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Back to Our Roots

Shock: Mitt Romney is quickly falling out of favor with the GOP.

Ok, I’m not really shocked.  In fact while I thought Romney was going to win, it wasn’t what I was predicting when he won the nomination.  In fact, I wrote back in March on that when it came down to it, the election would not be about the economy.  Turns out, I was right.

With a mixture of QE Infinity, a suspect September jobs report, and unemployment applications surprisingly falling (because California failed to report their numbers on time), the argument on the economy became relatively dampened just in time for the election.  Toss in pure media malpractice in their coverage on Benghazi and Sandy, where there was simply the latest in a string of incompetencies by this administration, and come election day Romney’s success as a businessman did not put him over the edge in voters minds.

What did put Obama over the edge was perception.  Obama was the candidate with your lady parts on his mind, and not in a dirty way.  He was the one who didn’t put women in binders, whatever that means.  But he was the one who is making it so that our nation stops killing sick people.  He is the one who cares so much about the poor and middle class, despite taxing them through Obamacare.  And of course, his strategy of divide and conquer worked.  Obama is the President of blacks, Hispanics, women, students, the poor, the middle class, Hollywood, and so on.  Romney’s one failed attempt at divide and conquer was announcing that he was not the guy for the 47%.  Somehow that was less successful than Obama’s strategy.

The Republican establishment has 2012 all figured out.  If only we offered our version of the Dream Act, rewarding young illegal immigrants for good behavior.  If only we were less rigid about what we believed and sounded more like Democrats.  The fact is, we did ok with moderates.  Moderates don’t win elections.  The only reason we keep having it drilled into our heads that they do is because pandering to moderates is a great way to lose conservative votes.

Now, Republicans have an opportunity to communicate with the country.  The Fiscal Cliff should teach the country a few very important lessons.  All the tax hikes in the world won’t solve our deficit problem.  Tax hikes on the rich will hurt the economy, but they won’t cover even one major pork bill.  The problem is spending.  We are spending ourselves broke and not even taxes on the rich can close the gap.

But instead, the lesson coming out of the fiscal cliff is that we all need to do our fair share.  Those of us who make more should pay far more.  Forget deficits and budgets and all that wonky stuff.  If you are rich, you didn’t build that.  It’s time for you to suffer like we are all suffering so that we can all share in this wonderful suffering that is America.  Somehow this is the message that is resonating, and it is probably because we have no Newt Gingrich in Congress to stand up and call the whole concept ridiculous.

Conservatism is not about shared suffering.  It is about freedom and opportunity.  It is about striving for so much freedom and opportunity that poverty becomes a choice.  It is about a people who tell the government what it can and can’t do, not the other way around.  It’s about personal responsibility and the ability to choose whether or not to buy your neighbor the things he or she needs and wants.

Conservatism is about fair, simple taxes.  It is about states rights.  It is about limited foreign engagement only when our national security is at risk.  It is about the right to drink beer and shoot off fireworks in your back yard.  It is about the right to teach your kids the Bible or worship however you want.  It is about the right to live, pursue happiness, own property, earn your way through school and get a job you love.  The outcomes are not guaranteed, but the right to pursue the outcomes are.

This is a message that would resonate.  Freedom gets people to the polls.  The problem is that too many moderate Republicans are so worried about governing that they forget their primary responsibility: to uphold the constitutional protections against their attempts to govern.  We are a nation of individuals governed by states and united under one constitution.  A party that runs on a conservative constitutionalist platform will win.


Shut it down

Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talks grow. At least that’s the headline.  But why should the 1995 shutdown haunt the GOP?  Republicans shut down the government in order to force liberal Democrat President Bill Clinton to take a sharp turn to the right and balance the budget.  Clinton has been taking credit for it ever since as though somehow balancing the budget was his idea.  You still hear people (who haven’t read my blog) tout the “Clinton surplus”.  Of course, if you read my blog, you know there never was a surplus.

But Republicans did cause Clinton to drastically drop spending and usher in a period of pretty good economic growth for our country.  It started with a government shut down.

Why should a shutdown haunt the GOP?  Democrat senators in Wisconsin seem to think a government shut down is a pretty good idea.  Maybe if the Senate in DC won’t pass the House’s budget, Senate GOP members should go hide in Illinois with the Wisconsin Democrats.

