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CNY bloggers get it

The GOP principle poachers do not.

And Cornell's Professor Jacobson on "the 'purity' cop-out":

Who demands purity and wants chaos?...

...It’s always the Tea Party for refusing to give in to Obama’s demands.

I’m sick of that narrative, particularly when it comes from our own side.  Why is it that we are the recipient of these inflammatory accusations, not the Democrats?

...It’s not a question of “purity.” That’s a convenient word to use to diminish the opposing view without addressing the merits.

...Why is it a test of “purity” to refuse to give in to an economically irrational, purely political demand?
And how would it create “chaos” if tax rates rose on everyone?  You may not like that outcome, but it’s not chaos.  To the contrary, it might have been a wake up call to the American population that the cost of big government cannot be borne by the top 2%.  You want big government, you pay for it.  That’s not chaos...
...Nor does it violate some conservative principle to say that raising taxes is not the answer, and to focus on controlling spending and reforming entitlements.  We proposed an entirely rational method of preserving economic order...

...There were alternatives, except that the House leadership fell into the trap of viewing the choice as going off the cliff or not.  It was a failure of nerve and a failure of creativity coupled with an announced willingness of Obama to go off the cliff, which resulted in horrible legislation which Senators did not even read prior to approving it.

Given the failure of leadership, why was it a “purity” test and a wish for “chaos” to decline to vote for the leader?  Why have a vote at all, if Yes is the only answer.

To dismiss the criticism of the tax rate rise and the abysmal failure of the Republcian negotiating strategy as a “purity” test and desire for “chaos” is a cop-out which just encourages further unreasonable demands from Democrats.

For Republicans to make the accusations against the Tea Party without justification is just icing on Obama’s cake.
Time to hum a few bars of "The Rattle Hymn of the Republic":


Thelma and Louise discuss the fiscal cliff

No, wait...it's Dora and Peregrina in an earnest tête-à-tête whilst simultaneously having coffee and their hair done (bet you didn't know you could do that at the Queen Diner—don't let the health department in on it.).  

Are you frustrated by the all the fiscal cliff talk?  So's Dora.  As always, the old gal makes a lot of sense.

Going Over the Cliff
“Are you happy with the direction the Republican Party is taking on the fiscal cliff?” my friend Peregrina asked me as we had coffee at the Queen Diner in Dryden. I had to admit I am not.
We agreed that a status quo election in which the popular vote split almost in the middle and which gave continued control of the House to the Republicans by a large margin was no mandate for the President’s radical income redistribution or grow government schemes.  Contrary to media claims, the Republican Party is not dead or even moribund.  About two-thirds of the states have Republican governors.  Even residents of the City of Ithaca have a Republican representative-elect now.  Yet, the Republican Party is suffering from a kind of sickness in which many Republicans neither speak out proudly for our basic principles nor vote on election day.
Now I’ve been a registered Republican since I turned 21, 67 years ago, and was eligible to vote (yes, they made you wait until 21 back then).  The main thing I like about the Party is its fiscal conservatism though that has been much lacking among some Republicans of late.
Ronald Reagan, bless his soul, said that he had not left the Democrat Party, it had left him.  I’m now beginning to feel the same way about the Grand Old Party (GOP).  In Washington, numerous “Republican” office holders have been talking compromise on basic fiscal principles.  Compromise works when the other side is genuinely interested in reaching a viable solution, but you can’t negotiate with people like the President who think it must be their way “or the highway.” Merely kicking the problem down the road or supplying our ever growing government with more funds just won’t work nor can we keep borrowing forty cents of every dollar we spend.
You can’t solve an overspending habit by borrowing, you have to do it by tightening your belt, Peregrina agreed.  Imagine a family, she suggested, that makes $60,000 a year but spends $100,000 every year.  How?  By borrowing money from banks, maxing out credit cards, and using friends and relatives year after year.  Sooner or later, the house foreclosed, bankruptcy filed, overspending must stop.
So, I’ve voted for Republicans only to see that when they get to Washington they get infected with “going along to get along” and to see them abandon the basic Republican principles of smaller government and lower taxes.  Sadly, they no longer feel willing to stand up and speak out for fiscal sanity.  They become “me too” Democrats, always wanting to spend more and to solve all problems with government “solutions.”
There is no such thing as a free lunch.  Common sense says that whatever we spend must be paid for by someone.  The taxing the rich mantra espoused locally by such voices as Barbara Lifton just cannot work.  Why not?  Because the rich just aren’t rich enough.  The tax increases sought by the President from successful people would only bring in about forty billion dollars a year, enough to run the government for little more than a week. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan lowered taxes and found lower taxes actually mean higher government revenues and prosperity for the American people.  Franklin Roosevelt raised taxes during a depression and got a longer depression. Yet the class warfare advocates continue to assault success and make it more difficult though the revenue that can be raised is merely politically symbolic and not meaningful.  They ignore the facts and follow a false dream.
But the problem isn’t revenues, it is spending.  Government is simply too big.  Some Republicans go to Washington to cut its size and end up increasing it.  That won’t do.
So, what must happen?  Statist Republicans and taxing Republicans must be given fiscally conservative and committed primary opponents.  We must confront our Republican office holders and let them know they will have internal party opposition if they persist.  We must get them to adhere to principle.  Or, we Republicans must turn to and work with the more committed Tea Party folks in trying to take back the Republican Party.
UPDATE:  I guess great minds really do think alike  wink

