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Friday, May 7, 2010

The GOP Wins, Then What? Nothing is a sure thing. Just ask Tom Dewey or Mary Sue Terry. Tom Dewey was supposedly a “shoo-in” for President in 1948 and Mary Sue Terry had a 19 point lead in the Governor’s Race in Virginia on Labor Day. Contrary to the famous Chicago Tribune headline, Dewey lost and George Allen demolished “Governor” Terry in a landslide. Nevertheless, let’s just suppose that the Republicans take control of both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate in 2010. After all, Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts (of all places) to fill the seat previously held by Ted Kennedy! Of course, even a big Republican majority would be impeded by an Obama veto and frankly, by RINO Republicans. But it doesn’t hurt to speculate. Or more importantly, to start thinking about a pro-American, pro-freedom agenda. When you are in the leadership it is imperative to lead. Here are my suggestions should the GOP win this November: 1- Repeal Obamacare. It doesn’t make any difference if it will be vetoed by Obama, make it clear that the GOP has heard the voice of the American people. 2- 10% Congressional Pay Cut. While a pay cut for Congress won’t materially affect the wild spending, the GOP should send a message to the American people that they will share in the pain of a recession. 3- 10% RIF for all Federal Employees. Except for the military, Congress should pass a bill mandating a 10% reduction in force for the entire federal bureaucracy. You can’t heal an economy by expanding an already bloated bureaucracy that uses up vital capital and manpower that could otherwise be expended by private enterprise. 4- 10% Pay Reduction for All Government Employees. Again, except for the military, a 10% across-the-board reduction in pay for all federal employees. For the first time in history, average compensation for a government bureaucrat exceeds those in the private sector who create all our goods and services. 5- 10% Across-the-Board Reduction in Government Spending. Government is already too big and too intrusive. When times are tough, a reduction in expenditures is exactly what companies of all sizes do and it’s far past time for the federal government to do the same thing. 6- Freeze on all Earmarks. Frankly, earmark spending is just a tiny fraction of the expenditures of government, but they are unconstitutional and highly disliked by the American public. 7- Suspension of all TARP and Stimulus Spending. If your family hits hard times, you don’t go out and start spending like a drunken sailor. You cut back, eat out less, and work to get your financial house in order. A suspension of all TARP and so-called “stimulus spending” would be a small step in the right direction. 8- Across-the-Board 30% Tax Rate Reduction. We know from the successful effort of Ronald Reagan to extract the US from the worst economy since the Great Depression that the key to jobs and restoring a healthy economy is a tax rate reduction. Tax revenue to the Government actually increased after the 30% tax rate reduction called Kemp-Roth! Warren Buffet employs tens of thousands of people and the more money he has, the more he will invest in expanding his business ventures. Similarly, the consumer is hit hard by excessively high gas prices and by higher taxes. He needs tax relief now. A tax rate reduction will mean more jobs and get the US back on track. 9- One Year Suspension of the Capital Gains Tax. A one year suspension of the Capital Gains tax will give a huge positive jolt to the economy and hasten the recovery. 10- One Year Suspension of Corporate Income Taxes. Far from benefitting the rich, a one year suspension of Corporate Income Taxes will dramatically boost job growth and create a healthy economy. 11- One Time Suspension of Taxes on Corporate Foreign Earnings. Such a suspension would flood the US economy with urgently needed capital and hasten a full economic recovery. So what if President Obama foolishly vetoes this pro-growth agenda for America? It would be, as Reagan said, a banner of bold colors, instead of pastels to let the American people know that the Republican Party has come back to its senses and will provide leadership that listens to the concerns of the American people. Ronald Reagan not only governed wisely and according to the United States Constitution to the great benefit of every American, he also proved that straightforward, honest, conservative policies not only work, but make good political sense. Much more can be done in the long run if we soundly defeat Obama in 2012 to restore and rebuild the exceptional nation we call the United States of America. With the right leadership, we can restore personal responsibility, expand human freedom, and put in place once again the ladder of economic opportunity for all Americans. Let’s do it!

Dangerous Dishonesty
So the radicals in the Democrat Party shove a first step socialized medicine bill down the throats of the American people (with polls showing only 35% of Americans support the bill), with the assurance of former President Bill Clinton that it will turn out to be a political benefit in November.  But, it didn’t happen that way.  Today, less than 35% of the American people want a government takeover of health care.

