Friday, January 30, 2009

Ain't Change Wonderful?

Since the Barack Hussein Obama presidency is all about change we thought we'd share with you a piece we received about one of his 'agents of change', Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, from Citizens Against Government Waste:

Porker of the Month: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named newly-minted Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Porker of the Month. As a member of Congress from Illinois between 1995 and 2008, then-Rep. LaHood made the most of his seat on the House Appropriations Committee, over time becoming adept at spending more and more of the taxpayers’ money. His congressional rating with the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) went from a mediocre 68.8 percent during his freshman year to an abysmal 11 percent in his last year in Congress. In fiscal year 2008 alone, Rep. LaHood was responsible for securing 52 earmarks totaling $58.9 million. According to the Washington Post, $9 million worth of his earmarks last year benefited campaign contributors, and Rep. LaHood ranked in the top 10 percent of all members who obtained earmarks. In his new position, Secretary LaHood will preside over the distribution of tens of billions of tax dollars for transportation projects in the economic stimulus package now moving forward in Congress. In addition, Secretary LaHood will be involved in the 2010 transportation reauthorization bill. Such transportation bills have increasingly become vehicles for billions of dollars in congressional pork, including Alaska’s notorious “Bridge to Nowhere.” For his long-standing disregard for the taxpayers’ money and an abundance of concern over how he will administer the Department of Transportation, CAGW names Ray LaHood January Porker of the Month. Read more about the Porker of the Month.
Incidentally, in the interest of fairness and balance we should note that LaHood is a Republican

The President and Guantanamo

Today we learn from the Washington Post ( that:

"A military judge threw a wrench yesterday into the Obama administration's plan to suspend legal proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, denying the government's request to delay the case of a detainee accused of planning the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

"To halt proceedings for 120 days -- as Obama wants in order to conduct a review -- the Pentagon may be forced to temporarily withdraw charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and possibly 20 other detainees facing trial in military commissions, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks."

Welcome to Socialized Health Care

Another article you need to read today from Kimberly Strassel in the Wall Street Journal, 'Democratic Stealth Care' at:

The new SCHIP for children of millionaires and others earning up to 80 some thousand dollars a year supposedly will add 4 million uninsured children to the government freebie program. Of course that won't necessarily result in a reduction for 4 million from the supposed 45 or so million uninsured in the nation because lots of folks who are now paying a contribution toward their children's health insurance on their insurance at work will drop the children, save money for themselves and their employers, and end up with better and FREE insurance from the state. Not a bad deal.

On top of that with the stimulus plans and other changes to save us from the GREAT BUSH/REPUBLICAN DEPRESSION, more than 7 million more folks are likely to come on to government health insurance.

With Nancy Pelosi's Culture of Death Mentality of saving babies from being born and President Barack Obama's ability to prevent girls like his daughter from being saddled with a child because of their recklessness the Democrats should be able to brag in 2010 about how there are barely 30 million uninsured folks in the country because of their generosity and care.


Ron Paul Where Are You When We Need You

According to Rasmussen, the American public is evenly divided on the stimulus bill which should be some kind of message to those in the now partisan 'bipartisan' congress who are rushing this 'stimulus' bill through.

While Ron Paul may not be our favorite, he certainly hits the nail on the head in our estimation with his article today, 'Stimulus for Who' at:

On One Party Rule and the Stimulus

A good article today by David Harsanyi, 'The Return of One-Party Rule. All Republicans should read it because it sets out the reality of what to expect over the next two years. Payback is hell and that where the GOP is today.

On Republicans becoming Republicans

Rasmussen has some interesting polling data today and rather than interpret it or send you to it's web site, we will just give you what they said:

Republicans Like GOP's Conservative Direction, Democrats Don't
Coming off a shellacking at the polls in November, 43% of GOP voters say their party has been too moderate over the past eight years while only 17% say it has been too conservative. Most Republicans (55%) think the party should become more like Alaska Governor Sarah Palin while 24% see John McCain as the best role model and 11% say they should follow George W. Bush.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

An $800 Billion mistake?

Some good thoughts on the 'stimulus' plan from Martin Feldstein in his piece, "An $800 Billion Mistake" at:

One of the things that troubles us most is the fact that there is no incentive or stimulus when it stretches out over five years and funds programs that will then continue to need the same or greater spending, i.e., massive education increases, that will just drive up the future deficits of the country.

The Stimulus Vote and the Future of the GOP

Here is a guy Republicans AND conservatives need to watch--Eric Cantor. Cantor is the Republican House Minority Whip. He herded the Republican vote 100% in the correct direction on the stimulus vote. See more about that at:

We at the Objective Conservative think that Eric is one of the bright future leaders of our party and a potential presidential candidate. You can check him out at wikipedia:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy and the Stimulus Plan

From our friends at The Patriot Post (photo and story) and Walter Williams:

"The stimulus package being discussed is politically smart but economically stupid. It's that bedeviling, omnipresent Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy problem again. ... A far more important measure that Congress can take toward a healthy economy is to ensure that the 2003 tax cuts don't expire in 2010 as scheduled. If not, there are 15 separate taxes scheduled to rise in 2010, costing Americans $200 billion a year in increased taxes. In the face of a recession, we don't need that." --economist Walter E. Williams
There is also a good article, The Greatest Scam Ever, by Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi at:
There is yet another real good analysis of the 'stimulus' plan, 'The European Social Welfare State Bill,' by Jim Manzi of National Review Online at: It's a little long but well-graphed.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nationalize the Automakers - Pat McPherson

Yes, it's time to just nationalize Chrysler, GM and even Ford. Why? Simply because what is happening now makes absolutely no sense.

Bush and team and the congress granted the lifeline (bailout) to Chrysler and GM in December and as Sarah Palin would say about the future support from congress and President Barack Hussein Obama, "You betcha!" Obviously, Barack Hussein Obama won't let the 'domestic' automakers go into bankruptcy which is the only way to save their butts ultimately and make them competitive with the 'foreign domestic' automakers.

On the other hand, it occurs to me that if President Barack Hussein Obama and the Democrat congress pass card check legislation perhaps that'll just result in unionizing all the 'foreign domestic' auto manufacturers, equalizing legacy costs by raising the salaries of the 'foreign domestic' labor force.

Barring the latter, we now have President Barack Hussein Obama essentially finding a way to increase tailpipe emissions by letting California and other states legislate higher state standards. Of course doing so well only raise the cost of producing 'domestic' autos (and to some extent 'foreign domestic' automakers), reduce gasoline mileage (further increasing our dependence of foreign oil) and reducing production of larger more profitable 'domestic' vehicles and trucks.

Does it somehow appear that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing?

