Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ship Saved. Huckabee Sunk

The Tea Party literally saved the ship of state yesterday.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he had at least 9 Republican Senators who were ready to vote for the Omnibus porker as he prepared to bring the bill to the Senate floor.  Then the Tea Party patriots roared into action, melting down the phone lines to DC and the 9 votes evaporated in the heat.

The good news is that the will of the people won the day.  The bad news is that there are still 9 RINOs blowing in the Senate wind who were prepared to vote for a bill that only a handful of guys wrote, nobody had time to read, and that would grow the national debt pile by a cool trillion or so.  Any fool could see that this was a bad idea for the nation, but there are still two handfuls of Republican uberfools who think the electorate is still sleeping through the financial apocalypse.  Fortunately, the anger of the American people is aroused and it doesn't look like anybody is going back to sleep until at least 2013 (if then).

The only good to come out of this Lame Duck session so far is that it is exposing the soft RINO underbelly of the Republican Presidential wannabes.  Governor Mike Huckabee, a guy the Watchman thought would make a reasonable conservative President, fell on his sword as he announced that all the Congressional Republican's who opposed the so-called Obama tax cut compromise were wrong to do so.  He basically said, this is the best deal we can get.

Oh really?  When?  Maybe its the best deal we can get in December, but it's surely not the best deal we can get in January.

Huckabee must never become the Commander-in-Chief of the American Armed Forces.  His strategy on the tax cut legislation is akin to saying, "Charge that hill, boys.  We've got 2 divisions coming up as reinforcements next month, but the enemy will give us half the ground between here and the top of the hill if we charge now."

That's insane.  No commander makes a charge at half strength if he can help it.  And the low part of the hill is always the easiest part to charge against. It's the top, where the hill is the steepest, that is the most difficult to take.

So Huckabee, Gingrich, and some other presidential contenders have shown that they love the art of the compromise more than they love standing for bedrock conservative principles.  It's politics as usual with solutions that no American likes (expect the "peace in our time" Republican appeasers).

Say what you will about Obama's inexperience as President, but he's won every political battle so far.  He charged when he had the troops and got health care passed.  His troops were decimated in the process and on the eve of being overrun in a counter-attack, he brilliantly negotiates a cease-fire which the rube Republicans accept.  By the time hostilities commence again, he will have reinforced his position having created an image of 'reasonableness' in the minds of voters while at the same time wielding a veto pen that will hold that hill for the next two years.

Way to go RINOs.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Scuttling the Ship


We have to be clear on this.  The left wing of the Democrat party wishes to "create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos".  In short, their goal is to destroy our economic system so that they can usher in their vision of a socialist utopia.  Cloward and Piven, two professors from Columbia University, laid out this plan in their 1966 article in The Nation.

Fast forward to December 2010.

This week the Senate threatens to pass another massive trillion dollar spending bill.  It's a 2,000 page bill that almost nobody has read.  Sound familiar?  Despite the clear message of fiscal restraint sent by the voters in the last election, this bill is chock full of pork.  It's like the November election never happened.

Is this just the usual nest feathering of Congressmen and Senators on their way out the door?  To an extent, I'm sure that's true.  But we have to keep in mind that the liberal Democrats don't care if the ship goes down.  In fact, they want it to go down and the sooner the better.  Adding another trillion in deficit spending might just be the torpedo to do it.
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