Reagan at Normandy

Commemorating the 40th anniversay of D-Day, Ronald Reagan’s words are still an inspiration today.

Thank you veterans.

Greg Harper holds conference call on Stimulus Bill

I joined a conference call this evening with Rep Greg Harper, MS 3rd. It was unsolicited, and unexpected, and I joined the call in progress about 5 minutes after the start.

The topic of the call was the Stimulus Bill. According to Greg, the Dem leadership still hasn’t provided a copy of the bill for members to read, even though the vote is scheduled for tomorrow at 9 AM.

The largest single spending bill in the history of the Republic, and members are supposed to vote on it without examining it. This in spite of the fact that one of the hopey-changey promises was that all bills would be posted to the internet for 48 hours prior to any vote.

So much for transparency.

After hitting all of the hot-button pork issues like Pelosi’s $30 million mouse program, the golf cart program, Harry Reid’s Las Vegas junket train, multi-million dollar STD prevention plans, and striking just the right populist stance by railing against Wall Street excesses, Harper announced that he intended to vote against the bill.

A quick telephone poll of the almost 7500 listeners was solidly against, 76-24.

Greg fielded several questions from the listeners, one from an owner of a trucking company, another from a women in Natchez, another from a doctor in McComb. The doctor brought up the topic of the Health Czar, and wondered about the increase in regulations. Harper said that the health provisions in the bill was a large step toward socialized medicine. Tammy from Foxworth mentioned that “many people down here are losing their homes,” and then started going on about her own personal situation. I thought for a minute she was going to do a henrietta hughes” and ask for a new kitchen and car, but Harper cut her off nicely, and invited her to call his Pearl, MS office and discuss the issue in more detail later.

Harper said that the tax cut provisions in the bill were “laughable”, and described the bill itself as “a disaster.”

Much of the conversation was preaching to the choir. Jim from Brookhaven asked a great question about unfunded mandates hidden in the bill, especially with regards to the bill’s provisions for an extension of unemployment benefits and the required-but-unfunded increase in benefits. Although Harper didn’t know the answer to his question, he pivoted nicely, and proved to be quick on his feet, falling back on an old story about Ronald Reagan.

I don’t know how often Harper plans to do this or if this was a one-time thing. But, I’ve got to give Greg Harper props for the reach-out effort.

Nice job.

The Reagan Legacy

Reagan Library GOP Debate

Not a bad showing for the four candidates. Well, three. I like Ron Paul, he seems like a nice old man, and pretty smart. But his foreign policy creds are scary, and he is not a serious candidate.

The questions were weighted heavily toward Romney and McCain. At least 4 to 1, I haven’t counted, but it sure seemed that way. Plus, there was someone who would interrupt Huckabee on his few responses. I don’t know if it was Anderson Cooper, or someone else close to a microphone, but it was clearly an attempt to cut him off, when CNN had begun the night saying they would allow each candidate to give full answers without a clock.

The final question of the night, “Would Ronald Reagan endorse your candidacy?”

Huck hit it out of the park. Hopefully it will be up on youtube soon. I’ll post it when available.

Update:  CNN has posted the transcript
AP has more

Huckabee–the big winner

All in all: Huckabee gained ground, McCain probably lost ground, and Romney didn’t help or hurt himself – although he did effectively defend himself. McCain sounded petty – and that’s not the McCain voters know and like.

But to the extent that Huckabee may have made any gains from his performance, Romney’s got bigger worries out of tonight than the Arizona senator. – CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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