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From Spitzer to Paterson; A Tale of Two Governors and a State That is Screwed

Bookmark and Share  May we have a moment of silence please.

The announcement that Governor David Paterson of New York will close shop on his week old effort to be elected to his first full term as the state’s chief executive warrants a certain degree of reflection.

It is the final note to an Administration that has brought nothing but shame, despair, economic ruin and an unprecedented level of shattered confidence in government in the minds of New Yorkers from Brooklyn to Buffalo.

It started almost four years ago when three term Republican Governor George Pataki took a pass on running for a fourth term and retired. An ill prepared Republican Party had no one in the wings to step in and convincingly argue the merits of continued Republican stewardship of the Empire State. So they went with Dan Faso . After serving for a time as the New York State Assembly Minority Leader, Faso spent a few years becoming known as a perennial candidate for state wide office. His perennial status was earned because of his repeated attempts for statewide office that were followed by his repeated failure to win. But since Rudy Giuliani decided against a run, Republicans had no one to turn to accept Faso.

Democrats however had the shinning star of the Democrat party. State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer spent the previous 4 years going after Wall Street and making a name for himself as a tough, no-nonsense, law and order guy who was looking out for the little guy. A better image could not have been crafted by the greatest of political consultants. So before any nominees were officially chosen, Spitzer’s elevation to Governor was a foregone conclusion. So sure was his victory that Spitzer decided he didn’t need a big name achiever to back him up as Lieutenant. Governor. So he took a different route, one that would allow him to pick a relatively obscure State Senator. He was black, he was blind and he had no real enemies. It was a perfect situation. The handicapped African-American balanced the ticket ethnically and his personal story added a compassionate twist to the campaign.

Unfortunately things are not always what they seem though.

Spitzer was not the tough law and order guy people thought he was and Patterson, well with him, in time people would come to find out why he was a relatively obscure state senator.

About a year into Spitzer’s term, suspicious bank transfers of large sums of money by the Governor, triggered an FBI investigation which eventually found that the Governor was involved in hiring prostitutes and to make matters worse, doing so across state lines, which elevated the nature of his illegal conduct to a federal level. The good thing was that he wasn’t pimping or hiring them for others. He was just illegally hiring them for himself.

The disclosure took the shine off of Spitzer’s image faster than you could say Ashley Dupree, the name of the call girl that had been able to call Spitzer one of her regulars.

Promptly, Spitzer’s rising star fell and his swollen ego burst as he resigned from office and left New York in the hands of his Lieutenant. Governor, David Paterson.

Although Paterson initially had a rather disarming, dry, and amusing, self depredating, sense of humor, he quickly found himself the center of a developing scandal that involved state troopers and their possible leaking of some unsavory information about the new accidental governor. Paterson got out in front of the story though. He publicly announced that at some point during his marriage he and his wife drifted apart and had separate affairs. After a prying media beat the story to death, Paterson and the public came to accept the fact that those personal problems in the past were just that, in the past, and did not reflect on the stability his loving marriage now or his ability to govern.

But then came the job of governing.

This is where Paterson’s humor could not save him.

He quickly became overwhelmed by economic downturns and political strife. On the economic front, Paterson’s answer to everything was to raise taxes and even invent new taxes on things like carbonated beverages. With a state full of people that were already hurting economically, making things tougher for them was not going over well.

Meanwhile, a unique set of circumstances which saw Democrats take majority control of the state senate for the first time in decades, created an internal power struggle that had one New York Democrat State Senator switch parties and give control back to the Republicans. Democrats played a game of locking the senate chamber and for a few weeks no business was conducted. It became apparent to everyone that not only was David Paterson unable to effectively handle the state of state, he could not even control his own Party. In fact because of his Party all business in state government came to a halt.

Finally, Democrats, without the help of Paterson, worked out their own arrangement, the renegade Democrat who switched to the GOP came back home and swore allegiance to the Party he was screwing with.

But this did not stop New York from continuing to take a nose dive.

The state was in an obvious tailspin, Paterson was at war with the state legislature, he was threatening to raise more taxes, cut school budgets and avoid focusing on any relief for overtaxed, underemployed New Yorkers. This did not go unnoticed by the White House, where weary political strategists are concerned with what will prove to be a very tough midterm election year for Democrats. So quite arrogantly, the Obama Administration sent out the word that they did not want Paterson to stand for reelection. Clearly his presence on any Democrat ticket would be a drain not only on their chances of keeping the Governor’s mansion but also on the two US Senate seats up for grabs in the state as well as quite a few highly competitive House races. In his place, the White House wanted popular State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to run.

Paterson rejected the signal and defiantly vowed to run for Governor. On several occasions he even stated that the only way he was being taken out of the office of governor was either feet first in a box or by defeat at the ballot box.

The more time that went by, the worse things got for Paterson. It became clear that Paterson was unable to control circumstances but was instead being controlled by circumstances. Lacking any political appeal, public sense of leadership or political innovation, Democrats throughout the state were asking Paterson to not run. But he persisted.

Then last week, he set up a sparsely attended, low energy rally to announce his candidacy for Governor. The event was held at his alma mater, Hofstra University, on Long Island. The school administration sent memo’s to students, begging them to show up, but in the end, Paterson’s campaign kickoff was more like a wake than a rally.

Still, undeterred, Paterson spent the last week trying to find any kind of momentum he possible could. But before he could look too far, scandal erupted again. And again it involved state troopers.

This time it was reported that one of Paterson’s closets aides had been involved in a domestic assault with his wife. State troopers were involved, and at some point, Paterson was in touch with the close aide’s wife and persuading her to let the situation go and resist seeking any restraining orders against her husbands, Paterson‘s aide and friend..

Unkown to the public, an investigation regarding any inappropriate involvement by the Governor was being conducted and for more than two weeks, it was rumored that the New York Times did have some sort of bombshell revelation about the Governor.

That investigation was apparently part of it and as the Times began to release their bombshell revelation, things quickly unraveled.

Paterson’s Deputy Secretary for Public Safety abruptly resigned and issued the following message:

“The fact that the Governor and members of the State Police have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed for an order of protection against a senior member of the Governor’s staff is a very serious matter,”

She added;

“These actions are unacceptable regardless of their intent.”

This announcement came after Paterson apparently admitted to talking to the woman who was the victim of the domestic assault carried out by her husband, Paterson’s confidant. At first Paterson publicly stated that the events in question were not forcing him to end his campaign but that he was going to be meeting with leaders throughout the state and talking the issue over with them.

