February 3, 2009 — Assigned Reading

Daschle Withdraws Nomination For Health, Human Services Post
(FROM: Fox News) Just yesterday, Tom Daschle–the guy who once portrayed himself as an everyman who drove his beat-up Pontiac to the Capitol each day and now owes tens of thousands in unpaid taxes for his chauffeur–was indispensable to President Obama; today, the president told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that Daschle’s nomination was “a mistake.” Daschle, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tax-related problems among those in Obama’s inner circle: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner “forgot” to pay taxes, Attorney General Eric Holder orchestrated the pardon for tax cheat extraordinare Marc Rich, and Chief Performance Officer Nancy Killefer has left for tax-related reasons as well. So much for the “Era of Responsibility.”

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Promises, Promises: No Lobbyists at White House, Except…
(FROM: Associated Press) Both Daschle–now out, of course–and Middle East envoy George Mitchell were not lobbyists per se, but both have made a fortune counseling lobbyists in matters of Capitol Hill efficiency. Even the No. 2 at the Pentagon used to be a lobbyist for Raytheon. Personally, I feel as though lobbyists know the system well and can be a great resource for an administration from within, but in the case of Obama, who continuously promised to insulate himself and his adminstration from lobbyists, this is only another embarrassing situation.

Daniel Pearl and the Normalization of Evil
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) The slain Journal reporter’s father, Judea Pearl, wonders aloud why our world continues to make excuses for terror. Wow. Please read. Just a tiny excerpt:

Those around the world who mourned for Danny in 2002 genuinely hoped that Danny’s murder would be a turning point in the history of man’s inhumanity to man, and that the targeting of innocents to transmit political messages would quickly become, like slavery and human sacrifice, an embarrassing relic of a bygone era.

But somehow, barbarism, often cloaked in the language of “resistance,” has gained acceptance in the most elite circles of our society. The words “war on terror” cannot be uttered today without fear of offense. Civilized society, so it seems, is so numbed by violence that it has lost its gift to be disgusted by evil.

Bailed-Out Wells Fargo Plans Vegas Casino Junkets
(FROM: Associated Press) How lovely of them to be vacationing with my money. Gee whiz, I hope they spin the roulette wheel and win a car. You know, it’s the same thing as Citi’s refusal to reconsider plans to spend $400 million on naming rights to the New York Mets’ new ballpark, or the office and bathroom renovations by Merrill Lynch executives, or the excursions made by the folks at AIG. Furthermore, Wells Fargo will be staying at Steve Wynn’s ritzy hotels, the Wynn and the Encore. From a very nice America’s Right reader:

I should add Jeff, that I live here in Las Vegas and needless to say, I have been to virtually every resort in this town. Prior to moving here I traveled here 4 – 5 times a year. Wynn and its sister property Encore are outrageously expensive. Lunch for 2 in the coffee shop runs $75 – $90 plus tip. The food at Encore is even more expensive.

Minimum bets, whether at tables or slots are the highest in the city.

The point is, there are many places in Las Vegas to have a good time without squandering a lot of cash. I do it several times a week at places like Palms, Orleans, Gold Coast and Red Rock Resort.

This must stop. And if you think that the excesses among those who receive the other $350 billion in TARP funds and the $900 billion in stimulus funds will somehow stop, I’ve got an overextended mortgage to sell you. It’s time that we let the irresponsible companies fail.


Ted Nugent: Kill This Porkosaurus

(FROM: Human Events) “In a crisis, hysterical, wrongheaded, ignorant people will squall and holler to ‘do something,’” Nugent writes. “Reasonable people with a modicum of intellect know that throwing a cinder block to a drowning person qualifies as ‘something,’ but surely it is the wrong something.” Liberals from Saul Alinsky to Rahm Emanuel have advocated taking advantage of a crisis in an attempt to enact policies and advance ideas which otherwise may not pass the sniff test — this bill fits that bill. I’ve written enough in the past few days and will likely write more in the next few to demonstrate just why this so-called “stimulus” package is a nightmare; now, however, is the time to call your senators and implore that they educate their constituents about the package and fight against it as best they can.

