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GOP Messes It Up Yet Again

by coldwarrior ( 242 Comments › )
Filed under Economy, Election 2014, Politics, Republican Party, RINOcracy, taxation, Tea Parties, Unions at September 2nd, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Kiss Pennsylvania Good Bye in November. We will have a Democrat in the Governor’s Mansion because the GOP refuses to be fiscally conservative. The following article is how not to win in PA. We want to be left alone, not to be taxed too much, we want smaller government; the establishment GOP screwed the pooch here. Gov Corbet and the party elite have angered the Fiscon base to the point that what should be an easy win for Corbet will be a loss, and a big one. They managed to beat the motivation to get out and vote out of the Republicans.

Read My Lips, No New Taxes…he said.

 

 

Anatomy of a GOP Disaster: Losing Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett has lost support by raising taxes and giving ground to public-sector unions.

All over the country Republican governors are either poised for easy reelection (such as Ohio’s John Kasich and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval) or running even or better against Democrats (Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Florida’s Rick Scott). Then there is Governor Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania. The latest independent poll has him down a shocking 49 percent to 24 percent (with a quarter of voters undecided) against Democrat Tom Wolf.

How did Corbett become such an outlier? The answers show just how much trouble Republicans get into if they allow machine politics and public-sector unions to dictate their agenda.

Corbett aides quickly attacked the messenger, sending out tweets dismissing the recent poll, from Franklin & Marshall College.

“You are unfairly influencing this election with bad polls,” claimed Corbett campaign manager Mike Barley. But no such complaints came from Team Corbett when F&M showed then–attorney general Corbett winning the governor’s race easily in 2010. In addition, other polls confirm the governor’s dire political condition: The Real Clear Politics average of all recent polls in the race show Corbett down by 17 points. That’s in a state that Mitt Romney lost by only five percentage points in 2012.

Corbett has gotten himself into this fix in two ways: First, F&M pollster G. Terry Madonna noted that four years ago Corbett ran against the political culture of Harrisburg, the state’s capital, and “its cliques, obstructionist tactics, recurring corrupt behavior, and anti-reform ethos.” But he has consistently failed to get the major parts of his agenda through a legislature controlled by his fellow Republicans. Madonna pointed out that this leads to an obvious question: “Why can’t Corbett work with his own party?”

That question leads to the second reason for Corbett’s collapse. Pennsylvania is indeed an anti-reform state. Though once dominated by a GOP machine, it gave way to a Democratic-run machine with the advent of the New Deal. Now, the Keystone State is dominated by public-sector employee unions with their hooks buried deep inside both parties.

Time and time again, Corbett’s agenda was blocked by key Republicans in the legislature. His effort to pass school vouchers was whittled down to a measly $75 million increase in tax credits for private schools. His bid to finally privatize the state’s antiquated system of state liquor stores was thwarted. Ethics reform was dead on arrival. This year, Corbett lashed himself to the mast and vowed to steer public-employee pension reform to passage. “Sixty-two cents of every new dollar in revenue, goes to the pensions,” he told groups up and down the state. His proposal to change the pension plans for all new state and public-school employees ran aground when the GOP state house blocked it.

Corbett’s conservative allies urged him to press for “paycheck protection” — blocking the state from deducting union dues from state-worker paychecks — as the key to overriding union influence in the legislature. “Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Michigan’s Rick Snyder have both demonstrated how union power can be curbed by ending the union-only deduction-for-politics privilege,” Matt Brouillette, president of the state’s conservative Commonwealth Foundation, told me.

But at a pro-reform meeting of the Associated Builders & Contractors of Pennsylvania this spring, Corbett gave “paycheck protection” only a passing reference in his speech. When pressed by a member of the audience, he mumbled, “I’ve told everyone, if you get that bill on my desk, I’ll sign it.” But he made no special lobbying effort for the measure, just as he allowed his political team to discourage primary challenges to pro-union GOP legislators in the 2012 midterm elections. Paycheck protection died this summer. “We took an internal GOP caucus vote, and we were a few votes short in the house,” atate representative Richard Saccone told me at an Independence Hall Association event in Philadelphia this July 4th. “The unions have powerful influence on a few of our members.”

Governor Corbett’s failure to either anticipate the intransigence of some of his GOP legislators or build outside pressure on them has been compounded by his retreat on the pledge he made in 2010 not to raise taxes or fees. Earlier this year, he angered conservatives when he raised a wholesale tax on gasoline as well as a bevy of motorist fees as part of a business-as-usual transportation bill. Unsurprisingly, he has declined to repeat his pledge this year. “We can imagine what that would mean in any second term under Corbett: higher taxes,” conservative activist Bob Guzzardi tells me. Guzzardi tried to run against Corbett in this year’s GOP primary, but his petitions were challenged by four Corbett supporters and he was thrown off the ballot. Despite Guzzardi’s lack of money, Corbett clearly perceived him as a threat. A Gravis Marketing poll in January of this year found that when GOP primary voters were asked if they wanted to reelect Corbett or go for a new GOP nominee, 41 percent plumped for a new candidate and only 38 percent stuck with Corbett. In a hypothetical matchup, Guzzardi trailed Corbett, 42 percent to 23 percent, with a full 35 percent undecided.

Corbett’s problems with his base have continued. Last week’s F&M poll found that he doesn’t even command majority support among Republicans, leading Democrat Wolf by just 48 percent to 24 percent. Astonishingly, while Republicans nationwide are more motivated to vote than Democrats, in Pennsylvania it’s Democrats who are four points more likely to say they are certain to vote this fall.

