Sunday, January 31, 2010

Brown on Bernanke - "I would have supported him."

H/T Citizen X

Not the kind of talk you want to hear from someone who was just elected based partially with the outrage over the administration's handling of the economy. I realize that Brown is about as conservative as Maine Senators Snowe and Collins but just two weeks ago in a Boston Globe op-ed Brown said "Failure should be admitted in Washington, and not repeated." in regards to our economic mess. Isn't a vote for Bernanke repeating a failure?

What's even worse is that Brown seems to be squishy on Timothy Geithner too. If the Chosen One is comfortable with him, he should keep him. What?

Not sounding very fiscally conservative from where I sit seeing as these two are playing a massive shell game with our economy.

ABC News

WALTERS: There has been a good deal of criticism of President Obama's economic team. Chairman of the Fed, Ben Bernanke, was, after a great deal of…

BROWN: I would have supported him.

WALTERS: You would have?


WALTERS: Well, he had a lot of criticism, but he's in. OK. Now, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is on the hot seat. Should Tim Geithner be replaced?

BROWN: The president has to work with the people he feels most comfortable with, as I do in my own staff -- as you do with the people that are here.

And I think that if he feels comfortable with -- with Tim, then he -- he should keep him.

SNL Scott Brown sketch

Via Memeorandum

Obama organizing high school students

Does the administration have no shame? Attempting to organize an army of children in the mold of the Hitler Youth to promote their socialist agenda.

Is this really what it has come to?

Atlas Shrugged
An Atlas reader, Chuck, has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School. Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama's Organizing for America (OFA is the former site.)

Obama is using our public school system to recruit for his Alinsky-inspired private army. Organizing for America is (and I quote) recruiting in our high schools to "build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda" ............of national socialism.

The Ohio High School is Perry Local in Massillon, Ohio.

This is incredible. And evil. Suffer the little children -- enlisted like SS youth. This is no accident. Obama is poisoning our public school system. He acts as if it's his own private breeding farm. Once again academic learning and achievement is hopelessly abandoned, and supplanted by radical leftist activism from the leftwing Alinsky indoctrinators in the perversepublic school system.

Children must be advised to expose this ugly propaganda. Children must tell their parents how they are being used and manipulated. Parents, warn your kids. Better yet, home school.

Check out the recommended reading list page 4:

* Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
* The New Organizers, Zack Exley
* Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy, Rinku Sen
* Obama Field Organizers Plot a Miracle, Zack Exley, Huffington Post
* Dreams of My Father Chicago Chapters, Barack Hussein Obama

This internship program is geared towards the 2010 elections. Using our kids as their goons. Can you imagine if the Republicans attempted such a fascist stunt?
Read the rest with the lesson plan here

Via Memeorandum

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Obama and corporate kickbacks

H/T Libertarian Republican

Watching the local Fox affiliate tonight they ran a story about a local company, called ECOtality, that got a nod from the Chosen One in the SOTU as an example of how the stimulus is benefiting eco-friendly companies. ECOtality, you see, builds charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.

Smelling a rat, I did a google search and found that my sense of smell was still working. It turns out that this Scottsdale AZ company has ties that run deep in the Democratic Party and, possibly in return for campaign contributions to AZ Rep Harry Mitchell, just happened to receive $100M in stimulus grants.

Gateway Pundit

The great Tucson Tea Party protest leader Robert Mayer did some research on the company last night and this is what he found:
When I heard Obama praising the stimulus bill, when he told us to ask the small business in Phoenix that is tripling its work force, I thought I’d do a little research into who that company is.

Easy enough. It’s called Ecotality, based out of Scottsdale, and it was the lead receiver of a $100 million grant from the Department of Energy through the stimulus bill. (Ecotality, which used to be called Alchemy Enterpreises, has MANY subsidiaries, so much of this money is actually going to those subsidiaries rather than directly to Ecotality. One such example is Electric Transportation Engineering Corp., a division of Ecotality, which will be putting in electric vehicle infrastructure as far away as Oregon).

Total jobs added? According to them, 15 in 2009 and 27 in 2010. For $100 million. Am I supposed to cheer for that?

And it appears on the surface that there are political connections — of course, there always are! — to how Ecotality got this grant.

Its CEO, Jonathan Read, is a successful entrepreneur with wide-ranging political connections in Phoenix. He maxed out his political donations in 2006 to Harry Mitchel (D), who beat incumbent JD Hayworth (R) that year. Ecotality falls within Mitchell’s district.

Slade Mead is on the board of directors. He is a lawyer and former Republican state legislator turned Democrat who has given more than $17,000 to Democrats since 2005. He maxed out to Harry Mitchell’s 2006 campaign.

Further, Colin Read is the Vice President of Corporate Development. He was the Assistant Finance Director for Harry Mitchell’s successful 2006 bid for Congress.

They also met with VP Biden not all that long ago.

I don’t have the time to research into this further than what I’ve found; such as, did Harry Mitchell earmark that money in the stimulus bill? Or is it all just a coincidence?

But the real take away from this? Obama points to this company as an example of the stimulus bill’s success; but it is really just another example of money being doled out to political allies to little effect. How much of that stimulus money do you think will end up going back as political contributions?

Pelosi's personal Air Force

Doug Ross @ Journal reveals another case hubris by Nancy Pelosi and shows just how arrogant this woman is by using taxpayer dollars to shuttle her family around.
Meet the Pelosi family! Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's use of military aircraft.

What hasn't been revealed so far is that military aircraft are being used to shuttle Pelosi's kids and grandkids between DC and San Francisco without any Congressional representatives even onboard! Put simply, the United States Air Force is serving as a multi-billion dollar chauffeur- and baby-sitting service for Nancy Pelosi's kids and grandkids -- presumably because commercial travel is beneath the families of the autocrats.

Read the rest here with documentation

Via Memeorandum

Too cold to be Eco-friendly?

Last year we found out that it was too cold for biodiesel school buses in Minnesota, Stalled Minnesota school buses fuel biodiesel mandate debate, now this revelation that the Minnesota winters are too cold for wind turbines.

Hot Air
Minnesota invested itself in alternative energy sources years ago, and so the revelation that the state spent $3.3 million on eleven wind turbines hardly qualifies as news. However, the fact that they don’t work in cold weather does. KSTP reports that none of the wind turbines work, prompting the Twin Cities ABC affiliate to dub them “no-spin zones.”

More AGW shenanigans

H/T Soylent Green
H/T Left Coast Rebel

The glaciers are melting, the glaciers are melting! This was the cry at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen by the AGW cabal that the Himalayan glaciers would be gone by 2035. Turns out that the scientist that made the claim, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, knew this was false at the time of the summit and still promoted the lie anyway, brushing off claims that he knew about this before the conference.

UK Times
The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, The Times has learnt.

Rajendra Pachauri (pictured worshiping the Goreacle) was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.

The IPCC’s report underpinned the proposals at Copenhagen for drastic cuts in global emissions.

Dr Pachauri, who played a leading role at the summit, corrected the error last week after coming under media pressure. He told The Times on January 22 that he had only known about the error for a few days. He said: “I became aware of this when it was reported in the media about ten days ago. Before that, it was really not made known. Nobody brought it to my attention. There were statements, but we never looked at this 2035 number.”

However, a prominent science journalist said that he had asked Dr Pachauri about the 2035 error last November. Pallava Bagla, who writes for Science journal, said he had asked Dr Pachauri about the error. He said that Dr Pachauri had replied: “I don’t have anything to add on glaciers.”
Adolph is not please with this latest development

Via Memeorandum

Friday, January 29, 2010

Obama schools the GOP

So it turns out that the Chosen One actually does have a pair. I caught a bit of the Q & A session on MSNBC and the left is dancing with glee. Now I can't say I agree with him, especially when he says that every economist agrees with what they did re: the stimulus, but he looks to have won this round in what I have seen.

And what's more amazing was that he did it without the TOTUS.

Here's some gloating from the left

The Atlantic
Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama's weakness -- his penchant for nuance -- into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. (By the way: can we stop with the Obama needs a teleprompter jokes?)

The president looked genuinely engaged, willing to discuss things. Democrats believe that he tossed away the GOP talking points and lack of real plans into a bludgeon against them. "The whole question was structured by a talking point," he told Jeb Hensarling. Obama took the blame for not living up to some of his promises on transparency in health care negotiations. He displayed a familiarity with Republican proposals that seemed to astonish those who asked questions of him. And at the end, Republicans rushed up to him, pens and photo cameras in hands, wanting autographs and pictures.

Mused one mid-level White House official: "This really is the best thing we've done in a long, long time"
Huffington Post
For roughly an hour and a half, Obama lectured GOP leaders and, in a protracted, nationally-televised question-and-answer session, deflected their policy critiques, corrected their misstatements and scolded them for playing petty politics.

White House officials told the Huffington Post they were absolutely ecstatic. MSNBC's Luke Russert, who was on the scene in Baltimore, relayed that a Republican official and other GOP aides had confided to him that allowing the "cameras to roll like that" was a "mistake."

The left is so thrilled that MSNBC is running what amounts to election night coverage of this with Maddow, Olbermann and Matthews doing a circle jerk.

Via Memeorandum

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Drinking to the SOTU

Huffington Post

Obama says "let me be clear"
Do one shot
Obama says "change isn't easy"
Do one shot
Obama says "make no mistake"
Do one shot
Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake."
He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
Joe Wilson yells something
Do two shots
Obama yells back
Finish the bottle
Obama says "jobs"
Do one shot, two if you're unemployed
Obama says "health care"
Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal
Do one shot
Nancy Pelosi becomes a seal
Obama mentions Bo
Put beer in your dog's water bowl
Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is over
Do three shots
Obama uses the term "Congressional leadership"
Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
Obama says he's "fighting for you"
Do one shot, two if you believe him

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

McCain forces JD Hayworth's hand

That's right, Mr Maverick himself resorted to political pressure to get JD Hayworth to quit his radio gig and to make his intentions known to run in the 2010 Republican primary.

The anti-Hayworth effort began in earnest Dec. 15, when Grant Woods, the former Arizona attorney general and onetime McCain chief of staff, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Woods argued that Hayworth, who has used his KFYI drive-time program to blast away at McCain as a soft-on-immigration moderate, was essentially getting free airtime to wage a campaign as a de facto candidate.

Then, last week, McCain campaign attorneys Paul Charlton and Joseph Abate also wrote the FEC to complain that Hayworth was effectively using his radio show as a campaign platform, arguing that Hayworth’s radio parent company Clear Channel “has an obligation not to allow one specific candidate — regardless of that candidate’s occupation — unfettered daily use of its facilities to promote his candidacy for federal office.”

Hayworth spokesman Jason Rose said Hayworth’s announcement Friday that he was canceling his show — which came just hours before he declared that he was launching a campaign — was owed in no small part to the pressure the McCain forces brought to bear on the station.

“John McCain is a powerful and influential figure and served on the Commerce Committee,” said Rose, who went on to argue that radio executives feared the Arizona senator’s “wrath.”
Now I don't know enough about Hayworth yet but I can assure you that McCain will not be getting my support regardless of who is running against him and I may even change my party affiliation from Independent to Republican if my vote matters in the primary.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ezra Klein Exposes the Progressive Agenda: Why Americans Should Never Forget What Progressives Stand For

This is a great post from a few days ago by a good friend of my thoughts on freedom, Tim at Left Coast Rebel. LCR is one of my favorite reads and always has great commentary on the day's current events. Please check out his work.

by the Left Coast Rebel

Ever since the Tuesday election that changed the political picture in the United States, I have been following the progressive pundit's collective reaction. If you want to feel encouraged just pull up any article at Memeorandum on the Dem meltdown and (especially) read the comments by nutroots. They are throwing in the towel on the Democrats and the sour collective liberal mood forebodes doom for health care. Ezra Klein is my favorite in that he posits from a clearly intellectual perch yet calls for some of the most tyrannical things I can imagine. One is greeted by his toothy grin when entering the WaPo piece of choice. His smile hides the dark, statist agenda under the veil. I can only pray for our nation in that we hatch hatchlings like Ezra Klein from the university system. Here's a few nuggets from Ezra Klein today:

If Democrats had simply refused to freak out and moved quickly to pass the Senate bill, there would be endless stories on what Obama did right, and how the Democrats finally passed this longtime priority. Even putting aside all the moral arguments for passing this bill -- all the lives and homes it will save -- a crassly political calculation should have left Democrats rushing towards passage. (my take - the Dems weren't nefarious enough! They should have stepped even a greater distance beyond the threshold, the American people be damned. It's all a 'moral' argument too as socialism always is. We socialists are against 'greed').

Another from today:

If the lesson Democrats have taken from this is that they can no longer pass legislation because passing legislation involves people speaking in rooms and agreeing on deals, they've just agreed to rule governance out of order. (my take - a fancy way of saying that statists know better than the public and the ends justify the means).

How about this today too:

If Democrats abandon health-care reform in the aftermath of Brown's victory, the lesson will be that they can't govern. No majority within the realm of reason will give them the votes to move their agenda swiftly and confidently. Even the prospect of the most significant legislative achievement in 40 years, an achievement that will save hundreds of thousands of lives, will not keep them from collapsing into chaos when they face adversity.(my take - I pray that he is right. Hundreds of thousands of lives saved? Ludicrous. It is amazing to me that socialist progressives are a toxic mixture of intelligentsia and sheer stupidity).

Keep it up, Ezra.

Discussion at Memeorandum, also here

UPDATE: Check out this nugget from fellow Ezra Klein progressive, Bob Cesca. Bob Cesca is actually criticizing Ezra Klein, watch the verbage, tone and rhetoric:

The House progressives who are refusing to pass the Senate bill and finish this thing aren't helping progressives, they're not helping the party, they're not helping the bankruptcies that will continue at a pace of one every 30 seconds due to medical expenses -- the 44,000 deaths per year due to a lack of insurance.(my take - Oh brother, these guys throw these statistics around like they think the public is buying it. It's a lie, flatout. There aren't 44,000 deaths per year. These people will lie, cheat and steal for their socialist utopian ideals. Imagine that the Obamanation is cut from the same cloth).

Paul Krugman: we didn't spend enough

Krugman is still beating that same old drum in the church of John Maynard Keynes.

NY Times
But could more have been done to turn things around? The best chance of averting the normal, dismal aftermath of financial crisis was to respond very aggressively on multiple fronts: really big fiscal stimulus, massive recapitalization of the banks to get them lending again (which in turn would have meant temporary nationalization of the weakest players). And aggressive action at the Fed, including really big quantitative easing and a higher inflation target, could have helped.
We really need to get this man a copy of Henry Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Can I have some of what Valerie Jarrett is smoking?

Washington (CNN) -- The White House rejected criticism Sunday that President Obama has not delivered on his promise of "change" during his first year in office.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said the president has brought about "enormous change."

"I think what we've seen is a dramatic difference in terms of how the United States is perceived around the world," Jarrett told NBC's "Meet the Press," on the final Sunday before the president's State of the Union address.

Obama's travels have established relationships with world leaders that "lay a foundation for keeping America safe and making us a partner around the world," she added.

Jarrett also credited the president with having "pulled back the economy from the brink of disaster."

"That's an enormous amount of change when you consider where we were a year ago right on the brink," she said. "And he's adding discipline in government to try to get control over our fiscal house. So I think that we've seen enormous change."

And denial is a river in Egypt. Is the administration really trying to polish this turd especially in light of the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts which has been seen as a shot across the bow on the Chosen One's first year in office?

Seriously, do they believe this propaganda? Obama "pulled back the economy from the brink of disaster."? All they have done is put a big band-aid on it with the Keynesian bailouts and stimulus packages which are creating the mother of all bubbles. The hope that the administration talks about is the hope that it doesn't pop before the 2012 election.

And what about this, "adding discipline in government to try to get control over our fiscal house."? In 8 years Bush was bad enough, raising the national debt from $5.7T to $10.6T ($4.9T increase), but in his first year the Chosen One has raised it to $12.4T ($1.8T increase) and is looking to get the ceiling raised to $14.1T. That's not fiscal responsibility, that's a drunken bender with someone else's credit cards.

As for her claims that the One has laid "a foundation for keeping America safe and making us a partner around the world", I think she what she really meant was he bowed down to the world leaders and enemies alike, again hoping that nothing bad happens on his watch.

The people at 1600 really need to buy a clue if this is what they really think. At least they have Ellie Light believing that they are doing their best.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

If you can't beat them, pay them off???


898 American soldiers killed and nearly 5,000 wounded in Afghanistan and the new plan is to pay the enemy off? You have to be kidding me, this is an absolute joke.If the administration thinks they are going to get away with this, the have another thing coming.

The Sunday Times
After giving up on winning victory in Afghanistan by military means, the international community is resorting to the centuries-old method of buying its way out.

In London this week, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, will launch a British and American-backed plan for “reintegration” of the Taliban and call for international funding to offer jobs and bribes to bring insurgents in from the cold.

My thoughts on health care reform

Now that it appears that the Democrat's monstrosity is gasping for it's last breaths, maybe they can get together to work on a simple, bipartisan reform that is actually good for the American people. If I were to be privy to the talks and had a voice in the discussion, here is what I would propose.

Make all medical expenses tax deductible
Why should only people who purchase health insurance through their employer get a tax break? If an individual buys private insurance, they should be able to write it off too. Also why should the government profit off of the misfortune of people if they become ill or people who spend money on preventative medical services? Allowing only a small percentage of a preset limit to be written off is ridiculous. Health care expenses need to be fully deductible.
Allow for interstate health insurance
As an individual, I can insure my house or car from a company in a different state, why shouldn't I be allowed to shop for the best priced policy instead of being limited to only insurers in my state? Why should a similar policy cost twice as much to a resident of NY than it does to a resident of IA?
Tort reform
Health care professionals need to be able to practice medicine not "defensive medicine". Having to order extensive testing to CYA and high malpractice premiums drive up costs. Health care professionals need to be held accountable for their failures but no more so than any other profession. Many doctors won't get involved in fields instead taking the safe route, leading to shortages where they are need most.
Overhaul Medicare and Medicaid
These are two monstrosities that are out of control. Yes, some form of coverage needs to be available for the poor and elderly but it needs to be run efficiently. The bureaucratic costs involved are what makes health care through these systems more expensive than other methods of private insurance.
Eliminate the middle man
Years ago, when you went to the doctor for routine care, you paid cash for services rendered and had health insurance for unforeseen illnesses that required hospitalization. Now you pay an insurance company that pays the doctor and the doctor has the additional costs involved in the extra paperwork required. Yet the doctor makes less per procedure because he or she has a negotiated rate with the insurance company. Who benefits from this system? The insurance companies of course.
This is just what I think would work and would make health care less expensive and more accessible to Americans. It is not a be all-end all but it is a good start and is something I'm sure people of all political stripes could get behind and doesn't require the massive socialistic overhaul that the progressives are proposing.

Barney Frank - abolish Fannie and Freddie in their current form

On the face it sounds like good news, do away with two programs that are a drain on the nation's resources, but something tells me that a big government progressive like Barney Frank will come up with a solution that is even worse and include even more government involvement.

Like anything else, the decision to purchase a house should be an individual decision based on what they can and cannot afford. By subsidizing risky loans, the government puts itself in position of backing loans that the banks should not have made to people who cannot afford them. There is no risk to the individual who can simply walk away or to the bank who recoups it's funds from the government. The only one on the hook is the government, otherwise known as the taxpayer. Besides, there is still the FHA which has stricter standards for lending and limits on how much it can back.

The rational decision would be to let potential home buyers and banks fend for themselves in a free market system where the bank has to make loans based sound financial decisions and the buyer has some stake in the game via a down payment.

A top House Democrat on Friday said his committee was preparing to recommend "abolishing" mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and rebuilding the U.S. housing-finance system from scratch.

"The remedy here I believe this committee will be recommending, abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form and coming up with a whole new system of housing finance," said Rep. Barney Frank (D., Mass.), the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

His comments initially rippled through bond markets on concerns that the government might pull away from the mortgage market. Many believe that's unlikely and that any revamp would include continued government involvement. The government took over the companies in September 2008 as loan losses mounted.

Some Republicans have argued that the companies should ultimately be reduced in size and privatized, while at other end of the spectrum, some analysts have recommended turning the companies into government agencies. But several industry groups and academics have suggested that the government is likely to continue playing at least some role in the future of the companies.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Andy Stern issues another warning to Dems on health care

Andy and his thug pals must see the writing on the wall that their dreams of controlling the government are going down the tubes. Too bad for him this is an empty threat because, in all reality, the American people are going to take the power back without him. Besides, as an AFL-CIO poll, showed, 49% of union households voted for Republican Scott Brown in the MA Senate special election. Even the rank and file members know that ObamaCare is a sham.

I guess Andy doesn't realize that he is falling on the wrong side of the argument.

The Plum Line
SEIU chief Andy Stern took a hard shot at Dem leaders just now for considering a scaled-down health care bill, strongly hinting that labor might not work as hard for Dem candidates in 2010 if they failed to deliver real and comprehensive reform.

“It’s gonna be incredibly difficult to stay focused on national politics if by the end of 2010 we have minimal health care and minimal changes on what’s important to our members,” he said in an interview, ridiculing the emerging Dem approach as “fear masquerading as a strategy.”

Stern unloaded on Dem leaders in resonse to reports today that they’re mulling either a scaled down bill to win GOPers or a broken up bill passed in pieces. His anger suggests Dems risk paying a big price with labor if they fail to figure out how to pass the Senate bill and fix it later, as labor wants.

Stern hinted that if House and Senate members don’t move forward with the Senate bill and some kind of fix, they could see union members spending more time on races for governor, perhaps at the expense of their reelection campaigns. “If something significant doesn’t happen in Congress, I hope the legislators appreciate that there are 37 governors races important to our members,” Stern said suggestively.

Stern ridiculed the idea that breaking up the bill would allow Dems to challenge Republicans with tit-for-tat legislative maneuvers. “It’s classic inside Washington to think that people who can’t afford insurance want to keep score between the Democrats and the Republicans,” he said. “They want to go to bed with a sense of security.”

Concluded Stern: “For the 31 million people who don’t have health care, for the 14,000 who lose it every day, for the 120 people who die every day, they elected this Congress to make change, not to set their sights lower when the going gets tough.”
I just have one thing to say to Mr Stern, STFU.

Via Memeorandum

Thursday, January 21, 2010

RLC interview with Gary Johnson

With the hoopla over the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts winding down, it is time we start to look forward to the 2012 Presidential election and to who will best give the power back to We the People.

Gary Johnson, to me, represents the type of person we need to lead our nation as he would be the only candidate with the executive experience, as a business owner and former two-term Governor of New Mexico, to understand the challenges we face. He stands for civil liberties, free enterprise, limited government and traditional American values, all things that any libertarian minded person can get behind.

Now is the time to continue the messages sent to the DC elite by the victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Now is the time to get the work out and lay the groundwork for 2012.

OUR American Initiative

Interview with Governor Gary Earl Johnson
By Mitchell Langbert

Governor Gary E. Johnson has been called the next Ron Paul.  He has not yet announced his candidacy for president, but has been widely mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate who reflects the Tea Party’s and liberty Republicans’ perspectives.

I recently blogged about Governor Johnson’s background.  He received good grades from the Cato Institute when he was governor and has a taste for honesty that is rare in politics and business today.
Besides serving as governor of New Mexico for two terms, he had built a significant corporation from scratch, which he sold in 1999.  Readers who would like to contribute or help Governor Johnson can find contact information on He also has a Facebook group page with 2,000 members.

Langbert: Governor Johnson, it is a privilege to interview you.  I teach business administration at Brooklyn College.  What are three things that you learned from your business career that could be applied to the federal government or that you did apply as governor of New Mexico?

Johnson: I started my company in 1974 and I was the only employee.  In 1994 we had 1,000 employees.  Things that I learned and applied as governor include the importance of hiring good people; cutting mistakes short; and sticking to basic principles.

I’m good at hiring people and have a great track record.  But mistakes are inevitable. When you make a mistake in hiring, you need to cut it short.   As governor, I avoided political appointments as much as possible.  There was one instance where I was forced to make one, and I closely monitored the individual’s performance.

The obvious things are most important. The basic principles:  being on time, sticking to principles, telling people to tell the truth.  As governor, I sat down in cabinet meetings and I told people to tell the truth.

L: One of the realities of large organizations is the use of information to manage conflict and improve social compatibility and coordination.  Managers call these patterns interpersonal skills.  Might not 100% truth telling interfere with interpersonal skills? Of course, if everyone in industry tells the truth, costs and performance will be improved.

J: On the contrary, being honest 100% of the time makes it easy.  If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.  What you’re talking about is managing conflict.  Someone once said that honesty is where what you say and what you think are the same as what you do.  But of course you can say things that minimize conflict.

L:  To what degree is it possible to cut the federal budget? How would you go about cutting?

J: I faced the same situation in New Mexico as the president faces.  I could have cut big government in New Mexico drastically and no one would have noticed.  (That is, these government employees produce no value for the economy.) The spending train is out of control.  But the Democratic legislature fought me and the courts handed down adverse rulings.  The legislature was 2 to 1 Democratic.  Common sense has gone out the window.  First you have to stop the spending.  The time is ripe for doing so in Washington, and it’s accomplishable.

We are a bankrupt nation.  We’re not taking care of our own house. Unlike the generation before us, interest and principle payments are due now. The enormous budget deficits will lead to inflation and an ever weaker dollar.

L:  What is your position on the bailout and TARP?

J: I would have opposed both.  Government should not have been involved in this. The Paulson connection amounts to this being an inside job.  Why should Goldman and AIG be saved but not Lehman?

L: What is your position on health reform?  How would you recommend the system control health costs?

J:  I would recommend a free market approach to health care reform.  Increase supply through the free market.  Gall Bladders R Us. We ended up with an insurance entitlement rather than health care.  Extending the current approach will lead to shortages and rationing health care.

The same principle applies to education.  We should blow the lid off publicly controlled education.

L: What is your position on the Fed and the gold standard?

J: The Federal Reserve deserves full responsibility for the housing bubble and as well deserves credit for mitigating the bust.  Overriding that, the dollar is now worth a nickel.  I understand the arguments for a free market in money and I support them.  I shy away from the phrase “regulate the Fed” because I do not want Barney Frank deciding monetary policy.  I wouldn’t say the Fed needs to be abolished.  I understand the argument for a gold standard, though.  The US government should be pursuing a strong dollar policy, which the Fed hasn’t done.

L: What is your position on the Middle East and Israel?

J: I’ve been to Israel and the Golan Heights and I understand the threats Israel faces from outside and within. I can’t summarize my position as the issues are too complex. I do believe in a strong national defense.  But our security is not threatened by Iraq and Afghanistan.

L: Where do you stand on Iraq and Afghanistan?

J: I believe we should pull out of both and return our focus to fighting terrorism. The focus needs to be protecting America. I’m not sure if that is still the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was surprised that Obama increased US presence in Afghanistan.

L: What about Social Security reform?

J:  Social Security is flawed.  When it was brought into existence the life expectancy was  55. Benefits started at 65.  Now, life expectancy is 75, and benefits start at about the same age. It’s a Ponzi scheme.  A combination of benefit reduction and/or privatization are necessary.  At least part of Social Security should include private accounts that are counted in your estate.

L: What do you think of making Social Security voluntary and converting it into a defined contribution plan?

J: That would make it viable.

L: What is your position on states’ rights and state sovereignty?

J: The states are 50 laboratories of democracy.  The burden that the federal government places on the states is outrageous.  The same is true of health care.  A return to federalism is needed.

L: Thank you, Governor.  I am certain that liberty Republicans will be interested in learning more about your ideas.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the RLC.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: The new Senator from Massachusetts - Scott Brown

AP calls it and Coakley concedes.

The people of Massachusetts have spoken, Scott Brown wins, defeating Martha Coakley to fill the MA Senate seat.

Could this be the death knell for the Chosen One's socialist agenda? We should soon find out.

Via Memeorandum

Monday, January 18, 2010

538 Model Posits Brown as 3:1 Favorite

Just remember, the only poll that matters is the one that takes place tomorrow.


The FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecasting Model, which correctly predicted the outcome of all 35 Senate races in 2008, now regards Republican Scott Brown as a 74 percent favorite to win the Senate seat in Massachusetts on the basis of new polling from ARG, Research 2000 and InsiderAdvantage which show worsening numbers for Brown's opponent, Martha Coakley. We have traditionally categorized races in which one side has between a 60 and 80 percent chance of winning as "leaning" toward that candidate, and so that is how we categorize this race now: Lean GOP. Nevertheless, there is a higher-than-usual chance of large, correlated errors in the polling, such as were observed in NY-23 and the New Hampshire Democratic primary; the model hedges against this risk partially, but not completely.

Coakley's odds are substantially worse than they appeared to be 24 hours ago, when there were fewer credible polls to evaluate and there appeared to be some chance that her numbers were bottoming out and perhaps reversing. However, the ARG and Research 2000 polls both show clear and recent trends against her. Indeed the model, which was optimized for regular rather than special elections, may be too slow to incorporate new information and may understate the magnitude of the trend toward Brown.

Via Memeorandum

Too scared to watch

Please don't let tomorrow be this

or this

or this

I saw them all and still get a feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I think of them. If Scott Brown loses tomorrow it will be a heartbreaker for us all.

I need to think happy thoughts

Sunday, January 17, 2010

POTUS top advisers: "Coakley is going to lose"

Ed Henry on CNN - "Top advisers have told senior Democrats that Coakley is going to lose."

Via Hot Air
Via Memeorandum

Obama heckled at Coakley event

H/T Another Black Conservative

No matter what political affiliation you are, there is a thing called decorum, and to heckle the POTUS, or any speaker at a rally, shows little class and makes the heckler look like a fool. Now I can't understand what is being said but being a former Bostonian I'd imagine that "Yankees Suck!" was in there at some point.

Via Hot Air
Here is a nice compilation of the goings on in Massachusetts from Tim at Left Coast Rebel. Please support his blog as he is a great blogger and friend of my thoughts on freedom. I don't know where it would be without his guidance and support.

FMJRA Massachussetts Senate Race: Updated News Logjam Edition: UPDATES

I am perusing the news sites and Memeorandum today, the Scott Brown/Martha Coakley race is obviously the biggest news of the century, there are thousands of articles today alone on the subject. I could write 15 posts on the topic but a thought came to my mind - this thing is a logjam, where can I even start to write about all of this? So from a brilliant observation came a genius thought - to create an aggregated FMJRA (ish) post of Mass. election info from fellow bloggers and press sources, updated throughout the day.

Starting off on the theme, the Lonely Conservative has been on a roll. She has new polling data, the Obama/Coakley meeting and she is headlining right now with the America Rising 2 Video. Be sure to congratulate her on the great job she has been doing. Awesome:

The Other McCain is tearing it up, (being that he is actually present in Mass), he has the scoop on a recent defection from the Coakley camp, a whole bunch of goodies up at the Green Room and more info on the SEIU for Brown stuff. Better yet, look at the enthusiasm gap in the Coakley camp.

No Sheeples Here has a bunch of colorful stuff up (being the photoshop Goddess, after all). Be sure to read Michael Dukakis in a Dress, Dirty Politics 101 and what this all means to Fearless Reader.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has news that Joe Lieberman may indeed endorse Scott Brown. Be sure to check out his Sinking Ship/Coakley series as well.

Legal Insurrection has the latest smear against Brown - the accusation that he is a 'Birther' and part of the fringe. Recall that the NRSC has been M.I.A. in the Brown race? Well Jacobson thinks that may have been part of the plan. I am dubious. Be sure to check his site for the best coverage I have come across.

Big news today from Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard. He has the scoop on Senator Paul Kirk, the man that replaced Ted Kennedy in the interim. Kirk will not be Massachusett's Senator after Tuesday. Go here for the Memeorandum discussion. Another Black Conservative weighs in on this as well, he is completely skeptical and smells a rat. What do you think? ABC also has a great post on the SEIU folks for Scott Brown. Amazing!

Donald Douglas at American Power has grown his kitty into a site that aspiring bloggers can aspire too. He has a great take on Martha Coakley and the Disgusting Rape Mailer. It is disgusting and displays another (of many) reasons that Coakley is not fit for the Senate seat. Check out his 'People's Rally' taking place today as well.

The main stream press is advocating voter intimdation, vote-buying and malfeasance to execute a Coakley victory. Surprised? I'm not. Eric Dondero at Libertarian Rebpublican has the scoop on 'Tingles' Chris Matthews. On the same theme, enter Ed Schultz as well. My Thoughts on Freedom has a video up of Schultz advocating cheating and law breaking. I kid you not.

UPDATE: Per Lonely Conservative, Freezin' for a Reason in Massachusetts:

Can interim senator Paul Kirk vote after a Brown win?

Great analysis of the Massachusetts special election by Clifton B at Another Black Conservative and how it affects the Democrat supermajority in the Senate, Obamacare and interim Senator Paul Kirk's status should Scott Brown win.

Clifton has a great blog and it is one of the many great blogs I try to model my thoughts on freedom after. He also appeared on the Glenn Beck Show last week. Please be sure to visit and support Another Black Conservative.

Another Black Conservative: Can interim senator Paul Kirk vote after a Brown win?

Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard has looked into the legal ramifications of what happens to interim senator Paul Kirk’s voting ability in the event of a Scott Brown victory.  GOP lawyers say there is precedent that Kirk loses his voting ability the second Brown wins.  According to Massachusetts’s law, Kirk’s is only valid until a qualified candidate is duly election. Note it is qualified not "certified". There is also Senate precedent and the Constitution that backs up Kirk’s lame duck status. Read the whole article here for a full understanding.

While this is a comforting thought, I don’t hold out much hope of Democrats respecting precedent or the spirit of the law. Over the last year they have only seemed interested in doing so when it worked to their benefit.

·  House passes the Senate version as-is.Right now the healthcare bill is in conference, meaning the House and Senate are coming up with a compromise that bouth bodies could then go back and pass. But if Democrats fell below the 60 vote threshold, it's possible that house Democrats could drop all compromise demands, and simply vote in favor of the Senate bill, which would then not require a second vote in the Senate. This seems unlikely though, given that there are differences between the two, and since a Martha Coakley loss would cause a lot of moderate Dems to get nervous.
· Democrats succeed in slowing the seating of Scott brown, giving the 60 sitting members time to vote. If Scott Brown wins, expect all kinds of legal challenges, recounts, and other efforts to slow his seating, giving Congress time to pass the bill. This would look horrible to voters, and it may not even work given the amount of time required to reach a compromise.
· Democrats succeed in slowing the seating of Scott Brown, but Republicans succeed in preventing sitting Senator Paul Kirk from voting. Democrats might be able to slow Brown's entry into the Senate, but Republicans are already taking about their own trick. In The Weekly Standard, conservative commenter Fred Barnes argues that under Massachusetts law, sitting senator Paul Kirk is ineligible to vote right after the election takes place, regardless of who wins.
· Democrats bend Senate rules in order for healthcare to pass with 51 votes. Apparently Democrats could, theoretically, break Senate rules in such a way that would allow the Senate to pass healthcare reform with only 51 votes. We haven't seen a clear explanation of how this would work, though it might require the bill to be scaled back in some way.
· Democrats convince a liberal GOP Senator (like Susan Collins) to support healthcare reform.There are one or two Republicans who might be willing to support a bill, though we haven't seen this proposed too seriously.
· Healthcare dies. Probably the most likely scenario. See Megan McArdle's explanation here.
Of the scenarios, numbers 2 and 4 would seem radioactive to me. Scott Brown is running against ObamaCare, so his victory is a referendum on ObamaCare. For the Democrats to go over the people’s heads once more will push things beyond the brink.

I think scenarios 1 and 5 are dead already. With the race in Massachusetts already looking so shaky, the safe thing to do would be to pass it as is or get the extra senate vote now. The fact that they haven’t tells me that they may not be able to. I think there are too many Dems running out the clock to see what happens in Mass. A Scott Brown victory will be they reason to bolt.

Scenario 3 is pretty much a temporary stalemate that eventually leads to Scott Brown voting against ObamaCare and I see no advantage for either side in that.

I agree that healthcare dying is the most likely scenario should Scott Brown win. Right now the Dem leadership is spinning that not passing healthcare reform will hurt more than passing it, but a Scott Brown victory would prove that false beyond a doubt.

Of course, should Coakley win all is moot. The Dems will immediately seat her and she will vote for ObamaCare without batting an eye.

Via: Clusterstock

Mediots call for "old school" politics in Massachusetts Senate race

H/T Goomba News Network
H/T Libertarian Republican

The progressives have no shame in calling for voter fraud and intimidation in the MA Senate race. They know that their socialist dreams are crumbling and will do anything to win.

Ed Schultz

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts, I'd try to vote ten times. I don't know if they'd let me or not, but I'd try to. Yeah, that's right, I'd cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. 'Cause that's exactly what they are.

Chris Matthews

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CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know in the old days, it shouldn't be hard getting back to the old days. If the Democrats faced a kinda disaster in the works, you'd go back to your ones, the people you were sure were going to vote Democrat and you'd make sure they got to the polling place. You'd get them lunch. You'd get them a car. You'd make sure they'd got there. And in some cases you'd be buying people to get them. Not officially buying them. But getting them there as block secretaries. Block captains. You'd be getting them street money. Legitimate. But it's a little bit old school.

CHUCK TODD: Right... right.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: But I hear talking to some people today, they're aren't people like that up in Massachusetts any more. They're aren't those automatic Democrat votes out there any more. You can't count on anybody...

CHUCK TODD: ...You're right Chris. It isn't the old machine that's up there.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well, the street corner guys are getting called upon, perhaps a little too late. Perhaps. We'll see. It could still be very close. Thank you Chuck Todd, it's great to have a pro.

Fort Hood: just another workplace shooting

Lt Col Ralph Peters (Ret) nails it with his analysis of the DOD report on the Fort Hood shooting. The blame lies with our urge to be PC and not insult any group, especially one who is determined to bring about the downfall of our nation.

While it can be a fine line between calling a spade a spade (or a jihidist a jihadist in the case of Hasan) and blatant McCarthyism, people in any walk of life should not fear the wrath of the PC cabal when they do what is right. Sadly the pendulum has swung so far that it is just easier to keep one's mouth shut and hope that nothing bad happens.

NY Post
There are two basic problems with the grotesque non-report on the Islamist- terror massacre at Fort Hood (released by the Defense Department yesterday):

* It's not about what happened at Fort Hood.

* It avoids entirely the issue of why it happened.

Rarely in the course of human events has a report issued by any government agency been so cowardly and delusional. It's so inept, it doesn't even rise to cover-up level.

"Protecting the Force: Lessons From Fort Hood" never mentions Islamist terror. Its 86 mind-numbing pages treat "the alleged perpetrator," Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, as just another workplace shooter (guess they're still looking for the pickup truck with the gun rack).

The report is so politically correct that its authors don't even realize the extent of their political correctness -- they're body-and-soul creatures of the PC culture that murdered 12 soldiers and one Army civilian.

In the end, the report contents itself with pretending that the accountability problem was isolated within the military medical community at Walter Reed. It wasn't, and it isn't. Murderous political correctness is pervasive in our military. The medical staff at Walter Reed is just where the results began to manifest themselves in Hasan's case.

Once again, the higher-ups blame the worker bees who were victims of the policy the higher-ups inflicted on them. This report's spinelessness is itself an indictment of our military's failed moral and ethical leadership.

We agonize over civilian casualties in a war zone but rush to whitewash the slaughter of our own troops on our own soil. Conduct unbecoming.
Via Memeorandum

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It's lonely at the top

It always irks me when actors, athletes, musicians and other people in the spotlight complain that they are lonely or have no privacy. Didn't they realize that fame has it's price and they were going to sacrifice some things that regular people take for granted. The same can be said for the person elected to our nation's highest office.

Says Betsy Gleick, People Magazine's executive editor, talking about an interview that the Obama's did with the mag.

"He just talked about the loneliness of the job. And some of the loneliness, he embraces. He realizes that he has big decisions that he alone needs to make," she said. "But he misses being out among regular people."

