Archive for September, 2011

A Great Day In Sussex County

September 24, 2011

  Just got home from the second annual Take Back Our State event. It was held at the Eagle Crest airfield outside of Milton, Delaware. The event was put together by the 35th Conservative Committee PAC.  The money raised will go to support candidates who share the conservative views that are needed to unseat the current liberal element that is in control of  government, at all levels, local, county and state.

   I have been involved with the planning of the event from early on. I would like to thank all those who came out to support the event. Those who bought tickets and who joined us for good food, good talk and good fellowship.

  I would also like to thank all of those who donated items for the auction. It was a great success in its own right.

  The event could not have been possible if not for the hard work of all of the volunteers who gave of their time. To those who went out and collected the items for the auction. Those who put together the decorations. For everyone who helped sell tickets. Those who came last night to set up and those who helped tear it down tonight. I would try to thank everyone by name, but I would surely forget someone who was invaluable and never forgive myself. I would also point out that our volunteers came from all over the county and our guest were from around the state.

 So let me just say a big thank you to all.

  This event was not just about Republicans, or even about conservatives. This event demonstrates that we as Delawareans can and must come together to send a united message to those in Dover. That message is, we are not satisfied with business as usual.

  We had Republicans, we had conservatives, we had conservative Democrats and we had at least one self-described liberal who I had an intelligent discussion with, about issues. We did all of this without anyone insulting anyone. No one got hurt. Not one was offended.  All in all it was a success.

  Thanks again.

 

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Rick Santorum Does It Again

September 23, 2011

In last night’s GOP debate on Fox News Network, Sen. Rick Santorum once again showed that he is someone to watch in the race. That is if you are interested in more than tag lines and bumper sticker phrases.

 Of course the debate was centered around the two  so-called front-runners, Gov. Perry and Gov. Romney. Of course we are supposed to follow the lead of the media and allow them to pick our nominee.

 As for myself I am always impressed with Mr. Santorum’s honesty and passion on the issues. He shows a well-rounded knowledge of all issues. He is not out there just to impress the voters with his skills on the economy. Though he has put forth his opinions on the economy.

 Once again last night Mr. Santorum showed that when given the chance by the moderators he is very capable of standing toe to toe with the so-called heavy weights.

 In an exchange, that received in my opinion, some of the loudest applause during the night, Mr. Santorum challenged Gov. Perry on his stand on a border fence and his support of giving in state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. The rub being that, American citizens from any other state have to pay full price to go to the University of Texas. Yet if you sneak into the country, in Texas under Gov. Perry, you can save thousands of dollars on you education.

 Maybe it is just that famous Texas bravado, but it came across as arrogance when Gov. Perry asked Sen. Santorum whether he had ever even been to the border. And then proceeded to talk over the answer of, “yes I have”.

  If these so-called debates were run in a way that did not favor one or two candidates, we might get a clearer view of who is, and who isn’t our best choice. Unfortunately the media is more interested in ratings and controversy. This is why Rep. Bachman is always asked a question about social issues. And Romney and Perry are asked questions that will pit one against the other.

 I know that because of the deck being stacked against him and the other so-called “also rans”, Sen. Santorum is unlikely to win the nomination. But listen to the man, he has it going on.

  I do have to give the award for best line of the night to former Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico. When he said that, “my neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel ready projects than Pres. Obama”.

Conservative Point Of View

September 22, 2011

 

“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now … Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.”

 

“It is no contradiction – the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today’s economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.”

 

“Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort – thereby aborting our recoveries and stifling our national growth rate.”

 

“A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues.”

 

“Our present tax system … exerts too heavy a drag on growth … It reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment, and risk-taking … The present tax load … distorts economic judgments and channels an undue amount of energy into efforts to avoid tax liabilities.”

 

“The present tax codes … inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions.”

 

“The largest single barrier to full employment of our manpower and resources and to a higher rate of economic growth is the unrealistically heavy drag of federal income taxes on private purchasing power, initiative and incentive.”

