MI Morning Update 1-21-09
657 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY
January 21, 2009
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Our liberty is from God not the government. Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil. Our security is through strength, not surrender. Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector. And our truths are self-evident, not relative."
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, Chairman House Republican Policy Committee
PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…we started the day with a new President, with major challenges and boundless opportunity and hope. We wish him all the best and I look forward to having an opportunity to support him where we agree, work for compromise when necessary and serve as the loyal opposition when he takes the wrong path for our country. Please keep all our leaders in your prayers.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH & FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH…thanks for your years of service to our country and our party. Although we may not have always agreed on various policies or direction, you lead our country at time when your courageous convictions where needed most. Thank you for all you gave and may God bless you.
FIRST TWITTER INNAUGURA BALL…conservatives from around the country participated in the fist ever Twitter Ball organized by Smart Girl Politics. There were a number of chat rooms set up for members to participate, several of the candidates running for RNC Chair made time to be part of it, including me.
MRP STATE CONVENTION…Just a quick note to let you know that the Michigan Republican’s website has been updated with State Convention information. I’ve included the information below, but for your reference in directing potential delegates to the site, the address is: http://www.migop.org/event.asp
CHRYSLER GETS NEW EUROPEAN PARTNER…GONGWER’s reports, Chrysler LLC moved its European partnership efforts southwest with the announcement Tuesday that French automaker Fiat Group will buy into the struggling Detroit Three company. The plan for Fiat to buy 35 percent of Chrysler drew praise from state officials as a chance for the company to move back to profitability. The deal would allow Fiat to eventually buy up to 55 percent of Chrysler from current owner Cerberus Capital.
GREAT RNC ENDORSEMENT… leading conservative activist and New Hampshire National Committewoman Phyllis Woods wrote a very strong endorsement on my behalf that went out the RNC members, I thought you might enjoy it.
CPAC 2009 Timeless Principles, New Challenges…Register today for the largest gathering of conservative grassroots activists in the country! The American Conservative Union Foundation is pleased to invite you to participate in the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives. The 36th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will be held on February 26-28, 2009
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2009 MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN
February 20 & 21, 2009 | Lansing Center
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Tentative Schedule of Events | *Subject to Change*
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CAUCUSES
Date: Friday, February 20, 2009
Times: 6:00pm – 7:45pm | Districts 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14
8:00pm – 9:45pm | Districts 1, 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15
Location: Various rooms | Lansing Center, Lansing
Purpose: Election of congressional district officers / executive committee members
Election of state committee members
Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Exhibit Halls A, B & C | Lansing Center , Lansing
Purpose: Election of state party leadership
State Chair / Co-Chair
Administrative Vice Chair
Coalitions Vice Chair
Ethnic Vice Chair
Grassroots Vice Chair
Outreach Vice Chair
Youth Vice Chair
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
[email protected] OR 517-487-5413
TWITTER…anyone can follow my daily activities and impressions throughout the day by joining and following along. Twitter.com is another social networking site most easily described as a type of instant messaging – but with tons of people. You can follow the ‘tweets’ of others – and they follow you and what you write. The catch is that your posts are limited to 140 characters. But for many, that’s enough to say the important things. To follow me go to:
FACEBOOK…is a great “social networking” tool that many Republicans are using. This is particularly popular with College Republicans, TeenAge Republicans and Young Republicans. If you would like to become a “friend” join me here.
TODAY’S TOP STORIES
The following stories and more are available at my
Articles of Interest online.
Barack Obama proved he could smash America’s ultimate racial barrier and deliver a soaring speech, such as his inaugural address, which both mesmerized and inspired the masses.
But starting Wednesday, history will judge President Obama not for the color barrier he hurdled but for the competency he demonstrates. And those who marveled at the delivery of his oratory will now demand he deliver on his promises.
The task will not be easy in a turbulent world dominated by war and economic collapse, especially for a young president who on Tuesday promised action as far-reaching as harnessing the sun, raising health care’s quality while lowering its costs, and enacting fixes "bold and swift" for an ailing economy many believe will take years to heal.
Mike Wilkinson / The Detroit News
As perhaps 2 million people crowded the National Mall to share in a moment of history, President Barack Hussein Obama used his largest of stages to bring a message of hope leavened with admonishment, to define a "new foundation for growth."
In an address that showcased the oratorical skills that helped propel him to the spot on the stage in front of the Capitol today, Obama said America is "bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions."
The 44th president made a pointed call to personal responsibility, laying the blame for the nation’s troubled economy on "greed" and the "collective failure" to solve the nation’s problems. Within hours, he was at the White House where the nation will look to him for solutions.
By Jack Kelly
George W. Bush, private citizen, left Washington for Dallas Tuesday with the quiet dignity that was typical of his personal behavior during the eight tumultous years of his presidency.
Mr. Bush leaves office as the most unpopular president in the history of polling. But it will be a decade or more before we have the perspective necessary to place the Bush presidency in history.
