Here’s my biennial tradition – 100 reasons I’m voting for the Republicans, not the Democrats.
But this year, I’m not focusing just on the President.
Dan Lipp, HD65A
100. Because Dan’s a regular working guy from the neighborhood.
99. Dan is a Liberty guy. He realizes, as all the smart ones do, that it’s not only through less government, but through rolling back some of the government we have, that this nation has any chance of prospering.
98. And the last thing the Midway needs is more DFL professional politicians telling us what regular working guys from the neighborhood need.
97. Because Rena Moran is one of those professional politicians…
96. …and one of the most extreme people in the Minnesota House. Nothing useful will get done while her party is even close to influence. And so I’ll be voting for Dan, and very, very much against Rena Moran.
Rick Karschnia, SD65
95. Because Rick comes from the world of business. And if there’s anything Saint Paul (to say nothing of our idiot legislature) needs, it’s more business people and fewer lawyers and professional career pols.
94. And while there are politicians in Minnesota more “professional” and “career” than DFL incumbent Sandy Pappas, it’s all pretty irrelevant.
93. Because Rick will be a Senator that votes for conservative and libertarian principle, at least conceptually in the mold of the Tea Party freshmen that did such a great job in the 2010-2011 sessions.
92. That stuff I said about Rena Moran being “extreme?” She’s a a piker compared to Sandy Pappas. If you look in the dictionary under “smug intransigence”, Sandy gets a two-page spread.
91. I’m voting for Rick and Dan because winning the Minnesota Legislature – keeping majorities in both chambers – will block Mark Dayton’s agenda.
90. Although it’s not Mark Dayton’s agenda. Mark Dayton is really one of those disembodied brains kept alive in a jar, except he walks more or less under his own power. But “his” agenda is really that of the unions and far-left plutocrats who own him in every meaningful way.
89. And defending our Legislative majorities will be a huge gut-shot to Dayton’s political future…
88. ….and help ensure he remains a one -term governor.
Tony Hernandez, MN CD4
87. I’m voting for Tony because he’s a Saint Paul guy with rock-solid integrity.
86. And because he’s done a great job of appealing both to liberty voters and conservative voters.
85. Because anyone that plans his wedding in mid-campaign is the kind of multi-tasker that can actually do things in DC.
84. Because his platform is the kind of thing that Americans of all political stripes should be able to agree with. And that – not some kind of phony cross-aisle gesturing – is the essence of real bipartisanship.
83. And Betty McCollum is all about the empty gesture of bipartisanship…
82. …which doesn’t come close to covering the fact that she is among the most extreme, partisan Reps in the US Congress.
81. Because Tony’s a business guy, while Betty is a professional politician.
80. Because I’d rather have Tony working on writing up a new budget than Betty McCollum.
79. Because the Fourth Congressional District needs better.
78. Because Betty McCollum supported Obamacare, which is sending the health insurance premiums of working Minnesotans through the roof.
77. And because Tony will vote for repeal.
76. Because Betty McCollum supported the Central Corridor, which is gutting business in the Midway…
75. …while Tony knows better than that.
74. Because Tony is an independent thinker…
73…while Betty McCollum is a marionette whose strings are pulled by the Teachers Unions.
72. Because it’s a finger in the eye of all the blow-hard DFL jagoffs who bleat “this is a DFL town!”, as if having a one-party city is something to be proud of.
Kurt Bills, US Senate
71. Because Amy Klobuchar, media meme notwithstanding, is an extreme, partisan liberal.
70. Because a Bills win would give half the the Twin Cities media – which has cashed in much of what passed for its “integrity” to support the daughter of their ol’ buddy Jim Klobuchar – have a collective stroke over the loss.
69. Because Bills is a regular guy.
68. Because Bills is a Liberty candidate…
67…who endorsed Romney – because he realizes perfect IS the enemy of good enough!
66. And the Paulbots gave him holy hell for it.
65. Because for all her palaver, A-Klo is in the left-most third of the US Senate.
64. And this state is no longer a hard-blue state. We don’t need two “progressives” in Washington; it makes us look stupid.
63. Because Klobuchar belongs to a party that believes you should spend first, and cover it with money exacted from “the rich” and, when that runs out, money borne down from heaven on unicorns.
62. Because the Chinese want you to vote for A-Klo.
61. As does Hugo Chavez.
60. Because I’d rather have Bills confirming our next Supreme Court justice than Klobuchar.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, President and Vice President
59. Because Mitt will crank open the big brass nozzle for domestic energy production.
58. In so doing, Mitt will actually do the ultimate “green jobs progrlam”. Here’s how – are you an environmentalist? Then get used to the idea that “saving the environment’ is something that requires prosperity first and foremost.
57. And at this point in our history, that means “enough energy to fuel a prosperous economy”.
56. MItt gets that.
55. Barack Obama does not. He believes that direct subsidy of untried technology will accomplish a “green revolution” by sheer brute financial force. That’s never, ever worked. Ever.
54. Mitt will roll back – not stop, but positively roll back – the orgy of regulation that Obama has unleashed in the past four years.
