Let’s avoid the circular firing squad.

The conservative community doesn’t like Mike Rounds as the Republican candidate for Senate.  They say Rounds is too liberal, that he favors big government.  I certainly can agree that Mike Rounds is not a true conservative. However, neither is John Thune or Kristi Noem. They have all done things that have set me walking in circles talking to myself.
Having said that, John, Kristi and Mike will vote 80% of the time to the right of the chart. A democrat (regardless of the place holder) will vote to the left of center nearly 100% of the time.
I surely wish we conservatives had someone on deck that could run a viable campaign against Mike Rounds but that isn’t the case. So… what to do? I’m stuck, again, supporting the liberal lite over the progressive left candidate. Voting third party or simply staying home is not an option. That just gives my vote to the left.
I  would like to stress one thing that I think is important. The one thing I will not do is join into this circular firing squad that is forming inside the Republican party. That simply gives more ammunition to the Progressive left. We need a deeper conservative bench. This is imperative. Today, we don’t have one. I have little to no enthusiasm with our current federal representatives or candidates. Our true conservatives (Stace Nelson, Betty Olsen, Brock Greenfield, Dan Kaiser et al.) are all good people, but they aren’t yet ready for prime time. That day will come and on that day I will blister my hands pounding in highway signs for them. BUT today….. I’m left with a bucket that has a hole in it.  Instead of this being a ringing endorsement for Mike Rounds, I’m giving an affirmative shrug.

South Dakota Gets A Bite at the Presidential Apple.

Without a definitive leader in the Republican Presidential race this year, the South Dakota Republican Caucus will actually have an influence on the choice of nominee for President.  In years past by the time the South Dakota caucuses met, the nominee had already been established.

Not this year.  The South Dakota Republican Party actually has an opportunity to help choose their Republican Presidential candidate.

On March 1st at 8 PM we South Dakota Republicans will caucus in support of our individual choices.  We will be able to stand up and be counted in favor of the person we want as President of our United States.

Those chosen by vote will be eligible to vie for a seat on the floor of the National Convention in Tampa, Florida next August.

What’s so exciting about that?  There is a growing chance that this will be a brokered convention.

A Brokered Convention?

There is a real possibility this year that there will be no candidate with the required 1144 votes to capture the nomination in the first vote.  If there is no front runner with a the required (50% +1) votes on the first vote, the choice is put in the hands of the delegates on the floor.  This could very well be one of those special events in your life you replay for your grandchildren.

South Dakota Republicans, the trail to Tampa starts in your County Seat March 1st.  To be nominated as a delegate to the Republican National Convention plan to be at your county caucus.  With very few exceptions, this is where the journey starts.

This is an exciting time for South Dakota. We finally get a turn at bat. We get a choice, rather than having our choice made for us. If you want to be at what could be a history making Republican National Convention and if you want a voice as to who should be your next President, see you at the caucus.

South Dakota Legislative Leaders Try To Sneak Around The State’s Constitution

I saw a story on KELO last night that truly concerns me.  Before I talk about it, I want to remind my friends (and less than friends) that we live in the lowest tax and one of the freest states in the Union.  There is a reason for that.  It is called limited government.

Now, there are some in Pierre who think limited government is just too, well… limiting.  They want a year round legislature.  You know, like California, New York and New Jersey (we can all see how good they’re doing).

Certain legislators are trying to circumvent the South Dakota Constitution and establish a year round legislative body.  It can’t be called a legislature, of course, so they want to call it a “Committee”.  Lets have no doubt here, this “Committee” would become a fulltime legislative body with all the fraud, corruption and perks that go with it.

What we have in this state and what has worked very well for over one hundred years is a part time legislature with citizen representatives who sit in Pierre for 35 or 40 days making decisions then going home and having to justify those decisions for the other 340 or 335.  This is good.  They watch what they do because, in the back of their minds they know they might get stopped in the grocery store by a concerned citizen asking, “What the hell were you thinking?”  It keeps our representatives (spelled representatives) honest for the most part.

