In last nights debate, Mitt Romney blasted John McCain for being too liberal.  He cited the NY Times endorsement, McCain/Lieberman,McCain/Feingold, and McCain/Kennedy as examples. He also weighed in on the votes McCain made against the tax cuts in 2001/2003 citing that these votes were not the act of a conservative Republican.  Do these really show McCain as a liberal or just a politician who knows how to get things done? 

  I say its the latter.  The NY Times does not really have to endorse anyone on either side, however they always have and probably have endorsed Republicans in past primaries, although I am not a reader so I cannot say for sure. 

As far as the legislative measures, I view them as a sign of a politician who disregards labels in the pursuit of building a coalition government whose purpose is to solve the major issues that face America daily. We praise these qualities in leaders around the world but disregard them in our own land.  In Iraq we are calling for a coalition government where Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds work together to solve their differences and unite in Democracy.  Why is this so different than working both sides of the aisle to solve immigration or finance reform? 

In 2001/2003, McCain did vote against the tax cuts because additional spending projects were attached to the measures.  How does one call themselves a fiscal conservative if they believe spending should not be checked when you cut income?  The votes he made then are being reflected now with Pres. Bush’s announcement of cutting earmarks from every bill that crosses his desk. 

 McCain’s actions on earmarks also speak louder than his words.  For 2008, so far, McCain has had 0 earmarks, while his Democratic rivals, and only other Senators running for President, have over 300 between them.  He has voted against earmark projects in his home state consistently during his term in Congress. 

 Liberal/conservative labels don’t matter. At the end of the day what really matters is will the next President be able to build that coalition government that will keep America the foremost power in the world, both economically and militarily.  John McCain is the only one with the paper trail to prove that he is concerned for America, not the party in power. 


Romney is your boss

McCain WINS!!Everyone said he couldn’t do it because he wasn’t republican enough and yet here we are tonight.  After watching the concession speeches, I am positive about a few things.  One, Romney reminds me of every boss I’ve ever had or met while I was working. He is only interested in results and be damned all those who don’t produce! (such as the voters in FL). Or more simply, the people don’t matter, only the results. And two, had Giuliani been a contender in the early states, he would have changed the race,probably in his favor. His speech was impassioned and thought provoking as he was trying to bow out, but not quite yet, of the race. After hearing him speak, I have renewed faith he can be a force in the Republican party nationally.

Kennedy endorsement

So Hilary isn’t liberal enough? The Kennedys put their ultra liberal stamp on the Obama for Change campaign yesterday in a speech that went something like this–“change……change…….change…….Obama……change…..change…..”etc on and on.  How many times did he have to practice the word change? Ted Kennedy who has voted against change so often that he is one of the most entrenched Congressmen in the country. His solutions consist of money and more money.  He has led the partisan effort,with few exceptions, for the Democrats for decades. Add this endorsement to the “I did support the war before I was against it” endorsement of John Kerry and the “I never supported a candidate before now,but it certainly isn’t because he’s black” endorsement of Oprah and you have the making of the most hypocritical campaign of the election season.   

This endorsement was simply a political move by the Kennedys to get themselves reelected for years to come by hitching their wagon to a cute word that resonates with the youth vote. There is no substance to their endorsement and if Obama becomes President and tries to push through any of the programs he has endorsed, like school vouchers, the Kennedys will be the first to distance themselves from him.  The Kennedys and other Democrats will always vote to throw money at a problem and Obama does not have the guts to stand up to Ted Kennedy when enacting new ideas.

Published in: on January 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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McCain wins Florida!

And then moves on to super Tuesday where he will beat Romney,despite all of his money. After today,Mike Huckabee should drop out and Ron Paul will be marginalized,yet again, but will probably stay in the race out of vanity. Rudy? He will probably stay and play through super Tuesday but probably missed his chance for anything other than a cabinet job at this point.  But then again Dewey did defeat Truman!

