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I Left My Fat in San Francisco

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 10, 2010

Where else but from the wellspring of “nanny statism”, San Francisco, would they pass a law banning toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals? They say the toys make the accompanying calorie laden burgers and fries irresistible to children. It seems that in Baghdad-by-the-Bay, kids are too fat and parents are powerless to do anything about it so a concerned government had to step in.

No doubt, Seattle’s City Council will not want to be outdone by its Left Coast sister to the south. So let’s take the lead in Phase II of the war on fat folks. Require restaurants to provide anyone with a Body Mass Index higher than a prescribed number a menu containing only low fat, low calorie, low salt, (low taste) items. Of course this could be waived if the customer could prove they got to the eating establishment on a bicycle. This is Seattle after all.


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Thinking About Mitt Romney

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 9, 2010

Mitt Romney has the good looks of a President cast in Hollywood. His wife, Ann, would make an attractive first lady and, politically crass as it sounds, her multiple sclerosis would gain sympathy in a campaign. All five sons are handsome, successful and married to beautiful women. Eleven grandchildren round out the perfect family. His undergraduate college years (first two at Stanford, last two and degree at Brigham Young) demonstrated his academic skills, graduating first in his class. Harvard’s joint business masters/law degrees program followed, this time in the top five percent of graduates.

In the business world, he worked for a consulting firm and started his own capital management company that was instrumental in launching several highly successful startups, Staples and Domino’s Pizza to name two. When the Salt Lake City Olympics got into trouble, Mitt took the reins and is credited with saving the event from financial and organizational collapse.

In politics, his father, George, served three two-year terms as Republican governor of Michigan and sought the White House in 1968. Son Mitt ran for the U.S. Senate against Teddy Kennedy in 1994, led for a while in to polls, but ultimately lost by 17 percentage points. Mitt sought elective office again in 2002. This time he won and became the 70th Governor of Massachusetts. Facing likely defeat in 2006, Romney did not run for reelection but was soon on the trail in pursuit of the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He lost out to John McCain but is widely expected to try again in 2012. He certainly has the resume and the skills but there are some problems.

Oddly, Romney’s “Father Knows Best” (TV sitcom from the fifties) family gives some people pause. Maybe a good sex scandal would help soften the “too good to be true” persona. Former Senator and John Kerry running mate, John Edwards, who had a similar quandary, could put in a good word for him at the National Inquirer.

He is a member of an American home-grown religion, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormons. Although Mitt says Jesus is his Lord and Savior, many Christians consider Mormonism a cult. This is because the LDS theology is at variance with orthodox Christianity as defined by the creeds and other Christian statements of faith.

He probably could get by the faith issue, America is more tolerant than in years past, but his core political philosophy will be a tougher nut to crack. As a candidate in past campaigns, he took some decidedly liberal stands on issue such as abortion, gay rights and immigration. He now touts himself as a conservative especially on financial matters but to claim the conservative mantle, he has flip-flopped on several aforementioned social issues. He may be able to slip by this by arguing he has learned his lesson since his days as a Republican candidate in one of the bluest of blue states.

The one signature program of his tenure as the Bay State governor has come back to haunt him. That is the Massachusetts Healthcare Law. Many consider it the model for Obamacare. Unfortunately, costs have far exceeded projections and the program is in jeopardy. When asked about it, Romney tends to obfuscate sounding like a typical politician who won’t answer the question. There is something about him that says, “Slick” and it may turn off more than a few potential supporters.

If Mitt Romney hopes to be President of the United States, he must develop solid answers to the above problems. Meanwhile, among others, Governors Mitch Daniels – Indiana, Chris Christie – New Jersey, Tim Pawlenty – Minnesota and Bob McDonnell – Virginia are rumored to be looking at running. Any one of them would be a strong competitor for the top of the Republican ticket. Mr. Romney has his work cut out for him.

Cross posted on: Sound Politics

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Ronald Reagan and Today’s Democrats

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 7, 2010

Thanks to D.V. for sending the below video. It intersperses snippets from a speech by Ronald Reagan with snippets from comments by various Democrat leaders. One more reason to be very happy with the results of the November 2 election.

Ronald Reagan vs. today’s Democrats

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Big GOP Win, Yet Feeling Uneasy

Posted by Warren Peterson on November 4, 2010

I got out of bed the day after the Republican sweep expecting a feeling exhilaration, the joy of victory. Instead, while happy for the wins, apprehension was in the air. The wave, that sweep over 60 more Republicans into the House, maybe 6 in the Senate and a 23 to 9 Republican advantage in governor’s races from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, barely made a GOP ripple on the Left Coast. That Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer and most likely Patty Murray could survive after the Democrat’s record of fiscal irresponsibly and in-your-face partisanship clouds the significant gains across the nation; and the political resurrection of Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown as Governor of California, well that should lead one to despair for the Golden State.

The failures in the far West were not due to a lack of money. Republican candidates, especially in California, had plenty of cash. Except perhaps for Senate in Nevada, the GOP candidates were strong and clearly qualified. Indeed, Washington gained at least one congressional seat and made strong gains in state legislative races. But in the financial train wreck State of California, Democrats swept the statewide offices and lost maybe one seat in Congress. To the south, Oregon kept the Governor’s chair in Democrat hands.

This election was advertised as the prelimary to 2012 when Republicans plan to replace Obama and take control of the Senate where Democrats must defend 21 seats plus 2 liberal independents versus 10 for the Republicans. The GOP’s hopes are far from guaranteed. An unexpected robust economic recovery, potential House Republican missteps and a host of unknowns may lie in the path to Republican dreamland.

To win, Republicans must layout a reasonable conservative agenda and spend the next two years selling it to the public. Also, starting now, they need to find, develop and support good candidates. Sorry but Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell don’t make the cut. Some of their statements and past positions not only caused them to lose but also provided fodder for the Left and their friends in the media to ridicule Republican candidates nationwide. Washington’s Maria Cantwell is up in 2012. If Clint Didier or someone of his ilk makes it in the top two, she will waltz to an easy win. Worse, the Senate race could drag down Rob McKenna in his run for Governor against the likely Democrat, Jay Inslee. There are conservatives in the Republican stable who would make excellent Senate candidates. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and State Senator Joe Zarelli come to mind.

I just want to wake up November 7, 2012 with the Obama nightmare over, the House and Senate firmly in conservative hands and a Republican governor in Olympia. Pure joy!

Cross Posted on: Sound Politics

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