What are we to do now? Really.
Let me make this as brief and to the point as possible. In a high stakes policy show down which our nation cannot afford us to fail we are playing dumb. Real dumb. Its as if there is some insationable desire to do precisely the wrong things at the wrong time as if maximize the advantge of those who seek to keep our nation shackled | Read More »
Digesting the new budget deal.
Let us be up front shall we? The continuing resolution and rest of the year budget deal passed last night was not all we hoped for – but it was a mild success. After months of hard grass roots level work and pushing for serious cuts to put some sort of, at very least symbolic, dent the agreement on the surface seems to fall flat. | Read More »
Transparency: Not sure what to make of Libya no fly zone.
In all my years of blogging I never remember coming across a post where someone pours their heart out and speaks aloud while announcing their indecision on an issue. Until now. I am unsure what to think of the now enacted no fly zone over Libya or the associated policy as announced by President Obama. To be clear the current policy as explained by the | Read More »
Playing Small Ball with the Federal Budget
Growing up in Missouri and loving baseball one could not help but become a St. Louis Cardinals fan during the eighties. The team was filled with the athletes who were not known for hitting home runs but for their quickness, fundamental soundness and doing their job consistently day in and down out. This strategy, known as playing “small ball” is fairly well known in the | Read More »
My impressions of Sarah Steelman and Ed Martin at Missouri Lincoln Days.
This weekend Springfield was privileged to host Missouri’s state Lincoln days, an event focused on rallying the Republican and conservative faithful from across the state. Attendees and speakers alike did not disappoint as roughly 800 people showed up for the off year event. For me, though, the event went beyond catching up with friends and fellow bloggers. I wanted to take the opportunity to engage the two | Read More »
Senator Lee gets it right on debt ceiling.
Back on January 5th I posted an idea regarding raising the debt ceiling. Some might have thought it to be radical, but in my mind it is necessary given the grave situation we are with regards to the federal budget. I proposed then that we should, in fact, compromise with Democrats who want to raise the debt ceiling. The catch: it must be attached to a | Read More »
I support Ann Wagner for U.S. Senate (if she runs)
Ive read rumors on twitter from time to time regarding the possibility of former Missouri GOP head Ann Wagner running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012. Until this posting I thought the idea to be wild fiction. I would caution readers of the author, who is originally from this area of Missouri and is known to push rumor over fact. However, if true, I | Read More »
Early impressions for President Obama’s 2011 SoTU: Highly partisan, hypocritical.
I just got through listening to a round of reports previewing tonights State of the Union Address as given by President Obama. A few things come to mind: In the face of losing an election on historic scale President Obama is apparently in the mood to demand relevance by claiming “we will move together forward or not at all.”The arrogance of such a statement cannot | Read More »
Dear GOP, we didnt vote you in power to participate in a match-making service.
I can only hope and pray that those who we, the people, sent to the hallowed halls of Congress may read this short repudiation of warm-fuzziness bubbling up at this year’s State of the Union address. I would like to remind them, and those who are left over from the previous years, that we sent you to Washington with a purpose. Playing as a political | Read More »
What should concern us regarding John King’s apology.
While some people are laughing at <a href=”http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/01/18/cnn_apologizes_for_guest_using_term_crosshairs.html”>CNN’s John King for apologizing</a> at their use of the word “cross-hairs” when discussing candidates, I cringe at the larger implication. It would be one thing if CNN’s commentators were using F bombs to describe elected officials or making death threats against individuals, but they were not. Commentators were using a simple metaphor for putting a candidate in | Read More »
Obama misses moment to unite.
I honest to God wanted it. Was is it so selfish of me to want something so little at such an important time? Last night President Obama delivered an address to our nation after the tragedy in Arizona where several people were murdered, including a federal judge, and a Congressional Representative critically wounded. I so wanted the moment to be an actual turning point in | Read More »
Words fail to describe media attempt to legitimize lie from hell.
The past twenty four hours both saddened and shocked me not just as a political observer, but as a citizen of this great nation. Our country was attacked yesterday by a lunatic, killing several people including a nine year old. The attack also divided a great number of us instead of uniting us in prayer. Words fail me to describe the continued efforts by members | Read More »
Speaker Boehner’s remarks on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is 100% correct.
Speaker of the House of Representative John Boehner remarked today on the Shooting of Arizona Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and he is 100% correct. The shooting of Representative Gifford was not only senseless, but it was an attack on all who serve. Such acts of violence have no place in our society. Period. There are no ifs, ands or buts which could justify such action. | Read More »
No shock: For Democrats, 2012 is about returning to power – not representing the people.
Color me not shocked. In a short piece published in The Hill’s Blog briefing room, DCCC chair Steve Israel noted that their goal for 2012 is to win enough seats to return Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker of the House position. Notably absent in the piece was any reference or desire for Democrat Represenatives to serve their constituents or act on the best interest of | Read More »
Compromising with Dems on debt ceiling.
So Obama, Democrats and the media want Republicans to compromise and raise the ceiling on our national debt while screaming the newly minted Congress is no more fiscally conservative than the last session, eh? I say give them what they want. Sorta. In leu of any agreement to make outright budget cuts, a balanced budget amendment must be the center piece to any piece of legislation which | Read More »
RE: TSA “love pats” We need our elected officials to do something NOW.
Take a good hard look, America. This is what unchecked government looks like. A father, helpless to do anything, standing by and watching while his son recieves a strip search. I dont know what is worse in the matter: the TSA agents willingly dispencing the policy, the fact that the father couldnt simply say “like the devil” and walk away, or our elected officials allowing | Read More »
Never tell an American business person they cant.
A little event in my world today illustrates what makes us as Americans so exceptional. When faced with a problem and given the opportunity and proper financial incintive, we get the job done. Case in point: my small business was given a task by a client deemed impossible to fix. An hour later problem resolved with a very and relieved client. While the problem revolved | Read More »
Fed up with the earmark demagoguery (reprise)
Can we get just a moment of complete honesty please? Just one. A few months ago I wrote a piece warning about hypocritical politicians who love to misleadingly use the term earmark. For them, it is a grand straw man argument flaunted to cover for their own fiscal policy while riling the feathers of the average voter fed up with federal waste. It is clear | Read More »
Open letter to Senator McConnell
Senator McConnell, Now that the election is over, we need to talk. The American people spoke by putting faith in the Republican party to act as a check against out of control government and preserve freedom and individual liberty. I feel a little embarrassed typing this given the victory a mer 48 hours earlier, but less I remind you the American people want to be heard in Washington, D.C. | Read More »
Scott Rasmussen gets it right: its the people’s seat.
Early this year Republican Scott Brown shocked the nation with an epic win in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate contest. At the heart of his campaign was a one liner used in a debate with his opponent – which to this day resounds: The U.S. Senate seat did not belong to Ted Kennedy. It belonged to the people of Massachusetts. Scott Rasmussen points this out in an excellent piece penned | Read More »