Wednesday, December 28, 2005

IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL WHINE IF I WANT TO

From Insider Report from NewsMax.com

Ex-Gov. Whitman Blasts "Extremist" Republicans

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is sounding off against the "far-right extremists" she says have hijacked the Republican Party, and is supporting a PAC that seeks to "take back" the GOP.
In a letter soliciting contributions for the It's My Party Too PAC, Whitman writes: "Our party was founded on the principles of limited government, individual responsibility, free markets, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and, above all else, individual freedom.
"That's why it's so troublesome that a small but increasingly powerful faction has decided that they alone can decide what it means to be a Republican."
Whitman points to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the "political flack" he received from fellow Republicans when he voiced support for increased government funding for embryonic stem cell research.
"In retaliation, the far-right extremists threatened to derail any future presidential aspirations Frist may hold, even though he votes solidly Republican on every other issue," Whitman states in the letter.
"We can't allow a few extremists to hijack our Party."
Whitman says the PAC, which includes John McCain and Bob Dole on its Advisory Board, is "dedicated to supporting fiscally conservative, socially progressive moderate Republican candidates at all levels of government and grassroots organizations who support them."
Whitman, who is Chair of the It's My Party Too PAC, warns that the GOP is headed down a "slippery slope" and urges fellow Republicans to contribute to the PAC so it can fight to "take back our Republican Party."


Whitman was governor of New Jersey for seven disappointing years. Let me say unequivocally that she was not in any sense of the word a "fiscally conservative, socially progressive moderate Republican"; rather, she was and is a liberal even by Democratic Party standards.
True, Whitman played lip service to Republican issues, but actions speak louder than words.
Christine Todd Whitman defeated incumbent Democrat Gov. James Florio in 1993 on a popular wave of anti-tax anger, but it almost didn't happen. Although the public was galvanized against Florio's $2.8 billion income tax hike, Whitman, like many "moderates", had no stand on a solution to the problem; her platform was essentially "I'm not Jim Florio." As a result, her campaign languished and Florio was almost assured of reelection in spite of his tax-raising policies.
It was not until Steve Forbes stepped in and gave Whitman a proposal for cutting taxes. She ran with it and narrowly won, then followed through and delivered on her promise to cut taxes. This brought Whitman national attention as a tax-cutter; talk of her being on a national ticket naturally followed.
She should have stuck with Forbes.
Instead, she made minimal cuts in spending and governed as a borrow-and-spend liberal. All the regulatory apparatus remained intact. What proved her undoing on the national level was when she applauded then President Bill Clinton's stand in favor of partial-birth abortion. This exposed Whitman as a rabid pro-choicer; her national GOP support evaporated almost instantaneously.
Her liberalism was also evident in her judicial appointments.
During her two terms six out of seven positions on the notoriously left-wing state Supreme Court opened up. This gave Whitman an unprecedented opportunity to drag the court at least to the center if not the right. As an ardent pro-choicer though, Whitman could not afford any regulations to unlimited abortions to stand, so she appointed only "true believers" on that issue. In addition, they were all lightweights - no Scalia or Thomas here; not even a Brennan or Warren - the Whitman judicial appointments were more of a Lance Ito caliber.
Although more conservative than the Governor, the Republican-controlled State Senate went along with all the appointments. This would come back to bite them when the Court in 2001 upheld a Democrat redistricting plan for the State Legislature, resulting in Democrat control of both houses since that year's election. This is the same court that in 2002 upheld the Democrats' last minute ballot switch when they replaced the scandal-tainted U. S. Senator Robert "The Torch" Torricelli with the geriatric Frank Lautenberg.
I tend to support the concept of a "big tent" Republican Party. This is a big nation and issues and philosophies differ regionally. But there comes a point when the philosophical differences are so extreme that one must consider just which tent they actually should be in.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

MORE ACADEMIA

From Washington, New Jersey now to Washington State, the whacky antics of academia sound unreal, but they are. You can't make this stuff up, folks.
Mark Tapscott at Townhall.com writes today about the administration at Washington State University actually paying students to disrupt conservative presentations on campus. Although they have stopped the practice, the fact that they would even do such a thing is disturbing, and they continue with other questionable activity towards students who disagree with their left-wing views.
In the Warren County Community College case, the administration did the right thing; the result being the resignation of the offending professor. In Washington State, it is the administration which is the problem.
How to solve it?
The key word here is state - Washington State University. As I have mentioned before, with public funds (read tax money) feeding this institution, it is up to the public to demand change and accountability. Washingtonians must demand, through the State Legislature, their elected representatives, who also just happen to control appropriations, that such activities must be stopped.
Although the college administration may have stopped paying protesters, their continued pursuit of an extremist agenda and placing students in the middle of it, would demand more than their saying "we're sorry", and now everything's ok. No, what is needed is for those behind this outrage to be removed from their posts at the university.
This is a state institution, accountable to the state; let the state be accountable to its people for a change and solve this problem an of out-of-control educational establishment.

Friday, December 02, 2005

I Passed. Will you?

You Passed the US Citizenship Test
Congratulations - you got 9 out of 10 correct!
Could You Pass the US Citizenship Test?