Friday, January 30, 2009
When you build a stadium next to a garbage burner, you'd expect odors. When the Hennepin County Commissioners were making their attempt to scam the Hennepin County Taxpayers they were denying this was an issue. Let the mitigation costs of this one come from the Twins rather than the overburdened Hennepin County Taxpayer.
For Immediate Release
January 30, 2009
Log Cabin Congratulates Michael Steele
(Washington, D.C.)— Log Cabin Republicans congratulate Michael Steele on his election as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. "Michael Steele is the right man at the right time to lead the GOP," said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. "It's a great day for our Party. Steele is an inclusive leader who will bring a new energy and a new vision to the GOP at a critical time."
Steele was elected Chairman after the sixth round of voting by the 168 members of the Republican National Committee. By the sixth ballot, the five man field had narrowed to Steele and South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson. Steele won 91-77. "After two straight election defeats, it was clear that more of the same was not the answer," said Sammon. "I'm excited that members of the Republican National Committee understood this fact."
In his victory speech, Steele summed up his plans as Chairman, "it is time for something completely different."
As a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Maryland, as Lieutenant Governor, Chairman of GOPAC, and now as Chairman of the RNC, Steele has a clear record focused on unifying conservative principles such as limited government, strong national defense, free markets, low taxes, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.
As RNC Chair, Steele will be the most important person in shaping the Party's future. Steele believes in a big tent GOP. In a media interview during his campaign for RNC Chair, Steele mentioned the importance of reaching out to Log Cabin and other mainstream GOP groups as the Party looks to chart a future course. "Michael Steele understands you win elections by addition, not subtraction," said Sammon. "He understands we must focus on what unites us, not what divides us as Republicans."
"While we do not agree with Chairman Steele on every issue, we look forward to working with him to help rebuild the GOP," said Sammon, who attended today's vote in Washington. "Republicans got wiped out in November with non-white voters, young voters and self-described moderates. Michael Steele understands the base doesn't equal a majority."
In his acceptance speech Steele said, "we're going to bring this party to every corner, every boardroom, every neighborhood, every community."
Posted by lloydletta at 8:41 PM
The Minnesota Family Council is ranting and raving about STD prevention in the stimulous package.
Business as usual and worse. STD funding in stimulus bill.
The $800 billion plus stimulus bill flying through Congress contains hundreds of millions of dollars for sexually transmitted disease prevention.
Oh the horror, the horror! What if being able to prevent STDs takes away god's punishment for Family Council unapproved sexual activity? Would they rather promote saddlebacking?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
After Keith Ellison's town meeting, I asked him whether he co-sponsored an earmark for Minnesota Teen Challenge, as Senator Amy Klobuchar claimed. He said he would check into it and get back to me - though he said he didn't remember doing so.
When Minnesota Independent got the story from Klobuchar that Ellison had co-sponsored the MN Teen Challenge earmark, they should have fact checked with Ellison's office on that claim.
Posted by lloydletta at 11:20 PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There are many things to dislike in the Governor's newest budget proposal, but I'm going to pick out my favorite for a rant.
I understand that it's 'legal', and it has become a convenient bad habit, but using 'accounting' or 'timing' shifts to balance a government's budget is wrong on many levels.
Year after year, especially when Steve Sviggum was the Speaker of the House, the state has played a shell game with the timing of payments, and look where we are today. At some point, the rubber band snaps back, and the entire bill is due.
I'm an accountant by trade, so acknowleding expenses when they're incurred, and revenue when it's earned is imprinted in my DNA. Cash flow is a separate topic. If the state is going to delay $1.3 billion in payments to school districts, etc. as a way of 'balancing' a budget, it doesn't mean that the money isn't owed. If you use a gas credit card, and don't pay the balance in full every month, it doesn't mean that you didn't incur gas expense. You're just using the credit card company as your bank.
I don't think the State of MN should use local school districts as a bank. In some cases, these magical 'accounting shifts' of payments require local districts to dip into lines of credit with their local banks to maintain their cash flow. That's not right.
The most amazing problem this causes is setting up the next budget to be $1.3 billion in the hole before you even start. Does the governor figure that somebody else will be in charge by that time, so it isn't his problem? I'm amazed that otherwise sane adults can issue press releases announcing a problem is 'solved', when they've created the problems caused by timing shifts.
How about engaging in an honest, thoughtful discussion about the proper size of government, and how the cost of government should be funded. Stop with the one-time gimmicks. They don't work.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
From their daily newsletter. As usual, they are having palpitations over the homos.
Obama's Enduring Support for the Gay Agenda
by Jennifer Mesko, editor
SUMMARY: 'Homosexual "marriage" is certainly "change," but it's clearly not the kind of change that most Americans want.'
As a candidate for the Illinois Senate in 1996, Barack Obama said he favored "legalizing same-sex marriages."
He quickly dropped his support for gay "marriage" in favor of civil unions, but he hasn't dropped his enduring support for the gay and "transgender" agenda.
In the fall, he told The Washington Blade what gay activists could expect under an Obama presidency. "I will continue to do what I've done throughout my career and in this campaign," he said, "speak out on behalf of the cause for ... for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and 'transgendered') Americans."
In April 2008, Obama told a gay-activist magazine: "I for a very long time have been interested in repeal of DOMA" (the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the only thing preventing same-sex "marriage" from spreading across the U.S.).
Obama stood against all three marriage-protection amendments in the November elections (California, Arizona and Florida), saying: "I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states."
Gary Bauer, president of American Values responded: "Did you catch that? According to Senator Obama, if you try to make sure that marriage remains the union of one man and one woman in your home state, YOU are being 'divisive and discriminatory.' "
Obama has pledged support for special rights for homosexual employees, as well as the creation of a new class of crimes based on the victim's real or perceived gender identity. He wants to allow same-sex couples to adopt, guaranteeing those children will grow up without either a mom or a dad. More of his radical agenda is spelled out at WhiteHouse.gov.
Although Obama has pledged allegiance to the gay and "transgender" agenda, he refuses to support those who are dealing with unwanted same-sex attractions.
His Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will not provide funding to faith-based organizations if they are working to help people overcome unwanted homosexuality.
"When it comes to moral issues, it is clear that Obama is entirely committed to the radical left-wing ideology at the expense of the common-sense traditional values that have served our nation so well for so long," Bauer said. "Openly embracing homosexual 'marriage' is certainly 'change,' but it's clearly not the kind of change that most Americans want."
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Focus on the Family's Love Won Out ministry exhorts and equips the Church to respond in a Christ-like way to the issue of homosexuality. And to those who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions, we offer the Gospel hope that these desires can be overcome.
Oh what a world, what a world... Pass them the smelling salts.