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Cheers and Boos: April 26

Posted by Adam Graham on April 26, 2009

Boos to 11 of the Idaho House  Democrats for their votes to accept the Senate Amendments to H0096 and raise the fuel tax 6 cents a gallon. If you’ll remember, a couple weeks before, the entire Democratic Caucus voted against two cents a gallon increase because it would put too much burden on Idaho families. So let me get this straight, a two cent increase is too much, but a six cent increase is just right? Is it too much to ask for legislators to be consistent.

Cheers to the Five Treasury Valley Democrats who cast logically consistent votes. My Representatives, Durst and King both voted against the increase as did District 17 Representatives Bill Killen and Sue Chew, while Freshman Brian Cronin chose logic unlike his more senior colleague.  In District 16, both Democrats voted for the tax increase.

Boos to the Idaho Democrats for holding their second closed caucus of the year.  Senator Nicole LeFavour (D-19) explains part of the reason and suggests that Dan Popkey could learn a lesson or two on proper reporter procedure from Jean-Luc Picard:

Of course this open caucus thing got a bit out of control this year. In the House, Dan Popkey, whom I like, apparently sat in on an open Democratic strategy discussion and then went off and asked a Republican chair woman what she thought of the strategy before the strategy could be put to use. Call me wierd but when I was a reporter I think I did see myself a bit like the starship Enterprise exploring the galaxy under the prime directive. Report but don’t interfere or do anything that would change the outcome of the news.

Well, as it’s a totally open caucus. In theory, I could also sit down, listen in and report what happened in the Caucus to Speaker Denney. Or am I considered one of the crew of Dan Popkey’s starship?

My stance is that Caucuses ought to be closed. They represent internal strategy sessions. What the Democrats have done is make a big deal about having open caucuses and then begun to back off in a way that’s pretentious and hypocritical. The issue means nada to the average Idahoan and it’s time for Dems to stop the sanctimony.

Boos to Rep. Tom Trail (R-6) for writing regarding reforming and consolidating election laws:

The election reform measure which would have limited most Idaho elections to two days a year, in May and November down from four dates now, has re-emerged as a bargaining chip. The new bill proposes giving $3 million to cities and counties to pay their share of new costs. The new bill would come up with the needed funds. Frankly, I think this bill can wait.

Tom Trail’s motto, “Citizen involvement can wait.”

Boos to Governor Butch Otter (R-Id.) for deploying Bruce Newcombe to help with his tax increase effort. Dan Popkeyw writes:

House Assistant Republican Leader Scott Bedke said Newcomb’s approach was a gentle reminder that Otter is the GOP standard bearer and deserves a break. “Mostly, it was ‘He’s your friend; call him,’ ” Bedke said.

Yep, it’s the good old boys watching out for each other.

The “He’s your friend” thing is bizarre. The tantrum of 35 vetoes was not a “friendly action” and you can bet bottom dollar that many Republicans are going to face primary challenges from Otter allies even if Otter doesn’t make a public show of challenging them. (I speak as someone who received a call from Idaho’s First lady urging me to vote for Gail Hartnett.)

As for Newcombe, it’s his good old boy status that even allows him to continue to have a place in state GOP politics. He intentionally tried to sabotage the Republican Candidate for Congress in 2006, but you get away with that if you’re a good old boy. Ironically, the same people who will be all cuddly with Newcombe will have a problem with Rex Rammell because of his Senate challenge to Jim Risch. Though, the main difference I see between what Rammell did and what Newcombe did is that Rammell was at least honest about it.

Three Cheers to the State House: The following Tweet was sent out last night by Wayne Hoffman:

idaho gas tax rally monday called off; organizers told tax plan is dead

Our representatives heard us.

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Why Are All the Good Stimulus Made in China?

Posted by Adam Graham on April 26, 2009

Member of President Obama’s Economic Advisory board: China had better stimulus.

