Category Archives: 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a chance for us to take a moment to thank those who have given their all to America. While today is a day we set aside for this purpose, everyday should be its own Memorial Day. While celebrities have their place, the real heroes are the men and women who do their jobs without the spotlight of the press and without the glory that money brings. So go out, enjoy the day, and remember to say “thank you” to those we truly deserve to hear it. God Bless the United States Military.

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What a Year!

For Congress 2011 will most likely go down as one of their most partisan years. Some of the highlights(or lowlights) were the budget battle between Paul Ryan and the entire Democratic party, the Debt-Ceiling crisis, and the payroll tax credit fight. All of these were fiercely partisan and caused a great deal of angst between the two sides of the aisle, but the one thing that I am proud to see were that both sides of the elected aisle generally tried to retain a level of civility.

However, if we can safely say that the year was a partisan one in Congress, we can surely say that it was much worse for those outside Congress. Whether it was from the thousands of people who protested in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan over bills relating to unions; to the Occupy movement that has burst forth, this was a year of protests. Unfortunately, unlike the members of Congress, the protest movement was not quite as civil. Whether it was hundreds of protesters chasing Sen Glenn Grothman around the WI State Capitol, the very real death threats that were received, to the Occupy movement calling for shooting of cops; the protest movement had an aura of anger, hatred, and violence. I do not believe that every person that protested would praise violence against others, in fact I would believe that the majority of them would condemn those actions. But that doesn’t leave the fact that a substantial part of that movement is fueled by hatred.

In a year that saw the tragic shooting of Cong. Giffords, I was hoping for a better chance at civility amongst the two sides of the political spectrum only to be sorely disappointed. Instead of unity and working together to help further the American way of life I saw divisiveness.

Maybe next year….

Maybe in a year when the Conservative side of the politcal spectrum(myself included) is going to throw the kitchen sink to ensure that Barack Obama is a one term President, maybe then will we see a level of civility. Maybe in what will most likely be a nasty recall governors race in Wisconsin will we see both sides coming together. Maybe in a year when more money is going to be spent on negative campaign ads than ever before, maybe then will we see that unity that only once in my life have I seen among Americans. Only once did I look around and see that we truly were all united. Only after 9/11. Maybe in this year, 11 years later, will we see that spirit again. Maybe, just maybe….

I understand that the likelihood of this happening is next to none, but so is the likelihood that you will go to the gym more often than last year, or any other New Years Resolutions you might have. I know mine might be a bit abnormal(anyone that knows me will say that I am abnormal to match it), but I want us to be able to put our differences aside not just today but everyday. So I am going to do my part. Tonight and all year I am going to pray that Cong. Giffords continues to recuperate, I will pray for Rep. Grigsby(D-Milwaukee) will recover from cancer, I will pray for Sen Reids family as his wife battles with cancer, I will pray for President Obama and that he will lead with wisdom, and I will continue to pray for the people of America. Will you join me this year in a call for civility? Why not this year!

Why Newt?

Over the last couple of weeks, Newt Gingrich has surged to the top of the polls in nearly every state. So even for the most adamant of the Anti-Newt sector of the Republican Party we must ask ourselves ‘Why Newt?’. I have three reasons as to why all of us should listen to Newt Gingrich.

Newt will eventually say something we like.

  • Newt has for many years claimed to be a member of the Rockefeller sect of the GOP. This is how he broke into the GOP and came to power. This was during the Nixon/Ford years of the GOP. Then Gingrich became a member of the Reagan sect of the GOP during the popular years of the 80′s-90′s. Then he became apart of the Teddy Roosevelt part of the GOP during the GWB Presidency. NOW he claims to be a Reagan Republican AND a Teddy Roosevelt sects of the GOP. This simply depends on where the he is talking. So whether you are with the Reagan part or the Teddy part he is part of you.
  • Newt believes in the Al Gore philosophy of climate change. That is unless you want him to believe in NO climate change. Then he will say he never believed in Cap and Trade unless you wanted him to back in 2009.
  • Newt LOVES a Federally Sanctioned Individual Mandate(1993, 2003, 2007,2008,2011). Unless he is trying to get your vote and you don’t like it, so he is against it(2011).

Newt will use  demagoguery just like the liberals do. NO really I mean EXACTLY like the liberals.

