Cheap Politics By Mitt Romney Over ‘Person Of The Year’

Everyone knows that Time Magazine selects a person from around a long list of newsmakers that has changed the world in the past year.  Anyone who has lived for any length of time, and ever read Time magazine, knows the selection is not one based on morality, but the newsmakers role in the real world in which we all live.

Everyone knows that….except Mitt Romney.

His response to Russian President Putin being selected as Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ is laughable for its shameless political pandering to simple minded voters.

“You know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders,” Romney said on Beck’s radio show. “He has squelched public dissent and free press. And to suggest that someone like that is the Man of the Year is really disgusting. I’m just appalled.”

And I am appalled how idiotic Romney actually can be.

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The Presidential Campaigns In America Tonight


There is an excitement in the air over the race for the White House that is much different than those of the past.  I do not recall in my lifetime the intensity and frantic nature that seems to grip these campaigns.  While there has always been plenty of hyper-activity on all sides every four years in these races, this year things are notched up higher.  Partly this is due to the open race for both political parties.  There is no clear heir for either the Republicans or the Democrats.  Add the fact that the first woman, black, or Mormon has a chance to be nominated in a very early and condensed nominating cycle, and one can understand the hectic nature of the closing weeks of 2007.

I am watching daily to see how the maneuvering and positioning of the various candidates stack up, knowing that all are mindful that January 3rd is approaching quickly.  So here is what I think of the candidates and races as of the time I write this post.  A day is a lifetime in politics, goes the saying.  Now an hour is a lifetime for the candidates.

I find Barack Obama a very intelligent and hopeful candidate.  I think he has really grown as a speaker and White House hopeful.  But I think he will face what so many ‘dream candidates’ eventually confront.  The youthful faces that talk of new beginnings in Washington have too few voters that slog through the snow to get to a caucus, or take time to vote in a primary.  The college faces that seem eager today find many things more important to do on primary day. And I fear that there is an ugly underlying layer of bigotry that will show itself sooner or later in the nominating process.  Let us not forget the hopeful polls of Tennessee U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford, Jr in 2006, and then the victory of his Republican opponent.  There is still much work to do in bridging the relations between the races in America.

Hillary Clinton has constructed a campaign that is mighty impressive.  From staffing to funds she is set for a national race.  She can place second in Iowa, and even do so again in New Hampshire (though I am not predicting that) and still win the nomination for all practical purposes on February 5th.  Though some of her campaign tactics are childlike and rather undignified (such as the kindergarten remark and drug charge remarks) she is placing herself in the middle of the national dialogue on the big issues that will suit her well should she win the nomination.  And I think she will ultimately prevail and be the nominee.   From here to November the biggest issue for her will be what to do about Bill Clinton.  I admire the man for his intelligence, but his ego needs an island to stay on for the next year.  I love to hear him talk on a typical day, but for Hillary’s sake would someone shut the man up!  His Charlie Rose interview was perplexing to say the least!

John Edwards has my vote and support.  He speaks what my heart says about our foreign policy, and the role of government in shaping a society that works for the greater good, as opposed to serving the rich and well to do.  I admire politicians who admit mistakes, and the vote he cast in favor of the Iraq War was a dreadful one.  But over the years he has addressed to my satisfaction his regret over the vote, and outlined a path to restoring a sound international policy.  While I think it possible Edwards can actually win in Iowa with the strong support of union members, I think he will do less well in New Hampshire at the hands of the independent voters.  Sadly, I do not think his campaign will last longer than the South Carolina primary.

Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are locked in a GOP duel that is bringing out the worst in both campaigns.  I find their races for president to be more a contest between who is the most religious, and closer to God.  That lack of respect for the separation of church and state troubles me.  And I strongly suspect that I am not alone.  It is because of this that Fred Thompson in Iowa has a fighting chance to make headlines on January 3rd.  Though he is a lackluster campaigner, the voters may want a mature face to counter the antics of the self-righteous ones.

John McCain has one shot to reclaim his position in the GOP.  That is in New Hampshire.  If he can win a convincing number of voters to his campaign he can march onwards and still be the nominee in 2008.  I still think he has the greatest chance with the independents of New Hampshire even though they are very anti-war.  They may hate the Iraq War, but I suspect they hate the religious war that some wage for the White House even more.  (However if Obama wins in Iowa the independents of the Granite State may wish to play a role in the Democratic contest, and that will hurt McCain’s chances in my estimation.)

When the story is written on Rudy Giuliani I think many will marvel at how he turned so many voters against him after having so many national advantages when he first announced for the White House.  He made some very serious errors in judgment, and failed to own up to them.  That lack of honesty with the voters will be seen as one of his major blunders.

And then there is Alan Keyes……..what a little twig.

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Free Rice

I am not sure if this is for real or not, but it is fun

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Plea Deal In The Works For Scott Jensen?

There is no way that former Wisconsin State Representative Scott Jensen wants to be placed in front of another jury.  It is in his interest to strike a plea deal like other criminals do in order to reduce the likely harmful outcome of a trial.

With that in mind it was interesting to read that the foundation for such a peal deal is already being laid.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen thinks that a retrial can be avoided by striking a plea deal.  Readers need to be mindful that a jury found Jensen, the former Republican Speaker of the Assembly, guilty of three felonies.  In other words any plea deal will have to be tough and serve the cause of justice.  Even though the three felony convictions were overturned in November there is no reason to assume that another jury would not conclude the exact same thing.  The actions of Jensen are no more right today than when he committed them while serving in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard must not forget the initial reason that Scott Jensen faced a trial.  The use of state tax dollars to pay state workers at the Capital to work on political campaigns on state time needs to be addressed honestly.  Scott Jensen needs to be reminded that his actions were wrong, and that there is a price to be paid.  The citizens of Wisconsin deserve to have justice served.

To allow the actions to slide in a sweet plea deal where much is forgiven and forgotten does not meet the smell test for those who pay the taxes and play by the rules around the Badger State.

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Russian President Putin Great Pick For Person Of The Year


Being a lover of Russian history, and the political world of Russian President Vladimir Putin, I am pleased that he is Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year.  The issue will be a pleasure to read. 

Putin, 55, who has said he may become Russia’s prime minister after stepping down as president next year, has helped lead the country back to stability “at significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize,” Richard Stengel, the magazine’s managing editor, wrote in an article explaining the choice.

My prediction that Al Gore would make the cover was wrong, but he was considered by the magazine.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, a Nobel Prize winner, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, Chinese President Hu Jintao and David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, were named runners-up, the magazine said.

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New Poll Shows John Edwards Has Lead In Iowa


There are new numbers by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Poll that shows John Edwards has again taken the lead in the race for president in Iowa.  There has been wide speculation that the attacks by the Hillary Clinton campaign against Barack Obama, and the resulting responses would benefit the candidacy of Edwards. 

The numbers released on Tuesday show that to be the case.

Edwards leads with 30 percent in a poll of Democratic voters who said they intend to participate in the Jan. 3 presidential caucuses, followed by Clinton with 26 percent and Obama with 24 percent. When the sample was narrowed to the most likely caucus-goers, based on several questions, Obama leads Edwards by less than a percentage point with 27 percent, with Clinton in third place at 24 percent.

Edwards holds a significant advantage, however, among a group who could be key to the first contest of the presidential year: those who say their first choice is someone other than the top three. Under Iowa Democratic Party rules, candidates who poll less than 15 percent in the first vote at each caucus around the state are eliminated, and their supporters get a second chance to vote for another candidate.

Under both screens, Edwards leads as the second choice of these voters, with Clinton trailing Obama.

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Mike Huckabee Links Homosexuality And Necrophilia

And freaky people will go out on a cold night in January to a caucus in Iowa and support this man for President!

This is incredible!

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Madison Taxpayers Pay For Failing Parents

The only time I was ever in the principal’s office as a kid was after the school day was over. While in fifth and sixth grade I had a crush on the secretary, and would talk with her often before the buses would come to take us home.  I felt lucky to have her office near my homeroom.  The fact that she was the daughter of the principal did not deter my desire to see her smile as often as possible.  Other than those times I never had any reason to be there.  Nor did 99% of the entire school.

Now I realize that there is a great difference between my school days in the 1970’s in a rural Wisconsin school district, and an urban school with complex social problems in 2007.  Yet there is one thing that remains the same.  School children do not pop into existence without two parents.  Therefore I am not pleased to read the newspaper this morning to find that I need to pay taxes for the job my parent’s did for free when raising three children.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reports the Madison schools will spend $503,000 this school year to strengthen safety in middle and high schools.  The school will decide later how to spend another $200,000 on actual equipment to be placed in the schools. 

The board voted unanimously to employ an “engagement and behavior case manager ” at each of the four main high schools and to double the number of high school security guards at each school to four. On a 5-2 vote, the board also approved hiring “positive behavior intervention system coordinators ” for five middle schools.

Eight or nine new positions will be created!  Taxpayers get to fund them!

Instead of a ‘behavior case manger’ and ‘intervention system coordinators’ I have another suggestion.  How about if all the neglectful parents once again did their job so the rest of society did not have to pay for the messes they created.  

I am the first in line to advocate for better schools, smaller class sizes, and new books and equipment to assist the learning process.  But I am sick and tired of being asked to pay for things that parents are supposed to do in their role as overseers of their children.  Too many heterosexuals are amazed that their parts work, but know nothing about what it takes to raise a child.

I suspect I speak for an ever-growing majority of taxpayers who feel that we do our job each year by paying our school taxes. In fact, last week we opened our property tax bill.  And we are happy to do our part, and support government and the work it does. We understand the role of being a property taxpayer.  But it is not too much to ask that all parents sit their kids down and let them know where the bear craps in the woods.  In other words working from day one to instill the values and norms that make our society function.

That is not my job as a taxpayer.  That should not be the job for the school district. That is the job and role of a parent!

If all parents had done more than just have sex then there would be no need for ‘intervention system coordinators’.

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