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And We’re Back…

As you may have noticed, I took a brief hiatus for the month of October. The blog is now back and active! Thanks for your patience and I look forward to keeping you informed! And for your viewing pleasure:

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Stimulus Working Great: Unemployment Graph

Unemployment in the United States hit 9.8% in September, despite the $787 billion stimulus that a Democratic Congress passed without a single Republican vote in the House and only 2 in the Senate.

That is roughly 2 points higher than the 7.8% that the White House had promised for September if the stimulus package became law.

How’s that stimulus working for ya?!

Unemployment graph as of August

Unemployment graph as of August

Source: The Heritage Foundation

Judge: Texas Ban On Gay Marriage Unconstitutional

Judge declares Texas' gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A Dallas judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday. In a case involving two men married in another state, the judge allowed them to get a divorce.

To be honest, I really don’t care either way. I disagree with the judge that it’s unconstitutional for a state to decide what type of marriage is acceptable or not. However, I don’t think marriage should be in the realm of government control to begin with.

Marriage is a sacred commitment you make with another person (or persons) before God. This is a religious ceremony, not a government ceremony. If your faith allows you to marry someone of the same gender, then so be it.

The government’s only role in the whole affair should be to make a contract between the parties involved, called a civil union. It’s a contract between consenting adults that lays out various legal questions regarding the involvement (death, illness, etc.).

However, the judges decision that it is unconstitutional is not accurate. Constitutionally, it’s something the state can decide if it so chooses. The same can be said with abortion. They are both unconstitutional at the national level, but the 10th amendment gives states ability to make such laws. I would just prefer the state stay out of marriage all together and just enforce civil unions and let the religious organizations perform and acknowledge marriages.

Source: NBC Dallas-Fort Worth

Texas to Receive Supply of H1N1 Vaccinations

The State of Texas will receive its first supply of the H1N1 vaccine today and will distribute them to a high priority populations, such as children, pregnant women, and those with serious medical conditions.

It is estimated that the Lubbock Health Department, as well as Texas Tech, will not receive a supply until mid-to-late October sometime. Texas Tech has requested 35,000 vaccinations.

I’m certainly not qualified to say whether or not you should get the vaccine once it arrives, but personally, I would rather take the chance of getting the swine flu than take a vaccination that has not been tested yet.

Ever since we passed the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA) in 2006 that gave vaccine makers immunity from illnesses and deaths related to their vaccines, I can’t say that I trust anything they make. How can vaccine makers be held accountable for their products if it kills people? If they have immunity, they can’t be held accountable, so this rush to push the H1N1 vaccine without any testing is scary to me. There are no consequences if it causes serious problems.

Sources:
News Radio 1420
The Daily Toreador

Unemployment Rate Continues to Climb

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate (Chart from Google)

As new reports released by the Labor Department show, unemployment and underemployment continue to climb, reaching 9.8% and 17% respectively. Underemployment data includes those who wish to work full-time, but are currently working part-time or have given up searching for work.

I remember back in the summer of 2008, I told some coworkers that I expected unemployment to reach about 14% and underemployment to reach over 20% before all is said and done. They laughed at me and said I had no clue what I was talking about.

I had just finished reading Crash Proof by Peter Schiff that previous winter, so the message was still pretty fresh in my mind. The more money we pump out of the private sector to spend on government projects, the less money we will have for jobs, thus higher unemployment. This is especially true right now as the government continues to spend to help curb the recession. Ironically, it’s the massive spending by government that will prolong the recession.

Peter Schiff has a new book out titled, Crash Proof 2.0. It builds on the previous Crash Proof book and explains how the “crash” that Schiff describes in the first book is no longer theoretical, but is actually happening now. I haven’t actually read the second book yet, but if I know Schiff’s thinking, it probably lays out the case that this isn’t the crash, but the precursor to a much larger crash. The collapse of the dollar.