Let's see, let's prop up 'domestic' manufacturers with huge government loans (and ultimate takeovers) while we make it harder for them to compete and become profitable.

Does this make any sense? I think not, so that is why we might just as well nationalize the industry now, make the big three employees government workers (they can go on government retirement and health programs) and then simply sell vehicles at less than cost (since government can't make a profit) in order to be competitive with those whose labor costs are less and whose quality is for the most part better.

Yes, it's time to just nationalize the automakers!

Ten Reasons we don't need stimulus money for education

No, it's really not David Letterman's 10 reason why, but that of the Heritage Foundation and their education notebook and we would recommend this as MANDATORY READING if for any reason in the world you thought stimulus funds should go to education.

Read: Ten Reasons Why the "Economic Stimulus" Should Not Include Education Spending‏ at:

What a Difference a Generation Makes - Doug Patton

January 26, 2009

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

- Ronald Reagan, at his first inaugural as governor of California, Jan. 5, 1967

A middle school vice principal told me last week that he could see the thrill and the pride in the faces of his black students as they watched the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. He seemed to think this was a good thing. When asked why a Clarence Thomas or a Bill Cosby were not role models to them, he said that these young people saw Obama in a way they could never see Thomas or Cosby.

“I can’t explain it,” he told me, “but they just don’t consider such people to be ‘one of them.’ There is a feeling among them that ‘Barack’s got my back.’”

It made me sad for the future of America. It reminded me of the giddy young black woman on election night who became known as “Peggy the Mooch.” Remember her? She was caught on camera saying, “Now I don’t have to worry about payin’ my mortgage or puttin’ gas in my car, ‘cause I helped Barack and now he’s gonna help me.”

At this point it is hard to know the cure, but the symptoms of the disease are everywhere. Our public education system has failed to teach our children the basics of how and why this nation was formed. In fact, it has spent so much time teaching them politically correct but inaccurate information that we now have a generation that knows what to think but not how to think. Consequently, we now have the most ignorant electorate in the history of American elections.

Then there is the media, which has sold its soul to elect Barack Obama president. How else could a rookie backbencher in the Illinois State Legislature springboard to the presidency in four years time?

Ronald Reagan’s warning about losing our freedoms echoes down through a generation of lost momentum and squandered opportunity. He handed our generation a chance to hold onto that precious liberty at a time when our spirits were down, our interest rates, inflation and unemployment all were up, and we had a Democrat president overcome by malaise.

The Gipper reminded us of who we were as a people and why we were the greatest country in the history of the world: freedom. He gave us the encouragement we needed to jumpstart a sluggish economy and to bring the United States back to world class status again. He used the heavy hand of government in foreign affairs, but not as an intrusion in our domestic life. Here at home, he got government out of our way. As he said in his first inaugural as president in 1981, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”

Now we stand at the precipice, ready to plunge headlong into the same socialist abyss that has swallowed so much of the world. No one can seriously believe that Barack Obama’s plans for this economy are going to succeed. And meanwhile, his radical beliefs with regard to national security, the sanctity of life and of traditional marriage threaten what is left of our moral fiber.

Barack Obama is not a good role model for the impressionable young blacks who idolize him so. He is a not someone who attained his office based on the premise of Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream that one day we would all be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. His meteoric rise to the pinnacle of power is due entirely to his rhetorical skills, his attractive smile and the color of his skin. He has accomplished nothing that justifies the position he now holds, and his naivety concerning America fills me with sorrow for the future we all surely will share.


© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton

Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at

Not a kind song for the GOP

In the interest of being fair and balanced we might call your attention to the New York Times editorial, The Same Old Song, by BobHerbert which is certainly derogatory of the G.O.P. On the other hand is could very well be the reason (or at least the perception of the public) as to why the Republican party is in the state that it is.

Read if you dare and have taken your antacid at:

Yeas and Nays on Geithner -- Nelson Supports Democrat Culture of Corruption

If Nebraska Republicans don't think party matters when they select their U.S. Senators, they might want to look at the Timothy Geithner confirmation votes. While the tax-evader was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury by a 60 to 34 vote it should be noted that junior senator Johanns voted against the nomination while senior Democrat Senator Nelson voted for the guy.

So we can now credit Ben Nelson with supporting the Democrat Culture of Corruption.

Republican Senate Prospects

As many of you have surmised we at the Objective Conservative are not exactly high on the GOP Senate chances for 2010 and wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Republicans lose 5 seats, approaching Armageddon for the GOP and giving the Democrats an almost insurmountable ability to pass anything and everything. You can check out a supporting voice, Stuart Rothenberg's, at if you doubt us.

With what will no doubt be an improving economy (it should be after trillions of dollars of 'infrastructure' spending) and in the absence of any terrorist attacks or international setbacks (much more likely but doubtful as well) 2010 could very well be the lowest point in memorable history--and many thought it was this year.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Barack and Abortion

We think one of the best videos we've seen is the one to which we're supplying the link below. It surely should strike home with any Barack Hussein Obama supporter who also supports abortion on demand. We suggest you check it out at: Video

John Murtha being John Murtha

Seems our former Hall of Shame Nominee John Murtha wants to help President Barack Hussein Obama close Gitmo by taking the poor abused souls to Pennsylvania. We personally think that's a great idea if they have to go anywhere than perhaps to Pelosi's loved San Quentin or to somewhere more deserving like the Mariana Trench.
Anyway, Michelle Malkin has a good column today which you might want to check out at:

Interesting Who is in Charge

Headlines on this date 4 years ago:

“Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in unarmored Humvees” “Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times” “Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, ordinary Americans get the shaft” Headlines


“Historic Obama inauguration will cost only $120 million” “Obama spends $120 million on inauguration; America needs A Big Party” “Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate” “Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama inauguration”

Nothing like fair and unbiased coverage of the news.

The Liberal Onslaught begins

True to his promises President Barack Obama will overturn what George Bush formerly over-turned from the Clinton administration, thus restoring the Clinton initiative that allows government funding for organizations that talk about and support abortion.

This will no doubt be the resurgence of the CULTURE OF DEATH MENTALITY of the Democrat party. With more than 40 million souls perishing under this culture of death since the misguided decision of the U.S. Supreme Court this month many years ago we can only begin to imagine how many more innocent lives will be lost as Barack Hussein Obama ramps up his efforts to treat the embryo as nothing more than a mass of cells.

A friend passes on - Pat McPherson

Many of you probably never had the opportunity to know or meet Marjorie Lamp who passed away earlier today. She was a former Republican National Committee Woman and one of the early supporters of Ronald Reagan. Marjorie and her husband Don were involved in Omaha politics and business for many years before moving to Lincoln. Her daughter, Ginny married Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.