 

   ” Every dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will help create a new job and a new salary. And these new jobs and new salaries can create other jobs and other salaries and more customers and more growth for an expanding American economy.”
  The principles expressed in the above quotes regarding taxation and the free market economy are at the core of conservatism. The quotes are made all the more significant because they were made by one of the most famous liberal icons, Pres. John F. Kennedy.
  Now some will argue that these quotes do not hold true today because when Pres. Kennedy made the quotes, he was attempting to lower the tax rates from 90% down to only 70%. They will attempt to make the case that Pres. Kennedy would never endorse rates as low as they are now and that he would never endorse lowering them even more.
  I would argue that the principles expressed in the quotes hold true. I believe that it matters little whether you are lowering the rates from 90% to 70% or from 50% to 30% or 25% to 15%.
 To allow individual citizens to keep their money and companies to keep their profits, can and will spur growth. History bears this out.
 
 

We Need More

September 18, 2011

  The current crop of GOP candidates have been understandably focused on the economy and jobs. Okay we get it. Jobs are job #1. We must have a president that has a clear vision of how to turn the economy around and create an environment for job creation.

  But we need more from our candidates. We need to hear more from them about foreign affair issues.

  The debates so far have of course been focused on the economy and jobs, with just the rare peregrinations into other issues. And then only it would seem, when the media types running the debate wanted to divide the candidates and set one against the others.

  We had a few questions about social issues such as abortion and mandated immunization for sexually transmitted diseases. We had one candidate challenged for his constant call for no foreign involvement.

  I think we can all agree how important the economy and jobs will be in the up coming election cycle. I think most in the GOP understand how vulnerable Pres. Obama is on the economy and jobs. It makes sense to place these issues front and center.

  What doesn’t make sense is for the GOP to have tunnel vision. If we focus too much on the economy and jobs, and if we choose our candidate based soli on the economy and jobs. Then we run the chance of being weak on foreign affairs in the general election. But more importantly, we will appear weak to our enemies around the world if we win.

  I take you back to the 2000 election. During that election the Democrats kept beating the drum that then candidate Bush had no foreign affairs experience. I think that this lead to the attacks on 9/11 being attempted when they were. I think that the enemy had bought into the Democrat line that a “President” Bush would be slow to react and possibly would respond much in the way that other Presidents had to such attacks.

  I believe we need for the GOP candidates to be having real conversations about important foreign affair issues. We need to know how these candidates would handle real and possible challenges.

  We have governors as candidates who need to describe how they would handle such things as Europe’s economy’s effect on our own. We have a candidate that has extensive business experience, but no experience in government. How would he react to an attack on an American base somewhere in the Middle East? We have a candidate that seems to believe that our foreign affairs responsiblity ends at the water’s edge. How would he work with the Israelis in the ongoing Israeli/ Palestinian conflict? We have a candidate that is clear on her stand on the Constitution and social issues, how would she react to a nuclear Iran?

  We have many important issues facing this nation. Many of them are directly tied to the economy and jobs. But we have many more issues that will challenge a president that have nothing to do with the economy or jobs. We must demand that our candidates address these as well as the fiscal issues. We cannot afford to be a single issue party. We must show the voters that we can put forth candidates that are equipped and prepared to deal with all challenges facing the nation in the future.

 

My Apologies

September 13, 2011

  I would like to make an apology to my loyal readers. I have been posting as much as I can, due to my schedule. Unfortunately I have not been keeping up with responding to your comments. Your participation is important to me and the site. I will attempt to be more responsive in the future so that your comments can be a part of the conversation. I would ask that you tell your friends about the site if you like it and tell your enemies if you don’t. Please send a link to anyone you can think of. Thank you for your participation, it is greatly appreciated.

Where Are We Now

September 10, 2011

  It has been ten years since that clear day in September. Much has happened since then. Some things are related to the attacks of 9/11 and some are a result of the attacks.