It’s hard to understand liberals, especially those of the far left variety like Pelosi, Reid, and Obama.  Conservatives clearly say that they are for a smaller, less intrusive government, with lower taxes, more personal responsibility, and personal freedom.  Why can’t liberals simply say– 

        We think government needs to grow more powerful
        and larger and raise taxes so that we can take care of
        you.  We think government can do a better job of taking
        care of your retirement needs and your health care needs
        when it’s run by fair minded, smart, well-educated people
        like us.  After all, we are the intelligentsia and have a
        higher sense of social responsibility than the masses and
        if you’ll just turn your life decisions over to us, we’ll do a
        better job than you can do in deciding what kind of home
        to live in, what to eat, what kind of car to drive, how many
        children to have, what your children will learn, who should
        get health care, and what you can listen to on the radio.  

If liberals would openly state what they believe, it would not only be a refreshing breath of fresh air, it would be honest.  Apparently therein lies the rub.

So back to the health care debate.  Some of the more seasoned pros in the Democratic Party have sensed that the November 2010 elections might be rough for the Democrats.  They couldn’t debate the issue, because the American people knew the facts and were on to them.  So what else could they do but to try and discredit the opposition?

Early on, Speaker Pelosi referred to the Tea Party folks as “Nazis” and “racists” and said she feared “violence,” but that smear didn’t seem to gain any traction.  Then there was the undocumented accusation that some who attended the Tea Party protest the day of the vote shouted out racial and homophobic slurs.  But when there was absolutely no validation of such smears, that balloon went flat.

So Bill Clinton decides to come to the rescue by trying to link the Tea Party folks to Timothy McVeigh who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma.  Quickly, President Obama joined in using the occasion of his commencement address at the University of Michigan to allude to the possibility violence by his opponents—a dark, but clear reference to the Tea Party movement.  But before Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid could chime in, something happened that seemed like a godsend.  It was almost too wonderful to be true.  There was a powerful bomb planted in the heart of New York City.  Fortunately, it failed to explode.  But even better, from the liberals’ perspective, the surveillance cameras revealed that a white male was apparently the culprit.  What joy, what bliss, a white male was to blame, hopefully an active member of the Tea Party movement.  White males are, you see, the worst, most awful problem in the United States.  They are, according to liberals, rude, uncouth, gun toting, bitter, Bible thumping, and nationalistic (liberals don’t believe in patriotism).  Worst of all, white males consistently vote by margins of 70% or more for conservative candidates for public office. Quick, get out the tar and feathers!

The early evidence, from the biased liberal perspective, was very promising.  You could almost hear the liberals praying (if it’s correct to use “prayer” in connection with liberals) that it would turn out that the bomber was a member of the Tea Party movement.  How wonderful would that be!  To quote from the editorial section of the May 5th edition of The Washington Times, “New York City Mayor Michael R. 
Bloomberg, prompted by CBS News reader Katie Couric, speculated that the culprit was ‘homegrown, maybe a mentally deranged person or someone with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.’”

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and their in-house “terror analyst” Roger Cressey spent time discussing the likelihood that the bomber came from the “right wing.”  What ecstasy that would be!

Then the bubble burst like a huge bubble gum bubble and it put gooey stuff all over the face of Katie Couric, Michael Bloomberg, Chris Matthews and the whole left-wing gang who profile white males as the source of all evil.  Oh no!  The bomber was Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan, trained by al Qaeda.  

It just could not be true.  Before all the details came out, but after they knew he was a naturalized citizen from Pakistan, CNN still referred to him as a man from “Connecticut.”  They were hoping against hope that somehow Faisal Shahzad was a member of the Tea Party movement.
When asked three times by Steve Doucey of FOX and Friends if Faisal Shahzad was a terrorist, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napalitano, continued to dodge the question.  Apparently within the White House and the leadership of Congress, only white male Tea Party members are likely terrorists, while we must never assume that Muslim males like those who flew the airplanes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center buildings and who plant bombs in Times Square are likely terrorists.

When Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown the American band played the popular ditty, “The World Turned Upside Down.”  It must have felt like that to Cornwallis and it would be equally appropriate today.  

If Obama and his liberal friends don’t quit sticking their head in the sand and ignoring the real threat posed by radical Islam, the next bomb will go off and hundreds, if not thousands, of American lives will be lost.  Perhaps the President should seek out the advice of his friend, Bill Ayres, to better understand the mindset of those who plant bombs.

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