Voting Slacker

We’re trying to make sure my nephew gets out to vote on Nov. 2nd. He’s 22 and in the late stages of adolescence. Getting him to register to vote has had about the same success as getting him out of bed before noon on a Saturday, according to my brother.

I e-mailed him the registration and the absentee voter ballot registration, with threats of awful vengeance if he doesn’t fill them out and mail them in time. Troy, N.Y., is a long drive, but I’m willing to make that drive if that’s what it takes to drill civic sense into his intelligent, but thick, skull.

Mechanical engineering students must be particularly difficult students. They’re extremely well-focused – they must be in order to pass their courses – but it’s difficult to get their attention or to get them to answer you with multi-syllable words.

He didn’t vote in the presidential election because he disliked the Republican candidate. “He’s a white-haired old man,” The Nephew pronounced. “I’d rather not vote at all than vote for a candidate I don’t like.”

I couldn’t blame him. But I also couldn’t make him understand that if he didn’t use his vote to counter the votes of Liberal/Progressives, his right to vote would vanish one day in the near future. Use it or lose it.

In the 2008 presidential election, 56.8 percent of the voting age population turned out at the polls. A little more than half the country voted, which was a high for our modern times. In the 1996 midterms, only 37.1 percent of voters bothered to cast a vote. Goodness only knows how low the turnout was in the off-year elections.

The highest the voting rate has been in modern memory was the 1960 presidential election, when 63.1 percent of the population came out to vote. In 1996, only 49.1 percent of the voting age population put their heads into a voting booth, less than half the country.

The mid-terms have always been low, but pretty consistent in the mid-30s. In 1966, 48.4 percent turned out for the mid-terms, less than one percent fewer voters than in the 1996 presidential. Voter turnout has pretty much been downhill since 1960.

Young voters claim they don’t know anything about the candidates. But they know everything about Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan. They have all the latest electronic, digital technology. Instant information is at their fingertips. How hard could it be to google the candidates in your district and find out about them?

http://rolandstraten.com/

In The Nephew’s case, the link would be: http://garrett.house.gov/

(I just signed him up for the Congressman’s e-newsletter).

I’m too busy studying. The paperwork is too hard. I don’t know who the candidates are. I don’t know what the issues are. I don’t like politics. I don’t have any stamps. The post office is too far away.

The problem with this generation is their mothers spent their childhoods cutting their meat for them, doing their homework for them, driving them everywhere they wanted to go, taking care of everything for them (and now Obamacare has extended childhood to age 26).

I couldn’t wait to vote. I came of age in an off-year election, but I still voted. I didn’t care; voting for the first was as much of a milestone to me as getting my driver’s license. Being able to vote meant I was truly an adult. I got to make one of my first adult decisions in the voting booth.

This generation seems to mired in an eternal childhood, though. It’s almost like it’s not cool to vote, unless you’re voting for a Liberal. The Conservative kids, outnumbered by peers who are being bought off with grades by Liberal professors, hunker down, believing their vote doesn’t count.

My brother has the same attitude. Oh, he votes, but he figures it doesn’t matter. Too many potential voters have that same attitude and don’t bother to vote at all. That was what begat our local Tea Party. Someone had to prove to the doubtful that you could stand up to politicians and make a difference. As far as I was concerned, the reticent voters, not the politicians, were the target.

If The Nephew doesn’t get on the ball and fill out those forms, next weekend I’ll be tearing up the NYS Thruway to make sure he does fill out and send it in. If I have to, I’ll march up and down in front of his dorm with a sign with his name and picture on it. The caption will read: Voting Slacker.

 Maybe I’ll even post it on his Facebook page.

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Published in: on September 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pinkos on Parade

I have a parade on Saturday which I can’t get out of, so I really won’t be able to attend the N.J. Tea Party Rally at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. But the line-up for the Sussex County Firemen’s Parade can’t hold a candle to the line-up for the One Nation Rally on Saturday:

AFL-CIO

American Federation of Teachers

Center for Community Change

Green for All

NAACP

National Council of La Raza

Rainbow PUSH Coalition

SEIU: Service Employees International Union

Sojourners

UAW, International Union

AFSCME

Alliance for Democracy

Campaign for America’s Future

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Campus Progress

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America

Code Pink

Color of Change.org

Communist Party USA (CPUSA)

Democratic Socialists of America

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Gray Panthers

Human Rights Campaign

International Socialist Organization

National Education Association

National Urban League

Planned Parenthood

United Steel Workers

Working Families Party

Ya Ya Network

The Communist Party USA? Arm in arm with the NAACP, NEA, AFT, Democratic Socialists of America, Code Pink, and Planned Parenthood, among other participants. The Grand Marshal of this parade will be George Soros.

