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Next Big Issue: Ever Increasing Public Sector Salaries

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:46 pm - March 29, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies

Glenn Reynolds links Nick Gillespie’s most excellent post on the coming “war” between public and private sector workers where that Reason magazine scribe opines, “I think this split between private and public-sector workers is one of the biggest issues in contemporary America.

I agree.

As many Americans in have taken pay cuts to keep their private sector jobs, salaries for public employees keep growing, even as states face massive deficits.  Since they’re working on our dime, shouldn’t they see a cut back in their salaries and benefits when we’re earning fewer dimes, thus sending even fewer pennies to them?

Representative of Meg Whitman Campaign to Meet with GayPatriot Readers on Monday, April 12

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:31 pm - March 29, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

I just had a pleasant conversation with Araceli Gonzalez, Deputy Coalitions Director for the Meg Whitman campaign, and asked if she’d be willing to come down to Los Angeles to talk to some of our readers about concerns gay conservatives have and how we could help her campaign should we find her the better of the two leading Republican candidates.

She agreed to come down and talk to us on Monday, April 12 at 7 PM, with the formal meeting starting at 8.  Right now, we’re looking for a venue for this meeting, so please let me know if you’d like to attend.

Ms. Gonzalez has promised to look into Whitman’s stand on the state’s domestic partnership program.  I told her that gay conservatives would be more likely to support her if the Republican candidate made clear that she would keep this landmark legislation in place.

Barney, You’ve Got Some “Differentiating”* to do

Last Saturday, the Hill reported:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), called a “Homo Communist” on Saturday by protesters opposed to President Barack Obama’s health plan, says his GOP colleagues need to do more to “differentiate themselves” from the hateful speech spewed in the healthcare debate’s final hours.

Today, we learn that the FBI charged an Obama donor “with threatening to kill United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family“.  Cantor is the House Republican Whip.

Bricks have recently been hurled through GOP offices in Michigan and Virginia.

Harry Reid supporters have threatened violence against Andrew Breitbart at a Tea Party Protest.

If, in the next 48 hours, given the demands Mr. Frank made the weekend of the health care vote about Republicans, if he does not (to borrow his expression) “differentiate” himself from those making such threats or committing such acts, we will assume this unhappy Massachusetts Democrat countenances them — and hold him to account.

Of course, should he choose to apologize for his past statement instead and say that he was wrong to say Republicans needed to “differentiate themselves” from the alleged actions of a few isolated protesters, then we will not hold him to account for the actual behavior of these angry leftists.

*Or apologizing

Meeting the Vice President

Thanks to one of our readers for snapping this picture of me meeting the most pro-gay Vice President in U.S. History.  That’s Tammy Bruce right behind the great man and his lovely wife Lynne next to him:

The Barney Frank Dilemma for Gay Conservatives

Sometimes, I think, the best thing to defeat the Obama agenda would be to get Barney Frank on TV more often promoting it.  His mere tone and presence helps discredit the Democratic talking points he spits out.  And when met with a tough questions, he starts ranting against Republicans, his interviewer, blames his father for neglecting him or his mother for overindulging him– or he just throws a hissy fit and storms off the set.

Barney doesn’t seem very happy.  He presents himself as a much more intelligent than the rest of us as if he knows what’s best for us.  His condescension may work wonders with the mainstream media, but surely rubs the American people the wrong way.

But, here’s the problem.  Barney’s not just a mean-spirited, arrogant liberal.  He’s also gay.  And do we want the American people to assume that, because he parades his homosexuality everywhere he goes, all gay people are like him, bossy liberals eager to tell us how to run our lives?

Has Henry Waxman Visited his District Lately?

Since the “stimulus” passed last February, the (once-)Golden State lost over 700,000 jobs.  Los Angeles County alone has lost nearly 100,000 jobs.  Drive alone the once-bustling commercial thoroughfares in Hollywood and West Hollywood and you’ill see an increasing number of stores sporting “Available” or “For Lease” signs in their otherwise empty display windows.

Rhoda Morgenstern might have trouble getting work in the city of Angels.

And as LA languishes, the dean of its congressional delegation pontificates, calling in industry executives because their financial statements on the impact of the Democrats’ health care law don’t match with the lofty promises of those who authored it, many of whom, like Mr. Waxman, barely (if ever) labored in the job-creating private sector.

Waxman has been serving in the California Assembly and Congress for 42 years, having briefly practiced law during the Johnson Administration.

If Mr. Waxman truly carried about our district (alas, he is my representative in the House), instead of berating the job creators, he would be asking them what Congress could do to make it easier for them to create jobs.  And threatening letters from the chairman of a powerful congressional committee (which Mr. Waxman is) will likely not succeed in those companies expanding their employment opportunities.

UPDATE:  Michelle wonders if Henry’s gotten wind of the concerns owners of ski resorts have with the health care bill he so proudly supports.

The Obama Promise Expiration Date List:

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:48 am - March 29, 2010.
Filed under: Dishonest Democrats,Obama Watch

Jim Geraghty has an exhaustive (although, certainly not final) list of President Obama’s Promises’ Expiration Dates.

If you have several hours, check them out. Tellingly, reviewing all his broken promises would take several hours.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

Florida 19 Could Be a Pick-Up…If We Work At It

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:39 am - March 29, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

As I mentioned last week, there’s a little-publicized special election coming up in just a few days in the 19th Congressional District in Florida. Robert Wexler (mercifully) retired and his vacant seat is being sought by Democrat Ted Deutch (who in just the past month has expressed his antipathy both to the Second Amendment and the lives of unborn children) and Republican businessman and entreprenuer Edward Lynch.

Comes a new poll showing a whopping 34% support for the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010 with 54% opposed. But that’s not all:

Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.

The demographics of FL-19? 26.4% over 65, and about 25% unaffiliated.

Hopefully the folks down there will rise up and take this seat from the socialists in the Democratic party. (Ted Deutch, natch, is so excited about the government take-over that the top line of his campaign website is a frothy, breathless endorsement of its passage.)

You can donate to Edward Lynch’s campaign here.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

Thank You Los Angeles

John and I had a great time on our whirlwind trip to LA this weekend. Thanks to Leah, Western Princess of the Homocons for her hospitality!! Karl Rove and Dick Cheney’s speeches were challenging but inspirational. We were thrilled that they appreciated our blog and went out of their way to acknowledge our prescence.

More travel for me this week: Atlanta, including the BlogTalkRadio shoe on Wed night at 10pm Eastern.

And now, I plan to snooze across the fruited planes….