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Monday, May 5, 2008

Of tax reliefs and obliteration

By George Dienhart

Funny watching two Democrats argue over tax breaks. Obama is against the tax holiday on gasoline while Clinton is for it. I guess we should enjoy this while we can, I mean Clinton normally would not advocate any kind of tax break. She is desperately trying to distinguish herself from Obama. She chose to make her stand over a tax holiday that was first proposed by…John McCain?

There is usually some cross-pollination of ideas in an election. Different candidates can claim the good ideas of the primary opponents. Unpopular ideas are often cast off and forgotten. This is a little different, though. Sen. Clinton has chosen to make her stand on an idea advanced by the presumptive Republican nominee. Stealing Ideas in a primary is old news. Stealing ideas from the opposition party is a bold new direction, even for Clinton.

This is not the only difference that the two candidates have. Clinton is apparently Pro-obliteration, while Obama is anti-obliteration. I am speaking in regards to Iran, of course. I am usually against obliteration, but in this case, I might make some exceptions. For example:

  • Enemies of America that wish to obliterate us
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Anyone harboring bin Laden
  • That guy that keeps calling me to try to sell me a time-share. I mean it, I am REALLY not interested.

I agree with the Clintons on almost nothing. The one thing I can say about Hillary is she probably will not surrender to the terrorists. I cannot say that about Obama. I hope that Clinton would apply the same standards on obliteration to all of our enemies- and that telemarketer.


Obama supporter William Ayers desecrates U.S. flag

Little Green Footballs has a piece on an Obama supporter- complete with a picture of him standing on the United States flag.

Lithonia update.

by George Dienhart

People often laugh when I say small town politics can get ugly. Not just because local politics tend to attract those with big egos and small ideas, but also because it is at the local levels that politics has the most impact on out lives. If you live in Lithonia, it must be tough hearing your town dragged through the dirt on the news almost every night. Fortunately, the city may be making progress.

In review, these problems started when Mayor Joyce McKibben tried to fire the Police Chief, only to have the City Council reinstate him later that evening. These actions lead to Mayor McKibben’s supporters locking themselves in city hall.  In return, the city council changed the locks. See the big egos and small ideas?

There’s more. The City council will vote on 2 issues tonight: setting rules for city bank deposits and fuel purchases for city-owned vehicles. Seems like a good idea, right?  Not to Councilwoman Linda Pruett, who according to the Atlanta Constitution Journal, stated, "It seems to me that overall it gives more authority to the mayor than the charter allows."

This type of Infighting takes time. Time that should be spent on renewing and issuing business licenses. City Clerk Victoria Bateman told the AJC that licenses paid for in October have yet to be issued. That’s where local politics effects regular people. If the mayor and city council of Lithonia truly wish to serve their constituents, they will start to play nice with each other, and focus on actually running the city.


Another Political scandal, another Democrat in Trouble

By George Dienhart

Another Political scandal, another Democrat in Trouble: The AP reports that Ohio attorney general  Marc Dann (D) has admitted that he is “in over his head”. He is referring to an affair and subsequent sexual harassment lawsuit. I guess he figured “It worked for Bill Clinton…” Dan was elected only 4 months ago.

Slate unabashedly pro- Obama

By George Dienhart

From Slate “Magazine”:

“Can we please stop pretending she has a plausible chance to win the nomination? Here's a rule I would like every political reporter, campaign official, TV talking head, and politician in the United States to follow. Go ahead and say, if you like, that Hillary Clinton retains a serious chance of winning the Democratic nomination. If you say this, however, you must describe a set of circumstances whereby this could happen. Try not to make it sound like a fairy tale."- Timothy Noah

Seems these projections have been all over the place- Here, Here, Here and Here. Now I’m for McCain, but as I have said, this sure is fun to watch…

Speaking of Rev. Wright

by George Dienhart

From the New York Post:

 'The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's loose cannon of a spiritual adviser, stole the wife of a parishioner - after the man sought Wright's help in saving his troubled marriage, the former husband told friends. Delmer Reed, 59, confided to pals that he believed the minister moved in on his wife while Wright was counseling the couple at his Chicago church in the early 1980s, The Post has learned. ... A spokesman for the Wright family flatly denied the allegation.'

Again, this brings up questions about Obama’s judgment- when you cite a man like Rev. Wright to be your mentor and spiritual advisor, what kind of judgment does that show?

USA Today Polling data

By George Dienhart

The Obama train is off the tracks at the vary least- I just found another poll. USA Today shows Clinton favored by 7 points among Democrats and Dem leaning Independents. Obama lead in this category by 10 points before the Rev. Wright book tour.

CBS news polling results show Obama crisis.

by George Dienhart

Seems that Obama may be facing some integrity issues after all. A new CBS poll shows him even with Hillary Clinton on the all important “Stronger Candidate” issue. Essentially, when registered Democrats were asked who the strongest candidate is (when matched against John McCain), the poll came up even. In February it was Obama by a 59 to 28 percent margin. Please don’t strain your neck looking at the train wreck.

McCain VEEP Sweepstakes

By George Dienhart

A friend asked me not to long ago who I thought McCain would pick for VP. I said that I though Bobby Jindal would be a good candidate, but I had doubts that Sen. McCain would pick him. Turns out I may have been wrong on that. Several prominent pundits (Gerald Seib , Robert D. Novakand William Kristol) have mentioned Jindal as a possible running mate for McCain. Jindal seems to be the real deal, and fits nicely with what the electorate seems to be calling for. He’s young, successful and runs as a reformer. Not being one who is overly PC, I’ll also say that it puts to rest that the GOP is the party of old white guys.

Democrats continue to self destruct.

By George Dienhart

I only bring this up because it is soooo fun to watch. Talk Radio yackers and bloggers are abuzz today with talk of Hillary Clinton’s “Nuclear Option”. I think that they call it that because it is MAD. I don’t mean angry or crazy, I mean that it assures the destruction of both candidates, you know mutually assured destruction. Via the Politico:

'Hillary Clinton's campaign has a secret weapon to build its delegate count, but her top strategists say privately that any attempt to deploy it would require a sharp (and by no means inevitable) shift in the political climate within Democratic circles by the end of this month. With at least 50 percent of the Democratic Party's 30-member Rules and Bylaws Committee committed to Clinton, her backers could - when the committee meets at the end of this month - try to ram through a decision to seat the disputed 210-member Florida and 156-member Michigan delegations. Such a decision would give Clinton an estimated 55 or more delegates than Obama, according to Clinton campaign operatives.'

This is pretty much what I offered up 2 weeks ago.  Get ready for a summer where the press and the Obama camp whines about a “stolen election”.