Within hours, Paterson came back and closed down his campaign for Governor.

But still defiant, Paterson refuses to resign from office, despite calls from many state and Party officials to do so. If he does end up resigning or being charged with a crime, Richard Ravitch will assume the office of Governor.

Ravitch was a whole other story that went all the way to state supreme court.

Apparently state lawmakers, particularly Paterson’s Democrat friends in the state senate, argued that Paterson, having not been elected and only assuming office as Lieutenant Governor, had no power to appoint a Lieutenant Governor. Indeed there was no precedence for the situation. In the end, the state supreme court ruled in Paterson’s favor and Ravitch became Lieutenant Governor and is now on the verge of becoming the third Governor of New York in a little over three years.

So as this saga draws to a close, it does indeed deserve a moment of silence. For the end of a disastrous string of transfers of power, legal battles, power struggles, political infighting and unbridled irresponsibility may finally be put out of its misery.

But there are two things worth noting here.

Despite Democrat’s total control of the state and the illegal conduct, reckless behavior, irrational political power plays and total inability to lead New York, Republicans still can’t get there act together in the state. For too long they have been sitting on their arses waiting for Rudy Giuliani to come in and be coroneted. Well guess what? Once again, Rudy isn’t rushing in to save the day. So the lesson is never allow a party to be build itself around any one individual. The New York GOP has been trying to do that for years with Rudy Giuliani and where has it gotten them? About 20 or more points behind Andrew Cuomo with the likely Republican Rick Lazio.

Lazio is a great guy. He was Hillary Clinton’s opponent in her first race for Senate in New York.

Lazio is a terrific candidate and he has my support and my deepest hope for success. However, the state G.O.P.’s lack of laying down of any ground work, will make defeating Andrew Cuomo, the son of former three term Governor Mario Cuomo, almost impossible. But that’s what happens when you rely on one person, namely Rudy Giuliani, to do it all for you.

The other lesson here is that in addition to leaving the Governors office, as he said, either by ballot or feet first in a box, there is a third option for David Paterson. He could leave the office of Governor with his hands in cuffs……an option that is looking more and more possible with each passing hour.

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Healthcare Summit Charade Will Prove To Be The President’s Last Stand

Bookmark and Share   After President Obama accepted the fact that his agenda was going nowhere, he used his State of the Union address to try and turn things around. He spoke of bipartisanship …….a practice he rejected for the first year of his term.

He used healthcare as a central focus for demonstrating his new found desire for bipartisanship. He even suggested that Democrats and Republicans work together on it. This was a novel idea, for up till that point, Republicans have been locked out of the closed door meetings that took place among Democrats in an attempt to muster enough votes among themselves to pass their combined 5,000 pages of healthcare reforms.

Meanwhile, contrary to Democrat denials, Republicans presented their own proposals for consideration. These proposals are on the record. But due to Democrat’s desire to only reach consensus among members of their own majority and through their own ideas, none of these Republican proposals were considered.

And still despite, having once had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and despite their overwhelming majority in the House, Democrats could not even successfully deliver on their very own ideas.

So now, after annoying the American people with both a bill that was too far reaching, too invasive and in some regards too punishing, and after having further annoyed the public with the way in which they tried to pass such unwanted legislation, President Obama pretended to seek bipartisanship cooperation.

Which brings us to this past Thursday’s Healthcare Summit…….the “bipartisan” Healthcare Summit.

The event could have been used to really start a “roll up our sleeves”, get down to work, serious process that involved both sides of the political spectrum……..both sides of the aisle that were elected to represent all segments of the American electorate.

It could have.

But all hope of such a dream coming to fruition was dashed when, just days before the bipartisanship summit, President Obama threw down, for the first time, his own proposed government healthcare takeover bill.

He is the President of the United States. As such, to present a proposal of his own is not inappropriate. In fact I am on record as admonishing President Obama from not having presented his own proposed starting point legislation from the very beginning. He needn’t have written the entire bill, as did Hillary Clinton in 1993. But as a leader, a proposed starting point that outlined his vision would have not only been acceptable, it would have appropriately been the right thing to do.

But such was never the case. Not until a few days prior to the so-called bipartisan healthcare summit.

Of the President’s proposed bill, it could have been said better late than never. It could have. But as it turned out it was not.

President Obama simply took the two strictly partisan bills that his Party assembled in the House and in the Senate and combined them into one bill. Not only was this a lack of leadership on the President’s part, it was genuine evidence of President Obama’s total lack of sincerity as it pertains to his claimed newfound appreciation of bipartisanship. That demonstrated lack of sincerity and his breaking of his promise to start over on the healthcare debate, immediately undermined any promise that may have once existed in Thursday’s healthcare summit.

President Obama could have been a leader and set the tone for bipartisanship by incorporating some of the Republican proposals into his own. He could have changed some of the most egregious proposals contained in the Senate and House versions of the strictly partisan Democrat bills.

But he did not.

Instead of setting an example and leading with a healthcare proposal that formulated some initiatives by incorporating ideas from both sides of the aisle, he simply said, here it is!. Here is the same partisan bill that we could not pass before but will now, because now I want bipartisanship.

From that point on, that act of total hypocrisy made the anticipated healthcare summit a failure before it started.

It became clear from that point on, that the President and his Democrat leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, were simply going through the motions, providing a creative talking point to turn into propaganda and try to claim that they tried to work with Republicans

Such was not the case, and in the end, the bipartisan healthcare summit was the failure that President Obama doomed it to be when he threw down the same partisan proposal that dragged us into the mud that we are mired in today.

The summit did produce a number of good sound bites. From New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s description of a woman wearing her dead sister’s dentures, to President Obama telling Senator John McCain “the campaign was over”, many memorable gems were mined out of the hours of discussion. But none of it mattered. No one walked away from the summit table invigorated by a new working environment or new platform to work from. Instead, the most that could be said to have come out of the summit was that both parties agreed to continue disagreeing over the same bill that most Americans have said they do not want.

In the end all the President achieved with his summit charade was to reinforce the image of a very staged, arrogant, leader whose attempts at community organizing from the White House are doing little to organize an effective agenda or a bipartisan atmosphere for the nation..

Bipartisanship to President Obama is voting not present. To him bipartisanship is both sides of the aisle assembling together to listen to him spew rhetorical prose and all walk away enamored by his words and convinced that his way  is the only way.

