The cycles of politics are moving much quicker these days and the Democrats seem to be interested in pushing them faster. The majority of Americans want a responsive government, yet the Democrats are trying to force a badly designed medical plan against the wishes of the voters. Voters are not stupid, they know the present system has problems, but the Democrats answers make things worse.
Political over-reaching results in voter retribution. So far such blue state Texas Democrats or so called Democratic moderates as Congressmen Gene Green, Chet Edwards, and Henry Cuellar are asking to be ejected by the voters in November if they support this misguided bill.
And by the way, no attempts to obscure what is really going on with parliamentary tricks or sleight-of-hand will work. The American people are not stupid.
TCR Notes: Well, by hook and mostly crook, the House barely passed the Senate Health Care "destruction" act, but we have a lot more to come and can hopefully dump this turkey and pass real common sense reform. Just remember the numbers that Democrats used to pass it are fiction. The fact is the bill increases, not decreases, the federal debt by $562 billion over 10 years due to backloaded spending, ignored costs, estimated tax payment shifts, anticipated higher Social Security taxes, credit debt reduction expected by the federal takeover of student loans (note: no relation to the health care bill), and the most absurd, the credit for the alleged cut in Medicare, which we know will never appear. Don't be fooled, the debt explodes under this bad bill.
Obama's Middle East Policy:
Now Worried About New Apartment Project In Israel, End The Micro Management!
Why does it seem our foreign policy is set up to pressure our friends and appease our enemies? The latest, the U.S. is in an uproar about a new apartment building in a Jewish portion of Jerusalem!
The administration is highly incensed and upset. Why? The people of Israel should be able to live anywhere they want without being questioned by their "so-called" best friends. To make this a major deal only emboldens the naysayers on the Palestinian side who want someone else to "deliver" Israeli concessions.
The latest revelation, President Obama wants the permits cancelled, wants a "substantial gesture" to the Palestinians like releasing terrorist prisoners. As Gary Bauer opines, "... why would Israel have to make a gesture for peace? Did I miss the Palestinians' gesture?"
Congress, from both sides of the aisle, is up in arms; Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and other friends are getting slapped around while the Democratic administration coddles terror states like Syria, Iran and others. What is wrong with this picture?
GOP Faces Challenges In November
With the primary runoffs set for April 13, it's time to look toward November. As things stand now the parties are closer than ever in Texas and it's major counties. Non-successful primary candidates need to be embraced and brought into the campaigns of the fall candidates. We need to unify our 7.5% of the registered voters and seek out swing voters who will be important in November. Our campaign needs to be one of vision and ideas for dealing with challenges and of compare and contrast with the other side. Please be clear, they will be prepared, tough and well funded.
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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.