Weekly Musing 2-24-13

Obama hitting many records as President:

1) Nobel Peace Prize without earning it

2) more golf than any other President

3) more spending than any other President

4) larger deficits than any other President

5) less Economic Council meetings than any other President

6) more vacations than any other President

7) well…

…lets just say the list goes on and NONE of them are good for TAXPAYERS!

Bobby Schostak re-elected as Michigan GOP’s  State Chairman

Congratulations to my good friend Bobby who was re-elected to serve a second term as Chairman.  An interesting coalition of some Tea Party activists, Liberty Movement folks and others with alternative agenda’s rallied together to make this a closer race than it should have been.

Bobby has proven to be a solid conservative who has worked tirelessly for the party.  I’m proud and glad to see him there for another 2 years.

In order to win elections we have to grow this party, stand on principles and work together.  Throwing “some” people out for the sake of “change” and arguing for a less inclusive, less tolerant and less broad based party isn’t the answer.  NO one is talking about moderating our values or principles, but watching our “tone” and respecting others who may disagree with one another on various issue is just good politics not to mention common courtesy in a civil society.

In other news, Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer ended his bid for another term, deciding to concede to challenger Lon Johnson before a vote took place.

Bottom line: Everyone was committed to doing what it takes to get keep our majorities in 2014 and defeat the likely Democratic ballot initiative to repeal right-to-work.

A diverse set of vice chairmen were elected that truly represent the demographics of Michigan.

This was the first convention I’ve seen in a while with a good numbers number of under 30 delegates or alternates; they just weren’t volunteers!  With that said, there needs to be more youth and young professional involvement.

Snyder kicked off his re-election with the closest public statement to a re-election announcement that he’s made.

However, some folks, regretfully, are still focused more on intra-party battles than beating Democrats.

CPAC 2013 coming March 14-16th

The largest conference of conservatives nationwide will take place in Washington DC this coming March.  The venue has moved to National Harbor, just over the bridge from Alexandria.  For more information and registration goto:

http://conservative.org/cpac2013/

See the program as it develops here (click on the program tab):

http://conservative.org/cpac/2013/#

American Conservative Union: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul perfect vote record
Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul were among around 40 House and Senate members to receive a perfect conservative voting score from the sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, according to the group’s rankings released on Thursday.

The American Conservative Union, which is sponsoring the high-profile CPAC conference, has released its annual list of which lawmakers have met its standards for promoting conservative principles — and which have not.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/american-conservative-union-marco-rubio-rand-paul-perfect-vote-record-87918.html?hp=l18

How to Save the Republican Party

The Republican Party is in trouble: In the wake of the presidential election, everybody has said so, and everybody is right. From there, however, a hundred paths diverge and a thousand voices have been heard. The relevant questions are these: How deep is the trouble? How much of it is self-inflicted and how much is a function of circumstance? Can the problem be repaired, and if so, by what means?

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/how-to-save-the-republican-party/

As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned

On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.” Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the expansion of government, indeed in the growth of a government-based “ruling class.”

They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans. In short, at the outset of 2013 a substantial portion of America finds itself un-represented, while Republican leaders increasingly represent only themselves.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/02/20/as-country-club-republicans-link-up-with-the-democratic-ruling-class-millions-of-voters-are-orphaned/

Some good ideas:  It’s Time To Bury The Republican Party And Start All Over

We have reached the point where the GOP, already known for years as “the stupid party”, has become “too dumb to live”. It’s time to replace the Republican Party, just as the Republican Party replaced the Whig Party in 1856.

OK, but replace it with what?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2013/01/23/its-time-to-bury-the-republican-party-and-start-all-over/

GOP Growth Agenda Coming?!?

Income taxes punish the very things we want more of: productive work, risk-taking and success. We can’t say this enough: A tax on income is the price you pay for working; a tax on profits, the price you pay for success; and a tax on capital gains, the price you pay for taking risks that work out.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveforbes/2013/02/13/two-awful-anniversaries/

BOWLES-SIMPSON  “A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing America’s Future

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, argue in a new blueprint for a grand bargain that a real fix will now cost trillions of dollars more than it would have in 2010 when their commission released its findings — because of the aging population, inflation, growth and the higher interest costs that come with the mounting debt.

The idea of the new plan is to start where White House and congressional negotiators left off, and sketch what CAN and SHOULD be done, based on the latest figures –  MORE than was on the table: “[W]e call for an additional $2.4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next ten years. Roughly one quarter of those savings should come from health care reforms and another quarter from tax reform. The remaining savings should come from a combination of mandatory spending cuts, stronger discretionary caps, cross-cutting changes such as adopting the chained CPI for inflation-indexed provisions in the budget, and lower interest payments.”

http://bit.ly/ZcNawP

Government by Freakout

Obama’s scare tactics aren’t much of a long-term strategy.

That’s what’s happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won’t be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The Navy will slow down the building of an aircraft carrier. Troop readiness will be disrupted, weapons programs slowed or stalled, civilian contractors stiffed, uniformed first responders cut back. Our nuclear deterrent will be indefinitely suspended. Ha, made that one up, but give them time.

Mr. Obama has finally hit on his own version of national unity: Everyone get scared together.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324503204578318540475371284.html

A great visual of 2008 Battleground Spending by NPR  

NPR does a great job helping folks understanding the significance of the Electoral College and popular votes.  A visual lesson in presidential politics worth watching.

http://www.wimp.com/morphingmap/

Meet Dr. Ben Carson, the New Conservative Folk Hero

There are two ways you might have heard of Dr. Ben Carson. If you’re a doctor or follow medicine, you might know of his great success — the youngest head of a major division at Johns Hopkins, one of America’s medical meccas; the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, back in 1987; a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner late in George W. Bush’s term. He was also mentioned on The Wire.

Or if you’ve tuned in to Fox News or clicked onto National Review Online in the last week, you’ve probably heard his praises announced in loud voice. Carson, who is head of pediatric neurosurgery at Hopkins, also made a brief appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday. Carson’s big break came when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 7. Here’s his keynote speech:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/meet-dr-ben-carson-the-new-conservative-folk-hero/273240/#

Tesla …awesome!

I got a chance to ride in one of these this week…absolutely unbelievable.  Fast, slick, quiet and really cool!  Check it out.

http://www.teslamotors.com/

3FiftyTerrace 100 Yards away from Tiger Stadium

Looking for a great place to tailgate before or after a Tiger’s game…check out Detroit’s newest roof top venue!

http://3fiftyterrace.com/

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