Source: Associated Press

John Cornyn and the NRSC Persuades Larry Elder Not to Run for Senate in CA

From the Liberty Papers

California is a state that is not likely to elect a Republican to the Senate any time soon. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Babs Boxer is up for re-election next fall, and the field is wide open. Unfortunately, the NRSC is determined to narrow the field, and has scuttled support for one potentially strong challenger in exchange for one whose main political qualification appears to be friendliness with McCain and Palin.

Who is the potentially strong challenger? None other than Larry Elder, Los Angeles talk radio host, accomplished author, and strongly libertarian-leaning Republican (self-described Republitarian). He’s got name recognition, a proper small-government philosophy that will appeal to the Republican base, a compelling life story, and enough media experience to be able to navigate the pitfalls of the California press.

So why did Jon Cornyn shut the door on him?

“Elder is a serious name and presence among California Republicans. He just wrapped up his radio show. “Why,” you might ask, “doesn’t Larry Elder run for the Senate?”

There is an answer accorinding to many of Elder’s friends at the Republican Convention — Senator Cornyn and the NRSC told him not to.

Here’s the story that is circulating at the convention: Back in the spring, Elder went to Washington to sit down with John Cornyn and the NRSC, and ask for their support for a bid for U.S. Senate against Barbara Boxer. Cornyn and the NRSC told him the following:

If Elder chose to run, they would not support him.
The NRSC was already committed to supporting Carly Fiorina
The NRSC expected Fiorina to lose against Boxer, but expected her to tie up Democrat resources in the meantime.

How incompetent is this? The NRSC actually told a popular African-American with statewide name recognition to NOT run? Last I checked, our party isn’t overflowing with those.”

Larry Elder was one of the formative voices in my post-collegiate political path. I think that over time, cutting my philisophical teeth in the blogosphere, I’ve taken the libertarian train a few stops farther than he has, so there are certainly areas where we disagree. Philosophically, though, he’d be a very strong advocate for small government coming from a state not known for its fiscal responsibility. He’s the type of candidate that California Republicans and libertarians could be energized by.

Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, is certainly an accomplished businesswoman, but little is known about her political acumen or philosophy. Her website, though, is not exactly encouraging. Her record as CEO of Hewlett Packard is a mixed bag, and about the only thing she has over other California Republicans is name recognition and two X chromosomes, but a new poll is showing that this might not be enough.

If California Republicans want to be a true thorn in the side of Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina appears to be nothing more than a demographic play. Larry Elder, on the other hand, has spent a decade and a half sparring with listeners on talk radio and has followed California and National politics over that time. He’ll know where Boxer is vulnerable and will know how to exploit the weakness. What was John Cornyn thinking?

Gov. Rick Perry Fires Investigators After Finding Flawed Evidence Led to Execution

Governor Good Hair

Governor 'Good Hair'

First, let me qualify by saying that Rick Perry is not a friend of Liberty. Rick Perry is a friend of Rick Perry. He would rather cover up evidence of a shoddy investigation rather than expose the truth.

Instead of listening to independent investigators detail the multiple flaws in an arson investigation that led to a man being convicted and sentenced to death, he fires the head of the commission investigating the incident. The replacement commissioner, assigned by Perry,  immediately cancels a hearing on the matter originally scheduled for Friday.

So Perry fires the man who finds a flawed investigation and replaces him with someone willing to hide the details.

“Gov. Rick Perry has replaced the head of a state commission that is investigating a questionable finding of arson in the case that led to the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, just as the commission was due to hold a public hearing examining the case.

The commission had hired a nationally known expert whose review of the Willingham case was released last month. The author, Craig Beyler, called the investigation slipshod and determined that almost all of the evidence presented was based on junk science….

This week, the governor chose not to extend the terms of Austin lawyer Sam Bassett, former chair of the commission, as well as two others on the nine-member Texas Forensic Science Commission. The new commission chair promptly canceled Friday’s meeting on the Beyler report…”

Source: The Dallas Morning News