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Catholic Schools Week

Tomorrow,1/27/2007,starts Catholic Schools week in the Diocese of Scranton. I would urge anyone who has school age children who are entering school next year or are unhappy with their current school to check out the Catholic schools in their area. As a parent, I can tell you, any sacrifice is worth the education that the kids are getting in Catholic schools. Last year 98% of Catholic HS grads went on to college. The grades on national tests were at or above the national average in all grades and the teachers involved in Catholic education truly do it, in my opinion, for the love of teaching, not money. Our Diocese only spends 70% of the budget on pay and benefits for teachers, that’s 30% that is available for education. The cost is a sacrifice, still extremely reasonable, but the sacrifice is an investment in the future!

McCain-I said NO!

I worked in retail for many years and as a salesman had to add on any number of crazy things to a sale. The higher the add on, the better the sale and thus the better bottom line for the company. $.99 adds up over a year with as many transaction as some of these companies performed. Inevitably many customers would say no, then when you had to add on more items because they didn’t take the first they would say “I SAID NO!!!”.

Americans are hit everyday with the same scenario on the Federal level. Unfortunately, the congressmen who are faced with the same decisions (and who represent us)  saying YES! to whatever is offered. Funding for Iraq-YES! on the condition it has billions of dollars for my state! Billions of dollars are wasted every years on pork projects that do not benefit the public as a whole. Cranberry farms in Alaska are doing great but the troops can only have their money if those farms keep getting pork. Why do we, as consumers, give salespeople a hard time about an add on in the stores and not care about billions spent on wasteful projects attached to good bills?

If Republicans are serious about fiscal conservancy they will stop the idiotic process of earmarks/pork spending that exists and make real reform in Washington.

Published in: on January 25, 2008 at 8:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Too Old??

 67 year old Chuck Norris said John McCain is too old to be President?

 Let’s see so far we have had race,gender,religion and now age thrown into the mix when talking about the next President. Newspapers and TV reporters tell the story of a black man, a woman,a Mormon and an old man walking into a bar…There is little discussion of the issues,instead we have emotional journalism working the country into a frenzy over what it would mean if a black man or a woman were running the country. Emotional journalism about how the US has not had a woman President, so we must not embrace women with as much respect as men. Emotional journalism about Mormons taking multiple wives. Emotional journalism about heart attack rates for men over the age of 60. BLAH,BLAH,BLAH. Run the campaigns on issues and not race, religion,gender and age and may the best candidate win.

By the way Chuck, maybe you can afford Mike Huckabee’s 22%(minimum) national sales tax but I sure couldn’t.

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 9:07 pm  Comments (3)  
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Link to issues page

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 8:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fiscal Responsibility

Being extremely interested in politics, I have been seeing and hearing a lot of negative talk about John  McCain and how he is not a real conservative. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, two people I enjoy listening to, have come out against McCain because he opposed the tax cuts in 2001 and other policies he has voted against during the Bush years. In my view Rush and Ann are completely off base. The facts are John  McCain wants to be responsible with the spending in Washington so when a bill comes up that has a ton of pork attached, it should be vetoed. In my local county, pork is given out daily. Congressmen Kanjorski and Casey add so much pork to bills in Washington that PA could stop paying state tax and live off the government. It is a huge problem in Washington when you can get 1 million dollars to study cranberries but it comes attached to appropriations for the war or additional tax cuts.

As for the current round of tax rebates being discussed, keep them. Give me a long term solution that will stimulate the economy over the long term, as the 2001 cuts have (and McCain voted to make them permanent) and if you still want to give me a rebate, fine but show me the cuts in spending. It makes no sense to be a conservative who supports pork barrel spending. It’s irresponsible and only inflates the national debt more.

Published in: on January 21, 2008 at 8:40 pm  Comments (1)  
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Thanks New Hampshire

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)

from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
American writer and illustrator

There is still a long way to go in the primary season but hopefully this is a sign of things to come. The voters in New Hampshire showed up in record numbers to choose the best candidate. McCain did not carry self described Republicans, that’s true, but extreme right (or left) politics will not win this election. Romney has now lost 2 critical votes running with self described Republicans as his base and Huckabee won with the evangelical voters in Iowa. We will probably see Romney change his tune again before SC, maybe even before Michigan, to attract at least the moderates. Voters should see right through this and use their brains and feet to once again carry John McCain to victory!

Published in: on January 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment