Archive for April 1st, 2011

Conservative- and libertarian-minded Republicans rail against the Ruler’s statist ways, yet the 2012 Republican presidential field is top heavy with “compassionate conservatives” prone to growing government.  

They talk the talk of limited government, spending cuts, and deficit reduction, but their big government voting records and policy-making decisions are stark reminders to voters that they don’t walk the walk.

Mitt Romney:  His big-government record exceeds Massachusetts RomneyCare. He supported No Child Left Behind and proposed taxpayers should purchase laptops for every child born in country. He also pushed to increase energy and farm subsidies and supports cap-and-trade and stricter mile per gallon rules for cars. His philosophy of governing can be summed up in his comment, “I’d be embarrassed if I didn’t always ask for federal money whenever I got the chance.” He earned a “C” on the Cato Institute’s governors’ report card.

Mike Huckabee:  It’s hard to find to be a bigger big-government conservative than Huckabee.  He routinely denounces economic conservatives and libertarians, and has disparaged the anti-tax Club for Growth as the “club for greed.” He proposed a national smoking ban, and thinks that “art and music are as important as math and science” in public schools, and therefore should be federally funded. He supports increased agricultural and ethanol subsidies and backs cap and trade of carbon emissions. Although he opposed ObamaCare, as governor of Arkansas he created ARKids First, a state-funded health insurance program for low-income children. He was a tax-and-spend governor who doesn’t back most conservative proposals for entitlement reform. He received an F on the Cato Institute’s governors’ report card.

Newt Gingrich:  Although it’s hard to find to be a bigger big-government conservative than Huckabee, it’s not impossible.  Recently in Iowa, Gingrich denounced anyone who dared oppose ethanol subsidies. He backed an individual mandate on healthcare at the federal level, which exceeded Romney’s state level mandate. Gingrich also promoted George Bush’s Medicare prescription-drug benefit. He’s backed increased federal involvement in education, and even suggested that the federal government pay for students to go to Disneyland when they get good grades. And never forget his New Hampshire tree-hugging summit with Al Gore and his 2008 couch-trip commercial with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declaring that “our country must take action to address climate change.” In addition, Gingrich made Alvin Toffler’s The Third Wave mandatory reading for House Republicans. Toffler wrote that the U.S. Constitution “is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare.”

Tim Pawlenty:  Although Pawlenty ended his gubernatorial reign with an “A” from Cato, it wasn’t always that way in Minnesota. He expanded the State Children’s Health Program and considered implementing a RomneyCare-light health plan. He forced statewide smoking bans in the workplace and in bars and restaurants; he increased the state’s minimum wage; he imposed some of the most aggressive and expensive renewable-energy mandates in the country, and he has been an ardent supporter of farm subsidies and ethanol as well as a true believer in man-made global warming.

Haley Barbour:  Barbour calls for cuts in defense spending and entitlements, yet state spending and taxes went up during his tenure as governor.  He received a “C” on Cato’s fiscal report card. His business friendly message is geared more for corporate cronyism than for entrepreneurs. He also thinks that the country should “proceed in national policy as if global warming is actually happening.”

Mitch Daniels:  Former budget director for George W. Bush is not a glowing credential for “limited government.” Although he received a “B” from Cato while governor, he was open to a national Value Added Tax (VAT), expanded Indiana’s Medicaid program, and has been weak in his opposition to ObamaCare. Daniels also believes in anthropogenic global warming and that humanity needs to act urgently to stop it.

These Republican presidential hopefuls are actually strident statists whose rhetoric to downsize the federal government and balance the budget shouldn’t be taken seriously.

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Conservatives Pine for a Champion and Republican Presidential candidates who believe in man-made Global Warming.


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Trump’s Refreshing Candor

by Scott Ryan

I’m a long way away from supporting Donald Trump for President but I can honestly say that as of the past few weeks, he may have moved into the second or third position for me.  My friend I.M. Kane at The Millstone Diaries published a nice piece today regarding Donald Trump’s resolute stance on the dubious origins of the Saboteur in Chief.

Regarding this odd situation, when viewed in the aggregate, the circumstances make it seem more far fetched that Obama -isn’t- covering something up.

Consider the bizarre behavior by The Saboteur himself, the media talking points campaign on the subject, the disdainful “birther” designation assigned to those who dare bring up the subject.

Consider his concealment of his own academic records (which very well may reveal something of his origin). Why would he conceal these?

Consider the fact that nobody bothered to VERIFY this CONSTITUTIONAL requirement – of a man who was the LEAST KNOWN Presidential candidate in the history of the nation. That alone is most disturbing of all in my opinion.

What did we know about him?  The few things we DID know about him is that his closest friends and confidants are radical communists and domestic terrorists.  We knew that his Pastor of 20 years is a raving lunatic who hates America and celebrated the 9/11 attacks on this country with the rest of the world’s terrorists.

We knew what he strategically proffered to us in his memoirs, which he wrote years before ever accomplishing a damned thing. In an era when marijuana inhalation or a 30 year old DUI was heretofore deemed sufficient grounds to end a political career, he cleverly inoculated himself by casually mentioning his COCAINE “experimentation in one of his books, years in advance, to give his lap-dogs in the media an excuse not to even mention it.

They never even bothered to ask him what type of cocaine he used (crack or the snorting variety?). They never asked him to define “experimenting” i.e. how many times or for how many years did he “experiment”? When was the last time? Journalist to this day, amazingly, have never even found it NOTEWORTHY that we elected America’s FIRST cocaine snorting or crack smoking President.

So should one be considered “fringe” because he or she wouldn’t be surprised if this deluded nation would allow such a monumental fraud to take place in electing this man President without asking for a birth certificate? Should we be surprised that an orgasmic media too busy fawning over him would let such a basic requirement go unchecked or even questioned? They had time to probe him about his genetic relation to Brad Pitt, which is so far down the DNA chain that the same standards show us all to be cousins of Brad Pitt, Sir Laurence Olivier or anyone else you so choose.

Trump is doing the nation a great service. I enjoyed his interview on Bill O’Reilly’s show Wednesday night but even better was his monologue on Fox & Friends the day before, probably because the pompous O’Reilly wasn’t there to interrupt Trump’s compelling train of reasoning.

Check out the interview on Fox & Friends:

Trump on Fox & Friends: Obama Spent Millions to Hide Birth Certificate 4:32 Video


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