Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soon to be Gone but not likely to be missed


Well, we would have expected Associate Justice Stevens to be the first to resign from the Supreme Court, but instead it's David Souter. Souter you will recall was appointed by President H.W. Bush in 1990 and has been a disappointment to conservatives from day 1. Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama can be expected to appoint a really liberal liberal to the court and will pretty much get what he wants--unless it's another one of his folks that doesn't pay his taxes. Sadly, Barack Hussein Obama's appointment will probably be a 50 year old who will be there to assure a left-leaning, activist, international law fan who will be there for two or three decades. More than likely, Stevens will follow Souter...

Let us pray that the conservative hold out till this president has left office.

Oh NO!

Washington Post Breaking News:

Obama Security Member Has Suspected Case of Swine Flu
A member of the security advance team for President Obama's recent trip to Mexico is suspected of having contracted the swine flu, a senior White House official says.
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Joe Biden Wins Foot in Mouth Award for Second Time

What an idiot! Joe Biden's comments about the SWINE FLU (Oh, sorry, we mean'H1N1 flu') once again merit the awarding of the Foot in Mouth Award to him. In fact, we are renaming our award the Joe Biden Foot in Mouth Award hence force as the Biden's seem to have monopolized the award for much of its existence.

Today, from the Washington post we read:

"WASHINGTON - And on the 101st day of the Obama administration Joe Biden shoved his foot in his mouth. The gaffe-master Vice President stomped all over President Obama's stay-calm message by blurting out that he's told his family to stay off planes and subways to avoid swine flu - exacerbating fears."

Captialism Wins - Chrysler to File for Bankruptcy

From the Washington Post:

Chrysler, one of the three pillars of the American auto industry, will file for bankruptcy today after last-minute negotiations between the government and the automaker's creditors broke down last night, an Obama administration official said.

This is good news--in a way. It means that Barack Hussein Obama's socialist policy makers were unable to talk Chrysler's bankers into giving up a secured position in the company for pennies on the dollar. Chrysler (and GM) need to file for bankruptcy and get rid of the burdens of benefits, pensions and outlandish union pay. Unfortunately, the federal government will still play a part in this. Sadly, George W. Bush should have let this happen in November and saved the citizens' tax dollars as well. On the positive side, Barack Hussein Obama, etal failed in their efforts.

The Culture War Over Capitalism

Arthur Brooks of the Wall Street Journal has a great article, " The Real Culture War is over Capitalism". It certainly supports what we have been positing over the last several months when it comes to where Barack Hussein Obama and comrades are leading us and the challenge it presents to conservatives.

There is another column today that discusses the shift to the left and the potential opportunities it creates. It is by Lawrence Kudlow, 'The 100 Day Shift to the Left". Check it out at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/04/30/100-day_lurch_to_the_left_96260.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Law vs Moral Values

We like today's column by Walter E. Williams, Laws vs Moral Values. It says a lot about today's society. A thoughtful short read at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=656dea72-b3df-41c2-8704-7b2797986268&t=c

Your Health Care Future

We just got the following news altert:

News Alert6:01 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Senate Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan Following House vote, Senate approves $3.5 trillion budget outline that lays the groundwork for President Obama's ambitious initiatives on health care and education. The major legislative victory for Obama comes on the president's 100th day in office.

It makes us feel just really great that Barack Hussein Obama, etal intend to take over 17@ more of our economy as they try to nationalize our health care. Well, not exactly.

You might want to check out a different solution to our 'health care crisis' as postulated by Steve Forbes at: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0511/017-opinions-steve-forbes-the-fight_print.html
There's an interesting editorial in the Washington Times on the future of GM's Chevrolet Volt. The obvious premise is that there is no way the consumer is going to buy a $30,000+ electric car with a range of 40 miles. You might want to check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/28/AR2009042801191.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

With that said, this is precisely the car that Barack Hussein Obama and his devotees in the congress and Al Gore's Church of Global Warming want you to drive. Let's see--GM (and Chrysler) you need to take government money (our money, that is) if you want to survive. Your bankers whom we also own will have to write off their loans to you so the government and the unions can own 80%+ of your stock and can tell you how much to pay to your executives. Now that we (your government) have done that, we will encourage (tell) you to build lots of Volts and Volt-like vehicles that people (other than Hollyweird move star liberals) neither want nor can afford. Sounds like a great future for our investment and the future of these already failed automakers..

Yes, capitalism is great.

Abolish the CIR (Court of Industrial Relations)?

The Platte Institute, a conservative Nebraska think tank has an interesting paper out on why our legislature should abolish the CIR-Court of Industrial Relations. For those of you who are unsure of what the CIR is or does, think of it as a group of folks that mediates between the city and its employees when they can't reach an agreement on wages and/or benefits. But how do they determine what is fair? They look to the wages and benefits paid by cities like Minneapolis and Cincinnati, cities that are hardly comparable. So rather than settle for the best deal they can negotiate with local government, the union cries to the CIR which usually finds in its favor at the cost and democracy of local government and its citizens.

The Platte Institute and its author, John Heieck recommend abolishing and or restructuring this so-called court. Check out their solution at: http://platteinstitute.org/docLib/20090429_A_Case_for_Abolishing_the_CIR.pdf

For Whom the Bell Tolls

With the defection of liberal useless former so-called Republican Arlen Specter to the dark side the pundits have sounded the death knell for the GOP or so they would have you believe. Perhaps this is true if you don't believe that the liberal purification process is ultimately bad for the party, but you might remember Ronald Reagan or the Contract with America.

Having noted the above, we were surprised to see that Rasmussen Reports today notes that for the only the second time in five years the GOP wins in its generic congressional ballot polling.

Could it be that Barack Hussein Obama and comrades Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are beginning to ware on the American public. We wouldn't be surprised.

Buy a New Car (Fuel Efficient) Get a Voucher

Well, the congress is on the verge of passing a 'cash for clunkers' bill that will provide vouchers to folks who want to buy new fuel efficient vehicles. Now that might have been a great idea in lieu of using your tax dollars to bail out GM and Chrysler from a stimulus standpoint. However, the real reason for this is to pacify the members of the Congregation of Al Gore and his green friends.

