36 days is all the time left until the November election. This cycle, you, your friends, your colleagues and your like-minded neighbors, need to turn out and vote this year for the principled conservative candidates, which in Texas this year are Republican, top to bottom.
Especially important this year is to make sure you vote the entire ballot top to bottom. Typically, there is an erosion as one goes down the ballot. The way to avoid that problem is to vote straight Republican. By doing so, you help ensure a large GOP victory that will send a message to both the out-of-touch President Obama and his allies Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
Bill White - More Warts?
2012 Preview - GOP Possibilities:
Democratic candidate for Governor and former Houston Mayor Bill White continues to get bad news, most recently: Houston will have to return tens of millions in HUD funds spent improperly by the White Administration (Houston Chronicle 9/24/10). The latest wart demonstrates that White was not the cracker-jack manager he was supposed to be. When matters got messed up in New Jersey in its Race to the Top federal education grant application, their Governor Chris Christie took responsibility for the errors. It's your turn, Bill.
A TCR Continuing Series
As part of our continuing series at Texas Conservative Review, we are discussing potential GOP 2012 candidates for President. We previously covered Governor Mitch Daniels, and Governor Haley Barbour. This week Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts.
Romney, a 2008 candidate for President is clearly running again in 2012, with an active speaking schedule and a busy PAC supporting key GOP candidates.
As Governor, he helped reverse his state's fortunes and ushered in a period of sustained economic expansion. He balanced every budget and closed the $3 billion budget gap he inherited in 2002. As a champion of education reform, he also was a pioneer in proposing and passing a private, market-based medical insurance program without a government takeover. Proving again that the laboratory of democracy is the states, not the federal government.
Governor Romney recently spoke at the "Values Voters Summit" in Washington where he finished second in the straw poll and the highlights are as follows:
"Welcome to the Nancy Pelosi-Harry Reid-President Obama farewell party. This has been a pretty tough year for those three -- their numbers have gone down the chute faster than a Jet Blue flight attendant. ... This President and his fellow-travelers in Congress implemented the most anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs measures we've seen in our lifetimes. He called it ambitious. It was reckless. He scared employers, so jobs are scarce. The uncertainty and lack of predictability he created has caused businesses to shrink from spending and from hiring. He hasn't helped end the crisis, he made it deeper, longer and more painful. We have had government declare war on poverty and a war on drugs, but this is the first time our government has declared war on free enterprise. ...
"The White House tries to argue that their stimulus has helped. That's a bit like saying that squirting water from a garden hose helps put out a forest fire. The question is not whether it helped a little, but rather, did it do the job, or do as well as it could have. And the answer is a resounding "no." 8% predicted unemployment became 10%. Since the Obama stimulus was passed, 127,000 government jobs have been created, but more than 2.4 million private sector jobs have been lost. In Ohio, more than one in ten people are out of work. In California, the unemployment rate has hovered around 12% for more than a year. There are now nearly 15 million Americans that are out of work: if they stood in a single unemployment line, it would stretch from the coast of California to Washington D.C. and then back again! If that's their vaunted "recovery summer," heaven help us from their recovery winter! ...
"The President's foreign policy has not compensated for his failure at home. Under his engagement policy, North Korea has tested nuclear weapons, launched long-range missiles, and sunk a South Korean ship. And Iran has funded Yemeni insurgents, armed terrorists, and accelerated its nuclear program. He gave Russians their number one foreign policy objective -- abandonment of our Eastern Europe missile defense -- and got nothing in return. He insulted Israel at the Unite Nations and forgot to mention that Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into that country. Our success in Iraq is in spite of his policy preferences and thanks to those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. And his strategy in Afghanistan has been needlessly muddled by announcing a withdrawal date, unfortunately putting domestic politics ahead of national purpose. Yes, we have serious enemies and growing threats around the world. Unfortunately, we have an Administration whose idea of a rogue state is Arizona."
Romney's private sector experiences are extensive. He turned around the 2002 Winter Olympics, erasing a $379 million deficit. He founded Bain Capital and helped launch such successful companies as Staples, Sealy, Brookstone and the Sports Authority.
Romney will be a well-funded candidate who has paid his dues and certainly has what it takes to lead the nation. He also talks the game we need in Washington.
From Summer Of Relapse To Autumn Of Angst
By Denise McNamara
When President Obama and Vice President Biden announced their "Summer of Recovery" tour last June, it was met with some skepticism. Three months later, with no new jobs in sight, no economic growth in evidence, and Americans becoming increasingly alarmed, it seems that the Summer of Recovery was actually a Summer of Relapse.
The trillion dollar stimulus plan that the Democrats passed has not worked. The jobs that this Administration promised have not materialized. Instead, three million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was enacted. The big question on everyone's mind is: What now?
This week marks the beginning of autumn, and the best word to describe the mood of Americans is one of angst. Will the stock market crash? Will the bond bubble burst? Is the dollar still viable? Should we buy gold? Is this just the beginning of the economic tsunami? Theories abound, but one fact is clear: Experts and laymen alike are apprehensive. Never in American history have Americans been in debt to this extent, both personally and in our government. China continues to manipulate their currency to an artificially low level, giving them an unfair trading advantage. Europe seems to be worse off economically than the U.S., having followed a socialist path to entitlement and excessive taxation.
American voters, whether Republican, Independent, or Democrat, realize that Obama's agenda of change has led us down a path of uncertainty which only fuels the economic instability.
The good news is that the November election promises to bring new faces and new leadership. Contrary to liberal propaganda, the new crop of GOP candidates exude common sense and fiscal restraint, not radical ideology. What's radical about spending only what you have? What's radical about following the Constitution? The media is doing its best to paint GOP candidates as Crazies. Americans aren't buying it. And November can't get here fast enough.
Denise McNamara is the new Contributing Editor of Texas Conservative Review. She is a long-term conservative activist, Republican leader and former National Committeewoman from Texas on the Republican National Committee.
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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.