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Pyrrich Victory

Author: Rory B. Bellows

The news that the “Gang of Ten” Democartic Senators had reached a deal to drop the public option from health care “reform” should not be a cause for celebration on the right. Instead, this compromise is actually far worse. Under terms of the deal, people age 55 can buy into Medicare and Medicaid will be expanded to either 133% or 150% of the poverty level.

The stated goal of so called progressives like Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only avowed socialist in the Senate, is to eventually reach the point of Medicare for all. Now that they have lowered the threshold to 55 years of age, lowering it to 45 years old in a ew years is not much of a leap. After all, what is good for 55 year olds is certainly good enough for 45 years old. And then 35 years. And then 25 years old. And finally, all of us. Medicare is broke. The program is insolvent. The Senators who wish to expand this program have finally admitted they do not care at all about this country or its fiscal condition. Creating a gradle to grave nanny state is what they are after and finances and facts be damned.

Deciding if expanding Medicare or Medicaid is worse is like deciding if dying of stomach cancer or lung cancer is the preferred way to go. Medicaid is aa crushing burden on our states. The CBO estimates that this bill will increase state Medicaid burdens by $25 billion over ten years. In New Jersey we are already facing a $34 billion dollar deficit. Have fun trying to come up with the extra money for Medicaid!


Lindsey Graham throws a hissy fit over Ron Paul

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Lindsey Graham is outraged, outraged I say! What has Senator Graham so upset? He was holding a town hall meeting the other day and was questioned about his support cap and trade, working with the Democrats on Social Security and called a RINO.

Video here:

In reponse, Senator Graham said he was going to “grow” the Republican Party and supports of Congressman Paul responded by chanting Paul’s name. Graham then told the crowd he would not “let Ron Paul hijack the Republican Party” and if supporters of Ron Paul did not like it, they were free to leave.

Now, a few thoughts.

For the past 8 years we had exactly the type of Republican Party Senator Graham wanted. Senator Graham was a strong supporter of the Bush adventure in Iraq. Senator Graham voted for the TARP Bill. Senator Graham is in favor of Cap and Trade, a position the Republican nominee in the 2008 Presidential Election also held, Senator Graham, rightly, believes the GOP needs to reach out to Hispanic voters but he has an odd way of doing so. Graham voted to confirm liberal Sonya Sotomayor while standing silent as the National Republican Campaign Committee endorsed liberal Charlie Crist over conservative Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race.

Where has Lindsey Graham’s brand of Republicanism gotten the party? The Republican President let the White House in January 2009 with an apporval rating in the 20% range. Graham’s Republicaism led to wipe outs in the 2006 and 2008 elections with left the Democrats with a filibuster proof senate majority, huge congressional majorities and Barack Obama in the White House.

Great job, Lindsey.

In the town meeting, Senator Graham defended his conservatism by touting his record on guns and abortion. While I am an ardent supporter of the second amendment, the fact that Graham’s defines his conservatism is such cultural terms, as opposed to free market and individual liberty prinicples, is why the GOP cannnot win is in such a sorry state. Graham told the attendees he was going to go to states like Delaware and Illinois and win with “big tent” (i.e. liberal) candidates. It is precisely because of Senator Graham and how he has defined conservatism and the Republican Party that conservatism and the GOP is dead in those states.

I agree we have to grow the Republican Party but Senator Graham’s version of a Republican Party that grows is nothing more than an actuary of the Democratic Party. Ron Paul’s brand of limited government, consititiutionalist conservatism is ideology that drove the Goldwater Campaign and ultimately led to the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. Lindsey Graham’s brand of conservatism led to the election of Barack Obama. Which direction would you rather have the parrty go?

Ron Paul appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room to respond to Senator Graham’s attacks:

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House of Representatives votes to defund ACORN

Author: Rory B. Bellows

It is about damn time!

btw, New Jersey Democratic Representatives Donald Payne, Rush Holt, Bill Pascrell, Frank Pallone and Alberto Sires all voted to continue funding a group that wanted to help set up brothels stocked with underage girls. Remember, this is the party of women.

Beneath the surface things look good

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Wow. What a few weeks to take a break from blogging. Despite the MSM narrative of a part in disarry in the wake of the Sanford and Ensign scandals and the Palin resignation, things are looking up for the Republican Party in the 2009 and 2010 election cycles.

We’ll start with the off-off year governorship races in New Jersey and Virgina. In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christe continues to trounce Jon Corzine in the polls, holding a 10.2% advantage in the latest aggregate. Things are going so poorly for Corzine that he has released a negative ad. In the first week of July.

