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Dr. Ben Carson

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

While I like some of the positions of Ben Carson, the closer I look at him as a Presidential Candidate, the less I like.

A big reason was when he came out against Kim Davis, but since then I have looked at his website and I’m concerned that his stance on religious freedom is far too narrow.  On his campaign website he has the following statement in his section entitled “Keep Faith in Our Society”:

However, we need to reverse the recent trend of secular progressives using activist, federal judges to drive faith out of our society. Anyone who wishes to practice their faith, for example by praying privately, can and should be able to do so. Equally, the rights of someone to abstain from private prayer should also be jealously protected.

This is a far too limited view.  practicing faith is far more than “praying privately” and “private prayer”.


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2012 February 7th Primaries

February 7, 2012 1 comment

Colorado is located in the central western Uni...

In case you weren’t paying attention, there are caucuses being held today in Colorado and Minnesota.

Here are the poll projections for Colorado:

37% Romney
27% Santorum
21% Gingrich
13% Paul

Minnesota looks even better:

33% Santorum
24% Romney
22% Gingrich
20% Paul

Given that the polls indicate that Santorum is leading in Minnesota, I fully expect him to win there. With only a 10% spread between Romney and Santorum in Colorado, I think he has a very good chance there as well.

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Missouri also has a primary today, though it is non-binding. Santorum is expected to do well there too.

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How much do I make?

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

You may be interested to know how how much I make.  Last year I made $50,000.  I’m not in debt as much as some people.  I only owe $332,000, but because I have good credit I pay less than $8,000 every year in interest.  Recently I’ve been concerned because my creditors indicated that they may not want to increase my credit line.  I tried to explain to them that the $85,000 I spend every year all goes to very important things.

I do recognize that I need to do better, so I have spent the past month really buckling down on my spending.  I have done my best to remove every frill possible.  It has been very painful, but I have managed to decrease my spending by $930, so I only spend $34,000 more than I make.

Some people are saying that won’t be enough.  They are suggesting that I should follow a 52 year plan to eliminate all my debt.  Talk about the cure killing the patient!  To show I’m serious about this problem I’m working on a multi-faceted plan to do more.  The first part of my plan is to convince the federal government to force all of my uncles who have successful businesses to give me $23,000 every year.   I’m hoping that they will just decrease their own income rather than laying off employees.  If they do lay some off though, that’s OK because I donate $9,000 every year to complete strangers who tell me they are out of a job or just need help paying their bills.  The final part of my plan is to cut another $2,000.  It will hurt, but it must be done.
You may think I’m being cruel with all these draconian cuts.  After all, I’ll decrease spending on my children’s education to $128 to $3,634 and decrease funding for their art projects by a whopping $302 to $3,473.  You must realize that even though this is necessary I have refused to change the retirement plan I created.  You see I created a mandatory retirement program for all my employees.  They give me a percentage of their income every month and, well, my plan was to save it for them and give it to them when they retired, but hard times made it necessary for me to spend it.  Don’t worry though, I’m still giving it back to them when they retire, well, most of it.  The program works though, because if they didn’t use my program they might spend it all, but at least I make sure they get most of it back when they retire.

My name is the U.S. Federal Government, and these numbers are 0.0000023256% of their original value.
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Raising the Debt Ceiling

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment
NYC: National Debt Clock

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I think these words of wisdom are much needed in the debate about the debt ceiling:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

– Then US Senator Barack Obama, May 20, 2006

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Who Won?

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This election was a conservative victory more than a Republican victory.  Sure many Republicans won, but more were true conservatives and not just acting like conservatives to get elected, at least that is our hope.  This is not a contrast of the 2008 election.  As Rush Limbaugh said today, “…conservatism did not lose in 2008 because conservatism was not on the ballot in 2008.”   2008 was liberal extremist vs. liberal light both wrapped in conservative rhetoric calculated to improve their electability.  2010 included more prominent candidates that actually believe in conservative principles.  Now that they are in office, let’s pray for them and hold them to their word.  Let’s also keep the trend going in 2012.

Conservative Victory

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment
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I just finished reading Sean Hannity’s book Conservative Victory.  I’m glad I was able to read it, but it is not a must read.  I did find this quote he gave from former House majority leader Dick Armey interesting.

I’ve always wondered why Republicans insist on acting like Democrats in hopes of retaining political power, while Democrats act like us in order to win.

With Republicans projected to gain 62 seats in the house, eight seats in the Senate, and six governorships in the election this week, we need to make sure that those that campaigned as conservatives act like conservatives in office.  For reference in the 1994 Republican Revolution the pre-election ratios were about the same and the Republicans gained 54 House seats and eight Senate seats.

Florida Election 2010

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment
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I’ve been doing some research for the 2010 election coming up soon.  I discovered a good site that may be helpful to others here in the Florida.

Judge Retention – At the bottom of each section is an “Additional Information” and a “Recommendation” section.  The additional information makes a good case for the recommendations and I haven’t found any I disagree with.

Amendments – I disagree with their recommendation of “Yes” on #2, but not very strongly, and it will likely pass anyway.

TEA – A good article (but very long) on why the TEA party listed on our Florida ballot is not the Tea Party Movement, which also explains why I could find so little information about the candidates running for this minor party.  It helped me decide to vote for Adam Putnam instead of Ira Chester even though the former voted for TARP.