Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mr 25 Percent

Mitt Romney and his sons are smiling brightly as recent polls from Iowa show Mitt on top and Newt Gingrich - his latest rival - fading. And Ron Paul will never get the GOP nomination. The overwhelming majority of Republicans are sane and not motivated by racist, paranoid views despite what the Democrats say.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Is The GOP Capable Of Learning Lessons?

Sometimes I wonder if the GOP is capable of learning any lessons. Here we are again - four years later - with the establishment pushing another mediocre candidate that can't inspire the Republican base to save his political life. Just like John McCain.... well at least McCain had the war hero thing going for him. Mitt Romney doesn't have that. He has Bain! And Romneycare, of course (insert sarcastic tone).

Bain's Victims Parade Begins

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece casting doubt on Romney's electability . In my piece I predicted:
"Should he get the nomination, America will be treated to the parade of Bain's victims. Every person that lost a job because of Bain, will be featured by the MSM along with a full accounting of the management fees Romney's firm collected as companies they ran filed for bankruptcy. Stories about individuals losing their pension and health care benefits while Bain's investors received hefty returns on their money."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Romney's Electability Myth

Yes, Mitt Romney has baggage too; and I am not talking about Romneycare. If you think that Romneycare is wonderful for Massachusetts and yet not wonderful enough for the rest of country is a cogent position, I cannot help you. So there is no point in going over it again and again.

Besides, Romney has more baggage than just Romneycare. Yes I know, the MSM right now is saying that Mitt is the perfect candidate for the general election. The only one who can beat Obama, we are told.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Newt, GOP And Family Values

Last night, Newt Gingrich put to rest any questions about his infidelity. He handled the question perfectly. And Perry's contention that breaking marriage vows means that a person cannot be trusted in business or in any position of leadership is baseless. Thomas Jefferson had affairs. Ben Franklin had an illegitimate son. According to statistics, half the marriages end in divorce. Adultery rates are high. Is Perry suggesting that all divorced people or adulterers are unreliable business partners?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Random Thoughts On Iran

In a recent debate, Mitt Romney declared:
“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,”
Groan. It is amazing to see so many Republicans embrace the same faulty logic adopted by the Democrats during the 2008 campaign.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bush Made The Libya Model Possible

They say that success has many fathers and failure is an orphan. And that's exactly what is going with Libya. Anyone who followed the events leading to the end of the Qaddafi's regime knows that it was Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron that led the effort. Barack Obama took great pains to make it clear to the world that the US role would be limited. That he would be leading from behind (i.e. not leading). Yet, as soon as the graphic images of the fallen dictator hit the Internet, the Obama sycophants quickly gave sole credit for the removal of Qaddafi to our president.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time For Cain To Call Kobe's Jeweler

"Kobe Special" diamond ring
(AP Photo EJ Flynn)
The look of fear that flashed on Herman Cain's face last night during his interview with Sean Hannity was striking. Hannity seemed surprised too that his suggestion of looking at airlines tickets, hotel videos and other evidence to determine whether the allegations made by Ginger White are true was met with a blunt refusal. "Sean... Let's not play detective." Cain sternly replied.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Somebody Needs To Tell Richard Land He Is Not God

Now that Newt Gingrich sits on top of the polls for the Republican nomination, his private life is taking center stage. Evangelical leader Richard Land urged Gingrich to address his "turbulent marital history." He said in an open letter:
"Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of evangelical women,.... You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote."

Another PR Disaster For The GOP

Well, this is just great. It was bad enough that the GOP is constantly portrayed as being more preoccupied with protecting tax cuts for the rich than helping the middle class. Now the GOP opposes an extension of the payroll tax cut. Just who runs PR for Congressional Republicans?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Lesser Of Two Evils Is Still Evil

Since announcing his second attempt at winning the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney's main argument has been that he is the only one who can beat Obama. He is the only one who can appeal to independent voters. To bolster their case, his supporters point to polls showing Romney close or ahead of Obama in key swing states. Nevertheless, Romney has not been able to move the needle and his support is stuck at 25% of the polls +- margin of error.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Next Time Look Up The Tax Tables

It is clear that progressives are going to make income inequality a central theme in the upcoming elections. Can't really blame them. God knows President Obama can't run on the economy.

Yes, yes, yes.... "It would have been a lot worse, if the stimulus bill wasn't passed". We all heard that talking point. No need to repeat it ad nauseum. And yes, yes, yes.... "It is all Bush's fault".. We heard that too. But let's face it. It is a lot easier to run on low unemployment and a prosperous economy than try to prove a negative or blame a precedessor most Americans prefer to forget.

Any discussion about income inequality will include the progressive assertion that the "rich" pay less income taxes than the poor. Immediately followed by the assertion that the GOP is the party of the rich. Not very original but still very much in vogue.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Power! Stopping Cain

It seem so long ago when Herman "Godfather" Cain was riding high in the polls and his web ad became a sensation. He never imagined that a cigarette puff could create so much controversy. So much free publicity. And so much cash rolling in...

That was about two weeks. That was before Politico published a story about two women filing complaints alleging sexual harassment while Cain was heading the National Restaurant Association.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The GOP Needs To Call Buffett's Bluff

 AP Photo By Nati Harnik, File
Despite being part of the eviiil 1%, Warren Buffett is held in high esteem by progressives because he wants Congress to raise his taxes. Whenever he has a chance, he bemoans the unfairness of the tax code which collects more from him than his secretary (give her some Berkshire stock already!).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekend at Perry's

Despite horrible debate performance after horrible debate performance, backers of Rick Perry are still making the case that he is a viable candidate to go against Obama.

They fall back on lame excuses like "we are not electing a debating champion". They try to divert attention by bringing up Obama's eloquence and how it has not helped our economy. Or they go the opposite direction and point out that Obama is also not quick on his feet by bringing up the "57 states". And then there is the old standby joke about the teleprompter. (Note to the GOP: Republican presidents have used the teleprompter too!)

Watching the attempts to prop up Perry reminds me of the 1980s movie "Weekend at Bernie's".

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Time For The GOP To Rethink Its Position On Personhood

“If it can’t pass here, it’d be hard to pass anywhere,” ~ John Bruce, Political Science Professor at the University of Mississippi.

Yesterday voters in Mississippi rejected Amendment 26 which would have declared a fertilized egg a person. The final numbers are not in but it appears that the measure was defeated by a margin of at least of 55% to 45%. A stunning number when one considers that Mississippi is the heart of the Bible Belt.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Defining Personhood: Mississippi's Amendment 26

After suffering staggering defeats in Colorado in 2008 and 2010, the movement to declare a fertilized egg (zygote) a person has moved to Mississippi. On November 8th, Mississippi voters will vote on the following amendment:
"Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. Person defined. As used in this Article III of the state constitution, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof." This initiative shall not require any additional revenue for implementation."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Power! JR Pushes Back

Tired of taking verbal hit after verbal hit from Mitt "Bobby" Romney during the debates, Rick "JR" Perry decided to push back. Hard. His campaign released a tough ad on Romneycare.

This is not the first time that Romney faced criticism over Romneycare. Tim Pawlenty labeled it Obamneycare only to back down during the first presidential debate. And then watched his campaign fold as activists concluded T-Paw was just too nice to take on POTUS Obama.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tea Party Then and Now

Even though Ron Paul has tried to take credit for the Tea Party, it was this rant by Rick Santelli that inspired me to go to the Tea Party held in front of Dallas City Hall on April 15, 2009:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It Is Official: The Term "Conservative" Is Just An Empty Slogan

Yesterday, John Sununu - former Governor of New Hampshire and Chief of Staff for President George HW Bush - endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

The endorsement was hardly surprising since the GOP establishment started to coalesce around Romney after the Chris Christie decided not to run. But what was surprising was Sununu's describing Romney as a "solid conservative". 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are Christians In Politics Legislating Religion?

Let me start with a confession (no pun intended). I believe that politics and religion are a bad mix. I have seen it while growing up in Europe. I believe the Founding Fathers got it right when they produced a secular governing document called the Constitution of the United States. And make no mistake about it, the Constitution is a secular and not a religious document.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Humble Advice To The Perry Campaign.....

...... skip Tuesday's debate.

Rick Perry has absolutely nothing to gain from participating in debates. There is no need to rehash his performances so far. And make no mistake about it, his lack of debating skills is what hurt him. Not the border fence. Not the in state tuition.

Romney's Own Campaign Material Shows His Weakness

Mitt Romney has been campaigning for president for the last six years. And it shows. Not only does it show in his outstanding debate performances. It also shows on the Internet where the Romney campaign has established a strong presence.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The GOP's Casablanca Moment

Watching all the feigned shock among Republicans about Pastor Robert Jeffress' comments about Romney's candidacy reminded me of this famous scene from the classic movie Casablanca:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What Do They Say? A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words.....

