The one thing he said right

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial
assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.  Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and
internationally.  Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’  Instead,
Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.  America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.  Americans deserve better.”

~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 ~

Meanwhile, back at the Kevin James ranch . . .

This just in:
Wendy Greuel says she “knows where the bodies are buried” in Los Angeles. That’s because she buried them.
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Well now, look at this

Paul McKinley has won the Republican primary in Chicago to replace Jessie Jackson Jr. in the House of Representatives.  The sad thing is that there were less than 2,000 votes cast in the Republican primary.  I don’t know much about Mr. McKinley, but what I admired about his campaign is that he ran against the Democratic Machine that nurtured the current occupant of the White House rather than the other Republican in the race.  He went after Chicago corruption hammer and tongs, showed no mercy and gave no quarter.  The result: not only did he win using these tactics, he wasn’t even rubbed out!  Now he goes up against New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s bought and paid for candidate in April.  Congratulations and best of luck to him.

Can Republicans Be Cool?

Glen Reynolds thinks they can.

“Everything comes down to the movie ‘Footloose.’ For a large majority of people, the political question is, ‘How would the sanctimonious preacher from the movie ‘Footloose’ feel about this subject?’ They answer the question, and then take the opposite position.

“This mind-set is absolutely ingrained in a lot of people my age (a couple of years younger than Gen-X). For every preachy moral conservative I’ve met in real life, I’ve seen 20 on TV. For each Baptist I know in real life, I’ve seen 10 in movies. To me, they are all the preacher from ‘Footloose.’ ”

He then proceeds to make three concrete suggestions.  Think we can do it?  Think we will?

Coburn: Sequestration Effects ‘Exaggerated’

Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 12:49 PM
By Amy Woods – Newsmax

Executive Summary:

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn believes that the effects of the sequestration that will “kick in” Friday have been “exaggerated” on governmental agencies and the American people.

Coburn, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said he did not support sequestration when it was introduced in Congress because it is “a stupid way to cut spending.” Asked if President Barack Obama was exaggerating the effects of the cuts, he responded, “absolutely.”

“It’s a terrible way to cut spending,” said the Republican. “I don’t disagree with that. But to not cut 2.5 percent out of the total budget over a year . . . give me a break.” Republicans and Democrats remain at loggerheads over deficit reductions, spending cuts and tax increases as the $85 billion sequestration deadline looms.

“The reason there’s no agreement is because there’s no leadership from the president on actually recognizing what the problem is, and the problem is an excessive, bloated, big federal government that’s highly inefficient and highly ineffective,” Coburn said.

“There’s easy ways to cut this money that the American people will never feel. What you hear is an outrage because
nobody wants to cut spending. Not cutting spending is going to be disastrous for this country,” he said.

Coburn added that the crisis is not real.

Phil Downs, President
Republican Club of the Foothills

. . . or maybe we can

Over at the Belmont Club Richard Fernandez comments on the internecine warfare that has recently erupted among Republicans upon Karl Rove’s announcement of his Conservative Victory Project.  It can be argued that all this is terrible and we are tearing ourselves apart when we should be sticking together, thereby undermining the Republican brand.  Certainly our ‘friends’ in the media would have us believe that (always willing to give us sage advice, they are, bless their pointed little heads).

I disagree somewhat with that analysis.  We just got our backsides handed to us in an election that we should have won handily despite the usual Democrat dirty tricks.  This is precisely the time for the Party to get together, figure out what happened and hash out solutions.  That, I believe, is exactly what is going on.  We lost in part because, yes, the dirty tricks were more pervasive and better coordinated than usual, but more to the point, we lost because the Republican Party had not yet completed the discussion we are now having.  We absolutely need this discussion, no matter how unpleasant and heated it may at times get.  In fact, the more forthright and passionate, the better.  When it is done we will have clarified our vision, purified our principles and fortified our political resolve.

It might be argued that we really don’t have time for this, the crisis in NOW!  We gotta do something right now before it’s too late!  No we don’t.  We’ve already put this off for two cycles and if we don’t do it now we will have put it off for three cycles and be, not only no nearer to resolving the crisis, but deeper in it.  One thing I’ve learned in my life is that there is always time to do it right the second time, or in this case, the third time.  Let’s not make it the fourth time, we might not get the chance.

But the Democrats are advancing their agenda by leaps and bounds!  Uh-uh, not so much.  There are still powerful checks to their ambitions.  But they’re united and we’re running Chinese fire drills!  Yes and no.  The Democrats are by nature collectivists, we individualists.  They will always try to put up a solid front, it is part of their modus operandi.  Note, please that their front is cracking, not starting to crack, cracking, and will ultimately collapse.  Their whole political machine runs on payola funded by tax dollars.  A big part of their problem is that as the boodle dries up they can’t quite make the payoffs they’ve promised.  This is a trend that they are utterly unequipped to reverse, their own rapacity guarantees it.

Lincoln expressed it admirably: a house divided cannot stand.  The Republican house has been divided for a long time.  This fight is about the principles of unity that can, and will, restore the Party and the Nation.  Let’s not fear to get on with the first so we can get on with the second.

We can do no other

Over at the New Republican they have a list, “What we believe.”

Pretty impressive list, if you ask me (if Rumsfeld can ask and answer his own questions, so can I.), there is nothing here that I can’t get behind.  The best part is that they take traditional, American mainstream ideas and couch them in language that appeals to today’s citizen.  Here’s a sample:

  1. We believe in freedom.
  2. We believe in the Constitution.
  3. We believe freedom incentivizes ordinary people to do extraordinary things and that makes America an exceptional nation.
  4. We believe in freedom nationally and values locally.
  5. We don’t believe old, top-down, industrial-age government becomes a good idea just because it agrees with us or because we are running it.

All of them are similarly pungent and hard-hitting.  My personal favorite:

62. We believe in creating abundance, not redistributing scarcity.

Amen.  Here I stand.