The Department of Energy

Does anybody remember the reason given for the establishment of the Department of Energy during the Carter Administration? The DOE was institution August 4, 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil which was at that time 30 percent. In 2010 the budget for the DOE was $242 Billion a year. It employs 16,000 federal workers and has about 100,000 contract employees. So when it started working on the problem of our dependence on foreign oil that dependence was 30 percent. Today 70 percent of our oil consumption is from foreign sources. What is the chance we could do away with the Department of Energy? About the same as the DOE actually doing the job it was founded to do… no chance whatsoever.

When a society really means to tax the rich

From NM - Commentary by Michael Swickard, Ph.D. - I have heard many times our legislators talk about how unfair it is for our society to allow the evil rich to keep their ill-gotten gains. These legislators keep changing the tax code to take more and more from the rich, but if we are to have a just society, they have not taken enough until they take all of it. Example: Last week someone plunked down a dollar in the Mega Millions lottery drawing and came away with more than $100 million after taxes. How can we Americans allow this to happen in our country? Remember, this is someone who does not need $100 million. They were getting by fine and, in fact, had an extra dollar to waste on the lottery. The media covers it like it is a good thing. They ignore the fact that this money came from all of the poor people of our land who essentially got nothing in return for putting their dollars in the lottery. We cannot allow prizes to be awarded from the lottery because that would be ill-gotten gains – like when someone in a company gets a golden parachute. We must confiscate all lottery winnings if we are to have a just society. P.S. – I am not a nut. Read full column

Unclear: Wilderness Designations in Dona Ana County

NMPolitics - New Mexico’s U.S. senators are continuing to push for new conservation and wilderness areas in Northern New Mexico, but they have not decided whether to try again this year for permanent protection of land in Doña Ana County including the Organ Mountains. From the Associated Press: “U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would preserve about 236,000 acres of public land (in Taos and Rio Arriba counties) managed by the Bureau of Land Management by designating a combination of conservation and wilderness areas. “Much of the land – 214,600 acres – would be managed as a conservation area. “Two other parcels would be managed as wilderness. “Fellow New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is cosponsoring the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act.” Asked if there are plans to try again this year for permanent wilderness designations for land in Doña Ana County, Bingaman spokeswoman Jude McCartin said that’s currently “unclear.” Read full story here: News New Mexico

Americans Not Buying Obama's Libya Justification

Muammar Gadaffi
Rasmussen - Despite President Obama’s address to the nation Monday night, most voters still aren’t clear about why the U.S. military is engaged in Libya. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States has a clearly defined military mission in Libya. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and say the military does not have a clearly defined mission. Nearly one-in-four voters (23%) are not sure. The president apparently did not close the sale with his address explaining his decision to commit U.S. forces to Libya. The survey was taken Monday and Tuesday nights, and the findings from the first night prior to the speech and the second night after the speech showed little change. The numbers also didn’t change over the two nights when voters were asked if Libya is a vital national security interest for the United States these days. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Reigning in Fannie and Freddie

Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, DC – House Financial Services Committee Republicans today unveiled their plan to reform government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, issued the following statement: “Today marks the start of a process – a process to begin winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Beginning today, and over the course of the next few months, my colleagues and I on the Financial Services Committee will introduce multiple rounds of very specific, very targeted bills to end the bailouts, protect the taxpayers and get private capital off the sidelines.
The culmination of our efforts will formally wind down the GSEs and return our housing finance system to the private marketplace. “With the American taxpayers on the hook for $150 billion and counting, the bailout of Fannie and Freddie is already the most expensive component of the federal government’s intervention into the financial system.
Americans are tired of the ongoing bailout of the failed government-backed mortgage giants, and they are tired of Democrats’ refusals to address the driving force behind the financial collapse. While Democrats chose to ignore the problem last Congress, House Republicans stand ready to end the bailout and protect American taxpayers from further losses.” Read rest of story here: News New Mexico


Pearce: Senate Democrats Out of Time

Washington, DC (March 30, 2011) Today, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement on the need to pass a responsible long-term spending plan: "The federal government is spending 3.5 trillion dollars for every 2.2 trillion it brings in,” said Pearce. “The Senate has failed to respond to the nation's looming debt crisis that is threatening our economy. The House has taken important first steps, but the Senate refuses to pass even these minimal cuts.
Our Senators must realize that they are jeopardizing jobs throughout our nation and must stop spending money we don't have. It is time that the Senate steps up to provide the leadership and make the decisions Americans need."


Quit Downplaying Cartel Threat

NMPolitics - States are grappling with the dual problems of immigration and border security, but it’s a no-win situation for them; real solutions must come from Congress and the president. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asserts that the border is safe. She claims the cartel violence that has plagued Mexico hasn’t spilled over in a serious way. “There is a perception that the border is worse now than it ever has been. That is wrong. The border is better now than it ever has been,” she was quoted by The Associated Press as saying in El Paso last week. With all due respect, that’s crap. Read full story here: News New Mexico

King: Signals His Priorities on Driver's Licenses

Gary King
Santa Fe New Mexican - The Attorney General's Office on Wednesday said Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign committee might have violated campaign laws by spending money on radio ads in support of a bill to prohibit driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. In a letter to Secretary of State Dianna Duran, Albert Lama, deputy attorney general, said Duran's office should reconsider its decision that the Martinez ads were not in violation of the Campaign Reporting Act. "Although you did not seek our advice in this matter, we are concerned that your interpretation of the Campaign Reporting Act is unnecessarily broad and may open the door to use of campaign contributions contrary to the Legislature's intent," Lama wrote.
Dianna Duran
But Lama's letter doesn't suggest that the attorney general is going to take any further action. In February, Martinez's campaign committee spent $5,648 on radio spots that urged listeners to contact legislators and tell them to support bills aimed at stopping the practice of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented people. The effect was not successful. The House and Senate couldn't agree on the driver's-license bill, so it died. Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant-rights group, and Common Cause, a group that has advocated for election reforms, complained that the ads violated the Campaign Reporting Act.
On March 3, Duran wrote Somos, saying, "Susana Martinez meets the definition of a "candidate" who has authorized her campaign committee to make expenditures for the purpose of seeking future election to office. ... I have no reasonable belief that Susana Martinez for Governor Committee committed any violation of the Campaign Reporting Act, and I do not intend to refer this matter to the Attorney General or a District Attorney." Martinez and Duran are Republicans. Attorney General Gary King is a Democrat. Read full story here: News New Mexico


State Revenue Up $200 Million Year over Year

Capitol Report New Mexico - It doesn’t call for uncorking Champagne bottles but New Mexico received some good economic news this week. The US Census Bureau released its figures for state tax collections and in the fourth quarter of 2010 (October-December), the state received reported slightly more income than in the same time period the year before. In addition, income from severance taxes was up by nearly $20 million. The severance tax receipts are especially critical since those taxes reflect the overall strength of the oil and gas industry in New Mexico, which contribute so heavily to the state’s economic well-being. “I was expecting a slight bump.” Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Deming) said Wednesday, “due to the price of oil going up lately.” In total, the state collected $1.3 billion in total taxes in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from $1.1 billion raked in at the same time in 2009. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Martinez to Sign Public School Transparency Law

Santa Fe New Mexican - ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to sign into law legislation aimed at improving transparency among New Mexico's public school districts and charter schools. A signing ceremony is planned Wednesday afternoon at Sandia High School in Albuquerque.
Among the legislation is a measure that would require financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a government website known as the "sunshine portal." Schools will be required to provide data to the Public Education Department for online publication, including a yearly operating budget, monthly spending as well as a directory of school employees by name, title and salary. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Sowell: Measuring Force

Thomas Sowell
Townhall - You don't just walk up to the local bully and slap him across the face. If you are determined to confront him, then you try to knock the living daylights out of him. Otherwise, you are better off to leave him alone. Anyone who grew up in my old neighborhood in Harlem could have told you that. But Barack Obama didn't grow up in my old neighborhood. He had a much more genteel upbringing, including a fancy private school, in Hawaii. Maybe that is why he thinks he can launch military operations against Moammar Qaddafi, while promising not to kill him and promising that no American ground troops will be used.
It is the old liberal illusion that you can measure out force with a teaspoon, not only in military operations micro-managed by civilians in Washington, like the Vietnam war, but also in domestic confrontations when the police are trying to control a rioting mob, and are being restrained by politicians, while the mob is restrained by nobody. We went that route in the 1960s, and the results were not inspiring, either domestically or internationally. Read full column here: News New Mexico

Williams: Department of Injustice

Walter Williams
Townhall - One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio police officer is to successfully pass the city's two-part written examination. Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part (66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second part. Dayton's Civil Service Board reported that 490 candidates passed the November 2010 written test, 57 of whom were black. About 231 of the roughly 1,100 test takers were black. The U.S. Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, rejected the results of Dayton's Civil Service examination because not enough blacks passed.
Eric Holder
The DOJ has ordered the city to lower the passing score. The lowered passing grade requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly on the first part and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the second. The DOJ-approved scoring policy requires potential police officers to earn the equivalent of an "F" on the first part and a "D" on the second. Based on the DOJ-imposed passing scores, a total of 748 people, 258 more than before, were reported passing the exam. Unreported was just how many of the 258 are black. Keith Lander, chairman of the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Dayton NAACP president Derrick Foward condemned the DOJ actions. Mr. Lander said, "Lowering the test score is insulting to black people," adding, "The DOJ is creating the perception that black people are dumb by lowering the score. It's not accomplishing anything." Read full column here: News New Mexico


Williams: Embarking on a New Age of Freedom

Armstrong Williams
Townhall - There’s a relatively new collection of essays making its way around Washington circles asking a provocative question that, I’m sure, many have acted out in their own personal lives yet never really pondered what it meant — a book entitled, "Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?" Gathered and compiled by editor John Brockman, publisher of, the myriad scholarly contributors examine just how the Internet has altered the course of an individual’s thinking. "A new invention has emerged, a code for collective consciousness that requires a new way of thinking," Mr. Brockman writes. "The Internet is the infinite oscillation of our collective consciousness interacting with itself. It’s not about computers It’s about thinking." Indeed, perhaps the single greatest invention of our time has changed the way we collect, process, analyze and share information; from the most meaningless such as a casserole recipe, to state secrets pilfered by rogue military personnel and scattered like ashes to the four winds. Not since the telegraph in the early 19th century has information moved so rapidly and efficiently. Read more here: News New Mexico

Conrad James - 1st Year Lawmaker

Conrad James
Capitol Report New Mexico -  Editor’s Note: Now that the 2011 60-day legislative session is over, we thought it would ask Rep. Conrad James for some of his thoughts. James is a political newbie — a Republican, he took over Janice Arnold-Jones’ seat in District 24 in Albuquerque at the first of the year. An engineer at Sandia Labs, the 36-year-old had no prior political experience. So what’s it like for a freshman at the Roundhouse? Here are some of Rep. James’ thoughts: The 50th legislature was quite an experience for a political novice such as me. Although I have always been an avid consumer of public policy and political debate, navigating the actual machinery of state government as a first-time elected public official was something I knew would be a significant challenge. But with the assistance of hard-working legislative staffers/aides/analysts ( ), I was able to join the legislature at full-speed and learn quite a lot about our state in the process. Read full column here: News New Mexico

Heath: Don't Dismiss Johnson

Gary Johnson
NMPolitics - Former NM governor shares the tea party’s ideology but has actually had to balance that ideology with governing in a practical way; his candidacy may present a moment for the tea party to decide its future. Conventional wisdom might suggest that former N.M. Gov. Gary Johnson has no chance of winning the GOP presidential nomination next year, but I believe people would be foolish to dismiss his candidacy at this point.
Heath Haussamen

Remember that many dismissed then-District Attorney Susana Martinez as a “regional candidate” when she entered the gubernatorial race in 2009. As it turned out, she was, in fact, the “game changer” a headline on this site called her. Read full column here: News New Mexico