Pennsylvania conservatives have often shown in the past they want more principled and effective leadership. In 2012, tea-party activist Cris Dush came within 500 votes of beating house speaker Sam Smith in a GOP primary, prompting Smith to retire this year. Dush went on to win this spring’s GOP primary to replace Smith.

The challenge Pennsylvania conservatives will face after Governor Corbett’s likely loss is how to deal with an anti-reform legislature that is apt to remain under GOP control thanks to creative gerrymandering. In the past, too many conservatives have cut them slack and allowed the party to retain quiet insider control in Harrisburg. But Corbett’s loss would be a wake-up call that the status quo is dragging Pennsylvania’s economy down and alienating the Republican party’s base.

A new approach is required. Democrat Wolf, a former finance secretary under Democratic governor Ed Rendell, has publicly said he plans to circumvent the state’s constitutional requirement that its income tax be one flat rate. Wolf won’t disclose details of his plan for a “progressive” tax regime, but its implementation could include some Obama-like dubious assertions of executive power. If Pennsylvania Republicans don’t start holding their leaders accountable by demanding pension reform and preserving the state’s flat 3.07 percent income-tax rate, they could see the state going the way of bankrupt Illinois, which has become a sordid example of just how much damage political machines in both parties can do to a once-proud state.

— John Fund is national-affairs correspondent for NRO.

So, Yeah, the NRSC has made a game

by Mars ( 61 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Democratic Party, Election 2014, Entertainment, Guest Post, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Media, Politics, Progressives, Republican Party at September 1st, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Guest post from Mars:

 

While stumbling the internet today I came across an article about how the National Republican Senatorial Campaign had made a game. So, I of course had to check it out. You can look at it here.

I went to missionmajority.com and gave it a try. While enjoyable the game will invite ridicule on several fronts. One, they attempted to jump on the current 8-bit game fad. In recent years 8-bit style games have made a huge comeback and are the favorites of indy developers. However, it’s pretty obvious from the comments I’ve seen on several sites that this is “conveniently” overlooked by our liberal friends who use the old school look of the game to show how “out of touch” the party is. Two, it’s overly simplistic. I know they want it to be quick and easy so they can get the message across in the shortest time possible, but come on, I wasn’t even really taking it seriously and only lost two lives in the whole game. Finding a balance between simple and frustrating should have been a concern. Three, the soundbites have no context whatsoever. It’s all well and good to have dozens of damning comments from libs, but many of them I was even unfamiliar with and I consider myself fairly informed from the radio shows. How is someone who is just coming in from a link on another site (probably a liberal or at least negatively slanted site) supposed to even know what the heck half of the comments are even talking about.

This was an interesting attempt by the GOP to be hip and engage people, but I think it is far more of a misfire. Something a little more polished and with actual interesting characters and information would have been a far more effective means of reaching out. People don’t mind learning things when playing games, but they want an entertaining experience, not something that would be embarrassing for me to have my youngest child play. I’d like to give them some credit, but I think it’s for the best if this experiment in gamification is quickly and totally forgotten.

I just hope this didn’t cost the donors as much as I fear it did. Right now on Indiegala.com they have the Axis Game Factory Bundle on sale for a minimum of 9.99. With that software a day to gather sound bites, and a couple hours to draw sprites and throw it together, even I could make something better than this. (Though to be fair it will cost more to get the package that lets you format it for a website.) Not sure it would be any more informative, but it would look a hell of a lot better. Maybe a popup with who made the statement, when, and what it was about would help. It also shouldn’t just repeat the same dozen comments over and over, it would be nice to have more variety.

Shootout at the Cold Stone Corral: The Arizona Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by The Osprey ( 79 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Business, Corruption, Democratic Party, DOJ, Economy, Election 2014, EPA, Eric Holder, Health Care, immigration, Immigration, IRS, Janet Napolitano, Misery Index, Politics, Regulation, Republican Party, taxation, The Political Right, unemployment at August 24th, 2014 - 6:02 pm

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Damn. The Arizona Republican Primary is Tuesday, and I have still not been able to make up my mind who I am going to vote for to be our contender for Governor in November. There are 6 – count ‘em – 6 candidates!

Nicknames in quotes are mine :lol:

I break them down like this:

The Corporates – pushing their experience in the private sector:

Doug Ducey. “The Ice Cream Man” : Current AZ Treasurer. Founder of Cold Stone Creamery, the upscale ice cream chain. Has gotten endorsement of Republican heavy hitters from outside the state – Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, radio talker Hugh Hewitt. On the hand, he has been endorsed by John McCain and there have been questions of impropriety raised around some of his dealings with Cold Stone franchisees. UPDATE: It appears that Doug Ducey has been endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Christine Jones. “Go Daddy’s Girl”: Kind of a dark horse, or should I say, ginger horse. (She’s a red head). Was corporate attorney for Scottsdale based internet hosting company Go Daddy – they of the racy Superbowl ads and Danica Patrick ad campaign. Claims to be for strong border enforcement, but recent revelations of her social media posts from a few years back supporting Obama and other liberal positions, resume embellishments (she claimed to have worked as a prosecuting attorney prior to her Go Daddy days) have made me skeptical of her.

