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Elected Officials In Mississippi Back Romney

January 20, 2012

In the run-up to the South Carolina primary that we are paying close attention to, Mitt Romney announced the backing of Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and scores of other elected officials in Mississippi. From the Romney campaign:

Mitt Romney today announced the support of Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and other elected officials and leaders in Mississippi.

“It’s great to see this distinguished group of leaders join my campaign,” said Romney. “They are fighting for those that have been hit hard by the failed policies of the Obama presidency. I look forward to working with them to bring my conservative message to voters across Mississippi.”

Announcing his support, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves said, “I am proud to support Mitt Romney because he has the experience to recharge our economy, put Americans back to work, and cultivate our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. He is the conservative leader we need and his pro-growth message is resonating with voters across America.”

Elected Official and Leaders Endorsing Mitt Romney:
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves
State Treasurer Lynn Fitch
State Auditor Stacey Pickering
State Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde Smith
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney
Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz
Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey
Southern District MDOT Commissioner Tom King
Central District MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall
Northern District MDOT Commissioner Mike Tagert
Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown
Senator Merle Flowers
Senator Briggs Hopson
Senator Buck Clarke
Senator Joey Fillingane
Senator John Polk
Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden
State Representative Herb Frierson
State Representative Wanda Jennings
State Representative Casey Eure

And back in October, Sen. Thad Cochran announced his support for the former Massachusetts governor.

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  1. stogtvCharie Stogner permalink
    January 20, 2012 2:10 pm

    As a long time, since 1962, Mississippi Republican; one of those that still believes anyone serving office as a Republican must put ‘service to the public’ before ‘self service’, I’m more than pleased to see these elected officials rallying behind a candidate that while he may not fit the litmus test of some GOP social conservatives or some of with Libertarian views (Goldwater types), Romney is probably the best candidate to get Obama out of office.

    Since the media seems to have branded Romney as a “moderate” but then maybe a degree of moderation is what it will take to not only win the votes of Independents but to govern a bi-partisan Congress.

    StogTv’s local programming can be counted among Romney supporters.

    • Travis Rose permalink
      January 20, 2012 7:37 pm

      My concern is that moderation was the 2008 tactic. Maybe it will work better this time.

      • Ron the fact is Williams permalink
        February 3, 2012 6:18 pm

        I keep reading these blogs about Conservative vs Moderate candidate. That will not be the issue that decides the Republican Fate. As much as you guys hate to admit, take it from a life long Republican whose eyes have been opened to the truth. The Problem with the Republican candidate is credibility. Lately the Republicans have been forgetful of everything they supposedly stand for.

        Few examples. 1. Steve palazzo, in his 2010 campaign said he did not support bailouts or raising the debt ceiling. He voted in favor of both.

        2. The last time Federal law providing for Fed oversight of redistricting was up for reauthorization, The entire Mississippi Republican representation voted to reauthorize.

        3. Haley Barbour in his quest to kill prop 26 Stated that ,if the people had told him they wanted abortion reform, heb would have done it through legislative process. That is total B.S. Haley ran on a pro-life campaign and won. But he didn’t know that Mississippians want abortion reform. ( outlawed )

        Bottom line is this, unless the Republicans incorporate a little honesty in their endeavours, I think we are looking at four more Obama Years.

        What is sad, as I have pointed out before, is that the R’s dont get it.

  2. Tony Palazzo permalink
    January 21, 2012 6:32 am

    It did not matter who the Republicans nominated in 2008, the majority of the country were going to put the Democrats in control. Look at the House and Senate elections of the same year. I still have not decided between Romney and Santorum, but I do agree with Stogner that Romney is probably our best chance against Obama. Santorum maybe. Gingrich and Paul would lose for sure. I sure wish Huckabee would have run.

  3. Ron , , Williams permalink
    January 21, 2012 1:10 pm

    Many of the companies acquired by Baihn were put into bankruptcy after the assets were raided by Romneys’ group.

    The difference between closing a company and filing bankruptcxy, is that in a bankruptcy, vendors and creditors don’t get paid. This is sometimes necessary when a company is unsuccessful,but to not pay your vendors and creditors, while making money off the deal, was never and should never be confused as American Capitalism.

    My wife and I, like many small business owners, have sometimes not taken a paycheck so that we could pay our vendors.

    My point is this, when did the GOP decide that predatory, vulture capitalism is OK. The more I listen to Republican leaders i learn that in the GOP there is no Right or Wrong, only greed.

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      January 23, 2012 10:21 am

      Ron, I have heard this said many times now, but no one has ever talked about a specific instance when Bain raided the company and then threw it into bankruptcy to screw the creditors. Can you back up your claim by stating such an instance, or are you simply repeating what you’ve read on the internet or heard on the radio without any real knowledge of the specifics?

      • Ron Williams permalink
        January 23, 2012 3:09 pm

        Bill

        This has been covered on several credible news sources.

        I am pleased to see Newt win SC. But I am concerned about his electability.

        It’s dissapointing that our Republican choices ” ain’t all that”.

        • Bill Billingsley permalink
          January 24, 2012 8:31 am

          So you’re repeating what you’ve read on the internet or heard on the radio without any real knowledge of the specifics. Got it.

          I’m not saying that Bain did the right thing or the wrong thing, but if you’re going to make a public criticism of a candidate you should be able to back it up. The reason I asked for specific instances is because there may have been extenuating circumstances. It’s not always as simple as your sources like to make it sound.

          • Ron Williams permalink
            January 24, 2012 1:11 pm

            Bill,

            I have never been one to make comments without doing my research.

            But I’m not going to spend all my time proving myself to people who aren’t interested in the truth anyway. If I have ever said anything that was untrue on this site; you call me on it, or tell the facts that prove me wrong.

            If I tell you it’s gonna rain speckle trout, heat the grease.

        • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
          January 24, 2012 3:14 pm

          Ron, please provide us with the specific “credible news sources” that you are referring to. Surely you can identify these since you are making reference to them.

  4. FRank permalink
    January 22, 2012 11:58 am

    While I support these officials I am dismayed by their early endorsement of Mitt Romney. I will continue to support the candidate who is becoming the voice of the people and not the establishment. The only candidate who has advanced the “Conservative Agenda” and who will stand up to the democrats and the media and fight for America. While I vote for people and allow them to represent me in government matters, because I vote FOR and Support them, I really don’t think their insight into these matters are any better than mine, I believe they are speaking only for themselves, which is their right, and in these matters I choose to speak for myself. For what it’s worth I, as a lifelong “CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN” and a TEA PARTY member, endorse NEWT GINGRICH to be the REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. America is in big trouble and we need an extrodinary individual with courage and extrodinary talents to inspire and to lead us through these trying times and that man is NEWT GINGRICH.

    • FRank permalink
      January 22, 2012 12:24 pm

      I didn’t think about this appearing as an anonymous endorsement until I had posted. I stand publicly and proudly with Newt Gingrich as I stood publicly and proudly for those who have made the Romney endorsement.

      FRank Walker
      Olive Branch, Mississippi.

      • FRank permalink
        January 23, 2012 8:22 am

        As of this morning the Romney campaign is collapsing nationally, and appears to have collapsed in Florida. As Newt has said ” If you want someone to manage the decay, vote for Romney”. I’m sure that if anyone would were to look at what is becoming a “grassroots movement” by “Conservatives”, and be willing to reconsider, they would be welcomed into the Gingrich campaign.

        • Shan permalink
          February 13, 2012 11:32 am

          Frank, I am with you on this one. Why have our elected officials made their decision so early? I am supporting Newt!

  5. Brian Dove permalink
    January 22, 2012 1:19 pm

    When 60-75% of Republicans don’t want Romney and they want something besides what established Republicans want, it suggests very strongly that the Mississippi GOP is out of touch with its base. Perhaps they misunderstood the message their conservative base sent this last election. Our new congressman did when he voted to raise the debt ceiling – so did his cohorts in the Senate.

    Mitt Romney believes that Government should control health care and force people to buy medical insurance. It matters not that he restricts this belief to a state government – he still believes that as a personal philosophy. He even brags that Obamacare was based on his model. This suggests strongly that he really does not believe in Free Enterprise and thinks government is the solution. How is this a belief in free enterprise and freedom?

    I don’t have a problem that Mitt ran a company that decided which businesses lived or died and made money for that – I applaud him. I do have a problem that he is taking that mentality into the government arena – we already have a government that decides which businesses live or die – GM, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Solyndra, Decisions on companies like these should have been made by a Venture Capitalist, or a bankruptcy judge – not a Politician or a government body.

    We already did the John McCain moderate approach to winning the white house – it failed so we are just going to change faces to Mitt and do the same thing and expect different results? Why is it that Mitt was not good enough last time but he is this time? What about him leads the established GOP to think he can defeat Obama this time but not last time? Are they banking on Obama’s unpopularity? That is a disaster plan. Why does the GOP think that people who would not vote for Romney last time would vote for him this time?

    You asked what are we thinking – the real question is – what were the guys on this list thinking?

    Perhaps the State GOP has forgotten that it was the conservative base (60-75%) that does not want Romney that put them in office last time. Think of this base as the “Venture Capitalists” of the political arena and the established GOP people as the ones who put the party in trouble in the first place.

    We want a CONSERVATIVE LEADER, we have had enough of MODERATE MANAGERS.

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      January 24, 2012 5:11 pm

      Brian, you make some good points and I don’t mean to argue that Romney is the best candidate – I’m voting for the Republican nominee no matter who it is. However, to be fair, it appears that much of what you say is your opinion. Your assertion that 60-75% of the Republicans don’t want Romney can’t be backed up in fact until the primaries are over, and it’s a waste of time to fiddle with numbers that aren’t in yet. Next, how many times does he have to say he’s going to work to repeal Obamacare from the first day he gets into office? His past actions, while certainly worth considering when deciding on a candidate, aren’t necessarily indicative of future behavior, especially since he’s already repudiated it a hundred times. Four years ago was four years ago. Many things have changed since then that have obviously made Romney a stronger candidate. He has made some mistakes and has changed his mind on some things, but I still think he’s better than Obama.

      • Brian Dove permalink
        January 25, 2012 4:04 pm

        Its not really my opinion that 60-75% don’t want him – its what the national polls reflect. Last I checked, The National Polls – not the ones from SC or FL or IA or NH – say that Romney only has 27.7% of Republicans that say they will vote for him. According to the fine education in Mathematics I got from Mrs.Andrews in the third grade here in Mississippi that means 72.3% of the Republicans out there want something else besides Mitt Romney.

        As I write this, US congressional endorsements for the candidates (Senators and Representatives) total as follows for the candidates:

        Romney – 72
        Gingrich- 11
        Paul – 3
        Santorum- 3

        Romney says Newt is the Washington insider. But the Washington Insiders appear to support Romney by a 4 to 1 margin. When reflected against the poll numbers – it is logical to assume that Republicans in the US Congress are out of touch with their base. It is also something to ponder that Romney garnered the majority of endorsements from a public body that has some of the lowest approval ratings in its entire existence.