   The day after the attacks, we as a nation, were in shock. We were frightened by the unknown. We were unsure of who had attacked America and why. We were afraid of further attacks. And as horrific as the attacks on 9/11 were, we could still imagine things that would be even more horrific.

  As the days passed the nation came together, in  a way that it hadn’t in quite some time. It seemed as if every home had a flag.  People put away their past problems with their neighbors, long enough to talk about what all of it meant. Even political enemies were able to put aside their agendas and work together to safe guard the nation and its citizens.

  As the images of that day filled our homes on that day and in the days following, we realized that ours is a nation made up of individual heroes. We witnessed the first responders, police and firefighters, as they ran towards hell on earth. We saw average citizens helping each other in any way they could.

 Later as more details came out about what had happened inside the Trade Towers and the Pentagon,and on Flight 93, we heard even more amazing tails of selfless acts of bravery. The people who organized orderly evacuations and stayed behind to ensure that everyone else made it out. And those who chose death so that others would live.

  It is not surprising that ten years later, some of those images have faded.  The flags are maybe not as plentiful. We have gone back to our old ways of not speaking to neighbors and our political enemies, are just that.

  In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we as a nation held lightning in a bottle. We had that rare national commodity, an almost unanimous national unity. We had what we saw as a common enemy, even if that enemy was ill-defined. We felt and understood the need to stand together. 

  Tomorrow we will again come together as a nation in remembrance of that fateful day. We will remember those who lost their lives and honor those who gave their lives on that clear September morning ten years ago. There will be flags, there will be prayers, there will be speeches. And God knows, there will be tears. Tears for those gone, never to return. Tears for those left behind. The parents, the children, brothers and sisters. Tears for friends we miss. Tears for the sheer heartbreak of realizing that one human being could do such a thing to another.

  But where are we now, ten years later as a nation? Are we safer? Not really. Though we take many more precautions at our airports and in our large cities, we have to remember that our enemies are always seeking new ways to attack us. To terrorize us. Fear is their weapon and their goal.

  Are we stronger as a nation? I would have to say no again. As we have moved past our fear of ten years ago, we have also put aside our unity. We have fallen back into our habits of dividing ourselves into sub groups.  White/black. Rich/poor. Christian/Muslim. Liberal/conservative. Republican/Democrat. North/south/east/west. Irish/German/Italian/Egyptian/Mexican. Or any of a million other descriptions of ourselves and those around us.

  And yes, America is all of those things. Its people, are a people of many colors. Of many ethnic heritages. Of many religions. A country made up of such a diverse number of backgrounds and abilities that it is amazing that we have survived for over two hundred years.

 Yet it is this diversity that has given us the ability to succeed. The fact that we had so many different backgrounds to draw from. We have always been able to come together as a nation to overcome all that would lay us low. There have been times when this has been in doubt. We have faced economic hardships. We have fought wars for our own Liberty and that of others around the world.

 We are currently facing again what can be described as hard times. Both economically and politically.  We are facing enemies from without and within. The enemies from without are actually easier to define now, than they were ten years ago.

 But who are our enemies from within? If you ask a member of the TEA movement they will tell you it is the liberals and Pres. Obama. If you ask a liberal, they will tell you it is the TEA Party people and the Republicans. If you ask the man who has no job, he will tell you it is the big corporations that won’t hire him. If you ask the CEO,  they will say it is government with all of its regulations. The poor will say the rich, the rich will say the welfare mothers. The Christians will say the Muslims. The whites will say the blacks and Mexicans.

 It seems as if today, the same diversity that made us great, has become what is tearing us apart. So it would seem, that the true enemy from within is ourselves. Each and every one of us. We have lost the ability to see each other as Americans and see ourselves as something smaller.

  For this nation to once again be great, we must be able to see past our petty differences and to once again see ourselves as American citizens. For if we allow our differences to define us, those who attacked us on 9/11 will have no need to attack us again. We will do their work for them. We as a nation will cease to be the United States of America.

