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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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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An Evening with Herman Cain and Ted Cruz

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |

The Bay Area Republican Club sponsored an event recently, that stood out as a most exceptional evening.  The gala was the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner for the bay area.  The speakers were outstanding.  The food, and camaderie was equally enjoyable.   This shall be one of my most memorable events of the year.

Where to begin? Mr. Ted Cruz began the evening, by telling us what he stood for as a US Senatorial Candidate.  He had previously served as the Solicitor General of Texas.  On several occasions, Mr. Cruz has successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court.  This is quite the accomplishment.   Ted Cruz gave a very apropo piece of advice for all Americans.  Look at each candidate’s accomplishments to date.  Don’t be misled by campaign rhetoric with no substantive experience to be seen.  The depth of experience by Mr. Cruz more than qualifies him for the job of the US Senate.  The challenge will be that there are so many highly qualified, strong conservatives competing for the job.

Herman Cain, was a delight, as always.  Mr. Cain has formed an exploratory commmittee and is considering a run for President of the United States.  His experience and competence are well known in many circles.  Herman Cain is an author, speaker, radio talk show host, and former CEO in business.  He speaks from the heart, and has a gift for “connecting” to the audience.  More than that, he reflects the positive attitude of Americans that have worked hard and achieved the American Dream. 

It never crossed his mind to run for President, until he experienced this administration’s lack of leadership. He is not a professional politician. His background includes being a CEO faced with turning a company around, when it was near bankruptcy.   Pillsbury employed Mr. Cain.    Because he was good at his job, they asked him to take on the task of the Godfather Pizza Division.  It was common knowledge the division was near the end, due to fiscal issues.  Mr. Cain’s leadership and hard choices put the division in the black, improved morale, and made a profit.  He understands fiscal responsibility at all levels.

The personal story he shared of the birth of his granddaughter was moving.  This is why he wants to run for President.  He has been married for 40 years, has two adult children, and three grandchildren.  All people should have the ability to chase whatever their personal American dream, whatever it may be.  America is an exceptional place.  Of that, Mr. Cain was absolutely certain.  It is up to us to maintain that exceptionalism for all future generations. 

He gave a brochure with his positions on the various issues.  The information is in depth and will be covered in my upcoming review of potential Presidential candidates.  Trust me when I say, he included more information and insights on current challenges facing our government, than the majority of the candidates!  The most important thing to me personally, was a statement in the booklet that reflects his personal beliefs and ideals.  Too many times, we have seen politicians having no moral foundation, that are similar to a rudderless boat.  They go nowhere.

The final statement in his information booklet:  We are free because “In God Is our Trust”

Thanks to the Bay Area Republicans for a fine evening.  You can find out more about their group here: http://www.barw.org/    

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.  We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

Ronald Reagan

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