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"Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design." ~ Jim Rohn

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rehobama, the First King of the USSA

It is unfortunate that because of the first amendment and a misunderstood letter from President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, many people are afraid to mix politics with religion. They, however, fail to realize that religion and politics are mixed together so well that it is almost impossible to differentiate political fanatics from religious fanatics.

We might do well to acknowledge the relationship rather than hide from it. We would also do well to acknowledge that faith is individual and private. It should not be, though often is, a public matter. Furthermore, on the public scene, there is too great a tendency to throw the baby out with the bath water. This is true of both political and religious controversy. Choose an issue, and you will see it happen.

Case in point: The Bible has mountains of good information. Yet, when someone has an issue with the nature of God or with some lesson the Bible teaches, they throw the whole book out.

With that in mind, there is within the Bible an account of a new king that is particularly salient to US Politics today.

The following is adapted from 1 Kings 12:

1 AND [Obama] went to [Washington D. C.]: for all [Zombies] were come to [Washington D. C.] to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when [Mitt] the son of [George], who was yet in [Massachusetts], heard of it, (for he was [elected during the time of George W. Bush], and [Mitt] dwelt in [Massachusetts];)
3 That they sent and called him. And [Mitt] and all the [citizens of America] came, and spake unto [Obama], saying,
4 Thy father made our [taxes] grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy [taxes] which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
6 ¶ And king [Obama] consulted with the [Republican Leaders in Congress], that stood before [George W. Bush] his [predecessor] while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel of the [Republican Leaders in Congress], which they had given him, and consulted with the [labor unions] that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the [taxes] which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the [labor unions] that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our [taxes] heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy [tax], I will add to your [taxes]: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 ¶ So [Mitt] and all the people came to [Obama] the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the [Republican Leadership's] counsel that they gave him;
14 And spake to them after the counsel of the [labor unions], saying, My father made your [taxes] heavy, and I will add to your [taxes]: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people;
16 ¶ So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What [voice] have we in [congress]? neither have we inheritance in [government]: to your [states], O [America]: now see to thine own house. So [America] departed unto their [states].
17 But as for the [Americans] which dwelt in the cities of [Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle], [Obama] reigned over them.
18 Then king [Obama] sent [Timothy Geithner], who was over the tribute; and all [America]stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king [Obama] made speed to get him up to his [motorcade], to flee to [Chicago].
19 So [America] rebelled against the [congress] unto this day.
20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that [Mitt] was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all [America]: there was none that followed the [congress], but the [Progressive caucus] only.

While some of the modifications to the original text are somewhat satirical, the lesson contained in this passage is not. Let the passage percolate for a bit. There's more to it than just taxes.

Excessive taxes are not healthy for a nation, and the wise, old men tend to advise against them. Young upstart Progressives, however ignore this message and seek to jack the taxes up to the max.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Founder's Quote Analyzed

There are a lot of lessons we can learn from the founders. In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives only one year after the ratification of the Constitution, James Madison said:

There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises. To say that the United States should be answerable for twenty-five millions of dollars without knowing whether the ways and means can be provided, and without knowing whether those who are to succeed us will think with us on the subject, would be rash and unjustifiable. Sir, in my opinion, it would be hazarding the public faith in a manner contrary to every idea of prudence.

At first glance and on the surface, this quote wisely and adequately addresses the fiduciary responsibility congressmen have to the American people. However, there is a clue that suggests there may be more to the address than its face value. The clue begins the last sentence: "Sir."

The "Sir" Madison is addressing may be two entities: The Speaker of the House and a faction of congressmen who had other plans for the people's money than Madison thought to be appropriate.

Madison was a Representative for the state of Virginia in the fledgling years of the United States' government, and so was undoubtedly addressing the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Yet, this by no means eliminates the other possible entity. Anyone who has studied Robert's Rules of Order knows that in business and government settings, one who desires and obtains the floor for the purpose of addressing an issue does so by addressing the ranking member of the body. In the case of congress, he or should would be either the Speaker of the House, or the President of the Senate.

Even though the "Sir" he is addressing formally is the Speaker of the House, his message is just as likely to be addressing members of congress who had designs on the people's money that may not have been prudent or honest.

