Tompkins County Republicans

Tompkins County Republicans Chair Jamie Drader on WHCU this morning...

...on Reed, Shinagawa, and the future direction of the county and the country.

Drader: "Republicans in the House need to stand firm when it comes to fiscal responsibility."

Yes, principles matter.

And, personally, on another issue, what Lee Rayburn calls Shinagawa's "conviction," many others would call merely glibness.

You can listen to whole thing here.

Hey...ya gotta eat

Not only do you have to eat, but doing so in pleasant company with keynote speaker US Senate candidate Wendy Long, Congressman Tom Reed, the three NYS Senators who represent Tompkins County and lots of other interesting people is a good thing.  Everyone is welcome, but we need to hear from you ASAP:


Of minimum wages and corporate personhood

Ah, it's spring in Tompkins County and can the May Day rallies be far behind?  

In today's Ithaca Journal, a little story about the Tompkins County Legislature voting on issues that are above their pay grade on, of course, May Day:

With the Tompkins County Legislature voting on resolutions to endorse a higher state minimum wage and end corporate personhood Tuesday, the Tompkins County Workers' Center is preparing to rally in support of the two measures, while the county Republican Party is calling endorsing a higher minimum wage hypocritical.
The minimum wage resolution supports state minimum wage increasing from $7.25 to at least $8.50 or ideally $12.78 an hour. County representatives are scheduled to consider the resolutions at a special meeting of the Capital and Personnel Committee at 4:45 p.m. and then the full Legislature will take it up at 5:30 at the Tompkins County Courthouse, 320 N. Tioga St...
...The county GOP issued a statement Sunday saying the county Legislature should leave the issue for state legislators and calling the higher wage an unfunded mandate causing increased costs and prices. "It is hypocritical to complain only about those unfunded mandates that directly affect the Tompkins County Legislature but not those that impact the private sector," Tompkins County Republican Chairman James Drader said. "Ultimately it is the same taxpayer/purchaser who pays for unfunded mandates, whether these mandates are on government or businesses."
For more actual, you know, data on the effects of a minimum wage increase in NYS, see Raising the Minimum Wage in New York: The Poverty Impact of A. 9148.  To whet your appetitie:
...The data show that a majority of the employees affected by an $8.50 minimum wage in New York are either living with family or have a spouse that also works. As a result, the family income of a typical beneficiary of an increase in New York’s minimum wage is far higher than the $15,080 full-time, year-round income figure cited by policymakers and advocates.
The average family income of an employee affected by the proposed wage increase is above $53,000 a year. Even the median income of a beneficiary is $37,033 per year—more than double the $15k family income figure that advocates rely on....
Read on, Macduff.  Sound like an unfunded mandate that doesn't even do what it claims to do anyway?
And as for ending corporate personhood, see this post at Middle Class Dad on Politics, Marriage, Low-Carb Diets and a 1967 Firebird:
...Under this amendment, if I were to gather a group of my friends to advocate a position and we incorporate so we can claim non-for-profit status, we could be limited on what we could say by the government....
And that's only one of many issues with the idea that those evil, nasty, greedy corporations need to be muted.  
In the end, though, it boils down to free speech for me but not for thee. Progressives just hate it when they don't have enough rational arguments marshalled to win a debate, so their solution to that sticky wicket is to silence the other side.
And then, of course, there's the issue of the Tompkins County Legislature spending taxpayer money, in effect, as well as time on topics like the state minimum wage and an amendment to the US Constitution that are well outside their bailiwick.
Must be there are no county issues to deal with.

Real Republican Radio: WVBR -- UPDATE

Update: Tom's on tonight, but look for Bruno another time...

Thought that might get your attention.

Bruno Schickel, Republican candidate for Dryden Town Supervisor, and Tom Reynolds, former NY Assembly candidate and author of an essay on the economics of gas drilling, will be interviewed on Shin Hollow Radio, a show on WVBR this Sunday evening, July 3rd, 6pm-7pm.

WVBR is at 93.5FM and it also streams.  We'll be recording the show and putting it up here at One of Nine.


