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Local Republicans Respond to Obama

A response to the State of the Union speech, by three Napa County Republicans.

“When is enough, enough?” declared Kevin Hangman, Chairman of the Napa County Republican Central Committee. “How can the President think more government jobs are the solution? He has had three years to get it right, we are spiraling out of control!”

In the State of the Union Speech, Obama referred to savings from war spending. Obama said, “Take the money we’re no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home.”

“That is the most ridiculous statement,” said Pam Silleman, Napa Tea Party activist.

“War spending is not about U.S. spending from savings accounts; it is about the U.S. spending borrowed money. When war stops, borrowing for war stops. There is no sudden availability of cash. There is no half to pay down debt and half for nation-building. America is broke and living on credit cards. If and when war stops, the debt clock slows down a bit. Borrowing for war only slows down negative debt,” Silleman said.

“Where does Obama come up with this stuff? Who writes those speeches? The truth is, this speech was filled with recycled plans. His plans failed in year one. Then they failed in year two. And they failed again in year three. And these recycled plans will cause Obama to lose the White House in year four,” Hangman said.

 “The facts are simple," said. “Government does not fix problems. Hard-working American people in private companies across the U.S. are the ones who fix problems. Educating people in school and Community Colleges, turning them out into the work force equipped to be successful and supporting them in their success, that is what fixes problems,” Gentry added.

“It is time to reduce Government. Increase commerce and industry and put America back to work – without doing this, the land our forefather’s fought and died for will be a failure story like Greece” Hangman said. “We owe it to our kids and grandkids to fix this Nation and to reduce the debt.”

If you want to learn more about the Napa County Republican Party, contact Kevin Hangman at khangman@yahoo.com. To learn more about the Napa Tea Party contact Pam Silleman at pamsilleman@sbcglobal.net.  To chat with Doris Gentry, write to doris@dorisgentry.com

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Hangman, Pam Silleman & Doris Gentry

