The new conservative must be an optimist.

There are two things I learned from the 2012 elections, well more like 100 but I want to look at just two of them today.

First, the JFK mind set of “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” is dead. The majority of voters in America only ask what they can get from their country and have no desire to help.

But more importantly I have learned that people love an optimist. As a conservative I have spent a lot of time pointing out the flaws in Keynesian theory or the progressive plans for the economy, with no real objections from others. Yes, I get bumper sticker slogans from some, but none offer real arguments that can prove the rationale behind the Keynesian model. Then I learned that most people do not care about what is wrong with the current government plans. I also pointed out the flaws of the policies of the Democrats in Washington and how they will lead to bigger problems down the road, and again I learned know one cares about what the Democrats are doing wrong.

What I learned was people want to hear positive ideas. They want people to say “this is how we can fix the problem”. So I propose that conservatives need to put forth detailed plans to fix the economy and fix the police state and then let others try and stop us.

I am calling out to any conservative representatives in Washington, no matter what party you are in, step forward with a real plan to fix a problem. Tell people how they will benefit from your solution, and how they will benefit immediately. We are in a “taker” civilization with a “microwave” patience threshold, we need to give them solutions and we need to tell them how they will benefit immediately.

Conservatives need to learn that the majority of Americans do not care about long term solutions that call for them to sacrifice today to create a solid foundation for tomorrow. They want to reap the benefits of a harvest before the crops are planted. We need to find a way to make them feel like we are harvesting when in reality we are planting the seeds needed to save out country.

Now we know what needs to be done, get to work.

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Why so inflexible?

Recently the press Secretary for the President said:

“There can be no deal without rates on top earners going up,” said Carney, who reiterated that the president will not sign legislation that extends the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy.

The President has drawn his line in the sand and refuses to negotiate unless he gets what he wants… which is not the definition of negotiation. Of course this is the type of negotiation the Democrats have done for the last 4 years and they are thankful for an obedient media that will continue to blame the Republicans for the stand still.

But lets forget the lack of understand what negotiations are for a moment and take a look at the one point the Democrats continue to not budge on, tax increases for the top take rate.

Facts:

  1. Top tax rate is on any earned income over $250k/year.
  2. This tax rate is currently 35%.
  3. This tax rate under President Clinton was 39.6%.
  4. By raising this tax rate, as the President has lobbied for, the federal government would receive an estimated $82 billion in 2013.

Now let me point out for a moment that I could not find any information on the President’s website about the specifics of his proposal, only campaign slogans and speeches. So I am going to take him at his word and only look at the increase of taxes on the top tax rate as he has asked for repeatedly.

Our federal government spent an estimated budget deficit of $1.1 trillion, or $1,100 billion (keep in  mind that the Senate has not passed a budget in over 3 years). Raising the top tax rate would only bring the deficit down to $1,018 billion, if nothing changes next year. Does this sound like a solution to our budget issues? Keep in mind that raising the tax rate would be removing $82 billion from the economy, which results in less sales taxes to states and less employment for the working class.

If you where spending 133% of your income each year, putting 33% on a credit card, how long would you be able to do this before you where bankrupt? Wouldn’t you think it smart to cut some spending and fund just the essentially? Why can’t the President understand this simple concept?

I understand the President wants to “stick it to the rich” to continue his class warfare game, but it makes no sense. If the President was at all serious about fixing the problem he would stop being so inflexible and he would offer up $1.2 trillion in budget cuts for 2013 (not ten years… one year). Once we get spending under control we can look at where we can increase our income if it is still needed.

I would also say, let negotiate. Offer up $900 billion in spending cuts for 2013 and we can close loop holes in the tax system to raise the other $300 billion (over 3 times the amount of revenue he is asking for). That is how real adults negotiate, I’ll give a little if you give a little, then we both win.

2013 Crystal Ball

As we get ready to face a new year with politics as usual in Washington I want to strap on my best schwammy outfit and dust off my crystal ball. Here are my predicts for 2013.

1. Benghazi: The American people will not learn what really happened, nor will they care. The media will move on to another story and there will be no one held liable for what happened in Benghazi on 9/11/12.

2. Fast & Furious: This prediction is tied to the first one. Because of Benghazi almost no one is talking about Fast & Furious. My prediction is that Brian Terry will be forgotten by most Americans, if not already. Again no one will be held liable for what happened and everyone will keep their jobs as long as they want to.

3. Debt Limit: In a recent interview Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner suggested getting rid of the debt ceiling that congress uses to restrict the power of the Federal Reserve to barrow, and I predict the Obama administration will continue to push this idea through 2013. If the GOP looses the house in 2014 I predict the debt ceiling will be removed in 2015, but the argument will be furtherd in 2013 as we continue to hit our heads against that ceiling several times over the next year.

