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Blagojevich Appointed Burris to Obama’s Senate Seat. Why did he accept?

December 30th, 2008

Now that Blagojevich has appointed a replacement for Obama’s senate seat, despite the insistence of nearly every political figure that he not do so, the most interesting question is why did Roland Burris accept? As always, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Burris has to know that there is very little chance of the Senate Democrats allowing his appointment to go through. They have made it publicly known and Obama, the new face of the Democratic party, has backed them on this issue. Burris has a plan, he is counting on name recognition. Everyone will know him now. The amount of media air time this story will get practically guarantees him the seat if he runs in a special election, which he will of course push for in the case that the Senate blocks his appointment. You just can’t beat this kind of free press.

The special election will have no incumbent for Burris to compete with and once it is revealed that the person Blagojevich tried to trade the seat to was not Burris people will accept him as a foregone conclusion through sheer name recognition and vote for him.

Well played Burris, well played.

Bush Reverses Pardon Shortly After Giving It

December 24th, 2008

Bush decided today that the pardon given to Isaac R. Toussie, a 36-year-old New York developer, needed to be reviewed. Apparently several things came to light after he had given the pardon. What that means is that they didn’t do their due diligence. While I am glad President Bush is willing to admit his mistake, somebody screwed up.

The things they found out should not have been that hard. Isaac R. Toussie has a lawsuit against him for being a racist, and his dad gave a very large amount of money to Republicans this election cycle. The houses he sold were of inferior quality than the models used to sell the houses, and the applications were CODED BY RACE. They were also led into segregated instead of integrated neighborhoods. Are you kidding me? How in the world was this information missed until a few hours after the guy gets a pardon.

It’s not like this information would have been hard to find. While I commend Bush for having the guts to admit his mistake, I think it is pretty ridiculous that simple information like this was not looked at before the pardon was issued. Let me know what you think about this situation in the comments section below.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags: , ,

Holiday News Update…

December 23rd, 2008

During the holidays political news generally slows to a halt but this year there are a few things conservatives should be paying attention to.

Obama’s new transition team has begun reviewing all of President Bush’s executive orders to determine which they should over turn in their first days in office. Obama has previously stated the need to repeal many of these orders and this is well within his rights. Some bloggers have pointed out that some of the executive orders being targeted relate to abortion and may change the landscape of the abortion issue. The most interesting part of this for the libertarians among us is that Obama may end up simply reissuing his own executive orders allowing the power of the federal government, and specifically the president, to further spiral out of control.

The media has begun calling Biden the “Working Families Czar” in light of the new task force Biden will be heading up. I don’t know which is more alarming. That the media continues to use the word czar, that Obama’s administration said they would not use this word, or that the Obama administration thinks this is a necessary use of our resources. I had written a long spiel about the problems with spending tax dollars on this kind of thing but I deleted for brevity sake. Most of the readers will already know my complaints (hint, I’m a libertarian) and for those who aren’t familiar look here or here.

CNN is claiming that in their poll 63% of Americans supported the Auto Bailout. This figure may not be entirely correct but the fact that these numbers are even leaning this way should be a good indicator that fiscal conservatism is in even more trouble than we thought.

The NY Times and the White House are at odds with eachother after the NY Times tries to dump the mortgage crisis on Bush’ door step.

Ultimate List of Conservative Must Read Books

December 22nd, 2008

If you are a conservative on Twitter, you really should join #TCOT. It is the Top Conservatives on Twitter, and it is a great place to get to know some awesome people. The group includes many bright conservatives and offers a wonderful place to share and generate ideas.
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Author: Derek Clark Categories: Books Tags:

Fred Thompson, Common Sense, and Some Holiday Humor

December 21st, 2008

Fred Thompson shares some insight into the drunken spending of the federal government. I really wish he had been a better candidate. I think he would have made a great President.

From All American Blogger.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Ron Paul

December 20th, 2008

1. Ron Paul has been elected to Congress 3 times as the non-incumbent. That is really impressive since the incumbent wins re-election to Congress 95% of the time. He has served from 1976–1977, 1979–1985, and 1997 – present.

2. He was the first member of Congress to propose term limits legislation in the House. Term limits are badly needed, but they are going to be nearly impossible impossible to enact. How do you get the majority of Congress to fire themselves?

3. He was the Libertarian candidate for President in the 1988 election. He came in a distant third behind Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush.

4. On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon implemented the U.S. dollar’s complete departure from the gold standard. That was the day Ron Paul decided to enter politics. He later said, “After that day, all money would be political money rather than money of real value. I was astounded.”

5. Ron Paul said this in his farewell address to Congress in 1985, “Special interests have replaced the concern that the Founders had for general welfare. Vote trading is seen as good politics. The errand-boy mentality is ordinary, the defender of liberty is seen as bizarre. It’s difficult for one who loves true liberty and utterly detests the power of the state to come to Washington for a period of time and not leave a true cynic.”

6. This is a quote from his column at Ron Paul.com, “Politicians may not have any real idea about how to build a car, run a bank, educate a child, heal the sick or build a road, but they are quite adept at using carrots and sticks to manipulate and threaten those who do.”

7. His latest book, The Revolution: A Manifesto(aff.), became a New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller as soon as it was released.

8. Ron Paul spends extra time in his district to compensate, as he puts it, for “violating almost every rule of political survival you can think of.”

9. He was one of six Republicans to vote against the Iraq War Resolution. Ok, you probably knew that.

10. In 1996, Nolan Ryan gave his support to Ron Paul and became his honorary campaign chair. He was an ad spokesman and was a big part of the reason Paul was elected.


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Author: Derek Clark Categories: General Politics Tags:

Bush Fails Conservatives Again with an Auto Bailout of 17.4bn$

December 19th, 2008

Bush just announced a 17.4 bn$ bailout for Automakers. This will of course come as a disappointment to many conservatives hoping he would hold fast and not give in. His plan will give them 14bn$ now with a deadline of March 31st for these companies to be viable. This isn’t going to happen. The likely result is that this money will tide them over until Obama is in office and then he will provide a much larger sweeping recovery package much to the disdain of conservatives.

Author: T.J. Seabrooks Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

Mainstream Media Only Now Recognizes Problems with the ‘97 Tax Breaks?

December 19th, 2008

Mainstream media is late to the party again. This article from the NY Times discusses some of the problems with the massive tax breaks handed out by President Clinton to encourage people to buy and sell homes. The media has been heaping all of this trash on the door step of George W. Bush for the past 12 months and now they acknowledge some of the problems conservatives have been discussing for the past year. I guess they didn’t want to talk about it while they were trying to get Obama into the White House. The Media is a decrepit and obsolete institution with no value left in it.