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Defining Republican positions

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

A few weeks ago Congress turned the farm bill into an actual farm bill and made separate the food stamp program. Given that the preponderance of the so-called farm bill as it has existed was actually for food stamps, this made a lot of sense. But, as in just about anything that is done, the unhinged became hysterical. JA Schumpeter once said that “The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.” Just so.

A critic said the following, “It’s a terrifying argument...terrifying...because of politics...because what Republicans would most like to do is make food stamps disappear...because Congress is broken, deadlocked, and’s hard to imagine a scenario where (Republicans) would ever consider approving the (food) stamp program.”

This was way over the top. Terrifying because Congress separated the food stamp program from the farm program? These two should have separate from the very beginning.

The author reveals a complete misunderstanding of Republican positions or he is purposely misrepresenting them. Moreover, he hasn’t the slightest comprehension of what conservatives of the Republican party believe in. And he does not have the slightest clue as to what is going on in the Republican Party.

Where did he come up with this idiocy? Daily Kos, Democrat talking points, BS around the water fountain, the best student paper from an undistinguished journalism professor, or reading the entrails of a local roadkill?

Since 2007 food stamp enrollment has doubled. Shoot, the US government is even advertising in Mexico to ensure illegal immigrants understand that option when they climb the fence or swim the river. I think most of us would agree that we could cut back on that effort just a little.

As for hanging the poor out to dry, so to speak, that is scurrilous nonsense. Almost everyone in this country, from radical leftist to the furthest on the right, agrees that we have to take care of people who need help. Almost everyone but not all. Some of Ayn Rand’s hard-core enthusiasts don’t agree.

We help those who need help. But we don’t need never ending Democrat efforts to make people more dependent on government.

Many liberals would seem to want everyone to believe that only liberals care about the poor. Not long ago someone set out to actually prove that that was actually the case. Did a lot of research he did. He was so shaken by what he discovered that he reexamined all his results again and literally set everything aside for six months to come to terms with them. Since he couldn’t change the facts, he actually had to change his mind.

What he found is that conservatives care far more, as a general rule, than do liberals. That is reflected in comparing what liberals and conservatives gave to charity and also by how much time each volunteered for good causes. Even when he left out giving to churches, conservatives gave far more and also volunteered more. The idea that Republicans and conservatives don’t care about the less fortunate is mind-blowing stupidity.

Here’s a dandy comparison. Mitt Romney is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 million. He has given about $50 million to charity. When his far-from-poor father died, son Romney gave away all of his inheritance. Compare that to Obama and Biden. True, Obama’s charitable giving has increased since he was elected to president but “from 2000 to 2004, the Obama’s gave an average of 0.9 percent” and “through 2009 between 4.7 and 6.5 percent”. And the ever-so “generous” big spender Joe Biden? $369 per year for the last 10 years, all of 0.2 percent. Ya gotta love a man with such a big heart.

Liberals are really good about caring as long as it is with someone else’s money. “The bottom line is, we’re not broke,” says Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison, “It’s just that the government doesn’t have it.” Given the liberal approach to economics, it’s no wonder that US economic performance is so dismal.

By the way, as Conrad Black recently pointed out, “In 232 years of American independence from 1776 to four and half years ago, (we) ran up an accumulated federal debt of $10 trillion - and now it’s $17 trillion. A very large share of our bonds, when they’re left unsold, the Treasury sells to a 100 percent subsidiary, the Federal Reserve, at minimal interest rate. They’re paid for by notes that are just created for the purpose and clicked across in an e-mail.” And over the last five years US net worth per capita has dropped more than $100,000.

As for notion that Congress is in gridlock here is another opinion. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn recently said that, “Washington is dysfunctional...members of Congress and the Administration agree on too much. We agree on spending money we don’t have. We agree on not over-sighting the programs that should be over-sighted. We agree on continuing to spend money on programs that don’t work or are ineffective. Basically we agree on too much.”

Moreover, mainstream Republicans don’t much like their conservative base or conservative members in Congress. Not long ago Senator Cruz related that Republican Senatorial meetings have been unpleasant to say the least. The “mainstream” Republican senators are angry with Cruz. Cruz said the mainstreamers lose their tempers and literally shout at him and a couple of other Tea Party conservatives. The RINOs are upset that people at townhall meetings want them to fight back against liberals and standup for principles. Imagine that. An opposition party that actually opposes based on principle.

Professor emeritus Angelo Codevilla believes that the real problem our country faces is not the choice between liberals and conservatives but divide that exists between the “ruling class”, as he calls them, and the “country class.” He has a point. People don’t trust government and want less of it.

Finally, the rodeo clown with an Obama mask. This administration is responsible for one scandal after another and the left made a bigger deal of this than any of them to include Benghazi. When in the world did our incompetent clown president become a holy and sacred icon we cannot make fun of? Must be very recent because during the Bush administration they even wrote books and made movies about assassinating him.

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