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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Post-2008 General Election

This is being started on Election Day 2008 and it assumes Barack Hussein Obama will win the election.

Reconstruction of the Republican Party

The GOP has moved too close to the political center. It should never accept being a twin of the Democrat Party which has moved toward the center as well. This has reduced our elections to little more than popularity contests. Lost is the conservatism inherent in drafting the original Constitution and which was at the core of the early GOP. The party needs a thorough overhaul to get it back to being the party of conservatism and stressing the rights of the individual.

The NEW party must not be lured into accepting socialism in any of its forms, be it single payer health plans, grade advancement and graduation standards in our public schools or welfare programs that only serve to expand the Democrat Party control over perpetual welfare recipients and their voting habits.

The NEW party must do all it can to protect our 2d amendment rights and maintain a strong military force capable of conducting state of the art warfare and defending the country against all enemies.

Future Candidates for Offices at all Levels

John McCain and Sarah Palin fought a good fight but once the economy plummeted their goose was cooked. Most likely, McCain will not pursue the Presidency again, but Palin is still young enough to make more than one run at it. Some have said she became a drag on the ticket, but I disagree. I think she could make a serious run, given a few caveats. If she wants any national office, she'd be well advised to do it from a home in the lower 48. Alaska is a beautiful place but it's too remote from the national scene for a person who needs to remain on the radar screen.

Mitt Romney is still a possibility to run for the White House in 2012 as is Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush. I would like to see Newt Gingrich get back into office as well and there are others who will rise up in the next two years.

The Bailout

I did not support the bailout voted into law by Congress just prior to the General Election. All it has done is help people undeserving of such help and nothing to discourage those who had their hands in the cookie jar at Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac, Wall Street financial institutions, etc. Among those with hands in the jar were some members of Congress, i.e. Chris Dodd and Barney Frank et al.

Now the Big 3 automakers---Ford, GM and Chrysler---want a bailout which I also oppose. It would be far better off for the nation longer term for them to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy under which they could reorganize, streamline their operations, and get out from under an onerous employee/retiree benefits expense that has made them noncompetitive in the USA market place. I don't think our tax money should go to shore up the UAW. Supporters of a Big3 bailout harp on the idea that many thousands of jobs depend on the auto industry and would be hurt if the Big3 went into Chapter 11. The ancillary workers would lose some benefits but would keep their jobs once the current mess is removed.

I believe one of the major benefits that will come out of the current situation is that thinking people will come to see the folly of unionism and the economic damage they have caused us all. But that is not enough. They will also see that management is not without blame. Managements of the Big3 not only acquiesced to UAW demands on retirement and other benefit plans, they flat out refused to understand what foreign manufacturers were doing to them in the market place. While they continued to make gas guzzling monsters, the foreigners were building less expensive, higher fuel efficieant vehicles which were growing in appeal to many Americans.


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