This event promises to be quite a spectacle, and America should take a good, hard look at them. With good luck, every weak-kneed moderate Republican voter will shake themselves awake, come out of hiding and take themselves to the polls on Nov. 2nd post haste.

I hope every Republican or Tea Party candidate has a video photographer down there so they can use the footage in their campaign ads. Even if they pick up every scrap of litter, these communist protesters will still leave the National Mall sullied and polluted because they oppose everything Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson (well, he’s nearby) stood for and everything for which the soldiers of World War II and the Vietnam War gave their lives: freedom, not freeloaders.

They have the right to assemble of course, but they’ve got everything all wrong. So let them flood the Mall by the busload. Let America see what they are. I hope they carry signs that spell it out so there’s no mistaking their message, no mistaking the intent of their gathering as peaceful and beneficial.  They are billing their event locally as a demonstration, not a rally.

No one had to pay the Glenn Beck fans to show up in Washington for his Restoring Honor Rally, nor the Tea Partiers who went to the nation’s capital for the 9/12 March on Washington. There were no free rides; they paid their own way. They weren’t coerced into going, nor were they brainwashed into making the trip (the Liberals, of course, would take issue with that).

Glenn Beck’s fans went to Washington to honor God, the military, and America. The One Nation crowd will revile every good thing that ever made America great. They’ll insist that America must be “transformed.” And they’ll insult God. It’s not likely they’ll leave a mess; the Tea Partiers already set the example at the 9/12/09 March on Washington.

But if this is a true counter rally, then they might as well leave a mess. They certainly don’t go to Washington to honor America or God. They travel with every intention of abusing their freedoms so that they may rob us of ours.  And for money.  Talk about greed.

They’ve declared that their specific aim is to counter Glenn Beck, the Tea Parties, and Fox News. That’s some objective. They claim that the Tea Parties may overturn their objective of progressive social justice. They fear women will be forced into homemaker servitude, that illegal immigrants will be deported, children will go hungry, the elderly will be homeless, racism will once again dominate the land, and union workers will have to work for minimum wage.

Worst of all, they might have to work for a living and pray to God if the Tea Party takes over.

May the Geese of God hiss at them.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm  Comments (1)  

Put Your Dreams Away

Put your dreams away/for another day/And I will take their place in your heart/Wishing on a star never got you far/And so it’s time to make a new start – Frank Sinatra, Put Your Dreams Away, 1945.

In campaigning for his job recovery legislation, Obama claimed that, “if we don’t move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs, their homes, and their health care.  Millions more will have to put their dreams on hold.

“From the beginning, this recovery plan has had at its core a simple idea: Let’s put Americans to work doing the work America needs done. It will save or create more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, all across the country – 16,000 in Maine, nearly 80,000 in Indiana – almost all of them in the private sector, and all of them jobs that help us recover today, and prosper tomorrow.”

He fails to mention of course that it is the taxpayers’ money supporting all these “private sector” jobs.  Thanks to the Democrats and their Moderate Republican sycophants, we were plunged into this economic disaster, one long in the making, ever since the Community Reinvestment Act from the Jimmy Carter era.

Instead of wishing on a star, the American people are forced to wish upon the government.  Like some fairy godmother in a fairy tale, Obama thinks Nancy Pelosi can just wave her magic wand and print up magical money.  Soon, the U.S. dollar is going to be about as valuable as Monopoly money.

When I was little, my father took me to the library to hear stories about leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day.  We took a walk in the park, where there was a little pond.  Peering through the grass, I saw with my childish eyes one of the green-clad elves, no higher than a blade of grass.

“Aha!” I cried.  “I’ve caught you!  Now you have to give me your pot of gold!”

“Oh now, just a minute now, little girly,” he said nervously, as I backed him up against the tree.  “There are rules.  If you want my pot o’gold, you have to catch me first and you can’t take your eyes off me!”  As I reached for the imp and his little pot of gold, I heard a heavy footstep in the underbrush; my father was coming.

I made the mistake of turning my head.  When I looked back, the leprechaun – and his gold-filled pot – were gone.  A frog croaked nearby and splashed into the water.  That’s what the storyteller had said – that leprechauns could transform into animals to escape capture.

“I just saw a leprechaun!  I almost got his pot of gold,” I cried, but my father tushed.

“There’s no such thing as leprechauns,” he said.  “You were just imagining things. If you want a pot of gold in this life, you’re just going to have to earn it for yourself.”

And not rob little green men of what belongs to them,’ I guiltily reproved myself.  Had I just demonstrated how greedy and wicked was, coveting someone else’s property?

There’s a time when you have to grow up and stop believing in leprechauns and the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Great Pumpkin (though not Santa Claus –he’s a special case).  You have to grow up and believe in yourself, your abilities, and your country.  If you want to succeed, you have to believe in freedom and capitalism.  You have to believe in America, not the fairy tale with which Obama, the Democrats, and Moderate Republicans have deceived us.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 9:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Pride Day

On Saturday, I was faced with a conflict of allegiances. My band was scheduled to play at the town’s Pride Day event, as it does every year. For a change, I arrived over an hour early and discovered that my Tea Party group was there, too. I didn’t think they had operations this far north of their home base.

But I trotted over to say hello and help out. The problem was, I was wearing my band insignia polo shirt and people were confusing my band with the Tea Party. Then, I thought, well my patriotic colonial woman costume had just arrived. I could run back home (five minutes away), throw it on, and later, take it off for the concert.

People make fun of the costumes but I have no personal pride when it comes to displaying my affection for my country. Most people were amused, which was my intention; only a few Liberals smirked. The tea party group had a United States of America puzzle map. We turned the table to the front and invited kids to come help us “put America back together again.”

One grouchy old man snarled at me (as I held my American flag and my ramrod – I was supposed to be Molly Pitcher, but they say I looked more like Martha Washington) and asked if I was “one of them Tea Partiers?”

I thought to myself, well what do you think, buddy? Then he wanted to know if I was against Obama. I told him personally, yes, because I was against Big Government, High Taxes, and Corruption. He walked away grumbling. “I don’t want nothing to do with no Obama-haters.”

The other interesting customer was some woman representing a medical care provider. “Isn’t it great to live in America where you don’t have to be a Christian and bow to their God?” I was so speechless, I couldn’t bring myself to utter what I was thinking: I stood there, my finger pointing heavenward, “I’m not here to promote a particular religion; but I also don’t think it’s a great idea to insult God.” But that was her problem, not mine. In the Christian religion, praying (mind you, praying, not bowing) is a personal choice. In some other religions, it isn’t.

By the time the band was ready to play, I didn’t want to take off the costume, which of course was a mistake. If it wasn’t right to wear the band’s insignia inside the Tea Party’s tent, then I shouldn’t have been dressed as a Tea Partier during the concert.

My laziness got the better of me though (it was something of an ordeal getting into the costume in the first place) and the director was understandably upset. Still, it’s not like I drove any audience members away. People never pay attention to us at this particular concert. They don’t really need to sit to hear us anyway; it’s a small field and you can hear us from any point.

When kids are faced with an open, grassy field, they want to run, scamper and caper, not sit still; not with so many attractions around. So I didn’t feel all that bad. However, there’s another conflict next weekend between a parade and the N.J. Tea Party Rally at Great Adventure.

Since I discomfitted my band director, I owe it to him to attend the parade on Saturday. Besides it’s fifty bucks to get into Great Adventure at a time when I need to be watching my pennies. I had bought the costume with the notion of wearing it to the N.J. Tea Party Rally on Oct. 2nd.

But now I’ve had my chance to wear the costume, probably to greater good (we attracted quite a few visitors), so I can do my duty by my poor band and not neglect them. Besides, the autumn is just a fine time for parading. It’s supposed to be a cool, beautiful day Saturday. I’ll save money and a long drive and repay my band for being “out of uniform.”

Still, there was some solace, despite my error and the occasional critic, in sacrificing my “pride” by wearing a costume – the gratitude of all the townspeople who thanked us, the Tea Party, for being there.

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm  Comments (1)  

Headaches for the Docs

A couple of weeks ago, I needed my doctor to change my prescription. He’d given me a new prescription that really didn’t seem to be working, so he increased the dosage. Within a day or two of taking the increased dosage, I was on the phone to his office: we’ve got to go back to the other medication, here, because I’m feeling really terrible.

