Monday, February 28, 2011

Americans Returning to Sanity?

Maybe the American public is finally coming to its senses. We see today from Rasmussen Reports that some 58% support a government shutdown if that's what it takes to cut spending. We see that 53% still want to repeal Obamacare.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Non-Sequitur

We couldn't help but be amused by the local daily's interviews on Monday of our congressional delegation on whom they thought were the best presidents. The one that really struck us was that of our own Judas Ben Nelson who indicated that Thomas Jefferson was the greatest president.

Now what did Judas Ben have to say? "Jefferson knew that the power of the federal government came from the states, and his philosophy created the 10th Amendment and the idea of federalism."

He might have mentioned that the power of government comes from the people, but for Ben Nelson, author of the Cornhusker Kickback, the 60th vote to pass Obamacare against the will of 70% of his constituents, it seems unbelievable that he would cite the Tenth Amendment as one of the reasons that made Jefferson great. Maybe before Judas makes any further statements he should read the amendment!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Douglas Street Rag Non Sequitur

One can't help wonder about the Douglas Street Rag, the local daily, a.k.a., the Omaha World-Herald. Two recent actions leave us scratching what hair is left on our heads.

First, why in the world would they put a op-ed piece written by former failed sell-out RINO Republican U.S. Senator Chuckie Hagel in the national news section of the paper with his photo and the start of the story on page 1 and the balance on page 6? We, admittedly, aren't fans of Hagel, but anyone who read the piece couldn't help but see it as being just as vacuous as Hagel himself. All he offered was a synopsis of what is happening in the Middle East. He proposed no solutions. At best the local daily should have never printed Hagel's worthless commentary. At worst, it should have shifted it to an editorial page piece and limited his strained lengthy verbiage. We can only assume that the mode of publication is indicative of the incestuous relationship Hagel and his prior business dealings have had with the moribund daily.

Secondly, we have Breaking News Brad now commenting on local and national news now in addition to sports. We think that he supposed to be funny or offer some satire about events. He is absolutely boring. In fact, he makes Robert Nelson look like a halfway interesting guy by comparison.

It looks to us like the local daily has reached the point where it has decided that if you can't provide solid reporting you simply find the cheapest way to fill the pages between an ever-lessening amount of advertising.

Governments Depending on Governments - Patrick McPherson

The current economic situation with the State of Nebraska should be instructive to those who look to the next level of government to finance their needs. With the legislature looking to find nearly a billion dollars to satisfy its budget-balancing needs for the next two years city and county governments as well as other entities including school districts are being faced with significant cutbacks in state aid. What further complicates the process is the states’ dependence on the federal government for part of the aid it gives to local governments, i.e., stimulus, grants, earmarks. Most local entities of government will tell us that the only choice they have is to raise taxes.

The manna from Heaven is no longer falling.

The truth of the matter is that the same situation exists throughout all levels of state and federal government. For too long, many levels of government have relied on the next higher level of government to fund their operations thereby allowing them to avoid higher taxes on their constituents.

The truth of the matter is that these lower levels of government have financed lots of things that they couldn’t afford and probably wouldn’t have chosen to implement had it not been for the largesse of higher level of government.

For years states have depended on the federal government to send them money to implement projects and mandates and help them meet their fiscal responsibilities. Whether it be Medicaid or other mandated programs the states have relied on the federal government. Additionally, the states have relied on the federal government and earmarks to fund projects that frankly they would not otherwise be able to support or justify to their constituents on a local basis. While it’s a beautiful project one wonders if the cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs could have justified a $21 million pedestrian bridge without the help of an $18 million federal government contribution, for example?

Maybe it’s time for citizens to relook their expectations of government. Maybe it’s time to reflect on what governments are charged to do. For conservatives, some of this thinking involves expectations of the federal government and the responsibilities it is charged with under the U.S. Constitution. For many that brings the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution into the discussion.

