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They Want it Both Ways, As Always

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the August 30th, 2008

Democrats say Sarah Palin isn’t qualified to be Vice President because she has only been a mayor and governor for 2 years.  Paul Begala could barely contain himself on CNN, calling McCain’s pick “reckless.”

However, Barack Obama is qualified to be President because…

UPDATE :

“…the Obama campaign calls her a candidate with “the thinnest foreign policy experience in history” who is “currently under investigation in her own state.” And one of the Senate’s top Democrats, Charles Schumer, said that although she is “a fine person, her lack of experience makes the thought of her assuming the presidency troubling.”

Navarrette, I Couldn’t Agree More

Posted in Election 2008,U.S. by Ryan on the August 29th, 2008

I almost always disagree with Navarrette’s articles about illegal immigration, but I couldn’t agree more with him on this very point.  Obama mixes feel good catch phrases of “hard work” and “american dream” with big government.

Navarrette explains his own feelings:

I’m a big fan of getting back up, personal responsibility, educating yourself, making good choices, and getting over the idea that the world owes you a living.

I’m also keen on people not playing the victim, not feeling a sense of entitlement, and not fearing competition. And when you’re struggling in a tough economy, you don’t give up or lay blame or ask for a government bailout, you work harder.

He catches Biden in the same contradiction:

Then Biden got tangled in his own contradiction. He talked about his dad who, when he fell on hard times, would tell his son: “Champ, when you get knocked down, get up.”

Then he lamented that he had “never seen a time when Washington has watched so many people get knocked down without doing anything to help them get back up.”

Obama Wants to Cut Taxes for Hookers

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the August 29th, 2008

Jonah Goldberg nails my sentiments regarding the democratic national convention and the theme emerging for Obama/Biden ’08.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, borrowing a line from Obama, complained that John McCain wants to give “$4 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil?”

No. McCain wants to lower the corporate tax rate to make us more competitive with our rivals. Yes, oil companies are included — but by this logic (as my colleague Ramesh Ponnuru notes), Obama’s middle-class tax cut will be a tax break for hookers and serial killers.

My previous post hits on this next part:

 …a Democratic Party that isn’t merely eager to return to the White House, but desperate to launch a new New Deal.

A new New Deal seems to be what a lot democratic rhetoric is pointing towards.  More government, less personal responsibility and accountability.

Obama and Democrats in General

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the August 29th, 2008

Something I’ve thought about more and more is how democrats truly believe that success and prosperity should come through government intervention.  “Shared prosperity” anyone?

It is no stronger and more disgustingly potent than during Obama’s acceptance speech as he discusses the republican ideals that people are on their own and should turn to themselves in tough times.

What an utterly fundamental difference between democrats and republicans.  They believe in government.  We believe in ourselves.

I can only imagine that socialist and communist leaders have ridden waves of the excitement at Obama type rallies all through history.

McCain/Romney ’08?

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the August 24th, 2008

John McCain has said that he’ll announce his choice for VP on August 29.

I don’t know much about Pawlenty, one of the two most speculated about but I do like Romney.

I imagine that should John McCain choose Mitt Romney, a week or two ought to be spent building and repeating the message that Romney is an economic genious.  Drive it home to the point that come November, people consider a McCain/Romney ticket as a strong national security ticket coupled with real economic know how.

Obvious of course.

The Global Obama

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the July 30th, 2008

Hugh Hewitt nails it on the head.

Obama is rightly getting hammered for skipping a meeting with wounded American warriors in German  –the WaPo tries to give Obama some cover, but the only fact that matters is that Obama committed to going and then he didn’t go– but the real story of the past ten days is his full unveiling as Europe’s candidate for the presidency, with an attitude and a platform indistinguishable from the standard critique America has been receiving for fifty years from the people it rescued sixty years ago.

I’m not a political pundit that spends my time each day studying issues, current political happenings and what not.  However, the pieces I have fit together myself are starting to form an Obama that fits Hewitt’s description.  He thinks we ought to be embarrassed as a nation at only speaking one language.  He’s eager to point out America’s flaws in speeches to foreign audiences months before an election decides the presidency.  And another Hewitt blog article mentions a “global poverty act” which involves Obama’s view that the US help with global poverty.

It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter and clean drinking water.”

These are worthy goals, but note there’s no mention of spreading democracy, expanding free trade, promoting entrepreneurial capitalism or ridding the world of despots who rule and ravage countries such as Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Obama would give them all a fish without teaching them how to fish. Pledging to cut global poverty in half on the backs of U.S. taxpayers is a ridiculous and impossible goal.

The Obamessiah

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the July 19th, 2008

Charles Krauthammer has an awesome article at the Washington Post.

Hat tip Hugh Hewiit.

Clinton Out by the End of the Week?

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the May 12th, 2008

I am guessing that Hillary Clinton steps aside “unexpectedly” sometime this week. As the pressure grows and more and more voices express concern at her desire to continue at the expense of the democratic party, I think she’ll throw in the towel and begin plotting for 2012.

She may be waiting until a decisive loss makes it literally impossible but I’m thinking that she will get out at a time she can somewhat slip away with at least some grace.

Michigan and Florida

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the March 12th, 2008

This is a great article by Roland Martin at CNN.com on the Michigan and Florida “issue.”

But the DNC should protect the integrity of its rules process. If it acquiesces, how many states will pull the same trick in four years? The precedent would have been set, and anyone else could make the same argument: Please, please, give us another chance, even though we brought this on ourselves.

No. Enough. Let’s end this madness and tell Florida and Michigan that they had their shot. They blew it. It’s time to move on and let the people who know how to play by the rules get on with this process. They made their bed. Now sleep in it.

I have personally phrased it as follows, “Michigan and Florida played chicken with the DNC and lost.  End of story.”

Huckabee Finally Leaves Race

Posted in Election 2008 by Ryan on the March 5th, 2008

Huckabee has finally left the race, but not without a final drop of hypocrisy.

“We kept the faith,” he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination. “I’d rather lose an election than lose the principles that got me into politics in the first place.”

This is a fine tradition for Mike Huckabee.

Act the part but do the opposite.

Again and again:

HUCKABEE: I’m just saying I won’t have to fake it at all. Senator McCain knows I have nothing but the highest respect for him. I think he does for me. Our relationship has been cordial.

I don’t have to go and, behind the scenes, apologize or hope nothing gets brought up that’s been said in the past. We have a good, clean record. And I see no reason not to keep it that way.

CAVUTO: You don’t like Governor Romney, do you?

HUCKABEE: It’s not a matter of not liking him. I was disappointed in the way that he ran his campaign, where he attacked Senator McCain, he attacked Rudy Giuliani, he attacked me.

Let’s see, Romney pointed out that, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee RAISED taxes $500 million, increased spending more than 50%, charged Mexico $1.00 per year for rent on the consulate office there, and fought to give illegal immigrants in-state scholarships and tuition breaks. Since all those things are true of Huckabee’s record, how is that an attack? And was it really necessary to, once again, personally attack Romney by implying his support of McCain is phony? The man’s not even in the race anymore and Huckaphony still can’t stop attacking him.

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