does it take to make a hockey stick? Twelve, apparently. -- J. Hansford
Motion is not progress
"Hasty innovation may be a devouring conflagration, rather than a torch of progress." ---- Russel Kirk, "The Conservative Mind" 1953
Sharing the poorth
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." -Winston Churchill
"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." -Mark Twain (1866)
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
-- Thomas Jefferson
Basic populist government economics
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931- 2005
Which came first, the reality or the representation?
“More and more accustomed to testing reality by image, we will find it hard to retrain ourselves so we may once again test the image by reality. It becomes ever harder to moderate our expectations, to shape expectations after experience, and not vice versa. For too long already we have had the specious power to shape ‘reality.’ How can we rediscover the world of the uncontrived?” --- Daniel Boorstein
The challenge: Real solutions for real problems.
It's about jobs, the economy, security.
Stop spending like it's not your money.
Works for me.
People have no more patience. Don't screw around. Don't waste CO2 gloating or projecting what it means for one party or another. We could not care less. It is really annoying.
Be positive. people are not embracing the vitriol anymore. It is what you have to offer, not what you don't like about the other guy. Martha went negative and blew her last chance. Fight for me? I am sick of the fighting. If you're here to fight, go get another job.
Don't diddle, twiddle, and fritter. What's the plan, the strategy and the milestones? We want progress, not progressives.
What does success look like because your competition will run very well on your failure.
Be realistic, nobody is buying the waste, fraud and abuse nonsense or funding from "other sources."
You work for us not the other way around. Act like it.
The earmarks, pork, bribes and backroom deals, the lobby and industry payoffs - stop it!
Govern where the rubber meets the road, not where the ideology meets the sky.
Be open, honest and prepared to adapt and change. Cooperate, collaborate, find what you agree on, what we (your voters) agree on, and start from there.
Be original, sound bites and talking points aren't selling. Know where you are coming from and be able to explain it clearly in a conversation as well as an op ed.
Listen. Hear. It's more work than bloviating, blathering and prevaricating.