Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Right to work is an assault on working families??

Michigan is poised to become the 24th state to pass "right to work" laws which prohibit unions from forcing workers to pay dues.  The basic effect of these laws is that you can no longer be required to join a union to work at a particular factory or business.  Translation - if you want to be a non-union worker at the auto factory, you can!

I applaud Michigan on following the lead of Wisconsin and Indiana.  It must be the conservative in me, but I just don't see how giving workers a choice on whether or not to join the union is an assault on working families.  It seems to me that when unions were first formed, it was the choice of the workers to unionize to gain collective bargaining power.  Now unions have become so powerful and so bullying in their tactics, that workers no longer have a choice about whether or not to join - they have to pay their dues to a union who may use the dues for the workers' benefit or for political pressure (not exactly the original intention of the unions).

Right to work is about choice, and giving workers the right to be free from union control if they want to - not about union busting!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DeMint to lead The Heritage Foundation

I just heard that Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will be leaving the Senate to become the next president of The Heritage Foundation.  The Senate is losing a great Conservative leader in Senator DeMint, but he is an incredible choice to head Heritage.  The Heritage Foundation is a bastion of Conservative thought and defender of the Constitution and Senator DeMint will definitely continue the fantastic tradition started by current president and founder, Ed Feulner!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What Happened to Our Values?

As I've been listening to the radio, watching TV and surfing the internet lately, the same nagging question keeps popping into my head: What has happened to our values in this country?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

When Conservatism is a second language

I found this article today.... When Conservatism is a second language.  Written by a former political director for Ronald Reagan, it is a very well written piece that makes an incredibly important point - if Conservatism is going to beat back the onslaught of liberal ideology in the political realm, we must stop nominating and electing Republicans for whom Conservatism is only their second language.  There are incredibly bright, qualified and eager Conservatives out there of every race and gender who we need to be cultivating and raising up through our ranks to take the mantle of leadership.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The issue of Centralization

Centralization of the government should be one of the greatest concerns for Conservatives.  After last night's election, I ran across a great piece dealing with just that....

The Central Issue - John Hayward

What to expect over the next four years

Here are my predictions of what we can expect from the Executive Branch over the next four years.  Please understand that I do not expect that all of this will be implemented or be successful because we do still have the Legislative and Judicial branches to counteract some of this, but this is what I predict we will see....

Where do we go from here?

The polls are closed.  The speeches are all given and the balloons and confetti have all fallen.  The people have spoken, and amazingly they have chosen to give President Obama another four years in office.

Conservatives around the country are waking up in disbelief and (in some cases) despair this morning realizing that one of the most liberal Presidents in our nation's history has just won re-election.  Many of us are wondering, "What do we do now?"

The answer is simple - DO NOT GIVE UP!  I don't mean fight the election results or complain about the legitimacy of the election or point fingers at whose fault this is.  I mean put on your big boy (or girl) pants, suck it up and keep fighting the good fight!  Yes, we suffered a major loss with this election, but the reality is that if we sink into quiet despair or worse yet finger pointing at each other or the blame game, then not only have we lost the fight, we WILL lose the war!

One of the underlying themes of Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged" is that society fundamentally changed to accept government control over all aspects of life because people just kept quiet, went about their business and passively allowed the transformation of society into one where everyone was dependent on the government.  If Conservatives don't suck it up and battle on, then that is exactly what will happen and this election will be looked back on as the beginning of the end of freedom and capitalism in the United States.

I for one absolutely refuse the let that happen.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Conservative Reading List

I was having a conversation with a friend recently  about kids going off to college and the liberal "indoctrination" that many colleges seem to put freshmen through.  I mentioned that when my younger sister went off to college, when I heard about the freshman class she was required to take, I immediately put together a few books and sent those to her with a "Conservative Reading List" so that she could counteract the liberal brainwashing that they were putting her through.

My friend asked me if I could send her what I considered to be my baseline reading list for Conservatives.  I thought I would take a few moments and share the list with my readers.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Conservative Declaration

It's been a while since I posted, but sometimes life has a way of keeping us from doing the things that we really want to be doing!  I saw this from the Heritage Foundation today, and thought it was worth sharing.  It is a great synopsis of Conservative thought.  Here is the original if you would like to sign with me!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

With a record like this...

Some interesting numbers on how the economy has fared under President Obama.  Admittedly, there are some economic numbers that are better such as mortgage rates and the level of consumer debt, but the reasons that these are better are somewhat dubious...government bailouts and other government assistance have helped to improve these numbers artificially.

The stats:

Jobs

2008 2009 2010 2011 January
2012
April/May
2012
Unemployment rate 5% 7.8% 9.7% 9.1% 8.3% 8.2%
Broader unemployment rate "U-6" 9.2% 14.2% 16.7% 16.1% 15.1% 14.8%
White unemployment rate 4.4% 7.1% 8.7% 8.1% 7.4% 7.4%
Black unemployment rate 9.1% 12.7% 16.5% 15.7% 13.6% 13.6%
Hispanic unemployment rate 6.5% 10% 12.6% 12% 10.5% 11%
Total private-sector jobs 115.6 M 111 M 106.8 M 108.2 M 110.5 M 111 M
Total government jobs 22.4 M 22.6 M 22.5 M 22.2 M 22 M 22 M
Median weeks unemployed 9 10.7 20.1 21.7 21.1 20.1   


Income

2008 2009 2010 2011 January
2012
April/May
2012






Disposable personal income per capita $33,229 $32,166 $32,481 $32,667 -- $32,677
Personal bankruptcies 1,074,225 1,412,838 1,536,799 1,362,847 -- --
Poverty rate 12.5% 13.2% 14.3% 15.1% -- --
People receiving food stamps -- 32 M 39 M 44 M 46 M 46 M


Federal government

2008 2009 2010 2011 January
2012
April/May
2012
Federal discretionary spending as percent of GDP 7.9% 8.9% 9.4% 9% -- 8.5%
Federal mandatory spending as percent of GDP 11.1% 15% 13.3% 13.5% -- 14.4%
Annual federal deficit $458 B $1.41 T $1.29 T $1.3 T -- $1.33 T
Cumulative public debt $5.14 T $6.37 T $7.81 T $9.39 T $10.45 T $10.95 T


Based on these statistics, unemployment has jumped dramatically; disposable income has dropped; bankruptcies are up; more people are receiving food stamps than ever before; and the Federal Government is on an out of control spending binge!

It's time to bring back a political question that was used rather effectively several years back.....  Ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?  The numbers would seem to answer with a resounding "NO!"







Great article on UN ATT

This article by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton articulates very well why the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty should not be ratified.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

To beat, or not to beat: that is the question!

The latest media over-hype is over whether Mitt Romney will pick Condoleezza Rice as his VP.  The buzz seems to be that if he does, social conservatives will stay home en masse, thus giving the election to President Obama.  I understand why social conservatives don't want Condoleeza Rice as the VP pick - she is pro-abortion and it signals that Romney is not nearly the conservative that he claims to be (that's a surprise?).  However, if we cut off our collective nose to spite our face and stay home because of this issue, we will have another four years of President Obama, and our country cannot afford that socially, culturally or fiscally.  Social conservatives need to pay attention to the big picture on this election.  Abortion is an abomination, but we risk seeing this country irreparably damaged if we let Barack Obama have four more years in the White House.

When conservatives say stupid things...

It drives me up a wall when I hear liberal commentators say idiotic generalizations about Republicans, tea-party members or conservatives in general, but what makes me even more crazy is when I see a fellow conservative make just as idiotic of a statement.  This weekend, one of my favorite conservative commentators, Michelle Malkin, did just that.  On Fox News, Ms. Malkin was drawing a comparison between Mitt Romney and his supporters and President Obama and his supporters.  Her purpose was to talk about which of the two candidates is "qualified" to handle the economy.  Ms. Malkin said this...

"The Romney types, of course, are the ones who sign the front of the paycheck, and the Obama types are the one who have spent their entire lives signing the back of them."
With all due respect to Michelle Malkin, this statement was just plain WRONG!  I understand the comparison she was trying to draw between the candidates.  I hope that she was trying to draw a comparison between people like the President who have spent most of their lives promoting government control over the economy and those such as Mitt Romney who have been in the private sector creating jobs.  Unfortunately, her comment ended up as a comparison between job creators and those who work for someone else.

Stooping to the level of class warfare is, in my opinion, never acceptable from a conservative.  So many people spend their time trying to paint conservatives as "elitist" or "rich" or whatever else, and when prominent conservatives make statements like this, it just feeds that stereotype.  The fact is, there are people on BOTH sides of the political spectrum who sign the front of the paychecks and I can guarantee that there are just as many conservatives as there are liberals who have spent their entire lives signing the backs of paychecks. (Personally, I have spent more time signing backs than fronts!)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Obama slaps business owners in the face

President Obama had his disdain for business owners and self-initiative on full display this weekend at a campaign event.  It absolutely amazes me that a sitting President would actually try to tell business owners that they don't deserve credit for building their business because they obviously did not do it on their own!  Every business owner in the U.S. should push to make sure this man does not get re-elected!

The quote speaks for itself:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)
     If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
     The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

U.N. Treaty Is a Real Threat

Recently, I have been seeing several "articles" in conservative publications going on about the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and how dangerous it is.  I have held off writing anything about the treaty simply because too many of the articles I had read contained very little in the way of facts.  Most of the articles just simply rattled on about how the treaty was a U.N. plot to usurp the Constitution and take away our 2nd Amendment rights without detailing at all what was so nefarious about the treaty.

Please make no mistake - I am not a huge fan of the U.N. and I am a very strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment; however, I don't willingly see a "new world order" plot around every corner either.  So I embarked on a bit of research myself.  What I found, unfortunately, has backed up the alarm cries that I have heard so far.  If the U.S. were to ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, it could have very serious implications for our 2nd Amendment rights.

The ATT seems innocuous on its face.  It purports to be an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates.”  All of these are very laudable goals that deserve our support.  Unfortunately, when you read more information about the treaty and the underlying ideas behind it, the treaty definitely is NOT so "laudable."

Just a few of the reasons I see this treaty as a danger to U.S. interests:

1)  It could very possibly prevent us from aiding our allies such as Taiwan and Israel
2) The treaty supporters have been very open about pushing for domestic enforcement of the "international" regulations - meaning giving the U.N. full information on domestic gun ownership in the United States and member nations.
3) Supporters of the treaty have made it quite clear leading up to this conference that they believe governments have a legitimate reason to own arms, but private citizens do not.


There are a number of other reasons to oppose this treaty, but as opposed to re-stating all of the reasons, I will just post a couple links to the better articles I have read on it.....

Heritage Foundation Blog Article 

Heritage Foundation WebMemo 

Fox News 

The New American 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What Makes The United States Great?

Leading up to this Independence Day, I have seen several posts on the internet that have posed the question, "What makes America the greatest country, and are we really?"  I have read quite a few responses to that question - many being the standard answers you would expect of freedom, liberty, etc.  There have been, however, far too many posts that have been rather disturbing.  I have been amazed at the number of people who replied that the United States is not the greatest country in the world.  Those responses have cited statistics comparing us to other countries, or complained about the current state of politics and "corruption" in our Federal government.  I have to be honest...I think those who give those responses just don't get it.  They just don't understand what actually makes the United States great.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Good Links

I've been asked upon occasion for some good websites for conservative views and research.  Here are just a few that I visit on a pretty regular basis:

Independent Journal Review - this one is pretty much links to a lot of other articles...not much true independent research
The Heritage Foundation
Human Events

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a pretty good starting point.

