Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
"Will you commit to helping me reelect some of the true heroes in this freshman class? They are in tough districts. They have cast a lot of tough votes by standing up to the leadership of both political parties and simply doing what was right for their constituents...simply click here.. .my commitment to you is that every penny that you send in response to this request will go directly into the toughest races in America this year. How important are these races? These races will decide whether Nancy Pelosi regains title of Speaker Nancy Pelosi next year.
"Who do you know outside of our community – a college friend, a former coworker, a former neighbor, friends from church who moved away? Think hard…and remember everyone in your sphere of influence…and commit to giving them a call, sending them a postcard, or writing them a quick email - it could help a whole lot. Elections this fall will be decided as they always are by four, five,and six vote margins. Together our efforts could make the difference!"
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Please click here to hear Senator DeMint – the greatest thread holding America's liberty together.
In 2012 Senator DeMint is chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund – a political action committee dedicated to electing strong conservatives to the U.S. Senate just like in 2010. Senator DeMint's Fund does not support liberal Republicans (RINOs) and is not affiliated with the establishment Republican Party or any of its campaign committees – this is why Senator DeMint is once again hated by the establishment & should be admired by all of us. Senator DeMint is for America & not the Republican Party.
More often than not The Club For Growth, Freedom Works, & Sarah Palin support the same principled candidates as Senator DeMint.
I have repeatedly advocated that all of us should back the best candidates we can find whether or not they represent our district or state. Below is such a list of Senate candidates, supported by Senator DeMint in 2012, that I recommend supporting over your own local or state candidates unless your local or state candidates have proven they deserve your support:
1. Jeff Flake of AZ has been the most financially responsible Member in Congress for years for oh so many reasons. Mr. Flake is a FairTax supporter who would replace the capable Jon Kyl.
2. Richard Mourdock defeated sitting Senator Dick Lugar in last week's IN Primary. The 36 year incumbent Lugar tried every trick in the book including desperately becoming a FairTax supporter late last year – but to no avail. Mourdock may need help in November even in IN.
3. Senator DeMint backs Don Stenberg in the May 15 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Stenberg also says "I'm proud to accept Senator (Rand) Paul's endorsement." Sarah Palin is backing state Senator Deb Fischer. Hard to believe you could go wrong with either Stenberg or Fischer.
4. Marine vet Josh Mandel is the current Ohio State Treasurer & former Member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He is the Republican challenger to statist incumbent Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown.
5. Businessman Mark Neumann represented Wisconsin's 1st congressional district from 1995 to 1999. He is running for U.S. Senate with the endorsement of Jim DeMint.
6. Ted Cruz is a candidate for the 2012 Republican nomination for the United States Texas Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz is backed by Jim DeMint & Sarah Palin.
If you are looking for a Senate candidate to support who will make the difference for our country please check out any of the above @ your own discretion. In the next posting I will present a similar House message initiated by another FairTax supporter.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that—let's be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you're entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They're the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you back— return-to-sender, forwarding address unknown.
No doubt some of you have overcome real hardships or taken real degrees. A couple of years ago I hired a summer intern from West Point. She came to the office directly from weeks of field exercises in which she kept a bulletproof vest on at all times, even while sleeping. She writes brilliantly and is as self-effacing as she is accomplished. Now she's in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.
If you're like that intern, please feel free to feel sorry for yourself. Just remember she doesn't.
Unfortunately, dear graduates, chances are you're nothing like her. And since you're no longer children, at least officially, it's time someone tells you the facts of life. The other facts.
Fact One is that, in our "knowledge-based" economy, knowledge counts. Yet here you are, probably the least knowledgeable graduating class in history.
A few months ago, I interviewed a young man with an astonishingly high GPA from an Ivy League university and aspirations to write about Middle East politics. We got on the subject of the Suez Crisis of 1956. He was vaguely familiar with it. But he didn't know who was president of the United States in 1956. And he didn't know who succeeded that president.
Pop quiz, Class of '12: Do you?
Many of you have been reared on the cliché that the purpose of education isn't to stuff your head with facts but to teach you how to think. Wrong. I routinely interview college students, mostly from top schools, and I notice that their brains are like old maps, with lots of blank spaces for the uncharted terrain. It's not that they lack for motivation or IQ. It's that they can't connect the dots when they don't know where the dots are in the first place.
In places like Ireland, France, India and Spain, your most talented and ambitious peers are graduating into economies even more depressed than America's. Unlike you, they probably speak several languages. They may also have a degree in a hard science or engineering—skills that transfer easily to the more remunerative jobs in investment banks or global consultancies.
