Sunday, May 31, 2009

Has the Time Come to Say RIP, GOP? - Doug Patton

June 1, 2009

Many Americans have little idea of the true history of the Republican Party. If they get their news from the “mainstream media,” they probably believe that every Republican from time immemorial has opposed equal rights, preservation of the environment and anything that smacks of fun. For those who understand the formation of America, believe in the U.S. Constitution, and know the history of the Grand Old Party, please bear with me as I provide others with a much-needed history lesson.

The Republican Party was officially formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, two days after Independence Day 1854. Opinions vary on the timing of its demise. Many conservatives believe the feeble opposition we have been witnessing among Senate Republicans to President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor will no doubt be further diluted by the shocking murder of Kansas abortionist George Tiller.

The party’s most glorious moments came under its two greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. These two leaders stood on courageous principle, not whimpering compromise. Lincoln held a fractured nation together in the face of enormous challenges, finishing the job the Founders knew in their hearts was necessary to form “a more perfect union” by emancipating an enslaved people. Reagan brought a demoralized nation back from national malaise caused by Democrats whose mishandling of foreign and domestic policy humiliated America in Vietnam, emboldened our Cold War enemy, the USSR, and very nearly wrecked the U.S. economy.

Born of a desire to fill the void caused by the dying gasps of one of the two major parties of the day, the Whigs, the Republican Party challenged the nineteenth century’s elephant in the parlor: the intolerable institution of slavery. Yes, students, it’s true. Republicans opposed and Democrats supported the concept of one human being owning another, while the Whigs just wanted the whole issue to go away (similar to the attitude of today’s GOP “moderates” on the killing of the unborn).

Dems also later supported segregation and so-called separate-but-equal schools, and fought against the permanent changes that would abolish these practices forever. It took Republicans to pass the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and other groundbreaking legislation, while Democrat “leaders” like Al Gore’s father, Sen. Albert Gore, Sr., of Tennessee, and Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas (Bill Clinton’s hero and mentor), stood in the way of racial progress and equality for decades.

Unfortunately, for the last twenty years the Republican Party has had a dearth of leadership. In fact, since the Gipper rode off into the sunset two decades ago, the GOP’s Whig-like, go-along-to-get-along drift toward compromise with Democrats has resulted in such mediocre presidential nominees as George H. W. Bush; Bob Dole; George W. Bush; and finally, culminating in the weakest candidate possible in 2008, John McCain.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans have been completely cowed by Barack Obama. As I write this, I pray that GOP opposition to Obama’s radical Supreme Court nominee will somehow rise from the whining we heard from them last week. I pray, but I don’t hold my breath.

The only voices speaking with strength and conviction are not among our elected officials. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and virtually all of talk radio rightly labeled Judge Sotomayor a “racist” for her 2001 comment that a Latina woman is more qualified to make legal decisions than a white man. Every honest American with a brain stem knows what would have happened to Chief Justice John Roberts if he had said or written that he, as a while male, was more qualified to make legal judgments than some Black man or Hispanic Woman.

Senate Republicans do not need to resort to the kind of hysterical lies Ted Kennedy told about Robert Bork in 1987, nor those told by Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas in 1991. They simply need to look long and hard at this nominee’s long oral and paper trail and let her record speak for itself. If they do not — or if they do and find the kind of radical ideology Obama embraces — and then vote for her out of fear of a popular president, we should order the headstone that reads, “RIP, GOP,” for this great party will be headed for the ash heap of history, right alongside the Whigs.
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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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The Political Class Verses Average Americans

Rasmussen Polling tells us today that 67% of those surveyed oppose the government bail out of General Motors. Yet the political class and Barack Hussein Obama and comrades will shove the bail out down the throats of American taxpayers with the imminent filing of G.M. bankruptcy.

Is the American public wrong and are the omniscient politicians right? We think not. We were amused yesterday to see that the government of Barack Hussein Obama 'hopes' to recover its investment of G.M., that's soon to be Government Motors, within five years. Sounds like another Soviet Five Year Plan to us who remember those days. For those of you who don't, let's say it is exactly why the U.S.S.R. no longer exists.

We did hear an interesting suggestion from Mitt Romney this morning who suggested that maybe the federal government could issues shares of stock to each American for its portion of the ownership of G.M. and Chrysler, thus letting the American taxpayer decide who serves on the boards, who designs the autos, etc. Not a bad idea but, of course, under the United Nationalized States of America and Comrade Barack Hussein Obama, etal., it will never fly but then again in five years the likelihood that G.M. will be returned as an autonomous profitable non-government owned entity is only a bet that Las Vegas would be interested in making odds on.

Postscrpt: We just received a 'CNN Breaking News' bulletin saying: "President Obama on Monday to announce the bankruptcy filing of General Motors." Following the above thought train, one wonders when the President of United States started announcing bankruptcies?????

What's it got to do with the Constitution?

Sonia Sotomayor: "I would hope hat a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

2001 quote. We won't go into a diatribe about what if a white male court nominee had said that his richness of experiences would help him reach a better conclusion than a woman or a black or a Hispanic..........

Sotomayor -- What's Missing?

As we all are exposed to the name of Sonia Sotomayor we're reading several articles a day about her and, of course, she is the prime topic of all the Sunday morning news shows. There was a Washington Post piece this morning discussing the very full life of the nominee which you can read at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/30/AR2009053002061_pf.html

As we read that and as we listen to all the talking heads what strikes us is that no where other than in her attendance at a Catholic school as a child is there any mention of religion in her life. Now while that may not be a criteria for appointment to the highest judicial office in the United States it somehow seems to us that in a country 'founded under God' that perhaps there might be some concern about the topic or about the importance or lack there of that it plays in her life.

Something to think about...........

Postscrpt: We probably authored the above a little prematurely as there was an article today in the New York Times about her 'Catholicism'. Unfortunately, it tells us only what we suspected, that religion does not play a major or probably even a minor part in her life. Check that article out at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/us/politics/31catholics.html?_r=1&th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

Saturday, May 30, 2009

How Long Must We Endure the Smell?

It seems that the poster boy for the Democrat Culture of Corruption, John Murtha, warrants comments here on at least a weekly basis. This guy is no less than a crook who has enriched himself, his friends, his family and his contributors for years. From an article today in the Washington Post, "Murtha Defends Earmarks to His District," it becomes clear that the day of reckoning is coming closer for this crook. For us, it can't come soon enough.


Check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/29/AR2009052901742_pf.html

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fahey administration is at fault for fiscal woes - Patrick McPherson

A May 15 Midlands Voices essay by Carol Ebdon, Mayor Mike Fahey’s finance director, and Paul Landow, his former chief of staff, begs a response because of the authors’ bias and conclusions.
The release last week of the mayor’s task force recommendations on the pensions further justifies response.