  • On Paul Ryan- “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering…I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.”
  • Or how about on Mitt Romney’s career- “I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him.  I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000, that he won’t take the offer”(These are THE SAME arguments that Debbie Downer and the other idiots at the DNC use to attack Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.)
Newt will be faithful
  • Well maybe to himself
  • Definitely not to his wife(as seen by his multiple marriages)
  • Definitely not to his God(as seen by his multiple conversions)
  • Definitely not to his beliefs(as seen by his constant flip-flops)
  • BUT never fear. As a ‘historian’ he will be faithful to the other ‘K Streeters’ to get them access as the utmost DC ‘Insider’ out there.
If you want the epitome of the Washington Insider and MORE of the same that we have been getting then go with Newt. Newt will be brought to you by ‘whatever winds are blowing’ and will make you feel good about your vote. That is…until tomorrow.

Newt Who?

The GOP Presidential Primary has spent the last year attempting to find the ‘perfect candidate’ and the ‘Conservative alternative’ to Mitt Romney. So far the GOP ferris wheel has rested on Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and now Newt Gingrich. Now most people don’t know who Newt Gingrich is. Newt is a Washington outsider, he is the conservatives conservative, the antithesis of all things Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. He is one of a kind. Right? That’s what he would have us believe, he wants to make it look like he the champion of Conservative causes but is he really? Lets see:

Newt on Global Warming:

  • “I think is that the evidence is sufficient that we should move towards the most effective possible steps to reduce carbon-loading of the atmosphere.” — Newt Gingrich - April 10, 2007
  • And who can forget his lovely ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6n_-wB154

Or

  • “I actually don’t think global warming is occurring.” — Newt Gingrich - November 8, 2011

Newt on healthcare:

  • “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” — Newt Gingrich - June 2007

Or

  • “I am against any effort to impose  federally mandated ( health insurance ) on anyone because it is fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional.” — Newt Gingrich - May 16, 2011

Newt on cap and trade:

  • “I think if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur, and if you have a tax-incentive program for investing in the solutions, that there’s a package there that’s very, very good. And frankly, it’s something I would strongly support.” — Newt Gingrich - February 2, 2007

Or

  • “A carbon cap and trade system … would lead to corruption, political favoritism, and would have a huge impact on the economy.” — Newt Gingrich - April 21, 2008

Newt on Libya:

  • “Exercise a no-fly zone this evening … Provide help to the rebels to replace [Qaddafi] … All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we’re intervening. And we don’t have to send troops. All we have to do is suppress his air force, which we could do in minutes.” — Newt Gingrich -March 7, 2011

Or

  • “I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to effect Qaddafi … I would not have used American and European forces.” — Newt Gingrich -March 23, 2011

Newt on prosecuting terrorists in criminal courts:

  • “Well, I think if [members of the Bush administration] believe they have enough evidence to convict [Jose Padilla], going through the process of convicting him and holding him, I suspect, may be for the rest of his life without parole would not be — would hardly be seen as a loss. I think this administration is still wrestling with what are the real ground rules for dealing with people who are clearly outside of normal warfare? They’re not wearing a uniform. They’re not part of an army. They are openly threatening to kill thousands or even millions of people.” — Newt Gingrich – November 22, 2005

Or

  • “Why would you take a Nigerian national who just tried to blow up a plane over Detroit … Why would you take that person, put them in the American criminal justice system, give them an attorney, read them their Miranda rights?” — Newt Gingrich - January 4, 2010

Newt on Immigration: I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter of a century, And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane in forcing the law without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so they are not separated by their families.–Newt Gingrich- November 22, 2011

So you think that Newt can go up against Barack Obama? Here is what Barney Frank said during his press conference to announce that he was retiring from Congress about Newt, “I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee. He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater … It’s still unlikely, but I have hopes.”– Barney Frank- November 28,2011

Stand With Walker!

Tuesday, November 15th is almost upon us! For people in many states that means rifle season for deer. For the people of Wisconsin, this means another round of recalls. That’s right, it was just 3 months ago that the Unions spent $30 million and took home a 33% success rate. Now they want to spend much more and go after the big fish: Gov Scott Walker. Not very many people are unaware what has been happening in Wisconsin, but for a brief recap here it goes:

