Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Constitution Daily is Moving

I’m excited to announce that Constitution Daily will also be moving over to The Iowa Republican. So far Krusty and Battleground Iowa have announced their move over and I couldn’t be happier about the company this blog will be in.

The Iowa Republican will be Republicans’ greatest information asset and one that will stimulate outstanding conservative thought. This is something we’ve needed for years and now it has finally come to fruition.

One disadvantage that Republicans and especially conservatives have always had is the liberal bias in the media. We’ve never really had an outlet (other than radio) to get our message out. With The Iowa Republican we now have that outlet. We can finally, at least at some extent, combat the Des Moines Register.

With Iowa’s Republican registration number disadvantage and Democrats in control of all levels of government, as conservatives now is definitely the time to step it up and the folks over at the Iowa Republican has done just that.

So I’m not quite sure of all the details of the move and what happens to my current site but you can look for my blog entry tomorrow at http://www.theiowarepublican.com/. Hope to see you there!

Too Big to Fail

Every time I hear or see another report of AIG (and others) being too big to fail, I think of Tony Mandarich.

Maybe only a Packer fan would remember Mandarich. But Tony was a Michigan State Spartan in the late 80s that was deemed the greatest offensive lineman ever. Ever. The Packers took the “Incredible Bulk” with the second overall pick (behind Troy Aikman). Most scouts, fans, and especially the Packers coaches knew that Mandarich was too big to fail.

Drafted in 1989, the Packers cut Tony Mandarich after three embarrassingly lousy seasons.

Mandarich was too big to fail so the Packers dumped millions of dollars on him. After three years, all they were out were millions of dollars. It appears that Mandarich could fail but the Packers survived and went on to win a Super Bowl a couple years after the Hulk was cut loose.

Is AIG too big to fail? Are any of the other banks, insurers, car makers, etc… too big to fail? After a $787 billion stimulus and $700 billion in bailouts with more to come, plenty has been shelled out by the taxpayers to grease the skids. AIG reportedly lost over $60 billion in the 4th quarter and so the bailout geniuses are sending another $30 billion to prop them up.

I guess my question is: while Mandarich was being propped up by the Packers, who was the tackle that actually started in his place? And what was he paid? If and when AIG does fail, who are the more brilliant financial leaders whose companies are going to fill AIG’s void? Same with car companies.

What is the government (with our tax dollars) doing to help the rest of the team weather this economic storm? The government is in charge of the Social Security Administration and that obviously isn’t too big to fail. And why isn’t anyone thinking that the middle class is too big to fail?

Barry Sanders and Derrick Thomas are just a couple of the players taken after Mandarich in the 1989 NFL draft. Those investments paid dividends. And throughout their All-Star careers, they didn’t need bailed out.

Top Ten things the "experts" thought were "too big to fail"

10. Howard Dean

9. The Roman Empire

8. Prevailing wage bill

7. Al Gore drinking New Coke while listening to his 8-track in a DeLorean with Thomas Dewey

6. Gigli

5. Communism (including Olympic hockey)

4. Governor Lightfoot

3. The Titanic

2. The British (circa 1776)

1. Obama

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dow Dwindles, DSM Register Continues to Embarrass

This morning’s news of the Dow dipping below 7000 points probably doesn’t surprise most of us but it must be a surprise to Obama, Congress, and even Bush….right? I mean didn’t they say without the “rescue” plan the stock market would crash and the world would end? We sure are lucky we did something because if we didn’t maybe the stock market would plunge by half…oh wait, it did!

We all know the reasons the stock market is still tumbling but for some reason politicians are struggling with this. So I thought maybe they would read this blog and actually believe something coming from an average everyday citizen, not a DC insider (yeah right). Our strength is a free market, capitalist society. If you take our strength away, you will cripple this economy. The individuals who make up the entrepreneur side of our society – small businessmen, stockholders, CEOs – believe in the free market. Now that they see our country going down the road of socialism, they see their prospective ability to make money dwindling. They see government takeover of major corporations. They see tax increases for anybody succeeding. They see an increase on capital gains. They see an administration doing exactly the opposite of what should be done. Of course they are selling – why wouldn’t they?

Speaking of money. Iowa’s most liberal, full of bs, conniving journalist, Rekha Basu, wrote a scathing article on our very own Congressman Steve King for voting for a pay raise. What she didn’t tell you was the truth. In this excerpt, you see Basu does unintentionally give you the rest of the story about King’s opposition to the rule including the pay freeze.

"Last week, he [King] broke ranks with other Iowans in Congress and all but 23 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against freezing their own 2010 salaries. The pay-freeze amendment, part of a bill to allow a vote on the omnibus appropriations measure, passed 398 to 24."

King actually voted against the omnibus spending bill rule and was only one of 24 members to have the guts to do it. In an article in The Hill, a Republican staffer said, “It was kind of a manipulative thing to do,” said a Republican aide. “It was unusual that we supported the rule, especially one on a bill that we have so many problems with, but because of what they did with the pay increase, they could have used that vote against us.”

But Rehka didn’t care about the truth or motives of Congressman King. All she cared about was trying to tarnish his image. Luckily for King and conservatives, the Des Moines Register and Rehka Basu have no credibility in the eyes of Iowans.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Radio Legend Paul Harvey Dies at Age 90

The great Paul Harvey passed away today. This is one of those guys that the world will never have again. I don’t know anybody that didn’t like Paul Harvey. He will truly be missed.

There are hundreds of memorable stories he told but one really hit me hard back in the thick of the Iraq war. I heard this driving in south eastern Iowa in June of 2005. It was just perfect at the time and still holds true today. Paul was a great man and definitely a proud American.
June 22, 2005

It’s been a noisy, bloody overnight in Baghdad. Coordinated car bombings, one after another after another. One in a crowded central shopping district – maybe a half hundred dead, I don’t know how many dying.

Sunni Arabs are killing Shiite Arabs and as many of us as possible. Sunni Muslims are dominating Iraq for decades under Saddam Hussein, convinced that they can outlast us now. Defense Secretary Rumsfield goes up the hill this morning to update and anxious Congress.

For what it’s worth, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill told the American people, “We didn’t come this far because we are made of sugar candy.” And that reminder was taken seriously. We proceeded to develop and deliver the time bomb. The bomb. Even though roughly 150,000 men, women, and children perished in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with a single blow, WWII was over.

Following New York’s September 11th Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill was not here to remind us that we didn’t come this far because we are made of sugar candy. So, we mustered our humanity, we gave old pals a pass. Even though men and women from Saudi Arabia were largely responsible for the devastation of New York, Pennsylvania, and our Pentagon, we called Saudi Arabians our partners against terrorism and we sent men with rifles into Afghanistan and Iraq – kept our best weapons in their silos. Even now we stand their dying, daring to do nothing decisive because we declared ourselves to be better than our terrorist enemies. More moral. More civilized. Our image is at stake, we insist.

But we didn’t come this far because we’re made of sugar candy. Once upon a time we elbowed our way onto and across this continent by giving smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans. That was biological warfare. And we used every other weapon we could get our hands on to grab this land from whomever and we grew prosperous. And yes we greased the skids with the sweat of slaves.

So it goes with most great nation states, which feeling guilty about their savage pasts eventually civilized themselves out of business and wind up invaded and ultimately dominated by the lean, hungry, up-and-coming who are not made of sugar candy.

Paul Harvey,
Good Day.

Limbaugh at CPAC: Updated w/Link

Just got done watching Rush Limbaugh speak at CPAC. The guy is unbelievably good. Why he doesn’t do more political events is beyond me.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, click here and enjoy. He outlines the conservative movement better than anybody and does it a very entertaining way.

There is no need to go line by line through his speech because it’s all great! Seriously, if you didn’t see it live, make sure you catch a rerun…and live by his words.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Can you spare some change?

Obama sure hoodwinked a bunch of the nation with his fancy campaign rhetoric and cocky little George Clooney head weave while on the campaign. When are people going to realize this guy is the most liberal leader America has ever had? More importantly, when are they going to realize his politics and resulting policies are dangerous to our national sovereignty and identity?

Obama’s budget plans are finally coming to light and without a doubt, he’s a tax and spend liberal. In fact, he’s so much of one even he is ashamed of it. Why else would he lie to the American people about tax cuts and future spending?

According to numerous media outlets, Obama’s budget will increase spending by around 12 percent. This in a time where money isn’t exactly lying around. Many of you probably saw on the Drudge Report that Obama’s budget comes out to $11,833 per American. If you take a little more realistic view , the number is closer to $40,000 per taxpayer. And what do we get from it? More government intrusion in our lives, bigger/bloated/inefficient government, socialism, the end of free market capitalism, and disrespect for the rule of law.

Obama will also raise taxes by eliminating Bush’s tax cuts and raising taxes on individuals who make $250,000 or more annually causing a larger percentage of their productivity confiscated. But he doesn’t stop there. Nope, he’s also going after businesses…you know…those things that provide jobs, which in turn provide money for consumer spending, which in turn provides more jobs. Yep – he’s going to increase their taxes by $353 billion in the next 10 years. That adds up to around $62,000 per business.

When it comes to elections, strategists don’t typically look at the strong voting Republicans and Democrats, they typically look at the soft voting Rs and Ds and also the voting Independents. When looking at that group in the middle, is this what they voted for? Will they realize what they’ve caused? Or will Obama get a free pass by all these folks because he’s “the One”?

We finally figured out what Obama meant by “Change”. Can you spare some?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Good-bye semiautomatic, bad ass looking rifles

The so called “Assault Weapons Ban” will be reinstated if Obama has anything to do about it, which, unfortunately for the 2nd Amendment, he does. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama will be pushing for a permanent ban on these firearms.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.

I don’t know if Obama can define an assault weapon but I bet he doesn’t have a clue – just like Carolyn McCarthy in this video. This is one of those pieces of legislation that makes my blood boil. The liberals say this legislation is designed to protect us from gun violence. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The gun used for most homicides is a shotgun. Why don’t they outlaw shotguns? Because they don’t care about gun violence…they just want to incrementally get rid of the guns and unfortunately, the assault weapons have the least amount of support.

By the way their definition of an assault weapon is semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine and one or more of the following: folding stock, pistol grip, a forward grip, a threaded barrel, or a barrel shroud. So if it looks mean it must be evil. And it would be perfectly legal to own any other semiautomatic rifle as long as it doesn’t look like it can kill someone. Why don’t they just come out and say it, they hate the Constitution!

In the process of looking up some quotes for this post, I read, “Pelosi throws cold water on weapons ban”. What? How can this crazy lady do and say all these crazy things but she finally gets the message from the right on the 2nd Amendment? I don’t think so. Something is fishy and Pelosi isn’t sly enough to hide it forever.

New Republican News Sources

Next Wednesday at 7:00 a.m., Iowans will have a new place to get accurate news. The Iowa Republican, a self described “center-right news organization,” will launch its premier online-only issue. I don’t yet know everyone involved but former RPI Political Director and former vice president of Iowa’s leading Republican fundraising firm, Craig Robinson, is the editor-in-chief. Craig is an authentic conservative, true professional, and everything he does is top drawer.

I’m extremely excited about this Republican news source. It will have original content with interviews of Republican elected officials, candidates, and all kinds of newsmakers. We will finally have a resource debating issues important to Republicans based on rational and logical thought, not emotional, liberal mush. Imagine having a news outlet debate the FairTax v. the flat tax or different sensible energy options.

With the combination of TheBeanWalker.com and The Iowa Republican, we now have media sources to combat The Des Moines Register and the national news with their bias. It’s up to us to keep these two new resources going, hold them accountable, and feed them the information they need to serve their readers well.

If I’m a Democrat, I’m starting to see the Republicans step it up and I’m getting worried!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

State of the Union

After watching Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, I just can’t get over the reactions of the fanatical liberals. Now granted, I’m a really bad loser (everyone should be) but good heavens. Pelosi needs one of those Muslim veils to cover her mouth. If I were Obama, I’d lower the podium or something to get her off the screen. She is a horrible face for their party.

Then the reactions for some of the Senators and Representatives about made me break the TV. When Obama discussed elimination of the no bid contracts in Iraq, the liberals went nuts laughing and shouting. When will they admit Bush won the war in Iraq despite half of Washington undermining him every step of the way?!

Then the one that really gets me is his plan to raise taxes on those who make $250,000 or more. Now I’m way under that level of income but it just ticks me off that the “rich” have to shoulder so much of the tax burden. Currently a household making $250,000 is getting taxed around 35 percent or $87,500 per year at the federal level. You would think that would be enough but under Obama’s plan the household would get taxed at a rate of 39 percent or $97,500 per year. That doesn’t include state taxes, sales tax, property tax, gas tax, death tax, luxury tax, Medicaid, Medicare, social security, capital gains, and many others. The wealthiest already pay over 70 percent of the taxes. How much more can they take? Oh and there are only 2.2 million households making over $250,000 per year. So we have less than 2 percent paying over 70 percent of the taxes. There is only one word for this and it is theft!