My doc is a really busy doc. He just always has wall-to-wall patients. I wasn’t surprised when he didn’t return my call during the day. At 9:30 that night, the phone rang; it was him. He immediately agreed to return me to my old prescription (and I felt better immediately after returning to it). As he was trying to phone the prescription into the pharmacy, while still on the phone, his computer shut down.

He said it happened every night at about that time. I told him it was okay; that it could wait till morning. I told him he should go home to his wife and kids. But he said he couldn’t; he had to finish up paperwork and then visit his patients at the hospital.

When people think of the medical profession, they think of the glamorous life of television medical dramas. Hunky doctors, hot nurse’s aides, bossy nurses, and incompetent bureaucrats. But that’s not really the way it is.

Government interference has made the medical profession a nightmare. They’re forced through a horrdenous maze of forms and regulations, all to keep some bureaucrat employed.

“My life stinks,” my doctor sighed. “I tell my kids, don’t become a doctor.”

A doctor who spoke at a local tea party meeting gave out copies of The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Their fall issue contains an analysis of Obamacare by Jane M. Orient, M.D., and executive director of AAPS.

One of the first items mandates a prohibition of requiring low-wage workers to contribute the same percentage of income as higher-wage earners to their health plan. Premiums will be based on wages. Dr. Orient views this as a progressive, or redistributive, tax.

She explains some of the rules for large and small businesses. The government will require extensive reporting. Many companies and small businesses will have to change their current coverage because it is “so easy to lose the ‘grandfathered’ status of existing plans. Even business that offer ‘correct’ coverage may have to pay penalties up to $3,000 for every employee who receives a subsidy because his contribution is deemed “unaffordable” (exceeding 8 percent of his income).

Businesses will have to issue a form 1099 to any vendor with which it does more than $600 worth of business in a year. This includes rent, fuel, office supplies, cars, packaged delivery services, and food contractors.

Starting in 2013, the 3.8 percent Medicare tax will be applied to capital gains and investment income if an individual’s total gross income exceeds $200,000, or a couple’s exceeds $250,000. Middle class people would be subject to this tax even if they were only “rich” for one day, according to Dr. Orient: the day they sold their house and bought a new one.

An Independent Medicare Advisory Board will be established, ostensibly assigned with the task of controlling Medicare spending. They are charged not to ration health care raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums, nor increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing, including deductibles, co-insurance, co-payments or other restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria. Dr. Orient concludes the only way the IMAB can achieve its cost-cutting goal is by reducing payment for services to the providers.

What’s more, Congress is forbidden from repealing or changing the board’s recommendations. This prohibition can itself can be waived or suspended in the Senate only by an affirmative vote of three-fifths of its members. By 2050, the chief actuary predicts that 40 percent of providers will go out of business.

Healthy individuals will not benefit from lower premiums.  But those who participate in certain favored “wellness” programs may be rewarded – as well as those companies offering the programs. The cost of a smoking cessation program is reimbursed whether or not the individual quits smoking.

There’s also a section concerning multiculturalism. Health care education must include “cultural competency,” health literacy, and dealing with “health disparity populations.” Applicants for Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training grants must demonstrate “participation in the institution’s programs of individuals and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, as well as different gender and sexual orientations.”

“Non-discrimination in health care” prohibits better pay for better qualified personnel, although the Secretary or health plan may establish varying reimbursement rates based on compliance with quality or performance measures. Dr. Orient says, “Thus, all providers acting within their ‘scope of practice’ will be paid at the same rate, whether a nurse practitioner, primary-care physician, or fellowship-trained specialist.”

Physicians are protected against retaliation for declining to perform euthanasia, but not for refusing to ensure death by abortion, overmedication, or withdrawal of fluid, nutrition, or medical care.

Enhanced surveillance of child-rearing, the article states, “will begin with ‘at risk’ populations including smokers, drug abusers, ‘low achievers’, and members or veterans of the military. This includes home visits with extensive data collection on health-related measures, expansively defined to include poverty, school readiness, and crime.”

“School-based health centers will take over much of the family’s responsibility for health, providing ‘comprehensive health assessments;’ diagnostic and treatment of minor, acute, and chronic medical conditions; mental health and substance use disorder assessment; crisis intervention; counseling; and referral to emergency psychiatric care, community support programs, in patient care, and outpatient programs. Health care professional will abide by parental consent and notification laws – so long as they are not inconsistent with federal law.”

Finally, Obamacare takes up the issue of “Social Transformation.” According to the article, “The section on ‘Creating Healthier Communities’ establishes the rationale and infrastructure for a fundamental transformation involving redistribution of wealth and changing the basic culture of communities through Community Transformation Grants. There is to be a ‘detailed plan that includes the policy, environmental, programmatic, and as appropriate, infrastructure changes needed to promote healthy living and reduce racial and economic disparities’ including ‘social, economic, and geographic determinants of health.’”

These are only some of the highlights of this massive, intrusive program. Dr. Orient states that there are already bills in Congress to repeal at least sections of the Act, promises by many candidates to repeal or defund it, and lawsuits to block it. “States,” she writes, “are reluctant to accept costly and intrusive new programs, even to the extent of turning down federal funds. The leap in regulatory requirements and the increasing criminalization of medicine may finally lead to an [Atlas Shrugged-type] exodus of large numbers of physicians – into truly private medicine.”

Contact your representative or preferred candidate to elicit a promise to repeal this monstrosity disguised as legislation. Time is of the essence; the election is little more than a month away. Repeal this repellant law.

Or else start investing in Pepto Bismol and Tylenol.

Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

March of the Morons

Well, that’s enough of picking on Glenn Beck for awhile; it’s Jon Stewart’s turn to be skewered. And he has it coming.

The Liberal comedian of The Daily Show is planning a counter-rally rally on Oct. 30th to mock Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally. Just to be politically correct, another group is planning a spoof of the Rev. Al Sharpton counter-march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Interesting that Stewart chose Oct. 30th as his date – Mischief Night, Devil’s Night, here in N.J., Goosey Night. If you had to choose a day for mockery, that’s the day, I guess. I suppose they plan to toilet paper the National Mall. How sweet.

According to reports, he’s doing it because he objects to all the demonstrations on the National Mall. He’s even included the Vietnam War protests in his denunciations. He thinks it’s a disgrace to bring protests, to demonstrate, to exercise our First Amendment rights on the National Mall in the nation’s capital. We’re being irreverent when we do so, he apparently thinks.

Already, according to Liberal reports, carpools are being organized and buses are being chartered down to Washington, D.C. The Million Moderates March Stewart is proclaiming it. They might as well call it the Million Morons March.

These so-called “Moderates” are the Liberal Right. They make too much money to be classically poor Liberals; they don’t make enough to qualify as Limousine Liberals. These are the same idiots who voted in the Moderate Republicans who drove up the deficits to new heights, in cooperation with the Democrats whom they crossed the aisle to appease.

These are the young Twenty and Thirty-somethings who have no problem with legalizing marijuana. They were probably good students, and were able to secure good jobs, but they couldn’t tell you that the capital of Maine is Augusta (even if they live there) or that Washington became a state in 1889 or that Washington had contracted smallpox as a young adult.

They’re the fabled, self-centered Me Generation, the Peter Pan Generation that never grew up. It’s all about them, and now their kids, who walk all over them. Discipline is a word that’s not in their parental vocabulary. They want to be their kids’ friend.

Predictably, they’ve swallowed the Global Warming Fairy Tale (which a generation before had been the Global Cooling Fairy Tale). They dutifully bag their own groceries filled with plastic diapers guaranteed to survive an eternity and gulp down their bottled water.

Their credit cards are maxed to the hilt, so they think nothing of the government maxing out its credit to the hilt. They’ll worry about that tomorrow. Today we’ll sing pretty campfire songs with the kids about saving the earth, and the whales,

The idiots let their kids watch The Simpsons and SouthPark. They encourage them to imitate their rock and roll idols and pay attention to their socialist/communist teachers who teach them wealth is greed and redistribution of wealth is social piety.

They and their kids run around in peace sign shirts, smugly defying anyone to argue with them, raising the specter of “hatred”. They’re fuzzy-wuzzy suburbanites who just want everyone to get along. They want no part of the nasty business of politics and disagreements and criticism of government. Just relax and let the government take care of things. It’s all such a bother; let’s go watch the kids play soccer and forget about it.

These are our future leaders, the parents of the future. Just give them a joint or a sip of wine or beer, and everything will be just fine. Relax, man, you’re too tense. It’s not like it’s the end of the world. Chill out.

That’s why Conservatives in the Tea Parties don’t want anything to do with these brainwashed nitwits. It’s useless trying to reason with these arrested adolescents. Their brains are permanently disconnected. They don’t care anything about real freedom. If the government wants to coddle them from cradle to grave, well, what in the world is wrong with that?

Another reason it’s impossible to reach them is they feel so good about themselves. They’ve deluded themselves into a notion of eternal youth. They’ll give to this charity or that charity and pat themselves on the back for being good globally citizens. Look how much they care. They even pat themselves on the back for agreeing to higher taxes, regarding it as another form of charity.

And they say the Tea Partiers are crazy.

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Self-Reliance

“Don’t count on anyone but yourself,” my mother used to warn me.  This rigorous admonition got me through many encounters at school and in the work place.

There’s been a lot of ballyhoo about Glenn Beck’s opinion of the Tea Parties, and I’ve certainly added my “hoo” to the “bally.”  A friend said, “Well, he’s rich and you’re not, so that makes him right.”

To which I replied, indignantly, “Oh no, it doesn’t.  He’s completely wrong about the Tea Party signs and he’s making too much out of the poor people who wear colonial costumes.”  Beck seemed to back down after reading the article from the BBC, saying something like, “Have I gotten it wrong?  I was only telling them what I think.”

Well here’s what I thought of GB when I looked at the photo gallery on his website mocking the costume-wearing tea partiers, especially the poor kid in the militia uniform:  “What a jerk!”

That was no cheesecloth costume that kid was wearing; it was the real deal, and a real expensive deal at that, I’m told by re-enactors I’ve met on parade and at concerts.  They provide all their own uniforms and equipment – rifles, flags, other antique props.  Maybe it’s a joke to Glenn Beck (we know all of American history is a joke to the Liberals), but to those volunteers, it’s serious business.  They do it because they have an affinity for American history.  It’s their way of honoring their country, not smearing it.

All I can say is, shame on you, Glenn Beck. And he calls himself a history buff. It may sound like I’m biting that hand that feeds us, but really, this is more a case of the hand that’s feeding us biting us.  Instead of mocking them, why doesn’t he invite one of the units onto his program? They’re all around the New York area – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island – they all have regiments. He might learn a thing or two about history from them.

Well the Tea Partiers I know were worried that I might have offended the Beckoner.  But that’s just too bad.  He’s wrong about the Tea Parties, and that’s all there is to it.  Actually, there’s a lot more to the Tea Parties than just the rallies, although that’s all he knows about them.  Both parties I attend have regular monthly meetings, where they listen to speakers and strategize.

“Don’t let anyone see how smart you are.”  That was another favorite piece of advice my mother was always dispensing.  “Don’t let your brains show.”  Of course the Tea Partiers don’t lay out all their strategies in public; that would be like one football team trotting over to the other team with their playbook.  Why should the Tea Parties disclose what they intend to do?

The biggest mistake the Tea Parties make is to quiver at the mere sight of power and money.  If they don’t have the gumption to stand up even to Glenn Beck, if they simper and fawn at his feet, and cower at his displeasure over costumes or signs, how are they ever going to stand up to some politician who says to them, “We’re going to do things my way because I’m richer and smarter than you?”

The Tea Parties are doing plenty besides holding rallies, if that’s what’s worrying the pundits.  No one knows better than the Tea Partiers – the average Americans – how much is at stake.  They know what it is they have to do in a very short time and they know where they have to do it (sorry, Libs – NOYB).

Whether they do it in a Betsy Ross costume or a tee shirt and jeans or a three-piece suit is immaterial.  That’s up to the individual Tea Partiers and what they’re comfortable doing.  The important thing is that they do it – their way – and soon – and not let anyone intimidate them into not doing it their way.

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Robbing the Tea Parties of Their Steam

Since the Tea Parties began in April 2009, the moderates have been trying to take the steam out of the Tea Parties. Their deal is to control the Republican party. They did so quite successfully in 2006, electing moderate Republicans who drove up the national debt to frightening new heights.

Then they had the nerve to complain that the Republicans they voted into office were a bunch of crooks. Well, no kidding, Sherlock. The Conservatives, of course, were furious all along, mostly at being dragged along by these gate-swinging, Liberals in Republican clothing phonies.

