The Political Zealot Where Independent Millennials Talk Politics 2012-03-14T11:49:47Z http://thepoliticalzealot.com/feed/ WordPress The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Rick Santorum Wins Deep South]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1123 2012-03-14T11:49:47Z 2012-03-14T11:49:18Z Continue reading ]]>
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Rick Santorum won both Alabama and Mississippi last night. Now that he has a new revitalized momentum shift in his favor, Santorum is more than ever determined to stay in this race to the very end. At the same time, Gingrich is suggesting he will stay in as well.

First off, it is not a surprise to me that Romney lost both Alabama and Mississippi. These are deep south states and Romney has not done well in the previous deep south states of South Carolina and Georgia. But the Alabama and Mississippi primaries did show a huge momentum shift not for Santorum, but for Romney.

Compare the other deep south results to what happened last night. Romney lost by 12.6% in South Carolina and 21.3% in Georgia. Last night Romney lost by 5.5% in Alabama and 2.6% in Mississippi. That is a massive swing towards Romney in the deep south. It shows that more and more people, even in the deep south, are starting to accept Romney as the candidate to run against Barack Obama.

Regardless of the fact that it is becoming more and more improbable for Santorum or Gingrich to win the nomination before the convention, they are both saying they are going all the way to Tampa and want to have a brokered convention and battle it out there. This would be very bad for the GOP! The last time someone won coming out of a brokered convention was in 1932 when FDR won the presidency. Do you think any of the Republican candidates are the next FDR?

Going forward, I can see a slight momentum shift for Santorum in future primaries, but I cannot see him winning the nomination unless he stops Romney from gaining the delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, and then somehow convinces delegates to switch their votes to him. If that does happen, expect a landslide loss in November with Obama winning comfortably against Santorum.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Contraception Fight Shows Why a Fundamentalist View of the Constitution is Dangerous]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1108 2012-03-13T11:35:12Z 2012-03-13T11:33:04Z Continue reading ]]>
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PZ has a new article on PolicyMic entitled, Contraception Fight Shows Why a Fundamentalist View of the Constitution is Dangerous. The title pretty much gives away the subject which delves into the line of thought that a strict view of the Constitution would be very dangerous because many things we take for granted would be eliminated if we took a fundamentalist view of the Constitution. Go check out the article on PolicyMic!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[The Republican Race Still Going]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1096 2012-03-12T12:39:26Z 2012-03-12T12:09:18Z Continue reading ]]>
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After solid wins for Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday, here we are almost a week later and the race is still fired up. What should happen next? How long can this keep going on? What do the two races in Alabama and Mississippi mean for the GOP race?

The whole conversation would have changed this past week had Rick Santorum won Ohio. Instead it appears that the people of Ohio decided they would rather support someone who appears electable instead of someone who is more conservative. Has Santorum won Ohio, there might have been an argument for him and a momentum shift in his direction, but that didn’t happen.

It is my contention now that the best thing Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich can do is to start to wrap their campaigns up, slow down the overt attacks on Mitt Romney, and to bow out of the race altogether. The reasons why are simple. First, the delegate math is starting to look improbable for either Santorum or Gingrich to win the nomination. That means the only chance Santorum or Gingrich has is to go to the convention without a nominee chosen, which brings me to my second reason why Santorum and Gingrich should bow out. If this race goes all the way to the convention without a nominee chosen, the chances of Republicans winning in November are slim to none. The last several times this happened, the nominee that came out of a brokered convention lost in the general election.

Yet Santorum was out there this week attacking Romney saying that the delegate math doesn’t matter. Furthermore, Santorum is starting to say that the delegates out there can change their minds and he could end up winning more delegates than he currently shows having due to the way the system works. That is a huge problem, because Romney has undeniably won the popular vote so far and currently has more than double the delegates of Santorum. If somehow Santorum bends the primary process to come out on top, things will not play out well for him in November.

