Category: 2012 White House

Student Loan Debate

When student loan interest rates were temporarily reduced from 6.8%to 3.4% a few years ago, it was to relieve those who had subsidized Stafford loans during tough economic times. The problem with giving temporary relief to group of individuals who are relatively new to creating personal budgets (recent college graduates) is that they rarely ever prepare for when the temporary relief ends. However, the idea of offering temporary relief in this case was that the economy was bad, so we’d make it easier on those with students loans to handle their debt Then when the economy rebounds and things look better for them, we can return interest rates to pre-relief levels.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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And the winner is….

Republicans everywhere and probably a majority of Americans that will vote in the November Presidential elections. That is right folks, thanks to the State of Florida we should all be able to call Mitt Romney the GOP nominee for 2012. I know that makes some people mad, but guess what you are in the minority.  This post will consist of 2 rants, the first about how the minority of our party bitches about democracy, and the second about how it makes perfect sense that the GOP nominate Mitt.

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Jon Huntsman – Good Candidate, Bad Campaign

Yesterday, Jon Huntsman announced he was exiting the race for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012.  Sadly, this was all but inevitable.  Huntsman failed to get traction in what was a very misguided race.  With our current election system set up (a poorly designed setup that gives an 3 states an overwhelming say in the nomination process) you must make plays in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  Huntsman completely ignored Iowa and spent very little time in South Carolina prior to the New Hampshire primary.  While he could not have won Iowa, he certainly could have made an impact there considering the vote difference between Romney and Santorum was 8 votes.

I was able to hear Amb. Huntsman speak in Indianapolis this past summer.  He spoke with conviction but spoke with broad brush strokes on policy issues.  If you took the time to read some of his policy action items on his webpage, you could see the direction he wanted to go.  However, you have to push the message out to voters rather than pull them to a site.  Huntsman ran on logic and reasonableness in a time when emotion and soundbites are what many in the Republican base seem to crave.  There  should have been a base of voters that would embrace that, but he somehow failed to capture them enough to make a difference beyond New Hampshire

If you sat and listened to Jon Huntsman on TV, you could imagine this man being President.  Hopefully, he will take another shot down the road.

Finally Back!

You may have noticed that we took an unintended hiatus from writing…since about August.  There are significant apologies to go around, but hopefully you will come back and read what we have to say in 2012.  It certainly will be a year filled with important political news.commentary on the federal and state levels.

We have already had one nomination contest for the Republican Presidential Campaign (which sometimes feels like a campaign to become President of the Republicans rather than the 300+ Million who make up the citizenry of the United States).  With Iowa behind us and New Hampshire tomorrow, the nomination could be cemented for Mitt Romney..but I doubt it is.  I am betting we go into South Carolina with a 4 man race (and Ron Paul).  If Jon Huntsman can make a strong showing in New Hampshire, he has the same type of momentum that Rick Santorum has…except he is going into a state that is much more wide open that New Hampshire.  If things break the right way, we might even head to the convention with a nominee.

We will do our very best to put out thoughtful opinions and timely commentary.  Hopefully you come over and make some comments too.

-SamEagle76

A Belated Good-Bye to Tim Pawlenty 2012

So Tim Pawlenty came and went.  He finished 3rd in the Iowa Straw Poll, which evidently was just not enough to get him back in the money.  Granted, he was EXPECTED to finish 3rd, behind the cults of Bachmann and Paul, but he spent A LOT  of money to do exactly what he was supposed to do these past few month.  One has to wonder, if he had spent half as much as he did, would the results still have been the same?

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Rick Perry’s move is Presidential

A lot is being made of the possible campaign announcement of Rick Perry in South Carolina this weekend.  It is, without a doubt, the biggest announcement in the 2012 race.  The Governor of one of our largest states announcing he is running for President is newsworthy.  The fact that he will be doing it in South Carolina on the day of the Iowa Straw Poll has to make every major news outlet in the US giddy.  This guy is not only throwing down the gauntlet to the other candidates, he is throwing it down, picking it up, and then slapping them in the face with it.

By Perry skipping the Iowa Straw Poll AND making his announcement on the same day, he is making a statement to the nation that he think those in Ames are small time.  The articles almost write themselves.  Perry is showing an ego with this move, something that is actually missing from the current Presidential race.  Basically, this just says that “I am bigger and better than the rest of you” to every candidate who is pandering for votes in Ames.  Because of Perry, the Iowa Straw Poll may well be below the fold (or not even on the front page) in many of the major papers.

