Friday, July 29, 2011

Alternatives in History

Andrew C. McCarthy writes a very noteworthy piece in National Review

and by advocating against what has been called the Boehner plan he stands apart from many of his fellow conservatives.

We've been disappointed to watch Republicans lose their nerve and cave in as recently as this year in the negotiations over the debt extension in April and May. Now that the Tea Party members in their midst are standing firm I see long time conservative pundits losing their nerve, talking in fear of the political outcome for the Republican party and not talking about saving the country -- country before party affiliation. This is a real crisis of faith and frankly many of them are sounding self-contradictory.

In the end, win, lose or draw, Republican party members will still be the only alternative to Obama and his ultra-radical, leftists Democrats. The Republican nominee for President will likely bear little or no responsibility for the outcome of the current debt crisis and the resulting economic aftermath. The Republican nominee will also be the only alternative to the true owner of this accelerated decrepitude, Barrack "Don't call my bluff - never let a crisis go to waste" Obama.

There is currently NO plan in play that will move us in a direction away from still being a debtor nation. Cut-Cap & Balance was killed by the Obama lapdog, Harry Reid and no alternatives were offered by Obama Democrats. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan already met a similar fate and the Mack Penny Plan, yet another alternative is not gaining any traction for all the same reasons.

Andrew McCarthy's piece spotlights that the nation's debt is the ongoing, existential threat and the driving issue in our national debate since before, during and now, well after the 2010 mid-term elections. There is currently no course of action that will eliminate this issue.

So in 2012, unless voters are all bonked on the head and have amnesia, get worn down by the dithering and current gridlock only to consign themselves to a fate worse than that of a Greek, or if they all just have an A-D-D moment at the ballot box and change their minds, the debt will still be a driving issue. Voter concern or not, the debt itself will exist and threaten the state of our present day existence and not only our future.

As long as the debt remains front and center in the election debate the Republicans have every chance of making greater gains in the House, likely win the 6 or 7, perhaps 12 out of 20+ Senate seats to garner a majority, as well as be living in the White House. And in January of 2013 . . . the debt will still be an issue.

So in 2014, on the heals of some dramatic legislative action to cut spending, close business/job killing government agencies, repeal Obamacare, revise Medicare and Social Security and rewrite the tax code, the Tea Party will become an official political party. At this point more than 100 2nd and 3rd term congressmen and several Senators will break ranks and change their party affiliation. The remaining weak (RINO, moderate, careerist) Republicans will be forced to go along with the newly formed Tea Party; the Party that won't be afraid to lead or, as an alternative, these remaining Republicans will join the ranks of Democrats legislatively and/or otherwise. In either case, the Republican party will be driven into exile.

As for Legitimate Democrats, they are already extinct. The Progressives/Socialists liberal body snatchers have replaced them years ago. They may choose to call themselves Democrats. But knowing their socialist leanings, I'll be calling them the Anti-American Party.

And before you decide that this is a not possible I'll remind you that in our nation's history there once was a Federalist Party, a Democrat-Republican Party and a Whig Party. Where are they now? Like their ideas, their platforms and their leaders, they have run their course and become obsolete.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Practical Side of Obama's Ideology: The Debt Crisis

I have yet to hear someone address the topic of Obama's motivation. Surely his rigid ideology has been on display for all to see. Anyone paying more than cursory attention to the issues knows about his ideology and demagoguery for years now. But while the Democrats and their willing accomplices in the media try to paint Republicans into a corner I'd say the contrary is true. They have framed the debate, made their rules in this negotiation very clear (dollars of cuts equal or better than dollars of debt increase and very simply, no new taxes). Obama, the Jell-O man has tried to evade and elude definition of his terms. Clear to me though is that he doesn't want to be limited or held to account by a budget.

Now why would this be?

I suggest that it is because limiting him to how much internal revenue he can raise and how he can use these dollars would be detrimental to his campaign in 2012. The $timulus was a massive pay-off and payout to his biggest liberal constituencies: Wall Street cronies and Union thugs. I've picked up on some chatter that he plans to raise $1B dollars of campaign funds for his 2012 campaign but let's be clear that too much is never enough for this guy and when you are suffering the disapproval ratings of this presidency you have to be concerned that these campaign funds in the hundreds of millions will not be enough to drown out a bad public record utterly lacking in popular accomplishment, not to mention the genuine ideas coming from one's opponents. He's a lot of things but he's not a gambler. Rather than leave it up to voters, all of whom (conservative and liberal) he despises and disrespects, he'd rather buy the necessary votes to secure reelection.

With a limit to the debt ceiling there is an ever increasing unlikelihood of another slush fund like the $timulus. His most loyal constituents, government employees will be made to sacrifice and suffer and his most scorned political enemies, the contributing class of free-market American workers will not be punished with new tax increases (as if we haven't suffered enough already in this economy).

Obama also gets the benefit of creating another crisis that he and his Chicago-land thugs have all too openly admitted they look to exploit for political gain.

But this is how Obama has painted himself into his own corner. On one side, in creating another crisis he, at the very least, has co-ownership and responsibility to resolve the crisis. On another side, he will have to choose whether to limit himself from his resources (our tax dollars) and his political tactics of bribery and coercion (pundits can paint it up with whatever thesaurus they want to use, this is what we call these things in the middle of the country). On all other fronts Obama is facing a very public set of decisions less than 18 months before the election -- voting present, his preference, is not an option.

So again, Republicans have made it well known what the rules are in this negotiation. They have told the President and the Democrats what is on the table and what is not on the table. Anyone in business knows that until you make those determinations you aren't really negotiating, you're just having a conversation.

According to all the experts, the clock is ticking . . .

. . . your move, Mr. President.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


This has to be what it is like having a heroine addict in your family. The endless negotiating that really sounds like begging, the irrational behavior, the thrashing about, the childish fits and angry desperation; all signs of withdrawal from their drug of choice.

So before that addict in your family goes past that point of no return you have to get together and have an intervention, even though the radical behavior will be heightened, perhaps frenzied even and the emotions will get very raw.

But all of you who voted for Obama and your representative Democrats are just the drug dealers who pushed the drugs (spending) on these weak souls.

Not just the junkies but a lot of other people are going to be effected and perhaps hurt and even changed forever. But what's the option? Do you turn your backs on that family member? Do you let them get more drugs and overdose?