Well boo hoo and cry me a river. The only regular people that the Chosen One seems to really care about are the parasites who want to be supported by the government at the expense of those of us that actually have to work for a living and pay taxes.

Gleick also adds that

"They're comfortable," she said. "They have sort of taken to life in the White House. Their children have taken to life in the White House."

I just hope that they have not taken to it too much or are too comfortable because moving day is looking like it is only three years away.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Oops!...She did it again

It may not have anything to do with her political views but once again Martha puts her foot in her mouth calling 2004 Red Sox World Series hero Curt Schilling a Yankee fan. Next thing she'll probably say is that the battles at Lexington and Concord were just a "Tea Party" uprising.

She has to be in the running for worst campaign ever.

Via Hot Air

UPDATE: Curt responds

I’ve been called a LOT of things…

But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could….

SEIU for Brown????

The picture is worth a thousand words.

Via The Other McCain

Yes, believe it or not, an SEIU member supporting Scott Brown — read her story at The American Spectator.

Read the rest here

Curt Schilling: A lie or ignorance?

Big Schill goes for the punchado.

From 38 Pitches

By Curt Schilling
Which one is it? 

Because it is one or the other, no way around that. If it’s a lie, then I’m ok with that, business as usual right? If it’s ignorance, isn’t that far more dangerous?

Especially when you read this, published today….

Turn the page, change the game, go out and vote on the 19th for the RIGHT PERSON.

Oh and one more thing, the lambasting and BS the Coakley hacks are engaging in is absolutely, unequivocally “politics as usual” starting with this gem right here….

If we elect Coakley, or if enough people vote to get her into office, we’re going to get exactly what we deserve as a nation. A bankrupt country footing the bill for a health care plan so full of pork it oinks, that we can’t afford by the way, and MASSIVE cuts to medicare and medicaid that will seriously impede medical services for senior citizens.

Massachusetts can change it all in 5 days.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Union thugs strong-arm Congress: members exempt from "Cadillac Tax"

Yours truly called this one last week in Andy Stern to Congress : we are watching you when I said about Andy's message to Congress, "Something tells me that somehow Andy Stern gets some concessions in the bill to exempt union members from paying the tax. Just sayin'."

Well Andy and the rest of the thugs huffed and they puffed and they got what they wanted.


Washington (CNN) – Congressional Democratic health care negotiators, working with the White House, have reached a tentative deal with labor unions on restructuring a tax on high-end insurance plans, a key proposal to pay for health care reform, according to two sources familiar with the fast-moving talks.

The "Cadillac tax" is one of the major issues dividing House and Senate Democrats, who have been in intense negotiations with Obama administration officials at the White House over the past two days. Labor union leaders were instrumental in the bargaining, attending multiple separate meetings all week at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

Labor officials are trying to protect workers currently receiving high-cost plans from their employers. Over the years, many unions have negotiated generous health benefits - sometimes in lieu of wage increases.

Under the outline currently being discussed, which the sources stressed is still fluid, the threshold for the tax on insurance plans would be raised above what passed the Senate - which was a tax on insurance plans costing $23,000 and up for families.

In addition, health care policies for state and local workers and health care policies negotiated by labor unions would not be subject to the excise tax until 2017.

The sources also say a working idea is to remove dental and vision plans from the calculation.

Via Memeorandum

Curt Schilling: Want ANOTHER reason to NOT vote for Martha Coakley???


Curt throws another one high and tight to Martha.

From 38 Pitches
By Curt Schilling

Picked this up from here…

If she hasn’t done it yet, Martha Coakley may have just killed her campaign. 

She’s apparently been trying to win the title of Worst Political Campaign Ever, and she might have just clinched it with her little dig at Scott Brown over Fenway Park.

The appearance characterizes Coakley’s approach to this truncated race. Aware that she has little time for the hand-shaking and baby-kissing of a standard political campaign, she has focused instead on rallying key political leaders, Democratic activists, and union organizers, in hope they will get people to the polls.

… Despite that, there is a subdued, almost dispassionate quality to her public appearances, which are surprisingly few. Her voice is not hoarse from late-night rallies. Even yesterday, the day after a hard-hitting debate, she had no public campaign appearances in the state.

Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.

“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that. “This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet.’’

There are just so many things wrong with that statement. 

It shows her elitism and arrogance unbelievably. Aside from the apparent feeling that the seat belongs to her just by virtue of her party, she just admitted that she doesn’t need to bother meeting with constituents because she’s meeting people like Kim Driscoll, and political leaders, and Democrat activists. I guess they’re the ones that matter, huh? I know it’s a “special election” and all, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t need to fight for this seat. Prancing around with this mindset of “Oh, I’m a Democrat, therefore Ted Kennedy’s seat just automatically belongs to me regardless of what the people think,” is idiotic. Acting as if she doesn’t need to give her constituents the time of day is ludicrous. She can make all the snide remarks about Scott Brown shaking hands with people in the cold that she wants, but that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re trying to get elected. She seems to have forgotten that she’s trying to get elected in Massachusetts, and not in Washington D.C. — if she remembered that, maybe she’d spend more time trying to impress Massachusetts voters and less time rubbing elbows with the Democrat establishment, Big Pharmacy lobbyists, and union leaders. Most normal politicians, Republican or Democrat, do go shake hands with voters. Even if it means standing in the cold outside of Fenway Park.

Finally, has she forgotten who she’s talking to? What state she’s wanting to represent in the Senate? It’s Massachusetts. You do not make sneering insults about Fenway Park. What’s she going to do next, insult the Red Sox? That’d really just be the cherry on top of a delightful campaign. Fenway Park and the Red Sox are damned near sacred to Massachusetts residents, Bostonians in particular. Really, I’m starting to think that she just doesn’t want to get elected or something. Because anyone with half a modicum of sense knows that you do not go into Boston and mess with Fenway Park.
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