The discussion by Ebdon and Landow ignores the responsibility they and Fahey share in Omaha’s severe economic plight. It’s easy to suggest the next mayor raise taxes, but where was their advice and leadership in preventing Omaha’s financial deterioration?

One wonders from Landow’s and Ebdon’s article where Omahans have been when the authors say, “There are several important things to know about the city’s current economic condition” and proceed to discuss pensions, debt, the AAA bond rating and taxes. Weren’t these issues discussed during the recent mayoral campaign?

Ebdon and Landow attribute the biggest portion of the fire/police pension insolvency to the recent market crash. This resulted in a loss of about $150 million. The other $300 million of underfunding occurred largely because of the last contract negotiated by the current mayor. The contract giveaways and ensuing insolvency were the direct result of Fahey’s political decision not to raise taxes before the 2005 election. Why wasn’t this addressed by Fahey, Ebdon and Landow before now?

Amazingly, Ebdon and Landow suggest that “even with benefit cuts, police officers and firefighters would be able to retire at an early age with a high percentage of their base pay and family health insurance until age 65 at a very low premium.” So they are saying, what? No spiking? They suggest no changes to a contract that requires citizens to pay for family health care for up to 20 years after retirement even when former employees find work with employers offering full coverage.

Where are their non-tax solutions? What about a merger of the Police Department with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, or suggesting the next contract adopt the county’s rule of 75 (years of service and age must total 75 for full retirement) with full retirement at 60 percent of base earnings rather than the current 75 percent? What about the Platte Institute’s recent suggestion that the City and Legislature work to revamp the Court of Industrial Relations where contract disputes end up? Ebdon and Landow offer no solutions because their goal is simply to justify raising taxes by Mayor-elect Jim Suttle.

On the debt, Landow and Ebdon seem to blame the taxpayers for something they approved in 2000, the Qwest Center. They forget it was Fahey who renegotiated the debt to pay interest only, so as not to raise property taxes prior to the 2005 election. Incredibly, they blame former Mayor Hal Daub and the City Council for being too generous in cutting property taxes for Omahans in 2000. It appears their philosophy is to tax and spend citizens’ money in good times rather than return it to the taxpayers.

Landow and Ebdon blame the loss of our AAA bond rating on pension underfunding, low fund balances and a higher than average debt burden. When did these occur? Over the last eight years!

We now have more than $450 million of pension underfunding, no reserve carried forward and increased debt. They can’t blame the additional debt of the College World Series stadium on the taxpayers since they chose not to give them a vote. The loss of the AAA bond rating is the result of eight years of bad fiscal management and decisions.

In their attempt to give shelter to Jim Suttle, who will certainly reach a “eureka” moment in deciding to raise property taxes, Ebdon and Landow condone a tax increase since they claim our current tax rate is “one third lower than it was 20 years ago.” Are they oblivious to the inordinately high tax burden Nebraskans carry in comparison with other states? Do they think Omahans believe they don’t currently pay enough taxes?

Suttle will face serious fiscal challenges. Unfortunately for Omaha, our current financial predicament is the result of eight years of mismanagement for which Fahey, Ebdon and Landow must accept blame.

It amazes me that those complicit for the fiscal mismanagement of the last eight years have the audacity to suggest raising taxes — without consideration of other alternatives or ideas.
Bad management, lots of excuses and no ideas equal big tax increases for Omahans. As a result, Omaha will be less competitive and less attractive as a place to live.

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This editorial was published in the Midlands Voices section of the Omaha World-Herald on May 27, 2009. McPherson is an ocassional contributor to the Objective Conservative who was Administrative Services Director under Mayor Hal Daub from 1997-2001 and is actively involved with the Nebraska Republican Party and it's candidates.

Pragmatism verses Principles

A good column by David Limbaugh today titled, "Democrat Lite A Big GOP Tent Does Not Make" at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=af5468fe-d687-4bc5-97cc-b41edd2b9bb2&t=c

We couldn't Agree more with his thoughts. With 60% of Americans being conservative, the future of the Republican Party is not in rolling over and being concessionary and adopting a go along to get along mentality. It is standing up for conservative principles.

Confirm Sotomayor


While we might not be inclined to suggest that the few remaining Republicans in the U.S. Senate vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor, we basically agree with Charles Krauthammer's article today, "Sotomayor, Criticize Then Confirm." Check it out at: http://townhall.com/columnists/CharlesKrauthammer/2009/05/29/sotomayor_criticize,_then_confirm

Unless someone comes up with a smoking gun (no doubt soon to be made illegal under the the polices of Barack Hussein Obama and Janet Napolitano), Sotomayor will be confirmed as the next Associate Justice of the United States. Conservatives would do well to follow Krauthammer's advice and then recognize reality.
We also think that Linda Chavez sums it up well in her column when she says, "Presidential elections have consequences -- and few are more important than the power to shape the federal judiciary. With the selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Barack Obama has begun the process of altering the federal courts."

Nuclear Terrorism and this Administration


There is a good article on the threat this nation faces with nuclear terrorists titled, "Defeating a Mad Man with Nukes", by James Lewis. It's worth a read given North Korea's saber rattling and the reductions in our 'star war's program. Check it out at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/29/defeating_a_hitler_with_nukes_nothing_else_matters_96731.html
Oliver North also has a good column on this issue and the weak-kneed responses thus far of the Barack Hussein Obama administration titled, "The Failure of Grip-and-Grin Diplomacy" at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=22894a4b-80a3-4965-b8ce-b9189fa61ca7&t=c

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lost in his little unplanned world

According to a reliable source (?) Tom Becka, Mayor-elect Suttle addressed the Downtown Rotary today. Apparently, he asked members to send him ideas and resumes for potential finance directors by Friday because he needs a finance director.

Now can you believe this? This guy has no clue. It is no wonder he never wanted to put forth any plans during his campaign. He didn't have a clue and apparently didn't have anyone advising him who did.

Will he at least he has a guy as 1/2 chief of staff that was fired for dishonesty in his last public job. We understand that his other 1/2 chief of staff Matt Samp may have a new boyfriend so maybe he won't be as lonely as the mayor-elect.

The V.A.T. a Conservative Dream or Nightmare?

All of sudden folks in Washington are thinking about a V.A.T., a value added tax that involves a tax on everything produced and sold in the country from its original raw form through each stage of production. While many conservatives, we being among them, support a national sales tax, we support one ONLY if it Totally replaces the the income tax which allows government to create winners and losers and which punishes those who take risks and create jobs. We could go on at length about this but won't.