Marjorie's bright smile and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed. Information regarding her services is shown below. Again, our prayers and condolences go out to the Lamp family.

Marjorie Lamp
LAMP-Marjorie, age 91, of Lincoln, formerly of Omaha. Survived by husband Donald Lamp of Lincoln; sons Russell (Cheri) Lamp of Flowery Beach, GA, Dr. William (Josephine) Lamp of Columbia, MD; daughters Joanne Elliott of Lincoln, Virginia (Justice Clarence) Thomas of Fairfax Station, VA; grandchildren Dr. Jeff (Cheryl) Lamp, Christopher (Danielle) Lamp, Elizabeth (Robert) Slade, Greg (Jenny) Elliott, Jill (Mike) Kimbrel, Tom (Katie) Lamp, Katie (Peter) Moore, Jamal Thomas, Mark Martin; 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Ralph Knop.FUNERAL SERVICE Monday 9:30am at Living Faith United Methodist Church (5310 S. 182nd Ave.). VISITATION with the family Sunday 2pm to 4pm at the Pacific Street Chapel. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Living Faith United Methodist Church or Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIESPACIFIC STREET CHAPEL14151 Pacific St., 391-1664

Interesting Reading

Among the daily or semi-daily things we peruse is Rich Galen's MULLINGS. We thought yesterday's commentary was funny (involving a non-existent PETA suit), poignant (regarding the class George Bush showed in leaving office) and educational (in discussion of the spending of some now-defunct brokerage firms).

We think you enjoy it by clicking:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Geithner Nomination Advances

Sadly the Senate Finance Committe voted to advance the nomination of treasury-select Geithner today by a vote of 18 to 5 with the 5 being some bold Republicans. We particularly agree with Senator Grassley of Iowa who said:

“The nominee’s answers to the committee and during the vetting process give me pause...The explanations for irregularities have ranged from statements that he should have known, to proclamations that if only his accountants had warned him he would have done the right thing. I received a message yesterday from a constituent in Dubuque expressing concern about this nomination. The constituent wrote, ‘If the man cannot handle his own finances, how is he going to handle the country’s?

Sadly, Geithner will no doubt join such other good Democrats as Charlie Rangel and William Jefferson in the Democrat Culture of Corruption Club.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Here Comes Socialism

It's only day 1 and we already have a pretty pessimistic prediction from Dick Morris. While we agree with him on most of his premises, we're a little more doubtful when it comes to his belief that Republicans will look better in 2010 and 2012 (particularly 2010).

See but take a tums first.

Maybe the Senate and Obama Should Listen

From today's Rasmussen Reports:

Maybe Obama and the Senate should listen. This guy should not be approved.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reaching Out to the Muslim World

From our friends at NewsMax we get the following:

Obama Pledges New Start with Muslims

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 3:00 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised a new start with the Muslim world during his inauguration address on Tuesday.

"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," said Obama, who became the first black president of the United States.
Obama, a Christian, spent several years of his childhood in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world.

Under President George W. Bush, U.S. relations with Muslim nations often were tense, particularly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Many Muslims were particularly angered by the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the opening of a prison for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, said Obama's words were an important signal of good will to Muslims in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

"I do believe it could undermine recruiting for al-Qaida," he told Reuters, because "their message depends on trying to demonize the United States as a country that is somehow hostile to Islam and the Muslim world."

Ellison said Obama's outreach would make it hard for al-Qaida to sustain its anti-American message.

Many Muslims are excited about Obama, he said.
"If you were to go to Damascus, or Cairo, or Jerusalem today, you could find an Obama tee shirt. People are excited about the possibilities for what this means around the globe."
The population of Ellison's district is 3 percent or 4 percent Muslim, he said. Since his election to Congress in 2006, another Muslim also has been voted in: Democrat Andre Carson of Indiana. "

WE WON'T PROMISE NOT TO SAY 'WE TOLD YOU SO'. We'll just wait and see.

Change We Can Believe In

Now that change has truly come to America we thought we'd share this video with you so you can be the judge:

Loose Lips sink ships

It's kind of old news not that Secretary of State Biden, oh excuse us, Vice President Biden is for real, but we think maybe Mrs. Biden deserves our foot in mouth award after telling Oprah and the world that the plagiarizer has his choice of offices. Of course the V.P.'s office tried to correct the faux pas, but we think it was a little late.

Perhaps President Barack Hussein Obama will need to be careful about what he shares with Vice President Biden. Pillow is obviously a concern when it comes to Dr. Jill Biden.

Camelot and Kennedy

We haven't heard the speech of the soon to be crowned Barack Hussein Obama but we can already tell you what you can expect those in the media to say:

"Obama delivers greatest inaugural speech since Kennedy"

"Obama inauguration ushers in new era of Camelot"

"Obama delivers speech for the world"

"Obama calls for national unity"

"Obama seeks God's guidance to lead us through tough times"

"Obama seeks new respect with co-operation with the nations of the world"

"Obama seeks inclusion of all in our destiny"

Oh well, enough for now. Perhaps you have some other pre-game prognostications. Let us know.

Biden Forgiven

From the 'Slueth', Mary Ann Akers, we get the following about vice president-elect, Joe "I'm going to be absolved as a plagiarizer". We don't necessarily agree that his ascension to vice president absolves him from what he did but apparently in a spirit of Christian forgiveness the fellow whom he plagiarized will be present at the inauguration today.

In our eyes, Biden's plagerism will always be indicative of the real Joe Biden. Do you think for a moment that there wouldn't have been attempts to force Chaney out of office as unfit had he done this?

Biden's Decades Old Plagiarism Chapter Closes With Inauguration
"Joe Biden's embarrassing little plagiarism incident 20 years ago, a gaffe that cost him the 1988 presidential race, will get some long overdue closure on inauguration day.

"Scheduled to be sitting in the audience to watch Biden take the oath of office to assume the vice presidency will be none other than former British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock, whose borrowed speeches became the bane of Biden's existence during the '88 campaign.

"A source close to Biden tells us the vice president-elect invited Kinnock because they "have known each other a long time. They're old friends. And [Biden] would be delighted if Mr. Kinnock is able to attend the inauguration."

"According to British press accounts, Kinnock was due to arrive in Washington sometime Monday for the inauguration.

"Kinnock is now chair of the British Council, a semi-independent government agency that does global cultural diplomacy and educational advocacy."

Monday, January 19, 2009

Farewell Herbert W. Bush, Hello Franklin D. Obama - Doug Patton

January 19, 2009

Last September, after meeting with Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Vernacke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson concerning the “need” for the $700 billion bailout, President Bush reportedly remarked to a White House aide, “I am not going to be another Herbert Hoover.”