Yes, smart people might take the government money and buy a more fuel efficient car, but what will happen to those less fuel efficient cars they trade in? Probably some of us will move up from our 1970 and 80s behemoths with our eight tracks to 1990s and 2000 model SUVs with cds so we'll just trade up to more gas guzzlers. One might also wonder what this will do to the used car market? Will the guy with the voucher get less for his trade in? What about the other vehicles on the dealers' lots that don't quite meet the fuel standards but probably would still be more efficient then the vehicle one might trade-in. Aren't the foreign manufacturers much more likely to benefit from this given their better overall fuel economy and quality perception? Does anyone know the rule of unintended consequences? Certainly those in congress should since each bill they pass to solve a problem creates new ones.

If our all-knowing Congress and President Barack Hussein Obama want to sell cars and stimulate the economy then provide the vouchers for autos built in America, don't bail out Chrysler and Ford and forget about the Church of Al Gore and his 'sky is falling' environmental wackos.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Plane in the Ass Award

Yes, we think that we need a new award and more than likely this will be a one time only one or at least we hope so. THE PLANE IN THE ASS AWARD. It goes to Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who said he approved the mission last week. Caldera's approval of the New York City photo opt flyover of lower Manhattan scared the S.... out of folks there resulting in panic and evacuation for fear of another 9-11 attack. No doubt Caldera's thoughtless approval has proven to be a pain in the posterior. We're sure many who work in and inhabit Manhattan would like to tell Caldera where he can put that 747....

Congratulations Louis on being the first and hopefully only recipient of the Objective Conservative Plane in the Ass Award.

Jim Suttle -- Won't talk to the Press


Seems Jim Suttle thinks that Europe and Asia are much better with dealing with immigrants (that is illegal aliens in our parlance) than America. Seems Jim Suttle doesn't want to make criminals out of those who are here illegally or who hire them. No, apparently, he just wants a kumbaya sanctuary city sort of environment for them in Omaha. When he got caught on tape discussing his views at a recent neighborhood meeting, he subsequently refused to talk to KMTV Reporter Joe Jordan on camera because he doesn't think it's an issue.

Well, Mr. Suttle, there are a lot of folks who came here legally and a lot of folks who are out of work and a lot of folks who fought for our country (including Hal Daub but not Jim Suttle) who do think it's an issue.

Obviously, Suttle who is good at identifying problems and pontificating about outcomes doesn't understand that you need a plan to get from one to the other. In this case, he apparently doesn't think its a problem at least for the citizens of Omaha.

As we described him before, Suttle is a man without a plan--an empty suit.....

So Long So-Called Republican -- Good Riddens

Well, after costing Rick Santorum an election because he supported the Pennsylvania liberal, Arlen Specter is about to abandon his 'beloved' party for the Democrat Party--only because he will be unable to win the primary election in his state as a Republican next year. We can only hope the Democrats realize what a snake Arlen is....

Here's what we have learned from CNN:

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party, multiple sources tell CNN.

For all of this Arlen is our nominee of the month for the Objective Conservative Hall of Fame.
And this from Criss Cillizza at the Washington Post:

Specter To Switch Parties
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and announced today that he will run in 2010 as a Democrat, according to a statement he released this morning.

Specter's decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken's victory in the state Supreme Court.)
"I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary," said Specter in a statement. "I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election."

He added: "Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

This should make you think.....


According to General Motors revised survival plan, it expects to be 89% owned by a new dynamic duo of the U.S. Treasury and the UAW. Now that should be reassuring to big government democrats who detest capitalism and who rely on their support from labor unions. No doubt with Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi working with their friends at the UAW, GM will continue to suffocate under their guidance. THE END IS NEAR FOR GM (and Chrysler). Regardless of whether the UAW and THE GOVERNMENT SAVE GM, IT WILL ULTIMATELY FAIL HAVING COST THE TAX PAYERS EVEN MORE.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Universities, Freedom of Speech and Bad Decisions

Not too long ago the bozos at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in their omnipotent, omniscient thought processes decided to invite radical bomber William Ayres to speak at an event recognizing the 100th anniversary of their school of education. Needless to say Nebraskans were quite outraged and the bozos decided that because of 'security risks' (otherwise known as plain bad judgement and the financial and political consequences of same) the event would be cancelled

Seems that Notre Dame University has now found itself in an equally untenable situation having invited none other than the abortion loving (excuses us for a moment while Janet Napolitano puts us on her terrorist list) Barack Hussein Obama to address the graduating class. Catholic organizations across the country are totally taken aback. More than 300,000 have signed an on-line petition protesting the speech and now we understand that alumni have already in less than a week's time decided to withhold more than $8 million dollars in donations.

Perhaps Notre Dame should invite the most esteemed flip-flopper, Chancelor Harvey Perlman of the University of Nebraska, to invent an excuse for uninviting the the country's abortion-in-chief advocate? It will be interesting to see if anyone wins this flap.




Oh, and we wonder whether Abortion-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama will require all religious symbols to be removed from any camera angle as he did when he spoke recently at Georgetown University?

Interesting Reading

We don't always have the time we'd like to comment on everything that we'd like to so today we might suggest you take a look at a couple of articles:

Selling the Green Economy by Robert Samuelson: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/04/27/selling_the_green_economy_96188.html

Small Businesses Brace for Tax Battle by Lori Montgomery and V. Dion Haynes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/26/AR2009042602838_pf.html

We Need New Definitions of Rich and Poor - Doug Patton


April 27, 2009

“Contentment makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Much has been written about the Greatest Generation, and with good reason. They grew up during the harsh years of the Great Depression; then, just as they were reaching adulthood, they were asked to save the world from tyranny — which they did, even though many of them were still teenagers.

Most of them were poor. The majority of the country was poor. Truly poor. As in “your mother and I don’t know where your next meal is coming from” poor. The kind of poor portrayed in the Depression-era movie “Cinderella Man.” The main character is a professional boxer who, even though he has to fight that night, gives up his dinner so that his children can eat. That kind of poor. In another scene, the same character is ashamed that he has to go and file for what they used to call “relief.” And when he earns some money, he goes and pays it back!

We’ve all heard about the soup lines of the 1930s. Didn’t you always think that those soup kitchens were simply handing out free soup? I did, until I read more about it. Turns out that most of them required the man of the family to go out back and chop firewood for a couple of hours in order to earn a bowl of soup for himself and his family. And he was glad to do it. In fact, he would gladly have accepted that as a fulltime job if someone had offered it to him — because 25 percent of the population was unemployed.

