Unbecoming of an Officer…in this case the Secret Service

The Obama administration seem to be grasping at straws.  Clutching and clawing at any idea to keep the White House
out of the hands of  former Governor Mitt Romney.  Amid the scandals of the Secret Service, lets be clear that there have been
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The sweepstakes campaign – Obama and his contests

The pop-star president has been doing this for months, and Romney has gotten into the game. Can anyone provide an example from a previous president or presidential candidate where they hold a sweepstakes where if you chip in a few dollars you get a chance to win lunch with the president or candidate?

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Obama again displays the difference between statists and conservatives

Maybe it’s not statists and conservatives, but to President Obama it’s him against his opponents. On his home-turf in front of a United Auto Workers crowd in Washington yesterday, Obama couldn’t grasp the concept that wanting to be on top and working together is not mutually exclusive.

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Obama’s playbook: Same rhetoric, different decade

This is all the guy and the Democrat leadership have. Those other guys … the mean Republicans … want dirty water, dirty air, kids starving while they don’t have enough teachers in the schools.

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Politicians playing games: Oil subsidies that are not subsidies

Let’s all say the words at the same time … business expenses. You know – expenses – the fixed and variable costs that companies incur as they spend money in an effort to put people to work and make a profit. Politicians are now in the habit of referring to “big oil subsidies” that are really business expenses. Liars…

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My opinion will not be silenced – Conservatives have rights!

Saturday’s events in Tucson were tragic. For reasons not explained, some 22 year-old nut named Jared Loghner made the choice to visit a peaceful gathering of people, kill six and severely injure 14. Evil manifests itself in many ways all the time, and this is one example. For media pundits, bloggers and politicians to take this evil act and assign blame to anyone other than the shooter and his own demons, is unacceptable.

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Outside Opinions: Does the BBC get it?

As much as I occasionally make light of our English cousins, mainly for their ever expanding nanny-state and their seemingly bottomless acceptance of the state’s intrusion into their lives, it is occasionally useful to seek out their opinions, just in case they happen to see or find something that eludes us.  I mean, even a blind squirrel catches a break, now and again.

From the BBC:

Oh, the irony of politics.

I spoke to Jill Cooper in a diner near the William Penn Highway in March, where she told me how furious she was about healthcare. Ms Cooper went on to organise a protest outside Congressman Jason Altmire’s office. After a lot of public agonising, he decided to vote against healthcare, and Ms Cooper reckons that may have saved his political skin.

The Democratic friend I interviewed with her, John Cicco, has written to me saying that since my visit to Pennsylvania, “Jill has been elected the Chair of the Murrysville Republican Committee”.

And on 2 November, each Republican on the ballot, including governors, US senators and state representatives, replaced a Democrat, with Murrysville providing large margins in its support, Mr Cicco added.

The only Democrat on the ballot who survived the Republican landslide was Jason Altmire,” he said.

Now, frankly, I would point out that it was less the protest and Mr. Altmire doing his job, which, in this instance, was representing the interests and positions of his constituency, which earned him a return ticket to the swamps of Washington DC, but that may simply be the result of two individuals separated by a common language and differing takes on what constitutes a democratic election — I think British elections are a wee bit like cricket — very exciting, but the rules would seem to be more than a little vague in places.

Do we need more politicians like New Jersey Governor Christie?

I think… yes. This is a video from a May 10 press conference where a columnist asks Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) about his confrontational tone. The way I look at it, politics by definition is partisan. That’s the whole idea of politics.

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Like Rats Abandoning a Sinking Ship…

Apparently, there has been a crisis of confidence of late within the ranks of the Democratic party, with recruited candidates backing out of their races, even in putatively “safe” districts.  From “The Hill:”

“Democrats have lost yet another touted recruit, this time in Kansas.

State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) just announced her withdrawal from the race to face Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.). She becomes the fifth formidable recruit to bow out in recent weeks.

“I have been forced to make a decision between honoring the pledge I made to the people in my Senate district and my firm conviction that the people of the 2nd congressional district deserve a truly independent voice in Congress,” Kelly said in a statement.

“This has been a very hard decision, but it is the right one.”

Kelly joins several recent dropouts, including businessman Jack McDonald, a well-funded challenger to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who announced last week that he wouldn’t run. The others are Ohio state Rep. Todd Book, who was running against Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio); former Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers, who was running for Rep. Zach Wamp’s (R-Tenn.) seat; and Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts, who was running against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).”

Just as rodents seem to know then a rotting vessel is about to go under, I have to wonder what it is that these recruited and, in some cases, touted candidates know that we don’t.

Symptom of the Disease: Politicians and their investments (Example 2)

For my next Symptom of the Disease example we review politicians and their personal finances. When politicians are involved with the regulation of business, they automatically are privy to a defacto version of insider trading. reports members of the House Financial Services Committee were buying and selling banking and financial service stocks last fall.

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