Once again, the Republican National Committee has seen fit to send me a survey. This time it is the “2011 Obama Agenda Survey”. So let’s take a look at this puppy, and see if the RNC has learned anything since the 2009 survey, of the same name, was sent my way.
All questions have the “Yes”, “No”, and “No Opinion” options as answers. And like all previous surveys, there is still no “extra space” provided for giving additional information to any given response.
1. Do you believe that Barack Obama deserves a second term as President?
Hmmmm, let’s see, this is a RNC survey. They are (one assumes) sending it to whom they consider to be, at least at some time in the not too distant past, either members of the Republican Party, or at the very least conservative leaning in their political ideology. Okay, I will be nice on this one. Maybe they thought a softball question right out of the gate would be a good thing. Survey says……Why is this asshat still a sitting President? There is an impeachment process in place, in the Constitution, for a very good reason. Yeah, my answer is NO!!!
2. Do you agree with Barack Obama and the Democrats that taxes on wealthy individuals and families should be raised for the sake of “fairness”, regardless of the negative impact it has on the economy?
First of all, what constitutes “wealthy individuals”? Is it vast amounts of money? A bulging stock portfolio? Having a house with a two car garage? To be fair, the progressives are just as nebulous on this. One time it is folks with an income over 250k, the next time it is anyone with a collective worth of over a million dollars, the next time it heads south again to about 200k. Guess being rich is like being poor, it is whatever the government says it is, so there!
Realistically, there is no “fair”. There never has been. And most likely, there never will be. Those with the money are going to find ways to keep it, or place it in what ever commodity can be used, so it is at the ready should they need to liquidate same to provide themselves with capital, keeping their taxes to a minimum. AND EVERYONE ELSE DOES THIS TOO. Even the vaunted middle class (You say you own a home, and did not declare a deduction for same on you taxes? Or take the maximum deduction allowed for the number of dependents, for school aged kids, or any other allowable deduction/waver? If so, you are either a fool, or a liar.) So enough about the “fairness” already. Bottom line is, something needs to be done to overhaul the existing system.
3. Do you believe the federal government has gone too far in bailing out failing banks, insurance companies and the auto industry?
Here it is, the first repeat question from the ’09 survey. My answer from that survey still stands.
Gee, another tough one. Ya know, this whole “they are too big to fail” thing has really appeared to have turned around and soundly bitten us (collectively) in the ass. Again, had the GOP folks in office had made a bigger hue and cry over this, maybe someone would have not been so quick to spend are money. By the way, what ever happened to both “free enterprise” and “the free market”, where any given company was allowed to rise or fall based on it’s merits and or services rendered to the consumer? Then again, as of late, it would seem the Grand Old Party has become nothing more than “Democrat Lite”
4. Do you support amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Not to be out done by the last question, we get another “blast from the past”. This one was question 3 back in ’09. I won’t blockquote the answer I gave for that one, you can go to the link at the beginning of this post and read it, if you so desire. The short answer is Hell No!
5. Should English be the official language of the United States?
Until we become either part of the Peoples Republic of China, the Russian Federation, or under the “Greater Islamic Prosperity Sphere”, than yes, of course English should be the official language of this nation. The real question should be; why has it taken so long to arrive at this requirement.
6. Are you in favor of granting retroactive Social Security eligibility to illegal immigrants who gain U.S. citizenship through an amnesty program?
And the golden oldies keep on coming! In this case, they should have shortened the question to “Are you in favor of granting retroactive Social Security eligibility to illegal immigrants?” Then the answer would (still) be NO. But it would also be a tad more straight forward. As for amnesty being granted, assuming such a thing happens, one assumes the now “legal” alien, would have a legal SSN, and upon applying for a job, would start to pay into the same Ponzi scheme government savings program, all the rest of us lemmings are a part of. So at that point it becomes a moot point. As far as them being granted any more benefits than the rest of us have, again, “Hell No!” seems just too mild an answer.
7. Are you in favor of the expanded welfare benefits and unlimited eligibility (no time, education or work requirements) that Democrats in Congress are pushing to pass?
This one is also a “repeat”, question 6 on the old survey.
Here is a prime example of something which, at first blush, did not seem like a bad idea at its inception. “Let’s help those who are unfortunate enough to be without a job, or have lost their job, due to layoff, or the company shutting down, etc.” It could be (and I suspect was) argued, that we being the “greatest nation on earth”, could certainly find it within ourselves to set up some sort of “safety net” for those less fortunate than ourselves (Assuming “ourselves” are currently employed, thus being “taxpayers”.) Why it would only come to a couple of dollars more in tax revenue, and would only be for a short specifically specified amount of time. What could go wrong. Fast forward to the present day. What was conceived as a safety net, is now being promoted as an entitlement (just one baby step away from “a right”). And something which we must collectively do as a people, because charity now begins at the IRS (via your wallet), and not “at home”.
Can I get a resounding “Hell No!!”? Sure can!!
8. Do you believe Barack Obama’s nominees for federal courts should be immediately and unquestionably approved for their lifetime appointments by the U.S. Senate?
Yep, this one is on the old survey too … question 7.
And my answer still stands.
Here is a news flash for ya sparky! I don’t believe ANY nominee for ANY court (federal or otherwise) should be immediately and unquestionably approved, regardless of gender, race, creed,color, national origin, or political party. But if they say they will base any and all rulings on the Constitution (as written), and their past record validates this, then we have a good start.
It actually kind of surprises me this question was still in the mix. Are there some major federal judicial posts Obama is planning of filling? If so, is any one person or individuals on the radar as being potential appointees? If this is not the case, than I would have expected a question more applicable to the issues we are facing today, or are being addressed by those running for the GOP brass ring.
9. Do you believe the best way to increase the quality and effectiveness of public education in the U.S. is to rapidly expand federal funding while eliminating performance standards and accountability?
Yes this was on the ’09 survey, question 8.
The biggest difference between then and now … The busting of the Unions chops in Wisconsin, and the talk which at the very least hints at the possibility the DOE could become history, should the right person become president. More and more people are seeking ways to improve the quality of education for their children and or other family members. This one is an issue which has a strong chance of crossing political lines. Americans are realizing it is not “just the teachers”, or “the administrations”, school boards, or any level of government. The problem resides across all these areas. And each State, city, town, school district, probably has a little different makeup of these items, as to the biggest concern in their children not receiving the best education possible. In short, I think a lot of people are waking up to the fact the education of ones children needs to be handled at the lowest level possible. The feds, especially, need to be out of the picture completely.
10. Do you support creation of a national health insurance plan that would be administered by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.?
Formerly question 9. on the old survey. And my answer is still the same.
…we know both sides of the aisle are harlots, what we are really dealing with here is which one is going to give us the mildest STD, correct?
11. Do you believe that the quality and availability of healthcare will increase if the federal government dictates pricing to doctors and hospitals?
This one is a repeat too. Look, enough already. We are talking about a government, specifically the bureaucratic side of the house. What in heaven’s name makes you think the words quality and availability have ever been synonymous with any Government agent or agency? We won’t even start talking about how many doctors are standing in line waiting for the government to dictate pricing to them. (Listens to the sound of crickets chirping.)
12. Are you confident that new medicines and medical treatments will continue to be developed if the federal government controls prescription drug prices and sets profit margins for research and pharmaceutical companies?
Yet another repeat.
Guess a simple No, repeated by the majority of conservative/constitution loving folks, across the fruited plains, is not reaching the offices of the RNC. Or do they really think there is a large enough constituency out there which would support this whole “government sponsored health care” issue. And btw, didn’t we learn our lesson about regulation and price controls with the airlines, back in the 60’s and 70’s?
13. Are you in favor of creating a national energy tax to force citizens and businesses to adopt costly “green” technology?
Well, what do you know, a “new” question!
This is the RNC survey, correct? Why are we asking about a “new tax”? People, people, people!! We are being taxed to death. And don’t forget, any fee, license, service charge, or any other name given to money leaving your pocket, and ending up in any government coffer, at any level, is a tax. To add insult to injury, they want to do this in the name of “ecch-o-science”, going green, saving the earth (For what? A rainy day?). As if one Ponzi scheme wasn’t enough, we should be tasked with supporting another?
