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A Republican's View on America

A dedicated Republican that has a lot of issues...

First off, I know what I say may offend some people. If you knew me, you would know that isn't my intention, but I believe in stating my opinion. And since this is my blog, what better place to do it? I would like to touch on the following subjects, The Economy, Abortion and lastly Education and the American Dream.

 This morning, good numbers came out for our President as unemployment dropped from 8.1% to 7.8%. Many Republican and Conservative websites came out to slam the numbers as false or misleading. To be honest, I started to as well but then I had an epiphany. I mean a job IS a job right? There are more people back at work this month. And with the holidays quickly approaching, I don't think many of us are surprised by an improving job market.

 I have another opinion about jobs and all our candidates. How do you expect any hardworking American to feed a family or even support themselves on $8.00 an hour? I mean is that a wage that Elizabeth Warren or Scott Brown could live on? Romney? Obama? A new living wage needs to be established and quickly. How to make a wage increase acceptable to employers? Tax Cut! How to make that Tax Cut acceptable to the Government? How about tighter restraints on Government spending. (And if you need one example on how I would do that, email me there are just to many to list here!)

 A Man's View on Abortion....ya...not going to touch that one. A woman's body is hers and hers alone. The Supreme Court has upheld Roe v Wade as being the law of the Land. Isn't that enough? I mean I'm Catholic and Pro-Choice so I think I've already punched my ticket to hell. Mr. Akin's comments the last few weeks have been well publicized. They were both offensive, ridiculous,idiotic and moronic. And I am very hopeful that he will not be held up as a high shining example of my Party. Naive as I may be, if Romney is elected and tries to take on this subject, then not only will he not be re-elected, probably NO Republican will be elected in a long....long....time. My opinion is that my opinion doesn't matter. (Pro Choice though) Doctors with all types of letters after their names have said that this procedure is necessary, in some cases medically and in some cases emotionally. Publicly funded? Mmm...in some cases yes absolutely. Best answer I can give, which may be a cowardly way, but hey I dont get paid for this!

Education and the American Dream.....My hot button issue! A good education is a fantastic start to a young person hopefully pursuing their American Dream. (Yes, I still believe in it!) Am I wrong or have we not heard a lot about this, other than the same old blah...blah...blah...No child left behind...blah...blah...blah? Meanwhile state college tuitions continue to rise and we won't even talk about schools like my favorite Notre Dame. And has anyone seen what it costs to go to my old High School, B.C. High lately? I know that there are plenty of public schools out there that do a great job with kids. And I would like to think that ones that aren't doing such a great job are underachieving due to financial reasons. It's those schools I would like to talk about.

Shouldn't a student in Roxbury be entitled and exposed to the same education as a student in Wellesley? Newton? Duxbury? There are students in all those districts that work their tails off to get good grades and get ahead. Good for them! Good Luck! But the schools in the inner city are still lacking in both equipment and qualified teachers to compete with other districts. That's just sad! A good/great education shouldn't just be entitled to kids that won the geographical lottery. Just because we have desegragated schools does not mean we have leveled the playing field. So what can we do about that? Isn't it time for a candidate, ANY Candidate, to step up and say how we are going to give our children the best damn education in the world? Because in my opinion the next war will not be fought with bombs and bullets, but with books and brains. And it's not news to any of us probably, but we are falling behind. We need Federal Funding and an absolute mandate that says an education is available to any child that wants one.

How do we fund it? Any way we can! If we have to cut missions to Mars, then we do so. Put off building that next aircraft carrier, then we do so. If we have to stop borrowing money from China to make sure a Big Yellow Bird appears daily on our TV's, we do so! Telling Congressmen to stop writing bills with extraveneous spending, yup we do so. When you stop and think about the amounts of money that our country wastes on things that don't really matter, and how it neglects the things that really do matter. It just gets depressing!

