Elections

Why my vote is for Ted Cruz as US Senator

Posted on July 17, 2012. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, Politics, US Senate | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Is there any doubt that America’s Constitution is under attack?  For decades, the power and intent of the Constitution have been whittled away by liberals and others who do not value the foundation of this country.  For that reason,  we must send constitutional conservatives to Washington.  This is not the time to send people who do not have the experience defending the constitution.  It is not the time to send a person who needs to use this as a learning experience for the first couple of years.

Ted Cruz, does not just talk the talk.  He has exhibited a willingness to defend the constitution and liberty for all Americans on multiple occasions.  He is the freedom fighter we must send to Washington.  I’ve listed my reasons below, why my vote will be cast for Ted Cruz.

1.  Defended US Sovereignty

Successfully represented Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, which upheld U.S. sovereignty and held that the World Court cannot bind the United States justice system and the President cannot order the state courts to obey the World Court.

2.  He has defended our second amendment right to bear arms

Ted authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. The ban on firearms was struck down in a 5-4 landmark  decision before the U.S. Supreme Court?

3.  Ted Cruz fought to defend our religious freedom.

Successfully defended the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument, winning in a 5-4 landmark decision before the U.S. Supreme Court, setting an important national precedent for the right to display similar monuments.

4.  The Tenth Amendment is one of the keys to preserving the balance and vision for our countr

y by the founding fathers.  For years, Ted has defended this key amendment.

Tenth Amendment language:  The Tenth Amendment states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved to the States or the people.

Ted Cruz has consistently championed the 10th amendment, speaking and writing nationally on the virtues of federalism and why excessive regulation and federal government intrusion threaten to destroy America’s free-market economy and the American Dream.

5.  Ted opposed the TSA groping at airports

This is an invasion of privacy, that Mr. Cruz’s opponent was afraid to tackle.  Cruz said that we should look to Israel and follow their example. “Instead of looking for terrorists, we’re looking for weapons. It’s an ill-advised approach that hurts citizens.”

6.  He was unafraid and stood up to protect our efforts for energy independence in America, at a time when the administration was fiercely undermining America’s efforts.

Authored an amicus brief on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a diverse coalition of 29 Gulf Coast chambers of commerce and industry groups in Hornbeck Offshore Services v. Salazar, in opposition to the Obama Interior Department’s moratorium on offshore exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. One week later, the Fifth Circuit agreed, and ruled against the moratorium.

7.  Reinforced the words: “All men are created equal” as written in the Declaration of Independence.  There is no place for hate or bigotry in America.

Ted authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 10 states in Rahn v. Robb, urging the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and reverse a decision of the Eight Circuit allowing the Ku Klux Klan to participate in Kansas’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program.

8.  Ted Cruz signed the Contract from America.

The Contract from America, clause 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:  Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words–the length of the original Constitution.

9.  Mr. Cruz took a definite stand on Border Security.

He has worked on efforts to increase penalties for felons who enter the country illegally.  Ted authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 10 states in Lopez v. Gonzales, urging the strictest enforcement of laws punishing those with prior felony convictions who entered the country illegally.

10.  He is an independent warrior on a mission to defend the country.  Ted Cruz is not in the pocket of big lobbyists and special interest groups.

Having met and spoken with Mr. Cruz on multiple occasions, prior to his campaign, I can assure you of one thing.  No one is more passionate or driven to defend America’s constitution.  There are many more illustrations of his commitment and efforts on behalf of our constitution and liberty.  In fact, there were too many for one article.

What can you do to help?

If you are in Texas:   I urge each of you to vote.  Early voting begins July 23.  Election Day is on July 31.

If you are in other states:  Fight to take back the Senate.  Go to www.tedcruz.org and help to call and get out the vote!

