This hasn’t been a good couple of days for me, first I forgot that Thursday was our 45th wedding anniversary. He didn’t. Lovely card, just fantastic. First time ever and to say I felt like the wicked witch from the North is an understatement. The problem was I’m taking a strong anti-inflamatory for shoulder muscle spasms and to be honest I didn’t even know it was May. That was a big surprise. Of course he’ll never let me live it down so I’m hoping he’ll remember who cooks his meals.
Now perhaps its my medication but I heard some really disturbing statements this weekend from our growing list of candidates and some very good ones. Let’s start with the bad or disappointing statements.
But before I start on the candidates I want to talk about Mitch McConnell. Now I have to say that I alway thought he wasn’t on our side, that he was a Democrat in Republican clothing, but I have to say when I read this, I took extra medication.
According to the Washington Times–“A lot of folks like to joke about the odd couple that was Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch,” McConnell said at a Sunday event at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. But I think Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama may have them outdone. “I’m even getting handwritten notes from the president these days. He sent one the other day to thank me for supporting the nomination of Loretta Lynch.”
Sorry, I gotta get a barf bag. I mean, that sounds like hero worship to me. Be still my heart! “Oh, Elvis sent me a handwritten note to thank me for going to his movie.” And do you really believe that if a simple handwritten note from the President will so decidedly turn his head, what will McConnell do to get a hand written letter. Sell us out in the upcoming trade bill perhaps? I mean he’s pushing fast track as hard as the President. It’s the Dems standing in the way. Folks there’s no hope for us when our leaders are so dishonest and buyable. Say, maybe we should all write him a handwritten note with the word Traitor on it. Wonder if his heart would flutter when he got thousands of those? Not onto something a little less nauseating.
First, Ben Carson. He’s in Iowa and we all know what they grown in Iowa. Corn. Lots and lots of corn. And what are they using corn for these days? No, not cereal, Ethanol. That’s right, Ethanol. And ethanol gets a lot of government subsidies. So it was natural that sone would ask him about it. Here’s the question–the person asking about the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal mandate that fuel refiners blend a certain volume of ethanol and biodiesel into their gasoline and diesel supplies.
Carson’s answer–“I don’t particularly like the idea of government subsidies for anything because it interferes with the natural free market.” (so far so good) But the he added, “Therefore, I would probably be in favor of taking the $4 billion a year we spend on oil subsidies and using that in new fueling stations, for 30 percent ethanol blends,” he added.
How much can you package in one sentence. First of all . . . thirty percent blends? Does he have any idea what that would do to the engine of our cars? I mean we’ve been fighting like made to hold the line against E-15 as it is. You don’t need to be told the reasons why this is an insane idea. So I won’t bore you with that. But lets move on to the other half of that pitch.
He’s suggesting cutting subsidies for domestic energy companies in the oil and gas industry. Not for everyone, mind you, just for them. Then he wants to give that money to ethanol production. Just five seconds before, he was claiming that he didn’t want anyone interfering with the free market, but now he’s saying he wants to cherry pick a specific set of companies in the energy sector, remove a subsidy from them, and then redirect it to benefit the ethanol industry? It’s hard to imagine a more egregious example of the government picking winners and losers, with the winners just happening to be in the first caucus state. Hmmmm.
Second, calling out the “subsidies for Big Oil” is music to the Left’s ears and as usual it’s complete horse hockey. Subsidies received by oil and gas companies are not specific to them. They are precisely the same as subsidies given to almost anyone who sells anything including Apple and Microsoft. If you were to do this, you’d have to rewrite all the rules entirely just to exclude them. That’s a left wing, anti-energy talking point and Carson should be embarrassed to be saying that in front of an ostensibly conservative crowd. Talk about removing subsides across the board, I’m all in. Let’s debate it. But if you start talking about just picking the pockets of oil and gas developers and using it to pay for ethanol, you may as well be running for the Democrat nomination. I am very disappointed. What we should do is slash all ethanol mandates and subsidies to ZERO–then we all can enjoy plentiful, real energy. A side benefit would be that all autos previously using gasohol would immediately get a 15-30% boost in mileage because ethanol cripples pure gasoline’s energy content by that much!
Second point. Carson was on CNBC and the question was asked almost in passing “and what about the minimum wage?” Carson’s response, “I think probably it should be higher than now.” He didn’t elaborate any more on the topic as they quickly moved on. What he should have said as a Conservative is that the minimum wage should be done away with. It’s forcing businesses to pay more than many can afford, to hire fewer workers, and therefore hurts everyone involved. Even I could answer that one.
Moving on to Jeb Bush–yes, I know, but I can’t not include him. Have to let folks know where he’s coming from.
According to Bush, we need a policy that shows respect for some illegal immigrants currently in our country. “There’s got to be a point where we fix this system so that legal immigration is easier than illegal immigration, and show some respect for people, a kid that might have been here 10 years, that might have been valedictorian of their high school, to say “no, no, no you’re not allowed to go to college? I think there’s a point past with we’re over the line.”
Notice how they alway point to the great kid, the valedictorian, the best of the best. They never mention the kid that’s been here ten years and is the local drug dealer, whose been arrested several times, thats committed armed robbery. Should we simply let them stay just because they’ve been here ten years.
And why should we show them any respect? Did they respect us when they broke our laws and entered America illegally? Did they show us respect when their kids crowded into our schools, forcing our schools to spend money they didn’t have to bring these kids up to speed at the cost of our own children? Did they respect us by immediately applying for well fare or for taking jobs because they offered to work for less that a citizen would. I don’t think we owe them any respect.
Then it was pointed out to him that a large segment of his party would find his statements a deal breaker. His answer. “I don’t know that. I’ve been traveling over the last three months, and I get a sense that a lot of people can be persuaded, to be honest with you.” Oh really, you mean the way we can be brought around to except Gay Marriage? I don’t think so and if he gets in, the flood gates will be opened. He’s more Hispanic that American. Listen to how often he talks about hispanic’s and how great they are and how much smarter they are then us and how much harder they work to earn a living, and how family is so much more important to them then it is to Americans and that’s all you need to know about Jeb. In fact the Latin TV station (don’t have the name at the moment voted him as being the first Hispanic candidate.) Whoopee.
A word about Rand Paul here. It seems he’s been holding an awful lot of closed campaign stops. At one, one of his people turned around and licked the camera lens of a tracker from American Bridge 21st Century. I’d show you the video but it’s rather disgusting. This big wet tongue comes out and lick—the guy wasn’t even cute.
Enough said. I’m going to take my medicine and go to bed.