Weekly Musing 2-17-13

Which side of the fence?
If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrats demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.

A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

Michigan Republican State Convention Feb. 22-23

I hope you can join us as thousands of Republicans from across the state gather to elect our leadership team.  Under the leadership of Chairman Bobby Schostak, Michigan Republicans have held Republican majorities in the Senate, House, in our Congressional delegation and on the Supreme Court.  Bobby has been a tireless champion for our conservative values and the party.  Let’s get ‘er done!




Lithuania Celebrates “V-16” – it’s Independence Day     

The little country of Lithuania, from which my family immigrated, yesterday celebrated its Independence Day.  Here, it is often times best known for their multi time Olympic Basketball Bronze medal winning teams.  You still see lots of the Lithuanian Grateful Dead basketball t-shirts around:)   But with a rich history and tradition, we have strived to remember and honors its traditions and culture here in America.


Last summer our family participated in the Lithuanian Dance Festival, where we ALL danced in different groups celebrating and remembering some of that history & culture.  Proud to be Lithuanian!


Check out “Trys Milijonai” (Three Million) Lithuanians worldwide:)





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:




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




Hi Ann!

While in DC preparing for the upcoming CPAC conference, I ran into my old friend, now Congresswoman Ann Wagner from Missouri.  It was great to see Ann and I was proud to congratulate her on her election to Congress after our race for RNC Chair.  It just shows how when one door closes, often times another opens.  Ann mentioned that she reads my Sunday morning Musing with her coffee:)  So I felt compelled to say hi and couldn’t help think how lucky the folks from Missouri are to have such a dedicated, energetic and passionate advocate in Congress.  Good luck my friend!



The President’s Miracle-Gro Government

Of course he believes that we have a spending problem, President Obama assured us, immediately before a State of the Union address in which he called for — you guessed it — more spending. Like Saint Augustine praying “Lord grant me chastity and continence . . . but not yet,” President Obama paid lip service to the idea of debt reduction but ruled out any real effort to reduce it.


In fact, the president claimed that a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion, more than half of the sum that he believes is necessary to “stabilize” our debt. But, even setting aside the sad shift in target from balancing the budget to temporarily stabilizing the debt, the president’s version of events is fundamentally flawed.





Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast – with Obama listening – we hope!

Absolutely worth watching and sharing!  America needs more leaders like him.





2014 Senate Ratings: Red Alert!

Democrats have a lot more places where they are on high alert. The seven most imperiled seats in the whole country are all currently held by Democrats. That includes the only seat in the country where the current incumbent party is actually an underdog: West Virginia, where Republicans are now favored to capture the seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D). Democrats also have very tenuous holds on two other seats: South Dakota, where even if he runs again Sen. Tim Johnson (D) will face a stiff challenge from ex-Gov. Mike Rounds (R); and Louisiana, where despite having a popular family name, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is likely to face a well-funded and, more importantly, sane challenger.





Time for a Third Party?!?

SOSNIK SAYS: With the American electorate remaining in a state of deep discontent, the country has two parties, not just one, facing stark questions about their futures. And a “broad sense of alienation” in the electorate has left “a very wide door open for a third-party presidential candidate” in the future. That is the conclusion in the latest political memo by Doug Sosnik, a veteran operative who you will never see on cable TV and declines virtually all interviews with any reporters he has not known since the mid-1990s. His overviews on the state of politics, which he drafts two or three times a year, have a cult-like following among a certain set of capital insiders. Beneath the GOP’s obvious demographic problems with Hispanics and young voters, Sosnik writes, there is a less obvious but just as dangerous issue shift. For a half-century, Republicans used taxes, social issues, and foreign policy to put Democrats on the defensive as outside the mainstream.


“For the first time since John Kennedy’s presidency, all three issues are working in Democrats’ favor.” But Sosnik, himself a Democrat who worked in Bill Clinton’s West Wing, cautions that his own party has significant weaknesses that are obscured by Obama’s reelection and his success in putting the GOP on the defensive in budget battles since then. They include a weak Democratic bench if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run in 2016, and an inferior position to Republicans at the state and local level. Much of Obama’s success “has been built around his personal brand rather than the Democratic Party’s … Given his unique appeal, Obama’s success is not easily transferable — particularly when he is not on the ballot driving turnout up for other Democrats. Democrats found that out the hard way in 2010 and will likely feel it again next year in the midterms.” Sosnik’s 8-page “State of the Union” memo http://bit.ly/YczyjX … Sosnik’s 18-slide “Political Landscape” deckhttp://bit.ly/YWBTAy



Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

Two days after Obama’s inauguration, Bret Jacobson flew to Charlotte to attend the R.N.C.’s winter conference and sit on a panel devoted to discussing new digital techniques. “Bret’s presentation was one of the best-received of the panel, by far,” the seminar’s organizer, Ryan Cassin, told me. Still, Jacobson was disappointed to see only 30 people in attendance. President Obama, meanwhile, announced the previous week that his campaign juggernaut would be transformed into an advocacy group, Organizing for Action, that would use the vast social network amassed during the 2012 cycle to advance the administration’s policy goals. The Republican panel amounted to a first step — a baby step — while the competition was lapping them.


