Tuesday’s Thoughts

The left, in the persons of Obama and Panetta with the acquiescence of McConnell and Boehner, are gutting our military.  The cuts hearken back to Clinton’s emasculation of the military when cuts to procurement ment that Soldiers and Marines had no ammo to acquire and keep proficiency in their basic arm—the rifle.  Army recruits completed basic training without ever firing their rifles.  That was left for their first duty assignment.  Except…those units didn’t have funds for practice ammo either.  All available supplies were being sent to Kosovo and front line units.

We now return to those bad old days.

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This week IBD posted some memorable GOP quotes from this last week.  Here are a few that bear a closer review.
  • My view is that the principles I’ve learned in business and the principles as governor frankly have made me more conservative as time has gone on. I’ve seen a lot of government trying to solve problems and it didn’t work. And my view is the right course for America is to have someone who understands how the economy works, who will passionately get America back on track. Mitt Romney   (If that is so, Mitt, why have you never disavowed Romneycare?  Why have you never said that you now disapprove it?)
  • I think that the most important ingredients in this country that made us great was our founders understood what liberty meant. And that is what we need. We have deserted that. We have drifted a long way. It involved our right to our life, right to our liberty. We ought to be able to keep the fruits of our labor. We ought to understand property rights. We ought to understand contract rights. We ought to understand what sound money is all about. And we ought to understand what national defense means. That means defending this country. —Ron Paul (Really?!?!  If you think national defense means defending our country, just when you that occur?  When Iran builds nukes?  No, you’ve already said that’s OK with you. When Iran attacks Israel?  No, you’ve already said we should recall our forces to the US and ignore entanglements overseas. So when would you, Ron Paul? When a nuke is set off here in the US would that finally be a trigger for you?)
  • The right course for America is not to raise taxes on Americans. I understand that President Obama and people of his political persuasion would like to take more money from the American people. And they want to do that so they can continue to grow government. The answer for America is not to grow government. It is to shrink government. —Mitt Romney (On that, I can agree.)
  • The problem with Congressman Paul is all the things that Republicans like about him he can’t accomplish and all the things they’re worried about he’ll do day one. And that’s the problem. — Rick Santorum (Yep. Me too.)
  • Listen, I’m not anti-union. I’m pro-jobs. —Rick Perry (Unions are for Unions. They care nothing about jobs unless it’s their own.)
  • (About the EPA)   In Arizona, they went in on the dust regulation and suggested to them that maybe if they watered down the earth, they wouldn’t have these dust storms in the middle of the year.  And people said to ’em, “You know, the reason it’s called a desert is there’s no water.” Now this is an agency out of touch with reality, which I believe is incorrigible, and you need a new agency that is practical, has common sense, uses economic factors. —Newt Gingrich (Newt is always one with a good come-back.  The intelligence of a federal agency is the inverse of it’s funding.)
  • We have a president that’s a socialist. I don’t think our founding fathers wanted America to be a socialist country. So I disagree with that premise that somehow or another that President Obama reflects our founding fathers.

    He doesn’t. He talks about having a more powerful, more centralized, more consuming and costly federal government. I am a Tenth Amendment-believing governor. I truly believe that we need a president that respects the Tenth Amendment, that pushes back to the states. Whether it’s how to deliver education, how to deliver health care, how to do our environmental regulations. The states will considerably do a better job than a one-size-fits-all Washington, D.C., led by this president. — Rick Perry  (Amen, Rick.)   

 These quotes and more can be found here on the IBD website.
                 

Tuesday’s Thoughts

The left, in the persons of Obama and Panetta with the acquiescence of McConnell and Boehner, are gutting our military.  The cuts hearken back to Clinton’s emasculation of the military when cuts to procurement ment that Soldiers and Marines had no ammo to acquire and keep proficiency in their basic arm—the rifle.  Army recruits completed basic training without ever firing their rifles.  That was left for their first duty assignment.  Except…those units didn’t have funds for practice ammo either.  All available supplies were being sent to Kosovo and front line units.

We now return to those bad old days.

***

This week IBD posted some memorable GOP quotes from this last week.  Here are a few that bear a closer review.
  • My view is that the principles I’ve learned in business and the principles as governor frankly have made me more conservative as time has gone on. I’ve seen a lot of government trying to solve problems and it didn’t work. And my view is the right course for America is to have someone who understands how the economy works, who will passionately get America back on track. Mitt Romney   (If that is so, Mitt, why have you never disavowed Romneycare?  Why have you never said that you now disapprove it?)
  • I think that the most important ingredients in this country that made us great was our founders understood what liberty meant. And that is what we need. We have deserted that. We have drifted a long way. It involved our right to our life, right to our liberty. We ought to be able to keep the fruits of our labor. We ought to understand property rights. We ought to understand contract rights. We ought to understand what sound money is all about. And we ought to understand what national defense means. That means defending this country. —Ron Paul (Really?!?!  If you think national defense means defending our country, just when you that occur?  When Iran builds nukes?  No, you’ve already said that’s OK with you. When Iran attacks Israel?  No, you’ve already said we should recall our forces to the US and ignore entanglements overseas. So when would you, Ron Paul? When a nuke is set off here in the US would that finally be a trigger for you?)
  • The right course for America is not to raise taxes on Americans. I understand that President Obama and people of his political persuasion would like to take more money from the American people. And they want to do that so they can continue to grow government. The answer for America is not to grow government. It is to shrink government. —Mitt Romney (On that, I can agree.)
  • The problem with Congressman Paul is all the things that Republicans like about him he can’t accomplish and all the things they’re worried about he’ll do day one. And that’s the problem. — Rick Santorum (Yep. Me too.)
  • Listen, I’m not anti-union. I’m pro-jobs. —Rick Perry (Unions are for Unions. They care nothing about jobs unless it’s their own.)
  • (About the EPA)   In Arizona, they went in on the dust regulation and suggested to them that maybe if they watered down the earth, they wouldn’t have these dust storms in the middle of the year.  And people said to ’em, “You know, the reason it’s called a desert is there’s no water.” Now this is an agency out of touch with reality, which I believe is incorrigible, and you need a new agency that is practical, has common sense, uses economic factors. —Newt Gingrich (Newt is always one with a good come-back.  The intelligence of a federal agency is the inverse of it’s funding.)
  • We have a president that’s a socialist. I don’t think our founding fathers wanted America to be a socialist country. So I disagree with that premise that somehow or another that President Obama reflects our founding fathers.

    He doesn’t. He talks about having a more powerful, more centralized, more consuming and costly federal government. I am a Tenth Amendment-believing governor. I truly believe that we need a president that respects the Tenth Amendment, that pushes back to the states. Whether it’s how to deliver education, how to deliver health care, how to do our environmental regulations. The states will considerably do a better job than a one-size-fits-all Washington, D.C., led by this president. — Rick Perry  (Amen, Rick.)   

 These quotes and more can be found here on the IBD website.