Feinstein ca$hes in.  (Hat Tip: Don Surber.)

The hopelessly corrupt John Murtha.  (Hat Tip: Instapundit.)

Lack of responsibility: woman sues McDonalds for being beaten up by a homeless man.

Palin opens legal defense fund.

Save the DC Voucher program: Yes, we can.

Obama’s MADD Highway pick. (Hat Tip: Stop the ACLU.)

Napalitano: Illegal Immigration isn’t a crime.

Card Check fraud in Ohio. (Hat Tip: Red State.)

 Teacher’s Unions v. Charter Schools. (Hat Tip: Education Watch.)

Second Amendment update from Gun Watch.

Obama ‘s ultra-pro abortion Secretary of HHS vetoes a late term abortion bill

Tennessee Planned Parenthood tries to coach a 14 year old to lie to get an abortion.  

Study shows abortion side effects.

A Christian Democratic State Senator holds the line on same sex marriage.  (Hat Tip: Wizbang Blog.)

Community college calls out day of silence as propoganda tactic. (Hat Tip: Right Mind.)

Christians need to wake-up to the dangers of hate crimes bills.

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It’s Our Government Too…

Posted by Adam Graham on April 25, 2009

Dave Frasier at the Boise Guardian reports:

In what can only be described as a legal atrocity, an official of the Republican Party was convicted Tuesday in Fourth District Court of trespass–in a public building.

The conviction of Christopher Pentico came because a State copper told him to leave the Capitol Annex last March after making some legislators “uncomfortable.” The State copper also told him to stay away from other offices, including that of Guv. Butch Otter.

There seems to be only a slight descrepency in stories, but days after the 2008 warning from the copper, Pentico visited the office of the Guv at the Borah Building located at 8th and Bannock. He dropped off some documents, inquired about an appointment and left.

That’s when ISP copper Jenes Pattis chased him down outside, handcuffed him and eventually issued a TRESPASSING ticket!
After a year of court appearances, a trial was held before Magistrate Kevin Swain who allowed little evidence, found Pentico guilty, and set sentencing for May 11.

Pentico, a district 22 Republican committeeman, is known in political circles as a conservative with continuing issues at Boise State University over issues relating to funding clubs with student fees. He favors giving equal funds to clubs with religious affiliation. He also claims there is a conflict of interest in some decision making because the deputy Attorney General assigned to the Borad of Ed is husband of a BSU dean at the college of engineering. 

The story is disgraceful and worse yet, no legislator or group of legislators has come forward to take responsibility for the action or explain what the heck it was that Pentico did to anger them. I’ve spoken to several people who know Pentico and they indicate he’s not of a threatening stature or nature. And as Frasier noted, he’s not rude or disorderly.

The best possible explanation I’ve received for what may have made people uncomfortable revolve around issue of physical appearance (he has long hair) and perhaps race, or perhaps more patently discomfort with the issues he was brought to the legislature. None of this is a good excuse for denying a citizen their right to be in the seat of government.

The government belongs to us all and while I’m sure I might make some legislators uncomfortable, as long as I’m not doing anything illegal or disruptive, as a citizen, I have a right to be there.  So do all citizens. So does Chris Pentico. We deserve an explanation and we need to make our voices heard with our legislators and with these prosecutors.

A citizen should not face six months in jail for trying to lobby their representatives.

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And She Shall Wear A Crown

Posted by Adam Graham on April 23, 2009

Podcast Show Notes

TARP and new Obama programs: open to fraud big time.

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Governorship in the Balance

Posted by Adam Graham on April 23, 2009

The events of the past few days have been stunning. Governor Butch Otter issued 35 vetoes of House legislation, 33 of which were vetoes of appropriations bills meant to keep the legislature in town to pass his vision of transportation funding.

After Otter vetoed eight bills to show the legislature he meant business, the State Senate amended a House bill removing the ethanol exemption and amended it to raise gas taxes six cents a gallon and raised registeration fees. The House sent a clear message by voting 55-15 to kill the bill, and then Otter issued his 25 vetoes.

Speaker Lawrence Denney (R-9) was trying to make progress and thought he had shot before Otter vetoed 25 more bills. Denny says Otter’s not helping:

“He’s setting in concrete the votes that were maybe – I mean, they’re not happy,” Denney said. “Truly yesterday we thought we had a way forward,” he said, involving the removal of the ethanol exemption, raising DMV fees, “and possibly a fuel tax with an economic trigger. We were starting to shop that around when he vetoed those bills – and the talk stopped. I would hope that he wouldn’t veto any more bills, and that we can start talking again.”

Otter has made his governorship around taking an all or nothing approach to transportation-and getting nothing.  Otter could have had $68 million for transportation had he accepted it back in 2008. Now, in the midst of the recession, Otter can’t even get that. He could have, however, had $13.2 million annually from getting rid of the Ethanol exemption, but his Senate allies had to foul up the bill by loading it up with a gas tax increase three times the amount that came closest to passing in the House.

Governor Otter this past week has shown all the diplomacy and tact of a run-away freight train this week. In addition, he has failed to grasp the times in which he’s governing. If there were an Out of Touch magazine, Otter would be the cover boy.

I was there when Bryan Fischer asked the crowd at the Boise Tea Party whether they consented to have their gas taxes increased and the “no” was resounding. The public isn’t in the mood for a tax increase, particularly on the order of what Otter is asking for.

Melissa Clouthier had a piece warning that complacent Republicans had a lot to fear from tea parties in terms of primary challenges. It seems to me that Governor Otter is a prime example. He’s stumbled into a lose-lose situation.

If the legislature raises taxes in opposition to what is the popular will, particularly in the Republican Primary, Butch Otter will almost certainly face a stiff challenge. Even a total unknown could probably get 30% of the vote.

What if Otter fails, the Senate caves into the house and budgets are passed over the Governor’s veto without transportation funding? Simply, put, Butch Otter will be a failed governor. He’s made the focus of his administration: transportation and through his overbearing tactics, he’ll have gotten next to nothing and far less than he could have gotten with a better temperment.

Democrats have an opportunity in 2010 if they could find a good candidate, but they really don’t have anybody.  When they run the relic like Larry LaRocco in two consecutive elections, you know there’s just not much on the old bench.  A quick inventory of Democrats shows they have state legislators, most of which could not be elected outside of their own districts or who are too moderate (Mary Lou Shepherd, Branden Durst) to gain the favor of the Sun Valley-North End Democratic establishment. There’s Mayor Dave Bieter who really has no future outside of the City of Boise, and then Democrats are left with a few rural county commissioners and local officeholders scattered throughout the state, and not a whole lot else.

So, Otter’s governship will be tested in the Republican Primary. It’ll be close, and if Closed Primaries carry the day prior to the 2010 Primaries, Butch Otter will see his public career go down in inglorious defeat.

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A Sucker for Evil

Posted by Adam Graham on April 20, 2009

The big whup: Obama tells cabinet to find $100 million in cuts.

Obama appeases evil.

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A Sucker for Evil

Posted by Adam Graham on April 20, 2009

The big whup: Obama tells cabinet to find $100 million in cuts.

Obama appeases evil.

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Cheers and Boos: April 19

Posted by Adam Graham on April 20, 2009

Boos to: Jim Fisher, big government liberal for suggesting that what America needs to do is to crush opportunity and destroy the American dream with higher taxes and more government. Apparently, reforming entitlements is off the table.

