Archive for August 12, 2012

There was a rare, pure philosophical moment in Rep. Paul Ryan’s running mate announcement speech in Norfolk, Va. Saturday that should not be overlooked. The Wisconsin congressman waxed on the natural contract between government, man and God:

“But America is more than just a place…it’s an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes. This idea is founded on the principles of liberty, freedom, free enterprise, self-determination and government by consent of the governed.”

Here’s Palin’s Facebook note, which mentions President Obama 26 times, Romney and Ryan three apiece:

Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. President Obama has declared that this election is about “two fundamentally different visions” for America. Goodness, he’s got that right. Our country cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama’s fundamentally flawed vision. We must now look to this new team, the Romney/Ryan ticket, to provide an alternate vision of an America that is fiscally responsible, strong, and prosperous–an America that understands and is proud of her exceptional place in the world and will respect those who fight to secure that exceptionalism, which includes keeping our promises to our veterans.

When I think about the direction our country is rapidly drifting in, I can’t help but look at California as a cautionary tale. The Golden State once boasted the entrepreneurial innovation of Silicon Valley, the American creative engine of the arts, economically powerful and beautiful cities from San Francisco to San Diego, and fertile farmlands that helped feed the nation. Now it is descending into financial ruin accompanied by an exodus of middle class Californians leaving for other states. As one writer put it, California’s “fastest-growing entity is government and its biggest product is red tape.”

Obama’s vision for America will make the rest of the country look like California, minus the beautiful scenery and warm weather.

Obama’s America is today’s California–complete with $100 billion taxpayer funded bullet trains to nowhere; out of control environmental extremists who have destroyed family farms and left some of the most fertile farm land in America fallow in order to protect a three inch fish; permanent high unemployment; government policies hostile to small business job creators; crippling high taxes; an abysmal real estate market; bloated government that wastes taxpayer money; endless budget shortfalls due to massive unfunded liabilities; city after city declaring bankruptcy; and a state government run by, in the words of one Wall Street Journal writer, “a brothel of environmentalists, lawyers, public-sector unions and legislative bums.”

We can’t afford Obama’s vision. Our children can’t afford it. Today we are over $15 trillion in debt and running up trillion dollar budget deficits year after year for as far as the eye can see. And our “leaders” have no plan to stop it! President Obama and this Congress don’t even have the fundamental blueprint—a budget!—to outline where they intend to take us as they merrily roll along with their out of control spending and constant increases of our debt “limit.” Our debt to China alone is more than we can ever hope to pay off in multiple generations. Such debt and dependence on foreign nations weakens us in countless ways. And yet our government keeps on spending despite the risks and despite conscientious, hardworking citizens telling them to just stop it. Our debt is growing by $3 million per minute. This debt, in conjunction with Obama’s massive government over-reaches like Obamacare, has strangled the private sector, which in turn has stifled job growth and slowed all economic growth. The only way to get our country moving again is to get back to basics like normal people do with our home and small business budgets! That means we must live within our means, get government out of the way of our job creators, develop the God-given natural resources we have been blessed with to provide real jobs and real energy security, and stop growing government and wasting taxpayer money on D.C. cronyism and useless stimulus kick-backs for favored donors.

Barack Obama’s record is one of dismal failure, which is why he isn’t talking about it. He would rather spend his time demonizing his opponents. The simple fact remains that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the dire state of our economy or the corruption and incompetence of the current administration.

Over the next 86 days, Barack Obama will try to distract us from his record. Many in the media will roll along with him in this mission. We must not let them continue the deception and distractions, and we must not be afraid to call the President out on his lies. His entire record in office exposes the false promises he made four years ago. So, let’s take a moment to remember what candidate Obama said just four short years ago.

Candidate Obama promised us fiscal prudence. But President Obama’s reckless spending and lack of fiscal leadership has led to the downgrading of our nation’s credit rating for the first time in history.

Candidate Obama decried reckless spending and promised to cut the deficit. But President Obama and those in Congress who control the purse strings and “go along to get along” have tripled it. President Obama’s proposed budget was so absurdly and wildly irresponsible that not one member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, voted in favor of it. And yet the Democrat controlled Senate still refuses to pass a budget itself, and this refusal has been going on for years now. That is irresponsible and, much more, it’s unconstitutional.

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This was probably a pretty short forum if just two candidates were featured, but if you didn’t have the opportunity to find out what two of the First District Congressional candidates had to say at a recent forum sponsored by the Free State Patriots. Featured were Libertarian candidate Muir Boda and write-in aspirant Michael Calpino.

I’m glad to give these guys a little bit of exposure, but the obvious question remains: where were Andy Harris and Wendy Rosen? Were they invited? Since the forum occurred in June (the videos were released earlier this week) I’m led to assume neither showed up.

Read more and see the two videos here.

In an age in which 24-hour cable news, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and talk radio have made the news cycle both incessant and insatiable, Paul Ryan’s life — and his family’s — will never be the same now that Mitt Romney has chosen him to be his running mate.

The white-hot spotlight — and its glare — will be on him and his past, but Ryan seems grounded and steady enough to withstand the coming storm, mainly because of the two people who have influenced him the most — his late father and the late Jack Kemp. He is as focused on his physical well-being as he is about the country’s fiscal health because of the influences of his late dad and Kemp, respectively.

As a teenager, Ryan found his father dead of a heart attack in his bed, and this event transformed his life. His grandfather and great grandfather also died in their 50s. Aware of this, Ryan became invested in fitness and healthy eating (he swears off sweets such as birthday cakes given to him by staffers or friends) as preventative measures, so he would not meet the same fate as other males in his family.

Ryan is a devotee of the P90X exercise program, which he has discussed many times. He has routinely worked out with Democrats as well as Republicans, including former University of Tennessee and Washington Redskins quarterback — and North Carolina Democrat – Heath Shuler. Ryan is a hunter, fisherman, and general outdoorsman. In a year in which, due to the success of “The Hunger Games” series and the Olympics, archery has increased in popularity, Ryan is also a skilled bow hunter with considerable proficiency at archery. Ryan also likes to engage in noodling, a practice common in the South, where people catch catfish with their bare hands by sticking their arms into catfish holes.

After graduating from Miami University of Ohio (in Oxford, OH) in 1992, Ryan went on to work for Empower America, Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett’s think tank, from 1993 to 1995. Ryan also was Kemp’s speechwriter for a time and went on to become an aide for politicians such as Sam Brownback. Ryan has always expressed his gratitude that Kemp “took a chance” on him out of college.

During this time, Ryan, who is also a devoted Green Bay Packers football fan, worked as a waiter at Tortilla Coast, a popular restaurant frequented by Capitol Hill staffers. He also taught fitness classes at a local fitness club in D.C

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I just got out of a telebriefing with the CDC. The atmosphere was not a jovial one. The words “gonorrhea epidemic” were thrown around in ominous tones. No one was up for hanging out after.

Did you know gonorrhea can kill you? It can, and it’s also tragically effective at making women infertile. According to her journals, my great aunt Mabel was “barren,” and my grandmother always told me it was probably from gonorrhea. The only reason we don’t hear about these awful complications more often — and we instead think of it as a little oops of an infection (“Can I still drink on these antibiotics?” “Yes.” “Cool.”) — is because we’ve been able to kill it early with relative ease.

But over the past decades, gonorrhea has been mowing down our antibiotics. If this was the Olympic 400 IM, gonorrhea would be the Ryan Lochte and our antibiotics would be the guy from Moldova.

The list of effective antibiotics has been dwindling as the bacteria became resistant, and now it’s down to one. Five years ago, the CDC said fluoroquinolones were no longer effective, but oral cephalosporins were still a common/easy treatment. Now injected ceftriaxone is the only recommended effective drug we have left. And it has to be given along with either azithromycin or doxycycline.

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NBC White House Correspondent Andrea Mitchell had a “sour” reaction to recently-announced Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech yesterday morning, in the words of Newsbusters’ Scott Whitlock.

Without pause, she declared the move a sign that Republicans have decided this is a “base” election, and not a pick for “suburban moms” or “women.”

“This is not a pick for suburban moms. This is not a pick for women. This is a pick for the base,” she asserted, as Chris Hayes intoned, “yeah.”

 

As Andrea Mitchell sees it, Mitt Romney seemingly has to play to various identity groups, and can’t satisfy both “women” and “the base.”

Describing Ryan’s speech, Mitchell related: “He talked about rights coming from God and they don’t come from government….”