Weekly Musing 11-10-13
“One of the penalties of not participating in politics is that you will be governed by your inferiors.” – Plato
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy; It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery” – Winston Churchill
There is ONLY one way to repeal and defund Obamacare…elect a MAJORITY of Republicans to Congress who support repeal. We can play all kinds of games, but this train is leaving the station. We need to focus on winning elections, which then effect public policy!
DURANT FOR U.S. SENATE!
Now that I have your attention….Detroit’s Cornerstone schools are legendary: MEAP scores on par with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham, 95% high school graduation rate, 91% go on to higher education. How does Cornerstone achieve those results? Shouldn’t EVERY child in Detroit have a shot at a quality education? What is going on in the ,and in the schools, in terms of education reform? Hear Clark Durant, Gary Naeyaert..and others THIS WEEK.
Wayne County: Monday, November 11 th, 6:30 p.m. Pizza & Reception, 7:00 p.m. remarks & discussion. Washington Parks Academy, 11685 Appleton in Redford, MI 48239
Macomb County: Tuesday, November 12th, 6:30 p.m. Pizza & Reception, 7:00 p.m. remarks & discussion. Warren Community Center Rm 420, 5460 Arden in Warren, MI 48092
Oakland County: Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. Pizza & Reception, 7:00 p.m. remarks & discussion. Troy Community Center Rm 303, 3179 Livernois in Troy, MI 48083
The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014
With the 2013 election now in the rearview mirror, 2014 is coming into sharper focus. In the battle for the Senate, that means it’s time to take a closer look at the primaries that could shape the landscape and speak volumes even where the outcome doesn’t affect the general election.
Republican primaries in Georgia and Alaska look to be heated, which is good news for the Democrats running in those states. Meanwhile, primaries in Wyoming and Mississippi will provide more clues about the future direction of the Republican Party. And when the top-ranking Republican in the Senate faces a primary, we pay attention. But so far, there are no signs that he is in imminent danger of losing.
Below is our latest rundown of the top 10 Senate races of the cycle, ranked as usual from the safest — No. 10 — to the most in danger — No. 1. Scroll down a bit more for our rundown of the top five primaries.
The lowest low of the Obama presidency
Because he is a skilled politician — you don’t beat Hillary Clinton, get elected as the country’s first black president and then win re-election convincingly by accident — Obama knows that he has no option at the moment other than to submit himself to a sort of public apology tour as he waits for the Web site to begin working and the furor over the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” fiasco dies down. So, that’s what he’s doing.
But, he doesn’t like it and his frustration over the entire situation occasionally bubbles to the surface. ”I’ve been burned already with — a Web site – well, more importantly, the American people have been burned by — a Web site that has been dysfunctional,” Obama told Todd. He has been burned. And it’s clearly burning him up.
Tea partier shifts tactics on Obamacare
Just weeks ago, Rep. Tim Huelskamp was one of the most prominent faces of the government shutdown, privately plotting with conservatives to push House Republicans into a strategy they later came to regret.
But this week, as he wheeled through county after county, lambasting his congressional leadership and the Obama administration with equal fervor, Huelskamp is publicly admitting that a government shutdown to choke off funding for Obamacare likely isn’t in the cards when government funding runs out again in January.
The shift may signal a broader move away from the slash-and-burn tactics favored by some of Congress’s most conservative lawmakers — and a broader recognition on the far right that the GOP is in dire need of a tactical makeover. Of course, Huelskamp still says that Obamacare must be repealed, but he adds that he’s now willing to downsize his demands and “pass something that says you can keep your plan if you like it.” President Barack Obama, appearing on NBC Thursday, apologized to Americans who lost their insurance plans.
“There will still be a push to repeal it, a push to defund it,” Huelskamp said here, speaking in a rural health center. “There was a question whether or not the leadership [was] really active in what they wanted to do in defunding that — particularly the Senate side. At the end of the day, what I think is most possible, is dealing with this issue when the president lied 29 times when he said ‘If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.’ We now have a bunch of Democrats that say ‘Hey, I’d support that bill.’ And we might be able to get that through. And that changes a lot of things.”
The GOP Still Hasn’t Figured Out How to Get On With the Tea Party
Postmortems of odd-year and special elections often suffer from overly broad generalizations that push a particular narrative while overlooking any arguments that get in the way. The instant analyses also tend to suffer from the impulse to extrapolate results and divine great meaning, as if they foreshadow the future. I’ll try to avoid both temptations in offering a few observations about Tuesday’s outcomes.
Was Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli an ideal candidate for the GOP to run in an increasingly purple state? No, but neither was Terry McAuliffe for the Democrats. Cuccinelli was very strong among the most ideological of Republicans, but less so with the old-line Republicans, the members of the establishment and the business community who were uncomfortable with his long-standing and very strong emphasis on social and cultural issues. In the end, these social issues hurt Cuccinelli in the rapidly growing suburbs of Northern Virginia. Conversely, McAuliffe was very strong among the Democratic Party establishment but less popular among the more ideological Left in the party. The 2008 split between supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama is an apt comparison for describing the internal division that McAuliffe faced early on. But liberals’ antipathy toward Cuccinelli repaired that rift.
House GOP tweaks Obama, schedules vote on Keep Your Health Plan Act – The Senate Should Vote to Discharge!
House Republican leaders announced Wednesday the lower chamber will vote next week on a bill that would allow people to keep their health insurance plan if they like it.
The vote hits at President Obama, who, during the debate over the Affordable Care Act, said people could keep their healthcare plans if they like them. Millions of people, however, have gotten cancelation notices because of ObamaCare’s new standards.
Late Wednesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced via Twitter that the bill would get a vote.
The Keep Your Health Plan Act, H.R. 3350, was introduced last week by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and more than two dozen Republicans. As of Wednesday, co-sponsorship had grown to 88 members.
Democrats try to make ‘Tea Party’ a smear
The failure of Tea Party-backed candidates in Tuesday’s election shows that Democrats have been successful in making the Tea Party label a negative for Republicans, even if it isn’t always clear what being a Tea Party candidate means.
Exit polls in Virginia, where Republican Ken Cucinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, show 42% of voters had a negative opinion of the Tea Party movement. Those voters went overwhelmingly for McAuliffe. A Tea Party-affiliated Republican in Alabama, Dean Young, lost a congressional primary against Bradley Byrne, who was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business interests. In New Jersey, voters re-elected Republican Gov. Chris Christie by a landslide while expressing dislike of both the Republican Party (57%) and the Tea Party movement (45%), exit polls show.
Democrats touted those results in a conference call Wednesday. “The Republican brand and the Tea Party brand are one and the same and people do not like either,” said Mo Elleithee, Democratic National Committee spokesman.”There is no distinction in the mind of voters.”
Ten Lessons of ObamaCare
President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website.
No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and so multifaceted that it will be studied by schoolchildren 50 years from now when their teachers explain to them why the giant welfare and regulatory state built up in the second half of the 20th century collapsed in the first half of the 21st.
The lessons of that failure will not be new lessons. They’re the ones we should have learned in the 20th century, when we had plenty of examples to draw from. But a generation has grown up that doesn’t remember the 1970s, the failures of socialism, or the depredations of Communism. And because those topics are not yet part of a standard school curriculum, we’ve had to relearn them in the School of Hard Knocks, with Professor Obama giving us a refresher course.
In the hope that we won’t have to learn this all over again another thirty years from now, here are ten big lessons from the launch of ObamaCare about why big government fails.
Obamacare: “the Democrats are going to get buried in this.”
Look what happened last night in Virginia. Obamacare single handedly — only a slight exaggeration, turned what should have been a landslide into a cliffhanger. Cuccinelli was behind by double digits after the shutdown really hurt him in northern Virginia, where there are a lot of government workers. He was way behind. He decided to gamble it all in the last week attacking Obamacare. He came to the point where by 10:00 last night, he was actually ahead in the count, and then he lost narrowly.
Does China Want a Cold War?
Time and again in recent years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has berated the West — and the U.S. more specifically — for having what it calls a Cold War mentality, a mindset that it said was detrimental to relations with China and undermined security in Asia. Fair enough, but according to a new video co-produced by China’s National Defense University (NDU) that was leaked late last month, a Cold War is exactly what the CCP needs, and contact with the West is a poison pill that must be avoided at all cost.
It’s admittedly hard to tell how many members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the CCP adhere to such views, but there is little doubt that 较量无声, or Silent Contest, has some appeal among the more extremist elements within the party, which itself in recent months has warned against the harmful influence of Western values and culture, and passed new regulations to counter their supposedly deleterious effects on Chinese society.
Podcasts from the ‘Big Show’ sitting in for Michael Patrick Shiels
If you missed Monday’s show, you can listen to individual interviews with top political leaders from across Michigan and the country here…with Newt Gingrich, Senator Rand Paul, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, NRA President Jim Porter, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas, author Callista Gingrich, Cornerstone School Chairman Clark Durant, State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, State Rep. Peter Lund, ATR President Grover Norquist and MI Fair Tax Chairman Roger Bucholtz. Some interesting interviews…
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