Boos to Rep. Brian Cronin (D-19) who complains:

I find it real interesting, particularly as a freshman legislator, that you have House and Senate leadership – Republicans – as well as a Republican governor that can’t seem to compromise with each other. These are all elected Republican officials who have the supermajority in the Statehouse and yet they can’t even get on the same page on these issues, and thus we stay week after week without resolving some very fundamental issues

The House is run by Conservatives, the Senate is run by a more to the left Senate leadership, and the Governor doesn’t know what he believes. Republicanism pertains to a party not a philosophy. Blame voters for electing Senators who are far more liberal than State Representatives.

Democrats haven’t been concerned with legislating, they’ve been concerned with obstructing legislation. Don’t give me the whole, “We’re shocked, shocked I say that there hasn’t been more progress.”

Cheers to Senator Nicole LeFavour (D-19) for finally using her poetic powers for good rather than whine.

Boos to Former Senator Steve Symms (R-Id.) who is holding a fundraiser for Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) but like a scene from the Godfather, Symms tells us it’s only business:

Symms said he’s been hearing from Idaho Republicans concerned about Monday’s news that he’s holding a $1,000-a-plate breakfast for Minnick on April 23 at his Capitol Hill office.

“It’s just business,” said Symms, who served 20 years in Congress and held the 1st District seat Minnick won from GOP Rep. Bill Sali in November. By the end of Minnick’s two-year term, Republicans will have held the seat for all but six of the past 44 years. “I’m still Steve Symms. I haven’t changed my view of anything. I’m still the old libertarian Republican.”

“Don’t read too much into this,” Symms said. “I like Walt. He’s a friend. I’m willing to try to help him so he can be a successful congressman. But am I going to be voting for a Democrat for Congress? No. He knows that. I’m not going to be going out there making ads for Walt Minnick or anything like that.”

No,  something changed very much about Steve Symms, he’s been out of office for 17 years and he’s still part of the beltway crowd. It’s pure bull to say, “I’m going to raise funds for him, but I won’t for him.” What does Walt Minnick care about? $250,000 in campaign contributions or one lousy vote. This shows the corrosive, unprincipled culture of Washington and Symms is just a poster boy for it.

If Symms supports Minnick for Congress, fine, raise money for him. For Symms to say he won’t for the guy and then raise money to help re-elect someone who he won’t to re-elect smacks of political opportunism and influence games.

Cheers to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for its smoking cessation programs that are growing by leaps and bounds with 2,200 Idaho smokers signing up in March.

Boos to the Obama Administration for it’s predictably idiotic way to fund SCHIP expansion with a 62 cent Cigarette Tax increase that has led to people requesting the cessation kits. The good news about the new tax is that it will lead to less people smoking, more people kicking the habit, and less people starting. The bad news. The tax is going to end up quickly failing to pay for the expansion that it was supposed to finance because of less revenue. That’s when the tax will hit we, the non-smokers or be put on the national credit card. Nice work, Democrats.

Cheers to Trevor Hattabaugh, a 13-year old Comic headed to try out for America’s Got Talent after capturing the attention of Simon Cowell. His comedy is leftward, but I hope his dreams come true. I do hope he grows up to be a better person and make better use of comedy than has Jon Stewart.

Three Cheers to Nampa Healthy Families:  I confess that I live a very Boise-centric life, rarely venturing beyond the gates of the City of Trees.  I’ve often thought something like a inter-denominational organization to preserve and strengthen families was needed as a positive action that I thought should be pursued.

Andrea and I went to Mark Gungor’s Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Conference (which I’d reccomend to any couple wanting to improve their marriage.) The conference was brought here by Nampa Healthy Families. This was my first up close and personal encounter with the organization and I have to admit that I’m impressed with their work, their dedication to preserving marriages.  (Note to potential critics: they make it clear, that the marriage initiative is not about keeping people in abusive marriages.)

In Oklahoma, the State started the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative to do many of the same thing as they’ve brought together a very wide coalition including businesses, civic groups, and religious groups (The Nampa Healthy Families Group includes Catholics, Protestants, and the local LDS Stakes.)

In Idaho, our politicians have taken no notice, but they’ve started a group that does a lot of good with minimal government assistance.

