Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement on today's Senate votes regarding four budget proposals:
The President identified the problem more than a year ago when he said that ‘almost all of the long-term deficit and debt we face relates to the costs of Medicare and Medicaid.’ But Democrats in the Senate showed today that don't even want to talk about it. They rejected every single proposal to deal with it. They've chosen to ignore this crisis just like they ignored the last crisis. They're so focused on an election that's nearly two years away that they can't see the crisis in front of us.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The House has proposed a budget courtesy of Rep. Paul Ryan. Democrats don't like it, of course, and yet fail to offer a real alternative. All 47 Republican Senators wrote to Harry Reid to demand that he start the budget process. The Democrats' refusal to do their job shows that they fail to comprehend the message votes sent last November. It also raises the question of whether Democrats really want to do the hard work of governing.
Every day that the Senate fails to enact a budget is another day of profligate spending, and another day here the opportunity to address the debt is missed. We cannot afford this delay.
Monday, May 23, 2011
It is just devastating news for the Republican party and for the country.
So who to support now? Romney has disqualified himself with Romney-care. If he gets the nomination, conservatives will have no choice but to start a third party.
Newt is brilliant. His personal baggage, however, is too much of a distraction, and would threaten to demean the dignity of the office of the president.
Sarah Palin will not run. Why should she? She can influence public policy and get rich from the sidelines.
Tim Pawlenty benefits the most from Mitch Daniels declining to run. Time to give Pawlenty a serious look.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I am writing to inquire about the whereabouts of my free gift cards. Were they lost in the mail?
I have decorated for Christmas every year. And yet I have not received any gift cards for my efforts.
Target gift cards would do, although they expire if you don't use them fast enough. My lawnmower died, so Home Depot gift cards would work. I can always use Kroger gift cards -- especially for gas.
If it is too much trouble to buy they gift card, you can just get me cash. I understand that some of these freebies are given out at holiday parties to which I and other taxpayers were not invited. No hard feelings. Just give me my free stuff and all will be forgiven.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
For governor, David Williams will win. We all know this. He is experienced and wickedly smart; that alone should give Republicans cause to cheer. It is not enough. His reputation for meanness -- coupled with his intellect -- makes many in his own party dislike him (or fear him).
I've never understood why he would not let the gaming legislation come to a vote in the Senate. On an issue so critical to the Commonwealth, he killed one proposed solution by death with a thousand paper cuts. He prevented state senators from the accountability of an up or down vote. It resolved nothing and frustrated many.
I feel like I never had enough opportunity to learn much about Phil Moffett, the Tea Party favorite. Dave Adams, his campaign manager (who helped Rand Paul win the Republican primary last year) wasted countless letters in cyberspace by updating his Facebook/twitter status every time he changed locale. Thus, those of us who "befriended" him -- out of interest in learning more about Moffett -- were forced to endure updates in our news feeds that "Dave Adams is heading to Adair County" or "Dave Adamas is stuck on traffic in I-71." What a missed opportunity.
Bobbie Holsclaw has no chance. That is just a fact. She entered the race too late. Nonetheless, she deserves credit for the courage to take on David Williams. In so doing, she was subjected to caustic remarks about her hair and her name. Even worse, I heard one elected official dismiss her as "supremely unqualified to be governor." Please. She has more executive experience than did our president when he was sworn in. More importantly, she has demonstrated the ability to make government competent and responsive. The Jefferson County Clerk's office, under her tenure, has become noteworthy for its courteous and prompt delivery of services to the public.
As for the rest of the ticket, Anne Northup has worked hard to elect Jamie Comer. That's sufficient endorsement for me. None of the other candidates has done much to pierce my consciousness. Indeed, I wasted most of last evening answering robo-calls by people I've never heard of on behalf of people I've never heard of.
I'm just glad it's over and we can move onto the task of defeating Steve Beshear and Jack Conway. If there's one consolation about primary day for Republicans it is this: we have an outstanding nominee for Attorney General in Todd P'Pool. Thank heavens he was unopposed today.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Moffett should be proud of the endorsement. Meese was part of Reagan's California kitchen cabinet before the first Reagan administration. He is a true conservative and a decent, honorable man. His opinion should matter to Reagan conservatives.
Meese has remained active promoting the Federalist Society. Indeed, Meese gave a lecture that caused even the mainstream media to consider such concepts as judicial restraint and the original intent of the Framers. Meese also wrote a treatise on constitutional law that has become an important counter-point to that of Harvard Law professor Larry Tribe, proponent of the so-called "living constitution."
Moffett has the Tea Party vote. If recent polling is to be believed, however, that is not enough to win the Republican primary. He needs to reach more traditional, establishment Republicans. The endorsement from Ed Meese was a good step in that direction, but probably comes too late.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
As voters cringe every time they fill their cars, McConnell reminds us that we have seen these failed policies before. It's Welcome Back Carter time.
Politico quotes McConnell:
"Democrats need to stop deflecting attention from their own complicity in our nation’s overdependence on foreign oil,” McConnell said at the Nuclear Energy Assembly conference in Washington, D.C. “They need to end an approach that hasn’t changed since the Jimmy Carter administration.
“Just like Carter, they’re more interested in using this crisis [of gas prices] as an excuse to push for higher taxes than they are at solving the problem itself,” McConnell said. “And just like Carter, they’re underestimating the frustration of the American people.”
P'Pool raised more than $114,000 over a 15-day reporting period. Conway raised just $35,530. He was helped, in large measure, by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who appeared for P'Pool at a fundraiser in Madisonville.
Looks like it's time for Jack to do a little fundraising back on the Left Coast, where the Barbara Streisand wing of his party can best appreciate the jut of his chin and the coif of his hair.
Monday, May 9, 2011
We will never know exactly how it all developed, but it is likely that the military guys came to Obama with the plan to get bin Laden and asked him what he thought. "Looks good to me, go for it" was a likely response. Obama acts like he has spent the last two years crawling through caves looking for bin Laden. He deserves credit for having the wherewithal to finish the mission started by George Bush and for approving the wonderfully successful plan, but he could definitely stand to ratchet it down a few notches on the taking credit side. Navy SEAL Team 6 and other members of our military deserve the majority of the credit.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
- warrantless wire tapping
- renditions of unlawful combatants to foreign prisons
- detention of unlawful combatants in Guantanamo Bay Prison
- use of enhanced coercive interrogation tactics, "gasp", water boarding
- ordering and carrying out a targeted assassination of a terrorist
- invading a foreign country without UN or Congressional approval
Here’s Nancy Pelosi from a press conference on September 7, 2006:
"We had multiple series of sources that provided information with regards to this situation… clearly some of it came from detainees [and] they used these enhanced interrogation techniques against some of those detainees,” he [Panetta] told NBC anchor Brian Williams.
When asked by Williams if water-boarding was part of the “enhanced interrogation techniques,” Panetta simply said “that’s correct.”
Score one for common sense v. political correctness.
Monday, May 2, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Upon news reports of the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden this evening, Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement:
“I commend our troops, the intelligence community, and the military leaders involved in both the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their perseverance and courage in pursuit of this most grievous enemy of the United States of America.”