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Obama our Commander in Chief and the troops he must lead

Posted in Politics on July 24, 2008 by poyers

Anecdotal to be sure, but not surprising.  This is an important thing right here:

Evidently, if you’re a soldier in Afghanistan and there are no cameras around to record how much you love the troops, you can blow them off if you are Barack Obama.Blackfive got an email yesterday from a soldier in Bagram, Afghanistan that tells what happened when Obama visited the base

I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plan[sic] and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram. As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to make a showing for the American’s back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you. I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. I just don’t understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

 

And Hot Air has news that Obama actually dropped a scheduled meeting with soldiers in Germany so that he wouldn’t miss his big speech
The message here is that thousands of screaming German fans at the Tiergarten take precedence over visiting Americans serving their country at Rammstein and Landstuhl.  Maybe one of the networks following Obama could interview a few of the soldiers about how they perceive that set of priorities from Obama.

 

And in an update, we discover it wasn’t “scheduling problems” that made Obama miss his date with the troops
Obama canceled a previously-planned stop to visit thousands of American service personnel, including troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan being treated at Landstuhl, so he could hold a political rally for Germans and go shopping in Berlin. Now that’s a nice set of priorities for a man who wants to become Commander in Chief.

 

I guess unless he can use troops as props in his little propaganda shows, they mean nothing to him.

Update: Turns out that this little note from a “soldier was a fake”.  The Army asked that is be deleated and not be sent out.  Check out the details at www.snopes.com.  Thanks for the heads-up.

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Response to Paul Krugman

Posted in Politics on March 29, 2008 by poyers

Paul Krugman is a big Hillary Clinton supporter and in my opinion, he wrote a very silly piece in the NY Times this week.  He thinks that Mrs. Clinton’s economic vision for the country and her “solutions” are best.  I just had to scribble some thoughts.  It is quite late so give me a break.

  I disagree with his analysis.  It sounds an awful lot like Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama want to eliminate free markets.  In fact, I rarely hear them tout freedom; all of their speeches revolve around bold promises to spend more money that they do not have, increase requirements, force companies to follow their agenda,  and raise taxes on producers.  As typical politicians, they make assurances to people that they are going to spend more and get more accomplished.  What do they have to show for their promises over the last 50 years?  We have huge bureacracies and the same problems.  The notion that taxing people at higher and higher rates is going to be good for the world is based on nothing.  I read Krugman’s previous article about how higher taxes have helped Europe but he has been proved very wrong.  Look at Ireland before their housing problems and look at Eastern Europe as they succeed with low taxes and less regulation. 
Also, since when does a $75K annual income make one so rich that they need to have their taxes raised as argued by Mr. Obama?  Why should they pay more in capital gains taxes when the wealthy are the producers, entrepreneurs and employers?  Forget about the wealthy, around 100M Americans own stocks including most employees of large corporations and Union members; they hardly fit the “rich” who should pay “their fair share”. 
Beyond that, the wealthiest 25% pay 86% of all income taxes in the country.  We have one of the highest federal corporate taxes in the world and our state corporate taxes are higher than most countries; even in France and Germany in over half of the states in the Union. 
In addition, the tax cuts for the rich argument holds no water.  In 1980 the top income tax rate was 70% and the richest 1% paid over 19% of all income taxes.  Today, with a tax rate at 35%, they pay twice as much as in 1980.  The top 1% pays 39% of all income taxes today, UP 2% from 2000 when Bush took office.  People earning under $35K per year do not pay any taxes on their income.  The wealthy are not evil (as evidenced that progressives have higher net worth than conservatives by about 7%).  In fact, they are most often the risk takers and entrepreneurs that we should be supporting and uplifting by reducing regulation and the burden of government intervention.  Was that not the hub of McCain’s argument when he said “”I will not play election year politics with the housing crisis.  I have always been committed to the principle that it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers.”
In Krugman’s own book, The Tyranny of the Status Quo, he talks about the dangers and problems with big government bureaucracy.  Yet he promotes two candidates that would like to increase bureaucracy and take away freedom; punishing those who take risks and grow opportunity and freedom.  Where does Mrs. Clinton’s $30Billion mortgage restructuring come from?  Where does government have the authority or right to freeze mortgage rates or impose moratoriums on loans?  That is borderline unconstitutional is it not?  If lenders (and mortgage financiers) know that the government can arbitrarily rewrite the terms of contracts, this would make it more difficult for homeowners to obtain mortgages, and would trigger a spike in interest rates on new loans.
The New Deal was a horrible failure and caused the Great Depression to last much longer than necessary.  Read Amity Schlaes’ book Forgotten Man for a great analysis. 
Mr. Krugman’s article is not even close to being fair or accurate about McCain.  Mr. McCain still left the door wide open for some form of government intervention down the road. He said he was “prepared to examine new proposals” that were consistent with his principles. 
On a conference call with reporters yesterday, McCain advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin echoed Obama, asserting that “certainly John McCain is interested in a 21st Century financial regulations system.”
Another advisor, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, emphasized that McCain still believed there was a role for government to help the “truly needy.”
One of the best arguments free marketers have to stave off a big government rescue plan is that the overwhelming majority of lower and middle income American homeowners behaved responsibly when they took out mortgages on their homes. It simply isn’t fair for them to be stuck with the bill for those who acted recklessly.
Free markets work.  Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama have failed policies as evidenced throughout history.  Low taxes and limited government is what creates a vibrant economy.  As is a fed that does not overly meddle in markets.  How can one argue that it is the role of government to get involved in voluntary transactions other than to enforce contracts?  When people make stupid decisions, that is too bad and it is not “evil” to say so; nor is it careless or heartless as progressives argue against conservatives.  It is a mature and thoughtful ideology.

