Views on the News
Views on the News:
The "Obama Landslide" is pure
media fiction, since the same margin of victory did not make Bush a “landslide” winner in 1988 nor
traditional marriage (Proposition 8) a “landslide”
- The "change" America can expect is more federal welfare programs, but we already have such things though so we will just have more now.
- The "change"
can expect is higher more progressive taxes on the successful, but we already have those though as well. America
Apparently the blind are leading the greedy with
false promises everyone knows are false promises, but that is where we are at
this point in time in America. The
problem is that, once established, it is almost impossible to rid a country of
the infestation of a totalitarian government.
By its very nature, totalitarianism controls everything you do and it
works to control what you think. In our latest election
Obama did not win for the reasons he thinks he did, and he can be
counted on to overreach, helping Republicans to return to power in 2010 and
2012. The Republican Party will recover, but its only path back to the
presidency and majorities in Congress is to return to conservative principles
and to again become the party of big ideas.
The reason that Democrats won the elections was that the Republican
Party drifted to the left, to big government, in irresolute prosecution of the
war, and into the biggest economic crisis in living memory. If the GOP wants to regain power, it must
communicate an agenda in such a way that it gets more than half of the voters
to vote for it. It's time to stop
defining ourselves by what we are not, and tell voters what we believe, how
we'll lead, and where we'll go; how we Republicans will make America better;
how we'll make their families more prosperous, their children better educated,
their parents more secure, and all of us healthier, safer and stronger. The Republican Party vision must be expressed
in bold and innovative ideas, ideas that are reflected in a coherent series of
specific policy proposals that are persuasively communicated to the voters. The vision must include new ideas and
proposals that will appeal to Hispanics, working-income families, women, young
people and older people which is communicated as an agenda that effectively
addresses education, retirement, jobs, the environment and the economy. John McCain won 57% of the white male vote
and 53% of the white female vote. McCain
won (barely) the middle class: those earning between $50,000 and $200,000. Biggest
challenge is to develop a media strategy that bypasses the Mainstream Media to
reach voters directly without liberal interpretation and spin. A big step in the right direction would be to
quickly select a new conservative Republican National Committee Chairman such
as either Newt Gingrich or Michael Steele.
Republicans also need to promote up and coming conservatives such as
If Republicans are serous about the need to return to their conservative roots as their strategy to win in 2010 and 2012, here is a radical new platform they should consider:
- Vision - Return to Common Sense (Conservative):
o Core Principle:Traditional conservative values
- Return to constitutional principles
- Return to a citizen government
- Defend family as the basic American building block
- Protect life from inception
o Core Principle: Fiscal responsibility
- Downsize the federal government
- Get federal government out of businesses where they don't belong
- Achieve energy independence
- Unleash free market capitalism
o Core Principle: Strong national defense
- Show one united face to the outside world
- Demonstrate global leadership with effective international organizations
- Defend democracy and freedom from attack
- Control immigration for the common good
- Plan - Re-energize
(Pragmatic Actions to Return to Common Sense Vision): America
o Core Principle: Traditional conservative values
§ Enforce original Constitutional intent (eliminate political correctness, multiculturalism, and diversity) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/philosophy.html
§ Enact terms limits (12 years max) for all elected offices (return to citizen legislators) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/elections.html
§ Pass a Marriage amendment (protect marriage between a man and a woman) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/family.html
§ Outlaw abortion (life begins at conception) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/abortion.html
o Core Principle: Fiscal responsibility
§ Close down and divest nonessential functions (cut federal government by over 50%) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/Budget.html
§ Divest federal entitlement programs (Medicare/Medicaid to the States; privatize Social Security) http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/healthcare.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/socialsecurity.html
§ Strive for energy independence (oil, gas, coal, nuclear, biofuels, etc.) by exploiting all known reserves http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/energy.html
§ Replace progressive income tax with fair, flat 10% tax (no deductions and no exemptions) to pay for downsized federal government http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/taxes.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/economy.html
o Core Principle: Strong national defense
Unify foreign policy based on
§ Get out of the United Nations and replace with League of Democracies to promote freedom and capitalism http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/unitednations.html
§ Defeat Islamo-fascists wherever they exist http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/terrorism.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/homelandsecurity.html & http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/fp/defense.html
Assimilate immigrants into core American
values (English language, American core values,
The federal financial bailout has been expanded to include “investing” in the insurance and housing
industries (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Federal Housing Administration, JP Morgan,
Bear Sterns, AIG, etc.), costing more than $1.8 trillion, with more industries (automotive)
and state government lining up at the federal “feeding trough.” Hank
Paulson lured political leaders from both political parties into linking arms
in a panicked Chicken Little line dance for the beleaguered mortgage industry. He demanded an unprecedented $700 billion
Troubled Asset Relief Program for the good of the country; for the health of
the housing market; for the survival of the economy with no time for
deliberation and no time to review the previous failures of such
interventionist approaches around the world.
