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You do NOT have Tea Party support: An Open Letter to David Dewhurst

By Gary P Jackson

This is extraordinary. I’ve never seen a group as large as the Tea Party have to publicly tell a candidate to cease and desist. Of course David Dewhurst is no ordinary dishonest politician. This is a guy who has produced some of the most despicable ads we’ve ever seen, aimed at his opponent Ted Cruz. This is a guy who has robocalls using someone impersonating Sarah Palin, claiming she supports him, when in fact she strongly supports Ted Cruz, and was just in The Woodlands on Friday.

Texas is Tea Party country. More voters identify themselves as Tea Party, percentage wise, than any other state. Among the Tea Party, Ted Cruz holds a substantial 75-25 percent advantage. That’s the ball game.

Now it seems Dewhurst, in a panic is embracing the Tea Party and claiming it’s support. Well, Te Texas Tea Party groups have a strongly worded reply. From the Tea party Express’ Texas Blog:

An Open Letter to David Dewhurst

You do NOT have Tea Party support: An Open Letter to David Dewhurst

Dear Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst,

As Texas tea party leaders, we reject your campaign’s recent claims that you have earned tea party support. We stand with the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, which has more small donors in Texas than you have – over 30,000.

Your performance in Austin is identical to the “go along to get along” establishment political culture in Washington. This behavior has led to a nearly $16-trillion-dollar national debt, infringement on our liberties, and the erosion of the American Dream. We need a U.S. Senator that is a bold leader and a proven conservative, and that is Ted Cruz.

It is obvious that your recent tea party posturing is just a desperate attempt to trick voters in the closing hours of this election. Though you are right to recognize that the tea party will be the deciding factor in this election, our support is not with you. You have failed to attract the support of this grassroots movement because of your record as Lieutenant Governor.

The Tea Party was born out of the shared frustration with both parties, which have failed to address the fundamental problems that are facing our country: unsustainable spending, job-stifling regulations and an ever-growing federal government. This movement has coalesced around the common goal of reducing the size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government by electing bold leaders that will stand up in difficult times.

Your dishonest and misleading smear campaign of Ted Cruz, coupled with your recent false claims of tea party support, show clearly that you simply represent the political status quo rather than the leadership we require. We have spent our time, dollars, and passion to elect Ted Cruz because he is the candidate qualified to stand up for the voice of We the People.

Sincerely,

Whitney Neal
Flower Mound Tea Party leader

Toby Marie Walker
Waco Tea Party leader

Becky Kodrin
Waco Tea Party leader

Bobby Keith
Waco Tea Party leader

Christine Turpin
Lorena Tea Party Leader

Carol Waddell
Waco Tea Party leader

Katrina Pierson
Garland Tea Party leader

Carol Doucet
Frost Tea Party leader

Koni Burton
Colleyville Tea Party leader

Stacy McMahan
Longview Tea Party leader

Jeannie Forrest
Dallas Tea Party leader

Russell Ramsland
Dallas Tea Party leader

Matt Perdue
San Antonio Tea Party leader

Kirk Launius
Dallas Tea Party leader

Julie McCarty
Grapevine Tea Party leader

Suzanne Guggenheim
Corpus Christi Tea Party leader

Lynne Nevil
Garland Tea Party leader

Heather Liggett
Austin Tea Party leader

Jeanne Jacobs
Garland Tea Party leader

Dean Wright
Austin Tea Party leader

Michael Porter
Garland Tea Party leader

JoAnn Fleming
Tyler Tea Party leader

Sharon Guthrie
Tyler Tea Party leader

Tina Millican
Rockwell Tea Party leader

Don Vogelsang
Spicewood Tea Party leader

Amy Knickerbocker
Arlington Tea Party leader

Julie Turner
The Woodlands Tea Party leader

Joyce Luster
Farmers Branch Tea Party leader

Donna Starnes
Dallas Tea Party leader

Debbie Gregory
Whitney Tea Party leader

Maggie Wright
Burleson Tea Party leader

John Tweedell
Hideaway Tea Party leader

Lynne Tweedell
Hideaway Tea Party leader

Carol H. Haynes
Dallas Tea Party leader

Bill Hussey
Llano Tea Party leader
Terry M. Campbell
San Angelo Tea Party leader

Bob Farris
Dallas Tea Party leader

Sylvia Guzman
Frisco Tea Party leader

Robin Lennon
Kingwood Tea Party leader

Jim Lennon
Kingwood Tea Party leader

Donna Whiteside Smith
Grapevine Tea Party leader

Phil Burton
Colleyille Tea Party leader

Kyle Fleming
Tyler Tea Party leader

Karen White
Dallas Tea Party leader

Patricia Caldwell
Dallas Tea Party leader

Liz Villegas
Fort Worth Tea Party leader

Vicente Bustamante
Dallas Tea Party leader

Angeles Bustamante
Dallas Tea Party leader

Susan Haines
Carrollton Tea Party leader

Donald Haines
Carrollton Tea Party leader

Craig Cosgray
Spicewood Tea Party leader

Dennis Arens
Keller Tea Party leader

**Disclaimer: This is signed by individual tea party leaders and does not serve as an endorsement on behalf of their group or organization.