And then there were the “rich.” The rich were demonized by FDR and the Democrats who figured out that they could win elections through the use of a little class envy. At that time, many of the rich had inherited their wealth (like Roosevelt). They were the “idle rich” and were easy targets in a time of great need.

Americans need a whole new definition of “rich” and of “poor” for the 21st Century.

Today, most “poor” Americans drive cars, have a place to live and own at least one television set. We provide them with unemployment insurance, ADC, free food, public housing and Medicaid. Today’s poor have so many safety nets many don’t worry about falling into poverty, they jump. Our government replaced the father in the home, especially among black families, and now, sadly, three quarters of their children are born out of wedlock. That’s how mamma did it. Why not? It is an endless cycle of dependence, and now shockingly, fewer black children are raised in marriage-based, two-parent families than during the shameful years of American slavery.

It took the geniuses in Washington and in most state capitols three decades to figure out that food stamps can be used as an alternate form of currency to buy drugs and other illicit merchandise. Today, in order to avoid that problem, and to spare the poor the shame of actually having to fork over food stamps in the grocery line, we now give them a debit card and tell them to buy whatever they need. Have you ever watched someone in front of you in line buy their food with a debit card and their liquor and cigarettes with their cash? That’s your tax dollars at work.

By contrast, today’s “rich” are a far cry from the martini-sipping, ascot-wearing, Thurston Howell III types portrayed for so long in popular myth. The people being targeted for scorn, derision and hyper-taxation are self-made millionaires who started with nothing, built a small business into a moderate-to-large business and created a lot of jobs along the way. Unlike their lessers — who choose to whine about how everyone else has won life’s lottery and who can’t produce a job for themselves, let alone anyone else — the rich have availed themselves of the boundless opportunity that is America. They are not the idle rich. They are the entrepreneurs who risked everything they had on their dream and worked 70 hours a week to bring it to fruition.

We need a new definition of rich and poor in this country, because in 2009, our “poor” are among the richest non-producers in the world; and our “rich” are the most demonized producers on the planet.
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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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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 GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Face of the Democrat Culture of Corruption


No doubt about it we at the Objective Conservative think that Congressman John Murtha is nothing short of a crook who sells legislation and legislative influence for contributions to his campaign and friends. There is a good article in the New York times that updates Murtha's current situation today at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/us/politics/26murtha.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

Murtha is a scumbag. Moreover, if Republicans had a brain in their cranial cavities they would make this guy the poster child for the Democrat Party. There are lots of junior Murthas and Murtha want-t0-bes among Murtha's associates and the Republicans need to exploit it.

More on Pakistan

Yesterday, we opined about the status of the government in Pakistan and dire consequences that may await Americans (and Europeans and Middle Easterners, as well) if the Taliban gains control of the government. Interestingly, today the Washington Post editorial page discusses the same issues. You might want to check out their opinion at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/25/AR2009042502492_pf.html

Without real effort here inaction here could create a situation much worse than anyone can begin to imagine with Iraq or Iran......

And for more about what has been happening in Pakistan in recent weeks check out the New York Times article today at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/world/asia/26buner.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Immigration

We often hear from our friends at Numbers USA which is another extremist organization (in the eyes of Janet Napolitano) when it comes to ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. While we don't pass along a lot from them we have to tell you we were taken aback by their latest communique that suggest the cost of Barack Hussein Obama immigration reform will be $999 BILLION.

You might want to check out their missive in this regard at: http://digg.com/political_opinion/Presenting_Our_New_Taxpayer_Burden_Page

Pakistan and Barack Hussein Obama

While we wish we had the time to comment on more than we do, we have admittedly been a little remiss in talking about what is happening under the Barack Hussein Obama watch in Pakistan. Obama, and frankly, George W. Bush, have resided over a time when the Taliban have become increasingly more powerful in Pakistan. Bush and crew basically walked the tightrope with the Pakistan government by tolerating the northern part of the country to become a refuge for these extremists. Since Barack Hussein Obama has been president, we've watched the 'acceptance' of Taliban control in that area of Pakistan.

While General Petraeus is competent, Pakistan is going to require special skills to keep it from become worse than our worst nightmares of Iraq and Afghanistan-a NUCLEAR ARMED EXTREMIST ISLAMIC TALIBAN CONTROLLED STATE. We think that this will truly be the albatross around this president's neck in the next two years and we expect only Carter-like responses at the peril of America.

Oh, by the way, if Janet Napolitano is reading this, we are certainly now on her 'extremist' list...

Time will tell. See today's relevant article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/24/AR2009042403462_pf.html

The Problem of Government Nationalization

Yesterday, on our column What to do when Uncle Sam asks' we discussed the position the government has put itself in with its intervention in the auto and banking industries and more specifically Chrysler.

There is an article that deals with that today that you can find at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/24/AR2009042402214_pf.html

All of this illustrates the problem with government ownership/nationalization of multiple industries. It can't solve its own (government) problems. It can't solve business' problems and it certainly can't solve the problems when it has the so-called interest of government, auto companies and their creditors while 'protecting' it's interests in all three.

Harry Reid's Shortcut

We opined earlier this week of the plans of Harry Reid and Barack Hussein Obama to cram their education and health care plans down the throats of Americans by avoiding a potential Senate filibuster through the 'reconciliation' alternative that will allow these massive intrusions into our lives to pass with a simple majority. There is more on this in both of our 'favorite' newspapers today. Interestingly, the bill may not appear for a vote until October, more than a month after the 9-12 March on Washington.

Check these stories out at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/24/AR2009042403611_pf.html

And:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/25/us/politics/25budget.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print
In an even more curious development Nebraska's senior Senator, Ben Nelson, who is trying to protect a thousand jobs at Nelnet, a student lender, is now sideways with Barack Hussein Obama and the Harry Reid gambit. Check this story out below at:

Friday, April 24, 2009

What to do when Uncle Sam asks?

When the government starts making decisions for our banks and financial institutions (or our auto companies or anyone else) we have nothing but problems. First who does the CEO owe his allegiance to, the U.S. government or his shareholders? Second, should the government be in a position to force a stock-holder owned business to do something contrary to its interest?
There is an interesting Washington Post Article about this today as regards Bank of America and Merrill Lynch at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/23/AR2009042302461_pf.html

But this is just one example. Even as we speak, the federal government is trying to tell the bankers for Cerberus (Chrysler) that they need to give up secured positions in bankruptcy for common stock (worth maybe a third of the banks' secured value now). So you have the federal government telling banks that they now have a financial interest in to basically due something detrimental to their stockholders in order to help prop up another business (Chrysler) which the government will end up owning part of after a structured bankruptcy. How does that make sense?

