I have taken notice of a couple statements by both Republican "front runner" candidates that disturb me greatly. To any true conservative they should raise a very large red flag. As popular as they sound, how conservative are they?
Mr. Romney has stated that when elected his first act would be to issue waivers to all fifty states regarding Obamacare. Mr.Perry has stated that he would "repeal as much of Obamacare as he could with the stroke of a pen thru executive order."
Although the popular conservative view is that everything possible has to be done to rid us of Obamacare,since when is it a conservative value to overide law voted thru congress and signed in by a president with the stroke of a pen from the oval office of a new president? Flash forward four years. Another new president over rides the previous executive order. Now we have Obamacare. WHAT ARE OUR LAWS,AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO ENACT OR REPEAL THEM?
This is a slippery slope undermining the very basis of a representative republic and moving us towards a dictatorship that just changes dictators every eight years. That soon would change too.
Yes, those statements raised the hair on the back of my neck, too. While I don't fault Perry for his altruistic reason for doing the gardasil thing, it troubles me greatly that he thought doing so by executive order was okay. There is protocal to changing our laws, a chain of command to go through. I am uncomfortable with all these executive orders over these past few decades.
Jill, you are right, I thought Newt was exceptionally forthright in the last debate. It is what warmed the cockles of my heart. He needs to deal with two things: 1) the global warming PSA, and 2) his personal failures. It wouldn't hurt to deal with the book deal that brought him down as Speaker. The most important thing is to do so forthrightly and to be painfully honest. Own your mistakes, everyone else knows their yours and to deny them is foolish.
I like Newt he's a big idea man but he's just got too much bagage to over come. Plus, I think he' not likeable by many and is seen as arrogant and polarizing. Which is unfortumate because he does fight for many conservative principles; presonal responsibility & work over welfare, term limits, balanced budget. In his 1998 book Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Gingrich outlined a multi-step plan to improve economic opportunities for the poor. The plan called for encouraging volunteerism and spiritual renewal, placing more importance on families, creating tax incentives and reducing regulations for businesses in poor neighborhoods, and increasing property ownership for low-income families.
Then there is very lame excuse for his failed marriages, he worked too hard for America. Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, "There's no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."
No doubt he'd be demonized by the left, again, for shutting down the gov't in 1996.
Hope he came work with the next adminstration but I don't believe people will choose him for president. They'll prefer the much nicer Cain, if Romney and Perry fail to keep the lead.