Sunday, September 14, 2008

Women's Lib, not Women's Liberal

I can't imagine anyone doing more for women than Sarah Palin. In many ways she eschews everything that the woman's movement has represented for forty years, but yet her life represents everything that the movement should want to be. A working class woman rises from PTA mom to governor of Alaska to potentially Vice President of the United States.

The best thing about Sarah Palin is that she has done it her way - and it is making the elitist feminist nuts. She is a devoted mother and wife. She embraces conservative principles. She loves her country. And she never talks about being a is about accomplishments with Candidate Palin.

Her accomplishments are all well known - and so are many of her troubles and failures. We'll hear more from the media, the pundits and the campaigns from now until election day. In the meantime, I am hoping to see and hear more from her.

It's cool again to be a conservative.

Submitted by D. B. Jackson

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bush's Economic Record

Can we survive a third term of George W. Bush, economically? Bush's third term is what the Democrats and their communications subsidiary (the mainstream media) want us to believe a McCain presidency would be. They continue to remind us how disastrous the past two Bush terms have been.

Keith Marsden in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal compares, using facts rather than repetitive slogans, the Bush economic performance with the same periods in Europe and with the prior Clinton years. He uses data from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Census bureau (among others) to show a positive and consistent picture.

By using a balanced approach of comparing economic growth (GDP), unemployment, wage and earnings stratification and buying power, he has some rather surprising (for some) analysis. The Bush presidency produced tremendous economic results and unprecedented wealth creation for the citizens and corporations of the United States. In fact, there is no other country that does any better and no other six year period of American history that is any more favorable.

Some highlights:

Unemployment: Bush Average: 4.7% (Clinton average 5.2%, Europe average 8.3%)

2001-2008 Cumulative GDP growth: Bush 19% (Europe 8-14% for all major countries)

Wealth Distribution: Bush Top 20% of earners: 45.8% of income (65 out of the 67 countries in the comparison had more income in the top 20% than the U.S.)

Additional analysis on purchasing power, health care spending and other economic indicators paint the same picture.

There are many enlightening facts in this analysis and probably worth committing to memory for the next time some water cooler Democrat is harping about a Bush third term and change, change, change. It may also help to remind them that the only bad economic periods in the Bush presidency was the quarter immediately following 9/11 and the six quarters since the Democrats have controlled congress.

If McCain means a Bush Third Term including all the economic and security implications that that charge carries, I say, when can we start?

Submitted by D. B. Jackson

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Game On !!

“If she were president, she would be Babe-raham Lincoln" Wayne Campbell, Wayne’s World

I heard a radio jockey call John McCain’s Vice Presidential Candidate pick a ‘babe,’ and the quote from Wayne’s World came to mind.

My first instincts on this pick were to congratulate John McCain on taking some risks and throwing a monkey wrench into this presidential election. He seems to have decided that his best chances rest on convincing Hillary supporters and other women to vote for him. It is in many ways a cynical move…but perhaps a smart one.

Not only might Sarah Palin appeal to Hillary supporters (which is bothersome that the electorate is that fickle – the difference between Palin and Clinton on policy could not be wider), but she adds some staunch conservative credentials to the ticket.

She will also be harder to campaign against than McCain-Romney. Two house-rich white boys would have played into Obama’s class warfare strategy nicely.

So, what is wrong with Palin? If I had to handpick a VP to support John McCain over the next eight years, it would not be Sarah Palin. I would actually hand-pick a Tom Delay, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney…but none of them, apparently, bring McCain an improvement in electability.
But she is a solid conservative. She has a great life story and she has a record of stirring things up. She has demostrated that she can be a gadfly and a change agent (and not an Obama change agent with his plans for more Great Society and Tax Redistribution stuff).

The first few days brought some cheers by the Republicans and some classic missteps by the Democrats, including accusing her of having insufficient experience. Watch out Obama !! Don’t get the electorate focused on experience.

I hope Ms. Palin is ready for the onslaught. The personal attacks, the increased exposure on her family, her requirement to watch every word and the poise required while debating (the pompous) Mr. Biden.

In the meantime, McCain has taken a chance here, but it really means that he means business.
Submitted by D. B. Jackson