  • Feb 11- Scott Walker presents AB act 10
  • Feb 14- Students are told by their TA’s to go protest the bill
  • Feb 15- Thousands of crying teachers skip work and come protest
  • Feb 16- The first of thousands of out of state unions come protest
  • Feb 17- Wisconsin Senate Dems go on vacation to Rockford IL
  • Feb 18- Mar 9- The Union thugs occupy the Capitol and Capitol square causing hundreds of thousands in damage along with hundreds of death threats
  • Late June- AB 10 goes into effect
  • Early July- New Budget goes into affect
  • Today-REFORMS ARE WORKING!
So what do the union thugs(Democratic Party of Wisconsin) think that they will accomplish with the recall effort? Well they think they can win, but no one else does. Even PPP which is a Democratic polling firm has stated that it will be VERY hard to defeat Walker. BUT that doesn’t mean they won’t try. The unions have near unlimited funds, they are looking at spending upwards of $50-$70 million on this recall effort. We need to fight back. Wisconsin today is Open for Business, and the reforms that have been put in place are working remarkably well. But if the thugs get their way then those reforms will be all for naught. I am proud to call Gov Scott Walker my friend and one of my heroes, and I am proud to support him in this recall effort.
I Stand With Walker! Do You?
Show you’re support by telling all of your Facebook friends and twitter followers to ‘Stand with Walker’. He is gonna need all of our help, he is gonna need our time contacting Wisconsin voters, he is gonna need our prayers, and yes he is gonna need our financial help. Give what you can. This would not just be a Wisconsin tragedy if he were to be defeated, this would be a National tragedy.

CNBC Debate: Winners and Losers

Tonight’s GOP debate on CNBC was the first debate in a long time when the candidates didn’t really attack each other. Normally that would lead this to be a tough debate to grade, but, as Politico said this morning, this is the start of the elimination round. So with that being said this one was relatively easy to grade. So without further ado here are the winners and losers, and what that means for each candidate.

Winners

Mitt Romney- Mitt Romney showed tonight that he was sticking to his guns on his plan. He reiterated his stance on the auto-bailouts, he took China to task, and on every chance he took aim at Obama. He showed true class in his response to the ‘gotchya’ question about the Cain allegations. Throughout the debate he showed that he is not running against the other GOPers, he is running against Obama. He showed leadership, and in doing so he once again showed why he is the frontrunner. I think that this will help some people who were on the fence about him to get off of it.

Newt Gingrich- Every debate shows just how smart Newt is! He excels in the debates, and he is an encyclopedia of information. This is why he wants to challenge Obama to a lot of debates. Newt should get a boost in the polls, but he needs to get that boost in Iowa. He is clearly going to take supporters from the Perry, Bachmann, and Cain campaigns. But is it enough to win? Can he get over his bashing of the Paul Ryan budget? Can he get out of Campaign debt?

Ron Paul- Ron Paul was in his element, he lives to debate fiscal policy. He might see a small bump in the polls, but I think that he is going to stay about where he is in the race and monetarily.

Status Quo

Herman Cain- (Pro’s)He did a good job in the debate, and looked good at answering the question about the allegations. He was enthusiastic with his responses, and he had one of the lines of the night in “Princess Nancy”. (Con’s) He walked back from the “Princess Nancy” line after the debate! Don’t do that! Stick to your guns and use that line to fundraise! I seriously think that Herman Cain believes that 999 will solve every problem in the US. It would not surprise me if he uses 999 during the foreign policy debates. Dear Mr. Cain, 999 is not the savior of the country!

Jon Huntsman- WHO?! Once again he looked like a Democrat onstage, he talked for way over the time limit, and the country still doesn’t know his name. Time to save your personal money and drop out of the race.

Losers

Michele Bachmann- She needed the debate of a lifetime, but she was irrelevant throughout the debate. Her 15 minutes of Presidential fame are over, now it is time for her to go run for her Congressional seat.

Rich Santorum- Like Bachmann he needed the best debate ever. Instead he reminded us that he was part of the Washington culture that got us into this mess, and that he lost in 2006 by 16 points! Mr. Santorum would make a great leader of a Socially-Conservative minded thinktank. But he will never be the President, and should save his family the money and head ache.

BIGGEST LOSER OF ALL TIME!

Rick Perry- Yesterday I tweeted that Rick Perry seemed very Presidential in his interview with ABC NEWS/Yahoo NEWS. Today he effectively ended his campaign. It was so bad that one of his top fundraises said “Rick Perry’s campaign is over, time to go back and lead Texas”. He will go down as one of the worst debaters in Presidential politics history. Rick Perry is a great man, but he ruined his only shot at being the GOP nominee this cycle.

With all this said I will say this: Tonight showed that in regards to the economy there is NO debate. Any of these candidates are MUCH better than Barack Obama!

Is Herman Cain Guilty? My Thoughts

Over the last week, the political world has been rocked by the Herman Cain saga. Over this time, as I have Tweeted, Facebooked, and Blogged about the controversy I have been accosted by many people in the conservative movement, and many have labeled me to have already tried and convicted Herman Cain, going as far as saying “Let me guess, you thought Clarence Thomas was guilty too”. I have always said that his campaign had a VERY poor response to the entire article. Even today, the Cain campaign attacked the media for spreading these stories. I have, and will continue to, question the attacks against the media for doing their job. Having said that, I am NOT a cheerleader for the media(ask nearly anyone in Wisconsin media, I will go after them for their bias just like any conservative will), but, when members of the media write an article and every review of it has concluded that it was factual, I will not attack them. This stance has not allowed me to be on good standing with some of my friends, who automatically assume that the media is out to get them. But let’s be clear, I have not taken ANY position on whether the allegations that Mr. Cain is facing are true or not true, UNTIL NOW.

