obama traveled to Copenhagen to lobby for the games. Allahpundit from HotAir has analysis here. This has been viewed by many conservatives as being a disaster for the Obama administration, attributing it to his inability to earn the respect of the rest of the world.

I am not a conspiracy theorist. But on a day when the U.S. loses another quarter of a million jobs, with the official unemployment rate skyrocketing to 9.8%, could this have been intentional? Think about it. Obama goes to Denmark to lobby for the games, generating media coverage of his move. If he gets the games; he looks like a hero. We now know that he didn't, but he seems to have won a consolation prize. Virtually all of the media is spending time talking about his failure to get the games, not the skyrocketing unemployment rate. We all know which story should be more important to the American people who are struggling to get by each day.

You aren't fooling me, Barack. And the number of Americans you are able to fool decreases every day. See you in 2012, chump.


2010 (Read: 1994) Update

It appears that things have gotten even worse for the Democrats in next year's midterm elections. Most alarming, however, is that independents are breaking for the Republican candidate in a general election matchup by wide margins in most cases.


Chris Dodd is being crushed by the front runner for the Republican nomination, Rob Simmons, 49% to 39% in deep blue Connecticut. He is in a statistical tie with my personal favorite candidate, hardline libertarian Republican Peter Schiff. Schiff has little name recognition outside of hardcore political junkies and Ron Paul fans, so for him to be tied with an incumbent speaks volumes about how dissatisfied Connecticut voters are with Dodd.


Harry Reid is truly out of touch with voters in his home state of Nevada. Nevada has trended blue over the last two election cycles, but evidence suggests that that may be coming to an end. Reid loses by 7 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian, and 10 points to former Nevada GOP Chairperson Sue Lowden, who declared her candidacy today.


Appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet's bid to win the seat on his own is in jeopardy. He loses the seat to former Lt. Governor Jane Norton by 9.

New Hampshire:

It looks as if Republicans have a good chance of holding the seat being vacated by retiring senator Judd Gregg. Republican Kelly Ayotte leads Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes by 7 in the ARG poll and by 8 in the Rasmussen poll


Conservative Democrat Blanche Lincoln seems to be in trouble in Arkansas. Arkansas has moved hard to the right in recent years, but traditionally elects Democratic senators. Lincoln loses by narrow margins to 4 hypothetical contenders One of the people she loses to is Tom Cox, who is the head of the TEA party in Arkansas. Certainly not to denigrate Mr. Cox, but this is a clear sign that people in Arkansas are simply going to vote Republican. Lincoln is in more trouble than these numbers suggest. Expect her to move fairly hard to the right over the next year to attempt to hold the seat. This makes it seriously unlikely that she supports ObamaCare.

More soon....


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