In making such a statement, Bush displayed a common misunderstanding about our 31st president. According to popular myth, President Herbert Hoover was a do-nothing president who simply allowed the greed of Wall Street to run roughshod over the nation until the country was plunged into a great depression.

The truth is something else entirely. As Amity Schlaes points out in her brilliant book, “The Forgotten Man, A New History of the Great Depression,” Herbert Hoover paved the way for Franklin Roosevelt’s socialist New Deal, not by doing nothing, but rather by doing the wrong things. Hoover was far from the hands-off, laize fare chief executive whose failure to use government power resulted in “Hoovervilles” of Americans living in squalor with 25 percent unemployment. In fact, it was his use of government power that created these problems.

Herbert Hoover had been an up-and-coming Democrat when he changed parties to support Warren G. Harding’s bid for the GOP nomination in 1920.

The first president born west of the Mississippi River (in West Branch, Iowa), Hoover was a mining engineer by trade. He had been Harding’s Commerce Secretary, yet found himself distained by Harding’s vice president, the reserved Calvin Coolidge.

Coolidge called Hoover “Wonder Boy,” but kept him on at Commerce after Harding died in office. When Coolidge chose not to run for another term in 1928, the popular Hoover easily captured the Republican nomination and the presidency in a landslide, despite never having held elective office before.

Herbert Hoover, like George W. Bush, was a believer in big government. Both men created new government programs and departments, with spending to match. Both believed that only government had the resources to make right the economic woes of the nation. And both paved the way for their successors to implement even more government intrusion into the private sector.

In Hoover’s case, he did two things that were disastrous for the country. He raised taxes and signed the Smoot-Hawley Act, which placed a protectionist wall of tariffs on our foreign trading partners. This paved the way for FDR to claim that more needed to be done — much more. Roosevelt blamed Hoover and the greedy, idle rich whom he said were not paying “their fair share.” Sound familiar?

With Bush, it was a massive new Medicare prescription drug entitlement program and a $700 billion dollar bailout package that socialized the financial sector of the American economy, thus setting the stage for Barack Obama to enter the scene with some of the wildest, most grandiose schemes ever witnessed in Washington, DC.

I talked to an average, blue collar small business owner last week. This man will retire from his business within the next year. He told me he was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. I asked him why? His answer should not have surprised me, but it did.

“The only Republican worth voting for in my lifetime was Ronald Reagan,” he said.

That man reflects the essence of the 1984 presidential election, when Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale in the biggest rout in the history of presidential politics. His statement about Reagan is a statement about the condition of politics in this country. When given the choice to vote liberal or conservative, the American people will vote conservative. When given the choice to vote liberal or liberal-lite, they will choose the real thing every time.

Generally, young voters are “branded” with the emotion of the first vote they cast for president. The generation the elected Franklin D. Roosevelt four times became Democrats for the rest of their lives.

Many who came of age in the late 1970s and early 1980s supported Ronald Reagan and became lifelong Republicans, thereby propelling GOP candidates into the White House in five of the last eight elections.

But last year’s presidential election probably has placed liberal Democrats in the majority for a generation. Barack Obama is a skilled communicator who will not be easily removed from office. Like FDR before him, he is already saying that the problems created by his predecessor will take “years” to “fix.”

Thank God for presidential term limits.

© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton

Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at

Go Fast, Go to Jail

Apparently, Senator Heath Mello, in search of substantive legislation can find nothing better to cure than the problem with Nebraskans who want to drive faster than 100 miles per hour. With that in mind (we presume he's trying to use his to its best ability) he wants all who drive faster than the century mark to go to jail for graduated periods of time based on an 'accelerated basis' for the mph's over 100. Looks like the only sponsor of the bill (see: is Mello.

Obviously, Heath hasn't done his homework as their are now several autos that will go over 200 miles per hour including the Bugatti Veyron (show), the Bentley Continental Speed, etc., and his bill tops out at only those going over 150 miles per hour. Why not additional categories for those going over 175 and those going over 200. Maybe it could include hard time in prison and forfeiture of the auto?

We think he could find better things to do.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Obama'a Trojan Horse

We don't normally print full articles from other than our contributors but we thing the following one by Ken Blackwell is worth sharing"

Obama's Trojan Horse

By Ken, January 16, 2009

Possible problems with President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan must be thoroughly vetted. While only a few details are known, one overlooked issue is that it could create a major electoral advantage for Democrats at taxpayer expense. That would be unacceptable for what is being touted as a nonpartisan measure, and gives Republicans yet another reason to oppose it if not restructured."

President-elect Obama is constantly emphasizing the need for Congress to pass his stimulus plan. The details are vague. All that is certain at this point is that it is approximately one trillion dollars and Mr. Obama says it will create three million new jobs."

Government cannot create self-sustaining jobs. Government doesn't create value; it takes it from us as taxes. While a government job involves work and earns a paycheck, every government job is a burden on the private sector because it takes money away from the people. While some of those jobs, such as military personnel or FBI agents, are essential for our nation, it's no secret that government is full of countless bureaucratic and wasteful jobs that the private sector can better perform."

Indeed, massive government spending sometimes destroys more jobs than it creates. Every dollar the government takes in through taxes is a dollar taken out of circulation from the economy. It's a dollar that does not go to your local restaurant, or hardware store, or movie theatre. When government spends massive sums financed through taxes, it can destroy more jobs in the private sector than it creates in the public sector. The only other way to finance massive government spending is through simply printing more money. Government can do that; it controls the printing press. However, creating money out of thin air doesn't create wealth. If the money supply rapidly expands while the amount of goods and services being produced declines (the definition of a recession, which America is in) the result is massive inflation. This inflation penalizes saving and investments and burdens long-term financial planning and capital formation, worsening the economic situation. "

So whether it's through massive taxes or massive injections of new money, a major spending bill entails consequences. And when this amount of money is at stake, the sheer size of it could make the consequences severe."

But what may be most objectionable with Mr. Obama's plan is its potential for political mischief. The first such shenanigans come from earmarks. One of the proposed projects to receive this federal largesse is a museum on organized crime located in Nevada. Doesn't Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid live in Nevada? Is that the kind of project that requires emergency federal funding? Is it irrelevant that Mr. Reid is facing a tough reelection next year? Even if the earmark issue is somehow resolved, however, there is another issue that it seems no one is discussing."

A week ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, mentioned Mr. Obama says his goal is for 80% of these three million jobs to be private-sector. That means, Senator McConnell continued, that 20% would be public-sector, meaning this bill would create 600,000 new federal government jobs. For comparison, Mr. McConnell noted this would be the size of the entire Postal Service workforce."

Once government creates a job, it rarely eliminates it. Government swells by nature, feeding on tax dollars taken away from private citizens and employers until it becomes a bloated, sprawling bureaucracy."

So if Mr. Obama creates 600,000 new government bureaucrats, those jobs should be expected to be kept around permanently, long after this economic crisis is resolved. After all, eliminating those jobs means laying off 600,000 people. Who wants to take responsibility for that?"

But most federal employees, that are not political appointees, vote Democrat. Since Washington, DC is the seat of government, whenever new federal bureaucrats are created many live in Maryland and Virginia. In 2008, Virginia went Democrat for the first time since 1964, and Mr. Obama won it by 130,000 votes. Creating 600,000 new jobs might help cement Virginia in the Democrat column, making it harder for Republicans to retake the White House."

So this bill, as currently designed, has serious flaws, some of which convey a partisan advantage. These must be thoroughly discussed and understood, and any major legislation cannot be allowed to benefit one party in what must be a bipartisan solution. "

Wind verses the blowhard and Obama

We find it amusing that yesterday while Barack Hussein Obama was off promoting wind energy, the Interior Department approved a $1.2 billion plan for a privately run wind farm off Cape Cod. While a number of Massachusetts Democrats approve of this the ol' sot of Martha's Vineyard, Senator Kennedy doesn't want this in his backyard. This could put the president-elect in an interesting position since he has supporters on both sides of the battle. If he ends up supporting the wind farm perhaps he could assuage the senator's ego by naming the project the Kennedy Blow Hard Wind Farm.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bet you didn't know

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is Monday and many if not all government employees are off. But we think it is interesting to note that of the entire Nebraska delegation, including Senators Zorinsky and Exon, only one member voted to make the day a national holiday. That would be former congressman and former mayor Hal Daub.

Rogert's dumb idea

There must be something in the water in Lincoln when it comes to making to same day voting/registration a law in Nebraska. We've already opined on same day voter registration (see our editorial about newly elected liberal Senator Ken Harr) and we think Senator Rogert needs to spend some time in a local election office on election day and rethink what we think is just another idiotic warm and fuzzy way of letting a bunch of irresponsible folks vote. One would think that if a potential voter cares about issues or candidates he would find the minimal amount of time to register before election day. Election day registration is a nightmare and one that produces the ability to create even more challenges to the votes cast legitimately on that day or via the early voting process. Senator Rogert's bill is LB382 and if you really need to know more see:

Working our way to rockbottom?

Here's another interesting article from a guy we don't normally spend a lot of time praising, Ron Paul. Check out "Stimulating Our Way to Rock Bottom" at:

Sometimes even Ron Paul makes good sense.

Is what is good for Joe the Plumber good for Geitner?

We like what Michelle Malkin says today in and editorial, "A Government of the Goofs, by the Goofs, for the Goofs By". You might want to check it out at:

Kudos to NE Senator Nordquist

While we at the Objective Conservative are right leaning it is only right to be fair and balanced when it comes to dealing with those in the 'officially nonpartisan' legislature. Thus, our compliments to State Senator Jeremy Nordquist who has introduced LB 303 which will gradually phase out taxes on Nebraskans' retirement income. Nebraska is still one of only five states that doesn't provide some tax breaks for retirees. Is it any wonder that snow-birders and other retirees find new states to establish as their residence?

Hope this bill advances.

Praise to Terry and a way to recognize Hagel

This will make twice this week we've given our congrats to Congressman Lee Terry. While we may differ with his initial vote on the bailout legislation we are glad that he is looking to find a way to use some of the 'inevitable' Barack Hussein Obama infrastructure bailout dollars to help pay for the unfunded mandate that requires Omaha and some 700 other cities to upgrade and/or replace their sewer systems. In the case of Omaha, the unfunded mandate will be a cost of $1.6 billion under current estimates and will result in a $50 per month (yes, $50 per month!) increase in monthly sewer bills.

What better use of Barack Husein Obama's infrastructure funds than putting people to work on long lasting mandated government projects.

Oh, this would be a perfect opportunity for Barack Hussein Obama to do something for his friend Chuck Hagel (see article below) since we propose (and have formerly proposed) that the Omaha project be made the "Chuck Hagel Sewer Separation Project". It would be a most fitting way to remember Chuck when you think about waste and bad smells.........

Suckin' up and Looking for Attention

We had hoped that we had mention the former, 'has-been' and hopefully forgotten Chuck Hagel for the last time, but he still worms his way into the ever-more-emaciated local daily (Omaha World-Herald) with an article by Joe Morton today. Seems Chuckie, the man who would like to be ANYTHING in the Barack Hussein Obama administration, is introducing vice-president-elect and fellow comrade (in more ways than one) Joseph (I really have't plagiarized today's speech) Biden at a bipartisan pre-coronation dinner on Monday.

Among the Hagel comments according to the local daily is that, "Hagel said he hopes the tone in Washington really changes with the incoming Democratic administration and a new congress." Well it's for sure that Hagel won't be on Sunday morning talk shows criticizing this president so that at least is a start.

When asked if he has a future with the administration Hagel told the local daily that he'd like to help in any way he could. And covering for the invitation that will never come Hagel said, "In many ways , maybe I could be more valuable to them and to the country if I've got more latitude on the outside of government." That comment may actually indicate that even his hero Barack Hussein Obama would expect his appointees to support him rather than promote one's (Hagel's) self interest.

Once again, farewell Chuckie. Go get a job with some think tank and settle back down in your D.C. home of the last 40 years. Maybe Barack Hussein will give a job to Lilibet who had least had the guts to endorse and donate to his campaign.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Behind legislative doors......

Some may have noticed that Senator Pirsch is no longer on the Judiciary Committee. Could it be because of broken promises to Pete and because of the dealings of Senators Ashford and co-hort Cornett? As Sarah Palin would say, you betcha!
Apparently, Senator Ashford, who told many he wasn't going to run as Judiciary Chairman, didn't like 7 to 1 committee votes last year and was abetted in his coup by Senator Cornett.

Puff me up Scottie

Oh, Senator Scott (Lautenbaugh) how could you be so bold as to introduce LB 355 which would allow Cigar Bars in Nebraska? Your liberal nanny state detractors will probably get Brenda Council to impose the death penalty on a one time only basis to 'smoke' you in the electric chair and get the liberal Nebraska Supreme Court to make a one time exemption to allow old smokie to cook you.

Actually, we support Senator Lautenbaugh in this effort although we know his chances are minimal given the nanny state legislators and anti-smoking proponents who will tell us that poor minimal wage workers will be forced to endure cruel second-hand smoke because of their inability to find work any where else.
We're lighting one up for you right now as we enjoy a dram (only a dram) of fine single malt scotch. Good luck!

Following in the master's footsteps

Following in the footsteps of former Senator Chambers, Brenda Council has introduced a bill to end the death penalty in Nebraska at the same time that our senators are about to take up the lethal injection method of 'executing' the death penalty. As you recall, our liberal state supreme court found the death penalty to be inhumane last year. Guess they thought a few moments of pain administered during the electric chair execution process was unjustified despite the pain the perpetrator(s) has caused others, often excruciating and of much greater duration.

Anyway, with the introduction of LB307 Brenda now joins Ernie in efforts to end the death penalty.

It will be interesting to see how these 32 conservative Republicans respond to the issue of either making the death penalty workable or allowing Ernie's ghost to kill it.

Barack Hussein Obama on SCHIP

President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is obviously pleased with the house vote on SCHIP, saying:

“In this moment of crisis, ensuring that every child in America has access to affordable health care is not just good economic policy, but a moral obligation we hold as parents and citizens. That is why I'm so pleased that Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives came together to provide health insurance to over ten million children whose families have been hurt most by this downturn. This coverage is critical, it is fully paid for, and I hope that the Senate acts with the same sense of urgency so that it can be one of the first measures I sign into law when I am President.”

Well, for those conservatives that voted for change, that's exactly what you are going to get---MORE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AND TAXES IN YOUR LIFE.


Sex Education in School?

From today's Rasmussen Report we learn:

"80% Say Parents Should Teach Their Children about Sex
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that there has been a major increase in the birth rate among teens in 26 states throughout the country, but 80% of adults still say children should be taught about sex by their parents rather than the schools. "

Now, will someone explain why Barack Hussein Obama and your government, who and which incidentally don't want to intrude into the sanctity of your bedroom, continue to want to teach your kids how to put a prophylactic on a banana in their classrooms? Oh, we forgot that just because you liberals recognize that there is an increase in the birth rate among teens in 26 states that government and the nanny state is the solution.....

Check out Rasmussen at:

California Proposition 8 by George Will

A good article today on California Proposition 8 and Jerry Brown's effort to overturn it, called "Of Judges, By Judges, For Judges". It's just a case of the left coast mentality that constitutions mean nothing.

Check it out at:

Nebraskans vote against advance of SCHIP

On HR2, the bill to advance SCHIP legislation, we congratulate Congressmen Terry, Smith and Fortenberry on their votes against this. No doubt their doing so will result in lots of letters disdaining their hate of children and more demagoguery by their next general election liberal Democrat opponents, but we say THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR CONSERVATIVE VALUES!

More on SCHIP

On January 9, we opined on the re-resurrected SCHIP legislation returning for congressional consideration in our 'A return move toward socialized medicine '. Obviously, we don't agree on this expansion that while punishing smokers to pay for it will ultimately punish all taxpayers in order to continue it, but then with the 'a trillion here, a trillion there mentality', maybe it's a matter of only billions in this case.

Having noted the above, we agree with the points raised by several Republicans:

Since Congress has already reauthorized and fully funded SCHIP through March 31, 2009, we should not allow the Democrats to rush a partisan bill through the legislative process. Instead, we should work in a bipartisan manner to thoughtfully develop a longer-term re authorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill enables illegal aliens to fraudulently enroll in Medicaid and SCHIP.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill would create the most regressive tax increase in American history.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill taxes the poor to benefit the rich. The bill uses the funding gained from taxing the poor to pay for expanding SCHIP eligibility to higher-income families.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill spends billions of dollars to substitute private health insurance coverage with government-run health care coverage.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill focuses on enrolling higher-income kids instead of low-income, uninsured kids.
• The Democrats’ SCHIP bill increases the number of adults on SCHIP, allowing even more resources to be taken away from low-income, uninsured kids.

On top of the above, we learn from the Heritage Foundation that the Democrats would need to recruit 22.4 million new smokers by 2017 to keep funding their Medicaid and SCHIP expansion.

For you liberals, this probably doesn't matter because your nanny-state mentality says that smoking is bad and everyone needs free insurance. That simply confirms your beliefs that government must do all for everyone because no one is capable of doing for themselves or able to assume personal responsibility for their lives. Pretty soon you'll reach your Swedish Socialist Utopia leaving your kids to pay 70% of their income to a 2nd class government.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Roll down your window so I can ask you for money

Well, apparently Senator Mello is looking hard to find 'substantive' bills to introduce in his incipient days in the Nebraska legislature. Seems that by introducing LB 278 he wants to give cities the chance to let folks (in the case of Omaha, this panders to the firemen and their MS boot drives) stand in the street and shake their boots at you while you sit at the stop light.

Omaha has been through this once and disposed of the problem of firemen and various church groups doing this. It is dangerous and it interrupts the flow of traffic and is simply a form of harassment for motorists. It also puts the city in the position of determining which groups it wants to allow to solicit and which ones it doesn't, inviting all kinds of issues.
This bill is co-sponsored by Senators Cornett, Lathrop, Nantkes, Nordquist and Rogert who apparently just don't appreciate the problems having solicitors standing in the streets will cause.

Hey folks, let's get back to working on relevant legislation--not paying back favors to groups that supported you or want something from you.

Gaming (Gambling) is back

Yes, State Senator Karpisek has introduce LB 266 and LR 6CA in an attempt to put slot machines in Nebraska's moribund race tracks.
The good senator's overt purpose is to put the state government income from these activities into Nebraska's 'underfunded' roads program.

The unintended consequences of the good senator's legislation would be to open the floodgates to gambling across Nebraska with the first beneficiaries being the Indian casinos which would be able to offer the same sort of gambling--slot machines.

The unintended consequences of letting race tracks and Indian casinos offer slot machines would simply be an orchestrated effort to expand casinos across the state to further help fund Nebraska programs and 'save' the taxpayers from increased taxes.
We hope lawmakers have better things to do then 'give' us new ways to spend our money.

Thanks, Senator Karpisek, but this is one 'gift-horse' we can pass on.

Different Standards for Different Parties? -- Or how to put the fox in charge of the henhouse!

Can you imagine the Democrat response had president-elect McCain put forth the nomination of someone who had failed to pay self employment taxes and continued to employ a domestic worker past the expiration of her visa? Do you believe for one minute that such an individual would have been confirmed as the Secretary of the Treasury?

Well, that is exactly what is about to occur under the direction of president-elect Barack Hussein Obama and the tutelage of Harry Reid and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Bacus of Montana.

We think the answer to our question is pretty clear. With that said, let's just add Timothy Geithner's photo to our Democratic Wall of Corruption.
This guy will be in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, the same organization that found he didn't pay the taxes he should have! Let the prisoners run the jail and put the fox in charge of the henhouse. That's exactly what Reid and Barack Hussein Obama are advocating.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Are we going to bail out education now?