Only two other of our 43 presidents (Grover Cleveland is counted twice) took office under more controversial circumstances than Mr. Bush did after the prolonged recount in Florida in 2000. John Quincy Adams was elected by the House of Representatives in 1825, though Andrew Jackson had led in both the popular and electoral votes in the four way race the year before. In 1876, Rutherford Hayes became the only president besides Mr. Bush to win in the electoral college despite losing the popular vote in a two way race.
By PETER S. GOODMAN
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Lewis came to the local employment office on Friday in the hope of buying a little more time.
Four months had passed since he lost his job as a maintenance worker at a chain of convenience stores, trading a paycheck of $370 a week for an unemployment check of $180 a week. With those benefits about to expire, Mr. Lewis arrived to fill out the paperwork for an extension, weary and uncertain about the future.
A new president is about to take responsibility for the American economy — the first black president, which has a particular resonance for Mr. Lewis, 52, an African-American. That Barack Obama is promising to devote hundreds of billions of dollars toward creating jobs is interesting, too. Yet none of this gave Mr. Lewis comfort.
By Mich Albom
Today America will erupt in celebration.
But an outsider might ask: What are we so happy about?
For most, this is the worst economy of our lives. People are losing houses. People are losing jobs. We are in two wars, and the Middle East is again simmering with violence.
What are we so happy about?
Our schools are in disarray. Our stock market is sick. Our environment is taking a pounding. We face threats from Russia and a big shadow from China. What are we so happy about? Why are we celebrating? Waves of people at the Lincoln Memorial? Nonstop news coverage? Why does it feel that inaugurating Barack Obama as our 44th president has already become a mini-Olympics of self-congratulation, parties everywhere, singing and dancing everywhere, exultations of near biblical frenzy?
By Andrew Breitbart
Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America back together under President Barack Obama.
Witness Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s cavalcade of shiny, happy situational patriots appearing in a derivative public servitude announcement: A “Presidential Pledge” to President Barack Obama.
Forgive and forget? Right.
President Bush was not holding back Moore from “free[ing] one million people from slavery in the next five years.” Nor was he holding back the Obama-biquitous Will.I.Am from “chang[ing] how [he] live[s].” Ditto: Aaron Ekhart (”To be a better person,”) Marisa Tomei (”To integrate into my heart what I already know in my head which is that we are all in this together,”) Kutcher (”To the abolition to 21st century slavery,”) Anthony Kiedis (”To be of service to Barack Obama,”) P. Diddy (” pledge to turn the lights off, cause I used to leave the lights on but we want to conserve energy so I’ma turn the lights off, you turn the lights off,) and all-in-unison (”Because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek.”)
By ALBERTO ALESINA and LUIGI ZINGALES
In virtually all economics classes, including those taught by the many excellent economists on the Obama team, the idea of government spending as an engine for growth is not a popular topic. Yet despite their skepticism of Keynesianism in the classroom, when it comes to public policy, these economists happily endorse a large stimulus package that could bring our deficit to 10% of GDP. Why?
One explanation is that these economists think this recession is an extraordinary one. In normal recessions — the argument goes — an increase in discretionary government spending is unnecessary and even counterproductive. But in the event that a recession becomes a depression, a Keynesian stimulus package might work.
There are certainly economic models that show how government spending can shift the economy from a bad equilibrium (where people do not search for jobs because they do not expect to find them, and firms do not invest because they do not expect to sell), to a good equilibrium (where people search for jobs, and firms invest and generate demand for their goods).
Ralph Z. Hallow
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is challenging Senate Republicans to take on President Obama’s nomination of Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary.
Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner (left) looks on as President Obama meets with members of his economic team. Mr. Obama has called Mr. Geithner’s tax problems an "innocent mistake" that should not stall is confirmation. (Associated Press)
Mr. Gingrich said Mr. Geithner’s failure to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 should automatically disqualify him, and that if Mr. Obama doesn’t withdraw the nomination Republicans should make a stand.
"Senate Republicans should make it clear that they will not permit a tax evader to become the secretary of the Treasury," the Georgia Republican told The Washington Times. "Even after he was explicitly sent material telling him he had to pay them he did not do so."
By SCOTT SHANE
WASHINGTON — In a frightening moment on a day of celebration, Senator Edward M. Kennedy suffered a seizure Tuesday at a Congressional luncheon honoring President Barack Obama after his inauguration.
Mr. Kennedy, 76, Democrat of Massachusetts, who had surgery for a brain tumor in June, was taken by ambulance to Washington Hospital Center, where he was reported to be recovering well. Medical experts said a seizure in a brain cancer patient was not unusual and ordinarily had no serious consequences.
“He’s awake and answering questions,” said So Young Pak, a spokeswoman for the hospital. She said Mr. Kennedy was with his wife, Victoria, and son Patrick, a Democratic congressman from Rhode Island.
Iran has renewed efforts to supply advanced weaponry to Hamas and the IDF is concerned that the terror group will try to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip.
According to the latest intelligence assessments, Iran, which was responsible for writing Hamas’s military doctrine, has already launched an internal probe to determine how the plan it had created for Hamas failed to cause more IDF casualties.
The military plan created by the Iranians was based on three pillars: The first was the defensive measures that Hamas had created in Gaza, which included dozens of kilometers of tunnels and thousands of roadside bombs and booby-trapped homes.