        You said….

        “…how many times does he have to say he’s going to work to repeal Obamacare from the first day he gets into office? His past actions, while certainly worth considering when deciding on a candidate, aren’t necessarily indicative of future behavior, especially since he’s already repudiated it a hundred times. Four years ago was four years ago….”

        Romney has not said he will work to repeal Romneycare in his state and/or that it was a huge mistake. I am not talking about his past actions, I am talking about his current posture – that government run programs including heath care are better run by the government and managed by the government than the free market economy that made him rich. His support of Romenycare like Obamacare completely takes away my economic vote. As a self proclaimed “Venture Capitalist” Romenycare makes him a hypocrite.

        See either you believe in “Business” solutions or you believe in “Government” solutions.

        The fact that he has not come out and said that Romneycare in its fundamentals is wrong tells me he has not changed. We already have a President that says Romneycare is a great system – why do I want another one that thinks that way?

        You are right he has made mistakes, but when you won’t admit them and turn from them – means you still don’t believe they were mistakes and haven’t changed.

        National polls reported by Fox News-only 28ish% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

        Don’t you find it odd that this seems to match the level of support for Romney?

        Does that not make you wonder about the management in the Republican Party (could you really call it leadership) – that perhaps its time for a good old fashioned Venture Capitalist approach to the GOP?

        Apparently the Tea Party and 72ish% of Republicans and Americans think so.

        One of the reasons I like Newt Gingrich? When a Liberal Newsman asks a question designed to hit him below the belt with a cheap shot – he does not go to reciting his push cards to “manage” the answer to avoid the question. He chastises the news man for dragging garbage into the race and sets the record straight.

        While I have no use for this news man or his network, if Mitt can’t handle him on an issue like birth control – how is he going to handle a slickster like Barak and all his Chicago Henchmen on weightier matters? And finally – is he going to give me the same type of response when I ask him a tough question?

        By the way Ron, Reagan’s Republican party is alive and well in the Tea Party.

        And Yes George – Newt is electable. The real question – if Newt gets the Nod will the Good Ole Boys of the Grand Ole Party support him fully or will they loose the election again like they did with McCain? I am not afraid of Newt or Mitt’s electability, I am afraid the GOB/GOP will blow it again. It was the Tea Party that turned the House Republican, not the GOP.

        • FRank permalink
          January 25, 2012 7:17 pm

          Great Post

        • Bill Billingsley permalink
          January 26, 2012 7:55 am

          Brian, you’re obviously a huge Newt supporter and that’s fine. However, I still contend that there are polls and there are polls. Most of them have Newt and Romney neck and neck, but none of them have either candidate much above 30%. That’s the nature of polling at this point in the race, and if you are going to be fair then you need to say that the same 60-75% of Republicans don’t want Newt either. The only poll that counts is the one in November. Next, just because Romney hasn’t repudiated Romneycare in Massachusetts doesn’t mean that he won’t work to repeal Obamacare. Two completely different issues. Business vs. government? We need both. Finally, the fact that more people in Congress are supporting Romney doesn’t make him a Washington insider. He’s never been in Congress and has never worked as a lobbyist inside the beltway. Maybe his supporters would rather someone like him come in and clean up the place so they don’t have to.

          I appreciate your enthusiasm for your candidate. I will join you if he gets the nomination, maybe even before then. I also understand your frustration with the national party and members of Congress. However, I think it’s a mistake for you and others in the Gingrich camp to go after Romney, just like I think it’s a mistake for people in the Romney camp to go after Gingrich. Obama is the opponent, and we are doing his campaigning every time we assist him in discrediting a Republican candidate. I encourage you to talk about the positives in your candidate and how that makes him a better choice than Obama so whoever emerges as the Republican nominee won’t have to spend a month in political intensive care recovering from the wounds they received in the primary.

          • Brian Dove permalink
            January 26, 2012 3:21 pm

            “you’re obviously a huge Newt supporter”

            It’s safer to say I am not a big supporter of the established Republicans who do not appear to want to change their ways and who have consistently failed in the past to bring home the bacon.

            Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul want to change the Republican Party and Mitt wants the status quo – Simple as that. Republicans inside the beltway that could not get the job done are afraid of Newt. They are not afraid of Rick and don’t take Ron seriously (a mistake).

            “there are polls and there are polls”

            The figures I quoted were from:

            http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html“.

            It was their consensus based on statistical data from polls throughout the nation. Currently they have Romney down by 0.7% from yesterday at 27%.

            “you need to say that the same 60-75% of Republicans don’t want Newt either”

            It is fair to state that – but that was not my point or the point of the post. The point of the post was “look at all these politicians in the state that support Romney”. My point was that these politicians were out of touch with their conservative base because the conservatives in the base want someone else -Gingrich, Santorum or Paul.

            “Just because Romney hasn’t repudiated Romneycare in Massachusetts doesn’t mean that he won’t work to repeal Obamacare. Two completely different issues.”

            They are the same issue – a personal philosophy based in a belief in government run social and business programs. Yesterday one of Mitt’s advisers said they cannot repeal all of Obamacare. Mitt said while he respected his advice, he disagreed with it stating he would issue “waivers” to states. Waivers are not a repeal of it and it does not stop the costs and destructions built into it that would still impact the states that got a “waiver”. “Waivers” are not leadership they are management – managing the mess – instead of getting rid of it. There is NOTHING in Obamacare that is worth saving. It all has to go.

            You are right – we need Business and we need government – but we don’t need government running business or social programs. Government is a miserable failure at this. Government’s role per the Constitution is to protect its citizens, not enslave them with welfare and social programs like Obamacare.

            “the fact that more people in Congress are supporting Romney doesn’t make him a Washington insider.”

            Their endorsement is a public proclamation that he is “one of us – someone we can work with- please accept our club member”. If the Chicago Mob endorsed him would you not think he was one of them? Ask the Governor of South Carolina about her endorsement of him- she obviously was out of touch with the very people that put her in office.

            “He’s never been in Congress and has never worked as a lobbyist inside the beltway…”

            You are right – he has never been in congress. But you are wrong about the lobbyist portion. While Governor of Massachusetts he lobbied congress frequently for federal bailouts and handouts for the state programs and projects that he and the Kennedy Democrats wanted for their state.

            Maybe if we got rid of all this government to government welfare (federal to state and local) and states had to live within the means that their citizens could provide, we might have enough in the pot to help people that really need help vs. those that have become totally dependent on government aid.

            “Maybe his supporters would rather someone like him come in and clean up the place so they don’t have to”

            Like he cleaned up Massachusetts? Last I checked – Massachusetts is a Blue State. I also heard that he could not get re-elected in his own state. Speaking of red and blue states, so far the only candidate to win a “Red” state is Newt. Santorum and Romney won “Blue” Sates. Here is a link to an article comparing Massachusetts economies with Texas’s through Mitt’s term as Governor (2003-2007)

            http://www.economicmodeling.com/2011/09/09/comparing-perrys-texas-to-romneys-massachusetts/

            The economy did turn around in Massachusetts while he was governor, but so did Texas – perhaps the reason was George Bush and not Mitt? Why did Texas enjoy 18% but Mass only got 1.8%? Pay particular attention to the jobs Mass. gained and what they lost.

            ”I also understand your frustration with the national party and members of Congress.”

            It is not frustration – it is anger. They have failed us and it’s time to find someone else who can get the job done. They have also betrayed us – when Cochran, Wicker and Palazzo voted to raise the debt ceiling they betrayed us. They used conservatives to get into office, and then forgot about us once they got in. I am concerned that the people on the list in this post will do the same.

            I don’t think Obama is our problem. I think our problem might be a Republican Party that will not repent and return to its core conservative values and take the stand that Gingrich, Santorum and Paul supporters (the conservative base and majority) think is important- Quit Spending our Money, Balance the Budget, Cap Spending, Get out of our Lives, and Get out of our Businesses. Quit acting like a follower and start acting like a leader or get out of the way. We are tired of excuses – we want results.

            Off topic – “Ron, and just vote for the person I think will do the best job.”
            Really Bill? You do know you wrote this don’t you?:+)
            I do enjoy the discussion – best wishes.

  6. George permalink
    January 24, 2012 2:49 pm

    In a Newt v Obama race:
    Will those of us who believe that the family is the bedrock of society choose:

    Newt, who talks the talk but provides a miserable example, or

    Obama, who provides a good example but doesn’t talk the talk, or

    stay home?

    MS will remain Red without question but what about some battleground states?

    I’m watching with interest but Newt’s electability is a genuine concern.

  7. Travis Rose permalink
    January 24, 2012 10:58 pm

    So I hear the Romney campaign is hiring…

  8. Ron williams permalink
    January 25, 2012 1:38 pm

    It’s really sad to see the dying of the Reagan Republican Party. We republicans are faced with deciding, not on a leader but on whose not the worst.

    The establishe Republican leadership, is completely out of touch with what use to be it’s base.

    Bill, when you say you’ll vote Republican “no matter what or who”, you are not putting any pressure on our leaders to perform.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      January 25, 2012 2:21 pm

      Ron, have you found those “credible news sources” yet? And Ron, “we republicans” do not come out and endorse and financially support liberal democrats like Dupree.

      • Ron to Tony and Rat, Williams permalink
        January 27, 2012 5:00 pm

        The arraogance of Republican Partisans. I have been a lifelong Rerpublican conservative, party and campaign contributor and voter. Instead of attacking me, and others who have lost faith, you should be asking, how did we lose that guy. A business doesn’t blame a dissatisfied customer, they try to solve the problems.

        On the Dupre issue, I think we have opened ourselves up to a republican pork partty. I hope I am wrong.

        You are like a bunch of spoiled kids, pouting because someone told you “no”.

        Rat, I can’t respond to your pseudonym and personal attacks anymore. If you can’t stand by your comments, then you’re just a waste of time. We have real issues in this country and I have no more time for you.

        Brett, Ithought I had posted this response before I made that promise. See you in about a week.

    • Tony Palazzo permalink
      January 26, 2012 5:38 am

      Ron, Reagan would never have endorsed a Democratic candidate over a Republican to whom he lost a primary. You endorsing Johnny Dupree over solidly conservative Phil Bryant renders you unable to speak on behalf of the Reagan Republican Party.

      • Ron Williams permalink
        January 27, 2012 2:14 pm

        Reagan had a different set of candidates. Not profiteers who use the Republican Label for personal gain regardless of damage their fellow americans.

        Isn’t it amazing that we now find out that many ofm those elected officials and Republican candidates who supported the financial bailout were really just protecting their personal investments at the expense of middle class working Americans?

        Tony, I voted for Steve. I gave him money and asked nothing in Return. I think Steve is a good guy. But we need Representatives who will put people above Party.