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Heroes and Inspiration for America

Posted on August 23, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, government, Politics, Republican | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bear with me while I paint a picture.  There are people working hard and pulling together to fight against a  merciless foe in another part of the world.  This enemy has used charisma, wiles, and cunning to deceive an entire nation.  One day the nation woke up, and there were many dire days ahead.  A lot of people suffered.  A lot of men, women, and children died.

This was WWII.  Why do I bring this up now?

There are different ideologies at war with each other in our country.  Thousands of people in other parts of the world, can only imagine a country that would promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  No, happiness is not guaranteed.  However, everyone can have the opportunity to work hard and chase the dream that is important to them.   Others would argue,  it is time for a change.  Others would say socialism makes certain everyone has all their needs met.  The government will take care of everyone.  I ask, “Do you believe that 48M people are unable to work”?

The war of ideologies took a sharp left turn, when a President was elected who truly believes a hybrid version of socialism is good for America.  Instead of encouraging personal responsibility,  millions of people now have a “caretaker” called the government.  History has taught us that socialism has never worked.  Perhaps it is because we, as a species are only human.  There will always be those who are “takers” and those who are “producers” as spoken about by the late, great Ayn Rand.

This country is special.  For over 200 years, America has been a beacon of hope to all that enter.  All things are possible in this land of great hope and promise.  This has never changed.  People dream of America today as always.

There is a critical competition now between many deserving Republicans.  Why do I say deserving?  All of the people who step up in such a climate of hostility to try and make a difference, should be treated with respect.  Day after day, I have read articles tearing down Republican candidates.   My challenge to all who read this article is to weigh all the similarities and differences of the candidates prior to making a decision.  These are human beings.  There is no perfect candidate that will satisfy everyone.  What should we look for in a candidate?  In my opinion, we should encourage the heros who stand up and say, “I will try”.  Give them a fair shot.  Evaluate them, and vote. 

Why should we resort to leftist tactics  against the Presidential candidates at a time when the country is at a crossroads?  These are honorable, highly qualifed individuals who at all costs to their personal lives and the lives of their families want to serve their country.

Remember what made WWII great?  Remember the people and the pride in their country.  Remember the sense of pulling together for a common enemy.  Remember what makes America great.  The most important thing to be done, is to unite, and choose the candidate who ensures Obama will be a one term President.

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Speaker Joe Straus – “The Texas Spooky Dude”?

Posted on July 15, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, Elections, Politics, Republican, Texas, Texas | Tags: , , , , , , |

People across Texas and the United States know the Straus family enterprises are focused on gambling.  There are as many people for gambling in Texas as there are against it.  The pros and cons of gambling are for another time and place.  There are far more important aspects to the role of this particular Speaker of the House in the Texas 82nd legislature.  Some of you are familiar with this information, while others are not.  Over the coming months, information will be shared that shine a light on the manipulations and machinations which occurred during this legislative session.

The Speaker of the House position is one of two key leadership positions in active legislative sessions of Texas.   This year was particularly challenging due to unfunded Federal Mandates, Redistricting Maps and a budget to balance for the biennium.  There was a shortfall in the revenue looming large. The question of the hour was whether there had been a miraculous move toward a more conservative leadership since the last session led by Speaker Straus in 2009. Sadly, this was not to be.

The battle to be “crowned” Speaker again, was contentious at best.  There was a challenge to his leadership by two strong conservatives.  They could not get enough votes challenge Mr. Straus.  Why?  Joe Straus had people sign “pledge cards” to indicate their vote of support for him in the elections.  His group of confidantes assisted by cajoling and coercing people to the inevitable conclusions of a pledge of support.   Why is this important now?   The story of this session and this Speaker begins with a brave Representative named Bryan Hughes who came forward with information about the whole intimidation process.  Did you hear the rest of the story, as the late Paul Harvey was so fond of saying in his broadcasts.

A June 2nd article by John Alaniz, revealed Speaker Straus and his crew made good on the redistricting threats to those who would not pledge their vote for the his re-election as Speaker.  In November of 2010, several months before the 2011 Texas Legislative Session began; Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes issued a press release stating that he had withdrawn his support from Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker (Bryan Hughes Press Release, 11/2010).  Rep. Hughes explained a member of Straus’ leadership team had called and had “ brought up the subject of redistricting and explained to me how that process would be used to punish those members not on Speaker Straus’s list of supporters.”    There was an ethics investigation, which raises more alarm bells than brings resolution to the matter.  The chairman of the ethics committee gave Representative Hughes and Representative Phillips the option of whether to provide testimony under oath!  Representative Hughes voluntarily took the oath and gave his testimony. Representative Phillips who allegedly made these veiled threats on behalf of Straus, did not testify under oath.  This raises an important point. Perjury under oath could cause the loss of a license to practice law.

The Texas Tribune provided this golden nugget of testimony from Representative Phillips: “Representative Hughes statement is unequivocally false,” Phillips said in response. ”I did not tell Representative Hughes that maps were already being drawn to get rid of Representative-elect [Erwin] Cain or Representative Flynn. I also did not tell Representative Hughes that there was a plan to use redistricting to punish those who were not on Speaker Straus’ support list.”

The House map was finalized and signed into law.  The new map was exactly what Representative Hughes had indicated was in “the warning”.  The facts now vindicate the elected officials who earnestly tried to warn the people and the legislators of the power that was being wielded to re-elect Joe Straus. 

The House Redistricting map was a carefully orchestrated event, utilizing powerful lobbyists, legal resources, and some expert negotiation with various legislators.  The map that emerged as the winner, punished the strongest conservatives who had stood together to vote for an alternative leader of this session.   Somehow, it was voted through by the House legislators, despite what had been done to their colleagues.  Read what actually happened beginning with a point of order by Calendars Chairman Todd Hunter which was specific to this bill (this timetable forced work on Good Friday and the Easter Weekend): http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/82r/pdf/82RDAY60FINAL.PDF#page=4

This map was expedited much like the notorious Obamacare, presenting many obstacles to people who would like to have a voice for their constituents.  Speaker Joe Straus presided over final proceedings for the House Bill.  Representative Hunter and Solomans indicated this was an “emergency” that must be finalized and moved to the Senate.  Who uses the same strategy in Washington that everything is a crisis and must be rushed through prior to people having input?   In the above link, please read through a few pages, when Representative Hunter (Calendars Chair), and Representative Solomons (Redistricting Chair) explain their rule which would cause Christians to be working on Good Friday and Easter Weekend to accommodate the point of order.

Redistricting maps are always difficult, is the mantra of every person in the House and Senate.   There is difficult, and there is contrived.  I draw your attention to a speech given by Representative Cain in the House Journal when this map (which punished those who opposed Straus) was coming up for the final vote:  http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/82r/pdf/82RDAY64FINAL.PDF#page=37

The people of Texas got exactly what they feared with the re-election of Joe Straus. This session reflected a liberal leadership from day one.  Speaker Straus had a far reach and was able to “convince” many people to overlook things that were glaring throughout the session.  A conservative majority was elected, and great hopes were pinned on this session.  There were a limited number of conservative bills that were passed which kept the public from noticing many of the appalling decisions/actions in this session.   Think for a moment about what is being said by the politicians.  Over 10,000 bills were filed.  More than 1400 were passed, including resolutions.  Yet, the representatives boast about the same 5-6 bills in speeches across the state.  Odd.  Not to worry, over the coming months, many of the passed bills will be discussed with the public.  You may find it illuminating.  Texas may have a spooky dude…

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates speak in Minnesota – Final Installment

Posted on June 25, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Economy, Elections, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

 

The closing session of the Rightonline Conference in Minnesota was graced by the presence of Herman Cain.  He is not a politician.  Mr. Cain has been a highly successful businessman (former CEO, author, and speaker).  More information about his background can be found here: http://www.hermancain.com/about

My inclination on coverage of  this candidate is slightly different than previously published articles on the others who attended the Minnesota Conference.  The mainstream media are simply refusing to acknowledge there is an accomplished businessman who understands the meaning of the word conservative.  To that end, he can make his case better than anyone else. 

