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Thursday, March 31, 2011

What the hell does that mean?

I saw a quote from Ron Paul this morning and it struck me as almost incoherent. I have heard him say the same thing in various forms over the past few years, but as I parsed the statement this morning, I felt like I was trying to do Chinese arithmatic.

"I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government and minding our own business overseas."

Does anybody else think these generalizations are as vague and impossible to achieve as "world peace." I know the intent was to fire up a Libertarian base, but gimme a break.

We already have more freedoms than any other people on the planet, so I ask Mr. Paul to be just a little more specific in his definition of freedom. Felons want freedom too.

I agree that we shouldn't be involved in bombing Libya and ought to be loading up to leave Iraq and all the "stans" in the world, but we do have a global economy and our presence does stablize and comfort. I'm not a globalist, but I'd rather be the big dog on the block than the smartass in the shadows. He might say he's not an isolationist, but if he expects to trade freely around the world, he should expect that those we trade with would expect some protection if they need it.

I think I know what limited government means, but I'd like to hear real answers and not sound bites. Realism needs to be part of his world. To believe he could eliminate the Department of Education is not being honest with the people for one thing. I'd like to see it too, but I think it would be easier to change the direction it's heading than dissolving the behemoth.

I just don't believe Ron Paul really believes he has a chance to be more than he is.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Higher Priority Today...

A lot of stuff to wrap my brain around.  The TV was filled with Egypt last week, CPAC straw polls peeked out from behind the curtain, Barry dropped his budget on us and asked us to believe it's gonna do good things for our economic situation, Mick Jagger made his Grammy debut and it's Valentine's Day.

It's not hard to figure out what is static today and what isn't. The events in Egypt have faded away as fast as Gary Condit faded after 9-10-2001. CPAC has given us another false and ridiculous result from their band of college preppies. The Donald said it best..."Ron Paul has no chance of winning!" Come on CPAC!

Barry's budget is as loaded as it is thick! I haven't read it, but do you really think he's suddenly decided to cut anything from the bloated behemoth government spending plan he has been famous for so far? He'll tell us his favorite programs are being cut and he's freezing something so it will grow more efficient, blah, blah, blah Barry. Spending (investing) is your mantra Dude...WAKE UP!

Mick really didn't do us any favors in his debut last night, so it's really a passing thought and not very newsy anyway.

The questions at the front of my brain right now are where do I get flowers, a card and where do I take my wife to dinner tonight. All that other stuff will evolve without my intervention. I will have time to think more about it tomorrow. As usual I have kicked the can down the road regarding my Valentine's Day duties and am scrambling once again to pull off a win. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but next year I gotta do better. Yeah, right.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Who's out there?

I am becoming increasingly concerned about where we will be a year from now.

Right now every potential Republican challenger to President Obama is posturing, conducting research, visiting foreign capitals and getting their faces on any TV outlet that will call them. That's OK.

They are scrubbing statements they've made, reviewing positions they've held and scanning every article they've ever written to figure out where they stand or where they need to stand for the next 21 months. That's OK.

I really like a couple of these guys, but I really want them to grow backbones and forget about what the mealy-mouthed lefties will say when they stumble...and they WILL stumble at some point before the election. We all have, and we will in the future.

Life will throw curves and the lefties do it better than anyone. I want my next Republican president to stand at the plate and have the courage to swing for the fences, even when a curve is thrown. If they practice swinging at them now they can hit them well in 2012!

I want a straight talking, tough minded person who doesn't shy away when tough questions or tough positions are posed to them...and if they do it drinking a beer every now and then, GOOD ON EM!