What they didn’t expect was that the Conservatives would come out of the hills and challenge them for control of the Tea Parties. We ignored every threat they made, every supposedly conciliatory remark about being inclusive. We showed them the door.

Gradually, they intimidated our crowds into leaving their signs at home. They’ve abused anyone who shows up in a heritage costume. Most of all, they’ve got the considerable weight of Glenn Beck behind them. He’s fooled a lot of people with his history lessons into thinking he’s a conservative, which he’d be the first to tell you, he is not.

Many Conservatives have followed him blindly to this point where they’re bleating like sheep and nodding their heads like bobble-head dolls. ‘Well, okay, Glenn – if you think it’s better, we’ll stop showing up with our home-made signs and we won’t wear our heritage costumes because people whose opinion we never cared about might get mad or might laugh at us.’

Tea partiers from my group, didn’t I tell you early on not to go trotting and panting after this guy? Now he’s taken over our state rally, which was supposed to be for us, for everyone who had the courage to take a stand at the Tea Parties. Take a look at the website – “a non-partisan, non-political” non-energy, non-spirit, nonsense event.

You’ve let this overblown, egotistical, spine-of-jelly, marshmallow-loving, yellow-bellied charlatan co-opt our cause. What in the world were you thinking of when you invited him to speak?

This “one-state-at-a-time” slogan should have been a clue that this was all wrong. That’s the same slogan some hoodwinking bunch used to close down the websites that linked the state Tea Parties together, that gave us a forum, that let interested parties know where the rallies were going to take place. They didn’t like the idea of us going rogue; they had no idea that we had the guts to do it back in February of 2009, when the Tea Parties were just a mad scramble of people running around, which was probably the image they wanted people to have of us.

They didn’t expect us to take matters into our own hands in April of 2009. They didn’t figure on us being so well-organized and smart. They had to figure out a new strategy to deal with us, some way to head us off at the pass. To undermine us. Infiltration didn’t work. They had to find a way to destroy our networking ability.

They decided for us that we had to take a “new direction.” Yeah, straight to the center and into the arms of the very moderates who sold us out in the first place. This is just another maneuver of theirs to silence the real independents of the real Tea Parties – the Conservatives.

We’ve already won, have we, says Glenn Beck? Why doesn’t he just wave a gold watch in front of us, while he’s at it? We’ve won? I wouldn’t bet on it. You can also bet your Molly Pitcher rammer that we’re being had. Fold our hands, nod our heads, go “baaaah” and go right back to sleep.

To think I was almost going to waste my time and money on this “event” and throw off my obligation to my band. Not!!

Don’t give up there, Betsy Ross! Don’t let this Glenn Beck guy hornswaggle you into not wearing your costume. I’ll be with you at the next REAL Tea Party rally, wearing my Molly Pitcher costume.

Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm  Comments (1)  

The Three E’s: Engineering, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

Obama and the Democrats insist that the Republicans threaten to dismantle their precious socialist plans but have no plans of their own. That’s not true; the Media has simply been ignoring the Republican plans.

Roland Straten, running for Congress in New Jersey’s 8th District, has a degree in engineering, economics, and was an entrepreneur – in a word, he’s really smart. He has plenty of good ideas. He sent this memo out to his supporters. We need to disseminate these ideas out to the general public, especially the besieged 8th district in New Jersey.

Three Specific Actions that Congress can take to End the Recession

Straten Forecasts 8% unemployment rate in two months

The Recession and the Party of NO

Republicans are continuously attacked as being the party of NO. The truth, however, is quite the opposite. The solutions offered by Republican candidates are largely ignored by the media.

Since Bill Pascrell does not understand Economics 101, which covers the concept of free markets and the supply/demand curve, I am forced to give him a failing grade and move on to Business 101.

The first lesson in Business 101 is that the massive stimulus package that was to give us an 8% unemployment rate during the summer of recovery did nothing of the sort. Instead, it gave us a 9.6% unemployment rate and the largest deficit in the history of our country.

The second lesson is that business does not like uncertainty. Corporate leaders will do anything do avoid uncertainty.

The third lesson is that business hates surprises, especially from Washington. Business wants to know the bad stuff up front so they can plan for it. I used to tell my employees to give me the bad news right away so that I could take the needed action to minimize the effect on the company.