Here are the two links for Part 1 and Part 2 of his speech at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KIHbyLu2VxY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSjIv5Bve9U&feature=related

“Our dreams and the dreams of our grandchildren are under attack, and that is what this is all about”, stated Cain.   The good news is we can take the country back.

All of the candidates have strengths and weaknesses.   After all, they are human beings.  However, one very important criteria must be added to the job description for the President of the United States of America – they must love this land and what it stands for!  No more “pretenders in chief”  in the White House!

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates speak in Minnesota – Part 2

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , |

The next candidate to speak at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota was Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty.   His speech was given as one might speak with a good friend.  The beginning of his talk was filled with a bit of background about his family and some humorous stories illustrating specific challenges such as the rising gas prices.

His opening was a very clear, quiet statement that we live in the most free and prosperous nation in the world.  This is a place where each person can follow their own American dream.

The issue defined by Mr. Pawlenty boils down to one specific thing.  Government crowds into our lives in spaces that were previously filled with families, individuals, and businesses. 

Spending should not be the only focus.  We must also plan for prosperity.  Every hour 144M is spent that our government simply does not have.

What is his plan to improve our situation?

  • People must stand up to Washington and have the conviction to say: No More!
  • Phase out all ethanol subsidies
  • Put reasonable solutions on the table
  • Tell Wallstreet to get their “snout” out of the government

His concern is that time be invested to identify a candidate with fortitude, and strength to get the job done, despite all pressures. Governor Pawlenty gave the example of when he had to deal with a problem associated with the bus drivers.  He had discovered that if a bus driver worked 15 years, they would earn healthcare free for life.  He said no, and thus began a combative discussion with the bus drivers.  The job was tough, and many times he had to face down a rather loud opposition when making the tough decisions.

His plan for economic growth has been outlined and published.  The plan calls for 5% growth targeted each year.  Governor Pawlenty acknowledged the media and economists criticized the document and said it was impossible.  “If China, India, and Brazil can do it, the United States of America can do it”, stated Pawlenty.

The Pawlenty plan for prosperity includes solutions for current challenges:

  1. Reduce the Corporate Tax from 35% to 15%
  2. Eliminate all loopholes in the taxcode
  3. Energy must be derived from the vast stores of resources in America (not from other countries)
  4. Collapse the tax brackets so there are only two; the key being simplification for everyone
  5. Take the time to listen to the job creators in America, and find out what they need to grow jobs

Governor Pawlenty freely admitted he had made choices that were not good for Minnesota at times.  When he realized they were not the best solution for Minnesotans, he would reverse his earlier decisions and explain this to the people.  Authors’ note:  Everyone makes mistakes, and admitting those errors in judgment is good.  However, we must also scrutinize all candidates to see if the majority of their decisions and judgements have been sound. Doing research on all of the candidates’ background has never been more important!

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Fascinating Presidential Candidates Speak at Minnesota Conference -Part 1

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Economy, Elections, Healthcare, Politics, Republican | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Three of the strongest Presidential contenders spoke at the Rightonline conference in Minnesota sponsored by Americans for Prosperity. The crowd was not disappointed.  Clearly the candidates have moved from the novice stage of campaigning to serious speeches.   The speakers were Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty, and Former CEO Herman Cain.  The crowd was not disappointed by the quality offering of information by each candidate.   The differences between the three are becoming more pronounced as they provide detail on their economic growth plans and ideas to get the economic engine pumping again.

In this first article, the focus is on Congresswoman Bachmann.  

Here are a few highlights of the speech:

  • 1.7 Trillion dollars is the estimated burden on Americans due to government regulations primarily from the EPA
  • The President promised African Americans and Hispanics hope and change. Instead, they are the hardest hit groups by unemployment. The numbers of people without jobs are 40% for the African Americans and 27% for the Hispanics.
  • Obama policies have resulted in the loss of 2.5M jobs.
  • An estimated 800,000 jobs will be lost due to Obamacare
  • When Barrack Obama took office, the average price of gas was $1.79 a gallon
  • Ten Days after Obama took office, gold was priced at $940.00.  The price of gold is currently hovering at $1500.00.
  • Russian President, Dmitri  Medvedev, successor to Mr. Putin in Russia made a speech on the economy.  Mrs. Bachmann noted even the President of Russia understands free markets.  Here is the quote mentioned in her speech:
  • “My choice is different. The Russian economy ought to be dominated by private businesses and private investors. The government must protect the choice and property of those who willingly risk their money and reputation.”
    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11169/1154650-82.stm#ixzz1Pz6D8HLL
  • There was a promise made that she would not rest until Obamacare is repealed.
  • Congresswoman Bachmann recently introduced the Freedom of Choice Lightbulb Act to the House for consideration

One of the most memorable parts of her talk was a recollection of a private meeting with a few Republican leaders and the President.  The Republicans commented on the poor unemployment numbers.  President Obama stated it was just a bump in the road.  Michele Bachman said, “No Mr. President, it is not a bump in the road, it is the Grand Canyon”.

Mrs. Bachmann had facts and figures at her fingertipsas which one would expect of a former tax litigation attorney. Her enthusiasm was contagious, and at one point she led the crowd in a chant: One term President!   

Toward the close of her speech, there was a lot of emphasis on her ability to vote her principles even when it conflicted with her political party.  Author’s note:  This is a double edged sword.  As President one also has to have the gift of unifying all parties for the good of the country.  

After speaking, she came down from the stage to shake hands with the crowd.  A gay rights activist lunged toward her and threw glitter on Mrs. Bachmann.  The Congresswoman handled it all with dignity, and kept moving forward shaking hands with the audience.   This was definitely a grace under pressure moment.

What is my take on the Congresswoman?  She is doing well in the early days of the campaign.  It will be interesting to see how she fares after several months of a grueling schedule and a tough media.   This kind of stress will eliminate many, and give impetus to others.  Only time will tell.

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Ranking of Presidential Candidates in First Debate

Posted on May 5, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, government | Tags: , , , , , , |

 

There were 5 Presidential candidates who responded to the first debate in South Carolina.  It was not the usual suspects as the perceived current leaders in the polls, did not participate.  This may not bode well for the ones who didn’t show, with the South Carolina voters, as heard in the focus group after the debate.

For clarity, I had decided to evaluate each candidate on several attributes throughout the evening. The list of attributes and definitions is below, followed by my rankings of the entire debate and each candidate.

Lucity (Expression of thought; eloquence)

Knowledge of the topic:  Because each candidate was asked a different question, I weighed their answers with regard to depth, and ability to articulate a complete knowledge of the topic they were questioned about.

Original Ideas:  Do they have original ideas or are they simply picking apart the current administration? 

Exhibited Leadership skills:  Leadership is something critical to the next President elect, therefore in all debates we should look for signs of leadership skills.

Charisma as a speaker: Can he relate to the people?

Presidential Bearing: Can we envision this person as a total package that would have the credibility when sitting across the table from heads of state?

Closing pitch:  Did they have a good argument as to why they would be President?

The ratings are from 1-5 with 5 being the best, and 1 being very poor.

  Ron Paul Rick Santorum Gary Johnson Tim Pawlenty Herman Cain
Eloquence

2

3

2

4

4

Knowledge

2

3

1

4

4

Original Ideas

2

2

2

3

5

Leadership Skills Exhibited

2

4

2

4

5

Presidential Bearing

1

3

1

4

5

Charisma

2

4

3

5

5

 

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Results:  Ron Paul                            12 points

                  Rick Santorum                 19 points

                  Gary Johnson                  11 points

                  Tim Pawlenty                   24 points

                  Herman Cain                    28 points

There were distinct differences in the candidates.  Tim Pawlenty had a great answer on Healthcare.  He showed a lot of indepth thinking on the topic.  However, Mr. Cain proved repeatedly he functioned more from a position of solutions.  His approach of analysis first which defined the problem, reflected strong leadership skills.  Both Mr. Pawlenty and Mr. Cain exhibited an ability to articulate thoughts succinctly.  Mr. Paul had a few challenges with his presentation.  Mr. Santorum  shared his straightforward sense of values, however he came across as very intense and almost combative with the interviewers on each question.

There was much more depth than expected in this first debate, therefore I will be producing articles on the primary candidates which focus on the belief systems and solutions offered to the voters.

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.  – Thomas Paine

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Just What Should We Look for in Schoolboard Candidates?

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, education, Elections, Politics, Texas | Tags: , , , |

The ISD’s throughout Texas and across the country have worked hard to grow their empires.  Sources of Education funding ( State, Federal, and local funding) comes to the ISD administration.  The small committee of people  are tasked with the creation and management of  budgets for the respective district.  What has occurred through the years is the administration has grown, along with the budget required by the ISD.  One could argue there are so many students representing a diverse population both economically and cultually, it is a direct impact on the needs of the community.  This point of view is not standing up to scrutiny in the majority of the ISD’s in Texas nor in other states.

We have gone toward an education system where people from prestigious colleges and posessing high visibility in community organizations rule.  These people determine how taxpayer dollars will be used in the district.  I am not disparaging their qualifications, only to say that the qualifications do not inherently mean they have common sense nor the experience required for a job managing millions of dollars and thousands of students.  People in those school districts pay exorbitant amounts of money in school taxes.  There is a duty to provide good stewardship of funds and programs to the entire community. 

Money does not guarantee a person will excel beyond their wildest dreams.  There have been a lot of studies that show when students have it too easy, they don’t necessarily become good citizens.  These people continue to expect everyone in society to contribute to their quality of life.  A good case in point, is the highly educated people of privilege who brought down Enron.  The people making the trade decisions and influencing poor accounting policies were from elite households and had the finest educations.  One might also point out without relevant experience, people easily get into trouble on big projects.  A good example of the result of lack of experience  is the President of the United States. 

What are the ISD’s doing to build character within the school community?  Is it building character to squander money in the ISD?  Are we teaching the children all things are possible with other people’s money?  There is no way anyone can convince me that schools should cost in the tens of millions of dollars and be “architectural gem” to provide good educations.  Are you getting bids?  Are you making smart choices on bond money?

Sadly, the school administrations are not doing a good job.  I would suggest the school boards need to be made up of people with varying backgrounds and expertise to counter balance each other and provide well-rounded solutions based on a total approach.  There should be a person who truly understands budgets and school financing, a teacher who understands political trickery at schoolboard level,  a person who is able to see both sides of an issue and bring good solutions to the table, a person who has experience in IT inclusive of emerging technologies, a person well-versed in state textbook curriculem,  a person who possesses knowledge of buildings and structure, and a leader who can facilitate.

The school superintendent should look over the management of teachers and receive the guidance from the School Board.  This should be his only job.  Simple is better for all concerned, rather than a manifestation of grandiose ideas at the expense of everyone in the community.

Looking into the expenditures of the various school systems in our state, has been eye opening, frustrating, and points to something that has evolved over years of the community not paying attention.  The evolution of a corrupt, power hungry, expensive school system in Texas did not happen over night.   It will take several cycles to strip away the problems, beginning with school board replacements at local and state level.

