GOP Governors having success against unemployment

As the results of the 2010 GOP pick up of governorships start to manifest themselves in job creation, we begin to see a pattern emerge. It seems that Tea Party backed conservative Governors are doing a better job than their Democrat Party counterparts.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Voters in 17 states elected new Republican governors in November 2010. This new breed of fiscally-conservative, tea party-supported Republican governors took office in January 2011. Here is how those states have fared since then, in terms of their unemployment rates:

Kansas – 6.9% to 6.1% = a decline of 0.8%

Maine – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%

Michigan – 10.9% to 8.5% = a decline of 2.4%

New Mexico – 7.7% to 6.7% = a decline of 1.0%

Oklahoma – 6.2% to 4.8% = a decline of 1.4%

Pennsylvania – 8.0% to 7.4% = a decline of 0.6%

Tennessee – 9.5% to 7.9% = a decline of 1.6%

Wisconsin – 7.7% to 6.8% = a decline of 0.9%

Wyoming – 6.3% to 5.2% = a decline of 1.1%

Alabama – 9.3% to 7.4% = a decline of 1.9%

Georgia – 10.1% to 8.9% = a decline of 1.2%

South Carolina – 10.6% to 9.1% = a decline of 1.5%

South Dakota – 5.0% to 4.3% = a decline of 0.7%

Florida – 10.9% to 8.6% = a decline of 2.3%

Nevada – 13.8% to 11.6% = a decline of 2.2%

Iowa – 6.1% to 5.1% = a decline of 1.0%

Ohio – 9.0% to 7.3% = a decline of 1.7%

Every single one of these 17 states has seen its unemployment rate decline since January 2011. Three of them have had unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors is improving a full 50% faster than the job market nationally.

Hat tip: Breitbart.com

Why not Rick Santorum?

The 2011 GOP debates have concluded. We’ve seen candidates rise and candidates fall. We’ve seen the Washington media and GOP establishment gnashing their teeth trying to define “the” conservative candidate for the Tea Party.

Sarah Palin supporters have seemingly fallen into two camps: those who have let go and are examining or supporting other candidates and those who refuse to let go and instead hang onto the notion that the Governor can be convinced to rejoin the field.

The one common denominator amongst all is the palpable fear of an Obama re-election and what that re-election would mean. Republican elites fear an erosion of their power in the halls of government from a partisan point of view. Tea Party and Sarah Palin supporters fear the erosion of individual liberties through the continued growth of government. For me, I stand firm with the later.

Something happened in the very recent past that gave me a bit more clarity. It happened on December 1st while I was watching Governor Sarah Palin’s appearance on the Hannity Show (skip ahead to the 9:00 mark). Governor Palin drew my attention back to Senator Rick Santorum when she talked about “ideological consistency”.

That got me thinking: Why NOT Rick Santorum? I have to admit that I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to him in recent months due to all the media attention on the “flavor of the week”. To reacquaint myself with Senator Santorum, I went back to a conversation he had with the San Fernando Valley Republican Club prior to the GOP debate at the Reagan Library back in May.

I’m going to be playing clips of that conversation tomorrow on the Roderic Deane Show. I encourage you to listen in at Noon ET. With that conversation in mind, take another look at his performance during the last few GOP debates.

Sarah Palin is NOT running!

Here is her statement:

October 5, 2011
Wasilla, Alaska

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

Here is the audio of Sarah discussing her decision with Mark Levin on his show today:

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Hat tip: Mark Levin Show

UPDATE Sarah also tweeted a link to this video:

Hat tip: Conservatives4Palin

Help wanted, incumbents need not apply

Looking for a conservative candidate that can espouse and demonstrate an understanding of the United States Constitution. This candidate must have a very strong history of adhering to ethics and show a willingness to challenge the status quo, despite the consequences. Any past, negative media campaigns that were initiated to undermine this candidate’s conservative, constitutional governing style will be considered a plus in this candidate’s application.

A keen sense of fiscal restraint and cost-cutting abilities are a must. The candidate must also have executive experience at running a large organization. Candidates should also have a proven ability to attract and employ conservative subordinates who will also conform to the guiding principles of the United States Constitution.

This candidate must demonstrate an ability to “think outside the box”, challenging conventional wisdom with regards to established, mainstream political thought and opinion. A proven ability to develop bi-partisan legislative majorities is a needed requirement for this position.

This candidate should submit their application in such a way that ensures their inclusion as a balloted candidate in all state’s nominating elections. The successful navigation of this nominating process will be tantamount for consideration of this position.

Incumbents need not apply. Candidates would be well-advised to submit their application with a first name listed as “Sarah”.

Standing front and center, exposed and fearless

I saw the documentary of Sarah Palin last night. “The Undefeated” will premiere in 10 markets around the U.S. on July 15th and the timing couldn’t have been better unless, of course, it premiered on July 4th, but I digress. This movie will destroy your preconceived opinions of Sarah Palin. It puts her record as Governor of Alaska front and center and gives a very moving account of her rise in politics. More importantly, it gives the viewer a very studied explanation as to why she resigned as Governor. That segment alone will make you realize that your perceptions of Sarah Palin have been misled by the mainstream media and left-wing blogosphere.

She has done what many of us might want to, but are fearful of for sake of being criticized. That fear has paralyzed the elitist Republicans in Washington as well as the members of the Republican “machine” throughout the United States. I was ashamed of myself when I saw the movie and thought back to all the times I acquiesced in the face of criticism toward my conservative views. No longer.

This movie will inspire everyone to stand up for your beliefs and to stand true for the things that matter to you. Don’t shy away from criticism, it is the elitist’s way of governance. Changes are only made by going against the grain of those elitist’s opinions. Our current crop of politicians would have been laughed out of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. I can guarantee you that Sarah Palin would have been a welcome voice and active participant, so true are her ideals to those of our Founding Fathers.

Our Founding Fathers risked EVERYTHING in their pursuit of freedom from tyranny. The very ending of the Declaration of Independence states the following:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

I ask you, who amongst the current crop of announced Presidential candidates would do the same? Who amongst YOU will carry such a devoted commitment into next year’s elections?

Sarah Palin is an example for all of us to follow. She has endured ridicule, scorn and death threats toward both she and her family. Would you be as committed as she in the face of such disdain?

It’s time to be front and center, totally exposed and totally fearless to prove that we can stand with Sarah Palin! We must not let her fall!

Update: Thanks to Conservatives4Palin for posting this!

The new pro-Bachmann conservative meme

We know that the left likes to create false impressions about their favorite media target, Sarah Palin. They create a false idea and then repeat it over and over in the media until it becomes taken as fact. I wrote about a current left-wing meme here. It now appears that certain right-wing elements have taken up the same mission, only in this case it is in defense of a Bachmann Presidential run versus one by Sarah Palin.

Michelle Bachmann commented in an interview with Ralph Reed that she felt it was important to complete your parenting activities before entering public life. I blogged about it in a post titled “Sarah, who need enemies with friends like Bachmann?” I also included a video of Bachmann’s exchange with Reed.

It now appears that certain right-wing commentators have taken up Bachmann’s cause in portraying Sarah Palin as wrong in pursuing a political career while raising a family. In a post appearing on The American Spectator website, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. takes up where Bachmann left off. He writes:

Bachmann and Palin are sufficiently charismatic for me, and both have raised families, Bachmann five children of her own and 23 foster children before entering public life. That is the proper sequence of events: raise a family, enter public life.

You can read the rest here.

Special note to Michelle Bachmann. The last and only sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives to win the Presidency was James A. Garfield, in 1881. The only others to attempt it and fail were Henry Clay (1824) and John Anderson (1980). I might also add that the last attempt by John Anderson fell well short, losing to Ronald Reagan.

One down….

Haley Barber has decided not to pursue the Republican Presidential nomination. No fire in the belly.

(CNN) – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Monday he will not run for president in 2012.

“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Barbour, a Republican, said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else. His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.”