Iowan Leaders Send Veiled Threats To GOP Presidential Candidates Like Perry, Cruz Over Ethanol

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By Bettina Sofia Viviano

Most everyone knows that the Iowa Caucus is a prominent, influential vote that starts the Presidential nomination process, and is the first indicator of how a candidate will fare. However, not everyone understands why placing well in Iowa is so critical to a candidate’s success.

In an article entitled “Why Is Iowa So Important?” Josh Clark states:

“The simplest answer is that Iowa is the first state in the nation to have a chance to show its support for candidates. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic contender in the 1972 election, explained the significance of Iowa like this: “Iowa is terribly important. It’s the first test in the nation, where we get any test at all” [source: University of Iowa].

That test comes from real, everyday voters. The level of support a candidate receives in Iowa gives a reasonable indication of how they will perform with the rest of American voters. If middle-American Iowans support a candidate, then that candidate has a chance with the rest of the nation. The results from the Iowa caucus tell a candidate whether his or her platform is desirable. It is the first chance for a campaign to find out if its message is affecting voters — should the campaign stay the course or change tactics? And the Iowa caucus is so important that some candidates bow out of the race if they do poorly in Iowa.

A strong showing in Iowa also sends a message to the national party leaders. Each party seeks a strong contender for the White House, and a good response from Iowans helps cement a candidate’s chances to win the national nomination. Republican Party also made Iowa first in the 1976 election, and since then, Iowa’s importance has grown each election cycle.”

So, now we know the “why” behind Iowa’s prominence. However, there is an element involved in this race that has become more and more concerning in recent years, and that is the importance of a candidate’s support of Ethanol, Iowa’s largest revenue source.  Seemingly, Iowa is becoming a single-issue state, where a candidate can only win if he/she supports the Ethanol Mandate.

Since 2005, Congress has mandated that alternative fuels, primarily corn-based ethanol, progressively be added to gasoline and diesel and that the EPA annually adjust the targets originally set by Congress as needed.  But, who does this mandate really benefit? In “The Ethanol Mandate Proves the Government Is a Poor Central Planner,” Nicolas Loris and Katie Tubb state:

“Only politically connected groups benefit from the RFS. A handful of organizations stand to benefit from the RFS such as corn and soybean growers, ethanol refiners, plant-based ethanol producers, and the politicians who get their votes. In fact, it appears that the string of delays for the 2014 standards occurred because the agriculture and ethanol lobbying arms were unhappy that the EPA originally proposed to cut the ethanol requirement for the first time in the mandate’s existence. But the RFS is a clear case of concentrated benefits to a handful of connected industries at the expense of the rest of America and the environment.”

Further, Loris and Tubb go on to confirm that a majority of Americans have caught on to the fact that the Ethanol mandate does more harm than good:

“The Renewable Fuel Standard hurts drivers, eaters, taxpayers and the environment. Because of the RFS, Americans have to pay more for fuel than they normally would without the mandate, and the fuel they put in their tanks is less energy efficient because ethanol isn’t as energy dense. Further, the increased demand for corn for use in ethanol increases the price of corn by as much as 68 percent, which affects not only Americans but the world, because corn is a staple food in many countries as well as a staple feed for livestock. In addition, ethanol has proven to be harmful to smaller engines.

Although environmental organizations initially supported the mandate to reduce oil use and greenhouse gas emissions, many now argue that the ethanol mandate is poor environmental policy. When radical environmentalists and free-market groups, the UN, motorcyclists, ranchers, anti-poverty groups, restaurants and others agree on something, maybe it’s time to listen.”

In 2012, I was part of the “Perry Strike Force”, a group of volunteers that traveled from 26 states across the country, to support Presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry. By all accounts, from the “boots on the ground,” grassroots teams, Perry had the most support of any of the candidates, and certainly the most enthusiasm. So, when Perry wasn’t doing well, magically I found this pamphlet from Iowans Fueled With Pride.  I was appalled by this, and it has bothered me ever since.

