This Is What Democrats Do

Obama’s latest budget is a joke and an insult to the American people. If Harry Reid allows it to reach the floor it will be voted down like last year: 97-0.

Republicans in the House are passing budgets and bills.

Obama is passing the buck.

He’d raise tax rates and cut defense spending while expanding spending in every other area. This is a broken record.

The recent flap involving the Catholic Church and contraception etc. shows exactly what Obamacare is all about. We all lose our freedom when we hand over the health care and insurance business to bureaucrats. Now we are being told that pregnancy is a preventable illness. Do they read their own press releases? The Democrats simply run around declaring that one thing or another will be free of cost. There is no such thing. This is childish and ignorant.

The free market isn’t a bunch of “greedy capitalists” ripping us off without repercussions. The free market is about OUR freedom to choose. In that system businesses compete for our money — just like Apple and Microsoft compete for our computer and technology business. Things get better and cheaper for us while the corporations make money. There are profits and jobs — not subsidies and scandals like Solyndra.

The GOP needs a coordinated message that explains that to the voters and shows how Republicans will be distinctly different than the incompetents in charge now.

Obama and the Democrats are attempting the same controlled-economy nonsense that has failed every single time it has been forced on a population. The Soviet Union is only the most infamous example.

We are at a point where we need strong leadership to push bold policies that repeal and reverse most of this. We’ve been sliding toward socialism since FDR and the main difference now is that quicker pace. We’re at multiple tipping points. We’re broke and facing a real economic catastrophe.

If Mitt Romney wants to win the election he needs to understand that the President is not the CEO of America. You cannot micro-manage the economy–you can only set it free.

Pat Duggan

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Democrats’ Ignorant Assumptions

In the immigration reform battle the Democrats consistently favor mass amnesty. They assume that all the new immigrants will support their socialist policies. This should infuriate Hispanics. The vast majority come here at great risk to seek the American dream of the rewards to be had in a free enterprise economic system. The Democrat view is insulting and condescending.

Watch this video for Marco Rubio’s brilliant take down of yet another idiotic Harry Reid comment. LINK

Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 10:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thoughts on Independence Day

Our brave forefathers risked their lives to create this great nation. They didn’t just “declare” our independence, they fought for it in a war lasting over 8 years. Take a few minutes to read about the “Americans who risked everything”.

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With victory in hand they then set upon a new mission: determining our form of government. Highly educated students of history and politics they knew the inherent flaws  in Democracies. Pure democracy is nothing more than mob rule. 51% of the voters can impose their personal preference on the entire country.  So the Constitution was written and a Republic was formed. The purpose of that Constitution was to define and to limit our government so that we could never be deprived of those self evident truths laid out in the Declaration of Independence. Our Individual rights are paramount. Government derives its right from the consent of the governed.

Upon passage Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman what form of government they had given us. “A Republic, if you can keep it” he replied.  Clearly the brilliant Franklin foresaw more than 200 years ago the potential for mischief from those who would attempt to divert that power to themselves.

I urge you to take 10 minutes to view this very powerful and informative video that describes the various forms of government. Left wingers tend to call those they disagree with “fascists”.  Angry democrats frequently tried to compare Bush to Hitler. Yeah right. Not only is the comparison childish, it is not remotely politically accurate. Fascism, Nazism, Communism and the other odious systems all fall to the left of center.

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It is disturbing to see corporate America trying to bring influence to bear to protect their narrow special interests instead of banding together to fight for a reduction in our second-highest-on-earth corporate tax rate. We’ve witnessed in recent years the  congressional show trials where oil and health insurance companies refused to defend themselves or our system of free enterprise. They could have schooled our ignorant congress creatures on their rather unremarkable profit margins. They backed down from the challenge. Did they forget how they became successful? Do only small business owners get it anymore?

Check out this great clip:

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I have been asked by many blog readers why I have described Obama and his administration of being socialist. I believe it is accurate.  I think the passage of socialized health care is evidence enough. I think he telegraphed it in the campaign and his books.  But watching the Democrat party follow him in lockstep is truly frightening. The desire by some to pull the country to the left has been evident since at least the FDR era. I think the various left wing factions saw Obama as their meal ticket; the guy who could win and bring House and Senate victories on his coattails; the quick chance to pass their entire agenda.

Watch the video. We can either move toward the left, bigger government, higher taxes and the drag on the economy that always creates-or to the right and free markets, free people, rule of law, limited government and the prosperity that has made the 223 years of our Constitutional Republic the most successful political experiment of all time.

