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Mike Huckabee and The Pledge

Just last week Governor Huckabee topped the polls again.  First with the news that he was the only Republican to beat President Obama in a 2012 head-to-head poll and second that he once again tops the polls with a tie for Republican choice for 2012 nominee.

And now just yesterday he released his statement in regards to Republicans’ “Pledge to America.”  Good stuff.  Rumor is that Huckabee has a policy book scheduled to come out early next year.  Hmmmm…….

I read with great interest “A Pledge to America” introduced today by Republican Congressional leaders.

The 21 page document contains many good core conservative ideals – but as my parents taught me as a small child – the proof is always in the puddin’.

Republican Congressional leaders have pledged “to advance policies that promote greater liberty, wider opportunity, a robust defense, and national economic prosperity;” and “to honor families, traditional marriage, life, and the private and faith-based organizations that form the core of our American values.”

These are all very good things and like many, I will be watching to see what concrete steps Republicans offer to actually stop out of control spending, reduce the size of the federal government, repeal Obamacare, reduce our growing deficit and solve unemployment. These principles are fundamental to conservatism and there’s no doubt in my mind that a Conservative Congress can accomplish these things – or at the very least, serve as a backstop to prevent President Obama’s radical liberal agenda.

However, personally, I wish they would’ve also pushed for term limits and a balanced budget amendment because – many groups like the Tea Party are sick and tired of career politicians and budgets that saddle our children will trillions in debt.

I am glad though that Republican Congressional leaders are willing to put forth a pledge that clearly outlines the difference between conservatives and liberals because elections matter. After all, we’ve seen what we get with a liberal Congress: universal healthcare, higher taxes, weak foreign policy, refusal to acknowledge the use of the term “terrorist” or “terrorism,” weaker borders and amnesty talk, extreme government spending and a certain level of disregard for the sanctity of marriage and life.

“A Pledge To America” shows the clear differences in the two parties and motivates voters to support conservatives this election . . . and that’s a good thing. Also, when you provide voters with a checklist of what conservatives stand for and should do in office – voters can more easily hold members of Congress accountable – and if our GOP Congressional leadership fails to honor their “Pledge to America” we will vote them out too.

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Huckabee Tops Another Poll and Appears on The Daily Show

Last week Governor Mike Huckabee outperformed other top Republicans (for the third month in a row) in a poll placing them against Barack Obama.  Public Policy Polling conducted the poll and gave some thoughts on how this group of Republicans are not doing well against President Obama and that maybe the GOP needs a new face.  What this poll neglects to say, however, is that last month Obama led Huckabee by thirteen points and this month the lead was cut to seven points.  That’s a big swing in a one month period and we are just starting to see the President’s approval rating swing to the negatives.  Could the love affair with Obama be coming to an end?

Another noteworthy thing that Huckabee was in the news for last week was his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  During this segment the Governor stands firm on the importance of the sanctity of life.  Who else would enter into liberal territory with so much confidence on this issue?

Poll: Huckabee Most Popular Republican!

A recent poll was done by Public Policy Polling which included match-ups between President Barack Obama and four GOP prominent faces:  Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich.  Out of the four Huckabee did the best against the current President if the election were held today.  His popularity has continued to rise since ending his presidential campaign as he is spreading his message to a national audience through his books, TV and radio shows.

Gay Marriage and Federal Deductibility: The Perfect Storm in Iowa

I could wallow in my disappointment of the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage that was handed down today in Vamum v. Brien by the Iowa Supreme Court, but I will choose not to do so.  I could trash the members of the Iowa Senate who failed to get the Marriage Amendment on the ballot in 2006 even though Republicans had the majority, but I won’t.  I can even start pointing the finger of blame at those of you who call yourself conservatives and vote for every limp-wristed Republican that the party throws your way, but I’m not going to because I am guilty of doing the same in the past.

At the risk of being labeled a “homophobe” by the tolerant left, I want to start out by stating why I am a strong advocate of traditional marriage.  First of all, it is an institution from God declaring that it is between one man and one woman and from the beginning of time our society has been built on this institution.  It is proven that Moms and Dads raise kids the best and, frankly, peg A does not fit into slot B.

