Straight Talk hasn’t been talking simply put because I have been mad.
Mad ever since the self imposed debt ceiling raise deadline was kicked down the road to another self imposed debt ceiling deadline. National politics has become even more partisan (if that seems possible) and almost impossible ideologically hardened than ever.
Since the debt ceiling was raised (remember - it was all about the debt) the President is asking (actually threatening and demanding that Republicans) raise the debt by spending another almost one half trillion dollars on a so called Jobs bill. (The President’s Jobs bill is a joke and if I can get somewhat more positive I’ll try to talk about it soon.) In the past month the President has gone into campaign attack mode (about a year early) on Republicans, blaming them for inaction. How long ago it seems he called for changing the tone of political dialogue as a result of the Rep. Giffords’ shootings. Did he forget about Date Nite at his State of the Union address?
The GOP has been centered on their debates and who’s up and who’s down despite the fact that there hasn’t been any test for delegates. In the past eight weeks for the GOP it has just been beauty contest polling, straw polls, and talking heads looking for something to talk about.
For perspective when Michelle Bachman won the Iowa Straw Poll she was on top, now you can hardly find mention of her. Perry up, Perry down and the flavor of the week is Herman Cain.
Just to get this out of the way, Barack Obama is a disaster for this Country. Yes he did not create all of our problems but he has provided ZERO leadership in dealing with them despite all his now empty words. He gives a good speech but hasn’t delivered. I expect because he has never has.
I haven’t been too excited by much of the Republican Cattle Call.
Two Republican friends, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels chose not to seek the Presidency. I could have easily supported either for reasons that follow.
What I am looking for is a Republican candidate that is a fresh face and who has held office and thus has experience. Good government and politics are about united people not dividing them (and our Country does need uniting though around (yes) Conservative principles. Consequently I like candidates who find solutions. Of the current group of GOP candidates with the exception of Governor Perry (who relatively just entered the race) none of the others met my wish list.
I have not chosen a candidate, but my madness seems to have melted away some since watching New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s address this past week at the Reagan Library. I am excited by the prospect that Governor Christie might seek the GOP nomination. I do not know if he will enter the race or know of any skeletons in his closet (he has yet to be vetted by the national media) but after watching his speech, find him head above the other candidates. I like his temperament and the assuredness I felt when listening to him, he was genuine. I detect a real voice come from within him, not a practiced speech, talking points, and sound bites. I like he is results oriented.
Watch a great speech and decide for yourself and if you have the time or are intrigued watch the Q & A following the speech.
Note – part 2 of the speech is here.