What can we do?  Please send messages on facebook, email, and twitter to remind everyone of the importance of voting.  If you have data on the local candidates, share it!   The quality or lack thereof in the education system will directly impact future leaders in our country.  It is up to the communities to change current school system challenges.

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Is Herman Cain The One?

Posted on April 17, 2011. Filed under: 2012, Conservative, Elections, government, Healthcare, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Herman Cain spoke this evening at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC in Woodlands, Texas.   There was much to learn about the man at the press conference and during the event.   Passion and knowledge prevailed in his insightful views on the state of the country and the possibilities.

Recently, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve declared we don’t really have much inflation and that the economy is recovering.  I asked Mr. Cain if he would share his views on the Federal Reserve.  His answer was succinct and on point.  He does not think we need to do away with the Federal Reserve.  Mr. Cain served on the Board of the Federal Reserve in the 90s.  His opinion is the Federal Reserve  has changed significantly since he served, and needs to be fixed.  Quote Mr. Cain:  “I respectfully disagree with Chairman Bernanke regarding inflation.  There is inflation when I go to pump gas and the price has gone up a dollar a gallon.”  Mr. Cain also stated he respectfully disagreed with Chairman Bernanke on the recovery in America.  “How could we be in economic recovery when 15M people are unemployed? This month’s numbers on unemployment have gone back up over 400,000!  This is not recovery.”  In his view, the Federal Reserve has become overly politicized. 

Mr. Cain observed we had become a nation of crises.  America has a crisis of morality, economics, immigration, spending, energy, national security, and a lack of leadership.  It is important in leadership to identify the right problem, surround yourself with the right people, and provide common sense solutions.   In his view, the lack of leadership is permitting the crises to continue growing in the country.

He expressed amazement  regarding the President;s decision on loaning  money to Brazil for drilling oil.  The President stated the United States would be Brazil’s customer.  Mr. Cain was passionate in his argument we should be our own customer.  It is important to drill here, and drill now!  If he runs for President, this is a priority. 

When asked why he should be President, the answer was insightful.  He is a problem solver.  The career experience reflects a gift at problem solving.  The job of President, particularly in these difficult times in America, requires a problem solver.

Over the past 7 days, he had traveled to 9 states and had 16 engagements.  Why?  He is talking to conservatives and determining if he will run for President.   In his mind, he had set 4 criteria for his decision.  Three of the four criteria had exceeded expectations.  The fourth criteria had met expectations.  He is a few weeks away from making a decision.   It was not his intention to ever run for President.  He felt compelled to consider it, after the President signed Obamacare into law.  This law is unconstitutional and tramples on the rights of Americans.  Mr. Cain takes liberty very seriously.

During his speech, there were several specific examples given of economic changes he would make in the country.  Stimulating the economy requires putting more money in the hands of individuals and businesses.   He proposed a 6.2% tax holiday for one year for the employers and employees.   There were several ideas proposed to promote business in the United States rather than allowing the business to go overseas.

It was clear by the end of the speech, Mr. Cain is a leader.  He has a vision of how to solve the nation’s problems.  His advice to the audience:  “Stay Informed, Stay Involved, and Stay Inspired.  Everyone will need to participate in efforts countering the plethora of misinformation that is being circulated.  There is 50% of the country that doesn’t have a clue.  Doing research and getting educated on the issues will be a critical component of the plan to win in 2012.

I would be remiss if the highlight of the evening was not included.   For the finale,  speakers and  Teaparty volunteers gathered on stage for a song.  They were singing God Bless America and Mr. Cain led the audience in singing with them.  This was one of those “Kodak” moments you know will not be forgotten for a very long time.

So, is he the “one” to run for President and win it for conservatives in 2012?  At this point, he is probably one of only a handful of people who could adequately address the challenges facing our country.  His expertise and wisdom clearly outshines the Administration in Washington today.  The love he exhibits for God, family, and country is evident.  Clearly he would be a formidable candidate against President Obama.  We will know shortly! 

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.  Ronald Reagan

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