October 2010

Tim Bishop on National Security and Other Measures

by Bill O'Connell on October 31, 2010

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Over the past few days we have learned of a new tack by Al Qaeda on how to strike at America.  It is not by commandeering planes and crashing them into buildings, it is not by putting homicide bombers into passenger seats, it is now by sending packages with bombs inside from overseas to targets in the U.S.   It is very disturbing to know that Al Qaeda is not giving up, despite the piles of olive branches Barack Obama has laid at the feet of these despots.

Equally disturbing, for those of us in the First Congressional District in New York, is the scorecard just issued by national security organization Keep America Safe, which just gave Congressman Tim Bishop its lowest possible score, an “F”.  It explained:

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The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.  – Unknown (often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville)

An article in The Hill newspaper titled “Teachers union expands playing field for midterms” describes how the teachers’ union is getting out supporting certain candidates.

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GDP for 3rd Quarter Tiptoes in at 2.0 Percent

by Bill O'Connell on October 29, 2010

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After an anemic GDP report for the second quarter of 2010 of 1.7% growth, the third quarter barely topped it at 2.0%.  With only four days left before the election and the mood against Obamanomics already at a boil, this is not good news for the Democrats.  The Wall Street Journal reports:

With the holiday season just around the corner, the outlook for spending by Americans doesn’t look great either. A gauge of consumer confidence has been falling since June as Americans worry about weak home prices and jobs.

So much for the stimulus.  The recession ended before dollar one of the stimulus hit the streets and over a year later the economy is still crawling.  So don’t look for the unemployment numbers to be changing anytime soon under this administration’s plan. 

Tuesday, November 2, will be interesting.

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Tim Bishop Outsources Jobs with Your Tax Dollars

by Bill O'Connell on October 28, 2010

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There’s good news and bad news coming out of the Tim Bishop campaign.  The good news is that he has a new ad out so we don’t have to keep watching the same ad he has been running incessantly for the past five weeks.  The bad news it’s about the one subject that Tim Bishop wants to talk about, outsourcing.  It’s the same old stuff, wrapped in a new package.  Why can’t Tim Bishop talk about his record?  Is he embarrassed by it or afraid of it.

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With a week left in the election, Kirsten Gillibrand holds a substantial lead in the polls to be elected to the seat to which she was appointed after Hillary Clinton moved on to the State Department.  Liberty’s Lifeline finds this a remarkable situation considering that for most of the past year polls have shown the Gillibrand trailed a generic “someone else”.  It would seem that in this year of an anti-incumbent uprising, she would be among the easiest senators to unseat, and yet her race is considered “solidly Democratic”, in other words, in the bag.

If you watched the video of her debates with Joe DioGuardi she seemed overly scripted, delivering pattern Democratic talking points to questions even to the point of ignoring the question to parrot the memorized response.  In a “lightening round” that required a yes or no answer, she seemed to struggle to give an answer to some questions that required thought before answering.  It almost looked like a game show where she seemed delighted to get an answer right rather than giving answers she actually believed in.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Shows She is Far Left and Out of Touch

by Bill O'Connell on October 26, 2010

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In a “lightening round” where Kirsten Gillibrand and her opponent Joe DioGuardi answered the moderator’s question with only a yes or a no, proved interesting.  Among the things she revealed were:

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Christine O’Donnell debates the Bearded Marxist

by Bill O'Connell on October 26, 2010

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Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons sat down for a debate at the University of Delaware and Ms. O’Donnell remained calm and cool and delivered thoughtful, conservative responses to the moderator’s questions. At times it seemed that she was outnumbered with the two moderators joining Coons against her, but she held her own. Coons on the other hand was snarky and condescending, what you might expect from a bearded marxist. It seemed that Coons felt O’Donnell was another one of the unwashed masses that shouldn’t have been on the stage with him. I think she cleaned his clock.

The full debate can be found on the Internet and it runs about an hour and a half for those so interested.

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Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe DioGuardi Debate October 16 2010

by Bill O'Connell on October 25, 2010

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Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe DioGuardi battle it out in a televised debate.  Here are some of the highlights. 

Kirsten Gillibrand was elected to Congress as a relatively conservative Democrat.  She received a grade of “A” from the National Rifle Association and she was counted among the Blue Dog Democrats.  After Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, Gillibrand was appointed to Clinton’s vacant senate seat.  Since joining the senate she has changed her positions 180 degrees.  The National Rifle Association now gives her a grade of “F”.  She now votes lockstep with Harry Reid. 

Joe DioGuardi is a Certified Public Accountant who has previously served in Congress.  His position is focused on the fiscal issues we currently face and his objective is to go to Washington and approach it like an accountant to get their fiscal house in order.

Here are their key positions:

  • Gillibrand supports ObamaCare, DioGuardi thinks ObamaCare should be repealed and we should start over, beginning with tort reform
  • Gillibrand supports a public option and appears to support taxpayer funding of abortions
  • Gillibrand says she is strongly opposed to outsourcing but voted for the GM bailout after which GM increased offshore production
  • Gillibrand denies that she or Andrew Cuomo had anything at all to do with the housing bubble.

Senator Gillibrand is running from her record as fast as her legs will carry her.  Although she does deserve credit  for admitting she supported ObamaCare although she would be hard pressed to deny it.  She thinks that ObamaCare is just swell, though, and the only thing to continue working on is those big, bad, insurance companies that have the temerity to raise premiums, something that conservatives said would happen from the beginning.

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Tim Bishop, Do You DISCLOSE?

by Bill O'Connell on October 22, 2010

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President Obama, during his 2010 State of the Union address, did the unprecedented, which I suppose should surprise no one.  He called out the Supreme Court, whose members were seated in front of him, and lambasted them on a recent decision called Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.  The outcome of the case was that free speech was not limited only to individuals but could include corporations, groups of individuals, etc.  As Justice Scalia pointed out in his concurring opinion, the First Amendment refers to speech not speakers.

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New York state government is a basket case.  Earlier this week we were treated to the theater of the governor’s debate featuring such luminaries as Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is 2 Damn High party, and former madam Kristin Davis who seemed smarter on fiscal policy than half of her opponents on the stage.  But let us not forget it was a stage and this is New York.  Instead of being held at Hofstra University, it should have been held on Broadway, but I digress.

The government itself is one problem, the state pensions are quite another.  A problem on the order of $30 billion to $80 billion.  Harry Wilson is running for state comptroller.  Mr. Wilson made his money on Wall Street, investing and turning around troubled companies.  His opponent, Tom DiNapoli was appointed to the comptroller position after his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, was charged misconduct for trading access to the pension in return for favors.

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