Whether one relies on the Tenth Amendment or not, the fact remains that it is time to rethink the process by which taxes are collected and dollars distributed. Maybe it is time to ask why it’s necessary for the federal government to fund a Department of Education which has a budget of nearly $200 billion? The department is a massive bureaucracy that virtually launders tax dollars and then doles them out to states with onerous restrictions for them to get back their own money. And, of course, the largesse of the department provides all sorts of opportunities to fund ‘innovative’ new programs that only certain states get to take advantage of based on earmarks and grants often based on the clout of their representatives. A realistic question would be, “Wouldn’t we be better off if we never sent those dollars to Washington to begin with and we taxed and implemented those programs at the nearest local governmental entity, i.e., our school districts?” In the same regard, one might ask how the overall state of education has benefited over the last 30 years with the federal government’s involvement when academic scores continue to decline?

With the stimulus dollars disappearing and with the dire economic status of state governments, wouldn’t it make sense to simply decide that it’s time to let those entities that have the responsibility for management of county and city governments and school districts do the taxing for those districts and implement the needed programs without dependence on that manna from Heaven that comes with dependence, volatility and strings from the next higher level?

Unfortunately, the courts have created or enhanced some of the dependence on higher government for financial aid. But for the sake of stable, well-financed and accountable government it just may be time to relook the process of governments depending on governments to do their job. By doing so citizens will have greater control over local programs and their tax dollars. By doing so, elected officials will be able to be held more accountable for their decisions.

Movin' On On the Run

Since we just saluted former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, we thought we'd share with you another of our 'We Get E-mail' missives which we only moments ago received. Yes, the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama has all his minions working to prevent not only what is happening in Wisconsin but what is a spreading wave across the country to overturn the unbridled power and abuse of public unions. He's got America Organizing, all his union friends and Moveon.org working to energize folks to stop the movement.

Even here in Nebraska with Governor Heineman now talking about abolishing the C.I.R., Moveon is orchestrating an effort to have a demonstration in Lincoln on Saturday. More and more these folks are showing their desperation to stop the wave. Here is what Moveon wants us to do:

"Whatever you've got planned for Saturday afternoon, reschedule it.

Teachers, nurses, firefighters, students, police officers and others protesting in Wisconsin have occupied the Capitol building and streets of Madison for the past nine days.

On Saturday at noon, their protest is going national. In cities across the nation, including every state capital, we'll come together to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin.

This time the Republicans have gone too far in their attempts to bust unions, slash state budgets, and give tax breaks to their wealthy friends.

So on Saturday we'll stand up to say that we're sick of the attacks on workers' rights. That we're sick of an economy that showers corporate executives with bonuses while squeezing middle-class families. That we still believe in the American Dream. And that we're willing to fight for it.

People are heading from Omaha to Lincoln and setting up carpools for anyone who needs them. Can you make it on Saturday?"

Burnishing His Conservative Credentials

Despite our admittedly sour outlook on GOP possibilities to topple the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama in 2012 (we mean that figuratively in case Janet Napolitano is watching us today) we were heartened in our "We Get E-mail" category today by one received from Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota. He isn't afraid to speak out in favor of what Governor Walker of Wisconsin is doing and we think it is important.

Here's what Pawlenty had to say:

"While Democrats in Wisconsin are fleeing the state - running from their responsibilities to the taxpayers - Governor Scott Walker is making the tough choices necessary to avoid financial ruin.

The unions and liberals in Washington are using every trick in the book to try to pressure Governor Walker into caving in, so it's more important than ever for us to show our support to Governor Walker today!"

Obama Numbers Fall to New Low

It appears that the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama's favorable ratings have fallen to a new low. One can only wonder whether it's because of his incompetence in figuring out what is happening in the Mid East, increasing gas prices or his overt opposition to restraining government unions? Regardless, this is what Rasmussen Reports tells us today:

"President Obama’s job approval ratings have taken a dive this week in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, and the number of voters who give him favorable ratings for leadership has fallen to its lowest level since he took office in January 2009.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 37% of Likely U.S. Voters now say the president is doing a good or excellent job as a leader. Forty percent (40%) rate his performance as poor."