Unfortunately, it appears that this race could continue well past April and into June. Even though the two races in Alabama and Mississippi could change the game if Romney wins, I really do not believe he will be able to pull that off. Even if Romney does, Santorum and Gingrich seem determined to stay in the race as long as possible. If they do, Republicans can blame them for the landslide loss in November.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Mitt Collects On Super Tuesday]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1088 2012-03-07T10:40:44Z 2012-03-07T10:39:41Z Continue reading ]]>
Mitt Romney

Super Tuesday is over and so is the race for the Republican nomination. Mitt Romney will be the nominee, even if the race continues into June.

Without a win for Santorum in Ohio, his chances at coming back are slim to none. That means Romney will take the nomination regardless of what happens from here on out.

I will be interested to see how Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul continue to run their races. For the most part Paul has stayed away from bashing Romney’s positions and is in the race for delegates to prove a point (though he did come out against his Romneycare bill on Super Tuesday). What and how Gingrich and Santorum conduct themselves going forward with no path to victory will be interesting to see. Will they continue to bash Romney’s policies or will they start to gracefully exit the race? Will they try to redirect and bring up new policy proposals hoping to get back into the race they will inevitability lose? Will they reluctantly bow out?

All of this will play heavily in the November elections because if Republicans cannot build up their nominee, it will be a very tough sell to independents, Millennials, and everyone else who might instead stick with the known than the unknown that even Republicans seem to not care for. What do you think? Should the rest of the candidates start to bow out now and work to build up Romney who will undoubtedly be the nominee?

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Rough Week For PZ Ahead]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1085 2012-03-06T20:59:54Z 2012-03-06T20:59:54Z Continue reading ]]> This week is a rough one for me as I am traveling and working the graveyard shift all week long. As a result, don’t expect to see a lot from me this week.

But don’t fret! I have been hard at work on an exciting project that I can’t wait to reveal. Right now I am in the final stages of finishing it up and hopefully will have the big reveal next week! Stay tuned!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum Tie Michigan]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1077 2012-03-01T14:25:46Z 2012-03-01T14:25:46Z Continue reading ]]>
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Even though Mitt Romney swept both Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday, the official word from Michigan is that Romney and Santorum will split it’s 30 delegates evenly. How bad of news is that for Romney?

I have already argued that Romney needed a win which gave him both the popular vote and the delegate win in Michigan. It turns out he only accomplished one of the two. This could spell trouble for Romney going forward into Super Tuesday, but only if Rick Santorum hits this point hard and fast and doesn’t let up on it until Super Tuesday is over.

Luckily for Romney, I doubt Santorum will do this because he is focusing on Ohio now. Yes the momentum game matters, but it took Michigan over a day to let everyone know that the delegate race was a tie there so the momentum went to Romney. That hurt Santorum, just like the Iowa caucuses delayed announcement that Santorum had won over Romney hurt Santorum.

If I were Santorum, I would be very upset at the system. The only way to get faster, accurate results is to roll out electronic voting machines nationwide. Combine that with internet voting and you could have instantaneous results as soon as polls close. If that system were already in place for these elections, the momentum for Santorum would have been much different and the front runner may very well be him instead of Romney. Too bad…

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Romney Sweeps Michigan and Arizona]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1073 2012-02-29T14:05:36Z 2012-02-29T14:05:36Z Continue reading ]]>
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There was no doubts going into Arizona yesterday that Romney would take it away, but his home state of Michigan was another story. What does this mean for the GOP horse race going into Super Tuesday?

As I said yesterday, these primaries were huge for Romney in particular going into Super Tuesday. Now that Romney has won both contests, momentum is in his favor going into Super Tuesday. Even though Romney only narrowly won Michigan by a little over 3% of the popular vote, it is still unclear how many of the 30 delegates he will take away due to the way Michigan hands out delegates. In any event, Romney holds a strong lead in delegates awarded so far.

What is next? Some have argued Romney needs a change of strategy going into Super Tuesday. I disagree. I think Romney has the strategy to come out on top. This is a long race. The key is to keep on trucking and keep pounding Obama. Romney has done that better and more often than the other candidates who have been forced to attack Romney since he is the front runner. If Romney can keep it up, I have no doubts he can secure the nomination. What do you think?