As the prospect of Mitt Romney being the nominee seems to increase, the desperation among conservatives rises with each passing day. Today, Chris Christie endorsed Romney. The look on Christie's face in the photo below perfectly captures the enthusiasm that conservatives feel towards Romney as a nominee:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Romneycare Will Be An Issue in the Campaign

Several of my friends and Romney supporters had convinced themselves that Romneycare would not an in issue in the campaign. They probably got a false sense of security from Tim Pawlenty's inability to follow through with his attacks. In any case, the Perry campaign released the ad below. Welcome back to reality Romney fans.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Power! The Players

Electing an American president is a long process. And, it seems to get longer with each new cycle. For the months to come we will be inundated with political coverage much of it dull and predictable. We at TPF have decided to cover the race to the White House with a little twist. After all, we can’t move up election day. So let’s have fun, fun, fun. As we looked at the events unfolding over the summer, we realized that political campaigns are just like TV Dramas. The twist and turns reminded us of the 80s great nighttime soap operas of Dallas and Dynasty. We looked at the candidates and other players in this year’s election and the comparisons to great soap operas character are inescapable. We think you will agree.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Individual Mandate vs. Illegal Immigration

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This is the mother of all ironies. The top two candidates for the GOP nomination - Mitt Romney and Rick Perry - each adopted positions considered apostasy among GOP grassroots. And neither candidate is reversing his stance.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Let's Look at the Numbers: Texas In State Tuition for Undocumented Students

 (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Rick Perry has run into a bit of a political buzz saw over his support for Texas' version of the DREAM Act. The law granting in state tuition to undocumented students who reside in the state 36 months prior to graduating from a Texas High School faced almost no opposition when passed nearly 10 years ago. But in today's tough economic climate, Republican primary voters see this benefit to individuals who are not supposed to be in this country as unacceptable.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ronald Reagan a RINO?

There is no political figure who is more loved in conservative circles than Ronald Reagan. His speeches still inspire conservatives today as they did when he first delivered them. During Republican presidential primaries every candidate tries to portray himself or herself as the "next" Reagan. "What would Reagan do?" is constantly being asked on talk radio. But if Ronald Reagan were to run in 2012, would he still be considered a conservative champion or would he be called a RINO?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rick Perry: Right on the Border Fence

Rush Limbaugh loves to say that conservatives are results oriented while liberals are guided by good intentions. Conservatives are rational. Liberals are emotional. Conservatives focus on facts. Liberals focus on what they believe the facts to be. Rush's analysis seemed to be on target until the issue of illegal immigration came along and conservatives have shown that they are just as likely to be driven by emotions as any well intentioned liberal.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Insisting On Personal Responsibility Is NOT Cruel

I hesitated writing this piece because I was afraid of coming across as supporting Ron Paul. So let me be clear. I am not a Ron Paul supporter.  Far from it. I am also not a Tea Partier. However, the following exchange between Ron Paul and Wolf Blitzer is being unfairly spun as advocating for letting the uninsured die:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Let's Negotiate Instead Of Demonizing

"I want them to work together". I hear that statement more and more lately among traders, brokers and individuals who have worked in "Wall Street" for decades. While partisans may feel invigorated by the standoffs in Washington,  polls show that most Americans were not happy about the debt debate and basically placed a pox on both political parties.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twin Towers

I see the Twin Towers everyday. Their image is on a postcard clipped on my refrigerator. Ever since 9/11 most of the images I see are the Twin Towers engulfed in fire and smoke. Or with an airplane about to hit. It is nice to see them as they were before that tragic day. I always wanted for the Towers to be rebuilt exactly as they were. Thankfully, I have my postcard.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Latest Romney Incarnation: Tea Party

After six national polls showing Rick Perry as the new frontrunner for the GOP nomination, a Romney makeover was bound to happen. The Madonna of modern American politics over the weekend unveiled his latest incarnation: Tea Party.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Limbaugh: Not A Truth Detector

I started listening to talk radio during the O.J. Simpson case. That's when I became a fan of Rush Limbaugh. Above all, I found his show entertaining and, at some level, also educational. I am still an occasional listener; but, the days of faithfully tuning in are long gone.