Health Care Law would be a valid tax bill

I was asked an interesting question today that I honestly had to do some research on to verify or deny... I was asked if the mandate in the Health Care Law is a tax as it was defined by the Supreme Court, wouldn't the bill be invalidated then because it originated in the Senate and according to the Constitution, all tax bills MUST originate in the House of Representatives (as stated in Article I, Section 7.1)?

After a bit of research, I discovered that the answer is (sadly) no.  The bill actually DID originate in the House of Representatives in 2009 as HR  3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  That bill was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee and then was passed by the full House.  The measure then went to the Senate where the Senate largely ignored it and instead focused on their own bill and passed that as an amendment to the House bill.  What then went to the Conference Committee to iron out was the House Bill that had been replaced in its entirety by a Senate amendment.  Within the rules and procedures laid out by the Constitution, this DOES qualify as a revenue bill that originated in the House of Representatives.

Doing this research has honestly made me wonder if the House and Senate Democrats knew all along that this mandate was a tax and therefore made sure it was the House bill that went to conference so that it was indeed a valid tax.  The adamant statements during the debate that the mandate was NOT a tax now bring to mind a paraphrase of the line from Hamlet, "The Democrats doth protest too much, methinks."

Enjoyment in defeat

I've been reading more of the Court's majority opinion.  I have to say that there is some amazingly conservative Constitutional arguments in an opinion that many see as a victory for the liberals.  One of my favorites so far....

"The Framers gave Congress the power to regulate commerce, not to compel it, and for over 200 years both our decisions and Congress’s actions have reflected this understanding. There is no reason to depart from that understanding now."  (Emphasis was in the original)
 

Supreme Court Ruling on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Yeah, I know...the "in" thing to do is call it ObamaCare, but in TRYING to keep civil about it, I called it by it's actual name.  Regardless of what you call it, everyone agrees that the healthcare reform bill that passed is one of the most divisive issues in the country today.  Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision on the bill upholding almost the entire bill as Constitutional.  What shocked and outraged most people was that the Supreme Court upheld the individual "mandate" that requires every individual to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.  I am still in the process of reading the Court's decision and the dissenting opinions (yes, I'm actually reading the whole thing!), so my opinions at this point are admittedly based on the excerpts I have read from various locations.

Welcome to Gulf Coast Conservative

Welcome to my blog, Gulf Coast Conservative.  I have been a regular reader of local and national blogs for a few years, and recent events (both national and local) and have tried blogging myself a couple of times with not much luck and honestly not much dedication to it.  However, recent national and local events and the responses to them on our local Pensacola blogs have finally pushed me to the point where I've decided it's time to get serious and put out a Conservative viewpoint to counter some of what I have been reading.  My viewpoints are just that - MY views.  I will guarantee a few things about my blog:

1) I will make every attempt to put forth educated and informed viewpoints because there is nothing more frustrating than reading viewpoints that show a complete lack of actual information.
2) My viewpoints will most definitely be Conservative - and yes, I am capitalizing that intentionally.  I am not a "sometimes" conservative or a "Republican conservative."  I am a true Conservative whether it agrees with my party's views or not.
3) I don't blindly support one side or another.  This is especially true for local events.  It seems to often here in Pensacola, issues have an "old-school" vs. "new-school" component.  I refuse to be categorized into either camp.  The best examples I can give you - I fully supported the Maritime Park project in Pensacola and even the push for a strong mayor form of government.  However, with regard to the current dysfunction of our local government, I think that the current mayoral administration is WAY out of line on many things they are doing, and our City Council is just as much to blame.  Basically - expect me to call a turkey a turkey when appropriate and not just "toe the line."
4)  Most important - I can guarantee that not everyone will agree with my opinions.  I will happily accept comments and with the exception of those that are just rude, ignorant or vulgar, I will post the comments - no "selective" moderating like some others do if you disagree with them!

I hope you enjoy the blog and keep coming back for more!