Archive for September, 2011

Battle For America

September 28, 2011


Herman Cain Wins Florida GOP Straw Poll

September 25, 2011

Herman Cain Wins Florida GOP Straw Poll

Businessman Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll Saturday, beating Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential front-runner who just two days earlier delivered a debate performance that was widely panned. Cain finished with 37 percent of the vote, while Perry trailed with 15 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney followed with 14 percent while former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum drew 11 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul finished with 10.5 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
finished with 2 percent.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa straw poll in August, finished with just 1 percent of the vote.

“Thank you to the Republican voters for this incredible honor of being named the winner of the Presidency 5 straw poll in
Florida today,” Cain said in a statement after the results were in.

“This is a sign of our growing momentum and my candidacy that cannot be ignored. I will continue to share my message of
‘common sense solutions’ across this country and look forward to spending more time in Florida, a critical state for both the nomination and the general election,” he said.

Perry, who was expected to finish strong had told the more than 3,000 GOP activists who came from across the state that his
rivals made a mistake by skipping the straw poll..

Romney and Bachmann had both left Florida before the voting began and their campaigns discounted the straw poll’s role in the campaign.

Other first-tier candidates hadn’t actively organized for the Florida vote, either. So the results probably won’t shuffle
the campaign’s standings and were shaping up as little more than a popularity contest among the delegates selected by local party organizations.

Ahead of the test vote, Perry’s campaign bought breakfast for hundreds of the party faithful assembled for a three-day
conference and debate. Perry said skipping the straw poll was a blunder.

“I think that’s a big mistake. I think it’s very important,” Perry said, citing its history.

Previous straw polls have predicted the GOP nominee.

Ronald Reagan won in 1979, George H.W. Bush in 1987 and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in 1995. The Republican Party of Florida, however, has not organized the test vote in recent years.

Perry, a late entrant into the Republican primary who quickly led national polls, stumbled in recent weeks.

His strident defense of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants put him on the wrong side of the GOP’s conservative base.
His rivals worked to exploit his opposition to a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border and his support of a mandatory vaccine for girls against a sexually transmitted disease.

A Florida poll victory could prove helpful, especially ahead of Friday’s deadline for the latest fundraising snapshot.

From Florida, Perry was headed later Saturday to a Republican gathering on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Romney, the son of a former Michigan governor, also was set to address the crowd in the state where he spent his youth.

Rick Perry – Proven Leadership

September 23, 2011

Under Attack, Perry Hits Back at Rivals in GOP Debate

September 23, 2011

Under Attack, Perry Hits Back at Rivals in GOP Debate

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential front-runner, fended off pointed attacks from his rivals during Thursday night’s debate over his criticism of Social Security and his record on immigration. Anticipating the attacks that came during his previous two debate appearances, Perry sought to put his rivals on the defensive at the Fox News-Google debate in Orlando.

Perry, who has faced repeated criticism from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, said Americans who are in the government’s retirement program or close to joining it have nothing to worry about, because it won’t be dismantled.

“Now, it’s not the first time that Mitt has been wrong on some issues before,” Perry said, explaining that he only had said there should be an option to move from the current system to one operated by the states.

But Romney shot back that six months ago, Perry wrote in his book that the federal government shouldn’t be in the pension business and that it’s unconstitutional.

“So you better find that Rick Perry and get him to stop saying that,” Romney said.

Perry Tries to Clarify Position on Social Security

The other seven challengers who participated in the debate were looking to gain ground on the
leading pair. They were Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, businessman Herman Cain, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Johnson delivered what was perhaps the best-received line of the night when he attacked President Obama’s record on creating “shovel-ready” jobs.

“My next-door neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration,” he said to large laughter.

The Fox News-Google debate, hosted in conjunction with the Republican Party of Florida, enabled the viewing public to weigh in with votes on questions they wanted asked. More than 18,000 questions and 100,000 votes were submitted via text and videos to the website.

Fox News’ Bret Baier moderated, joined by Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace as panelists.

Sexual Activity Has No Place in Military

During the debate, Perry was attacked by Romney and Santorum for allowing certain illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates in Texas.

Romney calculated that the discount added up to $22,000 a year and nearly $100,000 over four years.

“If you are a United States citizen from any one of the other 49 states, you have to pay $100,000 or more,” he said. “That doesn’t make sense to me. That kind of magnet draws people into this country to get that education, to get the $100,000 break.”

Perry defended his immigration record, saying that he has more experience than any other candidate on border security and that he supported Arizona’s strict immigration law that was mostly struck down by a federal court.

“But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they’ve been brought here by no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart,” he said. “We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society.”

But Santorum wasn’t satisfied with that answer.

“Why are we subsidizing? Not that they can’t go,” he said. “They just have to borrow money, find other sources to be able to go. Why should they be given preferential treatment as an illegal in this country?” he said to cheers. Santorum also slammed Perry for not backing a border fence and for saying in a 2001 speech that he supported binational health insurance between Mexico and Texas.

“I mean, I don’t think even Barack Obama would be for binational health insurance,” he said to laughs. “So I think he’s very weak on this issue of American sovereignty and protecting our borders and not being a magnet for illegal immigration.”

I Would Build a Fence

Perry asked Santorum if he had ever been to the border with Mexico. “I’m surprised if you had,” Perry said as Santorum replied “yes.”

“But you weren’t paying attention, because the idea that you are going to build a wall, a fence for 1,200 mile and then go 800 miles more to Tijuana does not make sense,” he said. “You put the boots on the ground. We know how to make it work.”

Bachmann also
continued her recent attacks on Perry for his mandate in Texas that girls receive a vaccine for a common sexually transmitted disease linked to cervical cancer. She again suggested he acted to benefit a drug company who had given him campaign contributions.

Perry responded that he, indeed, had been “lobbied” on the issue — not by a drug company but by a woman with cervical cancer.

“The fact is, I erred on the side of life and I will always err on the side of life as a governor as the president of the United States,” he said.
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Reseña de unas entrevistas

September 20, 2011

Reseña de unas entrevistas

por Joe Barbosa

         El periodista José Elías Torres Montalvo, ha publicado un libro que ofrece un resumen contundente de la filosofía del Dr. Pedro Rosselló González, citando las palabras del propio Dr. Rosselló. Las preguntas de Torres Montalvo incluyen todas las dudas, que a base de información parcial o de abierta desinformación, se han creado por los anti-estadistas a través de aproximadamente veinte años de actividad política del Dr. Rosselló.  La integridad del periodista brilla a través de todo el escrito, pues contrario a otros periodistas, no proyecta sus presuposiciones y en consecuencia las contestaciones no se tornan
defensivas. El documento está dividido en nueve temas, además del prólogo escrito por Karen O’Neill Ocasio y sobre los motivos del trabajo de parte de Torres Montalvo y del propio Rosselló González. Los temas son titulados: “Sus  orígenes”; “El Tema de Salud y la Reforma”; Educación y Seguridad; “Conversación sobre la economía”; “Sobre la gobernabilidad”; Status político y el fin de la colonia”; Viéques; Corrupción; La vida política después del 2000.

 El ambiente relajado  de conversación de las entrevistas, permite al lector escuchar la intención y razonamiento del gobernador que siempre ha querido la justicia social y la descolonización para la gente de Puerto Rico, como estado federado de la Unión Americana.  La candidez de las contestaciones, transmite una genuina autenticidad que aunque el lector difiera de Rosselló, quedará informado del nivel de cumplimiento que él ha demostrado.  Al mismo tiempo, para mí que soy un admirador de Rosselló y para los que creemos que ha sido el mejor gobernador de nuestra Patria, es una evidencia histórica que nos reivindica.

          He reseñado muchos libros para diferentes audiencias, donde siempre intento brindar algo de cada capítulo o segmento del libro en cuestión, con la esperanza de que lo que escribo se convierta en un gancho para que se adquiera y se lea el libro.  Sin embargo, en este caso quiero evaluarlo como documento para la historia de Puerto Rico, pues el periodista radial José Elías Torres Montalvo ha hecho una contribución magistral a nuestra historia nacional. (Entiéndase que siempre hablo de nuestra nación en el sentido antropológico y el adjetivo nacional no se debe confundir con el sentido político, sino como descripción de nuestra etnia.).  Una de las debilidades de nuestros sistemas educativos tanto privado como público, ha sido y sigue siendo la falta de presentar la historia de Puerto Rico de una manera atractiva a los estudiantes y constatable para el estudiante serio.

Torres Montalvo contribuye a diseminar la teoría y la práctica de un líder extraordinario, que practicó lo que predicó y que pudo llevar a cabo muchas obras que parecían quimeras. Además, para el estudiante serio de historia de Puerto Rico, es una joya de valor inmenso e insustituible.

          En un país como el nuestro, donde se cuestiona la integridad de todos los oficiales en puestos públicos ya sean ominados o elegidos, la descripción de un servidor público que actuó para implantar su filosofía sin someterlo a las  conveniencias político-partidistas, es un ejemplo magnífico para orientar nuestra juventud.  La coherencia de  valores y acción que personificó como gobernador, se puede usar como ejemplo de optimismo para los puertorriqueños y las nuevas generaciones.  Se nota a través de las entrevistas, la confianza que Rosselló tiene en el Pueblo puertorriqueño y en la democracia republicana que le permite decidir y equivocarse, pero eventualmente reivindicar los valores patrios.

          Recomiendo este libro a todo ciudadano responsable, porque transmite las acciones de un puertorriqueño cuyos valores son cónsonos con lo mejor de nuestra etnia y resalta la dificultad de practicarlos sin temor a los compatriotas pesimistas que abundan entre los favorecedores del Status Quo.  Es natural que muchos antiestadistas difieran de la información que se ofrece pero todas las afirmaciones del Dr. Rosselló son constatables.  Por eso, debe ser leído cuidadosamente por los Opositores de la estadidad para atacarlo desde una honestidad intelectual, que no es común en nuestra política partidista. Un mérito adicional, es que el lector puede leer el segmento que más le interese y contrastarlo con la información que él haya tenido sobre temas controversiales, que son los de todos los segmentos por su relación al protagonista entrevistado.

         Finalmente, es fundamental que el lector “apolítico” lea esas entrevistas, de cómo un líder de Pueblo llegó a “quedarse sin Pueblo y sin Partido”, pero en vez de convertirse en apolítico sigue haciendo presión en todos lo foros nacionales e internacionales para descolonizar y completar los derechos civiles que por más de un siglo nos ha negado el Congreso de los Estados Unidos de América.  El libro se puede complementar con el escrito por Alberto E. Goachet que tituló El Status ES el Issue, porque ahí se publicaron los discursos de Rosselló en los foros a que acudió en defensa de la estadidad y la justicia social.

Favorece campaña de Rosselló para el voto presidencial

September 13, 2011

Favorece campaña de Rosselló para el voto presidencial

Por Inter News Service el 13 de septiembre de 2011 en Puerto Rico

El presidente de la Comisión de Asuntos Federales de la Cámara de Representantes, Luis León Rodríguez, anunció su respaldo a las gestiones del exgobernador Pedro Rosselló González, para que se le otorgue el derecho al voto presidencial a los residentes de los territorios.

Rosselló González obtuvo el respaldo de la organización sin fines de lucro Fair Vote para impulsar su reclamo ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, adscritas a la Organización de  Estados Americanos (OEA).

“Favorecemos la cruzada de igualdad iniciada por el exgobernador Pedro Rosselló.  En la isla hay ciudadanos americanos que deben tener los mismos derechos que los que viven en los Estados Unidos, razón por la cual favorecemos que se viabilice el derecho de los ciudadanos norteamericanos domiciliados en la isla a votar por el presidente y vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos”, manifestó León Rodríguez.

Afirmó que tan pronto como el mismo día de las elecciones generales de 2012 se podría votar por el presidente y vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos, si fuera aprobado un proyecto de su autoría, respaldado por la presidenta de la cámara, Jennifer González.

Never Forget 9-11

September 11, 2011

Romney, Perry Spar at Presidential Debate as GOP Hopefuls Take On Obama

September 8, 2011

Romney, Perry Spar at Presidential Debate as GOP Hopefuls Take On Obama,
Each Other

Published September 07, 2011

AP Sept. 7: Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The two titans of the Republican presidential contest hammered each other over job creation and Social Security on Wednesday night, as Rick Perry got his first chance to articulate his campaign message on the national debate stage.

The Texas governor sparred early and often with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom he has overtaken as front-runner since joining the race a month ago. With Perry trying to defend that position and Romney trying to reclaim it, the two came armed with zingers to take each
other down a peg.

Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in

“Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt,” Perry quipped, in a stinging reference to the former Massachusetts governor who lost the presidential election to George H.W. Bush.

Romney immediately shot back that “George Bush and his predecessors created jobs at a faster rate than you did.”

The critiques were among multiple rapid-fire exchanges between the two candidates, who shared the stage with six other White House hopefuls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., a symbolic setting that invoked the memory of the conservative Republican who swept to two terms as president.

The debate also marked a key test for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose prospects rose last month with her win in the Iowa Straw Poll only to be overshadowed by Perry’s entrance into the race.

None of the GOP contenders had anything positive to say about Obama, either his record on creating jobs or the health care law they
have vowed to repeal if they win the White House.

Bachmann said she would provide the “strong, bold leader in the presidency who will lead that effort. None of us should ever
think that the repeal bill will just come to our desk,” she said in a pledge that drew applause from the audience.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich resisted an effort to draw him into conflict with other Republicans on stage. “I’m frankly not interested in your efforts to get Republicans fighting each other,” he said, sparking an even louder round of applause. He said all Republicans should “defeat efforts by the news media” to spark an internal struggle when the real objective is to defeat Obama in 2012.

But moments later, businessman Herman Cain said that after trying to defeat Democratic efforts to create national health care, “I’m running against Romneycare,” the legislation that passed requiring residents of Massachusetts to purchase coverage.

Perry — who, after taking several jabs from the other candidates, said he felt like “the pinata here at the party” — first claimed his state created more jobs in three months than Massachusetts created in four years while Romney was governor.

Romney, in response, chalked up Texas’ success to its oil and gas sector and policies maintained by a Republican legislature, which he said Perry could not claim credit to. “It would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet,” Romney said.

To distinguish himself, Romney stressed his experience in the private sector over his experience as Massachusetts’ governor. But Perry, while praising Romney’s business record, said “his public-sector record did not match that.”

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman sided with Perry when he turned to Romney and said, “47th just isn’t going to cut it, my friend,” a reference to the rank Massachusetts had among the 50 states in creating jobs during Romney’s term.

But he also sought to rebut Perry’s claim to be chief executive of the country’s top job-producing state.

“I hate to rain on the parade of the great Lone Star State governor, but as governor of Utah, we were the No. 1 job creator during my years in service,” Huntsman said.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania rounded out the contenders on the stage for the debate hosted by MSNBC and Politico.

The debate was the first of three in as many weeks, at a time the polls show Obama’s popularity sinking, possibly making the GOP nomination worth more than it appeared only a few months ago.

Perry and Romney also sparred sharply over Social Security, with Romney criticizing Perry for calling the retirement safety net a failure and “Ponzi scheme.”

Romney said he agrees the current funding formula for Social Security is not sound. But he disagreed that it’s a failure. “You can’t say that to tens of millions of Americans who live on Social Security,” he said.

Perry stood by his remarks, saying “maybe it’s time to have some provocative language.”

He also took a swing at former Bush adviser Karl Rove, who has criticized Perry’s remarks on Social Security and other topics.
“Karl has been over the top for a long time. … I’m not responsible for Karl anymore,” Perry said.

Estrategia Popular

September 7, 2011

Estrategia Popular

por Joe Barbosa

Durante todos y cada uno de los mandatos de gobernadores del PNP, el Partido Popular como el dueño de la Rama Judicial, usaban la demanda, la difamación y las llevaba ante los tribunales que en casi todos los casos, favorecían el punto de vista Popular.  Al final del mandato de la gobernadora Sila Calderón, se llegó a usar la Rama Judicial hasta para validar votos falsos que se conocieron como “pivazos”.  El presidente de la Corte Suprema interrumpió sus vacaciones y vino desde el exterior a decidir el caso que legalizó a Aníbal Acevedo Vilá como el gobernador de todos los puertorriqueños del 2004 al 2008.

Hoy por la mañana, se usó un caso falso para desacreditar al Dr. González Cancel demostrando dos cosas preocupantes, la primera que los fortuñistas temerosos de una candidatura estadista genuina, han puesto a sus personeros a usar la Rama Judicial para alcanzar sus objetivos, descartando al Dr. Corazón como contrincante de Luis G. Fortuño; la segunda preocupación es que nos preguntamos,  creeran que la mayoría en la Corte Suprema favorecerá a los Fortuñistas como antes lo hacía la Corte Suprema Popular?  Creemos que NO y tenemos fe en la ecuanimidad y honor de los cuatro jueces nombrados por el presente gobernador.

La difamación usando nuestra Rama Jurídica es una de las trampas que el PPD siempre pudo usar impunemente pero gracias a los cuatro Jueces nombrados y confirmados por la administración PNP, esa corrupción oculta puede subsanarse.  ES HORA que podamos favorecer los nuevos candidatos sin interferencia de los partidos para bien de nuestra Patria.


Un Boricua Responsable

September 6, 2011

Un Boricua Responsable

Por Joe Barbosa

         El Dr. Iván González Cancel desde su punto de vista salubrista ha diagnosticado al PNP como una institución enferma.  Los síntomas han sido la impunidad con que sus miembros han traicionado los objetivos explícitos de luchar por la Justicia Social y por la Estadidad.  El Dr. Corazón ha tenido que presentarse como candidato a la gobernación para aliviar los síntomas de su Partido con una inyección de integridad cívica que los compañeros del PNP necesitan para convertirse en “correligionarios”.  Compañero es una palabra imitada de los “socialistas de aire acondicionado” que siempre han copiado los términos subversivos importados por los antiestadistas.  Los correligionarios son aquellos boricuas que comparten la puertorriqueñidad responsable del Dr. González Cancel e impulsan los dos objetivos primarios del PNP fundado por Don Luis Ferré hace más de cuarenta años.

Los compañeros del PNP son los que han copiado los términos falsos que han importado los miembros del Partido Independentista mientras que se ha ignorado el término hispano de correligionario que significa “De la misma religión o ideas políticas” conforme al diccionario.
Los que creemos en la Estadidad para Puerto Rico y en la Justicia Social somos los que podemos llamarnos correligionarios del Dr. Iván González Cancel.  En contraste, los que priorizan la administración de la Colonia son “compañeros” o como los identificaba el Lcdo. Leo Díaz, son los “estadistas light” que se han robado la dirección del Partido que defendía la Estadidad. Por eso, el Dr. Corazón se sacrifica para rescatar el PNP de los compañeros y encaminarlos junto a los correligionarios.

Como resultado de su responsabilidad ciudadana, el Dr. González Cancel tendrá que soportar los ataques irracionales de los que protegen la colonia a nombre de una unidad ilusoria que hace años no existe en el PNP que fundó Don Luis Ferre, mucho menos en el portaestandarte estadista de Barbosa y Rosselló que el PNP dejó de ser desde marzo del 2008.  Hoy, en el nuevo siglo debe renovarse el Portaestandarte de la Estadidad para Puerto Rico eliminando la falsa unidad por una verdadera solidaridad ideológica.  Los infiltrados han subvertido el PNP y lo  han tornado en otro partido sin meta como el PPD.

Una vez más el PNP tendrá un líder íntegro que pueda representar un Puerto Rico digno de ser el Estado 51 de la Federación Americana y el vehículo contundente para la solidaridad del Hemisferio Americano como el primer estado definitivamente hispano de Estados Unidos de América.  En las Primarias del próximo marzo del 2012, el Dr. Corazón comenzará la renovación ideológica del PNP, si el Pueblo así lo