Special Election Today

A few months back New York Republican Congressman Chris Lee resigned his seat after a scandal involving emails and a shirtless picture of himself he sent to a woman on Craigslist. New York-26 was considered a safe Republican seat, but today’s special election to fill that vacancy may disprove that.
Jane Corwin (R) has fallen behind Democrat Kathy Hochul in some polls. Another candidate, independent Jack Davis, has served as a spoiler for the race. A self dubbed Tea Party candidate who doesn’t support Tea Party values, Davis has taken votes away from Corwin.
Political analysts are scrutinizing this race since Corwin has come out in favor of Paul Ryan’s Medicare revamping. Should she lose, they will call it a precursor of doom for the GOP. The Republican party of New York has certainly had its troubles and doesn’t seem to have direction. They need to get their act together and produce a victory tonight.

Entitlement Poster Boy

Have you seen this? This grown man actually collects Social Security. He’s not too weak to operate his own website. Republican senators have asked Social Security to look into this case and similar ones.

Have you seen this? This grown man actually collects Social Security. He’s not too weak to operate his own website. Republican senators have asked Social Security to look into this case and similar ones.

Words of the Week

Last week’s note about the term Californication (what happens when liberals invade a conservative state), took on a deeper meaning with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mistress. Let’s hope this trend stays in LaLaLand, although South Carolina’s former governor seems to have also suffered from this malady.
Newt Gingrich set off another fire storm with David Gregory when he spoke of Obama as the food stamp president. Immediately, charges of RAAACIST poured out. Gingrich defended himself and others agreed that probably more white people are on food stamps than black. As with his other outbursts, Gingrich didn’t enhance his status with his defense. Sarah Palin countered that perhaps Obama should be called the EBT president.
Lots of talk about the “Arab spring.” One wag said it was like “Irish Spring, only with more musk.” Actually, the term has been around for a few years. It was first used in connection with the Iraq 2005 election. Remember how Iraqis braved the terrorists and voted, dying their finger purple as proof? The Obama administration likes to think it has launched another Arab spring with demonstrations in Libya, Egypt and Syria.
The outcome on those, however, doesn’t look to promising.

Obama at AIPAC

After Obama shocked many with his pro Palestinian speech Thursday, pundits were waiting to hear what the president would say this morning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting.
As usual, he was late – about an hour late. I guess we’re all used to this by now. When he did come out, there were scattered boos and tepid applause. I’m always struck by the way he comes out. It makes me think of the strides guests would make coming around the curtain to greet Johnny Carson on a Tonight Show appearance.
Anyhow, he took his place at the podium and started his teleprompter speech where his head goes back and forth like someone watching a tennis match. With Obama, you also get that chin tilted upward which adds to his air of superiority.
He mentioned that friends were there from Chicago and thanked them (one wonders if they were there to seed applause and ovations). He said “I’ve made security of Israel a priority and I’ve imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Iran” (yes, I’s and me’s dotted the speech). Obama said he will keep up the pressure on Iran and that Israel’s existence is not debatable. He mentioned Netanyahu and that got the most applause of the speech.
Obama insisted that Israel would keep its military edge. As for his earlier speech, he said it was only saying publicly what has been discussed privately concerning Israel’s ceding of the Gaza Strip. Blogger Yourish.com, a Zionist, noted, “He’s explaining now saying that what ‘with mutually agreed swamps’ means is that the border will be different from the 1967 lines. He is pretty angry,” she observes. “The crowd is applauding and standing.”
When Obama said, “the status quo is unsustainable. That is why I stated publicly the principles that the United States believes can be the foundation” for peace talks, Yourish writes, “Dead silence. Let me repeat: Dead, sustained silence answered this statement,” by members of the audience.
I noticed awkward stumbling by Obama when he said “Even as we pledge to stand by Israel, with, uh, through, uh, uh. whatever tough days lie ahead, I hope we don’t give up on that vision of peace.” Didn’t sound like he was happy to say that.
He ended with a quote from the Talmud and a grudging “God bless Israel and God bless the United States.”
I get the feeling that this was a speech best understood by being in the audience. The media reaction doesn’t seem to meet what many of us saw.
By contrast, tomorrow’s speech by Netanyahu to AIPAC should shed some light on the true state of affairs, rather than a CYA maneuver.

Good First Session

If you’re a conservative Tennessee Republican, this first session of the legislature has been a good and productive one.
Last night the House passed a bill which had already been passed by the Senate, putting an end to collective bargaining for teachers. According to the Commercial Appeal, “the new version repeals the Education Professional Negotiations Act of 1978, which established collective bargaining between local teachers’ associations and their school boards if a majority of teachers vote for bargaining, as 92 of Tennessee’s 136 school districts do…It specifically forbids payroll deductions for political activities of employee associations.”
The hold that teachers unions have on our education process has long been abused. Who can argue that it worked? Our schools have not improved under this system. Let’s start hiring teachers because they are good, not because of tenure. Surely there’s no way to go but up.
Then, also last night, the House gave final approval to Senate Joint Resolution 127. It will put an amendment about abortion on the 2014 ballot. The Commercial Appeal finds, “Supporters of SJR127 argued that it will allow Tennesseans to decide whether they want to return the issue – at least at the state level – to its status prior to the Tennessee Supreme Court ruling, where the state legislature is free to enact whatever restrictions on abortion that are permitted by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court is ever overturned, the Tennessee legislature could ban abortions outright.”
Many argue, as I do, that the Supreme Court overstepped its boundaries in Roe v. Wade. This seems a matter that should be decided at the state level. It’s good that citizens will finally get a chance to voice their feelings on it.
In that same vein, the state Senate was right to pass a law that would stop Tennessee public school teachers and students in grades K-8 from getting into the gay issue. Regardless of how you feel about homosexuality, it is not the schools’ right to enter into territory that ought to be discussed by parents. Private schools can do as they like; parents who object to whatever sexual teaching that goes on there can pull their child out or put a child into that school. But for parents who object, a public school has given them no recourse. Nationally we see an agenda being pushed on children as young as 7. It amounts to propaganda. How can the same people who don’t want the government in their bedroom agree to it in the classroom of children?
Lastly, the House and Senate are sending a tort reform bill for Governor Haslam to sign. The Tennessee Civil Justice Act will cap personal injury damage awards and impose other restrictions on civil liability lawsuits. Bad news if you’re a lawyer, probably good news if you’re a businessman.
Now let’s get on to fighting Obamacare and safeguarding second amendment rights. There’s still a lot to do.

Huntsman Sounding Conservative

Jon Huntsman, a likely GOP candidate for president, has been derided as being Republican lite. However, this interview is certainly interesting. Take a look.

Jon Huntsman, a likely GOP candidate for president, has been derided as being Republican lite. However, this interview is certainly interesting. Take a look.

How About a New Car, Too?

Are we being punked by the letter in today’s Commercial Appeal or are our citizens this stupid?
Pat in Cordova writes about one thing missing from “a great event” i.e. Obama’s address at Booker T. Washington High School. He?/she? writes it was a great day, “but how much sweeter the day could have been for those students if even one of those politicians – Haslam, Corker, Alexander, Ford, Cohen, etc. – had done something tangible and given each student a laptop or computer to enhance the start of college for them.”
If you didn’t spray your coffee or drop your mug when reading this, we are in more trouble than I think.
But wait, there’s more. Pat continues, “After all, many of those politicians only came for the photo op or to rub shoulders with the president, so the least they could have done was to come bearing gifts.”
Let’s hope they’d be gift wrapped, too – at the least.
“They could have shown to those students how much they really care,” Pat concludes.
We all know that caring is much more important, I guess, than motivation, hard work, ambition and the work ethic.
Don’t we see parents who lavish gifts on their children later perplexed that Johnny or Suzy hasn’t amounted to anything, can’t get a job, much less keep one? Should we do this on a national level? Do we want young people thinking that the government will provide whatever they need so why do anything? Is that its role?
Where does Pat think this money will come from? Haslam’s coat pocket? Alexander’s sofa cushions? Corker’s car seats? Has Pat heard of the huge amount we owe other nations like China? I bet Pat wouldn’t like to fork over $1,000 or so personally.
Let’s hope this is satire. The tone argues against it, however.
And you think your vote doesn’t matter?

Don’t Fall For It, Granny!

Here are some facts about Medicare to combat the Democrats’ scenario that Republicans’ plan throws granny off a cliff (No joke, there is such an ad).
Pollster Frank Luntz counters these claims with a few facts that demonstrate our precarious situation if we don’t address the problem.
1. “In 1965 life expectancy was 70. Today it’s 79. That big an increase was not anticipated in 1965 when Medicare was passed.
2. Baby boomers were 19 years old or younger then.
3. Because of medical devices and pharmaceutical benefits we live longer and healthier lives but it costs more than they anticipated in 1965.
4. One out of eight doctors is not taking Medicare patients anymore.
5. One out of three doctors are cutting back on Medicare patients.”
In addition, most people don’t realize that Paul Ryan’s plan will not kick in for 11 more years. If you are now 55 and older, you will not be affected.
The problem is more akin to grandmother going to her cupboard, which she had been told would be full of food, only to find there isn’t anything there. There won’t be anything there for any grandmother if the Democrats keep the status quo.

Weakly Jobless Claims

Even though the jobless claims went down 29,000, there were still 409,000 Americans filing new unemployment claims. Hardly something that calls for popping champagne corks.
Stuart Varney of Fox Business News put it this way: “The layoffs just keep coming and it’s the sixth week we’ve seen jobless claims above 400,000. That’s a key number because it implies the labor market is still extremely weak. In fact, talking to a top banker this morning, he says ‘look, even if you create 300,000 new jobs each and every month, you’ll still have a weak labor market by the end of next year.’ So there is an element of desperation setting in and if I had to make a judgment, those jobless numbers show the job market is not performing well enough and we are not near where we should be at this point in a recovery.”
Look for a revision to this number. Last Thursday we were told it was 434,000 filing, then later it was moved up to 438,000. This number will probably be “revised” upward in the next few days, too.