January 31, 2008

CNN Debate-Democrats

I only had a few minutes to watch the Democrats' debate this evening, but I think I got a pretty good summary of their platforms.

Tonight we saw Hillary's friendly personality, she didn't even seem paranoid. The first word I heard when I turned on the debate was "poverty". I was so surprised. Hillary talking about poverty? Go figure. She said that the differences between herself and Obama pale in comparison to the mean Republicans. Whew, that's a relief. I thought they were just alike. She said that universal health care is the right of all Americans. I checked and I couldn't find that anywhere in my copy of the Constitution. Maybe I need glasses. She's going to put a moratorium on foreclosures and freeze interest rates for five years. Does that mean we can just get rid of the Federal Reserve? That'll really cut the budget. You go girl!

Then came Barack Obama's turn. He spoke about how insurance companies are bad and his mom is nice. When he is president he is going to make sure that government focuses on prevention of illness. What do you think he means by that? Is he going to drive me to the doctor? Will he make everybody join a gym, go on a diet, quit smoking and quit drinking? Will I be required to drink 8 glasses of water each day? I checked the Constitution again and I can't find anything in there that says that illness prevention is the job of the federal government. I'll keep looking, it's gotta be in there somewhere. He plans to set up a billion dollar foreclosure prevention fund. But don't forget that the mortgage crisis is all George Bush's fault. Well duh-what isn't? And finally, when he meets with the Iranians he'll bring a big bag of sticks and carrots. That'll show 'em!

I think I'm on to something here. Forget the Lotto! Vote Democrat and you can quit your job, buy a mansion and fly to Tehran for your summer vacation! Will that fit on a bumper sticker?

Republican Primaries

There's been a lot of talk lately about the crazy right wingers fracturing the Republican party for not jumping on the John McCain train. I keep trying to like the guy, I do, then I watch him in the debates and I either get turned off or riled up. I keep hoping he will flip flop on an issue or two. Maybe he could say "I was wrong about closing Guantanamo. I've given it a lot of thought and I previously hadn't considered the ramifications of giving Constitutional rights to terrorists." To change from the wrong position to the right position isn't a bad thing. He sort of flip flopped on the issue of immigration. After the McCain/Kennedy bill was defeated he was quoted as saying "If they want the f*&*ing fence, I'll give them the f*&*ing fence." I appreciate that, but couldn't he have been just a bit more gracious?

All of the old time, Washington elite Republicans are jumping onto McCain's bandwagon. I'm sure they believe he's the guy that can beat the Democrats in November. Maybe they're right. I'll vote for him if he gets the nomination. There are some things about him that I like. He's promised to keep the tax cuts permanent and I whole heartedly agree with his position regarding Iraq.

Just remember in the past what has happened when the elite Republican/Washington establishment candidates have been nominated. In case you've forgotten here are a couple examples.

Gerald Ford became President of the United States after Nixon's election. Ford was a moderate, and naturally, since he was the incumbent he was the establishment candidate. Conservative Ronald Reagan ran against Gerald Ford in the 1976 Republican primary. Ford won the nomination at the National Convention and went on to lose the general election to Jimmy Carter. Do I really need to remind anyone the fun of the Carter presidency?

Then came Bob Dole in 1996. He has a similar record to John McCain. Bob Dole is a war hero. In World War II he was hit by machine gun fire in Northern Italy. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for valor. He, too, served in the United States Senate. In 1996 Bob Dole was the moderate Republican "establishment" nominee. He went on to lose the election to Bill Clinton. What a blast that was!

Beware the candidate that is part of the Washington Republican establishment. Things don't always turn out the way you'd like.

January 30, 2008

CNN Debate

It started out pretty boring but things got interesting toward the end.

Mike Huckabee made some good points and Ron Paul was exactly as I expected him to be. Romney did very well, but if you didn't watch the debate you probably won't hear much of what he said. McCain spent most of the debate attacking Mitt Romney, while comdemning Romney's "attack" ads.

Romney and McCain were asked about McCain's dirty little trick last weekend. Romney really put him in his place. We'll have to wait and see if it gets any air time whatsoever. They'll probably show McCain's response when he lied again with a great big smile on his face. Am I the only one out here who thinks John McCain is a hypocrite?

January 29, 2008

Spitzer can you spare a dime?

Watch out for Democrats who are elected on the platform of "change". Just look at Eliot Spitzer. I can be critical of the New York Governor because I am one of the thirty six people in the state that didn't vote for him.

