Monday, September 29, 2008

Thank You, America

Finally, the day we've been waiting for.

Capitalism lives to see another day.

The Bailout Bill failed, the country has spoken.

Kill Socialism before it becomes our reality.

Why aren't the people calling for Nanci Pelosi's resignation?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rest in Pieces

To the catalyst that got me around Washington DC.

To the one thing that was always by my side while seeing things such as the Capitol Building, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and countless other places of interest.

To the item that became a canvas for my political propaganda.

You held my John McCain button, my Fred Thompson button, and my Proud to Be A Republican button.

You held the necklace given to me by a peace activist.

You held my camera for me.

You were mocked, ridiculed, and cast off as a "man purse".

You made the trip back to Michigan with me, holding all of my precious DC memorabilia.

You carried my books and my computer for my first month of school.

...And for all that, I thank you.

Your strap may be broken, but your courage, spirit, and memories shall forever live on.

Here you are in your glory days, back in good old Arlington, Virginia.

Here you are in shambles.

Rest in pieces, good friend.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Some of My Favorites

I'm taking a short break from politics. It's the weekend, while I'm away from work for the weekend I'm trying to stay out of politics a little bit. So I've decided to post a couple of my favorite Family Guy clips, they're nothing short of hilarious.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Now For the Response

As promised yesterday, I would answer my own question after you all did. So here it is...

My feelings on the Fed's bailout of a number of institutions are a mixed result. Let's look at some of the finer aspects of this deal.

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton encouraged legislation that would help more people get home loans. They saw it unfit to "discriminate" lower income households, and in turn encouraged financing to these families that couldn't quite afford to have a house. Fannie May and Freddie Mac saw a huge pay day in this field. While the housing market skyrocketed due to more demand, times were perceivably good. People were building huge houses on middle class wages. Anybody could get a loan. Fannie May and Freddie Mac were absolutely gouging the market, putting them in the Fortune 500. Now, fast forward to recently. Two years ago John McCain pushed legislation to turn back the clock on these loan programs. He saw how people were buying houses that couldn't afford them. Fannie and Freddie were now making huge economic gains while the economy grew more and more uneasy.

I like to relate this to a water balloon. When you're filling it up, you're trying as hard as you can to get as much water in as possible. You see it get bigger and bigger and get so bent on how much water it can hold that you're completely dismissing the fact that at any minute the balloon that's holding the precious water will bust from all of that pressure.

Fannie and Freddie, along with greedy country leaders, didn't know when to stop filling up the balloon.

Back to present time. As I said, John McCain pushed legislature to make it harder for Americans to take out loans on houses. What was Barack Obama doing about this that last two years? Look at the numbers. Barack Obama took the second most amount of money from Fannie and Freddi for his campaign then anybody else. He then appointed the representative of these huge companies to find his VP choice, which turned out to be Joe Biden. Remember Joe Biden's ties to MBNA? Not such a coincidence now, is it? So, basically, while John McCain had foreseen this problem, and aimed to fix it where it started - Barack Obama was busy lining his pockets with the huge abundance of revenue created by Fannie May and Freddie Mac.

Now back to the question. Do I think that the American taxpayers should be put on the hook for these huge government bailouts?

Hell no.

Do I think the American taxpayers need to help the government bailout some of these companies?

Sadly, yes.

When it comes to Fannie May and Freddie Mac, if we let them go under, the market will face enormous repercussions. This is also true with AIG. So, as I undoubtably feel like you do, Aunt Carrie, I don't see another possible solution. We're essentially paying for what the government chose to overlook because it was in the best interest of their wallets and their lobbyists. We need to make not only the government accountable for their actions, but Wall Street. There can't be any more loss of public trust in the market, or I'm afraid that it will crash. We need to hold leaders accountable. There is only one candidate promising to bring transparency to the budget, to Wall Street, and to Legislation. There is only one candidate that saw this housing crisis coming, and tried to do something about it. Also, there is only one candidate that put his self interests first, rather than his country when he ignored the crisis so he could line his pockets for his Presidential run.

It's time to put "Country First".

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In the Midst of it All

So, something worth noting. I was privileged enough to attend a meeting this past Monday with all of the county Republicans whom are seeking election this fall. There were many of them there, along with the State Rep. Bill Caul. It was a great opportunity for me to introduce myself to all of them, tell a little bit about myself, and get to sit on the meeting. I also got to have a pretty good discussion with a small business owner about how raising the minimum wage puts the middle class in a crunch.

Overall, it was a really good experience. I get to attend these meetings every month, and we're even supposed to be working on a fundraising event in the area. I trust that all of you locals will attend. Obviously, I don't plan on seeing any of you from Wisconsin or Pennsylvania there.

I figured while I have you all here, I'd like to get my voice out there about the current "economic crisis", as it's been presented in the media. There's no doubt that what's happening in the market isn't a good thing. With the buyout of Fannie May and Freddie Mac, we saw how the government stepped in and saved these mortgage finance companies. Although it's imperative that we keep these companies in business, this is going to cost the American tax payer a lot of money. The $85 billion to bail out AIG in the past 2 days is another scary thing altogether. When these top rate companies start to fall, it creates uncertainty in the market. Uncertainty leads to massive selling. This is why we've seen the Dow drop by over 5% in the past two days. These are huge gouges in the market.

So here is my question to you:

Should the American tax payers really be put on the hook to bail out these mismanaged private corporations?

I want to hear your answers to this. I already have mine, I'll post it after I hear from you all. Even if you're not really into this sort of thing, I want to hear from you. Give me an honest opinion, please.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Good Old Biden

I'm going to make this clear. I do not think that what happens in this video reflects Joe Biden as a person. I just want it to be known that Joe Biden is infamous for saying things at a bad time, or just saying the wrong things. This doesn't make him any less qualified as a Vice President, I just get a kick out of how big of a mistake he made with this.

Keep in mind, the man he's talking to is in a wheel chair.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gotta Love Chuck

Charles Woodson.

'Nuff Said.

Packers roll.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Ok, Sarah, you win this year. I'll hand it to you, ND beat Michigan fair and square. You will never win with 6 turnovers.

However, let's look at my CMU prediction!

CMU comes out firing on all cylinders. Their offense dominates Ohio's defense. Their defense bends but doesn't break. LeFevour passes for 350+ yards.
W CMU 41 - Ohio 17

Well, the final score: CMU 31 - Ohio 28

Not quite how I expected it to turn out a couple weeks ago, but considering Ohio's near upset of OSU last week - it can be said that I may have been slightly worried about my Chips today. My prediction of LeFevour was spot on though! 361 yards for Dan the Man today with a rushing touchdown.

CMU Predictions: 3-0

Friday, September 12, 2008


Remember last year? Mich 38 ND 0

How about the year before? Mich 47 ND 21

What will it be this year?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My New Job

So it seems funny that the blogs have turned political just in time for the season! It is also funny that I happen to have a job working for the Republican Party so close to election time! I figured I'd take some time while I'm here at work to blog. Why, you ask? It's September 11, which means politics pretty much come to a standstill for the day. Our office is still open, but we are required to keep the political tone down today. We can still distribute signs and such, but we aren't making any phone calls or doing any campaigning.
So I really am employed by the Republican Party. My wages are salary between now and November 4th. The salary I'm being paid is actually quite higher than I would have ever expected. If I work 15 hours a week, it equals out to over $10 an hour, which is excellent for a starving college student! My job title here is a "Volunteer Coordinator". Basically, I'm in charge of getting people in here to volunteer for local candidates, state candidates, and even national ones. I'm actually getting some interest from a few students around campus to help out. My other responsibility of the job is to man the office. The other person who has an office here, Bill Caul (our district's state Rep, you may also remember his wife Sandy), is only in a few times a month. So, basically, I'm here by myself. There are two other people who sit in the office, Brent, and a new lady that they just hired full-time. I don't see these people except when we change shifts. While I sit in the office, I am responsible for answering the phone, giving out signs, stickers, etc. to people who come in, and I do any side project that Matt asks me to do. I expect I will be doing some campaign work for Bill Caul soon, he told me back in the winter that I could help out.
So, in a nutshell, that is my job here. It's great to already have my foot in the door with the Republican Party. I love my job so far. This is the first job that I haven't dreaded going to - I even look forward to it!
So I guess that's all for now - hope everyone is doing well!

Please pay your respects today, not only for the victims, but for every American dedicated to preserving our rights and freedoms. Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, Libertarian, or an outsider to politics, we can all respect the sacrifices made every day by countless individuals.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


So I was requested to blog about why I'm a republican and not a democrat. That seems like a fair request to me. There are many reasons that I am a republican and I will try to hit on as many as I can.

The Economy

Ask any economist and he or she will tell you that a free enterprise system, such as America's, expands when people spend money. This means that the cash flow from consumers to businesses is a huge way to jump start the economy. This is why everyone received a "stimulus" check. The government was hoping that people would get this money and go out and spend it. The reason that the stimulus package didn't work as well as hoped was because so many Americans are behind on their bills right now, so they used it for that - resulting in little to no economic gains. However, as I was saying - money in consumers' pockets is a good thing for the economy. This is why every single tax cut, break, and refund directly affects the economy. All of these cuts trickle down to businesses. If a person is taking in more money, they tend to buy more groceries, more gasoline, and/or more leisure activities. For example, take a middle class family that is doing just fine right now. They receive a $1200 check for an economic stimulus package. Since they're caught up on their bills, have a head start on retirement, and have everything they need to get by - they might invest this money. That's good for the economy too! Putting money in the stock market makes the market stronger.
You might be asking, well what does this have to do with you being a republican? Well, historically republicans have slashed taxes on EVERYONE. This myth stating that they only cut taxes for the rich is bologna. They cut taxes evenly (by percentage) across the board. The democratic style of "Robin Hood Economics" as I like to say, isn't fair. Why should the wealthy be forced to hand over a much higher percent of their money? The wealthy aren't responsible to finance the country. They worked hard for that money in most cases, and/or took huge risks to get to where they're at. Secondly, you need these guys to stick around. Many people involved with business are looking to make big profits, it's a fact. Wouldn't you be trying to make big profits too? So, if we raise corporate taxes (like the democrats like to), they're just going to ship jobs overseas at an even faster rather than they do right now!


The republican party is infamous for their strong morals. While the democrats are out pandering for votes by telling women that they're pro-choice, pro-same sex marriage, and on board to legalize marijuana - republicans tell it how it is. Most are against same sex marriage, most are in belief that life begins at conception, and most think that harmful drugs are best left out of the hands of the citizens. Now, yes, there are often very strong religious reasons behind these - but is that so bad? I have a great perspective on this, because I'm not religious in the least. However, religion has such a great values system that I couldn't care less if "under God" is in the Pledge of Allegiance. The fact is, religion instills such a great group of core fundamentals and values in a person's life.

Foreign Policy

To me, democrats don't get it when it comes to foreign policy. Congress overwhelmingly approved the war when it started. However, as soon as Americans lost a shred of hope, the democrats in Congress saw it as an opening to make George W. the scapegoat. They harassed him, said he committed "war crimes". If they're so sure he committed war crimes, why isn't there a testimony against him? Because they know that he hasn't! We're in a war, ladies and gentlemen. The President has the authority during war times to claim Executive Power - and that's what he's done. Democrats hounded the administration when Bush introduced his surge strategy. Barack Obama said it was a terrible idea. He pushed to cut off funds to the troops, he said it would never work. He said we had lost. However, John McCain and George W. Bush had faith in our troops. Grandpa told me that "...we can't whip those people...", I said "Watch us". Now who's right? We were. The republicans were. Obama said it himself this week, he said that the surge far exceeded his expectations.

Limited Government

This is where I do not follow George W. Bush. Many people hate the president and it drives me nuts. Why, you ask? Because they can't tell you why! They usually tell me, "It's because he started a War." Sorry, hunny, you're wrong. Article II Section II of the US Constitution gives Congress the authority to declare War, not the President. Congress did declare the war.
However, I'm getting off track.
George W. Bush has done way too much expansion in his time as President. Organizations, private courts, new cabinet members, all of this has racked up a huge deficit. Granted, most of the deficit is from the War (don't forget that!), but he hasn't helped with his expansion of government. I heard a quote a couple years ago that I've grown to love. It said "Government should be small enough to where, if needed, we could drown it in a bathtub." Democrats seem to believe that the government has some sort of responsibility to take care of you from birth to death. Why would we want to slumber our way through life while the government takes care of us? Being free means independence. Our own Gerald Ford had a quote during the 1996 Republican National Convention that basically sums up my views on big government.
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
The republicans have always been for a small national government. Democrats have always been about expanding government. Special programs, special interests, and the like have always been at the top of their lists.

I realize that I rambled quite a bit, but those are just a couple of things that really make me a republican. I support John McCain 100%. I did not vote for him in the primary because I just wasn't sure about him yet. However, if the primary was today, I can't think of anyone else I'd vote for.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Dream Come True

Did anybody notice how close I was on my first game prediction for CMU!?
Real Score - Georgia 54, CMU 17
John's Predic. - Georgia 44, CMU 20

So after about two weeks of anticipation, I finally got an answer from the interview I had a couple weeks ago.

You are all reading the blog of the new Volunteer Coordinator for the Isabella County GOP Office! I'm so excited for this internship. The best part - the money isn't my main excitement! This is basically a dream job for me. It's in the field that my major is in, and I'm still in college! It's not career material, but it is a perfect college job. Basically, I'm in charge of getting people to volunteer for various Republican campaigns. Some to note are Bill Caul, Dave Camp, John McCain, and all of the local Drain Commissioner, and other electable officials.

I think you can see why I'm so excited to start tomorrow!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Obama: Recession Could Delay End to Bush Tax Cuts

To quote Joe Biden,

"...that's not change, that's more of the same."

Why does Obama criticize John McCain's view on the economy if he has seen the writing on the wall? Obama went on to say that taking away these tax cuts could send us into economic turmoil.

Then why does he want to raise taxes?

A free market economy grows from people spending money, people investing money, and people saving money. People have to have money to spend it.

Coolidge cut the tax rate from 74% to 24%, which resulted in the biggest economic gains in the history of the US. Years later, Reagan cut the marginal tax rate from 79% to 28%. I think we all know how the economy grew when Reagan was in office. $600 billion in added revenue during the Reagan era. That was during the Cold War!

Does anybody else see the pattern?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Something I'll Never Forget

I got to experience something today that I will never forget. It was a time that made me so proud to be an American. Only my Dad knows where I was today. I don't know why I kept such a cool thing a secret, I guess I haven't had much time to let it sink in yet. If you haven't guessed yet, let me give you a hint...

That should give it away, but in case it didn''s another.

Getting a little more obvious now...

By now I hope you've realized that I attended a John McCain rally. The only thing that could have made this better would have been an actual appearance from John McCain and Sarah Palin. However, since they just wrapped up the convention yesterday, we all knew it was extremely unlikely for them to be there today. However, miracles can happen- right?

Do these two look familiar?

That's right. They were there. The best part, we had VIP passes. We were in the 8th row. I was about 15 feet away from John McCain and Sarah Palin when they concluded and shook hands with many of the guests in attendance. I couldn't quite get to the front though.

This experience was unreal. I can't even explain it through the internet. I would be more than overjoyed to tell anyone about it in person. So remind me next time you see me. The whole thing made my skin crawl. The place was electric with hope and belief in America's tomorrow.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

What the Heck!?

So I was looking over, and something caught my attention. The rookie of the month voting. I look at the faces and the names and saw something that caught my eye.
"The AL nominees are Minnesota starter Glen Perkins, White Sox second baseman Alexei Ramirez and Minnesota outfielder Denard Span The NL nominees are St. Louis reliever Chris Perez, Cubs' reliever Jeff Samardzija"


Jeff Samardzija?

Is this the same Jeff Samardzija that played wide receiver for Notre Dame?

So I Wikipedia-ed it.

It sure is.

I knew that Jeff was going to play baseball instead of football, but I had no idea he'd be nominated for Rookie of the Month as a reliever for the MLB Cubs this soon.

I hope you're happy, Sarah...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My Apologies

I know you all were just so excited to read my political post tonight. However, I have a German test tomorrow morning, and I don't know how to say all of the family members yet. Therefore, my apologies. However, I will run through my predictions for our CMU football team this year.

First off you should know that our Junior Quarterback, Dan LeFevour, is on the list of Heisman hopefuls this year. This is so exciting for a MAC team. I believe the last MAC player to be considered for the award was Byron Leftwitch and Ben Rothlesberger. Also, CMU is the favorite to win the MAC Championship - which would be the third year in a row.

Now on to the expert analysis.

August 28 - Eastern Illinois
CMU already won this game. It was a pretty safe bet to say they'd win. LeFevour looked a little rusty to start out. His passes were a tad off, but that's usually what we see week one. CMU's defense looked very shaky, especially in the secondary. However, in the second half CMU dominated both sides of the ball.
W CMU 31 - Eastern Illinois 12

September 6 - #1 Georgia
Let's get this straight...CMU is good, but not ACC Champs good. Georgia's defense will keep LeFevour and the Chippewa offense in check, and exploit the defense. LeFevour will be in the national spotlight, and will show off some of his valuable tools - but he won't look spectacular.
L CMU 20 - Georgia 44

September 13 - Ohio
CMU comes out firing on all cylinders. Their offense dominates Ohio's defense. Their defense bends but doesn't break. LeFevour passes for 350+ yards.
W CMU 41 - Ohio 17

September 20 - #25 Purdue

This was a barn burner in the Motor City Bowl last year. I expect more of the same this year. This is an upset special though, LeFevour stays on a roll, along with CMU.
W CMU 34 - Purdue 31

September 27 - Buffalo

Buffalo will fall hard to the Chips when they return home. LeFevour will climb back into the Heisman Hopeful catogory. He will shred the Buffalo defense. The defense for the Chips will look impressive against Buffalo's sluggish offense.
W CMU 30 - Buffalo 7

October 11 - Temple

CMU falters this week. In front of Homecoming hopeful fans they look sluggish. Temple controls the tempo of this low-scoring affair. Upset special, not in favor of the Chippewas.
L CMU 13 - Temple 17

October 18 - Western Michigan

CMU comes out on a mission. They will not let Western beat them at home. LeFevour plays like a Heisman hopeful once again. The offense looks outstanding, reminiscent of earlier weeks. The defense looks decent, giving up a lot of yards, but not a lot of points.
W CMU 34 - Western Michigan 25

October 25 - Toledo

CMU keeps things rolling against MAC rival Toledo. LeFevour and Sneed combine to torch the defense on the road. The defense does enough to win.
W CMU 31 - Toledo 27

November 1 - Indiana

CMU looks tired in this game. Their offense doesn't get rolling, and the defense is sluggish. A moral upset for the Chippewas. A missed opportunity to beat a Big-10 team.
L CMU 20 - Indiana 31

November 12 - Northern Illinois

A great game for LeFevour and Sneed. They combine for over 450 yards of total offense. Northern Illinois fights back, tearing up the Chippewa defense. This one comes down to the final possession.
W CMU 38 - Northern Illinois 35

November 19 - Ball State

A relatively boring game here. Ball State's defense keeps LeFevour in check. CMU's defense does enough to keep Ball State's team out of the end zone for most of the game.
W CMU 17 - Ball State 10

November 28 - Eastern Michigan

An important game for CMU. The final game of the season. CMU will still need this game to get into the MAC Championship. The offense rolls, the defense looks surprisingly good. LeFevour takes big numbers into the Championship game.
W CMU 40 - Eastern Michigan 20

MAC Championship
CMU Wins for a three-peat.

Overall Record: 10-3
MAC Champions
Dan LeFevour is invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation, but comes in a distant 4th place.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


My first big night of homework. I've been working steadily on it from around 6 until now - 12:27 AM. Granted, I took a little time out to watch part of the Republican National Convention, but that's sort of homework too. We were supposed to watch it for my Poli Sci class. I would have watched anyway. But yes, I will probably blog tomorrow night from in front of the TV about the RNC - I know how much everyone looks forward to politics!

I might get my CMU prediction in as well - we'll see.