What Kind of Republican Are You?

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Mitt Romney might appeal to the Republican of the 1910's (except for the fact he is a Mormon). The conservatives of the party probably like him. The one sour note that I remember is his support for universal health care in Massachusetts. His support for business at the expense of labor is truly Republican. Hopefully he will drive down the costs of labor. Those who want to start their own businesses will probably support that. He's not Teddy Roosevelt, but he might appeal to "the common man" with his appeal to "justice".


This on the news tonight, "Sizing Up Santorum & Romney", http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000065920#eyJ2aWQiOiIzMDAwMDY1OTIw....

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"Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a 'right to privacy' exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives."

We can look backward to a United States for the 1880's. Maybe we will go back to protectionism, and taxing imports.

Rick Santorum on oil:
"He has stated a policy of 'drill everywhere' for oil and that there is 'enough oil, coal and natural gas to last for centuries'.

He may be right. If we eliminate most of the ecological and health laws for digging or drilling for, and the use of, oil, gas, or coal, then we would drive the cost of supply down. If it causes health problems, that is the cost of cheap energy. In most cases, health problems will not arise until later in life. Some children may die or suffer health problems but most will occur among the elderly (who are a drag on the economy). What is more important: everyone living until they are 90 (and impoverished), or allowing everyone an opportunity to work, and consume? And any environmental concerns are at least more "democratic". If a water source is destroyed (fracking) it affects everyone who uses the water, and if air quality goes down it affects everyone, rich or poor, in a region. To me, that is justice.

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Libertarians believe in a right to privacy. They believe in the Fourth Amendment. We may need another constitutional convention to clear up this matter (along with some other issues). Ron Paul may be the man of the hour.

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This guy is interesting. He served in the military, but now opposes our nation's efforts to throw our weight around. He brings up Gingrich's lack of service, but would probably counsel a young Newt to avoid foreign wars. Interesting fellow, interesting times.

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Ron Paul received a draft notice from the Army and instead decided to join the Air Force as an Officer.

So one could then argue that a military career wasn't really his choice. I personally don't think it matters as long as that person's service was honorable but it matters to some. For instance, Reagan was a conscript in WWII.

Likewise one doesn't need to have military service to be an effective Commander in Chief. FDR was a very effective Commander in Chief and never served. Wilson, when the US entered the war smartly delegated all military decisions to General Pershing.


I would imagine as a physician Ron Paul could have served in that capacity in the Army as well as the Air Force. There may have been another reason or reasons why he chose to serve in the Air Force. Those could be either political or self-serving. Certainly, a flight surgeon at an airbase far from action might be better duty than a physician in a field hospital or surgical unit. Or perhaps the Army had no use for someone without a specialty, and who has just completed his internship. In which case, it might be better to volunteer for another service where you could use your skills (and be an officer) rather than an enlisted man repairing equipment.

Ron Paul is no one's fool. And he does seem to be more self-disciplined than Newt Gingrich. And any man who turns down a federal pension on principle is either very wealthy or very ethical (or both). "As a member of Congress, he continues to refuse to sign up for the government pension that he would be entitled to in order to avoid receiving government money, saying it would be 'hypocritical and immoral'." Certainly a lot different than Newt's employment with the Freddie Mac.

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From Wikipedia:
Ronald Ernest Paul was born on August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, the son of Howard Caspar Paul and Margaret (née Dumont) Paul. His paternal great-grandparents emigrated from Germany, and his mother was of German and Irish ancestry. Paul grew up in the western Pennsylvania town of Green Tree. His father ran a small dairy company. At age 5, Paul worked with his brothers in the basement of the family's home, checking hand-washed milk bottles for spots. As a junior at suburban Dormont High School, he was the 220-yard dash state champion. He received a B.S. degree in biology at Gettysburg College in 1957.

An American success story: Born into the then lower-middle class he rises to the upper middle-class, and feels the desire to help others to rise through hard work and talent. He values his family (staying with his wife), and looks to his roots for inspiration. "The smartest guy in the room" pales by comparison.

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Newt reminds me of a particle in physics where you can know its position, or spin, but not both at the same time. Maybe he has settled down.

"In 1981, six months after the divorce from Battley was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich became a leader of the investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Clinton's alleged affairs."

"In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther was finalized. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia. In a 2011 interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, 'There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.' In December 2011, after the group Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government requested that he sign their so-called 'Marriage Vow', Gingrich sent a lengthy written response. It included his pledge to
'"uphold personal fidelity to my spouse'."

I don't know if I would like such a man as President. He does not seem to have the "gravitas" needed to lead our country through treacherous times. He might not be the "hard man" needed to be leader. But as a person he seems okay. He is a real stud.

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He is a good diplomat. Another Mormon (though not a "wing-nut") who learned Mandarin, http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/16/news/companies/jon_huntsman_junior.fortu..., while on mission. He believes in science (what a pain).

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Fiscal policies

"In his presidential campaign, Perry has highlighted the economic success Texas achieved under his governorship, although the true success of his policies has been questioned. A proclaimed proponent of fiscal conservatism, Perry has often campaigned on job growth and tax issues, such as his opposition to creating a state income tax. Perry refused in 2002 to promise not to raise taxes as governor, and in the following years did propose or approve various tax and debt increases. In 2009, Perry signed Grover Norquist's pledge to "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes".

"Texas began borrowing money in 2003 to pay for roads and will owe $17.3 billion by the end of 2012, increasing total state debt, from $13.4 billion in 2001 to $37.8 billion in 2011. The state's public finance authority sold $2 billion in bonds for unemployment benefits, and it's authorized to sell $1.5 billion more if necessary. Texas federal borrowing topped $1.6 billion in October 2010, before the bond sales. Texans voted November 8, 2011 for a Water Works Bill with an additional $6 billion of debt and against new tax breaks for landowners. A Republican on the Natural Resources Committee laments 'we couldn’t get the votes' which would break Perry's pledge not to raise taxes."

"In 2003, Perry signed legislation that created the Texas Enterprise Fund, which has since given $435 million in grants to businesses. The New York Times reported that many of the companies receiving grants, or their chief executives, have made contributions to Perry's campaigns or to the Republican Governors Association."
(from Wikipedia)

Bonds for unemployment benefits (2nd para, 2nd sentence)? Bonds indenture future taxpayers for past debt. A favorite of Republicans ("we don't believe in taxes"), bonds are issued, and paid for with future taxes (usually when a Democrat has taken over office).

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I have a problem with this woman. Not with her beliefs or views (many people share them), but with her outward appearance. She is very attractive. I look at her, and wonder if she looks like a natural for the Oval Office, or hanging upside down with a leg wrapped around a pole. I believe the latter.

As the face of political America how will she represent us? When we deal with the "believers" of Islam will they respect our position, or lust after our leader? Will she be a "target" for every believer in whatever nutty position they hold, and then, if she is killed, will have to be avenged some time in the future? In a state where she should be very comfortable (Iowa) she got only 5% of the vote. What does this tell you about her "sex appeal"?

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