Thursday, October 29, 2009

Who is Doug Hoffman?

Many people have asked what influence the Tea Party movement would have on actual elections. Could the Tea Party protests be turned into a viable political party? The first test of the Tea Party’s political power is taking place in New York’s 23rd Congressional District between Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

The local Republican Party selected Scozzafava over Hoffman as their candidate. Scozzafava is a liberal Republican who is both pro-choice and favors union card check. Newt Gingrich, who has thrown his support behind her despite her weak conservative credentials, notes that she fits the district and Hoffman shouldn’t split the vote. Rallying behind Hoffman is the local 9/12 Project and Tea Party, as well as several brave Republicans, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Fred Thompson.

What’s most surprising about Hoffman’s candidacy is that instead of embracing him, the local GOP is on the attack. Hoffman has siphoned vote away from Scozzafava and the Republican party is fighting back. Rather than admit that they misjudged local support and picked the wrong candidate, they’re tearing down a true conservative who actually stands a chance at winning. The Republican party is at a crossroads and they are picking the wrong path. If you continue to sell out your basic principles by picking candidates that will vote with the Democrats, why should we support you?

The Republican party has a choice. They can continue to hold tightly to the GOP establishment and allow no room for the grassroots campaigns or they can admit that they’ve strayed from their core principles. They can continue to stand in the way of true conservatives, or recognize the Tea Party for what it is, the conservative comeback.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I'm Intrigued

I've heard a bit from Paul Ryan and think he's someone to watch.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This Won't Hurt a Bit

Yes, my friends, it's so much easier if you don't resist.

Our Busy President

So much to do. The poor man has to push his socialist healthcare plan, his obscene cap and trade mistake, he has to pick fights with Fox News and he has to pick out Sonia Sotomayor's wardrobe for her acceptance. Important stuff people. Image is everything.

Ron Paul's "End the Fed"

After receiving a surge of attention in the 2008 Presidential primary, Congressman Ron Paul’s new book continues his mission to challenge the establishment and honor the Constitution. His new book, “End the Fed” takes on the Federal Reserve system and it’s ever expanding role in our government.

Paul begins by describing the political atmosphere that gave rise to the call for central banking and led to the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Paul notes that through the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, “government would confer legal legitimacy on a cartel of the largest bankers and permit them to inflate the money supply at will[.]”

The Fed was touted as a means of stabilizing the business cycle but, Paul argues, has only served to “socialize losses.” The Fed works as a bailout for banks to prevent failure. Without the possibility of failure to reign the banks in, the Fed guarantee actually promotes unnecessary risks and ill-advised loans. Paul believes that the Fed’s activities exacerbate the natural highs and lows of the business cycle and that the manipulation of the interest rates created the housing bubble that contributed to our current economic crises. Paul contends that the Fed’s actions will only continue this trend.

Finally, Paul offers his case against the Fed. He notes that the existence of a central bank permits the limitless printing of money and deficit spending which allow the expansion of the government and creates the illusion of wealth, only to crash in the face of reality. He also believes that the Fed’s actions are slowly destroying the dollar. We can see rumblings to that effect in calls to replace the dollar as the global currency of choice.

Ron Paul’s “End the Fed” is an eye opening look at our current Federal Reserve System and the role it played in creating both past economic downturns as well as our current crisis. It’s also an excellent introduction to the politics that influence economic theory and a sound argument against the Fed. Considering the Stimulus Bill and the Fed’s control over those funds, Paul’s call for greater scrutiny is even more necessary than ever.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Obama's Olympic Failures

Barack, Michelle and Oprah went to Copenhagen. The goal was to impress the International Olympic Committee with the awesomeness that is that Holy Trinity. Barack spoke and the IOC was supposed to swoon and give the Olympics to Chicago on a silver plate. What went wrong?

That’s probably what Obama is asking himself today as Chicago was voted out of contention in the first round. Not even close. Wasn’t our President supposed to be loved by Europeans? And it seems he was. He was treated like a celebrity, everyone wanted a picture, but he was not taken seriously. Seems to be a trend.

Obama has spent a lot of time talking recently, with little show for it. Nicholas Sarkozy has noted that Obama’s “outstretched hand” to Iran has garnered nothing in return. Obama is constantly on the news, on late-night talk shows, on Sunday morning news shows with no increase in support for his agenda. The man cannot even get enough support to pass his pet projects of cap and trade or healthcare reform, which we were told the country was pining for. Obama has sold out long-standing allies by backing out of missile defense with the vague hope of starting over with Russia. Again, nothing to show for it, not even a guarantee of Russia’s support on Iran.

Obama told Harry Reid that he had a gift for public speaking, but the ability to give a good speech doesn’t make you a great leader. A great leader knows when a speech will persuade and when action is needed. The IOC rejected the “gift.” Seems like a trend.