The good news is that they are expanding to Boise and Gem County. For doing good work that goes beyond politics and will alleviate many of the ills, politicians deal with, three cheers for the Healthy Families Network and may they expand around the state.

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America’s Sorry President

Posted by Adam Graham on April 19, 2009

Podcast Show Notes

DHS ignored civil liberties lawyers warning on “right wing extremism” report. (Hat Tip: Hot Air.)

Obama apologies for the United States in Mexico

Obama makes things up: claims was first White House to broadcast Easter Egg hunt online.

Bomb threat against police for holding illegal aliens. (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin.)

Sebelius: another tax issue for the Obama Administration.  (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin.)

Palin: properly vetted.

French President makes fun of Obama.

Obama less charitable than Bush but more generous than Vice-President Scrooge-er-Biden. (Hat Tip: Sister Toldjah.)

Pig droppings.

Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC.) called out by voters at Tea Party.  (Hat Tip: Don Surber.)

Dodd: only 5 donations from inside Connecticut . (Hat Tip: Don Surber.)

The Netherlands lets captured pirates go. (Hat Tip: Hot Air.)

Education in Japan. (Hat Tip: Education Watch.)

Clinton advocates for private relief efforts in Haiti.

British Charity worker suspended for opposition to homosexuality. (Hat Tip: Political Correctness Watch.)

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Do As I Say

Posted by Adam Graham on April 18, 2009

Tara Rowe writing at Political Game says:

In all the unnecessary bickering between those who attended tea parties and those who didn’t, we seem to have forgotten that we all have the same goal, we are all working toward the same end with whatever tools we have available to us. We all want a successful country, an economy on track, well-written and thoughtful laws that make every day a little easier than the last and we all want these things because we are Americans. That’s nothing to laugh or argue about.

First of all, there’s so much wrong with this post because in her original post, she said Tea Partiers were a laughing stock. She beat out the tired arguments of the worshipers of the State declaring that we hadn’t stopped using the services our taxes paid for. So to say there was nothing to laugh about and nothing to argue about when. In her original post (which she changed), she actually wrote:

Anybody else relieved the ridiculous tax day “tea parties” are behind us? Unfortunately, I don’t think those taking part in the national day of saying no to spending will ever grasp that we were all laughing at them, not with them, and that their national organizational effort wasn’t really a grassroots anything, unless being the laughing stock can be considered a grassroots effort.]

(Note I’ve got the screenshot from Bloglines, if she really wants to argue this.)

Today, she writes:

Some have suggested that I was recently laughing at the solidarity of Republican “tea parties” as a Democrat ultimately interested in the demise of the Republican party.

Well, where the heck would anybody get that idea, Tara? If you don’t like the words you wrote, then apologize for them, say, “I think I was too derisive and I’m sorry.” Don’t make some post suggesting that I misunderstood you, when your statements were plain as day.

Another thing about this whole, “We’re all Americans and we all want the same thing.” I’d agree on a broad level that you’re correct, however your actions seem to bely your rhetoric.

You’ve just spent several months engage in the Zeb Bell project of listening to Zeb Bell’s morning ranch show. You and MGR have been busily listening day after day to find some politically incorrect utterance to make hay about. And to what end?

In order to tar every conservative in the state as a wacky racist extremist who the left should hate and fear, and to form an argument as to why your fellow citizens’ freedom of speech based on an unelected radio host in extreme rural Idaho.  Heck, in some cases, they’ve even tried to tar conservatives based on what random listeners have said.

MGR and Tara have acted like the political martyrs of a new millennium for listening to a radio show and they’ve been lauded across the liberal blogosphere for doing their part to try and encourage the effort to regulate away conservative access to freedom of speech on the radio.

And tell me when will the left begin to respect that Bryan Fischer and Brandi Swindell are Americans motivated by positive motives.  Neither of these two are likely to retire rich. Neither of them needed Barack Obama to tell them life wasn’t about making money.

