Archive for April, 2009

Powerline offers analysis of TARP Funds Report

Monday, April 27th, 2009

John Hinderake at Powerline offers this analysis of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program or SIGTARP.  Can’t say I’m surprised too much by the findings of the report.

SecTreas Geithner would be a fool to force the release of how these funds have been used or to even suggest to these banks that they need policies and procedures for said accounting.  Can’t have that kinda thing on paper!  Why that could mean having to read from it during the investigation which is sure to come eventually.

Check out Powerline for the full discussion.

She’s a Witch! Burn Her! Burn HER!!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I have tried to be the Loyal Opposition to this President.  I have bent over backwards to give this guy the room to be a president with a far different agenda that I would have.  Elections mean things and he is the first president in over 20 years that won a clear majority of the votes.  He deserves some room to do what his constituents elected him to do.  Our job as the opposition is to make the best of what we consider a bad situation and try to find someone to run against the President in the next election.

As with just about anything, there is a line that just can’t be crossed.  For me, one of those lines is John “Winter Soldier” Kerry as SecDef would be one of those lines.  Another line is the witchunt we are poised to see regarding the Bush Administrations interrogations of barbarians.

This is going to generate all kinds of heated discussions around watercoolers.  I will support and defend the Bush Administrations decisions to waterboard KSM, Zubaydah, and that other waste of carbon.  They saved lives by doing so and that is documented.  We are fighting a group that has no nation, wear no uniform, and use innocents as shields.  They are sub-human and are not covered by any civilized rules of war.  Skin them b@st@rds alive if that’s what it takes to get the information we want and then allow them to rot.  NO. MERCY.

If the American Left want political war, this will do it.  Issue one indictment on this and I will support any article of impeachment against this President.  I will support any peaceful effort whatever to remove him from the office of Lincoln and Reagan.  I will NOT support any rhetoric of “can’t we all just get along”.

If they try to take down the previous administration for this and Obama does nothing to stop it then he is no better than the barbarians he is protecting.  NO. MERCY.

GOP Senator Mike Enzi to co-sponsor bill to bring sales tax to Online Sales

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Michelle Malkin is on the case and I’ll be watching for the text of the bill to hit THOMAS in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime it’s time to POUND our Kentucky delegation DEMANDING that they stop this from happening.

Minority Leader McConnell is the first place to hit. He can stop this before it gets started.

Washington Office
361-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499
Contact page

Senator Jim Bunning’s office is the next stop. Demand that he convince his colleagues in the Senate to refuse to hear this thing.

Washington, D.C.
316 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202.224.4343
Fax: 202.228.1373
Contact page

While we are at it, let’s get our House members in on this as well…

First District
Ed Whitfield (R)
2411 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3115 Voice
(202) 225-3547 Fax
contact page

Second District
Ron Lewis (R)
DC Office:
2418 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1702
Phone: 202-225-3501
No Website(!?!) use the House Contact page here.

Third District
John Yarmouth (D)
435 Cannon House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5401
FAX 202-225-5776
Contact page

Fourth District
Geoff Davis (R)
1108 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
p: 202-225-3465
f: 202-225-0003
Contact page

Fifth District
Hal Rogers (R)
Washington,DC Office
2406 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-4601 — phone
202-225-0940 — fax
Contact page

Sixth District
Ben Chandler (D)
1504 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202)-225-4706
Fax: (202)-225-2122
Contact page

Let them hear you and make sure you tell them you attend Tea Parties and will hold them accountable in their Primary or General Elections. Senator McConnell isn’t on the ballot in 2010 but still, remind him anyway.

Thoughts on the Tea Parties

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

I attended the Frankfort Tea party on Tax day as well as the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions sponsored event at Applebee’s Park this past Saturday.  I watched the coverage of the other events across the country and was left with a sense that this is potentially something much larger than any of us have considered.  There are also some rabbit trails lurking along the periphery that we should be careful of.

First, I want to talk about the rabbit trails.  Some of you may not understand what I’m saying while others, particularly those who have hunted rabbits with dogs, know exactly what I’m saying.  A rabbit trail is something that will serve as a distraction to the main purpose.  We must be conscious of our mission with the Tea Parties and keep our sites squarely set on the people responsible for the out of control spending.  While this current President is part of that problem, the bulk of the blame rests with Congress, the Kentucky Legislature, and frankly the previous President and Congress.  Had President Bush taken a principled stand against throwing money at the credit crunch in October then President Obama would’ve had a much more difficult time getting some of his spending programs implemented.  President Bush, Minority Leaders Boehner and McConnell, and other leading Republicans in the US Congress with very few exceptions should feel our wrath as well as Senator Reid, Speaker Pelosi, and the rest of the far left elected officials.  To print up our signs and slogans targetting President Obama ignores the folks we need to really go after.

Republicans are supposed to be about lower taxes and responsible spending folks.  They all say it when they are campaigning but very few of them hold to those principles once in office.  Every one of these people like Senator McConnell (in DC) and Senator David Williams (in Frankfort) should hear from everyone of us on a daily basis reminding them that they are in leadership positions ONLY because we have elected them.  They should wake up every morning DREADING their email and phones.  We should also rhetorically pound on the Democrats but we have to realize that they are doing exactly what they were elected to do by their constituents.  It is our job to make sure that they don’t get reelected or at least they change their ways…doubtful but so was General Washington’s chances of defeating General Cornwallis.

Bottom line, we should rhetorically target ANY elected official who seems to have forgotten that they work for us.  We just need to remember who’s behavior we have a better chance of altering.  Is it those politicians who expect our votes or those who do not?

Now, how big can this thing get?  The Americans for Tax Reform folks have what I think is a conservative estimate of the nationwide attendance for Tax Day.  They say there were 360,495 folks nationwide that took time out of their day, probably a lot of these folks were like me and took time off from work, to attend these demonstrations.  I would bet for every person that attended these events there are 3 or 4 others that wanted to come but were either too timid, busy, or concerned about childcare to attend.  As word spreads about how peaceful these events are, how informative they are, and how much the elected politicians are concerned about them, we will see more interest and better turnout.

It is very important that we all keep the correct perspective with this movement.  We don’t need a national leader.  We don’t need someone to step forward and be a mouth piece because that person will become a single point of failure for us.  This past week we had the far left at MSNBC and CNN attacking us the only way they know how without a national figure to target.  They used their standard crude innuendo, class warfare, and race baiting in an effort to denigrate and isolate the message.  The moment a national figure emerges they will attack the personality, dig into their past to find that one moment of moral failure we all have, and paint the rest of us as hypocrites.  Let’s keep this thing a loose collection of individual groups of people who come together periodically.  These individual groups will have organizers that build events for the groups to attend but I don’t think those organizers should be considered leaders.  None of us can point to a single human personality that is responsible for our positions of fiscal conservatism and traditional American values.  We have come together because we agree with EACH OTHER.  Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest American Presidents in history.  He was elected not because we agreed with his philosophy but because he agreed with OURS.  I firmly believe that we have lost control of our elected politicians because we have confused being led with leadership.  John McCain LED US straight to defeat in November.  Of the people I know who supported Senator McCain no one could tell me where Senator McCain agreed with their political philosophy.  We all voted for Senator McCain simply because he wasn’t Senator Obama.  During the primary we started looking for people who we thought could defeat the Democrats in November rather than looking for the candidate who agreed with our philosophy.  We got what we deserved.  If we allow someone to become a national spokesperson for this movement we will once again find ourselves struggling to lead that person or be led by that person until that person is destroyed by the legacy media.

Groups like the 9-12 Project (the Social NetworkThe Official site) and Kentucky Grassroots Patriots are the future of this movement.  We can organize ourselves for local events and attend regional and (hopefully) national events as a group.  As local groups develop and grow into strong grassroots political activist organizations that national movement gets stronger and continues to gain momentum.  Right now it is hard to determine the future impact of this thing.  In 1994 there were no social networks on the web…there was barely a web!  Yet we still managed to shock the establishment politicians and send a conservative class of representatives to Washington DC.  Today we have far better communication tools and frankly much more at stake.  The 2010 election cycle is going to be very interesting.

Bluegrass Tax Liberation Day

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Bluegrass Tax Liberation Day Pics

Weather was great.  Crowd was great.  Speakers were outstanding.  Many fine organizations on hand with excellent information available for the asking.  From where I stood it looked like a huge success.  I saw where many people had taken the opportunity to sign up on the contact sheets and petitions.

I took a look at all the local media websites and saw nothing in the way of coverage.  I’m not at all surprised by that and frankly don’t care whether they cover us or not.  Eventually they will be forced to cover us.

There was one thing that bothered me about both the Frankfort Tea Party event and the Bluegrass Tax Liberation Day event.  It seems that some folks are still caught up in the petty attacks we can make against the President.  Don’t misunderstand, we have PLENTY on which to disagree with this President.  It just seems to me that the taxation and wasteful spending we are protesting is more a function of the Congress than the President.  Another thing is we should be hammering the Republicans that have supported Bailoutpalooza and Stimuluspalooza.  We expect over the top spending from this current crop of Democrats.  We should still voice our opposition to it but it doesn’t come as any kind of surprise.  When Kentucky’s Republicans support it we should do everything we can to get their names and explanations out to the people in anyway possible.

Aside from that, I had a great time and hope everyone else did as well.  Let’s keep this going by focusing more and targetting our home district representation in both Frankfort and Washington.  The people who represent us need to start feeling the pressure.  They should look forward to May 2010 with much fear and trepidation so much so that they actually have no plans to run for the General Election in November.

Tax Day Tea Party

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Here we are in the capital of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky telling Governor Beshear, Speaker Stumbo, Senator Williams and as well as all those boneheads in Congress and the Whitehouse that we have had it with the spending.  Whether it was President Bush or President Obama, it doesn’t matter.  There’s only so much we are going to put up with before we start saying ENOUGH!

We don’t work for them, they work for us.  It seems they have forgotten that detail.  Here’s hoping that today is the humble beginnings of something bigger.

who is going to pay for the deficit now?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The folks at RedState took an old ad and have given it new life…