He blew into office promising sweeping workers' compensation reform. So, you ask, did he bring together a lot of experts and practitioners from the WC system to change the laws? Don't be silly! He brought together a bunch of politicians to change the laws. The experts predict that the only people that will be helped by these changes are the lawyers. Way to go, Eliot!

We've all heard about the governor's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Yeah, that went over well.

Spitzer's latest proposal is to give city children free college. Don't you just love all of the ways Democrats find to spend your money? While I'm paying for city kids to go to college, who is going to pay my kids' tuition?

I better start saving my change.

NOW vs. Teddy

I read in the paper today that the National Organization of Women has called Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama the "ultimate betrayal" of women.

Did none of these women ever hear the name Mary Jo Kopechne? Does Chappaquiddik ring any bells for anyone? If you ask me, that was the ultimate betrayal! Did they really think of Ted Kennedy as some sort of champion of women?

Note to NOW - get a clue.

January 28, 2008

State of the Union

President Bush delivered his final S.O.T.U. speech this evening. I thought it was okay. I have to apologize, one of my little fellas got out of bed during the part of the speech regarding the economy. So I can't give you much information about that, but I did find out from Frank Luntz on Fox News that his focus group liked it.

Isn't it funny is seeing Nancy Pelosi sitting next to Dick Cheney? They both looked sort of sleepy, at least until the camera found Ted Kennedy, Charles Grassly (R-Iowa) and John Dingell (D-Michigan) who were all sound asleep!

The most ironic part of the evening was how all of the pork barrel, bacon sucking politicians in that room cheered for reforms in the earmarking process.

Senator Barack Obama looked offended when President Bush mentioned consumer choice being part of the health care debate. Heaven forbid the individual should have any say in their own well being. Hillary just looked smug the whole time.

San Fran Nancy Pelosi didn't seem to like the idea of children getting out of failing public schools, helping people find jobs (then they won't depend on the government), nuclear power or following the Constitution. She looked downright ill when the President talked about charitable giving and faith based charities. And of course the thought of saving Social Security is quite offensive to her. So is the Millenium Challenge. Really, who wants accountability for the billions of dollars we spread around the world? Geez. She really looked uncomfortable when the President talked about the preamble to the Constitution. I guess the preamble isn't a "living and breathing document" like the Constitution.

I can't leave out how the Democrats all clapped when asked to thank those that have protected us from a terrorist attack since 911. Unfortunately for us, they forgot to applaud when the President asked them to make sure we continue to be protected. "Mr. President! We can't stomp on the rights of Americans talking to terrorists!"

All the talk about the surge in Iraq bringing success seemed a bit tedious to them. They all liked it when President Bush talked about reducing green house gasses. But why did he have to go and say that other countries also need to be held accountable. "Dude-you just killed my buzz!"

Thankfully, there was unanimous support for supporting our troops. They just don't want to fund the troops. Oh well, you can't win them all.

Meet Dan Maffei

Dan Maffei is a Democrat running for the congressional seat that James Walsh is vacating. He was on the local news and my three year old asked me why his eyebrows were down. I told him I've wondered that myself. I'm not one to give advice to Democrats, but someone should tell this guy to stop doing that. Every time he's on TV all I can think is "Buffoon". He looks angry most of the time. Sometimes he looks like he has to go to the bathroom. He really should talk to a plastic surgeon, maybe just a touch of Botox could help hold that brow in place.

Beating the Democrats

People believe that John McCain is the only one who can beat Hillary. He ran an ad to that effect over the weekend in Florida and maybe he's right. He's a war hero and has 20 years of experience in Washington. He's also proven himself to be really good at playing dirty, just like the Clintons. He told a flat out lie over the weekend about Mitt Romney, his lie was exposed and he repeated the lie again today on Fox News. Talk about Chutzpah! I guess if you're a politician that tell's a lie enough times it somehow becomes the truth. The Clinton's know all about that kind of thing. There are so many Republicans that despise Hillary, if it ends up being McCain vs. Clinton in the general election, Repubicans will do just what McCain's mother said and hold their noses and vote for McCain. I know I'd prefer McCain over Clinton (or Obama, for that matter).

But what happens if Hillary doesn't get nominated? Then we're going up against Barack Obama. The media loves Barack Obama, way more than they like John McCain. They only like McCain because to them he's more in line with their ideology than any of those other icky Republicans. But once the primaries are over they'll turn on him. Especially if Obama is the Democrat's candidate. People think Obama is a nice guy, has a nice family, and is someone they can trust. He gives speeches that make people feel hopeful and inspired. He certainly isn't going to rile up the Republican base to get out and vote against him the way Hillary will.

