Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 - What's next?

Well, it's now a new year and there's no presidential or gubenatorial elections. That doesn't mean things aren't going to be interesting. They are going to probably heat up quickly.

In early February, we have the filing deadline for May elections. It's school board time again. Howell and Brighton have their school board elections at this time. It'll be interesting to see who runs. It'll also be interesting to see what the MEA, Love Group PAC, Concerned Taxpayers Group PAC, Livingston Taxpayers Association (Dave Hamilton's org), GOP, Democrats, and newsmedia do in this election. The Concerned Taxpayers Group set a good precedence in 2005 with the millage and in 2006 with its endorsement process. I hope we have some good candidates.

The preseason for 2008 will get pushed into high gear. We have the Iowa Straw Poll sometime in August. We'll have several announcements of running and who is in or out, as well as everybody who ever was anything or thinks they were anything making an endorsement.

The big event though either this August or September is the GOP's Mackinac Leadership Conference. Every two years, the GOP has a major conference up on Mackinac Island. There may be a straw poll there(hence, part of the reason McCain's people wanted Saul gone). There will also be several candidates there. In 05, we had Brownback, Romney, and Tommy Thompson. 07 should be much more active than 05 - and that was fairly active.

Most of the primary presidential season will likely be over before the end of the year - and down to 3-4 people at most. Who those will be? I have no idea. (Many thought in 1999 it would be Liddy Dole vs Hillary)

It should be a real interesting year.


bluzie said...

I'll tell you what I hope happens. The new Democratic congress increases minimum wage and gives the working Americans a fair shake. They work for affordable healthcare and stop the insurance companies, big oil and the pharmaceuticals from their "drain America first" approach to business.
That the American public see when you support the middle class you are truly pro American!!
Happy New Year!

bluzie said...

Wouldn't it be great to bring our troops home? Wouldn't it be nice to not have one more family lose their son or daughter to this fiasco?

Wouldn't it be great to not have one more soldier come home with a head injury that will effect them the rest of the life or lose one or all their limbs? Yep bring 'em home in 07!

Why not?

BigShot said...

I don't think it would be good to bring the troops home. While I don't wish any harm on our troops I think that we need to make sure Iraq becomes stable. If America was invaded and turned unstable would you want the foreign invaders to not make sure America was stable? Why do you not like the War in Iraq?? What would you do if America was attacked and it appeared and was evident that Iraq was a threat to America??

bluzie said...

Well Big Shot, I believe we only go to war when we are either invaded or a country invades another nation. This was not the case. I personally agreed with Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow that there was not a threat to our country by Iraq. You may still wish to believe one of the many reasons that were given for going to war, but my personal opinion it has been a huge waste of lives for no clear reason. Interesting it has become a multiple choice answer as to why we invaded Iraq. So everyone can find their own reason as to how they make sense of this horrible disaster.
Admitting to error and finding a solution needs to be done and takes courage and leadership.
I personally don't think we need to continue to serve up our sons and daughters because our President had bad intelligence and made wrong choices.

BigShot said...

By no means do I think that the war was executed in the best way possible, but I still think that this war is just and neccessary.

You never answerd these questions; What would you do if America was attacked and it appeared and was evident that Iraq was a threat to America?? If America was invaded and turned unstable would you want the foreign invaders to not make sure America was stable?

It is people like you who are aiding the enemy, and demoralizing our troops. All I can say is I will continue to support this war untill the end.

By the way Senators Levin and Stabbenow both origanally voted for the war.

bluzie said...

BY the way BIG SHOT you are wrong about Levin and Stabenow, they both voted against giving George Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq. Not so big on the facts, eh?

I try to live in the now, and I did not agree with invading Iraq for one major reason Israel did not think they had weapons of mass destrucion. They did not put on gas masks or brace for anything before or during the war, their intelligence knew Sadam was a paper tiger. Remember the Gulf War how worried the Israeli's were, didn't you ever wonder why they weren't concerned this time? Or were you too busy hailing George Bush?
You can support this war, personally I support our troops and hope and pray we can find a way to bring them home from harms way.

You may accuse me of demoralizing the troops... I find that idea stupid and self serving. I my dear I dare say will work to keep our country great while you continue on with the "drain America first" crowd. You are aiding everyone who would like to weaken our country.
This war is a fiasco and I support finding a way out.

liberalshateusa said...