President Obama has done nothing to promote bipartisanship accept discuss it as though it were some kind of foreign concept that he brought to America. But his words do no service to the concept when his deeds are as a partisan as a Boston Red Sox fan cheering on his time as they play the Yankees at Fenway.

In stark contrast to this President’s commitment to bipartisanship, just a few days into his first term in office, President George W. Bush began trying to bridge the vast ideological and partisan political gap that is everpresent. One of his first guests to the White House residence for dinner and a movie was Senator Ted Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate. Yet one of the only incumbent Republicans to be invited to break bed with President Obama was Congressman Joseph Cao of Louisiana. Nearly a full year into the Obama presidency, after being the only Republican in the House to vote for that chambers government healthcare scheme, President Obama invited Cao to be the only Republican office holder at his White House Super Bowl party.

Clearly President Obama’s version of bipartisanship is quite different than most other peoples version. Their version might make progress on healthcare reform. President Obama’s feigned attempts to reach across the aisle simply makes healthcare a victim of his version of bipartisanship.  And in the long run, for all the hype and  promotion that President Obama applied to this epic charade,  the end result will ultimately be an increasilgly more  negative public opinion towards a man who still believes that his words are a magic elixir that soothes all our objections away.   Meanwhile, in reality, this saga will ultimnately  backfire on the President and all the hype which proved to be for nothing, will deal  the President a loss of even more credibility than most of his entire first year in office has cost him..

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Democrat Lies and Their Conspiracy To Abuse Power Through Legislative Reconcilaition

Bookmark and Share  Democrats are trying to defuse criticism of their attempts to pass the same federal healthcare reforms that the American public already rejected and they are trying to do through misuse of  the legislative process called  reconciliation. They are doing so by claiming that Republicans have used the process of reconciliation in the past. This is true. However it is also true that Republicans have not passed any legislation through the process of reconciliation that dealt with any major national overhaul of anything that was not limited to the federal budget.

That difference is essential and the reason for the essential difference between Republican use of reconciliation regarding budgetary matters and Democrat attempts to use the process for healthcare reform is as follows.

The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 created a “Reconciliation” process that was meant to deal strictly with the budget. It was specifically meant to be used regarding the passage of budgets effecting a single fiscal year and primarily on proposed spending and revenue legislation that was being dealt with at specific points in the budget process.

Below you will see all the bills that were passed by Democrats and Republicans in Congress recosiliation since 1980.

  • Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980, Pub.L. 96-499 (1980)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, Pub.L. 97-35 (1981)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1982, Pub.L. 97-253 (1982)
  • Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), Pub.L. 97-248 (1982)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1983, Pub.L. 98-270 (1984)
    Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 (DEFRA), Pub.L. 98-369 (1984)
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), Pub.L. 99-272
    (1986)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, Pub.L. 99-509 (1986)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Pub.L. 100-203 (1987)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, Pub.L. 101-239 (1989)
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, Pub.L. 101-508 (1990).
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, Pub.L. 103-66 (1990). Balanced Budget Act of 1995, H.R. 2491 (vetoed December 6, 1995)
  • Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, Pub.L. 104-193 (1996)
  • Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Pub.L. 105-33 (1997)
  • Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, Pub.L. 105-34 (1997) Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999, H.R. 2488 (vetoed September 23, 1999)
  • Marriage Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000, H.R. 4810 (vetoed August 5, 2000)
  • Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), Pub.L. 107-16 (2001)
  • Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, Pub.L. 108-27 (2003) Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109-171 (2006)
  • Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA), Pub.L. 109-222 (2006)
  • College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Pub.L. 110-84 (2007)

Look at that list.

Now add healthcare reform to it.

  • “The American healthcare reform act of 2010”

Does anthing strike you as being different or standing out on such a list?

Then there is this. In 1985, long serving West Virginia Democrat Senator Robert Byrd championed an amendment to the reconciliation process that would prohibit its use for any action that would effect the deficit beyond 10 years after that specific reconciliation measure was passed. This is why the Bush tax cuts were created to last for only ten years. During Bush’s presidency, the three major tax cuts that he was responsible for, were passed by reconciliation and to satisfy the requiremens that t reconciliation called for, the tax cuts were limited to the ten year clause of the reconciliation process.

These are the facts which limited Republicans to the proper use of reconciliation. They are important facts, facts that Democrats are leaving out when they accuse Republicans of having used reconciliation in the past, and then try to claim is the reason why Democrats can use it to pass a government takeover of healthcare in America in the future.

The claim is a half truth and an attempt to decieve.  The reasons for that conclusion are as such.

First, the Democrat healthcare takeover scheme most certainly effects the budget beyond the 10 year mark that reconciliation required.

Second, the proposed government healthcare takeover contains legislative initiatives that deal with far more than taxes or the budget which is effected by taxes. It is a major reform of a significant portion of the national economy, places mandates on individuals and businesses, increases the size of government and creates new government panels, bureaus, departments, and agencies, changes regulations and reforms the process of health treatment decisions.

This goes far beyond anything that reconciliation was ever meant to deal with.

It is also MOST important to know this additional crucial fact.

In 1993, when Hillary Clinton wrote the healthcare reform proposal that Bill Clinton was championing, he tried to pass it through reconciliation. However; Democrat Senator Robert objected on the grounds that healthcare reform was so broad, that it effected and dealt with much more than reconciliation theoretically allowed for.

Now, 17 years later,  reconciliation is suddenly alright to use for passage of healthcare reform?

NO!  IT IS NOT ALRIGHT! It is wrong! It was wrong then and it is wrong now.

So while Democrats may gain some traction by trying to label Republicans as hypocrites because of their own use of reconciliation in the past but now object to Democrats use of it, a look at the facts, is proving that Democrats are lying through their teeth.

Republicans never passed a major overhaul of life in America with a simple partisan majority. Furthermore; they never passed a major overhaul of life in America over the objections of the American people. 

To be sure, elections have ramifications. As a result of the 2008 elections, Democrats have complete control over the House, the Senate and the White House. As such, Republicans must understand that those majorities can and will be used to pass legislation that Republicans may oppose. However; one of the ramifications of the 2008 election should not be the illegal use of a process that is designed to insure that a clear and somewhat bi-partisan majority is used to pass any legislation that significantly changes life in America.

So any attempts to paint Republicans as hypocrites on the issue of reconciliation is not only dishonest, it is evidence of a conspiracy to mislead the American people and an attempt for Democrats to abuse their power through the improper  use of the reconciliation process.