Oh, hell no!!
14. Do you believe President Obama has done a good job of managing the war in Afghanistan?
No I don’t. But I would not have given his predecessor high marks either. We are (and have been) tap dancing around the real concern. And that would be Islam. Control it, contain it, and failing that, eradicate it. Since September 11th, 2001, we have not been able to achieve the first two, perhaps it is finally time to seriously address the last one. And if we are not going to seriously address this, than by all means get our service men and women out of there ASAP.
15. Do you believe that the federal government should allow unionization of Department of Homeland Security employees who serve in positions critical to the safety and security of our nation?
Back to re-run questions. No I do not believe any government agency should be allowed to unionize. In this particular case the department needs to be done away with. Perhaps there should be some requirement for inter-agency transparency in the sharing of information, but that is as far as it should go. The whole “Patriot Act” legislation and the development and implementation of DHS/TSA is a classic example of good intentions gone very wrong.
Getting back to the point, unions have no place in any federal/state level government. If you don’t like what you are getting paid, along with any benefit package(s), seek employment elsewhere. Unions have no place where they potentially impact how and how much my tax dollars are being stretched.
16. Do you support Democrats drive to eliminate workers’ right to a private ballot when considering unionization of their place of employment?
Amazingly enough, this was the last question on the survey two years ago. And warrants the same answer it got then. “No!”
By now I suspect all three of my readers have picked up on the tone. No one from this part of fly-over country is particularly impressed with the direction the GOP/RNC has gone. The fact is, the current crop of GOP contenders are either certifiable (Yeah, Ron Paul, I am looking at you.), or clueless about the real wishes/desires of the American people. You know, less government, less regulations, less spending, less taxes. More backbone, strong effective LEADERSHIP, strong defense (the one area, where an increase … if only short-term … in taxes, might …might be acceptable), honoring commitments to friends (that would be Israel, Taiwan, those who supported us in the Gulf Wars) who have stood by us, and who we have formally agreed to support should they be in dire straights.
And this ties into the title of this bit of long-windedness. Here it is two years since the RNC presented us with the last “Obama Agenda Survey”, and it appears they either took little note of what a large chunk of their base was saying, or their survey was little more than window dressing … adding a bit of feel good “personal constituent involvement in party politics” before being asked to fork over the cash. If this was not the case, than why are so many of the questions the same? We are not idiots out here in “fly over country”. Many of us do read the paper (as much as one can stomach what passes for print journalism these days), listen to the news, watch the talk shows (With the “as much as we can stomach” caveat being applicable with the last two as well.). We do not exist in a vacuum out here.
Give us questions germane to what is happening right now. At the very least, with in the past six months or so. If some of the same concerns are present now, which existed two years ago, fine. But perhaps you could update them to reflect any changes in those issues. Unless (horror of horrors) some of your own party members were, at the very least, guilty of aiding and abetting the current administration, its fellow travelers in both houses, and the Democratic party, in achieving their goals, or advancing their agenda. And that would be the 800 lb gorilla in the room.
The fact is, we don’t have an identity unique to ourselves. The GOP really is little more than “Socialism Lite” ™ © . Oh, sometimes you make all the right sounds. You say all the right things. You may even offer up legislation to effect change which would bring us back toward ideals and principles which were once the platform of the GOP. Now you collectively cave to the siren call of bi-partisanship. You openly talk the Republican/conservative talk, while you privately walk the walk of compromise and appeasement. In the end, you do yourselves no favors. And you wonder why Congress and the Senate approval ratings are as historically low as they are?
You want our money, our time, our allegiance? Present us with strong viable options from which to choose. Give us individuals who honestly reflect our voices, our thoughts, our consciences, and we will be there. Give us a platform which reflects the same, and adhere to it and we will return, in numbers you can not imagine. But continue to try to placate us with poorly thought out surveys, political hacks who are at best looking for the expedient thing to do, and at worst are no better than what is presented by the other side, and we will shun you … with a loud and strong “Hell No!”