Sunday, December 28, 2008

0-16 - The Pefect Season

All I have to say is that Ford needs to stick with the F-150 and sell the Lions for sucking so bad. 0-16? I can do a better job running this team.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Heads up for Next year

The good news is that we didn't get hit as bad as we could have in lame duck over in Lansing. The anti-freedom ban on smoking in privately owned businesses did not get passed conference. That is good news for those who support businesses to make their own decisions without the interference of the government goon squads. I'd keep an eye out on that next year.

Blue Cross reform is another issues. I have to read that more in depth to make a decision on whether to support or oppose that. That may be coming back.

What concerns me the most though is an increase in the gas tax. That talk was rumbling a bit in the last month after the insiders in Lansing have been pushing hard for it in the name of the roads. That needs to be watched very closely.

Christmas Time Updates

It's been a rough month for me, and I haven't had any time for this, so this is going back to some old news here, as well as more recent developments.

First off, what the hell is going on in the City of Brighton? Although I never lived in the city, I've always considered Brighton home, growing up just outside the city.

From the Argus:

One of the sections reads, “It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in a course of conduct or repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose.”

Another section states, “It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to insult, accost, molest or otherwise annoy, either by word of mouth, sign or motions any person in any public place.”


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? This is why people have no respect for the law nowadays. What in the hell does "annoy" mean? Why is this something that has to be codified into law?

I hope the council repeals this. What scares me the most about it is that the Argus article said that two council members had questions about the wording and still voted for it. That's crazy. These are laws, with penalties we are talking about here, not purchase agreements.

One interesting tidbit.
The ordinance was modeled after one in Royal Oak, where Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman previously was employed.


Why am I not surprised that Royal Oak was the model for this turkey? Brighton doesn't need to be Royal Oak.

In other news, Chicago and Illinois Politics strikes again. Blagojevich has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell the US Senate seat of Obama that is now vacant. Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel could be tied into this. Now keep in mind that Blago is innocent till proven guilty. He's not into the league of George Ryan, Mel Reynolds and company yet.

Obama sure isn't qualified for the presidency by resume, but he's a lot more qualified than Caroline Kennedy is for the US Senate? The Democrats love their royality and fancy names. All you have to be is a famous rich leftist.

Granholm unfortunately didn't a spot in Obama's cabinent. Too bad. I was hoping she'd get what then Red Wings GM Jimmy Devellano got in 1991....booted upstairs. Cherry can't be worse.

As far as Hamburg politics goes, I'm staying away from that one except to say same as it ever was.

The big news right now though is the auto industry. Bush approved a loan to the auto industry. I have mixed views about this. I'm not against a loan if it is a loan and not a bailout. I hate handouts. On the same note, Congress rushed through a trillion dollar bailout to the credit markets, overseen by some of the same dumbasses like Chris Dodd and Barney Frank who helped cause the problem in the first place. If those people are bailed out (which I opposed), how can the middle finger be given to the domestic auto industry afterward. At least the auto industry had a lot more jobs in this country.

Now I'm no fan of golden parachutes, but what pisses me off is when CONGRESS, the biggest bunch of failures on the face of the earth, tells ANYBODY what their salary should be. Who the hell is Waxman and that crowd to tell someone that they need to take a $1 salary? If anyone deserves $1 salaries right now, it's Congress, and they still get their "cost of living increases."

I'll try to this updated more frequently again.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Mark Sanford gets it

Sorry for the long delay between posts. Late November/December is tough. I had a trial and two papers I had to write and finish.

There's a reason I've hoped he was going to run back in 08, and why he would be my first choice in 2012. Mark Sanford wrote this in Politico back on November 29.

Mark Sanford - What's next for the GOP

Our party took nothing short of a shellacking nationally. Some on the left will say our electoral losses are a repudiation of our principles of lower taxes, smaller government and individual liberty. But Election Day was not a rejection of those principles — in fact, cutting taxes and spending were important tenets of Barack Obama’s campaign.

Instead, voters rejected the fact that while Republicans have campaigned on the conservative themes of lower taxes, less government and more freedom, they have consistently failed to govern that way. Americans didn’t turn away from conservatism, they instead turned away from many who faked it.


Mark Sanford walked the walk. THAT is why I hoped he was going to run. This governor had the courage of calling out big spenders in his own party, and did it in a fashion that brought much attention to the problem. When the state legislature gave a bloated spending bill to Governor Sanford, he line item vetoed it. To add insult to the injury, he brought two pigs to the capital, named one pork, named the other barrel, had a press conference with them. That sent a message, and it wasn't even partisan.

Sanford had three prongs on rebuilding the GOP.

First, let’s go back to the principle of saying what you mean and meaning what you say. A political party is much like a brand, and brands thrive or wither based on how consistently they deliver on what they promise. Along those same lines, it’s important for brands to stick to their knitting. If John Deere’s tractor sales are declining, they don’t say, “Tell you what, let’s make cars and airplanes, too.” Instead, they focus on producing better tractors.

