Q & A with Jedediah: April 2011 Edition

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

  •  With all of the infighting in the Republican Party, how can a non-political junkie decide who the right candidate is? If I were Obama, I would keep my mouth shut and let the other side self-destruct. Why can’t they just concentrate on Obama’s record and stand together? – Ben

While I agree that some political infighting can be catty and unnecessary, it’s imperative in my opinion that conservatives within the Republican Party assertively challenge the phonies, RINOs, and big-government, business-as-usual types. We absolutely need strong conservative voices fighting for the repeal of Obamacare, significant spending cuts, and a return to constitutional principles. That means taking on both the Left and those within the GOP who have a greater passion for getting re-elected and/or returning favors than for doing what’s right for America.

I strongly favor a GOP primary filled with lots of competition. I want the principled conservatives to force other candidates to show their true colors when challenged. It does the Republican Party almost no good to promote a candidate who would be a watered-down version of Barack Obama.

  •  What will it take for a quality candidate to rise up and overshadow Donald Trump? I’m worried he will stick around and hamper America’s chance to start to rebuild. Everyone clearly understands the damage that will be done if Obama gets elected again. – Damond

A lot depends upon who enters the race. Trump is not a principled conservative by any stretch of the imagination. He has flip-flopped on numerous issues of national significance, praised Nancy Pelosi, voiced support for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, and donated to the campaigns of Anthony Weiner, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer, among other prominent liberals. He has also been critical of Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity,” a plan which seeks to save Medicare, repair Medicaid, and seriously get this country back on track.

One aspect of Trump’s delivery that I think is appealing to many is his willingness to speak his mind and to take on the media. However, I assure you that there are others who can do that and are principled conservatives. Whether or not those folks will enter the 2012 race remains to be seen. If they do, I think they will shine the most.

  •  What commentary by politicians and/or 2012 potential candidates stood out for you this week? – Michelle P.

Sarah Palin’s recent segment on “On the Record” was fantastic. She took on President Obama’s lack of leadership with respect to Libya, energy policy, our economy, and more. I encourage you to check it out here. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) had a great segment on “The Lou Dobbs Show” regarding gas prices, which you can view here. I also enjoyed Herman Cain’s op-ed this week in The Daily Caller, “Obama’s oil-price blame game.”

  •  How much attention do you pay to polling when it comes to 2012 and other topics? – Jack S.

At this point, 2012 polling means almost nothing. To give you some perspective, in April of 2007, all eyes were on a potential Giuliani vs. Clinton race.

However, some polling not related to 2012 does catch my eye. This week, a national telephone survey by Rasmussen Reports revealed that “just 23% of Likely U.S. Voters are aware that most of the current deficit is the result of spending commitments made by Congress in the 1960s and 1970s. Forty-nine percent (49%) incorrectly believe that’s not the case. Twenty-nine percent (29%) more are not sure.”

That’s quite scary, especially because we’re currently faced with a president who appears determined to repeat past mistakes.

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10 years ago

“We have to take what we can get because of the presidential veto and the Democrat’s control of the Senate”

. I hear this more and more from our Republican leadership.

This is a “losers” mindset. Many conservatives have that mindset, but only because they are not thinking outside of the box. There is much we can do that completely nullifies a Presidential veto, or even any congressional vote compromises.

Google the words “Nullify Now”. Health Compacts are being used by states to Nullify the federal ObamaCare.

“Resolved, That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government . . . . and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. . . . that the government created by this compact [the Constitution for the United States] was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; . . . . that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority; . . . and that the co-States, recurring to their natural right in cases not made federal, will concur in declaring these acts void, and of no force, and will each take measures of its own for providing that neither these acts, nor any others of the General Government not plainly and intentionally authorised by the Constitution, shall be exercised within their respective territories.”
Vice President Thomas Jefferson, passed by Kentucky and other state legislatures in 1798

JOANN, think about how our rebellion against taxation without representation in the 18th century turned out. We are experiencing the same taxation without representation NOW! Why do conservatives assume that the same tactic cannot be used NOW? If as few as 2% of taxpayers adjusted their payroll tax deductions to 0 dependents, and then simply sent in 8% of their gross income, the IRS could not attack individuals because of the overwhelming numbers, that would override any presidential veto NOW, it would significantly lower our deficit spending NOW, it requires no “permission” NOW, it would force closing of non-functional & duplicate federal agencies NOW, it would reduce the size of the federal government NOW, it would stop ObamaCare NOW, it would force federal employees to find private sector jobs NOW, and it would return control of the fed government to we the people NOW. Now think what the effect would be if as many as 75% of American taxpayers decided to do it!