Keller: Calls on Martinez to Advance SIC Reform

Tim Keller
NMPolitics - In the recently completed 2011 legislative session, Senate Bill 17 (Keller, D-Albuquerque and Neville, R-Aztec), a bill designed to complete State Investment Council reforms by removing the governor as chairperson, passed with wide bipartisan support. It now sits on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed. Senate Bill 17 was carefully crafted in the interim by the bipartisan Investment Oversight Committee, long before the recent gubernatorial election. It is composed of original sections from the 2010 bill, including sections to ensure minority party legislative appointments. It now also includes an amendment that allows the governor to serve for two more years in the chairperson role before being removed from the board. Signing SB 17 provides our new governor with an appropriate chance to oversee a transition and recovery of lost funds and then turn over the reins at the SIC. Read full column here: News New Mexico

Malkin: Project Gunrunner

Michelle Malkin
Townhall - Buried in Barack Obama's failed trillion-dollar stimulus program was a $10 million bloody border racket that has now cost American lives. This goes far beyond the usual waste, fraud and abuse underwritten by progressive profligacy. It's bloodstained government malfeasance overseen by anti-gun ideologues -- and now anti-gun ideologue Attorney General Eric Holder will "investigate." Welcome to Project Gunrunner. Prepare for another Justice Department whitewash. First, some background. Like so many border programs run amok, Project Gunrunner was the spawn of Beltway bipartisanship. It was established in 2005 as a pilot project under the Bush administration and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The intended goal of the program's sting operations: stop illicit firearms trafficking along the Southwest border through close surveillance of undercover gun purchases and coordinated intervention with Mexico. The deadly result: federally sanctioned gunwalking of high-powered weapons from U.S. officials right into the hands of drug cartel killers. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Bingaman and Udall Push for New Conservation Areas

Jeff Bingaman
From - Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are continuing to push for the designation of conservation and wilderness areas in Taos and Rio Arriba counties. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would preserve about 236,000 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management by designating a combination of conservation and wilderness areas. Much of the land - 214,600 acres - would be managed as a conservation area. Two other parcels would be managed as wilderness.  Fellow New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall is cosponsoring the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act.  Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich have introduced a similar bill in the U.S. House.

NM public schools will now get graded the same way their students are

From Capitol Report New Mexico - Gov. Susana Martinez appeared at an elementary school in Edgewood to officially sign a bill into law that will require public schools across the state to begin receiving annual report cards with letter-grades attached. Just as kids across New Mexico wonder (or worry) whether they’re getting an A, a B, a C, a D or an F, individual schools will now be in much the same boat. The Governor signed the bill in front of a large group of students at the Route 66 Elementary School in Edgewood, one of three schools nominated by the US Department of Education as a “blue ribbon school.” “We have to find ways to honor out students, we have to find ways to honor our staff,” school district superintendent Karen Couch said. “This will be a much better system than No Child Left Behind.” Under the new law, if a school receives a failing grade twice within four years, parents can take their kids out of that failing school and transfer them to another. Read more

Govt. Spends $1 Mil So Illegals Don’t Drown

From -In a reprehensible waste of taxpayer funds, a government agency is spending more than $1 million to install floating devices along a canal where hundreds of illegal immigrants have drowned trying to sneak into the United States. The costly project was inspired by pressure from the mainstream media, which portrayed government officials as “indifferent and callous” that scores of illegal immigrants have died in the canal that runs along the California-Mexico border. More than 100 life-saving buoys have been bolted across the desert waterway in the last few months at a cost of $1.1 million, according to a national news wire.  More News New Mexico

At a Tea Party Rally, Sanchez Inches Closer to Senate Run

John Sanchez
Pulaski note:  In a recent article that can be seen here John Sanchez had this to say about the Tea Parties: "Sanchez said the support of Tea Party activists won't be the deciding factor in the primary race. "I don't necessarily need to be the Tea Party candidate," he said, noting he shares their values of "lower taxes, less government."" 
From -Lt. Gov. John Sanchez inched closer to announcing a Senate run this weekend at a tea party rally in Moriarty. Sanchez has been named as a potential Republican candidate for the open Senate seat.  KOAT reported that “Sanchez sounded like a man with a plan to run for the Senate.” “If we do, we’re in it to win it clearly,” Sanchez told KOAT. Sanchez recently attacked perceived frontrunner Heather Wilson, a former U.S. Rep., as a moderate and signaled that he was close to announcing his Senate intentions.Wilson was also at the Moriarty tea party event.  More News New Mexico

Sex, Work Slavery Spikes in NM

From - The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department said human trafficking cases have increased in New Mexico, and the agencies are desperately trying to save people from becoming slaves. “(It’s) modern slavery,” FBI Supervisor Lenny Johns said. Human trafficking, which includes both sex and work slaves, has spiked in New Mexico in recent years. “It’s the second fastest crime that we have growing right now,” Albuquerque Police Department Commander Doug West said. West said the increase can be linked to the thriving Internet sex industry. In the past year, West said the department has prosecuted four human trafficking cases in Albuquerque, including the arrest and conviction of Tilford Black. “It’s a substantial increase because we basically never had a human trafficking case up until last year,” West said. The FBI also said human trafficking has jumped in border states like New Mexico.Both federal and local law enforcement members said there are several reasons that make New Mexico’s human trafficking unique, including the intersection of two major interstates. “It’s a corridor. It’s a central location for people to come,” West said.  More News New Mexico

Gary Johnson to reportedly announce run for 2012 Presidential race

From Capitol Report New Mexico - Gary Johnson, presidential aspirant? Is America ready for a President who: a) wants to slash federal spending (and is serious about it) b) greatly reduce (or even eliminate) the US military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq c) eliminate President Obama’s health care plan and have states run their own systems and d) legalize marijuana? It looks like we’ll find out because there are reports that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson – a Republican unlike any other, it seems — is going to announce his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election at the end of April. Fox News and Politico quote a political adviser saying that Johnson will make his announcement in New Hampshire, site of one of the most important presidential primaries and a place where the former Governor has been spending a lot of time in the past year. In addition, the adviser says Johnson will skip the process of forming an explatory committee to look at his chances and plunge right into officially declaring his candidacy. Read more

NM Making Extra Energy Assistance Payments to Low Income Families

From -The Human Services Department says it will provide extra assistance to low-income families for winter heating costs, including natural gas, electricity, propane and firewood.  The agency will pay supplemental benefits from $18 to $126 for nearly 55,000 families who've qualified for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Those households have received benefits averaging $121.  The state can make extra payments because it got more federal money than anticipated. About $21 million is allocated to New Mexico.  The department encouraged low-income families to apply for the energy assistance if they haven't already submitted an application. Households can qualify if they have incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $2,289 a month for a family of three.  More News New Mexico

Details Regarding Illegals Wearing Marine BDUs

From -According to the criminal complaints, intelligence derived from investigation of both the illegals and their alleged smugglers - three US citizens and one Mexican national - who were all arrested at the same time, indicated that the alleged smugglers were part of an on-going and highly organized human trafficking operation with participants on both sides of the US-Mexico border. While this seems to be the first known instance in which human traffickers have tried to disguise illegals as members of the US military and to transport them in a vehicle bearing stolen and altered US government license plates (the plates in this case were registered to a US Marine Corps cargo van at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz.), the methodology has raised troublesome questions for homeland security officials. They include questions not only about whether this indicates a potentially disturbing new and widespread trend on the part of human smugglers, but also whether similar methods could somehow be exploited by terrorists. “And don’t think that Al Qaeda isn’t paying attention to this,” said a senior counterterrorism official on background because of the sensitivity of his position. “If people are pretending to be Marines for criminal reasons, we want to know why,"  More News New Mexico

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts

From Freedom Politics - by Thomas Sowell - Random Thoughts - Economists are often asked to predict what the economy is going to do. But economic predictions require predicting what politicians are going to do-- and nothing is more unpredictable. An e-mail from a perceptive reader points out that, although Congressional "earmarks" represent a very small part of federal spending, they can be used as bribes to buy the votes of members of Congress on bills involving the spending of vastly larger sums of the taxpayers' money. When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food. The mainstream media never expressed half the outrage about Mao Zedong as they did about Ronald Reagan. Yet, when it came to killing millions of innocent civilians, even Hitler was an amateur compared to Mao. Safety advocates who say that we shouldn't take chances, but should ban things that might be unsafe, don't seem to understand that if we banned every food to which somebody had an allergy we could all starve to death. Read Sowell Column

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There Ain’t No Liberals in Feed Stores

From Whiskey and Gunpower: fostering economic and independent thought - By Linda Brady Traynham - I spend a lot of time (and money) in feed stores and I guarantee that those who feed America on anything other than corporate level do not and never have wanted any part of what Obama is selling. Yup, we’re a mean-spirited, selfish lot totally without a shred of social conscience. We know precisely how narrow our margin for safety is and how many threats assail it. Meat prices in grocery stores have no reality in a rancher’s life except when he is buying meat for his own table. Daddy always said, “You can’t afford to run cattle unless you have a private income.” It wasn’t a joke; it was a simple statement of the uncertainties of weather, the economy, actions of the government, disease, sun spots, and other forces of nature. In a really good year we might make a miniscule profit; grocery store chains think they’re doing well when they maintain the classical four per cent. That’s not a “small” profit. That’s a good profit in the business world, after operating expenses and taxes. Too bad it doesn’t cover inflation. You go into a feed store (wonderful smells, fascinating merchandise, nice folks, and sticker shock wherever you look. Are you up to $2500 saddles? An average price, nothing special… how about fencing at five thousand a mile? And up. Mostly up!), and you can have a good, rousing, patriotic conversation on every aisle if you want to make an opening remark…the price of antibiotics (animals’ make ours look cheap), or the astounding increase in wire and T-post prices (non-precious metals) during the last year…or the probable effect on future feed costs from a crashing economy. More of Traynham's column

Do We "Gotta Support the Team?"

When asked why he painted his face to look like a "devil" for a hockey game on a Seinfeld episode, character David Puddy replied, "You gotta support the team." In the end, whether the Packers or Steelers won this year’s Super Bowl the outcome did not change our lives in any meaningful way. Unfortunately, if you substitute the word “vote” for “root” you will find that quite often, U.S. voters treat the Democratic and Republican parties too much like their favorite sports teams. The problem is these two political parties are responsible for either retaining or changing policies that will literally define the forces controlling many generations of American lives. Clearly both parties command much more loyalty than they have earned. Just look at the list of some of the most popular justifications offered by citizens blindly loyal to the Democratic Party, when they explained why they could not stomach George W. Bush. His "reckless deficit spending and borrowing" topped most lists. Bush's federal budget deficits promptly soared to $400 billion dollars in the years following the 9-11 attacks. And according to those loyal to the Democratic Party, those borrowing levels were simply intolerable. Then of course there was the terrible Bush military incursion to remove an evil Middle Eastern dictator who had massacred his own people.
The Bush policy of affecting a regime change in Iraq was labeled “arrogant U.S. imperialism,” if not worse, by those loyal to the Democratic Party. And several years later when Bush realized he would have to implement the so-called troop “surge” in Iraq, again those loyal to the Democratic Party scoffed and accused him of being in reckless denial of reality. Of course those loyal the Republican Party disagreed with all of these arguments against all of these policies. After 8 years of Bush in the White House, America has now seen 26 months of policy making by President Barack Obama. Have the objections to Bush policies been met with new policies? Obama has presided over the largest two-year federal budget deficit and borrowing binge totals in the history of human civilization. And while those loyal to the Republican Party have suddenly found reason to scream fiscal bloody murder, those loyal to the Democratic Party have also done a 180 degree flip and are now mute on the skyrocketing borrowing insanity in Washington. As the "new" Commander in Chief, President Obama continued to wind down U.S. troop involvement in Iraq. Then he suddenly called for and executed a massive troop “surge” in Afghanistan. And just a couple of years after those loyal to the Democratic Party were blasting the Bush troop “surge” policies they turned mute on Obama’s troop surge. Ironically, Senator Obama was one of the harshest critics of all of Bush’s military policies. And those criticisms helped catapult him into the White House. Now we are discovering that Senator and President Obama are two different people.
Astonishingly, Senator Dove has become President Hawk. Obama has opened up a third U.S. military engagement front in the Middle East. In justifying an attack on Libya, Obama eerily finds himself citing strangely familiar and Bush-like reasons for his actions. And why doesn’t Obama close Guantanamo, as he promised to those loyal to the Democratic Party? Again his explanations are Bush-like. And Democratic Party loyalist's responses now that it is Obama’s Guantanamo instead of Bush’s? Like football fans that just saw their team give up three touchdowns to the opponents in five minutes, the Democratic loyalist response is deafening silence. One can only figure these political Puddies feel they "Gotta support the team."
After suggesting the Bush administration was in bed with special interests on the domestic policy front, the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration has been the so-called Obamacare legislation. Yet quietly, there have already been more than 1,040 waiver exemptions granted to various Obama friendly entities who say the law is fatally flawed.
The latest indication that Obamacare won’t work comes from Congressional Obamacare author Anthony Weiner, who says he may seek yet another waiver for New York City. This can only lend credence to the Orwell adage that most Marxists truly believe it is reasonable to say that “All pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than others.” After eight years of intellectually duplicitous criticism from loyalists in both parties of the other “team” U.S. citizens now find American troops in harm’s way on three different fronts, a federal borrowing binge that is more than triple those of the Bush era, and unemployment rates that rival those of the darkest days of Jimmy Carter.
This independent thinks it is time for everyone to consider getting off of the habit of mindlessly supporting either the Democrat or Republican Party "teams." Americans must stop face painting like David Puddy. It’s time to support best practices and only leaders who are intellectually honest. Self-serving teams like the Democratic Party and the Republican Party don't have policies. They merely blow with the winds. If we oppose the idea that the U.S. should be acting as the global police, the biggest borrowers in history, and an entitlement nation that thinks government is the solution rather than the problem, continuing to be a Democratic or Republican Party loyalist is the last thing we should be doing.