From this, we can reasonably conclude that, like there are today, there were elected officials who argued for all sorts of ways to spend the people's money without any kind of thought for responsibility to the people.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Support A Good Cause: ThirdRailers.com

If you like what I do here, you'll love ThirdRailers. ThirdRailers is not as serious as Brain Vomit tends to be. They're filled with more satire. I only wish I were that creative with serious matters!

Check them out. If you like what you find, be sure to check out ThirdRailers Station and support them and support capitalism in any way you are able.

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Though it's a lint trap, it is soft and comfortable, and I wear it frequently. Buy one! You'll like it!

Thanks,

O.H.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Executive Treason Films Announces Costar of Highly Viewed Production

Breaking:



Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette has been tapped to play a costarring role in Executive Treason Films latest production, Fall Guy.


Alongside General Carter Ham, Gaouette can be seen playing an Admiral speaking out in support of sending help to a besieged Embassy in Bengahzi, Libya. The two men, ready to send help, are commanded by the upper echelons of the US government to "stand down" which results in the death of a US Ambassador and three other American citizens.

Unfortunately, the fiasco brings the heat at home, and the President can't be held accountable for anything. Somebody must lose their job!! Political logic dictates that those who were most eager to help must pay the price. Watch General Carter Ham and Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette fall on their swords at the whim of a President willing to kill American citizens for political reasons. Who will be next as The Fall Guy becomes Fall Guys? Only time and Executive Treason Films can tell.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Executive Treason Films Presents: The Fall Guy starring General Carter Ham

Now playing on mainstream news outlets everywhere:


Brought to you by Executive Treason Films, it's the sordid tale of a General who took a dive for being ready and willing to give aid to fellow Americans in an embassy in Libya.

Favorite Quotes: Thomas Paine

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. My own line of reasoning is to myself as straight and clear as a ray of light."

– Thomas Paine, "The American Crisis, No. I," Pennsylvania Journal, December 19, 1776; Writings 3:12

The Less Known Mitt

There's a Mitt Romney out there that has been occluded by political issues. As you watch the following clip, listen for the political issues.



Did you catch them? Here. Let me help. There are two important ones:

  1. Mitt Romney is a family man. Family comes first for him. Result matter but not at the expense of family.
  2. While governor of the very Liberal state of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney worked hard to decrease regulations.

Yes, yes, yes, I know that he endorsed and signed healthcare reform into law while governor and that it is the model upon which Obamacare is based. But! There is so much that's negative about him all over the internet that it is refreshing to find some conservatism during his tenure as governor. You need to decide which was the exception for Governor Romney: Conservatism or Liberalism.

LENA DUNHAM: YOUR FIRST TIME PARODIES

Thanks to the Obama campaign, politics has gotten a bit smuttier, more petulant, and more childish; but here are a couple of parodies to lighten the mood:

Keep in mind, they're parodies!

Steven Crowder:


Token Libertarian Girl:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Your First Time" Ad: The Analysis

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NO! Not Porn! But, thanks to the Obama Reelection campaign, it's as close to porn as this blog will intentionally post.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Which Campaign Objectifies Women?

Are you going to be a first-time voter on the 6th of November? Are you a female? If so, President Obama has a message for you:



Are women that shallow, that self-centered, that idiotic that this kind of ad appeals to them? I can honestly say I do not know any woman who would be swayed or pleased by this condescending piece of smut masquerading as a campaign ad. In fact, all of the women I know would be deeply offended by this ad.

Even though I can't personally fathom it, you may like Obama, and that's fine; but do you really think this is the way he should attract new female voters; by objectifying them? I don't. Where is the outcry from women's rights groups? They're silent because they support Obama.

Wouldn't you prefer to be addressed like an adult? Wouldn't you prefer that politicians and others treat you like you have a brain and can use it? Of course you would because it's the truth!

The Romney campaign put out an ad addressing similar issues, but with a different tone and feel. Watch it here:



Which campaign ad is really talking to you like an adult? The condescending Obama ad or the fact checking Romney ad?

No matter what the spin doctors say, this election IS NOT about sex, birth control, gay marriage, or any other social agenda. It is about liberty. Yours and mine. Vote for the guy who hasn't put the nation in a tailspin. Vote for Romney!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Initial Analysis: Romney V Obama: The Economy

When I first started listening to this evening's debate at about 10 minutes past the hour (yes, I said, "listening." I'm not rich enough to have broadcast, cable, or satellite television.), it sounded like President Obama was deftly affirming Ron Paul supporters' worst fears: "Romney is just like me." However, having just seen the opening remarks on YouTube, I realize that those were just the President's opening remarks.

