Friday, May 29, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

Some bad news this week for Gov. Paterson and the left, and unfortunately for our entire state... but there's a silver lining or two...

According to Newsday (

“Voters continue to give Gov. David A. Paterson record-low approval ratings...” Just 18% of registered voters have a positive opinion of Gov. Paterson – while a whopping 81% have a negative opinion.

This week The Buffalo News featured an upstate family that’s voting with their feet. They’ve crunched the numbers and realized that New York is not a friendly place to do business (

“The Bells might just be the poster family for the upstate population flight. They desperately wanted to keep their business and its jobs in Buffalo but, in the end, were left with no choice but to move.”

Unfortunately, the Bells aren’t alone. The policies being pushed by Gov. Paterson and his allies in Albany are giving many New Yorkers a negative opinion of living here. As The Buffalo News reports (

Nearly a quarter of the state's population is at least giving thought to leaving New York for better conditions elsewhere, a new poll has found.

This poll also shows that more than half of New Yorkers “believe the state is moving in the wrong direction.”

Count me in that majority – but you can bet the Conservative Party’s not going anywhere. It’s our job to give people a reason to stay here – to fight for lower taxes and less spending, and to elect candidates who support those policies... so that New York’s taxpayers can once again feel like their representatives aren’t out to destroy them.

This won’t be an easy job, to say the least – but there are a few bright spots for us. That same poll that shows Gov. Paterson in so much trouble also shows eroding support for the Governor’s pet project, gay marriage. Just goes to show that the more we talk about this issue, the more people turn against the idea of radically redefining marriage.

Want more proof that our ideas are the right ideas? Gov. Paterson is trying to save his skin by taking up the Conservative Party mantra that spending is the problem. According to Newsday (

“New York Gov. David Paterson told legislative leaders Wednesday that if they won't consider his plan to cap Albany's notorious overspending, then he'll impose the cap himself.”

Gov. Paterson claims he’ll impose that cap through his veto power – this would give Republicans in Albany a chance to redeem themselves by stopping any veto override.

This all sounds promising, but I’m not holding my breath. How many times have we been shown that Gov. Paterson is all talk when it comes to reining in spending? Fortunately the Conservative Party can keep doing what we do best – making the case for smaller government that doesn’t waste your money.

Here’s a scary headline (

“Gov. Paterson questions management of first-place Mets.”

Please, please keep this man away from anything that’s going well in New York.

And please, have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The news of the day is certainly about President Obama's selection for Supreme Court Justice, current federal circuit court judge Sonia Sotomayor. The left is elated and the right is concerned, certainly not because of what her life's struggle has taught her, rather her own comments.

"In a speech published in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal in 2002, Judge Sotomayor offered her own interpretation of this jurisprudence. "Justice [Sandra Day] O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases," she declared. "I am . . . not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, . . . there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Read more here: It seems to me that Judge Sotomayor has forgetten a simple piece of was white males who wrote the document that gave her the opportunities she was able to make the most of. If she had been born in Iraq, for that matter if President Obama was born in Iraq, would they have achieved half as much as they have?

The Wall Street Journal on line edition has a column "Questions for Sotomayer", certainly worth the read.

Thomas Sowell has a column and so does Rich Lowry
also good reading.

The New York Post believes there may be a silver lining in her nomination

Kudos's to Bill Hammond for his article on the scary and dangerous ramifications of a new state law that takes effect in less than two weeks.
Will Sen. Schneiderman be so cavalier if he is directly effected by his legislation? Or will he then understand our concerns?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

It is amazing that most of the mainstream media hyped Thursday’s speeches as “dueling” when Vice-President Cheney’s address to the American Enterprise Institute was scheduled well in advance of President Obama’s totally staged presentation at the National Archives. The contrast in the speeches is almost as dramatic as the contrast in the backgrounds. One of the speakers is obviously very sure of himself; you can decide for yourself which one.
President Obama’s Speech:
Vice-President Cheney’s Speech:

The other news out of Washington, DC this week could be “Be a Deadbeat” for if you pay your credit card bill on time, the legislation will result in restoration of annual fees and the loss of cash-back rewards and other perks as the credit card companies look to recoup lost penalty revenues. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly do not encourage being a deadbeat, however this administration seems to go out of its way to reward those to do not pay their bills.

Congratulations to Sen. Tom Coburn for reaffirming the Second Amendment in the same credit card bill:

Will your safety be compromised if the President gets his way (once again) with the proposed CAFÉ standards?
Despite $30 Billion of your tax dollars poured into General Motors already and quite possibly another $15 Billion, General Motors may be headed to the bankruptcy courts:,0,2716723.story the question becomes, if they are heading to bankruptcy court, why are we taxpayers giving them more money? Normally when people invest, in a company they do so because 1) they want to and 2) they expect a positive return. In this case, taxpayers are being forced to invest and there is a minuscule chance of a return.

