An excellent perspective on where the GOP needs to go from here. The party needs to drop the litmus tests and stress the fiscal conservative aspect of the party. That's where the appeal lies. For too long the Republican party has been exactly the same as Democrats, except with more religion. That's not enough to appeal to independents. It's time to accept that limited government, freedom and self-reliance should be the focus of the party.
As Obama reaches 100 days in office, I'm sure the mainstream media will inundate us with warm fuzzy pictures of Barack, Michelle and the girls joyously inhabiting the White House. Oh, there's a swingset and a garden. Michelle's so fashionable. The dog is so cute. Can you guess how far they'll dig into Barack's actual accomplishments in those first 100 days? May his reach actually exceed his grasp.
Porter Goss spells it out for Obama and the Democrats. It will be interesting to watch Pelosi keep trying to deny she knew that the enhanced interrogation techniques were actually being put in practice. Selective amnesia, it appears, is catching.
And a bit more on why Napolitano's memo casts anyone who disagrees with the administration as a potential threat.
After that irresponsible memo casting veterans as potential right wing extremists, it's not surprising that conservatives are calling for Napolitano to step down. Considering the timing on the memo, I'd have to agree that part of the purpose was to cast a negative light on the Tea Parties. It may not seem like much, but this is how oppression starts. I think she should voluntarily step down to prove that the new administration isn't trying to stifle dissent.
Mario Lopez gushing nightly on the glory of Barack and Michelle? What will Michelle wear today? I thought that after the series of bad economic decisions and his disastrous attempt to dictate to the EU on Turkey's membership bid, we'd be over this, but no. "Washingtonian" with a shirtless Barack on the cover? Please let this blind, uncritical obsession end soon.
I know, I stole that from a t-shirt that I intend to purchase as soon as possible. It does sum up the accomplishments of the Obama administration to date.
Now if Obama takes things to the next level and decides to prosecute former administration officials, even Bush or Cheney, my good-humored embarrassment at his incompetence will turn to rage. Releasing the information on alternate interrogation methods was already a dangerous policy decision. It will allow our enemies to know exactly how far we can go in our interrogations and permit them to train their people to withstand those methods. But, prosecuting former administration officials is obscene. Wasn't his American Apology Tour 2009 enough? I guess he knows he's looking like a bumbling rube and has to launch a show trial to distract from his own inadequacy. I know, my rage is showing.
First Barack reveals the US interrogation techniques. Always a good idea to let the enemy know the limits of your techniques. Even if you don't intend to continue to use them, they now know exactly how much they would ever have to withstand in US custody.
Then, our heroic Homeland Security Secretary decides that terrorists, oh, sorry, that's man-caused disaster causers, aren't the real enemy. Nope, it's Veterans from Iraq or Afghanistan. Yes, we must fear right wing extremists more than the people who brought us 9/11. This is just the start of the government's subtle marginalization of conservative beliefs, released just in time for the Tea Parties.
An excellent commentary on the Left's Tea Party mock-fest. Yuck it up Rachel Maddow. The Left's complacency is excellent for our side.
Did you see that CNN clip with Susan Roesgen interview, or arguing with, a protester? Check it out. The off-air portion of the video is pretty revealing. It's almost pointless to argue with journalists as this point, or to expect them to not wallow in their bias. I just try to remember that New Yorkers, journalists and university professors are not the entirety of America, they are just the most strident and have the largest platform. While Obama won the majority of the vote, many of those voters were voting against McCain or voting as moderates. His entire voting base didn't necessarily sign on for socialism. I have to believe the tide will turn.
Done with those tax returns? Obama says he's going to streamline the tax process to prevent loopholes and end the dread of filing. I guess when we turn our entire paycheck directly over to the government, Tax Day will be much easier to face.
Did you go to a Tea Party? Me too! Thousands of people calling for limited government, reasonable taxation and an end to stimulus, bailouts and debt. I was initially discouraged by the media mockery of the Tea Parties (a prime example), but have decided that this is how they react to anything that scares them and that they don't understand. Hopefully, more and more people will see past the media's cold shoulder. The longer Obama is in office, the more this message will resonate.
Hillary Clinton assures us there are no concessions or ransom payments to pirates. She also states that the Somali pirate problem must be dealt with, in part, by Somalia. Hillary, perhaps we can set up a meeting with their leaders? Oh, that won't work? You say they are a country run by warlords? I guess they'll jump right on that pirate problem as soon as they form a government, have some elections, create a coast guard, military, police forces, etc.
