The Sacramento Bee
"California voters have crushed efforts by elected leaders to patch a gaping hole in the state budget with a package of ballot measures that included borrowing, extending $16 billion worth of taxes and promising to reform future budgets with a reserve fund and a spending cap.
With about a quarter of the state's precincts in as of 9:30 p.m., the Secretary of State's Office reported none of Propositions 1A through 1E were garnering more than 41 percent of the vote. Only Proposition F, which would freeze the salaries of state elected officials in bad budget years, was winning - and it was winning big".
"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over. It is done. The time for trying to fix or focus on the past has ended. The era of Republican navel gazing is over. We have turned the corner on regret, recrimination, self-pity and self-doubt. Now is the hour to focus all of our energies on winning the future".
Michael Steel Chairman R.N.C.
Speech to R.N.C. State Chairmen 05/19/2009
Tonight's title is "The Revolution Begins". I started this post last night to talk about Michael Steel's address the the R.N.C. state chairman. However I got a late start and figured it could wait. I'm glad I did. Because yesterday California voters showed they had had enough and said No! to their elected leaders .
Pundits, columnists,and journalists, of the liberal stripe, thought that the teabaggers were an anomaly, just a curiosity for them to ridicule and make fun of. Yesterday's vote should go far to disabuse them of that notion. The people of California,in their wisdom,demonstrated that the men and women of that state have had enough of government run wild, and I believe, reflected the sentiments of a sizeable number of people in the Nation.
Many people that I work with, and have spoken with, that supported Obama, are rapidly becoming disillusioned with what the current crowd in Washington is doing. The President, as well as the Democrats in Congress, would do well to pay heed to the messages being sent by the -"Teabaggers- as well as the people of California. Californians were at the forefront of the last "Taxpayer Revolt", that culminated in Ronald Reagan being elected President. Indeed I am convinced ,a second conservative revolution, is even now in the making. I wish it God's speed.
Now to R.N.C. Chairman Michael Steel.
Since the last election. those of us who call ourselves conservative, and identify with the Republican Party, have been told that -we must shift to the "center'-in other words we need to turn left. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The reason the Republicans lost Congress, as well as, the presidency, is that they strayed from the conservative principles, as well as promises, they ran on.
They promised to cut spending, but increased it They promised to end earmarks, but didn't. They promised to bring "change" to Washington, but the people just got more of the same old thing. Then along came the Likes of Polosi and Reid promising to reign in spending, cut earmarks, and most important of all, end what they called "The culture of corruption in Washington", what really happened? Instead of ,"Change we could believe in", we got more of the same, and worse.
Lets take a quick look at what these characters have done. In their first four months in office they spent more money than President Bush spent in eight years! In fact, this bunch, has out spent every administration, since the founding of the Nation!. Add to that the fact that these Bozo's set new records in the earmark department, and lets not even talk about the "New Culture of Corruption". (Remember all those nominees who hadn't paid their taxes). No wonder the Democratic leadership never saw a Dollar they didn't want ,or a tax, they didn't love. Oh then there is the little thing about Nancy Polosi lying about what she knew about the so called "torture" issue.If the Republican Party wants to win back Congress, as well as the Presidency, they will have to pledge to cut taxes, end earmarks, and stop business as usual in Congress. they are going to have to get back to Reagan Conservatism, sound fiscal policies, and the principles that served them so well through the eighties and nineties.
Mr. Steele has made a good start, but The party still has much to do. Not only do Republican Candidates have to run on these traditional planks of the G.O.P., but they will also have to carry through on the Promise.
A Freedom lover. "Let Freedom Ring"!