Goodie… birther running for Senate in Arizona
J.D. Hayworth is a birther. I suppose I knew this and hadn’t really thought about it. I recall him saying something about there being serious questions about Obama’s birth certificate on the radio sometime around Christmas. He was filling in for Rush I think.
This will take some of the shine off Scalia with the “states rights” crowd – There is no right to secede. Scalia is one of the brighter bulbs on the Supreme Court so I suppose he may know what he is talking about.
McCain to debut a new Contract with America? He is so unpopular with so many conservatives that I don’t think he is the man to lead this charge.
G.O.P. Hopes for Senate Control Face Hurdles – Stranger things have happened but honestly I will settle for a split where one senator isn’t the crucial vote on whether or not a bill advances.
8 reasons to vote for J.D. Hayworth. I’m not sure what happened to 9, and 10.
9. He was involved in the Abramahoff scandal, and refused to return the money even after Abramahoff was convicted.
10. He diverted millions of dollars from his PAC to his wife.
It isn’t my business but I think the credentials for running for Senate should be a little more than “he isn’t John McCain”.
Themes running together today. The Classic Liberal has a how to list for secession. I am not a secession supporter and I find the idea that the 9th and 10th amendments support it laughable. Same with nullification. That’s me though. I like being an American and am in no big hurry to tear the country apart.
and another reason to say goodie – competing conservative manifestos. This will certainly help break the democrats stranglehold on power.
Some comments on the Contract from America –
* Amending the constitution to require a balanced budget and a two-thirds majority for any tax hike. (this hasn’t worked well in WA or CA. does anyone know anywhere it has worked well)
* Permanently repealing all tax hikes scheduled to begin in 2011. (support)
* Requiring every bill in Congress to be made public seven days before any vote can be taken and all government expenditures authorized by any bill to be easily accessible on the Internet before the money is spent. (support)
* Requiring each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (stupid. that is the purpose of the necessary and proper clause)
* Permitting all health insurance plans to be sold anywhere in the United States through the purchase of insurance across state lines. Allow small businesses and associations to pool together across state lines to buy insurance. (Steps on that whole states right thing doesn’t it?)
* Adopting a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and “replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words — the length of the original Constitution.” (stupid. The UCMJ is longer than the original Constitution too. Should we scrap it also?)
* Imposing a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (I don’t think this has worked well in areas where it has been tried)
* Allowing Americans to opt out of Social Security and Medicare and instead put those same payroll taxes in a personal account “they own, control and can leave to whomever they choose.” (support)
* Preventing any regulation or tax on the Internet. (support)
* Improving education by eliminating ineffective and wasteful programs, giving parents more choices from pre-school to high school and improving the affordability of higher education.
* Authorizing the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition. (support)
* Prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from using funds to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. (support)
* Creating a Blue Ribbon task force that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs. (support)
* Blocking state and local governments that receive federal grants from exercising eminent domain over private property for the primary purpose of economic development or enhancement of tax revenues. (there is that pesky states rights conundrum again)
* Preventing the EPA from implementing costly new regulations.
* Placing a moratorium on all earmarks until the process is fully transparent. Also requiring a two-thirds majority to pass any earmark. (mainly support but it seems to violate article 1 of the constitution)
* Making all lawmaking regulators, including presidential appointed czars, be affirmatively approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.
* Audit the Federal Reserve System. (support)
* Making sure the federal government does not bail out private companies. The government should also immediately divest itself of its stake in the private companies it owns from recent bailouts. (This sounds good but I know it is just waiting to bite people in the ass)
* Amending the constitution to require congressional term limits. No person shall be elected to the Senate more than twice or to the House of Representatives more than four times. (support)
* Making all regulations “sunset” after 10 years unless renewed by congressional vote. (stupid, beyond stupid.)
* Broadcasting all non-security meetings and votes on C-SPAN and the Internet. (support)