        Look at our Presidential candidates, they spend more time questioning the suspicious methods of each others wealth building thanj what is best for America. That is because, Republican and Democratic leadership are so oblivious to the daily issues confronting working Americans, they don’t know what to talk about.

        Now, Willy, you are a ” Born a Gain Christian” as am I. I guess Mitt is too.

        Here’s what I know about that. As a Christian, I have been blessed with Financial success. I have owned Businesses, Yachts, Airplanes and Real estate, none of which made me a better Christian.

        Then I Read Ecclesiastes ( it’s in the Bible). I realized that the purpose of wealth and blessing is not to build ego, but to be a blessing to your fellow man. I sold all those things and committed myself to be of service to others. There is no greater blessing than to know that one truly has worked for a greater good.

        Of course, I take care of my Immediate Responsibilities, ( my families needs ) as God instructs us to.

        My point is this, while Romney is rich and Knows how to kill the jobs of others to make even more money, I don’t see anything Chrisitian about it.

        In fact you have to Question a religion that claims Christianity but doesn’t accept the Humility and Meekness of Christ. Instead they wrote a manual that fits their needs. I am not opposed to Mormons. I believe in Freedom of Religion, I just don’t think you should claim Christianity when you reject or
        edit to your own preferences, the teachings of Christ

        But I don’t reject Romney as president because of his religion, I reject him because I don’t get a sense of honesty or devotion to the needs of all Americans. He will make a great president to the greedy.

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      January 26, 2012 7:36 am

      So you’d rather I vote for Obama? My point is that I think all of the Republican candidates left in the race are better choices than Obama. It will probably end up a battle between Romney and Gingrich, and I think either of them is preferable to the incumbent so I’ll vote for the one who gets the nomination. I’m voting for the candidate I think will do the best job. I don’t understand how that has anything to do with pressuring him to do a good job. Should I threaten to vote for Obama if he doesn’t promise what I want? That’s a little naive, don’t you think? Should I stay home in protest? How does that help do anything but get Obama reelected? I try to get past the nonsense, Ron, and just vote for the person I think will do the best job.

      • Ron Williams permalink
        January 27, 2012 2:35 pm

        Bill,

        If Obama takes the fruits of your efforts to reward his supporters, how is that diferent from a republican taking the fruits of youfr efforts to protect his wealth and reward his supporters.

        The sad truth is this. Americans hyave been trained and cnditioned to have a favorite ” team” . We rarely take the initiative to look beyond the uniform. And, we certainly never root for any other team.

        The solution to this prob lem, is neither Party, DEM or REP. We must put third parties or Independants in office, to control the major Parties and their corruption.

        To accomplish that people like yopu and I , who may disagree on some things, but truly want “of the people, by the people” back, must be active loud and consistent in helping to open the eyes of others to the details of our national woes.

        Bil, I am running, not as a Rep. but as a Libertarian, because we have to fix this country.

        Our country is like a car that we have been sending to the same mechanics for years. Everytime we get it back from the shop, it is a little bit worse. For some reason however, we keep sending it to the same Mechanics.

        As einstein said, sort of, “to continue doing the same thing and expect different results, is insane”

        Our nation has become insane, please help myself and others try to make a difference.

        Bill, the fact that you me and the many others on this blogsite are having these ” discussions” is a good sign.

        One more, thing. I apologize for all my “Typos” sometimes I misplace my reading glasses.

  9. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    January 26, 2012 12:30 pm

    Governor Mitt Romney the best prospect since President Ronald Reagan. Hill Billy Willie Harrell a retired Conutry Dee Jay and a Special Education Teacher and last but not least a Born again Christian.

  10. Bill Billingsley permalink
    January 27, 2012 10:08 am

    Brian, MIM won’t let me comment on your last post so I hope you’ll read this far down the page. While we may not agree on everything I’m also enjoying the discussion. However, your quote of my comment to Ron Williams at the end of your last post isn’t complete. You posted “Ron, and just vote for the person I think will do the best job.” While those are certainly words I wrote, you make it sound like I want Ron to vote for my candidate, which is inaccurate. The complete sentence is “I try to get past the nonsense, Ron, and just vote for the person I think will do the best job.” I’m not giving Ron advice, but rather telling him how I’m going to make my decision. It may not have been the best constructed sentence I have ever written, but it certainly wasn’t what you thought it was.

    • Brian Dove permalink
      January 27, 2012 2:10 pm

      I knew it wasn’t Bill – I have a very dry sense of humor – I was just trying some levity.

      I watched the debates last night – I am back in the undecided column – but its Gingrich Santorum.

      I did some research on Romneycare and its aftermath in Mass. it concerned me . What I read says:

      …Wait time for a Specialist in Boston went from 3 weeks to 7.
      …There are 18% more people working in Health Care in the state but they are not doctors and nurses – they are administrators filling out the paperwork. This compares with an 8% increase of administrators nationwide.
      …People who had insurance policies saw an increase of between 20-45% on their health insurance.
      …60% of the health costs for the uninsured have gone off books and 20% of the medicaid costs were shifted to the Feds.
      …Average cost to cover a family of 4 is $20,000.00 there compared to $13,000.00 elsewhere.
      …Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesmen say that Romneycare was never about making health care affordable – it was about expanding coverage to to the uninsured.

      I am also concerned that the people on the list above – especially the ones who I voted for – threw out an endorsement without actually checking the record – or they did check the record of success and they support this kind of activity.

      Tell you what I would like to see in this race for the republican Nod.

      I would like to see a commitment and an agreement between the 4 of them that whoever gets second place is the VP for the first place winner and the other two get a position in the cabinet.
      This would unify the party and give Conservatives and Republicans a voice in the White House after fire the spoiled brat that is in there now.

      i would also like to see elected officials concentrate on doing the jobs we hired them to do and not engage in party politics on the public dime. No civil service worker is allowed by law to campaign for someone while on duty – why are these politicians doing what the people who work for them are forbidden by law to do?

      • Ron Williams permalink
        January 27, 2012 2:44 pm

        I hope Brett gives me enough Space for all these. The fact is this . The only candidate who has made other Candidates put in writing and sign ( contract with America) their promises. is NEWT . Under his leadership we had a Balanced Budget and surplus.

        The contract wasn’t popular wiith Politicians for profit and many of those types still hold a grudge against Newt.

        Is Newt perfect, no. But as they say, the proof is in the puidding. Newts pudding was balanced with plenty left over.

        Bret if you allow me all these comments, I promise not to take up any more space for at least a week.

        Thanks

  11. George permalink
    January 27, 2012 11:09 am

    Mitt helped himself in the CNN debate last night I think. His strong support for Israel will bode well in Florida and perhaps some other swing states. Let’s face it, those states are where the November race will be won or lost. In one sense I’m thankful that MS is a solid Red state (no matter the nominee…even Ron Paul would carry MS against Obama) but in another way I hate to be left out of the actual decision process.

    Should there still be a primary battle going between Newt and Mitt in March, Mississippi’s vote will be very interesting. Even with most of the elected officials already endorsing Mitt, Newt will go over well with MS’s rank and file, I think.

    BTW, Jim Herring has a good read on the ‘circular firing squad’ GOP candidates seem to be conducting. http://www.jimherring.ms/

  12. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    January 27, 2012 12:17 pm

    I am Willie C. Harrell (Hill Billy Willie) a Conservative Born Again Christian that has never voted for a Democrat for President. I’m proud to see my friend Insurance Commissioner, and our Ag. Commissioner and all our Great Public Servants supporting the Great Mitt Romney.. Yes I’m retired Country Dee Jay and a Public School Teacher. I’m also proud see Thad, and Trent supporting Mitt. We got work 24 7 for the Conservative Busisneeman Gov. Mitt Romney. It would be Un-Christian and Un-American not to support Mitt.

    • Willie C. Harrell permalink
      January 27, 2012 1:00 pm

      Willie C. Harrell (Hill Billy Willy) we are going to carry Marion County Mississippi for the Christian Conservative Businessman the Great Governor Mitt Romney like we did with my brother by another mother Craig L. Robbins for Superintendent of Education. I have taught school and Dee Jayed all over Ms, North LA, , and north Arkansas, and Missouri. Rush, Hannity, and Rev. Franklin Graham was all excited about the Conservative Mitt Romney now they are some of them are telling a Ball face lie, Mitt is more Conservative than ever. I’m afraid most people don’t know the difference. We have Obama Care already in Ms, its called Medicaid. A Born Again Christian Willie Harrell for Romney:

      • Brian Dove permalink
        January 27, 2012 2:24 pm

        Willie;

        I need some help here since you are a Christian Conservative. I am trying to find in the New Testament where Jesus said that to help poor people Christians should pay Caesar to do it or make them buy health insurance policies and fine them if they don’t. Mitt says its good to do this – but I can’t seem to find this in the New Testament or in the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants. Maybe its part of the Old Law in the Old Testament.

        Can you help a brother out?

        • Willie C. Harrell permalink
          January 27, 2012 3:17 pm

          In James Chapter Five in the King James and others the Bible said if there any sick among called for the Elders of the Church and anoit with Oil. I teach school and I have sen students drive a $20,000.00 car with $150.00 pair of Designer Jeans and $150.00 pair of Michael Jordan shoes and get a free lunch. If you don’t trust in Jesus for your healiong you can now see see kids, and parents at the Emergency Room with Green Card, or at the Grocery Store with Food Stamp Card. I won’t argue with you about Mitt he didn’t have to work a day in his life but he did. He changed his mine on abortion George H W Bush did the night President Reagan the Great picked him for President. Mitt Lottery number kept him out of Viet Nam , Newt married his High School Teacher 19 years older to dodge the draft. Hannity, Rush, and Franklin Graham endorse Mitt 4 years ago the Conservative. I lived in Arkansas you should tried that with Clinton and then Rev. Mike they both did for the children. I’m voting for a business man not guy that had an affair for six years in fact had 2 but what a fake that like Balancing the Budget they just cut the increase Brother Ron Pall got Newt on that last night. God Bless you and God Bless America?

  13. Udongitit permalink
    January 29, 2012 2:51 pm

    Do you know I, and many other Christians didn’t vote for Mcain. Because we were insulted by his claims to be a christian, and his pandering for our vote, while at the same time he and his wife were drug (alcohol) dealers.

    While all this argument about who is or isn’t a christian. The answer is simple. Either you live it or you don’t.

    The only time ( according to the Bible ) that Christ expressed anger, was when he Threw the moneychangers out of the temple. The money changers were people who took advantage of the faithful and poor, by charging ridiculous rates for currency exchjange. Or in other words the moneychangers were using god for profit and personal gain. Kind of like these politicians, who claim to be Christians, not to witnees to people or help others but to get votes.

    Joel Osteen had a good message today about being of service to others.

    If I were a party person, I would be a Republican. But I know that our economy was almost destroyed bY Bush Republicans, Obama hasn’t made it better.

    this election ( unless a leader shows up), I’ll probably stay home election day.

  14. Brian Dove permalink
    January 30, 2012 5:41 am

    Hill Billy Willy – I have no idea what your point is cause you are all over the place. But you go ahead and hold something against Newt that Jesus has already forgiven and forgotten.

    George – I liked your post and I read the article on Circular Firing Squad – good piece and must say I have to agree with it. Tired of the (can’t call it what it is cause Brett won’t post my note) negative _____.

    Ron brought up a very good point why is the Republican Party apparently ignoring the fact that its conservative base is walking out the door? Could it be perhaps the politicians on this list think – we got your money, support and vote – now we don’t need anything more from our conservative base they need to just hush up and let us run things?

    Maybe Nosef the new one at the state Repub Helm will be able to fix this – trying to figure out why no one is beating the door down to join the State Republican Party.

    Bill – I dont have a problem if your candidate is Mitt – I relish discussion on the issues with you – and I really respect you for voicing your support – but elected officials should take the road Rubio did – stay out of the endorsement game and LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. Voters should decide who our nominee is – not politicians.

    • Bill Billingsley permalink
      January 30, 2012 10:37 am

      To be honest I haven’t selected a candidate at this point. I like a little of all of them, and will be happy to vote for any who win the Republican nomination. I’m with Haley when he says that purity is the enemy of victory. l hate the negative campaigning, and that alone makes me want to vote for Santorum just because he seems to be doing less of it than the others. However, I don’t think he’ll be in the race by the time Mississippi votes. The discussions in Mississippi are largely academic – the Republican nominee will get all six of our Electoral College votes.

  15. Hubcap permalink
    January 30, 2012 10:19 pm

    If they want to be re-elected they better straighten up. They best not vote for that blue dog fence sitter, double talking Mitt Romney.

  16. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    February 1, 2012 12:27 pm

    What all you guy’s think about the Great Conservative Business man Gov. Mitt Romney now Hill Billy Willie Born again Christian from Mississippi.

    • Brian Dove permalink
      February 1, 2012 4:15 pm

      Conservatism per Merriam Webster:

      “a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage) ”

      Romney at least lacks the last item – a belief in personal responsibility for personal needs as he believes that government running health care and retirement programs (Romneycare) is a valid government function.

      Winning a primary does not make you any more a conservative than saying your a Christian because you go to church every Sunday – your walk has to match your talk.

  17. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    February 1, 2012 2:15 pm

    Go Romney Hill Billy Willie Foxworth, Ms by way of Sumrall, Ms:

  18. Brian Dove permalink
    February 3, 2012 9:45 pm

    Bill – Purity in Politics. hmm

    I know it may be considered by some as “treason” to disagree with Governor Barbour, but …its not

    What Haley actually said:

    “Remember purity in politics, purity is the enemy of victory,” Barbour said. “We can’t start out with the idea out as the Faith & Freedom Coalition that our candidate’s got to agree with me on every single thing. We cannot expect our candidate to be pure. … Conservatives, religious people, small government people, we are not going to have purity. We’re not going to have a perfect candidate,”

    Why did he single out these particular groups of people and why in the grand scheme of things should it be these three groups that should give up what they want? I thought these three groups were the party – guess I was wrong.

    Why did he not say this to Republicans in the State that believe in big government?

    Why did he not say this to Republicans that believe getting Federal Grants and Loans so Mississippi Politicians don’t have to live within the means that Mississippi Citizens can afford?

    Why did he not say this to Republicans in the state who believe that abortion is OK (or won’t stand up against it)?

    Why did he say this at a FAITH and FREEDOM gathering when the spirit of “just accept second best” that this implies, is diametrically opposed to FAITH and FREEDOM?

    How does this belief inspire excellency?

    How does this inspire unity in the party?

    After this he noted Jesus as being the only perfect person that walked the face of the earth. Aren’t we suppose to at least try to be like Jesus – Is that not what the Christian FAITH is all about?

    Does this mean Haley does not believe that Jesus can actually win an election? Is it his faith that is slipping and if so why is he speaking at a convention on Faith?

    Lets see – Big Government and Freedom – compatible? How does that work?

    Are we supposed to give up our moral standards so we could win? I could not find where Jesus taught this. I thought when you held to your moral standards in the Christian Faith that was a win. Everything I know of the Christian Faith says that when you don’t hold to your moral standards, you loose.

    Jesus said “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” then “all these things shall be added unto you”. He said “Be ye perfect?” Yea I guess maybe Jesus was not thinking clearly when he said a little leaven leavens the whole lump – he should’ve known better – after all he created the leaven and the lump.

    I think Jesus would say that Politics is the enemy of Purity. He certainly took the Pharisees and Sanhedrin to task over it.

    The politicians in the government and church that opposed Jesus wanted the same thing. They wanted Jesus to go away and just let them run things. They eventually killed Jesus to shut him up so they could run things.

    Maybe it was this same lack of Purity in Government and Religious circles that lifted God’s Hand of Protection from the Jews and allowed the Romans to come in a conquer them in the first place and eventually scatter them to the winds.

    Haley also said in the same speech:

    “Winning is about unity. Winning is about us sticking together to achieve the main thing.”

    Is this what we are about? Winning? Is he saying that its OK to do some things wrong just so we could win. How is winning at any cost a Christian Principle?

    How is it unifying to tell the majority of the party to shut up and let the minority run things?

    What is the “main thing” we are seeking? Is it freedom or money or something else? Who is our God – is it the Economy or the God who controls the economy? Is it Mammon or Christ? Gee I always thought it was “Love God, Love People”.

    Unemployment in Mississippi was about 6+% when Governor Barbour came into office- it is now at about 10+%.

    According to the USDA Mississippi’s per capita income has not changed since 2008, and our poverty rate went up 2.5%. Guess that’s not too bad unless you’re one of the ones in that 2.5%.

    According to Bloomberg Business article published December 5, 2011… http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9REG8IG0.htm:

    “Mississippi’s unemployment rate has drifted slowly upward during 2011, hovering at 10.6 percent in October. That tied with Michigan for the third highest nationwide, behind No. 1 Nevada and No. 2 California. … hooray we beat California!!!

    The broadest measure of unemployment — which includes people who are only looking for work sporadically, who have given up looking, or who are working part time because they can’t find a full-time job — averaged 16.5 percent in Mississippi over the 12 months ended Sept. 30.

    Almost as many Mississippians said they had a job in October as in January 2008, the high-water mark for pre-recession employment. But the number of people looking for jobs in the state began growing in late 2009 and is 4.5 percent greater than before the recession began. That compares to almost no growth in the national labor force.

    Republicans controlled the administrative sector of government and Democrats controlled the legislative sector. Apparently neither one of them could come up with a “win”.

    Maybe its time to listen to “purity” Conservatives, religious people, small government people?

  19. Ron ( on trump endorsement / Romney ) williams permalink
    February 3, 2012 10:25 pm

    Gotta Love it.

    Donald Trump, who has hidden behind Bankruptcy laws and Stuck his creditors as a means of protecting his wealth, is now endorsing a fellow ” brother of the Bankruptcy for profit” Mitt Romney.

    The Republican Party has lost it and needs to get ready for four more years of Obama.

    That’s a shame. It doesn’t have to be this way. We just need someone with Standards.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      February 6, 2012 10:03 pm

      Ron, you have made public reference to having a drug addiction in the past. Since you are now a candidate for public office it is entirely appropriate that you give MIM readers the details of your drug addiction.

      • ron williams permalink
        February 7, 2012 6:20 pm

        Give us your name and I’ll answer any question ask. Till then you’re are wasting your time.

        • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
          February 8, 2012 6:27 am

          Ron, I’m just a single anonymous blogger on MIM. But you are a candidate for U. S. Congress. You owe it to the voters to reveal the facts and details of your drug addiction. So this isn’t about me or who I’am. It’s about you and your run for congress and your drug addiction. So please reveal the details…

          • Ron Williams permalink
            February 8, 2012 3:20 pm

            Rat Your intentions are clear. You are not capable of intelligently, discussing the issues.

            I made the information about my past, Public during the campaign for Governor.

            Thats all.

            Now what are your thoughts on the issues I have brought up. Issues such as Haleys’ pardons, the pharmaceutical legislation, debt ceiling increase, etc.etc.

            Not all Partisan Types are ignorant, but you seem to be.

            You’re not an innocent blogger. You have a personal grudge against me, and in your obsessive mind, you can’t get away from it.

            I’ll tell you what. If you are a better choice for Congress, I will give you my spot on the Ballot and Campaign money.

            Let me be clear, at no point in my life, have I ever wanted to be a politician. I wish there was someone else who would fight this battle.

          • Ron ( it's important) williams permalink
            February 8, 2012 3:38 pm

            We just made anothr contribution to Honor Flight. This is the effort to get ourm last remaining WWII vets to the Memorial in D.C.

            The local volunteers for this program tell me that timme is running out, as so many of these heros are dying.

            I don’t know what charities, if any you guys support, but if you can please call teddy @ 228-860-8446. They need your help.

            If you have never seen the videos of these guys when they get to Washington, then search Honor Flight on the Web, and watch how this effort is bringing joy, tears and closure to some folks who deserve it.

            Let’s forget politics for a minute and do something for our vets.

        • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
          February 8, 2012 4:05 pm

          Ron, you are NOW a candidate for U.S. Congress so your past is an “issue”. So please provide MIM readers with the details of your drug addiction. Or do you have something to hide?

          • Ron Williams permalink
            February 8, 2012 4:36 pm

            Rat,

            You are a strange one to ask about “something to hide”. I post my name with every comment. Why don’t you.

            All this guff about, I owe the voters this or that, is hooey.. The fact is I don’t owe anybody anything. I am offering to compromise my personal life and happiness in order to be of Public Service. People will either respond to that or they won’t. I’m OK either way.

            I offer Honest representation, without the chains and control of ” special interests.”

            Financially, I’m ok for life. I don’t need the Job.

            I was asked to run for this position by people who are truly concerned about the deadly Grip on our country by the special interests of both major parties.

            In you personal attacks on me, you have not one time discussed or rebutted any of the issues in this campaign.

            I’m pretty sure your not voting for me anyway. So why do I care what your concerns are?

            But I will do this. If you will stand by your comments with your name, I’ll answer anything you ask. What do you have to hide?

  20. MyTopCat permalink
    February 6, 2012 5:11 pm

    Years ago when I was voting for the best candidate for the USA – I voted for an independant Ross Perot…I voted for him because i believed he was the best person for the job… My friends told me AFTER the election…. if they had voted their conscience they too would have voted for the same. They felt voting for an Independant was merely throwing their vote away.

    If you vote for the person you feel could best do the job and firmly vote your decision, you have done ALL that a citizen can do for their country!

    It may take a bit of independant thinking to get our country back on the right track !

    Ron Williams – You are dead on with your Trump comment !

