Daily Archives: November 12, 2012

Calling All Conservatives and Tea Party Patriots

 Portland Tea Party 2-17-09 Founder, Geoff Ludt on left

The Tea Party started because the people were alarmed at the outrageous spending by the federal government. It was bad enough during the Bush Administration but the Obama Administration has spent us into near Greece status with a $16 Trillion in debt. People took to the streets in February 2009 over the massive spending.

Following this latest election, the doctrinaire Republicans such as Peggy Noonan are pointing fingers at the Tea Party Patriots claiming–somehow–that we’re to blame for the loss. We “rage” too much for her taste. I’m willing to take blame that’s mine, but I don’t think calling on conservatives to be more fiscally frugal is responsible for Mitt Romney’s loss.

Once again we’re hearing talk by Republican leaders of capitulating to the President and increasing the debt ceiling and raising taxes.

No more! We must prioritize spending and reduce expenditures!

At some point during the next few weeks we should let them know how powerful a group we are. I suggest we pick a date and en masse drop our Republican Party affiliation. Just change it to Indpendent–not the Independent Party, just our status.

Perhaps they might pay attention to us then. Some of you have already done this, most have not.

I’m open to suggestions on what date we would do this. Party registrations are easily done online.

Please let me know your thoughts. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

PSU Republicans Accuse Campus Liberals of Bias Criimes; Embrace Alinsky Rule #4

Portland State’s College Republicans have filed grievances with three University Departments alleging harassment and bias crimes during the past election.

The complaints to the Dean, “Bias Response Team” and Campus Security allege harassment, threat of bodily harm (see previous post here), vandalism and hate speech directed at College Republicans via email and on their posters displayed on campus.

From PSU CR President Julia Rabadi:

Attached are two pics I found today. In case it’s hard to see, the first one has “f*** your cause” and on the second pic, someone carefully tore off the word “never” before the words “give up” to send us a message. 

Many college campuses are free-speech-free zones, imposing what have become known as ‘speech codes’ in an effort to keep students from being offended. For


a primer, head over to this web page by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).

Portland State’s speech code appears to be a moving target. A  2011 complaint targeting a student who complained via phone message about the professionalism of the library staff. The student, Rachel Cain, appealed and won. 

Here’s the problem with ‘speech codes’ according to FIRE:

These attitudes stay with students long after graduation. If students on our nation’s campuses learn that jokes, remarks, and visual displays that “offend” someone may rightly be banned, they will not find it odd or dangerous when the government itself seeks to censor and to demand moral conformity in the expression of its citizens. A nation that does not educate in freedom will not survive in freedom, and will not even know when it has lost it. It is to prevent this unspeakable loss of freedom that FIRE has created the Speech Code Rating System featured in FIRE’s Spotlight

That the PSU’s CR’s posters were pocked with hate speech is one thing, the threat of bodily harm is quite another.

As you see from this email to the President of the College Republicans, this, ah, ‘student,’ physical threats are par for the course:

From: m**** gibson <m***.gibson1@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: Never give up on your country – Meeting Today
To: PSU CR President

your so dumb serously the romby appoclypse has been avoided this is a day to celebrate. Also trasnform is synonym of change. republicans do not want change. f*** yourself i hope you die your mom should have had an abortion removed me from your mailing list

I’m told this ‘student’ is in at least his 6th year at PSU. His parents should demand a refund.
 
But the College Republicans are now using the left’s own rules against them. That would be Alinsky’s fourth rule in Rules for Radicals:

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules.

The University is supposedly “investigating” the incidents. We’re not holding out much hope, though. Portland State University has allowed its buildings to be used by the violent Occupy Portland group and has ignored requests for investigations into the members of the International Socialist Organization group which meets on campus. Members of that group issued anti black and anti gay epithets at Tea Party members on April 11, 2011 (here, here, here).

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Pete the Banker: Housing–Obama Headache; National Nighmare

Now the NY Times decides to lament about housing–safely after the election, of course.
“But as President Obama’s first administration comes to an end, the government is still deeply embedded in the mortgage market. In the third quarter, various government entities backstopped 92 percent of all new residential mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, a publication that focuses on the home loan industry.
Mr. Obama’s economic team has consistently said it wants the housing market to work without significant government support. But it has taken few actual steps to advance that idea.”
And, “Housing policy is hard to tackle because so many people have benefited from the status quo.” 
 
The first red bolded statement is true.  Even HuffPo sounded the alarm--after the election of course saying Obama spent his first term and the election,

“managing to talk around one area of economic policy in which experts frequently charge him with failure: managing the national housing crisis.

In a campaign dominated by talk of joblessness and what to do about it, the president hardly mentioned the epidemic of foreclosures, the fact that roughly one-fifth of all homeowners with mortgages owe the bank more than their properties are worth, or the uncomfortable reality that the American housing market is now largely propped up by taxpayers via public control of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”  While Obama threw money at the housing problem, he did little else in this first term.  He and the Harry Reid’s Senate did block several Congressional passed measures meant to carry out ideas in one of the few Obama Administration housing initiatives, a Treasury White Paper issued in early 2011 meant as a model for industry which suggested three alternative government approaches to housing finance reform as the NY Times article put it to make the “housing market to work without significant government support”.
The latter bolded statement that so many people “benefited” is almost laughable!  It is only cover for an inept or unfocused Administration!  Those perhaps who are foreclosure or modification consultants have benefited, but many of them were likely real estate or mortgage brokers prior to the housing crash and would be doing better in a stronger housing market in which sales of homes, not modifications and refinances, dominated.  Those receiving modifications, etc. are thought to benefit, yet the reality is that half re-default.  In re-default, they lose far more money and incur more pain than they would had they just walked away the first place.
The major banks benefitted, if only for no other reason than they were flooded with liquidity from the Federal Reserve absolving them of the necessity to unload unwanted foreclosure properties at distressed prices.  This lack of financial prudence of course spawned the burgeoning shadow inventory that so captured the media’s imagination before the election began in earnest. Of course, Fannie, Freddie, and FHA employees have retained their jobs and benefited at taxpayer cost.  And one suspects a cadre of politicians have benefited since they have thrown money at the problem and can point to their Herculean yet intangible “humanitarian” effort.  The reality is that those politicians who have continued to encourage massive government involvement in the housing and housing finance sectors have simply prolonged the housing downturn in return for election donations and votes.
One almost feels sorry for the Administration and their impending headache.  But then Americans are suffering from far more than a headache, a seeming unending nightmare!
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Calling All Conservatives and Tea Party Patriots

 Portland Tea Party 2-17-09 Founder, Geoff Ludt on left

The Tea Party started because the people were alarmed at the outrageous spending by the federal government. It was bad enough during the Bush Administration but the Obama Administration has spent us into near Greece status with a $16 Trillion in debt. People took to the streets in February 2009 over the massive spending.

Following this latest election, the doctrinaire Republicans such as Peggy Noonan are pointing fingers at the Tea Party Patriots claiming–somehow–that we’re to blame for the loss. We “rage” too much for her taste. I’m willing to take blame that’s mine, but I don’t think calling on conservatives to be more fiscally frugal is responsible for Mitt Romney’s loss.

Once again we’re hearing talk by Republican leaders of capitulating to the President and increasing the debt ceiling and raising taxes.

No more! We must prioritize spending and reduce expenditures!

At some point during the next few weeks we should let them know how powerful a group we are. I suggest we pick a date and en masse drop our Republican Party affiliation. Just change it to Indpendent–not the Independent Party, just our status.

Perhaps they might pay attention to us then. Some of you have already done this, most have not.

I’m open to suggestions on what date we would do this. Party registrations are easily done online.

Please let me know your thoughts. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

PSU Republicans Accuse Campus Liberals of Bias Criimes; Embrace Alinsky Rule #4

Portland State’s College Republicans have filed grievances with three University Departments alleging harassment and bias crimes during the past election.

The complaints to the Dean, “Bias Response Team” and Campus Security allege harassment, threat of bodily harm (see previous post here), vandalism and hate speech directed at College Republicans via email and on their posters displayed on campus.

From PSU CR President Julia Rabadi:

Attached are two pics I found today. In case it’s hard to see, the first one has “f*** your cause” and on the second pic, someone carefully tore off the word “never” before the words “give up” to send us a message. 

Many college campuses are free-speech-free zones, imposing what have become known as ‘speech codes’ in an effort to keep students from being offended. For


a primer, head over to this web page by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education).

Portland State’s speech code appears to be a moving target. A  2011 complaint targeting a student who complained via phone message about the professionalism of the library staff. The student, Rachel Cain, appealed and won. 