IN A NORMAL CAPITALIST SOCIETY PEOPLE WOULD GO TO JAIL FOR THIS.

Good News - Bad News for 2010 GOP Senate Prospects and Arlen Specter


Well, it seems the 'sins' of Arlen Specter's past are catching up with him. Seems Pat Toomey, former congressman and former primary opponent against Specter, is catching fire this year with Pennsylvania Republicans. Could it be because of his vote on the stimulus? Could it be that Pennsylvania Republicans have finally decided that enough of Specter's liberal ways is enough? In just the first 24 hours after Toomey's announcement he gathered tremendous financial support.

With all this said, we have asserted that the GOP Senate opportunities are dismal at best in 2010. We at the Objective Conservative fully expect that we will lose three to five senate seats to the Dems in 2010. Hope we are wrong but given the races and vacancies we are watching we're not optimistic. Unfortunately, even with Toomey in the Pennsylvania race, prospects of taking that state are iffy at best.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hate Crimes

In the news today we read that a Senate committee has approved an expanded hate crimes law that will now include crimes against folks based on sexual orientation. You can check this out at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=cqmidday-000003101787

With that said, we at the Objective Conservative don't believe in hate crime legislation. It is legislation that tries to associate one's thoughts or beliefs with motivation for a crime. And, frankly, we think it is the beginning of what will no doubt be the basis for criminalizing first amendment rights much as has happened in Canada where a preacher dare not say, for example, that gay marriage is wrong without fear of being charged with the commission of a crime.

Do we believe that it is acceptable to kill or harm someone because of their sexual orientation or the color of their skin or for any other prejudicial reason? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

BUT WE BELIEVE MURDER IS MURDER FOR WHATEVER THE REASON. A CRIME IS A CRIME FOR WHATEVER REASON IT IS COMMITTED. TO TREAT A CRIME AS MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE PERCEIVED THOUGHT BEHIND IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT SOME CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE SAME CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST ANOTHER. IT NOT ONLY DIMINISHES THE SEVERITY OF THE CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST THE 'UNPROTECTED' VICTIM AND THE VALUE OF THAT PERSON, BUT AS NOTED ABOVE WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD THIS NATION TO REDUCED FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF EXPRESSION.

Obama's Follies and Congressional Elitism

George Will has a good column today titled, "Obama's Follies" which takes on the issue of vouchers in Washington, D.C. and their soon to be demise. It's worth a read because it clearly points out the elitist, education-union controlled Democrat mentality that allows them to send their children (Can you say Sidwell Friends, Barack Hussein Obama?) to private school while 'lessor' fortunate children are relegated to the dregs of public education in a system that doesn't work. Check out Will's column at:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/22/AR2009042203089_pf.html

With that said, you should also read the Heritage Foundation Report that Will refers to, "Taking School Choice for Granted" at: http://article.nationalreview.com/print/?q=Nzg3MzdiZjJiM2ZiNDJlNGRmNWE1MDY2NzNkZmYwZTM=

More on Reconciliation

Under "Don't Let it Happen" (see below) we talked about the 'reconciliation' process and the potential use of it by the Senate to advance Barack Hussein Obama's health care socialization/nationalization plan. If you'd like to learn more about this and about the potential responses of the GOP you might check out the Roll Call article at: http://www.rollcall.com/issues/54_119/news/34227-1.html?type=printer_friendly

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Government with too much power and money?

There is an interesting finding by Rasmussen Polling today wherein they note that 60% of those polled think that the government has too much power and too much money. Interestingly, Rasmussen finds a huge difference in view point between we commoners and those they define as the 'political class' where virtually all believe that government is is neither too powerful nor has too much money.

To some extent these findings elucidate thoughts reflected below by contributor G.R. Florine in his diatribe (below) against poor Omaha World-Herald columnist Robert Nelson. They also explain the thinking of many of those who attended the 'tea parties' across the nation and perhaps illustrate why we believe that the 9-12 march on Washington is apt to be a major awakening for many in the 'political class' of the beltway.

Check out Rasmussen's commentary at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/60_say_government_has_too_much_power_too_much_money

Don't let it happen!

Barack Hussein Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are about to deliver what could be a fatal blow to the future of our nation and its way of life. If they accomplish their goal, you can expect massive 9-12 demonstrations, but those demonstrations may come to late.

The House and the Senate are back from their 'recess'. The Senate Budget Committee conferees will meet to craft a compromise budget. Their intent is to support "budget reconciliation"instructions so that major overhauls of the nation's health care,energy, and education systems are rammed through Congress with little to no debate.

Such far-reaching changes to our economy and society merit time for careful discussion and consideration, not only within the halls of Congress but also among all Americans. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has predicted that the budget blueprint offered by President Barack Hussein Obama, and largely adopted by both chambers of Congress, will push the federal deficit to a mind-numbing $1.85 trillion this year and will pile up $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade on top of the existing $11 trillion national debt. The CBO called these deficits "unsustainable."

This budget taxes and spends at a rate that Americans today, and our children and grandchildren tomorrow, simply cannot afford.

The President would impose a host of new and higher taxes as our economy struggles with recession. The$636 billion income tax increase on individuals and small businesses will discourage entrepreneurship and stifle job creation. The plan for a cap-and-trade energy system will raise the costs of electricity, gasoline, and other products and services. Some have estimated that this so-called "light switch tax" could cost American families as much as $3,100 annually!

America cannot continue on its current course of taxing, borrowing, and spending. We need to demand that our congress adopt a budget that cuts spending, promotes fiscal responsibility, and encourages economic growth.

Robert Nelson's Tea Party - G.R. Florine

Robert Nelson's Tea Party Column

After reading the two letters commending Robert Nelson's Friday column about the "tea parties" in Saturday's Pulse, I returned to Friday's (April 17) column to find what he actually said. I don't normally read Mr. Nelson's column. However, after reading the column, I have to assume that Mr. Nelson was writing a purposely humorous column, or he is intellectually naieve and or dishonest!