I believe that opening the door to same sex marriage will result in an attack on freedom of religion.  What will happen when a pastor refuses to marry a gay couple or a Catholic school does not hire a gay applicant because he/she does not line up with their Biblical views?  The traditional definition of marriage is not discriminatory because it is not denying anyone the right to marry as long as they follow the rule of  “one man and one woman.”  Ask the people in an incestuous or polygamous relationship about that.

Republicans and so-called “conservatives” should be rallying and doing everything they can to go up against this unconstitutional court ruling overturning the will of the people in Iowa’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and stepping all over the separation of power, because not only is that the right thing to do it is also the smart thing to do.  This past week Democrats and activist judges and have done something that the GOP could have never had done it their own; unite the party.

By threatening to eliminate Iowa’s federal deductibility and having the government decide who is rich and who is poor in order to spread the wealth around, the Democrats have stired up those who demand fiscal responsibility.  Now the activist judges have awoken a sleeping giant by lighting a fire under those who cherish the moral issues by giving the thumbs up to gay marriage in the state.  It seems that the opposition has managed to piss off both the check writers and the door knockers in the Republican Party in just one week.

The question now is how are Republicans going to handle their constituents’ new found enthusiasm?  The public’s reaction to eliminating federal deductibility and the gay marriage ruling shows that it is about the issues and advancing an agenda and not about Republican’s trying to be like the other side just to gain a few votes, because by doing that they are losing ten times more votes than they are gaining.  2010 is not that far away and conservatives are in the midst of a perfect storm for regaining power in Iowa.  I hope they learn from past mistakes because I vow to never again vote for a limp-wristed Republican.

Senate’s Turn to Deal with the Pork

This is the week the stimulus bill heads to the United States Senate.  While the goal of this bill is to stimulate the economy in hopes of creating more jobs and helping out hardworking middle America, it is engorged with massive spending on provisions that have nothing to do with helping the economy.

Provisions of the bill that many legislators are questioning:

$1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t earned a profit in four decades.

$2 billion to help subsidize child care.

$400 million for research into global warming.

$2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere.

$650 million for coupons to help consumers convert their TV sets from analog to digital, part of the digital TV conversion.

$600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments.

$75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking.

$21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration.

$2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

$335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The bill allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group currently under federal investigation for vote fraud. Another $750 million would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN – meaning cities and states are barred from receiving that money. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., charges the money could appear to be a “payoff” for the partisan political activities community groups in the last election cycle.

$44 million to renovate the headquarters building of the Agriculture Department.

$32 billion for a “smart electricity grid to minimize waste.

$87 billion of Medicaid funds, to aid states.

$53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs.

$13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes.

$20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment.

$10.3 billion for tax credits to help families defray the cost of college tuition.

$20 billion over five years for an expanded food stamp program.

The one little victory in this bill is that the $200 million allocated to Planned Parenthood for abortions in order to stimulate the economy was cut.  Could it be that Democrats are realizing that reducing the workforce will actually contribute to the economic downturn?  I’m not that stupid to believe that.  President Obama threw Planned Parenthood under the bus in order to pass this bill with bipartisan support, which didn’t happen since no House Republican voted for it and neither did eleven Democrats.

I wish that  Republican governors would stand this firm against the stimulus package, but some prominent names are in line with their hands out in order to receive their piece of the pie.  I understand that governors are supposed to make decisions that are in the best interest of their states and they have to balance their budgets, but is sacrificing conservative principles and putting the nation into over a trillion dollars of debt worth it?  Pushing to pass a pork engorged bill all in the name of getting your share is one of the reasons people are not voting for us.

The bill is now in the hands of the Senate where Republicans are demanding a cut in the irresponsible spending and offering solutions that will help main street.  However, Obama is doing everything he can to put pressure on them to pass the stimulus.  I thought we were done with these ads on November 4th.