I know a lot of people like this from my neighborhood in New York City, and it's a good thing they're so well-mannered because otherwise they'd be eating our lunch. But if things continue as they are, they might soon be eating yours.
Which reminds me of Fact Three: Your prospective employers can smell BS from miles away. And most of you don't even know how badly you stink.
When did puffery become the American way? Probably around the time Norman Mailer came out with "Advertisements for Myself." But at least that was in the service of provoking an establishment that liked to cultivate an ideal of emotional restraint and public reserve.
To read through your CVs, dear graduates, is to be assaulted by endless Advertisements for Myself. Here you are, 21 or 22 years old, claiming to have accomplished feats in past summer internships or at your school newspaper that would be hard to credit in a biography of Walter Lippmann or Ernie Pyle.
If you're not too bright, you may think this kind of nonsense goes undetected; if you're a little brighter, you probably figure everyone does it so you must as well.
But the best of you don't do this kind of thing at all. You have an innate sense of modesty. You're confident that your résumé needs no embellishment. You understand that less is more.
In other words, you're probably capable of thinking for yourself. And here's Fact Four: There will always be a market for people who can do that.
In every generation there's a strong tendency for everyone to think like everyone else. But your generation has an especially bad case, because your mass conformism is masked by the appearance of mass nonconformism. It's a point I learned from my West Point intern, when I asked her what it was like to lead such a uniformed existence.
Her answer stayed with me: Wearing a uniform, she said, helped her figure out what it was that really distinguished her as an individual.
Now she's a second lieutenant, leading a life of meaning and honor, figuring out how to Think Different for the sake of a cause that counts. Not many of you will be able to follow in her precise footsteps, nor do you need to do so. But if you can just manage to tone down your egos, shape up your minds, and think unfashionable thoughts, you just might be able to do something worthy with your lives. And even get a job. Good luck!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The points & differences of this discussion are important for all Americans to understand so they can make a conscious decision as to whether or not they prefer the country to return to the excellence of our founding or to continue the progression toward the welfare state we are heading for under BO. Voters will peacefully express what they want @ the ballot box in November. Unfortunately we do not have a suitable alternative to BO @ the moment so the result of the election could very well be flawed.
I have written about people of substance not letting the poorest, lowest skilled, most uneducated people in the world take their life savings without a fight. That is where the civil war or uprising will come from – not the weak protesting the strong but just the opposite.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Yes. Mitt missed a very significant opportunity to specify how to change US entitlement mindset, reduce our debt, and to grow a stronger economy. Why is this so?
The government should be out of the student loan business. Government involvement increases tuition. Is it fair for taxpayers to subsidize student loans to many who will never pay back in full because they are huge risks? Sounds similar to government housing policy - lending to those least able to pay back. Students choosing study in majors that are not in demand by employers are huge risks. What is a better policy?
Students should get loans from private banks. If left alone banks will assess the risk reward of a student loan. A bright student with "A"s in calculus and 750 max SAT would be a likely reward for the bank. Contrast this to Ed Department bureaucrats. They poorly check return on investment in large part due to the fact that it is not their money they lend but taxpayer money.
But what about the very poor? Banks would still perform a similar risk reward assessment and the very poor would also get loans. And how else could one help the very poor? Via school vouchers which Mitt supports. Also via the FairTax which would eliminate regressive payroll taxes on the poor and provide checks to all up to the poverty level to mitigate impact of consumption tax. So the poor would at least live up to poverty level and be able to keep all of their paycheck free of federal taxes.
Maybe ( not sure about this ) one could argue for a federal role for student loans but it would have to be a tiny subset of who receives now. Maybe only those at poverty level and a TBD minimal SAT score.
Mitt thus could have made these points and put BO on the defensive. BO would have to explain (lie) why student loans do not increase tuition and why taxpayers should subsidize risky loans as they did for housing.
One other thought:
I read an article few weeks ago that Lenin tried hard to control banks, health care, housing, and education prior to the communist revolution. I believe these were the big 4 in the article. Does this sound familiar?
Would it be wise for a prominent Republican or strong capitalist independent to compare BO with Lenin? Maybe it would generate much debate and more of the naive electorate would better understand BO's goals.
Make a commercial with BO with Medvedev and a hot mic moment where he says "Just wait until after the election. By then I will have control of banks, health care, housing, and education. Then I can follow in Lenin's footsteps. But for now I need some time." Medvedev responds "I understand and will relay to Putin. And thank you for following Comrade Lenin."