Jack Kemp to Campaign for Lieberman

August 31, 2006

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Jack Kemp will hit the campaign trail with a fellow former vice presidential candidate from another party: Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Lieberman said Tuesday that Kemp, a Republican former congressman and U.S. housing secretary, telephoned to offer support to his independent campaign, which the three-term senator began after losing the Democratic primary to Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.

“We’ve worked together for years on some good projects that got done,” Lieberman told reporters while campaigning in New London.

Kemp said he admired Lieberman’s views on civil rights, defense, programs for public housing and economic development in depressed urban areas. “I’m kind of a Lieberman Republican, if you want to say that,” he said.

Let me make it clear, I understand why the GOP is getting behind Lieberman over LaMont. Any sane person would.

However, to see big time Republican donors, the party itself, and now long time solid Conservatives such as Kemp getting behind him must be disheartening to Republican candidates around the country struggling to do anything in their races.

Obviously the Republican, Alan Schlesinger, sitting in the 5% range doesn’t have a chance. But there are plenty of good Republican candidates around the country that are within the 20-30% range that are totally being ignored: our own Dwight Grotberg here in North Dakota being on that list.

I wonder what RNC donors here in North Dakota think of the fact that the party is abandoning not only Alan Schlesinger for Lieberman, but many other candidates such as our own?

We all know Dwight wasn’t the first choice, that’s not a secret at all. But to have a national party that seemingly writes off it’s own candidates like that is appalling. Why should any North Dakota’s send any money to a national party that writes off our candidates?


National Democratic Platform – 1860

August 31, 2006

1. Resolved, That we, the Democracy of the Union, in Convention assembled, hereby declare our affirmance of the resolutions unanimously adopted and declared as a platform of principles by the Democratic Convention at Cincinnati, in the year 1856, believing that Democratic principles are unchangeable in their nature, when applied to the same subject matters; and we recommend, as the only further resolutions, the following:

Inasmuch as differences of opinion exist in the Democratic party as to the nature and extent of the Powers of a Territorial Legislature, and as to the powers and duties of Congress, under the Constitution of the United States, over the institution of Slavery within the Territories:

2. Resolved, That the Democratic party will abide by the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States on the questions of Constitutional law.

3. Resolved, That it is the duty of the United States to afford ample and complete protection to all its citizens, whether at home or abroad, and whether native or foreign.

4. Resolved, That one of the necessities of the age, in a military, commercial, and postal point of view, is speedy communication between the Atlantic and Pacific States; and the Democratic party pledge such Constitutional Government aid as will insure the construction of a Railroad to the Pacific coast, at the earliest practicable period.

5. Resolved, That the Democratic party are in favor of the acquisition of the island of Cuba, on such terms as shall be honorable to ourselves and just to Spain.

6. Resolved, That the enactments of State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect.

7. Resolved, That it is in accordance with the true interpretation of the Cincinnati Platform, that, during the existence of the Territorial Governments, the measure of restriction, whatever it may be, imposed by the Federal Constitution on the power of the Territorial Legislature over the subject of the domestic relations, as the same has been, or shall hereafter be, finally determined by the Supreme Court of the United States, shall be respected by all good citizens, and enforced with promptness and fidelity by every branch of the General Government.


Republican National Platform – 1860

August 31, 2006

Resolved, That we, the delegated representatives of the Republican electors of the United States, in Convention assembled, in discharge of the duty we owe to our constituents and our country, unite in the following declarations:

1. That the history of the nation, during the last four years, has fully established the propriety and necessity of the organization and perpetuation of the Republican party, and that the causes which called it into existence are permanent in their nature, and now, more than ever before, demand its peaceful and constitutional triumph.

2. That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Federal Constitution, “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” is essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions; and that the Federal Constitution, the Rights of the States, and the Union of the States, must and shall be preserved.

3. That to the Union of the States this nation owes its unprecedented increase in population, its surprising development of material resources, its rapid augmentation of wealth, its happiness at home and its honor abroad; and we hold in abhorrence all schemes for Disunion, come from whatever source they may: And we congratulate the country that no Republican member of Congress has uttered or countenanced the threats of Disunion so often made by Democratic members without rebuke and with applause from their political associates; and we denounce those threats of Disunion, in case of a popular overthrow of their ascendency, as denying the vital principles of a free government, and as an avowal of contemplated treason, which it is the imperative duty of an indignant People sternly to rebuke and forever silence.