Those are the issues that this Republican feels are important. I'm a Romney supporter, but I'm an American. And by writing this I just reminded myself that my vote should always remain open until I step into the box or up to the table with my ballot. I'm also WAAAYYY out of my element writing topics like this....so sorry!

Hey did anyone see the Infield Fly rule in that Braves game last night.....

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James Feudo October 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Dave, Just wanted to say that I admire you for posting this. You have beliefs that are well thought out and I'm sure you could follow up with additional posts describing your views. Glad to see you posting on here.
Dave Lenane October 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Thanks James! My wife thinks I am a Republocrat.
Linda Worthy October 09, 2012 at 02:25 AM
“WAR today...WAR tomorrow...WAR forever”, shouted Mitt Romney during his foreign policy address at Virginia Military Academy . Skipping over the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Lebanon, the attack on the USS Cole and the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, Romney hit Obama hard for the attack in Benghazi. Romney said, I know that the President has put “Iran on notice that the United States and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.” Roms did not propose specific solutions that differ from the Obama administration’s current policy for Iran. Because his VisiCalc spreadsheet can only count hulls and not firepower, Romney shouted that the U.S. Navy is at levels not seen since 1916! When asked, Roms said he did not know how many 1916 ships it would take to equal the $1.1 billion destroyer USS Michael Murphy which carries 1 MK-45 MOD 4 5"/62 caliber lightweight gun; 1 MK-15 20mm Phalanx CIWS: 2 MK-38 MOD 2 25mm Machine Gun System (MGS); 2 MK-41 VLS (96 cells) for Standard Missiles, Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC), Tomahawk ASM/LAM and RIM-162 ESSM: 2 MK-32 MOD 15 triple torpedo tubes (six MK 50/46 MOD 5A Torpedoes). And two Sea Hawk helicopters. (Roms admitted that helicopters did not exist in 1916). He did not mention that today’s wars are increasingly fought by drones and Thunderstruck by malware.
Linda Worthy October 09, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Pressing forward in his foreign policy speech at VMI, Romney made a forthright promise to defense contractors. He said he would build 15 ships for the Navy a year because he knows that naval vessels scare the crackers out of terrorists. He said this is best way for government to create jobs but he did not say how he would pay for the ships. When it was pointed out that the U.S. does not have the shipyards to build 15 ships a year, Roms said there was excess shipbuilding capacity in China. Roms asserted that his experience at Bain Capital would allow him to identify and organize the opposition to Assad’s regime and provide them with weapons. He boldly asserted that “There is a longing for American leadership in the Middle East.” He said he can see Al-Qaeda from his porch. The bellicose Romney pledged to work with ‘our allies'. After his speech at VMI, Roms scheduled an appearance on ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ saying, “I need to explain to the Brits that I was completely wrong when I doubted Britain’s ability to handle security at the Olympics.” Unconfirmed reports have surfaced claiming that Roms had scheduled an appearance on Aljazeera to explain to the Palestinians that he was completely wrong when he said "the Palestinian culture was one of the reasons their economy was not as vibrant as Israel’s". He expressed regret that Hannity does not have an Arab language program. Hey did anyone see the fumble recovery in that Pats game last night.....
Dave Lenane October 09, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I hope that nobody takes anything Ms. Worthy says as being serious. The actual text of Romney's speech is available here... http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/10/08/text-of-romney-speech-on-foreign-policy-at-vmi/ And although his comparison from 1916's Navy to Today's Navy WAS odd, the truth is the Navy does need more ships to keep up with the number of missions it is asked to perform, and to replace aging ships. The Navy is NOT just a weapon of war. It provides humanitarian missions and serves as a barrier for those who close sections of the world to free trade. Piers Morgan (Not sure why he is even relevant in this election) DEFENDED Romney's opinion about Olympic security, as many Brits were concerned as well... http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/07/27/economic_slowdown_gdp_15_percent Stick to football...
Dave Lenane October 09, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Oh and one more thing...the number of warships has actually INCREASED under the Obama Administration from the Bush Administration. Does that mean Obama is a "Warhawk"? Or is he smart enough to know that spending on projects such as new ships for our Navy is a wise investment?