Would you like a free pocket size Declaration of Independence and Constitution? It’s great! Check it out here:

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Are we going to keep our Republic or let it fall victim to the political ambitions of misguided left-wing political hacks?

Happy Fourth of July!

Pat Duggan

Oil spilling, BS flowing

BP is going to go bankrupt.

It will be due mainly to their utter incompetence. It would be a great example of the market at work as assets are transferred from the criminally negligent to the deserving victims through proper legal channels. Instead it will play out in Obama’s alternative universe where he and his regime plunder the evil profiteers “with a boot on their neck”. He is so fixated on this destruction of a capitalist icon-when he is not busy playing golf and throwing parties-that he has neglected to do anything to limit the damage. In doing so he will further damage his presidency and the Democrat party-not to mention the coastline and the economy.

The prevention of oil reaching shore is virtually nonexistent. Offers of help and booms and skimmers from Denmark and other countries were rejected. Coastal local governments have received no cooperation from the feds. Requests for permission to construct barriers were ignored and then approved in limited form only after long delays. “Environmentalists” successfully thwarted 3 different approaches. It is day 57 and the President of the United States has not met with the heads of BP. This should have been the plan on day 1. The heads of the other major oil companies should have been called in as well-for brainstorming-not interrogation. None of this happened.

If I see one more clip of the “cleanup effort” I am going to lose it. It is estimated that over 100 million gallons of oil has leaked and all I see are mopes in plastic suits cleaning beaches by hand! Why aren’t they using oil tankers to suck up the oil and water and then separating the oil out (it floats right?) for refining? If this is not a viable solution then they should be telling us why and what other large scale efforts are being employed.

Comparisons to Bush and Katrina are apples to oranges but since the Democrats brought it up, “let’s be perfectly clear.” The major failures in Katrina were marked by the bumbling of the Democrat mayor of New Orleans and the Democrat Governor of Louisiana. They did not request the appropriate help from the federal government and turned it down when it was offered. Contrast that with the current Republican governor of Louisiana and his hands on approach. He has come up with quick, creative solutions only to be ignored by the dithering Obama and his incompetent administration.

This is so very simple. Millions of barrels of valuable oil are gushing from the sea floor and BP does not have a clue on how to suck it up at the point of release. This is mind boggling. If they don’t know how to collect oil when and where they find it then they do not belong in the oil business. And if Exxon and all the others do not know how to cap that well and stop the flow of oil or at least divert it to their tankers for proper use then there should be no deep water drilling by anybody.

OK, so I’ve made my case. I think both BP and the Obama team share the blame here. But if we are to learn our lesson here we must ask two questions:

Could it have been avoided?

Can we prevent it from happening again in the future?

Yes on both. But Obama doesn’t see it that way. He said we were drilling a mile deep and forty miles from shore “because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water”. That is a lie-and he knows it. It is the height of arrogance for him to think he could get away with it. It was pointed out by all the sharp commentators right away. This is how the left works. They think if you repeat this nonsense enough it will be accepted. Except it isn’t. Everybody knows our energy policy is driven by the successful lobbying of anti-oil extremists carrying the flag of “environmentalism”. We drill 40 miles offshore because they’ve succeeded in having it banned everywhere else. Obama continued his new faux-angry tone with the tired claim that we use 20% of the world’s oil but hold only 2% of the reserves. This is deceptive nonsense. That reserve figure is an estimate that is dependent on those same drilling bans. More exploration would yield a huge boost in reserves.

Then Obama played revealed his real agenda. He doesn’t intend to let this “crisis go to waste.” He wants to reinvigorate the dead cap and tax bill and make a bigger push for green energy. This is the same “green energy” agenda that has been an utter failure in Spain, killing jobs and contributing to their burgeoning financial crisis

So the big speech was a failure on every level. The blame game continues. The oil spill goes on. Energy policy is not realistic. Leadership is nonexistent.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on June 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dick Morris: Obama is incompetent

Dick Morris has a catchy headline: “Obama doesn’t have a clue.”

Read his column here: LINK

Dick imagines himself smarter than the Democrats he worked for and has made a name for himself as one of their chief critics. I find his observations frequently enlightening but he misses the mark several times here. We are not surprised that Obama is incompetent. His total lack of relevant experience-either administrative or private sector-was one of his main shortcomings and the way the mainstream media ignored it was infuriating. By election day the story was that he ran such a great campaign he could surely handle the presidency.