We are living in troubling times – does compromise with Obama’s administration or Democrat politicians look promising to you for a solution?

Don’t leave it for our children to suffer under – fix it NOW.

Start thinking about and implementing STRATEGIC solutions, not TACTICAL solutions.

Start thinking OUT OF THE BOX – Our national future depends on it.

Chris Pedersen
10 years ago

Ms. Bila,
This is no “mistake”! This is Intentional by Obama. and he must be defeated. I too am a fan of Mark Levin, every day of the week. To Joanne and all posters above.
Check out fairtax.org and everyone and i mean everyone beat the keyboard drums loud and clear to the public and all politicans, conservative websites,writers,bloggers, children,grandchildren, all family members and friends.
This can be done to save America!

10 years ago

Lets enter spell check here. As a professional I am use to it-
sorry about the misspelled words.

10 years ago

i THINK WHAT IS EXTRODINARY is the facts such as mine exist: I am 74, I was a country club manager for 21 years. my salary was from $30,000 to $85,000 before I became unable to work this position. So I woudl be oen of those who have paid several Americn peoples share of Soc Sec. now I have to keep workign part time because I can’t live on SS = I am forced by the gov. rules to pay more into Soc Sec. and taxed for almost 10 years 85% of my soc sec. now that I HAVE to work pt I am still taxed and I only work 25 hours and make $15.00 hour. So wha tis fair- everyone should pay = congress, the president and when you draw Soc Sec you should not pay in anymore- Other then here I have no say… AARP is a joke, and we are a joke. sad isn’t it. perhaps the attitude of Donald Trump is correct- the politians are not stupid we are- we should just not pay taxes- how many can you jail……

10 years ago

Hey Don C, ignorance is bliss!

Dr. gary
10 years ago

Remember LBJ’s Great Society. Don’t forget to add Medicare.

Jerry Seppanen
10 years ago

It is shocking how many people dont
know or care that Obama is a Marxist.
That is his beliefs and background
which will ruin this country.

10 years ago

As a fellow New Yorker( Born in Brooklyn), I adhere to conservative principals. The Article was quite revealing, especially with Sarah Palin’s very fine presentation. The Iowa “Professor” who spouted an Expletive to the Republicans on campus is no surprise, given Professors like Bill Ahers being allowed to be a Professor.SDS and Weathermen are great credentials to teach our young students.

Lyle R. Rolfe
10 years ago

Repeating other’s mistakes is bad enough, but this president is busy making so many new ones, it’s hard to see the one’s he’s repeating. He’s screwing up more things in one term than many other presidents combined. And if he is not defeated, there won’t be a country left for anyone else to mess up in another four years. He must be removed.

R.A. Bullseye
10 years ago

Hello Don- Yes we just woke up one day and decided to go to war….9/11 remember? Also remember that the majority of people wanted something done after 9/11. As far as Medicare and Medicaid goes your overlooking a lot of things that happened between 60s and the 90s but what can I expect from someone who doesn’t even give a passing mention to 9/11.

Ed B
10 years ago

We had a surplus because Clinton counted the “peace dividend” and then was forced to accept welfare reform and put people back to work. Great job, Clinton.

Don C
10 years ago

Talk about lies! “most of the current deficit is the result of spending commitments made by Congress in the 1960s and 1970s. ”

This is twisting facts beyond belief! Yes, medicare and medicaid are a huge part of the federal budget, and they came in in the 60’s/70’s. So far, so good. But in the 90’s they were in place and we had a surplus. Then we slashed taxes, started two unfunded wars, and gave billions to big pharma. So now the deficit is because of the commitments made decades ago? Give me a break! If I buy a car, then buy a house and quit my job and can’t pay the mortgage, it’s not the car’s fault!

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