Thursday, March 02, 2006

Stand Up Republican

I find few Rethuglicans that I can agree with on almost anything. I must say that I admire Duncan Hunter(republican-California)s' quest to have something that is truly American again.

...The political firestorm over Arab management of six U.S. ports threatened to widen on Thursday after a senior House Republican said he wanted foreign firms to sell their investments in American ports, electricity plants and other infrastructure critical to U.S. security.
California Republican Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said foreign investments in such areas should be "rolled back" along with the pending $6.85 billion deal involving Dubai Ports World, which is state-owned by the United Arab Emirates. .......

...Everything in this country can't be for sale," Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said...

...On the House side of Capitol Hill, Hunter told reporters that under the legislation he planned, the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security would list infrastructure critical to national security. Foreign companies would then be required to divest their holdings in it, he said.....

...Officials confirmed on Thursday that another UAE company, Dubai International Capital, was under CFIUS review for its planned $1.24 billion acquisition of London-based Doncasters Group Ltd. It operates in nine U.S. locations and makes parts for U.S. defense contractors.

I certainly don't agree with everything he wants to do, but on this issue I would be happy to join his coalition. I have , in the past, seen him promote the idea that all our defense manufacturing and parts etc should be American in America! What a concept....duh!? Unfortunately there's a lot of duhs running the country. These are things that reasonable conservatives use to believe. These are the republicans who are truly interested maintaining whats good for America and not the corporate/global structure. I fully support their move to make sure that America belongs , in large, to Americans. That the assets and bounty of this country are used to benefit Americans first. As a "liberal" I certainly believe in the concept of a hand up and opportunity for all. The fact is charity starts at home and if we dream of continuing our great experiment in democracy we had better set a firm eye and focus on our own country for a while. If not it all stands to be a memory for the history books.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Coffee Table

we've simply watched what has been effective for you guys. After decades of being polite while limbaugh and bunch lowered the rhetoric to gutter level we've come to the conclusion that hate speech is effective in swaying opinion so take that you bigoted fascist, the truth hurts you sack of treasonus nazi excrement.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Random Thoughts


Note to the clueless DC insiders: the blogosphere is only "extreme" to the extent it is extremely impatient with people like you. We believe that your strategy of caution has failed and we are agitating for a more aggressive Democratic politics. After a partisan impeachment, a stolen election in 2000, an illegal war and an unprecedented executive power play we think this is a pretty serious situation. In fact, we see this as political civil war. You apparently think that is "extreme." We think it is common sense.

I want to see the right going apoplectic and the opponent ready to push the truth forward no matter how unpopular it might be.

Mr. Bush's overall job rating has fallen to 34 percent, down from 42 percent last month. Fifty-nine percent disapprove of the job the president is doing. For the first time in this poll, most Americans say the president does not care much about people like themselves. Fifty-one percent now think he doesn't care, compared to 47 percent last fall.

Oops, pretty unpopular, shouldn't be hard to win against this. Unless we buy into that little guilt trip about "civility".

Host Neil Cavuto opened the discussion by saying that Dean was "blasting drug company profits," Senate Democrats were "targeting big oil companies for windfall tax," and Clinton was "slamming Wal-Mart ... for its business practices." Cavuto then asked: "Now, by putting capitalism in their crosshairs, are the Democrats declaring war on America?"

Well the corporations obviously have their spokespeople. Are you saying that it's bad that someone else wants to hold them to account and see they don't exercise their power however they choose? Some how I don't relate that to "capitalism in the crosshairs".
I gotta say it pisses me off at times to think that corporations have more privledges and pluses than the citizen. For that you would think they would try to do things that would be patriotic. I guess it is not necessary for corporations to be patriotic too.

Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott told a gathering of the nation's governors Sunday that although the company plans to expand its health-benefits program to cover more workers and their families, the country's health-care crisis cannot be solved by Wal-Mart alone.
"The soaring cost of health care in America cannot be sustained over the long term by any business that offers health benefits to its employees. And every day that we do not work together to solve this challenge is a day our country becomes less competitive in the global economy," Scott said.

Now we know that this can't currently be handled by business alone. We need something different. Business leaders say as much. Ask GM. Now we need another plan. Health savings accounts are ok for those that would like to choose them and can afford them. It is not an answer to our problem. This is food for thought.
A solution to this problem should prove a benefit to the businesses and the people. I think that can be handled. We have plenty of models of good and bad out there. Let's take the best of everything and go forward. Ours is first in cost, by far. We can do better.

NBA. I haven't looked for a while but it is proof we are in Bizarro world. The Clippers are better than the Lakers! Denver is leading their division! My Rockets suck! No, its a "rebuilding" year.

Governors'; Concerned....Bush; Trust Me

Governors don't think they are pertectin us very well.

Bush's 2007 budget submission would support a Guard of about 333,000 citizen soldiers - the current level - rather than the 350,000 authorized by Congress. It also proposes to pay for 188,000 Army Reserve troops rather than the 205,000 authorized by Congress.
At Monday's meetings, Bush, Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promised governors that the administration would find the money to cover the higher number of troops if that many are recruited, several governors said.

It's hard to recruit people for arrmagedon.

He(Vilsack) and other governors have repeatedly asked why the administration would tinker with the Guard when the states rely on it so heavily and the nation has put such an emphasis on homeland security.

I know, get'em there, won't fight'em here. Like we are anywhere close from stopping them overthere or here.

"They did not do a good job of working with the adjutant generals and the governors," Kempthorne said.

Didn't do a good job? Well, at least they're consistant. At least we know what to expect.

"I know many of you are concerned about the troop levels. I know our governors are worried about the troop levels in Iraq," Bush said. "Here's my response: I will determine the troop levels in Iraq, one necessary to achieve victory, based upon the recommendations of our commanders, not based upon politics in Washington, D.C."

Wait George! You don't get it! They are worried about troop levels for their individual states! Oh ya, we now have total federal power and the states rights thing doesn't apply anymore..all that is pre 9/11 mindset.
Hey, it doesn't have to make sense or be consistant for them to be "right".