Posts Tagged ‘2012’

  • Steve Jobs and the Occupiers: Two very different visions for America

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    I am reading Walter Isaacson’s new book on the life of Steve Jobs. Like many adoring Americans, I will always be influenced by Jobs. I have enjoyed the experience of his many brilliant innovations.

    Steve Jobs: An optimistic vision for America's opportunity and growth

    A passage in the book continues to resonate with me. He told President Obama last year that he will be a one-term president if he continues his anti-business policies, stating that regulations and costs of operation are stifling economic activity. Jobs added that America’s education system needs a transformation if our country is going to be competitive.

    What a critical yet positive statement about what America needs to thrive. Contrast this with the “Occupy Wall Street” invasions of our public spaces across the country. The unruly, unsanitary and illegal behaviors of OWS protesters are not going unnoticed, yet they don’t appear to be coalescing into a cohesive movement.

    I have followed the OWS protests and have read differing points of view on their meaning. Many in the media are ignoring the real reasons behind these “never-ending” occupations of urban public parks.

    One theory is that the Obama campaign machine is recruiting and compensating these lost youth in an effort to promote Obama’s agenda of change. Couple this with the threats and actions of the unions that are advocating city riots and upheaval during the next year. Their intentions to orchestrate or co-opt OWS are obviously designed in an attempt to derail the GOP efforts for 2012.

    How will this play out? The agitating and increasingly violent behavior of OWS protesters may backfire on Obama and the unions who are openly supporting them as they begin to make their case for another four years.

    Given the choice between a positive, pro-growth vision provided by Steve Jobs or the anti-business class warfare vision provided by OWS, Obama and his left-wing allies have chosen the latter as the foundation for their 2012 campaign.

    OWS: A pessimistic vision of class warfare and revolution

    Conventional wisdom has said that, if next year’s election is a referendum on Obama, he’ll lose, but if it’s a choice, he’s got a chance. By closely aligning with OWS, Obama has just made a “choice” election much clearer for Americans and considerably weakened his prospects for a second term.

    The embrace of OWS by Obama and the unions may be more effective at solidifying opposition to a second Obama term while failing to energize his base. Consider Obamacare. The unions practically wrote the law, yet they secured waivers for themselves so they don’t have to comply with its damaging provisions. Is this the kind of change OWS protesters can believe in?

    Considering what’s at stake, including the repeal of Obamacare and reversing Obama’s socialist agenda, his open courting of OWS should be welcomed as a blessing.

  • What a week in Washington

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    It has been a challenge this week sorting through all the news about the disgraceful behavior of another politician gone morally amok. This behavior is happening too often, creating unacceptable distractions from real issues. You know their names.

    Looking towards 2012, the GOP is getting down to business. Their leading man thus far, Mitt Romney, is holding his frontrunner position with 23% in the polls. He continues to stay on message, has the campaign organization, plenty of cash and a solid understanding of the current woes and dangers posed by our teetering economy.

    Leading, but with one big problem.

    The biggest thorn in Romney’s side is also the most difficult for him to extract: “Romneycare”, the prototype for President Obama’s national healthcare overhaul disaster. Romney simply can’t get around this since stating firmly that he has no regrets and he’d do it all over again, even with Massachusetts now grappling with its destructive consequences. Romneycare, and to a much larger extent Obamacare, are creating intractable problems for business and the health care industry while accelerating the downward spiral of this country.

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  • Mediscare Tactics and Unchecked Entitlements Threaten our Country

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    The Medicare issue and its requisite scare tactics are not going away any time soon. Like past election years, Medicare is set to play a leading role in the 2012 race to occupy the White House and control Congress. With Democrat Kathy Hochul’s victory this week in the special election to fill New York’s vacant 26th Congressional district, Democrats think they’ve got their winning issue for 2012. Unfortunately for all of us, it boils down to a broad misunderstanding of Medicare and the GOP’s plan to save it.

    Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

    The scare tactics and demagoguery over Medicare have to stop. As the creator of the GOP’s “Roadmap” budget and proposals to save Medicare, Representative Paul Ryan is rightfully concerned about the skewed picture many Americans hold about Medicare and efforts to save it.

    To set the record straight, Ryan’s proposed reforms don’t change any Medicare provisions for Americans 55 and older, and any statement to the contrary is at best willfully misleading. For Americans younger than 55, Medicare must change in order to ensure its survival for future generations.

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  • The GOP Field’s Techtonic Shifts

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    I was somewhat discouraged after last weeks realignment of the GOP presidential race as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump announced they wouldn’t run while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continue to hang on in the face of issues that are plaguing them in the polls. A favorite of the inside-the-beltway crowd, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, also bowed out of contention.