Jacobson did not stick around the next day to hear Reince Priebus declare to the conferees, “We’re the party of innovation!” Instead, he left his own panel early to catch a plane back to Washington. Calls were continuing to come into Red Edge’s office from establishment Republicans inquiring about Jacobson and Spencer’s cautionary slide presentation.


Jacobson wanted to interpret this interest as a good thing. But I could tell from his voice that the experience at the R.N.C. conference deflated his hopes about Republicans being well on the road to enlightenment. “My primary worry,” he told me without his characteristic levity, “is that I’m going to become the Al Gore of the right” — meaning, a forecaster of doom, appreciated and unheeded as the clever if somewhat lonely guy who told them so.




Obama leads Democrats out on a limb

Dispensing with that fiction in his inaugural address, he’s been commended for finally and honestly revealing himself. No longer is Barack Obama a national Rorschach test in which anyone can see anything. He has staked his ground: President Obama is an unabashed advocate of the old-fashioned American left. That’s not good news for Democrats who have trekked with him to the end of an ideological limb.


Obama’s inaugural statement displayed “a sweeping liberal vision,” the Los Angeles Times wrote. Andrew Coyne headlined it, “The Most Full-throated Defense of Liberalism Since FDR.” Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin called it “a powerful defense of collective action, of government.” Chris Matthew’s “Hardball Blog,” not known for restraining its lefty enthusiasm, did not disappoint: “Liberalism is back! President Obama’s inaugural address revealed a liberal vision — a full-throated defense of progressive policy.”





Sequester debate offers House Republicans chance at redemption
If the House Republicans hold together on this, then the Democratic leadership will have to consider reasonable proposals to replace the $1.2 trillion in discretionary cuts caused by the sequester with reforms of Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement accounts. The debate, at last, will be on territory that favors the Republicans.


This is a rare opportunity, especially for a group of people who seemed to be intent upon defeating themselves.

It is, of course, the object of a demolition derby to bang up the other guy’s car and not yours.


With a little luck and some forbearance from the defense hawks, the House GOP may be on the verge of actually accomplishing this — and making real progress on fiscal reform in the process.




Our Real Problem Is Cultural Decay, Not Guns

The absence of a husband and father from the home is a strong contributing factor to poverty, school failure, crime, drug abuse, emotional disturbance and a host of other social problems.

By the way, the low marriage rate among blacks is relatively new.

Census data show that a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. In 2009, the poverty rate among married whites was 3.2%; for blacks, it was 7%, and for Hispanics, it was 13.2%.


The higher poverty rates — 22% for whites, 35.6% for blacks and 37.9% for Hispanics — are among unmarried families.


Other forms of cultural deviancy are found in the kind of music accepted today that advocates killing and rape and other vile acts.

Punishment for criminal behavior is lax. Today’s Americans accept behavior that our parents and grandparents never would have accepted.





The One Scary Thing About the GOP’s Tech Deficiency

Our challenge is not in data or technologists. Our challenge is competing in the realm of academic investigation and the brainpower represented by professors with tenure who do nothing but come up with ideas to explore. Now they have access to a free, unrestricted laboratory to test their theories, and a party willing to foot the bill. It is a perfect storm from which the GOP may truly be unable to escape.





Michigan GOP’s Mobile Phone App is LIVE

Michigan Republicans launched their mobile phone app for both iPhone and Android last week.  This App is a news and information aggregator, which is updated daily and sometimes several times a day with the latest news and information.


The App is FREE…just go to the Apple Store or Android Marketplace and search for “mi gop” and download the app.  It’s a great way to stay in touch with what is happening in politics, both in Michigan and around the country.


California, New York, Louisiana and Colorado GOP has all have a similar iPhone and Android App up and running.  There is an Android version in all 50 states and the territories.


Check it out…it’s FREE.


Valentine’s Day

So as Valentine’s Day week comes to an end, once again I realize how truly lucky I am.  All my best my friends!



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