  21. Coast Rat 4ever permalink
    February 8, 2012 5:13 pm

    Ron, the issue of your drug addiction isn’t going away with your failure to disclose your past. Rest assured, the fact (admitted by you) that your drug addict past will continue to be raised. Will you come out and disclose your illegal drug usage in an honest and transparent manner or you will continue to hide your addict issue? As a candidate for public office you owe it to the voters to come out and reveal the facts of your illegal drug usage…

    • Willie C. Harrell permalink
      February 9, 2012 12:35 pm

      If you think the Bridge to No Where that Santorum voted for or Washington Santorum and voted against the Right to Work it was what he believed but he had to go along with his state. I’m not advocating for Right to Work or the Union but Washington Tricky Rick Lies why he voted againt Right to Work that dog want hunt down in Dixie with many dogs, and Washington Newt Draft Dodging by taking vows with a teacher 20 years his age and kissing up with Bill on the Hill want hunt, so come on Mississippi lets vote for the Conservative Business Man the Great Conservative Mitt Romney March 16, 2012. Hill Billy Willie:

      • Ron Williams permalink
        February 9, 2012 3:17 pm

        Hey Williy,

        I admire your committment to Your candidate. I want to ask you something.

        Have you ever owned or worked for a business who fell victim to a ” bankruptcy for profit” .

        I ask this because I have. The fact is, that Romney and Trump have profited by not paying their debts.

        Don’t get me wrong. I believe that bankruptcy happens sometimes, not as a profit strategy, but out of unforseen events.

        But when Romney talking about how successful he is, ask yourself this; Did he ever go back and pay in full, his bills.

        I will never forget an article I read many years ago. The basis of it was this. Trump had just filed bankruptcy his casino. He stuck a lot of his vendors and creditors and caused them financial catastrophe.

        What was so incredible, was that Trump was still giving interviews while riding oh Personal Jet.

        I don’t know how some one justifies not paying their bills, and using someone elses money live their lavish lifestyle. It is pure ego and arrogance.

        Hiding behind bankruptcy laws to get out of honoring a debt, is not presidential material.

        If Romney were to make an effort to find all those businesses and repay the damage his bankruptcies caused, Then we can talk about his campaign.

        • Willie C. Harrell permalink
          February 10, 2012 11:38 am

          Ron are you the same one that ran for Governor last year. Iliked your ads and if my neighbor in Marion County hadn’t been runnind for Superintendent of Education as a Democract I would have voted for you. By the way my neighbor won like 68 votes doubling the Superintendent that was holding down the chair.

          • Ron Williams permalink
            February 10, 2012 1:46 pm

            I appreciate you support. More than that, appreciate your spirited comments on this site, even your differences with me, on the Romney Issue.

            Keep up the comments. Not only here, but in your daily activities. We will never turn this country around without people getting informed and involved.

            Thanks.

            If you know of any folks in the fourth District thatb would like a bumper sticker, please have them contact me @ .

            The Website should be up this week.

    • Ron Williams permalink
      February 11, 2012 11:34 pm

      Rat,

      You keep talking about “my failure to disclose my past”. Are you not listening? I was the one who disclosed ” the only Skeleton” in my closet before anybody asked.

      Wether you agree or disagree with me, I believe in honesty. I have no more details to share on that issue. If you and others wish to assume on the issue. so be it.

      You haven’t once mentioned that my wife and I are two of the largest contributors to charity on the coast. We were recently invited to the Bacot Mcarty top 100 banquet for contributors.

      I’m not saying this for recognition, I’m pointing it out because you represent yoursel as someone who knows me. If you are going to point out the “bad” you should also point out the good.

      I would be willing to bet that even in my days of substance problems, I was a better asset to my community and neighbors, than you have ever been.

      But let me say this. I love you and will pray that you can lose this sense of angst towards me. I think anyone who has followed your attacks on me will agree that you are obsessed. We talk a lot on this website about christianity. I forgive you 7×7 for your attacks on me and ask all on this site to pray for you, that you may find peace.

      If there are specific isues you would like discussed. Issues that are facing our nation and our children. I welcome your input and Ideas.

      I am not a peofessional politician with some hidden agenda. I will need the help, ideas and suggestions of my constituents to do what is right and best for the 4th district and our Country.

      And, as always I offer my phone 228-990-4564 for you to call, and discuss your issues with me.

  22. Brian Dove permalink
    February 9, 2012 3:04 pm

    Mr. Hill Billy Willy;

    Guess your fair haired boy took a shellacking this last week huh? Glad to see him stopped and wholloped.

    I want a Santorum/Gingrich or a Gingrich/SantorumTicket. Matters not to me which one is on top.

    The only true coservative package deal. We aleady got all the RINO’s we can stand.

    • Willie C. Harrell permalink
      February 10, 2012 11:30 am

      What is Conservative about a 300 Million Dollar Bridge to No Where Santorum voted for in the Senate, and many Pork Barrel projects against the Right to Work because his state was for it. We have a Democratic Republic not a pure Democracy like Athens Greece had the Birth Place of Democracy. Rick appeased his Liberals in PA. and they voted him out anyway. I do like Santorum Social Conservatives views. I want give any further comment on the Former Speaker. I guess since as Ann Coulter has stated on several Radio and TV Shows Mitt is the most Conservative but you hate Mitt so much I guess you can vote for Obama or one of the many Independents that are running. Mitt will be the Nominee. Hill Billy Willie Harrell

  23. Ron williams permalink
    February 9, 2012 10:39 pm

    Heres my question.

    If a candidate makes promises or statements for the purpose of getting votes, and then does exactly the opposite of what he promised, is that not fraud.

    When we elect a candidate, there is an implied contract for services. The candidate is compensated as a result of that contract.

    If someone enters into a contract by use of fraud, aren’t they liable for damages caused.

    Palazzo said he would not vote to raise the debt ceiling. He said He would not support Bailouts. He lied. We believed him, contributed to his campaign and voted for him.

    Under what legal proceeding can I demand my campaign contributions be refunded?

    Until we hold these guys personally accountable for their Lies and Fraud, we will never have good Govt.

    The second amendment to the constitution, was for just such a purpose. It is the great equalizer of our system. More and more, I have people tell me that they’ve given up on our system. ( low voter turn out is evidence ). Many people are just buying more guns and waiting for our society to collapse. I am worried about where we are headed.

    This is the reality of where we are today in our society.

  24. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    February 10, 2012 12:25 pm

    Ron you know about our Bond issues in Ms, it the same as the Former Speaker so called Balanced Budget. Hill Billiy Willie. I’m for Free Enterprise and how much and how long or we the Taxpayers going to keep feeding the same Politicans out of the Tax-payers feed Trough, we probably will continue to get the same results. Go Romney the Conservative Business Man, Ann Coulters says he’s the most Conservative of the pack.

  25. Dontreadonme permalink
    February 13, 2012 10:17 pm

    This election is wonderful. it seperates the wheat from the weeds. If there was a conservative bone in any of these supporters of Mitt Romney, they would be supporting a conservative candidate. The truth is I will never vote for Romney. By the way, yes i am an independent conservative, so my swing vote counts. The general election comes around and Romney is on the ballot, i vote 3rd party. So please select a better candidate than Romney.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      February 14, 2012 6:16 am

      I can emphasize with your position Tread. I, too, do not consider Mitt to be a rock-solid conservative from a fiscal and/or social perspective. I do not hold “Romney Care” against him though because I believe he exercised the will of the state. I am a strong supporter of state’s rights so I can’t fault him for supporting legislation that was favored by the majority of his constituents…even if that legislation is contrary to my beliefs.

      Of the current cast of R candidates I would place Mitt as my number 3 choice. But if he becomes the R nominee I will wholeheartedly support him. I can’t resurrect Ronald Reagan to run as a third party candidate and I can’t support Obama. So my vote will be for Mitt who is “light years” to the right of Obama. To be certain, a vote for a third party candidate will be a vote for Obama. I’m afraid that many R’s are looking for a Ronald Reagan type candidate and he/she just ain’t on the ballot. Like you, I would much rather see a more solid fiscal and social conservative nominee. But that candidate needs to be electable. I am not going to “fall on my sword” in support of a rock-solid conservative candidate who just can’t beat Obama.

      So my options are (1) Resurrect Ronald Reagan (2) Support a candidate who is many magnitudes more conservative than Obama and is electable (3) Indirectly support Obama by voting 3rd party. Well I consider myself to be a pretty strong person with abilities well above the average American but I’m afraid I can’t bring back Reagan. I also can’t bring myself to support Obama, if even indirectly. That leaves me with my number 2 option.

      So come November, if Mitt is the R nominee, I will be supporting him and will actively work to defeat Obama. Again, I can emphasize with your position and respect where you are coming from. But I implore you to reconsider your decision. Four more years of Obama will be extremely destructive and I suggest that irreparable harm may be done if Obama is re-elected. And voting third party will be an indirect vote for Obama.

      • Dontreadonme permalink
        February 14, 2012 10:38 pm

        Coast you make many good points about Obama. I do not like his policies they are very destructive. I think Romney would be more destructive with his policies and the majority in both houses. I think a big republican majority in both houses and Obama a lame duck president for four years wouldn’t be to bad. I would rather have a conservative president to go with the republican majority. I just want vote for Romney and I cant believe the list of leaders that support him.

    • Ron williams permalink
      February 15, 2012 5:15 pm

      I’m with you dontread.

      I was watching cpac coverage, and noticed something. There seemed to be an overall younger audience than at other times. Is it possible that the Republican Party has been overtaken by trustfund babies who , Like the demos, have no clue on what is necessary to turn this country around. Their only MANTRA is ” money, money,money’.

      There is nothing wrong with hard earned wealth, But a silverspoon, does not usually come with the values that created it.

      This country was built on basis of hardwork, Moral values, and a committment to each other that we do our best for the common good.

      We seem to have lost that to the ” what’s in it for me ” mentality.

      Now I want to run something by you for your thoughts.

      If we put Social Security, back to it’s original intention ( Guaranteed Retirement Savings) and removed all the other functions and programs that have become parasites of the SS program, what do you think.

      By taking the ” vote Buying” costs out of SS it becomes sustainable again.

      The other functions, such as disability,SSI etc.,etc., could be addressed by different legislation based on what works for Our Country and is sustainable.

      When I was running for Gov., I was approached by many people about helping them gat a disability check. It was almost as if their vote was for sale. I can see how that could cause problems.

      The thing is, that most of them had the same disability, ( obesity ), and related illnesses. If we developed a different system that incentivises healthy and does not reward with consequences for unhealthy lifestyles, we can eventually, reduce the need for these type programs.

      What do you think?

  26. Brian Dove permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:09 am

    I simply do not trust Romney and he has done nothing to assuage my distrust.

    I do hold Romneycare against him. It is one thing to say that he signed it into law because the people that he worked for wanted it – the people. But to brag that it was the framework for Obamacare and never say that this type of government control is a bad idea? Sounds like a liberal walks like a liberal must be a liberal. Or should I say RINO?