I see nothing but danger here with this “committee’ concept.  This is nothing more than a power grab.  It establishes an “ad hoc” legislature to rule for 340 days.  It will write the bills, it will tell the real legislature how to vote when the real session commences.  It also lets out legislators off the hook. “Look, that’s what the Committee said to do… I had no choice.”

Here’s another question:    Just who is this “Committee” accountable to?  Are they appointed?  By whom?  Can they be fired or recalled?  By whom?  Since they are not elected, the people will have no standing with them. The people will have no say in what this “Committee” does.

To see that the Democrats like this does not surprise me but to see that our Republican leadership is behind it is greatly alarming and appalling to me.

The scary part?  There is bipartisan support for this usurpation of the very Constitution these people have sworn to uphold and defend.  

I urge you to contact your representaves and tell them you will not tolerate this.  If they want a full time legislature let them put the change on the ballot and modify the Constitution. 

No sneaky end arounds here. Not while we can vote.

 

Here’s the link to the original story:

http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=126273

Out of Power they will get louder. And more obnoxious.

OK the liberals are mad and doing what they do best.  Whining, crying and out shouting everyone in the room.  They will talk over anyone trying to explain a conservative idea.  Why? They don’t want conservative ideas  explained.  When we do – they loose.

Here’s the latest rant.  The dems in control of Congress right now are going to set it up so the new congress will have to vote to raise the debt ceiling in order to keep the government from default.  When that happens they will be like a young child taunting through a fence saying things like, “SEE!!!!  I thought your were conservative!!  You are spending more money – you have added to the debt!!!”

Let’s put this in terms that even the left can understand. 

Here’s the scenario… 

You allow your son (call him Barry) to play with his friends (Harry and Nancy) in the back yard.  You see them going out the door with a ball and bat.  You tell him not to play ball in the back yard. You explain to them there is not enough room in the yard for that.  They ignore you.  As you expect, Barry hits the ball over the fence and breaks the neighbor’s window.  You punish Barry by taking away his ball and bat.  You tell his friends Harry and Nancy they can no longer play ball where they can cause damage.  You gain control of the back yard and stop further destruction.  

But the neighbor still has to be paid for the broken window.

Delaware republican leaders bent on failure?

What is happening in Delaware is is one major factor in my decision to leave New Jersey and move out here to God’s country.  Here is a part of the blog I wrote on why I left New Jersey.

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 Many people have asked me why I moved from New Jersey to South Dakota, Two reasons – money and politics. When New Jersey had the fiasco with Brett Schundler and Jim McGreavy I knew it was time to get out.  For those who don‘t know, Brett Schundler won the primary against the Republican “machine” candidate.  Brett was an “outsider” and a conservative who believed in smaller government and fiscal responsibility.  Because of that the NJ state Republican party went limp.  They did not endorse, support or help finance Brett’s campaign.  In fact the senate majority leader (the senior man in the Republican party in NJ) would not even endorse him.  That’s when I knew I had had enough.  I tell people that is was not the Democrats that drove me from New Jersey, it was the Republicans.

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The rest is not important for this note.

The Republican party leaders in Delaware are derelict in their duty to support the candidate their Republican party has chosen.  If Christine looses this race it will not be because of a stellar campaign by the Democrat machine.  It will be the fault of the republican machine failing to support their duly elected candidate.  The Republican people of Delaware need to get together now and fire their party leadership.  If that does not happen, there’s plenty of room for good conservatives out here in South Dakota…  and it’s good livin’ too.

The Two Dollar Project

Like many of us I was disappointed and angry Sunday night when the extreme left wing of the Democrat Party got their childhood dream passed through the US House of Representatives.  I was even more disgusted the next day as the left wing (aka main stream) media had a party all over my television.

I would not allow myself to feel defeated, I would not allow myself to give up and simply roll over and play dead.  But what could I do.  I am just one person with limited assets.

Yet I have to do SOMETHING!

I thought of the internet and what some people call Web 2.0.  The liberals have understood and have been using this media for a while we conservatives scratch out heads.  This time I am going to turn it around.  I have started a group on the social network Facebook and I have pledged to send Two Dollars to every Republican Candidate who is running against a person who voted for the bill.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=102684303100744

That’s right, if a congressman/woman voted to take away my healthcare choice, I am sending $2.00 to his/her opponent.  I can’t afford to do this all at once, but I can afford to do it between now and the November election.

