Archive for January, 2008

Final GOP Debate before Super Tuesday

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The debate is over and there probably wasn’t a clear winner. A couple things to note from this debate are this. First, Romney needed to dominate the debate and it didn’t feel like he did. He had some really good moments but I think most would agree that he needed to do better going into Super Tuesday. Another assessment, concerning McCain, he came off as being a bit shrewd, consistent with some of his tactics in Florida. As for the other two candidates at the debate (Huckabee, Paul), we could have just done without them. And was it me or did McCain turn the answer to every question in to something about “timetables”?  He also stumbled around the Immigration question big time.

Why wouldn’t the Flat Tax really work?

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Why wouldn’t the flat tax work?  It sounds like a good idea.  If you are at a point in your life where you are trying to get ahead and save some money you don’t have to worry about the government taking your money before you even get it.  If you wanted to invest your money instead of spending it, the incentive would be there to do that.  It would also remove the discussion about tax brackets.

The greatest part of it all is that it would do away with the complicated tax filing system we now use.

So there are plenty of reasons, in theory, to implement a flat tax system.  So why doesn’t it happen?  Are there studies out there that disprove the the flat tax? Do those currently in power have something to lose?

We are in for a long fight with terrorists

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Every American is, or should be, aware of the actual war that we are engaged in with Muslim Extremists. I’m not talking about the War in Iraq, that’s just one front of this war. This is a world wide conflict that will be played out on U.S. soil more frequently in the years ahead. Obviously the Extremists will not attempt to invade us in a traditional manor but they will slowly infiltrate through illegal migration or even from within as they recruit “home-grown” operatives.

If it think that our presence in the Middle East will keep the battle over there and not here then you are making a serious mistake. I agree wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made it more difficult for terrorist leaders to communicate and operate from those regions. However, the threat has spread throughout the world and is closer and more serious than most people realize. These extremists will begin to operate more frequently on their own and not require the leadership and organization from leaders in the Middle East.

Terrorists like Mohammed Mansour Jabarah are going to become more common and we ought to keep our eyes open.

I wouldn’t get too comfortable and think that your town is too small or that you have known a certain person their whole life and they wouldn’t do something like that. Keep your eyes open. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Race issue finally reaches the surface

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I’m surprised it took as long as it did but the issue of race has finally reached the surface for the Democratic party.  It seems like it was just going to be a matter of time and a how but the with the first African-American presidential candidate with a real shot at winning in the race this year, the issue of race was bound to surface.

I think it is also fair to say that it is exactly what the Obama team wanted and it couldn’t have come at a better time heading in to South Carolina where African-Americans make up a 50 percent majority of Democratic voters.

The Clinton’s just can’t seem to stay out of their own way.  First Bill Clinton refers to Obama’s presidential campaign as a “fairytale” and then Hillary makes the following statement:

“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Clinton told FOX News last week in remarks that sparked the current conflict. “It took a president to get it done.”

Some say the comment takes away from Dr. King’s accomplishments and sacrifice and others say the comment is simply blown out of proportion.  Either way, if you’re Hillary Clinton, why make the comment? What good could come from? We now know the bad that can come from it.

Who will be easiest to beat?

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Politics have become so precarious that even how you should use your vote is no longer just a simple question of which candidate is aligned with your core values and beliefs.  For example, Democrats in Michigan are being asked to use their vote to undermine the Republican party.  Because the Democrats have lost their delegates for Michigan they are encouraging voters from their party to vote for certain  Republican candidates that they feel would hurt the Republican party as a whole if that candidate were to win or stay in the race.

So I wonder which of the leading candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties would be easiest to beat? In the example I mentioned, the Democrats seem to want Romney to win Michigan because many of them believe that if he remains in the race then the Republicans will have to spend more and battle each other more throughout the primary process.  It also seems that Democrats are not too concerned about having to go against Romney and I can understand why.  It should be pretty clear by now that while are country has socially matured and grown so far that we finally seem ready to vote the first African-American or female into the oval office, we still are not ready to have a Mormon president.  In short, Democrats know that if Romney were to win the Republican nomination, his religion would make him an easy opponent.

From the Democratic party it’s not as easy to pick out.  The Clinton campaign believes that the fact that she is a woman would not negatively affect her at all and would, in fact, draw more women voters.  While it would be naive to think that our country is free from prejudice, it does appear that Obama has actually crossed the color barrier and is the first African-American presidential candidate that could actually win the not only his parties nomination but the presidential election as well.  Of these two candidates I think that Republicans are more afraid of Obama because he is flat out a more talented politician.  He would perform far better in the debates and his speeches are much more inspirational.  So I believe that the Republicans would rather face Clinton.

How many delegates needed to get nominated?

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

How many delegates does a republican need to get his party’s presidential nomination and how many does a democrat need to get his party’s nomination?

What’s a Brokered Convention?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

We keep hearing about “brokered conventions”. What are they? How do they happen?