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Are You Kidding Me! Perry Whines About “Outsiders” Endorsing Cruz Yet HE Endorses Hegseth in Minnesota

By Gary P Jackson

It’s bad enough that Rick Perry is whining about Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and, well, every big time Conservative in the nation backing Ted Cruz, especially since one of those he’s crying about, Sarah Palin, was called in to save his butt the last time he ran for Governor. This however is just too much.

Though Perry doesn’t want “outsiders” interfering with his buddy David Dewhurt’s campaign, and supporting Ted Cruz, he has no problem being an “outsider” and “interfering” in Minnesota politics:

Texas governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry has endorsed Pete Hegseth in the fight for the Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate endorsement.

In a video released by the campaign, Perry called Hegseth “exactly the kind of patriot we need” and praised his conservative credentials and his work with veterans support organizations.

He won’t be afraid to walk into hostile territory to take on President Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar,” Perry said..

No doubt Pete Hegseth is a good man, and deserving of all of our support. But talk about hypocrisy!

The more I think about it, the more I think Perry and Dewhurst know it’s the end of the line. Perry’s outburst, attacking Sarah, Jim DeMint, and others is nothing more than a hissy fit.

The wind is at Ted Cruz’s back, and rightly so. For the first time, in a long time, Texas has a chance to send a true Reagan Conservative to Washington. Someone who has a long record of fighting for what is right.

Rick Perry, David Dewhurst, and their cronies, can cry all they want. Conservative have a real winner in Ted Cruz, and we can’t wait to celebrate his victory in the run-off!

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May 15, 2011: Newt Gingrich Supports Individual Mandate Would Force ALL Americans to Have Insurance

By Gary P Jackson

Here a bit of video from May of this year. The video starts off with a flashback to 1993 when Newt was all for individual mandates, then MSNBC host David Gregory talks to him about his beliefs today. Newt tends to side with Mitt Romney on many things.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

What’s striking is how comfortable Newt is with rattling off left wing talking points, like comparing health insurance to automobile insurance. That Gingrich doesn’t understand the difference between mandating automobile insurance, and health insurance really tells you all you need to know. If he truly thinks the two are the same, and isn’t just pandering to some group, then this man is too stupid, and two dangerous to be put in any elected office.

Driving an automobile is a privilege, not a right. One has to take a test and earn a license before they can drive. Certain driving violations can also cause you to lose your driving privileges. Requiring a driver to have a minimum amount of liability insurance isn’t about protecting the driver, or his automobile, but protecting other drivers and their property.

You have a choice as to whether you want to drive, and accept the responsibilities that come with it. No one forces you to drive. It’s completely voluntary.

Mandating health care is a different story. You’re forced to buy health care simply because you are alive.

The case has been made that if the government can force you to buy health care, they can force you to buy anything. I mean anything. They can force you to buy a certain brand of automobile, corn flakes, or toothpaste. Once you open the door, everything is fair game.

One only has to look at the RomneyCare fiasco to see the disaster that Newt is supporting is.

Newt talks about forcing Americans to either have insurance, put up some sort of cash bond, or otherwise prove they are protected. Gregory asks Newt if that isn’t a mandate, Newt answers “it’s a variation of it.” He also says he won’t use RomneyCare against Mitt. How can he, he’s advocating the same thing.

You listen to Newt and you realize just exactly what he is, another Big Government Statist, a liberal “Republican” con man. He claims he’s giving the American people a choice, but he’s not. In the end he’s forcing people to do something that Conservatives know is unconstitutional. That’s the basis for all of the lawsuits against ObamaCare. The individual mandate is unconstitutional. Newt doesn’t seem to think so.

The other troubling thing about Newt is once again, he’s on the wrong side. At the exact moment Conservatives are fighting ObamaCare with all their might, Newt is giving aid and comfort to the left, and supporting the very thing Conservatives are against.

I’m not defending Mitt Romney, because he’s a Big Government liberal as well, but it’s curious that Conservatives hammer Mitt so hard, when an objective look at Newt’s history, both in and out of office, shows Newt is 10 times worse than Romney!

With Romney you get kind of a hit and miss when it comes to supporting Conservative ideas over liberal. Not so with Newt. If you really look at his record, he supports every left wing idea that comes along.

In Newt’s world left wing ideas, Big Government, central control is all good, as long as HE is in charge. Newt seems to think there’s some sort of “Conservative” way to have Big Government. There isn’t.