Judas Ben Nelson is "Porker of the Year"!

We all know that Judas Ben Nelson is an embarrassment to the state of Nebraska. His Cornhusker Kickback has brought shame on himself and the state. Sadly, he recently voted to keep the who Obamacare mess that he was instrumental in passing as the 60th vote in place. Sadly, he continues to support earmarks despite the national wave against them. No doubt he continues to think that by 'bringing home the bacon' to his special interest friends in Nebraska he can continue to ensure their support.

With all of the above it isn't at all surprising that Nebraska's Judas has received national recognition for himself and our state once again. Embarrassing recognition. Yes, Citizens Against Government Waste has taken note of Nebraska's national embarrassment by awarding him their "Porker of the Year" award. Here is what they have to say:

"The results are in! Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is the “winner” of CAGW’s online poll for 2010 Porker of the Year. With 33 percent of the vote, Sen. Nelson finished first in a competitive field of six nominees.

Sen. Nelson edged out his closest “porky” rival for this dubious honor, Sen. Thad Cochran, who received 27 percent of the vote, as a result of widespread public outrage over what came to be known as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” During the debate over the Senate version of the healthcare bill, Sen. Nelson parlayed his pivotal 60th vote for cloture to secure, among other perks, a permanent exemption for Nebraska to the Medicaid expansion in the Senate bill. Had the Senate bill become law, this carve-out would have saved Nebraska between $59 million and $281 million and ultimately opened the door for all of the states to have the federal government cover their Medicaid costs, at an astronomical price to federal taxpayers.

In the aftermath of the Cornhusker Kickback in January, 2010, Sen. Nelson’s job approval rating plummeted to 42 percent, from a high of 73 percent, the best of any senator, in April, 2006. The senator scrambled to make excuses, claiming that he had been under pressure from Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to negotiate the deal. However, Gov. Heineman denied that assertion, saying “Under no circumstances did I have anything to do with Sen. Nelson’s compromise…The responsibility for this special deal lies solely on the shoulders of Sen. Ben Nelson,"

Omaha Union Leaders in Wisconsin

Say it ain't so. But it is. Yes, Obama, the Democrats and the unions are taking Governor Walker's threats pretty seriously. With thousands of demonstrators surrounding the Wisconsin Capitol now for days one wonders where they all come from. Well, we know of at least one Omaha labor leader who has been sent to Wisconsin to help. There are probably a number of others. Maybe Ron will give us an update when he returns.....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2012 And GOP Lineup?

Guess that we are obsessed today with the 2012 Republican presidential potential nominees and, frankly, we're a little depressed. We just got the results of the latest Gallup GOP polling. Here is what their results were:

Huckabee 18%
Romney 16%
Palin 16%
Gingrich 9%
Ron Paul 5%
Bachmann 4%
Barbour 3%
Daniels 3%
Huntsman 1%
Christie 1%
Johnson 1%
Thune 1%
Trump -
Cain -

Other than Daniels, Huntsman and Johnson we find it hard to get enthused about any of these folks chances in 2012 against the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama. Fortunately, there is still time for thinks to change. Hopefully.

Movin' On Against Walker

In our "We Get E-Mail" category, we have one today from our good friends at Moveon.org. They are basically telling us just how important what is happening in Wisconsin is to the liberals, the Democrats and the 'progressives', all of which are synonymous. Obviously, they recognize that if the Governor Walker and the Republicans succeed in Wisconsin their house of cards is likely to collapse nationally.

Here's what Moveon implored us to consider:

"Dear MoveOn member,

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment.

The protests in Wisconsin are sparking something we haven't seen in years. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Madison to stop a radical, right-wing attack on workers. Protesters have occupied the Capitol building for the last eight days and nights.1

Now, they need the rest of us to pitch in.