We are about to head into our third deficit in excess of $1 trillion in a row.  In fact, this one is a brand new record of $1.65 trillion.  Someone needs to put the brakes on.  Especially since Obama’s idea of putting on the breaks is to have one deficit as low as $607 billion over the next ten years.  Bush held the previous deficit record at $458 billion for one of his 8 years in office.  Obama has dwarfed Bush’s entire deficit twice already and is on track to do it again.

Obama doesn’t even have a stimulus bill or healthcare law as an excuse this year.  This deficit is simply government spending beyond its means.

Republicans trimmed a tame $61 billion out of the budget, and Dems have labeled them as oppressive, murdering extortionists.  If the GOP doesn’t take drastic measures, by the time Obama leaves office it would take one year of every American paying 100% of every dollar they make in taxes just to cover his deficits.

Clinton managed to take credit for the results of the 1995 government shut down while demonizing Republicans for it.  The grass roots conservative movements who sent the GOP back in 2010 are ready for a shut down.  the question is if Republicans can speak louder than Obama and the media make sure credit is given where credit is due when it works.

The Top 10 Ways To Destroy An Economy

Originally Posted January 27, 2009

Every time there is an economic downturn, we have some wonderful lessons to learn to help us avoid the same mistakes the next time. Well, from this and other downturns, I would like to highlight some of the greatest pitfalls when it comes to turning around an economy. So here it is, the top 10 ways to destroy an economy:

1. Take money away from employers. Employers work hard to produce goods and services that people want and need. In the process, they hire people and provide employment. They are the backbone of our economy. As such, they also employ and pay themselves and receive a premium for their ideas and organization that allows them to employ others. This makes them a prime target for class warfare. But when you take money away from a free and independent employer you can guarantee that they will lay off other workers before they lay off or give a pay cut to themselves.

2. Print money and borrow money so that you can spend 125% of what you take in. Not only does this increase the debt burden on our nation, that every subsequent generation has proven will never actually be paid back, but it increases the cost of goods through an oversupply of money.

3. Take all the money from items one and two and spend them on things that don’t produce economic growth. Prime examples would be $50 million for the arts, $87 billion for “family planning”, $4 billion for neighborhood organizers (wonder who thought of that one). Other prime examples would be $750 billion for businesses that cannot compete and do not offer goods and services that people actually want.

4. Speaking of family planning, reduce the size of your young population. Everybody knows how good an economy runs when the majority of the individuals are no longer capable of producing economic goods and services. It gets even better when their income stream is a ponzi scheme that only survives when there is a greater number of young workers contributing to the system.

Or How about this, take the money from numbers one and two and send it overseas to fund foreign abortions. That way we lose the money and potential future export trade. It’s ok, as long as the printing presses are operational we can spare the cash.

Nancy Pelosi, when advocating cutting the number of babies born in America (hello China), said this: “No apologies. No. We have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.”. Think of this as an economic spanking for our badly performing country.

5. Make exploration and procurement of domestic energy illegal anywhere where there are large sources of domestic energy. This way we have to buy our energy from other countries at whatever prices they choose to charge us. Consider it a sort of deregulation of the industry. There isn’t a single thing we can do to OPEC.

6. Speaking of trade, cancel and prohibit beneficial free trade agreements with countries who we already trade with but do not have a beneficial arrangement. Columbia comes to mind. Make sure you do it for political reasons to look good in an election. It’s all about how you present it.

7. Capitalize banks by taking printed inflationary money and lending it to them at two points higher than they can lend it to consumers. Call it a bailout.

8. Create stricter and more costly regulation on already failing industries. For example, if it costs Ford $2,000 more per car than their foreign competitors because they already have to pay union wages and retirement, make it $2,000 more so that they will get a couple extra miles per gallon too.

9. Hand out stimulus checks from the money you don’t have in items one and two. Make them one time payments to lower/middle class income workers. That way they can not invest them, spike the economy through consumer spending for a month, and then return to normal spending levels while leaving lingering inflation.

and finally 10. Hire a known tax cheat who willfully committed fraud four years in a row on his tax returns as the chief of revenue collection for the government.

It’s a no brainer. Literally.

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