I really do feel like I keep repeating myself, but I cannot emphasize enough how terrible I believe government run healthcare will be. This is the path we are on if we don't send a bold message to our elected officials that healthcare may need reform, but turning it over to the government in increments will be a disaster. People often compare the cost of public government healthcare with private insurance, claiming that government can control costs better. Maybe not. The control costs by rationing and underpaying. Do you think we'll be able to keep quality doctors and keep equipment in good repair if we have to wait for the government to pony up the cash?
same as the old boss. I imagine that you learn many things once you become president that may cause you to change your views. However, maybe Obama should have considered that fact before he mocked and berated the Bush Administration's policies.
If you can't inspire the troops and be lauded as a great military commander, just fake it. I hope that those who were in on the joke got to keep the cameras. They may be the only people to benefit from the Obama presidency.
Personally, I smell a conspiracy and the mainstream media is complicit. We are being manipulated every day in order to force an agenda we would otherwise question. First the fear-mongering on the stimulus bill and now the hand-wringing over the uninsured. Government healthcare is not the answer. It's a disaster. Why do we not pay for everyday doctor visits, prescriptions, etc.? Why is health insurance not like car insurance? I pay for minor repairs, oil changes, new wiper blades, but insurance kicks in for a wreck. Why not medical insurance? I get cancer, it's covered. Knee replacement, covered. I go to my general practitioner for a physical, I pay the bill. Why not promote catastrophic care insurance over the HMO?
Is this what we can expect from our future single-payer healthcare system, Obamacare? This quote sums it up: It's a question of resources and priorities focusing on "the biggest gain for the biggest need," Maybe I'm selfish, but if it were my mother, my friend or me, charge me the $6000 and fly me to the hospital. I'll find a way to pay. Whenever I mention that healthcare will be rationed by the government in a socialized system, people often argue that it is already rationed by insurance companies. No. Private insurance may deny coverage, but they don't deny treatment. I can take the financial hit if it's worth it and still have the procedure. If the government turns you down, you don't get the procedure. Stay healthy.
You really can't deny things nowadays since everything is caught on video. Now Obama tries to deny that he bowed to King Abdullah. Check out the video of the meet and greet with Queen Elizabeth vs. the King. What's their definition of bow?
I guess North Korea is making an honest man out of Joe Biden. How is Obama responding? Well, diplomatically, is the best spin I can put on it. Of course, Europe loves this, but who doesn't want a weaker America?
A girl can dream. I think it would be great if a third party could get a foothold in American politics. Unfortunately, it seems that any third party just draws votes directly from one party, rather than more evenly from both. I would hate to see the Democrats retain power because of a third party movement, but I also would like to see an alternative to the Republican party of the past decade or so. Less religious right and more small government. I felt the move towards that in Ron Paul's campaign and I have hope for it again due to the sound thrashing that Republicans took this time around.
Haven't heard much about the Tea Parties on the mainstream media, have you? Well, the goal is to make you think they are just small, isolated and occasional events. Take a look at the reality. Here's hoping it continues. Looking forward to April 15, in Cincinnati!
Obama's raising taxes on someone other than the "rich." He's raising taxes on cigarettes to fund SCHIP. What's so odd about this is that they are taxing the poor to fund a program for the poor. What's also odd is that they think it will reduce the number of smokers. Couple that with the stimulus anti-smoking programs and it seems they are taxing to fund a program and at the same time trying to eliminate that source of funding. So, what will fund SCHIP when cigarette taxes start to dry up?
And huh? How can Obama's team blame John McCain for killing campaign finance reform when Obama basically buried it by refusing to stick with his promise to follow the public financing system when he saw the opportunity to bury McCain by outspending him? McCain's just calling the time of death, not killing it himself.
This article argues that Obama is too smart for his own good. I'd agree. I certainly don't think he's stupid, but I do think he analyzes things to death and has trouble making firm decisions. He's trying to very hard to look thoughtful and intelligent, but he's already started micromanaging. His team is going to put their two cents into GM's board of directors? They've already shown that they're having difficulties running this country, much less running various private businesses.
Also, Glenn Reynolds on PJTV has added a clip from "Serenity" with Capt. Mal stating, "I aim to misbehave" to his latest chat about the Tea Party Movement. Got to love that. I'd say that's as good as any other statement about what's going on with the Tea Parties.
Finally, feel the vanity oozing out of Obama's gift to the Queen. *sigh*