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He’s not a Conservative

Posted in Economy, Elections, Fred(!), general, Mike Huckabee, national defense, politics, taxes with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2007 by ambrose7

A while back I spoke about the U-tube debate, and gave Huckabee a hard time about not being a true Conservative.  Well, after that comment I took some flack from Huckabee supporters, who view him as a Jesus-like president (which seems way out there in left field), but I again wanted to point out to everyone out there who is planning on voting in this primary (As we all should) that Mike Huckabee is not a conservative.   

When it comes right down to it Huckabee isn’t a Conservative on taxes (He raised them in Arkansas) as he increased the size of his Government, and Huckabee isn’t a conservative on immigration, as he feels we need to address their “special situation” and help them in every way we can.  For those who would call Huckabee a Jesus-like compassionate conservative, let me say this: Christ loved, yes, but never told people to live in sin.  Huckabee accepts, then wants to offer a scholarship for their troubles.

On that train of thought, McCain is also not a conservative.  Sure he’s a war hero, but let’s not forget he came up with the Bill to grant amnesty for all the illegals living in this country — which would have cost something, and how would we pay for it?  Yes, in the end, bigger government and more taxes. 

Giuliani is so far to the left socially I’m sure he had to make a conscious decision to run as a liberal Republican instead of a Conservative Democrat. 

Now we do have Romney and He’s been a solid conservative for about the last 5 – 10 years; before that he was a baby-killing liberal. 

This leaves us with one candidate as the only Conservative in the pack, Fred Thompson (Yes I’m forgetting about Hunter, Tancredo, Paul and now the ever-enjoyable Alan Keys.  But lets face it these guys are Conservative and, well, insane).

Fred Thompson is sound on the social issues, he’s for strong family values, is pro-life, and now matter how much Dobson doesn’t understand it he’s against gay marriage, but just wants to send it to the states to take care of.  He’s strong on defense, wants to lower taxes, and shrink government.  He wants to send the illegal’s home, and build bigger fences to keep them there.  The people of Iowa are starting to realize that there really is only one choice, one Reagan-like candidate, one man among those running who can lead this country in the right direction.  Its time the rest of the country does as well. 



Note to Grover Norquist: Get Over Yourself

Posted in Economy, Elections, Fred(!), politics, taxes with tags , , , , on December 4, 2007 by Randy Streu

I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to write anything about that travesty CNN called a debate on Nov. 28.  People far smarter than I, from RedState to Townhall to Flopping Aces — and even SIT’s own Ambrose — have done an admirable job pulling what little could be gained from amongst the BS that filled the evening and making real progress in analyzing it.  I felt, given this, that I could simply leave it alone, and move on to the next subject.  With extreme prejudice.  Then Newsmax sent me an email from Grover Norquist — essentially a transcript of his YouTube response to those two candidates (Thompson and McCain) who dared deny him their signatures during the CNN/YouTube “debate.”

For those who (wisely) skipped this debate, I’ll sum up what Gover’s referring to before I get to his response to it.  Norquist, via YouTube, asked the following question:

President Bush made a commitment when he ran for president in 2000 an 2004 that he would oppose and veto any tax increase that Congress sent him. My question to each of the candidates is: Would you promise to the people watching this right now, that you will oppose and veto any efforts to raise taxes as long as you’re president?”

Thompson responded by saying, “Cut — tax cuts for eight years when I was in the United States Senate. Never met a tax I liked. I’ve got a tax-cut bill on the table. But I don’t do pledges to anybody but the American people.”

McCain responded in kind, by basically saying he’d let his record speak for itself.

So, I get this email via Newsmax, asking me to send a message to Fred(!) and to McCain asking them to sign Norquist’s peice of paper.  According to Norquist, he asked “A simple question: Will you promise the American People you won’t raise their taxes?”  As I quoted above, that’s not quite what he said… but it’s close enough.  His video, though (linked above) is insulting.  He suggests that McCain and Thompson were “confused” in that they seemed to believe he was referring to an organization, rather than to the American people. 

Norquist, understand this: much as you and I have much to agree on, you do not speak for the American People.  Nor do I.  You’re not an elected representative of “The American People” and “The American People” asked nobody to sign a useless peice of paper as a token.  This is about one thing, and one thing only: Grover Norquist’s ego. 

Fred Thompson has a record of lowering taxes, of cutting spending and of denying tax hikes.  Not only that, but he has a plan to make permanent the cuts introduced by the Bush Administration and simplify the tax code, while cutting taxes for everybody.

But, evidently, for Norquist to take a man at his word, he requires that they sign a useless piece of paper.  It’s not a contract; it’s a symbol.  And it’s a symbol not worth the paper it’s printed on.  So why is this guy all hot and bothered?

Simply put, because Thompson and McCain bruised his ego.  They let him know, in no uncertain terms, that, not only does he not speak for the American People, but he’s not even all that particularly important.

Don’t get me wrong.  As I said, I’m all for tax reform, and I think Norquist and his group have some great ideas.  But to get as bent out of shape as Norquist appears to be, simply because two candidates have chosen to let their records to the talking on the subject of taxation, and to let their words be their bond the American People (and not to Grover Norquist) is as childish as it is telling.  And what it tells us is this:

Grover Norquist is not interested in action, or in real integrity.  He’s interested in symbolism.

“Fred Leads — Others Pander”

Posted in Elections, Fred(!), politics, taxes with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2007 by Randy Streu

If you listen to PaulBots and Fox News Quasi-pundits, Fred(!) Thompson is a lazy man.  According to them, because Thompson is not out gladhanding media representatives and reporters every waking minute, he “lacks the fire in his belly” to become president.

Of course, while his opponants are out kissing babies and running for president, Thompson, much to the chagrin of the emotionally insecure press with the constant need for coddling, has been researching and writing policy.  Giuliani, Romney and Huckabee are out campaigning — and Thompson is preparing for the office of President by putting together real and workable plans like his recent one for comprehensive tax relief.  (Who knows what Paul’s up to — probably still trying to figure out just how the hell W managed to get so many Arabs to agree to fly planes into buildings.)  And, of course, it wasn’t two weeks ago that Thompson unveiled his plan to address and repair Social Security.  I could only wish I could be this lazy.

For somebody who’s been accused of lacking specifics, Fred “no fire in the belly” Thompson seems to have more “specifics” than any other candidate running. 

Now, to me, this would seem to bear out the point that planning and action trumps empty rhetoric; that substance beats style.

Thompson is, in fact, leading the other candidates in specific plans and goals, and has been lauded by the editors of National Review Online for doing so.  I should also mention the Club for Growth nod Thompson’s getting for this plan.  Lazy, lazy, lazy.

This is Fred Thompson.  A leader where others simply line up and act as expected.  Think for yourself.  Check out his website, consider his positions, study his proposals.  This is the man to lead this country.

By the way, I “borrowed” the title from a fellow Fredhead over at fred08.  So, thanks for that.  It seemed appropriate.