Bryan Fischer’s in his fight because he believes the policies the IVA pursues will make life better for Idaho families. He believes options in education and reduction in government is better to our state. Yet, he’s a theocratic Snidely Whiplash in the eyes of the left because he doesn’t mesh with the Teacher’s Union.

As for Brandi Swindell, she’s really spent most of her adult life trying to make a difference in the lives of others. Brandi Swindell would be hailed as a hero by the left if only she’d made the focus of her life saving garter snails rather than saving babies. Since her City Council campaign in 2005, she’s barely been seen in the news, she went more than 15 months without being the focal point of a Statesman Story, yet the moment she appears whether the story was of her making or not, she’s declared to be a media-seeking glory-hound.

In fact, she’s focused right now on her good work at Stanton Health Care, helping women in crisis pregnancies find life-alternatives to women in crisis pregnancy situations.  She’s walking with women through this difficult time of their lives, and it doesn’t make headlines anywhere on this Earth. Yet, we’re told she’s just a gloryhound.

And I won’t even get into the dehumanizing the attacks against Bill Sali. The politics of personal destruction including deceiving voters to try and make them that a tax lien that’d been satisfied nearly two decades ago was still oustanding and opening both Sali and his wife to identity theft.

I’m appalled.  And I’m tired. And I’m not going to accept hollow words from people who try and destroy good people and then claim “We’re all Americans,” and “we all want the same thing.” I’ll believe you believe it when you start acting like you do.

UPDATE:

My apologies to Tara on one point. I must have been mistaken. I’ve stricken the portions in question

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Covering Up Jesus

Posted by Adam Graham on April 17, 2009

Podcast Show Notes

NRSC supports Specter.  (Hat Tip: Townhall.)

Covering up Jesus at Georgetown.

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No Oceans Necessary: A Tea Party in the Heartland

Posted by Adam Graham on April 17, 2009

Pajamas Media ran my after action report on the Boise Tea Party.

Approximately 2,500 citizens marched from Julia Davis to Capitol Park in Boise, Idaho, as part of the national grassroots tea party movement.

Many signs focused on big spending, big taxes, the dangers of socialism, out-of-control government growth, term limits, and concerns with runaway government. Some signs focused on preserving gun rights, border security, honoring the Tenth Amendment, and protecting state sovereignty. An even smaller number of signs spoke out against the Federal Reserve, abortion, and global warming.

It was all good according to Nate Shellman, a 670 KBOI drive-time radio host who emceed the first leg of the tea party at Ann Morrison Park in Boise. He noted, “You all have signs expressing what’s on your mind.” Shellman hailed the cornucopia of messages as a cherished American moment.

Boise’s tea party was actually three rallies held in succession at Ann Morrison Park, Julia Davis Park, and Capitol Park, the latter being located across the street from Idaho’s capitol, which is under renovation. Each location drew an even larger crowd than the last rally.

Chilly weather and even light rain did not deter the marchers. At Julia Davis, Reverend Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance joked that it was raining because, “God knows we need water for our tea.”

A spokesman for Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) forwarded along the senator’s best wishes for the event at Julia Davis via an official representative. Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID), who recently wrote an op-ed in the Idaho Statesman praising the numerous earmarks he brought home to Idaho, sent along a letter expressing his support for the tea party.

At the Capitol Park rally, former elk rancher and 2008 Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammel threw his hat into the ring to challenge Simpson in the 2010 Republican primary. He opened with a strong plea for state sovereignty. “Today, the battle to challenge the federal government’s usurpation of states’ rights begins.”

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Frequently Mouthed Anti-Tea Party Talking Points

Posted by Adam Graham on April 17, 2009

There are many anti-tea party talking points going on out there, let me go ahead and tackle a few:

Talking Point: Obama has only been in office 86 days.  How can you protest him? He hasn’t been in office long enough to have even done any damage.

