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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Time: 7:30pm-??

8130 Arlington Blvd. Falls Church, VA
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FAYR Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Glory Days Grill
3900 Nutley St., Fairfax, VA
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Bailouts: The Clock is Ticking

Here’s an AP video regarding the situation in Chicago with the closing of Republic Windows & Doors:

THE SITUATION: Republic Windows & Doors is unable to secure credit from Bank of America to continue operations.  Republic Windows & Doors thus gave its union workers 3 days notice of layoffs instead of the 60 days required by law.

THE CONSEQUENCES: Union workers are demanding vacation and severance pay.

REPUBLIC WINDOWS & DOORS ARGUMENT: Bank of America will not let Republic Windows & Doors make payment.

UNION WORKERS’ ARGUMENT: Bank of America received bailout money for the purpose of extending credit to Republic Windows & Doors so that it can meet union workers‘ demands.

Do you see it coming?

The tidal waves of failing businesses and the endless demands for the bailout money to be used so that everyone can get theirs.  When is it going to end?

Will there be enough money?  Will we have to borrow more?  Will we have to print more?  Will our money even be worth anything?

Can labor laws, designed to protect workers, provide for a thriving economy?

Can government direct prosperity?  Should it?

Will we hit a point when it is too late to do anything?


$500 Million

Cross-posted from The Phoenix Caucus:

$500 million.

$500 million is the amount of the budget gap for Fairfax County.

$500 million is one number that all voters should have on their minds when voting in this February’s special election for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This $500 million budget gap is the legacy that outgoing Democrat Chairman and Congressman-elect for VA-11, Gerry Connelly, has left for Fairfax County.

Likely Democratic candidate and current Braddock District Supervisor, Sharon Bulova was the budget chair that presided over this abominable waste. In a County where homeowner taxes have doubled since 2001, ask yourself: are you better off?

Springfield Supervisor and Republican Candidate for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of supervisors will act decisively to address the county’s $500 million shortfall by implementing sound fiscal policies and prioritized spending. Raising revenue will be based on growing the commercial tax base and not taxing homeowners. This February, the choice is clear:


War Heroes

Too often in recent history, Republicans have run war heroes under the false notion that their exemplary character allows them to deflect substantive policy accusations.  The pattern goes like this:

  • CANDIDATE: I’m _____________, I’m running for _______________, and I served __ years in the ___<<military branch>>___ (and fought in the _______war[s]).
  • OPPONENT: I respect Mr. _______’s service   The problem is, Mr. ______ supports ___<<ridiculously wasteful government expenditure>>___ and we just cannot afford it without wrecking our economy because…..
  • CANDIDATE: I have fought for this country for ___years proving that I love this country and that’s why you have to believe me when I say we need ___<<ridiculously wasteful government expenditure>>___.

What a great way to engage in a substantive policy debate?  Sound familiar?

This is how we get Presidential candidates making careers on opposing wasteful pork barrel spending only to support $150 billion of pork on top of $700 billion to address a perceived credit crisis.  That’s right, no talk of economic pros or cons, just: “I fought for this country and I am doing what’s best regardless of politics.”  So much for fighting for a country where we can have opposition politics over critical matters such as these.

This is not to say that we have no respect for war heroes.  We love our veterans.  We certainly respect their service, but if we expect to have strong candidates we must not let our candidates use military records as an excuse to disengage from substantive policy debates.   This tactic does the country a great disservice.

Finally, it must be noted that most Americans under 50 did not live through a draft (yet).  In light of the volunteer military, these Americans have a different view of the military and military serviceman than Americans over the age of 50.  These younger Americans view all politicians (former servicemen or not) with the same degree of skepticism and demand substantive arguments, not argumenta ad hominem.


The 11th Commandment

Commonly attributed to former President Reagan, the eleventh commandment was stated by California GOP Chairman, Gaylord Parkinson in 1966 as:

“Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

In its historical context, it was a plea by conservatives to find common ground with Rockefeller Republicans.

Today, however, it is used as an insidious means to stifle debate.  This ploy usually rears its head during Republican primaries.


Reagan challenged a sitting Republican incumbant President.  It is time to stop using the eleventh commandment as a ploy to stifle substantive debate on the direction of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party is at a crossroads and is struggling to define itself.  Do not fear this struggle because it is vital that we all engage in this struggle so that we can share ideas and forge a strong Party.  There is no other group to which this is more applicable than Republicans under the age of 50 whom:

  • will continue the fight against Islamic fascist terror;
  • will continue to pay for failing government social programs; AND
  • will bear the burden of liabilities imposed by trillion dollar bailouts.

The choice is clear: tuck your head in the sand while whining about the unpleasantness of internal Republican politics OR engage in the debate on the future of the Republican Party and your future as an American.  What’s it going to be?


Bank Affirmative Action

Here is Andrew Cuomo admitting how HUD forced banks to make bad loans:

These were ultimately the bad loans that caused the implosion of the credit market.  These are the people promising to fix the very problem that they created.


I Escaped the Plantation. You Haven’t.

This is an amusing video that was cut before the election but it’s still relevant:

Here’s a good quote:

…I escaped the plantation.  You haven’t….

…It’s you liberals who are submitted to pop culture conformity.

So let it be known y’all that the powers that be don’t have me, they got you.  They have been farming your goats for decades for you are ballot cattle for the Democrat Party.  It keeps their lifestock fat with a healthy dose of pandering.

Here’s some feed for your victim mentality.

Here’s some feed to keep your prejudice against the Republicans so you’ll vote against them and vote Democrat instead.

Here’s some feed to stimulate your animosity against the rich as if a poor person can give you a job.

Democrats keep that livestock fat with them welfare checks and them foodstamps.  Then here the dependents come, right on time on the first and the fifteenth, like chickens running out to the yard waiting to peck that feed….

…Y’all, they got you. They been had you.  They system that you hate so much is the very system that you keep giving power to and right now, Obama is the face of that power….

…You know, when people put crabs in a bucket, they don’t have to put a lid on it.  You know why?  Because if a crab tries to crawl out, another crab will grab it and pull it down in there with it…back into that bucket … of blame and victim hood.

This highlights the many problems that we must surmount but shows an effective way of presenting our message.

Republicans have a serious problem with a message that amounts to a watered-down offering of social entitlements that acknowledge race, class and gender divisions caused by Democrats.