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Q & A with Jedediah: January 2011 Edition

By Jedediah Bila

Jedediah Bila

Would you ever consider working for a political candidate? – Joseph M.

Yes, but only for someone I’d trust. In the world of politics, that’s quite difficult to come by.

What do you expect from Obama’s SOTU address? – Kristine L.

Lots of talk of bipartisanship (after cramming a health care law we didn’t want down our throats), job growth (after signing a job-crippling health care law and sitting by idly as the EPA revokes coal mining permits in West Virginia), and deficit reduction (As reported by CNSNews.com, “In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.”).

In other words, he will attempt to do what he does best – talk the talk, when he hasn’t walked the walk. Judge a man by his actions, not his words.

P.S. – Chris Matthews will be getting a thrill up his leg around 9:05 p.m.

How will conservatives fight attacks by the Left that Republicans want to cut off milk/food to kids and seniors? – Eddie B.

In the face of absurd attacks, I do three things: laugh, refute, and then laugh a little more. Don’t leave out the refute part, though. Plenty of people unfortunately believe the lies perpetuated by some in the mainstream media. Setting the record straight is pivotal.

Is it possible to circumvent Harry Reid’s desire to not bring the health care reform bill to the floor? – Jill M.

Yes, and it appears to be a two-step process. As Gary Palmer points out, “The first step is that a senator must use Senate Rule 14 to prevent H.R. 2 from being assigned to a committee in the Senate … In effect, implementing this rule would bypass the committee process and put the bill directly on the Senate calendar.” Palmer continues: “Republicans will have to initiate the second procedural step by invoking Senate Rule 22, the filibuster rule. Under Rule 22, any senator who can get 16 other senators to sign a cloture petition would force a cloture vote to limit the delay of a pending matter.” Brian Darling provides a full explanation.

Who can beat Obama in 2012? – Jack T.

Someone who can articulately draw a distinction between his rhetoric and his policies, as well as be bold, charismatic, experienced, and armed (relax lefties, it’s figurative) with facts.

What’s the best recent political news you’ve heard? – Tim H.

The Spending Reduction Act of 2011 brought forth by members of the Republican Study Committee. It proposes to cut $2.5 trillion in spending over ten years and tells me that some in Washington are serious. As reported by USNews.com, it “would reduce current spending for non-defense, non-homeland security and non-veterans programs to 2008 levels, eliminate federal control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, cut the federal workforce by 15 percent through attrition, and cut some $80 billion by blocking implementation of Obamacare.” More details can be found here.

What do you think will be the biggest obstacles facing the person who challenges President Obama in 2012? – Barbara C.

There will be many. First, Obama is a professional campaigner. He’s savvy when it comes to saying what he knows people want to hear. He’s not so savvy when faced with cold, hard truths about his policies. It will be the job of his opponent to illuminate those truths clearly and concisely for the American people.

Secondly, Obama will have the vast majority of the mainstream media in his corner. They will contort his record to suit their pro-Obama agenda. They will ignore what suits their purpose to ignore, elevate what they want to elevate, and refuse to challenge what decidedly hasn’t worked. They will attempt to wreak havoc on his opponent’s record via distortions. I’m prepared to challenge them when that happens. So should you.

Lastly, President Obama is a skilled orator when he has prep time. He’s a lawyer with a professorial manner, and he possesses an air of intellectualism that convinced many in 2008 that he was the best man for the job. The truth is that approachable practicality is far more appealing and convincing than lofty book smarts. The majority of Americans want real-life experience over academic idealisms. But it will be up to the 2012 GOP candidate to showcase his/her practical experience. If done properly, Obama’s empty rhetoric will show itself to be just that in comparison – empty.


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