The Party of Growth 2

By Tom Quiner

The time has come for the Republican Party to begin acting like Republicans again.

This week’s election is not a mandate for Republicans, but rather a mandate for Republican ideas. One of America’s best and brightest pundits is the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger. He talked about what Republicans need to do in today’s column:

“The simplest way for the Republican Party to free itself and the economy from this unending Beltway hell is by reviving a core belief of one of the country’s most successful presidents: If the government will get out of the way, Ronald Reagan argued, there’s no limit to what the American people can achieve.”

And there you have it. Democrats believe in the power of the government. Reagan Republicans believe in the power of the people and free markets. As I pointed out in my post yesterday, Republicans collaborated in the explosion of government spending under Bush II. Not to be undone, President Obama has left President Bush in the dust.

When President Bush II left office, the federal government controlled 35 percent of our economy. In two short years, Mr. Obama has increased the share to 44.7 percent, ahead of socialist-leaning democracies like Great Britain and Germany.

Do we want this much power, this much of our dwindling wealth, shipped into the beltway for bureaucrats to determine what’s best for America?

It’s time for Republicans to say no. As Mr. Henninger said:

“Congressional spending is the locus of Washington’s power. They decide who gets reprocessed taxpayer money and who doesn’t. This sustains the regulatory bureaucracies and all those orbiting Washington lobbyists. That is the solar system known as Inside the Beltway.”

Republicans need to listen to President Reagan. Let’s take back our country from the big spenders in Washington who are making our country worse, not better.

The chart below shows it all. Our government is out of control.

I encourage you to take the time to listen to Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech above. It struck me how it is immediately fresh and relevant. His ideas are timeless. We need these ideas more than ever.

Republicans: it is time to start acting like Republicans again. America is hungry for you to once again be the party of growth. Ronald Reagan talked about it in 1964, and then he put his ideas into action when he became President. Guess what? They were wildly successful.

Let’s get to work!


A little post-election political humor 3

By Tom Quiner

It’s been intense these recent weeks as politicking reach a fever pitch. I think it’s time to decompress for a few minutes with a little political humor.

I received the story below from a Quiner’s Diner reader. I think it’s made the rounds over the years. I don’t know who wrote it. But it certainly tickled my funny bone. Hope you enjoy it.

The Birth of Political Spin

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern
California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree.

She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid’s great-great uncle,
Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery
in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the
gallows in Montana territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle, Harry Reid:

Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

[For the record, I checked this out at and none of it is true. It’s still awfully funny!]

A mandate for restraint Reply

By Tom Quiner

Prepared by Randall Hoven

In the 2006 midterm elections, Democrats picked up 31 seats in the House and 5 Senate seats.

In the 2008 elections, Democrats picked up another 21 House seats, 8 Senate seats, and the White House.

There are a number of factors that decide elections. One of the critical factors in Republican’s fall from grace was spending and big government.

President Bush had run as a “compassionate” conservative. Under his administration, federal spending increased by 54 percent. By contrast, it had only increased 12 percent in the Clinton/Gingrich years. Subsidy programs increased by 30 percent under Bush II. Government employment exploded by 1.6 million jobs. Government regulations increased by 70 percent.

At one point he tripled spending for the Department of Education. The list goes on.

Voters threw the bums out. And yet Mr. Bush’s spending appetites pale to President Obama’s as you can see in the chart above.

In yesterday’s elections, the party that voters loathed two short years ago picked up a staggering 60 House seats and at least 6 (and probably more) Senate seats.

Have voters once again fallen in love with Republicans? I don’t think so.

I think they’ve fallen out of love with President Obama and his leftward lurching party.  “Hope and change” sounded good two years ago, now the bill has come due.

Quiner’s Diner has chronicled the Democrat’s spending tsunami many times. Here are a few morsels:

• Whereas the average annual deficit under President Bush II was $251 billion dollars, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that President Obama’s budgets and proposals will produce a $1.056 trillion average annual deficit for 2009 through 2020.

• The deficit for the last fiscal year Republicans controlled the budget, 2007, was $161 billion.

• The smallest expected Obama/Pelosi/Reid deficit based on Democrats’ plans is $724 billion in 2014 according to CBO projections.

Yesterday, the electorate spoke loud and clear: show some restraint.

We threw out Republicans for reckless spending the previous two election cycles.

We did it again to Democrats yesterday.

Washington, are you listening? Show some restraint.

Here in Iowa, voters sent a message of restraint to the three Supreme Justices up for retention. We threw them out for imposing gay marriage on Iowa. Voters are acutely sensitive these days to radical liberalism.

The voters said they don’t want Democrats hijacking America with their liberal agenda, just as they told Republicans that they don’t want them hijacking America with their liberal spending habits.

Voters don’t like liberalism. We like restraint.

Coming Wednesday: Quiner’s Diner election wrap up Reply

By Tom Quiner

I’m getting ready to head down to my family room to watch election coverage. Check back tomorrow for Quiner’s Diner humble reactions to this watershed election.

God bless America. [Note to the President: God is the Being who grants us inalienable rights, including a right to life. Read the Declaration of Independence for details.]


The President of the elite 2

By Tom Quiner

I have just completed writing a musical called “The Pope of the People.” It covers John Paul II’s ( JP2) first ten years as Pope (click the icon on the right for more info).

What was striking about this man was the way he connected with ordinary people. I talked with a local priest, Monsignor Frank Bognanno, who was with the Pope when he came to Des Moines.  He was struck by the Pope’s connection with the Iowa people when he came to the Irish Settlement (his parish at the time) and Living History Farms in 1979. He was struck by the Pope’s love of the land. He was struck by the simple humbleness of this man from Poland.

The Pope is one of the most powerful men in the world.

The President of the United States is one of the most powerful men in the world, too.

I can’t help but contrast two powerful men on this night of an important American election.

President Obama does not relate to ordinary people. He comes across as being above us.

He revealed a lot on the campaign trail in 2008 with this comment when he thought no one was recording it:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

We’re “them.” He makes it clear he’s not one of “us.” He’s not a President of the people.

If we’re part of the Tea Party movement, we’re racist.

If we’re concerned about the Federal Government’s inability or unwillingness to enforce immigration laws in Arizona and we pass tough state laws to compensate, we’re racists.

The President and the Speaker and the Majority Leader told us we’d like Obamacare once we learned what’s in it. We hated it before it was passed. We told the President we hated it. They passed it anyway. As we learn more about it, we hate it even more.

The President and the Speaker and the Majority Leader ignore our feelings. They know better.

The President today characterized those who disagree the President and the Speaker and the Majority Leader as “enemies.” We are the President’s enemies. He told us so.

There is only one thing left to do, and that is to vote against the President’s and the Majority Leader’s and the Speaker’s agenda.

They don’t speak for us.

Our President has made it very clear: he’s not the President of the people. He is the President of the elite.