4. Econ Bubbles: I predict that we will see an economic boom during the summer of 2013. Of course this will be a bubble and it will be short lived. I predict the bubble will either pop during the winter of 2013 or the spring of 2014. As part of the prediction I will say that I predict the Fed will increase the money supply to inflate the bubble. The DNC will hope to use that bubble to take back the house in 2013.

5. Gold: This one is easy so I will push it further. Gold will be over $1,800 before 2013 starts, I predict we will see $2,000+ gold early in 2013 and I will push the prediction further and say we will see $2,300/once gold prices.

 

Sadly none of the predictions I have made will result in a better America. Because of that I hope that I am wrong.

The saddest news from the 2012 election.

It is my opinion that every American of the age of 18 or older has a duty to vote in any election, local or national. One of the main reasons the colonies declared independence from England is because of “taxation without representation”. Thanks to the actions of those “founding fathers” we have the right to vote so that our voice can be heard.

So why did 42.5% of voting eligible Americans neglect from that duty?

A report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, put 2012 voter turnout at 57.5% of all eligible voters. They estimated 126 million people voted in the election this year. That means 93 million eligible citizens refused to perform the one power that Americans hold over the government.

When I turned 18, even though I lived in a home where politics where never discussed, I couldn’t wait to cast my vote. I have now voted in every possible election and could not image not casting a vote when asked to do so. What would cause 93 million Americans to be so lazy?

I understand and would forgive those that are physically unable to vote for some health reason, that would have to be extreme because of the availability of absentee voting, but I recognize that it may occur. I would also wager that a considerable percentage of votes cast where illegal, as voter fraud is common across much of the country, so that number of actual living Americans that did not vote would probably be higher than the estimated 93 million.

Has America slipped this far into apathy? or is it another symptom of the laziness being cultivated in out population?

The day after…

Sadness, that’s the only way I can describe my response to the election results. Sadness that the American spirit I love, that I served for and that I grew up knowing… is no longer in the majority. There are numerous things that make America special and those things are the things that I see fading away.

Hopeful, that is the way I feel this morning. I have hope in things to come because they have been promised by a sovereign God. I know that Jesus reigns in heaven and that everything works for His glory. I am also hopeful because my name is written in His book of life and nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can take me from His hand.

Determined, that is my new mindset. I am determined to make changes so that my family will be taken care of. No matter the mindset of the culture around me, around my family and around my friends, I am determined to make a path of righteousness that they can follow. I am determined that I will not be the cause of the fall of my country, even if it falls, it will not be because of me or my posterity. I am determined to be the man God calls me to be for His glory.

November 7, 2012 is a new day, and I thank God he has given me this day to make a difference for Him, I will not waste it.

Best part of the 2012 election cycle…

Today I woke up and had a thought that brought a smile to my face. I will count this thought as the happiest part of the 2012 election cycle. So the thought that I had was that no matter what happens tomorrow, no matter who wins and will be in the President on January 20th is that in 4 years Barack Obama will not be our President.

I know, if Mitt Romney wins then Barry could run again, but I don’t think the Democrats would risk running a looser against the person who bear him. So in 4 years the Democrats would have to run a new candidate and that will show the direction that party plans to go.

If Barack Obama wins, Americans will wait out another 4 years of a bad economy knowing that a new President will take over when he is done. Americans will do all they can to succeed DESPITE the actions of Barack Obama, just like we have tried to do the last 4 years. We did all we could to better our lives, even though we knew he would take credit for any thing positive and push blame to someone else for anything negative, because Americans want to succeed.

God bless America.

Got an email from the President today.

Opened my email this morning and saw an email from our President. I will let you in on my thoughts by commenting inline.

Mike —

Real quick — tonight is the final FEC fundraising deadline of this campaign.

For me as a candidate, it’s my last FEC deadline ever. {Awesome, this brought a smile to my face. I hope we can take this as a pledge he won’t run again after loosing this year.}

I know we’ve asked a lot of you these last 18 months. {You can say that again. I don’t think a day went by with a DNC email begging for money.} But it would mean a lot to me if you could join the more than 4 million Americans who’ve already stepped up to build this campaign, and chip in today. {and yet he does it again}

Any donation, no matter how large or small, {blah, blah, blah.. edited for reality}

If you can, please make a donation of $5 or more before midnight:

{edited out url, no need to use my site a portal to spam}

Thank you — for everything. {because that is what he wants to take from us… everything}

Barack

Who wants to bet this is not the last DNC panhandling email we get?

For the record, I get nearly 1/10th the number of emails from Republicans asking for donations. The DNC is pathetic.