Friday, January 19, 2007
Much like the budgets in the old Democrat run congresses, the Congressional Dems do not measure hours like the rest of us in AmeriKa. You see, it took 336 real hours to complete the Democratic 100 hours.
"We have passed an agenda which we promised the American people we would pass in the first 100 hours. No matter how much fun they make of it, no matter how many different ways to count it, we made it within our first 100 hours," said House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Even Hoyer admits that it is their 100 hours, not a normal 100 hours.
Just for kicks and grins, let's pretend you have a job - for most democratic constituents that may be a tough proposition, true - and your boss has given you eight hours to complete a certain task. Do you:
a) Start on the task immediately and do not quit until the task is completed.
immediately take a break for some special occasionsion (like the national championship game) then start on the eight hour task.
c) Take a break for some special occasionsion, work a few hours, go home for the day, come back tomorrow, work a couple of hours and go home, come back on the third day and complete the task. Taking a total of seven actual working hours to complete, you brag to your boss that you completed the task ahead of schedule.
For most Americans, "a" would be the honest and logical choice. For Congressional Democrats, the choice is either "b" (for rank and file Dems) or "c" for Dems in the leadership.
And what of the tasks that they so urgently needed to complete?
They "approved the remaining Sept. 11 commission recommendations that had not been made into law on Jan. 9; pushed through an increase of the minimum wage on Jan. 10, expanded federal funding for stem cell research on Jan. 11; allowed the government the power to re-negotiate Medicare drug prices on Jan. 12; and gave a cut in interest rates on students' college loans on Wednesday."
In order - they cost lives, they cost jobs, they cost more lives, they cost the elderly more money, and they cost the taxpayermore money. Expect the President to either veto or pocket-veto all or most of these items. The student loans and the minimum wage may get by the veto stamp. If he doesn't use the stamp on the stem-cell research funding increase, he will show that he is not a Reagan Republican (as he claims) but a weak-kneed moderate Republican as most conservatives have always suspected. He has yet to use the veto; if he doesn't use it here, he's finished.
Otherwise, Republicans in the House won't support much of anything he pushes from here until January 2009.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
To all of you enviro-loving vegans, as a carnivorous-beef-loving-middle-aged-white male, I can now officially tell you to “Shut Up!”
A new study shows that the greatest threat to the environment, in terms of emissions producers, is the lowly cow. I have long contended in jest that I was truly the defender of the ozone for my insistence on eating as much beef as I could afford.
Now, with this information in hand, I am able to claim the throne (a throne I share with all other beef eaters) of humanitarian. I am saving the ozone as best I can. I am creating a glut in the leather market, thereby forcing down the cost of leather goods and more ably clothing the world’s poor. And, according to the article on this study, I am cutting down on the frequency of the occurrences of acid rain.
I expect to be hearing from Al Gore any day to offer me the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Break Time - Happy Holy Days
I don't say "Happy Holidays." Instead, I will wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, as well as a Happy New Years.
I guess we could say Happy Holy Days. That would define everyone's religious traditions during this time of year.
Just try to make it past the first two weeks of the new year with your New Years pledges.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Thoughts on the Election...
I went to UA-Fort Smith and let all of my liberal friends rub it in for the entire day. Can't honestly say I have ever seen a liberal do that when they lost.
Think about it though. Arkansans poll:
- +70% Pro Life
- +70% Marraige between a man and a woman
- +70% on lower taxes
Add to that:
- Tip O'Neil's mantra, "All politics is local."
- The Dems have run the house and senate in Arkansas since Reconstruction, yet education, rate of pay, and numerous other categories rank at the bottom and the only stat Arkansas ranks near the top with is in highest rate of taxation.
- Poor weather always has meant lower turnout on the democratic side.
It is no wonder that a logical person would conclude a slight Republican victory. I guess Huckabee was right, Arkansas may well be a banana republic.
The one redeeming factor of having the leading Democrats in Arkansas holding office in Little Rock is that now we have all of the rats on the same ship.
Here's a question for you Democratic readers. If all I do is whine and gripe, piss and moan, and offer no new ideas (like the democrats have done for the last two years) will you vote Republican? That appears why the Dems won on Tuesday. They certainly didn't offer any ideas or solutions.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Governor: Asa Hutchinson by 8 points. Asa by 6
Mike Beebe has been inconsistant with his message. The Arkansas Dem-Gaz has commented on several occassions about inaccuracies and flaws in Beebe's statements. Asa's team has been consistant on pointing out the Beebe mistakes while staying on message. It doesn't hurt to have one of the best grassroot campaigners in Arkansas history running just down the ticket.
Lt. Governor: Jim Holt by 12 points. Jim Holt by 8
Jim's steady pace, grassroots campaigning and a solid Republican ticket will serve him well. While Bill Halter may have more money to spend (mostly his own), he is not gaining traction on his message. Jim has proven in the past that money is not the sole ingrediant to a strong campaign.
Attorney General: Gunner Delay by 21 points. Gunner Delay by 12
Gunner has found a solid message for which Dustin McDaniel has now legitimate answer. Gunner has a likable personality that does not exude the negatives which people associate with lawyers. Dustin's record with Remington Arms paints a picture of an opportunist. That will turn the voters off. That and people don't like the government messing with their firearms. Something about the 2nd Amendment and all that.
Secretary of State: Toss Up Jim Lagrone by 4
I am leaning towards Jim Lagrone on this one. I don't believe Charlie Daniels can recover from the ES&S fiasco. And Jim is doing all he can to insure that. Lagrone clean background shines when compared to Daniels and the cronyism in his background.
State Treasurer: No Call No Call
There has been little to reference to either candidate in this race. Neither has taken the point on the trail to Little Rock. This race may come down to which party gets the most voters out. It is interesting to note that this race pits an African-American (R) against a woman (D). This should put all of the political scientists in the state in a tizzy.
Somethings are better left unsaid, but the Republicans are facing "the gang that couldn't shoot straight" this year. Despite the media fury to elect their own, Beebe, Halter, Daniels, and McDaniel can't help putting their feet in their collective mouths. Whereas, they may have faired better if they had just shut up.