The more Democrats push this, the more excuses they make and the more they try to deceive the American people and advance legislation that the American people oppose, and try to do so through a process that they oppose, the harder Democrats shall fall in the coming months. And from there, rapidly, shall the presidency of Barrack Obama begin to unravel and the liberal majority in Congress will quickly begin to fade away into ineffectiveness and obscurity.

Stop the lies. If the President and the liberal lead Congress truly want bipartisanship, than stop trying to find a way to pass a major overhaul of American life through partisan measures.

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The Best & Worst of The Week-Political Winners & Losers-2/22/10

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WINNERS

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This weekend Glenn Beck delivered a keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference that was among one of the most dramatic political slaps in the face of the political establishment ever seen. Few people could stand among a largely Republican crowd of 10,000 conservatives and get a rousing response of adoration and appreciation after admonishing them to their face. But Glenn Beck did. He stood before the base of the Republican Party and let the G.O.P. have it. He told them that winning because you don’t suck as much as the Democrats is not winning. He told them to admit to their spending addiction and then went on to remind them what Republicans are suppose to stand for and what they are suppose to do. Beck’s speech was a mix of humor and passion, and history and current events . It was a the political equivalent of Cher standing there in Moonstruck as she slapped you in the face and yelled “snap out of it.” Beck’s honesty and ability to craft a message so potent and profound makes him a winner for the week.

Grant Woods.com > The WOODY J.D. Hayworth   PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

This week, former Congressman J.D. Hayworth became the latest Republican to step up to bat and try to shake up the political establishment. He entered the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Arizona. It is a race that will pit him against Senator and recent Republican nominee for President, John McCain. McCain is a hero, there is no doubt about that, but he is does not represent the change that we need in the G.O.P. and in the nation. Once John McCain won the Republican nomination for President in 2008, he was the lesser of two evils. Americans do not want choices of bad or worse. They don’t want to have to settle, they want a choice between good and better. As we look ahead to the future, J.D. Hayworth is the better. Now that he has entered the race, Arizonans don’t have top settle for the lesser of two evils, they can pick a conservative. One that understands the national mood and understands the direction that we must begin to take the nation in. Hayworth must get some credit here. He is pretty brave and bold to enter this race. His chances of winning are not so great. After all, John McCain has become a staple of Arizona, but if Republicans of the state want to really begin to make big changes for the better in America, changing John McCain in for J.D. Hayworth is the right change to make.

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LOSERS

 

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Caley Gray is the Communications Director for Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. Lautenberg began the week falling after becoming dizzy and lightheaded. It was discovered that he had an ulcer. Then it was discovered that the ulcer was caused by stomach cancer. Luckily Doctors say both are treatable and that the Senator is expected to fully recovery. That is good news. But in the midst of all this Caley Gray comes out and issues a statement that declared the Senator will b e running for reelection in 2014. Huh? Senator Lautenberg is now 86. In 2014 he will be 90 and at the end of that term he would be 96. But putting aside such lofty goals and long term plans for someone of such an accelerated age as Lautenberg, the Senator was just diagnosed with stomach cancer. Focus on what is important. Do not start focusing on which Party has majority control of the Senate four years from now. Gray’s stupid and uncalled for comment trivialized and politicized a situation of such serious gravity, that he did his boss, Senator Lautenberg, more of a disservice than a service.

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I don’t know Ryan Sorba and after seeing him in action at CPAC, I do not want to know Ryan Sorba. Few know who he is but after he made an embarrassing spectacle of himself, more people have come to know the name. He is the President of California Young Americans for Freedom and no words other than arrogant, punk can accurately describe this character after the despicable, militant, spectacle of intolerance and hate that he put on display at this past weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Sorba took the stage and denounced CPAC for allowing a gay Republican organization to attend the event and for allowing their views to be heard. Sorba stood there and when his denunciation received boos, he waved his arms and told the audience to bring it. He proceeded to instigate the situation even more as he then called out  one member in the audinece by name and repeatedly stated that the person just made himself enemy.  As  the booing audience continued to show their dislike for what was unfolding before them, Sornba then told them all  that “the lesbians at Smith College protest better than you [them]“. That was a reference to the protest of a speech that Sorba was giving at that college, a speech that had lesbian protesters climbing through windows to show their objections to Sorba’s rhetoric. You see, Sorba is not a young American for freedom, he is a little Nazi who wants all rights denied to homosexuals, including the right of conservative gay men and women to participate in the conservative cause. That opinion was soundly rejected and liberals should take note of that fact. You see, punks like Ryan Sorba, are the radical minority, not the right wing, but the radical minority in the GOP, that make it easy for the left to paint the right as intolerant. But as was evident at CPAC, Sorba’s disgusting Nazi-like views are not widely accepted among the party or its base which was at CPAC and booing Ryan Sorba off the stage. As for Sorba himself, I am originally from Brooklyn, and where I come from when an arrogant, punk like him stands there and says bring it on, that’s when the nearest two by four gets slapped up the side of his head and the case is closed. And the case on this loon Ryan Sorba, is exactly that,…….. closed.  He is a more than a loser, he is a discredit to the human race.

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Glenn Beck’s CPAC Keynote Address; An Oratorical Political Tour de Force

Bookmark and Share   The annual Conservative Political Action Conference saw one of its most energetic, optimistic, and well attended events in its history. It was the result of a turning tide that is washing over the sands of false hope that President Barack Obama began promising just two short years ago.

With a turbulent wind of national anger, America has come to understand that the fundamental change that President Obama and the Democrat Party vowed to bring to DC, is not the fundamental change that many now realize they meant. While many Americans wished for fundamental change in the way that politicians operate government, Barack Obama actually meant fundamentally changing the founding principles that gave birth to and are suppose to guide our great invention known as the American democracy.

Many Americans have come to realize that with unbridled and unchecked control of government in the House, the Senate and the White House, Democrats have become so fundamentally radicalized that their policies border, and in some cases strike socialism. This sudden lurch to the left of the political spectrum, in a nation that is predominantly conservative, gave the American electorate whiplash and it is now resulting in a backlash against those who caused it.

For this reason, with many indications of a total reversal of fortunes, Democrats are in danger of quickly becoming the minority party in Congress once again. The most shocking part of that possibility is the speed in which they have brought about this reversal of fortunes. It took Republicans 40 years to gain control of the House of Representatives in 1994. Forty years. And it took Democrats another twelve years to gain back control. These numbers are indicative of the long, and incremental process that is normally required to switch ones hold on to power in Washington. Yet despite the historical evidence, Democrats have managed to make it possible to lose their power in just two years time.

The situation is remarkable but what is even more remarkable is the fact that all of this is no ones fault but their own.

Democrats and Democrats alone are responsible for their seemingly rapid retreat into minority status. Republicans can take no credit for the possible hemorrhaging of Democrat seats in the U.S. Senate and House of representatives in 2010. Republicans essentially have done nothing to warrant any credit for anything over these past few years. They simply may be the beneficiaries of the Democrats own failures and extremism.

This is a point that I noted in what I called a State of the Party Address. In it I point out that any Republican rise to power that is based only on the failures of others, is no victory. I also point out that any majority hold on any branch of government that is achieved in such a way, will only prove to be a very short-lived hold on to majority status.

In the State of The Party Address, I assert that we must have our own ideas, and prove that we have learned from our mistakes and demonstrate a sincere commitment to the core values that made us great such as our commitment to states rights, smaller government, less spending, and a responsible national defense.

This is the same message that the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference gave this weekend.

Glenn Beck has risen to stardom with great acclaim from Americans who are moderate in their politics and Americans who are conservative in their politics. Many see his message as something that is more commonsense than ideology and it is this commonsense message that Glen Beck wowed the record audience at CPAC with.

Although I offered a somewhat technical assessment of the Republican Party in my State of the Party Address, Glenn Beck offered an unmatched display of inspirational oratory skill that helped drive home the points and message that Republicans need to hear. And he did so far better than I or many others could ever hope to.

Beck’s almost hour long keynote address was both eloquent and hard-hitting. It was packed with intelligent humor, powerful prose as well as inspirational poetry. From beginning to end, the speech was brutally honest and profoundly accurate.

I have not found myself to be a big fan of Glenn Beck. I have often felt that his entertainment value exceeded his political value. But at CPAC, Glenn Beck won me over.

Between his denunciation of Republicans for not realizing and admitting that they lost their way and are addicted to spending, to his reprimand of the GOP for relying on winning at the polls merely “because they don’t suck as much as Democrats”, Glenn Beck hit a home run so hard, fast and far that no catcher on earth will ever be able to get their hands on the ball that his verbal bat beat out of the ballpark.

Beck touched just about every fundamental aspect of life in America that we have twisted and turned into  a politically correct, dysfunctional society that attempts to put a cap on success and deem competition a sin. He drew a clear picture of a nation that is being steered by a government of nearsighted drivers who are more concerned with the sights and sounds along the side of the road than they are with what is right in front of them.

But don’t take it from me. See it for yourself. I urge you to find the time to watch and listen to Glenn Beck’s oratorical political tour de force. Below, you will find several clips that together present Beck’s spectacular address in its entirety. It will make conservatives feel empowered once more, make Republicans who are not already conservative, conservative, and force liberals to reevaluate their beliefs. I am sure they will never admit it but I am also sure that they will at the very least begin to doubt the direction our nation is headed in and question their confidence in the Democrat majority that currently has much to be blamed for and nothing to be credited with.

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Ron Paul Wins CPAC 2012 Presidential Straw Poll

Bookmark and Share   As the political atmosphere turns its turbulent winds of unrest against the Administration of President Obama, anger and dissatisfaction within the American electorate has forced them to focus and rally for a change from the change that Barack Obama’s promised false hope produced. As a result, the annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington, D.C. saw its largest gathering ever.

Amid countless speeches from the likes of Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey, J.C. Watts and rising star Marco Rubio to Mike Pence, Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, countless rally cries for change are echoing from throughout the ballrooms of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and into the political world.

Along with insightful and inspiring, pep-like speeches to motivate the conservative forces, there are countless workshops and organizational training classes that are aimed at allowing dedicated activists to focus their energies on the development of increasing effective grass development and activism.

Among one of the highlights of the annual conference is the CPAC Presidential Straw Poll. The results of the straw are a clear signal of whom the base of the Republican is most energized by and a hint of who has the base’s momentum as we move closer and closer to the presidential election.

For the last three years, former Governor Mitt Romney has taken that honor. Last year he won the CPAC just a day after he withdrew from the Republican presidential nomination contest that ultimately went to Senator John McCain.

This year the CPAC ballot consisted of eleven names Mitt Romney, Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Alaska Governor and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, South Dakota Senator John Thune, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman and perennial presidential candidate Ron Paul, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. A twelfth option was offered on the ballot in the reform of a space for voters to write-in any other preference that they may have.

Just moments ago, in what can only be seen as a surprie upset, the results of the straw poll were released and this is how it turned out:

  1. Ron Paul                     31%
  2. Mitt Romney            22%
  3. Sarah Palin                  7%
  4. Tim Pawlenty             6%
  5. Mike Pence                  5%

Of the 10.000 people in attendance, only 2,400 cast a straw ballot and from the looks of things, the ever dilligent Ron Paul had his very loyal, vocal militant supporters passing out as many ballots as possible.  

So although Congressman Paul can claim this victory, most people, including those in attendance at the CPAC conference, will tell you that no one expects Ron Paul to be the nominee of any major party in 2012. 

Two good signs from this poll though are that even without a corrdinated push for a ballot position thi year, Mitt Romney remains to be a favorite.   The other optimistic sign is Mike Pence’s 5th place showing. 

As a relatively unknown Indiana Congressman, Mike Pence has made quite a name for himself, especially in the area of fiscal conservatism.  Apparently that is beginning to catch the eye of many.

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Al Haig, An American Hero, Dead At 85

Bookmark and Share   General Alexander Haig has died today at the age of 85.

Beginning as an aide to General Douglas MacArthur, up to and even beyond, his Reagan era involvement in the defeat of communism, General Alexander Haig’s life was a record of American history similar to that which you could find in the history that is recorded in the rings of tree’s trunk.

As a graduate of West Point,  Alexander Haig’s military career took him from waking up General McArthur one morning to inform him that the communists of North Korea had penetrated past the 38th parallel and started a war, to joining with Ronald Reagan and setting the table for a strong anti-communist foreign policy agenda that would remain in place throughout the entire Reagan Presidency and help tear down the Berlin Wall and free Europe from the grip of the Soviet union.

In Viet Nam Al Haig eventually served as a battalion and brigade commander where his bravery and brilliance won him the Distinguished Service Cross during battle at An Loc. As described in his Distinguished Service Cross citation Haig’s “personal courage and determination, and his skillful employment of every defense and support tactic possible, inspired his men to fight with previously unimagined power. It continues; “Although his force was outnumbered three to one, Colonel Haig succeeded in inflicting 592 casualties on the Viet Cong.”

For many, this may have been the height and limit to such dedicated sacrifice in the service of his nation but for Al Haig, it was just the beginning.

His knowledge and strategic mind would earn him a call to serve as aide to President Nixon’s, then National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. His stellar abilities in this post eventually caught the eye of the President, who in turn scooped up the masterful  military and political strategist for himself as Nixon made Haig his Chief of Staff.

It was in this roll that Al Haig would end up becoming a major figure in one of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history…..the negotiations that would end up convincing President Nixon to resign from office before he was officially impeached by Congress. In this, Haig was instrumental in negotiating the resignation and setting up the smooth transition from the presidency of Richard Nixon to the presidency of Gerald Ford.

For his part, President Ford would end up having Al Haig answer another call to military service as he made Haig NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. But this was a position that Haig would resign from when in July of 1979, President Jimmy Carter helped the Iranian Revolution remove the Shah of Iran from power. Haig felt that the decision would throw the region in to unprecedented turmoil and he considered Carter’s decision a stab in the back of an important regional ally of the United States.

Shortly after all hell broke loss in the region and American hostages became the center of attention in the Iranian Revolution, the election of President Ronald Reagan meant that Al Haig would again serve his country. This time as Secretary of State.

In the first 18 months of the Reagan Administration, Secretary of State Haig was a brash and unavoidable influence on the Administration and in foreign policy. His hard line against communism would remain a staple of foreign policy throughout the entire 8 years of the Reagan Presidency.

But on March 31st of 1981, Haig’s influence met a bump in the road.

On that day, an assassination attempt on President Reagan sent  the President to the hospital with what would later be describes as wounds much more potentially fatal than was originally disclosed.

At the time of the shooting, all that was known was that the President was hit. The severity of the wound was not immediately clear. But a shocked nation sat in fear, not knowing if President Ronald Reagan would survive or if the assassination attempt was part of an unfolding and continuing conspiracy. Possible even one conspired by a Soviet Union that was rattled by Reagan’s vehement anti-communist foreign policy. At the time the Pentagon had long understood that in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack on the US, the Soviet Union would first attempt a “decapitation” operation that would sever channels of communications and the American chain through assassinations of our leaders.

During all the urgency and fear, Vice President George H. W. Bush was in flight, somewhere over the country. White House attorney’s were preparing for the legal transfer of power from the possibly dying President to the flying Vice President and back in the White House, the Administration’s voice, White House Press Secretary James Brady was being reported as dead, after receiving a bullet to his head during the assassination attempt on the President.  The report of Brady’s death ended up to be errneous.  Brady did survive the shooting but suffered neurological damage and lives life in a wheelchair.

In the midst of all the chaos, in an attempt to insure the nation and the world that the government was running smoothly, Secretary of State Haig rushed to a briefing room where he addresses the nation and throngs of anxious and rattled reporters. It was here that Al Haig said the words that would ultimately help force him out of the Administration.  He stated;

“As for now, I’m in control here, in the White House”

That was all that anyone really listened to.

Word that Al Haig was in charge of the nation immediately ran out.

The actual quote however was;

“Constitutionally gentlemen, you have the president, the vice president and the secretary of state, in that order, and should the president decide he wants to transfer the helm to the vice president, he will do so. As for now, I’m in control here, in the White House, pending the return of the vice president and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course.”

Haig did later try to clarify that he was simply communicating that he was controlling the flow of information and was insuring to send all the right messages out to the right people, and being available to speak should if anything needed to said or done, pending return of the vice president. He also expressly stated that he was not referring to any transition of power.

But it was too late. Haig’s enemies used the authoritarian sounding comment to bury him as a brash, power hungry zealot who was out of control.

Such was not the case, but in politics perception is reality and during this time of crisis, Haig’s enemies would define the perception that they wanted to convey. However history did in the end show Al Haig to be an important figure during the hours that followed the assassination attempt.

Audio tapes of meetings in the Situation Room indicated that during the crisis, the US was dangerously close to sparking an unimaginable confrontation with the Soviet Union.

During the assasination crisis, Haig had repeatedly stated both publicly and privately that there was no increase in the American military alert status. However, unbeknownst to Al Haig, Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger raised the US alert to Defcon 2. This meant that Air force pilots were readying nuclear bombers in preparation for a Soviet attack. When Haig found this out, he quickly told Weinberger that he will not alow himself to be seen as a liar and if he assured the world that we were not at a raised level of alert, than there must not and would be no rased level of alert.  Haig knew that if Soviet intelligence discovered that while we declared that there was no hieghtened level of military activity, we secretly were raising the alert and arming nuclear weapons, they would believe that we were readying for a surprise attack against them which in turn could lead them to possibly try to launch a preemptive attack of their own on us.

It was Al Haig who calmed and corrected the potentially dangerous situation.

Nevertheless, accepting of how perception often trumps reality in politics, Haig exited the Reagan Administration, unapologetically and proud.

In the years to follow he would embark on different private sector ventures and do so quite successfully but in 1988 he decided to reenter public service

He ran for the Republican presidential nomination.

Haig was a strong figure and his campaign took aim at Vice President George H. W. Bush and criticized the Vice President on his leadership and competence and even pressed the Vice President on the Iran-Contra issue.

It was during this time that I met Al Haig. I was in New Hampshire working for Jack Kemp’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

I found Al Haig to be a commanding figure, but ironically, when face to face with him, I was surprised to find him to be  a very gentle person. Most startling to me was his size.  This leader, this mighty warrior and stoic historic figure who had wielded such power and attention seemed larger than life on television, but in person he was actually much shorter than his TV persona depicted him to be on screen.

Ultimately, Haig did not get very far in the 1988 Republican presidential primaries and shortly after New Hampshire he withdrew from the contest, but only after endorsing Senator Robert Dole…..not Vice President Bush.

Al Haig was one of our nation’s most colorful figures. His military and political service are matched by few and surpassed by even fewer. And the same goes for his accomplishments. Al Haig’s fingerprints are allover some of the most dramatic events of contemporary history. From fighting and defeating communism to opening up Sino-American relations, preventing nuclear Armageddon and adding ideas and perspectives to the American political debate, Alexander Haig is a true American hero and he leaves behind a legacy of commitment to freedom and justice and service and integrity.

May he rest forevermore in pride and peace.

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86 Year Old Sen. Lautenberg Diagnosed With Cancer. But Democrats Have Him Running For a 6th Term, 4 Years From Now.

Bookmark and Share  On Monday Senator Frank Lautenberg was hospitalized after he became light headed, dizzy and fell at his home in his Cliffside Park, New Jersey home. Doctors reported that the Senator was suffering from a treatable stomach ulcer and would have a full recovery.

Now it was announced that the ulcer was caused by B-Cell lymphoma,….. stomach cancer.

The Senator will undergo chemotherapy treatments and as was the case with his earlier discovered ulcer, Doctors say the cancer is treatable and that the Senator will have a complete recovery.

Let us hope so.

Regardless of differences of political opinion, as a Senator, Frank Lautenberg has made sacrifices. Life in the public eye requires sacrifice and it also opens one up to criticism of everything they do in life. So those of you who do not think that serving in high elected office is work and requires sacrifices, try living your life on a national stage and having every move you make scrutinized and used against you. I do not write this in the hope that you have sympathy for your public officials but empathy is a different story.

So while I do not like Frank Lautenberg’s politics or political conduct, I do hope that the Frank Lautenberg whom I have not known personally, the Frank Lautenberg that is a friend and father, I hope he has a full, speedy and painless recovery.

But on the political side there exists some concerns here. Especially in light of a remark made by a Lautenberg spokesman when he stated that the 86-year-old Senator will finish out his current term and plans to run for reelection in 2014.

At 86, in 2014, Senator Lautenberg will be 90. At the end of a record 6th term, Lautenberg would be 96 years old.

Now Frank Lautenberg had already retired from the senate in 2000. But then in 2002, after Democrat Senator Robert Torricelli was censured by the Senate for ethics charges, Torricelli was losing his own reelection to Republican Doug Forrester. So with only 30 days to go before the election, Democrats convinced Torricelli to pull out of the race and allow another Democrat to run in his place.

The problem though, was that according to election law, candidates could not be replaced on the ballot at any point that was thirty days or less before the election date.

So the case went to court.

In the mean time Democrats found Frank Lautenberg to be the only Democrat who had the popularity and name ID that could beat the Republican nominee, Doug Forrester, in a thirty day campaign. So they pulled him out of mothballs and decided to have him take Toriicelli’s place on the ballot.

In the end, the state supreme court ruled that although it was against the law to switch candidates this late in the game, the need for there to be two candidates on the ballot who were actually running, meant that insuring that the democratic process went on, overrode the law that prevented any party from switching candidates this late in the game. So in what was quite an historic decision, a state supreme court set presedence and sanctioned the breaking of the law.

30 days later, Frank Lautenberg won the election and assumed his  nonconsecutive, fourth term in office.  In 2008 he was elected to his fifth term and now he is talking about his sixth term.

Senator Lautenberg has already been seen as bit overwhelmed by his job. Until he began his campaign for reelection in 2008, you really had to look hard for any signs of life from the Senator. And during that campaign, he often came across with rambling statements that at best, sounded incoherent.

Now the octogenarian Senator who served three terms, retired, and was brought out of retirement and allowed to run for a fourth term under very controversial conditions, is falling down with stomach ulcers and being treated for cancer.

This Monday, a crucial vote on a jobs bill will be taking place. For Democrats, Frank Lautenberg’s vote is crucial in allowing them to cut off debate and proceed to a vote. But the aging and ailing Senator will not be able to assist them.

Democrats are now playing a dangerous and unscrupulous political game. They did this before with Frank Lautenberg when they illegally replaced his name on the ballot when it looked like they were going to lose with the candidate they had legally nominated. Now nine years later, they are attempting to keep the seat in Democrat hands even if the Democrat serving can not effectively represent his constituents in Washington.

Now that Republican Chris Christie is Governor, Republicans will fill any vacancy in the senate. So Democrats will do everything possible to insure that that does not happen. Even if it means keeping the seat warm with an aging and ailing, formerly retired, Senator  who can’t properly represent the people of his state.

Is this just partisan politics or is it pathetic? I think it is both.

But control of the United States Senate could be in the balance here. With midterm election projections showing as many as eight to ten seats possibly switching from Democrat to Republican hands, every seat will be essential to their hold on power. If Frank Lautenberg’s health forced him to resign, that additional loss could seal the deal and put the G.O.P. in control of the Senate.

With candidates like Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold trailing people like Republican Tommy Thompson, Barbara Boxer of California having very close numbers against her likely opponent, the retirements of North Dakota’s Byron Dorgan and Indiana’s Evan Bayh, the possible retirement of Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski, a bloody Democrat primary against Kirstin Gillibrand in New York, and seemingly likely losses in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado, Nevada, Arkansas, North Dakota, Delaware and Indiana and Illinois, the loss of a seat in New Jersey is frightening the hell out of Democrats and they will do everything they can to prop Frank Lautenberg up no matter how ineffective, incoherent or incapacitated he is.

The question becomes, is that really for the good of the people? Is this need to hold on to power at all costs,  really  in the best interest of  the people of New Jersey or the nation as a whole?

But to make matters even more politically distasteful and shady, a bill sponsored by Sate Assemblyman John McKeon, an Essex County Democrat, seeks to change the law that Democrats benfited from and now require the Governor of New Jersey to temporarily fill U.S. Senate vacancies with a members of the same party as the person whose seat they fill. 

Desperate people really do call for desperate meaures.

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Liberals Trying To Use Texas Plane Attack To Paint The Right As Dangerous Anti-Government Groups

Bookmark and Share    We knew it would not take long for the left to take Joe Stack’s suicidal terrorist flight into an Austin, Texas building that housed IRS offices, and associate it with those to the right of the political spectrum.

Within a few hours of the unimaginable horror that Stack wreaked, Washington ComPOST columnist Jonathon Capehart went ahead and did it.   He stated that the sentiments expressed were like those of the extreme elements of the Tea Party protestors.