Jim Hatherley October 09, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Dave, it's so good to see another Republican blogger out there. Massachusetts is so over-loaded with Democrats and tax and spenders that it is good for more people to be exposed to the other side of the story, especially Unenrolled voters who claim to want to vote for the "best candidate" ... but this only makes you wonder why there are so few Republicans elected in Massachusetts. A word of advice - fasten your seat belt and wear your crash helmet. "They are out there" and they are not especially kind to a conservative viiewpoint. And yet I believe that more people than we realize are looking for a more moderate voice devoid of the shouting.
Ed Bertorelli October 09, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Thanks Dave Lenane and JIm H. for your blogs and comments. Take a look at the developing Obama campaign contribution scandal.....
Ed Bertorelli October 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
btw- the professional core of the US Military- men and women strongly support Mitt Romney over Obama in the latest poll from the "Military Times" magazine
Dave Lenane October 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Thanks Jim and Ed!
Jim O'Connor October 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
David Lenane, When you write "A new living wage needs to be established and quickly." I couldn't agree more. Then you argue that the way to persuade employers to increase the $8.00/hr is by cutting taxes. Do you have any data to support your argument that tax cuts result in voluntary wage increases by employers? Real wages in this country have been in decline since 1972 (see Economic Report of the President Feb. 2012). Conversely worker productivity has nearly doubled over roughly the same period (Fed. Reserve Bank of St. Louis). . Of course another part of the Republican mantra is that taxes are too high. As for those high taxes, from February 3, 2012 Wall Street Journal: "Total corporate federal taxes paid fell to 12.1% of profits earned from activities within the U.S. in fiscal 2011, which ended Sept. 30, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That's the lowest level since at least 1972. And well below the 25.6% companies paid on average from 1987 to 2008....The U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, with a combined top state and federal rate of 39.2%. But many companies pay much less because of a number of tax breaks and other provisions that reduce their tax bills....."
Dave Lenane October 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
On CNN tonight 173 Republican and Democratic congressmen just approved a $181 million dollar bill to refurbish tanks for the U.S. Army. Just one problem, the Army doesn't want the tanks.They are parked in the California desert and never to be used again. But General Dynamics will refurbish all of them anyway. Gee I wonder what school systemcould have doe with that money.
Dave Lenane October 10, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Here's the link to the story I mentioned above. What else are they spending our money on that we dont need? http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/09/army-to-congress-thanks-but-no-tanks/?iref=allsearch
Dennis Wilson October 11, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Nothing to joke about here... Mitt Romney failed to contact the family of former SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed in Libya, before using Mr. Doherty’s name in campaign speeches in Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Romney told campaign rallies that he had met Mr. Doherty at a holiday party in California in either 2009 or 2010 and was shocked to learn that it was the same Glen Doherty who was killed in Benghazi. In late September, Mr. Doherty’s mother, Barbara, told the Boston Herald that it “was very sad that her son’s death was being used as political theater” by Mitt Romney. Mrs. Doherty also told WHDH TV, "I don't trust Romney. He shouldn't make my son's death part of his political agenda. It's wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama”. I’m not concerned that one of Mr. Doherty’s friends cast the meeting in a negative light. Yesterday, the Romney campaign said they would respect Mrs. Doherty’s wishes and stop mentioning Mr. Doherty. What concerns me is that Romney would use the name of a fallen hero to garner votes and fail to seek the family’s permission -- a total lack of empathy. http://politicker.com/2012/10/romney-still-using-dead-seals-story-on-the-campaign-trail-in-spite-of-mothers-request/ http://mynorthwest.com/108/1353861/Romney-story-doesnt-jibe-with-fallen-SEALs-account http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/boston/12008755850115/mother-of-navy-seal-killed-in-libya-speaks-out/#ixzz28uqJIwyh
Dave Lenane October 11, 2012 at 09:09 AM
