Tuesday, May 25, 2010

National Intelligence Direct to resign
Repeated failures to foil terror plots cited as why Dennis Blair will step aside

WASHINGTON, DC—The Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, will officially resign his post on Friday, May 28th in the wake of three high profile intelligence failures. The resignation is being characterized by republicans as political scapegoating.

Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), the ranking Republican member on the Senate Intelligence Committee said, "Blair deserves this nation's thanks for his long service to our country. It must have been challenging to be forced on the sidelines by the attorney general but still catch all the blame for failings." 

And the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), said Blair's resignation "is the result of the Obama administration's rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight."

Mr. Blair’s oversight and jurisdiction (in the thinking of the Obama administration) is second to that of Attorney General Eric Holder, whom has a number of missteps on his AG resume. Regardless of who replaces Blair, without sufficient latitude to perform the duties of the post, the definition of insanity will control the next director.

-- Killswitch Politick

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AZ immigration law makes its beauty pageant debut
Miss Oklahoma is asked about her stance on immigration enforcement

LAS VEGAS, NV—Judge Oscar Nunez from television’s The Office (one of the funniest shows on TV) asked Morgan Woolard, Miss Oklahoma 2010 what she thought of the controversy surrounding Arizona’s new immigration law, “I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America."

The knee-jerk reaction is to assume this was a gotcha type question, not necessarily to rob Miss Oklahoma of the crown, but to get a ton of free press. So, we’re using our free press to give Mr. Trump and his judges what they want—sort of.

I’ve always marveled at the dichotomy surrounding beauty pageants: the contestants are stunning young women but somehow expected to come up with Winston Churchill or John Locke treatises on world peace.  This question was obviously this year’s gay marriage question, posed to Carrie Prejean, Miss California 2009, was asked a loaded question about same-sex marriage.

Ratings these publicity stunts may garner, but using such serious issues to pad ratings and turn attention away from the actual issue is shameful. Arizona should enforce its borders if the feds won’t do so, but in the eyes of politicians and pageant directors, they are looking at voters and viewers, not citizens whom need to be protected.

-- Killswitch Politick

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

UK voters say no to another term of hard Labour
Conservatives see significant gains, but are left with a hung Parliament

LONDON, UK10 Downing Street has a new Prime Minister. May 6th elections gave candidate David Cameron and the Torries solid gains in Parliament, but just short of the needed 226 seats to form a majority. It appears that that Liberal Democrat, Nick Clegg isn’t forming a coalition with Labour’s Gordon Brown and has said the party with the most seats should be the governing majority.

But most UK political talking-heads are speculating that Cameron will govern with a minority, should Gordon Brown resign and the Queen appoints him as PM—additionally, there’s a possibly the Lib Dems will caucus with the Conservatives.

Whatever the outcome, the votes sent a clear signal to the UK government its subjects are tired of overburdened social programs, slack immigration policies, and fiscal irresponsibility. Not to mention, the UK has pushed forward with green policies in the form of more taxes and polling shows the citizenry has tired of paying to curb the problem only to be told its getting worse. Moreover, regulation has put serious roadblocks in the way of entrepreneurs.

Simon Cowell, in an interview with The Sun said, “Right now it takes twice as long to start a business in the UK as it does in the USA. I was recently told that around 40,000 new regulations have been introduced since 1998 - that's 14 every working day.”

It is our hope at this publication that Mr. Cowell’s concerns will be headed in Parliament, and here across the pond as well.

-- Owen E. Richason IV
Chief Editor, Killswitch Politick

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If left is not right, right is the only thing that’s left; right?
When republicans and democrats moved left, the country pitted right

BOSTON, MA—The wave of fiscal conservatism being called for by American citizenry and reigning in of government started may have started in 1773, but after being dormant for 223 years, it resurrected when republicans lost in 2006 due to their reckless spending trends and has gained momentum since.

The republican majority congress, along with a republican president engaged in deficit busting spending and when American voters gave the majority to democrats in 2006, they responded by continuing the trend. In 2009, President Obama more than doubled down on fiscal irresponsibility in sixteen months.

The net result is the new Tea Party movement, which polls show is comprised of different party affiliations and political philosophies who have greatly tired of taxation without representation—the Tea Party (an acronym for Taxed Enough Already) exists precisely because elected officials refuse to represent their constituency. TARP was the first act of misrepresentation, then stimulus, followed by health care reform.

Because Washington seems to be dead set on not representing the American people, the movement has formed and will have its voice heard come November—and this time, they cannot be ignored.

-- Owen E. Richason IV
Chief Editor, Killswitch Politick