A: Under Obama’s watch we’ve seen a $797 billion Stimulus bill that’s a Pork-filled Christmas Tree to the left. In addition, his budget has come out and scorers at the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office say it will run up $9.6 Trillion in National Debt over 10 years.

TP: You idiots! Obama hasn’t raised your taxes! He hasn’t even raised taxes on the top 5%, you cretins! He’s cut your taxes.

A: I noticed the extra money on my pay stub and will send it to Republican causes.

In all seriousness, Senate Democrats are suggesting that Obama’s meager $12 a week tax cut be axed after 2010. In addition, Obama has already raised taxes on tobacco in order to pay for his S-Chip expansion. This hits working and middle income folks the hardest, as they make up the largest percent of smokers. Of course, it will be noted that they could and perhaps should quit, but you better pray they don’t because then your whole SCHIP program collapses like a house of cards if they do.

In addition, Obama’s proposals are full of expenses to the average American worker. His Cap and Trade deal will cost thousands to the average U.S. family in higher utilities.  More importantly, is the future taxes Obama is bringing on us through his reckless and unprecedented deficit spending that will increase future taxes exponentially, as well as devaluing our currency through incessant inflation.This will shrink the value of everyone’s savings and retirement.

Plus, on top of that, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) is talking about implementing higher taxes next year, rather than in 2011. Either way, when higher taxes are implemented it will have the effect of driving investment and capital out of the country. Do you think we can handle that?

TP: Oh yeah, where were all you deficit hawks during the Bush Administration?

A:  As someone who personally spent 40 minutes scraping the Bush/Cheney 2004 Bumper Sticker off the back of my car-Shut up!

Conservatives were plenty ticked off under Bush. That’s why you had groups like Club for Growth challenging big spending Congressmen. You had the Porkbusters effort. Perhaps, the more common response though was a passive aggressive one. Republican campaign funds dried up, conservative voters didn’t show up at the polls in 2006, or to a large degree in 2008 either.

Of course, there were some people who chose to forget deficit spending during the Bush years. They usually defended this by stating we were in a War and pointed to the fact that deficits were at a sustainable level of under 3% of GDP, Obama’s deficits are in a much higher range that most economists say are completely unsustainable.

TP: Oh yeah, if you weren’t happy with Bush, why did most of you guys vote Republican?

A: Well, a lot of people did stay home or give “Blue Dog” Democrats who talked  like Republicans a chance to govern. The vast majority of these Blue Dogs turned out to be lapdogs that went along with the President’s irresponsible spending programs.

Others did stay home, but for those who voted for Republican, either: 1) they supported someone who was doing good work in Washington or 2) voted Republican because they had a sense of how bad the Democrats would do if given the chance.

TP: Hey Genius, I don’t see you raising any solutions.

A:

  • Abolish the IRS, the Payroll Tax, the Corporate Income Tax, and implement the Fair Tax. You’ll immediately alleviate the economy of a more than $300 billion compliance burden. You’ll also bring back foreign investment to the county.
  • Apply term limits to members of Congress. I suppose we could quibble on the details, but my guts says 2 Consecutive Terms for Senators, 4 for House Members.
  • Implement a line item veto to allow the President to veto wasteful government spending.
  • Pass a Balanced Amendment to the Federal Constitution.

TP: Ha! There are way too many Democrats in Congress for you to get any of that passed.

A: Not for long.

TP: Oh come on, America is laughing at you. Yesterday was the day conservatism died and the Republican Party ceased being a serious contender for winning elections.

A: The left is laughing, but America isn’t. Americans are concerned about this Administration’s run-away spending.  If you find an example of a political movement that suffered doomsday as a result of hundreds of thousands marching for its causes, please let me know.

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Democrats Want to Know…

Posted by Adam Graham on April 16, 2009

The President who knew nothing while hundreds of thousands marched.