The War on Terror is not over as evidenced by the stunning arrest this week of four homegrown terrorists. What is also stunning is that the President did not even mention it in his speech on terrorism. And he wants to close GITMO and bring the terrorists... where? President Obama should read Michelle Malkin’s article: before he ever considers bringing them to American Soil.

Speaking of American Soil, on this Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to Salute the brave young men and women who have shed their blood defending our freedoms. We must never forget President Ronald Reagan’s words “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” God Bless America Semper Fi

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mega Kudos to the FBI and NYPD joint terrorist task force: and a very special thank you to the courageous informant, whose identity must be protected, unfortunately.

Karl Rove has a good column today which states in part: "However, Mr. Obama's fiscally conservative words are betrayed by his liberal actions. He offers an orgy of spending and a bacchanal of debt. His budget plans a 25% increase in the federal government's share of the GDP, a doubling of the national debt in five years, and a near tripling of it in 10 years." Read more here:

"Remember how President Obama blamed Chrysler's bankruptcy filing last month on "a small group of speculators" who turned down Treasury's $2 billion final offer for their $6.9 billion in debt? Well, it turns out that hedge funds and other short sellers weren't the only secured creditors who got a raw deal from Uncle Sam." Read more "About those 'Speculators" here:

And you can learn about "What's Good for GM..." here:

Ralph Peters has an excellent article on "Democracy Thrives"

As always your comments are welcome.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New York's budget already -- just eight weeks old -- is already short: Anyone surprised by this "news"? What next? Gov. Paterson following Gov. Schwarzenegger to Washington, DC for more of our money? Oh, I forgot, Gov. Paterson went there already and used "stimulus" money in this budget...and eight weeks later we are running a deficit! Wake up Government Officials...the electorate is angry and not going to take it any longer. New Yorker's are moving and more will continue to do so:

President Obama has to take a few steps backwards on the CAFE standards. He and his buddies may have been patting themselves on their backs yesterday, but the American public will NOT sacrifice safety for CAFE standards.

More newsworthy postings tomorrow...

Monday, May 18, 2009

The President and the Conservative Party certainly do not see "eye to eye" on most topics and his commence speech at Notre Dame on Sunday (the sound bites that I heard) did not bring us closer together. When a man who is as committed to taking the lives of innocent unborn children as he is, says "So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let's reduce unintended pregnancies..." all I can think of is giving emergency contraception pills to young women without a physician's or more importantly without a parents' consent. When he says: "Let's make adoption more available" ... I ask myself to traditional families or to whose who seek to change the definition of marriage?

But it is said that President Obama listens to the opposing view and in the case of Guantanamo Bay perhaps his reversal is the result of listening to the American people. Let's hope so.
Maybe someday he will see abortion the way we see abortion. How can men and women who call themselves believers in their religion not see abortion as the taking of an innocent life?

Florida has gained a new resident, Tom Golisano, which emphasizes the fact that citizens of highly taxed states will move.

Is New York heading in the direction of California or will California's fiscal mess change the way the other 49 states make decisions? staff posted an entry found on a blogsite they found about our Nation being divided. We agree with the posting and encourage you to read it:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

This story pretty much sums up the week: "Dead People Get Stimulus Checks." This is from the New York FOX station, but this kind of thing is happening all over the country:

Absurd, but not surprising. We’re starting to get a better picture of how the stimulus package that was supposed to save America is just more of the same – irresponsible spending with no accountability... and with no real impact, either. This is interesting:

“An Associated Press analysis of the first $19 billion in transportation spending showed that communities most in need of jobs are least likely to benefit from the program.”

We’re also getting more evidence – as though we needed more – that the Obama Administration will do and say anything to dupe people into thinking that their ideas work. Here’s a “Fact Check” from the Associated Press...

According to this, “Capturing the full effect of the stimulus at this early stage is difficult, but the administration has set high bars for success. In championing those successes, however, the White House plays a little loose with the facts.

A little? Probably an understatement – but it’s good to see any example of the media questioning the Obama Administration.

It’s also good to see conservatives – and the media – holding Nancy Pelosi accountable for what she knew and when she knew it about “torture.”

But Nancy Pelosi calling the CIA a bunch of liars? Not so good. (Or, from another perspective: Having a Speaker of the House who is apparently very easily duped: Not so good.) Here’s the latest from the Nancy Pelosi saga...

I like this quote from Sen. Kit Bond: “I am afraid she has disremembered what she went through.”

Disremembered? I didn’t even know that was a word... but it does suit the Speaker quite well. Listening to her trying to spin her way out of this story... now that’s torture.