Paulson is desperately throwing our money at banks in a futile attempt
to convince them to lend, but these banks are either hoarding the cash or
acquiring more assets. In other words:
Paulson is helping the banks that were "too big to fail" grow even
bigger with taxpayer backing. This
bailout has morphed into a rescue of incompetence, corporate cronyism, and
unionism, with a step towards nationalism of key private sectors. Remember when Democrats lamented the growing
budget deficit and spoke of the burden our children and grandchildren would
face if we didn't put our fiscal house in order? That was when Republicans ran the federal
government and Democrats opposed tax cuts. Now that Democrats are about to be in charge,
concern about the deficit has disappeared and spending plans proliferate, even
though the national debt passed $10 trillion in September and we added another
$500 billion last month. It is ironic that
Democrats caused the financial mess, protecting Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae,
forcing banks to issue loans to unqualified borrowers by passing the Community
Reinvestment Act, was overshadowed because the Bush Administration didn’t
foresee or prevent the crash. According
to the Heritage Foundation, the $1.2 billion in loan guarantees made by the
Carter administration still resulted in a partial bankruptcy for Chrysler. "Most of the company's creditors were
forced to accept losses just as they would if Chrysler had gone through Chapter
11, and the company ended up firing almost half its workforce, including 20,000
white-collar workers and 42,600 hourly wage earners. The only people who benefited from the bailout
were Chrysler shareholders." If we
let these automakers go financially bankrupt, once they restructure and
renegotiate they will be much stronger and more competitive when they emerge
from their bankruptcies. There are two
typical outcomes when the government owns a controlling stake in a private
business. Either Uncle Sam runs it like
a government agency, layers it with lawyers and other process facilitators, and
slowly erodes whatever value exists. Or
the government runs it like a business and uses its unfair advantage in cost of
capital and its ability to regulate to defeat the private competition. (See
Fannie Mae, history of.) The next step
in rescuing taxpayers from the AIG rescue should be to allow private investors
to replace the federal government as majority owner. AIG and its insurance subsidiaries can still
thrive in the right hands. There is
nothing wrong with the property and casualty insurance market that requires government
big bet on the government-distorted housing market created this mess. Now private capital is ready to help clean it
up, if Treasury and the Fed will shift the government's interest to non-voting
preferred shares. As if public confidence is not low enough, this week Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson basically admitted that the plan hasn’t worked, and
that he has changed his mind about what is required to save the
Mainstream Media kept up a constant drumbeat of economic doom and gloom for six years predicting an imminent recession which Democrats crafted to arrive right before the 2008 election. Even Paul Krugman does not predict a new “Great Depression” but the Mainstream Media and their complicit economists continue to endorse a self fulfilling prophecy of a deep depression. It is strange that Obama has already begun tuning out the press, on a path to becoming isolated in the White House bubble, much like he accused President Bush of being. Once Obama is inaugurated, there is no question that the Democrats will pass the ill-named Fairness Doctrine, thus ensuring that talk radio, the only part of the Mainstream Media not fully under control of the far left, will be silenced once and for all. It upsets me that the MSM has done everything in its considerable power to spin, deny or conceal, all the unpleasant truths about ACORN, Rev. Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and the Annenberg Challenge. It upsets me even more that millions of my fellow Americans know the truth about Obama, but simply didn’t seem to care.