Three major sources of uncertainties and surprises are:

1. Taxes

2. Health Care Costs

3. Cost of Capital (Interest rates and loan availability)

For business to expand, invest, and hire, it needs an end to the uncertainty about what Washington will do next year. Businesses are just completing their budgets for 2011. How can they plan effectively if they do not know what their tax rate will be, if they do not know what their health care costs will be, and if they do not know if they can get a loan or what that loan will cost should they need one?

Right now congress is fiddling while Rome is about to be burned with a massive tax increase. No one knows for sure what will happen. We hear that congress will do something, but we have no idea what that something is. Everything is on hold until we get some insight on what Congress will do next year. Unless Congress, acts we will have a massive tax increase on Jan 1, 1011. Unless Congress acts, we could have a massive increase in health care costs next year. And finally, loan costs could skyrocket or loans could become totally unavailable.

As a result business is sitting tight not spending, not buying, not hiring — doing nothing until they find out the bad news so they can plan.

Our federal government must take three simple actions and business will start hiring and investing ending the recession. I forecast that if we take these three simple actions, the unemployment will rate will be 8% or lower 2 months after they are signed into law.

The three actions are:

1) Make the current tax code permanent. (extend the current tax code permanently)

2) Repeal the current health care bill known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Address the key health reforms that need to be made: Allow purchase across State lines — Tort Reform — Delink healthcare policies from Employers — Health Policies should be transportable — Reduce Mandated benefits — Keep Medical Decisions in hands of Doctors in Patients.

3) Allow the federal discount rate to increase to 2% (the federal discount rate is now .75%) — this allows banks to borrow at almost nothing and lend out from 4.75% to 18% — individuals get minimal return for their investments and need to get some return on their investment)

If Washington does these three simple things, I forecast that within two months unemployment will drop to 8% or lower.

Roland Straten

Box 43254, Montclair, NJ 07043

http://www.rolandstraten.com/

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Published in: on September 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm  Comments (1)  

The Real Tea Party Candidate

Christine O’Donnell’s victory in Delaware’s Republican primary was certainly a shock to the Republican establishment. To tell the truth, it was something of a shock to the Tea Partiers, albeit a welcome one. Her win told the GOP conservatives won’t be taken for granted anymore.

We don’t just have to go along with everything they say. We don’t have to compromise our values. We don’t have to appease the Moderates, who are just Liberals in Republican clothing. It may be that O’Donnell won’t win, that the Moderates, now exposed as the Democrats they really are, will take their votes, and with a “Harrumph!”, go home.

They thought we were fooled by the Scott Brown “victory” in Massachusetts. Most of us were – I wasn’t one of them. A man who brags about having lunch with Obama? Who praises the most liberal senator ever to hold a seat in the U.S. Senate? Who only actually promised one thing?

Well this Tea Party politics is a new thing. No one’s ever seen anything quite like it. Before we can take back Congress and our country, we have to take back the party that used to represent conservatives (sort of) – the GOP.

Nobody likes the notion of third parties, but maybe that’s just the way it is. There are Liberals. There are Moderates. And there are Conservatives. Politicians fear that small, but mighty swing vote. That the swing vote is so crucial and precarious gives you an idea of the state of American politics.

Democrats are boasting, with mock sympathy, that we’ve just handed them Congress. Or maybe we’ve just begun to wake America up. Maybe the Tea Party has give America back its choices again.

If O’Donnell doesn’t do a “Scott Brown”, if she stands by her principles, states them clearly, and demonstrates that she’s ready to lead responsibly, more voters in Delaware might just get on her Tea Party Republican bandwagon.

The Tea Party is still an early movement, and in the end, the people will decide, not the politicians, not the Media, not Big Labor, Big Government, or Big Brother, what’s best for our country.

But the majority of Americans still have to be shaken out of their Liberal Media stupor. The critics are right when they point out that even elderly Tea Partiers still cling to their Social Security and their Medicare. Charlie Rangel’s district, with the full knowledge of his corruption, re-elected him overwhelmingly. As long he brings home the bacon, who cares about ethics?

That’s a sad state affairs for American politics, and a tough fight: convincing people that it’s wrong to rob the change out of public telephone booths (for the pre-cell phone agers, they were glass booths on the street with a telephone inside. You’d put in a dime or a quarter, and make your call).

It’s sad to think that voters regard the voting booth the way they regard the old-fashioned telephone booth. Unethical voters vote for unethical candidates. But this is the day of the ethical voter and, hopefully, the ethical candidate.

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment