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Thursday Debate

If you had the power to eliminate one federal agency from the list below, which agency would you eliminate? Why would you eliminate this agency? Would you replace the eliminated agency with something else?

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Education (DOE)
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Food For Thought

The Democrats love to blame President George W. Bush for all of our country’s woes and will continue to do so until the end of time. President Bush was not a perfect President – no President is – but many people forget that, at the end of the day, there was no question that President Bush loved America and was a true patriot. I’m not sure we can say the same for the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I came across this comic entitled Stuff Bush Didn’t Do, Illustrated.

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Do you think this is accurate? What else would you add to this? I would add a few more examples:

President Bush did not threaten Congress by stating that he had a “pen and a phone.”

President Bush did not have an Attorney General who referred to those who shared his skin color as “my people.”

President Bush did not sit in a church pew for years, listening to the violent discourse of a person who hated America.

President Bush did not treat our military like second class citizens.

Democrats and the Disincentive to Work

President Obama’s Democratic Party has become unrecognizable. The party to which I belonged has jumped overboard, and has now become a party that celebrates a disincentive to work for a living. Now, I am a fan of the movie Office Space and I understand that people are not always crazy about their jobs. However, the Democrats have become absurd beyond belief.

On February 5, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf testfied before the House Budget Committee stating that ObamaCare provides a “disincentive for people to work.” Elmendorf’s statement follows a report released by the CBO that provides details on how millions of workers would cut their hours and opt out of the job market in order to retain the benefits provided by the healthcare law. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s response? “Overwhelmingly, for the American people, this is a liberation,” she said during an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley. During a press conference after the CBO report was released, Pelosi elaborated. “What we see is that people are leaving their jobs because they are no longer job-locked. They are following their aspirations to be a writer; to be self-employed; to start a business. This is the entrepreneurial piece. So it’s not going to cost jobs. It’s going to shift how people make a living and reach their aspirations.”

What kind of nonsense is this? Remember that the subsidies that enable some Americans to decide whether they want to work translates into higher taxes from those who must or want to work. No wonder why the 10 poorest cities in America have been run by Democrats. This chart illustrates the percentage of residents of each of these cities who are at or below the poverty line.

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Unless you happen to be fabulously wealthy like Rep. Pelosi, if you decide to free yourself from the constraints of work, chances are you will then have to be dependent on government assistance. If you happen to live in a state where welfare pays more than minimum wage, you’re in fat city.

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What kind of message is that sending to our youth?

Keeping people dependent on government is not compassionate, its insulting.

Do you think Democrats really care about you? Do you think increasing welfare, making it easier to qualify for food stamps, making Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) permanent means that Democrats care about you? The answer is no. Democrats only care about increasing the number of people who will vote for them. This is a hard truth to swallow. I know this because I used to eat up this rhetoric. In contrast, Republicans are the party of work. Republicans are the party of business, of getting ahead and of achieving. Republicans believe that government expansion threatens individual initiative. Telling people that they are only good enough to live off the government and not to work for a living is disgraceful. There is dignity in every single job. We must re-instill in people the initiative to work and personal responsibility.

Obamacare’s legacy is that it supposedly helps people get health insurance without having to work. Let the suckers who work for a living pay for your health insurance, your welfare and your food stamps. This is sad and this is dangerous for our country’s future. Disincentivizing work is pathetic and desperate. When you go to the polls in November, I urge you to think about what kind of a future the Democrats want to create for your children. 

Why I Became A Republican

Many people often ask me why I went from being a Democrat to being a Republican. I think its an important question to answer, especially in light of what is happening to our country today.

When I was growing up, Republican was a dirty word. Its not that my parents were bleeding hearts; they were Democrats who believed the notion of taking care of your fellow man. I grew up in a conservative community in Texas and came of age when Bill Clinton was President. I thought Clinton was a great President (and I still do); the economy was going full throttle and the future was bright. I was outspoken about my liberal values in my high school classes. So outspoken was I that I was voted Most Liberal in my high school’s senior poll. I even graduated from one of the most liberal schools in the United States: Smith College.

After I graduated college, I banned Fox News in my home, preferring to listen to the 24 hour liberal news channel, MSNBC. I thought Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann were brilliant, and I looked forward to Hardball with Chris Matthews. I enjoyed political discussions with my liberal friends where we would all take shots at Republicans. I believed that there was a vast right wing conspiracy.

In 2008 I supported Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Presidency. As a women’s college graduate, I was ecstatic at the idea of a female President, and I had always been a great admirer of Mrs. Clinton’s. I was shocked when she lost the nomination to little known Barack Obama. I did not understand the hype surrounding Obama and I thought he was woefully inexperienced. Because I was wary of Obama, I voted for John McCain in 2008. I thought he was an experienced, stand up man, even though he was a Republican. I knew, however, that Obama was going to win the Presidency in 2008. After George W. Bush’s unpopular Presidency, I knew that even if the Democrats ran a dog as their candidate it would win.

During President Obama’s first term, I bought into the Democratic narrative that everything happening in our country was President Bush’s fault. I thought that Obama was doing a pretty decent job as President. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to meet President Bush when he was the Governor of Texas. He was a very nice and sincere man. I very much liked him as a person, but thought he was a terrible President.

Fast forward to 2012. I still was not crazy about President Obama, but I liked him better than I liked Mitt Romney. I did not yet see the destructive path President Obama’s policies were creating. Instead, I voted on issues that should not have been as important at the time.

Early into President Obama’s second term, I realized what a huge mistake I made by not only voting for him, but by also buying into the Democratic rhetoric that chastised Republicans for being the out of touch party of the rich. I started to see that the freedoms our forefathers fought for were being eroded. I saw government growing at an unstoppable rate. I was sickened by Obamacare and the fact that the IRS would be getting more money and more power to enforce this disastrous law. I saw that race baiting was getting out of control. I saw that progressive policies were championing laziness instead of work ethic. I saw that the only concern of the Democratic party was to gain control over we the people.

I started to read about the Tea Party and I realized that its platform was very similar to what I now believed: fiscal conservatism and limited government. I started to read the National Review and watch *gasp* Fox News. Both made a lot of sense to me. I started to realize that MSNBC was nothing more than a shill for the progressive arm of the Democratic party. I started to realize that I mostly agreed with Senators like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Finally I realized that I was doing really well under President Bush and that many of the economic problems our country faced under his Presidency were not entirely his doing.

I am glad to have finally seen the light and I am proud to call myself a Republican. I know that there are more people out there like me. I am happy to help Republican candidates get elected so that we can stop the progressive train wreck before it runs over our country.

Monday Debate

Hello readers!

Welcome to my blog. I’m excited to share my thoughts and analysis with you that I can’t fit into 140 characters on Twitter. I hope you enjoy the content and remember that keeping a sense of humor is good for everyone.

Since its Monday, I thought I’d start off by asking you all to debate the following topic:

Do you think personal income tax should be abolished?
If so, with what (if anything) would you replace it?
It not, why?

We at PolitiSphere enjoy respectful, civil discussions. Keep it clean, folks.