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The Golden State and The Lone Star State

From 1989-1991 our family lived in Tallahassee, FL–host community to Florida State University.   Head football coach, Bobby Bowden, lived around the corner from our church and worshiped with us occasionally.  His Seminoles destroyed the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Fiesta Bowl of 1990.   The next spring, Nebraska Head Coach, Tom Osborne, turned his squad over to his assistants, swallowed his pride, came to Tallahassee,  and observed Bobby’s spring training to learn how he did it.

Ironically, the next year, NE and FSU met in the Orange Bowl for the national title and FSU won by a whisker.  No blow out this time.   And Osborne, who had never won a title, won two championships before he retired.

Our most populous state and second largest both in acreage and in number of residents are a study in contrast.    One is bankrupt and the other is thriving.   Texas Governor, Rick Perry, was on FOX after the mid-term elections and spoke about the hundreds of California companies who relocated in the Lone Star State just since January 1, 2010.

Why have these businesses done this?   Because Texas does not punish success with high taxes, and it is business friendly which means, among other things,  Texas does not over regulate.   Texas has also learned what California has not–no state or nation, no matter how wealthy, can support a huge welfare program.    The late Milton Friedman pounded on this during the Reagan Administration.   Bill Clinton was dragged into this conclusion by Newt Gingrich and the new Republican Congress elected in 1994.   Clinton signed Welfare Reform which assured his second term and led to a stronger economy.

What did California do in the mid-terms?    Returned the ultra-partisan Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate and Jerry Brown to the Governorship.    Brown could learn as Tom Osborne did by leaving spring training (also known as the transition time) in the hands of staff and fly to Austin to spend time with Governor Perry.   The leaders of New York and Illinois, states also headed for insolvency, might consider the same.

However, pride will prevent this.   Besides the Far Left lives in denial and does not believe in the Texas approach.   But this is key to our recovery beginning in 2011 under the Republican House and in 2013 when the GOP captures the Senate and the White House:   We must not bail out CA, IL, NY or any other state.   First, we cannot afford it.   Second, this is buying drinks for the alcoholic.   It will go right on.   They must take the cure if they are to recover.

My father is a WWII marine.   He has the biggest hand in the county and was not afraid to employ it when I needed discipline.   I did not like it at the time but now thank him for it.   The adult grown ups are in the GOP.  They must discipline the adolescent Democrats in CA, IL, NY and beyond.    If not these children running around disguised as adults will never grow up and they will ruin the country.   Are all ready to be led by real men and women?   Churchill told Britain he had nothing to offer but blood, toil, sweat and tears.   The Brits got behind him and they were vital to stopping the Nazis as we prepared to enter WWII.  

Demosthenes (384-322 B.C.)  was a Greek statesman and orator.   He was asked how Athens could halt their decline.   His answer was both simple and profound and sage advice for our land today as well.   Demoshtenes said,  “Stop what you are doing now.”  Are we ready to stop what we are doing  now?   I hope so.


The Two Faces of Michael Bennet

The Roman god, Janus, is of two faces and minds.   He is portrayed with one face looking ahead and his other face looking back.   The month of January is named for this god.   Our junior appointed Senator, Michael Bennet, is of this nature.

Michael Bennet, affectionately known in these parts as Rubberstamp Man, has a Washington D.C. face.    In the nation’s capitol he is Obama’s man through and through.    If Mr. President wants it,  Mr. Rubberstamp Man is there to vote for it.   The Stimulus.  Obamacare.  The Auto Bailout–really rescue of the United Auto Workers with bond holders left high and dry.  Cash for Clunkers.   Each of those cars cost Americans 24,000 dollars.   And one wonders if, like many mortgages, the people can pay for these cars.   Someone has said the one good thing about cash for clunkers is that it rid the nation of 600,000 Obama/Biden bumper stickers.   But, you name it.   Rubberstamp is there to vote Aye for all of Obama’s wishes.

And then there is Michael Bennet the humble representative of the people of the Centennial State.   With straight Colorado face he says of his Washington face, “I will not vote for one thing that is not paid for.”    Look at the paragraph above.   Not one of those programs is paid for.   I am surprised both of Bennet’s faces did not choke on that one.

Bennet’s other approach–in addition to deception about his own record–is to lie about and smear Ken Buck and his record.  The Denver Post  has on two occasions (September 11 and September 26) pointed out Bennet’s dark and alarmist and deceptive campaign with stinging words:   “Bennet knows better;”    “Bennet can do better.”    So can we by removing Obama’s Rubberstamp with a man who will stand with and for us at home.   This is not unique to Colorado.    Democrats across the land are smearing their GOP opponents.   Karl Rove has stated this in his columns and on FOX programs.    Says Rove, “The Democrats cannot run on their records which voters have overwhelmingly rejected.   So they attack and smear their opponents.    What else have they got.”    And the answer is nothing.

In contrast, Ken Buck  is standing on the Constitution and for the people of Colorado.  And he answers Bennet’s lies with the truth about Mr. Rubberstamp.    Nothing more angers an opponent with a sorry record than the light of truth.    Harry Truman said during the 1948 campaign:  “I just tell the truth on them and they think the truth is hell.”    Michael Bennet and the other Dems are not enjoying the 2010 campaign.   The truth is out on them and for they find it hellish. 

Friends, we must replace the Far Left in Congress this year with strong conservatives like Ken Buck.   Men and women proud to stand on their records and for the people.    But if we do not turn out the Far Left,  we are a nation bankrupt financially and morally.  As Ronald Reagan said,  “We change course or it is a thousand years of darkness.”

Which will it be?    Michael “Janus” Bennet, the Rubberstamp whose faces run off in all directions.   Or Ken Buck.   A man whose face is set like a flint on a true course worth sailing.   I vote the latter for my  children and grandchildren and a generation yet unborn.