I am a strong proponent of giving the accused the benefit of the doubt. I may be alone among my friends in that I refused to crucify Casey Anthony during her murder case, I joined millions of others in praying that Amanda Knox would be freed after the evidence showed that she was innocent. I was very proud of my government in that we gave Saddam Hussein a trial(even more proud that he was found guilty). I am even proud that Bradley Manning will be given a trial in regards to the leaks to WikiLeaks. And so last week when the news broke that Herman Cain had allegedly harassed two employees, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Being a man, I know how touchy these accusations are, and how some women(especially those who work under you) can misread a simple gesture. I also have been unduly instructed(preached at) by others on how hard it is to be a minority in America, let alone a Conservative that’s also a minority. My assumption was simply this: Mr. Cain probably was nice to these women, and they misread it as him trying to make an advance on them.

However, after hearing the detailed account from the accusers own mouth today, I have to admit that she came across as very believable. With one major caveat: she went out and hired Gloria Allred. Gloria is the one person that will go overboard. She is(to put it frank) a media whore(not meant to imply that she is a whore). If she were a personal injury attorney she would be handing a business card to every person that gets hurt, and to every family member of someone that dies. However, she is very good. She plays on emotions and she wins most of the time. But she, by herself, will make or break her clients case.

With that being said, I think that there is a level of truth to the claims by Mr Cain’s attackers(one could easily be a political witch hunt, but four?), but even if they aren’t true at the very least this is what I think. Herman Cain showed poor judgment in the way he treated subordinates, in particular those that were women. That poor judgment does not make him a bad man, or a creep, but it does continue a pattern that we have seen this entire campaign. He doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions/words before he does/says them. How can we trust him to be a proper Commander-in-Chief, when he makes dumb statements and changes his stories multiple times. Mr. Cain should have simply kept his mouth shut until he came up with a plausible explanation, and then moved on. By failing to do so, he has made it impossible for me to vote for him in the GOP primary(if something happens to the Romney Campaign). Being in the military I need a strong leader, not someone like Mr. Cain.

Press Relations Gone Bad(The Herman Cain Story)

On Sunday, POLITICO released a bomb “Herman Cain Accused by Two Women of Inappropriate Behavior”, the Cain campaign released a statement saying “Fearing the message of Herman Cain who is shaking up the political landscape in Washington, Inside the Beltway media have begun to launch unsubstantiated personal attacks on Cain.” But the campaign took over 12 hours to actually say that the claim in the article was false. However, within 3 hours, two different media outlets(NY Times and NBC News) confirmed that the claims did in fact take place. Therefore, the Cain claim, that “Unsubstantiated personal attacks” were being waged by the media, was proven false.

On Monday, at 11:20 am, Herman Cain finally said, in an interview with FOX News, he admitted that he WAS accused of the claim(once again showing that the POLITICO story was substantiated). He then said that he did not know anything about a settlement that they might have received. However, he then went on PBS and “On The Record with Greta” in which he admitted that he did indeed know that a settlement had taken place.

To make a bad day worse, on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released an article claiming that Cain’s Chief of Staff(the smoking Mark Block) and his Deputy Chief of Staff broke FEC regulations when they used money from a ‘Non-Profit’ organization to kick start his campaign. When he was asked a question about the article, he said that he nor anyone on his staff new about it until just then.

I am not saying that either of these accusations are true. I do not know that they are, just like I do not know that they aren’t. I do, however, know that whatever happened in the last 48 hours, has not been a good communications job. You can not blame the media when a negative story comes out. And you can not cry foul or cry ‘Witch Hunt’ when there is a basis of fact.

So I have to wonder, how does a nationwide campaign, that had 10 days to prepare a response to the POLITICO article, not have a communications strategy when it hit? And on top of that, how does his staff not see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. I saw it Monday morning just by doing a news search on his name. Is a single person using ‘Google’ better than a Presidential Campaigns entire communications team? Or is it like I have been saying, Cain is running a book tour, not a Presidential Campaign.