Dennis, If Romney met the guy and was upset that he died then what's the issue? The fact that he mentioned it during a speech? I agree with you! He shouldn't have done it. Of course by doing so he has drawn attention to the foundation the parents set up in their son's name. Why aren't you concerned that the current administration IGNORED requests from security officers asking for help BEFORE the attack in Libya? Isn't that what resulted in the death of Mr. Doherty? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/libya-consulate-attack_n_1951910.html
Dave Lenane October 11, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Even Big Bird want's nothing to do with Obama!!! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443294904578046980768401950.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Dave Lenane October 12, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Hey Dennis,,,if there is nothing to laugh about why was Bidm laughing like a moron all night?
Dennis Wilson October 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
US Jobless Claims Drop Sharply reports the Associated Press: "The number of Americans seeking unemployment pay plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000. The positive figures follow a report last week that said the unemployment rate fell in September to 7.8 percent." http://tinyurl.com/96vmrmw
Jim Hatherley October 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Dennis, subsequent to this announcement there was another announcement that California had not provided its new unemployment claims data, hence the total number of unemployment claims was understated. Hopefully there will be an accurate restatement by the end of today.
Dennis Wilson October 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Bank Stocks climbing as housing market recovers "But banks of all kinds have been favorites of stock investors for a solid year now. That includes giants like Bank of America Corp. (up 68 percent so far in 2012) as well as little guys like Hingham Institution for Savings (up 45 percent) and the holding company for East Boston Savings Bank (up nearly 43 percent). The leading bank-stock index, which tracks the shares of 24 large US institutions, has advanced 30 percent so far this year. By way of comparison, the broad Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up 14 percent." “Then the market started to figure out the US wasn’t going into a recession,” says Gerard Cassidy, a bank stock analyst ar RBC Capital Markets. “More importantly, it also figured out the housing industry had finally turned.” "Investors have responded by buying shares of home builders such as PulteGroup Inc. (up 149 percent this year) and home appliance stocks like Whirlpool Corp. (up 79 percent)." http://tinyurl.com/9zpf396
Dennis Wilson October 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
More positive economic news... "Harvard University is readying a 10-year development plan that will feature nine new projects, including a new basketball arena, a refurbished football stadium, a hotel and conference center, and new business school buildings.' http://tinyurl.com/9ssk89f
Dave Lenane October 20, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Don...I addressed this with Dennis awhile ago. He doesn't seem to want to respond when it's pointed out how HUGE it would be for them if Warren got elected. It's also why it is their best interest not to respond to requests for Warren's employment records. To say that Warren doesn't have money from huge corporations behind her and from PAC's is a lie. But if you are in the Oaks neighborhood today, come on by and see my new Scott Brown lawn sign! LOL
Dennis Wilson October 20, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Don, Frankly, I don’t know which federal taxes Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, etc., might be exempt from, but their employees are not exempt. I’ve made numerous posts about new construction from Downtown Crossing, to the Seaport & Innovation Districts, the suburbs and Allston. The status of these projects ranges from steel being put in the ground, to construction loans being signed, to companies leasing substantial office space to expand their business. All of these projects represent construction jobs now and future jobs in the companies that occupy those spaces. A lot of confidence in the future is being demonstrated. No one commented on those posts until I mentioned Harvard. It was easy to predict that someone would have something critical to say in response. No employer has the right to release anyone’s employment records to the public. And Dave, perhaps disclosing personal information on this very public board isn’t the best idea. Just saying. From Fox Business News: “Groundbreaking on new homes surged in September to its fastest pace in more than four years, a sign the housing sector's budding recovery is gaining traction and supporting the wider economic recovery. Housing starts increased 15 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000 units, beating even the most optimistic forecasts on Wall Street, Commerce Department data showed on Wednesday. It was the quickest pace of groundbreaking since July 2008." http://tinyurl.com/8q2kay

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