If you have McCain as the nominee, a person who is disliked by half your party, running against Barack Obama, what happens then? A lot of Republicans might think "Why go out and vote for McCain? Obama seems like a decent guy. I don't really need to vote." I won't do that, but a lot of people will.

When it comes to Mitt Romney, if the NY Times and the rest of the MSM dislikes him he must be doing something right. He's a Republican who was elected governor in a very liberal state, so you can't say he isn't electable. He's spent a great deal of his own money on his campaign, so nobody can accuse him of owing anything to anyone. You also have to admit that he has a certain presidential look about him that Americans respond to in the voting booth. He's taking some flak for changing positions on some issues, but at least he hasn't gone around sticking his finger in the eyes of the very people he's trying to win over in the primary.

January 27, 2008

John McCain

Here is an article that pretty well sums up how a lot of us feel about John McCain.


Hopefully once the primary is over we can put all of this inter-party bickering behind us.

January 25, 2008

Something to Keep in Mind

I just heard on the local news in Syracuse, NY that Lifetime Health Center in Central Square, NY is going to close April 1. Central Square is a small town about a half hour north of Syracuse. I'm sure it's been nice for the residents of Central Square to have a health center in their town, especially with our winters. The news report said that Lifetime Health said that they are losing too much money to stay open. They serve mainly Medicare and Medicaid patients.

This is just one little example of what will happen if we move to a single payer, government run health care system. Medical providers won't be able to make any money and they will go out of business. There has to be a better answer.

January 24, 2008

January 24 Republican Debate

It's a bit late to do a complete rundown of the entire debate but here's a snapshot.

Tim Russert did a bit of the work for the Democrats and John McCain with a few of his statements...um...I mean questions.

The candidates were all very cordial. Mike Huckabee continued to crack jokes. In fact, while he was talking, the song "Life is a Highway" started running through my head. But I did find out that his economic plan for the elderly is "Support yourself, go shopping!" John McCain talked about the Bridge to Nowhere (which, by the way, has never been built so why keep talking about it?) He also voted against the tax cuts before he voted for them.

Much to my delight, Rudy Giuliani brought up his opposition to Sarbanes-Oxley. If you don't know what Sarbanes-Oxley is, count yourself lucky. I'd tell you all about it, but I spent so much time sleeping through the meetings I had to quit my job.

I apologize for ignoring Ron Paul, but so is everyone else, so leave me alone!

Tim Russert mentioned polls that show Americans wish we never went into Iraq in the first place. Helllllooo! Earth to Russert! Have you ever heard the saying "Hind sight is 20/20?" It's a pretty good saying for a reason. In 2003, polls said Americans thought it was a good idea to go into Iraq. I have an idea: why don't we amend the Constitution? Let's not have a president! We'll just let the pollsters run the country? Anyway, during the post-debate analysis Chris Matthews pointed out that they were able to nail down all of the Republican candidates (except Ron Paul) on their support for the war. Nice set up. That will give you plenty of fodder during the national election. Brilliant!

One of my happiest moments was when Mayor Giuliani said we should be able to sue in China. How fun is that! John Edwards can move there and be the "Suer in Chief".

We found out that John McCain's BFF is Joe Lieberman and the New York Times likes him and hates Rudy Giuliani. That's a great way to rally the conservative base-bing up your endorsement from the Times. Oh yeah, and of course, Tim Russert couldn't wait to bring up (again) that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Really, who cares?

The biggest surprise of the evening is that some of the commentators after the debate seemed to concede that Romney won the debate. Chris Matthews was genuinely surprised that Mitt Romney was witty. Gee, who knew that Mormons are human?

January 23, 2008

The Media

The media wants us all to believe that they are unbiased. All you need to do to prove them wrong is turn on the news any day of the week. Here are just a few examples from about one hour this evening.

On ACB's World News Jake Tapper was talking about how the Republican candidates are running out of money. With a snide look on his face he ended his piece by saying "Romney will be the last man standing just because he's the richest". Then Charles Gibson said some nice things about John McCain.

I then clicked over to Chris Matthews' Hardball show on MSNBC. He had Ed Schultz and Mark Green from Air America talking about politics and the Democrat primary. First of all, does anyone listen to Air America? You know, the liberal talk radio network that went bankrupt and has ratings in the sewer? I didn't know they were still around. Maybe they're trying to stick it out until a Democrat gets elected and passes the Fairness Doctrine and radio stations will be forced to air their rubbish. Sorry, I got sidetracked. Anyway, the only thing I really got out of Chris Matthews' show is that Bill Clinton could really use some Botox.

I had to force myself to watch some of Keith Olberman's show. This guy is completely rabid. He's the king of Bush Derangement Syndrome. He started out by doing a puff piece about how the Democrat party is divided, blah, blah, blah. I really got nauseous when he had John Edwards come on to talk about blah, blah, blah. They had fun going after Bill O'Reilly who they accuse of laughing at homeless veterans. I've seen Bill O'Reilly's show many times and have heard him discuss the topic, and I've never heard him laugh at homeless vets. These guys were just outright lying! Before I turned it off Olberman let us know that coming up he will be talking about what a liar George W. Bush is and how Fox News host John Gibson is despicable.

Sorry, that's all I could take for one night and I really need a Rolaid.

January 21, 2008


Does anyone out there think about politics when grocery shopping? I know I don't, at least I never did until tonight.

I was in the checkout line, thinking about check out line kind of stuff. A young man came over to bag the groceries, which really makes me happy. So I was in a pretty good grocery shopping mood. The friendly clerk was scanning my groceries when she started talking about Iraq. She said she started to cry when she heard that a 21 year old soldier died. I said "Oh, that's sad". Then she snapped at me that she didn't want to talk about it or she would start to cry again. So I said "Sorry" because I certainly don't want to make the check out lady cry. Then she started rambling a bit and I decided it was best that I not speak anymore. I've never had a check out person get mad at me and I didn't want to start tonight.

Another time, I was at the hair dresser and it was only the first or second time she had done my hair. She started telling me all about the great movie she saw that weekend. It was "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore. She went on and on and I have to say it was sort of annoying. She's a nice girl and all, but come on. I'm not about to disagree with someone holding scissors that close to my throat. So I just kept my mouth shut. The funny thing that day was that it was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I think people should only talk about global warming when the temperature is above, say, 90 degrees.

The moral of the story is this: when you talk to strangers you should ramble about political things so they have a story to tell people later on.

January 18, 2008

Barack Obama's Dream

Barack Obama recently talked about Ronald Reagan. He expressed admiration for the way Ronald Reagan was able to turn most of the country Republican after the misery of the Carter years. In his usual fashion, John Edwards blasted Obama for praising Ronald Reagan. I don't think John Edwards gets Senator Obama's strategy here.

First, he hopes that his praise of Ronald Reagan will convince Republicans and Independents that they could actually vote for a Democrat. You know, if he admires Ronald Reagan he's got to be okay. What conservative couldn't vote for a guy that admires President Reagan?

Here's the thing-Barack Obama wasn't praising Ronald Reagan's policies, he was praising his politics. There is a huge difference. He hopes to be the next Reagan, the Democratic Party's version of Reagan that is. He's banking on there being such a wide spread feeling of angst in this country that the overwhelming majority of voters will hear his lofty speeches and feel-good rhetoric and take those feelings with them into the voting booth. I have no doubt that he will get an enormous amount of free support from the media. If he's lucky his complete lack of experience will be overlooked and nobody will ask him what he is actualy hoping for. If he's lucky his promises of hope, unity and change will be enough to get him elected with a huge mandate.

Once elected he will feel free to move our country as far to the left as he desires. It could be the socialist utopia he's always dreamed of.

Let's just hope the voters don't fall for it.

January 15, 2008

The Social Life of a Conservative

You must have a sense of humor to be conservative in a blue state. Trust me, I know. Most of us are normal people who don't choose our friends based on political affiliation. I know I don't, but when I find out one of my friends or colleagues is conservative it's such a hoot! You usually find this out after they've paid a large tax bill or they say something like "Spitzer's an idiot." If something like that happens feel free to talk politics all you want with your new-found conservative ally.

But normally, we avoid talking politics in social situations, that is, when sober. I just want to stress to please, take my advice here. If you are at a party and you start hearing things like "Halliburton" and "War for oil" DO NOT TRY TO DEBATE! I repeat DO NOT DEBATE! I know, it will be very hard, but you're lonely, right? Do you want to be lonelier? If these are people that you like then just walk away. Sure, you can throw in an innocent question if you like, but that could lead to debate. Nobody that's been drinking and repeats slogans wants to hear your reasoned analysis of the issues, no matter how loud or slurred they may be. The thing to do in this situation is to go home, turn on your computer and go to http://www.thelonelyconservative.blogspot.com/ and tell us all about what happened.