    I also have great concerns over what I perceive as a lack of leadership skills. While he was a partner in Bains Capital I understand his partnership totaled 12% of the firm. Hardly a leadership role. My concerns about his Bains work has nothing to do with capitalism. My concerns are that Mitt had lots of experience MANAGING things and money but no evidence I can find LEADING people. Leading liberals in Massachusetts Ted Kennedy’s back yard – really?

    Taking some leadership over the negative attack ads. That fact that he was not only unwilling to accept any responsibility for them – and he drew first blood on it – but he actually said he could do nothing about it concerns me very greatly. If he can;t lead his friendly PACS what good is he as a leader of the free world? We already have a president that takes no responsibility or leadership role in stopping some of the crap his party does.

    The political and marketing science behind this garbage makes me sick and I am not alone. it is the science of manipulating people to get them to do what you want them to do and has nothing to do with the good of the people and it certainly is not leadership.

    Attack ads are not leadership – they are the mark of a candidate that can’t run on his record….He did decide not to run for a second term as Governor….

    I don’t want to be MANAGED by both parties any more. I along with about 70% of the Republicans (CONSERVATIVES) here in this country are looking for a LEADER not a MANAGER.

    Don’t Tread might be on to something. A RINO in the white house with Democrats and RINOS controlling the Senate probably won’t solve anything.

  27. Ron williams permalink
    February 15, 2012 7:43 pm

    I don’t have any means of verifying what I am about to say. So keep that in mind as you read this. I do not want to mislead anyone.

    I was told that The highway Patrol and Local Law enforcement have an unwritten policy of being lenient on Drivers who may have had “one too many” of the free drinks at local casinos.

    If this is true, you have to wonder about this double standard of enforcement. The reason, I guess could be that Casinos generate a lot of revenue for our state and state employees. I guess it’s ok to drink and drive if the state’s makin money off of it.

    I would like to see the practice of giving “complimentary” drinks to players, be limited to those who have proof that they are busriders or have a room for the night or some other indication that they are not driving.

    One other thing. As a Libertarian candidate I disagre with one of the party’s planks. I do not believe in the leghalization of Drugs. I do not believe that people with these problems should be incarcreated for their personal actions. I believe that as Americans we all have a vested interest in finding longterm solutions to the Drug problem our country faces.

    I have heard talk about how much of the addiction problem occurs because people are exposed the these things at a young and developing age. I believe we need to incorporate random Urinalysis in all schools.

    I know many parents dissaprove of this, but I ask ; do you want your child ( who you know is clean ) to be sitting next to or influenced by a child who has problems. Until we get serious about this issue, it is not going away.

    Let me know.

  28. ronh ( pondering) williams permalink
    February 17, 2012 5:00 pm

    Something to ponder.

    These pigtail ( envorinmentally friendly ) lightbulbs may be just that. But the upfront purchacse price makes them a hard choice for some. What really concerns me is the windfall tax increase Govt gets from the sale. 7 % on a 99 cent light bulb is about 7cents. 7% on a $4.00 lightbulb is 28 cents.

    The components of the new lightbulbs are less environmentally over the longrun. So is it about energy reduction or tax increase?

    Maybe we should look at a maximum tax on all lightbulbs of & 7 cents per bulb.

    People might be more inclined to use the bulbs. we Also need to develop domestic production of these bulbs, if thats what we need.

  29. George permalink
    February 20, 2012 4:48 pm

    With all due respect, Mr. Williams, while your point has some merit, you mislead when you say that SS originally was a “Guaranteed Retirement Savings”. It never has been such. It was originally designed as a social insurance program and remains such today. When we pay into SS, we aren’t “saving” for the future, we’re paying a premium for an insurance policy. Check it out!

    Mutual fund salepersons like to use the term “savings” to create hostility that the government is doing something with my “savings”.

    The debate over whether or not we should even have social security is a good one to have but let’s don’t mislead people. It’s insurance not savings. Read the legislative history of it.

    You should be specific about which of the changes you would vote to repeal. Survivor benefits to spouses and minor children? Cost of living adjustments? Timeout for disabled workers? Option for early retirement at age 62?

    FYI, even though administered by SS, Medicare is a separate program and has been since it’s creation.
    Have you heard any folks, insurance or other, offering to take the revenue the US receives for Medicare and provide the guaranteed coverage to older Americans? I haven’t.
    It’s far more upside down than SS.

  30. Brian Dove permalink
    February 21, 2012 3:39 am

    So another insurance program – both of them – like the Flood Insurance Program that the government cannot get to work.

    George – Our church provides medical treatment to old people for free. We don’t have enough to treat everyone but I guarantee you we would love to have the money the government wastes on these programs and we could much more than they do and I promise you more compassionately. I know its a novel approach, churches actually taking care of people instead of just evangelizing – but its working, Many church organizations already do this.

    While we would be happy to take that revenue, we would want it directly from the people cause when the feds give it to you it always comes with strings attached that strangle any good that could come of it. You see when people provide the loaves and fishes, God multiplies it, When it comes from Government – God knows he aint gonna get any credit for it so why bother. God don’t accept tithes and gifts from Governments – just people.

    I have read the bible through 6 times and so far I have not found anywhere in there where God said “Hire Government to take care of your Mom and Dad”. I also have not found where God said to hire Government to feed your neighbor. I think he told Peter (you know the rock he built the church on) to feed his sheep. God did not tell Peter to get Ceaser to do it.

    Just some thoughts…..

  31. George permalink
    February 21, 2012 8:56 am

    Good post Brian. Excellent dissertation on individual and church responsibility. However, my point wasn’t to debate the merits of SS or Medicare, etc. My point was to call it what it is…an insurance program…that’s its official name and that’s its nature. It’s not a “Guaranteed Retirement Savings” as Mr. Williams called it. That’s misleading people.
    Mr. Williams appears to be an honest, straight shooting person so I’m sure he’s heard that line from others. As stated previously, pushers of mutual funds tend to do it to invoke angry at what the government is doing with my “Guaranteed Retirement Savings.”
    Does your church call a “tithe” by its name or do you call it a “Guaranteed Retirement Savings”?
    Keep up the good work at your church. Our world would be better if more churches and individuals would act on their beliefs as you have done.
    “No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions…” Margaret Thatcher was quoted as saying.

    Do your older members still sign up for Medicare? Does the church cover all hospital and medications, also?
    It’s my understanding that some Faiths completely reject Uncle Sam’s involvement.

    • Brian Dove permalink
      February 22, 2012 3:06 am

      They are just getting it off the ground and running. They don’t just serve the elderly they serve anyone who has fallen through the “Safety Net” or for whom the “safety net” is woefully inadequate – gee that might mean everybody but is not intended to…..

      I did understand your point and it is a good one to make.

      We don’t quibble with tithe, gift, donation…etc. But I do wish the government would quit calling it a tax and call it a premium……FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act. Where did it become Constitutional for the Federal Government to get into the Insurance Business?

      If I was sending the Retirement portion to my 401K and the Medicare portion to My insurance carrier, they would probably take care of me in my old age a whole lot better than SSI or Medicare. Before we go there the anti trust exemption for them would have to go.

  32. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    February 21, 2012 2:37 pm

    Mitt has gone ahead by 2 in Michigan, and is up by 10 in Arizona not counting the early absentee vote for Mitt. Congressman Ron Paul is helping us out in Michigan. I’m up in the Delta but I vote in the 4th District what Party is Ron Williams running on and what for, thanks Willie Harrell: Ron a wise guy he knows with the Bond Debt Ms doeshave a Balanced Budget, no more than Newt, and Clinton ever balanced a Budget with the National Debt hanging over us, but its a good Sound Bite or better wet a gimmick>

    • Ron Williams permalink
      February 21, 2012 4:22 pm

      George,

      Thanks for the feedback. You’ve given me some things to research. I appreciate it.

      Willie C.

      I am running for the MS 4th Congressional District as a Libertarian.

      Those are valid points you make. The problem is that no matter who we elect as a republican, of the choices we have, nothing is going to change. So, of the choices we have only Gingrich has a track Record of making congress enter into a signed agreement for specific performance.

      That is important, and here’s an example. Our current, 4th district Congressman, Steven Palazzo, said in his campaign, that he would not support Bailouts or Vote to raise the National debt. Once he was elected however, he forgot those positions and did exactly what he said he wouldn’t do.

      We need a president that will work to make Govt. accountable. Newt has done that.

      Maybe Mitt will do it too, We just don’t have a track record of it.

      I am concerned that at the end of four years of Romney ( or any of our choices ) we will be further in debt, those who are connected to the party will be wealthier, and working class Americans, will be in worse shape.

  33. Brian Dove permalink
    February 22, 2012 3:24 am

    Hill Billy Willie – The Arizona poll you are quoting showed them tied yesterday and Romney up by 10 points today. Weaskamerica poll group out of Illinois. Way too volatile to call right now. As for Michigan – the average today is Santorum by 1.5%

    Why do you vote in the 4th district and live in the Delta? You afraid people might not like you if you vote against Bennie Thompson up there in the 2nd?

  34. George permalink
    February 22, 2012 2:48 pm

    Ron said: “I am concerned that at the end of four years of Romney ( or any of our choices ) we will be further in debt, those who are connected to the party will be wealthier, and working class Americans, will be in worse shape.”

    Mr. Ron, you have concisely expressed the concern of many Main Street Republicans.

  35. Ron Williams permalink
    February 23, 2012 4:05 pm

    What do we do?

    I have been following the story that Federal Tax Dollars are paying the legaL expenses of the Freddie and Fannie administrators, charged by the Govt. with fraud. So. one Govt. agency has contracted with a bunch of politically connected lawyers to attack two other agencies that have also hired politically connected lawyers to defend themselves.

    We’ve spent over 50 million tax dollars so far.We have also determined that everyone involved is connected to both parties, through contributions.

    The base issue is that the administrators of Freddie and fannie ” cooked the books” to increase their personal bonuses. The side factor is this. both of the administators involved have been known to make pretty large contributions to parties and campaigns. In other words it looks like these bonuses are a way to “get the money out” and back to the politicians who have allowed this to go on.

    Here’s what I predicit will happen. We will spend another 10 million or so with the law firms. The administrators will be found guilty (to placate the public) but only censured with no real punishment, as is normal for govt dereliction, and nothing will change. Certainly, noone will have to give any money back.

    Until the American people can vote as a single mind for the common good of all Americans, this corruption will nevwer stop.;

    I am not the smartest person in the world. But I know this. ” There is a right and a wrong”. Great intelligence is not what helps us avoid confusing these two positions. It is concience of consequences that prevents us from crossing the line between good Govt. as intended for this Great Country, and corruption.

    One other Thing. I recently spoke with a State Legislator about the so called sunshine law. I was amazed to find out that in Mississippi there is normally not a “bid” process in the awarding of legal and other professional services contracts with the State. My opinion is that “any service that will generate an expense for the taxpayer, should require a best price, public bid.”

    I don’t know if you vote in the fourth district or not. If so, please consider my candidacy for congress. We have a lot to do, if we are going to turn this country around.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      February 24, 2012 6:56 am

      Ron, you are asking for us to support you in your candidacy for congress. You have admitted to being a drug addict but you refuse to provide the details of your addiction. As a candidate for congress you have an obligation to the voters to openly discuss the details of your addiction. Is there something in the details that you are hiding? Why want you come clean with the voters and be honest and transparent?

    • Brian Dove permalink
      February 24, 2012 6:59 pm

      It would be interesting to see which firms if any have had the greatest percentage of government contracts without bids…..vs their campaign contributions….

  36. Ron on the primary Williams permalink
    February 23, 2012 7:07 pm

    FYI

    I will be voting for Ron Vincent in the Republican Primary. I don’t know if enough voters from the 4th, will have the fortitude to vote for a third Party. I hope they will. But if not, of the Republican Choices we have, Ron Vincent gets my vote..

    Ron has been active in efforts to make Govt. accountable. I am worried about the pressure he will face from party leaders to copromise on his beliefs, but I believe he can stand his ground.

  37. Brian Dove permalink
    February 24, 2012 6:54 pm

    Unless there is some real change that goes on between now and the primary, I will be voting for Ron Vincent as well.

    By all appearances, Mr. Palazzo did not keep his promises to the conservative base and its time for we the voters to execute term limits. I think we would be well advised to vote against all incumbents this election and put some fresh ideas in there. Sooner or later we will find someone we can send to Washington or Government that is immune to the “drugs” dispensed there.

    Mr. Williams – I could care less about the details of your addiction. The addiction I worry about the most from the Beltway on down to the City Councils, is the political methamphetamine/crack cocaine cocktail that a government solution is always necessary for everything.

    Politicians get hooked on these political drugs and hang around in political crack houses called council chambers, halls of legislatures, houses of congress, mayors offices, governors offices, and similar enclaves with other addicts where they take big hits of this drug and go out and drain communities of their wealth to support their habit. They very rarely come “home” to the “family” that voted them into office except to get another pile of votes to support their lifestyle.

    This addiction leaves the political managers with the delusion that constituents need lording over and managing for their own good. This addiction takes over their personal beliefs and eclipses their belief in God and their fellow man. Most have deluded themselves into believing they can actually create jobs when in reality – they can only destroy them or hinder their creation (of course more government jobs are an exception).

    They are in serious need of an intervention and out of love we should afford them one and let them hit rock bottom. Its really the only hope they have right now of getting free of this.

    And in closing – we the people need to get free from our addiction to them…..

    • Ron permalink
      February 27, 2012 2:23 pm

      Brian

      Thanks for the comment. It’s funny you mention the problems with many lifetime politicians.

      We had and still do, one elected offocial down here that would always suggest that we bring him a check anytime we asked him to look into issues affecting his constituents. I still have the cancelled checks.

      It’s the typical ” representation for Sell” that we so often see from politicians who are there for personal gain and not public service.

      Hopefully we can change that.

    • Willie C. Harrell permalink
      February 29, 2012 12:05 pm

      Willie Harrell: To Ron and all the other Great One’s, I live in the 4th District Marion County, a native of Lamar County, and its in the 4th. I’m a teacher and the No Child Left Behind that President George Bush and Ted Kennedy trumped up and Ted wrote the Bill
      and Rick Santorum voted for it to be a Team Player, just like he voted against the Right to Work but he’s for it and will support it if elected President. Santorum, Rush, Levine, Hannity, Franklin Graham supported Romney in 2008, so now in their view Romney a Hitler. I call that Santorum, and the others have done is the King of Flip Floppers. Romney won Michigan by 3 per cent but received more vote in 2012, than he did in 08, Mitt got more votes in Florida than anyone ever received but he can’t do anything right. How is your campaign coming Ron. If I hadn’t had to support my neighbor for Superintendent who just needed 68 votes of doubling the incumbent in the Democratic Primary I would have voted for you. They keep talking about a Moderate can win in the GOP what about Goldwater in 64. God Bless : Willie:

  38. Ron permalink
    February 26, 2012 6:37 am

    Rat,

    I’m not asking for your vote. In fact I would prefer that you not vote for me. I have no interest in representing you. So let it rest John.

    So here’s the deal. I have no intention of pandering, begging or putting up with garbage to get votes. People will vote for me or they won’t, based on the issues.

    So to be clear. If you don’t like my responses, vote for somebody else.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      March 1, 2012 1:54 pm

      Ron, it’s not your responses I’m taking issue with. In fact it’s quite the opposite. It is your lack of responses. You are an admitted drug addict. So the issue is that you fail to release the details associated with your illegal drug usage. As a candidate for public office you have an obligation to be transparent and honest with the voters but you have thus far failed to do so. So I challenge you to come forward and reveal the details of your drug addiction in an honest and transparent manner. Or is there something you are trying to hide from the voters???

  39. Ron permalink
    February 27, 2012 6:15 pm

    I want to talk about the civil rights museum. Personally, I would like to see civil rights history of our State, Hghlighted in Some or our other Museums.

    I say this beacuse or the cost at this time. But I am proud that in Our State, we no longer turn dogs loose or fire hoses, or throw Tomatoes at Children on their way to school. I am proud of how our State has made changes. Those changes are the results of the civil rights effort. We should be proud to have an exhibit celebrating how far we’ve come.

    I disagree with a lot of discriminatory and preference Legislation, passed in the name of Civil Rights, but I am proud that in our State, we tackle these issues for most part, not as black or white but as Mississippians.

    There are some who will try to use the differing opinions on the museum to separate us along racial lines, for their own benefit. Hatemongers often do this. I hope Mississippians can see through this and realize that we have money problems right now, that must be addressed.

  40. George permalink
    February 29, 2012 2:09 pm

    Hey Willie, Goldwater carried MS in 1964. And, that’s the only state in which my vote counts. It’s the center of the universe as far as I’m concerned.

  41. Ron fannie freddie Williams permalink
    March 2, 2012 1:48 pm

    If there is anyone with in depth knowledge of this, please respond and let us know. It appears to me that the bonuses being paid to the Freddie and Fannie administrators are partially based on income from the sale of foreclosed properties. So, we are rewarding them for making the bad loans to begin with?

    If this is correct, it has to stop.

  42. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    March 2, 2012 2:48 pm

    George: It takes 270 to win. The U.S. has 435 Congressman and 100 Senators and get 3 out of Washington D.C. not votes but votes Cast in the Electoral College, so that how we arrive at the 270. If you will check Governor Romney Conservative favorability 4 years ago against Senator Mc Cain and was endorsed by Hannity, Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levine, what has he done since 2008 to be such a Liberal. Romney don’t get his Finance, and Romance, and Honey and Money confused like one candidate we know, and vote for Big Labor, and raise the debt to 3 Trillion, and voted for Senators Stevens Bridge to No Where. I like Goldwater but the argument that a Moderate can’t win and a Conservative can or always does don’t hold water. I’m against killing Babies, for any reason, and don’t believe in spending our children Future, and I believe in the Bible, Constitution, and the Declaration of Independents. Please don’t tell me I’m not Conservative, I have never voted for a Democract for President. George I believe you are a person that loves your Country God Bless, and I know the Great American Ron Williams does. Willie Harrell:

  43. Brian Dove permalink
    March 2, 2012 4:22 pm

    Hill Billy Willie;

    Saying your a conservative because you have never voted for a Democrat is like saying your a Christian just because you go to church every Sunday. Its what you do between Sundays that decides that – likewise – its what you do between elections that counts.

    Mitt Romney wants people to depend on him and the government for their basic needs. He said he is willing to “fix” the “safety net” instead of getting the government out of the “safety net” business.

    The Jews did this when they left Egypt – they wanted to go back to the comfort of slavery to a government instead of the Promises of God. Instead of believing Joshua and Caleb that God was big enough to slay the giants that occupied the land, they listened to the political majority of that day and got to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.

    I really don’t want to wander in the wilderness for 40 years – I want to slay the giants that occupy our land – the land God promised us – because I believe God has something better for us…

    Disclaimer – the “giants” above are not people – they are ideas that create a dependency on Government for the benefit of a few instead of God for the benefit of all. I am not advocating in any way any violence or insurrection.

  44. Brian Dove permalink
    March 3, 2012 2:49 pm

    Just another thought for Mitt Romney supporters, Scott Brown from Massachusetts campaigned as a Republican. Twice now he voted to raise the debt ceiling and almost everyone of his actions so far have lined up with the Democrat’s. Can we really trust another “Republican” from Kennedy’s Massachusetts my bad – he now claims Michigan to be his home. Gee which “Democrat-Big-Labor” state is he from????

  45. Ron ( on healthcare) Williams permalink
    March 5, 2012 1:22 pm

    It is time for someone to speak the truth about healthcare costs. Individual mandates for health insurance purposes were originally a Republican Idea. The difference between the Dems, and Reps plans were price controls.

    Under the Reps, plan all that was being accomplished was that Doctors could charge whatever they want with guarantee of payment because of forced insurance purchasing. Under the Dems. plan, prices are slightly controlled by govt.

    I don’t believe anyone should be forced by law, to buy insurance. In fact I have, on several occasions, not used insurance for medical procedures and been able to negotiaite prices much lower than what an insurance company would pay. Do not be misled by either party. Any law requiring that an individual buy health insurance, is simply a measure to protect the medical proffession from the price controlling power of free martket competition.

    I had a procedure in which the Dr. charged $3700.00 for 15 minutes of his time. The high cost of health care is directly related to the high costs of yachts, foreign cars and fancy living.

    Govt. should stay out of free market enterprize. One reason govt. doesn’t may be that the American Medical Association, is a large contributor to both parties.

  46. Willie C. Harrell permalink
    March 6, 2012 12:09 pm

    Eric Cantor, John Ashcroft former Attorney General from Missouri the wonderful Senator Corburn from Oklahoma that served in the House with Newt, our Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney a former Representative and Senator from Vicksburg, Trent Lott, Thad Cockran, Connie Mack of Florida, Gregg Snowden, and the list gioes on and on these people have a reason for supporting Governor Romney. Santorum voted to raise his pay to raise the Debt Ceiling, the Bridge to No where, against the Right to Work, so at least be Fair. People want Newtr to have redemption but no for Mitt. I don’t particular like Romney Care but its like a Seat Belt Law a woman can be on her way to Abort a baby in Mississippi but she better have her Seat Belt on to protect her body. we got Food Stamps Medicaid,, Wick, month untold of Food Stamps so anyw3ay you want you probably would get just a good or better deal under a state plan where the Big Car Drivers, Lincoln Lexus, etc got a Green Card would have to belong to a state Plan. We have the government in our Education No Child Left Behind I’m a teacher that the Santorum Plan as well as Obama Care when he supported Arlan Specter over Senator Tommey his was the 60th vote. All thing considered I take Romney very proudly any day over the Pseudo Conservatives. Willie Harrell

  47. Coast Rat 4ever permalink
    March 8, 2012 7:02 am

    Mitt will be right here in Jackson County today meeting with local and state officials. Also an event at the Port of Pascagoula today. I do think Newt is probably the leading candidate down here but will be interesting to watch the “Santorum Surge” develop. As I’ve referenced on MIM before, Mitt is not my first choice but I am beginning to believe he is our best opportunity to defeat Obama. And I do believe he will be our candidate going up against Obama. Regardless of your personal preferences I encourage all R’s to go listen to Mitt today. The more of us that get involved with the process the better shot we have at electing an R in November. Hope to see y’all at the event today.

