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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