Tom Emmons January 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Wow. I'm glad that Doris has those simple facts. I'd have thought those would have been huge and complex facts, not simple ones. Perhaps the solution has not been offered by the President, but the Republicans have no real solutions either. Sounds like party rhetoric to me.
Michael Haley January 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Actually, this is pretty good, I especially agree with Pam Silleman when she says that the wars were fought on borrowed money. True. Obama's stimulus did some good, but not nearly enough to turn the economy around. Plus the Democrats used the stimulus as a slush fund to hand out to their favored interest groups. But I am with Tom, the Republican plans--tax cuts mostly---haven't worked either. That is the problem, no one has a solution that everyone will agree on. We are just in too deep at this point. Obama is a great speaker and said what a lot of people wanted to hear, but will he do any of it? I geuss I have gotten a bit cynical about it at this point. Thank you to the Napa GOP for starting this discussion, btw.
Doris Gentry January 26, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Tom Emmons I can give you link after link of facts showing the answer is SIMPLE, jobs in the US are mostly created by small business. http://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-agenda-growing-americas-small-businesses-win-future Here is one link - in here the SBA says, "With regards to job creation, however, we know that America’s small businesses pack the biggest punch, creating two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. These small businesses are the cornerstone of our communities. They are the source of pride for working families. And, every day, we see America’s entrepreneurs continue to step out and take risks with new ideas in order to help us win the future." I stand by my words - it is simple. Allow America's Small Business to flourish and the economy growns. End of Story. Napa and the wine industry is a classic example. Some would simply take the soil, plant something and sell it. Napa took the soil, grew something, pick it, pack it, store it and sell it later. Exactly the backbone of America and the Small Business Community.
Doris Gentry January 26, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"There is no government program that can substitute for a good job that pays well. A key function of government, however, is to create conditions that help businesses grow and hire new workers. That is particularly true of small businesses, which have created nearly two-thirds of all new jobs over the last 15 years." That is from the very liberal Huffington Post. It is simple, small business is the backbone of America, not the government. The sole purpose of our government is safety of our citizenry and creation of a climate so small business can grow and prosper. When the horse gets back in FRONT of the cart we will once again see business and industry leading our country.
Doris Gentry January 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Sorry - forgot to add the link for that prior comment - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-byron-dorgan/small-business-credit-cru_b_379373.html written by the Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan from South Dakota.
Leon Brauning January 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Obama seems to want to dumb us all down to fairness and equality. Well, I've heard that 48% of houselholds accepts some kind of government handout and 47% of Americans pay no taxes. Is it fairness and equality when we all accept government handouts just to survive? Is it fairness and equality when no one pays taxes? Is it fairness and equality when no person can dream to succeed, to prosper, to become a millionaire, to become one of the 1%? No! We have a constitution and we have capitalism and we have a free market system of economics. We have the right to dream in the color of money. We have the right to succeed beyond the wildest dreams of the fair and equal who live in squalor with government handouts. If you have no ambition you are lucky to be an American because you can scam the system and subsist like a bug. If you are a rising star in your dreams, you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams because you are an American. The stupidest thing any American can do is to repudiate the dream guaranteed by our constitution.
Leon Brauning January 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Maybe a quote from our president from several years ago will enlighten people: “ The fact that we are here today to debate raising America 's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” >> ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006
Nancy January 26, 2012 at 03:22 PM
"Educating people in school and Community Colleges, turning them out into the work force equipped to be successful and supporting them in their success, that is what fixes problems" Agreed. But who do you think supports public education? GOVERNMENT through the revenue it receives. Revenue=taxes. And that's why everyone paying their fair share ( whether it's income taxes on the federal and state level or property taxes on the local level) ensures that GOVERNMENT funding for excellence in education can be sustained.
Kevin Eggers January 26, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Frederic Bastiat wrote "The Law" in 1848, opposing socialism and communism. Bastiat said that once a country adopts a system of socialism or "legal plunder," the system eventually collapses. Legal plunder is when government can take from one citizen to give to another citizen, which would be called stealing (plunder) if the citizen did it. Legal plunder is also when government grants a privilege to one citizen over another citizen. Bastiat: "But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime... “Legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways; hence, there are an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, bonuses, subsidies, incentives, the progressive income tax, free education, the right to employment, the right to profit, the right to wages, the right to relief, the right to the tools of production, interest free credit, etc., etc. And it the aggregate of all these plans, in respect to what they have in common, legal plunder, that goes under the name of socialism..."
Scott Yeager January 26, 2012 at 04:55 PM
These repsonses represents the best the local GOP has to offer?
Scott Yeager January 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
They have the same solutions they always have - cut regulations and taxes for the top 1% and corporations. Although they didn't mention that in the detailed analysis offered in response to Obama's state of the union speech.
Leon Brauning January 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Obama need not look farther than his own employees at his White House for people to pay their "fair share"... http://news.investors.com/Article/599002/201201260818/obama-white-house-staff-back-taxes.htm "When you think that there is a problem with everyone else, stop, and look within."
Tom Emmons January 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Link after link doesn't make the answer simple. There is no one solution. Though small biz must be incorporated and recognized for it's contributions, there are other sectors of the economy as well. I think it dangerous to believe in an easy fix,
Doris Gentry January 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thanks Tom, you are correct, nothing about running the US is simple or easy. I can sit here on my side of the TV during football and shout for the Coach to do this and that and this again - but down in the trenches it is another story. For that I concede to you - there is no simple or easy fix. But a good place to begin is empowering small business to grow and prosper, creating goods and services, employing locals and rebuilding our sagging economy. That is not simple or easy but necessary.
Michael January 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Where do we go to demonstrate for equality of work ethic? equality of delayed gratification? equality of character?
Pam Silleman January 27, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I long for the days when we could all just be NAPANS, not Democrats or Republicans, or green or rainbows or some other label used to divide us........ We are so lucky to live here; can't we all agree to get along and enjoy our beautiful city? That is one quality I have always admired in Doris Gentry...........she is always able to keep politics out of her emotions and truly enjoys working with everyone. I wish SHE would run for office, we would be so lucky to have someone like her serving the community in some form. LETS all bug her to do it........

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