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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
 

Ithaca College is NOT a bastion of diversity?

You mean it isn't inclusive?

Yes, that's what I mean. In an age of positively grating identity politics on campuses (and elsewhere), where being as unlike the others as possible is elevated to the level of sainthood, every conceivable group and subgroup comprising the human species is included, tolerated, understood...except for Republicans and conservatives.

Not a news flash to people living in and around a college town, but it's always nice to have data that back up the anecdotal evidence and gut instinct (click on the image to embiggen):

 

So what group of well-funded subversives came up with this data? The Ithaca College Republicans. You know, students.

From the accompanying paper:

Step onto Ithaca College’s campus, and you can’t help but see the progressive bias. Ithaca College Republicans pointed out this bias in 2003, when they discovered 93.6 percent of faculty in the County of Tompkins were registered Democrats or Greens versus only 6.4 percent Republicans or Conservatives....


...where do we stand nine years later?  We are left with a mission statement, which is merely rhetoric, rather than reality.  In Ithaca College’s mission statement, we are told, “Ithaca College is committed to attracting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff.”  In updating the study, the Ithaca College Republicans [found] the numbers remain unchanged.  In voter identifying the faculty of Ithaca College in Tompkins County in September of 2012, we have discovered Democrats and Greens to make up 92.1 percent of IC faculty, contrasted with 7.9 percent Republicans and Conservatives.  Although this is 1.5 percent better than it was in 2003, it falls within the margin of error, representing really no change at all...

...In Ithaca College’s strategic vision for the current decade, IC 20/20 Vision and Plan, which was approved in May of 2011, it is stated, “Every Ithaca College student should graduate with a multi-cultural competence that prepares them to live and work effectively and in harmony within a diverse society and an increasingly interdependent global community.” How are we preparing our students to live in a diverse society when we are disregarding the perspective of over 42 percent of the nation’s population?... 

...What is so diverse about a community who all thinks the same?
You can read the whole thing here.
 
Those outside academe might think this is a tempest in a teapot, merely an internal problem to be solved on campus. But when you consider the volume of taxes at all levels of government that is funneled, directly or indirectly, into colleges and universities—and thereby funneled into the Democratic Party and its alter egos—the dearth of intellectual diversity at these recipients of taxpayer largesse becomes a very big deal for everyone.
 
For more information about the study, contact Ithaca College Republicans Chair Rob Oliver at (781) 534-2306.
 
 

Last straw

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national "Catholic" social justice lobby, is a disgrace.

In an interview with The Weekly Standard's John McCormack, Campbell said this:

TWS: On the legal question, do you think there should be penalties against abortion doctors? I mean, should it be illegal to perform abortions?
 
CAMPBELL: That’s beyond my pay grade. I don’t know.
 
“The fact is my vast preference is that all women would have the support to carry their babies to term,” Campbell continued. “One of the things I find so horrifying in the Romney-Ryan budget is that they want to take those supports away. And then they claim they’re pro-life. That just drives me nuts!”
 
So Campbell knows that the Romney-Ryan budget is "horrifying" because it spends less on social welfare programs than Obama, but she's agnostic about passing laws to stop abortions...
Sorry, "Sister," but if you're Catholic, whether or not abortion on demand at any point in a pregnancy is permissible is not a matter of "pay grade" or opinion.  Period.
 
In case you've forgotten, "Sister's" reference is to a remark candidate Obama made in August, 2008, in answer to a question asked by Pastor Rick Warren:
Q. Now, let’s deal with abortion. 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. you know, as a pastor I have to deal with this all of the time. All of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. 40 million abortions. At what point does a baby get human rights in your view?
 
A. Well, I think that whether you are looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade... 
Actually, "Sister's" messiah, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., thinks it's perfectly fine to throw unwanted babies into trash cans. Catholics, however, are supposed to be opposed to that sort of thing.
 
I know that no one pays attention to party platforms, but let's have a look at the two 2012 platforms anyway, shall we?
 
The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
 
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child
has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non- consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form—and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell re- search to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
 
We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.
Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose. The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.
Notice "regardless of ability to pay." Translation: everyone will pay for abortions via their taxes, regardless of conscience.
 
The platform plank on "Protecting A Woman's Right to Choose" goes on to say:
Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs.
For Catholics, however, abortion is not "an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy" (love that last bit they threw in about clergy).  It's wrong.  Period.
 
Perhaps "Sister" was among the Dems at the convention booing and hissing at the re-insertion of "God" into the Dem platform.
 
So we have a supposedly Catholic "sister" who's more concerned with Paul Ryan's shocking notions that we can't afford—in terms of both dollars and moral hazard—all the social welfare programs that she's so enamored of than she is with innocent life being slaughtered.  
 
We have serial womanizer Bill Clinton being a featured speaker at the convention.
 
We have a tribute at that convention to another serial womanizer—and I'm just going to say it, murderer of a young woman—Ted Kennedy.  
 
We have DNC (empty) chair and pathological liar Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz dismissing RNC female speakers, who included a former Secretary of State, three sitting Governors, a US Senator, a mayor, three US Congresswomen, a former Lieutenant Governor, and an Attorney General, as "shiny packaging."
 
And Republicans are waging a war on women?
 
These people are sick, including "Sister" Simone.
 
Why any woman would vote for any candidates who associate themselves with what the Democrat Party has become in 2012 is beyond me.
 
 

 

Dirty jobs are pretty hard to outsource

Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, roustabouts, roughnecks...if you need one of these folks to work on your house or your car or your drill rig, they need to be here, not in India.

This is not a concept that Democrats seem to have, at least not as expressed in the Democrat Party 2012 platform:

...To help keep college within reach for every student, Democrats took on banks to reform our student loan program, saving more than $60 billion by removing the banks acting as middlemen so we can better and more directly invest in students. To make college affordable for students of all backgrounds and confront the loan burden our students shoulder, we doubled our investment in Pell Grant scholarships and created the American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, and we're creating avenues for students to manage their federal student loans so that their payments can be only 10 percent of what they make each month. President Obama has pledged to encourage colleges to keep their costs down by reducing federal aid for those that do not, investing in colleges that keep tuition affordable and provide good value, doubling the number of work-study jobs available to students, and continuing to ensure that students have access to federal loans with reasonable interest rates. We invested more than $2.5 billion in savings from reforming our student loan system to strengthen our nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska, Hawaiian Native Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander Institutions, and other Minority Serving Institutions. These schools play an important role in creating a diverse workforce, educating new teachers, and producing the next generation of STEM workers...

STEM stands for science/technology/engineering/math, by the way.

So, dag nabbit, every kid's gonna go to college.  You vill do it and you vill like it—ve haff vays of making you like it.

And we'll just keep printing money and borrowing from China and turning the thumbscrews on uncooperative colleges for as long as it takes. 

Oh, and there is no higher education bubble, the one we rednecks have written about here, herehere, and here.

However, Pundette writes

...Obama's obsolete idea that college should be the default option for every young person is not only way behind the curve but harmful to the kids and the economy.

That observation sprang from a column by Mike Rowe:

...mikeroweWORKS grew out of a TV show called Dirty Jobs. If by some chance you are not glued to The Discovery Channel every Wednesday at 10pm, allow me to...introduce myself...

When Dirty Jobs premiered back in 2003, critics called the show “a calamity of exploding toilets and misadventures in animal husbandry.” They weren’t exactly wrong. But mostly, Dirty Jobs was an unscripted celebration of hard work and skilled labor. It still is. Every week, we highlight regular people who do the kind of jobs most people go out of their way to avoid. My role on the show is that of a “perpetual apprentice.” In that capacity I have completed over three hundred different jobs, visited all fifty states, and worked in every major industry.
 
Though schizophrenic and void of any actual qualifications, my resumé looks pretty impressive, and when our economy officially crapped the bed in 2008, I was perfectly positioned to weigh in on a variety of serious topics. A reporter from The Wall Street Journal called to ask what I thought about the “counter-intuitive correlation between rising unemployment and the growing shortage of skilled labor.” CNBC wanted my take on outsourcing. Fox News wanted my opinions on manufacturing and infrastructure. And CNN wanted to chat about currency valuations, free trade, and just about every other work-related problem under the sun.
 
In each case, I shared my theory that most of these “problems” were in fact symptoms of something more fundamental – a change in the way Americans viewed hard work and skilled labor. That’s the essence of what I’ve heard from the hundreds of men and women I’ve worked with on Dirty Jobs. Pig farmers, electricians, plumbers, bridge painters, jam makers, blacksmiths, brewers, coal miners, carpenters, crab fisherman, oil drillers…they all tell me the same thing over and over, again and again – our country has become emotionally disconnected from an essential part of our workforce.  We are no longer impressed with cheap electricity, paved roads, and indoor plumbing. We take our infrastructure for granted, and the people who build it.
 
Today, we can see the consequences of this disconnect in any number of areas, but none is more obvious than the growing skills gap. Even as unemployment remains sky high, a whole category of vital occupations has fallen out of favor, and companies struggle to find workers with the necessary skills. The causes seem clear. We have embraced a ridiculously narrow view of education. Any kind of training or study that does not come with a four-year degree is now deemed “alternative.” Many viable careers once aspired to are now seen as “vocational consolation prizes,” and many of the jobs this current administration has tried to “create” over the last four years are the same jobs that parents and teachers actively discourage kids from pursuing. (I always thought there something ill-fated about the promise of three million “shovel ready jobs” made to a society that no longer encourages people to pick up a shovel.)...
Absolutely, positively, read the whole thing. Then go back and re-read the higher education plank from the Dem platform, above.
 
And Dems say Republicans are out of touch?
 

No Country for Old Men...


...like Barack Obama.

The transcript of the speech is here.

The jawbone of an ass

"The jawbone of an ass is just as dangerous a weapon today as it was in Sampson's time." -- Richard Nixon

So I figure this guy

just wielded one of these in Tampa:

First, Maine delegates were replaced with Romney people. Then, rules chairman John Sununu and GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stood on stage at the RNC to rule on the compromise rules report. No minority report was mentioned. When asked for yeas and nays on the report, the room seemed equally divided. Boehner forged ahead and approved the report over loud boos and calls of “point of order” from activists on the floor.

No vote on the minority report.

FW’s Dean Clancy observes: “If @SpeakerBoehner had been wielding the Speaker’s gavel instead of the GOP convention gavel, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that trick.”

By all means, read the whole thing.

How about not pulling any punches?

We can hope...for change.

For instance, wouldn't it be refreshing if some Republicans were less concerned with blocking fellow party members from influencing the direction of the party (heaven forbid that there should be a change in direction) and more concerned with justifiably and unabashedly bashing the abysmal presidential record of the current incumbent and his administration?

Like so (try at about the 5:00 mark for just one example):

To read the text of the speech, click here.

Bringing a knife to a gun fight

Come on, guys.  This is what the other side is putting out—an ad, posted on the official Barack Obama campaign YouTube page this past Friday:

There's just one little problem: John Hinderaker at PowerLine says

...The ad is surprisingly ineffective, but it is also dishonest. At least one of the women who pose as “Republican women for Obama” is a long-time Democrat...

...There are liars; there are compulsive liars; and then there is the Obama campaign. If someone took the trouble to track the down the other women in the ad, they would probably find something similar. If you do that, please record your findings in the comments.

UPDATE: OK, I’ve broken through on this via Facebook. More of the women are fake “Republicans.”...

 
I can just hear someone on the left spluttering, "But the One can't be held responsible for the actions of people working on his campaign!"
 
And as we all know, the buck has to stop someplace:
 
 
 
So what do our guys do? At Politico:
“I know there are some people who do a very good job acting and pretend they’re something they’re not,” Romney said. “You get what you see. I am who I am.”
 
To press the point, he said the GOP would even try to turn Obama’s still-high personal favorability rankings back on him at its convention this week, by making the simple case to voters: nice guy, failed president.
Un-frickin'-believable. These people are going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
 
This isn't simply a case of someone being an incompetent nincompoop (some would say a SCoaMF)—although that may also be true. This is a clash of world views: collectivism v. freedom:
 

Which do you choose—liberty or tyranny?

And Republicans...we're in dire straits. Based on data from the Treasury and the OMB, the Senate Budget Committee Republican staff under ranking member Jeff Sessions [R-AL] reports that in the last 4 years, the debt increased by more than it did in the previous 17 years.

Can't we take off the kid gloves now?

UPDATE:

Sorry, Rich, but this is one time I have to disagree with you.  I seriously doubt that this was what Romney had in mind (great Photoshop, though  smiley  ):

 

War fair?

Who's waging war on women exactly?

According to some Dems, you have to collect a paycheck from an employer in order for your opinion to be valid...no, wait...

His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we . . .  why we worry about their future.

Oh, really?

I'm just sayin' this...

 

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