Archive for March, 2011

Liberty: cafeteria style

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

At the core of the progressive playbook is regulation.  It is necessary to regulate every aspect of American life to keep us safe from ourselves.  Watch your diet, wear your seat-belt, keep those teens in their car seat, and by all means make sure you always go green.  From banking and business regulation to regulation of our personal lives, it is fair to say that America is only a relatively free nation.  It is time for our government to be reminded that liberty is a comprehensive package.  You cannot pick and choose.  Partial freedom is not free.  Relative freedom is not America.

Flashback: Activists protest war in Iraq

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Do you remember protests on Capital Hill, anti-Bush signs, and blood for oil slogans?  How times change when a Democrat is in the White House.  Libya is, after all, a moral mission with humanitarian aims.  I wonder what made Iraq different?  Oh yes, it was politics.  Despite our feelings of outrage and disgust, Qadhafi presents no vital threat to the United States.  Are we prepared to engage every example of brutal tyranny?  How about Syria, Yemen, the Ivory Coast, or the Sudan?  The American people are interested in taking care of our vital interests first.  They lie right here at home.  We cannot afford such foolish endeavors and I seem to remember they are part of the reason we are in this position.

You just thought earmarks were dead.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

USA Today reported last week $4.8 billion worth of earmarks within the continuing resolution to keep the government funded in the short term.  Just when we thought earmarks had been ended we find business as usual in Washington.  At least Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has attempted to put a stop to the spending which includes $18.6 million in unemployment for those with a reported income of $1 million or more and $20 million for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Massachusetts.  Thus far, Harry Reid (D-NV) has obstructed any effort to stop these earmarks.  What happened to the promise to stop earmarks?  Career politicians are still in charge.

Pay by the mile

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Leave it up to our Democrat friends to find innovative means to tax Americans.  Try this one on for size.  Tax the vehicle-miles traveled (VMT).  The Congressional Budget Office says that this will make us more efficient with our trips to the store and result in greater awareness of the cost of using the nation’s highways.  The reality is simply that they have squandered our dollars on other things and now need more to repair roads.  Those of you who drive 40,000 miles a year because you have to, can only image the impact on your budget.  Can you say higher taxes, increased cost for automobiles, outrageous compliance costs?  I say NO, Senator Kent Conrad, let’s just properly manage what we currently pay.

Hypocrisy or good politics?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

While in Brazil, President Obama noted the offshore oil recently discovered in that country.  His response, “We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely, and when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”  The American people should require no further evidence that the vision of this administration has absolutely nothing to do with what is best for America.  U.S. offshore oil production will fall by 13% this year due to the President’s moratorium on Gulf drilling.  The President’s promises to Brazil offer further job losses to American workers and insure that the U.S. will remain dependant upon the benevolence of other nations when it comes to our energy needs.  How’s that for vision?

The hidden impact of Progressive policy

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Long touted as the defenders of minority groups, the Democrats are in fact placing undue strain upon these very groups.   Put the pieces together with a certain degree of logic and a picture which has been largely ignored soon appears.  Rising housing prices are driving minorities out of many areas in which they were well established.  The reason: building restrictions and bans have become the norm in the name of environmental concerns.  The insistence of an ever increasing minimum wage assures a high rate of unemployment among minority youth.  Obamacare is dependant upon forcing the young to buy into the program.  When the median age of Hispanics is 27 and that group is expected to comprise 30% of the population in the future, where will the greatest burden of Obamacare fall?  It makes for good politics to talk about helping certain groups, but it matters little when the net effect of the Democratic platform is negative toward those same groups of Americans.  It is time that we stopped thinking in groups and began to focus on America.

What happened to unemployment?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

What happened to a focused and determined effort to address unemployment?  I seem to remember this being a central theme of both the previous election and the State of the Union Address.  While our leadership is distracted by other things, let us consider a proposal which was suggested by a wise group of seniors who allowed me to share lunch with them today.  Their suggestion:  provide jobs for American citizens by supplying the majority of our country’s energy needs from our own resources.  These experienced Americans understand all too well the folly of being dependant upon foreign nations for our energy needs.  Imagine the jobs that could be created if we would just say no.  When will we heed the advice of experience?

Meeting at Hereford Senior Center

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I will be speaking to a group at the Hereford Senior Center on Monday, the 14th of March at 11:30.  We welcome anyone to join.   Please contact us if you have a group which you would like for me to address.  Keep spreading the word.  Large movements begin with small steps.

The luxury of time….

Friday, March 11th, 2011

My banker recently asked (demanded) a budget and cash-flow for the 2011 business year.  As a businessman, I was forced to sit at my desk and analyze the numbers and submit a budget.  It resulted in some difficult choices as I consider future fuel prices, but my banker received a budget in timely fashion.  Why cannot the “brightest and the best” within the halls of Congress do the same?  Our budgets have long been adopted because we do not have the luxury of time to argue, debate, point fingers and stall.  Our banker is waiting.  Unfortunately, the entire leadership of this nation does not yet realize or understand what a vast majority of average American citizens know all too well.  The banker is waiting.

Don’t be a bully!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

My children know it.  You know it.  Every competent teacher or administrator knows it.  Yet today, the President of the United States has devoted an entire day of his time to address this national crisis.  I do not intend to sound cruel.  I understand the impact of bullying and it cannot be tolerated.  My question is this.  Is this the best use of the President’s time?  With 9% unemployment, $4.00 gas, and clear national security concerns, are there not more pressing matters?  At what point do we simply allow teachers and school administrators to do their job and get out of their way?