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Janet Napalitano defends outrageous broadside against conservatives that has a chilling impact on free speech. (Hat Tip: Don Surber.)’

Chairman of Homeland Security Committee dumbfounded by “right wing extremist” report. (Hat Tip: Hot Air.)

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It’s Time for Us to Pay Our Dues

Posted by Adam Graham on April 16, 2009

The Idaho Statesman cut me to the quick with their editorial this morning as they excoriated the incongruities in us Tea Partiers:

Idahoans will march along taxpayer-funded streets and gather in taxpayer-funded Boise city parks to protest taxes. A small irony.

An ungrateful wretch am I!

Now, some will frown on our friends at the Idaho Statesman and suggest that they are doing a double logical fallacy, mixing a reductio ad absurdum (that people protesting high taxes and government debt must oppose all government taxes and spending) with an ad hominem tu quo quo (ah ha, the people who are against high taxes uses servics paid for by taxes.)

However, not everybody believes in logic and it is not a required course in every journalism program. As logic is not universally taught or believed, we have no right to impose logic on anyone else. Being illogical is a valid alternate view and is no better than being logical and its intolerant to think otherwise.

It appears from the Statesman Article, that we truly must be thankful to our government and we have not shown the proper thankfulness for it.  We should put aside the rhetoric of ungrateful people like George Washington who described government as being like fire, a “dangerous servant and a fearful master” and instead realize that government is our friend and the more of it we have, the better off we are.

A week from today, we need to hold the Boise Government Subserviance Party. The Boise Government Subserviance Party will begin with a prayer to FDR, thanking him for the untold manifold blessings of the New Deal and pledging our last penny to keep the Social Security program exactly as it was when he brought the bill down off Mount Sinai.

We’ll then proceed to offer burnt offerings of lambs of the first year on the barbeque to our benefactors: State Controller Donna Jones, County Treasuruer Cecil Ingraham, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and of course Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Id.) who is endorsed by the Statesman repeatedly for his ability to bring home pork in a long caravan of U-haul trucks.

We’ll then make a general offering to the gods of Government. We could either burn our money or we could buy copies of big Government’s prophet, the Idaho Statesman. Either way, I see us getting about the same return, so it’s equal in terms of sacrifice.

Then, as our great act of repentance, we will go down to the legislature and completely reverse ourselves on local option taxes. We’ll urge a revision to the current bill,  so that it takes a 2/3 majority to reject a local option tax proposal. Why should a simple majority stand in the way of progress, the future, and empty buses running from Greenleaf to Boise?

We’ll also make sure only the most wise and informed among us can vote by allowing elections to be held on Christmas Eve with city buses being the only polling places.

Also, we’ll make it so  that there’s no limitation on where a local option taxing district could include.  The idea that only real political divisions like cities and counties could be local option districts is so provincial and such a hindrance to our legislators who need to come up with money to pay for schemes that primarily benefit our county, but for which our county’s taxpayers cannot pay.

We would urge further divsions on this bill. Local options shouldn’t just allow Ada County to rope Canyon County into a local option district It should also include non-bordering counties.  For example, in order to pay for public transit in Ada County,  not only should we be able to draft Canyon County, but we should also be able to draft Clark County into our local option district. Most of the people in Ada County don’t know where Clark County is, but that’s okay. The Idaho Tax Commission will have no problem locating them.

We hope these acts will appease the statist gods of the Idaho Statesman and that they find this attitude sufficiently pliant and abased.  And we will all look forward to the day when all of our paycheck goes to the government and it provides us with housing according to our needs, we no longer have cars, but are squeezed like cattle into public transit and are shuttled where the government says we need to go. The luxuries we receive will be according to the will of the all beneficient state who we ought not to question.

And hopefully over time,  we will forget about the nation that was founded by people who protested high taxes and feared the danger out of control government.  A day that many look forward to I’m sure.

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