The Kansas Federalist

Editor and Publisher Currie Myers, former sheriff of Johnson County Kansas and conservative strategist.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Snapshot - 2008 Presidential Campaign

Grover Norquist Looks at 2008 Presidential Race

Hillary Clinton is a shoe-in to grab the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but the Republican field is wide open, according to Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Writing in The American Spectator, Norquist says that Clinton "will be followed around the nation by six or seven emasculated senators" who will "pretend to run for president while actually auditioning for vice president."

He mentions Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Evan Bayh, former Sen. John Edwards and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner among those who might seemingly challenge Clinton for the nomination, but in the end they will "suck up to Hillary," Norquist predicts.

Here is Norquist's take on the race for the GOP nomination:

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "has the advantage of serving as governor of a state whose television footprint covers the population center of the first primary state, New Hampshire." But his Mormon faith could work against him.

Virginia Sen. George Allen "stands most comfortably in the center of the Reagan coalition" and is "on good terms with taxpayers, pro-family activists and gun owners."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist upset social conservatives with his support for experimentation on embryonic stem cells.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has high name recognition and a "fawning establishment press," but he voted against each of the significant Bush tax cuts, is anti-gun and favors the Kyoto climate change treaty.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made himself an expert on healthcare and has "kept his name and ideas in the limelight enough to be ready if lightning struck and a presidential bid became possible for him."

Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum "looks very good on paper - Catholic, Big State, GOP Senate leadership - if he can get past the very serious challenge of getting re-elected in 2006."

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the "welfare-reforming, tax-cutting, crime-fighting mayor who turned around a failing city." But Norquist wonders how his social liberalism on gay marriage and abortion might impact him in the GOP primaries.

New York Gov. George Pataki "has been a tax cutter and governed well in a large state that should be able to fund a serious presidential campaign."

Norquist also mentions Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.

But he saves his final remarks for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

"At present Bush is saying 'no' to the idea of a 2008 presidential bid. Some believe he should pass that year to avoid the appearance of a Bush Dynasty. "But logic runs the other way. Only in 2008 will it be impossible for even the New York Times to argue with a straight face that we cannot elect one president's brother because we must elect another president's wife."

-Currie Myers-

Thursday, December 08, 2005

George Will - State's Fiscal Details Make a Difference

In one of George Will’s (Kansas Federalist hero and a true conservative intellectual) recent editorials he discussed the importance of fiscal conservatism at the state and local level. In fact, Will specifically points out two new conservative movement movers and shakers, Governor Mitch Daniels (R) and Congressman Mike Pence (R), both from the state of Indiana.

Specifically, Governor Daniels has been recruiting many large corporations into Indiana by offering low taxes and a pro-business plan for companies. This included Delphi, a Michigan-based automotive parts manufacturer that recently announced bankruptcy. Delphi, faced with ever increasing costs, had to file for bankruptcy largely due to the over regulations from the state of Michigan and the pro government control policies of Governor Jennifer Granholm (D). In fact, when Delphi notified the public of their impending bankruptcy, Gov. Granholm denounced the company, its executives, Washington D.C. and globalization. Gov. Daniels in a perfect game of what Will calls, “entrepreneurial federalism” jumped into the foray, contacted Delphi and lured them to Indiana where now the company has saved on significant government regulatory overhead and is back on track.

Gov. Daniels, a former President Reagan staffer, as well as President George W’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, opined the following words, “Most of our State Legislatures as well as Congress seem to have the motto, don’t just stand there, spend something.” Since becoming the Governor of Indiana, here is a small list of just some of his fiscal decisions:

Ending the practice of the state DMV purchasing bottled water for its employees (annual savings, $35,000)
Ending notification of drivers that their license is expiring, saying the driver should be responsible for that action. (Annual savings, $200,000)
Buying rather than renting floor mats for DMV offices (total savings, $267,000)
Initiating the sale of over 2,000 surplus vehicles (exceeding $1.95 million in revenue)
Changing the state lottery’s newsletter from bi-monthly to monthly and from color to black and white (annual savings, $21,670)

The Governor is conducting this type of assessment on each department. This new type (and most appreciated by the taxpayer) of conservative leadership has been brought on by the recent Republican Study Committee (RSC) lead by Congressmen Mike Pence. Governor Daniels and Con. Pence should be thanked for their fiscal leadership.

There is more to conservatism than just low taxes. Just as important to the model is limiting government spending, limiting government bureaucracy, and limiting government regulations. Conservatives in Kansas and Missouri should look to the Hoosier state and model their efforts.

-Currie Myers-

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Intelligent Design - The Mirecki Model "Creationism is Mythology"

The University of Kansas and there religious studies department has taken a recent “political” hit across the state and has infuriated many with their mocking of the Intelligent Design debate that is being argued across the country.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Paul Mirecki, the Dean of the Religious Studies Department at KU was going to offer and teach an “Intelligent Design” (ID) class in the spring of 06. At first glance, one seemed supportive of the idea that KU was willing to teach a class on understanding ID and why there is an argument underway in our country on the Theory of evolution and how ID plays a role with that Theory.

Since the announcement of the class, however, Dr Mirecki, has placed several verified email alerts out to his staff, his students, and on the message board of KU’s Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics mocking the ID class and that it would be fun to sit around and insult Creationists for a semester and “would be a nice slap in the big fat face of Fundamentalist”.

Since light has been shined on the Religious Studies Department and its chair, even more verified email and teaching evidence has been cultivated about the religious belief system of Dr. Mirecki. In fact, the Chair of KU’s Religious Studies Department is in fact an atheist. Dr. Mirecki has specifically gained famed in attacking the Catholic Faith. For instance, in a 2003 email posting Dr Mirecki states the following;

“I decided to go to Catholic Church and took communion. When I took the bread-wafer it stuck to the rough of my mouth and I thought to myself this is the skin of Jesus. It made me start puking so I swallow my own puke with the wafer. That’s a big part of the Catholic experience!”
“I think most Catholics don’t know what to believe, they just go home and use condoms and beat their wives and husbands.”
In another email he referred to Pope John Paul II in Star Wars form by saying he was “J2P2”.

Mirecki addressed the religious studies department with this final quote. “Maybe there is some confusion about what we do in the Religious Studies Department here at KU. We do not teach religion, or the ‘how to’ of religion. In fact, most of my colleagues here in the department are agnostic or atheists, or they just don’t care.”

The question remains this for us to consider. The vast majority of Americans raise their children to appreciation the differences of others. It is done, however, with the understanding that we all serve something greater than ourselves. Our faith determines are very existence as a people and our successes or failures in the future. We send our children to colleges and universities so that they can learn, provide the infrastructure for success in their adult lives and understand social structure. They learn to live, to play, and to make mistakes and they learn the value of success. What we can’t control is the deeply rooted political agenda that are the underpinnings for many in the real world of academia. It seems as if it isn’t about education anymore inasmuch about the reframing of young minds into human secularism and pluralism.

What’s the Answer?

As parents and payers of this educational process in the form of direct fees and tuition as well as tax money. Much thought should be given to where are children attend Universities in the future. Competition, like in all capitalistic democracies, is the driving force behind holding organizations responsible for their actions. There are literally thousands of universities and colleges around this country just waiting to educate your children to the highest caliber. Parents should be due diligent and assist this children in making wise academic choices. Hold schools accountable for their actions by conducting research and with your child and choosing the right college or university for the future. Your parenting does not end at 18, in many ways it just begins.

-Currie Myers-