From the Heritage Foundation and their Education Notebook we hear that the bailout mania continues with our elected senators and congressman and governors looking at using $250 billion of the $1 trillion or so of proposed federal stimulus Barack Hussein Obama bailout dollars to 'stimulate' education and schools across the nation.

According to the Heritage Foundation, "The federal government currently provides approximately 9 percent of K-12 funding, or about $71 billion per year. If only $100 billion of the $250 billion that the governors are requesting were used for K-12 education, federal spending for America’s schools would more than double overnight. "

Does anyone believe that once the federal government doubles aide to education that it will ever be able to go back to less than that amount? This is just another stupid idea that will give the federal government increasing control over local schools. The government has done a bad enough job managing its own business without giving it an even greater foothold on that of the states and cities.

Check out the Heritage Foundation Education Notebook at:

More Legislative Silliness

Okay, we think legislators ought to spend their time passing laws that are meaningful so we think it is a waste of time to pass congratulatory bills and resolutions. Our cases in point would be:

Senator Heidemann: LR (Legislative Resolution) 2, honoring former Senator Roger Wehrbein for being appointed Nebraska Rotary Club's Nebraskan of the year.

Senator Fulton: LR 3 Congratulating the Nebraska Football team and Bo Pelini on their season

Senator Fulton: LR 4 Congratulating the Nebraska Women's volleyball team and coach John Cook for their achievements

Please, let's get the people's business done, solve serious things like the death penalty and the state's finances and go back home.

Freshman Senator Harr introduces silly anti-business legislation

Freshman Senator Ken Harr is showing his liberal colors early by proposing LB107 which would require an employer to give any terminated employee a written reason for his termination and provide the employee "a meaningful opportunity to present the employee's position in response to the proposed termination."

Perhaps Senator Harr doesn't realize that Nebraska is an employment at will state. Perhaps he just wants to stimulate more law suits. One of the apparent reasons for the legislation is so that employees can know what to expect as a reference from the former employer. Again, perhaps Senator Harr has never run a business but if he had he would know that employers today virtually only confirm whether an employee worked for them, the time they worked for them and whether they are illegible for rehire.

LB107 is just a liberal-minded attempt to punish businesses that take risks and create jobs. Senator Harr is way off based on this and simply exposes his ignorance of business by the introduction of LB 107. See the bill at:

Ashford on E-Verification

As we've said before, we're seldom in agreement with Senator Brad Ashford, but we are on his bill to require E-Verify (LB34) for those Nebraska Employers who contract with the state. You might want to check out his bill at:

With that said, we want to assure our readers that we are not anti-immigration or anti-Hispanic. What we are in favor of strong secure boards and legal immigration.

"I Do" Legislation

Senator Mark Christensen wants to inflict more government into our lives by raising the cost of a marriage license if you and your sweetie fail to take a class of at least 8 hours from an approved provider. If you don't it will cost you more to get married-$65. If you do and present the proper paperwork, you get by for just $15.

Now why we agree that pre-marital counseling is a good idea we think Senator Christensen's bill, LB19 is just more government intrusion in our lives. This will require more folks to go through more hassles and will obviously require more expenditure of state and local dollars to implement the approval and record keeping process.

This is just another good example of government meddling in our lives and elected officials with too much time on their hands.

Barack Obama and the Culture of Death - Doug Patton

January 12, 2009

On January 20th, 47-year-old Barack Hussein Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, with millions of adoring sycophants streaming into Washington, DC, to catch a glimpse of their idol. Two days later, somber pro-lifers will once again gather in the same city to observe another anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott, and to mourn the senseless slaughter of 50 million unborn babies over the last 36 years.

Oddly, if exit polls are to be believed, some people will be there for both events.

Barack Obama was a child when seven misguided old men in black robes gave us Roe v. Wade, an infamous ruling that invented a “right to privacy.” Since then, we have become convinced that this right is in our constitution. Consequently, Obama has never known an America that did not allow women the right to snuff out the life of their babies in their wombs. Courts and Congresses since then have agreed that there should be reasonable limits on the right to kill unborn babies, but our new president has a different view.

It’s not merely that Obama favors the unfettered right of a woman to terminate the life of her baby right up to the moment of his or her birth. Many liberals fall into that category. You will recall that Bill Clinton vetoed the federal ban on partial birth abortion while he was president; and the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Nebraska’s ban on the same ghoulish procedure. The federal ban would surely fail in today’s House or Senate. (Thank God such limits were pushed through under a GOP congress and president and sustained by an increasingly conservative High Court.)

So Obama had to lean far, far to the left on this issue to find himself in a minority in the pro-abortion Democrat Party. It was not easy. I mean, how does one position oneself further outside the mainstream than those who favor the right to pull a fully developed baby from the womb, stab him or her in the base of his or her skull and then vacuum out his or her brain matter until he or she is dead?

By voting repeatedly against a bill that would protect the right to life of an infant born alive after a botched abortion; that’s how.

Barack Obama, who soon will occupy the office once held by Abraham Lincoln, voted against just such a bill in the Illinois State Senate. At the time, his rationale was that the legislation would interfere with “a woman’s right to choose” by changing the decision made by a woman and her doctor. In other words, Obama is so steeped in the culture of death that he believes once a woman has made the decision to kill her baby, that act should be stopped even after the baby has been born!

Such thinking is so strange and so cruel as to be bizarre. A similar bill the same year in the United States Senate passed unanimously. Unanimously! That means that the most radically pro-abortion members of the Senate (Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Hillary Clinton) all agreed that protecting the life of a baby born alive after a failed abortion was reasonable. But not Barack Obama.

Early on in his campaign for president, Obama stood before a gathering of Planned Parenthood and promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would repeal or override every state and federal restriction on abortion enacted over the last 36 years. The great irony in this is that Margaret Sanger, the founder of that organization would have advocated the extermination of Barack Obama, his wife and his children. This evil woman was a supporter of Adolf Hitler and the Eugenics movement. She was a promoter of abortion for the purpose of exterminating blacks and other minorities.

How vile that Barack Obama would embrace such a culture of death. More vile still is the fact that so many ignorant pro-lifers voted for this man. ____________________________________________________________________________
© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and policy advisor to conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at

Monday, January 12, 2009

Don't Make it any easier to Vote

State Senator Bill Avery apparently thinks it's too hard to register to vote prior to election day and has introduced a bill to allow same day registration. Seems he is particularly concerned about those poor students who are so busy they don't realize they haven't registered to vote until election day. We'd suggest Senator Avery find some other issue to keep his hair turning white.

According to Avery "would allow previously unregistered residents, and persons who moved and failed to change their registration, to be eligible to vote, provided they bring identification such as a driver’s license or even a utility bill." Apparently, doing so 10 days in advance isn't reasonable enough for these geniuses we are educating and who hear nothing but liberal diatribes from their liberal professors and the liberal media.
We could go on and on with the reasons why John Gale, Nebraska Secretary of State and Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner, oppose this but suffice it to say that same day registration is a logistical nightmare fraught with potential fraud. All we need is more young people similar to those Jay Leno interviews on his "jaywalking" segments that don't know who the vice president is or how many members of the Supreme Court there are.
Senator Avery is just another liberal who apparently believes that changing laws can substitute for a lack of personal responsibility. The fact that he introduced this bill as well as 10 others on Friday is the exact reason why the legislature should only meet once every two years or at least reduce the days in each session so lawmakers like Avery can deal with real rather than imagined issues.
If he wants those students to vote maybe he ought to introduce a bill to give each one who registers 10 days in advance a case of beer. Maybe he will....

The Nebraska Electoral Vote

Ignoring those "warm and fuzzy" few that felt it was more 'democratic' and those that asserted it was reactionary, the Nebraska Republican Party went on record supporting a return to the "winner-takes-all" method of casting electoral votes at their meeting in Fremont on Saturday.

Sadly, at this point none of the 32 Republicans that occupy seats in the 'non partisan' Nebraska unicameral (49 seats) has shown the guts to step forward and introduce such legislation yet. Even more sadly, despite the fact that Republicans now chair 13 of the 16 committees in the unicameral, the government committee whose purview such legislation must clear is evenly divided with four Republicans and four Democrats, meaning that such legislation will never clear it.

The only alternative is for 25 of the 32 'brave' Republicans to petition such a bill should it be introduced out of the committee. Good luck.

Republicans across the state and in what may be a much more Democratic 2nd Congressional District after the 2010 census may rue their lack of action come 2012 when Lee Terry comes up for election.

More Bad News for Republican Senate Prospects

2010 is looking even more challenging for Republican Senate hopes with today's announcement that Ohio senior senator George Voinovich will not seek re-election in 2010. That's bad in itself since Republican prospects in Ohio have been on a downward spiral since 2006, but with the other Senate retirements it makes prospects for the next senate elections even grimmer. See our January 9, "2010 not looking good for GOP senate prospects" below.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Lee Terry's Report

Today, we received the following report from Congressman Lee Terry. Since it seems to address some issues that we've written about the last couple of days, we thought we'd share it with you and let you be the judge. While we aren't sure about Lee's support of the Fortenberry S-Chip legislation and haven't had time to take a look at Fortenberry's bill, we at the Objective Conservative still oppose any expansion of this program. On the other issues, we say 'right on', Lee.


"Today I voted to support a resolution expressing support for Israel in the conflict in southern Israel and Gaza. Israel has a right to defend itself against such attacks. The resolution specifically states support and commitment to the welfare, security and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state to act in self-defense to protect its citizens. It also says that Hamas should end rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and encourages the Administration to work towards a sustainable cease-fire in Gaza. I believe every effort should be made to protect the lives of innocent civilians and I express my sympathy tohose innocent victims who have lost their lives in this battle.


This week I authored and introduced the following bills:

Additional judgeship bill: The bill requires the President to appoint with the advice and consent of the Senate one additional district judge for the district of Nebraska.

Domestic Energy Impact Statement Bill: This bill establishes a House Rule and a law, respectively requiring all legislation dealing the public lands to state the amount of natural energy resources that will be locked up or put back out for exploration and exploitation.

This week I also co-sponsored the following bills:

SCHIP Plus: This bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska would expand coverage options under the current SCHIP program.

Local Radio Freedom Act: This expresses opposition to broadcasters paying record labels and performers for music they air on the radio.

Stop the Congressional Pay Raise Bill: This bill would prevent Members of Congress from receiving the automatic pay adjustment scheduled to take effect in 2009.

Life Begins at Fertilization Bill: A bill, which declares, for purposes of U.S., public policy human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.

Federal Sunset Act: Creates a bipartisan Sunset Commission, which will set an expiration date on each federal agency.'

Will they get a raise?

From Taxpayers for Common Sense we learn that Congress is about to allow itself its automatic pay increase of $4,700 per member.

They tell us, "At $4700 per member, or roughly $2.5 million, this is not a ton of money in the context of a trillion dollar deficit. But forgoing the raise while the country is in dire economic times would send a powerful message to the country that their elected officials understand the economic pain that we are all feeling and are ready to share that pain."

We agree.

For their missive, see:

Pelosi turns clock back.

To make it even harder on the remaining minority of Republicans as well as those concerned about taxes and spending, Nancy Pelosi has accomplished some pretty major changes in House Rules. There is a good Wall Street Journal article by John Fund, 'Pelosi turns back the clock on House Reform', which you might want to check out.

Yet another Republican downer complying with today's inadvertent theme.....

Check it out at:

More GOP 'downer' thoughts

Since we appear to be on a 'downer' as concerns Republican prospects for the future today, you can get even more depressed by checking out an article, 'Demography and Destiny' courtesy of Ronald Brownstein and the National Journal that asserts continuing growth of Democrats demographics and a bleak future for the GOP if it fails to reach out to Hispanics in particular. After taking a good dose of antacid, check it out at:

With that said, we would assert that the problem is not what the GOP stands for but rather how it articulates its message not only to Hispanics but to others. When the GOP loses its message-it's conservative message which is still relevant-that is the problem. The GOP has much more in common with Hispanics but will be branded as anti-Hispanic as long as it allows others (Democrats and the media, actually one in the same) to use secure boarders and national security issues to define it as anti-Hispanic.

2010 Not looking good for GOP Senate prospects

As if things didn't look pretty grim for GOP Senate prospects in 2010 with Senator Brownbeck (R), Kansas and Mel Martinez (R), FL retiring, now we hear that Kit Bond (R) MO is going to retire. Jeb Bush has said he won't run to replace Martinez. Kansas, we'll have to see. As to Missouri, we'll have SIGNIFICANT challenges to keep that seat. One might take some heart in knowing that MSNBC guy Chris Matthews has decided not to challenge Arlen Specter, but Specter is a RINO, so assuming he wins in 2010 it just maintains one more liberal RINO.

One can only guess at this point that barring another 911 or a major setback on the international front that Messiah Barack Hussein Obama will preside over two years of improved (if much more socialized) economy and employment in our country, thus eliminating any major Republican victories in 2010.

Sorry for our unenthusiastic outlook, but we are OBJECTIVE.