There are a lot of choices for president, and yeah, all of them have flaws, but only Newt Gingrich is a champion of Big Government at every turn. Newt is very much a con man, and has a lot of Conservatives fooled. Newt is very good at speaking and debating. He knows the language of Conservatives. The problem is, his speeches don’t match up to reality. The reality of Newt Gingrich.

In reality Newt is a life long politician, and a member of the Republican Establishment™. He’s a Big Government liberal. He’s mixed up in all sorts of schemes, and has lobbied for some of the very people Conservatives want to stop. He claims it’s not lobbying, it’s “consulting.” He must believe Conservatives are stupid. We aren’t.

Newt Gingrich is a technocrat, and a technocrat is just a Marxist in denial. Newt would love nothing more than to play puppet master and control every facet of your life. As we’ve learned he’s as big of a narcissist as Barack Obama. That’s a dangerous thing. Give a man like Newt, or Obama, power and you are in for big trouble.

Newt Gingrich is the poster child for sort we are trying to run out of politics forever.

America cannot put a man like Newt Gingrich in power. Ever.

Let’s remember what Ronald Reagan had to say about men like Newt and Socialized Medicine.

Not socialized medicine you say?

Newt being able to force you to buy anything, including, health insurance, would have the same effect.

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Reminder: Newt Gingrich Teamed Up With Hillary Clinton, Wanted Government MANDATED Health Care

As of May 2011 Newt Gingrich said he supported ObamaCare’s government mandate to force American’s to buy health insurance

By Gary P Jackson

You just thought THIS was Newt Gingrich’s ultimate betrayal:

I mean seriously, this was only at the time Conservatives were in a death struggle with the global warming zealots and con artists like Al Gore who looked to cash in on the $10 TRILLION a year carbon trading business. And were is good old Newt? Canoodling Pelosi on the couch, SUPPORTING Al Gore’s friggin’ hoax!

That didn’t piss you off sufficiently? Maybe THIS is what you thought was Newt’s ultimate betrayal. Once again, here’s good old Newt, right in the middle of serious legislation, and working FOR the enemy of all that is good and decent!

At the very time John McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were about to destroy our economy, and the entire Republican Congress was working to reform them, to STOP the meltdown that would eventually hit us, and we are still unable to recover from, where was Newt?

Oh, Newt was working for Freddie Mac, of course. He was paid $300,000 to lobby Congress on their behalf, and stop those much needed reforms! At the time Newt told the world that Freddie Mac was a “solid business model.

WTF!?!

Sadly, both of those betrayals are nothing compared to this deal. Newt, as Speaker, made a “name” for himself for opposing HillaryCare. And yet, like he has consistently done since leaving elected office, he once again sided with liberal democrats, on what has turned out to be the defining issue of our times: Government MANDATED Health Care.

Oh, and who did he seek out for this ultimate betrayal? None other than Hillary Clinton!

A taste from the New York Times circa 2005: [emphasis mine]

In the 1990’s, these two rivals stood on nearly opposite ends of the political spectrum; he led the assault on the Clinton presidency and helped derail the ambitious health care plan she championed.

But oddly enough, something has changed since then, and it has people talking.

Mr. Gingrich, the former House speaker, has been working alongside the former first lady on a number of issues, and even appeared with her at a press conference on Wednesday to promote – of all things – health-care legislation.

But more puzzling than that, Mr. Gingrich has been talking up Mrs. Clinton’s presidential prospects in 2008, to the chagrin of conservative loyalists who once regarded him as a heroic figure. Last month, he even suggested she might capture the presidency, saying “any Republican who thinks she’s going to be easy to beat has a total amnesia about the history of the Clintons.

What gives?

For Ms. Clinton, standing side by side with her husband’s onetime nemesis gives her the chance to burnish her credentials among the moderates she has been courting during her time in the Senate.

But in comments this week, she portrayed the rapprochement as one born of shared policy interests, not calculated politics.

I know it’s a bit of an odd-fellow, or odd-woman, mix,” she said. “But the speaker and I have been talking about health care and national security now for several years, and I find that he and I have a lot in common in the way we see the problem.

For his part, Mr. Gingrich, who helped lead the impeachment fight against President Bill Clinton, called Mrs. Clinton “very practical” and “very smart and very hard working,” adding, “I have been very struck working with her.

The Clinton-Gingrich connection comes as Mrs. Clinton has increasingly staked out moderate positions in several areas. She has recently promoted a more gradual approach to guaranteeing health care for more Americans, a departure from her efforts in the 1990’s, when Republican critics like Mr. Gingrich accused her of advocating a big-government takeover of the health care system.

Her recent views on the subject struck a chord with Mr. Gingrich, she recalled.

Newt Gingrich called and said, ‘You’re absolutely right,’ ” Mrs. Clinton said.

As it turns out, Mr. Gingrich and Mrs. Clinton have a lot more in common now that they have left behind the politics of the 1990’s, when she was a symbol of the liberal excesses of the Clinton White House and he was a fiery spokesman for a resurgent conservative movement in Washington.

Beyond the issue of health care, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Gingrich have forged a relatively close relationship working on a panel the Pentagon created to come up with ways to improve the nation’s military readiness, according to people close to them.

[ ….]

For all the headlines this unlikely duo is grabbing now, the thaw in their relationship dates back at least to December 2003, when Mr. Gingrich showed up on “Meet the Press,” right after Mrs. Clinton had made an appearance of her own, and predicted that she had what it took to be the Democratic nominee for president – a comment that was noticed inside Mrs. Clinton’s inner circle.

On Thursday, he reiterated his belief that she will be a formidable challenger if she decides to run for the presidency in 2008. “Any Republican who thinks she’s going to be easy to beat in 2008 really misunderstands the Clintons.”

Exactly why Mr. Gingrich has been so effusive about Mrs. Clinton is an open question. He says he has been impressed by the job she has done since becoming a senator.

But others say that he gains as much politically as she does by sharing a stage with her, at a time when he is said to be mulling over the possibility of running for the presidency in 2008

It’s mutually beneficial,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic strategist. “He gets to appear to be a mainstream figure and she gets to appear as someone who is willing to work with everyone, no matter their ideology.”

But Mr. Gingrich may end up paying a price politically for engaging in what many conservatives regard as heresy. “He is trying to change his image into a softer and more gentle Newt,” said Michael Long, the chairman of the New York State Conservative Party. “That is a major mistake on his part.”

Read more here.

Ben Mankiewicz talks about Newt and his problem:

Newsmax Magazine reported in May of this year that [incredibly] Gingrich still supports an individual mandate!

Gingrich Backs Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Requiring Health Insurance

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he strongly supports a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance – a position that has been rejected by many Republicans, including several who likely will be running against him for the Republican presidential nomination.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gingrich told host David Gregory that he continues to advocate for a plan he first called for in the early 1990s as a Congressman, which requires every uninsured citizen to purchase or acquire health insurance

Read more.

Since leaving office Newt has proven that he will side with the far left on every issue that matters to the American people.

We all go after Mitt Romney, another con-artist trying to become president, because of RomneyCare … and rightly so …. but it seems that even in the 1990’s Newt Gingrich though a government mandate to force Americans to buy health insurance was the ticket.

Again, just like we can’t trust or support Mitt Romney because of RomneyCare, how can we support Newt, who also loves government mandates? This is the very opposite of Conservatism, and unconstitutional as well.

Newt is no more likely to help repeal ObamaCare than Romney is. And don’t think the democrats won’t use their good buddy Newt’s love of the mandate against him come election day!

The great Ronald Reagan is rolling over in his grave …. at warp speed!

Now that Governor Palin has announced she won’t run for President, and all of the Flavor-of-the-Month candidates have imploded, a lot of people are looking at Newt Gingrich as some sort of Conservative savior. I hope these folks come to their senses.

Newt says all of the right words, all of the pretty words. Newt has SOUNDING like a Conservative down pat.

The problem is, he’s the farthest thing from it. Newt is a lifelong Establishment™ politician. He represents the kind of hustler we are trying to run out of politics. He’ll say anything to Conservatives hoping to win their vote, but looking at his record, he’ll just be another Statist. He would be our worst nightmare if, God forbid, he were to be elected.

People always make excuses for Newt’s personal life. His skirt chasing, his adultery, and use his alleged conservatism as some sort of shield. In reality Newt proves that if one can’t be trusted by those they are most intimate with, they can be trusted by no one. Newt is no Conservative, and has betrayed conservatism, and the American people time and time again.

Newt is not fit to be president, or fit to serve in any capacity. He’s nothing more than an enabler to all of those who are systematically destroying America.

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Debate Shocker: Rick Perry Says Corruption, Cronyism is OK at the State Level

By Gary P Jackson

Yup, Rick Perry really said that!

Michelle Malkin rips Perry apart in her coverage of last night’s debate, but what stuck out to me was this exchange between Perry and debate moderator Karen Tumulty from the Washington Post:

MS. TUMULTY: Right. Governor Perry, taxpayers stand to lose half a billion dollars in the collapse of Solyndra, which is a solar energy firm that was a centerpiece of the Obama green jobs initiative. Do you think there were inadequate safeguards there, or do you think this is just the risk we run when the government gets involved in subsidizing new industries and technologies?

GOV. PERRY: Well, I don’t think the federal government should be involved in that type of investment, period. If states want to choose to do that, I think that’s fine for states to do that.

