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Yesterday, the NY Times continued its’ attack upon any and all attached in some way to the Tea Party movements; this time those who are unemployed and having the gall to accept unemployment or other low income subsidies.

When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.


Though, as Michael Kazin, the author of “The Populist Persuasion,” notes, they tended to push for more government involvement. The Tea Party vehemently wants less — though a number of its members acknowledge that they are relying on government programs for help. [emphasis mine]

Here’s where the NY Times, and really all leftists get it wrong, the safety nets of unemployment, food stamps etc. are not wanted but taken as a final option which has disrupted the employability of otherwise qualified people. I know this because I too, a Conservative, have “been on the welfare” for the last 7 months after exhausting my savings. I tried my best to not get here[1], but unfortunately, with the anti-business rhetoric emanating from Washington, forcing small business owners to avoid creating new jobs till they understand what all the changes will cost them

Moreover, with this new found free-time, we who have been so busy being productive and adding to the tax revenues (which are still declining) are able to expand the right of center view point most of America holds. Doing so will produce a legislative result in 2010 clearing away the Democrat choke-hold over the nation. That is why those of us who have never protested, been activists or be involved in much political activity previously can ensure America will not fall again to the socialism of the left.

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[1] Erick Erickson is 100% correct by the way in saying the extension of unemployment is a disincentive to working. I, myself have given up looking for a job here in Arizona and just collect my $265/week till I move to Denver.

Sitting here on a cool February day I found this one website. It espoused conservative ideals without compromising on principles (happy Aaron G) and delivered what was perhaps the very best thoughts on the state of conservatism today. There is no words to express the apprehension in adding my two cents in with the literary might of Jeff Emmanuel, Ben Domenech, Mike Krempasky, Streiff, Moe, Neil, Erick & Leon let alone Pejman Yousefzadeh (yes, I had to look up Terpsichorean, who knows a word like that?). And watch I did. Naturally, following the posting rules I held my tongue for a few months; I am a firm believer in Rushs’ advice that one must listen for a while to garner full understanding. Nearly every day I read as much as I can on RS.

Like all new posters my conservative credentials were challenged. mbecker had a few choice thoughts about them. But in the end I stayed and added a bit here and there. Not everyone can produce an idea in print like a pro, I try, but hey, I don’t write for a living; which is good because I would starve. And as the years passed I came and went with the ebb and flow of daily life. RS1.0, before I even registered did not impress me. RS2.0, it was pretty good, it pulled me in. RS3.0 was less then stellar. And now RS4.0. Who ever decided upon the WordPress API deserves their weight in gold. This has for some reason, probly as a direct result of my migraines, spurred my brain to work and want to spread my thoughts.

As I express myself now nearly daily, it is never without first reading and seeing what everyone else is saying. World events have drawn my attention back to the security and safety of the people here. Jeff’s adventures in Iraq was a fairly poignant point wondering if we would hear, through another that another correspondent died while covering the war. Just the other day I saw this and instantly thought about the well being of C17Wife. There’s many more of these then I care to list but just know that I do look inward at this site and the people as friends. This, is a good thing.


So here we are, 3 short years later, attached to people who I know only through the loose connection of the internet. Now all I need is to move into my mom’s basement and build this and the trifecta will be complete. 


P.S. I stand by my earlier post that EPU is really Rush Limbaugh. Prove me wrong.


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Today we learned that RedState contributor Mark Kilmer was bested by cancer. And through the power of the internet I, like many others became familiar and “attached” to Mark through his writings. Something odd happened after reading Erick’s outstanding farewell.

See, I deal with death literally every week. Sure, these are individuals that I have never met, never knew and with the exception that they died, we would never have crossed paths. I have held the hand of a dying man when he had no one else to comfort him as he crossed over. I have seen fear in the eyes of a mother as she died in a vehicle crash. What were they thinking, I have no idea; I would like to find out though. There have been kids, adults, the young and old who I have been around with them and their families when death has come.

Never have I lost an individual whom I have never met, never even exchanged an email, but feel the pain of loss.

Mark, your road is just beginning. Godspeed good man…


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