The Politicos – claiming the voice of moderation:

Ken Bennett: “Cool, Calm Ken” Current Arizona Secretary of State. Long term AZ politico seen by many as a balancing force in AZ Republican politics. Presents a “cool calm and collected” image but may be a RINO. Many Arizonans who support Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse investigation of Obama’s document fraud feel Bennett allowed himself to be bamboozled by Democrat officials in the Hawaii State Dept. of Records, and his lack of experience outside government has caused some criticism as well.

Scott Smith: “Mayor McRINO” Current Mayor of Mesa. Presents himself as a moderate Republican. Has a pretty good record as Mayor, but his support of Brewer’s Obamacare associated Medicare expansion which was passed in the dead of night by RINOS and Democrats and his participation in national Mayors conferences heavily influenced by Democrats has left a sour taste in the mouth of small government and balanced budget advocates in AZ. Endorsed by Jan Brewer.

The Lawmen- For border security and state’s rights :

Frank Riggs: “Marshall Dillon” Frank is a California transplant who moved to AZ in 2001. An army veteran and former police officer, he represented a conservative district in California in the Reagan years. This is his first foray back into politics since moving to Arizona. Has the endorsement for former State Senator Russell Pierce, author of SB 1070. A Border hawk. Those who object to him site a congressional voting record that is not quite as conservative as Riggs claims it to be.

Andrew Thomas: “The Boy Scout” Former Maricopa County Attorney. Defended Sheriff Joe’s immigration law enforcement in court, exposed and lead prosecution of various corrupt State representatives and Maricopa county supervisors. This gained him many enemies in the liberal Democrat run AZ Bar Association, who filed a lawsuit against him that while ultimately defeated, nonetheless lead to him being disbarred. He is very well liked in among AZ conservatives, but even many who like him feel that he is “damaged goods” and vulnerable to a Dem lead smear campaign in the General.

My initial thoughts back in February or March favored either Doug Ducey or Christine Jones. Having someone in the Governor’s office with private sector experience could help Arizona divert a lot of those California companies fleeing that state’s regulatory environment to Texas, into Arizona instead.

However, with the Bundy Ranch vs. Fed Gov showdown in April, the ongoing controversy over Sheriff Joe’s investigation into Obama’s document fraud, the “Camp of the Saints”/”Children’s Crusade” on the border, and the threat of ISIS infiltration via the border, has me leaning now towards one of “The Lawmen”. I don’t think the “Corporates” would have enough spine to stand up to Obama and Holder.

Polls are all over the map, there are some in the media who say the race is Ducey’s to lose, but I think there is a strong undercurrent for Andrew Thomas, as an F-YOU! to the Dems locally and nationally.

Curious to hear what other Blogmocers either in AZ or out of state think. We, along with Texas are on the front lines of the border crisis, Obama and Holder have been meddling in our local politics and the economy here has been struggling since 2008.

UPDATE: It appears that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Doug Ducey.

The Real Question In Texas: Why Did It Take Rick Perry Fourteen Years To Shut This Down?

by Flyovercountry ( 177 Comments › )
Filed under Republican Party at August 22nd, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

There exists in Texas, something of a bizarre situation in regards to the state politics. What happened, several decades ago, when the Democrats ran the place, was that the Austin County Prosecutor’s Office became vested somehow with a state authority to prosecute politicians for various infractions. The Travis County District Attorney’s Office is partially funded with revenues collected from the entire state, and they act as a, “watchdog,” group for all of Texas. As far as I know, Texas and Wisconsin are the only states in our nation that use this set up.

The Travis County DA, a position dominated by Democrats since dinosaurs roamed the Lone Star State, has used this state mandated authority exclusively for the purpose of harassing GOP officials who’ve had the temerity to actually win elections. Since Texas has since flipped to the Red Column from the previous solidly Blue stalwart that it used to be, that activity has increased dramatically in recent years.

For as long as I can remember, ad hominem attack has been placed on steroids in the political arena, and capricious prosecutions have been used as a means to eliminate competition. Newt Gingrich, Jack Ryan, and even Sarah Palin have found themselves afoul of political activists armed with trumped up and completely debunked after the fact charges of wrong doing. And even though the charges of wrongdoing were eventually proven to be bogus, in each instance, the desired effect of ruining future political aspirations was achieved, which was undoubtedly the goal all along.

No other group however, has achieved the status of art form with respect to this particular political dirty trick, with quite the same panache as the Democrat Party machinery entrenched forever in Travis County Texas. Boss Tweed and Richard Daley would be blushing with jealousy at the goings on in that state.

So, in a political age where Ted Kennedy kills a girl then goes on to Chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barney Frank gets caught running a gay brothel out of his apartment in Washington D.C., then goes on to chair the House Judiciary Committee, Rick Perry gets indicted for using his Constitutionally mandated authority to veto the funding of the single most corrupt political expenditure anywhere in our fruited plains.

Conservatives finding themselves on the business end of politically motivated accusations is nothing new. There is a sameness to all of these incidents. When the rally cries of, “there’s no actual evidence of wrong doing,” get sounded, we’ll be assured that it’s, “the seriousness of the charge,” which must be respected. The targeted politician will resign, and then it’ll all go away when somebody in our Judiciary realizes that not a single accusation is rooted in actual truth. The charges will eventually be thrown out or the accused in question will be vindicated, none of which will happen until after their political career has been effectively ended. The vindication and or dropping of the charges will also be unreported, as if it never happened in the first place. Those who use this trick as a weapon are never held to account for their criminal behavior, and in fact will usually be able to repeat at will.