I hope all the New York Democrats are proud of their leader. You can bet the Conservative Party will be holding them accountable on everything from national security to taxes and spending.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chairman Michael Long, will be on NY 1 tonight to discuss sundry issues in the political world.

"Barack Obama isn't a reformer. He's the president of Earmark Nation. We are about to enact the Obama federal health-insurance entitlement, which on top of all the other entitlements and their limitless liabilities will require pulling trillions of dollars more into the federal budget. Whatever nominal public good this is supposed to achieve, it means that they, these 535 pols, most of them gerrymandered for life, will decide in perpetuity the details of how to dole it out." Read the rest of Daniel Henninger's column Wonder Land: Earmark Nation here:

"Across the private sector, workers are swallowing hard as their employers freeze salaries, cancel bonuses, and institute longer work days. America's employees can see for themselves how steeply business has fallen off, which is why many are accepting cost-saving measures with equanimity -- especially compared to workers in France, where riots and plant takeovers have become regular news." Read the rest of Steve Malanga's column Unions vs. Taxpayers here:

More on Health Care Reform:
and here: Townhall column by Larry Kudlow

From the NY Post Opinion pages: Thomas W. Carroll on Choking NY Charters:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"'WE spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama -- $60.7 million to be exact -- and we're proud of it," boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union" Ever notice how much certain unions spend to get people elected and then demand more for their membership...Read Michell Malkin's article here:

Rich Lowry writes about Obamacare:

And New York keeps spending and spending and spending on Medicaid:

While the New York Assembly does its best to change the definition of marriage:

Excellent article in the WSJ on line edition on how Obama's tax increases could kill the recovery:

And one more on what really caused the economic crisis:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The New York Post Editorial calling for the resignation of Sen. Kevin Parker is correct in as much elected officials have a responsibility to be law abiding citizens. This is his forth reported incident, how many have not been reported?

"At the heart of President Barack Obama's health-care plan is an insurance program funded by taxpayers, administered by Washington, and open to everyone. Modeled on Medicare, this "public option" will soon become the single dominant health plan, which is its political purpose. " This on a day when reports state that Medicare and Social Security will be out of funds long before anticipated. So let's understand this, Medicare will be out of funds in 8 years and we want to add how much more in spending? The motto of his campaign should have been "Change...all that made America Great" Now that would have been a true statement.

"One of the many signs of the degeneration of our times is how many serious, even life-and-death, issues are approached as talking points in a game of verbal fencing. Nothing illustrates this more than the fatuous, and even childish, controversy about "torturing" captured terrorists." Read more of Thomas Sowell's article here:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sometimes a cartoon says it all:

And sometimes, no matter how much the elite and the media try to convince the American people to think as they do, it does not work:,_the_elites_are_out_of_touch

Last Tuesday, we posted Thomas Sowell's article on "Empathy Versus Law" which was part one in a series of four. Last week was a busy news week and we did not post the rest of the articles.

George J. Marlin is a frequent contributor to the "Debate Room" in the Long Island Business News. Read his column here:

John Bolton writes a column AG Eric Holder should read:

Will you be joining us on May 28th at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers? Stop by our website for more information on our upcoming dinner:

Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

We once again end the week on a sad note. New York lost another leader this week, with the death of former congressman and vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp. For nearly a quarter of a century, Jack was one of the most dynamic, intelligent, and inspirational voices in the conservative movement.

FOX News has an overview of his accomplishments in sports and politics:,2933,518721,00.html

This past September, Jack spoke for the last time at a Conservative Party event, when he represented the McCain/Palin ticket at our Presidential nominating meeting. We’ve posted the video on our Facebook page:

Now, on to this week’s news...

Looking for a silver lining to President Obama’s tax-and-spend rampage? Try this: At least the President feels the need to pretend that spending is the problem.

Not much to cling to, I know – especially when we hear the real story about the supposedly “responsible” budget presented by the Obama Administration this week.

The New York Post has a good analysis: “President Obama yesterday proposed cutting $17 billion from the federal budget -- barely one half of 1 percent.”
According to the Post, “Those savings are far exceeded by a 2 1/2-inch thick volume detailing Obama's generous increases for domestic programs. And instead of devoting the savings to defray record deficits, the White House is funneling them back into other programs.”

Read the whole thing here:

Even President Obama’s spending cuts show his left-wing instincts. Among programs targeted, according to The New York Daily News: Abstinence-only education (a cut heralded by New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney) and efforts to fight illegal immigration (a cut criticized by Rep. Peter King).

Here’s that story:

Also, an ominous but not surprising headline from The Washington Times: “Obama Budget Cuts Target Military Funding.”

Here are some numbers: “While defense spending accounts for 19 percent of the federal budget, it would absorb 55 percent of $17 billion in total cuts.”

