Candidate Kelly Price

A new candidate for Memphis City Council District 7 introduced himself at the Midtown Republican Club.
Kelly Price, an African American retired from a 21 year stint in the Army, will be challenging Barbara Swearengen Ware for the seat she has held for 16 years. She is currently under indictment on misconduct charges.
Mr. Price outlined his platform and detailed his love of Memphis and desire to move it forward.
“I have five children and two grandchildren and my wife and I do not want to see young people moving out of this great city,” he said.
Of his district, which includes Frayser, New Chicago, Douglass, downtown and other parts of North Memphis, Price wants to “get to know the people in the North Memphis area and have the police department back in the community. I want to bring training centers back to North Memphis to have training in green jobs, GED and job skill training.” On the economy, Price wants to “start to develop entrepreneurship with start up businesses…I want to energize the community to get involved in cleaning up, securing and creating a community for success.”
Mr. Price was an impressive speaker and will make a great Republican candidate.
You can read more about him at kellypricedistrict7.com, follow him on twitter at kpricedistrict7 and on facebook.

The Better Deal

FDR launched his New Deal, Teddy Roosevelt the Square Deal and Truman the Fair Deal. Tim Pawlenty is offering the Better Deal.
In an economic address at the University of Chicago this morning, the Republican presidential hopeful laid out his case. It is red meat for Conservatives and Republicans.
Saying that “markets work. Barack Obama’s central planning doesn’t,” Pawlenty criticized an economy that “is not even growing at 2% today and that’s what all projections say we can expect for the next decade. That’s not acceptable. It’s not the American way.” Pawlenty is aiming for 5% growth to work our way to jobs and prosperity.
How to get there?
First, he highlighted tackling D.C.’s “out of control spending.” He would cut 1% of federal spending each year for the next 6 resulting in a balanced budget by 2017.
Then, he would replace the federal tax code with a “flatter, fairer tax system.” Pawlenty would call for an income tax of 10% on the first $50,000 earned, with $100,000 for married couples. Above that he would tax 25%.
He would aim for a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%, but also eliminate many of the loopholes that save a company like GE from paying any tax at all. His plan would eliminate the capital gains tax, interest in income tax, dividends and estate taxes. He would sunset many federal regulations as well.
Pawlenty says he would use a “Google test” to see if private businesses can be found on the internet that would perform the same functions government ones do. If they do, “the government doesn’t need to be doing it!” In the crosshairs would be the Postal Service, Amtrak and Freddie and Fannie.
As for entitlement spending, the former Minnesota governor would raise the Social Security retirement age for the next generation. He would cap and block grant Medicaid to the states as well.
“The president is satisfied with a second rate American economy produced by his third rate policies. I am not.”
As a successful governor, Pawlenty has a lot of experience on his side. His plan is worth a look.

The New Tone

After the Gabby Giffords shooting, President Obama called for a new, more civil tone.
Too bad some of his followers don’t want to follow his advice.
“Comedian” Christopher Titus said on the Adam Corolla show that he opposes Sarah Palin. He wants to stop her from becoming president, even if it means violence.
“”You know what, man? I am going to literally – if she gets elected president, I am going to hang out on the grassy knoll all the time, just loaded and ready – because you know what? It’s for my country. If I got to sacrifice myself, it’s for my country.”
I guess that’s the loyal opposition.

Romney the Chameleon

This clip from years ago illustrates why many Republicans have a problem with Romney. It seems he says whatever the audience in front of him wants to hear.

He did that with his health care program in Massachusetts. Now, he’s trying to back away from it because it is failing and the Republican base (and the majority in the country) do not like Obamacare.

This clip from years ago illustrates why many Republicans have a problem with Romney. It seems he says whatever the audience in front of him wants to hear.

He did that with his health care program in Massachusetts. Now, he’s trying to back away from it because it is failing and the Republican base (and the majority in the country) do not like Obamacare.

