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Political Egos

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 18, 2010

Once elected to a political office, many politicians are infected by egophoma, a belief they hold office by divine right. There has been an unusually virulent strain in this year’s election season. Some are cured by tea. Others are too far gone.

In Alaska, a “loyal” Republican is rejecting the will of the party voters and striking out on her own. Senator Lisa Murkowski, after losing her re-election primary to Joe Miller, has decided she is so indispensable that she will continue her race with a write-in campaign. She joins another disgruntled senatorial candidate, Governor Charlie Crist of Florida, who seeing his hopes of winning the Republican primary fade against fellow Republican Marco Rubio, decided to run as an independent. Republicans are not alone in such charades. The best recent Democrat example is “Change in party will enable me to be re-elected” Arlen Specter. As it turned out, Spector lost the Democrat primary anyway. May a similar fate await Crist and Murkowski on November 2nd. In Washington and Delaware, the second place Republican finishers in the primaries have not endorsed their opponents but at least they have not muddied the waters by launching write-in campaigns that only serve to help the Democrat candidates.

Remember Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” And perhaps we should add: “If you lose a primary, you lose. Wait a couple of years and try again.”

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New Outrageous Obama Plan

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 18, 2010

It wasn’t enough for Obama to court the Latino vote by allowing porous southern boarders; he is now going after the single female vote. This is just another example of government intrusion into every aspect of our lives: the “Nanny State” on steroids.

Write your congressman!

Click on: Strategic Reserve Release

(Thanks to NP for the above site alert.)

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Gov. Christie Takes On the Teacher’s Union

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 12, 2010

In 2009, Chris Christie was elected Governor of New Jersey ending the re-election bid of the Wall Street multi-millionaire Democrat incumbent, John Corzine. Christie, along with Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Bob McDonnell of Virginia, was part of the advance guard for the coming Republican blitzkrieg in November 2010.

New Jersey was in the same financial crisis league as California when Christie took office. As governor, he is making the tough decisions necessary to halt the state’s financial decline and balance the budget. No surprise but he is facing vigorous opposition from special interest groups, in particular, the teacher’s union. The below You Tube video shows a teacher berating the governor claiming his administration has “done nothing but lambast” the schools. Governor Christie’s straightforward reply should cause cheers around the country. If science could only clone him, we could use a governor like him in the State of Washington, as could California, Illinois, New York and probably a dozen or more other states around the nation.

Gov. Christie on You Tube

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Burning Qurans

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 9, 2010

Burn the American flag; fine, just exercising free speech. Place a crucifix in a glass of urine; okay; that’s freedom of expression. Build a mosque a stones throw from Ground Zero; of course, it demonstrates our tolerance. Burn a couple of hundred Qurans; whoa, that’s bigoted, racist and, according to the State Department, un-American.

It is profoundly stupid but the Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida has the constitutional right to poke a stick into a hornet’s nest. Unfortunately he may not be the only one stung. On ABC’s Nightline, General Petraeus expressed concern that the Quran burning would place our troops in greater danger. In the same show, Rev. Jones said, “If they don’t do it (burn the Qurans), when do we stop backing down?” Apparently the good reverend thinks we have been “backing down” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and wherever else Islamic terrorist hide out. Close to 6,000 American military deaths belie that view.

Ask God for a new message Rev. Jones; clearly you misinterpreted that last one.

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An Initiative 1098 Consequence

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 9, 2010

If you think Initiative 1098, which would impose an income tax on the top two percent of Washington residents, has no unintended consequences then be sure to read the lead editorial in the September 8, 2010 Seattle Times.

Bullying Bartell

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Republicans and Gay Marriage

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 8, 2010

Thanks to SP for sending me the below thought provoking blog from rottenindenmark:

Why the American Left Drags Its Feet on Gay Rights
By: Mike Babb

One thing I couldn’t get over when I first moved here was how politically diverse the gays are. Some of them are left-wing, some of them are right-wing. Some of them are racist, some of them are patronizingly inclusive. ‘Jesus,’ I remember saying on one of my first weekends, ‘It’s like being gay doesn’t even mean anything.’
And it doesn’t, really. Gay marriage has been legal in Denmark for 20 years, and gayness has been a political non-starter so long that politicians have to be asked about it, and then they all give pretty much the same answer. Anti-gay sentiment isn’t completely banished, but you hear it come up about as much as you hear about, say, the flat tax in America. It’s there, but it’s not a divisive issue in many races or party manifestos.
In other words, gays have no built-in incentive to be left-wing. In America, gays are mainly limited to the blue end of the spectrum because the right-wing wants to actively curtail their rights and reduce their quality of life. For gays, self-preservation trumps the economic and social issues that most other citizens vote on.
If gay marriage gets legalized in the States, after a few political aftershocks, I think a lot of gays would start to migrate rightward. It would be slow, but in the long-term gays might even be a reliable Republican voting bloc. Gays tend to be affluent, and eventually, the dimensions of self-preservation would warp to exclude Oppressed Minority and include Yuppie Wealth Preserver.
I wonder if American left-wing politicians know this, and this is part of why they don’t grant full civil rights to homosexuals. As long as we’re second-class citizens and one of the parties is slightly better than the other, they can take us for granted. Giving us full marriage rights would effectively put both parties back at Go, and they would have to compete for our votes.
I’ve been wondering that this year, as the promises made during the presidential campaign haven’t materialized, and as the Democrats face the loss of the majority that would have made pro-gay legislation reasonably easy to enact. It’s about time we started asking whether it wasn’t the opportunity that passed, but the politicians.

Mike Babb graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle and Western Washington University. He holds masters degrees from University College London and Aarhus University in Denmark. He is employed by Danish Institute for Human Rights.

If Mr. Babb is right, Republicans are missing an opportunity to pick up support currently conceded to the Democrats. Capitalizing on that may be a ways off. Polls show a steady trend toward favoring gay marriage, but broken down by political leanings, religious affiliation and section of the country, there is still strong opposition. Conservatives, church attendees, and southerners are against while liberals, over half of independents, less religious and northeasterners tend to favor.

Gays are not excluded from the party as evidenced by existence of the Log Cabin Republicans, a vocal pro-gay group, the “outing” of known Republican operatives such as the former national GOP chair, Ken Mehlman and the Cheney’s support for their lesbian daughter, Mary. But party platform planks defining marriage as between one man and one woman do reflect the general view of the majority. People will have to decide for themselves if the same-sex marriage issue trumps Republican positions on the economy, runaway deficits, taxes, smaller less intrusive government and national defense. The latter should be the prime voter consideration in 2010 and 2012. The former can wait.

Sound Politics

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Taxes Going Up, January 1, 2011

Posted by Warren Peterson on September 4, 2010

It’s inevitable; your Federal taxes are going up in 2011. It’s not just the failure of Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts but also the first wave of Obamacare. Even if Republicans win the House and Senate in November, Democrats will still hold the majority until the new Congress starts in January 3, 2011. The new Congress can pass all the legislation it wants (extend Bush tax cuts, repeal Obamacare) but the President still holds the veto pen. Deadlock or compromise will result. If deadlock, your taxes revert to the higher rates in effect from the Clinton years plus new taxes for Obamacare, if compromise, your taxes will go up a lesser amount but still up. This will pose a conundrum for the “I will never, ever vote to raise your taxes!” candidates.

The best one can hope for is a strong Republican majority in the next Congress to provide negotiating power with Obama and hold the line until November 2011 when the American people can add “change” to “hope”.

Thanks to DV for alerting me to the below site which summaries the what’s coming January 1, 2011. Best to be seated before reading.

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