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This Week's Rambling Thoughts – Taxed Enough Already!

This Week’s Rambling Thoughts – Taxed Enough Already!

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By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

After mailing out a $73,000 campaign commercial on DVD, at taxpayer expense, Alan Grayson was challenged by two of the candidates running in the district 8 Republican primary.  Typical of his boorish, unrefined manner, Grayson later made the comment that the more stupid things a GOP candidate says, the more he appeals to the Republican base.  In short, Mr. Bipartisan is calling you stupid!

I use the term ‘Mr. Bipartisan’ in referring to Grayson because of his oft repeated claims of working with Ron Paul (R) on legislation to audit the Federal Reserve.  Not surprising that these two eccentric’s should find one another.  And, it’s also interesting that he still touts this feat, even though the bill died in committee. 

Was listening to a local conservative radio talk show this weekend and I was stuck by how uninformed some who profess to speak on the behalf of others are.  This is not only counter productive, it can be downright harmful.  The ‘host’ was marveling over the amount of Stimulus money that has been directed to Universities across the country. 

In the spirit of community service, I offer that the Democrat Party uses the Universities, which are largely controlled by the far left, much as they use the labor unions, as a laundering service to funnel taxpayer money back to themselves.  Case in point – none other than Alan Grayson.  The number one donor to Grayson’s 08′ campaign was the University of Wisconsin, to the tune of $39,755.  Now why would the U of Wisconsin be so interested in a congressional race two thousand miles away?  If there were such a thing as journalism still around, there’s got to be a story there…

Speaking of unions, just in Grayson’s top ten donor list from 08′, the various unions donated $111,000 to his campaign.  Do you think there’s a reason the Progressive Left favors unions in just about every piece of legislation they introduce?

An interesting little tussle has developed between the Craig Miller campaign and the Karen Diebel campaign over taxes.  Miller and Diebel are among the five Republican candidates in district 24 congressional race looking to take on Suzanne Kosmas.  Miller sent out a mailer highlighting taxes and fees that Diebel voted for as a member of the Winter Park Commission.  The Diebel campaign responded by calling these claims “lies and misrepresentations” and accused Miller of supporting Amnesty, which was then called a “baseless allegation” by the Miller Campaign.

I know, I know, typical campaign rhetoric, but here’s where it get’s interesting.  The Orlando Sentinel, of all people, engage in the battle by doing some fact checking, which determines that, technically, what the Miller campaign said was true, although Winter Park did cut it’s overall budget and property-tax rate that year.  The Diebel campaign then charges the Miller campaign of “misrepresenting the facts” and again accuses him of supporting Amnesty.  So tit for tat and we’re all done, right?  No, we’re just getting started!

Out of the blue, the nationally known blogger Erick Erickson enters into the fray, claiming no interest in the race, yet, staunchly defends Diebel’s record with the justification that “sometimes, at the local level, taxes and fees must go up”.  With a persistent rumor out there that the Diebel campaign is getting backdoor support from Washington, D.C., it’s very peculiar that Erickson suddenly weighs in.  And, not to be outdone, we then have a second national blogger engage in the fracas, Dan Riehl, from The Riehl World, who also claims impartiality.  He questions some of Erickson’s comments, referring to them as a “hand wave” and points out that Diebel also supported Sun Rail.

Not sure what the next volley will bring, but there’s still time to grab some popcorn!  What is clear here is that there’s outside involvement in this race.  For what it’s worth, the residents of D24 should be the one’s deciding the outcome and the more the national party says it’s not involved, the less I’m inclined to believe it.  What I also see here is that some Diebel supporters who’ve come to her defense use the very tactic they claim to abhor, which is twisting and manipulating facts about their opponent to suit their need.  Just calling it like I see it.  How many more day’s until August 24???

One of articles on the "Contest to kill 100 people using a sword" published in the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbun. The headline reads, "'Incredible Record' (in the Contest to Cut Down 100 People) —Mukai 106 – 105 Noda—Both 2nd Lieutenants Go Into Extra Innings

Changing direction here completely, Friday was the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  John Roos, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan attended a memorial service Friday for the very first time in our history.  There have been more and more calls for America to show remorse over this truly unfortunate, but necessary act.  How soon we forget. 

As an indication  of how important it is to know your history, I want to remind the liberal, appeasement crowd of an incident that took place in Nanking, China in 1937.  Nanking was besieged by the Japanese army and the ensuing massacre is now referred to as the ‘Rape of Nanking’, where tens of thousands of women and children where raped and experts estimate that up to 300,000 Chinese were killed. 

The incident I refer to is a ‘contest’ that ensued between two Japanese officers to see who could decapitate the most prisoners.  As bad as that sounds, here’s where it gets worse.  Back in Tokyo, the newspapers printed a box score, tracking the ‘progress’ of these two barbarians!  The Japanese people knew what their military was doing and, not only stood silent, but cheered them on, which brings to mind this quote that I close with;

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tom Tillison

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