What’s going on with Governor Perry however is slightly different. In his case, he stands accused of trying to take on the very heart of the Machine’s apparatus. He threatened to take away the State’s funding of the Travis County Machinery. My question is what took him so long? Why did he wait for the Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, to star in several police videos, threatening her arresting officers with the intimidation of her office, to put an end to the graft and corruption legislated into the Texas law enforcement apparatus?

Perry’s political aspirations are done, his career ended, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t return the favor. It’s about time that this sick joke perpetrated upon the tax payers in Texas find its end. Rick Perry at the moment is the one who’s in the best position to see this happen. I only hope that he has it within himself to find that vindictive petty demon who lives within us all. Revenge is not always wrong, and in this case, it is most certainly a good thing. Go get them Rick!

If the good people in Texas truly want a, “political watch dog group,” to prosecute political chicanery, might I suggest that they endeavor to set up a system that is representative of the entire state, unfettered by political ideology, and not tied to a party machine. That would at the very least stand some sort of chance of actually putting a dent into graft.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Ferguson Proves One Thing, It’s Not Open Season On Black Youths, No Matter How Hard That Narrative Is Pushed.

by Flyovercountry ( 245 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Liberal Fascism, Libertarianism, Progressives, Republican Party, The Political Right at August 21st, 2014 - 8:59 am

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

As Ferguson consumes the new normal in terms of news cycles, one crisis dominating a two week period of time, wiping the continuing crises from our collective consciousness, (remember, the border crisis, Gaza, Ukraine, and Isis are all still out there,) some things have struck me over the last few evenings of riotous stupidity. One, I’d like to formally welcome the strange and logic defying anarchist/communist alliance to the mix. You’ll remember this group of fun loving trouble makers, they’re the two groups that got together and fouled down town areas with their great demonstrations of personal hygiene in the Occupy movement that’s been going on since 2011. They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, but commies and anarchists getting together? That takes some real imagination stretching. You lucky people in Ferguson, besides being the inhabitants of a place that used to be a town, now get to live side by side with these people and their antics. There are already several reports of these lunatics attempting to egg protesters into more violent acts, including increased looting, (they want their share of the treasure I guess.)


Occupy Wall Street Protester defecating on police car.

Not to belabor the point, but what ever Ferguson used to be, it will never be again. It may be rebuilt, it may heal, it may even be stronger some how, but it will always be different. Ferguson has been identified as a front in a battle much larger than Mike Brown, and the Police hired to protect the town’s 21,000 inhabitants from the Mike Browns of the world. The rioters are not from Ferguson for the most part. They hail from just about everywhere else in America, and they’re coming for the fun and sport of looting and pillaging, all while sticking it to the Man, who ever he is.

Not lost in the irony of Ferguson and the riots there is the sight of a Democrat Party initiative to register voters who have been outraged by the violence now destroying their community. Like a swiss watch, they have their tent out there on the edge of it all, telling everybody who passes by, “we’re here to help you achieve hopety change.” Lost in the irony of what is happening in Ferguson is the small fact that the Democrats run everything in that community from the Sheriff’s office to dog catcher, and have for quite some time. The Mayor is a Democrat. The Police Chief is a Democrat. The Sheriff is a Democrat. The Governor is a Democrat. The City Council Members are all Democrats. At some point in time, somebody somewhere will be forced to ask, “how’s that hopety change working out for you?”

In our post racial Presidency, that time when the rise of our oceans was supposed to have been reversed, our nation fundamentally transformed into Utopia, and our racial divisions healed, we find ourselves suspiciously embroiled in one racially motivated crisis after another. I don’t know if any of you have noticed this or not, but we here in America aren’t suddenly sitting around hugging each other, smoking peace pipes, and singing, “kumbayah my lord,” in those wonderful drum circles. Harken back to the heady days of 2008, when 51% of a nation was convinced that electing Barack Obama was necessary to heal the racial divisions still being caused by the institution of Slavery, even though 150 years ago, our nation went through the bloodiest war in world history expressly to abolish that reprehensible institution. The term post racial was bandied about like candy being passed out by, “Palestinians,” after the 9/11 attacks. And here we are today, not exactly reaping the benefits of a post racial period in our history, but instead suffering a period in time when our racial divisions have descended to the tumultuous level we survived in the 1960′s. Coincidentally, our President’s rhetoric and agenda also match exactly what was heard from the community organizing crowd largely existing on the fringes of society during that same era of American civil unrest.

One thing should be painfully obvious to everyone though. If one thing has been proven during the last 6 years, it is that this meme of police and white holders of political power running about viciously hunting down otherwise peaceful innocent Black Youth is patently false, fabricated, baloney, and just otherwise off of the reservation silly. For six years, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Malik Shabaaz, and in fact our Attorney General, Eric Holder, have been circling the nation like some species of perverted bizarre racist vultures just waiting for an innocent Black Child to be slain by the Great White Defendant. We’ve had some promising candidates in that time, some wonderful riots, civil unrest, but in the end, the facts have undercut the opportunity to hang a white racially motivated killer out to dry.

In fact, despite true effort to show how truly evil and racist Americans really are, in that six year time frame, not one single incidence of whitey killing a black child out of pure spite has been proven true, not one. It’s not from a lack of effort or creativity either. We’ve invented a new demographic, “white hispanic,” along the way. We’ve attempted to change facts, suppress evidence, and move the goal posts, but in each and every case, the original narrative has been shown to not only be wrong, but a fabricated lie as well. So this leaves two possibilities. Either we are not attempting to round up Black Children and kill them, or we really such at it.

So America, I guess, pat yourself on the back. You’ve remained largely post racial, despite the best efforts of our first Black President, who’s worked tirelessly to drag you back into the civil unrest of the 60′s.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

A rational Foreign Policy

by Rodan ( 113 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, George W. Bush, Marxism, Progressives, Republican Party at July 30th, 2014 - 9:05 am

There was a time when this nation had a rational foreign policy. During the Reagan era the Peace through strength doctrinaire kept America out of war, while defending its interest against Soviet aggression. The result was the collapse of the Soviet Union without a major war. Since then our foreign policy has become deranged.

Starting with the Clinton Administration, the US foreign policy became oriented in the service of Islamic interest. The US/NATO bombed Christian Serb forces in Bosnia to prevent the defeat of Bosnian Muslims and their al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps allies. In 1999 the US/NATO bombed the Serbs again to created an Albanian Muslim Narco-terror state of Kossovo. We did nothing about the slaughter of 2 Million Sudanese Christians and forced Israel to give Southern Lebanon over to Hezbollah. All this, while the very same Islamists we supported were attacking us. The culmination of these attacks was 9/11.

When 9/11 happened, instead of identifying Islamists as our enemy, President Bush praised it as a religion of peace and through the diversity visa program, gave Islamic nations immigrant preferences. We overthrow the Taliban, but replaced it with a Narco-Islamic state that is flooding the world with heroin. In Iraq we decided to overthrow Saddam and yes there was justification for that, but we immediately began building schools and roads, while our soldiers were getting shot. Even worse, we installed a Pro-Iranian Shiite Islamic regime which was ethnically cleansing Christians before the rise of ISIS. The obsession with Islamic democracy and nation building was a geostartegic disaster.

Under the Obama Regime, the foreign policy of this nation became even more deranged. The US/NATO attacked Qaddafi, who after giving up his WMD’s was an ally against Islamists. The result is that the ISIS franchise Ansar al-Sharia now controls the Western 1/3 of Libya and other Islamist Militias are causing havoc. Supporting the Pro-Iranian puppet regime of Malaki resulted in a  Sunni backlash to the rise of ISIS. The same insanity applies with the Obama Regime’s support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. We  now treat one of our closet allies Israel as the unwanted step child to appease Islamists and the International left.

In the Ukraine which has been part of Russia’s sphere since the 1600′s, the Obama Regime with the backing of elements of the Republican Party supported the European Union’s alliance with Ukrainian Neo-Nazis to overthrow the legally elected governmnet to seize that nation’s resources and confiscate people’s wealth under the guise of the IMF. The result is Russia pushing back by taking Crimea and supporting Rightwing wing Russian militias in the Eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, we turned our backs on Christian Conservative and Libertarian anti-Regime protests in Venezuela. The very same Republicans who were pounding their chests like baboons over a confrontation with Russia to help out Euro-Socialists and Neo-Nazis, did nothing to assist their ideological brethren in that South American nation. Standing by the Venezuelan people would have been good PR for Republicans and put Obama in a predicament for going on the record in backing a Marxist dictatorship

Our foreign policy has vacillated between appeasement and nation building. We no longer define what our interest are and pick the wrong causes to get involved in,. What is needed is a return to our traditional foreign policy that rejects nation building and appeasement.

Today there is a torrent of redundant evidence for the Macmillan axiom. When British prime minister Harold Macmillan was asked what caused him the most trouble, he supposedly replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” He certainly used the phrase “the opposition of events.” Events, from Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, are forcing something Americans prefer not to think about, foreign policy, into their political calculations.

Having recoiled from the scandal of the Iraq War, which was begun on the basis of bad intelligence and conducted unintelligently, Americans concluded that their nation no longer has much power, defined as the ability to achieve intended effects. The correct conclusion is that America should intend more achievable effects. 

Obama has given Americans a foreign policy congruent with their post-recoil preferences: America as spectator. Now, however, their sense of national diminishment, and of an increasingly ominous world, may be making them receptive to a middle course between a foreign policy of flaccidity (Obama) and grandiosity (his predecessor).

If so, a Republican presidential aspirant should articulate what George Washington University’s Henry R. Nau calls, in a book with this title, “conservative  internationalism.” This would, he says, include:

the liberal internationalist goal of spreading freedom, but doing so “primarily on the borders of existing freedom, not everywhere in the world at once”;

the realists’ use of “armed diplomacy” against adversaries outside of negotiations; and

the “conservative vision of limited global governance, a decentralized world of democratic civil societies” rather than “one of centralized international institutions as Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt advocated.”

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In eleven ruinous years, beginning with the invasion of Iraq, Republicans have forfeited their foreign-policy advantage and Obama has revived suspicions that Democrats are uncomfortable with American power. There is running room for a conservative internationalist. 

The appeasement of the Obama Regime has resulted in failure and help create the chaos we see in the world. However, the calls from some in the Republican Party for more nation building and permanent war is not the answer either. The GOP needs to ditch the Jacobin concept of endless wars and realize that America can’t save everybody. We need to define our sphere of influence, make sure the governments in that sphere are friendly and base our interest on economic needs. A combination of realism and humility but based on strength is the foreign policy that the Republican Party should embrace.

