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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Obama Golfs Through East Coast Earthquake

The Wall Street Journal's timeline of the earthquake:

Shortly before 3 p.m., Mr. Obama paused from his round at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., to convene a conference call on the earthquake with top advisers, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. The president was briefed on the scope of the earthquake and its impact on infrastructure in the affected areas up and down the East Coast.

“The president was told that there are no initial reports of major infrastructure damage, including at airports and nuclear facilities and that there were currently no requests for assistance,” Mr. Earnest said in a statement.

Mr. Obama, who has been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard with his family since last Thursday, had arrived at Farm Neck Golf Club just after 1:30 p.m., about 20 minutes before the 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit. It is unclear if he, like many on Martha’s Vineyard, felt the earthquake at the time.

The president was seen talking on a cell phone after teeing off on the first hole.

Hot Air adds a reminder of the double standard:

He was on the course for an hour after the quake struck without comprehensive information about how bad it was? Bush spent seven minutes reading “My Pet Goat” after the planes went in and he’ll hear about it until the day he dies.  Imagine if the quake had knocked a few bridges down and it turned out later that Obama had spent the following hour teeing off.  I’m amazed he didn’t run from the course as soon as he heard the news (presumably via that phone call after the first hole), just to be on the safe side.  A lot of people were lucky today that things weren’t worse. He’s one of them.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thanks for the Endorsement

     I almost completely skipped over the recent rant by Steve Fetter on how righteous the abortion decision is.  Fortunately, I see he used my name so many times to identify me with the right for the unborn child to survive that I couldn’t miss it.  If identifying me and the Republican Party with the right for unborn children to survive was meant to be a slam Steve, please let me be the first to thank you for the endorsement.
      Steve does not understand that whether a person is Republican or Democrat tends to be insignificant on this issue.  It is indisputable that in Southern Indiana, most Hoosiers are pro-life.  I regularly speak with Democrats who call themselves pro-life Democrats.  Several of them are now becoming Republicans because they realize that their views on abortion cannot be justified with the stand by people like Steve who insist that the unborn child has no rights….least of which is the right to live.
      Thanks Steve for bringing out the most callous argument in support of abortion rights your side has to offer.  You say that children should be aborted because they are not wanted.  At least you are honest.  The statistics show that 99% of the abortions performed in our nation have absolutely nothing to do with any physical or emotional threat to the mother.  Simply put, the mother does not want the child.  And, our law authorizes unwanted children to be terminated.
     Steve argues that a child is better off terminated than being born into a world where they are not wanted.  Only so cold an argument could be used to support abortion as a remedy to crowded prison population and child abuse.  To suggest that Planned Parenthood should be credited for preventing the need for abortion is totally absurd.  Women go to Planned Parenthood for one purpose only:  to determine the availability of abortion services.  If they are seeking help in dealing with how to keep their baby, they turn to services provided by volunteer organizations like Choices for Women.  And Steve, please notice that none of your tax dollars go to their agency.  Planned Parenthood cannot say the same.
      Actually Steve, I need to thank you for one other thing.  Every time you rant about the rights of women to terminate their pregnancies, you reinforce the argument that where you stand politically must agree with where you stand morally.  No one can deny the fact that the Democratic Party platform defends abortion rights and Republicans defend the right to life.  The line is very clear.  Every time you use arguments like the one you used in your article, you convince another Democrat that their Party has left them by choosing the moral low ground on this argument.
      As I have said many times before, I welcome those on the pro life side of this argument to come join our Party and vote for Republicans.  It isn’t because we think we are morally superior.  It is because we believe that it does make a difference what you believe and your politics should align with those views.  I don’t expect to see you joining us any time soon Steve.

See the whole stream at www.daveweb1a.com/gop/abortion.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Congressman Young Proposes and Amendment

     YOUNG AMENDMENT PASSES: U.S. Rep. Todd Young offered his first floor amendment on the floor of the House, which was adopted by voice vote.
     The amendment was to the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill.  It would cut 10 percent from part of the USDA's budget used for "general administration and miscellaneous supplies."  In essence, it's non-specific money that federal employees in Washington can use as a sort of gift card or blank check.
     In his remarks about the amendment, Young said, "If we want job creators to put Americans back to work, we have to let them know we're serious about cutting unnecessary spending in Washington wherever we can find it."  The full bill should be voted on later this week.

Mike Pence Announces Run for Governor

Today we officially kicked off our campaign for governor of Indiana.  Karen, the kids and I were joined by supporters from around the state in my hometown of Columbus and we were overwhelmed by the response.  We are looking forward to the months ahead.  I thought you might be interested in my remarks at today's rally, which I have attached below.

