In a recent poll, it had been reported that approximately 40% of Republicans are not happy with the current field of presidential candidates. This will include the candidates who have declared their intent to run and those who are expected to run. The big question is twofold; can any Republican candidate beat Barack Obama in 2012, and if he can, can he be an effective president? When I say effective president, I'm referring to someone who can lead the country in the direction of prosperity and bring American greatness again. I do not mean effective as relevant to our past two presidents.
A generation ago, we had Ronald Reagan running for the presidency for the first time. He is now regarded as a great president. Did we know he was great in 1980? And if he was so great, why did it take until 1980 for us to discover this?
Osama Bin Laden is dead. A commitment made almost 10 years ago has been fulfilled. If he was not brought to justice, justice was brought to him. I doubt that there have been very many tears shed over this. So where are the pictures? As a country who believes in freedom of the press, and people who naturally rubberneck with curiosity to see people at their worst, big brother government is going to shield us from ourselves for our own good. As part of a growing minority in America who still pays federal taxes, I believe I am due a picture.
The rationale of course, is that it will incite violence by radical Muslims. Yet these are the same Muslims that we are being told time and again are not really violent. But if you draw a cartoon or mock a Muslim leader, that is cause for condemnation. Condemnation by the United States.
Herb Kohl is calling it quits. After four terms, and becoming 19th in seniority, he is moving on. Recently, Herb Kohl made the news for bringing a defense contract in Wisconsin that will build ships in the Marinette area. I agree that this is good for Wisconsin, but what else has he done in his 24 years?
How many times has Herb Kohl brought home the bacon? How many projects has he gotten for the state Wisconsin during his tenure as a senator? I'm having a hard time thinking of examples. For just about all of his campaigns, this slogan has been "nobody senator but yours."This, of course, refers to his self financing of his campaigns. He has not spent a lot of time raising campaign cash nor has he made a lot of public appearances with his hand out. He hasn't needed to.
I can't figure it out. Tax-and-spend liberals will grab their picket signs at the drop of a hat and truck on over to Madison to march in front of the Capitol and scream "unfair"if they believe a tax break would be given to a corporation especially if it were initiated by a Republican. But if there were to be a tax increase for specific use of, let's say a sports venue, then that's all well and good.
County executive Chris Abele recently came out and said that he would be against extending the stadium tax or creating another sales tax in order to build a replacement for the Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee. Let's drink to that. Any other time, we would have crumbling schools, pothole filled streets, and understaffed for your departments. But when it comes to financing a sports venue, the tax-and-spend liberals have no problem with that. Well, here is the problem: we have a bunch of overpaid, under performing professional athletes that are being paid millions each year and yet the public is expected to construct their workplace.
Even though we are still about a year and a half away from the presidential election, the Republican field is starting to take shape. Trouble is, there's not a lot of optimism in the current field. And the Democrats, being of the high moral character that they are, are looking for the weakest candidate to get nominated so that President Barack Obama can cruise to a second term. And of course, with all of this non-effort, the United States will continue to fall into mediocrity. What a great vision for America!
There are many pundits and political analysts who believe that Paul Ryan is going to enter the race. Although, I believe Paul Ryan is the face of the future of the Republican Party, I'm not so sure 2012 will be his year. He has become one of the most recognizable names in the House of Representatives as chairman of the budget committee, but he hasn't roistered up the level of excitement that he needs even within his own party.