Of course Rick Perry is OK with this sort of thing! Back in September I wrote about Convergen LifeSciences, which may very well turn out to be Rick Perry’s very own Solyndra. Every program Perry has his hands in is full of corruption and rewards to his cronies. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen in Texas. Perry makes Obama and his thugs from Chicago look amateurish by comparison.

Read more of what Michelle Malkin has to say here.

Not only is Convergen a fiasco, most of the money from Rick Perry’s Enterprise fund, which is nothing more than slush fund to reward his cronies, has gone to firms that are failing to meet job targets.

I’ve written a lot about Perry’s corruption, pay-to-play schemes, [alleged] money laundering, and cronyism. Sadly I have barely scraped the surface.

There is so much more of this out there.

Texas has very lax ethics laws, and even when caught, our laws have few real teeth. This allows Perry and many others get away with a lot.

I keep saying this, but can’t say it enough: Voters who think Rick Perry should be president need to re-think that long and hard.

Electing Rick Perry will be like giving Obama a second term. Rick Perry is not going to champion the reforms needed to save America. He’ll give them lip service, like he does in Texas, but he won’t change a single thing. His cronies pay him too much money and give him too much power for him to dare go against their wishes.

As a Texan I look forward to finding a true reformer who will run for Governor in 2014 and not only remove Perry from office, but champion the reforms needed to run all of the other corrupt Texas politicians out of office as well.

Cronyism, this vile perversion of capitalism, has lead us to the brink of disaster, and guys like Barack Obama and Rick Perry are the leading practitioners. Obama, Perry, and all those like them are the enemies of Liberty and freedom.

They are a cancer on society and need to be removed, not rewarded.

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Tammy Bruce Talks About Rick Perry, The Dangers of Gardasil, and Crony Capitalism That Surrounds Governor’s Office

By Gary P Jackson

Meant to post this the other day after Stacy Drake wrote about some of the pay-for-play dealings Rick Perry is famous for. Since then we’ve learned more about the dangers of Gardasil.

Meanwhile, Tammy Bruce calls out Perry for wanting to inject this potential poison in Texas school girls. As she points out, in typical Perry weasel fashion, he claims he saw the error of his ways and backed off. The fact is, Texans raised holy hell, and the Texas legislature stopped Perry, something they’ve had to do before.

You see, the position of Governor of Texas is constitutionally weak. But unlike previous governors, Rick Perry has often chosen to usurp the legislative process and issue an executive orders time and time again. This almost always gets him in trouble, and the legislature has to deal with his messes.

The Gardasil mandate would have never made it through the Texas legislature, and Perry knew it.

This may not seem like a big deal to some, but Perry is the sort who would do the same thing in Washington. As Dan Riehl pointed out on Thursday, Rick Perry is very much aligned with the establishment. As he put it:

For what it’s worth, I’m getting a sense that, within the conservative movement, Perry may come to more represent the old line conservative movement, much of which is seriously compromised as a result of having been established in Washington for so long.

In other words, Perry represents business as usual, the very last thing we need in a new president.

It should trouble voters that Perry has no respect for the Texas Constitution and the legislative process set forth in it. It should trouble them even more that he was willing inject innocent Texas school girls with a drug that hadn’t been fully tested, and has issues, all so his buddies at Merck could make a quick buck.

One correction to Tammy’s monologue, it’s not $120 per student, it’s $360. It’s a three shot regimen. That’s retail, but even at wholesale prices a lot of money for Perry’s cronies.

Something for voters to ponder. Between forcing people [mandating] a medical treatment, and all of the pay-for-play crony capitalism that surrounds the Texas governor’s office, how exactly is Rick Perry much of an upgrade from Barack Obama?

Throw in the fact he’s tripled Texas’ debt since taking office and … well … you get the idea.

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Oh Look, Mitt Romney, After Sticking His Finger In The Wind, Actually Has Opinion On Debt Deal!

By Gary P Jackson

Noted Profile in Courage Mitt Romney has finally spoken up about the debt debate. In the eleventh hour the human windsock, seeing the anger of the people, over the prospect of this deal passing, has come out against it:

After days of refusing to take a position on the high-stakes budget talks, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney came out on Monday against a last-minute deal to avoid a potentially economy-rattling government default.

Am I the only one who laughs uncontrollably when someone calls Romney the “front runner“? Not sure what’s more pathetic, calling this lump the front runner, or Hot Air’s Tina Korbe’s attempt to spin this as a positive for old Mitt:

Perhaps the statement lacks the credibility it would have carried had he been a long-time and vocal supporter of Cut, Cap and Balance, but I’m still pleased to see the ostensible GOP frontrunner (more on that later) tack to the right on this. Maybe he’s merely adhering to the time-tested strategy of pandering to the base in a primary, but it’s still encouraging, especially because he specifically cited the two most truly objectionable aspects of the new deal as the reasons for his opposition, which puts him on the record against tax hikes in the special commission’s recommendations.

