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Reminder: There is no such thing as a “friendly” Democrat incumbent

25 Aug

I am going to give you some straight dope.  From the gut.  It’s about November and what’s at stake.

You may live in an area where you have to vote Democrat to have any say.  There are still lots of areas like that all over Texas and all over the otherwise conservative South and up into Virginia.  And because of that, you may as a natural conservative have a view of the Democrats locally or in your district that’s somewhat benign.  Sure, Obama and Pelosi are awful, but my local guy, he ain’t so bad.  That’s what you may tell yourself.

But.

If your legislative goals and priorities include a business-friendly economic environment, clean elections, educational choice, excellence in public education, fixing the financial problems at big state agencies like the Texas Dept of Transportation, finding real solutions to Texas’ projected $18 billion shortfall – there is no Democrat incumbent in this state who will help you with those goals.  Period.  Full stop.

You need to understand that they will do everything in their power to grow government.  They will make sure federal government has more power over state government.  It’s just in their nature.

A liberal Democrat is not less dangerous just because he or she is “effective” at passing legislation, or supports your issues “sometimes.”  A 55% rating from the Texas Association of Business, for example, is a failing grade.  Would you want the doctor who got a 55% on an anatomy exam? 

Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name is pledging your support for a failed agenda that is keeping people out of work while it is growing the federal behemoth. Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name sends the message that you don’t actually want to improve this country, protect our state, or do anything to help get the economy back on track.  Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name doesn’t make you a Republican, a conservative, or even an affable advocate for the American people.

It makes you, dare I say, a political opportunist.  If that’s what you are, you might as well say so.  It’s more honest.

So think about it.  There’s an awful lot at stake in November.  Don’t vote D because Daddy did.  Vote R because your children are depending on you to help restore sanity to our government.

 
12 Comments

Posted by on August 25, 2010 in politics

 

12 responses to “Reminder: There is no such thing as a “friendly” Democrat incumbent

  1. Ben Hoffman

    August 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    [Vote R because your children are depending on you to help restore sanity to our government.]

    Restore sanity? Voting Republican is the definition of insanity! They created the mess. You can’t expect them to fix it!

     
    • Leo Bloom

      August 26, 2010 at 12:33 am

      “They [the Republicans] created the mess. You can’t expect them to fix it!”

      There they go again. Irresponsible Democrats blaming Republicans for what they themselves did. Can’t Democrats EVER take responsibility?

      7 millions jobs lost since Nancy Pelosi became speaker.
      Unemployment went up to double digits under Barack Hoover Obama.

       
  2. Saddlesore

    August 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    The thing people often overlook is that they think that their Democrat is moderate, but that with enough “moderate” Democrats they gain the majority, and the entire thrust of the legislative agenda in Congress is then pushed by the far left liberals simply because they have the seniority once the Dems are in the majority.

    Imagine if Charlie Rangel had NOT chaired Ways and Means, or Henry Waxman had NOT chaired Energy and Commerce or Nancy Pelosi never had the chance to become Speakerette. Or Harry Reid had never been Majority Leader.

    A vote for a “moderate” Democrat is a vote for a far left agenda. No doubt about it.

     
  3. HSH

    August 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Democrats are destroying this country; conservative leaning PACS are shooting themselves in their collective feet by supporting so-called friendly incumbents…

     
  4. Alan Smithee

    August 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Mr. Hoffman, the national debt has quadrupled in the 18 months since Mr. Obama took office. With Democrats in charge of all the levers in Washington, there are no brakes on their spending spree. That must change, or this country will go bankrupt.

    And, you’re wrong about who created the mess. The genesis of the housing crisis is over in Freddie and Fannie, both of which the Democrats have treated as part social engineering machine and part piggy bank over the past several years. Google the names Jamie Gorelick and Franklin Raines in connection with those two entities, and add in Barney Frank – the man who did more than any other living human to stop all efforts to reform Fannie and Freddie.

    Then you’ll be free to return here and revise your remarks.

     
  5. Ben Hoffman

    August 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    [Mr. Hoffman, the national debt has quadrupled in the 18 months since Mr. Obama took office.]

    That’s a crazy statement. Even Bush didn’t do that much damage, although he did double the national debt.

    [The genesis of the housing crisis is over in Freddie and Fannie]

    That’s just a right-wing talking point. While Freddie and Fannie contributed to the mess, the housing bubble and banking crisis had it’s roots primarily in the deregulation of the late 90s. You won’t find a credible economist who blames Fannie and Freddie.

     
    • Leo Bloom

      August 26, 2010 at 12:38 am

      Yes. the CORRECT statement is:
      the Federal DEFICIT has quadrupled since the Democrat took over.
      The last Republican budget deficit was a relatively small $250 billion,
      and now since Mr. Obama took office we have two back-to-back years of $1.5 TRILLION deficits, increasing the debt by $3 trillion in 2 years.
      T

      “That’s just a right-wing talking point. While Freddie and Fannie contributed to the mess, the housing bubble and banking crisis had it’s roots primarily in the deregulation of the late 90s.”

      ROFL. That’s a REAL phony-baloney talking point and shows you have no clue. There was no “deregulation” in thee 90s that had anything to do with housing. None. Fannie and Freddie did contribute via their particiaption in the alt-A and subprime markets, but you can also blame easy-money Bernanke and Greenspan for spreading the money around to build the bubble. Dereg under Clinton had nothing to do with it, but the CRA and policies to push loans *and* the refusal to oversee Fannie and Freddie in 2005 when some were warning of the risks … THAT had something to do with it.

      That’s a crazy statement.

       
  6. Saddlesore

    August 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    The deregulation of the 90s? Hmm….wasn’t that a Democrat in office then by the name of Bill Clinton who signed the repeal of Glass Steagal at the urging of Larry Summers, who is now advising Obama?

    It is most important to focus on the basic point. Government intervention in the market place distorts it, sometimes with dire results.

     
    • Ben Hoffman

      August 26, 2010 at 1:20 am

      [Hmm….wasn’t that a Democrat in office then by the name of Bill Clinton who signed the repeal of Glass Steagal at the urging of Larry Summers, who is now advising Obama?]

      That’s exactly right, although Summers has seen the error of his ways. It’s still pretty crazy having him advise how to fix something he was instrumental in breaking.

       
  7. MJSamuelson

    August 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I could not agree more with this post.

    My current state rep. is one of those so-called “friendly” Democrat incumbents. The kind of “friendly” Democrat incumbent who voted against voter I.D. in two sessions and “chubbed” against it in the third. The kind of “friendly” Democrat incumbent who received money from the Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association. The kind of “friendly” Democrat incumbent who received money from Annie’s List and George Soros’ daughter-in-law. The kind of “friendly” Democrat incumbent who voted against moving appraisal board appointments to the hands of elected officials. Who voted to remove control of the Permanent School Fund from the elected SBOE to an appointed board. He supported expanding hate crimes legislation, for mandating pre-kindergarten statewide. The kind of “friendly” Democrat incumbent who files legislation mandating green energy initiatives that would make energy bills skyrocket, who supports Obamacare and doesn’t have the guts to come out and say so because it might hurt his reelection bid.

    Yeah. I agree with this post.

     
  8. P. Henry Saddleburr

    August 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Democrats have had a chip on their collective shoulders ever since the cannibal Alferd Packer was accused of eating 5 of the 7 Democrats in a Colorado county during the Gold Rush days. The local newspaper reported the following account of the judge giving him his sentence, which has since been debunked. But it’s a great story.

    “Stand up yah voracious man-eatin’ sonofabitch and receive yir sintince. When yah came to Hinsdale County, there was siven Dimmycrats. But you, yah et five of ’em, goddam yah. I sintince yah t’ be hanged by th’ neck ontil yer dead, dead, dead, as a warnin’ ag’in reducin’ th’ Dimmycratic populayshun of this county. Packer, you cannibal, I would sintince ya ta hell but the statutes forbid it.”

    I don’t believe that Packerd ate a single Democrat. Everyone knows they taste like ASS.

     

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