Quite simply, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul were the only three singled out for not supporting Ethanol subsidies, and therefore had little more than a prayer in Iowa. In 2012, Ron Paul ended up placing third after Ethanol panderers Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, but it’s important to note that Paul’s third place win likely has more to do with the large amount of Democrats voting for him. Every other candidate had expressed support for Ethanol, which is difficult to understand from any Conservative candidate, if you know the truth about Ethanol, and what a negative it is for the food supply, car engines, the water supply, and its minimal effect on energy costs in the first place.

In the article entitled “Ethanol: Another Episode In Scamnation” David Kotok states:

“Please permit a personal polemic. I’ve pounded tables for years about ethanol as a massive scam. Our national policy diverts 40% of the U.S. corn crop (14% of the global corn crop) in order to produce a fuel that requires almost as much energy to produce as it supplies. Our ethanol mandate has starved millions of people; I’ve watched it with my own eyes in many countries in my travels. A 2011 study by the National Academy of Sciences estimates that, since 2007, the expanding U.S. biofuels subsidy has fueled 20%-40% of the increase the world has seen in the prices for agricultural commodities. In a country like Guatemala, that means that tortilla prices double and egg prices triple.
Ethanol damages engines, too — ask any user; I’ve seen it myself throughout the US, and Popular Mechanics concurs.

Corn ethanol has poisoned our planet while it has lined certain private and politically connected pockets with billions. It has succeeded in raising our costs, for minimal net energy gains.”

So, how can it be that there is such a conflict of interest between the need for exposure and success in the state of Iowa, for a Presidential candidate, while that success might be threatened by his/her support of Ethanol, or lack thereof? Just this week in the article “Two Branstads Vow To Educate Presidential Hopefuls On RFS,” it is clear that the 2016 hopefuls should feel they either have to toe the line, and support Ethanol subsidies, or face losing this high profile caucus:

“Asked about Republicans such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry who have called for getting rid of the fuel mandate, (Governor) Branstad predicted they may come around.

‘I’m not convinced that Gov. Perry can’t be educated on this issue. He’s a farmer from Texas, and I know he comes from an oil state, and he’s a friend of mine. He’s done great things for economic development in Texas. I think he’s got a chance to come here and learn,’ Branstad said.

Other Republican potential presidential candidates have ruffled Iowa feathers, including Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who in 2013 called for repeal of the RFS, saying its ‘impossible mandates are driving up the costs of fuel, food and goods.’”

So, in other words, Governor Branstad of Iowa is suggesting that the GOP hopefuls “come around” and support Ethanol. I’m not necessarily implying that this is a direct threat to either Governor Perry or Senator Cruz, but it does seem that Branstad is encouraging them to see things his way. The problem with that, particularly in the case of principled candidates like Perry and Cruz, is that they are men who don’t pander for votes. So, is it fair for them to lose Iowa, because they stand by their principles and beliefs?

USA Today isn’t even hiding the veiled threat that GOP candidates better line up behind Ethanol.  Consider the title of this article:  “Iowa Gov. Branstad fires ethanol warning shot to 2016 hopefuls”

“Presidential candidates who don’t support the renewable fuel standards haven’t done well in the Iowa caucuses. Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who is eyeing another presidential race, didn’t support these standards and came in fifth in the 2012 caucuses.

Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, who are also considering running against next year, supported the RFS and finished one-two in the 2012 caucuses.”

Sounds like a threat to me.

And, if Americans want to know what Iowans truly think of candidates and their support of Ethanol, one has only to look at this article from the Des Moines Register entitled “Iowa could be Battleground Ethanol in 2016”:

“Iowa will be Battleground Ethanol in the 2016 presidential race if a couple of seasoned political strategists have their way. Their underlying message: Candidates who don’t support a federal renewable fuels rule have a history of losing races in corn-intense Iowa.

A coalition of Iowans led by Democrat Derek Eadon and Republican Eric Branstad intends to spend the next few months bringing presidential hopefuls up to speed on why they believe the Renewable Fuel Standard is crucial to the economy in Iowa and the nation. After that, they’ll make sure Iowa voters know which side each candidate has taken.

‘Just the fact that Obama has been talking about lowering the RFS has already hurt the Iowa economy,’ said Derek Eadon, Democrat strategist and state director for Obama’s 2012 campaign.

