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Now he wants to be responsible?

Then-Senator Obama voted for the $700 billion bank bailout

Then-President-elect Obama called the Bush bailout of GM and Chrysler a necessity.

President Obama then rushed the massive, pork-laden $787 billion “stimulus” package through Congress.

President Obama then followed his “stimulus” package with a $3.4 trillion budget that rocketed the federal deficit to $1.8 trillion, four times last year’s record.

President Obama has demanded Congress complete work on his health care reform plan, that nobody can accurately calculate the cost for, by August.

President Obama also sunk more billions of taxpayer dollars into the two failed American auto manufacturers in a Socialist venture that’s more than likely going to cost billions more.

This President has, without a doubt, proven himself the most fiscally irresponsible leader of the free world in history. And he’s achieved all of that in his first 5 months in office.

Then today, unbelievably, this same not-quite-a-closet Socialist had the audacity to suggest we adhere to a pay-as-you-go policy because that’s the responsible thing to do. What does this man know about fiscal responsibility? From everything he’s done in his first months on the job, the answer is obvious. Nothing.

He must really believe the American people are drooling fools, willing to believe anything he says, regardless of his actions. He and his team have proven themselves to be economic illiterates and/or outright thieves. Thieves of future generations’ ability to avail themselves of the opportunity to realize the American dream. If his overly optimistic projections of returns on his spending squandering of citizens’ cash had come from a fortune cookie or a 900-number psychic, they’d likely be more realistic. He has placed a yoke across the shoulders of the American taxpayers, their children, and grandchildren that will act as an anchor as they try to eke out a living as his piles of newly printed money become worth less and less. And what have we gained?

The President claims to have “saved or created” 150,000 jobs over the same period when more than 3 million have joined the ranks of the unemployed. He recently promised to create 600,000 more “stimulus” jobs over the summer, but more and more are laid off.  The President’s projected peak for the unemployment rate has already been surpassed and may yet get worse, but the MSM refuses to press Obama or his press secretary Robert Gibbs when they throw out such numbers and the administration has yet to explain exactly how they arrived at their figures.

The reality is Obama’s “stimulus” failed to stimulate the economy. His idea that frivolous government spending could create jobs proved flawed. The American people were duped into paying for the Left’s liberal agenda to socialize the American economy by the smooth-talking, teleprompter-dependent Chicago shyster and his Democratic cohorts in the House and Senate. And still he demands more.

And at the same time tells us he now wants responsibility.  If you believe that, you’re probably in the market for some beach front property in Arizona.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Obama, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Arkansas Republicans on the Move

I posted here not long ago that the Republican party has come to life in my home state of Arkansas.  Last night, at a meeting of the Lonoke County Republican Committee, I was pleased to receive confirmation of this in the form of two speakers–Arkansas Republican Party Political Director Chase Dugger and Republican candidate for Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District Rick Crawford.

Dugger informed those present of the Arkansas GOP’s new website, which I mentioned here a few days ago.  He also let us know there are more Republican candidates lining up for the 2010 election than ever before.  In last year’s election, none of the three Democratic Congressmen from Arkansas faced a Republican challenger, nor did Senator Mark Pryor.  It was as if Arkansas didn’t matter to the GOP.  Dugger, who was campaign chairman for Mickey D. “Stubby” Stumbaugh’s unsuccessful run against Democratic Congressman Marion Berry in 2006, pointed out that even the state party hasn’t been active enough in helping GOP candidates in the past.  But he noted, this is not the old Republican Party of Arkansas and things are going to be different from now on.  He promised the state party would be very involved in the effort to get Republicans elected to state and federal offices.

Rick Crawford spoke next, and I must say, I was impressed.  I’ve long believed the problem with politics is the politicians.  In other words, we need regular people in DC to replace the professional pols.  Crawford is a veteran of the US Army who returned to Arkansas and now runs AgWatch Network, a farm news network broadcast across five states and 39 radio stations.  His links to agriculture may eliminate what has been Congressman Marion Berry’s largest advantage in a district that spans the greater part of Arkansas’ part of the Mississippi River delta. 

Crawford explained that he’s concerned with the direction the country is headed under President Obama, comparing the President’s foreign policy to that of former President Jimmy Carter.  He identified himself as a Reagan conservative who believes in limited, Constitutional government.  Concerned already about the mounting debt from Obama’s frivolous spending spree, he also recognizes the dangers looming if the President has his way on healthcare reform.  When asked by a committee member what his position is on illegal immigration, he made clear that we must secure our southern border.  Crawford said he doesn’t want to stop immigration, but is asking that immigrants “sign the guest book on the way in.”  In other words, immigrants are welcome as long as they’re legal immigrants.

In my opinion, Rick Crawford is exactly what we need in Congress.  A solid conservative, non-politician seeking political office because he cares about this country and wants to stop the current mad dash toward Socialism.  I was really glad I had the opportunity to hear him speak at this early stage of the campaign.

If you’re a conservative Arkansan who’s often wondered just exactly what the Republican Party does in Arkansas, the 2010 campaign season should put your worries to rest.  This may be the best showing in history by the GOP in the Natural State.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

AR Senate: Coleman vs Lincoln 2010

Several have asked me recently, who can we get to run against Lincoln in ’10. Yesterday I found the website for Mr. Curtis Coleman’s exploratory committee for a run against Blanche. Coleman graduated in 1966 from Conway High School and is currently CEO of Safe Foods. According to the calender on his website, he plans to officially launch his campaign in Little Rock on June 16. He also has a campaign launch party set for June 25 at Ward, AR that I plan on attending. If you’re wondering whether or not Coleman is a true conservative, visit his website and I believe the answer will be clear.

Mr. Coleman has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which Senator Lincoln has refused to sign. Senator Lincoln has a 0% rating by Americans for Tax Reform for her votes in the 110th Congress.

Coleman believes the 2nd Amendment protects a fundamental right of the American people to keep and bear arms.

“Whether Arkansans choose to have guns for sport or because they hunt, or if they choose to bear arms for the protection of their persons, families, or property, this constitutional right must never be abridged.”

Unlike Lincoln, Coleman opposes the use of our tax dollars to fund abortion here or abroad. Further, he would support a Constitutional amendment to protect the lives of unborn children.

“Until we can outlaw the heinous act of killing unborn children, we must guarantee a woman’s right to know, ensuring (a)her consent to an abortion is an informed one, (b) mandating that parents be informed and provide consent before the serious surgical procedure of an abortion can be performed on a minor, and (c) requiring doctors to inform the mother that the unborn child will feel pain.”

Furthermore, I added Mr. Coleman as a friend on Facebook and asked specifically if he would pledge to support our Mission Statement at Arkansas Tea Party, Inc. He promptly replied with the following:

John, Thank you for your encouraging note. I fully support the mission statement of the Arkansas Tea Party. I’ll be adding more of my position and policy statements to my website over the next few weeks. Please check those as you have opportunity.

Please let me know how I can be of service to you. I look forward to making your acquaintance.

Best regards,
Curtis

You can also read Mr. Coleman’s blog and follow him on Twitter.

He may be just who conservatives have been waiting for in Arkansas. Like I said, I plan on attending his campaign launch party on the 25th and learning more.

June 9, 2009 Posted by | Election 2010 | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Have We Got a Deal For You

by George Will on Townhall.com

WASHINGTON — “I,” said the president, who is inordinately fond of the first-person singular pronoun, “want to disabuse people of this notion that somehow we enjoy meddling in the private sector.” He said that in March, when the government already owned 80 percent of AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. “When a difficult decision has to be made on matters like where to open a new plant or what type of new car to make, the new GM, not the United States government, will make that decision.” But the government is GM’s largest shareholder, customer, tax collector, regulator, partner in determining employees’ compensation, protector of dealers and pension guarantor. GM’s other large owner, the United Auto Workers, is increasingly a government dependant.

Yet Steve Rattner and Ron Bloom, two of the president’s fixers of Detroit, recently wrote in USA Today that government “will play no role” in running GM. They were not under oath.

“What we are not doing — what I have no interest in doing — is running GM,” says the president who, when not firing GM’s CEO, purging its board of directors and picking new members, is designing new products (imposing fuel economy requirements that will control size, weight, passenger capacity and safety). The president, overcoming his professed reluctance to run GM, resembles the journalist Don Marquis when, after a month on the wagon, he ordered a double martini and exclaimed: “I’ve conquered my g**d** willpower.”

Washington mandates that Detroit must build cars for which there is much less demand than Washington demands that there be. Then Washington tries to manufacture demand with a $7,500 tax credit for purchasers of the electric Chevrolet Volt, supposedly GM’s salvation. So, GM is to be saved by a product people will not buy without a cash incentive larger than the income tax paid by 83.4 percent of America’s families.

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June 9, 2009 Posted by | Bailout, Obama | , , , , , | Leave a comment