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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 Humorless Left

From 1971-1973 my wife and I lived in South Denver.   In the 1972 elections our Representative in Congress, Republican James McKevitt, did not bother to campaign much against his light weight Democrat opponent.   As a result Pat Schroeder went on to Congress to represent the First District for 12 consecutive terms.

In 1996 when the GOP took over the House for the first time in 40 years, Newt Gingrich and the Republicans were accused of being heartless toward the poor and aged when they slowed (but did not cut) the rising costs of government.   As a result it was said that some seniors were having to eat dog food as they could not afford to buy normal groceries.    Rush Limbaugh, not wanting to be thought uncaring, joked that he had bought his mom a can opener to facilitate her opening cans of dog food for her meals.   Representative Schroeder, not realizing this was said in jest, actually went to the floor of Congress and reamed millionaire Rush for being so cruel to his mom.    This is in the Congressional record.

As a result Limbaugh makes fun of the Democrats as having no sense of humor and referred to Dick Gebhardt as the most humorless man in Washington.   There is truth in this though it was not always the case.    Back in the days when Democrats were not Socialists and understood national defense, World War II hero and President Jack Kennedy was known for his wit and charm.   His Press Conferences were frequent (unlike the current occupant of the White House for whom Press Conferences are a threat) and known for their good natured banter.   The Press, the President and the Public all enjoyed these exchanges.  Those were days of balance which lightened the burdens of life.

But it is not only the Left which lacks a sense of humor.   It can happen to Democrat Light as well.   In the past two days, our daughter, who is home from Law School, has received mailings from Jane Norton supporters accusing Ken Buck of being disdainful of women.   This goes back to Norton’s claiming Buck was not man enough to stand up for himself but rather relying on outside people to do his dirty work.   He was told to man up.   Ken, who does have a sense of humor, joked about his not wearing high heels.   Now the fur is flying.   Ken is called anti-woman.   One of the problems is that they are serious.

Let us look at some facts.    Ken Buck’s campaign manager is a woman.   Jane’s is a man.    Wonder if Jane is anti-women.    My wife and I walked in the Estes Parade for Ken.   Most of the other walkers were women.   Wonder if they think Ken is against them.   I seriously doubt it.   My wife has made hundreds of calls for Ken to Fort Lupton, Boulder and the Greeley area.   I showed her these two flyers and she goes on making calls for Ken.

The three persons I know best on Ken’s campaign are women–young women and very intelligent.   I believe they know a male chauvinist if they see one and do not so see Ken Buck.   Finally our daughter has attended meetings for Ken in Loveland, wore her Ken Buck T-shirt for the Greeley Stampede and Parade.   She has also made numerous calls on his behalf and continues to do so the flyers notwithstanding.    We do not mind receiving these mythological mailings that distort Ken’s record as we have a sense of humor and they bring a good laugh to our home.

I would make a suggestion to Jane and her followers.   Lighten up.   Remember the 17th Proverb, “A merry heart doeth good like medicine.”   We know the campaign is long and hard but there is plenty of rest for the Norton campaign right around the corner–like after August 10th.