Morris writes: “He doesn’t know how to stop the oil from spilling. He is bereft of ideas about how to create jobs in the aftermath of the recession. He has no idea how to keep the European financial crisis contained. He has no program for repaying the massive debt hole into which he has dug our nation without tax increases he must know will only deepen the pit.”

The problem isn’t that Obama doesn’t “know how” to plug the oil leak-the experts at BP clearly don’t either. The problem is that Obama views business-all business-as the enemy. As I have noted, BP caused this mess, but at this stage of the crisis the Obama administration should be working with BP. Instead they are doing the only thing they know how to do: attack the big bad business entity. They should be working with BP and engaging all the other big oil companies to help. They all can benefit from a quick solution or be damaged by the fallout.

As for the financial crisis unfolding in Europe this is classic liberal behavior. They cling to their socialist ideology and pseudo-Keynesian economic theory in spite of the historic evidence. Both are consistent failures. Obama dare not speak the solution for Greece and the rest of the “PIIGS”. Bring government spending and public sector unions under control and implement pro-business policy? If then forced to take this advice he’d have to completely reverse his entire agenda. He might even have to pull a “Specter” and switch parties.

Entrepreneur or Unemployed?

Former labor secretary Robert Reich makes a basic observation here: lots of unemployed are making attempts at starting their own business-but he has to put his own liberal spin on it. He claims that congress has made it easier for them with Obamacare. Please. What these statistics show is that the American spirit is alive and kicking. We want jobs-not handouts. The high unemployment rate is going to be Obama’s undoing-not the oil spill.

Read the story here: LINK

Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Oil Spill Blame Game

I called this blog Center Debate for reasons spelled out in the “Mission Statement”. While my written views here make it clear that I lean right I also will continue to argue that it is simplistic to try placing us all in one of two categories. While I disagree with much of the left’s positions I have been critical of GOP politicians-especially the Bush presidents. I am staunchly pro-free markets.

The ongoing mess in the Gulf of Mexico is a true test of these convictions. Here is my attempt at balance:

BP screwed up. Big time. They own this. If you are going to engage in deep water drilling you had better have your disaster plans ready. I watched an ABC reporter tour the Louisiana shore line with the BP Chairman who stuck to the company line of “We’re doing everything we can…blah blah blah.” Behind him were a handful of workers in white “Haz Mat” suits with shovels and kitchen garbage bags cleaning by hand. It would be laughable if it were not so utterly insulting. All along I have shouted at the TV, “Where is the big BP equipment sucking up this precious oil and dumping into tankers?” It floats ferchrisake. You can skim it off the top. You can suck in tankers’ full and then pump the water out from the bottom.

For once big business is almost entirely to blame. I defended the oil companies when crude hit $145 per barrel. I still support extensive drilling. I still think the cry for alternative energy to replace fossil fuels is incredibly naive. I think that man-caused global warming has been exposed to be an orchestrated fraud. I think some democrats need to admit that their party, and to a great extent our country, has allowed extremists waving the environmental flag to gain undue influence in our energy policy and in doing so has endangered our national security. Russia and a good chunk of the world who are not friendly to the US are cornering energy markets and stockpiling weapons. We are tilting at windmills and appeasing tyrants.

BP has done proponents of free markets and pragmatic energy policy a real disservice.  It would behoove the other major oil companies to assist BP in plugging this leak and cleaning up the mess.

As for the Obama administration they are steadily losing credibility in this and other important issues. Their stance should be obvious: First, do whatever is necessary to contain this mess. Offer BP the full support of the US government. There will be time for the blame game later. The longer this takes to fix the more the Obama crew deserves to share in the blame. Administrations don’t cause disasters-Bush didn’t cause Katrina-but the way they respond is open to review.

Lastly, one of the major contributing factors in this mess is the depth at which BP was drilling. The well head is a full mile down. The only reason BP is drilling under these difficult conditions is because the coastal areas are under a drilling ban. Land based drilling in Alaska is much safer than this but is also banned. This disaster does not change those facts. We are many decades away from an oil free world. It’s time to put the grownups back in charge and put in place a sensible energy policy-one that will withstand the every four year change of administrations.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 10:38 am  Comments (2)  
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Free Enterprise is the American Way

Read this article.

Arthur Brooks does a fantastic job of spelling out what the debate is really about and where we fit. 70% of Americans support a free enterprise system. The other 30% is in charge right now. 70% covers most of the right wing, middle and a good chunk of the left. This is what I mean when I say the Democrats need to reclaim their party from the socialists. This is also what I mean when I say that we need to demand more from GOP politicians; more pro-market solutions; less government intervention.

Check it out here:

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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