Mitt Romney’s Faith Talk

Posted in Politics on December 6, 2007 by poyers

This is Romney’s talk about faith, his faith, from today.  By the way, this is streamed on UStream (www.ustream.tv) which was founded by two veterans.  An awesome thing as they are able to capture entire broadcasts without annoying tickers at the bottom  or any other distractions.  Support them when you want to see televised events.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/bO2DwWrAoYNOumn.vW,7M7mVyZs1EGo5

Women Republicans

Posted in Activism, Politics on November 2, 2007 by poyers

The media seems to think that women are going to vote for Mrs. Clinton because…she is a woman.  Kind of insulting if you ask me.  This article puts the kibosh on that idea and it explains what real women out there (conservative women) are really doing and what they believe in.  This is a great article!  People vote for leaders.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/10/republican_women_too_smart_to.html

Ron Paul on the Environment

Posted in Politics on October 16, 2007 by poyers

If you read grist.org, they have been interviewing presidential candidates about their concerns for the environment and what they are going to do to “save” our natural world.  Each is full of pandering and enlarging the government; allowing for opportunists from special interest groups and the like to increase their influence and promote their industry.  That is, until they interviewed Ron Paul.  The way that he laughs at the interviewer who tries to promote global warming as the most serious challenge the future holds is entertaining and he answers her other questions very seriously and right in line with Ron Paul ideology.

http://www.grist.org/feature/2007/10/16/paul/

Harry Reid comes to the mother ship

Posted in Politics with tags , on October 11, 2007 by poyers

I understand that Harry Reid is going to be giving a speech at BYU in a couple of days. I think that this is awesome. It will be great to hear what he has to say in what I assume is going to be a very conservative setting but one that will not be so hostile because of his Mormon roots (Reid joined the church with his wife while in college at Utah State). I hope that he spends some time talking about his conversion experience because I am sure that it is a great story.
Oddly enough, the BYU democrats boycotted and made a loud stink over Dick Cheney coming to talk on campus last year and I am glad to see that we are better than that and welcome people coming to share their non-terrorist or hostile ideas (you have to draw a line somewhere).
I thought that it would be a good idea to post in a forum on the comments board some questions to ask Harry. Maybe one of you who are going to attend the speech can get one of our questions asked and hopefully answered (although I fear that Mr. Reid, just like all politicians, will dance and dance around any direct questions). Post your questions and have your friends do likewise.
For some basic information about Mr. Reid and his back ground, voting record, and other stuff, you can check out these links:
Congresspedia: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Harry_Reid#Background
Mr. Reid’s website: http://reid.senate.gov/
On the Issues: http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Harry_Reid.htm
Voting record: http://www.vote-smart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=53320&type=category&category=10&go.x=9&go.y=5
Harry being pro-war in 02: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0209/18/ip.00.html

Hard bawl

Posted in Politics with tags , on October 11, 2007 by poyers

I find myself more and more enjoying John Stewart’s show. Stewart is very funny but to me the best entertainment comes from his audience who cheer vociferously whenever he says anything negative about President Bush or conservatives. What is it about people who enjoy politics that makes them cheer at pure populism and think that they are being brilliant and expressive? I see the same things on both sides. How many times does Mitt Romney get to say, “we need change in Washington” to a host of cheers without saying anything else. Hello!!! Anyway, I like Stewart.
This video is hilarious as he totally mocks Chris Matthews and his new book. It gets painful to watch towards the end as Matthews is totally humiliated. I hate to take pleasure in another person’s pain but this is a must see.
The premise behind Matthew’s new book is that living your life as a politician on the campaign trail is the best way to get ahead and be successful. He even tries to argue that acting like Bill Clinton will help you to get ahead and live a fruitful and positive life. Hard bawl coming out of my face!
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