Apparently, this debate was set to be specifically about the economy. Romney made it clear that he understands the economy better than the President does.

Romney's wins: 10th amendment, Deficit Reduction, Limit Government intrusion into business, Reduce Regulation, Spending cuts through attrition, and Obama has had his chance but failed miserably.



BUT, because I was only able to listen when the debate was live, I was able to pick up on a couple of areas where Mr. Romney didn't do so good.

In particular, Romney said that he had no plans on reducing the federal governments role in education. I'm sorry Mitt supporters everywhere, but Ron Paul and Rick Perry were and are right. The US department of education needs to be shut down if only because it is an unconstitutional entity. The federal government needs to get out of the business of educating our children because it is little more than a mold maker.

In fact, nearly every issue in the debate tonight should be issues for the states themselves to address. The federal government, outside of some ground rule regulations, needs to get out of the way of the economy and let it do what it will, and I think Romney made that point.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Petition Template: State Sovereignty 3.0

My deepest thanks to several friends who have helped in the evolution of this template. It's my first. I'm serious about it, and hope to be restoring Constitutional restraints one petition at a time. Please feel free to copy this, fill-in your state where it belongs, collect signatures and prepare to fight for your liberty.

~O.H.



Whereas the United States federal government was freely and voluntarily constituted through and by the several independent and sovereign states in and by their ratification of the “foederal” compact known as "The Constitution of the United States of America," and it was thus constituted as their common agent and subordinate liaison, entrusted with specific and limited powers provisionally delegated – not granted carte blanch or in perpetuity – and, for the express purpose of governing, making regular, arbitrating and adjudicating business and concerns arising within and pertaining exclusively to the jurisdictional domains of inter-state and international affairs and disputes, and that the federal government lawfully and of right ought only to concern itself with such inter-state or international affairs as are stipulated to it within the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it has no lawful, constitutional authority or power to concern itself with, or legislate upon, any other matter whatsoever outside that limited scope and jurisdiction; and,

Whereas the United States federal government has and continues to demonstrate complete disregard for the lawful limits placed upon its powers by the United States Constitution, transgresses daily the clear, reasonable and lawful precepts of federalism and divided sovereignty, scoffs openly at the rightful powers of the states to govern themselves in their internal and domestic affairs according to the will of their people, and egregiously, with malice aforethought and deliberate intent, regularly and habitually violates the rights and liberties of the people of the several states, and the rightful and lawful reserved powers of the several sovereign states themselves; and,

Whereas the United States federal government has demonstrated its willingness and propensity to resort even to the use of deadly force of arms under mere ‘color of law’ to enforce its own illegitimate legislative Acts in direct contravention of the laws of all or any of the several states, and in its unabated and insatiable quest to usurp and exercise increasingly more of the powers not delegated to it by the several states, but which powers were explicitly reserved to and by the states themselves and rightfully remain so; and,

Whereas it has become apparent to the people of this state that the only lawful and peaceable remedy which bears any promise of effectiveness for these ills is the remedy of state interposition by the government and police powers of this state on behalf and in defense of the people thereof;

THEREFORE,

We, the undersigned citizens of the State of ________________, hereby petition the Legislature of the State of ________________ to enact, and the Governor of the State of ________________ to sign legislation reaffirming ________________’s sovereignty under the ninth and tenth amendments of the United States Constitution, and that any and all Acts and bills passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States, as well as any and all Executive Orders issued or proclaimed by the federal Executive, which the people of ________________ in and through their Legislature assembled find unconstitutional, shall be held null and void by the State of ________________, her law enforcement agencies and her people. To accomplish said reaffirmation, we, the undersigned citizens hereby authorize the Legislature and the Governor to reject any and all monies from the federal government that may jeopardize the sovereignty of the state of ________________ as through or by way of financial extortion or bribery.

