Auto Rescue Bill in Peril, Opposed by GOP Senators
(FROM: Associated Press) This whole business about the proposed bailout of the automotive industry reminds me of that famous quote by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, who said, simply: “Change before you have to.” The Big Three automakers have not done so, and they should unfortunately pay the price. Now, we’re hearing that, should this go through, the automakers will be subject to the will of the government-appointed “Car Czar,” who can micromanage the businesses by approving or denying basic business decisions. Furthermore, there’s the possibility that, in taking whatever money is given, the automakers will be barred from legally contesting certain governmental actions — paving the way for economy- and industry-crippling cap-and-trade legislation. I don’t like it, and these GOP senators who are standing up should be commended for doing so. Despite being an Alabama alum, Sen. Richard Shelby especially has done a wonderful job.
Illinois Governor Ignores Obama’s Call to Resign
(FROM: Associated Press) Not surprising. This is politics-as-usual in Chicago, and Blagojevich perhaps doesn’t realize the fix he’s in. Regardless, I’m interested to see the downwind ramifications and consequences this has for Rep. Jesse “Senate Candidate No. 5″ Jackson, Jr. and Barack Obama as well. Also, despite the cost, the special election must be the best way to go about handling Obama’s vacant seat. I cannot think of anything else which makes as much sense.
- Blagojevich Arrest Causes Headache for Obama (Human Events)
- Will Obama Fire Patrick Fitzgerald? (Newsmax)
- John Fund: Obama was Mute on Illinois Corruption (The Wall Street Journal)
Michael Steele: We Need to Reach Out to Pro-Choice Republicans
(FROM: Hot Air) While part of me says “no,” that the GOP needs to adopt less and less of a McCain-like approach of reaching out–to La Raza, to environmentalists–the other part of me says that the best way to jumpstart the resurgence of conservatism in America is to argue first from the fiscal side of the movement, then bring in those on the social side. On one hand, polls show that we are still a center-right country and, therefore, the GOP does not need to expand the tent to accommodate those in the center — but on the other hand, the tenets of fiscal conservatism might be attractive to many who simply cannot get on board with some of the values of the social side of the movement. As you can tell, I’m conflicted, and still need to wrap my head around Michael Steele’s proposition.
Jindal Says Not Interested in Being President
(FROM: CNN) It’s really a “nothing” article, as it even expressly states that he will not rule out changing his mind about a White House run. Still, before receiving the “your favorite guy’s not even going to run!” e-mails, I wanted to make a point to remind everyone that in 2004, Barack Obama said that he had no intention of running for president, but obviously did so anyway. I hope Jindal changes his mind, but I’m not so sure that the conservative movement needs to place all of its eggs in one basket. After all, there are a host of good options for a candidate in 2012, when the GOP will hopefully have already learned its lesson that moderate Republicans do not win elections, when conservative ones do. There’s Sarah Palin of course, who will have four more years of gubernatorial experience under her belt and the advantage of being the inevitable go-to guy (or rather, girl) for the 2010 mid-terms, considering what she was credited with doing in Georgia for Saxby Chambliss. There’s Mitt Romney who, despite his checked past with regard to conservative principles, seemed to really come into his own, appreciate the merits of conservatism, and argue them effectively during the latter stages of the primary season and beyond. There’s Mike Huckabee, of course, who is hard not to like. There’s others, too, like Tim Pawlenty, Mark Sanford, Jim DeMint, Mike Pence, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and more. Still, Jindal is young, and if he wants to bolster his executive experience, I’m all for it.
- Karl Rove: How the GOP Should Prepare for a Comeback (The Wall Street Journal)
UN Blowback: More than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims
(FROM: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works) Plain and simple, the global warming–now “climate change,” as the globe is actually cooling and makes “global warming” a tougher sell–movement is a farce, a facade for global socialism. To say nothing about possible unintended consequences of wrongheaded human intervention, it’s not about the sea levels, it’s not about the polar bears (which are doing fine, thank you very much), it’s not about any of that — it’s about the transfer of wealth and the destruction of industry. It’s the newest avenue for socialism on a global level. This little article only goes to show that, contrary to what Al Gore says, the debate is NOT over. Honestly, I could go on for hours–and have already done so–but the casebooks call.