September 2011

The much anticipated debate between Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rick Perry (and a few others)  took place last night and the results were largely as expected with the two top nominees duking it out leaving the other candidates fighting for their table scraps.

Romney who is more experienced in the debate arena than Perry as a result of his presidential run in 2008 held his own and didn’t make any major mistakes though his answer to a question on whether or not he was a member of the Tea Party was a cop out.

Perry who will probably get better as time goes by disappointed the liberal media with a solid performance and not coming off as a country bumpkin though his calling of Social Security a Ponzi scheme will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows in states like Florida with a large senior citizen population.

Ron Paul showed that he deserves to be a part of the conversation if for nothing more than he knows Rick Perry better than anyone else in the GOP field and isn’t afraid to go on the offensive against the current front runner.

Michele Bachmann who won the Ames, Iowa straw poll appeared to be lost as she tried to find the voice that made her a media phenom earlier in the campaign and stumbled badly when asked a question about illegal immigration.

Jon Huntsman only enhanced his RINO credentials when he went criticized the other candidates for refusing to recognize global warming as a threat and supporting the theory of evolution.  He also said a conservative candidate couldn’t win the presidency which should signal the end of his campaign but probably won’t just yet.

Newt Gingrich probably got in one of the best lines of the night when he accused the moderator, John Harris of Politico of ” trying to get Republicans to fight with each other,” with his line of questioning.  But overall Gingrich showed he is still a policy wonk at heart who sounds good but puts everyone to sleep.

Herman Cain who has been wowing crowds with his speeches but has polled poorly didn’t do much to rise above the rest of the field and may have hurt his chances when he said that we need to fix FEMA and TSA rather than abolish them or use a free market solution.  That’ s all we need is to keep throwing more good money after bad.

Rick Santorum looked very concerned, worried or constipated and didn’t do anything to improve his chances of winning the nomination and makes me wonder why he is in the race except to feed his own ego.  Then again the same can probably be said of many of the candidates.

With several more debates scheduled it might be nice to have an American Idol elimination vote so that we can narrow the field and get to some more serious discussion of the issues rather than this merry-go-round format that is necessitated by a bloated field.

In the end the debates might give voters a clearer view of who they will want to support but the eventual nominee will still have to win the primaries next year and what they said last night might easily be forgotten in a few months when the real battle begins.

As a child returning to school in the fall I was often asked to write about what I did on my summer vacation.  If someone asked Jesse Jackson what he did this summer would he admit to spending part of his time at a town hall meeting race baiting his audience?  I doubt it.

Jackson:  And just call them Tea Party. This is the Fort Sumter Tea Party, as distinguished from the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party led the revolution against the corrupt occupying force from Britain. This—in this—this is in the lineage of Jeff Davis, of Robert E. Lee

Their first obsession is destroy the captain of the ship. If he said “Jump,” they say “No, Jump.” The first deal is to destroy the captain. They want to protect those on the deck. More and more of us are in the hull of that ship. And I would urge you tonight my friends to note that this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The states’ rights group, they intend to take back the government and then take it back …. I would urge us don’t reduce this just to so-called “small group”—this is a struggle—this is a Civil War struggle. Are you with the Union or are you with the states’ rightists?

They want to undermine the 13th, 14th, 15th amendment. This is very serious. Remember on that Capitol, I said “We ain’t going back, surround”—say go—say go to Washington, surround the Capitol, demand jobs, demand the vote, protect it, now mass march on Washington for jobs and justice. Now.


Since Jackson is attacking the Tea Party and playing the race card his remarks will go largely unnoticed by the mainstream media because challenging Jackson would be politically incorrect and as far as the media is concerned a black person can’t be racist.

This isn’t exactly the civil tone that Obama was hoping for when he took office though he was directing his comments at the time to Republicans and not his fellow liberal Democrats whom he felt were guiltless of any rancor.


Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)  appearing on Meet the Press called for President Obama to announce a bold jobs program this week to the tune of $1 trillion.


What’s a trillion when you are trying to get people back to work before the 2012 elections?

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made a pretty big deal of the fact that she gave up her government supplied limo for an American made product the Chevy Equinox yesterday.

The only problem is the car is made in CANADA!

Here is the report from Paul Bedard of US News:

Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by theChristian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the “bullet.” She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. “What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we’re for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well,” she told the Monitor’s Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.

When Bedard informed Solis’ office of the fact the vehicle was manufactured in Canada and not the U.S. he received the following statement from Labor spokesman Carl Fillichio:

“Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry and General Motors is a company whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the United States. Cars assembled here in the U.S. are made from globally sourced parts, just as cars assembled in other countries utilize parts made in America. Not only is theEquinox the second fastest selling SUV in America—a good sign for the overall health of the U.S. auto industry—66 percent of its parts were made in America. That’s up from about 50 percent just a few years ago.”

I think we’d better check Secretary Solis’ wardrobe to see where her clothes were made and her home to see if she is buying American there as well.


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