The Republican Party has been waiting for someone to arrive on the scene who had that big picture feel.  Mitt Romney was the closest candidate so far in that regard, but right now the sentiment is that “Mitt’s support is a mile wide and an inch deep”.  Maybe Rick Perry can be that candidate.  This first step sure looks like good one to me.

I am sure there will be more on Perry in the days/weeks/months to come, but this story was too good to pass up.

A Congressional Majority Should be the Real Concern in 2012 for the GOP

While all of the focus in Republican politics has been on the race for the White House, it seems the subject of real importance has been pushed to the side. The United States Senate currently has a 51-47 Democratic majority (with 2 Independents who caucus with the D’s) that is essentially negating the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. In 2010 the GOP had a golden opportunity to close that gap to 49-49-2 but the elections in Nevada and Delaware torpedoed that hope. In 2012 the Republicans must take that next step and win back the Senate.

I do not want this to serve as post diminishing the importance of the presidential race; rather I think the focus on the Senate races needs to be elevated. We have seen numerous instances this year of legislation being passed in the House (even with some Democratic support) and having it fail in the Senate, many times right along party lines. When something like this occurs, it really doesn’t matter who the President is if the legislation cannot even reaches their desk for a signature.

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GOP WH2012 – Tim Pawlenty

Since we talked about one Minnesotan in the Presidential race last week, it only makes sense to talk about the other – former Governor Tim Pawlenty. In the series we have already covered Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann who are somewhat outside the establishment (but for very different reasons).  Tim Pawlenty is different though, he is the very definition of establishment. He, like Rep. Bachmann, “officially” announced his candidacy in Iowa…although he announced in the middle of Des Moines, with a governmental backdrop, while Bachmann announced in her birth town of Waterloo.

Pawlenty served as Governor of Minnesota from 2003 (being elected in 2002) to 2011…and yes, he followed the reign of Jesse Ventura. Prior to that he served in the Minnesota State House two terms of which were as GOP Majority Leader. While both Pawlenty and Huntsman served as Governors, they had very different election paths because of the striking differences between the voter breakdown in their respective states. Pawlenty’s Governor race is actually more similar to Mitt Romney’s in Massachusetts (we will profile Mitt later) as Minnesota is not a conservative state by nature, unlike Utah. Pawlenty won in 2002 with just under 45% of the total vote, beating his DFL (The Minnesota wing of the Democratic Party is called the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) by 12 % while enduring a 3rd party candidate who took in over 15% of the vote. Pawlenty won a second term in 2006 by a very narrow margin, fending off a high-profile DFL candidate while once again enduring a substantial 3rd part challenge (although this one only garnered around 6.5% of the vote – less than half of the 2002 haul).  Even though Pawlenty officially announced a few weeks ago, his Presidential run essentially began as soon as he left office as he was a regular at party events in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Pawlenty’s resume is strong compared to some if his GOP counterparts.  He was even given consideration as the GOP VP in 2008 before the McCain camp settled on Sarah Palin.  However, even with the strong resume he is well behind some of his less experienced opponents in both National and Early State polls.  In a way, this all leads to Pawlenty being somewhat of a “paper candidate”.  He has the resume one would like for a President (executive experience in a toss-up state), has some good soundbites for the press, and has an Iowa staff filled with all sorts of top names.  However, even with all of that, he cannot raise money and cannot make a dent in the polling numbers.  Pawlenty is the perfect example that you need a gregarious personality to make in-roads as a President contender.  If he was as outgoing and outspoken as his fellow Minnesotan Bachmann, with his experience he would be at the front of the pack.  Instead, people in Iowa are now going to have to decide which of their neighbors to choose – the one with the resume, or the one who is the dynamic interview.

It is kind of a weird twist that someone like Tim Pawlenty might not even make it to 2012 as a POTUS candidate, but that is what all of the talk is centered on.  sadly, once this type of talk starts it depresses your fundraising figures and your ability to gain volunteers, which then spurs more talk (it one of the nasty little cycles of politics).  Basically, more than any other candidate, Tim Pawlenty’s candidacy hinges on one fateful day in Ames this summer – the Iowa Straw Poll has the ability to end his campaign that day but it could also vault him into the top-tier that has eluded him thus far.