Be careful what you hope for… you may get
it and now Barack Obama needs to perform for the first time in his career
burdened with a history of over-promising and under-delivering. President
Bush began his administration in a recession inherited from President Clinton,
so now President Obama will inherit his own recession to begin his
administration. They also don’t seem too
concerned that in a 2001 radio interview, Obama
declared that his problem with the
seems bound and determined to repeat the mistakes that Franklin Delano Roosevelt
made that turned a 1929 market crash into an elongated and painful global Great
Depression. President-elect Obama has
said that "the one thing I can say
with certainty is that we are going to need a stimulus package passed either
before or after my inauguration."
Here is a handy checklist of some of the biggest Obama promises, culled from his "Blueprint for Change," his campaign speeches and advertisements that can be used to track his performance:
o Give a tax break to 95% of Americans.
o Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners.
o "If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing."
o Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes.
Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit
for every job they create in the
o Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies.
o Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.
o Expand the child and dependent care tax credit.
o Expand the earned income tax credit.
o Create a universal mortgage credit.
o Create a small business health tax credit.
o Provide a $500 "make work pay" tax credit to small businesses.
o Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families.
o Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy.
Eliminate oil imports from the
o Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year.
o Weatherize 1 million homes annually.
o Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012.
o Create 5 million green jobs.
o Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
o Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.
o Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court's pay discrimination ruling.
o Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize.
o Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year.
o Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009.
- National Security
Remove troops from
o Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems.
o No more homeless veterans.
Stop spending $10 billion a month in
o Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists.
- Social Security
o Work in a "bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations."
o Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000.
o Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000.
o Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers.
o Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don't need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.
o Slash earmarks.
- Health Care
o Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.
o Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get.
o Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.
o Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.
If you are sick and tired of government and politics as usual, read my web site with its individual issue analysis and recommendations at: http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com Remember this site is updated every Saturday. Individual issue updates this week include:
- Energy at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/energy.html
- Environment at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/environment.html
This Week’s Best Articles:
Myths About the Great Depression” by Andrew B. Wilson dated
November 4, 2008published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122576077569495545.html# .
Voter’s Message to Republicans” by Michael D. Tanner dated
November 7, 2008published by VATO Institute at http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9779 .
- “The Blind
Leading the Greedy” by J.J.
dated Jackson November 8, 2008published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/23540 .
Faces Multiple Crises, Multiple Opportunities” dated
November 8, 2008published by Fox News at http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/08/obama-faces-multiple-crises-multiple-opportunities/ .
“GOP gears up for 2012” by Jonathan Martin dated
“The Auto Bailout” by Thomas Brewton dated
“All the News That’s Fit to Censor” by Burt Prelutsky
“Don’t Repeat Errors of New Deal” by Amity Shlaes
“U.N. American Agenda” by Anne Bayefsky
“If You Want 2012, Earn It” by Jed Babbin
“Obama’s Other Transition: Handling a Tougher Press Corps” by Howard Kurtz
“Obama Will Overreach” by Ronald Kessler dated
“A Checklist of Obama’s Many Promises”
“Marching Orders” dated
“The night we waved goodbye to
“The New Adventures of Wonderboy” by
Jeffrey Lord dated
“Breakdown” by Cal Thomas dated
“The Bailout of the Bailout of… “ dated
“Listen. Adapt. Be Positive” by Michael Steele dated
“Gingrich, Steele duel privately for RNC job” by Ralph Z. Hallow
“The Missing Obama Landslide” by Ben-Peter
“Obama Not Garnering Financial Confidence Internationally” by Donald Lambro dated
“Here Are Your Assignments” by John J. Pitney Jr. dated
“The Same Old Change” by Victor Davis Hanson dated
“GOP Needs a Compelling Vision” by Ken Blackwell dated
Needed to Fight ‘Great Recession’” by Mort Kondracke
“Media Should Demand Paulson’s Head” by
Cliff Kincaid dated
“Obama gets the
“Hank Paulson, Naked Emperor” by Michelle
“The Myths of Clintonomics” dated