GOP Presidential Nominee for 2016

Who would you choose for the Republican Presidential nominee for 2016? If you choose “other”, please explain who and why in a comment.

*Note: The date is 2016, not 2012 (the next election year), due to the fact I believe the GOP will have a better chance of winning in 2016.

Definition of Political Systems

Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk.
Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows and sells you the milk.
Nazism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows, then shoots you.
Bureaucracy: You have two cows. The government takes both of them, shoots one, milks the other, then pours the milk down the drain.
Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one of them and buy a bull.

Another One Bites The Dust—Bill O’Reilly

This news is just breaking about FOXNews host and beloved commentator Bill O’Reilly:

Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” told CNSNews.com that President-elect Barack Obama has a “pretty good vision” on the economy and that he is not going to “second guess” Obama’s stimulus plan.

“I think Obama has got a pretty good vision of what has to happen in the economic range. But I’m not going to second guess the guy,” O’Reilly said when asked about Obama’s plan for a stimulus package that could cost up to $1 trillion.

“Let’s just see what they come up with. See what they do. We need to get this economy rolling. A lot of people are suffering. So, I’m fine with what he’s put out there so far. We just have to see. Second guessing the guy is-that’s just cheap-shotting him, and I’m not going to do that,” O’Reilly added.

According the Associated Press, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that the stimulus package being discussed with Congress would cost more than $750 billion and that other members of Congress have indicated it could run to nearly $1 trillion.

When asked whether more spending would create jobs and stimulate the economy, O’Reilly said, “If you put money into the economy wisely and with discipline, it has to help.”

I’m not anti-Pres Elect Obama or anti-helping the economy. I think it is a major issue that needs to be addressed very soon, but I am anti-bailout or stimulus of any kind. One of the core beliefs of the GOP is that government should not grow large and interfere with personal affairs. Also, we as Republicans believe in fewer taxes (something that would be raised as a result of any stimulus package).

Note: Mr. O’Reilly has never claimed to be a Republican but has been a strong advocate for Republican ideals.

While a stimulus package is not a bailout, it is another way to raise taxes. We’ve already seen what the result of a stimulus package is. President Bush tried it last spring. Yet now Pres Elect Obama desires to invest more tax dollars in something that has been proven to not work. Any way he restructures the plan or seeks to invest differently will still require either a growth of the Gross National Debt or an increase in taxes (something Obama promised would not happen).

We need another solution to stimulating the economy.

New Prize Post!

Okay the category for this one is History. The prize is a $15 iTunes giftcard. Here’s the question:

After his presidency, this West Point graduate was imprisoned for 2 years.

Remember, keep it honest. No googling, looking up in an encyclopedia, or asking anyone.

Good luck to you all!

Jeopardy Final Question—Historical Structures

If you already saw Jeopardy please don’t spoil it. If not, see if you can answer this question:

Pope Sixtus’ death in 1590 ended his plan to convert this, still in Rome today, to a wool factory to emplot city prostitutes.

First one to get it right gets a free history book from me. History book as in not a textbook history book. [Either that or you can opt for a $15 Starbucks giftcard. Your choice]

And no Googling or looking it up……that would be cheating.

More Proof that Many Voters are Dumb

Clarification to begin with: Dumb=ignorant, not mute. Carry on.

In 1883 in Allentown, New Jersey, a wooden Indian — the kind that was seen in front of cigar stores — was placed on the ballot for Justice of the Peace. The candidate was registered under the fictitious name of Abner Robbins. When the ballots were counted, Abner won over incumbent Sam Davis by 7 votes. A similar thing happened in 1938. The name Boston Curtis appeared on the ballot for Republican Committeeman from Wilton, Washington. Actually, Boston Curtis was a mule. The town’s mayor sponsored the animal to demonstrate that people know very little about the candidates. He proved his point. The mule won!

I would bring up the idea of a special test in order to vote [test over basic historical/law/political science questions] but I’ve already been yelled at about the whole “freedom of vote for everyone” issue.

President of Knox Machinery Criticizes GM President for Bailout

If you haven’t heard about this exchange, you’re in for a treat.

The president of General Motors, Troy Clarke, sent thie following letter to employees of the Detroit-based company:

Dear Employee,

Next week, Congress and the current Administration will determine whether to provide immediate support to the domestic auto industry to help it through one of the most difficult economic times in our nation’s history. Your elected officials must hear from all of us now on why this support is critical to our continuing the progress we began prior to the global financial crisis. As an employee, you have a lot at stake and continue to be one of our most effective and passionate voices. I know GM can count on you to have your voice heard.

Thank you for your urgent action and ongoing support.

Troy Clarke
General Motors North America

And then came the reply from Gregory Knox: Continue reading