4. That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of powers on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depends; and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.

5. That the present Democratic Administration has far exceeded our worst apprehensions, in its measureless subserviency to the exactions of a sectional interest, as especially evinced in its desperate exertions to force the infamous Lecompton Constitution upon the protesting people of Kansas; in construing the personal relation between master and servant to involve an unqualified property in persons; in its attempted enforcement, everywhere, on land and sea, through the intervention of Congress and of the Federal Courts of the extreme pretensions of a purely local interest; and in its general and unvarying abuse of the power intrusted to it by a confiding people.

6. That the people justly view with alarm the reckless extravagance which pervades every department of the Federal Government; that a return to rigid economy and accountability is indispensible to arrest the systematic plunder of the public treasury by favored partisans, while the recent startling developments of frauds and corruptions at the Federal metropolis, show that an entire change of administration is imperatively demanded.

7. That the new dogma, that the Constitution, of its own force, carries Slavery into any or all of the Territories of the United States, is a dangerous political heresy, at variance with the explicit provisions of that instrument itself, with contemporaneous exposition, and with legislative and judicial precedent; is revolutionary in its tendency, and subversive of the peace and harmony of the country.

8. That the normal condition of all the territory of the United States is that of freedom; That as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished Slavery in all our national territory, ordained that “no person should be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” it becomes our duty, by legislation, whenever such legislation is necessary, to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it; and we deny the authority of Congress, of a territorial legislature, or of any individuals, to give legal existence to Slavery in any Territory of the United States.

9. That we brand the recent re-opening of the African slave-trade, under the cover of our national flag, aided by perversions of judicial power, as a crime against humanity and a burning shame to our country and age; and we call upon Congress to take prompt and efficient measures for the total and final suppression of that execrable traffic.

10. That in the recent vetoes, by their Federal Governors, of the acts of the Legislatures of Kansas and Nebraska, prohibiting Slavery in those Territories, we find a practical illustration of the boasted Democratic principle of Non- Intervention and Popular Sovereignty, embodied in the Kansas-Nebraska bill, and a demonstration of the deception and fraud involved therein.

11. That Kansas should, of right, be immediately admitted as a State under the Constitution recently formed and adopted by her people, and accepted by the House of Representatives.

12. That, while providing revenue for the support of the General Government by duties upon imports, sound policy requires such an adjustment of these imposts as to encourage the development of the industrial interest of the whole country; and we commend that policy of national exchanges which secures to the working men liberal wages, to agriculture renumerative prices, to mechanics and manufactures an adequate reward for their skill, labor, and enterprise, and to the nation commercial prosperity and independence.

13. That we protest against any sale or alienation to others of the Public Lands held by actual settlers, and against any view of he Homestead policy which regards the settlers as paupers or suppliants for public bounty; and we demand the passage by Congress of the complete and satisfactory Homestead measure which has already passed the House.

14. That the Republican party is opposed to any change in our Naturalization Laws or any State legislation by which the rights of citizenship hitherto accorded to immigrants from foreign lands shall be abridged or impaired; and in favor of giving a full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad.

15. That appropriations by Congress for River and Harbor improvements of a National character, required for the accommodation and security of an existing commerce, are authorized by the Constitution, and justified by the obligations of Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

16. That a Railroad to the Pacific Ocean is imperatively demanded by the interest of the whole country; that the Federal Government ought to render immediate and efficient aid in its construction; and that, as preliminary thereto, a daily Overland Mail should be promptly established.

17. Finally, having thus set forth our distinctive principles and views, we invite the cooperation of all citizens, however differing on other questions, who substantially agree with us in their affirmance and support.


Let’s hold them to this

August 30, 2006

Gasoline prices could keep falling.

Gasoline prices are falling fast and could keep dropping for months.

“The only place they have to go is down,” says Fred Rozell, gasoline analyst at the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). “We’ll be closer to $2 than $3 come Thanksgiving.”

•The end of summer. Driving slows, reducing demand for gasoline. And federal requirements for clean air, summer-blend gasoline end next month, making gasoline cheaper to refine and import.