So we're putting videographers on a plane to Madison to get the protesters' stories out to a wider audience. We're buying air mattresses for the folks who are sleeping at the Capitol. And we're organizing emergency solidarity rallies in every state capital this weekend.

But to make this all happen, we need to raise $315,000 today—for permits and PA systems and plane tickets, and those air mattresses. Can you help fight back?

Chip in $5 to fight back.

The situation in Wisconsin has captured the attention of the nation. And winning in Wisconsin doesn't just matter to Wisconsinites.

With Republicans using the wrecked economy as an excuse to slash vital programs and hurt workers, what happens in Wisconsin has huge implications for every one of us. If we can stop Governor Walker in Wisconsin, it'll send a message to every other governor who's thinking about trying the same thing.

And it'll help turn the tide in Washington, D.C., where Republicans are threatening to shut down the government next week in order to force Democrats to agree to devastating cuts. NPR, the EPA, food aid to hungry kids, clean energy research, AmeriCorps—all are threatened.2

Right now, Wisconsin is the key to shifting the whole debate. Can you help make sure we have the resources to win? Chip in $5 by clicking here:"

Money Bombs and Congressman Paul

Apparently, Congressman Ron Paul hasn't read our earlier posting today about his chances of becoming President of the United States. His 'money bomb' solicitation yesterday has apparently brought in over $500,000 so that, in his own words:

"Today's activity has allowed me to confirm another trip to Iowa, as well as a trip to New Hampshire in March, and I have given clearance for the planning of a trip to Nevada."

Don't get us wrong, we don't dislike the congressman. We're just absolutely positive he is unelectable as our next president.

"The Conspirator", A Great Movie

Some of our contributors recently had an opportunity to see a pre-premier showing of "The Conspirator", a historically accurate movie about the trial of Mary Surratt as a co-conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln. The move was produced by Omaha's own J. Joe Ricketts whose American Film Company plans on producing other historically accurate films in the future.

The film was directed by Robert Redford and stars Robyn Wright, James McAvoy and Kevin Klein. It's a movie of the type we wish others in Hollywood would produce. Historically accurate. Enthralling. Entertaining. No sex scenes. No f-words. Just a great flick. From American Film Company, this is a description of the movie:

"A riveting thriller, THE CONSPIRATOR tells the powerful story of a woman who would do anything to protect her family, and the man who risked everything to save her.

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt (Wright) owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken (McAvoy), a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John (Johnny Simmons). As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life."

The film will debut nationally on April 15th and if you like history and movies you should see this one. In the interim we suggest you follow the movie by going to the website: http://www.conspiratorthemovie.com/.

Thune Out. Who Will Be GOP Nominee?

No secret that we liked Senator John Thune (R-SD) as a potential GOP nominee for president in 2012. Why? Because he is young, a contemporary of the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama. But also because Thune is conservative and hasn't been 'Quayled' or 'Palined' by the press. But Thune seems to have removed himself from the list of potential GOP candidates.

There certainly still are good potential candidates, but we still believe that the GOP must nominate a relatively new and unscathed face. Mitt Romney isn't the guy. He gave Massachusetts its version of Obama care. He's almost a generation older than the Obama. His religion concerns some. His bonafied conservative credentials on pro-life and other issues concern some. Haley Barbour is a good old southern boy, but won't sell well. Sarah Palin is a gal that can rouse conservative spirits but she's been 'Quayled' and is unelectable. Mike Huckabee is a nice guy but unelectable for any number of reasons. Rudy Giuliani is electable as a Republican only in his own mind. Donald Trump? You have to be kidding us. Congressman Ron Paul? His Libertarian politics make him unelectable. Herman Cain? A great successful conservative businessman, but his plane won't take off. None of these faces will excite the voters to displace the current occupant of the White House.

So where does that leave us? Pawlenty? Maybe. He's young, a former governor and working hard already for the nomination. Paul Ryan? A true conservative but when have we ever elected a congressman as president? He'd be a great supporting actor, i.e., vice president. Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana? He's got the right credentials. Can he make the sale? We don't know.

We could go on and on. The bottom line is that anyone that thinks that any GOP nominee can defeat Obama is simply thinking very wishfully. To beat Obama the GOP will have to nominate a contemporary who has no baggage and has a background that demonstrates that he/she has the qualifications to lead and offer intelligent and supportable alternatives to what they have. That won't be easy but for the sake of America and its future we hope the GOP nominates the right candidate. It won't be easy.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Walker-Suttle Paradox

One can't help but be amazed at the difference in approaches between Wisconsin's Governor (as well as Nebraska's Heineman) Walker and Omaha's Mayor Suttle.

Facing huge deficits, Walker wants to limit certain labor negotiation rights and wants employees to pay something closer to a fair share of their health care and retirement benefits. He isn't owned by the unions and he is taking on his fiduciary responsibility to balance his state's budget and trying to do it without tax increases (as is Governor Heineman here in Nebraska).

On the other hand, Omaha has a mayor who will do whatever the police and fire unions ask of him. He continues to give away the ship rather than take tough negotiating stances, although he will tell you otherwise. And his solution for the increased give-a-ways is easy, he will just raise taxes even more. Wait until his next budget if you doubt it for a minute.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lee Terry on The President's Budget

Congressman Lee Terry disagrees with the President's budget as should any right-thinking, rational person. We hope he and his colleagues have the fortitude to stand up to the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama. Time will tell.

Here is part of Lee's Statement on the budget:

“Today was an opportunity for the President to reject the big-spending mentality which has dominated Washington for far too long – leading to massive budget deficits. Unfortunately, he did nothing to address the serious fiscal situation facing our economy and instead recommended more of the same – more taxes, more spending, and more borrowing. This budget imposes $1.6 trillion in tax hikes, $3.8 trillion in spending this year alone, and adds $13 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years.

“This track will do nothing to create more jobs and will only lead to more economic uncertainty. We need serious economic reforms to get control of our nation’s spending and restore the confidence in our economic engine. It is absolutely necessary we work together to cut spending, reduce taxes, and restore a sense of certainty to the private sector.”

Rangel Files for Re-election Rather than Probation

Apparently desirous of giving Republicans a continued target (oops, there we go using those politically incorrect and dangerously inflammatory terms) for Democratic slime and criminality, Charlie-the-crook Rangel filed for re-election to a 22nd term yesterday. Charlie belongs in jail, not in the U.S. House of Representatives. Even after being humiliated by a Censure Resolution only months ago this law breaker has the audacity to file for re-election.

Unfortunately, the people of his district will re-elect him once again. We say 'unbelievable.'

Thanks for giving the G.O.P. an ongoing target of the culture of corruption while, incidentally, the G.O.P. purges itself of a congressman who sent a shirtless photo of himself and lied to a potential 'friend' on Craig's List.

State Senator Fischer Talks Up Potential Senate Campaign

We like Nebraska State Senator Deb Fischer although we have some concerns about her highway building ideas. With that said, "Roll Call" tells us yesterday that Senator Deb is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming Republican Primary against Jon Bruning and potentially Don Stenberg. The senator says she will make a decision by July. We'd suggest that she has no chance of raising the funds necessary to establish herself as a viable candidate against household names such as Bruning and Stenberg. Could she divide the votes? Probably. Who would she hurt the most? We're not sure. Using the Stenberg rationale, the more in a primary the better for him because of his strength in the 3rd Congressional District, i.e., his treasurer's race with Fulton and Nesbitt. But if Fisher has any strength, it would be likely in her legislative district and area in the 3rd district and possibly among ranchers or farmers. So she probably only helps Bruning.

In our final analysis, Fischer won't run because of the huge dollars involved in the campaign and the name recognition of Bruning and Stenberg.

Here's what Roll Call had to say:

"Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer (R) told Roll Call on Monday that she’s interested in a race against Sen. Ben Nelson (D). She said she’s not afraid of a primary battle with state Attorney General Jon Bruning, who’s already in the race, or state Treasurer Don Stenberg, who’s considering the race.

“The main thing is, what do I think I can add maybe that other candidates can’t, or where’s my focus going to be compared to where theirs is?” she said.

Fischer, a rancher, has represented several counties in rural north-central Nebraska since 2004. She is chairwoman of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and said her priority over the next few months will be pushing bills through the unicameral state Legislature. She said she hopes to make a decision on the Senate race by the time the state legislative session ends in early June. She said she will be considering who else is in the race, how much fundraising will be required and what her family thinks."

Monday, February 14, 2011

If I had to Pick a Candidate Today -- Doug Patton

February 14, 2011

If I had to pick a conservative Republican presidential candidate who could beat Barack Obama next year, whom would I choose?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been underestimated at every stage of her political life and may yet surprise us once more. I would like to think so. But as Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying, those whom the leftist media fear most they are determined to destroy, and they have demonized Palin like no one in recent memory.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has two major strikes against him. He is a Mormon, which automatically kills his chances with many evangelicals, and he is responsible for signing into law Romneycare, the Massachusetts model for Obamacare. That ill-conceived bureaucratic behemoth has caused health care costs in the Bay State to skyrocket.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, PhD, is a visionary leader with a sense of history. But he is dragging around moral baggage so heavy it resembles steamer trunks. I'd like to like him, but I don't, and I don't think he can win.

Mike Huckabee is a smart, likeable former governor who could take on Obama in a heartbeat if he could get the GOP nomination. However, some conservative groups opposed him in 2008, contending he was too soft on illegal immigration and too prone to approve tax increases during his ten years as chief executive of Arkansas.

Ron Paul, the fiery, GOP libertarian from Texas, may be the favorite among the activists at CPAC, but he has no chance of getting the nomination or winning the presidency. He would be a fine president if he could get there, but come on, who are we kidding?

Jeb Bush is being mentioned, but those who read my column last week know what I think of ever voting for another Bush.

Chris Christie, the new governor of New Jersey, is a fiscal hawk and a social liberal who has said he will not run because he is not ready.

Then there are the second and third tier candidates whose names elicit a blank stare from most voters, followed by the question, "who?" They include former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana; South Dakota Sen. John Thune; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour; former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson; and businessman and radio talk show host Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's pizza.

A few of these individuals have the potential to be good presidents, but they will not have the opportunity to display that potential as president. Some, like Barbour, speak in boring terms about being a "manager" for America. Excuse me, governor, but America doesn't need a manager. She needs a leader.

The one person I have not heard mentioned is a man who could win the Republican nomination if he ran. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001. When Republicans swept Congress in 1994, this man became chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was the primary architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

After leaving the House, he went to work as a commentator for Fox News, hosting his own weekend program and serving as a frequent guest host for Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. He is a solid, pro-life, pro-family Christian, and he could destroy Barack Obama in a head-to-head debate and win the presidency, just as he defeated incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland last year in Ohio — the one state that has voted for the victor in all but two presidential elections since 1904.
And that, of course, is why John Kasich will not run for president in 2012. Unlike Obama, who started running five minutes after the voters of Illinois elected him to serve as their U.S. Senator, Kasich is focused on the job voters elected him to do. How refreshing.
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Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at dougpatton@cox.net.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tax Time Is Upon Us

Our folks here at the O.C. think that the current income tax system is not only extremely complicated but has basically become an instrument of social policy that selects winners and losers based on the whims of the President and Congress. The income tax, whether you really right wingers believe it and the Fed are legal or not, was implemented to fund the much limited scope of government in the early 1900's. It is no longer that. With that said here is some interesting information from our friends at Fairtax.org which you might want to think about as you pay to have someone figure what you owe the government and when you tell this non-productive bureaucracy and its function(less)aries more than they should ever need to know:

"Simplicity: According to the IRS, our current tax code now has 3.8 million words, which would fill 11,045 single-spaced pages! And if you were one of the 100 million calls to the IRS this year, hopefully you weren’t the one in four calls they never even answered. Does anyone understand our tax code or its 579 changes in 2010 alone? Not many Americans, because about 90% of us pay for tax assistance! It costs citizens and businesses about $300 billion every year simply to figure out our taxes!