“What good will that do?”,  you ask.  “What’s two bucks?”  Not much…. Until the social media and Web 2.0 kicks in. Right now I have about 15 people who have joined the pledge with me.  That’s 30 bucks.  What happens if this thing goes viral?  What would it do for a campaign if 150,000 people joined in on the pledge?  That would be $300,000 into each campaign for people to replace those who took our freedom.

THAT my friends, will make a difference.  We The People will have spoken and this time they will have no choice but to listen.

 How about joining with me in The Two Dollar Project on Facebook and use our combined will to THROW THE BUMS OUT!

Have you quit beating your wife? Yes or no.

CBS did a prequel show prior to Obama’s State of the Union address.  To set this up they posted a page on the CBS news website with poll questions to consider.  Here’s the link:

 http://www.cbsnews.com/2718-504643_162-468.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

How do you answer these questions?  The list is dripping with liberal bias.  Many can not be answered at all because the correct answer is not listed.  On others, if you do try to answer, the answer you give can and will be misconstrued to be a an endorsement of Obama’s policies. 

Let me see if I can illustrate what I mean by answering these questions:

#1. What do you think is the most important message in President Obama’s State of the Union address?

  • Health care

  • Economy

  • National security

Answer: None of the above.  The primary concern in government is corruption, over reaching, back room deals and the total disregard for the will of the people and the Constitution.  Since the liberals see no problem with the corruption as long as it forwards their agenda, it would not occur to them to add corruption to their list of answers.

 

#2.  Are you satisfied with President Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan?

  • Yes, I am satisfied

  • No, I am not satisfied

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: I would answer No, I am not satisfied.  However, what does that mean?  Am I dissatisfied because he waited almost five months before making the wrong decision strategy?  Or am I a peacenik who wants all the troops out?  Obama spent two years bashing Bush on Afghanistan.  He kept asking where is Osama?  Well….. Mr. President, you have had a year….. Where is Osama?

 

#3. Are you satisfied with President Obama’s foreign policy strategy?

  • Yes, I am satisfied

  • No, I am not satisfied

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No, I am not satisfied.  BUT what does that mean? Does it mean I think he has not apologized and appeased enough?  Or, could it mean that I think he is a fool to not stand up for his own country in foreign lands?  How would the liberals interpret my answer?  Would they think I think as they do and we have not trashed America enough yet?

 

#4.  Have partisan politics increased or decreased under the Obama administration?

  • Increased

  • Decreased

  • No change

This one is the first real question.  The answer is increased.  There is no doubt and I believe no argument here.  The argument is who is doing the increasing.

 

#5.  How well has President Obama addressed the issue of climate change?

  • Well

  • Not well

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Here is one of those “beating your wife questions” the liberals are so famous for.  They, as the lawyers say, “assume facts not in evidence”.  Any answer to this question is wrong because the premise is wrong.  The entire Global Warming theory has been proven time and time again to be a fraud.  Even now there are stories about scientists skewing the numbers to get millions in grant money.

So How do I answer this?  If I answer Well I will be counted as one who believes in global warming and is behind the President.  If I answer Not well I will be counted as one who believes strongly in global warning and feels more needs to be done.

My answer is NOT WELL, because the President has NOT addressed the FRAUD of the Climate Change lobby.  He has not called his own agencies out and had them explain why they are doctoring the numbers.

 

#6.  Do you think we should have more high-speed railways in the U.S.?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Another trick question. The question should read, “Do you think the taxpayers should pay for and pay to maintain more high-speed railways in the U.S.?”.

If I answer Yes, I am endorsing another debacle like AMTRAK. If I answer No, I appear to be against progress.  I will answer this way, If a private company wants to builds a high speed rail system, more power to them.  I do not want to pay for it.

 

#7. Do you think President Obama has brought the ‘change’ that his campaign slogan promised?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Here we go again.  How do I answer this?  I would answer Yes.  But then the liberals would think I am behind the President and his policies.  If I answer No, then the liberals who made up this “poll” will think that I want more “change” and he is not moving fast enough.

Actually I think all the “change” he has brought is a detriment to liberty and freedom.  My concern is that he is not done “changing” us yet.

 

#8. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s performance during his first year in office? 

  • Approve

  • Disapprove

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Ok here is another real question.  I disapprove, not because he has not done enough, but because he has done too much.

 

#9. Will we see a double-dip recession in 2010?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Because of the fiscal policies of this AND the previous administrations, this is a real possibility.

 

#10. Do you think that dealing with the nation’s energy problem should be a top priority for the White House?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Yes, but not the way he wants to do it.  I want more US energy, not less.  Cap & Tax will kill the energy industry in the US.  If his answer is Cap & Tax, then No…. I want it to be his last priority.

 

#11. In his first year in office, has President Obama accomplished more than you expected, as much as you expected, or less than you expected?

  • More than expected

  • As much as expected

  • Less than expected

  • Don’t know/no opinion

What the hell do I do with this one?  Any answer is wrong. More than expected means I endorse his policies, Less than expected means I want more of his policies and as much as expected means I think he is on the right track!!!!  This is the quintessential “have you quit beating your wife” question.  There is NO RIGHT ANSWER.

 

#12. Has President Obama paid more attention to the problems facing the middle-class or financial institutions?

  • Middle-class

  • Financial institutions

  • Both equally

  • Don’t know/no opinion 

Answer: I believe President Obama has paid more attention to President Obama than anything else in the last year. After that he has paid attention to his own progressive agenda at the peril of both the middle class AND financial institutions. There is no right answer.

 

#13. How well is President Obama doing in reducing the threat of terrorism?

  • Very/fairly well

  • Not too/not at all well

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: Not too/not well at all.  This is a simple question.  Even the liberals can understand my answer here.  The same with this next one.

 

#14. Is the U.S safer from a terrorist attack under the Obama Administration, compared to President George W. Bush?

  • Yes, the U.S. is safer

  • No, the U.S. is not safer

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No, the U.S. is not safer.

 

#15. What is your biggest concern when it comes to comprehensive health care reform?

  • Costs

  • Government buraucracy (by the way they spelled bureaucracy wrong)

  • Quality of care

  • Effect on Medicare

How about… It’s not Constitutional?

 

#16. Would you be in favor of suspending work on comprehensive health care reform?

  • Continue work and try to pass health reform

  • Suspend work and begin looking for alternatives

  • Don’t know/no opinion

This question once again assumes I WANT the government meddling with my health choices.  The right answer is to stop working on this all together and leave it to the states where it belongs.

 

#17. Do you think the stimulus act has helped the economy?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Answer: No.

 

#18. What has been President Obama’s biggest blunder of his first year in office?

  • Handling of health care reform

  • Waiting to make surge decision in Afghanistan

  • Handling of Wall Street

  • Beer Summit

  • Not focusing enough on jobs and unemployment

  • Other

Answer: From Mr. Obama’s point of view his biggest blunder is loosing the faith of the sheeple.  As to my opinion…. Well, you know my opinion.

 

#19. Should Ben Bernanke keep his post as Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Don’t know/no opinion

Again, this assumes facts not in evidence.  It assumes that I favor the concept of a private company running our nation’s monetary system.  How about “The Federal Reserve System is unconstitutional and should be dissolved. Yes or No.”

 

Questions written by liberals can not, for the most part, be properly answered by those who are conservative.  As long as we allow them to set the question, we will never get a strait answer.

She just couldn’t wait…..

I think it is important to hold our elected officials accountable.  I do this not only with blogging and talking to neighbors and friends, I do it with letters to the editor like the one here.

This letter is specific not only to South Dakota but to Brown and Spink counties.  It is a comment on a recently elected state Congresswoman in my district.

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She just couldn’t wait…..

Showing her true colors State Congresswoman Elaine Elliott-D (district 2) jumped right into this year’s legislative session by co-sponsoring a bill to raise our taxes and fees.  She is listed as a House Co-Sponsor of Senate bill NUMBER ONE! 

