The election season is already here. Jeeze, can't we have some peace in 2015? Well, apparently Mitt Romney has decided to stay out of the race for President and leave it to others. I look back at his run in 2012 and if only he had not had RomneyCare and a couple of other policy positions. The five million R's that did not vote in 2012 allowed the worst President in history to be re-elected. But of course hindsight is 20/20.
So the field has shrunken down to what 25? I watched the Iowa function pit on by Congressman Steve King and Citizen's United last week. Many of the R hopefuls spoke and I must say, we have a very impressive group of people. As I listened to these people I was glad to see many were embracing conservative ideas and policies. Sure, there are disagreements especially in some foreign policy issues, but for the most part all the hopefuls espoused time tested conservative positions.
In primary races it usually means that people have to move their positions to the right or to the left since the voters in the "middle" stay home. The truly motivated voters of the spectrum turn out. This can be good for the ideologues in the primary but as we saw with Romney 2012, it hurt in the general. Locally in our state and Congressional races the partisan positions work pretty well. The hijacking of redistricting by the democrats of California have given us hyper-partisan districts. Nancy Pelosi's district is 80% democrat!
But as I see the people making decisions to start convincing us they are the "one" I am reminded that America is pretty much a country that is center-right. Most State legislatures are now Republican dominated. Most Governors are R's. We have elected a R dominated Congress. We have the overreach of the left to thank for that. California is next. New York State even advertises for new business to relocate there! Of course lately we have seen the arrest of the New York Speaker of their House for corruption. I think we will see more of that as democrats are finally found out.
I want to thanks Mitt Romney for stepping into the arena in 2012. I was sad to see him lose but I understood why. I think his decision is a good one not to try again. He would suck up the money that needs to be raised by others. He is a good man with a few flaws, just like all of us. I look forward to seeing Romney on the campaign trail as an advisor on economic issues.
So far I am leaning towards Scott Walker of Wisconsin as my choice. I like his conservative values and his steadfastness in his positions of conservative thought and policy. He beat back three attempts to boot him by the national left and their labor union lackey's. It shows me a man can survive the worst attacks and still win. He did all that in a state that elects mostly democrats.
Locally Nevada County elects people from the right in most cases. Even conservative democrats are elected sometimes. But our community is well run for the most part. Grass Valley has a business oriented council that knows which side of the bread is buttered. They have both the business acumen and environmental sensitivity that makes the place work. The council knows they are in charge of the economic engine of the western county and they do their best to keep it going.
The County Supervisors have been pretty quiet lately and that worries me. We need jobs and we need business friendly in the Planning Department. We need a County Counsel who says to the Supervisors "this is what you need to do to enhance and promote business in a timely fashion". When I was a Supervisor we had a legal beagle that helped us read the laws to make things happen. But apparently we now have legal opinions to screw the creation of jobs and business. This could be rectified by a strong message from a united Board that enough is enough. Make it happen, we want to keep at least a few young people here!
Nevada City is a lost cause and has been for many years. After Steve Cottrell left the place went downhill. Steve and I ran for Supervisor back in 1984 and I got to know him a bit. He was always a pragmatic fellow. He knew the town and county were headed to becoming a bedroom community for Sacramento if things did not change. Later when he was elected to the Council we saw the "good ol'gals" of Nevada City keep him from his position of Mayor. They new Cottrell would buck their "no-growth" extreme leftist laws and controls. So finally after many years he got to be Mayor and he tried to bring some common sense to the place.
So as things change on the political scene, our area and the state and country struggle on how to proceed into the future. We have a gazillion meetings at every level of government wrestling with the "how" can we make things work. It is easy in my view to achieve success by getting the government to get out of the way. The best example to me lately is "fracking"!
Our whole country has become a powerhouse again because entrepreneurs are using the "hydraulic fracturing" to free up oil and natural gas. This has led to a huge economic boom for America since we run everything on oil and gas. Government has been slow to catch up but of course, New York and California lead the way to obstruct this boom. Laws and regulations. New York has apparently banned fracking! Neighboring states have not and they are booming! But the left is in charge of our State and New York and they have never seen a bit of progress they couldn't regulate or ban.
Well, I got of got off track but to me it is all very simple. America needs to boot liberals and democrats from power, reign in the bureaucracy, and start oversight of government abuse. Live by the enumerated powers of the Constitutions and leave Americans alone. Let the creative genius of America prosper and diminish the size of the state. Do these things along with a Conservative/Republican President and there is nothing we can't accomplish.