53. Obama will make good on his promise to President Medvedev; free of worrying about re-election, he’ll ratched up the war on small business that he started with a bang in the past four years…
52. …which have made the US a terrible place for small business.
51. Romney will renew the Bush tax cuts.
50. Obama will sunset them – and add in many, many, many more of his own.
49. Mitt has promised to enact the first cut in discretionary spending since the Reagan Administration – five percent.
48. Don’t believe him? See Messrs. Hernandez and Bills, above. We can force him to make good on the promise (not that I think we’ll need to) – but we’ve gotta control Congress.
47. In fact, Romney will be the first president since Reagan fundamentally disposed to cutting discretionary spending.
46. Obama, naturally, will ratched up discretionary spending.
45. Romney will put everything on the table – means-tests, raising retirement age, whatever – to reform Medicare and Social Security.
44. Obama will try to scare people into carrying on with a doomed status quo.
43. Because Romney will end the user of federal power to browbeat Catholics, Evangelicals and other principled people into paying for federal programs that mortally offend their – our – beliefs.
42. And Obama will supercharge the attack on religion.
41. Romney will end the ratcheting-up of the civil sacrament of abortion.
40. Obama will not.
39. Obama’s Homeland Security secretary Napolitano has spent four years scapegoating all of the many petty dissidents whose rights are supposedly protected by the Constituition, putting pro-lifers, tax-reform advocates, second-amendment activists, “preppers”, school choice advocates and Tea Partiers on “terrorist” watch lists.
38. Romney is a member of a faith that has been persecuted for its beliefs in the past; I find it highly unlikely that he’ll continue to use the Federal government – especially Homeland Security – to persecute people who dissent from government in good faith.
35. And he damned sure knows “Religious Freedom” isn’t served by forcing religious institutions to pay for things that their beliefs hold morally repulsive;
34. Because Barack Obama has a long history of actively working for gun control.
33. Because Mitt Romney may not be Ted Nugent, but he’ll get out of the way of the Second Amendment.
32. Because while racism motivates almost none of the opposition to Barack Obama, it motivates a massive amount of his support.
31. Because of Sonia Sotomayor…
30. …and Elena Kagan.
29. Because David Breyer is almost 76.
28. Ginsberg? She’s 80. And it’d be great to have those two replaced by responsible conservatives for the next 20 or 30 years.
27. And while I know not every Republican-appointed justice has turned out to be a legal originalist (hello, David Freaking Souder), it’s for sure that a John Kerry or Algore appointment would have been worse (and Roberts, as bad as his Obamacare decision was, may have done us a favor via the back door, calling OCare a tax issue rather than a Commerce Clause issue; at least tax issues are legislated rather than litigated).
26. Because Antonin Scalia is 76/
25. And so is Anthony Kennedy.
24. And you know what whomever Obama appoints will be a nightmare for the rest of most of our natural lives.
23. And the thought of both of them being replaced by liberal bobbleheads is too horrific to think of.
22. A Romney administration will treat “separation of powers” as a limit to be observed.
21. For the past four years, Obama has treated it as an obstacle to be breached.
20. Because while our nation needs to re-evaluate its defense strategy and the spending that supports it, we certainly do need a Navy larger than we had in 1917.
19. Because Obama has been shamelessly leaching credit from the SEALs who actually killed Bin Laden, and from the planners and intelligence people who made the mission possible. Obama does indeed deserve credit for making the call (finally); that credit is paid in full.
18. Because Barack Obama bowed, scraped and deferred to every foreign leader that’d have him (except Queen Elizabeth), and seemed to be looking for more…
17. …and Romney just isn’t going to do that.15. Because you are not better off than you were four years ago. Your income has dropped… 14. …as your taxes have risen. 13. And if you are unemployed, you have been there longer than at any time in US history. Our current “recovery” is the slowest since World War II. 12. Because by this time in the 1980 recession – the 1984 election – we were adding four times as many jobs per month as we are today. That’s how sharp recessions are supposed to work… 11. …but just as the New Deal did with the Great Depression, Obama’s interventions in the economy are preventing a big, dramatic economic comeback. 10. Because Mitt Romney understands this. 9. And Barack Obama’s worldview hinges on not only denying it, but repudiating it. 8. Because I’m a bitter, gun-clinging Jebus freak, and I’m proud of it. 7. Because our nation’s economy is heading toward not one, but two cliffs; a tax cliff in January that will flense whatever “recovery” we’ve had so far, and a bigger, nastier one that will involve the devaluation of the dollar and, most likely, a depression that will make the Great Depression look like the deflation of the Dotcom Bubble,. 6. And Romney and Ryan are the only candidates that seem to acknowledge this, much less take it seriously. Obama does not; he and his followers continue to believe that money will continue to be borne down from the heavens on magic unicorns. 5. Because my granddaughter is already in debt thanks to Obama. 4. Because we may not really be better than this – but if we’re not, the consequences are truly, truly terrible. 3. Because the media at all levels has been such a shameless Praetorian Guard for Obama, reality and fact be damned. 2. . Obama sees America as one big Chicago… 1. …and Romney sees it as a shining city on the hill. Vote like your future depends on it. Because it does depend on Obama, the Democrats and the DFL being retired to the septic tank of history as soon as possible.