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Perry so Far

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Right now I have to say I’m liking Rick Perry. Up to this point I was underwhelmed by the Republican field – though it is easy to say that I would prefer any of them to the present incumbent even Ron Paul (a kook IMO).

I need to know more, but it is a safe bet that I agree with Mitt Romney – any of those presently running on the Republican side would make a better president than Barack Obama. And right now for me, that means Rick Perry. I’ll watch his campaign with interest.

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August 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

Iowa?

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OK. I’m a conservative. I tend to vote Republican because that is the pragmatic choice for us conservatives.

However, I am a little irked by the attention paid to the Iowa straw poll. I mean, why does that matter more than any other state? Do Iowa conservatives really speak for the country?

Just askin …

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August 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

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A Further Thought About Debt

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Now that the debt crisis is behind us, I would like to add some thoughts.

Firstly, I am pleased that the focus has shifted from spending to cutting. By no means does this bill cut enough spending, but directionally it is good. The democrats have been forced to accept that cuts are good and spending is too high. More needs to be done, but the national conversation has moved to the idea of fiscal responsibility.

Secondly, I very pleased to see that the Left is going absolutely apeshit over this deal. I wasn’t all that thrilled – thought it was as good as could be gotten – but not convinced it went far enough. The Left has convinced me – the comments I’m reading are positively unhinged.

But here is the thing I would like to change: this notion that we are cutting a trillion dollars, or cutting 2.4 trillion dollars. We are doing no such thing. These numbers are over ten years. I don’t know about you, but I budget in annual terms. So what we are really doing is cutting 100 billion or 240 billion – real money as far as I can tell – but nowhere near what it sounds like. Now, I expect this kind of obfuscation from democrats, but I’m disappointed to see it from republicans. Our deficit is running at 1.6 trillion a year, which means that 100 billion is less than a month’s overspending. When we’re cutting a trillion a year, we’ll be serious. Indeed, I wonder what the harm would be to roll back all spending to the level of 2008?

So I’m still happy. The Left is apoplectic, and that has to be a good thing. But in terms of getting the Federal beast under control, we have a long way to go.

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August 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

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