- The FairTax legislation is only 131 double spaced pages and it’s as easy as buying a candy bar today. 98% of Americans pay sales taxes with no professional help on April 15th – or any day"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Alteration -- H.D. Cowles

Bright images of my essence~~
Rec Room book shelves shielding walls,
Perhaps dusty, horizontal gun rack
Harmlessly holding a window hostage,
Fly rods and vest crowding computer desk
Lest inattention spur forgetting,
And my camera’s photographic extravagances
Conjure momentary throat tightening lament
As I thrust into my pocket,
The key to my two room apartment.

H. Dean Cowles
Objective Conservative Poet Laureate
2/12/11

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Conjecture -- H. Dean Cowles

Conjecture

{Acid Stomach Division}

When I am fishing lakes for trout,
I ponder what might be
If loved ones were to do without
'Cause I'm flotsam on the sea.

H. Dean Cowles
(Objective Conservative Poet Laureate)

I will Nevr Vote for another Bush or McCain -- Doug Patton

February 7, 2011

I rarely say "never." It is as inane as saying "always." Of course, there are times when these two words are the only ones that work. And in this case, I mean it. I will never vote for another Bush or another McCain.

All together, I voted four times for a Bush and once for a McCain for President of the United States. In 1988, I voted for George Herbert Walker Bush against Michael Dukakis. And in 1992, I resisted the temptation to punish President "Read-My-Lips" by casting a vote for Ross Perot the Texas screwball, Ross Perot, thereby handing the presidency to Bill Clinton.

In 2000, there was no possible way I could mark a ballot for eco-fraud Al Gore, so George W. got my vote. And in 2004, when the president was running for reelection, it was a no-brainer against ultra-lib John Kerry.

In 2008, John McCain was my last choice for the Republican nomination. He redeemed himself, however, when he picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. And given a choice between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden, well, as the old saying goes, I was born at night but it wasn't last night.

But now, after recent statements by these people and their families, color me convinced. I will never vote for another Bush or another McCain. These two families are now contributing to the destruction of the social fabric of the United States as no other Republican has done in our lifetime. Former First Lady Barbara Bush, when asked last year about Sarah Palin, opined that the former Alaska governor seemed to love her home state — and should stay there. Bar's namesake, one of Dubya and Laura's mouthy little twin girls, recently appeared in a video proclaiming the following:

"I'm Barbara Bush, and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality, and everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. Join us."

Of course, John McCain's wife, Cindy, and their insipid, annoying daughter, Meghan, have expressed a similarly misguided view of marriage. And McCain himself now asserts that he can work with the new Barack Obama, who, the senator claims, has moved to the middle. The truth, sadly, is that the radically leftwing Obama would not have to move too far to the right to meet up with McCain, who never met a compromise he was unwilling to embrace. (I sometimes think that when future generations look up what was once found in the middle of the road, there, next to a picture of a dead skunk will be a photo of John McCain.)

But it is on the issue of illegal immigration that George W. Bush and John McCain, the two men who nearly destroyed the party of Lincoln and Reagan, have placed our nation at grave risk on so many different levels. McCain continues to push for an amnesty-based approach to so-called immigration reform. And during a recent speech at Southern Methodist University, Dubya said the following:

"What's interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some 'isms' that occasionally pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism. So if you study the '20s, for example, there was an American-first policy that said, 'Who cares what happens in Europe?' And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians; therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I'm a little concerned that we may be going through the same period. I hope that these 'isms" pass."

I couldn't agree more that we have too many "isms." Like elitism, snobbism and statism. The next Bush in the family dynasty, Jeb, is increasingly mentioned as a potential candidate in '12 or '16. But the former Florida governor has expressed similar views on coddling the criminals who sneak across our border, leading me to conclude that I will write in the name of my cat before I will cast another ballot for a Bush or a McCain.
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© 2011 by Doug Patton
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Let the Kids Eat Fat

Well, that's not exactly what Nebraska State Senator Bill (I'm a liberal's liberal) Avery had to say when he tried to immolate California with his no-unhealthy-food-in-kids-meals bill LB 126. Fortunately, the Agriculture Committee killed it. We suspect the folks on the committee felt maybe it was possible for the parents of these would-be-unhealthy kids to determine what they eat.

With that thought in mind, we received an interesting e-mail today from Herman Cain (former Godfather's exec) which maybe Senator Avery might consider reading. Among other things Cain said in his e-mail from his presidential exploratory committee:

"Big Brother government not only wants to tell us what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, when to retire, how much to retire on, when to get sick and how to die, they want to tell us when to think, what to think, and when to not think at all.

That dog won't hunt. Liberal lunacy is not in our national DNA."

Suttle Wastes Tax Dollars on his Cronies

Seems our mayor never learns. Tomorrow, he is asking the council to okay a contract with Democrat lobbyist John Lindsay to fight LB 81, introduced by State Senator Cornett. This is the bill that would prevent Omaha from taxing those living outside the city for working in Omaha and using its streets. Lindsay would also fight to prevent Omaha's telephone tax of $16 million from being eliminated by the legislature. Now, we might understand why the mayor doesn't want the bill to take away the funds that the city has collected over the years from those living withing the three-mile limit, but it was he and Councilman Jerram who concocted the idea that led to the introduction of the bill by Cornett.

What strikes us is the fact that the mayor wants to pay his Democrat lobbyist $73,000 of our tax dollars to defeat the legislation. One would think that having a Republican lobbyist talk to some 34 Republican senators might make more sense. Additionally, one can only wonder why the city pays its own lobbyist, Jack Cheloha to lobby on its behalf but still needs to pay a Suttle crony to do so?

What no lobbyist, Jack Cheloha or John Lindsay can do for this mayor is give him credibility with the folks in the legislature, particularly given his inability to prove himself to be serious about solving any of Omaha's problems with any other solution than more and new taxes......


P.S. The mayor should be using the money to fill the potholes that all these non-Omaha citizens are driving over and through.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Take my Gun

In today's 'We Get Mail' category we have one from our friends at Moveon.org. Seems they want us to sign a petition to restrict gun rights and adopt the Mayor Bloomberg/Jim Suttle anti-gun stance that liberals want to impose on us so those mean guns don't kill anyone. Tuscon have given them to ammunition (oops). Anyway, gun ownership is in their cross-hairs (oops).

Here's what they have to say:

"Dear MoveOn member,

The tragedy in Tucson has brought to light some glaring holes in our gun control system.
Thousands of the records that should be in the background check system—people with documented histories of serious mental illness and drug abuse, like Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner—have never been entered.1 And you can still buy guns at gun shows with no background check at all.2

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is now pushing to close these loopholes.

There is huge public support (over 90%!) for doing this3—but the gun lobby and the NRA are powerful and super well-funded and they will fight this tooth and nail. If we can show overwhelming public demand for the mayors' efforts right now, change is possible.

Can you sign this petition to Congress supporting the bipartisan proposal from Mayors Against Illegal Guns? If we can get over 250,000 signatures, mayors from across the country will deliver them directly to Congress. Click here:"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Concerning Learning -- H. Dean Cowles

Concerning Learning
The stain of years reveals its trail,
Allowing us to scrutinize
Behind the cling of aging's veil
Mistakes, whose aches regrets compromise--
But laments should not now be retooled,
Their thrust deserves no further pain.
Reflect instead how wisdom schooled
To douse regrets with learning's gain.

H. Dean Cowles
(Objective Conservative Poet Laureate)