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Rick Perry Leads Republican Pack

Rick Perry is leading the Republican Pack with 41% of the Tea Party vote, according to a new poll. (quoted at Huffington Post)  To me, this is proof positive that the Tea Party is mostly a bunch of yahoo Bubbas who do not understand the ways of the world.  They don’t realize just how bad Perry has been as Governor of Texas and how bad he’ll be as President.

Think about it… How much money do you have saved in your 401k for your retirement?  Are you going to need Social Security and Medicare in order to retire?  Yes?  Well, then don’t vote for Rick Perry – he says Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and he’s against the whole idea of it.  Now, I’m not saying that Social Security doesn’t need to be fixed – it does, but how can you trust a man who thinks it is unconstitutional to be the man who is going to save it?  You can’t.

And, don’t think for one second that Rick Perry is actually going to create good jobs.  His million jobs in a decade claim may be true, but the majority of those jobs are low paying and lowered the economic standing of a lot of Texans.

Don’t even get me started on his disbelief in climate change.

He signed the anti-gay pledge – a sure sign that God could tell me to vote for Perry and I wouldn’t listen.

A vote for Rick Perry is a vote against your own best economic interests.  So, if you don’t care about your economic standing, go ahead, vote for him.  If you want Social Security to be around when you retire, don’t vote for Perry.  Otherwise, go ahead – kill the middle class in this country by voting for him.

Republican Candidates

I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012.  There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.

I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich.  Alas, the man let me down.  He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest.  The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance.  <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.

Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there.  She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth.  Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth.  Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:

“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”

And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama.  Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt?  Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across.  I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?

Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend.  Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him.  So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC.  I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere.  But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:

“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”

Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:

  • They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
  • The Patroit Act – no comment needed
  • Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
  • Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.

Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.

I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.

Rick Santorum – South Carolina’s Choice for President

There are days that I honestly believe that Lincoln was wrong and we should’ve let the South succede. When I hear that Rick Santorum won a straw poll as South Carolina’s choice for the Republican nominee for President, it only strengthens that belief. The South has to overcome the image that it is full of nothing but dumb rednecks and, when they choose a man like Santorum, well, they’re not helping their cause.

Rick Santorum is so screwed up that he actually believes that one out of every three pregnancies end in abortion. He couldn’t be farther from the truth. His actual comment was this:

The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.

Here’s the thing, if Santorum had just ended his comment at the first sentence, I would be in agreement with him. We don’t have enough workers to support our retirees. When the unemployment rate is 9.2%, we don’t have enough people out there working. But, the reason we don’t have enough workers has absolutely NOTHING to do with abortion. We don’t have enough people employed.

Come to think of it, that still isn’t a very good argument, but it is better than his.

So, please, South Carolina, come to your senses. Don’t vote for this man. He’s missing the basic necessity for clear and logical thinking: a brain.

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