Monday, October 29, 2012

To my Wisconsin friends...

A week from tomorrow, you will be casting your vote to help decide who our next president will be for the next four years. There are a few states, including yours, where the incumbent (Mr. Obama) and the challenger (Mr. Romney) are closely contesting the election. All of them are important, but Wisconsin is more important for the same reasons that you re-elected your governor, Scott Walker, a few months ago in that closely watched recall election. By giving Mr. Walker a bigger margin of victory than he got when he was first elected in 2010, you gave him a clear mandate to continue his reforms efforts to bring fiscal sanity to Madison. It's now time to bring that kind of fiscal sanity to the federal government in Washington, DC.

Thanks to your decision, Wisconsin has become a model state in reforming the role and size of government. You showed the nation that it is critical to check the power of labor unions and reign in on their unholy alliance with politicians. You have also made the principle of living within one's means a cool idea and gave us hope that our elected officials will embrace this principle as their governing credo. Isn't it immoral for our governments at all levels to spend far beyond the ability of its citizens can afford? America needs your help to reverse the out-of-control spending habits of our federal government. Help us by voting for the challenger on November 6th. As a bonus, you will get your favorite son, Paul Ryan, to be our next vice-president and play a critical role in reforming our national government.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Same speeches, same promises

The old proverb "Fool me once, shame one you. Fool me twice, shame on me." is apt for those of us who voted for this guy in 2008.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My electoral college prediction

Romney will squeak out a narrow electoral college win, but he will win the popular vote by a comfortable 3 percentage points. NH was the last one I decided on while using this election map tool, by which time Romney had already gotten the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win. So, I gave NH to the apologizer-and-redistributor-in-chief even though I liked Romney's chances in the Granite State. I could have made WI blue and NH red instead, in which case Romney would win with the bare minimum 270 electoral college votes. But I think this is the year for Wisconsin to shine. By re-electing Scott Walker as their governor in a nationalized recall election in June of this year, Wisconsonites had shown that living within one's means is a politically winning proposition and they will do it once again by voting for the Romney-Ryan ticket. I would like to believe NV will go red, but I am sure the Reid vote rigging machine will be hard at work to tilt that state blue. I believe CO will be the most tightly contested of all the states.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

A disorganized opposition

Ambassador David Shinn, a former US ambassador to Ethiopia, and Jennifer Cooke, Director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies discuss the leadership transitions in Ethiopia and Somalia. Find it here.

I am in agreement with their analyses that the Ethiopian opposition is disorganized and is unable to present a cohesive alternative vision for Ethiopia.