Ice Storm Leaves Over Quarter Million Without Power in Kentucky
(FROM: Fox News) Though the weather was perhaps a little too cold for those stranded without power in Kentucky and neighboring states to stand atop their houses and await rescue, as dozens of Americans froze to death, President Obama was partying and watching the Super Bowl. Sound familiar? At least President Bush flew over New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina — Obama hasn’t even left Washington, D.C. Where’s the similar outcry? Where’s the media attention?

An Open Letter to Conservatives
By Rep. Tom Price

Dear Fellow Conservative:

Election Day 2008 produced a liberal governing majority that no one envisioned even as little as two years ago. The Democrats control both chambers of Congress as well as the Presidency. And while they are motivated by politics rather than solutions, Americans perceive them as the true agents of change and reform.

Buried within election data is troubling news. The Republican Party is losing grassroots support, and conservatives are peeling away from the party. According to exit polls, one-in-five self-identified conservatives voted for Barack Obama, clearly illustrating the Republican Party’s inability to project conservative values with credibility.

And this reality has been manifested into a set of greater truths: Americans in 2009 believe that Republicans are tied to the status quo, cannot be trusted on the issues that matter most to them, and are incoherent when articulating a positive vision for the future.

But in light of this, I believe Republicans, by firmly embracing conservative solutions-based traditions, can rise again and set the best course for America. From the desk of an eternal optimist, better days are ahead.

Before coming to Congress, I helped transform the Republican Party in the State of Georgia from permanent minority party status to a governing, conservative, principled and solutions-based majority. Now, it is some of the most fertile ground for conservatives in the nation. This happened in Georgia because of a commitment to what is at the core of leadership: to lead with principle! Yet right now, conservatives are correct about a Washington in which too few are fighting consistently for their values and concerns.

The Republican Party is at its best when its leadership has a bold vision and is rooted to conservative principles: personal responsibility, liberty, limited government, traditional values, providing for the common defense, and optimism about the future. But Republicans seem to have lost the ability to intelligently or ideologically define these principles and convey them to the American people.

Moreover, elected conservative leaders need to act immediately in order to facilitate the rebuilding of the Republican Party and reconnect it to the conservative movement.

  • Back to basics: The first step starts with a little bit of self-reflection and “re-learning” the core principles of conservatism. Only through understanding the past can our core principles be applied and developed into meaningful solutions to tackle the challenges facing America.
  • Party of Solutions: A new Republican platform of ideas and language must be created and championed, built on a foundation of conservative solutions. It will also need to be built from the ground up from fresh and innovative ideas.
  • Rebuild the party’s infrastructure and coalitions: There must be a specific focus on nurturing the grassroots, shoring up ties with existing coalitions and leading thinkers, and creating new infrastructure to meet the challenges of politicking in a new century.
  • Hold Democrats accountable: This begins with a proactive and coordinated strategy between elected conservative leaders and outside allies. Americans need to be reminded on a daily basis that Democrats want to play politics and centralize power, raise taxes, cut defense spending, and undermine traditional values.
  • Go on offense, engage and educate: Yes, Virginia, someone in Washington is fighting for you. And when Republicans stay on offense and engage, then it garners attention and provides opportunities to educate every American on conservative solutions that work. Look no further than the Energy Revolt on the floor of the House of Representatives this past August which gave Republicans a needed voice and identity.
  • Remain unified and disciplined: Hostile Democrat majorities and liberal special interests are more energized than they have been in decades. Without unity and discipline, the differences between the two parties become blurred, and conservatives have every right to question allegiance to Republicans.
  • Reclaim the American lexicon: Democrats have been successful in altering the mindset of what made this nation great through language and institutions. Once, Americans valued “responsibility,” “self-determination,” and “hard work.” Now, these ideals have been replaced by fuzzy appeals to “diversity,” “fairness,” and “social justice.” No longer can Republicans cede the language or institutions.
  • Broaden the appeal: Republicans win elections when they run on an across-the-board conservative solutions-based agenda. However, the appeal must be broadened to acknowledge and embrace the demographics in our country. Failure to do so will relegate the party to permanent minority status.

My letter ends with a direct appeal to you. With continued optimism and clarity of purpose, action can be taken to rebuild the Republican Party, reconnect it to its conservative roots and provide the solutions to tackle the challenges facing America. Last week’s principled and unified opposition to a big-government spending spree that would mortgage our nation’s future and prolong economic strife was just the beginning. Please join me and set us on the course for a better tomorrow.