"I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."—BHO to Joe the Plumber, October 2008

And if you think that income redistribution only happens via the tax system, think again.  From a Tompkins County Republican Party press release on inflation and stagflation:

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the May Consumer Price Index figures, showing the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 4.1 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the index rose 0.5 percent.  For the same period, real average hourly earnings (wages adjusted for inflation) dropped 1.6 percent. 

Tompkins County Republican Party Chairman James Drader said, “We are, and we all ought to be, deeply concerned about this economic data.  Many Tompkins people are finding themselves increasingly squeezed between lower purchasing power and higher taxes.” 

Tompkins County’s economy is not cyclical and we tend to avoid the worst of an economic downturn.  But, Drader says, “even locally our economy is a significant problem.  There are so many families having to use food banks to supplement their needs.  And, it suggests that without policy change, “stagflation,” by which I mean a stagnant economy coupled with rising prices, may be ahead.  Those who can remember the Carter years will have experienced this before.” 

“Our primary concern needs to be the economy and good jobs.  So, the Tompkins Republican party is asking office holders at all levels to be as prudent as possible in holding down tax increases.  In the upcoming city and town campaigns, it is important that residents vote not to expand government or increase spending.” 

“We can get through these difficult times,”  Drader says, “with the right policies and approaches.  I call on elected officials in Tompkins County, at all levels, and of all parties, to focus on these critical issues before they become an unmanageable crisis.”

And on a related note, Middle-Class Families Struggle to Overcome Regulatory Recession:

Government policies have made life difficult for middle-class families like Thomas and Melissa Clements. Their business in Broussard, LA, has suffered from the Obama administration’s offshore drilling moratorium and subsequent permitorium. Tomorrow morning Thomas is coming to Capitol Hill to talk about his struggles at a congressional hearing.

Clements recently appeared in a video produced by Heritage and the Institute for Energy Research on the moratorium’s economic impact. His business, Oilfield CNC Machining LLC, has suffered from the government’s delays in permitting.

This week’s hearing, organized by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is titled, “Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet.”

Clements will join Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Susan Sipprelle, a multimedia journalist from Englewood, NJ, and Amanda Greubel, director of the Family Resource Center at Central Clinton Community Schools in DeWitt, IA.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. Thursday [June 23rd] at 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. It will also be streamed live from the committee’s website.

And at American Thinker

...Obama is treading the same path as FDR, repeating the same steps that turned a recession into the Great Depression.  But fear not; we survived the Civil War, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and World War II.  We'll survive Barack Obama as well.  But we must make certain he only reigns for one term.


Here's a post title I wish I'd thought of:

Hip replacement 

subtitled, "Lament of a boho-con: Why can't we on the right be cool?"

The author, a NYC writer, describes herself as "a proud bohemian conservative (or “boho-con”) and former rock critic." The photo below actually appeared on Legal Insurrection several days ago.

She writes:

During the 2008 presidential campaign, guitarist Tom Scholtz of the band Boston blasted Mike Huckabee for using Boston's song “More than a Feeling” on the campaign trail, saying that he, Scholtz, was an Obama supporter. John McCain stopped using populist rocker John Mellencamp’s “Our Country” at rallies after Mellencamp pointed out that he supported John Edwards.... Boston and Mellencamp are not exactly cutting-edge acts. (“More than a Feeling” dates from 1976).

Hey—you got a problem with that?

[....] Why can’t it be hip to be conservative? Or, put another way, why are conservative tastes so weary? Why do I have to be represented by awful campaign logos and songs and websites? I certainly don’t want the dark glamour of fascism or anything militaristic or violent. But why can’t a Republican campaign be more like, say, a Gorillaz concert?

[....] Two years after the election of our first hipster president, whom I didn’t vote for and won’t,...I can do little but lament that we Republicans seem to be boxed into being the tepid, sedate party: the party that’s no party.


[....] Hoping some answers, or even a solution, might emerge from solidarity, I’ve discussed my worries with other Republicans whom I suspect of being boho-cons. This is a furtive matter, for if New York is the place where gays are out and Republicans are in the closet, within the N.Y.-D.C. right-wing-media world, it’s the bohos who are closeted...




