One More No Vote

So far, during this election cycle, I have only endorsed one candidate, that being Danny Tarkanian for U.S. Senate in my home state of Nevada.

Just a few weeks ago I was spammed by the Maria Sheffield campaign. She is running for Insurance Commissioner here in Georgia. It turned out her campaign manager, who was John Oxendine’s former campaign manager, may have “shared” the mailing list from the Oxendine campaign. I don’t have to clarify my position with either of their campaigns do I?

I had planned to wait a while before I endorsed another candidate or explained why I won’t be voting for them, but Nathan Deal made such an impression on me that I have to write something right now.

I. WILL. NOT. BE. VOTING. FOR. NATHAN. DEAL.

You may have heard that Rep. Deal (R-GA) announced his resignation from Congress last week.

At the time of his announcement, all I could think about was the pending health care vote. By resigning, Deal would be reducing the number of votes needed by the House leadership to pass the bill.

Two days later, he reversed course.

Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill.

I would have been alright with that decision, because it was the right one, if he had made it himself. From the written statement on his own website:

Deal discussed the change with Governor Sonny Perdue, who encouraged him to stay.

Why on Earth would I vote for him to serve as Governor of the State of Georgia if he has to be “talked into” the obviously correct decision by our current Governor? Why didn’t he realize that the Obama administration would try to make the most of his decision? Why didn’t he just figure on staying until after the health care vote?

How can I be sure that, as Governor, he will be able to make the right decisions when needed? How can I be sure that he won’t be calling former Governor Purdue at 3am when he can’t make up his mind?

We need a strong Governor who can walk the walk and talk the talk, not someone who ping pongs back and forth over obviously simple decisions.

We need the real deal, for real, and that I’m afraid is not Nathan Deal.

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Some People Will Say Anything

So, after everything you’ve read in the past week, do you still support John Oxendine for governor of Georgia? You might want to know what he said back in 2003.

During a conference for auto-insurance managers, he said,

“We are a pain in the butt. We are very high-maintenance…. I am not a professional regulator, I am a politician…. I’m going to do what I think is going to get me reelected.”

The, he went on to say,

“you need to realize that you have to find a way to always make me look good in front of the voters.”

People of Georgia, is this really someone you want running your state? Is this the type of person who should be living in the Governor’s Mansion? Can you imagine the other interests and industries he will pressure if he is actually elected to the highest office in the state? Still not convinced?

When speaking about campaign contributions, He insisted he was not allowed to take contributions from insurance companies but he was allowed to collect them from individuals. So he added,

“I’m the incumbent. You all are going to give me money because you’re afraid not to.”

In an attempt to take a step back, he put his foot in it further by responding,

“The article didn’t tell the whole story. I was commenting on the benefits of having an Insurance Commissioner who is elected, not appointed, and that incumbent officials receive contributions from people who have an interest in that office.”

Hello. He was the incumbent, who received contributions from people who had an interest in the office. What a dork.

If you want a governor who will say and do anything to coerce people to make him look good in front of the voters you should vote Oxendine, but if you want a governor who will actually work for the best interests of the state of Georgia, you may want to re-think your choice before you step into the voting booth.

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Eyes Are Opening

For the past year, Barack Obama promised to bring change to Washington, D.C. He promised to bring hope to American families across the country. He inspired people to turn out on election day and it worked. The majority of citizens in the United States believed him and they elected him the 44th President of the United States. Now, after one of the most prolonged and vicious election cycles in our nation’s history, people’s eyes are beginning to open, albeit a tad bit late.

When the news broke that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was trying to “make a deal” or sell Barack Obama’s soon to be vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder, Mr. Obama re-assured the American people that he had nothing to do with the scandal that was unfolding in Chicago. He said he was absolutely certain that no one close to him was involved in the alleged plot by the governor.

Mainstream media was quick to jump on the Blagojevich story, bringing all of that Chicago corruption to the forefront and into the living rooms of millions of American families.

When it comes to the media, there is nothing as juicy as a scandal, especially when corrupt Chicago politicians are involved, and they just couldn’t wait to get people’s minds off of the economy, the possibility of an automaker bailout, and the constant reminders that our nation was in the midst of a deep recession.

They turned all of their attention to the developing scandal, but they never banked on the possibility that their chosen one, Barack Obama, just might not be telling the truth.

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We’re Nothing Without Truth

Is Barack Obama eligible to be President of the United States? We still don’t know. If you depend on the mainstream media for your news you probably have no idea what I am talking about.

Numerous requests have been made for Barack Obama to produce a legal, certified copy of his birth certificate to prove he meets the constitutional requirement to serve as President of the United States. He hasn’t responded to any of those requests.

There are rumors, and statements from his own family members, that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States. If he was born in Kenya, the citizenship requirements at the time could preclude him from serving as President.

When the questions surrounding his birth first began to circulate, his campaign released a “certificate of live birth”, but that so-called official document has been proven to be false. Why on Earth would his campaign release an altered copy of a certificate of live birth, rather than just reveal an official copy of it, or his birth certificate?

It doesn’t make sense.

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Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid Win Again!

John Hawkins, from Right Wing News, conducts polls throughout the year and I am one of the fortunate right-of-center bloggers who is invited to participate in those polls. I’ve been really busy over the past couple weeks and did not get a chance to respond in time to a few of his more recent surveys, but I was able to participate in his latest one, “Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Left“.

In this poll, we were instructed to put together an unranked list of 1 to 12 of our least favorite people on the left, or perceived to be on the left. We could include politicians, journalists, bloggers, pundits, radio show hosts, or anyone else we so desired. The field was open. It didn’t take long for me to make my list and send it off. After sending it, I realized I had forgotten to add one name on the list, and I had only included eleven people. That’s what I get for rushing to get it done.

I was surprised, however, to find all but one of my choices on the final list. That’s quite impressive because my choices don’t always line up with other right-of-center bloggers, and most of my answers don’t usually make the final list. Either I was really in tune with my “inner-right” this weekend, or the people who made the list of “least favorite people on the left” really are that bad.

The one entry I made that didn’t make the list was “Mainstream Media”. I know, my answer was too broad and covered too many people. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to see that one on the list anyway.

So who did make the list? Who is the least favorite person on the left?

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On The Job Training: 72 Hours Later

Three days ago, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. In the 72 hours since his election, the stock market has dropped about 1,000 points, the unemployment rate has skyrocketed, and U.S. automakers burnt more cash that you would ever see in a hundred lifetimes.

There is no doubt, when President-Elect Obama takes office, he is going to have his hands full. There are still a lot of questions about how he will manage the current economic crisis, as well as how he will handle the foreign affairs situations like the one being proposed by Russia.

Today, he held his first press conference, which I found quite stiff and orchestrated. I did have one question before the press conference even started, though. Since when do we have an “office of the President-Elect”? Yes, his title is President-Elect, but since when did that include the term “office of” in front of it?

He will not be sworn into office until January 20th, 2009. Until then, he has no authority. No matter what happens with the U.S. government between now and then, he has no power to make decisions, he has no authority to change a single thing, in fact, he can’t really do anything at all. So why are they calling it an “office”?

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