Either (a) he really means what he says and thinks a more forward-thinking, long-term approach like Cut, Cap and Balance would be better than the milquetoast deal the president and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mustered at the last-minute or (b) he’s begun to feel the heat from his relentlessly conservative competitors in the GOP primary and recognizes that he’s going to have to pump up his conservative credentials if he wants to win the race. Certainly, with this position, Romney join the ranks of some solid organizations and individuals.

Haven’t we had enough of politicians who just tell us what they think we want to hear, whether they believe a damned word of it or not?

I guess joining the right side of the fight now is better than nothing, but Mitt Romney is running for President of the United States. This is a position that requires strong leadership, not polled and focus-grouped to death responses.

Here’s where Romney, if he was an actual leader, could have made a difference. Though he’s in no way ever going to be the Republican nominee, the media and the GOP elites want people to believe he’s the “front runner.” A smart leader would have used that status he enjoys and stood up and spoken out forcefully for what he believes in.

Romney could have written an op-ed for any newspaper in the country advocating for his position. Romney could go on any news program and do the same. Instead, he’s basically hid out and waited until literally hours before the vote, when it will make no difference whatsoever.

This is not leadership. A true leader would have been out there for months hammering it all home. Romney is not a leader. He’s someone who sits around, waits to see which way the winds blow, and then says: “Me too!” We don’t have time for people like this.

American needs leadership. Strong leadership from people that don’t have to take a poll before acting. We need someone who knows what to do right from the start. That ain’t Mitt Romney.

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Profile In Courage: Mitt Romney Refuses To Engage In Debt Ceiling Debate

By Gary P Jackson

It seems human windsock Mitt Romney can’t figure out which way the political winds are blowing in the heated debate over what to do regarding our unsustainable debt, so rather than take a stand, he does what he always does when the going gets tough, he hides out.

Emphasis mine:

Romney still hasn’t taken a position on Boehner’s bill: NBC’s Garrett Haake reported that Mitt Romney told reporters in Ohio yesterday that he would not comment on the debt negotiations in Washington. And so far, he has refused to either endorse Boehner’s legislation (as Huntsman has done) or oppose it (as Pawlenty and Bachman have done).

Our question: How does someone who wants to be the leader of the Republican Party not have a position on one of the biggest issues facing Washington, especially after the dueling primetime speeches by Obama and Boehner? It’s actually quite surprising; this isn’t just another Washington fight. Is the lack of a position proof of how fragile Team Romney believes its front-runner status is right now?

Leaders lead and Romney is no leader. For years we have been told that Romney is the “money guy.” The one that understands business and the economy. This situation is the one Romney supporters would have you believe is tailor made for their boy, and yet, when asked about his position, he punts. A real Profile in Courage this Mitt Romney is.

This is the time for leaders to stand up and be heard. Romney’s silence is deafening.

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From The Office Of Why Chris Christie Will Never Be President: New Jersey Wants to Seize Your Unused Gift Cards And Travelers Checks!

By Gary P Jackson

Can we PLEASE stop worshiping these “shiny new object” politicians!

New Jersey’s Chris Christie has become somewhat of a You Tube celebrity for his antics while taking on the union thugs who have cause the state all sorts of grief.

Of course all of this attention has the “look at the shiny new object he should be our next President !!!!!11!!!!!” crowd” having hot flashes. We saw the same thing after big time RINO Scott Brown was elected. He hadn’t even made his victory speech yet and the usual suspects were already printing up “Brown 2012” t-shirts! Since then he’s been a dismal failure for the Conservatives who sent money from around the country supporting his run. He’s become a reliable vote, for the democrats!

Brown is not the only “shiny new object” who isn’t what he was sold as, just one of the newer ones.

Which brings us back to Chris Christie.

Look, the man deserves credit for taking on the unions. That’s a big deal, and they should be taken down. States that don’t have “right to work laws” which pretty much put unions out of business, are crazy. But that’s another blog topic.

Christie is a One-Note-Johnny. He’s doing that one thing right, but he simply is not a Conservative in any way shape or form.

I’m not just talking about the fact Christie endorsed far left Senate candidate Mike Castle over Conservative Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, or his backing of establishment candidate Meg Whitman in California. Those do give us an insight of where his heart lies though.

No, Christie has bigger issues. He’s weak on the Second Amendment, for amnesty for illegals, thinks it’s marvelous radical Muslims want to build a mosque at Ground Zero, and is weak on the human rights of the unborn.

Even all of that is not as big of an outrage as this latest nonsense:

Now it seems that Christie is as heavy handed as any communist thug out there. Christie backs a law that would allow the state to literally steal private citizen’s unused gift cards and travelers checks!

Think about this a minute.

You take your hard earned [and already taxed to death] money and buy a gift card for yourself or someone else. This is property. YOUR property! Just as if it was a house or an automobile. Or you could even think of it as cash, for that matter. No matter how you look at it though, it’s government sanctioned theft of private property.

Fausta Wertz reports:

The legislation amended part of the state Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to include gift cards for the first time, allowing the state to consider a card abandoned two years after purchase and seize the balance.
The amendment also allowed the state to consider a traveler’s check abandoned if it is not cashed or spent three years or longer from the purchase date, instead of after 15 years under the previous law — the rule in most states.

Think about this for a minute. You have property, in the form of an unused gift card, or traveler’s check, and just because you haven’t found a use for it in a totally arbitrary amount of time [made up by greedy politicians who lust after money to fund more failure] those greedy politicians can come in and just steal it from you, and Chris Christie is on board with it!

Christie’s administration estimated that the amendment would bring in $80 million to help solve the state’s chronic budget problems. A key element of the legislation was that it would be retroactive, allowing the Treasury to seize money from travelers checks as far back as 1994.

Read more of Fausta’s shocking report here.

So Chris Christie, who presents himself as a fiscal hawk, sees stealing the private property from hard working New Jersey citizens, already some of the most over-taxed in the nation, as a way to cure “chronic budget problems.” I guess it never occurred the this genius to cut spending!

Oh, and this government sanction theft of private property will be retroactive all of the way back to 1994!

What’s next?

Let’s say you are a car guy, and restoring an old car, a process that can take years. Since you can’t drive it while it’s apart, and not “use” it, would Christie and his money hungry thugs come confiscate that?

How about a second home? What if you have a second home that is vacant, for whatever reason, will Christie want that next to feed the government monster?

Even better, what of vacant land? It’s just sitting there and you aren’t using it, why not let Christie and his thieves come and take it, by force of law!

After all, the government machine MUST BE FED!

This is no different than being mugged in an ally. No wonder New Jersey law makers [and Christie] don’t want New Jersey citizens owning guns!

The media, which has built Christie up as some sort of “Conservative star,” has been very silent on this, and the usually loud and obnoxious Governor hasn’t made any You Tube videos bragging about it either. I wonder why ….

This is outrageous. Big Government run wild and completely out of control. And Christie, whose only claim to fame is as a supposed “fiscal Conservative,” is not only enabling this fiasco, he’s cheerleading it on!

This guy has no clue on how to handle out of control government. His only solution is to keep feeding the monster, not matter what it takes. 

Look, the bottom line is this. Christie is no Conservative, not even a pretend one. He’s another Big Government progressive who will do anything, including stealing from his own people, to feed the beast. To continually grow and sustain the monster, rather than put it on a diet, and shrink it down to a manageable size. He’s a fraud.

The bigger issue though, to me, is how some Conservatives act every time someone new pops up and does one thing right. Rather than setting back and watching to see if it’s a fluke, and rather than going back and actually researching the person’s record, they loose their minds and start claiming this “flavor-of-the-month” is the second coming, and the next thing you know, everyone is pushing that person as the next President!

Now Christie says he wants no part of the presidency, which is awesome, since I doubt America would want anything to do with Christie, if they knew the truth about him. But what scares me is some other “shiny new object” is going to pop-up out of nowhere and squeak past us all, only to turn out to be another Chris Christie, who is to the left of even some democrats. What do we do then?

What if, god forbid, this “shiny new object” got elected President, and we find out he’s a Chris Christie clone? A Big Government progressive.

We already know that Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are frauds, because EVERYONE has done their homework and looked at their extensive and disastrous records. We need to make sure that we fully vet anyone before were start proclaiming they are the “second coming.”

People got behind Barack Obama not knowing a damned thing about him. Too lazy to look at his record and find out just how radical he was. How dangerous he was. I’d like to think, as Conservatives, we are more intelligent than that …. but I’m starting to have my doubts.

While this article is about Christie, and exposing him for the fraud he is, there is a bigger picture to consider.

Quite simply, stop worshiping every “shiny new object” that comes along! Instead sit back and watch them. See how they perform over time. Sadly, over time, most will let you down. But …. if one turns out to be the real deal, then …. and ONLY then …. should you get excited.

Hack politicians are a dime-a-dozen. Good solid leaders are hard to find. One thing is for sure, the latest “flavor-of-the month” politicians are seldom what they seem, and rarely, if ever, real leaders.

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Aw, Dear Leader Obama Upset The Peasants Aren’t Bowing At His Feet On Tax Day

You know, I’m beginning to think French leader Nicolas Zarkozy was right when he called Barack Obama “a dangerous[ly] aliéné” a “mad lunatic” or as the European Union Times translates: “dangerously insane.”