The Week in Words

“Tweetheart” had to be the best new word of the week. It refers, of course, to Rep. Weiner and his twitter recipient. Not the kind of valentine I would want.
Otherwise, the economy birthed new phrases this week. The bad data streaming last week is causing consternation. President Obama called the weak jobs report “a bump on the road.” It may be a bump, but economically we are on the highway to hell.
Had many of us heard of the Case Schiller housing index before last week? We learned about it after the bad news came out. The indeces “are the leading measures for the U.S. residential housing market, tracking changes in the value of residential real estate both nationally as well as in 20 metropolitan regions.” It’s calculated monthly and hit a new low in May.
That wasn’t what the “wishcasting” by economists wanted. “Wishcasting” is what has happened on most of the nightly network news ever since Obama took office.
Their broadcasts are part of what Paul Ryan has called “the media narrative.” The budget conscious congressman was responding to charges that Republicans are not behind his plan to buck up Medicare. Seems we have a lot of media narratives in the news and they fit in with their wishcasting rather than describe facts and the truth.
At the AmericanThinker blog author Keith Riler boiled down our fiscal situation in two words: Crowding Out. He says “Crowding Out is any reduction in private consumption or investment that occurs because of an increase in government spending.
“The question is, if the entrant is government, is that entrant more efficient with an improved product and does that entrant create more and better jobs? Traditionally, the post office and DMV sufficiently answered this question,” he says.
Let’s see if “crowding in” becomes a popular alternative.

This Weiner is Done

Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com has found out more about Congressman Anthony Weiner and his photo problem. “A new woman has come forward with what she claims are photographs, chats and emails with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). These appear to undermine severely Rep. Weiner’s explanations that he was the victim of a ‘prank’ or a ‘hack.’
“The detailed new information suggests that the Brooklyn and Queens based representative and the young woman in question were involved in an online, consensual relationship involving the mutual exchange of intimate photographs.
“BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com were approached regarding this information more than a week prior to the separate, independent event of Friday, May 27, 2011, when a link to the now infamous ‘gray underwear’ photograph appeared quickly on Rep. Weiner’s Twitter feed.
“We will be updating BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com throughout the day with photographs, timelines and other clarifying details. However, we will not be releasing all of the material because some of it is of an extreme, graphic nature.”
Should be an interesting day.

Ryan’s Hope

Although Congressman Paul Ryan has adamantly said he isn’t running for president, this speech he gave to the Hamilton Society on June 2 on foreign affairs shows that he knows more than just economics.
“Some of you might be wondering why the House Budget Committee Chairman is standing here addressing a room full of national security experts about American foreign policy,” he begins. “What can I tell you that you don’t already know?”
Ryan goes on to link economics to foreign policy. “Our fiscal policy and our foreign policy are on a collision course; and if we fail to put our budget on a sustainable path, then we are choosing decline as a world power.” Ryan notes that our defense spending has gone from 39% at the end of the 20th century to less than 16% now.
He sees us careening towards “the most predictable economic crisis in history…At the end of the decade we’ll spend 20% of our tax revenue simply paying interest on the debt – and that’s according to optimistic projections.”
Ryan points to entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as part of the reason, but says the high cost of Obamacare will crowd out everything else.
His warnings and suggestions need to be viewed by all Americans. You can read the full text of his address at http://www.budget.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=244386.

New for Seniors

Talk radio host Hugh Hewitt is launching a new site for senior citizens. It’s www.RedSenior.com. No, it’s not red as in Communism, but red as in red Republican states.
“I am collecting emails from interested seniors so that I can send out a newsletter listing the campaigns of greatest importance to conservative seniors so that those seniors know where best to invest their campaign contributions and volunteer energies,” Hewitt says. “I am also posting there stories of interest to seniors, especially about the Medicare debate.
“I’d like to build a small but effective version of Emily’s list, the left wing club of like minded contributors, but with the key difference that Red Senior subscribers would support with contributions those candidates who aim to save Medicare and Social Security from bankruptcy while protecting those already in or near to joining the ranks of those depending on the programs.”
Sounds like a good way to be informed on those topics and to counter the left’s arguments.