•Sluggish demand. Gasoline use in the first eight months of the year is up 1% vs. a year ago, less than the 1.5% to 2% growth that’s typical, says Michael Morris, analyst at the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Wholesalers are trying to get rid of product. The growth in demand for gasoline has really tapered off,” he says.

Wholesale prices are falling faster than retail gasoline prices, meaning stations are making more money than when prices were $3. Wholesale prices Tuesday ranged from $1.77 to $1.79 a gallon, well below the $2-plus prices typical until recently.

•Petroleum traders, worried that prices are too high to last, are selling their holdings. That pushes prices down. They also believe hurricanes won’t disrupt Gulf of Mexico production, OPIS senior analyst Tom Kloza says.

Mark my words, if it doesn’t hit $2.00, I will launch a campaign to have USA Today investigated for lying to the public.


Hoeven agrees with Pomeroy

August 30, 2006

Great, let’s neutralize a few more issues while we’re at it.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s offer of almost $800 million in drought aid is too small, Gov. John Hoeven and the state’s congressional delegation said. They promised a renewed push for a federal drought disaster bill.

“This is a start. It will provide some help. But we need to continue to work at it, and do more,” the Republican governor said. “We need a disaster bill, and we’re going to continue to push for it.’

“Looking optimistically, this represents, maybe, an opening gambit,” Pomeroy said. “They … acknowledge the disaster, and we begin to talk about how we build a response. What I fear, on the other hand, is they come to South Dakota, they pretend to do something meaningful … and that’s their final offer.”

For North Dakota, the proposal includes $1.38 million to help rehabilitate grazing land, and $411,000 that can be used to help provide emergency water supplies for livestock, Hoeven said.

I guess we were all wrong.


$1,653,654

August 30, 2006

That is the combined amount that North Dakota’s ten University Presidents will make if new pay hikes are adopted.

Is this how tax dollars and student tuition should be spent?

Even more amazing is the fact that the lowest paid of these (Joseph McCann of Williston State) makes more than the Governor of the state!

How much is the Governor of the State paid? A mere $88,926. Quite the bargin compared to these University presidents.

As John Stossel would say, GIVE ME A BREAK!


Drought Relief Politiking

August 30, 2006

There was an interesting piece in the Fargo Forum’s Reporter’s Notebook today:

Mechtel blasts rally

Matt Mechtel, the Republican candidate for U.S. House, said the rally last week that the North Dakota all-Democratic congressional delegation-sponsored demand for drought relief was counterproductive because “North Dakota farmers and ranchers are not well served by being used as props for political purposes.”

He said that as a farmer, what is needed is “relief, not political showmanship.”

He called the rally a partisan attack on President Bush that would not help the cause.

His statement came more than 24 hours after the rally concluded.

Mechtel formally opens his campaign headquarters in Fargo today. He and his family will cook and serve barbecued ribs and other picnic food from 5 to 8 p.m. today to visitors at the headquarters.

Now the reason this is interesting is because the rally mentioned was actually bipartisanly attended with Governor Hoeven, Tax Commish. Cory Fong, and U.S. Senate candidate Dwight Grotberg.

In fact, the NDGOP on it’s front page today features a story about the rally and Dwight Grotberg’s involvement.

Grotberg Campaign Hand-Delivers Plea for Disaster Relief to President Bush and Outlines Plan for Future Disasters

United States Senate candidate Dwight Grotberg attended the disaster rally in Bismarck last week. Grotberg spoke about the need for disaster assistance on his farm in 2004 and 2005 and highlighted the fact that disaster relief didn’t pass for those years.

“Our campaign hand-delivered a letter to President Bush in Minneapolis Tuesday,” Grotberg told those in attendance including the Congressional delegation and Governor Hoeven. “In the letter I described from firsthand experience that disaster aid is vital for North Dakota farmers for drought relief in 2006, but that we also need a plan for future disasters instead of relying on the current method of tying supplemental bills on to other pending legislation,” said Grotberg.

Included in the letter to the President was Grotberg’s plan for writing disaster relief into the 2007 Farm Bill.

I won’t speculate what is going on here. But I will suggest that these campaigns should start coordinating a little better.