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“I’m starting to think we really ticked off Mother Nature somehow, because we’ve been getting spanked by her for about a year now,” he said while grabbing some coffee at a convenience store…..
OF COURSE YOU DID, DUMMY. YOU VOTED FOR REPUBLICANS!
“Should the debt ceiling not be lifted in time by May 16, in order to prevent the Treasury from running out of funds, I am hereby using the emergency powers given to the Chief Executive by the Constitution, to temporarily suspend the Bush Tax Cuts until: 1) either we can legally borrow the funds to continue paying on our commitments, or 2) we bring our debt down to the 2008 level by having much more tax revenue pour in.
This is in effect, immediately, and I have instructed the IRS to recalculate all 2010 tax forms over the level of $2 million dollars, and asses those individuals and companies, for the differences.
We must take this action because Republicans want to pay politics with your lives. As Chief Executive, I am responsible to you, not them. I won’t let that happen.
With these tax cuts out of the way, and with our austerity programs already in effect, that windfall of profit the Treasury will receive, will be entirely funneled towards the paying off our debt.
This policy will continue until Republicans can act reasonably and in a productive fashion.
In retrospect one could almost have predicted it.
We had a race with no appointed leader in either party and we had to find out who was the best by an old fashioned fight-off….
Republicans made up their party’s mind up first, they chose McCain… The democrats took a little longer, but despite their internal battles, more Americans than ever went to vote…
That last line says it all.
So while Democrats are trying to figure our just how they won, so they can race to the publishers with their book contracts…. Republicans are trying to figure out how they lost to a such a clean, articulate guy, after all, that’s the definition of Mitt Romney. But Republicans even lost “market share” among those bitter folks who cling to their guns and religion!
So while Republicans were poking out each others eyes in an Iron Man contest, I thought I would add a few fingers of my own…
Sarah Palin is a dead herring.. Obviously a large part of the party base likes their candidate to be a pillow, full of fluff, able to change shape a little, but not able to do damage when used in anger… That is what Palin turned out to be… Even at the Republican governor’s conference, her diction was still just a stream of words, randomly thrown together, that really says nothing….when one disses the video and reads the transcripts…. I think were she to run again, the opposition should offer a run to Britney Spears, who might pull in more votes for the same reason Sarah Palin does….
The real contender (if Republicans actually want one) turns out to be Huckabee.. The longest lasting contender to McCain…. Who, just incidentally, has spent the last 8 months writing a book about….. the future of the Republican party….. (Can you say…….”Perfect timing”?) All: “Perfect timing….”
TIME covers it, _you can get a brief synopsis here) but in Huckabee the Republicans have something every other candidate lacked… A human being who listens to people, thinks through his argument, and responds with a real answer… maybe not the one you wanted to hear… but you know its real and you know that is what he will do….
In his book, Mike Huckabee has some nice things to say about….
Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor’s record was “anything but conservative until he changed the light bulbs in his chandelier in time to run for president.” And he reminds us that Romney suggested, during one debate, more investment in high-yield derivative stocks as a solution to economic woes. “Let them eat stocks!” Huckabee jokes. (Dave clean that egg off your face).
Fred Thompson: Huckabee maintains that Thompson’s biggest mistake was strategic: he didn’t understand the need to expand the Republican Party beyond its base. “Fred Thompson never did grasp the dynamics of the race or the country, and his amazingly lackluster campaign reflected just how disconnected he was with the people, despite the anticipation and expectation that greeted his candidacy,”
Conservative Christian leaders: “It was like playing Whac-a-Mole at the arcade — whatever issue I addressed, another one surfaced as a ‘problem’ that made my candidacy unacceptable.”
Elders of the social-conservative movement: as being “more enamored with the process, the political strategies, and the party hierarchy than with the simple principles that had originally motivated the Founders.” Later, Huckabee writes, “I lamented that so many people of faith had moved from being prophetic voices — like Naaman, confronting King David in his sin and saying, ‘Thou art the man!’ — to being voices of patronage, and saying to those in power, ‘You da’ man!’ ” (Someone got the name wrong: It’s supposed to be “Nathan”)
Texas-based Rev. John Hagee: “I asked if he had prayed about this and believed this was what the Lord wanted him to do,” Huckabee writes of the conversation. “I didn’t get a straight answer.” Months later, McCain rejected Hagee’s endorsement because of controversial remarks the pastor had made about biblical interpretations.
The “real threat” to the Republican Party: “not so much concerned with the libertarian candidate Ron Paul’s Republican supporters, as he is with a strain of mainstream fiscal-conservative thought that demands ideological purity, seeing any tax increase as apostasy and leaving little room for government-driven solutions to people’s problems. “I don’t take issue with what they believe, but the smugness with which they believe it,”
Faux-Cons: “aren’t interested in spirited or thoughtful debate, because such an endeavor requires accountability for the logical conclusion of their argument.”
National media: “”Reporters facilitate the greedy and grubby process whereby too many elections go to the highest bidder and his sharpie hirelings,” he writes. He remains sore about the degree to which a candidate’s credibility is judged by his or her bank account and notes that during the debates, he was often asked about religion while the other candidates dealt with questions of government policy. Why, he asks, was a “floating cross” in the window of one of his ads such a media controversy when reporters gave a pass to a Barack Obama direct-mail piece that obviously photographed the Democrat before a large Christian cross? ”
The obvious answer to that simple question (and I’m surprised that Huckabee does not understand it), is that reporters tend to be of rather stupid heritage, often barely getting through to their graduation (again if at all), due to the copious amounts of beer consumed throughout the journey of their academic process.. Everyone who goes to college… knows that.. Candidates on the other hand,….. usually tend to do well in their academics, John McCain being excluded of course as the exception that proves the rule….
(By the way… Chuck Norris really does work out on his Total Gym at home).
But what Huckabee’s book actually does show, and it is a must read for those who love politics… (meaning the people side)… is that the same populism existed on both sides of the party divide…. In one party, it was allowed to express itself and the populist candidate won….. On the other side…. it was squelched and deemed dead before it started, and left to squander in the land of the unmentioned….. Had the natural evolution worked its magic…ie had the spotlight not been so intently focused this time around, to wither any new growth before it had a chance to root,……Republicans everywhere could have still lost, but without the bitter recriminations with which they gouge each others eyes today…
It could have been a closer race..
Which leads all to the brilliant fact of wisdom… ” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
American people because of their mass, are inherently more in tune with reality, than any of our party’s appointed leaders… Our best leaders are those ones who connect with us.
This is a guessing game. It’s supposed to be fun. You do the guessing. I’ll reveal the answer at some point in the future. Bottom line, I am interested in how this plays out. (To keep answers out of moderation, no links please.) You may use the categories above for some helpful hints, but knowing me, don’t expect to find the answer that easily.) :)
1) Foreign policy/defense: I want American imperialism rolled back and American interventionism halted, as the same time we begin to pull free from the military/industrial complex by slashing the budgets for defense and homeland security to reasonable levels.
2) Civil libertarian issues: I want to see gay marriage legalized; drugs decriminalized; Real ID abolished; the Patriot Act gutted; and immigrants viewed as human beings. I want intrusive government the hell out of my life.
3) Fiscal sanity: I want a government that stops growing and taking an ever-expanding bite out of my paycheck; I want to see wasteful programs cut, and to have Congress faced with the same sort of imperative the Delaware General Assembly had to face this year: balancing the budget.
McCain won Florida. Despite the Romney campaign spitting out this.
I have chastised several Mitt supporters by telling them that this ad does a lot to elevate McCain to “hero” status. A man so beloved by both parties hasn’t happened since George Washington left office.
What the hell were they thinking by showing it?
Apparently Florida thought the same way I did, and went for McCain by 4.9%. (Only Zogby came close with a 4.0 prediction. All the other pollsters, well…. to be polite let us just say that from now on they’ve got credibility problems.)
Listening to conservative talk shows was actually fun today. first Rush Limbaugh!
“Here is the bottom line, ladies and gentlemen,” Limbaugh said. “I think this is it. There was a lot of anxiety among a lot of conservatives about Senator McCain. It’s simply indisputable. But there was no figure in our roster of candidates who rose up to challenge him or galvanize conservative support. All the candidates on our side, for various reasons, are uninspiring or worse.”
Take that Mitt Romney, Giuliani, Ron Paul, Thompson, and Huckabee? According to the self appointed king of conservatism, YOU ARE UNINSPIRING OR WORSE! Take that supporters of these candidates: “E“, David Anderson, Dave Burris, Frank Knotts, Priscilla Rakestraw! Your judgment and intellect itself has been called into question. What’s wrong with you fake conservative supporters, …..too hyped up on your painkillers to make accurate assessments anymore?
Ladies and gentlemen,……….now do you see why we say Rush Limbaugh has no idea what he is talking about? Now do you understand how we have taken him as a grain of salt since 1992?……. He just dissed 100% of the Republican Party!………Unless of course you too subscribe to the feelings he espouses……..which I doubt very highly.
But he wasn’t the only one:
Hannity’s forums are full of despondent Conservatives crying for their mother’s milk. Guess what….with Conservatives currently receiving only an 8% approval rating, they aren’t getting it. (Use Cheney’s approval rating as a base).
Even Laura Ingraham was perplexed on where to take tonights show, now that it was apparent that McCain was on his way to the White House, and the Conservative talk radio, which had done everything in it power to put McCain back to where we was just two months ago, ie. on the very bottom gasping for air from the media’s waterboarding, was on the outside looking in.
Get this. When Bush ran in South Carolina he touted his win as the consummate proof that Conservatives were behind his candidacy. And today, as we saw ten days ago, they are behind McCain. Florida Republicans, too conservative for Giuliani, by a winning plurality of 4.9%, are also behind John McCain! Only in Michigan and Nevada, certainly centers of liberalism, has Romney carried the day.
So one can assume, that those long-time spokesmen of Conservatism, have gone the way of the Whigs and Federalist. Extinct.
And why is that? Because the Conservative policies they have put in place over the last 7 years DO NOT WORK! One can trumpet an untried philosophy and win the argument. But one cannot go against 7 years of irrefutable evidence emphatically showing that the philosophy in question, is an abject failure.
So after today, Conservatism has a new face, one that Republicans and many Democrats endorse. If Republicans wish to have any chance of winning the White House, and despite most consensus, they still have as good as chance as any if they encyst those who hijacked their party in 2000, and blaze new ground.
Conservatism is alive and well. Its only problem is that it has the wrong people espousing it. Someone who has survived sitting in a four by four cage in honor of America probably has a better grasp on what America stands for, than someone digesting up to 25 painkillers a day sitting in front of a microphone.
No….. Conservative is not the new “dirty” word. But then again, neither is “Liberal”.
“Stupid” is the new dirty word. If one wants to find it on the airwaves try looking on any one of the Clear Channel stations scattered across this country.
Republicans have spoken. And they aren’t stupid.