Dollars and sense

English: Line graph showing the current top 5 ...

English: Line graph showing the current top 5 frontrunners of the 2012 Republican Primaries based on straw poll results. This includes Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why did the GOP lose the presidential race in 2012? Partly the reason was their policy positions on gay rights, women’s rights, immigration reform, taxes and fiscal policy. But the primary reason they lost was that they chose the worst possible candidate in Mitt Romney, except for Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain. They could have selected a sensible candidate like Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Instead they spurned sense and tried to overcome Mitt’s weaknesses by the expenditure of vast amounts of dollars.

Impeachment insurance

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mitt_2 (Photo credit: clocker)

Never hurts to be insured even if being elected is improbable. Mitt could select one of the following for VP to guard against ever being impeached.

  1. Allen West
  2. Paul Ryan
  3. Michele Bachmann
  4. Rick Santorum
  5. Herman Cain

Republicans and Republican’ts

Republicans want high gas prices and blame Obama

Republicans want high gas prices and blame Obama (Photo credit: EN2008)

I am a Republican in the long tradition that started with Lincoln and ended in 2000. Republican’ts refuse to compromise with the opposition and vow to hold the country hostage until they are returned to power. The Republican’ts include Grover Norquist, George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. One of the major questions before the voters in November will be where is Mitt. Is Mitt Romney a Republican, or is Mitt a Republican’t?

Personally, I believe that Mitt is really a Republican; he is hiding his true positions for fear that the Republican’ts will not support him and block his nomination.

Please see Mitt Romney | Gas prices | Gas prices part 2 | Money talks | Mitt parade

Home schooling part 2

Homeschooling in Action

Homeschooling in Action (Photo credit: Robbi Baba)

Rick Santorum home schools and so do millions of other parents. I home schooled my son for one year and I loved the closeness it entailed. However, home schooling is not easy. I would like to know how well prepared home-schooled children are for college and to be good citizens. This is a question I will pursue in the near future and report on my findings.

In particular, I wonder how Rick and his wife are preparing their children. Are they learning to think for themselves or are they learning to repeat some of Rick’s crazy ideas? We in the West criticize the Saudi financed madrassas in Pakistan and elsewhere because the students there learn to memorize the Koran and little else. Does home schooling in the US do a better job preparing children for life than the Muslim madrassas?

Please see Home schooling  | One child

Caucus night part 2

Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)

At the Utah Republican caucus, we were asked to nominate and then elect precinct officers. Four people, three men and one woman, were nominated for chairman and agreed to serve if elected. All four were lined up in front of us and asked to give a short speech to introduce themselves. Most spoke so softly that they were hard to hear and all four were strangers to me. We were allowed to ask them questions. Two declared support for Mitt Romney and one for Rick Santorum. The question in my mind was should I decide on the basis of who they support for president or should I vote for the individual who will do the most for the precinct Republican party? Hard to decide on such short notice.

In the future, I would suggest that nominees be selected in advance and short, written descriptions of all candidates be given to caucus attendees upon arrival so that we would have more time to study their qualifications. Additional candidates could be nominated during the evening before the votes are cast. Personally, I think that precinct work would rate more in my decision than who a precinct officer might support. At the state meeting in April in Salt Lake City, precinct officers will be deciding on candidates for several offices, not just president.

Please see Caucus night