Capehart also proceeds to post segments of Joe Stack’s suicide message in his column as evidence of his association between the terrorist act of a lunatic and those who dissent against the excesses of government. (see the full Stack manifesto here)

In less than a paragraph, Capehart essentially labels those who oppose this Administration or the strong hand of government as extreme anti-government groups. Does Capehart include himself in this dangerous group of “anti-government” groups? Because if he doesn’t, he needs to. Not long ago Capehart was opposed to everything that the government of President George W. Bush did. So should Capehart not be on a government watch list now? Maybe someone needs to send his name to that fishy@whitehouse.gov website that the Obama Administration had once created for the purpose of reporting to them those who disagree with the government healthcare takeover scheme.

It is time for the left to get a grip and start revaluating their shtick. They have gotten away with their double standard for far too long .

In the wake of 9/11 and the rise of radical Islamic terrorists, the left stood firm in their goal to insure that all Muslims were not condemned. They were right too. And they were not alone. President Bush went out of his way to make it clear that we were not at war with Islam or any faith but the terrorists. Profiling was disallowed and instead of doing a second search on the veiled and burkah clad airplane passenger traveling from Yemen, they demanded that the blue haired Grandmother from Pasadena be stripped and frisked.

But when it comes to political ideology, the left suddenly loses any guilt by association beliefs. Suddenly , if you do not think like them, if you did not support Barack Obama for President, you are part of a dangerous anti-government group or movement.

If liberals were as steadfast in their cries and warnings about terrorism as they are with their knee-jerk tendency to label Republicans as dangerous killers, than this nation would be a much safer place.

But such is not the case. Instead, liberals like Jonathon Capehart will use the acts of a lone lunatic who targeted the IRS and associate it with Tea Party protestors and right wing groups.

In Capehart’s case, while he posted the last few remaining paragraphs of Stack’s manifesto, he conveniently left out the last two lines that were between the last paragraph of his message and his name at the bottom.   They were;

“The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.”

While Capehart associated Stack’s opinions with the Tea Party movement, in addition to conveniently leaving those last two lines out of his post, he neglected to associate many of the other very left leaning positions that Stack espoused. Gone were the references to Stack’s anti-Bush remarks or his desire for government run healthcare. Combine these sentiments along with the final two sentences of Stack’s suicide note and what you have are the words of someone who sounds like a left leaning Marxist.

Maybe it is time for Jonathon Capehart, the Washington ComPost, the New York Slimes and other disreputable liberal entities to put an end to their attempts to label those who oppose big government as terrorists. After all, President Obama has ties of his own to quite a famous anti-government, liberal figure who happens to also be a confessed domestic terrorist, responsible for plots against several different government building and deaths.

Does the name William Ayres sound familiar?  We can start disussing that name and the Weather Undrground again?

So if liberals want to play this game, let’s play it. Let us see how many liberals who cried that dissention was patriotic when Bush was President, but find it not the case now, could be considered dangerous radical anti-government elements based on their dissention back during the Bush years. There are many moves to be made in this game if they wish to continue playing it.

Or we can stop the game. They can drop the double standard and stop trying to associate a dislike of socialism with violent radicalism or stop equating opposition to President Obama’s policies to racism.  And I can stop blaming them for their endless use of double standards and continuous hypocrisy.

If the left can actually drop their hypocrisy, perhaps we can unite against violence and terrorism instead of exploiting tragedy in an attempt to dilute the effectiveness of those who disagree with them.

What Joe Stack did was beyond wrong. It was horrific, reprehensible and deserving of  all of us  going out of our way to join in a united national denunciation of his acts. And what Jonathon Capehart did was also wrong. Instead of using Stack’s act of terrorism as something for all of us to unite against, he used it to divide the differences between left and right even further apart. 

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Texas Sucide Pilot Joe Stack’s Complete Suicide Note

Bookmark and Share  Let’s make this pefrectly clear from the onset.   Any acts of viloence are inexcusable, unaceptable and intolerable.  Nothing can legitimize ones attempt to carry out revenge or try to carry out their own personal sense of  justice on society.   Therefore, no one….no one…….should see the events that took place today in Texas, as anything but tragic and deplorable.  It was to a great degree, an act of terrorism.

That said, before anyone tries to claim that the Tea Party protestors or those on the right  condone, excuse or prompted the insane  flying of a private plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas by one Joe Stack , let it be known that that such is not the case.  I do not believe that any rational person could ever reach such a conclusion.

But below, you will find the complete suicide note that Joe Stack left behind before he set out on his suicdal flight.

In it you will find a man, albeit an unstable man, who was pushed to the limits by society and a government that sees all of our lives as something for them to invade and control.    Joe Stack’s suicide note eerily reminds me of a blog written by POLITICS 24/7 Guest Blogger, Mike Duminiak, entitled “A Citizen Denied”.  Like the main character in “A Citizen Denied” Joe Stack could not handle it.  He felt as though government was against him, not for him and that his government was taking more away from his quality of life than enriching his quality of life.

In the end, Joe helped no one.  Instead his course of action changed the lives of as manyas 13 people who were either injured an the one who is still missing as a result of his kamikaze attack.  May our prayers go ot to those victims and their families

To be sure, Joe Stack was unstable and a dangerous  coward, and although his reaction to issues that we all confront was irrational and inexcusable,   you may be surprised to read that some of his sentiments might  even be shared by you.

The Stack  Manifesto:

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?”  The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time.  The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken.  Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it.  I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head.  Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy.  Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all.  We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers.  Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”.  I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood.  These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind.  Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours?  Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies.  Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”.  It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system?  Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand.  Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand.  The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is.  If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here? 

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s.  Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English.  Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions.  In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy.  We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God).  We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living.  However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0.  It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie.  It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father.  I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker.  Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement.  Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement.  All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time.  When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me).  I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread.  I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made.  I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#ConferenceCommitteeReport) regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.shtml).

SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

(a) IN GENERAL – Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. – This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. – The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.

Note:

  • “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.
  • “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.
  • “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

 

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated.  The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d).  Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave.  Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time.  I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity.  This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”.  Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise.  The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists).  This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle.  If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks.  Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s.  Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that.  The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco.  However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall.  Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed.  Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare.  Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months.  This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive.  Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY!  After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change.  Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while.  So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done.  I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work.  The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA.  This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income.  I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need.  The sleazy government decided that they disagreed.  But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out.  Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present.  After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again.  But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle.  After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order.  I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting.  Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit.  By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented).  Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone.  The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything.  Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”.  Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone.  The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government.  Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough).  In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand.  It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants.  I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after.  But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change.  I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less.  I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are.  Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer.  The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different.  I am finally ready to stop this insanity.  Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

 

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

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