No middle ground

"Don't Tread On Me"  v. "Tread On Us All."  From Tina Korbe at Hot Air:

...it’s crucial to remember that Tea Party protests and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are just outward and modern manifestations of a more-than-a-century-old battle between classical liberalism and progressivism. Tea Partiers aren’t just trying to make a case for the Tea Party and Occupiers aren’t just trying to make a case for OWS; they’re trying to make a case for the ideas that formed them into these movements in the first place. Remembering those ideas makes the choice of which side’s narrative to believe even easier. For that, this video based on the work of NYU law professor Richard Epstein is particularly helpful:

Angry Birds? Hell, no! Angry Voters!

Thanks to Lonely Conservative for the great catch.  On a Saturday night, forget Dance Dance Revolution—play this game.  It's way more satisfying.

And at the parent site, ForAmerica.org:

What do you get when you cross a "Tea Partier" with a RINO?

Jack Davis (I know-—you're disappointed.  I wish I had a cleverer answer to that, too).  Interesting take by Sam Foster, frequent contributor to The Lonely Conservative, but this time writing at PajamasMedia):

...In the wake of Chris Lee’s resignation (for his shirtless stupidity), the local Republican Party put forth Jane Corwin as the establishment replacement. As Jazz Shaw points out, the decision-making under a special election in New York is left up to Republican chairmen, which gives rise to infighting. Yet Jane Corwin had a solid voting record and was rated the second-most conservative member of the state legislature. The same Conservative Party that endorsed Doug Hoffman and injected the third-party challenge for NY-23 sided with Corwin.

However, Tea Party Coalition leader Jim Ostrowski was unsatisfied with the lack of input allowed in the selection process. He decided to enlist millionaire and three-time Democrat congressional candidate Jack Davis to run on a Tea Party ballot. Up until now, Tea Party insurgents have run to the right of the establishment. Jack Davis’ run sets a new paradigm....

[....] If we knew nothing else, it would be easy to write Jack Davis off as some Tea Party candidate cooked up by the DCCC, but he does have some real Tea Party support. The Tea Party Coalition in Buffalo is run by a number of political activists. One of them is the aforementioned Jim Ostrowski, who has aided many conservative campaigns like that of Jill Rowland, who ran against Louise Slaughter in NY-28. Also, conservative radio host Bob Lonsberry has endorsed Davis...

[....] Jack Davis’ Tea Party support is greatly fractured. Five other Tea Party groups unanimously rejected Davis’ candidacy and supported Jane Corwin. But the actions of one rogue group and a radio host have ensured that the base in NY-26 will be split and ineffectual....

Read the whole thing.

‘Underdogma’: n. “the reflexive belief that those who have less power (Underdogs) are good...

...and that those who have more power (Overdogs) are bad."  From a review at Noisy Room, via New Zeal:

...Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, calls Underdogma the first great Tea Party book. And I would enthusiastically agree. The book manages to take the politically correct insanity that is infecting our world today and explain it in a way that clarifies and gives individuals hope. Hope that we can fight the liberal Progressivism so entrenched in American culture that sometimes it feels like it would be impossible to remove every hooked barb that has lanced itself into America’s psyche. This book is the cure for the disease of Marxist tyranny and an antidote to Progressive collectivism....

Sounds intriguing. Came out February 1st, no sign of it in the Finger Lakes Library System. If anybody's read it, please let us know what you thought of it.

More on the race in NY-26...the plot thickens

An update to an earlier post.  At the Buffalo News:

Suddenly, congressional candidate Jack Davis is the bull’s-eye target in a host of political cross hairs.

After posting a strong 23 percent showing in last week’s Siena College poll, the Tea Party candidate making his fourth try for the 26th Congressional District seat is now on the receiving end of attacks by nervous Republicans as well as local figures in the tea party movement incensed over his use of their moniker.

Both groups are taking aim just days after Davis told The Buffalo News he will organize with the GOP should he win the special election May 24, a move that in effect pits Democratic candidate Kathleen C. Hochul against two Republicans — Davis and official Republican candidate Jane L. Corwin.

Now the GOP is ratcheting up last week’s verbal criticism of Davis into mailers delivered throughout the district linking him to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and “liberal Democrats.”

