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A Greeting from Iraq

Posted by Ryan on November 9, 2005

On vacation from the trials and tribulations of life in Joisey, I’m visiting my homeland, the People’s Republic of Rhode Island, for the week. The purpose of my visit is to spend quality time with my brother, who is home for 15 days from the Sandbox, the 2-Way firing range, the Suck, or as She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and Teddy “Fins” Kennedy put it, the Quagmire.
He’s got some great stories and has a positive attitude. He harbors a serious gripe on the media’s portrayal of Iraq. It ain’t great, but it’s getting better. Here are tib-bits that he knows the media is not reporting accurately:

  • The reason that there are so many blackouts in Iraq is simple: the economy is getting better over there, so people are buying more goods that require electricity. Ergo, the grids burnout and blackouts occur: not because of security threats, but because of a vibrant economy!
  • Soldiers that are still active since Saddam’s “Volunteer” (wink, nudge, watch your tongue) Army are doing much better. Privates that back then started at $7 a month 3 years ago, are now making $450 under the new Iraqi Army (ALL VOLUNTEER he adds!). That buys a lot of chai!
  • Contrary to the popular position of the media, from a soldiers POV there is no reason why generally the people of Iraq would ever support an insurgency that is out to subdue or destroy both their prospects and the reality of a better way of life. Anecdote: even the Sunni’s have more of a stake. The Al Quds Power Plant of Northern Baghdad is Sunni run, yet feeds Shiite dominated areas– one gets the power, the other makes the money… not in Saddam’s Iraq or Zarqawi’s Caliphate!

I’ll be checking in sporadically throughout the week with more insights on our struggles abroad!

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Why are REPUBLICANS trying to undermine the free market?

Posted by Sal on November 9, 2005

I am ashamed of my party today. The political grandstanding of the members of the United States Senate with their hearings on the so-called “Price Gouging” of the oil companies smacks of socialism. To have people like Sen. Pete Domenici and Scott McClellan sounding like Ted Kennedy and she who must not be named.

The real problem is the federal government, and that’s where the hearings should be focused. The federal government has regulated the oil industry to death. No refineries have been built in decades, and the environmental regulations on gasoline formulations is draconian. If the federal government is serious about lowering gas prices, they should do the following:

  1. Begin the process of building more refineries to increase our refining capacity.
  2. Remove the ridiculous requirement for different formulations of gasoline for different parts of the country
  3. Remove the gas tax.
  4. Allow drilling in ANWR and offshore exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. This will increase our supply and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

If you do these things, not only will the gas prices plummet, but the economy will take off, providing more jobs and opportunity for everyone. Less government regulation, better results for all Americans.

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Governor Owens WAS Presidential Material

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2005

I appreciate Governor Owens’ explanation that the vote in Colorado wasn’t exactly as portrayed in the media. But Governor, any measure that allows government spending to increase further is a bad idea. Surplus funds that are not used to lower outstanding debt is money that was wrongfully taken from the people. As President Bush said: “It’s the people’s money.”

The Governor’s explanation is also disappointing because it shows that he doesn’t understand that a smaller government actually benefits people. The aim of smaller government is not to starve children or throw the elderly out on the street. Balanced budgets and preparations for recession, while desirable, are also no the purpose of limited government. The aim of limited government is the recognition that individuals and families are better equipped to solve their own problems. Ronald Reagan said it better than I ever could: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”

For the record, Bill Owens is one of my favorite governors. Effectiveness is certainly important in the race for President, but I’m looking for the candidate that can best articulate the vision that people are capable of controlling their own destiny.

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British Political Reality

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2005

Prime Minister Tony Blair will go down in history as a great world leader. I consider Tony Blair to be close to the level of a hero, an honor I thought I would never reserve for a socialist. But today we see the reality of British politics.

Even in the aftermath of a great leader emerging from the Labour party, the constant threat remains that the European leftists which infest Labour party could take over the leadership at a moment’s notice. The alternative who would emerge as Labour Party leader if Prime Minister Blair is ousted by his own party will most likely mirror the type of leader the Guardian newspaper craves. (I include Gordon Brown in that description because of the pressure exerted by the anti-American socialist backbenchers).

No one can be certain that a Conservative Prime Minister would share Mr. Blair’s backbone, but you can count on the Tories as the most pro-American of the major parties in the UK. Regardless of its leader, rest assured that we would have an ally in a Tory-led United Kingdom.

In the meantime, God bless Tony Blair!

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I Voted for Bloomberg

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2005

Undecided until and even while I was in the booth, I voted for Mike Bloomberg. It normally takes alot for me to not vote for the Republican. I was so inclined yesterday.

While in the booth, I imagined Mayor Ferrer with Al Sharpton pulling the strings. This may have had something to do with the fact that the guy ahead of me in line had the last name “Ferrer.” It was clearly a lesser of two evils situation which I contend does not normally occur.

That said, after pulling the level for the “Republican” I felt the need to take a shower.

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A Little More Perspective From the Axis of Right

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2005

From the perspective of a Democrat, an off-year election featuring races in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City must produce two victories for the Democrats or the cycle is considered a failure. Yesterday, the Democrats produced two victories. This was neither a victory nor a defeat. It was a wash. Obviously three Republican victories would have benefitted the voters in those areas, but it didn’t happpen.

A tennis analogy best describes yesterday’s unfortunate events. The Democrats held serve. They won two of three races in a year when the elections were held in two blue electorates. It would have been wonderful for the GOP to break serve yesterday, but despite their failure to do so, the Republican party still leads this match two sets to love. Our party holds the White House, Senate, House and the majority of governorships.

What seats did the Democrats gain? None. They already held Virginia and New Jersey. Their favorite candidate couldn’t even win in New York City. (the City not “progressive” enough for you libbies?) It’s obvious that we’ve come a long way when merely holding serve is cause for Democrat jubilation.

Make no mistake, Republicans should be disappointed about yesterday. Even though the Democrats only held serve, the GOP must always play to win the break points. The Democrats are not the Whigs the yet, but to make them the Whigs requires the GOP to go for the jugular. I want 2006 to be another break point. We have a better shot of winning it than they do. Over the next few days, I will show you why. Then we can make 2008 game, set and match.

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