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Michigan Primary To Change Momentum?]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1066 2012-02-28T13:28:55Z 2012-02-28T12:58:49Z Continue reading ]]> Paul, Santorum, Romney, Gingrich

Tonight is the Michigan and Arizona primary. Will the results of the primaries there change the momentum for the GOP candidates going into Super Tuesday?

Polling suggests that Mitt Romney has Arizona locked up. So that is 29, winner-take-all delegates, to his side (I still haven’t figured out what the point of the Republican rules are if Arizona can skirt the winner-take-all rule). What about Michigan, Romney’s home state?

This is where things get tricky. It is actually possible for a candidate in Michigan to win the popular vote there, but lose the majority of the state’s delegates. This is just another example of how the GOP rules for the primaries this year is beyond understanding, but I digress. The fact is that if Romney cannot win his home state, his inevitability as the GOP nominee will really start to be questioned. One week before Super Tuesday, this could be very very bad for Romney.

Rick Santorum knows this and he is not stopping at working on Republicans to vote for him. Santorum is also actively targeting Democrats to come out and vote for him in the primary today. Since Michigan is an open primary (unlike Arizona), anyone can come out and vote. Santorum argues that he will have to try to gain Democrats to his side to beat Obama in the general election, so he sees no problem with this tactic. Of course, Romney’s team has a different take, who called the move outrageous.

Whatever happens in Michigan today will definitely have an impact on Super Tuesday. Should Romney not win outright in both delegates and popular vote, it could spell trouble for him going into Super Tuesday. This is exactly what Romney doesn’t need if he wants to secure the election.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Santorum Doesn’t Want To Impose His Values?]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1058 2012-02-27T13:53:25Z 2012-02-27T13:48:02Z Continue reading ]]>
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You have heard Rick Santorum say it many times on TV. Santorum says to look at his record. He doesn’t want to impose his values on anyone. Is this true? What does his record say?

Santorum was on Meet the Press this weekend when again he reiterated that he doesn’t want to impose his values on anyone. “Look at my record. I’ve never wanted to impose any of the things that you’ve just talked about. These are my personal held religious beliefs.” Santorum said. “There’s no evidence at all that I want to impose those values on anybody else.”

No evidence at all.

Let’s take a look at something that came up in the most recent GOP debate. At that debate, Rick Santorum was blasted by Mitt Romney for supporting No Child Left Behind. In that debate, Santorum said that he “took one for the team” when he voted for No Child Left Behind. Did Santorum really vote against his principles and take one for team Bush?

No he did not. In fact, Santorum wanted even more government intrusion in the way schools teach across the nation. As part of No Child Left Behind, Rick Santorum authored a proposed amendment, which became known as the Santorum Amendment. The Santorum Amendment was designed to do one thing and one thing only, to promote the teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms across the nation.

Santorum worked carefully with Phillip E. Johnson, who helped him draft the language in the amendment. Johnson is considered by many to be the father of the intelligent design movement, which began immediately after the Supreme Court case Edwards v Aguillard, which ruled that a Louisiana law requiring the teaching of ‘creation science’ along side evolution was unconstitutional. After losing that case, proponents of teaching creationism in science classes needed a new term. That term became Intelligent Design, or as I like to call it, Creationism 2.0.

Make no mistake about it. Santorum not only supported No Child Left Behind, he wanted it to go further. Santorum wanted to impose his values on everyone that goes to public schools by going around Edwards and promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design, which is nothing more than religious doctrine that says that life was created by God. It would be one thing if Santorum wanted this to be allowed in an elective class. No, Santorum wanted this to be taught alongside evolution. Why? Because Rick Santorum wants to impose his values on everyone in America.

So that no evidence at all statement from Rick Santorum is a pure, unadulterated lie. The Santorum Amendment is only one example of Santorum wanting to impose his values on the people through the power of government. Don’t be fooled by what he is saying today. Rick Santorum has in the past and will in the future try to impose his values on everyone that he can.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Projects Coming On Political Zealot]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1055 2012-02-21T12:07:25Z 2012-02-21T12:07:25Z Continue reading ]]> PZ has been hard at work on some special projects, which with any luck will be available in the coming weeks. For the remainder of the week, for other reasons unrelated, PZ is taking time off. I will be back next week in full force with more political commentary from a Millennial’s viewpoint!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[PolicyMic]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1047 2012-02-20T13:05:56Z 2012-02-20T12:58:54Z Continue reading ]]> PolicyMic Logo

The Political Zealot is pleased to introduce a new website that has the potential to become the voice of Millennials for years to come in the political world. PolicyMic, is a website where Millennials can come to share their opinions on the pressing political issues of the day and be heard not only by their peers, but by everyone that cares to listen.

