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American Politics in One Easy Lesson

Posted on February 18, 2012. Filed under: Politics |

American Thinker, with a perspective the 1% share.

American Politics in One Easy Lesson.

The only part I think they left out is the wealthy Republicans are far more likely to give voluntarily from their own pockets to the needy than the Democrats who want to give with other people’s money.

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Republican Debate Tonight

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Did you know there are twelve more Republican debates after tonights? I wish there were that many football games left.

Here’s what I’m anticipating, some good, some not good -

- Huntsman is not appearing. He doesn’t have a chance in the Republican primary anyway, he’s far to liberal or moderate in this Year of the Tea Party. All he did was crack jokes in the last debate anyway.

- That leaves 7 contenders. It’s time to start winnowing down the contestants so we can rally behind somebody. Trouble is, all of them have their good points. Cain for his bold economic plan, Paul for his distrust of the Fed, Romney because he’s well-spoken (though I’m not enamored with his social engineering and China trade background), Bachmann for her unwavering Tea Party principles, Santorum for his practicality, Gingrich for his knowledge and political experience. And I’m sure Perry has some sort of good points if I look for them hard enough.

- But moderated by Anderson Cooper? He hates the Tea Party. I expect unfairly worded questions (would you rather starve old people or let them resort to cannibalism?) and unabashed liberal antagonism. Not that it’s all bad – it’ll prepare the candidates for next year’s debates with Obama who has far friendlier press to deal with.

- Note that social issues aren’t really on the table at the moment. Seek ye first fiscal responsibility and all these things shall be given unto thee.

What are you looking forward to seeing?

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Simple Math

Posted on December 21, 2010. Filed under: Finances, Politics |

National debt: $13,872,907,209,101.48 according to the US National Debt Clock as of 21 Dec 2010 at 11:52:51 PM GMT.

Number of people: 308,745,538 according to the US Census.

Lessee… carry the one… and voila! Your share is $44,933.14.

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Get It Done This Week

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

From “A guide to the fight over the ‘Bush tax cuts” is his snippet -

“We could get [tax cuts] done this week, but we’re still in this wrestling match with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell about the last 2 to 3 percent” of upper-income taxpayers, Obama said.

So, Mr. President, get ‘er done. Stop fighting about that last 2 or 3 percent and extend those tax cuts this week.

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Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Soars 5.7 Percent

Posted on January 29, 2010. Filed under: Finances, Politics |

Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Soars 5.7 Percent. Or at least, that’s what the news media and the government would have us believe. Yippee, the recession is over.

Except I don’t believe it. I see no evidence of it. I think I’m being lied to.

Do you believe what you’re being told?

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Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader?

Posted on January 25, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

Obama and the Teleprompter

What could you possibly be saying to 6th graders that would require the use of a teleprompter?

Our Teleprompter-In-Chief would be more equipped to speak off-the-cuff if his words had the power of his convictions.

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Nuts vs. Creeps

Posted on January 22, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

I love this paragraph from Peggy Noonan today:

Speaking broadly: In the 2006 and 2008 elections, and at some point during the past decade, the ancestral war between Democrats and the Republicans began to take on a new look. If you were a normal human sitting at home having a beer and watching national politics peripherally, as normal people do until they focus on an election, chances are pretty good you came to see the two major parties not as the Dems versus the Reps, or the blue versus the bed, but as the Nuts versus the Creeps. The Nuts were for high spending and taxing and the expansion of government no matter what. The Creeps were hypocrites who talked one thing and did another, who went along on the spending spree while lecturing on fiscal solvency.

In 2008, the voters went for Mr. Obama thinking he was not a Nut but a cool and sober moderate of the center-left sort. In 2009 and 2010, they looked at his general governing attitudes as reflected in his preoccupations—health care, cap and trade—and their hidden, potential and obvious costs, and thought, “Uh-oh, he’s a Nut!”

Which meant they were left with the Creeps.

All I want is for a politician to mean what he says, and to do what he means. I’m tired of the weasel words trying to straddle the fence, then voting for big projects to funnel to your district so you can buy votes.

Being Creeps is why the Republicans lost. Being Nuts is why the Democrats are losing now. But American wants neither Nuts nor Creeps.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Loses a Voter

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

That’s it. Kay Bailey Hutchison will never get another vote from me.

Socially issues, she’s ok. The positions she’s taken on abortion are mixed but generally pro-life, though the inconsistency indicates she’s voting pragmatically instead of from principles. She gets a 7% rating from NARAL indicating she’s pro-life, and a 75% rating from NRLC which indicates mixed but generally pro-life.

Fiscally,though, she stinks. She voted for the Stimulous Bill. She voted for TARP.

But what really got me was an interview I heard with her on KSEV Radio this morning on my way to work. The host asked her why, when the Republicans had control of all three branches why they didn’t address Healthcare. Her answer? They were too focused on trying to balance the budget.

Oh, please. It’s because o spending like yours, Ms. Hutchison, that congressional leaders are being voted out of office. And you’re on the list of leaders that must go.

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America Rising

Posted on January 6, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

It’s time to take America back.

We elected you on a promise of hope and change. We regret it. In 2010, we are taking our country back.

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C-Span and Healthcare

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: Politics |

Obama, at a debate against Hillary Clinton, January 31, 2008:

“That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”

C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb, to Congress December 30:

Please open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.

Congress to US:

“Meh. I don’t think so.”

Update: Pelosi to C-Span:

“There has never been a more open process.”

Well, except for the fact that we don’t know who’s promising what to whom or what’s actually in the bill. Except for *that*, it’s an open process.

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