Yours truly,
Tom Price, M.D.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The hypocrisy represented by that old car of Daschle’s is just stupendous.

    Also, that old car is clearly contributing to global warming. Thought I’d point that out.

    JV

  2. suek says:

    “the appeal[of the GOP] must be broadened to acknowledge and embrace the demographics in our country.”

    Wrong. It has been the effort to capture the “center” that has watered down the message and made the party into “Democrat Lite”.

    “Failure to do so will relegate the party to permanent minority status.”

    Possible. He’s right about leadership, but at least some of the problem is assuming that a reasoned approach will be understood by the majority. For whatever reason, it isn’t. Maybe lack of education or whatever, the Repubs need to be ready to respond to the slander of the Liberals and be more aggressive in calling them on their lies. If we lose the majority, then so be it. We either convince the majority or we lose, but if we win by compromising and lowering our goals in order to assimilate the majority, we’ve lost anyway.
    That’s pretty much where we are now.

    Libs are better liars.

  3. EMPIRICUM says:

    As the saying goes, BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. They should all be tarred!

    Tax avoidance is one thing, tax evasion is another. Tax evaders should be given jail time!

    A public office is a public trust.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Don’t know if too many people know about this, but Obama has now selected an attorney who has successfully defended the right of pornographers to produce material with underage children as deputy attorney general.

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse….

    http://www.fidelis.org/press.aspx?pid=45

  5. Gail B says:

    There is a grassroots effort at The Patriotic Resistance. Will give link in a minute. Sean G sent me this message:

    “With a new RNC Chairman at the helm as of last week, I think we should let him know who we are immediately. I think we need to send Resistance-backed letters from each state to Chairman Steele. Someone could volunteer from each state to write one, and then organize a meeting of members to get as many signatures as possible. I will gladly do it for VA. Thoughts?” The link is

    http://www.ResistNet.com.

    Sign up, to join the Resistance. You will have your own page, can send and receive messages, fix it so that your messages will or will not be on a live wall, communicate with others, be alerted by email when you have a message at the site, and other features that I haven’t even explored yet.

    Also, you may use the email address plankchapel@live.com to use as a bridge to Sean, if you prefer.

  6. d says:

    Here is the mantra of the Obama’s Presidency “I SCREWED UP.”

    Why do I feel like am living in the twilight zone? Here is an interview Obama did:

    President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on Monday he worried that detainees freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, might resume attacks on the United States.

    But he told NBC News that closure of the prison was a matter of upholding U.S. values and law, and that a failure to do so would ultimately make Americans less secure.

    “Can we guarantee that they’re not going to try to participate in another attack? No,” Obama said. “But what I can guarantee is that if we don’t uphold our Constitution and our values, that over time that will make us less safe. And that will be a recruitment tool for organizations like al-Qaeda.”

    OMG, Obama actually said that he guarantee that “if we DON’T UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR VALUES, that over time that will make us less safe”….what hypocrisy, is he for real?
    Which part of the Constitution or values have you uphold, Mr. President?

  7. vcw1939 says:

    According to the evenings news Wells Fargo was forced to take the money. If their management had any sense they would have told congress that they should have given tax cuts to those who needed the money and then refused it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    All of Tom Price’s points are well taken, but I seriously doubt that any political party will be able to win a national election in the future if its platform includes planks based on Judeo/Christian values (personal responsibility, strong pro-life, defense of marriage, etc) and fields a candidate who is believably supportive of those planks.

    If all of the self-professed Christians had made the pro-life issue the deciding factor, as they should have, the recent election may have well turned out differently.

