Sunday, September 30, 2012

Control of the Senate is Paramount

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney

There are a number of reasons to stay focused on the race for the White House. We all know what the past four years has meant to the dilution of freedom and prosperity. We cannot afford the lack of leadership coming from President Barack Obama for another four years. It is imperative that we unite behind Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to have any chance to change the trajectory of the future of America. The current course is not only unsustainable, it will be unalterable and will subject us to changes that will be forced upon us not of our own making.

One key reason to elect Mitt Romney is the likelihood that Supreme Court nominations will be in order sometime during the next four-year POTUS term. The Court is aging. One or two seats on the nine-member SCOTUS will come up and the POTUS will make those nominations. The directional tilt of the court will be affected for many years to come. Let us be reminded again that the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare last summer has put the voters front and center this November to pick their path forward on that and every other issue.

Some may recall the slogan "It's the economy, stupid" used by Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign. That campaign was trying to make the point that George H. W. Bush had not adequately addressed the economy. It was James Carville, Clinton's chief political strategist, who hung the poster inside campaign headquarters. It stuck as a defining political slogan for the whole election cycle that year. The clear message was that if Americans felt economically secure they would stick with Bush. If not, they would change course and vote their pocketbooks. Is the same going to be true this year? How can ANYONE claim success in the Obama administration for bolstering our economic outlook in the last four years?

I would assert the slogan is perhaps more meaningful in 2012, than it has ever been. We're considering letting  Barack Obama's dismal economic record continue into the future. His only appeal for re-election is that we're on the right path, we just need a little more time? PUHLEEZE! Will Obama suddenly become the world leader he promised he would be in 2008? Not likely. This election should be a no-brainer if you understand how devastating the policies (or lack of a coherent economic strategy) have been in dampening and nearly extinguishing economic hope and growth. The uncertainty has been palpable. Romney/Ryan will provide leadership in the vacuum Obama has created.

Let me suggest another aspect of how to get control back into the hands of the people - "It's the Senate, stupid." That's what Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) says, along with Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), and I couldn't agree more. We must put in place Senators to help these three, who can instill conservative values as a majority in the United States Senate.

Here's what WON'T happen without a more conservative Senate:

We won't repeal Obamacare.
We won't balance the budget.
We won't secure our borders.
We won't stop the bailouts.
We won't enact the pro-growth policies needed to get America back to work.

We MUST change the control of the Senate and make Harry Reid the Senate MINORITY leader.

Winning the Senate is going to be a key element in restoring America. When (not if) Mitt Romney wins the presidency, he must have a conservative Senate to install his agenda to put America back to work again. The real percentage of unemployed is more like 21%. Just last month 384,000 were first time applicants for unemployment. Not counted in the Washington spin for unemployment is the number who have given up looking for work or dropped out of the job market. Congress writes the bills to enact a President's legislative wish list. To get Congress moving again there must be a majority in place in both Houses. Don't be surprised to see America finally get serious about reforms that will cut spending, balance the budget and begin attacking the deficit spending. The only way that happens is to elect people who are pledged to those outcomes.

Do you think for one minute Harry Reid will ever send a bill to the President Mitt Romney's desk to repeal Obamacare? Only a few states can affect this outcome of taking back the Senate this November. Only the voters in these states can make it happen. Eight states, eight candidates for the U.S. Senate. Here they are:

Josh Mandel (Ohio)
Ted Cruz (Texas)
Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Richard Mourdock (Indiana)
Deb Fischer (Nebraska)
George Allen (Virginia)
Tom Smith (Pennsylvania)
Dan Bongino (Maryland)

These candidates understand the critical role the U.S. Constitution plays in preserving our freedoms and they will champion, rather than ignore, those guiding principles. These candidates can walk the walk. They believe in small government and capitalism. If you know voters in these critical state Senate races, encourage them to step up and support the election of these candidates.

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