Mr. "non-partisan" Nelson was allegedly exultant in having the opportunity to attend a highly structured discussion of our government's current extravagant spending and its economic implica-tions! Perhaps he expected Professor Goss to deliver a lecture, along with disussion by area business and political leaders! What a crock! Then he finds a "partisan" event instead! Hilarious! Where did he think the impetus of the rallies arose? (Memo to Mr. Nelson: check out Fox News occasionally, rather than CNN or MSNBC!) Actually, in fact, it was NOT organized by the Republican Party, although there was certainly some Republican support. Multiple conservative, anti-tax, anti-spending organizations were primarily involved. Obviously, this specific Omaha rally was essentially a somewhat amateurly organized event, supported by multiple groups! But how did Mr. Nelson assume that there would be many Democrats involved in an anti-tax rally? The true impetus of this is the fear of the out of control deficits that are growing exponentially. And then we get, from Mr. Nelson, the obviously liberal cynical ridicule, the snarky silly comments, of what was essentially a grass-roots event.

As a Republican activist, I was quite honestly a little uncomfortable with some of the comments.
Certainly some of it was over the top! But again, this was not a "professionally" organized event. And, news to Mr. "Non-Partisan", many Republicans were uncomfortable with the spending during the latter years of the Bush Administration. To say that it was essentially hypocritical for Republicans to support an anti-tax / anti-out of control spending rally is disingenuous, and dishonest! However, many of these people are not Republican "regulars"! In fact, many were those who in fact see little difference between the two major Parties! Then, to say that there weren't rallies during the Bush Administration because "the Party didn't want them protesting" is ludicrous, dishonest, and disgusting! If one of our national Parties is guilty of a group or herd mentality, and blindly following "the Party Line", I can assure the clueless Mr. Nelson that it it NOT the Republican Party!

In reaction to Mr. Osborn's comments about the bias of the "media", Mr. "Non-Partisan" trumpeted that "the media", especially The World-Herald had been asking for transparency for years! I will accept the "exception" of the World-Herald. However, much of the national, or East Coast media that demanded "transparency" during the Bush years, now turns its back when Congress passes bills of hundreds of pages requiring spending beyond anything this nation has ever seen!

Mr. "Non-Partisan" Nelson obviously doesn't understand the basic difference between a "rally" and an economic forum! Perhaps Mr. Nelson could be somewhat better informed before he goes about shooting from the Lip (Pen)! And perhaps Mr. "Non-Partisan" really isn't as Non-Partisan as he would like us to believe!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

American Conservative Terrorists

We've already discussed this last week, but we like Thomas Sowell's editorial today regarding the Janet Napolitano comments of last week. Check it out at:
http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=109435b7-5b85-4e3a-8c0b-5dfcc75087b2&t=c

Opportunites for the GOP?

Today's Rasmussen Report reveals that 59% of those polled are against government bailout of the finance, banking and auto industries. Certainly, the 'tea parties' that took place last week were a visible sign of rising discontent and as we have opined by the time the 9-12 March on Washington takes place these folks will be even more greatly incensed by nationalized health and immigration proposals yet to come from the Barack Hussein Obama administration and the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

If there were a chance for the Republican Party to stand up and infuse new life into itself it should certainly come from the opportunities that it is and will be provided on taxes, spending, stimuli, health care and immigration. Hopefully, the majority of those carrying the GOP banner will discover this.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Man with No Plan

Yesterday, the Objective Conservative endorsed Hal Daub in the race for Mayor of Omaha. We chose to tell you why we endorsed Daub rather than to discuss his opponent. While we found many positive reasons to endorse Daub we didn't discuss his opponent--Jim Suttle.

In our endorsement we suggested that Daub has well articulated plans after we combed through the rhetoric of the campaign. What we found in doing so is that Suttle offers little more than platitudes. His modus operandi is simply to say that, "This is the problem and this is the outcome we want to achieve, now you tell me how to get there." For example he says crime and graffiti are a problem and we want to reduce it. Unfortunately, he never fills in the gap with any substance as to what his plan is to do so. Generally, he simply says that once we get there we'll work together to fashion a plan to solve the problem. In our eyes that is not leadership.

Suttle has been on the City Council for nearly four years. Many observed from his first days there that he was running and initiating a mayoral campaign from day one. One can't dispute that he has been ubiquitous since being elected having attended just about every funeral and neighborhood meeting in Omaha.
Over the last four years that Suttle has served on the council he has offered virtually no solutions to the increasing violence and graffiti that afflicts our city. He has offered no plans to reduce the actual amount of taxes that the city extracts from its citizens in taxes. While he has attended numerous neighborhood meetings he has not endeared himself to neighbors who want more control over the businesses that move into their area.

Now this is not to say that Suttle hasn't come up with some unique ideas. Among them was his idea to rebuild Rosenblatt by taxing folks in three other counties, including one in Iowa! We're sure that would have easily found support by the taxpayers in Sarpy and Washington Counties and across the river in Pottawatomie County, IOWA. Having failed to gain any traction on that idea once the determination was made to build the new College World Series Stadium in downtown Omaha, he came up with some slightly bizarre ways to use it for the other fifty weeks of the year that the CWS isn't to be played there. One of his ideas was to invite the Pope to come to the CWS stadium. Apparently, Suttle doesn't understand that the Pope generally makes appearances at places that can accommodate hundreds of thousands of believers-not 25,000 baseball fans. His next bright idea for the stadium was to build a bobsled course in it since it would be such a tall impressive building (maybe a hundred or so feet high).

One of Suttle's recent promises is to create 1,000 jobs in North Omaha. And how does he plan on doing it? By building a bridge across the Missouri River and an industrial park in Iowa!! We aren't sure where he will find the $50 million or so it will take to build the bridge but it seems obvious that it will take more than four years to build it and the industrial park which means he will not be able to deliver on his job creation promise unless he stays around as mayor for ten years or so.

Suttle continues to discuss problems/issues and offer outcomes. He claims to have 30 years of private business experience to draw on. To us it seems that an engineer would have more than an idea about what he wanted to build and what it should look like. It seems he might have blueprints on how to build it. This is where Suttle fails the leadership test.
Suttle is a man without a plan, an empty suit. Omaha deserves better than that in its next mayor.