Here some the articles showing the different stories that the Cain team tried yesterday.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67293.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/8863038/US-elections-2012-Herman-Cain-gives-conflicting-accounts-of-sexual-harassment-allegations.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/11/01/bloomberg_articlesLTZNHP6S972F.DTL

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-cain-20111101,0,5248687.story

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cain-harassment-2012-20111101,0,1576130.story

Words Do Have Meaning…Here are Romney’s Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In last Thursday’s debate Texas Gov Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney battled each other using lines from each others books. During one of these exchanges Gov Perry attacked Gov Romney on his stance on health care saying that Obamacare  “was exactly what the American people needed”. Romney shot back saying “I actually — I actually wrote my book, and in my book I said no such thing. What I said — actually, when I put my health care plan together — and I met with Dan Balz, for instance, of The Washington Post. He said, is this a plan that if you were president you would put on the nation, have the whole nation adopt it? I said, absolutely not. I said, this is a state plan for a state, it is not a national plan.”So what does Romney’s book really say?

 

First the hardback:
“My own preference would be to let each state fashion its own program to meet the distinct needs of its citizens. States could follow the Massachusetts model of they choose, or they could develop plans of their own. These plans, tested in the state ‘laboratories of democracy’ could be evaluated, compared, improved upon, and adopted by others. But the creation of a national plan is the direction in which Washington is currently moving. If a national approach is ultimately adopted, we should permit individuals to purchase insurance from companies in other states in order to expand choice and competition.

“What we accomplished surprised us: 440,000 people who previously had no health insurance became insured, many paying their own way. We made it possible for each newly insured person to have better care, and ultimately healthier and longer lives. From now on, no one in Massachusetts has to worry about losing his or her health insurance if there is a job change or a loss in income; everyone is insured and pays only what he or she can afford. It’s portable, affordable health insurance — something people have been talking about for decades. We can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country, and it can be done without letting government take over health care.”

 

Now the paperback:
“My own preference would be to let each state fashion its own program to meet the distinct needs of its citizens. States could follow the Massachusetts model of they choose, or they could develop plans of their own. These plans, tested in the state ‘laboratories of democracy’ could be evaluated, compared, improved upon, and adopted by others. But the creation of a national plan is the direction in which Washington is currently moving. If a national approach is ultimately adopted, we should permit individuals to purchase insurance from companies in other states in order to expand choice and competition.

“What we accomplished surprised us: 440,000 people who previously had no health insurance became insured, many paying their own way. We made it possible for each newly insured person to have better care, and ultimately healthier and longer lives. From now on, no one in Massachusetts has to worry about losing his or her health insurance if there is a job change or a loss in income; everyone is insured and pays only what he or she can afford. It’s portable, affordable health insurance — something people have been talking about for decades. And it was done without letting government take over health care.”

 

Not so much a strong leg for the Perry campaign to stand on. In fact here is what PolitiFact has to say about the issue :
“Perry’s right that Romney’s comments about health care were edited between editions. Among other things, a line that advocated the Massachusetts model as a strong option for other states was replaced by a shorter, more generic sentence. But Perry exaggerates by making it sound as though Romney had advocated his state’s plan as national health care policy — a potentially damaging position in a Republican primary. That’s not what Romney wrote. We rule Perry’s claim Mostly False.”

 

I understand that the Perry Campaign is sensing the need to grab at straws, but this is even far for that. Let’s leave this kind of false rhetoric to the liberals.

Why Rick Perry will NOT be the GOP Nominee

Rick Perry was superman. He was the knight in Shining Armor. He was the best candidate.

That was 2 weeks ago, today he is none of those things. Today, Rick Perry’s campaign is on a ventilator. So what happened! Why did this man, who came in with a firestorm, fall off of his game?

  1. His debate performances. Rick Perry makes George W Bush look like an intellectual English professor. Republicans are looking for a Presidential Candidate in the line of Reagan. Reagan was the great communicator, who even though he was not the best debater, he had GREAT debate moments. Rick Perry will need an out of body experience for this to happen to him.
  2. His stance on the Texas Dream Act. Rick Perry has repeatedly stated that he stands behind the plan that allows the children of illegal immigrants to attend Texas universities at an in-state tuition rate. In last Thursday’s debate, Mitt Romney used this as an example of a $100,000 reward that draws more illegal immigrants to America. Perry then made the mistake of stating that not allowing this shows not having a heart. This mindset is not in step with the  Tea Party that Perry HAS to get in order to be the nominee.
  3. His HPV stance. Rick Perry continues to support the mandate that he put in place in Texas. This is being attacked from the right by nearly all of the candidates.

This does not even include his stance on Social Security, and how he led the creation of a trans-Texas toll road. Rick Perry needs to have an amazing week and needs to come out totally different during the next debates. If Rick Perry doesn’t turn things around soon, then he will go the way of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty. Unfortunately for him, it would shock me if he did turn around.

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