  48. George permalink
    March 8, 2012 11:56 am

    And the circular firing squad continues…Barack is salivating. I detest hearing and reading half-truths preached about each candidate as if they’re fact. Rick voted to raise the debt limit…raising the the debt limit is actually an honorable thing…it’s borrowing the money to pay the bill. Voting to spend money we don’t have is the sin…paying a legimate debt is a virtue. Point is…Rick is no free spending liberal….Mitt is no wishy washy socialist…Newt isn’t a globe-warming nut case who keeps Nancy Pelosi on speed dial………so which ever one you’re for……quit trying to the paint the others as something they aren’t by twisting the facts.
    Got a flyer in the mail yesterday that said Rick is for turning loose felons………give me a break.
    Heard a radio commercial where the lady says…..”I don’t know where Mitt stands…” My thoughts: that’s the lady’s fault…Mitt’s articulated his positions clearer than any other candidate save for Ron Paul.

  49. Brian Dove permalink
    March 9, 2012 3:09 pm

    “Mitt is not my first choice but I am beginning to believe he is our best opportunity to defeat Obama.”

    If you don’t stand up for what/who you believe in how will you ever be heard? If this is the only reason people are voting for Mitt we may be in trouble. Vote for who you believe in – its your voice in the process – the only one you are going to get.

    Most people I talk to don’t think it matters which one gets in – they don’t see the Republican Party successfully executing a winning campaign.

    The circular firing squad – yup tired of it.

    I would like to see the 4 of them negotiating a deal that all four of the constituencies could be happy with. This would be REAL TEAM LEADERSHIP instead of the EVERY PLAYER FOR HIMSELF MANAGEMENT we apparently have now.

    The LEADERSHIP to Consolidate the four corners – Gingrich, Paul, Romney,and Santorum’s constituencies – where is it?. All four candidates bring viable realistic solutions and I want all four of them working together to dismantle this government and give us back our Constitutional one.

    Pitting players against players is not the way to win a Superbowl. Doing this is not Team Building and the Team here is the Republican Party – not the individual campaign of any single candidate. I did not see anywhere in the recent allegations where Saints Players were paid a Bounty to tag other Saints Players.

    Getting back to the issue of this thread – elected officials endorsing candidates. When people elected to office endorse a particular candidate they participate in dividing the party. We elected them to represent ALL OF US not just SOME OF US. They should remain silent until after the Mississippi Primary and then they can get on the bandwagon AFTER THE PEOPLE THAT HIRED THEM MADE THEIR CHOICE AND TOLD THEM WHICH CANDIDATE TO SUPPORT. They work for us not the other way around.

    A party divided is a party defeated….and four more years of this Obamination continues…..

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      March 10, 2012 7:25 am

      Brian,

      My vote on Tuesday won’t be for Mitt. But I do think he will get the nomination. Simple mathematics are calculating heavily in favor of Mitt when one looks at the delegate count. And unless we see a major shift in the R voters across the country, and very soon, then Mitt will be very difficult to beat. This isn’t just my opinion, it (the deleate count) is mathematically calculating in favor of Mitt. And although Mitt won’t be getting my vote on Tuesday, come August or sooner, I will be an ardent Mitt supporter if he is the nominee. We (R’s) must begin to unify very soon behind a single candidate. Hopefully we will not battle it out in Tampa this August. If this was to occur, and I don’t think it will, we will only have 2 months to mount a unified campaign against Obama. This could prove disastrous for us and help shoe Obama back into office.

      • Ron Williams permalink
        March 12, 2012 5:32 pm

        Rat,

        We agree on something. Go figure. As much as disagree with his silver spoon background and his predatory wealth building practices, I think he will be our Nominee and I’ll vote for him.

        I think these bloodbath debates are gonna come back to haunt us.

  50. Ron, on oil exportation, Williams permalink
    March 14, 2012 5:09 pm

    Have any of you heard the prediction, that as we become more productive and efficient in our oil fields, we ( the U.S. ) may actually become an exporter of oil?

    No matter how efficient we become, we have no right to sell off any natural resources that rightly belong to future generations. I can envision no scenario, in which the U.S. should become an exporter of energy.

    Remember, we only account for about 5% or less, of the worlds oil reserves and we consume almost 25%. Where do we have any to spare?

  51. Ron, on gas prices, Williams permalink
    March 15, 2012 4:10 pm

    I’m trying to figure something out. The Republican party is blaming President Obama for not controlling gas prices.

    I’m not an Obama fan, but in all honesty, gas prices are being controlled by , oil companies, traders, and distributors. All of which are traditional supporters of the Republican party. All these people have to do is lower their price.

    I hope that one segment of our economy isn’t making the rest of us suffer just to accomplish their political agenda. There is nothing American or patriotic in that.

  52. George permalink
    March 16, 2012 8:10 am

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh…Ron please don’t let the cat out of the bag that Obama can’t control gas prices. It’s free market. He needs to leave it alone. I’m for increasing production at home but don’t expect that to lower prices…but it sure won’t hurt them either btw. US oil is being sold on the world market as fast as it can be produced. Demand is increasing in other parts of the world as fast or faster than here in the US. Lower demand will lower prices and don’t expect a significant lower demand any time soon.

  53. Brian Dove permalink
    March 16, 2012 9:57 am

    US oil companies are selling our oil on the world market as fast as it can be produced. Our Government is standing in the way of them producing more – specifically Obama is standing in the way and the DOE is hostile to them doing more. While I am not a big Mitt fan he did get it right – we really need an alternative President, not alternative energy.

    When US companies sell our products (oil) on the world market the money they make creates American Jobs, and that money gets spent in this American Economy.

    Obama’s policies of slow walking permits, the Keystone pipeline, and refusing to allow drilling and oil production are KILLING jobs Americans need. Period. His failed energy polices are not just enslaving us to OPEC, they are KILLING jobs and opportunity here in America.

    I really can’t say as I blame the oil companies for supporting primarily Republicans. Its no secret that the Democrats are hostile to carbon based energy. While their hatred of it previously stopped short of an all out war against it, Obama and his administration have taken this up a few notches to that point. If I was in a business sector and the government was actively trying to drive me out of business I would support the opposition too.

    Obama wins the higher prices go on two basic fronts. First he gets to Punish the American People who don’t believe in his Green Theology. Second he gets to raise taxes without passing it through congress. This removes more money out of the economy and puts at his disposal to spend as he wants.

    Never forget the higher your gas price, the more taxes you pay and this ripples down the chain. Higher delivery costs raise the price of goods and there’s another tax hike without any legislative approval. Has anyone bought groceries lately.

    Ron, Oil companies are not making you suffer, this President and this Government’s failed policies and arrogant ideologies are so they can accomplish their political agenda.

    • Ron, on oil exportation, Williams permalink
      March 16, 2012 1:34 pm

      I don’t believe that oil companies are making me suffer. My point is this. At some point oil will be in short supply. It may be 20 years from now. What right does our generation have to sell oil that belongs as much to future generations as it does us.? If we were meeting our national demand with 100% domestic production we would still have no justification for selling our childrens’ natural resources.

      We should sim[ply ” take what we need and leave the rest.”

    • Ron, on EPA, Williams permalink
      March 21, 2012 4:30 pm

      Did you guys hear about the ruling against the EPA, by SCOTUS. I applaud the ruling, and ask this. Who gets fired?

      Obviously we have a case of arrogant and overzealous EPA employees who have cost taxpayers and these property owners, millions in legal fees and personal stress. Will their blatant abuse of authority be dealt with ? Or, will they be allowed to keep their jobs so as to again waste taxpayers dollars?

  54. Ron, on contributions, Williams permalink
    March 24, 2012 9:13 pm

    As we begin to Start the campaign activities, the question has come up about accepting contributions. I don’t know how I feel about that yet.

    My first response is to not accept contributions, so as not to give the appearance of owing any special favors. But, I have also been tolld that by not accepting at least, small individual contributions, I am prohibiting other concerned citizens from taking action to help repair our Govt. I don’t know.

    Without contributions, I will not be able to mount a huge campaign. The Idea however, of trying to convince people ( root word CON ) to vote for me is not appealing.

    I hope that ther are enough patriots in the 4th district who are willing to make the effort to seek out my candidacy, as a true step in the right direction for our Countrty.

    I do not want to ever give the impression, that I have some motive or agend for running, that would cause me to beg or pander for support. As Im ahve said before, “people are either ready for a change from thye same old party politics, or not”. If they are not, then spending a bunch of money on the campaign ( as I learned in the Governors’ race ) is a waste.

    I welcome any response or suggestions, either througth this site or at .

    The yard signs and bumper stickers will be here in a couple of days. Anybody who wants one, please just email and I’ll get it to you.

    I know this is a Republican site. Trust me when I tellm you that I hold traditional Republican values ( the Reagan / Jefferson type ) to be the cure for our country’s woes. I am probably more of a Republican than most Republicans.

    I am running as a Libertarian because, I feel that Washington Beltway, Republican leadership has for gotten that Republicans should always put Patriotism and Public Service ahead of personal gain.

    We can put this Country back on the path to the Greatness and strebgth, that I grew up with. We can have an America that rewards personal drive and committment with succes withouit being dependent upon Govt. favoritism. We can put Govt. back into the control of the people and not the other way around.

    One other thing. As a congressman I will work to establish a mechanism,by which citizens of this country will have a means of firing, Govt. employees who are derelict in thier Public service. Theren will be no more guarantee of continued employment or cushy benefits for poor performance. Being a civil servant is a priviledge not a right.

  55. Willie C. harrell permalink
    November 2, 2012 10:21 am

    I’m thinking hoping and praying that Mitt Romney is elected Tuesday November 6, so by the help and Grace of God we don’t become Greece or worse if possible Cuba. Come on boys, and girls the party over the show is on go the Great Mitt Romney God Bless you and America I’m praying Hill Billy Willie Harrell retired Country Dee Jay an a High School SPED Teacher at West Marion, Foxworth, Ms: Football Trojans 10 and 0; Go Romney Trojans ans our Supt. of Education Hon. Craig Robbins:

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