I make that point because there’s a real temptation in Republican circles right now to try and be all things to all people. We tried that already — it was called “compassionate conservatism,” and it got us nowhere.


Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The GOP got lucky in 2000 and 2004. While the Bush campaign are good organizers, they are poor strategists when it comes to message. In 2000, they barely beat a real bum in Gore, and in 2004, they ran against a traitor in John Kerry and barely beat him. It was buying time, because Congress did not keep the big spending parts of Bush in camp and simply followed him. Nobody respect followers.

Compassionate Conservatism was never real popular with the base. Bush got buy with much of the base because of social issues, bad opponents, jerks in the media and on the left we wanted to see lose (the old he's a son of a bitch, but our son of a bitch), and many on the left wanting to see a war lost for political reasons. (Politics stops at the border, and that continues now with Obama as president).

Eventually though, when the Republicans act like democrats, voters are rather going to have the real thing than democrat-lite. No Child Left Behind was a joke. Prescription Drugs including Viagra paid for by the feds? McCain/Feingold? Panic driven handouts after Katrina? Deficit Spending? Bridges to Nowhere? And now the trillion dollar plus bailouts. What the hell are you guys doing? I never signed up for any of that, and that is why I am a 1994 Republican and not a Bush Republican.


Second, our loyalties need to be to ideas, not to individuals. Ted Stevens in many ways personified the opposite of what the GOP is supposed to be about, reveling in his ability to secure pork and turning a blind eye to ethical lapses.

There needs to be a high standard for our franchisees. In other words, I believe Republicans and conservatives must agree on our core principles. St. Augustine called for “unity in the essentials, diversity in the nonessentials, and charity in all things,” and while I believe there should always be a big GOP tent, there must also be a shared agreement on the essentials — including expanding liberty, encouraging entrepreneurship and limiting the reach of government in people’s everyday lives.

First, let’s go back to the principle of saying what you mean and meaning what you say. A political party is much like a brand, and brands thrive or wither based on how consistently they deliver on what they promise. Along those same lines, it’s important for brands to stick to their knitting. If John Deere’s tractor sales are declining, they don’t say, “Tell you what, let’s make cars and airplanes, too.” Instead, they focus on producing better tractors.

I make that point because there’s a real temptation in Republican circles right now to try and be all things to all people. We tried that already — it was called “compassionate conservatism,” and it got us nowhere.

Second, our loyalties need to be to ideas, not to individuals. Ted Stevens in many ways personified the opposite of what the GOP is supposed to be about, reveling in his ability to secure pork and turning a blind eye to ethical lapses.

There needs to be a high standard for our franchisees. In other words, I believe Republicans and conservatives must agree on our core principles. St. Augustine called for “unity in the essentials, diversity in the nonessentials, and charity in all things,” and while I believe there should always be a big GOP tent, there must also be a shared agreement on the essentials — including expanding liberty, encouraging entrepreneurship and limiting the reach of government in people’s everyday lives.


I can't disagree with any of that.

Finally, we need to look toward the states for answers, rather than toward Washington.

I am struck by how many of my colleagues around the country were quietly advancing the kinds of reforms and conservative principles that Washington politicians would do well to emulate.

In Louisiana, Bobby Jindal is making market-based reforms to his state’s Medicaid program, while over in Georgia, Sonny Perdue is tackling health care affordability with a Health Savings Account program. Sarah Palin has cut spending and fought corruption in Alaska. Rick Perry in Texas has balanced the budget while cutting taxes, creating more than a million jobs in the process. Mitch Daniels in Indiana is innovating when it comes to building infrastructure.

I could go on, but the bottom line is that you don’t have to look far to find examples of how sticking to conservative principles not only yields a better-working government but, frankly, yields electoral success as well.


When Washington is the problem, change isn't going to come from Washington leadership like Blunt, Boehner, and McConnell. Instead, the following people need to be the voice and faces of our party. Sanford. Jindal. Palin. Pence. Hensarling. Coburn. That is the future of the party.


We’ve thrown $2.3 trillion toward bailouts and a stimulus this year with little to show for it in the way of results, with seemingly hundreds of billions more being contemplated by Congress each day. Borrowing from Medicare, Social Security, our grandkids and the Chinese to remedy a problem created by too much borrowing strikes me as odd, and hardly the “change” Americans really want.

Where change must come, though, is in once again making our party one that governs on the principles it professes. That change starts with each of us in elected office, and more importantly, with each person who cares about returning to conservative principles making their voices heard.


One thing I liked seeing was the Livingston County GOP putting up billboards and a commercial that subtlely mentions the good thing the LOCAL Republicans have been doing. We need to first and foremost regain the fiscal responsibility mantra in our party. That starts by walking the walk, and calling out all sides that do not walk the walk. It's time for more Mark Sanford and less government conservatism and less George Bush and "crap sandwich" "conservatism".