Simply read today's article in the Washington Post and hold on to your wallets while getting educated on how the Washington mind-set is thinking about how to give you more government and pay for it. Check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052602909_pf.html

A Fellow Congressman Speaks on Murtha

See what Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had to say to The American Spectator about our favorite face of THE DEMOCRAT CULTURE OF CORRUPTION, CONGRESSMAN JOHN MURTHA, at: http://spectator.org/archives/2009/05/26/an-airport-for-somebody/print

Government Motors - The New G.M.

A good summary of the current situation at soon to be bankrupt General Motors and the consequences and potential consequences of government ownership of General Motors and Chrysler in the New York Times today at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/27/business/27auto.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print

Earlier this morning some of G.M.'s bond holders rejected the governments offer to write down their investments so you can expect more invective from Barack Hussein Obama as to the greedy creditors who are 'forcing' the imminent G.M. bankruptcy. One might ask you, "If you have a secured investment in a businesses (your 401-K, your pension plan, etc.) why should you let the socialist/nationalization-oriented government of Barack Hussein Obama decide what you should get for your investment?" The consequence of these decisions will have an impact on our country and those who invest in our businesses henceforth and forever.

Is Dick Cheney Right?

Pat Buchanan has a good editorial today regarding Dick Cheney taking up one of the Republican Party's essential beliefs - a strong national defense of our country. Buchanan isn't our favorite commentator, but on this one we think he is right. We are glad that at least one Republican is facing down President Barack Hussein Obama on this issue and until another more credible one steps up to the plate we'll take Cheney.

The Voice and Vote of the People Heard

What a relief that the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 and the voice and vote of the people that said no to gay marriage. That means that if you want to live in a state that promotes and accepts gay marriage you have to go Iowa or New England. Let's keep it that way.

Our Next Associate Justice

A fairly good and realistic article my Ronald Cass on Judge Sotomayor today, "Judge Sotomayor's Identity Problem." It's a pretty good appraisal of why she was appointed and what her weaknesses are. At this point we would agree with his assessment that Sotomayor won't change much on the court and given her intellectual bent isn't likely to be very influential with her peers. And we would agree that her nomination only offers some fundraising opportunity to the Republican Party which if carried too far will only result in more angst with Hispanic voters and still an inability to prevent her confirmation. You can check out the article at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/27/judge_sotomayors_identity_problem_96682.html
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One thing we do find interesting that hasn't brought a lot of attention yet is that Judge Sotomayor may in fact be the 6th Catholic on the Supreme Court (there seems to be some reason to believe she is since she attended a Catholic elementary school and is Puerto Rican). Now if she were an obvious pro-life vote, you can bet that religion would be a major concern to her opponents particularly had she been appointed by a Republican president.
Another interesting fact is that in 1998, 25 Republicans voted for her nominationto the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, while 29 voted against it.
Yet another important fact, Sotomayor was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and confirmed in 1992. If there is a lesson to be learned, perhaps it is that if Republicans want to prevent liberal judges from being nominated to higher courts, they shouldn't be nominating or confirming them for political reasons in the first place.

One final thought, had the Republicans nominated and elected an articulate, youthful opponent to Barack Hussein Obama this appointment would have truly been a turning point for our country for years to come. Now all we can hope for is a stalemate after she is confirmed and when perhaps next year Associate Justice Stevens retires. But at best that stalemate will last for many years to come, hopefully not altered by any retirements by Kennedy or the four conservative members of the court.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009 is a Solemn Occasion - Doug Patton

May 25, 2009

On Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend, my family and I gather at a small rural cemetery on a windswept hillside, surrounded by rich Iowa farmland, as the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honors the men buried there who served in all of America’s wars, from the War of 1812 to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

An aging VFW honor guard provides a 21-gun salute, followed by a lone bugler playing Taps. Some of the men being honored there were teenagers when they lost their lives in battle. Some came home to raise families and grow old in that community, or perhaps they settled there after their war years to start a whole new life. Still others migrated elsewhere before returning home to live out their final years and be buried in that little cemetery.

Whatever their circumstances, they are remembered each Memorial Day at this brief ceremony. Among the names of those who served in World War I is that of my maternal grandfather. He and my grandmother settled there in the 1930s and made the community their home. They are buried together in that little cemetery.

For the past ten years, my father’s name has been among the interred who served in World War II. As a 22-year-old NCO on Eisenhower’s staff during the planning for D-Day, only a freak accident resulting in a broken ankle kept him from sailing across the English Channel on June 6, 1944, with the rest of the invasion force. Like most WWII vets, he never talked much about his wartime experiences, but he did tell us about that one, and I believe it always haunted him that the young man who took his place that day was one of the first to fall on Omaha Beach.

Until this year, I had always viewed this special Memorial Day ceremony as a celebration of the lives of ordinary men who rose to the occasion in the worst of times to do extraordinary things. This year, I felt a sense of sadness and resentment for those men, because their country is now led by a man who believes that America is an arrogant nation that needs to apologize to the rest of the world.

From the bloody, mustard gas poisoned battlefields of World War I to the beaches of Normandy, from the freezing cold of Korea to the rice paddies of Vietnam, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, these brave men set aside their own personal hopes, dreams, goals and lives to serve us when we needed them most. They fought for an ideal this president cannot even fathom and about which he apparently cares nothing.

I hear people say, “He’s not one of us,” almost as if he’s a space alien. I know what they mean, and I agree. He is not a loyal, patriotic American, and I am tired of pretending he is anything other than an underprepared, slick-talking Marxist. He is a radical ideologue whose worldview is global and whose loyalties lie somewhere other than with the nation that has given him so much.

I miss my father. I wish he had lived beyond the mere 76 years he was given. Hardly a day has passed in the last ten years that I have not wished that I could ask him the questions I failed to ask when I thought I had another year or another month with him, or to tell him how much I appreciate the sacrifice he and his generation made to preserve my freedom.

But when I see the President of the United States travel to Europe and refuse to go to a U.S. military cemetery in France — even at the invitation of the French president — I am glad my father did not live to see it. When I see my president stand before crowds of Europeans, all of whom, without the intervention of my country — twice in one century — would be speaking German today, I am ashamed for the honor of my father and my grandfather.

May God grant us the endurance and the fortitude to stand against the evil of this president’s ideology and agenda, and the wisdom to replace him with the next true patriot who runs for that office.

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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.

The Same Old Face of the Democrat Face/Culture of Corruption

We promise to Stay on John Mutha's case until he is either indicted and ignominiously ejected from office or until the voters of his district replace this crook. Yes, Murtha, who is the earmark delivering congressman from Pennsylvania is once again in the spotlight as a result of an investigation into a grant/earmark given to a firm to which he has familial ties and from which he has received campaign donations.

It gets old talking about this guy who may not be as dangerous as Nancy Pelosi but who certainly has enriched himself, his family, his buddies and his contributors through unneeded and wasteful earmarks.


