Archive for November, 2008

Tired of the daily press conferences

I have not been getting much posting done since I have been out doing my part to stimulate the economy and get almost all of my holiday shopping done, but today I am irritated and am back.

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I am growing tired of the daily press conferences from “The Office of the President Elect” – which on a side note really bugs me, check this out:

Only one problem – there is no such thing as the governmental “Office of the President Elect” and constitutionally, Obama only becomes the President elect once the electoral college has voted.

As it turns out, the “Office of the President Elect” is the invention of the Obama-Biden Transition Project, a 501c(4) organization. This private organization is overseen by three co-chairs selected by Obama, and is staffed by non-government employees. So, if this is a private organization, how did it get the .gov domain name? That’s a great question.

It goes on with more information about the whole things here.

I do think it is a good idea for Obama to get his cabinet in order and begin to make things transition ready. What I have a problem with is these daily conferences that basically inflate him to President already. His statements that there is only one President at a time are hardly believable since he is acting like he is already. He is only giving lip service to the fact that there is a currently a President other than him.

In listening to all his “plans” I cannot help but think on the FDR Presidency and the New Deal. We are headed for another New Deal and I am not quite sure just how he is planning on paying for this. Not to mention that there is a large number of people who don’t think the New Deal worked. Remembering that the people who suffered the most during the time are quickly decreasing in numbers. The population as it is now does not remember what it was like during the Great Depression.

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Then there are the crazy people actually suggesting that Bush AND Cheney should resign to basically let Obama take the office currently through his “surrogate” Nancy Pelosi. NY Times

Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

As a bonus, the Pelosi presidency would put a woman in the White House this year after all. On the downside, a few right-wing talk-show hosts might succumb to apoplexy. That would, of course, be terrible, but I’m afraid we might have to take the risk in the name of a greater good.

Really. Come on. That is crazy. The media and Obama crowd are only serving to further the growing ego and setting obsenely high expectations. Which I guess the expectations are not such a bad thing, since he is only being set up to fail. Historically this type of government control does not work, in two years when there are Senate elections there will be a shift in the tide. And as much as you want to think that Bush is going to be regarded in history as one of the “worst”, I guarantee that you will be surprised in the long run. I believe that during the next decade we will be able to see truly that he was a great leader.

November 25, 2008 at 5:34 pm 2 comments

Vote Saxby!

There are runoffs still in three senate seats, one of the more important (and close to me since I am a Georgia girl at heart) is the runoff of Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin. This pivotal election could be key to there being the ability to keep Obama and the Democratic Party in check.
Senate Chambliss Fight

If Republicans keep Saxby in the seat there will be a greater possibility of stpping some of Obama’s legislation.

Like taxes on high wage earners, increasing capital gains, FICA, etc. Bringing back the fairness doctrine, abortion, military cuts.

But the whole Christmas list of the Democratic party may be hanging in the balance based on the Georgia runoff.

In January when the new Congress meets, Democrats will firmly control the House of Representatives with about a 75-seat majority. In the Senate, Democrats will hold 57 of the 100 seats.

Despite the strong majorities, there is a hitch — a big one for congressional Democrats.

Under Senate rules, Democrats need 60 votes to pass major legislation and cut off filibuster debate that can effectively stop a floor vote.

As of today, the Democrats don’t have the magic 60 Senate votes, but they have expressed confidence that they can persuade “two or three” liberal Republicans like Arlen Specter, Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe to cross the aisle and vote with them on key legislation.

If the Democrats succeed and take out Chambliss in the special election, replacing him with Democrat Martin, they will have 58 Senate votes, greatly increasing their chances of getting the magic 60 votes.

The bottom line: As long as Senate Republicans can muster the 41 votes required to avoid cloture (which ends a filibuster debate), they can continue to filibuster, forcing the Democrats to either amend their legislation at the bargaining table or kill their legislation altogether. – David Patten

This is proving to be an important runoff and the campaigns are going strong. Early voting may start as early as next week on November 17th with the election being December 2.

Martin is a strong supporter of Obama’s policies. Policies that as a whole are not popular with the largely conservative state of Georgia.

The fear though is that runoff elections get far few voters than a general election and that the Obama ground operation will cause a marked shift in the original vote. (Saxby won, but only had 49.2% of the vote and needs a full 50% to win)

The issue at stake here is holding onto a Republican seat to keep the Obama legistature in check.

“This isn’t a difficult race for anybody to figure out,” Martin said on Nov. 5. “I’m going to do everything I can to help Barack Obama get off to a fast start, and Saxby Chambliss has promised to do everything he can to stop Barack Obama from succeeding.”

“Keeping Saxby in the Senate would maintain a small check against a Democratic-controlled Congress that could steam roll legislation through with abandon,” says the Savannah Morning Times.

As well the Marietta Daily: “Although it does not appear that the Democrats have gained a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the gain of Chambliss’ seat would put them closer to that mark and make it even easier, with the help of just a few aisle-crossers, to attain an effectively filibuster-proof majority.”

Show your Saxby support and most importantly make sure you vote in this very important runoff!

Victory Rally featuring Special Guest Senator John McCain
Thursday, November 13, 2008
4:30PM-5:30PM
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
Kessel D. Stelling, Jr. Ballroom
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339

November 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

I Invalidate your Vote. What?

Proposition 8 passed in California.

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Proposition 8 adds a provision to the California Constitution that says: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

As my friends said regarding election night, “At least we got one thing.”

It came as no shock or surprise that immediately upon having the vote called in favor of the Amendment opposing gay marriage that there were multiple lawsuits being filed to “invalidate” the vote.

I wrote about the Prop 8, Yes on 8, measure a while back and what floors me about the issue in the first place is that this is the SECOND time that California citizens have made their decision about this. The first time it passed with a 61% majority. Well it passed again!

I have a real issue with the fact that the voice of the people is being suppressed here. How do you get to “invalidate” my vote because you don’t like it? If we are going to play that game there are some other things that have been voted on that I would like to have invalidated too. Once you start taking away the right of the citizens to have a say in how things work then we lose our rights as a democracy. That is a very bad thing.

I hear the phrase, the majority cannot decide what is right for the minority. Does anyone think there is something funny there? So the minority gets to decide what is right for the majority? I don’t know of any place where that kind of logic works. The rationale used there confuses me.

The Mormon church is also under attack for their financial support of the Proposition. Really? The money was mostly given by individual members of their churches. Which is the individual citizens business. Not a church and state issue. And even if it was from the church group as a whole the percentage of money given is a fraction of the denominational funds. This was not a church and state issue. If it was then no church would have taken a stance on the issue. Churches cannot promote specific candidates or parties but they can take a stance on issues. If that is a problem what about the churches that spoke out against Prop 8. Surely the percentage of cash given from those smaller organizations would surpass the percentage from the Mormon church. You can’t have this type of argument one way.

I heard a great guest on FOX this past weekend. (still trying to find the clip) But in it they alluded to this fact, and as much as I wish it were not true it is: If the people fighting so hard to pass same-sex marriage left it alone and fought hard for equal civil rights for the next ten years or so, by then the population of voters will be replaced by people who would support their agenda. It would pass easily.

That makes some sense. Why fight the man? Bide your time and you will ultimately get your way. If you seek to invalidate my vote now I am only going to be angered and feel that my vote has no meaning.

And why riot and picket? Is that serving your purpose? By rioting you are not coming across well and lose any credibility you might have. It comes off like sore losers.

Here are some articles that Protect Marriage sent out this evening. Some good reading.

Elton John: Heterosexual Couples Have Marriage, Same-Sex Couples Have Civil Partnerships

USA Today published an article yesterday in which Sir Elton John spoke about his position on Proposition 8. John clarified his position on Prop 8 while attending the annual benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He was accompanied by his longtime partner David Furnish, whom he joined in a civil union in 2005. John was quoted as saying, “We’re not married. Let’s get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage.”

John went on to emphasize that civil unions grant same-sex couples the same rights afforded to married heterosexual couples. He stated, “I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership…the word marriage, I think, puts a lot of people off. You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

Sacramento Bee Editorial: No on 8 Supporters Cross the Line that Separates Civil Protest from Harassment

An editorial in the Sacramento Bee today takes a close look at the outrageous actions undertaken by many No on 8 supporters following the passage of Prop 8.

The editorial summarizes the opposition’s actions, citing that, “Angry opponents of Proposition 8 are targeting businesses and individuals who contributed money to the “yes” campaign. Vandals have hit churches that supported the initiative. Sparked by the speed and reach of the Internet, supporters of gay and lesbian rights are organizing protests from California to Salt Lake City, the home of the Mormon Church.”

And while the editorial takes a sympathetic approach to the opposition’s protests, saying their “charged reaction is understandable,” it does not justify that by “venting their anger and in exercising their right to challenge Proposition 8, some opponents risk crossing the line that separates civil protest from harassment. And by crossing that line, they undermine the message that some gay and lesbian leaders are trying to impart: that everyone’s rights should be respected.”

The editorial went on to acknowledge that the No on 8 campaign has not adequately addressed the acts of violence and harassment undertaken by their supporters, saying that “a lone statement” on their Web site asking supporters to not isolate those who oppose their views is simply not enough.

Sacramento Musical Theatre Director Resigns Due to Harassment by No on 8 Supporters

Today the Sacramento Bee announced that Scott Eckern, artistic director for the California Musical Theatre, resigned under pressure Wednesday as a growing number of artists threatened to boycott the organization because of his $1,000 donation to the Yes on 8 campaign. This kind of blacklisting shows that the No on 8 campaign, which claimed to be all about tolerance, is in fact a cauldron of intolerance and bigotry.

November 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm 2 comments

Massive Pet Peeve

So this one topic REALLY bugs me. Please let me start by saying that I have no racial issues or bias. I believe all people are equal in value and importance. But this issue really bugs me.

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I heard T.D. Jakes being interviewed after the election and they were discussing the effect that Katrina had on voters. Ok. This is where I see the election as having some racial factors. The whole implication that George Bush “does not care about black people” is absurd. (thank you for giving everyone that phrase Kanye, it is a gem that we will all remember). So yes, I think that people who have that presupposition stuck in their minds think that their interests would be better served with an African-American president. I find it very offensive to think that there is actually a racial bias in the White House. Should race really have anything to do with your vote? Or should the person best qualified for the job be in office?

So how does this shape the voters choice?

Oh yeah, because of the response of government. Ok. Well that can be played a few different ways.

The State and City Governments should have MOST of the blame placed on them. They are the first line of response and they failed. They failed to enact their own evacuation plan. The Governor and Mayor are not blamed nationwide for their part in the breakdown. If you ask anyone who was responsible for the failures of Katrina the first answer will be Bush. There is no doubt that there was a breakdown in the FEMA response but it was very much hindered by poor response and preparation by the Louisiana state government.

Where I find this most interesting is Louisiana has a Democrat Mayor and Governor. They shoulder as much responsibility for the failures yet the Republican party takes the brunt of the blame for the failures. That just confuses me to no end. AND Ray Nagin stays in office? Has he been absolved of all the responsibility that he had? Blanco did not seek reelection and is out of the picture.

Blame for lack of preparedness has been leveled at all levels of government. Kathleen Blanco was also criticized for not deploying the Louisiana National Guard sooner, although she did in fact deploy them before the hurricane hit and requested reinforcements from other states. President George W. Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff were also criticized for failures on the federal level as well as with his leadership role. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been criticized for not following the city’s evacuation plan which called for the use of school buses to transport disadvantaged and elderly citizens out of the city. Louisiana Governor.

Nagin accused the governor of delaying federal rescue efforts, “I was ready to move today. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision. A FEMA official has claimed that Gov. Blanco failed to submit a request for help in a timely manner, saying that she did send President Bush a request asking for shelter and provisions, but didn’t specifically ask for help with evacuations. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has concluded, that Blanco did submit requests for shelter, counseling and provisions in a timely manner, but there is no mention that she requested assistance with evacuation. One aide to the governor said that Blanco thought city officials were taking care of the evacuation in accord with the city’s emergency plan.

There were reports that Governor Blanco was reluctant to issue a mandatory evacuation order until President Bush called to personally ask that she give the order. However, the mandatory evacuation order was issued by Mayor Nagin, and it is unlikely the Bush call was decisive in the making of the order.

The Executive Summary states (among other things) the following:

  • “The Select Committee identified failures at all levels of government that significantly undermined and detracted from the heroic efforts of first responders, private individuals and organizations, faith-based groups, and others.”
  • “The Select Committee believes Katrina was primarily a failure of initiative.”
  • “The failure of local, state, and federal governments to respond more effectively to Katrina — which had been predicted in theory for many years, and forecast with startling accuracy for five days — demonstrates that whatever improvements have been made to our capacity to respond to natural or man-made disasters, four and half years after 9/11, we are still not fully prepared. Local first responders were largely overwhelmed and unable to perform their duties, and the National Response Plan did not adequately provide a way for federal assets to quickly supplement or, if necessary, supplant first responders.”

Make sure and remember that local government is the first line of action. And they failed miserably.

“the way that emergency operations act under the law is, the responsibility and the power, the authority, to order an evacuation rests with state and local officials. The federal government comes in and supports those officials.

I do not think the actions or lack there of to this disaster had anything to do with race or anything similar. This was a disaster that tested all government – state, local, federal. It is obvious that there are some failures but the blame starts with the local officials.

Sources:

Hurricane Preparedness for New Orleans

Criticism of Government Response to Katrina

Ray Nagin

November 10, 2008 at 6:03 pm 2 comments

Hope

The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. (Pr. 21:1)

November 5, 2008 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Congratulations

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Congratulations Senator Obama on winning the 2008 Election. It is truly a historic evening. The first African American president proving that there is equality for all races. (that was never a question to me – my feelings had nothing to do with race). This will be an election to be remembered for decades to come. I am glad that it is a close popular vote and not the landslide predicted. This is a very divisive election, it was not cut and dry by any means. Thank you Senator McCain for your humble and generous concession. It shows much class and grace.

My hopes and prayers have now turned toward the future as we wait to see just what the policies will be under an Obama presidency. Putting things into action and saying you will do them are two terribly different things. I may not ever agree with your policies or decisions but I do think you have a very hard row to tow over the next four years. For your sake I hope they work, but I don’t really think that they will. History is not on your side for the long haul.

In the words of my friends, “I can only promise that I will be as respectful of President Obama as Democrats have been of President Bush.”

Here is to 2012 and a revitalized ready to go Republican party!

November 5, 2008 at 4:20 am 3 comments

Still Holding out


Still hoping for a McCain victory. Patiently waiting. And hoping that the media does the right thing and allow things to play out totally instead of calling things too early and creating an awkward situation for either candidate.

November 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

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