[....] The mailings were sponsored by the state Republican Party, whose executive director, Thomas J. Basile, cited Davis’ three runs for the seat as a Democrat. “It’s obvious that Democrat Jack Davis doesn’t share our Republican values,” he said. “Voters deserve to know the truth about his dishonest attempt to distort his record. Jane Corwin is the only real Republican in this race.”

Corwin’s allies in the tea party movement were also firing away. “We at TEA New York do not support Davis. We all voted to endorse Jane Corwin, yet Davis runs on a tea party line,” complained Rus Thompson, a Grand Island resident and local pioneer of the tea party movement.

Oh, there's more.  Read the rest.

So while all this might seem to be playing into Democrat Kathy Hochul's hands, things may not be peachy in her campaign either.  State Democrats, with the exception of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, don't appear to be supporting Hochul, nor are the national Democrats.

The Lonely Conservative probably has it right: "The lack of actual Democrat support for Kathy Hochul is indicative of a politico that knows Hochul is only running a close race in the headlines." 

Another nice kettle of fish--this time in NY-26

Upstate NY politics often seems like something out of Laurel and Hardy—without the humor.

Remember this and this? Well, now there's this (at the WSJ, via Jazz Shaw at Hot Air):

A poll shows Republican Jane Corwin leading Democrat Kathleen Hochul in a tight race to fill the New York congressional seat vacated by Republican Chris Lee after he sent a shirtless photo to a woman on Craigslist.

The Siena College poll released Friday shows 36 percent of likely voters supporting Corwin and 31 percent favoring Hochul. With the May 24 special election about a month away, Tea Party candidate Jack Davis received 23 percent and Green Party candidate Ian Murphy trailed with 5 percent.

Siena's Steven Greenberg says that in a district with a seven-point edge for Republicans, Corwin's support lags behind Republican enrollment

The poll questioned 484 likely voters Tuesday and Wednesday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

The polling results from Siena are here.

Oh, my.  Professor Jacobson had called Jack Davis, the supposed tea party favorite, a "false flag candidate" several weeks ago—understandable in view of Davis' past ties to the Working Families Party.  But false flag or not, The Lonely Conservative puts a different spin than the WSJ on the Siena poll figures. And, as is often the case, the commenters add value by pointing out that Siena doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to congressional polling, which had certainly been my recollection from last fall.

Another nice mess...stay tuned...

Standing on the Corner


I’m not much for protests, it just isn’t my style.

Yet, last Monday, there I was down on Green Street standing under Congressman Hinchey’s office window standing with the Tea Partiers, and taking in the atmosphere.

There were several motivations for me to be there: For one, to get a picture or two for One of Nine.  For another, to support the like minded people out there, some of whom also feel that protests aren’t their style. 

And, of course, the main point of the event: to let folks know that there are some people, even here in blue Ithaca, that don’t believe in the progressive, Marxist, Communist, social justice, We are One, UnCut, global warming, sustainability, ICLEI, no fracking, dependency, tax (or kill) the rich, truther, blame Bush, George Soros funded, Center for American Progress organized, Media Matters vetted, class warfare hyping, moonbat blathering religion which is de rigueur in our fair county.

This “protest” wasn’t about convincing anyone about anything.  There is a fine essay about this fact over at Marginal Futurity, which I incorporate here by reference. 

For me, the main point was to create some thinking space for people who don’t really agree with the left-religion, but are inundated by its drumbeat.  The point was, by mere presence, to carve out some breathing room for people who haven’t been involved in politics, but who sure can see prices rising every day.  To create a little opportunity for someone to ponder what is happening to the little 403b account they have been accumulating for the past 20 years.   To let even one person wonder what they will do once all of the money has been spent, and none is left to pay their underfunded pension, their social security or their Medicare. How can the debt we have already incurred ever be repaid?  If it isn’t, will it mean a war to defend our land?  Who owns the Federal Reserve, and why do we accept their inflating paper money?  Why are so many working to hard to undermine the concept of private property?  Who will benefit from that?

Some people came across the street with an apparent expectation that if they could get a great sound bite or video clip that the “Tea Party movement” might be discredited.

“Do you listen to Glenn Beck?” asked one with an audio recorder pushed at us.  “Do you think he tells the truth?”  

“Can I interview you?” says the video camera in my face.  Well, no.  That’s not why I’m here.

You might be convinced, but not by someone who can turn a phrase on a street corner. You might be convinced by honestly looking at the world as it actually is.

h/t to Lost Napkins for the video.

Dueling Ithaca Tax Day protests and podcasts

Ed Weissman is a member of "Forward Thinking," the tea party group in Ithaca. They plan to protest outside of Rep. Hinchey's downtown Ithaca office at the corner of Green and Cayuga starting at noon today.  Listen to Ed's interview on WHCU today here.

And listen to Tompkins County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Irene Stein talk about a counter-protest across the street from the tea partiers in downtown Ithaca today here.


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