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F. Andre Hollings: 2010: Now is the time

Right Here Right Now

Posted: February 11, 2010 9:31 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
When Republicans Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie last November captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, I surmised a slight chill rushed down the spines of liberals nationwide.

But, when Scott Brown seized Martha Coakley’s liberal inheritance known as “Kennedy’s seat” and claimed it as “the people’s seat,” it was indeed a cold day in hell for the presumptive left.

Couple those signs of the times with the president’s stunning descent in the polls and the Democratic Congress’ basement-level approval ratings, and 2010 has the early makings of a sweeping center-right rebuke of the left.   

The nation’s early verdict on the left’s one-party dominion of Washington and subsequent failures has not been lost on California, either.

Most notably, the would-be Democratic nominee for governor — Attorney General Jerry Brown — is trailed by only five points by Republican Meg Whitman.  

Fact of the matter: If there ever was an opportunity for a nationwide resurgence of center-right ideas such as fiscal restraint, individual empowerment, jealous devotion to national security and the common sense and realism that defy liberal ideological loyalty, 2010 is it.  

Yet knowing ideological duty often overshadows facts, I believe it necessary to continue in pursuit of the restoration our country needs. Here are certain facts that ought to cause that sweeping center-right rebuke in November.  

Before the liberal Congress voted to fatten the debt ceiling by $1.9 trillion in January, our budget deficit was already at an unprecedented and hazardous level.

One danger of such indebtedness is that, joined to our massive federal spending, it weakens the dollar. That weakened dollar will, for example, buy less and less oil in the global market. Consequently — given that imported crude accounts for more than 50 percent of U.S.  oil consumption — we will pay more at the pump.  

Also, a weakened dollar translates into greater import costs as a devalued dollar buys less of everything. Heightened import costs burden us at retail stores as we pay higher prices for imported goods like tennis shoes and jeans.  

Furthermore, as liberal spending devalues our currency it devalues individual liberty, too.

Unhinged spending inevitably demands higher taxes, which fence us off from the liberty of utilizing our earned resources as we deem fit. Those diminished resources, for example, equal less money for college tuition and less savings for retirement.  

In California, that decreased liberty has compelled countless movie and television productions, our prestigious aerospace industry and droves of California families into looking east. That exodus is a loss of the intellectual capital, entrepreneurial spirit and grit that is California.

And most damaging of all, that exodus creates a massive absence of jobs.  

California is proof that the more you tax something, the less you get of it.    

Nationally, we are still awaiting the president’s “hard pivot” toward jobs. Didn’t David Axelrod last January say something about unemployment not going above 8 percent?  

With respect to national security, Democrats have stiffened their spines in the face of national disapproval by continuing to propose trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York amid the horrific memories of their acts. Likewise, the giving of Miranda rights to terrorists — thus treating them as mere criminals — has also shown to be White House thinking.  

Recall in the ’90s that Democrats chose to treat the World Trade Center bombing as a mere criminal act. What was the end product of that?

Statewide, our liberal-led Assembly and Senate continue to go silent regarding border security. No need to rehash the effects of that silence.  

As some read this column, they will discard it as aged, rote, right-wing talking points that feast upon fear. My response: If you do not like what I have to say, then simply disprove my arguments. Idea vis-à-vis idea.  

To my fellow Republicans — and those Democrats and independents seeking a better future — 2010 is the opportunity for restoration. With the evidence surrounding us, if we do not change the majorities in the state Assembly and Senate and in Washington, we will have missed the golden opportunity to impress our mandate on our elected officials.                    

F. Andre Hollings is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Right Here Right Now” appears Friday in The Signal and rotates among local Republicans.


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