What else could explain this bizarre statement that was picked up by Dan Riehl:

Obama to American Taxpayers: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.”

As Riehl reports

Obama Mocks Tax Protesters

The one is amused. He honestly thinks he can still control the narrative the way he did during the campaign. Instapundit is posting reports from around the country. I’ve seen reports on Twitter of 25,000 in DC, 10,000 plus in Madison and Barry is amused. Keep laughing right through to November, bud. We’ll see who’s laughing then.

Obama makes light of anti-tax protests

MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s amused by the anti-tax tea party protests that have been taking place around Tax Day.

Obama told a fundraiser in Miami on Thursday that he’s cut taxes, contrary to claims of protesters.

He says he’s been a little amused over the past couple of days when people at the rallies complained about taxes.

Quoting the president: “You would think they’d be saying thank you.

Oh man, does Obama’s ego know no bounds?

Allahpundit over at Hot Air adds this to the mix:

This may well be the single most obnoxious soundbite he’s uttered since his immortal bitter/clinger bon mot during the campaign. Which, if I’m not mistaken, also occurred at a fundraiser. Funny, the thoughts that bubble up when he’s among friends.

You’re welcome, America.

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Let’s see. For starters, he’s lying: He has raised some taxes, contrary to his campaign pledge two years ago. But more than that, he seems almost to be laughing at people for being concerned about deficits. Did we or did we not learn just last night that a majority of tea partiers think their taxes are fair? They’re not some fanatic “zero tax” movement, in other words. They’re willing to pay what they’re paying now; what they want is a government small enough to make ends meet with what they’re paying. By The One’s logic, if he lowered the top marginal income tax bracket to one percent, we should expect tea partiers to fall on their knees and shout hallelujah even though it would mean annual deficits many times the trillion-dollar leviathans we’re currently saddled with. Anyone think that would happen? Anyone except Obama not yet grasp that conservatives want fiscal responsibility, not lower taxes at any and all costs?

What’s most amazing about this is that everyone understands the feds will need to raise taxes, and soon, to try to put a dent in our Everest of liabilities. That was the entire point of Paul Volcker, Obama’s own advisor, whispering about a VAT a few weeks ago. Tax hikes are simply a fait accompli, due in no small part to The One’s own unprecedented spending, and we’d probably have them already if not for his political cowardice in refusing to demand them before his reelection bid. And yet here he is, actually patting himself on the back for being a tax-cutter. Unbelievable.

Unbelievable, indeed.

We’re not done discussing Obama’s psychosis just yet though. As luck would have it, Jammie Wearing Fool picked up this little tidbit:

The famously humble Barack Obama gave an interview to Australian television and must think we won’t find out about it here.

You’ve got to be kidding me.

United States president Barack Obama says he and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd share several personality traits – one of which is humility.

The US president made the comments to the 7.30 Report’s Kerry O’Brien during an interview which will be aired on ABC1 tonight.

O’Brien says during his 20-minute interview with Mr Obama, the US president shed some light on his relationship with Australia’s Prime Minister.

It was interesting. Diplomats and politicians say nice things about each other when they’re having international chats,” O’Brien said.

But O’Brien says Mr Obama spoke candidly about their relationship – which has in the past been described as a “meeting of minds“.

He was quite expansive and quite genuine on what he saw as the commonality and connections between [he and Mr Rudd]. One of which was humility,” O’Brien said.

Apparently he forgot to mention megalomania.

There is an update added and frankly, I’m not sure if it helps or hurts:

OK, so as it turns out it wasn’t necessarily a direct quote in the interview, rather Obama saying he shares the same traits as Rudd, one of which is humility. Rudd is smart and humble, just like me!

Nothing Obama does makes sense to normal people. With the economy faltering and the budget deficit so large it’s unsustainable and likely to cause the nation to simply collapse, Obama creates the largest boondoggle in human history under the guise of “health care reform.”

When even the most economically illiterate amongst us know, that when faced with a stagnant economy and record high unemployment, the last thing you do is increase taxes and create more burdens on business, Obama does just that. And is looking to do more. (See cap and trade)

With the world’s worst nations on the verge causing serious problems, and maybe even a world war, Obama seeks to slash defense budgets and limit not only America’s ability to defend herself, but also leave our allies out in the cold.

Obama has alienated every one of our allies and coddled every one of our enemies. He has become openly hostile to Israel, our only real ally in the Middle East, which has emboldened all of Israel’s enemies.

The list of insane moves could go on for quite some time, but you get the idea.

I never thought I would find myself agreeing with the French, but let me going on record as saying I tend to agree with Nicolas Sarkozy. Barack Obama is “a dangerous[ly] aliéné.”

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