PolicyMic has a unique system setup where once you sign up you can gain levels as you comment on articles. The more insightful and useful your comment is, the more likely you will obtain a ‘Mic’ for it. Gain enough Mics and you will level up, allowing you to make longer comments. Eventually, through this leveling system you can gain the ability to create and post your own articles.

The Political Zealot’s founder, David Gray, has published an article which came from a previous post on this website entitled, Barack Obama Will Use Contraception Battle to His Full Advantage to Win in 2012. Go check it out on PolicyMic and join the discussion!

I am very excited about PolicyMic! I believe this site is going to be the ‘next big thing’ because there has been no outlet for politically charged Millennials to share their ideas and comment on current policy. PolicyMic is going to change that and I expect everyone will start to learn more about it as we get closer to the 2012 elections and after Rock the Vote starts up in full swing. No longer will the media guess what Millennials have to say about current issues. Now through PolicyMic, we can be asked and engaged actively as it happens!

PZ has already published a Hub about PolicyMic entitled, PolicyMic: A Political Voice For Millennials. This is the first of a series of Hubs that will explore PolicyMic further in depth explaining how to best use PolicyMic and eventually become a published ‘Pundit’ like PZ. Here is where you can find more information about PZ’s founder on PolicyMic! So what are you waiting for? Go sign up and check out PolicyMic!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[GOP Candidates Spit On Georgia]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1041 2012-02-17T13:00:11Z 2012-02-17T12:59:04Z Continue reading ]]>
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Normally I wouldn’t run a headline like this, but I can’t claim credit for the language. In response to the announcement that CNN would cancel the Super Tuesday CNN debate in Georgia, Newt Gingrich’s spokesman R.C. Hammond tweeted, “@MittRomney spits in Georgia’s face and cancels Atlanta debate appearance. #CNN”. Why are the GOP candidates dipping out of the Georgia debate? Is this a mistake? Should GOP candidates take Georgia for granted?

Georgia carries the largest delegate count on Super Tuesday (76), and carries the largest delegate count of any state until April 3rd when the Texas primary is scheduled (though it will likely be delayed). So why on Earth are the candidates dipping out of the Georgia debate?

It appears to be a strategic decision by Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Both know that their chances of winning a large portion of the delegates in Georgia are slim. Georgia is Newt Gingrich’s home state and Gingrich usually performs very well in debate settings. With that in mind, it seems that instead of allowing Gingrich to possibly have a stellar debate performance on his home turf, the other candidates have decided to not allow that to happen.

I think this is a big mistake. While Georgia has been a red state for quite sometime, the trend is going towards the Democrat party in Georgia for Presidential elections. Since 1996, there has been a steady increase in support for the Republican candidate. G.W. Bush got 54.7% of the vote in 2000 and 58% of the vote in 2004, but in 2008 McCain only got 52.2% of the vote. That is a massive drop of 5.8%! Another drop like that, and Georgia becomes a blue state!

That fact is something the Georgia GOP’s chairwoman is very aware of. When responding to the disappointing news that the debate was cancelled, Sue Everhart said that, “We’re a red state, but we barely squeaked through to beat (then-candidate Barack) Obama in 2008. I was hoping to do a lot better this time. I’ve still got to keep my people energized.” To summarize, the GOP should not take Georgia for granted.

With so much talk about how voters are unenthusiastic about the candidates running, you better believe Everhart is going to have her hands full here in Georgia rallying the base come November. What do you think? Should the candidates have declined the Georgia debate?