The New York Times Tells Nebrskans What to Do

Yes, today's times tells Nebraskans what they need to do about their troubled children and their health care. While there is no doubt the state has problems in regard to troubled children we're not sure that someone in New York City should be telling us what to do. As for their S-Chip advocacy, we've already expressed our opinions many times on what we think of that expansion of government. Read all about it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/opinion/20mon2.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Sunday, April 19, 2009

John Murtha for Congress in Nebraska

Nebraskans should do Pennsylvannia and the U.S. a favor and draft Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvannia to be their third district congressman. Yes, judging from an article in today's Washington Post, Grand Island, North Platte and Scotts Bluff and their airports would be much better off with Congressman Obama than they are with Congressman Smith (who we at least like).

According to today's article Congressman Murtha has virtually created and funded with your dollars an airport that has only six flights a day, most half empty. Along side he has created an infrastructure of unused government buildings. And when the earmarks he helped passed failed to meet a performance level none other than the President Barack Huession Obama's 'stimulus package' stepped in and provided the funds.

John Murtha is a slime ball and all that is wrong with congress and certainly the poster boy for the Democrat Culture of Corruption. Earmarks for worthless projects, earmarks for his contributors, earmarks for his 'pet organizations', earmarks for his friends....this guy simply reeks of corruption. Although the FBI is investigating his activities we'd probably be naieve to believe anything will come of it...They too probably owe him to much.

So, goodbye Congressman Smith, welcome to Nebraska Congressman Murtha.

A Ray of Sunshine for Republicans?

Probably only a ray of sunshine for Republicans but the Rasmussen Report indicates that not only has Barack Hussein Obama's current level of positive support has fallen to 55% from his inauguration base of 65% but his disapproval number has risen to 45% from his inaugural level of 30%. Perhaps as noted by Rasmussen this is reflected in the 'tea party' participation this last week.

In regard to the above Rasmussen finds that:

"The tea party protests were held on April 15, the deadline for filing federal income taxes, and Americans have some pretty strong views on that topic, too.
Voters now trust the ruling Democratic Party over Republicans on the top issue of the economy by just a three-point margin, 45% to 42%, the closet the two have been since well before the election. Republicans have moved further ahead on the issues of national security and taxes and have come on strong on immigration and Social Security.
Perhaps that helps to explain why support for Democratic congressional candidates hit a new low this past week, resulting in a tie between Republicans and Democrats in the latest edition of the
Generic Congressional Ballot"

For More on this you can check out: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/weekly_updates/what_they_told_us_reviewing_last_week_s_key_polls

From our viewpoint we would suggest that by the time the 9-12 March on Washington occurs Obama's approval/disapproval will be about more like 45/55 as he foists national health care, card check, immigration reform and more socialization of the American public. What do you think?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Obama and Jesus

One can only begin to wonder about Barack Hussein Obama and his commitment to the Christian religion to which he claims to adhere. No, we're not talking about his 13 week tenure in office which has seen him go to church just once. No we refer to his recent 'requirements for his appearance at Georgetown University. This from our friends at the Catholic League:

When President Barack Obama spoke at Georgetown University on April 14, the White House requested that all religious symbols and signage that might appear as a backdrop to where the president was to speak be covered up. Georgetown acceded to the request and made sure that the symbol “IHS,” a monogram of the name Jesus Christ, was not in sight.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue spoke to this issue today:
“The cowardice of Georgetown to stand fast on principle tells us more than we need to know about what is going on there, but the bigger story is the audacity of the Obama administration to ask a religious school to neuter itself before the president speaks there. No bishop who might speak at the White House would ever request that a crucifix be displayed behind him.


The sad thing is that Georgetown agreed to the request......

A Man with a Plan

We at the Objective Conservative, being good conservatives, have stayed clear of the Omaha mayoral race to date. However, now that the field is defined it's time to look at the candidates and we've spent a lot of time listening to the rhetoric on the tv, the radio and even reading about it in the daily rag....otherwise known as the Omaha World-Herald. With that said we give our whole-hearted endorsement to Hal Daub.

The reason for our endorsement is pretty simple. Daub is the only one of the two candidates who has any concept of what the issues are and the only one who has articulated a plan on what to do about them. He has provided the citizens a plan to deal with the current issues that face the city, namely crime, economic development, the employee pension plans, taxes and neighborhoods.

From our viewpoint, Daub has a strong record of achievement as Omaha's former mayor. During that period of time he reduced the mill levy and the amount citizens actually paid out of their tax bills to the City of Omaha every year--even while the evaluations on their homes increased. During the same period of time he reduced crime in Omaha by a substantial amount. While accomplishing this Daub managed to get a vote of the people to build a convention center arena, a police-fire training facility and initiated projects such as the West Dodge Freeway Overpass, the revitalization of the Omaha stockyards, condemnation of the property on which the new Crock Center is being built, etc.

Further, under Daub's leadership he convinced Gallop to relocate from Lincoln to Omaha (rather than to some other state), convinced both Union Pacific and First National Bank to build headquarters buildings in downtown Omaha, and spurred the total redevelopment of the riverfront, including working with Bob Kerrey to secure funds for the famed Bob Kerrey Bridge.

Some may say that city hall under Daub lacked civility and certainly given the quality of city council members that Daub had to deal with there was a lot of back and forth and lots of unpleasantness mostly initiated by the seven dwarfs he had to deal with. But in the end most of those accomplishments involved Daub cajoling or convincing the council to give him the majority votes to move froward on the initiatives that many Omahans today seem to take for granted.

When Daub left office in 2001 and returned to his Omaha law firm he stayed away from criticizing the current mayor and council but stayed very much aware of what was happening. Further, he and his wife Mary maintained an almost omnipresent role in community activities too numerous to mention.

Omaha faces hefty financial challenges over the next four years--to the extent that one almost wonders why anyone would want to be mayor. There is the $500 million police/fire/civilian union pension deficit, the HUGE $1.6 BILLION, federal-government-mandated sewer separation project and the need to find some way to make the new College World Series stadium a go when it appears at least at this point that it will be used for only two weeks a year--just to mention a few challenges. During the next four years Omaha's next mayor will have to face these issues while no doubt being faced with the impacts of the current recession, namely more unemployment and reduced sales and property taxes to fund the city's operations.

Having acknowledged the above, we at the Objective Conservative believe that there is only one choice for mayor of Omaha if folks are concerned about Omaha's future. That is Hal Daub.

