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America’s Prosperity: Slip-Sliding Away November 8, 2012

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The Legatum Institute in London publishes an annual ranking of the prosperity of the world’s countries. The ranking is based mainly on poll responses to questions about education, opportunity, governance, personal freedom, etc. As they themselves put it:

Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO of the Legatum Institute, said: “The Legatum Prosperity Index allows us to paint a comprehensive picture of what makes a country truly successful, encompassing traditional measures of material wealth, as well as capturing citizens’ sense of wellbeing – from how safe they feel, to their perceived personal freedom. GDP alone can never offer a complete view of prosperity.”

So how do we rank? Well, here are the results since 2007 (the first year of the Index):

Year Rank
2007 1 (tie)
2008 6
2009 9
2010 10
2011 10
2012 12

Can’t wait to see what the next 4 years bring.

(Via Gateway Pundit)

Dead-Horse-Kicking November 8, 2012

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I’ve been reading about how Obama’s vaunted ground game kicked the hell out Romney. My beef with this (which I haven’t really seen discussed) is, isn’t it a heck of a lot easier (more bang for the buck) to have a “ground game” in a densely populated urban area than in the suburbs–let alone rural areas? Setting up a voter registration tent or getting a bus to an apartment building to take everyone to vote early doesn’t really compare to what would be needed in a farming community. I guess what I’m saying is the GOP can’t just try to replicate the ACORN type activities and be successful, a different kind of ground game that is harder and relies more on personal responsibility would be needed. Funny how that works.

Thinking About the Future, Such As It Is November 7, 2012

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I suppose in retrospect that the election results were somewhat obvious. After all, the President bought his reelection with your children’s money, racking up $trillion+ deficits year after year to shore up the economy and deliver goodies to his voters. And when you have 46 million people on food stamps (used to be 31 million), that’s quite a voting bloc all bought and paid for.

Many people are saying that the GOP needs to adapt to the new demographics that are now swinging elections. Swing voters are now outnumbered by the rise of special interest groups, so that the GOP’s traditional strategy of trying to sway the middle while motivating the base is completely inadequate.

So my questions for the future are:

  1. Can the GOP attract special interest voters while remaining true to conservative principles? (at least as true as it ever is?)
  2. Can the Dems ever risk running a non-minority candidate in future elections? They need the minority votes to win, and a minority candidate is the best way of getting those votes.
  3. Is the GOP losing more votes from freaked out special interest groups (vaginas, for example) than it’s gaining from social conservatives?
  4. How do we penetrate the MSM shield to better inform voters? Obviously blogging has diminished the MSM’s influence, but they have shown that presenting a united front gives them enough power to swing an election.
  5. Unions have grown enormously under Obama’s reign, and we can expect them to get even stronger over the next 4 years. How do we prevent them from having an undue influence on future elections?

Official Election Night Post November 6, 2012

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Don’t mind me, I’m just a giraffe.

The French Revolution, Penthouse, African-American Firsts, and Mormons November 6, 2012

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I’ve been reading tea leaves and entrails (and let me tell you, I’m not going back to Denny’s any time soon ) and I realized today I’ve seen this act before. Join me in the Way Back Machine for a trip to 1984.

There was a different campaign of Hope, Change, and Nipple Covers in the air and Vanessa Williams proved to the world once and for all that American horndogs appreciate beautiful women no matter their chromatic hue as she became the first African-American woman to win the Miss America pageant.

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My election day experience November 6, 2012

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After working 10 hours last night, I headed for the polls. I arrived around 6:30 am, 30 minutes before the polls open in Oklahoma. Despite my early arrival there were at least a half dozen people in front of me. We stood there in sub-40 degree temperatures waiting for the doors to open. As we stood there a poll worker came and asked us if we would let a handicapped man go to the head of the line and wait inside. The poor guy could barely walk with his cane. He was wearing a suit and hat. With every step he let out a little moan. I felt terrible for him. The worse part was that when we finally got inside to vote it turned out that his polling place had been changed and he had to go to the other poll to vote.

The other notable event was when a lady wasn’t able to cast her vote because her ID didn’t match the name she gave to the poll workers. I’m not sure if she was trying to commit fraud or if she just had a nickname on her ID instead of the actual birth name that is usually used for registration. She said she had some ID at home that would work and she’d come back later. I’m happy that we finally switched to using ID’s this year for elections.

By the time I left around 7:15, the line went out the door and out to the street. It had to be at least 100 people lined up outside the building waiting to get inside. The parking lot was so full that cars were starting to park in the dirt lot next door.

God bless America.

A Man Gots to Know His Limitations November 6, 2012

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One of the key criticisms of President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi attack was his decision to go to Las Vegas for a campaign event rather than staying back in Washington to handle the crisis. On Sunday David Axelrod defended his boss:

President Obama returned to the campaign trail hours after terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate and a safe house in Benghazi, killing four Americans, because “everything was put in motion that he could put in motion,” Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

Somehow he got a pass on that statement, which I think has two major flaws.

First of all, when you have a major crisis, a leader leads until the crisis is resolved. He doesn’t say, “I’ve done what I can do, so f*ck it.” The measure is not “I checked off my tasks,” it’s “The situation is now under control, and all American personnel are safe.”

And this whole business of, “my attitude on this is that if we find out that there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, then they’ll be held responsible,” is ridiculous. If he had stayed in Washington and managed the response, there wouldn’t have been any breakdown or somebody not doing their job. The guy who didn’t do his job is the guy who basically sent out some memos (if he really did) and then headed for the air strip.

What a flawed concept of leadership.

The second problem is that I believe that Axelrod’s statement is probably true. All too true. “…everything was put in motion that he could put in motion.” Yes, I think the President probably did perform to the utmost of his capabilities.

But we really need a leader who isn’t quite so limited. Someone who could put, say, military resources in motion in a timely fashion. Someone who could secure the compound before journalists picked up Ambassador Smith’s diary. Someone who could treat this attack as though it was an organized attack on American soil, and not hijinks from a high-spirited Libyan crowd.

By Axelrod’s admission, that “someone” needs to be someone else.

I’ll Say November 5, 2012

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1 Colonoscopy May Be Enough for a Lifetime

Election Eve: Where Are You Going to Be Tomorrow Night? November 5, 2012

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As for me, I’m gonna hang with Mom, who’s proudly displaying her Romney/Ryan sign out front.

Bill Clinton Steps In It November 5, 2012

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This ought to undermine Bill Clinton’s political value forevermore:

“One of the things the decider-in-chief has to do is decide whether he’s going to bring this country together across all its diversity or let it drift apart,” Clinton said. “Look at how much stronger the American military is because it is less racist, less sexist and less homophobic and we’re just looking for people who can do the job.”

What a slap in the face to the military – an organization that Clinton never grokked.

Obamafail: The Grim Reaper November 5, 2012

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I guess it’s not enough that the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Cerberusian nightmare has set the country into decline on every front – economically, geopolitically, standard of living, etc. No, they have done far worse. Now it’s America’s birth rate that’s at risk.

The chart, taken from the CDC National Vital Statistics System’s February report, shows that the number of births has dropped by 8% from 2007 to mid-2011. The total fertility rate has declined from 2.1 in 2007 to 1.9 in 2011 (replacement is about 2.2).

I think the demographic implications are obvious, but it bears mentioning that all those social security projections? Hopelessly optimistic. The 2012 Social Security Projection assumed that the total fertility rate would bounce back up to 2.03 in 2011. Not so much. If these birth rates continue, Social Security will have no assets in 15 years (coincidentally, the year I turn 67).

This administrations’ mismanagement is decimating our children and dooming our seniors.

Soundtrack for a Tuesday Night November 4, 2012

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Just some suggestions:

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