My observations of Sarah’s weekend speeches

While listening to Sarah Palin’s New Hampshire speech, something dawned on me. We are starting to see GOP candidates attack their opponents on a variety of topics. This is to be expected in an contested primary. How will this play out if Sarah gets into the race?

As an example, Mitt Romney has decided to attack Rick Perry as a “career politician”. Rick Perry turned around and suggested to listeners in South Carolina that Mitt Romney has no record of job creation. Meanwhile, Michelle Bachmann’s PAC has published a video that goes after Perry on his spending record in Texas. Ron Paul had already gone after all three of the above in a campaign ad several weeks ago.

So, let me get this straight. Romney attacks Perry as a career politician. Perry attacks Romney for dismal job growth. Bachmann attacks Perry on his spending record and Ron Paul attacks all of the above for, well, all of the above and then some.

In the meantime, Sarah Palin keeps talking about reform and offers solutions to end crony-capitalism. Not surprisingly, Sarah’s record of governance involves standing up against crony-capitalism, dramatically cutting spending, adding jobs at a much faster rate than Texas and being one of the most ethical administrations in Alaskan history.

Gee, I wonder what the GOP attacks will say about Sarah? Oh, she quit her job? Hmmm, she’s got a better record in 2.5 years than Perry in 10. She also reformed government entitlements, forward-funding retirement programs to allow budgetary control of that spending. Mitt Romney? Not so much, giving his state the template for Obamacare. Michelle Bachmann? Remind me again what Michelle Bachmann’s executive experience is outside of her job as a “tax attorney”? …..still waiting…..yawn…..(crickets).

Nope, it seems to me that Sarah Palin will be a difficult target to hit…unless you’re willing to “make things up!”

Obama’s targeted groups are not enthused…

While totally predictable, recent polling has suggested that the core, targeted constituencies of Barack Obama are less than enthused with his record. According to a Neil Munro post at the Daily Caller today:

The bloc of “unmarried women, people of color, and younger voters — comprises a rapidly growing majority of the eligible voting population in this country … [but they] are not hearing an economic narrative that speaks to their problems and concerns or convinces them that their leaders have the ability to solve those problems,” says the Aug. 24 report titled “Creating a New Economic Narrative; Engaging the Rising American Electorate for 2012.”

Munro goes on to suggest that the Obama administration’s outreach to these groups is being eroded by union displeasure, as voiced by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on Wednesday:

…fewer working-class voters will turn out in 2012 unless Obama can persuade them that their votes can change government policy. “Give them the narrative about why it will work,” he said at a press breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign’s Project Vote effort says it will work to ”engage key demographic groups, such as African Americans, Women, Youth, Latinos, LGBT, Veterans, Asian Americans and others.”

I have an idea. How about dumping the Obama agenda and getting behind a true, market-based advocate like Sarah Palin? I’m going to quote Rush Limbaugh: “Conservatism works every time it’s tried!” Sarah understands the power of the free-market and also understands the oppressive nature of governmental regulation. I’m going to dedicate this Sunday’s The Roderic Deane Show to examining the disastrous effects of government regulation and why it should be at the very top of the list of any conservative candidate.

If Sarah could spur energy production, reign in government regulation and end out-of-control government programs like Obamacare, she will ignite a period of economic growth unseen since Ronald Reagan’s term as President. Further, she chafes at the idea of crony capitalism, which seems to haunt my vaunted Governor, Rick Perry. In all good conscience, I cannot endorse Rick Perry for the Presidency. His tendencies remind me too much of George Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” and his record suggests a willingness to support crony capitalism. Conservatism doesn’t need an adjective, it only needs an exclamation point!

Sarah Palin’s accomplishments offer none of the concerns that Rick Perry’s do. All you have to do is read the record. The truth will set you free!

Appealing to the ‘Right Wing’

This is so amazing to me! Rick Perry calls out the Federal Reserve’s Chairman and his propensity to print money as a solution to the bad economy.

The White House was quick to respond, calling Perry’s comments “not a good idea”. Per the AP:

The White House denounced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday for his threatening remarks toward the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve that represented some of the most inflammatory rhetoric of the 2012 election campaign.

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Texas governor said he would consider it “treasonous” if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election” in November 2012 — a fresh sign of the political heat the central bank faces as it tries to right the stumbling U.S. economy.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all will do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said to laughter from supporters in Iowa.

“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, treasonous in my opinion,” he said.

The White House responded by saying it is important for the Fed to remain independent, and jabbed back at Perry, who on Saturday entered the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama. Perry is already considered one of the strongest candidates for the Republican nomination.

“I certainly think threatening the Fed chairman is not a good idea,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“When you are president or running for president, you have to think about your words,” Carney said in Iowa, where Obama was on a campaign-style bus tour.

Yes, a campaign-style bus tour paid for by taxpayers.

Mind you, this is only three days since Perry entered the fray!

Monologue – Rollercoaster Ho-Hum

Here is my opening monologue from today’s The Roderic Deane Show.

The title for today’s show is “Rollercoaster Ho-Hum”. It comes from two observations I had of last week’s events. The first relates to Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. I was prepared to see a gloomy Monday and predicted that the DOW would not react well to Standard and Poor’s debt downgrade from Friday after the markets closed. Man, I was right on that one as the DOW dropped almost 635 points. I can’t begin to understand what happened over the rest of the week. On Tuesday it was up 430, on Wednesday, down 520, Thursday, up 423 and on Friday it was up again, 126 points. If that ain’t the definition of a rollercoaster ride, I don’t know what is.

A Friday article by Kate Gibson from The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch had this to say:

U.S. stocks dialed back on [early] Friday gains after a [report was published that showed a] gauge of consumer confidence illustrated a sharp fall in sentiment early this month, curbing enthusiasm that came with an encouraging report on the nation’s retail sales.

The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters index of consumer sentiment dropped to 54.9 in August — the lowest in 31 years.

The preliminary figure “mostly captures the craziness of the week and certainly the week before as the survey likely ended this Wednesday,” [blah, blah, blah].

In other words, just when the markets begin to gain a little traction, some other bad news comes out and rattles the market again. But let’s take another look at that index of consumer sentiment. “The lowest in 31 years”! Let’s see, that would take us back to who’s presidency? You guessed it: Jimmy Carter. Coincidence? I think not.
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