A bill that will do the following:

1. Raise the License fee (registration) for all non-commercial vehicles.

2. Raise the License fee (registration) for all commercial vehicles.

3. Raise the License fee (registration) for all recreational vehicles.

4. Raise the License fee (registration) for all motorcycles – large and small.

5. Raise the tax on GASOLINE and DIESEL

6. Raise the tax on ETHANOL and ETHANOL blends

7. Raise the tax on BIO DIESEL

8. Raise the tax on “Special fuels” (I guess in case they missed something.)

9. Raise the Use Tax (Sales tax) on all vehicle purchases, NEW and USED.

10. Raise the fine for operating a vehicle that is over weight.

Anybody see a pattern here?

Mrs Elliott couldn’t wait to get to Pierre in order to stick it to the citizens of Spink and Brown counties.  Let’s remember this in November and “send her back to her day job”.

Just this one thing….

Last year during the South Dakota Legislative session I talked, emailed and otherwise communicated with several of our Legislators concerning a number of different topics.  Mostly to get them to vote against more nanny state legislation or to vote for reductions in the size and scope of government.  Here is what I kept hearing, “Rick, you know I am a conservative and work hard to keep the government in check, BUT on this one thing,  I think it is important that I support (insert pet issue here).

What’s wrong with this picture?  Let me put it in a way that simplifies the process.

Lets make up three fictitious State Congressmen, Call them Tom, Dick and Harry.  All are good men with a good understanding of what runaway government can do to a state.  All ran on a platform of fiscal and social conservatism and all of them truly believe they are.

Tom is a good guy with a big heart and loves children.  He thinks that children should be protected so he brings a bill to the Statehouse that mandates a child must wear a helmet while running.

Dick on the other hand has had it with his local tavern.  They have been caught and cited several times for selling alcohol to minors.  He has a bill that would ban all establishments within 1 mile of a school from serving alcoholic beverages.

Harry’s has a constituent with an ailment that is very painful but not life threatening.  She will recover in time but to ease her pain there is a treatment.  The treatment is very expensive and not covered by her insurance.  So Harry has a bill to force every insurance carrier in the state to pay for this kind of treatment. 

As is my habit, I go reading the bill list on the SD Legislature web site and I find these three bills.  I e-mail or call Tom, Dick and Harry in turn and ask them why they are supporting this kind of nanny state legislation.  You know what I get?  “Well Rick, you know I always vote the conservative line but, you see, on this one thing…….

Now, to add to the trouble, Tom, Dick and Harry are friends so they support each other on their pet issues.  What happens?  We have a legislature full of “conservatives” who have just passed three obtrusive and intrusive laws.

That’s what happened in South Dakota last year.

Now, we are only at Day 2 of the 2010 session and here come the special issues and bills “for our own good”.   All put forward by good people who are conservative ….except for this one thing.

PLEASE FOLKS, don’t let this happen again.

Right from the starting gate.

I was reading Bob Ellis’s blog (Dakota Voice) last night and he tells us that South Dakota Representative Don Kopp of District 35 has pre-filed legislation for the upcoming legislative session which would require both sides of the Global Warming debate to be presented in the classroom.

Here’s the link:

http://http://www.dakotavoice.com/2010/01/bill-would-require-flaws-in-global-warming-theory-be-taught/

This is going to separate out the RINO’s right away.  We will know at the beginning of our Legislative session who stands for common sense and who has a hidden agenda.  

In my opinion this bill is a no brainier.  Something as controversial as man made Global Warming should be discussed not force fed.  Only someone with a liberal bias (and not wanting to bring this FRAUD to light) or someone beholden to special interests will oppose this bill.

Here is our first litmus test for the 2010 South Dakota Legislative session.  There is no doubt on this one.  Those who are true Conservatives will stand up in favor of this bill.  Those who ran as conservatives and lied, will start shucking and jiving almost immediately.  This year we will KNOW just who in our Legislature is looking out for us and who should be looking for another job.

Thanks Bob, for bringing this to light.  It will make this legislative session much more interesting since we will know the players right out of the gate.