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Who Does The Tea Party Support?]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1033 2012-02-21T18:35:13Z 2012-02-16T14:06:42Z Continue reading ]]>
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I have questioned Tea Party backing of different GOP candidates on several occasions. When it comes to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, it just doesn’t seem like the Tea Party could back them without giving up some of their founding principles. The Tea Party Patriots cofounders were asked who they would support on the Neil Cavuto show yesterday. Who did they support? What did they have to say about them?

Both cofounders had very harsh words to say about the GOP field. Jenny Beth Martin said, “they’re all losers,” about the GOP field. Mark Meckler wasn’t as harsh, but he did say that, “they’ve caved on every single point of principle since the Republican majority has taken over.” Meckler went on to say, “it’s not a surprise; it’s disappointing, absolutely. It just shows that the revolution has just begun.”

The revolution has just begun and the Tea Party is just getting started according to Meckler. But with various Tea Party groups backing candidates that clearly don’t stand firm on the Tea Party principles of limited government in all aspects of life, is the Tea Party itself splintering? Maybe. It seems now that House Republicans are letting up their ‘culture of no’, with the agreement to pass the payroll tax cut extension without paying for it. That would also seem counter to Tea Party principles.

The Tea Party is still alive and well, but it is unclear how big of a role they will play in the 2012 elections. I doubt they will have as strong of an influence as they did in the 2010 election year. What do you think?

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Americans Back War On Religion]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1026 2012-02-15T13:57:36Z 2012-02-15T13:57:36Z Continue reading ]]> Religious War

What can I say? After being at war for the last decade in the Middle East, Americans are backing another war being waged by the Obama administration. The war on religion!

Yes, according to the most recent poll by the New York Times/CBS News, 65% of Americans supported the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. Of course this poll comes from the left-wing media and cannot be trusted! Well last week Fox News had a similar poll and found that 61% of Americans approved of the Obama administration’s birth control mandate. Wow, polls from the left-wing and right-wing media coming to the same conclusion. Something must be wrong!

Nope not wrong. It appears that Americans do in fact support the Obama administration’s birth control mandate by a significant margin. What does that have to do with supporting another war you ask? Have you listened to Fox News or any right-wing talk show host lately? According to them, this is an assault on religion and an escalation in the war against religion! It must be stopped!

It is nice rhetoric that gets people up and arms, until they hear the reason why and then they say, “oh this is about birth control?” The fact is, as I pointed out before, that this will be a loser for Republicans in the general election. I have even gone as far as saying that this has been a brilliant ploy by Obama to bring social issues, which he knows won’t be a winner this election, to the forefront of debate. Now Rick Santorum, the social conservative, is surging because the culture war is making a comeback. Republicans cannot help themselves. They love war!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[GOP Payroll Tax Cut Reversal!]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1020 2012-02-14T14:21:03Z 2012-02-14T14:21:03Z Continue reading ]]> boehner-cantor-mccarthy

We are entering a slight lull in the primary season. Super Tuesday three weeks away and everything in between is minor. Other than President Obama’s budget release, not a whole lot has been going on. Except when it comes to the payroll tax cut fiasco.

I have long argued, well before anyone else did, that Republicans fighting the payroll tax cut was a really bad decision. The perception of Republicans fighting against a tax cut that Obama proposed and supported made them look hypocritical at best. Now it seems that Republicans have decided to back down on their efforts to pay for the payroll tax cut.

This is a pretty major reversal in policy for House Republicans and something that should have happened in November of 2011, not February of 2012. It will be interesting to see what kind of fallout this has with both voting Republicans and members of the House and Senate. There are already reports that this came as a surprise to House members who were in their districts when the announcement was made.

Will the Tea Party within the House rise up against the leadership again? Will this ultimately lead to the ousting of Republican leadership in both houses of congress? I can’t wait to find out!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[The Obama Budget Sideshow]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=1003 2012-02-13T14:26:51Z 2012-02-13T14:26:51Z Continue reading ]]>
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Today the Obama administration will release their budget for fiscal year 2013. Already, Republicans are attacking it. What does all this mean? Is President Obama’s budget important?

In a word, no. The budget released by every President is a symbolic gesture. Congress never passes a presidential budget and always opts to either pass their own, or in recent years not pass one at all. Nonetheless, Obama’s Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, was out and about on the Sunday talk shows doing his best to defend the Obama budget being released.

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In President Obama’s budget, there are cuts listed such as a reductions to the EPA, NASA, and the DOD. What is missing is things such as entitlement cuts and tax reform. Republicans have come out swinging against Obama’s budget, saying, “Obama is mortgaging our children’s future.” But there are a couple problems with the Republican argument.

First, in a recent poll, a majority of Americans believe that job creation measures, which cost money, is more important that cutting spending. Republicans could argue that certain reforms (tax reform, regulation reform, etc…) would be fantastic job creation measures that would cost nothing. That could keep their argument alive.

Second, the presidential budget doesn’t matter. Bruce Bartlett goes over the history of the budgeting process in a recent op-ed in Forbes. Did you know that the United States existed for 198 years without passing a single budget? As it turns out, yearly budgets never existed until 1974 when the congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.

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Third, the fact is that the amount of money that can be controlled by congress or the President through the budgetary process has declined tremendously. Since 1970, the discretionary spending percentage of the total budget has declined from 61.5% to 35.2% in 2009. Until real reforms in medicare, medicaid, and social security are made, both congress and the President will continue to have less control over what the government spends its money on. At least Republicans acknowledge that part.

Overall, the whole presidential budget is a sideshow. The arguments about how awful it is, or how great it is mean nothing because it will never be passed. Congress controls the purse strings through the appropriations process. If people are really concerned about the budget, they should start looking there.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[The Obama Contraception Ploy]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=996 2012-02-16T18:12:33Z 2012-02-09T13:05:28Z Continue reading ]]> contraception

A lot of political pundits out there are claiming that President Obama has made a huge mistake with the announcement that all businesses must provide contraception coverage in their healthcare plans, including church backed schools and hospitals. They will tell you that Obama has nothing to gain by this and that it was a political blunder. Peggy Noonan even said this might cost Obama the presidency in November. What if this wasn’t a mistake? What if this is exactly what Obama wanted?

Why would President Obama want this? Look at his reelection campaign and what he is focusing on. His focus for reelection is the economy and job creation and creating a fairer tax code where richer people pay their ‘fair share’. Furthermore, he is targeting congress as the reason why he hasn’t been as successful as he wants to be, claiming they are wasting time and not passing legislation that matters.

Now look at what the contraception mandate by the Health and Human Services (HHS) has done. Catholic priests along with almost every Republican in Washington are up in arms over contraception. Not the economy, not job creation, and not the tax code. Congress is vowing to pass legislation countermanding this new mandate.

In one fell swoop Obama has managed to tie congress up, likely for months, over a fight that the majority of Americans could care less about. Even more so, most Americans actually back the mandate. This is fuel on the fire for Obama’s argument. Obama will say that Congress is wasting its time on things that don’t matter, while he is fighting for the average American and he will be right.

Take a look at another outcome of this. Now social conservatives seem to be rallying around Rick Santorum who won big in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. Santorum has always been the ‘values candidate’ so this naturally plays much better towards his campaign. Again, was this by design?

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Polling is clear, Romney stands the best chance to defeat Obama in November. So it would make logical sense for Obama to try to get another candidate in as the nominee to run against him. The contraception mandate has allowed Santorum to gain some steam and could make him the nominee (though I still believe this is a long shot). I am sure that would make Obama happy, because Santorum stands no chance at getting the youth vote or independents on his side because of his theocratic stance on social issues.

Don’t believe what you are hearing in the news. The contraception mandate by the HHS is not a straight loser for Obama. The average American not only doesn’t care about it, they agree that contraception should be included in healthcare plans. Americans also agree that the most pressing issue right now isn’t about contraception or religious freedom, it is about jobs and the economy. Obama has hoodwinked everyone and they don’t even realize it.

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Rick Santorum Will Not Win The Millennial Vote]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=985 2012-02-08T15:21:59Z 2012-02-08T14:07:25Z Continue reading ]]>
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Rick Santorum had a big night last night, sweeping Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado in their Republican primary races. Even though technically there were no delegates at stake last night, the presumption is that Santorum will be awarded enough delegates to put him firmly in second place behind Mitt Romney. Conservatives in the Republican party are cheering, yet if they really want to win in November, Rick Santorum should be the last person they elect.

Why? Because Rick Santorum cannot and will not win the millennial vote. Young voters made the difference in 2008, voting for Obama by a 2 to 1 margin, but Obama has had some of his support by young voters decline. This chink in his armor is something Republicans should be seizing on, but instead they have widely ignored this important demographic.

Most people will tell you that young voters are by default more liberal than older voters. This is true, but there was a much more drastic shift in the 2008 elections. Gaining some of that share back to the Republican side would be a wise move.

Rick Santorum will not help Republicans in that cause. Let me explain why by using a term that Neal Boortz uses. Santorum is a turbo. What is a turbo? To paraphrase Boortz, a turbo is an ultra fanatic christian who would use the power of government to push their beliefs onto others. So how would Santorum use the power of government to push his religious beliefs onto others?

Let me count the ways…

Santorum is very clear in his stance on gay rights. Don’t ask, don’t tell, gay marriage, right to privacy all gone. What was that last part? Right to privacy? Santorum doesn’t believe you should have a right to privacy. In particular, Santorum has been very critical of the Supreme Court decision in 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut. In that decision SCOTUS determined that the right to privacy was protected in the Constitution and invalidated a Connecticut law that prohibited the use of contraceptives. That’s right folks. Santorum, wants to be able to legislate what you do in the bedroom.

Millennials gay marriage

And this is why he will not garner Millennial support. Millennials do not like turbos. They are less religious than previous generations, and are the only generational demographic that currently supports gay marriage rights by a majority. He is the wrong candidate for Millennials and will further divide the young voting block from Republicans should they choose Santorum as their nominee and Obama will win a second term.

Also, watch out for the Tea Party. If the Tea Party suddenly rallies behind Santorum now that he has momentum, it will prove that the Tea Party is a backdoor movement for social conservative who want to impose their ways on others. Beware of the turbos!

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[Obama’s Crusade Against The Church?]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=976 2012-02-07T13:08:54Z 2012-02-07T13:08:54Z Continue reading ]]>
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There has been a lot of furor over President Obama’s administration’s decision to require all employers to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives without a waiver for faith based organizations. The catholic church is vowing to fight the order all the way to the Supreme Court. What is going on here? Is Obama waging war against the church? What do Millennials think about this?

Let’s answer that last question first. No. Obama is not waging war against the church as some have claimed.

With that out of the way, we can examine what is going on. The controversy is over a new mandate from the Health and Human Services department which mandates all employers provide contraceptive services in their health care plans or face stiff fines. This does not exclude religious organizations, which is where the furor is coming from, but it does exclude churches themselves. Therein lies the important distinction.

Churches are exempt from this mandate. A hospital, school, or charity is not. That means as an employee, you can expect to find the same healthcare coverage that other employers provide, whether or not the employer is backed by the church. Why is this important?

Mercy Hospital

Take a look at the hospitals that the catholic church backs. Many of them are the best of the best in their region. In Chicago, Mercy Hospital is ranked in the top 100 in the nation for cardiovascular care. Currently if you are a nurse, doctor, or even a janitor and want to work for one of the best heart care hospitals in the nation, you will not have contraceptives included in your healthcare plan. This new mandate changes that.

While I am sure there are some that choose to work for Mercy and choose to go to Mercy because it is a hospital backed by the church, the vast majority of doctors, nurses, and patients go there for other reasons. That is important because Mercy is not a church/hospital. Mercy is a hospital. They should be expected to act like a hospital and provide the services of a hospital. When it comes to providing health care coverage to their employees, they should have to follow the same rules as everyone else and provide a minimum set of coverage.

Instead, the catholic church is using its power to fight this mandate. Take a step back and think about what this fight is over. This whole furor is over contraceptives such as the birth control pill. Why on earth is there a national debate over mandating that health care plans provide funding for birth control pills when 27 states already mandate that health insurance plans provide “equitable” coverage for contraceptives? Also keep in mind that approximately 98 percent of sexually active catholic women have used contraceptives.

This whole thing is way overblown. There is no war on religion. This is about providing equal coverage and making sure everyone has access to care. If you work for a church that’s one thing, but if you work for a hospital you should have equal access no matter who is funding that hospital. I can guarantee this debate is a loser for Republicans with Millennials. After losing the payroll tax cut debate, I am beginning to wonder if Republicans do in fact want to win in 2012. What do you think?

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The Political Zealot http://thepoliticalzealot.com <![CDATA[NDAA: A Campaign Mood Killer for Youth]]> http://thepoliticalzealot.com/?p=968 2012-02-06T13:05:55Z 2012-02-06T13:05:55Z Continue reading ]]> ndaa

Disillusioned young voters worry President Barack Obama’s 2008 hope and change may have transformed into an ambiguous violation of constitutional rights.  On December 31, the president approved the National Defense Authorization Act.  The law, voted for by 283 Representatives, and 86 Senators has been charged with providing the justification for the military to detain U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism without due process of the law.

The ambiguity of the bill created a backlash among young people that poses a particular problem for the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.  Bloggers and columnists published commentary about Obama’s lost “cool factor” and his “betrayal” of citizen’s rights.

But Republican candidate hopeful, Ron Paul, the coolest guy in congress right now, has called on the legislature to repeal the provision. Paul even targeted South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a supporter of the bill, on the House floor. “Is this acceptable in someone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution?” Paul asked Graham.

Paul could ask the same question to President Obama, who has also taken this oath. Interestingly, many young voters are in favor of Ron Paul for the GOP candidacy. Still, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports, Obama is ahead by just 10% in polling numbers against Paul. But, Paul is also polling 50 percent among the 18-to-29-year-old voters who supported the president en masse in 2008, according to the most recent Gallup Poll, and the editor of this publication recently explained Paul’s appeal with Gen Y.

Campaigning for the youth vote will require the president to look like he stands for the issues young people care about, and signing the NDAA has not benefited him. “Last time, there was a lot more need for change, and there has been a lot of controversy with what Obama’s been doing recently,” said Girish Balakrishnan, a 23-year-old student told ABC News.

Official statements from the White House say the president would not use the NDAA’s power to unfairly detain citizens, but the Obama administration, critics say, cannot assure how other presidents may interpret it in the future. “Obama’s signing statement seems to suggest he already believes he has the authority to indefinitely detain Americans—he just never intends to use it,” writes Adam Serwer for Mother Jones’ Political Mojo.

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Section 1022 of the NDAA reads, “The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.” Furthermore the provision states the act will not affect existing law relating to the detention of citizens. Supporters like representative Allen West of Florida say that the bill does not even allow detention of U.S. citizens.  Is he right?

Read the language carefully. It says that the military is not REQUIRED to detain U.S. citizens. It does not say that the military cannot and shall not detain U.S. citizens. That’s a major distinction. It’s that distinction that former constitutional litigator and legal expert Glenn Greenwald has stated actually allows the government to lock someone up indefinitely without a trial or lawyer, even U.S. citizens.

“This is all happening today, ironically on Bill of Rights day, given that this bill thoroughly tramples the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th amendments,” Joseph Brown wrote for Young Americans for Liberty.

Supporters who acknowledge the ambiguous phrase, justify the bill with the fear of domestic terrorism. Many Senators have heralded the NDAA as necessary to continue to fight the War on Terrorism effectively. “If you can detain somebody overseas wanting to attack America and not provide them a lawyer and Miranda Rights you should be able to do it here because this is the battlefield,” said Senator Graham.

The White House’s surprisingly tame statement did detail the President’s “serious reservations” about the bill, but that statement didn’t quite make it into the young person’s lexicon, and strong rhetoric from the media on both the right and the left and made the President seem even more lame on this issue, almost as if he’s not willing to pick this battle – an incredible important one.

Losing his famous mojo to a constitutionally questionable law might not necessarily mean Obama losing the youth vote. If the president’s social rhetoric can shift attention away from the NDAA’s potential implications, he may be able to distract the under-30s from his recent actions. But if this continues, it might mean Obama’s ultimate downfall.

Originally Published on The Next Great Generation

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