Bluzie Can you read your own post "I believe we only go to war when we are either invaded or a country invades another nation". You as with the rest of the liberals are in denial the 9/11 ever happened. We were attacked on American soil. You can hide your head in the sand along with the Democratic Party, but I would rather be on the offensive than the defensive. I never was in favor of going into Iraq from the very beginning, but we have no choice but to stay and complete the mission. As Osoma Bin Laden has been quoted as saying” That American lacks the will for a long fight” if we cut and run now we will lose face with the world. We will then bring the fight onto American soil, and that is a fact.
I am not surprised at Pelosi’s reneging on her promise to have an bipartisan Congress. As party leaders prepare to push their legislative priorities before President Bush delivers his State of the Union address later this month, they realize they can't meet their pledge to complete their agenda within the first 100 hours if they allow full hearings, debate and amendments.
To quicken passage of bills to raise the minimum wage, expand stem cell research and tighten homeland security, among others, Democrats say they will bypass House committees, move legislation directly to the floor and strictly limit the GOP's ability to make changes.
The decision opens Pelosi to attack from Republicans who say she is beginning her speakership by reneging on a campaign promise to restore the rights of the minority party.
This is just the beginning of what is in store to come. If Pelosi is lying in her 1st Hour, what is the American public to expect in the following years.
I for one like Cindy Sheehan today.
House Democrats tried to unveil their lobbying reform package today, but their press conference was drowned out by chants from anti-war activists who want Congress to stop funding the Iraq war before taking on other issues.
Led by Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain soldier, the protesters chanted "De-escalate, investigate, troops home now" as Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., began outlining the Democrats' plans to ban lobbyist-funded travel and institute other ethics reforms. The press conference was held in the Cannon House Office Building in an area open to the public.
Emanuel finally gave up trying to be heard over the chants, and retreated to a caucus room where Democrats were meeting.
You Liberals better be careful what you wish for you just might get it. And I hope it’s all over your faces. Now you have to have a plan unlike your pre election strategy of George Bush Sucks, now you have to open you mouth and unveil your plan to deal with Iraq.
But ramming bills through the House could end up being little more than a symbolic gesture. The tougher test for Democrats will be getting the same measures through the Senate, where the incoming majority leader, Harry Reid, will have only a one-vote majority and the Republicans will have the procedural power to gum up his agenda. Reid discovered just how slender his majority will be when South Dakota Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson was rushed to the hospital on Dec. 13 with a brain hemorrhage. (He remains in critical condition.)
And why the hush on Johnson condition, if this situation were reversed and the GOP were in control the Liberals would be crying cover up. Let a group of independent Doctors in to exam him and reach a concessive as to whether he can continue to serve in the Senate.

bluzie said...

Oh stop, you are not expecting me to believe Iraq needed to be invaded because Osama planned, and attacked our country!! We went to war in Afganistan because of 911. Do you know that Afganistan and Iraq are two different countries? You play pretty fast and loose with the facts and I am hear to say you must be part of the drain America first crowd.
Johnson's condition continues to improve, I read it in the newspaper, but maybe you don't read those anymore?

bluzie said...

Oh no one has to say Gerge Bush sucks anymore.

What does need to happen is the survival of the middle class so we can buy the goods we make. We have been duped by people like you thinking the Bush adminstration actually believed in a smaller government, balancing the budget and a decent wage for a days work. But the Bush crowd hasn't governed for the middle class and in my opinion if you vote against the middle class you vote against America.

BigShot said...

Well I think that bluzie you are one of the blaim America first crowd. You are blaming the old congress for mistakes. THEY ARE ONLY HUMAN, AS IS THIS CONGRESS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE SO MANY MISTAKES. George Bush is far from a perfect president but at least he dosen't sleep around.

This congress is not going to withdraw from Iraq, they are spineless. If Clinton had taken us to war after the first attack on America would you have supported it?? I know I would because when our troops our doing there job, I am going to support their job.

My prarys go out to Johnson and his family.

bluzie said...

What political party my president belongs to has little bearing on my opinions about what is right and what is wrong. I am a Democrat and we are known to think for ourselves. We don't fall in line behind our leaders, we argue and protest our own when we don't agree. Just see what happened yesterday with the war protests at the congressional news conference.
Bill Clinton will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents, his trouble with women is what Dems didn't like..... we love the job he did, his intellect, his leadership, our balanced budget and the peace we had around the world.
I don't know George Bush's personal life, from how he conducts his public life, I doubt I would approve. I have heard he has a violent temper , he makes fun of religious leaders after they leave his office. He seems very superficial and mean spirited. No come to think of it, I don't think I like much of George Bush.
He speaks a lot of his religious convictions but they don't seem to match his actions or his attitude before he took office or during, we shall see about after he leaves. My guess it's like his ranch, made to look like something he is not, a prop like for a movie. He is a big fake, the world sees it, maybe someday you will too.

Red Or Dead said...

Bluize, get your medicine checked

bluzie said...

red or dead... join the rest of the country.

bluzie said...

Better yet join the rest of the world red or dead and see what a total fiasco the George Bush administration has been. You don't have to hear it hear it from me... just read.

Red Or Dead said...

Bluze, Seeing that you care so much about our soliders I am sure that you will attend todays funeral services for Army Spc. Wilson Algrim in Howell today. I will look for you, I am sure you will dress as you write so I will have no trouble spoting you in the crowd.

bluzie said...

I will not be at the funeral for Spc.Wilson Algrim as I do not know the family or this brave soldier who has given his life for our country. He has been in my prayers and I am grateful to his family for their sacrifice as well.
I personally don't just show up at funerals where I don't know the family or the person who has died.
Do you?