Just Amazing

We can't help but be amused at the 'fix' the government has gotten itself into in its efforts to save the auto industry. With Chrysler that is particularly evident. The government and its auto czar want 4 banks to give up their secured status on loans to Chrysler which in bankruptcy would net them up to fifty cents on the dollar to accept maybe fifteen cents on the dollar. What a deal. Here you have the federal government that gave money to Chrysler, a private, non-publicly held corporation, trying to assert its clout as a co-owner of those four banks to forgive their debt to Chrysler.

What a puzzlement. What a dilemma..... See more on this at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/16/AR2009041604338_pf.html

9-12-2009

The same organizations that worked to put the April 15 Tea Parties together are working on a March on Washington for September 12, 2009. Folks at Freedom works have apparently secured a permit for a massive march. You can bet that it will correspond with others around the country much as you saw on Wednesday.

By the time that September 12, 2009 arrives, the American public should be in a real mood to get out and march given Barack Hussein Obama's upcoming initiatives on health care and immigration, not to mention his nationalization of virtually all aspects of our economy.

Janet Napolitano - Foot in Mouth Award

We haven't had a "Foot In Mouth" award for a while, but Janet Napolitano's silly and unsubstantiated comments about returning veterans becoming possible terrorists certainly merits that nomination. Our good Homeland Security chief recently said:

"The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

Seems that recognizing the errors of her mis-utterances, she has now apologized to veterans groups for her gaffe. We might suggest that her original comments are not unlike what we would have expected from any anti-military member of the Barack Hussein Obama cabinet.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Poverty in America - Maybe we should elect more Republicans

To the best of our knowledge and ability to check this information is correct, coming from a Fox News Source:

Top 10...Poverty in Our Major Cities
City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level
1. Detroit , MI
32.5%
2. Buffalo , NY
29.9%
3. Cincinnati , OH
27.8%
4. Cleveland , OH
27.0%
5. Miami , FL
26.9%
5. St. Louis , MO
26.8%
7. El Paso , TX
26.4%
8. Milwaukee , WI
26.2%
9. Philadelphia , PA
25.1%
10. Newark , NJ
24.2%
U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961; Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954; Cincinnati , OH (3rd)...since 1984; Cleveland , OH (4th)...since 1989; Miami , FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor; St. Louis , MO (6th)...since 1949; El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor; Milwaukee , WI (8th)...since 1908; Philadelphia , PA (9th)...since 1952; Newark NJ (10th)...since 1907.


Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Foreign Law and Justice Ginsburg

Since we started the day by discussing constitutional issues (See Slippery Slope iteration below) we thought we couldn't ignore an equally frightening New York Times article in today's news, an interview with poor lonely (gender wise) Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We're not necessarily concerned about her rantings that she is the only woman on the Court and that Canada is much better since it has 4 women (maybe she wants a Supreme Court based on affirmative action?). No we are concerned about her love of foreign law and her need to both consider and cite it in her decisions.

You can find the article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/us/12ginsburg.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print and we promise it will give any conservative or person that respects the Constitution heartburn.........

The Slippery Slope toward redistribution

It's bad enough that Barack Hussein Obama is leading us down the slope toward socialism with his use of the economy to do just about any thing he wants under the guise that it will reinvigorate our financial system. This includes everything from taking ownership in the financial industry and the auto industry on to nationalizing our health care system and assessing 90% income taxes on those he doesn't think deserve bonuses (although he and Christopher Dodd knew what they were doing when they gave the nearly $200 billion to AIG).

With that said George Will has in interesting column today on an Illinois issue which if allowed to stand will further national efforts of socialists such as Barack Hussein Obama to steel from the rich to protect the wealthy. You might want to check it out at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=4fc32733-1988-4755-a2fb-cd9804ec00a9&t=c

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Specter Dilemma


Since we are in a pessimistic mood today given our earlier commentary about Senator Bunning and his dismal choice of winning re-election in 2010, we thought we'd further depress you with an article about good ol' Senator Spector of Pennsylvania. He is certainly no darling of the GOP conservatives and frankly should lose his seat and go away. With that said, he may just possibly lose his primary battle to arch conservative Patrick Toomey. The only problem there is that given the demographics of Pennsylvania Toomey's chances of winning election against a moderate or liberal democrat are about as good as those of John McCain becoming president.

So if conservatives win the battle and throw out Specter, they lose the war. If Specter prevails, given today's political climate his odds of surviving re-election are probably 50% and even if he wins the conservatives still lose.

While we hope by November of 2010 that things will look different (and they may for GOP chances in the house), we don't see anything but further losses for the GOP in the Senate.

Save the Clams - Kill the Babies


This one is just too much for us to even think about commenting on, but it is torn from today's Catholic League missive:

"Peter Singer is a Princeton professor who believes it is okay for parents to kill their kids until their offspring are 28 days old. He also believes in bestiality: dogs, he says, can convey to their master whether they consent to intercourse. Now he is pushing clam rights.
In today’s New York Times, Nicholas Kristof writes that because Singer is uncertain about the capacity of shellfish to suffer, he tends to avoid eating them. Which means that Singer apparently believes that newborn kids who are knifed to death don’t suffer, but clams on the half shell might. Whether clams can consent to sex, Singer does not say."
On this topic you might want to also check out an editorial in today's NY Times about Mr. Singer at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/opinion/09kristof.html?th&emc=th
One thing is for sure we are worrying about the rights of everyone other than the UNBORN.

We can hardly speak........

If you want to be positive about the future of our country DO NOT READ RASMUSSEN REPORTS. Yes, today's was enough to give us a mega case of acute heartburn.....The cause? Only 53% of Americans believe Capitalism is better than socialism, with those under age 30 almost evenly divided. Talk about depressing......

Check it out at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/just_53_say_capitalism_better_than_socialism

2010 Still Looks Bleak

We haven't discussed 2010 GOP prospects in a while but from our previous iterations you may have discerned that we are not exactly optimistic, particularly as concerns the senate.

Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky should be looking to do the party a favor and not run for office given his current numbers and those of likely Democrat competitors. See: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/2009/04/ky_sen_bunning_unpopular_trail.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter

Monday, April 6, 2009

Car Designer Barack Hussein Obama


An informative article by George Will regarding the Barack Hussein Obamamobile. Worth the read at: http://townhall.com/columnists/GeorgeWill/2009/04/05/car_designer_in_chief


P.S. The Photo is an ad for the 1920 Detroit Electric. Perhaps Designer in Chief Barack Hussein Obama would be wise to consider the success of these early American vehicles before placing his hope in the General Motors Volt or Chinese made batteries for cars produced in China for American consumption--assuming Americans want them.......