Here’s the problem with ‘speech codes’ according to FIRE:

These attitudes stay with students long after graduation. If students on our nation’s campuses learn that jokes, remarks, and visual displays that “offend” someone may rightly be banned, they will not find it odd or dangerous when the government itself seeks to censor and to demand moral conformity in the expression of its citizens. A nation that does not educate in freedom will not survive in freedom, and will not even know when it has lost it. It is to prevent this unspeakable loss of freedom that FIRE has created the Speech Code Rating System featured in FIRE’s Spotlight

That the PSU’s CR’s posters were pocked with hate speech is one thing, the threat of bodily harm is quite another.

As you see from this email to the President of the College Republicans, this, ah, ‘student,’ physical threats are par for the course:

From: m**** gibson <m***.gibson1@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: Never give up on your country – Meeting Today
To: PSU CR President

your so dumb serously the romby appoclypse has been avoided this is a day to celebrate. Also trasnform is synonym of change. republicans do not want change. f*** yourself i hope you die your mom should have had an abortion removed me from your mailing list

I’m told this ‘student’ is in at least his 6th year at PSU. His parents should demand a refund.
 
But the College Republicans are now using the left’s own rules against them. That would be Alinsky’s fourth rule in Rules for Radicals:

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules.

The University is supposedly “investigating” the incidents. We’re not holding out much hope, though. Portland State University has allowed its buildings to be used by the violent Occupy Portland group and has ignored requests for investigations into the members of the International Socialist Organization group which meets on campus. Members of that group issued anti black and anti gay epithets at Tea Party members on April 11, 2011 (here, here, here).

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Pete the Banker: Housing–Obama Headache; National Nighmare

Now the NY Times decides to lament about housing–safely after the election, of course.
“But as President Obama’s first administration comes to an end, the government is still deeply embedded in the mortgage market. In the third quarter, various government entities backstopped 92 percent of all new residential mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance, a publication that focuses on the home loan industry.
Mr. Obama’s economic team has consistently said it wants the housing market to work without significant government support. But it has taken few actual steps to advance that idea.”
And, “Housing policy is hard to tackle because so many people have benefited from the status quo.” 
 
The first red bolded statement is true.  Even HuffPo sounded the alarm--after the election of course saying Obama spent his first term and the election,

“managing to talk around one area of economic policy in which experts frequently charge him with failure: managing the national housing crisis.

In a campaign dominated by talk of joblessness and what to do about it, the president hardly mentioned the epidemic of foreclosures, the fact that roughly one-fifth of all homeowners with mortgages owe the bank more than their properties are worth, or the uncomfortable reality that the American housing market is now largely propped up by taxpayers via public control of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”  While Obama threw money at the housing problem, he did little else in this first term.  He and the Harry Reid’s Senate did block several Congressional passed measures meant to carry out ideas in one of the few Obama Administration housing initiatives, a Treasury White Paper issued in early 2011 meant as a model for industry which suggested three alternative government approaches to housing finance reform as the NY Times article put it to make the “housing market to work without significant government support”.
The latter bolded statement that so many people “benefited” is almost laughable!  It is only cover for an inept or unfocused Administration!  Those perhaps who are foreclosure or modification consultants have benefited, but many of them were likely real estate or mortgage brokers prior to the housing crash and would be doing better in a stronger housing market in which sales of homes, not modifications and refinances, dominated.  Those receiving modifications, etc. are thought to benefit, yet the reality is that half re-default.  In re-default, they lose far more money and incur more pain than they would had they just walked away the first place.
The major banks benefitted, if only for no other reason than they were flooded with liquidity from the Federal Reserve absolving them of the necessity to unload unwanted foreclosure properties at distressed prices.  This lack of financial prudence of course spawned the burgeoning shadow inventory that so captured the media’s imagination before the election began in earnest. Of course, Fannie, Freddie, and FHA employees have retained their jobs and benefited at taxpayer cost.  And one suspects a cadre of politicians have benefited since they have thrown money at the problem and can point to their Herculean yet intangible “humanitarian” effort.  The reality is that those politicians who have continued to encourage massive government involvement in the housing and housing finance sectors have simply prolonged the housing downturn in return for election donations and votes.
One almost feels sorry for the Administration and their impending headache.  But then Americans are suffering from far more than a headache, a seeming unending nightmare!
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com