Down in Virgina, Republican Bob McDonnell holds a 6 point lead in the latest poll over his rival for the Governorship of Virgina.

Right now, the odds are that the GOP will sweep these races. Some will try and argue this is not a sign of things to come in 210, but not so fast, my friend.

Candidate recruitment is picking up for the GOP. Candidates who wanted no part of races in 2006 and 2008 are entering races across the country. In Oho, Barack Obama’s aproval rating has nosedived 13 points in the last two months to 49%. Governor Ted Strickland, once of the nation’s most popular Governors now holds a 46% approval rating. This has led to quaity challengers such as former Congressmen Jon Kasich an Bob Portman to run for Governor and Senate respectively. At one point in time these Republicans trailed Democratic incumbants by double digits. Those leads have fallen to single digits.

Yesterday news came out of New Hampsire that the party’s top choice to run for retiring Senator Judd Gregg’s seat, Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, would in fact enter the race against Democratic Congressmen Paul Hodes. Ayotte was the only Republican who led Hodes in a hypothetical head to head matchup poll.

New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio and Virgina are four states where the GOP has gotten their brains beat in the last two election cycles. New Jersey and New Hampshire represented a consolidation of the Democratic base and Ohio and Virgina were beach heads for Democratic incursion into traditionally strong Republican areas that saw support for the Party erode to local corruption and the national unpopularity of President Bush.

Now that the corrupt local officials and President Bush are no longer around, quality Republican candidates are emerging and the euphoria of the course change of 2006 and 2008 is wearing off now that the realities of Democratic governence is setting in.

New Hampshire and

I don’t mean to get in the way of the Michael Jackson coverage

Author: Rory B. Bellows

But the house is voting on not only Cap and Trade, but Card Check as well, today. Not that two laws which will ensure the detruction of capitalism and the American way of life are more important than the death of a child molestor.

PA Dems don’t care for Speceter Either

Author: Rory B. Bellows

Arlen Specter switched party affiliation because he believed the Republican primary electorate in Pennsylvania did not fully appreciate his many years of medicore service. Sooooooooooooooooo, new polling shows he is a world of trouble against Democratic Congressmen Joe Sestak. His approval rating has dropped to 34% and only 40% of voters believe he deserves to be re-elected. He leads Sestak 33-13 in primary matchup but an astounding 48% of Democrats remain undecided.

The fact of the matter is that Specter is not viewed as trust worthy by EITHER party. His moderate positions are about as welcome in the Democrat Party as they are in the Republican Party.

The Emporer has no clothes

Author: Rory B. Bellows

While our congress debates this global warming nonsense this week it is important to note the developments in Australia. Apparently the Australian Senate wil reject its own version of a cap and trade scheme.

From the article:

“There is rising recognition that introduction of a carbon tax under the guise of “cap and trade” will be personally costly, economically disruptive to society and tend to shift classes of jobs offshore. Moreover, despite rising carbon dioxide concentrations, global warming seems to have taken a holiday….

With public perceptions changing so dramatically and quickly it is little wonder Ian Plimer’s latest book, Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science, has been received with such enthusiasm and is into its third print run in as many weeks. [It’s now up to the fifth printing.]

The public is receptive to an exposé of the many mythologies and false claims associated with anthropogenic global warming and are welcoming an authoritative description of planet Earth and its ever-changing climate in readable language.”

Ya think? I guess better late than never but it is astounding that this hysterical fog surrounding “global warming” has clouded the vision of so many normally clear thinking people. Of course it is going to be a huge tax on the population. That is the point. Make CO2 emissions more expensive to try and reduce their levels and you will save the environment! What do you think will happen when you tax CO2 emissions? Only marxists think producers actually pay these costs. Everyone else realize the cost of such legislation is actually born by consumers. Duh!

The pseudo-science on which the Algore’s of the world are trying to scare the public into accepting massive government intervention into the economy is also collapsing. Witness the review of the wonderful book, Heaven and Earth, Global Warming: The Missing Science by one of Australia’s leading global warming adovactes.:

Much of what we have read about climate change, [Plimer] argues, is rubbish, especially the computer modeling on which much current scientific opinion is based, which he describes as “primitive.”…

The Earth’s climate is driven by the receipt and redistribution of solar energy. Despite this crucial relationship, the sun tends to be brushed aside as the most important driver of climate. Calculations on supercomputers are primitive compared with the complex dynamism of the Earth’s climate and ignore the crucial relationship between climate and solar energy.

To reduce modern climate change to one variable, CO2, or a small proportion of one variable—human-induced CO2—is not science. To try to predict the future based on just one variable (CO2) in extraordinarily complex natural systems is folly.