Petition Template: State Sovereignty 2.0


Because the Constitution of the United States of America forms a union of sovereign states with provisions for mutual security and prosperity, and because the federal government of the United States of America has shown a complete disregard for the rights of individual states to govern themselves according to the will of their local populations, and because it has produced legislation endangering the rights of individuals within those states, we, the undersigned citizens of the State of ________________, hereby petition the Legislature of the State of ________________ to enact and the Governor of the State of ________________ to sign legislation reaffirming ________________’s sovereignty under the ninth and tenth amendments of the United States Constitution and that any and all bills passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States which the people of ________________ find unconstitutional shall be held null and void by the State of ________________, her law enforcement agencies and her people. To accomplish said reaffirmation, we, the undersigned citizens hereby authorize the Legislature and the Governor to reject any and all monies from the federal government that may jeopardize the sovereignty of the state of ________________.

Note: In case it isn't obvious, fill-in the blanks with the name of your state.

Remember: send constructive feedback to oliverharding@smartsos.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Les Miserables Republicans

Jean Val-jean is the protagonist in Victor Hugo's epic tale of human nature, Les Miserables. At the beginning of the story, he is a prisoner of the French penal system having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's family.

Time in prison hardens Val-jean so that when he is paroled he is not so much a rehabilitated citizen as a strengthened survivor set against the world. It is in this state that Val-jean meets Bishop Digne who offers him a place to stay and rest. It so happens Digne owns several valuable candlesticks. Val-jean, who no longer has faith in men or God, takes a set of candlesticks and flees with his loot.

Val-jean is arrested and returned to the Bishop to account for his behavior. To the surprise of Val-jean and the police alike, the Bishop gives him an alibi and offers him the better set. After dismissing the police, the Bishop issues his ultimatum to Val-jean as presented in the musical by Cameron Mackintosh:

But remember this, my brother
See in this some higher plan
You must use this precious silver
To become an honest man
By the witness of the martyrs
By the Passion and the Blood
God has raised you out of darkness
I have bought your soul for God!



This interchange effects Val-jean as the Bishop intended. Val-jean changes his life and becomes a contributing member of society even to the extent that he owns a factory and becomes the mayor of the town in which he lives. The reader of the book, and the audience of the musical recognize Val-jean's change of heart and change of being.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Petition Template: State Sovereignty

We, the undersigned citizens of the State of ________________, hereby petition the Legislature of the State of ________________ to enact and the Governor of the State of ________________ to sign legislation reaffirming ________________’s sovereignty under the ninth and tenth amendments of the United States Constitution and that any and all bills passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States which the people of ________________ find unconstitutional shall be held null and void by the State of ________________, her law enforcement agencies and her people. To accomplish said reaffirmation, we, the undersigned citizens hereby authorize the Legislature and the Governor to reject any and all monies from the federal government that may jeopardize the sovereignty of the state of ________________.

Note: In case it isn't obvious, fill-in the blanks with the name of your state.

Remember: send constructive feedback to oliverharding@smartsos.com

New Feature: Petition Templates

The attack on personal and natural rights is so rampant that I feel and have been feeling for some time now that it is time to act. Violence is undesirable in the United States and must be the absolute last action that we as a people take. Our first and most exhaustive actions must be within the system as it is. Consequently, I will be supplying here some templates for petitions. I don't know how many I will write. That will be determined by necessity as seen on the local, state and national political stages. However, I would appreciate feedback to help me make these petitions as good as they possibly can be; thereby ensuring that they are nonpartisan and up to the level of prescience that the Constitution itself is.

Please send constructive feedback to oliverharding@smartsos.com

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Madison at the Convention, 6/6/1787

In the following quote, James Madison refers to himself in the third person then proceeds to argue against a democratic form of government. I know. The US contrary to popular belief never was a democracy. It has always been a republic, and here are some good reasons why:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Benjamin Franklin at The Constitutional Convention

A speech read by James Wilson on Behalf of Benjamin Franklin June 2nd, 1787 during the Constitutional Convention. Consider its relevance to today's government and politics.

Terms of Sitting Senators

I am currently working on a piece about why congressional term limits WILL NOT work, and SHOULD NOT be implemented. While researching for the piece, I have compiled some spreadsheets about the terms of sitting Senators and Representatives.The information in the following table will be outdated to some extent in November, but it is very interesting and telling.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

ThirdRailers: In Memoriam


If you've enjoyed my political analysis, please give my friends at ThirdRailers a visit, but don't take them too seriously. They're loaded with satire.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Join the Conversation

Hello,

The stats on Brain Vomit tell me there are a number of individuals reading my posts here. I'm grateful for that, and offer you my sincerest thanks.

However, I'd like to know what the impact of my thoughts are--especially the ones that seem more serious than a movie review. Therefore, I'd like to invite you to "Like" Brain Vomit on Facebook, and join the conversation there.

Thank you,

O.H.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Stupidity of Republican Politics

Election year politics are Dingbat and Quack Central. Not only do all of the candidates suck up to the voters like snake oil salesmen, but pundits and voters alike begin speculating as to who might be on the short list of vice presidential contenders. This act alone does not lump voters in with the pond scum of politics. It's part of the process. We'd all like to think we know who constitutes the "best" president and vice president.

But, the selection of potential vice presidential candidates being discussed suggests that Republicans are just as short-sighted and idiotic as their Democratic counterparts. Allen West is at the top of the Republican's fevered pitch right now, but, Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan have all been mentioned as potential vice presidential candidates.  Each and every one of them is a Republican star player in Congress.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pathetic Advertising Methods

There's a problem with marketers in the United States. It's not just that they are showing increasingly less creativity. McDonald's! It's not just that some study suggested that memory isn't engaged until the third iteration resulting in commercials blasting their phone number, web address or other contact information exactly three times. It isn't that commercials are disruptive and annoying ALL DAY LONG. But, yes all of these are vile aspects of marketing in the United States.

However, more pernicious than all of these is the lead-on. You know what I mean. These are the ones who advertise that they have an amazing solution but NEVER EVER divulge anything conclusive in the ad. Instead, they lead you on and on. Some lead you to a product with great promises but no supporting information. Some lead you to a website where the leading-on continues ad infinitum never getting to the meat and substance of the matter.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Libertarian Party Newsletter











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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



March 30th, 2012



"Marco Rubio, Withdraw Your Endorsement of Mitt Romney. He's a Big Government Politician."

Mark Hinkle Libertarian Party Chair urges Congressman Marco Rubio

"With all due respect, Congressman Rubio, you failed to do your homework. As an alleged 'Tea Party Republican,' your endorsement of Mitt Romney misleads the true Tea Partiers from coast to coast," said Mark Hinkle, Libertarian Party Chair.
"Congressman Rubio, you assert that Mitt Romney was a 'successful' governor in Massachusetts. Which part of Mitt Romney's record as Governor do you consider a success?

  • Mitt Romney raised scores of taxes - every year, all 4 years as Governor.

  • Romney proposed and signed into law Massachusetts government spending hikes every single year he was Governor.

  • Mitt Romney boosted his state government spending by $5 billion.

  • Governor Romney initiated, lobbied for and signed into law RomneyCare - the father of ObamaCare - and railroaded Republicans in the legislature to vote for it

  • Governor Romney ushered in ObamaCare. If he's the Republican Presidential Nominee, he leaves Republicans no ground to oppose ObamaCare - and is seen as a hypocrite when he pretends to oppose it

  • Governor Mitt Romney endorsed and voted for New England's version of Cap and Trade.

  • Romney passed enabling legislation that raised business property taxes.

  • Governor Romney "Closed loopholes" to enforce sales tax collection on Internet purchases.
"Congressman Rubio, please explain: If these Big Government Mitt Romney measures were a 'success' - what would failure look like?"


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Another E-Newsletter from Newt







Newt 2012
Dear Friend,
Two large principles led me to run for president: values
and innovation.
On the values level, the very heart of what defines
America is at stake in this election. Are we still an exceptional nation
that believes, as our Founding Fathers did, that our rights come from God,
or are we drifting towards a more European model where citizens are
subjects to the government?
On the innovation level, Washington is a stunningly
incompetent bureaucratic mess run by lobbyists eager to protect the past
while resisting bold ideas of the future.
As I outlined in a speech yesterday to students at
Georgetown University, one example of innovation that Washington opposes
is giving young Americans the right to choose personal Social Security
accounts.
We know personal accounts work because we've seen them
work successfully in Chile and Galveston, Texas.
In 1981, Chileans were given the option of a personal
Social Security account. Within a year and a half, a whopping 93% of
workers transitioned from the government-run system to personal accounts.
In 30 years, because of the power of compound interest, Chileans who opted
for personal accounts have retired with two to three times more money than
what they would have received from traditional Social Security. Chile also
guaranteed that if an individual's personal account dropped below the
minimum amount the government would make up the difference. In 30 years,
they have never had to write a single check.
The experience in Galveston, Texas mirrors that of Chile:
A system that transfers control of retirement decisions from bureaucrats
to workers ultimately yields much higher returns than traditional Social
Security could ever provide.
This is a perfect example of innovation because it
increases your freedom by giving you control over your money, and ensures
that no politician ever again can get between you and your Social Security
or tell you at what age to retire.
I'm in this race because I believe that values and
innovation matter. Big ideas like personal Social Security accounts are an
enormous opportunity to give young Americans ownership over their
retirements and financial future. In order to defeat President Obama,
Republicans must be willing to talk about big ideas and have the courage
to take on the entrenched special interests in Washington who want more
control over your life.
With
your continued financial support
, you have my commitment that I will
continue to propose bold, conservative solutions to problems President
Obama and timid Washington politicians have failed to solve.
Your friend,
Newt Gingrich
P.S. Historically, America is a country where its citizens
get up every morning to solve problems and create a better future, not
wait around on the government to care of them. If
you believe we need to return to that culture of an inventive America,
then please make a generous donation today to my campaign of bold,
conservative solutions
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

E-Newsletter from Newt

You may not like the former Speaker's lack of fidelity, and that's fine by me. But, read this newsletter and pay close attention to the bullet points. They make sense and seem to me to form an effective plan. ~ O.H.

Newt 2012
Dear Friend,
Today the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments in
Florida v HHS to determine the constitutionality of President Obama's
healthcare takeover.
This will be one of the most consequential court decisions
in generations, as it will decide whether or not government has power over
very personal decisions of life and death. If you believe, as I do, that
we must either limit government or we will have government limit us, then
please
make a generous donation today.
I strongly support the 26 states that will argue before
the Supreme Court that Obamacare is unconstitutional.  But as I fight
for the repeal of Obamacare, I will also advocate for specific replacement
policies that will empower patients and create a free market framework for
healthcare.
My “Patient Power” plan focuses on solutions that center
on the doctor-patient relationship, use the best new science, lower
medical costs, and improve the quality of life for every single
American.  Some of these solutions to save lives and save money
include:
  • Allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, making
    health insurance more affordable and portable
  • Reform Medicaid by giving states more freedom and flexibility to
    customize their programs to suit their needs with a block-grant
    program
  • Introduce lawsuit reform to stop the frivolous lawsuits that drive
    up the cost of medicine
  • Stop health care fraud by moving from a paper-based system to an
    electronic one
  • Invest in research for medical breakthroughs for urgent national
    priorities, like brain science with its impact on Alzheimer’s, autism,
    Parkinson’s, mental health and other conditions
These are just a few examples of reforms that we can
enact, once Obamacare is repealed, that will transform our current
healthcare system into one centered on the individual, where patients and
doctors have power, not Washington bureaucrats.
Repealing Obamacare will be the first task of my
administration, but that step alone is not enough to fix our broken
healthcare system.  We need real solutions that will lower costs and
improve health outcomes.  If you agree, I need you to make an immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100, or more to our campaign of big solutions.

Thank you,
Newt Gingrich

P.S. With your support, not only will we work together to repeal Obamacare, but
we will replace it will patient-centered reforms that save lives and save
money.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Newt's Gas Plan



$2.50 per gallon of gas beats $3.50, $4.00 and $5.00, but I'd like to see $1 per gallon of gas. I think it's fair and with the amount of ongoing gasoline consumption throughout the nation, the oil companies would still make a profit.

A Caucus in Idaho for the First Time

March 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. history was made and Idaho Republicans held a caucus allowing them to participate in an event that has helped to determine the outcome of the Presidential races since 1988: Super Tuesday.


Monday, February 06, 2012

Marital Fidelity in Presidential Politics

In 1998, Democrat President Bill Clinton came under fire from Republicans and Conservatives for lying to Congress and for having an allegedly sordid affair with intern Monica Lewinski. Prior to his election in 1992, then candidate Bill Clinton faced a similar scrutiny for his marital infidelity as Newt Gingrich is now. At the time, Democrats claimed that Clinton’s private life would not impact his professional life, and Republicans replied to the contrary.

