As TCR reviews the critical 2010 Texas Governor's race as well as other races, we will use the following important factors. After consideration, you should too.
Ideology: Whomever we nominate needs to be conservative.
Electability: whoever we nominate needs to be electable in November. In Texas and Harris County, the races and parties have gotten closer number wise. No longer is it true in the key races that it doesn't matter who we nominate, they will get elected. Who gets nominated impacts whether we win or not.
Qualification: Sometimes forgotten, we need to pick candidates who are factually well qualified to serve the position they seek.
Team Player: With the lengthening of the ballot, especially in larger counties, it is critical we nominate a ticket that can work together.
Vision: Finally, our candidates need to have a vision, what they intend to accomplish in public office. Without a conservative vision, we elect personalities and usually accomplish little or nothing, paving the way for future defeat.
TCR's Recommendations Coming
For March Primary
TCR has been asked when will the publication release its endorsements for the March Primary. The answer is, in time for early voting. We are in the process of interviewing and evaluating the choices. As usual, the recommendations will be mailed and put on the internet and we will tell you why we pick who we pick. It is possible in some races for multiple recommendations or a hold on choices until the runoff elections in April.
The Economy: We Still Got Issues
The economy now belongs to the Democrats. Unemployment is persistently above 10% officially and is actually more as it doesn't count workers who have given up looking for work. Youth and minority unemployment is over 20%. Consumer credit outstanding is declining rapidly which translates into consumers pulling in their horns.
The major question now is, can government spending replace the frugal cutback on consumer and business spending? On top of that, a major tax increase hits at the end of the year when the Bush tax cuts expire and the Democrats are eager for more.
For Obama and the Democrats, they are on the horns of a dilemma, wherever they turn it's a potential disaster. The Federal Reserve can continue to flood the country with dollars, the dollar will continue to fall, which will cause the bond market to decline, raising interest rates which will hurt the economy or they can pull back on money creation and the economy will sink into a deeper recession.
Gold's long-term increase is predicting dollars will continue to flow and the dollar will depreciate and it's your protection against a declining dollar. (If interested, call Jerry Williams at American Precious Metals (800-522-4653), a friend in the gold business for 20+ years. He has great service and fair prices.)
Finally, the staggering national debt load continues to expand, with 2009 interest on the debt estimated at $202 billion and in 2019 it is projected to be more than $700 billion, which will exceed current federal spending on the military, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which means the Democrats have to create new taxes. Speaker Pelosi is pushing for a value-added tax to help deal with the budget crisis. Note in Europe VAT, the tax rate is 15% and applies to all goods and the value added at each stage between producer and consumer. In the U.S., it would be on top of, not instead of, state sales taxes.
Politically, economic stagnation will help the GOP in the short run, but TCR wonders what are their answers? Note: we need good ones.
The Joke's On Us:
Airport "Security" Eight Years Later
Having just "experienced" the pleasure of getting on Southwest Airlines at Los Angeles International, truly the joke is on us law abiding Americans. Try this on for size, at least 40 minutes in line to check luggage and then 45 minutes in a security line that extended outside the terminal and a block and a half down the street! If the goal of Homeland Security is to kill off domestic air travel, they are on their way.
And for what? Other nations efficiently and effectively handle airline security. The bottom line is, until we start smart profiling, travel is going to get more and more inconvenient. The joke is on us, we pay for security, we pay for it in lost time and we will pay for it in more costs.
With the recent failure of Homeland Security at Christmas time with the terrorist without baggage, with a one-way ticket paid for in cash and on the watch list, who was allowed on a plane to America, we know the system isn't working. TCR has little confidence in the Democrats getting it right.
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About Your Editor
Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his thirteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eight years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.