It all started after the 2006 Republican debacle. Soon after the election, Rush took to the golden EIB microphone and declared that he was tired of "carrying water" for the GOP. "Carrying water"? I thought he said he was the Truth Detector.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lesson Learned: Texas Sonogram Law

A federal judge struck down key provisions of a recently enacted Texas law that requires women seeking an abortion to undergo a sonogram and, then, to either hear a description or view the image. Texas attorney general Greg Abbott said he will appeal the ruling. More taxpayers money will be spent litigating a law that I was assured it would never pass the Texas Senate.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

There Is No Bridging The Gap

There is one subject a good friend of mine from the UK and I avoid talking about: the Iraq War. We tried bridging our differences to no avail. Forever, I will view getting rid of Saddam Hussein as an asset to the world and a victory for human rights. Meanwhile, he will continue to lose sleep (like most Europeans) over what he deems to be an illegal war.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Does Obama Care About Black People?

Photo: Chris Polk/ Getty Images
Besides taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift, Kanye West's other infamous moment was when he declared that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." What prompted West's outburst was the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Bush and West have since made peace; but, if frustration over the federal response to the flooding of New Orleans led West to conclude that Bush was a racist, what must he think of Barack Obama given his record when it comes to helping African Americans.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Progressives Are Divorced From Facts Too

The snickering and pompous air of superiority from the East and West Coasts intelligentsia can be heard and felt all the way here in good ol' Texas. Ever since Governor Rick Perry entered the presidential race, liberal pundits' sagging spirits have been lifted. Obama's "Hope and Change" turned out to be little more than a slogan. Their dream of a new progressive America far removed from the "dark ages" of the Bush administration has been smothered by reality. But all that can be forgotten now that another Texas cowboy is on the national stage to be ridiculed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tough Love

I certainly understand the frustration some of my friends feel when they say that they are tired of people within the GOP criticizing the party. I am one of those critics. I plead guilty. But, I honestly don't see how we are going to improve the party by just talking about Obama and his failures. Many of you are parents. If you see that your child doing something wrong, do you correct the child by pointing out how bad the other kids in the neighborhood are?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Is Perry Trading His Cowboy Boots For a Tinfoil Hat?

When Rick Perry's name first surfaced as potential candidate for POTUS, many of my out of state friends asked me what I thought about his chances. I replied that Perry would be a strong candidate for the GOP nomination but I did not think he would be a strong candidate for the general election. Somehow a white man with a thick Southern accent, who flirted with secession and constantly talks about state rights, going against the first black president is not what I would call the ideal candidate. Also, there is George W. Bush.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Intellectual Deficit

"The fact is that the major problem in American government is intellectual. It is not money. It is not will power. It is knowledge." ~ Newt Gingrich speaking at The Heritage Foundation on August 16, 2011

Unshackled from campaign consultants, Newt is back on his game. He dominated the most recent Republican presidential debate. And, yesterday, he gave an outstanding speech at The Heritage Foundation on the federal deficit. Much of the speech was a critique of the Super Committee established by the recent debt ceiling deal. While outlining his case against the Committee, Speaker Gingrich zeroed in on the largest problem affecting our government: lack of knowledge. Should Americans be surprised by Newt's conclusion? No... not really.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Are Bush Tax Cuts Worth Keeping? continued

The previous post on this topic generated swift replies. I am not an economist. So I will let Bruce Bartlett - a domestic policy adviser to President Reagan - address the effectiveness of the Bush Tax cuts:

"The truth is that there is virtually no evidence in support of the Bush tax cuts as an economic elixir. To the extent that they had any positive effect on growth, it was very, very modest. Their main effect was simply to reduce the government’s revenue, thereby increasing the budget deficit, which all Republicans claim to abhor.

It’s worth remembering where the Bush tax cuts came from in the first place. In 1999, in the midst of one of the biggest economic booms in American history, then Texas Gov. Bush convened a group of Republican economists to draft a tax plan for him. Contrary to Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut, which was a simple across-the-board marginal tax rate reduction, the Bush plan was a hodge-podge of tax gimmicks designed more to win the support of various voting blocs than stimulate growth."

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Are The Bush Tax Cuts Worth Keeping?

It has become an article of faith on conservative talk radio. It has become a litmus test in Republican primaries. "Thou Shall Not Touch The Bush Tax Cuts" is now the 12th Commandment. But are the Bush tax cuts so marvelous that they are the worth fighting to keep them?

Anyone, who listens to conservative pundits "knows" that tax cuts INCREASE revenue while tax increases REDUCE revenue. Counterintuitive, right? But that is what many conservatives firmly believe. So let's test this proposition.