    I am, by no means, suggesting that we should expect the Republican party to become a “Christian” party. What I am saying is that I believe that we, as a nation, have reached the “tipping point” as far as Judeo/Christian values are concerned and we who base our lives and our decisions on those values have become a permanent minority.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I live in Kentucky and to be honest with you, I don’t want Obama flying over my state! We are “folks” that help each other in crisis. Black and white families checking to make sure our neighbors have food, water and some source of safe heat. I spent 6 days and nights with friends in a 3 bedroom home with gas ventless logs along with 3 other families. We had a total of 12 people and survived the extreme cold conditions and candlelit nights but it saddens me that so many of my fellow Kentuckians lost their lives because they were trying to keep warm from unsafe heat sources or no heat at all. Our small town has had help from the Kentucky National Guard, electricians and linemen from all over the U.S. Police and fire departments have worked 16-18 hours shifts. Churches and Youth Groups are now helping with the cleanup of downed trees and branches, but tonight as the below zero windchill has come once again, I pray for those that still don’t have heat. Thank you to all those who are helping us get our lives back in order and God bless you for your service.

  10. Bobby K. says:

    http://www.countryfirstpac.com/petition/economic.aspx

    I am no big McCain fan, i did vote for due to lack of choice. but atleast he has been fighting the bailout, here is a site for a petition to stop the “PORK PACKAGE”.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My town in Ky has endured 7 days without electricity and water while experiencing below freezing temperatures. We are not sitting around waiting for FEMA to come wipe our butts. Everyone has pulled together and we will make it out of this crisis. No looting, no Superdome, hmmm…..
    Obama has been pretty mum on the subject as well. The double standard afforded to Obama is sickening.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We need to be careful not to lump Wells Fargo in with the rest of the heap. Although it was probably not the smartest thing to have this Las Vegas trip (now cancelled), we need to remember that Wells Fargo was supposedly the exception in that it did not want any of the government funds. If those attending the meeting are to be believed, it was the government which gave Wells Fargo no choice but to accept. A report this morning said that they even made a (small) payment back to the Treasury recently.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,

    Have you seen anything on the New Hampshire Resolution for States Rights and if so, could you comment on it please when you have the time?

    http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ legislation/2009/HCR0006.html

    I am hoping that it may be a new tack that might steer is in a better direction.

    There is a new article up on Leo Donofrio’s website:

    http://www.naturalborncitizen. wordpress.com/

    Everyone should read the part a few paragraphs into the article titled ‘True Story’ – it is truly scary. Is this an indication of what we will all be facing as this administration and Congress gets into high gear???

    I thought that Leo had well thought out cases, and I remember him writing that he thought he was being followed – but had no idea what he actually went through. It shows how large an undercover (and hugely funded) system is already operating.

    pompeii

  14. Jay says:

    Doubt the enemy that we are facing in the “War on Terror” is evil? Take a look at what they do to their own children:

    http://truththroughthefire.blogspot.com

    Anyone who views this and doesn’t think we should be using waterboarding is in complete denial about how evil these people really are.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Looks like the Obama administration has a de-facto “No Lobbyist Left Behind Act”.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Here's what else is happening:

    "January 6, 2009
    …an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment… removing limitations on the number of terms an individual may serve as president."

    see @:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=hj111-5&version=ih&nid=t0%3Aih%3A5

  17. Let us move forward says:

    check this out

    “US President Barack Obama has already used experts within the last few months to hold high-level but discreet talks with both Iran and Syria, organizers of the meetings told AFP.”

    More at:
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20090201/twl-obama-has-begun-discreet-talks-with-3cd7efd.html

    This is a link in:
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/02/obama_may_become_a_disaster.html

    This article points out that we need to watch who Mr. O has appointed just below the top jobs. The top jobs could become for “show” with the real decisions and direction coming from below. Remember what Mr. O thinks about the Cabinet. It’s right up there with his opinion on the Constitution.

    Last night there was an interview with Mr. O by Charles Gibson. Mr. O seemed to be in complete agreement with the House’s version of the Stimulus bill. He justified the purchase of all the new government vehicles and the conversion of government building to “green” status because it was needed for the future. He said that houses must have the energy efficient upgrades. We must not forget that coal based energy will be made too expensive for anyone (including the government) to buy.

  18. Let us move forward says:

    Iran has successfully launched a satellite! When will they have the tip?

    I grew up in the Cold War, with CD drills.

    Here we go again?

  19. Anonymous says:

    LetUsMoveForward wrote: …this article points out that we need to watch who Mr O has appointed just below the top jobs….

    Exactly. The top jobs are part of the sleight of hand and distractions so we don’t check too closely on the lower echelon jobs. It is ‘the worms in the woodwork’ who will do a lot of the damage.

    bebe

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