So—there are conservative voters of all stripes; in or out of the closet, they need to know we have their backs.

A couple of examples of visual messaging:

These are courtesy of Kevin Jackson, blogger (The Black Sphere), book author, FOX guest, frequent website columnist (for instance, at American Thinker) and entrepreneur extraordinaire.  They are targeted, obviously, at black voters—in this area, though, we'd be happy to convince any voters to vote Republican.  After all, we know how "unique" Tompkins County is.

But as the "Hip replacement" column demonstrates, the term "conservative" covers a lot of ground...and that's going to require a lot of thinking outside the box.

Janis Kelly v. Hank Dullea on WHCU this morning

Listen to Janis Kelly, City of Ithaca Republican Chair, spar with Democrat Hank Dullea earlier today on Japan, energy, federal and state budget issues, and leadership in Ithaca.

Obamacare decision updates

Here's some audio of Judge Roger Vinson on his Obamacare decision:

No, no, Roger Vinson, not Robert Vinton! Understandable mix-up since they both live in Florida.

Ahem. Well, we don't have any audio of the judge, but the text of his decision can be found here (via Legal Insurrection).

And here is the text of the Tompkins County Republican Party's press release on the decision:

In the wake of U.S. District Court Judge Vinson’s historic decision declaring Obamacare unconstitutional in its entirety and the party line Senate vote rejecting Obamacare repeal, the Tompkins County Republican Party announces its continuing support for the repeal of the entire Act.  “While we need certain healthcare reform such as tort reform and portability, the changes we make need to be sustainable.  We don’t need expensive, government controlled, Obamacare,” said James Drader, Tompkins County Republican Chairman.

“Obamacare did not have the support of a majority of the American people when it was passed and has not had majority support since,” Drader stated, “scientific polling data shows that.  The worst part of this enactment is that our representatives did not represent the people, and Democrat senators have just again denied the will of the people.  Rarely has a major enactment been passed with so little public support and on a virtually straight party line basis.”

“In a representative republic, those we elect are there to carry out the will of the people, not to decide, as an elite, that they know what is good for the people and that they have the right to force it on us.  We, as Republicans, will be vigilant in watching our elected officials, to make sure they carry out the will of the people.” 

Drader concluded, “Judge Vinson’s opinion is worth reading.  Obamacare is based on the interstate commerce power and would fine people for not buying health insurance.  But, as Judge Vinson wrote, if Congress can order us to engage in “activities” and to buy things under the commerce power, the rest of the constitution and its restrictions on Congress become meaningless and we would have a federal government of unlimited power.  Republicans support changes in our health care system, but we need to repeal this Act and start over again to develop a more limited, thoughtful, and bipartisan reform grounded in realistic cost estimates.”

And lastly, an op-ed piece by the Republican governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels.

New Year's Resolution...

..for Tompkins County Republicans? I was reminded that we should be making (at least) one by this article a couple of days ago from Gallup:

December 27, 2010

All 10 States Losing Congressional Seats Tilt Democratic

Five of the eight states that are gaining seats skew Republican

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- Each of the 10 states losing congressional seats as a result of the newly announced 2010 census reapportionment process is politically Democratic, based on a Gallup political identification measure from the first six months of this year. Five of the eight states gaining seats skew Republican.

Political Identification in States Losing Congressional Seats in 2010 Census Reapportionment, January-June 2010

I recalled the November 2010 statistics from the Tompkins County Board of Elections (not from some phone poll). Pubs in the county are 26% of all registered voters and 33% of party-affiliated voters; Dems are 46% of all registered voters and 59% of party-affiliated voters—an even worse situation than for the state as a whole, according to Gallup, although that comes as no surprise to anyone who lives here. Lose weight in 2011? Nah, we Republicans need to resolve to gain weight in terms of numbers of voters in the county. All hands on deck!

And for those among us who have trouble coming up with New Year's resolutions all by ourselves, the gubmint is here to help (via American Thinker). Sheesh.


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