Ron Paul Winning CPAC: Real vs. Ideal

Almost everyone who follows politics knows that at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference libertarian-republican (if you can put those two words together) Representative from Texas, Ron Paul, won the straw poll. CNN has it here:

“The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.”

In a lot of ways the above straw poll shows the state of the Republican party. The debate between the ideal and the real.

The Mitt Romney’s of the Republican party are going to argue that the Ron Paul’s of the party even with their good ideas are not electable, we should settle on someone like Mitt Romney, which they consider the real. The Ron Paul’s of the party will say that we should not settle for the ideal. So who wins?

Neither of them will ever win. This is what “Republicans” have such a hard time accepting. The system, which is our laws and policies, will never elect anyone who is for limited government. It just simply can’t happen. The current system rewards those that dole out to special interests and punishes those that stand for ideals. It doesn’t matter whether your limited government candidate is a Ken doll from a liberal state or a squirrelly off the cuff texan, he who will be elected will have to have friends in high places to do so.

Why is it the Republican party cannot accept this? Think about the majority of Republican party members. They usually hold one, if not all of these characteristics:

  • Loves the Constitution
  • Loves the American Flag
  • Loves the Founding Fathers

Now, there is nothing wrong with loving these three things. But like a good love, they will break your heart. And the Republican party refuses to get over it. The founding fathers were great visionaries and they created a government that they would hope would stay limited. They did the best they could do and they should be honored for that. But that does not help us sustain a limited government.

Next is the Constitution and this is the real big one for conservatives. How many times have we heard “only if they followed the Constitution”? I know I have heard it a million times myself. But for some reason conservatives and the Republican party are okay with saying that. It’s as meaningless as a police chief throwing up his hands and saying “only if they followed the law.”

What we need to look at is why is it that the Constitution is not followed? And under what system would we have a more effective society? Is there an alternative?


Mitt Romney on the Auto Industry Bailout

Former Governor and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was also a son of an auto executive, gives his opinion on the auto industry bailout. From The New York Times:

“IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.

First, their huge disadvantage in costs relative to foreign brands must be eliminated. That means new labor agreements to align pay and benefits to match those of workers at competitors like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. Furthermore, retiree benefits must be reduced so that the total burden per auto for domestic makers is not higher than that of foreign producers.

That extra burden is estimated to be more than $2,000 per car. Think what that means: Ford, for example, needs to cut $2,000 worth of features and quality out of its Taurus to compete with Toyota’s Avalon. Of course the Avalon feels like a better product — it has $2,000 more put into it. Considering this disadvantage, Detroit has done a remarkable job of designing and engineering its cars. But if this cost penalty persists, any bailout will only delay the inevitable.

Second, management as is must go. New faces should be recruited from unrelated industries — from companies widely respected for excellence in marketing, innovation, creativity and labor relations.

The new management must work with labor leaders to see that the enmity between labor and management comes to an end. This division is a holdover from the early years of the last century, when unions brought workers job security and better wages and benefits. But as Walter Reuther, the former head of the United Automobile Workers, said to my father, “Getting more and more pay for less and less work is a dead-end street.”

The rest can be found here.

This is a very good opinion piece from someone who is in politics but keeps a business mind in it. I couldn’t agree more. He also mentioned that this is what his father did when their company was in trouble.

This is not a profound finding! Every company that is successful offers new and innovative things. If they do not someone will come in and make something newer and more innovative. Some examples are Apple and their iPod, before this they were struggling due to the powerhouse Microsoft. McDonald’s at first only offered burgers and you couldn’t change anything. They soon offered a choice for you to have whatever you want on your burger. Now they are innovating with new coffee and healthy choices. Without these innovations both Apple and McDonald’s would have gone out of business.

Why should the auto industry be treated any different? I would imagine there would be a lot of jobs lost if these companies failed too.


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So we have John McCain…

For a while now I have wondered if it was worth putting this blog post up. If anyone would read it and if anyone would do anything about it was a big concern of mine. So here it goes… I AM DONE DEFENDING REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!

When the primary came around many Republicans were excited to see new faces emerge. After dealing with years of President Bush not being as right winged as we liked we could elect someone that would bring about the right amount of conservatism. As I used to be very active and still somewhat active in Republican politics, it has been a major concern of mine. We need to get back to the principles of Thomas Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan. This is the type of government that stays out of the way of businesses and citizens and just protects us from enemies.

As usual with many Republicans believing in the same things I believe in but all having it bundled a little differently, I personally could not make up my mind on who to support. Who is the true right winger we need?

The argument continued and it was always electability vs. conservativism and you tried to have the most of both. Well we had Rudy then he was taken down with things in his closet and not being experienced. We then had Romney who was Mormon but conservative. Then we had Fred Thompson who seemed conservative and electable but thought it was a good idea to pretend to run longer than to actually run. We then had Mike Huckabee who started out conservative but then pandered only to the social conservative and he started to get populist. Last but not least we had Ron Paul who was the libertarian wing from the Goldwater days. For the most part he was right wing but his personality did not grasp people.

In the debate of electability vs. conservativism who won?

To me John McCain is mostly not a Conservative. He might be electable but against a young African-American who can guide a crowd with or without a platform (the political one) McCain is more than likely dead in the water.

Republicans, what did we learn? Conservatives are you voting for McCain or Bob Barr? I know it is a hard choice for me. As Barr has a almost nil chance it almost feels good to say to the Republican party, “find us real candidates!”