Codger on Politics

Friday, October 30, 2015

The power in doing nothing

The power of the purse, gives considerable leverage with the confidence to wait.  Each time the Senate ignores legislation, or the president veto's it, there should be no rush to accommodate the other obstructionists.

It is said everyone abhors a pause in conversation then rush in to avoid the silence. Sustaining the pause can have a powerful effect.

"The deal, in short, makes sure that the government will fulfill its most rudimentary obligations. Federal law-enforcement agents will continue to go to work; food-safety inspectors will keep up their duties; park rangers will keep tourists from falling into Old Faithful, at Yellowstone. The debt ceiling will be lifted, so the government's credit will remain intact. And, because the continuing operations of these functions will be guaranteed through March, 2017, two months into the new President's term, the House and Senate will not be compelled to do anything else."

What this is saying, is the federal government will shoot the hostages if "we the people" don't go along to get along.  The deal permanently removed the debt ceiling cap. This is very bad. The former speaker is doing no one a favor except his cronies, who will now reward him.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reaching out to the apathetic

Thursday, a few weeks ago, I listened to Bill Beard (head of Pima GOP),and  Christy Simone on
"Tucson wake up Tucson" show. They discussed the apathy of the voters in Tucson. We need to do something change that. Now when you knock on the door and say you are a Republican, and you have identified your self as part of the reason for the apathy.  Republicans are part of the problem we are just not doing the job we have been elected to do.

The executive group has been experimenting with ways to get in touch with the voters so as to find ways to get past this.  A small group has been started ( Lauren, Brad
D, and myself)to send letters to Republican voters to establish contact. We call it welcome wagon, and it targets newly registered Republicans.  We prepared  mailing lists of the newly registered then used mail merge to prepare letters to be sent. We have the tools ready, and have sent letters, with limited success. (No one responded)

I requested a new list of consistently voting Republicans in precinct 187, so I can identify those willing to be in communication with us. The plan is to experiment with categories of Republicans and wording of the letters to establish communication. More I would like to create groups with common interests who might meet together to express their frustration, and suggest means of addressing it.

In the longer term we would like to informed the electorate, listen to their ideas and bring them to this meeting.

I propose providing a forum for bitching and moaning.

The proposed members are regular Republican voters who are dissatisfied with the existing political system. "Mad as hell and can't take it any more". We can give them a place to vent. Who doesn't like that.

Channeling Frustration

in defense of the Bomb throwers (figurative only)

There is a lot of frustration out there. The New York Times is frustrated (  Since I am opposed to much of what the NYT stands for, it is instructive to examine their objections to Ted Cruz, and to determine if their objections would convert to positives for me.

"the ultraconservative fallback — the rabble rouser in the bullpen" – good.

"Green Eggs and Ham" quasi-filibuster" – very good.

"denunciation of the Republican Senate majority leader" – deserved.

"He's the patron saint of lost causes" – That's me.

"he's emblematic of the … Freedom Caucus" – yes.

Cruz has turned "petulance into a theory of governing" – What we are doing now isn't working. Ok.

"Cruz doesn't propose remedies", not true but irritating the NYT is sufficient justification it for a checkoff.

"His main use for other politicians, even in his party, is as foils" – I knew their had to be a purpose for politicians! Yes.

"Bush's … "I just don't like the guy." A positive point for hard core liberals.

"Cruz … to become monarchs of a kingdom that they supposedly want to topple, to gain power over a system that they ostensibly intend to enfeeble."  Exactly, what is wrong with that! Enfeebling is the answer.

The complaint is we are anti-government. We are in fact anti Federal government. The federal government is too big to succeed.  Various state governments are available to take up the slack. If the federal government shut down temporally to be reconstituted into a smaller working version, we would see true prosperity.  Not the phony several week shutdown, but one long enough for creative destruction to work as it does for corporations every now and then. 

Since every member of the federal government would object to this remedy, we might need a convention of the states to impose it.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Liberal Intolerance

"But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It's a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing."

Freedom of Religion is not the right to believe what some "authority" authorizes, but to arrive at truth based on total life experience using what ever means that individual chooses. Some will not agree with others but that is OK. Some will try to force agreement, and that is not OK.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Islam is radical, Islam is the Problem

Islam is radical, Islam is the Problem

""But I am also addressing Western liberals -- and not only those at Brandeis University who last year saw fit to rescind their institution's offer to me of an honorary degree.

In their letter denouncing me, 87 Brandeis faculty members accused me of suggesting that:

violence toward girls and women is particular to Islam or the Two-Thirds World, thereby obscuring such violence in our midst among non-Muslims, including on our own campus [and]... the hard work on the ground by committed Muslim feminist and other progressive Muslim activists and scholars, who find support for gender and other equality within the Muslim tradition and are effective at achieving it.

Seriously? "Support for gender and other equality within the Muslim tradition"? As for Muslim feminists "achieving" greater equality, the evidence, as we have seen, is that women's rights in the Muslim world are being rapidly eroded by the spread of Islamism.""

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

This Nobody Doesn't Know

This Nobody Doesn't Know

"As everyone knows, the speaker is being stymied by far-right conservatives who insist on using the Homeland Security funding measure as a vehicle to protest President Obama's executive actions on immigration. And as everyone except those far-right conservatives knows, this is a self-defeating exercise in utter futility. The Senate won't pass these immigration provisions. The president won't sign them into law. For the House conservatives, this is not a winnable fight."

I just don't know, does that make me a nobody? Maybe the lefty columnist is not qualified to say. Here's hoping the speaker pays him no more attention than I do.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

And So It Does

And So It Does

"Mr. Boehner's implicit argument is that the obligation of lawmakers begins and ends with posturing. Not compromising. Not moving the ball forward. And not accepting political reality and doing the responsible thing, which in this case is to maintain funding and operations at a department with 240,000 employees that oversees border and airport security, the Secret Service and dozens of other critical government functions."

The Senate could pass something, then the two versions could be reconciled.  That could then be sent the the President for approval. He could then decide if his unconstitutional actions were more critical than the operations mentioned. If he decides they are not, maybe they are not all that critical after all.

Friday, February 13, 2015

No More Mr. Nice Guy

No More Mr. Nice Guy
"We know ISIS is increasingly hated by the civilized world, and by many nations in the Mideast. Each day that brings new word of their atrocities, not only to prisoners but to local, subjugated populations, adds to the anti-ISIS coalition. But we also know they will not be defeated or decisively set back from the air. They have to be removed from the areas they hold. They need to be fought with boots on the ground."

But is that so? The biggest obstacles are those things you know that aren't so. Imagine you we a Roman general. They would agree that you need boots on the ground, but they would not agree with the constraints we put on ourselves.

Romans had two kinds of war, wars of conquest and wars of retribution. Now is the time for retribution. Nor would the Romans be concerned with collateral damage, since all of their damage was intended.

What is needed is an object lesson, and the means is the destruction of everything that supports life in the region targeted. That should be doable from the air. Get out the WW2 air attack manuals, and ask the Germans if they suffered.