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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on April 9, 2009

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” 

Ronald Reagan

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State income tax analysis from EFF

Posted by Liberty on February 18, 2009

Will state income tax appear on November 2009 ballot?

We know that state senator Rosa Franklin [a Democrat…who else?] has again introduced her perennial bill that would impose a state income tax.  Anybody who would believe that a state income tax would be a straight across trade for the way we pay into the state coffers now is deceiving themselves.  Any alteration in taxes proposed by our dear Washington State Democrats will result in a raw deal for the taxpayers and more revenue for state government. 

It is my understanding that this measure would be have to be voted upon by us little people but sometimes, I have my doubts that my fellow Washingtonians could choose right.  At any rate, the better informed Conservatives are, the better we will be able to articulate our opposition to any more taxes.

“The bill has three major fiscal reform elements that would drastically change the state’s revenue structure. First, it proposes a graduated state income tax on individuals and businesses (except corporations). Second, it eliminates the state portion of the property tax. Third, it reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 percent to 3.5 percent.”

And a few points against it from the EFF blog:

“Legislators add the income tax as another category, thus allowing tax-creep in every category. 

The proposed income tax adds another layer of complexity and cost for citizens.

It would dramatically increase taxes for people who do not own a home or have children.

It would punish those who succeed financially by taking larger portions of their income as it increases.”

The EFF blog [www.libertylive.org] has details about the proposed income tax rates and also a few scenarios that help illustrate how an income tax would impact people.  Here’s a thought I’d like to throw out there.  Will this finally be the year?  Has the time finally come?  Are we here in Washington going to finally hit the breaking point as far as taxes are concerned?  I propose a Boston Tea Party-esque tax revolt.  Anybody in?

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Dear old Nancy, then and now. What does the future hold for bipartisanship?

Posted by Liberty on February 7, 2009

Nancy Pelosi, quoted in an October 28, 2008 KGO-TV article:

“Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there.  But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan.”

From a November 6, 2008 Boston Globe article:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday pledged that the Democratic-controlled Congress would take a bipartisan approach in working with the incoming Obama administration, saying Democrats need to ‘govern from the middle’to accomplish an ambitious agenda on the economy, energy independence, and healthcare.”

Speaking of the immigration bill in an interview with Al Hunt, re-printed on Real Clear Politics June 15, 2007:

“…we’ll work together in a bipartisan way. This bill affects too many people over a long period of time. We want it to be bipartisan and comprehensive.”

From The Politico, February 6, 2009:

“In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as ‘process’ arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.

Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.

At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.

‘Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,’ the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.”

Democrats only like bipartisanship when Republicans cross the lines and vote like Democrats!  They like to pretend that they’re just naturally more open-minded and cooperative [ie. bipartisan] than Republicans but it’s a myth.  The word “bipartisan” has become misconstrued to mean “Democrats getting their own way.” 

I say, it’s time to chuck the concept of bipartisanship.  Our elected Republicans [with the notable exceptions of Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter] should be reveling in their new-found strength and mentally deleting the word “bipartisan” from their vocabularies.

I appreciate how the majority of Republicans in the Senate have hung together in opposing this shameful pork-packed “stimulus” bill.  If the stimulus is such a great and necessary piece of legislation as the Democrats claim, why don’t they just pass it themselves and get it over with?  They have the votes, especially with human jellyfish pseudo-Republicans like Snowe, Collins and Specter on their side.  Better yet, why don’t they write it up as an Executive Order and Obama can just sign it all into law with a stroke of his mighty pen?  [Picture this…Obama signs the Executive Order to socialize…I mean, “stimulate” the economy and then he turns to Greg Craig to ask what exactly is in the bill.]

The answer is, of course, that the Democrats don’t want to own the consequences of this massive spending plan.  They don’t want the American people to blame them when the economy gets worse instead of better.  They don’t want the electoral consequences when the voters figure out that the stimulus has less to do with fixing the economy and more to do with paying off Democrat supporters like unions, bureaucrats, community organizers and abortionists.

Republicans have probably had about as much influence as they will get over what goes into this bill and how much is spent.  The only thing to do now is to take a principled stand against the stimulus.  We’re going to lose this argument but at least we can go down fighting.

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Senator Debbie Stabenow favors silencing Conservative dissent…because she knows liberalism is an inferior philosophy and it can not withstand scrutiny

Posted by Liberty on February 6, 2009

Sen. Stabenow wants hearings on radio ‘accountability’; talks fairness doctrine

Michael Calderone’s Blog on The Politico has a brief summary of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow’s conversation on Bill Press’s radio show.  Press asks Senator Stabenow if it is time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine.  Here is her response:

“I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.”

I was under the impression that Senators take some kind of oath about protecting the Constitution.  This woman clearly has no understanding of the real intent of the First Amendment.  It specifically protects political speech, even political speech that the Democratic majority finds offensive.  The Fairness Doctrine was morally wrong and unconstitutional when it was first imposed and it would be morally wrong and unconstitutional today.  The ability to speak freely in the arena of political debate is fundamental to America.  American political writers like Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams fueled the Revolution by informing and energizing the masses.  Today, Conservatives count on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingram and others on talk radio to perform the same Constitutionally-protected function.

I have always found it interesting that liberals that push for the Fairness Doctrine only target talk radio, which is largely Conservative.  Senator Stabenow, will your “standards” and “accountability” version of the Fairness Doctrine also apply to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The Seattle Times and other newspapers?  What about Time, People, US Weekly, Newsweek, Vanity Fair…do I need to go on?  What about network news on ABC, NBC, CBS?  Where in the hell is the fairness on those networks?  How about cable news on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, etc?  Are you going to require the Daily Kos to also publish Ann Coulter?  Mark Steyn on Huffington Post?  Don’t you see the hypocrisy in targeting only one type of media…the one type of media that is known for political views that you don’t like? 

Michael Calderone also points out one tiny little conflict of interest that Senator Stabenow has on this subject.  Stabenow is the wife of Tom Athans, who is a liberal talk radio executive.  Liberal talk radio is a colossal failure–perhaps Stabenow is still a little bitter.  Oh, and didn’t Hillary Clinton talk at some point during the Bush administration about how dissent and disagreement is patriotic?  Don’t be unpatriotic, Senator Stabenow!

Even intellectually honest liberals should admit that granting the government the right to shut down political dissent is a dangerous thing.  If you’d like to contact Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, her direct phone number is 202-224-4822.  E-mail at http://stabenow.senate.gov/.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only Senator with censorship on her agenda.  The main Senate switchboard number is 202-224-3121.  The main House switchboard number is 202-225-3121.

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A quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on February 4, 2009

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

Ronald Reagan

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We’re all excited about the first African-American…RNC chair?

Posted by Liberty on February 3, 2009

I’ve been hearing joyful news-bites this morning about Eric Holder’s confirmation as the first African-American Attorney General.  It reminded me of something good that happened on Friday that didn’t get much play in the MSM.  Michael Steele was voted in as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.  And yes, he is an African-American.  That said, it is my opinion that the substance of a person is so much more important than style.  Character, principles and the capacity to lead are the criteria by which we should choose our leaders, not race and general “coolness.”

Michael Steele possesses the qualifications and the vision to lead the GOP back to the top.  He understands the importance of articulating a clear message of Conservatism.  Check out the RNC website for his “Blueprint for Tomorrow.”  That’s our guiding plan, guys.   He stresses the importance of leading with integrity, clearly defining the difference between Republicans and Democrats and upgrading our strategies to compete in the modern political arena.  I have to tell you, I’m optimistic about Michael Steele.  I have every hope that he will be a leader for Conservatives, not just party hacks.

Blueprint for Tomorrow

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Look out Washington! The legislature’s back!

Posted by Liberty on January 10, 2009

Check your freedoms at the door and whip out that checkbook–the Washington State legislature’s back in town.  If you’re still in the mood for New Year’s resolutions, may I suggest that you make 2009 the year that you really keep tabs on what’s happening in Olympia?  State lawmakers have been running roughshod over the citizenry of Washington State for a little too long.  One resource for the latest action in the state capitol is the Washington Policy Center’s website, WashingtonVotes.org

WashingtonVotes.org is the Best Way to Follow Lawmakers as They Tackle $5+ Billion Budget Shortfall

You can search for legislation by keyword or bill number and you can also pull up specific legislators to check out what bills they’re introducing and sponsoring, along with how they’re voting.  From there, it’s easy to click directly to your legislator’s e-mail address so you can drop them a little note and let them know how they can serve you better.

I’m also going to recommend the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and their terrific blog, Liberty Live.  While WashingtonVotes.org is non-partisan, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has more of a Conservative flavor to it.  Just read the opening line of their mission statement:

“Our mission is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.”

With that positive, Conservative message in mind, steel your resolve to watch what your legislator is doing this session.  When they’re right, contact them and let them!  When they’re wrong, do the same! 

And, on that note, here’s a little re-cap of some of the important issues they were working on in 2008, courtesy of Mike Reitz at Liberty Live.

“There ought to be a law…”

“Eyebrow-raising laws from 2008
  • Sellers of raw huckleberries are required to obtain a state permit.
  • Individuals who inadvertently discover skeletal human remains must immediately call the coroner and the police.
  • Antifreeze has apparently become more refreshing since my childhood, prompting the legislature to require the addition of a bitter-tasting chemical to the antifreeze distributed in Washington. Manufacturers must now ‘render the product unpalatable.'”

The list goes on from there so peek at Mike’s blog to see them all.

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From the annals of Conservatism…

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

Barry Goldwater

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Fortunately, this guy isn’t in charge anymore

Posted by Liberty on December 17, 2008

The suburban road for reviving local Republicans

According to former Washington GOP chair, Chris Vance, “the key is to appeal to secular suburban moderates.”  While there are little bits and pieces within this article that I basically agree with like:

“Republicans need to compete for every vote…”

 

“What matters is competence, results, solving problems.”

…and

“Republicans need to seek out better, more articulate candidates at every level.”

But, there are significant flaws to Mr. Vance’s argument.

“…Republican leaders need to remember that American politics is about assembling and holding together coalitions. Republicans need to secure their conservative base, while winning back secular suburban moderates who will support Republicans on non-values based issues.”

Wasn’t McCain’s campaign all about targeting moderates?  And how did that work out for him?  The GOP has a choice.  They can continue to chase the moderate vote, testing the wind before every speech or decision, fragmenting voters into little groups and and crafting a message for each one.  Or they can articulate Conservatism.  You know which one I’d choose. 

Vance also lays a lot of the blame for the 2008 election at the feet of President George W. Bush, while ignoring effects of the Obama cult of personality and extreme left-wing media bias. 

“Personal qualities matter and too often Democratic candidate are simply more impressive and articulate than those offered by the GOP. Saturday Night Live is never going to do a skit implying Barack Obama isn’t intelligent.”

Yeah, SNL is pretty impartial about Barack Obama.  I wonder if Vance is trying to say, in a roundabout way, that Sarah Palin was skewered on SNL because she is unintelligent. 

Vance is correct when he says that Republicans

“need to present clear alternatives on issues like education, transportation, health care, energy, and the environment. Most importantly, they need to explain why they have a better idea when it comes to growing the economy and creating jobs. Republicans should support low taxes and pro-growth policies, but then they need to complete their sentence.”

but he’s wrong to assume that Conservatives will turn out for the GOP if their candidates focus on chasing moderates and independents.  The 2008 election proves that.  I have an idea.  Let’s just be Conservatives…not “secular suburbanites” or “rural values voters” or “Wal-Mart voters.”  Let’s have one message, clear and simple.  We should be able to explain it in different ways and relate it to different lifestyles but our core philosophy of Conservatism should remain steadfast.

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A timely quote from Ronald Reagan

Posted by Liberty on November 21, 2008

“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” 

Ronald Reagan

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Senator McCain, are you still wondering why you’re not headed to the Oval Office?

Posted by Liberty on November 17, 2008

Obama, McCain meet for first time since election

“President-elect Barack Obama and vanquished rival John McCain met for the first time since the November 4 election on Monday, pledging to work together to face the financial crisis and other national challenges.”

“McCain, when asked generally whether he was hoping to help the Democratic president-elect, replied: ‘Obviously.'”

Senator McCain, this is exactly why Conservatives were not enthusiastic about voting for you and why many of them stayed home.  We did not trust that you would be faithful to Conservatism.

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