  May God bless those who lost family and friends in the attacks. May those of us left behind find a way to get past our differences. For the greatest honor we could bestow upon those who gave their lives on 9/11 and in the years following, to protect our Liberty, is to be the greatest, freest nation on the face of the planet. That is why we were attacked and that is how we defeat those who attacked us.

Outside Influences

September 3, 2011

   As we come closer and closer to the upcoming 2012 election, it behooves the citizens to examine the candidates. Here in Delaware we will be selecting a U.S Senator. The current holder of that seat is Tom Carper.

  Mr. Carper has been in political service in Delaware for thirty-five years (1976-2011). His first elected office for the state of Delaware was as State Treasurer. He has also served as U.S Representative, Governor, and currently as the senior senator from the state of Delaware.

  In the future I will also be laying out some of the more important legislation that the Senator has voted for and against. We will be taking a look at Mr. Carper’s political history since his beginning. From his time as Treasurer up until the present.

  What I hope to lay out in this post, is what influences the Senator’s positions. I think we are all savvy enough to understand that in most cases, the largest influence in a politician’s political life, is money. The life blood of a political campaign is donations. No one gets elected without being funded. The question becomes, who is funding the campaign? And what influence they hope it will buy them.

  So I took the time to  look at who is currently funding Mr. Carper. For the purpose of this post, and since we are discussing the upcoming election, I examined donations for the 2011-2012 election cycle. My source was the F E C web site. I will be giving a link at the end of the post.

   For now I am looking at the contributions in the most general form. In the future as time provides, I will be breaking the contributions down to a more individual level and relating them to specific legislation that the  Senator has supported and opposed.

  What I was looking for in this case, was where the influential money is coming from. How much of the influence was actually coming from the state of Delaware. You know, the state that Mr. Carper has sworn to represent.

  What I found was, that Sen. Carper has received donations totalling $1,101,418 . That total is broken down as being $431,200 from individual donations and $668,231 from Political Action Committees. He has also received from other sources $1,987, this seems to be interest income from accounts from banks in Delaware.

  Now the interesting part is not so much the total amount of the donations. Though having over a million dollars to run for elected office of such a small state as Delaware is nothing to take for granted.

  The really interesting thing for me, is how the origins of those donations break down.

  First let us look at the P A C money.  Out of  three hundred and forty-three P A C donations, only one is listed as a Delaware P A C .  That would be Zeneca Employee   P A C which donated $5,000 on 1/25/2011.   Now of course it is possible that the other P A C’s received donations from people from right here in Delaware. But one has to wonder how many average citizens in the state of Delaware are contributing to P A C’s as far away as Hawaii and California. But I guess anything is possible.

  Now of course Mr. Carper, as a ranking member of the Senate, sits on many committees. And as such it is not surprising that groups  from around the country would seek to influence Mr. Carper. We will seek in the future to determine just how much influence they have bought, when we take a closer look at the legislation that Mr. Carper has been involved with. As I said earlier, money is the life blood of any campaign. It is also the life blood of political influence.

  It is also very telling when we look to the individual donations to Mr. Carper. There again seems to be a large gap between the money that came from Delaware and from around the nation. Out of the total receipts of $1,101,418 only $431,200 came from individual donations. Of that $431,200 only $114,084 came from Delaware.

  It is not unusual for citizens of a state to donate to a candidate that they believe is the best choice. But one does have to wonder what motivates people from around the nation to fund the campaign of a senator from Delaware. Again Mr. Carper seems to have quite a few fans from around the nation .  It is surprising that only one-third of Mr. Carper’s donations from individuals is from outside the state.

  When we look at where the bulk of money is coming from to fund Mr. Carper’s campaign, one has to wonder where Mr. Carper’s loyalties lie. Do they lie with the people of Delaware, or do they lie with the outside influences, which have contributed the bulk of his funds?

  http://www.fec.gov/index.shtml