For more on good ol' John's latest involvement in Democrat earmark largess, check out:

AND JUST FOR THE RECORD, WE OPPOSE ANY EARMARK WHETHER IT COME FROM OUR NEBRASKA CONGRESSMEN OR SENATORS OR ANY OTHER ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE. THEY ARE ALL FR OUGHT WITH WASTE AND WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY AND TO WHOM THEY ARE GIVEN.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Nader to GM's Rescue?


Okay, perhaps we exaggerate, but even Ralph Nader thinks that President Barack Hussein Obama has overstepped on the Chrysler and GM bailouts/bankruptcies. Seems the legislative branch of our government is beginning to wake up to what is happening to investors and those affected by the authoritarian dictates of this president and his group of socialists. Let's hope it's not too late.

Maybe we'd rather have Nader as a Republican than Powell?

Colin Powel to continue his fight with GOP?

Seems that Colin Powell and the news media in their continued effort to redefine or bury the GOP will be talking on weekend TV for those who don't have something better to do.

We'd suggest you go to church or go fishing rather than waste your time listening to Powell and the ever fair and unbiased CBS Face the Nation.
By the way, why has't Barack Hussein Obama nominated Collin for some important job? Maybe he could be Barach Hussein Obama's ambassador to the GOP.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lee Terry has got it wrong

We are told by the Nebraska Republican Party that:

Yesterday, Congressman Lee Terry introduced the Teachers at the Table Act of 2009, a bill which creates a volunteer teacher advisory committee composed of current or former Teachers of the Year to advise Congress on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. These members will be appointed by the Secretary of Education and leaders in the House and Senate.

“Since enactment of the national education program ‘No Child Left Behind’ many questions and concerns have come up about the effectiveness of the legislation,” said Congressman Terry. “This proposal will increase understanding and conversation between Congress and our nation’s very best educators to reach the mutual goal of achieving greater accountability and success in educating our children.”

We think Congressman Terry simply misses the boat. No Child Left Behind should be left behind. Period. There is no proof that No Child Left Behind has done anything to improve education in our country other than create more government control over a failed education system and more bureaucracy and paper work. The Heritage Foundation has put forth numerous article on this top and we have made our views apparent many times in the past.

Don't study it, KILL IT!

Hell No to A Sales Tax Increase for Omaha

According to the daily rag, the Omaha World-Herald, Senator Abbie Cornett said that her colleagues when asked about allowing a 1/2% increase in the sales tax for Omaha said,"Hell No"

We at the Objective Conservative also say Hell No!.

The pension crisis, which has been created by Mayor Fahey according to the 'Bates' commission will require a city contribution of $15 million a year for the rest of us assuming the police and fire unions step up to the plate with an equal contribution.

A 1/2% increase in sales tax will create an income to the city of $45 million, $30 million a year more than required to straighten out the pension mess. So instantly, the City of Omaha gets $30 million a year more to spend. Of course, we're told that the city use about $15 million of that to reduce property taxes and the rest can be used to build reserves, etc. The truth of the matter is that that $30 million will ultimately just fund more spending.

Do the math on this. If property taxes go up 6 cents per hundred dollars of valuation, an Omaha home owner living in a $200,000 home will pay about $120 year more in property taxes-not a very nice option. But on the other hand if the family spends $25,000 or more a year on taxable products in Omaha, the cost is $120. If they buy a vehicle(s) during the year worth that, they will pay even more.

The local option sales tax started out years ago at 1/2% on top of the state sales tax. Then it went to 1%, and then to 1.5%. Now, they want it to go to 2%. Those taxes never go down.

Fortunately, the state senators will probably not vote for such a tax option for Omaha because they know they will have to give the same option to other cities across Nebraska, most of which have raised their taxes to the 1.5% which Omahans now pay. They also understand that raising the sales tax limits their ability to tax and on an overall basis makes Nebraska less competitive with other states. The latter aspect, in itself, should be a reason to tell Omaha no to more sales tax.

Fortunately, even if the legislature for some unlikely reason gives Omaha the ability to vote for such an increase, Omahan's will likely reject it. They pay enough taxes now and it's not a long drive to Council Bluffs which offers many of the same choices when it comes to spending money.

Another alternative recommended by the Bates commission is a potential garbage fee of $10 a month. Fortunately, this too would require approval by the legislature. Again, unlikely. And if such a fee is allowed, what's to say that it, like Omaha's eternal wheel tax, won't just continue to increase and increase?

So the bottom line seems to be a property tax increase? Maybe. While the Bates commission seems to say that spending cuts are not the solution, maybe it is time for a blue ribbon panel to look at Omaha's spending.

Mike Fahey told the Omaha-World Herald yesterday that "while any tax hike is bad news for the taxpayers, some kind of increase is the only way to fix the problem and that 'We have no alternative but to address the issue.'" Easy words for the guy that got Omaha in this mess to begin with.

The leadership of the City of Omaha put the city in this fix over the last eight years. The Mayor-elect offered no plan or solution to deal with this during his campaign. We at the Objective Conservative think it's time for these 'leaders' to stew in the mess they created. Let them raise property taxes or find spending solutions and let them be held accountable to the citizens.

More of the Same


After choosing two chiefs of staff, one who had to resign from his prior public service job for lying to an elected board about his affair with a board member, Mayor-elect Suttle announces that he has invited all of Mayor Fahey's cabinet to stay on. So what do we get? We get the remnants of an administration that has failed Omaha miserably for the last eight years and the promise of four more years under Fahey-light, Jim Suttle.

Maybe we should all just move to Council Bluffs......

Gingrich on Government

Newt Gingrich has a good commentary this morning titled, "A Rising Anti-government Trend." It says alot about what big government and taxes have brought California, New York and the nation. AND, we wonder if there isn't a lesson here for the politicians of Omaha and Nebraska.

Check it out at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/21/AR2009052103724_pf.html

Thursday, May 21, 2009

General Motors to become Government Motors


Yes, it looks like G.M. will go the Barack Hussein Obama bankruptcy route next week or very soon. And once again the government and the UAW will be the primary owners and beneficiaries. What troubles us and should trouble you is that legitimate creditors are having their rights shredded through this process. If George Bush had ever tried to abridge the rights of legitimate investors, the Democrats and the Republicans would have impeached him. General Motors ought to be allowed to fail and the courts should distribute and sell the assets rather than give them to the government and the auto workers union.

No Congressional Investigation


One might think that given Nancy Pelosi's comments about her non-briefing by the CIA in regard to water boarding tactics that she would have welcomed an investigation, but the house turned it down today. Interesting because the Democrats, less Pelosi, voted against it and the Republicans voted for it. Of course, Nancy had other commitments in Baltimore and wasn't there to vote.

Rush and Powell and What the GOP Stands for


We are no defender of talk show hosts. While we believe that Rush Limbaugh is one of the most incisive of radio talk show hosts we don't often find reason to defend him or comment about his show but the battle that has been set up by him and General Powell fits into our issue and mission to define what the Republican Party is or should be. Here is some of the rhetoric from their back and forth:

Powell Rebuffs Limbaugh, Who 'Resigns' as GOP Party Head
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2009. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
By Michael D. Shear

As one of the nation's most decorated former soldiers, Colin Powell knows how to fight. And so he came out swinging this week in the ongoing tiff with former vice president Dick Cheney and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

In a speech in Boston, Powell hit back against the two GOP heavyweights for questioning his loyalty to the Republican party.

"Rush Limbaugh says, 'Get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'He's already out.' I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again," Powell told the crowd, according to the Boston Globe.

It didn't take Limbaugh long to respond.

"Does Powell have the pulse of the Republican Party, folks? He's for more spending. He's for higher taxes. He's against raising the social issues. He's for affirmative action. He's for amnesty for illegals. He endorsed Obama," Limbaugh said. "The only thing emerging here is Colin Powell's ego. Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

In this case we agree with Rush. We don't advocate throwing Powell out of our party but we certainly think Powell should be smart enough to know that he in no way represents the majority or even a plurality of our party. Perhaps a better question for him would be to ask him where does he differ with the platform of the Democrat party and where does he agree with the platform of the Republican Party?

We repeat as we have in the past that the Republican Party's problem is not that its tenets need to be revised but rather that it get back to those basics and articulate them.

Senator Council Leaves us wondering


Just a thought. Why is it that State Senator Brenda Council (and some of her peers) is so concerned and opposed to the death penalty for fear that some innocent individual might be executed yet so afraid that a woman considering an abortion not be shown an ultrasound of that child before it is executed?
Joe Jordan of KMTV interviewed Mayor-elect Suttle on the current mayor's pension task force recommendations. Here's how it went according to Jordan:

Mayor Elect Sounds Off

Pension Problems Could Mean Tax Increase

The "Wrong Question"
Mayor Elect Jim Suttle didn't tell me what the right question is, but was very clear that I had asked the wrong one.
The issue: the long awaited recommendations from Mayor Mike Fahey's hand-picked police and fire pension task force.
Among the recommendations: Higher taxes (property taxes 14%, or the city sales tax up one-half per cent, or a $10 a month per household garbage fee).
When I asked Mr. Suttle for his reaction (which sounds like he favors the higher taxes) I got this:
Suttle: It's time to roll up the sleeves and take these recommendations and begin to get them into place.
Jordan: During the campaign Hal Daub said he wouldn't raise taxes no matter what.
Suttle: Joe that's not the right question so don't even go...
Jordan: So he (Daub) was dead wrong?
Suttle: You'll have to ask him.
Suttle will be sworn in June 8th."

Heaven Protect Us.....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Appointment of Oltmans - Bad Judgement By Suttle

Mayor-elect Suttle made his first few appointments late yesterday announcing two Chiefs of Staff, Steve Oltmans for operations and Matt Samp for external community issues or something like that. If the appointment of Oltmans is any example of the judgement and decision making we can expect from Suttle the City of Omaha is in real trouble.

While the local daily may have glossed over it, the fact is that Oltmans was fired from his position at the Papio Missouri River NRD, not because of a long-term affair, but because of a long-term affair with a board member whose vote he influenced in at least one decision and because he lied to the board.

Oltmans had his chance at public service. He disrespected his wife and family. He entered into an unethical relationship with a board member of an organization he worked for. He created a conflict of interest for that board member and for himself. His employees were affected by his behavior. He lied to the board. His actions affected the image of the governmental institution that he worked for. The record keeping under Oltmans was lax. Suttle's choice of Oltmans, who is admittedly a talented guy, sends the wrong message. Can he be trusted to represent the best interests of the mayor and the city of Omaha--ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Here some of what the Omaha World Herald had to say in April 2006:

"The board will meet in executive session at NRD headquarters to discuss Steve Oltmans' future and the affair he had with former board member Barb Nichols."

"In the statement to his staff, Oltmans admitted that he had initially misled some board members before telling them the truth."

"Board members told The World-Herald that it was not so much the affair that has troubled them. Oltmans jeopardized his credibility with the board, they say, by misleading them.
"There are some pretty upset board members. No one likes to be lied to," said board member Tim Fowler, who represents southern Douglas County. "But that's just one piece of the puzzle."
Fowler and board member Rich Tesar also want Oltmans' expense account audited to be sure he didn't spend natural resources district money on Nichols."


"Nichols said Tuesday that she and Oltmans have been seeing each other since the late 1990s, including her time on the board from 2001 until 2005. Oltmans is 62; Nichols is 54.
She said she accompanied him on numerous NRD outings in the Omaha area and, while on the board, joined him on an NRD-related trip to Minneapolis."


"Some board members said they long suspected an affair."

"Jansen said board members decided to raise the issue with Oltmans in January after receiving complaints from staff that he was becoming short-tempered. The relationship with Nichols, staff members suspected, might be the reason."


"It was at that meeting that Oltmans denied the affair, Jansen said."


"When Nichols learned that Oltmans had denied the relationship, she provided board members evidence, specifically two pictures, one of the couple on the Minneapolis trip, the other of Oltmans helping her assemble her campaign signs."


"A group of board members met again with Oltmans this week and confronted him about the pictures as well as his cell phone logs. At that point, Oltmans acknowledged the relationship, Jansen said."


"A board member said the board could fire Oltmans based on a contract provision allowing termination for "unprofessional conduct which interferes substantially with the continued performance of the duties of general manager."

"Jansen said the board is facing a difficult decision."

"Nichols has had her own share of troubles, including family legal battles and financial difficulties because she has no income. She also has had several shoplifting convictions."


"Oltmans, she said, has helped her with groceries, meals and gasoline."

"The NRD has become an important part of her life, she said. Even though she lost a bid for re-election two years ago, she has continued to attend meetings and join board members in their post- meeting discussions over pizza."

"Other board members say they want to know if Oltmans used his relationship with Nichols to influence her vote."

"Nichols said she remained independent of Oltmans' influence, casting only one vote at his specific request. That was to allow the Omaha Public Power District to build a high-voltage power line along the Keystone Trail."

"Hers was the swing vote that would have allowed the project to go forward had the utility not changed its mind."


After Oltmans was fired the State of Nebraska audited the NRD records. Among their findings, was:

"The organization's procedures were definitely lax, audit officials said. Expense records were incomplete, and taxable- expense-income rules set down by the IRS were violated. The NRD, State Auditor Kate Witek said, was not unique among government agencies in suffering from such accounting problems."

'The investigation was instigated by NRD board members after the district's former executive director, Steve Oltmans, was found to be having an affair with former board member Barb Nichols. Questions were raised about his expense accounts. Oltmans was fired '

'Board Chairman Jim Thompson rightly characterized the audit findings as minor, though the board already has wisely revised its policies to prevent similar problems in the future
Perhaps board members can now begin to put this distasteful episode behind them. The whole incident has tarnished the NRD's image and dented its credibility. For many years, its reputation was outstanding."


The implications for the board's most important projects, among them a controversial proposal for up to 29 dams in the Papio Creek watershed to prevent downstream flooding, are uncertain. Opponents of the dam project are likely to seize on the accounting errors as a reason to distrust the board's decisions and question its word.

The NRD is facing a critical time as it tries to initiate plans for the future of flood control in the Omaha metropolitan area. For the good of the community, it should work hard to overcome the mistakes of the past."

Cover for the Mayor-elect


Mayor Fahey's pension commission recommendations are out and it will cost everyone who lives or works or maybe even shops in the city. Yes, conveniently, 8 days after the election, we're told that the city needs to raise it's sales tax by one-half percent, raise property taxes by 6 cents per hundred dollars of valuation and maybe impose a garbage tax fee. ALL TO PAY FOR THE FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT OF THE CITY UNDER FAHEY OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS and cover the Police and Fire Pension deficit.

What's even more disgusting is that Mayor-elect Suttle will adopt these proposals hook, line and sinker since he never made any promise or provided any plan for how he would tackle the financial problems presented to the city by Fahey's bad judgement or by his supporters at the fire union whose pension he must now save.

While the commission suggests a half-cent increase in sales taxes, that will require legislative action by the unicameral next year and a vote of the people so in all likelihood that will not happen which means that then Mayor Suttle will have to fall back on even more property tax increases in 2010.

With this we will be able to declare MAYOR-ELECT SUTTLE as MR. TAX AND SPEND even before he takes office on June 8. Hopefully, the three remaining Republicans on the Council will dig in their feet and simply vote no letting Suttle and his Democratic majority stew in their tax increases until they are all relieved of duty June 11, 2013.

From our standpoint, perhaps Omaha's best solution is to simply declare bankruptcy. It certainly won't cost the city it's AAA bond rating and it will let the Fire and Police Unions get what they deserve and let the federal government worry about paying for $1.6 (soon to be much more) billion dollar sewer separation project.

Good News Bad News


From the Washington Post:

House Approves Credit Card Industry Bill With a 367-61 vote, the House ensures that President Obama will be able to sign the bill to regulate common credit card industry practices by Memorial Day, as he requested.

So the bad news is that your credit card rates will go up to protect the idiots who don't know how to handle their credit. The good news is that you will be able to carry your gun into a national park (also part of the bill) which should give some liberals some heartburn.

California in a fix

Well California voters who seem to want everything and not want to pay for anything spoke by turning down the propositions that would have helped cover a $20 Billion some dollar budget shortfall. It will be interesting to see what Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's legislators come up with to avert the crisis. No doubt they will be asking Barack Hussein Obama and comrades for help from your pocketbook.

Isn't it Interesting

According to today's Rasmussen Report, 41% of the American population favor legalizing and taxing marijauna. Somehow that seems a little strange in a country that has just about outlawed cigarette smoking and may under Barack Hussein Obama and comrades decide to regulate it as a drug.

Harry Reid - Or Republican Challenger Where Are You?

Seems Harry Reid is not exactly the most popular guy in his home state of Nevada. Only 35% of his fellow citizens would vote to re-elect him. The only problem is that in this state that has grown increasingly Democrat, the Republicans have no obvious choice to replace him. This could be the start of something good if the Republicans get their act together.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Where Will it End?

We learn tonight that the government of Barack Hussein Obama and comrades, Geithner and Summers want to create yet a new consumer watchdog to protect consumers from the evils of the financial market. A watchdog to make sure someone else does what other government agencies are empowered to do. Yet another massive bureaucracy to protect us from ourselves because we are incapable and uneducated.

For more, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/19/AR2009051903061_pf.html

Earmarks

Despite the 'urging' of Barack Hussein Obama a senate committee has moved forward a war spending authorization bill full of earmarks. Enough said.

Check it out at: http://www.cqpolitics.com/frame-templates/print_template.html

Ilegals in Jails to be sent home?

About a week ago in Omaha, a 4 year old child was killed in an auto accident by an illegal alien (not an undocumented immigrant) who ran a red light and hit the car in which the child and her mother and siblings were riding. This illegal alien lost his driver's license in 2000 (apparently as a result of a drunken driving arrest or more scrutiny by the department of motor vehicles) and since has been stopped and arrested several times for drunken driving, driving without a license or other reasons.

This came on the same day as the Omaha mayoral and council elections in which the issue of immigration had been raised. The debate in the election was whether Omaha should be allowed to be a sanctuary city or whether police ought to check to make sure folks that are stopped, arrested or booked are legal citizens. What will happen in Omaha will be up to the new mayor who incidentally said We should not criminalize those who come here legally or otherwise or those who hire them.

With that background we are totally blown away by a new initiative apparently supported by Barack Hussein Obama and Janet Napolitano. LISTEN UP---THIS MAY BE THE FIRST AND ONLY NICE THING WE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THESE TWO FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.
We read in the Washington Post this morning that in fact, the administration supports a program to expand immigration checks to all local jails which means that everyone incarcerated at federal, state or local levels will have their fingerprints and information verified to determine whether they are here legally. This won't happen overnight and it doesn't guarantee that all who commit minor crimes will get the same attention from ICE, but it is at least a start.

See the article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/18/AR2009051803172_pf.html

Big Brother and Taxes

Well, here we go again with a senate panel looking at creating more sin taxes to fund programs and modify your behavior. Yep, in order to fund more health care, these folks you elected to represent you in Washington want to put a tax on drinks containing sugar and want to increase the tax on the liquor you drink. Of course, these are sin taxes because the use of these products is unhealthy for you. They contribute to obesity which contributes to diabetes which contributes to heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, blindness, etc., etc., etc. And of course we know what alcohol can do.

We at the Objective Conservative don't promote either obesity or drunkenness or the results thereof (although some of our contributors may be guilty of the same-at least at some point in their lives) but what we do believe is that it is not the role of government to decide what our life styles are or should be through taxes. Further, every time government puts new restrictions on our behavior through taxes or other means it drives us further down the slippery slop of more government control of our lives and Less Freedom.

One last thought as we are waking up here.......It seems to us that taxes exist to pay for government. Not to select winners and losers, not to modify behavior, not to benefit one group or class over another. That, frankly, is why it's time to adopt a Fair Tax (Google it) at both a Federal and a state level.

The Two Faces of Hypocrisy -- Pelosi & Obama

There is a good column today by Rich Lowry, Nancy's Nutty CIA Conspiracy Tales. It points out just how ridiculous this woman's accusations are as well as the duplicity exercised by Barack Hussein Obama on the torture issue. Enough said.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cap N' Trade - A message from Lee Terry


Our inbox today brought us this missive from Congressman Lee Terry. Since we at the Objective Conservative totally disagree with the Church of Al Gore on the issue of global warming and its expensive, intrusive and inane solutions which offer only more taxes and less competitiveness for our country, we were glad to see Congressman Terry's thoughts on the topic, printed below:

Hello.

This week the Energy and Commerce Committee will be discussing a cap and trade proposal put forth by Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey. We can all agree we need to find cleaner sources of energy, but this cap and trade plan is nothing more than a new energy tax that will be devastating to you and our already brittle economy.

To sum it up this bill will punish businesses who don't meet extreme and unreasonable CO2 emission standards by taking their capital to pay the government. This will be fatal to our economy because in essence businesses will see their electric bill double which will be devastating to a manufacturers and businesses who use fossil fuels. Most companies won't be able to survive and many will chose to move to other countries. Now we've lost businesses and millions of jobs to boot.

Companies will also have no choice but to pass on this new and crushing tax to you. Every time you turn on a light switch, cook dinner or fill up your tank you'll be impacted by this cap and trade proposal. The Heritage Foundation estimates by 2035 the impact of the Waxman-Markey proposal will be:

Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $7.4 trillion.

Destroy 844,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 1,900,000 jobs

Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation

Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent.

Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500.

Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 29 percent, or $33,400 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.

Let's not drive our economy off a cliff by instituting a new and catastrophic tax just to reduce 1 percent of CO2 emission globally. If you have any questions about this proposal don't hesitate to contact my office at: 402-397-9944.

Sincerely,


LEE TERRY
Member of Congress

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Barack Obama's Irrelevant Religiosity - Doug Patton


May 18, 2009

When Barack Obama told Rev. Rick Warren last year that knowing when life begins is “above my pay grade,” he was splitting hairs at a molecular level, and in so doing he told us more about himself than he may have realized. This president is more adept than any in recent memory at appearing pious while believing in nothing — except, of course, in the god of big government and the hedonism of radical autonomy.

As I write this, the president is in South Bend, Indiana, receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame University at the graduation ceremony of that venerable Catholic institution. The church officials responsible for the university have managed to convince themselves that this most enthusiastic of pro-abortion presidents is somehow deserving of an honorary doctorate — in law, no less — from an institution that professes to be a leading proponent of the sanctity of innocent human life.

Apparently, being a community organizer who “helped the poor” on the streets of Chicago twenty years ago somehow negates the vicious pro-death policies he has embraced since. As an Illinois state senator, he voted to condemn newborns to die in closets after botched abortions. As a United States senator, he voted to allow full-term babies to be aborted up to the moment of birth simply because they were inconvenient. And now, as president of the United States, he advocates the destruction of human life for the purpose of embryonic stem cell research, he has ordered the export of abortion beyond our shores, and he has promised to sign a tyrannical policy known as the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would sweep away every federal, state and local restriction on abortion — including parental notification, the federal ban on partial birth abortion, and the conscience clause, which permits medical personnel to opt out of involvement in abortion procedures.

The Vatican has been silent on the president’s appearance at Notre Dame. I am not a Catholic, but it appears to me that this appeasement of the culture of death by the highest levels of the Catholic Church has effectively neutered the church as an ally in the fight for the sanctity of innocent human life. Obama, perhaps better than any politician in history, understands how to emasculate the institutions that oppose him. It’s as if, having waved his magic wand, he has blinded those who should be his greatest opposition and convinced them to aid him in furthering his agenda.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in Afghanistan, American soldiers are helplessly watching as their privately owned Bibles are being confiscated and burned — not by the Afghan government, which would be outrageous enough, but rather by the U.S. military! That’s right. Because of a story on the Muslim-controlled Arab television network, Al-Jazeera, and because of the protests of a few atheists, the Bibles are being seized by Barack Obama’s Pentagon and burned!

These Bibles were printed in Pashto and Dari, the languages of Afghans. They were sent to American Christian soldiers and chaplains by private donors. They were meant for distribution to American troops who were attending Christian church services on bases in Afghanistan. American military officials admit that these Bibles could be useful to U.S. soldiers in learning the languages of their hosts. Also, under Army regulations, these Bibles could legally be given as gifts to Afghan citizens during the soldiers’ off-duty hours. No matter; we must appease a few disgruntled Muslims and even fewer disgruntled atheists.

According to former Navy Chaplain Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, who has recently publicized this story, U.S. Central Command’s General Order Number One defines “proselytizing” as “forcing religious conversions using military weapons.” However, writes Klingenschmitt, the Order “fully permits soldiers of any religion to engage in non-threatening evangelism,” defined as “voluntary conversations about their faith.”

So, what are American Christian believers to conclude about their president? Is he truly a reasonable leader willing to listen to all points of view and to “disagree without being disagreeable”? Or is he a defender of Muslims, atheists and a culture of death at the expense of Christians and of the Christian faith he claims to embrace? His actions, combined with his irrelevant religiosity, seem to indicate the latter.

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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.

Another Industry Socialized and Yet another lesson for the G.O.P.

Yet another industry falls victim to government socialization and take over with the the government now qualifying at least six major insurance companies to receive assistance under its T.A.R.P. (Troubled Asset Relief Program). Just as it has done with the banks, with A.I.G., with the auto companies, the government under the guidance of tax-evading Treasury Secretary Geithner and our Messiah Barack Hussein Obama will now take a vested interest in another industry. See today's article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/14/AR2009051403866_pf.html

We have two thoughts here and they also pertain to the rebuilding of the GOP.
  1. Our government shouldn't be in the business of saving any industry and particularly in the business of deciding which ones are big enough or worthy enough of salvation. The free markets have done that pretty well over the last two hundred some years.
  2. Any government ownership in a business that it also regulates (all of the aforementioned) is simply a conflict of interest that no responsibly run business or organization would tolerate from members of its board or potential owners.

The GOP and Judges

Although the article on what the GOP has in mind in fighting Barack Hussein Obama's upcoming choices for the Supreme Court Vacancy basically suggests as we would that there will be no way to stop his choice, the article is instructive in that it once again points out the GOP objection when it comes to judges--that they should be constructionists, that they should interpret the Constitution as written--not a a living document, not in the eyes of international jurists.

With that said we would add another defining trait to what the GOP is and should stand for, the appointment of conservative constructionist jurists as judges.

More on the Rebirth, Renovation or Death of the GOP

There is an article today by Ken Connor, "GOP Resurgence or R.I.P.", at http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=900b25f8-27a1-4aea-ae72-0f485c3d19f9&t=c which we couldn't have written better. Basically, it says that we don't need to reinvent the GOP but rather return to the principles that led it under Ronald Reagan and through 1994, not what defined it over the last 8 years.
As we at the Objective Conservative continue to attempt to 'define' the GOP over the next several days this column posits a good starting point.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The GOP - Something Else that Unites Us

We C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E-S at the Objective Conservative will offend some 'big-tent' minded so-called Republicans with this one but we believe another dictum that defines our party, albeit a social one is that we are pro-life.

No one can logically argue that life doesn't begin at conception. It's an indisputable fact and if you don't understand it you'd better go back and take high school biology. If you have any knowledge of the Declaration of Independence you should understand what it said about LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. We obviously could go on and on but the fact is that our party believes in pro-life.

To confirm this we'd suggest that you check out a column on the latest Gallop poll which says that 70% of Republicans, and 51% of the American public is pro-life. The Republican Party shouldn't be pro-life because the numbers favor it, it should be pro-life because that is the only rational choice for an ethical and moral party.

Rebuilding the GOP - What Unites Us

With the R.I.P. (rest in peace) diatribes being written about the Republican Party, we think it's time that we C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E-S star working on a list of things that OUR party stands for and we will establish a list and update it as we discuss very issues and receive your input. We believe that in so doing we can establish a simple list that appeals not only to C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E-S, but also to a majority of the American electorate.

With that said, here is a pretty simple thing we can stand for, English as our national language. What conservative doesn't stand for that? In fact, according to today's Rasmussen Report, more than 76% of Democrats believe this too. Check it out at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/may_2009/84_say_english_should_be_america_s_official_language

So, today under Rebuilding The GOP, we add English as our National Language.

Please feel free to send us your ideas.--Posted By Objective Conservative to Objective Conservative at 5/15/2009 08:02:00 AM

Nancy Pelosi is a Liar


She can continue to parse her words and statements, but Nancy Pelosi is both a liar and a hypocrite. Her recent, stumbling attempt to exculpate herself from her cognizance of water boarding and other interrogation tactics is nothing less than what we would have expected from Bill Clinton in his discussions about what he did or didn't do with 'that woman', totally un-credible.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Message from barack Hussein Obama

Because of one of the LIBERAL members of our blog has found himself on the White House e-mail list, we thought we would share with you their latest communication on health care reform, especially given the article we referred you to earlier in the day (see below).

"Good afternoon, You are receiving this email because you signed up at WhiteHouse.gov. My staff and I plan to use these messages as a way to directly communicate about important issues and opportunities, and today I have some encouraging updates about health care reform.

The Vice President and I just met with leaders from the House of Representatives and received their commitment to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill by July 31.

We also have an unprecedented commitment from health care industry leaders, many of whom opposed health reform in the past. Monday, I met with some of these health care stakeholders, and they pledged to do their part to reduce the health care spending growth rate, saving more than two trillion dollars over the next ten years -- around $2,500 for each American family. Then on Tuesday, leaders from some of America's top companies came to the White House to showcase innovative ways to reduce health care costs by improving the health of their workers.

Now the House and Senate are beginning a critical debate that will determine the health of our nation's economy and its families. This process should be transparent and inclusive and its product must drive down costs, assure quality and affordable health care for everyone, and guarantee all of us a choice of doctors and plans. Reforming health care should also involve you. Think of other people who may want to stay up to date on health care reform and other national issues and tell them to join us here:


Health care reform can't come soon enough. We spend more on health care than any country, but families continue to struggle with skyrocketing premiums and nearly 46 million are without insurance entirely. It is a priority for the American people and a pillar of the new foundation we are seeking to build for our economy.

We'll continue to keep you posted about this and other important issues.

Thank you,

Barack Obama

P.S. If you'd like to get more in-depth information about health reform and how you can participate, be sure to visit http://www.HealthReform.gov.

The Future of Your Health Care

There is a good article today by Lawrence Kudlow, titled "We can't afford a 'Public' Health Plan". As Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid etal begining to cram nationalized health care down our throats this summer you can bet we will lots more to say on this topic, but we'd suggest you check out Kudlow's column at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/05/14/we_cant_afford_a_public_health_plan.html

Murtha - The Continuing Face of the Democrat Culture of Corruption

Once again, slime-ball, crook, self-aggrandizing, crony contributing Congressman John Murtha is in the news but only because Democrats are coercing their younger colleagues to vote against an ethics commission investigation resolution offered by Republican Congressman Jeff Flake. Essentially, the ethics committee has been emasculated (probably the wrong word) since the head of the Committee Representative Stephane Tubbs Jones died last year. But regardless of that freshmen and sophomore Democrat Congressmen are being encouraged (threatened) to vote against Flakes resolution.

There is also a related article on Murtha,"The Earmark Nation", by Daniel Henninger which is worth your read if you haven't read the several hundred articles we've written about this crook.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Great Leaders - Rose Hunte-Roberson

We have a new contributor today with her comments regarding yesterday's mayoral election on which we too will soon have more commentary, but this is a letter she authored that we believe needs to be published.

"The true measure of man is not in the fact that he/she faces adversity but how that person overcomes adversity.

Hal was not defeated. His opponent obtained resources and a myth, which he rode to a victory. When after all is said and done, this choice of leadership’s true nature will be revealed by the impending devastation to come. Hal’s leadership and brilliance will be sought in the near future as the city slowly realizes its grave error. However, the true sadness will be in that the ones who most zealously opposed Hal will remain totally oblivious to the devastation their choice has wrought.

However, we must realize that a social victory, which Hal accomplished will soon overcome the numerical defeat won by the uninformed. Hal will always be my leader. This morning, I have already had others approach me and say< “What have we done?” One student at Ben Gray’s victory said that when Jim was announced the victor, she overheard another person state in a slow shocked voice; “But we needed him.” Meaning Hal. Many have stated that Jim did not look happy that he won. Well, that is because he did not. His wife did. Jim is out of his league. We should brace ourselves it will be a bumpy ride. However, I can take solace in knowing that this city still has a champion. A true contender who without public acclaim and recognition, will make things right, just as he did for the past eight years.

We love you Hal. I love you. You are a great man. It is not over yet. We must suffer the fruits of the choices we make. The citizens of Omaha must feel the weight of their decision. Only then will they truly appreciate your greatness and the brilliant leadership you would have provided in an official capacity and, which you will provide in an un-official capacity.

You chose the right man. Get ready for round two!

My love to you and Mary, Hal.
Your loyal friend always - Rose"

Rose S. Hunte-Roberson, MHR, PhD
Metropolitan Community College