Thursday, May 31, 2012

May 31st, 2012 Edition

May 30, 2012

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel , "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."

Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land."

Today, Congress has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc .... I called a Suicide Hotline.

I had to press 1 for English.

I was connected to a call center in Pakistan . I told them I was suicidal. They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck......

Folks, we're screwed!

Special thanks to Terry Sigmon for contributing the preceding message from conservative friend Cathy Tyler

Fight Night in Wisconsin
by Robert Costa
May 31, 2012 

Barrett (left) and Walker (right)
Wisconsin, once again, is the center of the political world.

On Thursday night at Marquette University Law School, Governor Scott Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett in the final debate ahead of Tuesday’s turbulent recall election.

This is only the second clash between Walker and Barrett, and it is, by far, the most important debate of Walker’s political career.

Walker’s power is at risk, as are the budget reforms he shepherded last year. If he loses, it will be a bruising defeat for Republicans, who have poured millions into his coffers.

Last Friday, Walker soberly stuck to policy during his first debate with Barrett, the Democrats’ 2010 gubernatorial nominee. Barrett, in contrast, was feisty and combative.

Badger State politicos expect Walker to repeat his low-key performance under the bright lights at Marquette. His campaign has adopted a similar subdued approach. But as much as Walker wants to avoid the recall spotlight, simply resting his case on his economic record, he will have to grapple with a slew of issues in the final stretch.

“Walker has tried to stay cool and above the fray,” says Charlie Sykes, a conservative talk-radio host in Milwaukee. “But as Barrett sinks in the polls, his only option is to aggressively take on Walker, to see if he takes the bait.”

Keep an eye on these four factors during the pair’s final showdown, which WISN-TV will webcast beginning at 10 p.m.Eastern (9 p.m. Central).

Cruz, Tea Party Force Dewhurst into a Runoff
by John Gizzi
May 30, 2012

Dewhurst (left) and Cruz (right)
To the surprise of just about no one in the end, the top two vote-getters in the Republican primary for the seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) Tuesday represented the establishment and tea party factions of the Lone Star State GOP. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst took 45 percent of the primary vote, while former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz came in second with 35 percent. They will next meet in a runoff July 31 that, if it’s anything like the primary that just ended, should be bare-knuckled and bloody.

In topping a nine-candidate race and preparing for only the third Senate run-off ever for Texas Republicans (the first was won by George H.W. Bush back in 1964), Dewhurst and Cruz agreed on most issues. Both called themselves conservatives, were pro-life, pro-gun, and committed to repealing Obamacare. The difference was in their key supporters: Dewhurst had the backing of Gov. Rick Perry and most elected and party officials, as well as an estimated $15 million from his own wealth to spend. He was also endorsed by Mike Huckabee. 

Cruz was backed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and his PAC, Rick Santorum, Fox TV’s Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin, whose endorsements have clearly packed a political wallop in contested Republican primaries this year. He also had the support of more tea parties than any other candidate. In addition, the Club for Growth SuperPAC spent nearly $2.5 million on Cruz’s behalf.

“If you like [Republican Sens.] Marco Rubio [Fla.] and Mike Lee [UT], then I’m your candidate,” Cruz told us last year, saying his election to join the other 2010 winners “would shake up the Senate.” Like Lee, the 41-year-old Cruz is a former law clerk for a Supreme Court justice -- Lee clerked for Justice Samuel Alito, Cruz for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist -- and, like Rubio, he is the son of Cuban immigrants. To those who note he is also a past editor of the Harvard Law Review “like Barack Obama,” Cruz shoots back: “That’s all we have in common!”

The 66-year-old Dewhurst, however, took the lead in large part because his party contacts and roughly a 4-to-1 spending advantage over Cruz worked in the six major counties that provide most Republican votes in Texas. In the twilight days of the race, Dewhurst obviously felt Cruz was closing in on him and launched radio broadsides charging Cruz was associated with groups favoring illegal immigration. The Cruz forces hit back with a spot featuring Cathy Adams, former state GOP chairman and head of the Texas Eagle Forum, declaring that Cruz favored a fence along the border and opposed amnesty. 

Not familiar with Gary Johnson?  
This video is a  great summary of his positions on the issues

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