 

 

Elizabeth Warren supports Corporate Welfare

by Rodan ( 357 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, Conservatism, Democratic Party, Hipsters, Libertarianism, Progressives, Republican Party, Socialism, Tea Parties, The Political Right, Tranzis at July 23rd, 2014 - 10:48 am

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The Progressive movement’s darling of the hour; Elizabeth Warren aka Fauxahontas rails about big corporations and the 1%. When push came to shove, she defended the interest of the same entities she denounces. An alliance of Social Conservatives/Tea Party and Libertarian/Fiscal Conservative Republicans are blocking the renewal of the corporate welfare based Export-Import bank. This is nothing but a form of welfare to prop up big corporations, many of whom outsource jobs overseas. When invited to join opposition to this from welfare, Elizabeth Warren defended the EX-IM bank.

It was a really nice try.

Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im, as it’s known inside the Beltway, has become a favorite target of populist forces on right.

The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

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As first reported by Bloomberg News, Heritage sent Warren a letter asking her to speak against Ex-Im “and the political favoritism it engenders.”

“We, like you, are frustrated with a political economy that benefits well-connected elites at the expense of all Americans,” Michael Needham, the head of Heritage Action, wrote. “Your presence will send a clear signal that you are going to fight the most pressing example of corporate welfare and cronyism pending before Congress right now.”

Warren didn’t take the bait. Her spokeswoman told Bloomberg, “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth, but recognizes that there is room for improvement in the bank’s operations.”

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I’m not so sure there’s a contradiction here. Rather, I think we’re seeing why there will never really be a bipartisan Left–Right alliance against crony capitalism and corporate welfare.

The Right’s “libertarian populism” wants to separate big business and big government. That means no more “too big to fail” and no more of government picking winners and losers.

The Left’s anti-big-business populism is very different. It doesn’t want to cut the government’s incestuous relationship with big business; it simply wants to bring business to heel. Big business should do what Washington tells it to do, and when it does, it will get treats. When it doesn’t, it will get the newspaper to the nose. But big business will never be let off its leash, if the Left has its way.

The Progressive rhetoric against big corporations, is just all talk. In reality the Progressives are tied to the hip with big companies like Goldman Sachs and GE. In a heavily regulated economic structure, politically connected big corporations thrive, while medium and small firms die. This is the reason why Silicon valley, Wall and Corporate CEO’s support the Democrat Party. They ensure the government prevents competitors from rising, thus hindering the free market and destroying economic mobility.

Elizabeth Warren’s support fior the corrupt and Fascist like Export-Import bank shows that Democrats despite their rhetoric love big businesses. Fauxahontas is fraud and hypocrite like all Progressives. They just want to control those corporations to do their buidding.

If the Republicans would stop obsessing with Gays in comic books or other useless cultural crusades, they might actually be able to hit the Democrats on their Achilles heel of being the party of the well connected. Americans are hurting economically as take home pay is less than it was 14 years and many people have lost hope for the future. I will not hold my breath expecting The GOP to embrace a Libertarian-Populist ideology, hammer the Progressives on their Fascist ideology and promote a POSITIVE future oriented agenda to benefit all Americans.

In the meantime, Elizabeth Warren is laughing all the way to the bank!

On another note, I really recommend reading Pat Buchanan’s new book: “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create a New Majority.” It shows how the Republicans after their 64 debacle were politically resurrected by Nixon. Richard Nixon for all his faults, helped the GOP adapt to the electorate that existed and forged a coalition that would go 5-1 from 1968 to 1988. This is a lesson the GOP of today can learn if they were a serious entity.

Thad Cochran And John McCain Save Team Palooka!

by Flyovercountry ( 215 Comments › )
Filed under Progressives, Republican Party at June 30th, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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Palooka – A prize fighter who purposefully throws a fight in which he is favored, in exchange for a payoff.

When I was a 5 or 6 year old wannabe alpha male in my home town, feeling those first oats provided by the Y Chromosome, I threatened another 5 or 6 year old kid to that ultimate deciding contest little boys of that time period used to settle disputes. I threw the first punch, and subsequently got my little fanny beat. He won and I lost, dispute settled. I lost as much due to the surprise of what followed my act of aggression, which was his counter aggression. In the disputes of six year old boys, as in life you see, the other guy is allowed to hit back. I was surprised when he did, since I felt justified in my cause in the first place, and that surprise at being hit back froze me just a little bit. That lesson is one I remember to this day. Take a shot, expect one, or hundreds to be returned in your direction. Return a volley in response, don’t expect that to end it either. Everyone feels justified in their position, and if they don’t, they’re not the sort to take loss easily either.

Notice that the lesson learned here is not about who was right or wrong, I can’t even remember what the reason for fighting was anymore. The lesson is entirely about being prepared to finish what you’ve started, and being prepared to face the consequences of your actions. The Republican Party has been involved in a civil war going back to the 1964 primary. The Goldwater Wing/Conservative base of the Party has been trading blows in a decades long battle with the Rockefeller Wing/Establishment apparatchiks who run the party. Both sides have taken shots at the other, and then whined like little girls when absorbing the shots thrown back their way.

John McCain has labeled all members of the Tea Party wacko birds and along with Mitch McConnel vowed to defeat every Tea Party Candidate in every election in which anyone was identified as being sympathetic to the group. At the same time, both men have whined of the need for unity in order to solidify and strengthen the Republican Party. Tea Party groups have for years threatened to, “primary rinos,” and brayed when those rinos fought back hard in their respective primaries, vowed to destroy the Tea party, and rallied the establishment money spigot so overwhelmingly at their disposal.

