Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Quick Response:

Doing his best Josiah Bartlett of The West Wing tonight during "The Non-State of the Union", President Obama continued his campaign legacy of hope, change, and zero substance. 

Promising a return to prominence on the world stage, economic stability and a cure for cancer, (you can't make this stuff up) The Obamesseiah stroked the egos of a delightfully botoxed Nancy Pelosi and the other energized Spendacrats throughout congress. 

Obama's plea for fiscal responsibility was ironic, in that he put forth proposals for universal healthcare, education and an emphasis on green technologies, all the while IGNORING the, cheap, established possibilities that nuclear power represents.  

His comments regarding an expensive cap and trade system, and penalties for coal burning industries will do nothing to help the unemployment rate, will leave American companies seeking opportunities abroad, and the American's that fill those jobs will be out on the streets.

With over a trillion dollars already drawn from the depleted national coffers to pay for the stimulus, and trillions more on the horizon, it is both reckless and irresponsible to continue this spending.  As Reagan once historically remarked "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help", putting trillions of dollars worth of faith in the government to efficiently and faithfully execute the "shovel-ready" projects that the stimulus package presents is a giant leap of faith.

As a member of Generation Y, I want my children to inherit a country that values liberty, self-government, honesty and hard work, as so many generations have valued before mine.  Not a country that values government assistance, irresponsible earmarks and boondogglery.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hate To Say It...

But I saw this coming a mile away. You give free money to someone, and of course they're going to blow throw it and need more.

Of course, it doesn't help that it costs General Motors $1,635 per car to support the health care of all those union workers (past and present!) on the payroll. To compare, Toyota, a company that's actually doing halfway wellthese days, only has to spend $235 on current workers' health care, and--here's a shocking idea--doesn't pay workers' health care when they're not working! Then again, Toyota isn't beholden to the UAW like GM is, so of course Toyota is actually going to be allowed to be profitable.

Again, it's stuff like this that makes me feel like I'm Gulliver living with the Yahoos. Trying something over and over again and expecting different results is a sign of mental illness. Or liberalism. Or was that redundant?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bringin' the Friday Funnay

I'm not going to embed it, as it does contain some amount of profanity, but I strongly suggest this Youtube video. It is an old (created in the '70s) parody video of a AFSCME (government workers' union) PSA, in which some bored TV station workers dubbed over with a... uhhh... new and improved narration track. A+, would watch again.

Have a safe V-day weekend!

Honest-to-God true picture, taken in a Dallas, TX bookstore

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

That 3 Letter Word, J-O-B-S (or) Educating the Yahoos

So, last Sunday, George Snuffleupagus (aside: I never can spell his name... Stephanolopous? Snuffleupagus? Jetson? Who knows?) interviewed the Man of Steele, RNC Chairman Michael Steele. The video is below.

The words won't ever get through Georgie-Porgie Puddin' Pie's finely coiffed news-hair, but Steele is absolutely correct. Government jobs do not create value, they do not create wealth. There is a big difference between "having work" and "having a job". I'm sure there are some exceptions, but most government jobs--metaphorically speaking--are just shoveling one pile of money from one pile to another pile. Sure, you get paid for that "work", but of what value to the overall economy is that kind of work? Does filing out R2-D2 forms at the Redundant Office of Redundancy all day help increase the GDP, or decrease the trade deficit?

Since our President is so intent on drawing comparisons to the Great Depression and FDR's New Deal, let's make one of our own. How does paying people to dig ditches, and then paying them to fill those ditches back, help the economy? Again, it puts food on the table for the workers' families, but that's not the problem! Most government jobs are the equivalent of digging a ditch.

In Gulliver's Travels, living with the Houyhnhnms (intelligent horses) made the narrator dislike living with the Yahoos (the humans). Watching the news makes me hate living with the Yahoos, but instead, it's my job, and the job of all Republicans to instead educate the Yahoos, and not try to live separate from them. That didn't work out well for Gulliver, and it won't work for us.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Week That Was In Editoral Cartoons

Enough reading for one week, let's look at the pictures...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Funny Time

I almost posted the Daily Show's take on Michael Steele here, but then the cold medication wore off and I realized that this is the College Republicans blog, not the College Democrats or the Students for A Democratic Society blog. To me, watching The Daily Show (worse yet, The Bad Bill O'Reilly Impression Show Colbert Report) is the same as doing opposition research--what is the other side saying about me, and who are they getting their talking points from today?

Anyway, there are Daily Show alternatives that aren't liberally biased, and don't require you to wrap as much duct tape to keep your head from asploding. Personally, I am a big fan of the Media Research Center, especially their blog, Newsbusters. Newsbusters documents the liberal media bias that we all see, and a recent addition to the Newsbusters goodness is their web-based comedy shorts, entitled "NewsBusted". Subscribe to the NewsBusted YouTube Channel, in order to see the latest updated episode!

I leave you with the latest episode of NewsBusted, just so you can a taste of the funnay that is NB. Sometimes I swear I spoil you guys.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Man of Steele

As you may or may not already know, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele was elected as the Republican National Committee's chairman. What does this mean for the Republican Party?

Having seen Steele on television before he started running for RNC Chairman, this made me personally very happy. Of course, no one comes close to William F. Buckley, but to me, Steele is a very articulate and prominent face of conservatism. Is dumping the past chairman, Mike Duncan, going to solve all of the Republican Party's problems? Definitely not. In the past election, the Republican Party simply got outmaneuvered by an organization that had a better ground game, and more resources. Until we fix our "ground game" and learn to use force-multipliers like the Internet effectively, we're probably going to be working at a disadvantage. If the message of smaller, more effective government that maximizes personal freedom without sacrificing personal security never gets out... how do we expect to "win hearts and minds"?

There was a great field of RNC Chairman candidates this year, including Ken Blackwell, from Ohio. I do find it very inspiring that the Party of Lincoln had two African-Americans to choose from... I've said for years that the generalized difference between Democrats and Republicans, is that where Democrats see what divides us, Republicans see what unites us. Blackwell and Steele did not run for the chairman position as African-Americans, but as Americans. That is an important distinction that should be kept in mind!

Add Ken Blackwell on Facebook, and become a Facebook Fan of Michael Steele. All the cool conservatives are doing it!

--Jesse Hathaway, OUCRs Blog Editor


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