Bill Ayers

From today's Patriot Post we find an article on none other than Bill Ayers, you remember, Harvey Perlman's friend. The editorial, 'Social justice' according to Bill Ayers says among other things:

"The latest ... successful attempt to spread hatred and violence has been to take that wonderful call to 'justice' and insert one word in front of it that makes it 'better' -- as in, 'social justice'. ... The combination of these words makes one feel so good. But it's time to pull back the curtain and find out what the term has come to mean, how it has been able to gain such massive popularity, and who is behind it. Can you say, 'William Ayers'? Yes, that William Ayers. ... "

For more about Harvey Perlman's buddy, you can read the full article at: http://patriotpost.us/

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Iowa, A Great Place To Be From - Doug Patton


April 6, 2009

On a bookshelf in my office sits a small, framed sign that reads, “I wasn’t born in Nebraska, but I got here as fast as I could.” I have never been more pleased with that decision than I am today, because the state in which I was born and raised has become the latest judicial laboratory for deviant social policy. In a unanimous vote last week, the Iowa Supreme Court created the “right” to same-sex marriage.

As is always the case, the voters had no direct say in the matter. Their state senators and representatives had acted responsibly on the matter several years ago by defining marriage as what it is — a union of one man and one woman. But that no longer matters in America, where we now live not in a representative republic but rather under a left-wing judicial oligarchy.

Just as the imperious, black-robed tyrants on the courts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and California did before them, the Iowa Supreme Court decided that they would arbitrarily redefine marriage for all Iowans. Obviously, the people of that state are too stupid to understand that perverse sexual behavior is not only a right, it must be sanctioned by society. Live and let live is no longer sufficient. Tolerance is not enough. Neither is approval. We must now promote this “lifestyle.”

Nebraska dealt with this issue in 2000 by passing an amendment to the state constitution. Thanks in large part to a courageous woman and a dear friend in Nebraska’s pro-family movement, that amendment is the most restrictive constitutional law in the land. It not only reinforces the traditional definition of marriage and refuses to recognize same-sex unions, it also forbids the legal recognition of domestic partnerships. It passed with 71 percent of the vote, because common-sense Nebraskans realize that counterfeit marriage by any other name is still counterfeit.

Iowans will exercise that same common sense — if they get the chance. Unfortunately, unlike Nebraska and California, both of which have a vigorous and active petition process, Iowa’s political machinery is much more cumbersome. Amendments to that state’s constitution must be passed by both houses of the state legislature in two consecutive general assemblies, each lasting two years, and then be approved by a simple majority of voters during a general election. That means, quite simply, that the people of the Hawkeye State could not even get the issue on the ballot until 2012 at the earliest. That gives homosexuals three years to turn Iowa into Vermont.

My old boss, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is fit to be tied. A pro-family conservative to the core, Congressman King said this week that, “The clarion call is going out to turn Iowa into a mecca for same-sex marriage in America. There will be tour groups set up to do this, and there will be a branch office in Berkeley. That’s what this activist decision has done.”

A former state senator himself who once sued Democrat Gov. Tom Vilsak in court (and won) over the issue of state hiring quotas for homosexuals, King is urging Iowa lawmakers to pass a residency requirement for people to marry in Iowa. That, he says, is the only quick way to shut off the inevitable influx of out-of-state gay couples.

Iowa’s current governor, Democrat Chet Culver, said he would have to review the court’s decision before announcing his views. Does that mean he doesn’t know where he stands on the issue, or that he needs time to stick his finger into the political wind to determine his values? Let me give you a clue, governor: the people of Iowa hate this ruling, and they are sick of the tyranny your liberal friends have foisted upon this country through the courts.

I moved from Iowa to attend college in Nebraska. I met my wife here and married her forty years ago. We settled down and raised our children here, and now we are watching our grandchildren grow up here. I gripe and complain about taxes, the backward nature of the one-eyed legislature we call a “Unicameral” and a dozen other things. But today I must admit, I’ve never been prouder to be a Nebraskan.

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© Copyright 2009 by Doug Patton
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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 GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at dougpatton@cox.net.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No New Taxes -- Wait until Barack Hussein Obama, etal save your environment


Yes, the poor of the country will get poorer while Barack Hussein Obama, his cabinet, the EPA, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the members of the Al Gore Church of Global Warming solve the mythical global warming crisis. With that said we want to share with you a missive received from Nebraska's Second District Congressman, Lee Terry. While we may not always agree with Lee and while we don't want to just publish anything he sends (we don't), we thought you would find his thoughts about the administration solution to global warming pretty scary. So here is what Lee has to say:


Recently President Obama has outlined his budget proposal for the next fiscal year. His budget will raise taxes by $1.4 trillion over the next ten years and includes new energy taxes that will affect you.


The cap-and-trade proposal included in President Obama's budget will lead to higher energy prices for every Nebraskan. This new climate tax is expected to cost each Nebraskan$1,052 annually in higher costs to heat and cool your home and filling up your gas tank.


This tax is very regressive which means it will impact low to middle-income families who spend a greater portion of their income on energy. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated the increase in electricity costs will be between 44% and 79%. The National Association of Manufacturers says the increase could be as much as 129%. NAM also estimates as many as 4 million manufacturing jobs could be lost, some estimates are nearly double that.


This provision will raise families' energy bills, increase our country's dependence on foreign energy and hit manufacturing jobs extremely hard.


I am very concerned about this cap-and-trade provision in President Obama's budget. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House who share my concerns about the economic impact this proposal will have on our economy and family budgets.


Sincerely,LEE TERRY

If we hadn't READ It we Wouldn't Believe it

Absolutely amazing that 37% of those surveyed by Rasmussen think that newspapers should be saved by the government. Will the government control and abridge our free press rights in the same way that as a partner with GM they (The Messiah - Barack Hussein Obama) decided to fire CEO Wagner? Will the government just help and when bad things are written against their partner newspaper just laud the editor/publisher with Kudos?


Give us a break. We are a capitalist society (or supposed to be). Businesses fail (or should be allowed to do so). The 'free press' doesn't need to be owned by the government. Can you say Pravda?

If the American public is dumb enough to support such a stupid idea they deserve what they get--even liberals and the ACLU are probably smart enough to see the danger here--or so we hope.

See: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business/37_support_government_subsidies_to_keep_newspapers_going