    This weeks winner: T-Paw

    The latest group to offer themselves to the GOP this week includes pizza empire mogul Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China John Huntsman. Cain is an impressive wealthy, self-made figure touting conservative, common-sense values and a solid grasp of free market capitalism. But with Daniels out, the big winner of the week is Pawlenty.

    Tim Pawlenty ‘s speech after his announcement on Monday has taken many by surprise. He came out swinging against the destruction Obama has caused the country and has staked out at least one bold position that holds both risk and reward: Opposition to ethanol subsidies which will win him favor among the base seeking fiscal discipline while posing risks in all-important Iowa.

    Pawlenty was effective in his speech in which he laid out a vision to return our country to the greatness that we all know and love and restore a future for generations to come with a strong economy, healthcare system and exploitation of our domestic energy resources. I give a huge plus to Tim Pawlenty for his powerful and articulate message that effectively included real policy details. We all are ready to see a strong candidate for the GOP, and Pawlenty is making a good case.

    Donald Trump, either serious about wanting to run or not wanting to lose the attention he’s been getting, indicated he may want to re-enter the race. As long as he does not set himself up as a spoiler or simply suck the air out of the room, I say let him campaign on his message of his love for his country and his grasp of our capitalist system.

    Bachmann: Laying the groundwork for a Senate run?

    Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who is a wonderful person and the creator of the Tea Party Caucus in the Congress, is giving it her “all” as she plans an announcement to join the ranks of the Republican Party presidential hopefuls this week. Bachmann will be a great addition on the campaign trail and she’s a leading force to repeal Obamacare. She’s also a possible contender for the US Senate seat held by Amy Klobacher, and a presidential campaign will be a good training ground for a Senate run.

    On the Chris Christie front — Do Not Count Him Out! It is early and as you have witnessed, players are entering and departing the field at a fast rate. Obama’s detectives are out in Christie territory in New Jersey as we speak seeking to uncover any skeletons in his closet. I predict that he and Paul Ryan (and Pawlenty if he stays on course) can defeat Obama in 2012.

    Victory in 2012 is critical for the survival of our country, our free market system, our liberty and our freedoms. We need strong candidates, and they may be emerging.

  • Down and Out on the GOP Trail

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    The 2012 GOP field has shifted considerably in the past few days. Although I was pleased with his connection to the issues facing the GOP, I thought we would get more of the positive side of Newt Gingrich before he “stepped in it” — but after his statements to David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Paul Ryan’s Plan for Medicare was “radical engineering from the right” there may be no recovery phase for the former Speaker.  Back circa 2004 Gingrich had created a health care initiative and I spoke with him as he was out promoting it. Both he and his plan seemed to lack focus and I was not impressed with his understanding of the healthcare industry in America. His comments Sunday only reinforce the fact that he doesn’t understand healthcare. Newt’s campaign may be done before it really begins. It’s done with me.

    Mitt Romney has the most cash (he just raised $10 million in one day), the best organization and decent polls — all things pointing to a campaign that’s in really good shape. That was until he doubled down last week on his signature law from his stint as governor of Massachusetts, Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare. Rather than admit the state-wide universal healthcare mandate has become a costly failure pockmarked by growing wait lists for care, he said he’d do it all over again. He won’t be able to square his defense of Romneycare when Obamacare ranks as one of the biggest objections to Obama by the American public. I believe Romney will have to exit the field as he faces an increasing backlash from GOP primary base on his seemingly irreconcilable healthcare positions.

    Donald Trump yesterday announced that he will not run for the Presidency because he has more passion for “business”.  Is it not ironic that NBC made a deal with him that he could not refuse (and may have threatened to replace him with a new business leader at the helm of Celebrity Apprentice).

    Mike Huckabee was in a good position to continue harnessing the strong support that he enjoyed during the 2008  presidential campaign. Some early straw polls placed him in the lead. Instead, his “heart says no” to another run. This isn’t surprising, as he was doing little to prepare and many surmised that he is having a great time and making money for the first time with his popular show on Fox News.

    Now we have a very open field and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will break out of the pack. Will safer, more conventional candidates like Gov. Mitch Daniels or Gov Tim Pawlenty fit the bill? Or will we have the opportunity to support two of my favorites: Congressman Paul Ryan and Governor Chris Christie? Will a draft movement get them in the game? I certainly hope so. After all, we must beat Obama in 2012!

    Update 5/22: Mitch Daniels is also out.

  • The 2012 Race: Enter Newt

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    Newt Gingrich announced today via Twitter and Facebook that he is going to run for the GOP nod in 2012. The timing of the announcement is excellent as numerous GOP contenders have been given a once-over, including the South Caroline debate. Two potential candidates who did not participate in that debate still have my attention: Donald Trump and Chris Christie.

    Newt Gingrich enters the 2012 fray

    Trump, although still unsure if he is going to run, is getting the correct message out about how our country faces extreme challenges and going down the tubes fast as the gasoline prices soar and the economy bottoms out due to the increasing and burdgeoning debt. Trump continues to enjoy very high polling numbers as the other contenders are wavering to stay in the double digits.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a long time favorite of the GOP and was asked again this week if he would run for the GOP nomination. Flattered, his answer was yet again “no”. If no clear frontrunner emerges that captures the energy of the base, the pressure on Christie to change his mind will remain.

    So today former Speaker Newt Gingrich enters the stage. Like looking at a chess board, Newt knows where all the candidates stand in the polls and he knows enough about each one of them to create his own successful niche in this race. Newt is a very smart man, a seasoned politician, and has a deep sense of commitment to reversing the decaying status of this country. I say Go for it Newt! Should you get the nod, I very much looking forward to your debates with Obama.

  • Will the GOP Hire Trump?

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    I have been holding off any mention of Donald Trump as a candidate for the Presidency in 2012.

    It is worth mentioning that I personally believe that a populist such as Trump is just what the country needs. He is straightforward, he has money, he has solutions to our nation’s problems, and he is not afraid to say that the country needs to be fixed and fixed now.

    The Donald

    Trump is showing well in the polls. That is a good thing for him and for Republicans — that is if he runs as a Republican. Now that he has the poll numbers, he knows that enough people like what he says and feel that he would be effective as a leader of the free world. However, he recently made comments that reeks of a demand that he be the GOP nominee in 2012. A nomination is not an entitlement, but rather a process of campaigning, winning primaries, and the convention. He has alluded to the idea that if he is not automatically nominated, he will run as a third party candidate. We have seen spoilers like this before, including Perot in 1992.

    The White House and David Plouffe are having a heyday watching Trump distract public attention from the recent disasters of the failing Obama presidency. According to the White House, Trump is not to be taken seriously (but they hope America will keep taking him seriously for as long as possible).

    Trumps’ own doing it may be his undoing. He needs to make a commitment to the Republican party now and stop toying with ideas of an independent run.

    If Trump decides to run for a third Party, we need to have a serious candidate like Governor Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan to step up to the plate. The Nomination for the GOP in 2012 has to be focused, commited, and powerful to beat Obama — it may be the only chance that we have.

  • A Nation at a Critical Crossroads

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    I attended the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual meeting and dinner. Here’s what happened.

    The day started with Congressmen Paul Ryan, Ed Royce and Scott Garrett and the topics centered around balancing the budget and limiting the size of the government. Ryan emphasized that we have reached the “tipping point of our government” where one quarter of our GDP is spent by Washington for growing government — unparalleled since WWII. Freddie and Fannie should be privatized. Property values have yet to bottom out and and will go ever lower because of micromanagement of the private sector by an over-inflated government. It was government control of sub prime mortgages through Freddie and Fannie that burst the housing market bubble he contends.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent a powerful message that we are a nation at a critical crossroads. Every single American must continue the fight as the country is spiraling downward. Fortunately, the House has voted to repeal Obamacare, stop Cap and Trade in it’s tracks and end net neutrality, which would get government into the business of regulating the internet. The negative force of The Obama Administration is so strong and so pervasive that we must continuously speak up and fight back.

    Buzz-worthy Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was the evening’s keynote speaker. He delivered a common sense approach to Government: Don’t run it as if you have money growing on trees, but rather return to fiscal conservatism. He  stated that he is not in politics for his own glory, but simply to do the job he was elected to do. Christie reminded everyone also that we have a big job ahead of us and we all had to be and continue being patriots and remind others to do the same — particularly for 2012. Our country, he reminded us, must have a free enterprise system, strong national defense and a to return to a strong economy.

    Christie said that the candidate for the presidency may be present at this dinner. I sincerely hope that he was talking about himself.

  • Two to watch for 2012

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    2011 is now well underway, and we inch closer to the 2012 presidential election. As the field begins to take shape and heat up, I would like to bring attention to two notable contenders — and my current picks.

    Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. The latest Fox News poll shows one potential GOP contender that would defeat President Obama if the election were held today. Governor Christie receives 43% to Obama’s 40%. The White House is obviously paying close attention to this rising star, inviting the governor and his wife to “rub elbows” with the President and First Lady at The State Dinner for President Hu of China Tuesday evening. He’s getting as much attention for what he does as a tough governor tackling daunting budget issues as the attention he gets for what he says.

    Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Another authentic “doer” in the GOP field is Rep. Ryan, the no-nonsense Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee in the House. True, America hasn’t sent a congressman to the White House only once in our history (James Garfield), but Ryan’s star is rising fast and has to be considered one of the front-runners for 2012. He has been chosen by the GOP leadership to give the Republican message following the State of The Union Speech, where he will provide the GOP’s vision for fresh solutions to our fiscal and health care entitlement woes. Reactions to his performance will provide an early barometer of his 2012 prospects.