‘The next president is going to have a lot of say over the RFS and what the EPA does,’ said Branstad, who is one of Gov. Terry Branstad’s sons.
Eadon and Eric Branstad argued that candidates who support the RFS tend to do well in Iowa. Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, who both favored it, finished at the top of the Iowa caucuses in 2012, while those who opposed it didn’t fare as well, including Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.”

Meanwhile, in an article dated just last week, the Hill states that “Senators introduce amendment to end ethanol mandate”. According to the article:

“Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) want the bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to also eliminate the corn ethanol blending mandate.

The senators introduced an amendment Friday that would remove the mandate to blend normal ethanol into gasoline but preserve other renewable fuel mandates, including those for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol. The standard ethanol mandate is effectively a corn ethanol mandate, the sponsors said.

‘It drives up gas prices, increases food costs, damages car engines, and is harmful to the environment,’ Toomey said in a statement.”

So, here is the dilemma, as more and more evidence appears that shows Ethanol is not a great choice for Renewable Fuel, and as Iowa becomes more and more important in choosing a GOP Presidential candidate, how can this be a fair and democratic situation? I would say to Governor Branstad that it might be better not to pressure candidates on a single issue, regardless of its importance to Iowa – especially when what is truly critically important to America, and the world, is to elect a strong, true Conservative President.

Iowa either needs to stop pushing voters to vote against principled, Conservative candidates who do not pander for ethanol votes, or America needs to make Iowa less preeminent in choosing candidates.

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Uncle Ted Nugent Rocks My World With His Choice For POTUS 2016

Ted Nugent, Rick Perry

The first time I saw Ted Nugent perform was at one of those Super Jam concerts, in St. Louis, MO, when I was 14 years old.  It was one of those massive concerts at a massive stadium, with an entire day of Jefferson Airplane, REO Speedwagon, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, and Fleetwood Mac.  Yes, that probably tells you how old I am, but I’ve been a lifelong fan of Uncle Ted.

Little did I know that when I got involved in politics, Ted’s would be one of the voices I most respect.  As a Texan, he knows what freedom is, and that limited government is the model that creates a prosperous, and extremely enviable people.  I have to hear it all day long from my Mother, who lives in Plano, Texas, “Texas is the greatest state in the country.”

So, let me say how thrilled I was to see this article from The Blaze today:

Who Does Ted Nugent Think Would Make a Great President in 2016? We Asked, and He Told Us in No Uncertain Terms”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/23/who-does-ted-nugent-think-would-make-a-great-president-in-2016-we-asked-and-he-told-us-in-no-uncertain-terms/

LAS VEGAS – Strolling the halls of the 2015 SHOT Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas on Friday, rocker Ted Nugent appeared to be quite at home.

Image: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

Whether he was dropping by radio shows — like the one hosted by TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch — or just wandering through the exhibits inside the massive convention center, Nugent was the picture of comfort. On Friday, TheBlaze sat down with Nugent for an in-depth interview that will air on an upcoming episode of TheBlaze Radio’s “Pure Opelka.”

Thursday night, at the Outdoor Channel’s annual Golden Moose Awards ceremony, Nugent scored his third consecutive “Golden Moose” award as the “Fan Favorite.”

Nuge and wife

In his acceptance speech, he relayed to the audience how he feels while walking around SHOT Show.

“It’s like a Nugent family reunion,” he said. “We all know each other intimately. We all share the same beliefs, the same passions, the same principles, the same honor, the same perfect…perfect lifestyle of revering God’s annual productivity by killing ‘em and grilling ‘em.”

In a Friday interview with TheBlaze, Nugent opined on a host of topics — from why hunters should be considered the real environmentalists to the state of American politics.

When asked about a possible presidential pick for the 2016 election, the rocker was quite clear. He would love to see former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the White House.

Nugent shared his reasoning behind the Perry pick, stating, “Given that the conditions in our White House are embarrassing and as corrupt as they are, there are thousands of great Americans that would be better than Barack Obama.”

He continued, “But, we don’t want just better than Barack Obama. We want real statesmen, real Constitutionalists. And I know why my quality of life in Texas is so supreme: Because of Rick Perry and our other elected employees. … And we the people of Texas remaining engaged and demanding accountability.”

Nugent summed up his thinking by saying, “So if my current dream could come true, I would love to see the American helm handled by the great Rick Perry.”

Well done, Uncle Ted.  I was a supporter of Governor Perry in 2012, and was part of the Rick Perry Iowa Strike Force.   I’ve never given up the dream myself that our last shot at a real Reagan Conservative, Rick Perry, will be my President.  He is a man of honor, integrity, courage and the most strict Constitutionalist, and best statesman in the potential line up for 2016.   All I can say, for the good of America, and the restoration of our greatness…PERRY 2016!

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Chris “Mr. Tingles” Matthews Tells Off Arianna Huffington: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Rally All About Restoring Hypocrisy

By Bettina Viviano

Ever since MSNBC (I call it MSDNC) host Chris Matthews decided that Mr. Obama “gave him a thrill up his leg,” it’s been hard to take much of what he says seriously.  However, even broken clocks are right twice a day, and it seems that Mr. Tingles got one right.   He had the courage and integrity to call Arianna Huffington out on her hate-fest, that really boiled down to a rock concert, attended mostly by astroturfers who Ms. Huffington herself paid to bus to the event.

Here’s a juicy little snippet of the exchange, in which Ms. Huffington says “Go ahead and make fun of me,” to which Mr. Tingles replies “I am.”

First, I am all for people getting together, in a grassroots, ground up fashion, to speak out against their government.  However, I do have a tremendous opposition to hypocrisy, and the Colbert-Stewart “Conservatives are Stupid” gathering seemed to operate on several hypocritical levels.

First, I thought we weren’t supposed to call people “Nazis,” or carry signs that indicated someone was likened to “Hitler.”  Well, apparently it’s okay when the left does it because here they are:

 

 

 

 

And here’s “Smugapalooza” – Video by Americans For Prosperity.

Hey, wasn’t this supposed to be about everyone being kind, sane, and unified for our country?  Doesn’t look that way to me, when so many of the signs call Conservatives “Teabaggers” and “Stupid” or “Illiterate.”  But, of course, smug is what the left does best.

Here is Reason TV’s “What We Saw At The Restoring Sanity Rally”

Smug is pretty euphemistic for this crowd, but early on you may notice the woman who claims “there are no Hitler signs” at her rally – did she miss the Beck and Palin-as-Hitler signs?  When asked if it was “OK” for the left to carry Bush-as-Hitler signs, the same woman admits that in her opinion that was “okay.”  Hmmm… no double standard to see here, I guess, move along, move along.

As a reminder, this is how the Left treated President Bush (oh and notice the misspelling – I thought only Conservatives were stupid):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then again, I guess this is what the left calls “sanity.”  For an entire history of the Kill Bush rallies, please go here.  Then ask yourself where the Left gets off calling people “Teabaggers” and getting “horrified” and “outraged” at the “racists” who carry signs about Obama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course the “elitist” left is SO much more classy than the “Teabaggers” – as evidenced by this great sign!

You know, because the progressive elite are SO much better and brighter than everyone else.  At least she wants to kill me in a “nice way.”  Thanks for that!

I could post these pics all day, but you get the point.  So, let’s do a recap, shall we?  The Beck Restoring Honor rally had NO signs allowed,  NO free rock concerts, free bus rides, and drew hundreds of thousands of God and America loving patriots, who had to pay their own way to get to DC to pray for the state of our country, and join hands in unity.

On the other hand, “Smugapalooza” seemed to confirm only one thing…Sheer hypocrisy and hate from the elitist Left.

Now, if we want to discuss Mr. Tingles being right about this one…I think he caught Ms. Huffington in the crosshairs.  It wasn’t “sane” and it certainly didn’t accomplish much.  Mr. Tingles, you have my agreement for once.

 

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The South Central Los Angeles Black Tea Party Ruffles all the Right Feathers!

By Bettina Viviano

From the field, July 25th, 2011

Ever since the inception of the Tea Party, those of us who reject Barack Obama’s failed policies, big government, reckless spending, outrageous unemployment, Obamacare, Marxism, etc. have been viciously attacked by the left and called “racists” for no reason other than that we disagree with our far left liberal friends.  Of course, those of us actually in the Tea Party know that the “racist” meme is nothing but the pathetic shouts of those who can’t address our legitimate concerns with fact, logic or reason.   But regardless of the Black Tea Party members even holding press conferences to stop the “racism” lies from the left, the left refuses to stop their assaults on those who are exercising their rights to believe as they choose.

I have such admiration and respect for the African American, Hispanic, and other minorities who have faithfully attended the Tea Party Rallies and, despite harassment and abuse, support the conservative cause wholeheartedly.  They take more grief than ANYONE, and I thought I had it bad being a conservative in Hollywood.  It always amazes me that the so called “party of tolerance” doesn’t “tolerate” Blacks who have a mind of their own, calling them “Uncle Tom” or “Sellout” or “House Negro.”  They have threatened to hang Clarence Thomas, and kill Rep. Allen West and his family, all because they are Blacks that didn’t get the message that they are to cooperate with Obama’s destructive agenda, or suffer vicious attacks.  I am always stunned by the hypocrites on the left, who would light their hair on fire if we threatened Obama the way they threaten Black conservatives.

Today I was honored to attend the South Central LA Black Tea Party Rally, led by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson.  Jesse Lee Peterson is president and founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), an American group dedicated to a conservative agenda among African Americans. Rev. Peterson is also the Founder and President of BOND Action, Inc., a nonprofit, 501 (c) (4) organization. He has hosted a cable TV program and a syndicated radio talk show. His radio show is cited by Republican groups as an example of a black Republican message, including denunciations of affirmative action as “reverse racism”. He is a member of Choose Black America, an organization of African Americans who oppose illegal immigration to the United States.  He is also a member of the advisory board of Project 21, an African American conservative organization, and former board member of the California Christian Coalition.  What an amazing man the Reverend is, who of course brought me to tears with his words.

The rally today was in protest of the race-baiting and lies of the NAACP, who were holding their convention at the LA Convention Center.   Reverend Peterson’s message was clear and concise, positive and loving.  His words reiterated what we all know – that Democrats have used Blacks as their voter pool, having instructed them to live on the Democrat Plantation, often something as lovely as the liberal Detroit slum, take their government checks, and vote Democrat.   The Democrats have promoted the destruction of the Black family, and 70% of Black households now have no father.  As Reverend Peterson pointed out, the government and the Democrats become “Daddy” and the endless cycle of lowered expectations, inferior education, early deaths from violent crimes, prison life, etc. all emanate from the policies of the left that set Blacks back from the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement the Republicans created, passed and fought against the Democrats to make law.

Of course Reverend Peterson led the group in prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and some great Tea Party Patriots got up and started us singing “God Bless America.”  You know, all of those horrible, American things that liberals detest; our flag, our culture, God, prayer and patriotism.  I wish I could tell them what they are missing, and how amazing it is to love our country, and our freedoms more than life itself.  Being an emotional type, I was moved to tears so many times today that I was glad I had on some huge sunglasses to hide my eyes.

Just as an example of what “racists” the Tea Party people are…Here are a few pics we took today:

 

And this one is my favorite.  In my opinion, THIS is what REAL “Hope” is.  There were a lot of young kids running around, and at the end Reverend Peterson brought them all up to the podium.  They were Black, White and Mixed Race children, all there waving flags, certainly sure that their futures have been threatened and destroyed by big government spending policies.  These children are at a crossroads, and it’s time we start teaching our children the truth so their futures are bright ones.

God bless our Black Conservative brothers and sisters.  They are the ones who have studied real American history, and have dissected the truth about who are the “racists” in this country.  I highly encourage everyone to support Reverend Peterson and his cause, as well as the National Black Republican Association.

This is the NBRA Civil Rights Newsletter:  NBRA CIVIL RIGHTS NEWSLETTER.  And the NBRA website: NATIONAL BLACK REPUBLICAN ASSOCIATION

This is the BOND website for Reverend Peterson:  REVEREND JESSE LEE PETERSON/BOND

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