Like Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich has come under attack from the religious faithful who observe his marital infidelity and echo Rick Perry’s sentiment that if a man will cheat on his wife, who else will he cheat on? Or, more succinctly, if a man will violate the oath he takes at marriage, what other oaths will he violate? These are good questions and worthy of consideration. They are certainly important. No doubt about it, but in politics they tend to be driven by fear, not rational thought.

Bill Clinton’s supporters and Rick Perry’s speculation are both correct but not completely so. As usual, the truth tends to live in the middle of two extremes. The truth is marital infidelity suggests a certain lack of commitment that may or may not carry over to the commitments of responsibility held by the President of the United States. It is the uncertainty, and therefore, the fear of a negative outcome that mitigates the whole issue.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

The LDS Religion and Presidential Politics

When Mitt Romney ran for President of the United States in 2008, it was only the second time in the history of the nation that a “Mormon” ran for President. The first time was in 1844 when Joseph Smith, Jr., himself, made a bid for the office. Now, Mitt Romney is running a second time along with first timer—now bowed out—John Huntsman, Jr. who is also a “Mormon.” Because of his candidacy, much ado has been made about Romney’s religion.

The increased attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has included both detractors and those who have attempted to at least treat the church fairly while illustrating an obvious lack of knowledge. Still, the fact that Romney’s religion is even on the radar screen shows an apparent lack of thinking when it comes to religion and presidential politics.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tobacco Tax in Idaho is a Bad Idea


There has been an attack on smoking for many, many years in the political world. Justifiably so, too. Smoking is bad for your health. It stinks and has been proven to cause cancer, emphysema and a plethora of other ailments. The wise thing for smokers to do is to quit.

However, who’s job is it to make smokers stop smoking? Who has the right to tell them they can’t start in the first place? Apparently, several groups in Idaho think they do. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, Idaho State Dental Association, American Heart Association, Idaho Medical Association, Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Idaho Primary Care Association, Saint Alphonsus Health System (whoever they are!), Idaho Society of Respiratory Care, American Lung Association in Idaho, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, The Idaho Oral Health Alliance, Idaho Public Health Association, Oncology Nurses of Southern Idaho, Idaho Public Health Districts, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants, Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance, the March of Dimes, Comprehensive Cancer Alliance for Idaho, Idaho Association of Counties, and the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have all signed on in support of a bill in Idaho proposing to increase the tobacco tax by $1.25.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Presidential Politics


Every day, every individual is faced with choices. Some choices require that we accept what seems unacceptable. Usually, like the toppings of a pizza, it’s a matter of perspective. To one individual anchovies are appealing while another finds them repulsive. At other times, there appears no alternative choice like pizza toppings that double as food allergens. At other times still, it’s like eating nasty, chalky lima beans only because your mother told you to, not because you like them and know they’re full of vitamins and nutrients. Political choices more often than not fit into the first category where the choice is comprised only of perspective.

This year’s Presidential campaign is no different—No matter how much you’d like it to be. It’s not that this is not a critical election cycle because it is. But then, how many previous Presidential elections were deemed “The most critical election in the history of the United States”?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Letter to Romney RE NDAA


17 January 2012



Mitt Romney for President
P.O. Box 149756
Boston, MA 02114-9756

RE: Fox News Debate 16 January 2012

Dear Mr. Romney,

I have been watching the debates on the Internet because I haven’t had television for some time now. I would gladly have voted for you four years ago because I considered John McCain to be a Democrat in Republican clothing.

Though I will vote for you in the general election should you be the nominee, I cannot vote for you in Idaho’s caucus unless you change your position on the following matter.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

They're at it again!


Once again, our duly elected officials are over-working. This time? 40 Senators, no doubt under pressure from the entertainment lobby, are working on passing S 968, the “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” (PIPA) Hmm, that’s odd. It’s 2012. At the same time, 30 Representatives are, under the same pressure, working on passing H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA).

They seem reasonable, don’t they. I mean: who doesn’t want to protect intellectual and other property from theft? No one except criminals. Here’s the problem: there are laws on the books that, unlike immigration, do get enforced.