The Weiner Wink

Politico - Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City. Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York, said that because of the city’s special health care infrastructure, his office was looking into alternatives that might make more sense. Weiner is one of the health care law’s biggest supporters; during the debate leading up to reform, he was one of the last holdouts in Congress for the public option. “The president said, ‘If you have better ideas that can accomplish the same thing, go for it,’” said Weiner. “I’m in the process now of trying to see if we can take [President Barack Obama] up on it in the city of New York, … and I’m taking a look at all of the money we spend in Medicaid and Medicare and maybe New York City can come up with a better plan.” New York is one of two states that pass on Medicaid expenses to cities and localities, so “the city winds up having an enormous Medicaid expense,” Weiner said. The congressman was trying to debunk Republican “myths” about the health care law during a speech at the Center for American Progress.
He used the waivers as way to describe how flexible the law actually is and how “this notion that the government is shoving the bill down people’s throats” is not true. “The administration needs to make this argument more forcefully,” he said. “A lot of people who got waivers were … people who are our friends.” The New York Democrat said that he does not have the power to get the city to apply for a waiver but that he is “personally looking at whether he can make the numbers work.”“We in New York already have hospitals, we already employ doctors and we employ nurses. We have a lot of uninsured people. … [Setting up] the exchanges is the one piece of the puzzle that would be difficult for us to do,” he said. “I’m just looking internally to whether the city can save money and have more control over its own destiny. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Brigette Russell: The simple reason Susana Martinez will veto the unemployment bill

From Capitol Report New Mexico - Commentary by Brigette Russell - The New Mexico media has been running a lot of stories lately about Gov. Martinez’s steadfast insistence that she will veto legislation to shore up the state’s unemployment fund by raising business taxes. On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican ran an AP story by Barry Massey, “Martinez won’t budge on business-tax veto”on the front page and “Martinez mum on veto reasoning” by Trip Jennings on page A-5. It was the Jennings story that caught my attention, this part in particular: The New Mexican sent Martinez’s office several questions Wednesday in an attempt to get specifics on the governor’s decision-making process. Read full column here: News New Mexico