Ted Cruz gets mixed reviews from writers

Who is Ted Cruz and what is he trying to do?

Here in the Texas Hill Country, I watched Ted Cruz take on and defeat establishment Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the 2012 run-off election for the U. S. Senate 57-43 in a strong voter turnout.  He went on to a 57-40 win over Democrat Paul Sadler in the general election.

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Cruz Victory Celebration (redsonja-conservativesinaction.blogspt.com)

Dewhurst outspent Cruz 3 to1 and blasted him relentlessly in negative commercials, but Cruz had the grassroots support of Tea Party organizations.

“Millions of Texans, millions of Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution,” he said in his victory speech.

I am particularly impressed with his ability to stand on a stage, away from the lectern and speak without the aid of a teleprompter. Continue reading

The ObamaCare saga continues

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Kathleen Sebelius (GettyImages/Howard Portnoy photo)

The Obama administration’s HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is a gift that just keeps on giving.  “Seven million was not from the administration. I’m not sure where they (the Congressional Budget Office) even got those numbers,” she told the Huffington Post on Feb. 26.   Just seven months ago, Sebelius told Politico, “I think success looks like at least seven million having signed up by the end of March.”  It’s called video tape, Madam Secretary.

And wide criticism of ObamaCare continues.

“How does one defend spending $1.2 trillion for a health-care overhaul that disincentivizes people to work and that leaves us with 31 million uninsured?”

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Kathleen Parker (businessinsider.com photo)

So wrote Columnist Kathleen Parker stating, “It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.”  While I am not a fan of Parker, I often read her columns to learn what those left of center are thinking.  Remember when the reason we needed health insurance reform was to insure those 30 million uninsured? Continue reading

American auto industry “not” back

When the Treasury Department off-loaded its remaining stock in General Motors late last year, the president used the occasion to take a bow stating, “When I took office, the American auto industry – the heartbeat of American manufacturing – was on the verge of collapse.  Two of the Big Three – GM and Chrysler – were on the brink of failure … as president, I refused to let that happen.”

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GM CEO Mary Barra and Vice President Joe Biden (GM photo)

“We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won,” Vice President Joe Biden said during last month’s Detroit auto show.

Of course there was no mention that taxpayers lost $10.5 billion on the GM bailout and, thanks to a deal with the Energy and Treasury Departments, Fiat of Italy was able to acquire majority control of Chrysler. Continue reading

Rice has no regrets and no integrity

On Sept. 16, 2012, then UN Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on five Sunday talk shows to tell Americans the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi was a spontaneous event, triggered by an anti-Muslim video.  Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Dougherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods were killed in the attack on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Susan Rice (DailyCaller.com photo)

“As you look back at your involvement in all of that, do you have any regrets?” asked David Gregory during her appearance on Meet the Press Feb. 23, 2014.

“No,” she answered before repeating the administration talking points that she shared “the best information that we had at the time.”

Her “no regrets” response touched a nerve with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) during his Feb. 24, 2014 appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record show. He described Rice as “stunningly arrogant. “  He went on to shame her for having no regrets about lying to her fellow citizens; no regrets that after 18 months no one has been brought to justice; and no regrets that she mislead the families of those killed.

Gowdy, who has been a steady voice in keeping the Benghazi cover-up alive, assailed Rice for not having the “intellectual curiosity” to challenge the talking points. “Did she call Hillary Clinton? Did she call Gregory Hicks?” he asked.

Rice is yet another example of the lack of integrity represented in so many of our elected and appointed positions in Washington. (See my post, What price integrity, Feb. 14, 2014)

 

 

A retirement long overdue

“I don’t want people to say I stayed too long,” 87-year old Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) told the Detroit News as rumors of his retirement have been circulating Washington.

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Rep. John Dingell (AP photo)

What? You already have, sir, you already have.  You’ve been in the House for nearly six decades. You were just 29 years old when you were first elected.

It appears Dingell will become the latest in a series of key Democrat retirements that has included Representatives Henry Waxman and George Miller, two other long-timers.

Incidentally, Dingell’s wife, Debbie,60, is expected to run for her husband’s seat.  “She would be the prohibitive favorite in the race,” said Michigan political consultant T.J. Bucholz, adding that she can be “a polarizing figure” in the Democratic Party.  A national Democratic strategist and a frequent spokesperson for the party on the Sunday news talk shows, she is a Washington lobbyist, and is chairman of the American Automotive Policy Council’s Manufacturing Initiative.