Slow down you pretentious distributors of righteous indignation, I’m not saying that the fight is wrong. I’ve been calling for this fight to happen for a long time. We need to hash this out, but just remember to keep your eyes on one reality. We do have common cause here, and that is to use the 2014 elections as a restraining order against the Obama agenda, and to prevent a President Hillary from being sworn into office on January 20, 2017.

With all of that being said, I was never ashamed of being identified with the Republican Party until Tuesday, and the days leading up to Tuesday of this past week. Thad Cochran pulled off what was undoubtedly the dirtiest campaign ever run by any member of the GOP, all in an effort to win a primary that he actually lost by 25,000 votes. He did it by having a Democrat Party staffer named Mitzi Bickers promise every piece of populist tripe offered at any time in that party’s sordid history. Robo calls went out to every Democrat in the state promising that Thad Cochran would help them keep the welfare state in tact, help them keep their wealth redistribution schemes in tact, help them inflict minimum wage increases, help them eliminate voter ID laws, and help them pass Barack Obama’s agenda, as envisioned totally by Barack Obama.

Folks, I have just a couple of thoughts here. First of all, if Republicans are going to win elections by campaigning as if they were not only Democrat Lite, but the furthest to the left Democrats available, what exactly is the point of being in an opposition party? Thad Cochran lost among Republican Voters by a huge margin, and only won by convincing Democrats to come out and choose the Republican nominee against the express wishes of the Republican voters of Mississippi.

He didn’t do this on his own, he had help, and that help came from the GOP establishment. Why have ideals and values at all, if that’s all they mean to people? I’ve sent the GOP solicitation crowd multiple return messages in lieu of a check. All of them have stated that until such a time as they prove some spunk in actually fighting for the principles that they have repeatedly promised they support, they’ll not get my hard earned dime. Next time, I’m filling the envelope with lead weights, a wooden shim, several dozen sheets of blank paper, and a letter that uses this incident to describe my displeasure. It is clear that the establishment Republicans consider their own voting base to be a problem needing eradication.

We who make up this disorganized grass roots movement should never again be surprised. They took our punches and fought back. People with power are willing, as we’ve just learned, to do anything in their effort to keep power. Thad Cochran has just taught us a valuable lesson, and one we should remember for the rest of our lives. They will scratch, kick, bite, claw, and do what ever it takes to win. The next time we get into one of these civil wars, or the next battle of this one, we should expect them to fight dirty, the dirtiest, all while speaking of a need to unite and help them fight our common enemies. If we do not expect the worst the next time out, that’ll be our fault, and nobody else’s. Thad Cochran ran on being a Democrat, and he cheated like one of them as well. We must expect this in the future.

To the GOP establishment types out there, especially those who wish for a united front in order to win elections in the future, how far do you think you’ll get without your voting base? The only reason Republicans hold the House, and the only reason John Boehner is the Speaker right now is due to the energy supplied by the Tea Party. Without that, you’d have nothing, which is right where you’re headed again, if you continue along this path. Even if you win this fall, it’ll only be due to the energy and anger of the Tea Party that has buoyed you up against your very own efforts.

To my fellow Tea Partiers, don’t abandon the GOP completely, let’s continue to work towards taking it back instead. There are many rinos out there to be sure, but there are also many decent people representing the GOP brand. Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Mike Lee, etc. I share your anger yes, but I am not suicidal, and America is worth fighting for.

To everyone, when any Republican victory seems to be in hand, for what ever battle presents itself as being crucial, look for Thad Cochran to be that next guy who purposefully kisses the canvas. John McCain’s done it so many times now that the canvas doesn’t even expect dinner afterwards. Cochran on the other hand owes a dive to the political left, and believe it, he’ll take that dive when it really counts.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Scott Walker Is What The GOP Needs For 2016

by Flyovercountry ( 110 Comments › )
Filed under Republican Party, The Political Right at June 24th, 2014 - 8:14 am

First, I am usually loathe to make an endorsement prior to a majority of the public discourse having been laid out for all to see, but these are unusual times my fellow inhabitants of the worker’s paradise formerly reserved for the free and brave. We need something unusual, and Scott walker is that. He is a Republican Governor of a decidedly blue state, and what’s even more important, he’s not a Rino who ran as a Republican simply to get himself past the crowded Democrat field. He’s as Conservative as they come, and has appeal for the Tea Party base and the Establishment types as well. He’ll be able to unify the party, and will do so without pandering to the populist positions of the past, as we’d seen from Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and of course Chris Christie.

We won’t get the Democrat Lite Pet Issue du jour, national minimum wage indexed to inflation, feel good gun control laws which would do nothing to change what ever horrific event found its way to the daily news cycle in order to scare us, no sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi for a common stance on how to combat make believe problems for no other purpose than to appeal to left of center voters, and there will be no pimping out of new entitlement programs or creation of new massive federal agencies or directorates. What would we get from a President Walker? If his performance in Wisconsin is any indication, less government spending, a balanced federal budget, the shrinking of our entitlement culture, someone willing to fight hard against the special interests of the Unions, tax cuts, less federal regulation, and most importantly, someone willing to fight against both the liberal narrative and framing of debate, and someone who will fight against capitulation within his own party. That last point is of major importance.

In the face of opposition, Scott Walker did not fold, he fought back, which is something that has been lacking from the right side of the aisle for quite a long time. He won the election for Governor of Wisconsin, despite the veritable fortune spent by the Unions to defeat him, as did a Republican Majority in their State Legislature and State Assembly. Shocking as it may seem, Walker and the bicameral Legislative Branch of Wisconsin actually went about the business of enacting the agenda upon which they’d campaigned. (A note for those paying attention, they campaigned on a platform of unapologetic conservatism, something which won in bluest of blue Wisconsin.) The Political Left went ballistic, and Wisconsinites were treated to their State Capitol becoming a circus. The Walker reforms were eventually enacted anyhow, and the Political Left, rife with massive amounts of union cash attempted to recall each of the newly elected GOP Legislature members. This of course failed to turn control of the Legislature, despite the Millions poured into it, and the State’s election of a Supreme Court Justice became the next battle ground for the right versus left proxy war. The same hysterical effort was employed, and again Wisconsin broke spending records for a Supreme Court election, in which the union backed candidate lost. Next, Scott Walker faced a recall election, and became the only Governor in U.S. history to defeat such an effort. He not only won, but actually polled a higher percentage of the vote than his initial election. Through it all, Walker himself never once flinched on his positions. He never compromised on his beliefs, and he never capitulated to the please those seeking to have him move to softer more centrist, (meaning tacking to the left,) positions politically. In the face of that, he cut his state’s spending, balanced a budget, refused to hop on the Medicaid expansion bandwagon, cut taxes, instituted deregulation, and maintained his bona fides as an unapologetic eloquent spokes person for free markets, limited governance, and self determination.

I realize that Walker has not announced his desire to run for this office, and currently is engaged in convincing the good people of Wisconsin that he deserves another four years as the top executive of that state. However, if he does run, he’ll have my vote. The left will always tell us who they are afraid of, not with their actual words, which are seldom truthful, but with their deeds. The money spent by the left to defeat Walker is astounding, even more so when all of the aforementioned shenanigans are added together. Busing in professional protesters to Madison during the summer of 2011 must alone have cost a fortune, and then feeding and housing for the duration of that battle, and all of that effort to be soundly defeated in three subsequent elections, that’s got to sting a bit. The recent unsealing of a document, (one that contains not a single scrap of evidence by the way,) and then trumpeting it to the press as if its some sort of revelation, is itself that loud and clear indication that the left is terrified of a Walker candidacy. When they take the destroy at all costs attitude, that’s who they believe can really defeat them. This is a malevolent version of Brer Rabbit begging not to be thrown into the briar patch.

Walker is a straight forward eloquent advocate for the principles that got Reagan twice elected in landslides. He is unapologetic, forceful, and unwavering. He won’t sell out in order to pander, and that more than anything terrifies the other side.

Exit Question: In that game of, “is the Republican crazy, senile, evil, or stupid,” which one will Scott Walker get?

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Sen. Rand Paul makes the case against Iraq Intervention

by Rodan ( 1 Comment › )
Filed under Al Qaeda, Iran, Iraq, Islamists, Libertarianism, Republican Party, Special Report at June 20th, 2014 - 8:14 am

As evil ISIS is, let us not lose sight at how evil Iran and their Iraqi Shiite lackeys are. It was Iran’s puppet PM of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki who instigated this sectarian war by promoting Shiite supremacy. While most  Republican politicians are salivating for another nation building exercise, Rand Paul once again takes a brave stand against the Jacobin/Trotskyite mindset that has infected the Right when it comes to foreign policy.

Though many claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan on foreign policy, too few look at how he really conducted it. The Iraq war is one of the best examples of where we went wrong because we ignored that.

In 1984, Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger developed the following criteria for war, primarily to avoid another Vietnam. His speech, “The Uses of Military Power,” boils down to this: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests of the U.S. or its allies are involved and only “with the clear intention of winning.” U.S. combat troops should be committed only with “clearly defined political and military objectives” and with the capacity to accomplish those objectives and with a “reasonable assurance” of the support of U.S. public opinion and Congress and only “as a last resort.”

Much of the rationale for going to war in 2003 did not measure up to the Weinberger Doctrine, and I opposed the Iraq war. I thought we needed to be more prudent about the weightiest decision a country can make. Like Reagan, I thought we should never be eager to go to war. And now, 11 years later, we are still dealing with the consequences.

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Let me address both of these. First, we should not put any U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, unless it is to secure or evacuate U.S. personnel and diplomatic facilities. And while we may not completely rule out airstrikes, there are many questions that need to be addressed first.

What would airstrikes accomplish? We know that Iran is aiding the Iraqi government against ISIS. Do we want to, in effect, become Iran’s air force? What’s in this for Iran? Why should we choose a side, and if we do, who are we really helping?

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Saying the mess in Iraq is President Obama’s fault ignores what President Bush did wrong. Saying it is President Bush’s fault is to ignore all the horrible foreign policy decisions in Syria, Libya, Egypt and elsewhere under President Obama, many of which may have contributed to the current crisis in Iraq. For former Bush officials to blame President Obama or for Democrats to blame President Bush only serves as a reminder that both sides continue to get foreign policy wrong. We need a new approach, one that emulates Reagan’s policies, puts America first, seeks peace, faces war reluctantly, and when necessary acts fully and decisively.

Thank God Rand Paul is trying to resurrect the GOP’s traditional foreign policy stance that has been hijacked by a Jacobin/Trotskyite cabal. Both ISIS and Iran/Iraqi Shiites are enemies of the US. It is in our interest for both sides to continue killing each other. No Islamic nation is worth the blood of Americans.