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Courting The Enemy

March 9, 2012 by  

Democrats for Santorum. Mitt Romney’s supporters are still smarting over appeals by Rick Santorum’s team to get Democrats to vote for their guy in the Republican primary in Michigan. Their efforts, which included robocalls to Democratic voters, were only partially successful. USA Today reported that 9 percent of Michigan voters identified themselves as Democrats. “More than half of those voters, or 53%, said they voted for Santorum,” the newspaper reported. But it wasn’t enough to give Santorum the win.

Guess we didn’t mail enough Christmas cards. The U.S. Postal Service ended 2011 with its worst three months in history. Fourth quarter losses came to $3.3 billion, the Postal Service revealed. It is losing so much money that some analysts predict it will have to declare bankruptcy by the end of the year. Maybe it’s time to consider a proposal I first advanced 30 years ago: Let’s give the Postal Service to FedEx and UPS Inc. and insist they pay taxes on all the grounds, buildings and vehicles they acquire.

Your stimulus money at work. The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in Federal stimulus dollars to purchase “diversity manuals” for every teacher, administrator and staff member. Reported the Omaha World-Herald: “The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and ‘ableism.’” In case the last one is new to you, it means discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities.

Wish Hillary would listen to Bill. Speaking at an energy conference recently, former President Bill Clinton said that this country should “embrace” the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. The State Department, where his wife Hillary serves as Secretary, has refused to grant permits for the pipeline to be built across our border with Canada. Maybe Bill should have a chat with his wife.

–Chip Wood 

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Ted Crawford

    WOW! many topics here. With regards to Romney, he has absolutly no room to criticize anyone! With the exception of Paul, who’s actions were easily predictable, he fired the first shots in what has become a disgustingly negative slugfest of a campaign. Benifiting no Presidental Candidate, except Obama! Who is, interestingly enough, the only person he hasn’t attacked!
    The Post Office problem is even easier to understand. One word explains the primary problem, Public Sector Union!
    As for Omaha, all the “ISMS” and “Phobias” should be addressed in the home. Should they arise in the school setting a conference between the Faculty, Parents and the Student would be appropiate I believe!
    We need to remember that the Keystone Pipeline isn’t cancelled, it’s only posponed untill after the Election… AH..,ERR… I mean a further study of the route!

    • Wendell

      How short your memory is Ted. Santorum and Perry were the first to start hammering Romney long before he was forced to fight back and when he did everyone is crying foul!
      Paul has run the cleanest campaigne except wher he said Santorum was a fake, that was funny. Now Santorum is running to the dumorats for help. What a joke.

      • Deerinwater

        Well, He is a fake! In that he is attempting to come across as a mature man and a knowledgeable and accomplished statesman, for he is none of those things but only a pup.

        To another pup, no doubt it’s hard to see.

        And now that the world has some idea of the kind of man Rick Perry is, I hope we can pack his bags and sent him to the private sector. Probably not, but I can hope.

  • Deerinwater

    “The State Department, where his wife Hillary serves as Secretary, has refused to grant permits for the pipeline to be built across our border with Canada. Maybe Bill should have a chat with his wife.”

    Evidently , the pots not right yet Chip.

    This is a big Deal, and there a lot up for grabs by a lot of people. Most likely someone is trying to cut someone short, or out of the deal entirely . This is common in business.

    Striking deals and offering assurances is a grueling process.

    This deal is by no mean dead, or that it’s not wanted or needed.

    There’s a lot of people setting at this table.

  • T. Jefferson

    Greeks bearing gifts. Always remember, the dems may vote for you at the state level but when the main vote comes they will return to their own candidate, Odombo.

  • http://gravatar.com/truckingal Linda Pierucki

    On turning the postal service over to FedEx or UPS, Chip, you are dead wrong. The phony losses being bandied about are an attempt to do just that. These two companies are the largest outside contracts USPS has . . and one of the reasons they arent breaking even right now-because in order for these contracts to be profitable to these carriers, they cost more than what USPS could do the work for themselves. Investors see increased profits for UPS and FedEx and therefore are pushing the scheme in spite of the drawbacks to citizens. USPS’s most vital services are to rural areas and small rural towns-and neither FedEx or UPS wants to make those isolated deliveries. That is the real reason why USPS is trying to close up to 15,000 rural post offices. These are the areas, however, with large numbers of elderly and/or low-income without transportation who rely on USPS for delivery of their mail-order prescriptions (VA, Medicare), critical communications from govt (Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, probate, taxing authorities, drivers license bureaus, courts, IRS, courts, etc)-none of which can be delivered via internet . .and the areas with the least broadband coverage with a population least likely to be able to afford it ($50/mo+) or learn to use it. The local Post Office is often the only business/govt left in these rural towns-and the town will die, with resulting serious elderly isolation and additional cost for services to the elderly-without it. Both FedEx and UPS charge a hefty surcharge to deliver to these areas. The Direct-mail industry has already cut off many of these areas in their ‘junk mail’ mailings.USPS is critical last-resort infrastructure, and for that reason a vital responsibility of government. Every scheme for privatization includes removing rural services. I am well-aware that Cato and some other think-tanks want it privatized, but that is NOT in the best interest of the country as a whole. Better they cut off home delivery to the cities-which already have numerous other methods of accessing these services-and keep the rural systems intact. Look behind the numbers and see where the money is actually going . . .Congress is playing crony corporate capitalism with this vital service to our elderly and disabled low-income. Actually read the GAO and IOG reports-they tell a different story from the popular pundit-driven dialogue. Germany charges about double to deliver a letter just across Germany. Countries like the UK which have privatized their services now find that the rural elderly are no longer being served, and are in dire straits because of it due to reduced rural bus service-and we’ve never had that. It simply wont work: privatized postal services in other countries are failing-look at the actual condition of their postal services. USPS ALMOST breaks even . . .raise the price of a stamp and allow it to prosper-with leadership that actually WANTS it to prosper. In stead of the knee-jerk, pro-capitalist response, realize that some very few things do not lend themselves well to the privatization model. USPS is one of them.

    • Ted Crawford

      ” Some very few things do not lend themselves well to the privatization model”, the same can be said about the Unionization of some things. Even FDR was well aware of that: ‘ All Government employees should realize that the process of collective barganing, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the Public Service. It has it’s distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management”

  • Larry

    Maybe Hillbilly’s husband wants us to know he doesn’t spend all of his time with the other one who keep’s her mouth shut, but on the XL he is right on.

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