June 11, 2011

"Thank you Michael, Charlotte and Audrey, and thank you to the love of my life and my first lady for 26 years, Karen Pence. Isn't she great?  You know, Karen and I met at a little church across the street from the governor's residence in Indianapolis back in 1983. Honey, I think these people want us to go back to where we started!
"I am especially grateful to be joined by so many distinguished guests, party leaders, elected officials, supporters and friends who have taken the time to attend.  Welcome to my hometown, Columbus, Indiana!
"I was born and raised in this town.  I grew up in a small house not far from here with big dreams and a cornfield in my backyard.  My grandfather was an Irish immigrant who came to this country in 1919. My parents came to Indiana before I was born and raised a family of four boys and two girls. I was raised to believe, 'To whom much is given, much will be required,' and our folks required a lot of us.
"At our house, we worked.  My first job was washing dishes at Gene's Cafeteria. After that, I worked for five years as a gas station attendant up on Highway 31 to help pay my way through college.
"I went to college down on the Ohio River, went to law school in Indianapolis, met the girl of my dreams, raised a family, started a business and spent ten years traveling this state, talking with everyday Hoosiers from the airwaves to co-ops, to county fairs.
"And then I had the chance to fulfill a boyhood dream representing Indiana in our nation's capital, which brings me to today.
"On behalf of my family, here and gone, on behalf of all those who have stood with me for so many years, on behalf of conservative Hoosier values, I am here to make it official:
"I'm Mike Pence, I'm from Columbus, and I'm running for governor of Indiana.
"Next to being a husband and father, serving Indiana as governor would be the highest honor of my life but that's not why I'm running for governor. There are really three reasons.

"First, I'm running for governor because I love this state, and I believe Hoosiers are the best people in America.  Anybody will tell you, I do love Indiana.  I love everything about it.  From the Ohio River to the Golden Dome, from high school basketball to the Oaken Bucket, from the steel mills to the Speedway, Indiana is special.
"But it's the people of Indiana who make it special.  I've heard it in the wisdom of everyday Hoosiers who called me from kitchens, shop floors and tractors.  I've seen the character of Hoosiers in the patriotism at Fourth of July parades and at quiet Memorial Day services.
"I've seen it in the eyes of Hoosier soldiers from Camp Atterbury to Kabul and Jalalabad, Baghdad and Ramadi. There's a reason Indiana has one of the largest national guards in America: Hoosiers believe in serving their country.  And through it all I've seen the goodness, generosity, decency and wisdom of everyday Hoosiers.
"Like three years ago this week in the aftermath of a 100-year flood that devastated this hometown of mine, including my boyhood home on 31st Street.  As I drove through one neighborhood in a squad car, the police officer told me, 'A few hours after the flood was over, the only thing you couldn't find in this neighborhood was a parking space.' I said, 'What do you mean?'  He said, 'People just started showing up from all over with coolers full of food and water, toolboxes and pickup trucks to help families put their lives back together.'  One man at a shelter told me, 'These fellas showed up the day of the flood, said they was from the Baptist church and were there to fix my house. I told 'em, "But I'm not a Baptist," and they said, "We don't care.""
"That's Indiana: decent, generous, modest and hardworking.  And that's why I want to be governor.  Because I think the people of Indiana are the heart of the heartland.  There is nothing the people of Indiana can't accomplish if we work together with the common sense and common values that make this state great.
"Second, I'm running for governor because I believe Indiana is on the verge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other in my lifetime, and we can't go back now.  After 16 years of leadership at the Statehouse that left our state with record debt and higher taxes, with our state roads and bureaucracy crumbling, thanks to the leadership of Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana has balanced budgets, lower taxes and improved state government in countless ways, including the most promising education reforms in the country.
"Because of what Hoosiers have done together, Indiana has become the fiscal envy of the nation and had the third fastest growing economy in the country in 2010.  But despite all the progress we've made, we can't afford to stop.  For as we gather here today, thousands of Hoosier families are hurting, struggling to find work. Some are trapped in failing schools. Others are going home on unsafe streets or to families in crisis.
"Despite some recent good news, unemployment in Indiana is still over 8 percent, and thousands have quit looking for jobs altogether.  Food stamps and welfare rolls are swollen.  These are hard times for too many in our state.  So, our work is far from over.
"Everywhere I've gone in Indiana over the past six months, the message is the same: Hoosiers appreciate the progress we've made. But almost to a person they say, 'We gotta keep it goin'!' And they're right. We gotta keep Indiana growing, but that won't happen without a fight.
"Right now, Hoosiers are faced with an avalanche of unfunded mandates, regulations and taxes that threaten our freedom and stifle our growth. To keep Indiana growing, we need to be willing to put Indiana first.  We need to be willing to say 'Yes' to Indiana and 'No' to Washington, D.C.
"Those who know me know I fight for what I believe in, and I believe in Indiana.  As your governor, I'll fight for the freedom of every Hoosier to live, to work, to run our schools without unnecessary federal intrusion and Indiana will lead the fight against cap and trade and ObamaCare.  To keep Indiana growing, we need a positive vision that builds on the success of the recent past, which brings me to my third and final reason.
"I'm running for governor because I have a vision for an even better Indiana.  Good jobs, great schools, safe streets, strong families.  And everything starts with a good-paying job.  Some think you stimulate the economy through government borrowing, spending and bailouts.  Hoosiers know better. The best stimulus plan is simple: less taxes, less red tape and more fiscal responsibility equals more jobs.
"To keep Indiana growing, we need to continue to live within our means, and as your governor, I'll fight to keep Indiana on the path of fiscal responsibility and reform.  But we won't just keep taxes low, we'll fight for more tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farmers, cut red tape and encourage investment, jobs and growth in the city and on the farm, until Indiana becomes the best place in America to grow a business or start a business in the city or on the farm.
"To build an even better Indiana, we have to continue to recognize that we cannot succeed in the marketplace if we fail in the classroom.  I believe education is a state and local function. That's why I opposed No Child Left Behind. We don't need bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. telling us how to run our local schools, but we do need to stay on the pathway to reform.
"As your governor, I'll look for ways to continue to fund excellence in education by cutting federal red tape, empowering parents and teachers, and promoting equality of opportunity for every Hoosier child through choice, more charter schools and innovation until Indiana has the best schools in America, period.
"And, to build an even better Indiana, our families and businesses have to be safe. Our prosperity depends on your security.  As your governor, I will fight against the drugs and violence claiming Hoosier lives and give law enforcement, fire, public safety and the National Guard the tools and resources and reforms they need to protect our families and come home safe to their family. We owe them no less.
"And, finally, to build an even better Indiana, we must recognize that our present crisis is not just economic, but moral.   At the root of these times should be the realization that people in positions of authority have walked away from the timeless truths of honesty, integrity, an honest day's work for an honest day's pay and the simple notion that you ought to treat the other person the way you want to be treated.
"To restore our economy we must reaffirm our respect for the institutions and traditions that nurture the character of our people: the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and the importance of organized religion in everyday life.
"On a day like today, I can't help but think of my dad.  He's gone now 23 years, but his influence and example are still a guidepost for my life.  He was like a lot of you in this room.  Grew up in the big city, he put on the uniform, went to Korea, came home with medals that went in the drawer and were never talked about again.  He married the daughter of immigrants, talked her into moving to Indiana to follow their dreams.
"He built everything that matters: a family, a business and a good name.  He left me, my three brothers and two sisters too soon with a legacy of hard work, faith, patriotism and a few words to live by.
"My dad said two things more often than any other: 'Not my will but thine be done' and 'Climb your own mountain.'  And as we face the challenge of putting Indiana first, getting Hoosiers back to work, restoring opportunity for every Hoosier child, securing our streets and strengthening our families, let's think about those who went before.  Who, in their time, made the sacrifices, faced the hard times with faith and courage.  Who climbed their own mountain. Now it's our turn.  And this is not my mountain, it's ours.
"Our journey begins today.  Our past behind us, the future before us.  We ask you to join us.  If you love Indiana and believe in the people of this great state, join us.  If you see how far we've come and know we can't stop now, join us.  If you believe we can build an even better Indiana for every Hoosier with good jobs, great schools, safe streets and strong families, join us.
"This is our challenge: to build an even better Indiana.  And as we build an even better Indiana, I believe with all my heart, Indiana will continue to lead the way for a better and stronger America, so help us God.  I'm Mike Pence. I'm running for governor. And I ask for your support."

Abortion Attitudes - May 24, 2011

     ABORTION.  There are lots of topics we discuss that could be described as “hot”.  In other words, they generate more division, more passion, more derision than any other topic you could choose.  The abortion topic is right there at the top.  That makes me wonder why the News and Tribune chose it to “fall on their sword” over.
     Certainly, this hot topic will generate more discussion and controversy than any other.  That can result in increased readership which might ultimately make more profit for the newspaper.  It may be a smart business decision.  But, taking one side of the argument unfortunately defines your paper and can alienate, in this case, half of your readership.  At the very least, it sacrifices any claim you may have to being unbiased.
     Without question, this issue divides us locally and nationally like no other issue.  I asked one of our New Albany mayoral candidates how he justified his campaign with what he confessed to me was his stand on abortion.  He rather naively told me he didn’t think abortion was an issue for New Albany.  I asked him to tell that to his constituents representing Choices for Women and Planned Parenthood.  It is easy to see, if by nothing more than reading the comments on the recent Tribune articles on this topic, that New Albanians, Southern Indiana Hoosiers and Americans in general are very passionate about this topic.
     What seems to come through loud and clear in these discussions is that the issue is polarizing.  On one side, it is true that the Supreme Court has declared this procedure legal.  Of course, if you actually read the ruling on Roe vrs. Wade, you will find that the Supreme Court only ruled that it is a woman’s “right to privacy” that would not be violated and that she has a right to do with her body whatever she wants to.  The Supreme Court flatly refused to even consider rendering an opinion on whether the baby inside the mother was life or not.  If they had ruled it life, of course, then they would have been obligated by the Constitution to protect it.  Half of us believe that it is life while the other half insist that it is just a tissue.
     I would ask those who would choose to judge our Governor for his “irresponsible” actions in agreeing with the majority of our elected representatives to defund Planned Parenthood in Indiana to remember that his decision does represent the opinions of at least half of us Hoosiers.  I would even go so far as to suggest that in our area where most Southern Indiana Hoosiers describe themselves as “conservative” that number is way over half.
     As the GOP chairman, I’m always amazed by Democrats who call themselves “pro-life” Democrats…..especially since the platform of the Party clearly identifies itself with the pro-abortion or pro-choice stand.  I always emphasize that your vote not only identifies you with an individual but with a set of beliefs that that individual and his Party represents.
      I would encourage each of us to return to an attitude that continues to respect the differences of opinions we all have without resorting to objectionable behavior to win our arguments.  I would also encourage us….as I have done many times…..to truly decide who to support and vote for this November, not just for what they can give us but for what they stand for and truly believe.  It takes time and work, but it produces better elected officials and helps us stay involved.  In the end, we get the government we deserve…..unless of course, you’re one of those individuals who doesn’t even vote.  But that is a topic for another time.

Congressional Budgets - May 13, 2011

     OH PLEASE!  Am I the only one who notices the disconnect and hypocrisy in former Congressman Lee Hamilton’s article, “This Is No Way to Run a Government?”  Can he seriously deride the current Congress because it can only pass a budget in the “last minute” while purposely ignoring the fact that the only reason Congress is wasting their time doing this is because the previous Congress, represented by his Party, failed to do the job while they were in office?
     According to Mr. Hamilton, “the way Congress used to work, budgets were crafted by a series of committees holding public hearings and debating separate appropriation bills.”  I assume he is acknowledging that if this had been done in September 2010….when it was supposed to have been done by the Democrat Congress…these “last minute” measures in April of 2011 would not be necessary.  And are we to assume that Mr. Hamilton was never involved in measures of Continuing Resolutions as a Congressman himself?  Check the records!
     Of course, it’s easier to criticize the Republican majority in Congress for using Continuing Resolutions to reduce the deficit than it is to blame the President of his own Party for producing the debt in the first place…a debt which threatens to make us slaves to our creditors (the Chinese) for generations to come.  It sounds to me like someone is “stumping” for next year’s elections for President and Congress in an attempt to get rid of those who would actually expect us to be accountable for our excessive spending and our debts.
     Lee talks about a “deal put together behind closed doors by a handful of people” which was “presented to the bulk of Congress for a take-it-or-leave-it vote”.  Is he talking about the budget or health care?  It is always effective to use the same arguments against your opposition as they used against you to get elected.  That way, we might forget who and what got us into this mess in the first place.  Oh, and Lee, we are a Republic, not a Democracy.  If our Congressmen don’t know the difference, how can we expect our high school students to?
     This is the same, tired old rhetoric that is used every time we actually get representatives who try to bring spending back under control.  Congress has gotten into the habit of out-of-control spending that must stop.  It is time to take the credit card away from Congress and cut it up.  We don’t need more taxes….we need less spending.  Let’s see, is there any other way I can say this?  Stop spending like drunken sailors……no disrespect to drunken sailors.  You get the idea.