We have become a “whatever” society

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Minnesota Town Hall (hqdefault.jpg)

Did you see the news clip of the town hall held in Minnesota last week?  As three Democrats, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson were responding to constituent questions during an Agriculture Symposium, someone had the courage to ask a pointed non-Ag question.

“I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2,500 per family,” a local resident asked, “what happened?”

Before Peterson could grab the microphone to pass it to Klobuchar, those in attendance broke out in uproarious laughter as Peterson said, “I voted ‘no’ so I’ll let these guys handle that.”

Walz tried to recover with feeble excuses for the troubles being encountered with ObamaCare, but made the mistake of commenting on health insurance in this country before ObamaCare saying, “Don’t pretend there was some type of safe harbor before this where everything was just peachy keen.”  How uniformed.

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Nancy Pelosi (YouTube.com)

In a letter to the editor I wrote to The Boerne (TX) Star in 2010, I cited a 2009 Gallup poll in which 87 percent expressed satisfaction with their health care and 81 percent were satisfied with the cost. There was no need for a comprehensive health insurance bill.

But, back to the uproarious laughter of the town hall crowd, because that’s the reason for this posting.  When are we going to stop treating everything happening to this country as a laughing matter?  Where’s the outrage? Continue reading

Increase in minimum wage a bad idea

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George Will (onenewspage.com photo)

    “Liberals say, if you want people to smoke less, raise the price of tobacco.  If you want people to drive less, raise the price of gasoline.  Raise the price of something, people will buy less of it.  Then, they come to the subject of entry level wages and they will say it will have no affect whatever.  Clearly, it will have an effect.  Not only will people hire fewer, but there will be a huge incentive for places like California Pizza Kitchen and Chili’s to go to automated ordering, cutting down minimum wage workers.”   -George Will

                                        A new twist on Obama’s redistribution of wealth

The president got what he wanted when he increased the tax rate on the top income earners to 39.6 percent.  It was part of his redistribution of wealth agenda.

Now as the numbers of those below the poverty line grows, the president is talking about income inequality and the necessity to increase the federally mandated minimum wage again, from $7.25 to $10.10.  His economy is in the tank and in true liberal form, he continues to apply the wrong measures. Another indication of his lack of business acumen.

Nancy Pelosi and all the others on the left stand before the microphones in support of the hike, saying it would create jobs.  But then the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office releases its findings that the $10.10 option when fully implemented “would reduce total employment by about 500,000 workers,” a number that could increase to one million. Continue reading

UN report on N. Korean human rights going nowhere

The United Nations Commission on Inquiry this week released its findings on human rights violations in North Korea and, in a letter to Kim Jung-un, it informed him that it was advising the United Nations to refer his country to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.   Cited were violations that included systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

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Kim Jung-un and fawning military officers. (KNS AFP/Getty Images)

As expected, North Korea rejected the accusations revealed in the 372-page report, saying they were based on material faked by hostile forces backed by the United States, the European Union and Japan.  The chairman of the commission, Michael Kirby, said he hoped the findings would “galvanize action on the part of the international community.”

The commission also informed China, long an ally of North Korea, that it may be guilty of “aiding and abetting crimes against humanity” by sending migrants and defectors back to North Korea to face torture or execution.  China will undoubtedly veto any attempt to refer North Korean leaders to The Hague.  So don’t hold your breath. Continue reading

Change we can believe in?

     “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.  And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States.”

                                                                                –  Sen. Barack Obama,  March 31, 2008

“Vast right-wing conspiracy” lives openly

From her days with the Rose Law Firm through her days at her husband’s side in the White House, her Senate performance, and more recently her stint as secretary of state, are all fair game if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton (Weelyworldnews.com photo)

At kramerontheright.com, I plan to post regular reminders to her followers that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” lives openly, and I will not be diverted from her record the way she plotted to divert attention from her husband’s behavior with the conspiracy charge.

I will be reminding the millions of voters who were too young or not active politically to remember what went on 24 years ago.  Most of these individuals are influenced by unscientific polls showing her as one of the most influential women or by the President’s remark, “I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had.”

Some Republicans are advising against an anti-Hillary campaign for fear that it will further the claim that it is all part of the party’s “war on women.”  Nonsense. The 2016 presidential campaign is a long way off; time I will use to refresh memories of Hillary Clinton, and the Democrat-concocted “war on women.”What Difference