Isn’t it funny how, when it comes to defending America, the liberals are overcome by frugality? Get the details here:

Looking for a silver lining in that? Here you go: Politicians and voters from both parties are staunchly opposed to huge defense cuts – and there will be a fierce resistance to any efforts to weaken America’s national defense.

You can bet the Conservative Party will be doing everything we can to mobilize New York voters against drastic defense cuts. Make sure to check in on our “Call to Action” each week here on the blog to see what you can do to help stop the liberals’ agenda.

And of course, have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Excellent article by Daniel Henninger in the WSJ on line edition that says in part: "Today Mr. Obama releases the details of his $3.5 trillion budget, his path to the same goal. Rather than drown as usual in this accounting morass, Republicans should contrast the Obama-Pelosi budget with the Reagan-Kemp philosophy of how a striving nation works, saves and invests." Read more here:

Another educational read in the WSJ is:

While we are blogging on what President Obama's plans are, please tell me he is kidding about enlisting Congressman Rangle's help in cracking down on tax havens! Almost every day the president amazes me with his inexperience in making good choices.

Today's NY Post Editorial
stands up for NYC school children deservedly so.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Will a U.S. attorney general now help a foreign power conduct an anti-American witch hunt against those who served a previous president — those whose "crime" was to keep the American homeland safe?" Continue reading the IBD Editorial here:

More on what the current administration is up to:

Corruption in government? You be the judge:

While the federal government lurches to the does New York's:

Before your children go off to college, or if you are a college student, you must read Walter E. Williams' "Fraud in Academia"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Would you want to go into court to appear before a judge with "empathy" for groups A, B and C, if you were a member of groups X, Y or Z? Nothing could be further from the rule of law. That would be bad news, even in a traffic court, much less in a court that has the last word on your rights under the Constitution of the United States." Read more from Thomas Sowell here:

Steven Malanga explains why New York State is in decline:

And this video explains why Congressman Murtha should be retired: Remember your tax dollars paid for his airport and it was ABC who exposes the blatant misuse of taxpayer funds!

Senator Spector must be looking forward to his retirement as well when he states that "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today." His crass words showed his ignorance of America's research and development:

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Monday, May 4, 2009

George Marlin has a piece on the passing of State Senator John J. Marchi:
a gentleman and scholar who will be missed.

We will also miss Congressman Jack Kemp. See our statement on Con. Kemp's passing on our website.

The New York Post Editorial
gives a good overview of impending problems of paying for out of control Medicaid spending.

Once you read Sen. Jim DeMint's column in Saturday's Wall Street Journal' s on line edition, you will understand why he is the featured speaker at the Conservative Party's 47th Annual Dinner.
Check out our website, under events, to find out how you can attend our dinner on May 28!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Weekly Wrapup

We end the week on a sad note. John Marchi, who was the Conservative Party's mayoral candidate in 1969, passed away last week, at the age of 87. He will be remembered as NYC's finest and most beloved Republican State Senator of our generation.

This web page from the Staten Island Advance includes pictures and video.

Sen. Marchi earned admiration and respect from across the political spectrum. According to this Advance story, “The death of former State Sen. John Marchi of Staten Island at age 87 has brought tributes to him from a variety of prominent figures.”

The New York Daily News also has a good article, which notes: “Marchi, a World War II veteran first elected to the Senate in 1957, was one of the nation's longest-serving elected officials when he retired in 2006.” (This links to a Daily News article with a very long URL.)

The leadership and character exemplified by Sen. Marchi are rare commodities these days.

Did we see it in the Obama Administration’s reckless Air Force One “photo op” that practically recreated 9/11 and literally terrified many New Yorkers?

Did we see it in Vice-President Joe Biden’s fear-mongering in the swine flu panic – or in the Obama Administration’s Orwellian “what he meant to say” backtracking?

Did we see it in the Democrats’ decision to use (make that abuse) “budget reconciliation” as a means of limiting debate and ramming through socialized health care?

Will we see it when the Democrats and their media allies begin their push for President Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee?,2933,518561,00.html

Not at all. Principled leaders are few and far between here in New York or in Washington.

One that comes to mind: Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who will head north to be our special guest speaker at the Conservative Party’s 47th Anniversary Dinner on May 28th in New York City.

Sen. DeMint is leading the conservative revolt against socialized health care, left-wing activist judges and out-of-control taxes and spending. He gives all of us hope.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.
Busy News Friday....The NY Post has it right in its editorial regarding the fact that the MTA had a really bad idea:

Would President Obama withhold information if it makes VP Cheney right? Transparency, Mr. President?
More on THE Memos

Cheers to the Republican Senate (with the help of 12 courageous (?) democrats)

"If Americans don't start paying attention to what Congress is up to, our nation's energy policy may seriously change for the worse," writes Pete Du Pont. Read the rest of the article: