Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Where Do We Go From Here?

November 15, 2006

The elections are over, the Democrats succeeded in painting Republicans as corrupt and vile. Sadly, the spineless Republicans sat back and allowed the Democrats to roll over them, so we now have a Senate and House controlled by Democrats.

No sense in crying about it or demanding recounts, although I’m sure honest recounts just might turn up some irregularities, it would just cause the Democrats to somehow find a few absentee ballots that were temporarily lost, as did the King County Washington Elections Board during the 2004 recounts over the Governors race. Democrats have bragged about being very good at recounts, as history shows.

With no Republicans interested and Democrats already pushing for recounts in the couple undecided contests still outstanding, we are stuck with them as leaders for the next two years.

With Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House, leadership positions are being filled in preparation for their assumption of power this coming January. In her booklet, “A New Direction for America,” Ms. Pelosi, affectionately known as “San Fran Nan,” promises America, “With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people.”

Integrity? Let’s look at some of her leadership appointments.

For the House Intelligence Committee, sources say she plans on bypassing Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), a six-term member of Congress, who has cooperated with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee in the past in favor of Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, an impeached federal judge for accepting a $150,000 bribe. That Ms. Harman is the senior Democrat now sitting on the Intelligence Committee and was responsible for writing the Democrats National Security Agenda for the campaign doesn’t matter to Pelosi.

For Majority Leader she supports Jack Murtha (D. Pa.), an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1980s ABSCAM Scandal. He is on FBI surveillance tape turning down a $50,000 bribe, “at this time.” He is also on that tape saying he might be interested later on. Murtha is also noted for his anti-Iraq rants this past year where he accused U.S. Marines of “cold blooded murder” even before any were investigated.

This is what Pelosi calls “integrity.”

And now, “civility?” Can anyone actually say the Democrats have been civil at all in the past two years? In an email received this past October, Pelosi said, “The Republicans are desperate. The only thing they have left to offer is fear. And the fear-mongering is turned up to full volume in congressional races all across the country. Their attacks will get dirtier. Their lies will get more outrageous.” Of course, any mention that we are at war and under a still serious terrorist threat is automatically “fear mongering,” according to Democrats. At the same time, they complain because no one did anything to warn the public of 9/11 before it happened.

In September, her email was, “They are taking their fear tactics to the airwaves in an attempt to distract voters from their own miserable record. Karl Rove and his political hatchet men know that Republicans cannot win if they run on their record of failure, incompetence and corruption.” Talking to our troops that have been in Iraq we would learn that Iraq is not a failure. It may not be progressing as smoothly as desired, but it is progressing. No war progresses smoothly, not even on today’s video games.

Since “fear mongering” concerns her, I wonder what she thinks of the following quote. "As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." -- Nancy Pelosi, December 16, 1998

Also ignored from the Democrat party is, “If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community's already existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act.” John Kerry (D. Ma.) in a New York Times Op Ed article printed on September 6, 2002.

While Kerry is a Senator and not in the House, his words are indicative of many statements made by Democrats who now accuse President Bush and Republicans of “failure in Iraq” and “fear mongering.”

Pardon me if I don’t hold my breath waiting for the Democrats under Ms. Pelosi’s tutelage to practice “fiscal discipline.”

From her booklet, “A New Direction for America,” we find her promised program “Six for ’06.”

SIX FOR ‘06 - PRIORITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS, NOT JUST THE PRIVILEGED FEW REAL SECURITY - AT HOME AND OVERSEAS
Reclaim American leadership with a tough, smart plan to transform failed Bush Administration policies in Iraq, the Middle East and around the world. Require the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country and begin the phased redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2006.
Double the size of Special Forces to destroy Osama Bin Laden and terrorist networks like al Qaeda. Rebuild a state-of-the-art military capable of projecting power wherever necessary. Implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission proposal to secure America’s borders and ports and screen 100% of containers. Fully man, train, and equip our National Guard and our police, firefighters and other first responders. Honor our commitments to our veterans.
PROSPERITY - BETTER AMERICAN JOBS, BETTER PAY
Prohibit the Congressional pay raise until the nation’s minimum wage is raised. End tax giveaways that reward companies for moving American jobs overseas.
OPPORTUNITY - COLLEGE ACCESS FOR ALL
Make college tuition deductible from taxes, permanently. Cut student loan interest rates. Expand Pell Grants.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - LOWER GAS PRICES
Free America from dependence on foreign oil and create a cleaner environment with initiatives for energy-efficient technologies and domestic alternatives such as biofuels. End tax giveaways to Big Oil companies and enact tough laws to stop price gouging.
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE - LIFE-SAVING SCIENCE
Fix the Medicare prescription drug benefit by putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices and ending wasteful giveaways to drug companies and HMOs. Promote stem cell research that offers real hope to millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases.
RETIREMENT SECURITY AND DIGNITY
Stop any plan to privatize Social Security, in whole or in part. Enact real pension reform to protect employees’ financial security from CEO corruption and mismanagement, including abuse of the bankruptcy laws. Expand personal savings incentives.


It all sounds pretty good until you ask yourself, how does she plan to pay for it all? My guess is by following the Democrats tired old plan they always resort to, RAISE TAXES AGAIN!!! Every time they do, our economy suffers, jobs are lost, and companies go out of business. That is how I see the Democrats plan for “fiscal discipline.”

She also says they will “double the size of the Special forces.” How? Does anyone actually think our young people will flock to recruitment offices now that Democrats control Congress? The only way I see for them to keep this promise is to reinstate the Military Draft; something other Democrats have been recommending for some time and as late as a week before the elections.

That should set well with the anti-war left that supported Democrats and helped propel them into power.

Add to that the distinct possibility of the far leftist within the party forcing an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Even if not immediate, broadcasting you "withdrawal date" to the enemy just lets them know when to hold back and let you go, while their plans have been all along to wait you out and take over once you are gone. This part alone has the Iraqi people worried.

The only place for conservatives to go from here is to make sure we use their conduct, actions and words to expose them to the country. Unlike what claims were made prior to the election, we don’t need to lie or invent anything, their own words deeds and missteps will expose them for who they are.

First and foremost, though, our party representatives in D.C. need to grow some {bleep} and back bone to stand up for us. We bloggers and voters cannot do it all; those we elect to represent us must do their part back in D.C.

Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way. The safety and future of our country is at stake.

Lew

5 comments:

coboble said...

Not everything in the list is bad.
In fact I really like this one:
End tax giveaways that reward companies for moving American jobs overseas.

Why is this a bad idea?

I see other good ideas on the list as well. However, once these ideas end up implemented, I am certain they will not really serve the purpose they state. They rarely do.

D's and R's are both Corrupt. It has become more about party power than intelligent decision making.

Lew Waters said...

Hi coboble, I don't necessarily say everything on the list is bad, just who will end up paying for it all.

As for tax breaks, in the booklet, A New Direction for America, tax breaks are proposed for other companies while these breaks are to be ended. What are we saving?

Don't forget, NAFTA was passed when Democrats were in total power, before the Republicans took over in 1994. That was jobs being sent overseas and yes, I didn't like it then and see no reason any company should get tax breaks for it, beyond what they legally are entitled to for normal onshore operations.

Yes, both are corrupt, to a point. By that, I mean inidividuals within each party are. In the case of these tax breaks to entice businesses to do certain things, the tax ends up being shifted, in one way or another, to us, the people.

Many things sound very good on paper, but when implemented, they end up hurting those they are supposed to help.

In another note, Nancy Pelosi was just today dealt a blow by the House electing Hoyer over her choice of Alcee Hastings. It will be interesting to see just how this all plays out.

In the end, politicans are real good about making promises, but very poor about fulfilling them.

Lew Waters said...

Oops, make that over Jack Murtha, not Alcee hastings.

coboble said...

As far as increasing Military recruitment goes, I think we should recruit illegal aliens, and make Military service a requirement to earn citizenship.
(In keeping in line with the quote I placed in the other blog, I guess this would mean that I also have to believe in requiring Military service of non aliens as well).
At one point I believed that service to the country (not necessarily restricted to the Military) should be required before one could vote.

Lew Waters said...

Coboble, I knew a few immigrants who volunteered for the Military. I agree, if they are able bodied and wish to remin, they should serve too. Also our young people should be required two years service to the country. Be it the Military, Border Patrol or whatever, two years serving the coutnry that you claim is something that should be made to happen.

For many, it would be the first time they actually received disciplined training or got away from home for a short while. That is an education unmatched by any school.