Archive for February, 2008

Ron Paul Way Ahead In Primary Poll

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Hawkish Republican blogs like Instapundit have repeatedly claimed that Ron Paul is facing a tough time in his primary challenge from Friendswood City Councilman Chris Peden.

It appears Ron Paul looks likely to receive an electoral victory, if the latest poll from Public Policy Polling is to believed. According to Public Policy Polling’s latest poll Ron Paul has 69% of the support with Chris Peden only receiving 30%.

Chris Peden has been hoping that his campaign would be successful by focusing on the Iraq war where Ron Paul has been a staunch opponent but it seems this tactic has not been successful as Paul leads 64-27 among voters who said Iraq was their biggest concern.

Here’s the details for all you policy wonks:
PPP surveyed 468 likely Republican primary voters on February 27th. The survey’s
margin of errors is +/-4.7%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and
weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.

Source: Ballot Access News

Ron Paul Engages In Race Baiting

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Ron Paul has recently engaged in race-baiting by sending out a mailer in Texas featuring a tattooed shirtless Hispanic with the line that we need to stop sending Social Security to illegal aliens.

Social Security payments to illegal aliens is not even a real issue. If illegal aliens have worked to pay Social Security taxes, they deserve the benefits. In most cases illegal immigrants use fake identification, which leads to the federal government collecting surplus Social Security benefits.

The mailer Ron Paul sent is located below:

One of the most despicable things the Republican party has done on the immigration issue is to try and succeed politically by relying on fear of Hispanics and it is a shame to see Ron Paul take this path.

Update February 27, 2008: Here is a video of former Republican Texas Congressman Dick Armey speaking on the overinflated fear of illegal immigration.

Smoking Ban Leads To Extra Drunk Driving

Monday, February 25th, 2008

One more reason to oppose bans on cigarette smoking in bars, is because the bans lead to increased rates of drunk driving.

An article soon to be in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that bans on cigarette smoking lead smokers to drive extra distances to jurisdictions where they can drink and smoke leading to increased drunk driving deaths.

Denying Legal Workers

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Ron Paul is worried about the problem of illegal immigration almost to a fault. Ron Paul says that

“One thing is certain: If we subsidize them, they will come. We have rolled out the social services red carpet, so it is no surprise that many from other countries are eager to come take advantage of our very generous system.

We must return to the American principle of personal responsibility. We must expect those who come here to take care of themselves and respect our laws. Not only is this the right thing to do for our overtaxed citizens, but we simply have no choice. We can’t afford these policies anymore. Since we are $60 trillion in debt, there should be no taxpayer-paid benefits for non-citizens.”

So what can be done about it?
Ron Paul continues to propose the Social Security for American Citizens Only Act. The Social Security for American Citizens Act would deny Social Security benefits to non-American citizens or nationals. This law seems like a good idea on the face of it but there is no reason to deny Social Security benefits those who have paid Social Security taxes regardless of their citizenship. We are not subsidizing workers if we pay them Social Security benefits for which they have paid taxes.

Prodigy on Ron Paul

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Prodigy of Mobb Deep is a supporter of Ron Paul as can be seen in this video as seen below.

HIllary’s No Free-Trader

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Many people who support Hillary Clinton do so because they believe that Hillary Clinton would continue many of the policies that Bill Clinton enacted as President. Hillary Clinton is likely to push more of a progressive and less-libertarian set of policies than those of her husband. Hillary Clinton was one of the leading proponents of universal health care in the Clinton Administration. Now it appears that Hillary Clinton tried to push the Clinton administration in a protectionist direction by opposing NAFTA.

“In August in 92, we had to make a decision,” Mickey Kantor the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Clinton adviser, and free trade advocate recalled for the Huffington Post. “President Clinton had to make a decision as governor, whether or not he would support [George H.W. Bush's] NAFTA, and of course he did… Hillary Clinton was one of the great skeptics in the discussion as to whether he should do. So she was always skeptical beginning in 1992 and onward.”

Indeed, as Kantor went on to note, Hillary Clinton long held reservations over the labor and environmental fallouts of the free trade agreement. In addition, she was, at the time, eager to see her health care reform (not NAFTA) pushed through Congress. As such, Clinton biographer Sally Bedell Smith writes in her book “For Love of Politics,” her disapproval of the trade agreement was both political and philosophical.

The economic team and other key advisors, including Mack McLarty, Mickey Kantor, and David Gergen, were likewise urging Bill to use his momentum to push or congressional ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)…Liberal Democrats, including Hillary, opposed it primarily because it could take jobs away from American workers. But as an advocate of global economic cooperation, Bill was drawn to its free-trade philosophy.

It fell to Mickey Kantor, the U.S. Trade Representative responsible for implementing NAFTA, to reason with Hillary. One day in August, he sat her down on a bench behind the White House and tried to strike a compromise. “I said, ‘If you want to drop NAFTA, we can kill it, but we shouldn’t,’” Kantor recalled. “I said, ‘The way to do it is to introduce health care, spend a month on it, and then do NAFTA, then go back to health care.’” With misgivings, Hillary acquiesced to the proposed sequence.

Carl Bernstein, another Clinton biographer, echoed much the same tale during a recent appearance on CNN.

“‘Bill,’” he recalled Hillary Clinton as saying, “‘you are doing Republican economics when you are doing NAFTA.’ She was against NAFTA.

Hillary Clinton is less likely than her husband Bill Clinton to propose pro-growth, free trade policies which lower prices for the average American consumer.

McCain goes after Obama on earmarks

Friday, February 15th, 2008

John McCain is not a candidate worth voting for in my mind but John McCain deserves praise for standing up to Obama on earmarks.

While Obama has publicly released his 2007 earmark requests to the Senate Appropriations Committee, he has not released his letters to the committee from 2005 and 2006, according to a Thursday Washington Post story. The Post reported that Obama helped secure $91 million for the projects in the Land of Lincoln in 2007, which McCain said “isn’t chump change.”

“The Senator from Illinois, who says that he wants transparency in government, will not reveal the number of earmarks that he received in 2006 and 2005. Is that transparency in government? I don’t think so. I don’t think so,” McCain said during rally in Vermont–a March 4th primary state. “So I call on the Senator, Senator Obama from Illinois, to go ahead and tell people how much money in earmarked projects and pork barrel projects that he got for his state and what they were for.”

“One of the reasons the American people have lost trust and confidence in us. One of the reasons is because of earmark projects, the pork barrel spending,” McCain added. “My friends, examine my record on pork barrel projects and you will see a big fat zero.”

John McCain requested no earmarks as a Senator in 2007. To have any sort of fiscal control it is important that earmarks are avoided and that various local projects are discussed on the whole.

Song: Kidz In The Hall – "Driving Down The Block"

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Kidz In The Hall has a new single out called Driving Down The Block that has been floating around the internet for about a week.

This song did not appeal to me at first because it is a little bit too southern rap sounding with both the beat and the subject matter. The song has caught on with me after listening to it again and I am a sucker for the Low End Theory references.

You can check out more on Kidz In The Hall at their myspace page: Kidz In The Hall’s MySpace

VIdeo: Kanye West "Flashing Lights"

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Kanye West has come out with a video for his song “Flashing Lights.” The video is co-directed by Spike Jonze. The video really goes along with the storyline making a song that seems to just fade into the background when played to have a powerful story much in the same manner as Eminem’s “Stan.”

Rumors on the internet are saying this is not the “official” video these mostly seem to come from people who do not like the video for one reason or another. Watch the video below and see what you think for yourself.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Many people have seen the “Yes We Can” video put together by with a bunch of celebrities chanting Yes We Can along with Barack Obama.

Now there is a spoof titled using the words on foreign policy from various John McCain speeches.
Admittedly it easier for Barack Obama to stay positive in speeches when he avoids specifics.

John McCain has used very hawkish language as seen in the video below: