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Pelosi Dumb?

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Recently there has been a spate of articles asking if Rick Perry is dumb (and even one asking if Barack Obama is dumb). It is certainly a staple of American politics that anyone on the right is dumb. After all, George Bush certainly was, not to mention Ronald Reagan. The flip side of this assertion is that liberal politicians are smart. The arrogance and ignorance of those who actually believe such propaganda needs no explication. For these assertions are based not on any evidence, behavior, or activities, but on party label. In short, if you are a Republican you are dumb, and if you are a Democrat you are smart. I find this rather simplistic and somewhat lacking in empirical evidence as you might expect.

But, let’s apply the Forrest Gump standard: stupid is as stupid does. And let’s look just at Nancy Pelosi for the moment – onetime speaker of the house, and current minority leader. Let us also just focus on her most recent statement: the lack of a rebuttal is disrespectful to the president.

Really? Not providing an alternate view to the president is a sign of disrespect? Or is it that one doesn’t consider the president’s words needing a rebuttal? After all, disagreeing with the president we are told is racist. Now, not disagreeing with him is disrespectful. Exactly how does Nancy Pelosi view Barack Obama? It appears he is somehow above disagreement and above … response? I don’t get it. What is Pelosi after?

Does she want a Republican response highlighting how all of the president’s prior policies have made the economic situation worse? Or, does she want the Republicans to challenge the efficacy of Stimulus II? Does she want the Republicans to put forth their own agenda of tax cuts, lower regulation, repeal of Obamacare, and less government intrusion?

I doubt it. It seems to me that Pelosi is out for short-term political gain. A gain which will not materialize based on the last couple of years. And that makes Nancy Pelosi dumb.

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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

Pass the Boehner Plan

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I’ve been as agnostic as possible on the debt debate going on in Washington, but it is clear to me that doing nothing is not an option. That will result in the downgrade of the US credit which will raise the cost of borrowing for all Americans – not to mention being downright embarrassing.

Now it is very clear that it is the democrats who have brought us to this impasse. True, the republicans spent way too much from 2001 to 2006. They lost control of Congress because of it. But the democrats didn’t draw the right conclusion and since they have been in control have spent even more. When President Bush left office the debt was just under 10 trillion which he had basically doubled. It is important to note that at that point, the democrats had controlled Congress for two years. Meanwhile, under President Obama, we’ve racked up nearly 5 trillion in additional debt. In other words, Obama racked up almost the entire Bush debt in one quarter of the time.

In the short term, we clearly need to raise the debt limit in order to quiet the markets and prevent a downgrade of the US credit rating. (A VERY BAD THING.)

The Boehner bill is hardly perfect, but it appears to be the best that can be achieved while the democrats still control the senate and the presidency. To oppose it because it is not perfect is insane. Politics is the art of the possible.

Pass the Boehner bill.

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July 29, 2011 at 12:22 am

A Glimmer Through the Doom

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Perhaps the doom may be averted yet. Though Mitch McConnell appears to have a tin ear on earmarks, he seems to otherwise get it. John Boehner is clearly on board with the starve the beast agenda. The democrats have their eyes firmly shut, fingers stuck firmly in the ears, and are going ya ya ya ya ya ya all the way home. Pelosi remains unchided. Perhaps she is unchidable. Those are better signs than were present on election night.

Also, the news that the republicans did fifty percent better in state houses than in 1994 suggests a bubbling up effect which can be cemented in 2012.

Now the House has to get on with the job of defunding the Obama monstrosity, and pushing lower taxes, lower regulation, and smaller government. They won’t be able to get through the democrats in the Senate (probably) and definitely not past the president, staking out the field of battle for 2012. The democrats are always talking about ‘fighting’ for this or that (except actual military fighting). If the republicans do this right, the democrats will be fighting on losing ground for the next two years.

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November 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Barney the Frank

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It’s looking like Barney Frank has survived. Pity. Though I didn’t expect him to lose, I would really have liked to see it. More than anyone else running tonight.

Barney Frank is the single person most responsible for the mortgage crisis and the housing crisis and the attendant financial crisis. If anyone has deserved to lose his job, it is Barney Frank. For if he did, then fewer of the rest of us would lose ours.

At least he’ll be in the minority again, though Lord knows, he did plenty of damage there before.

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November 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

The Bourbon Democrats

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Rumors abound that should Harry Reid be defeated – may it be so – that Charles Schumer of NY or Dick Durbin of IL will replace him as Democratic leader:

If Reid falls, a power vacuum will emerge in the Senate and, according to reports, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin want to fill it. Most political observers think Schumer is best positioned for the Senate majority leader post, but Durbin’s a close second.

Schumer, who is the most outpsoken liberal in the Senate, and Durbin, who has likened our troops to Nazis – true, he apologized, but only after being called on it – are poster children of the left. If this election goes as expected, it will be a repudiation of liberalism. Should either of these men take the leadership of the democrats in the senate, then it will be clear that the democrats will have learned nothing from the election.

Like the Bourbons, who famously forgot nothing, and learned nothing.

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October 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

In the End, They Caucus with Pelosi and Reid

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The news is full of democrats running away from the President, from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Obamacare, Stimulus, Cap’n Trade, and the general legislative agenda of the first three. The gubernatorial candidates are perhaps to be excepted (though the RI democrat who said the President could “shove” his endorsement was way over the line in terms of disrespect).

All these senate and house democratic candidates who are trying to distance themselves from Obama et al., and who are touting their putative independence, are forgetting one thing. And they are hoping that the voters forget it as well. It is the Achilles Heel of the independence argument, and it applies to every Blue Dog, regardless of how they voted on any legislation.

It is this: every single one of them caucuses with the democrats and thus allows Pelosi and Reid to maintain their majorities. They can vote against it all, but they can’t change the fact that every democrat elected to Congress is a vote to maintain the status quo of the leadership. Regardless of how they themselves vote on specific bills.

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October 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

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