Posts by GerardKempf

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  • What the Case for Palin in 2016 Says About Conservatives

    11/21/2012 2:17:42 PM PST · 5 of 25
    GerardKempf to I want the USA back

    Moderate Republicans will not vote for Palin. She is too much of a loose cannon. Personally I find her sexy but my wife feels she is a dip. Only having half of the party vote for her will not beat a Dem - even if its Biden (yikes). I see a Chris Christie or Rubio vs Clinton

  • Boehner Tells House G.O.P. to Fall in Line

    11/11/2012 11:46:36 AM PST · 213 of 290
    GerardKempf to pallis

    Ok - so I’m not a millionaire but if we give Obama what he wants and we get spending cuts and some (not all) loopholes closed up and agree to reform all over tax code then at least we don’t sacrafice 98% getting higher income taxes. I mean Obama has an upper hand with us right now and just taking a blow up the system in reality hurts everyone, including us. Granted I’m considered a RINO by all here but heck I voted Republican and am hopeful the divide in our own party can at least be met. Thoughts?

  • Free Republic Media Watchers Target NBCNews

    11/11/2012 8:47:17 AM PST · 19 of 127
    GerardKempf to dfwgator

    Since many of us have cable - in reality how many of us on here actually watch NBC news to begin with? I flip between Fox and CNN. Fox got me a little ticked with some of their so called experts (Rove, Barone, Morris (gag), etc) were pretty off. Rove was the closest. Wasting energy on “boycotting” NBC and/or others might be better steared in contacting your Senator and/or Congressman/women (particularly if they are up for re-election in 2014 in tight races) to ask them questions. The election is over and Obama now has nothing to lose and the Senate (with some of the moderates like Kirk, Collins, etc) appear to be fillibuster proof so a lot is going to be on the House.

  • U.S. Employment Discrimination Law Does Not Include Party Affiliation

    11/09/2012 11:17:13 AM PST · 4 of 28
    GerardKempf to Oberon

    Agreed - plus if they are a current employee then you run the risk of a) having them file for unemployment which they will get if you fire them on grounds of political affiliation. Not their fault, B) having anything they remotely have on you or know about your operations exposed - unless you have them on a super tight NDA and c) risk of not having customers who might view your firm as extreme. I have 2 programmers who work for me that our outstanding at what they do, are good people and have families I know/trust. Just because they voted for Obama does not drive my decision to fire them. However to each their own.

  • Louisiana Petitions to Leave Union

    11/09/2012 8:00:44 AM PST · 16 of 90
    GerardKempf to The Sons of Liberty

    You’d see the biggest brain drain leave Louisiana- all professors and researchers (primarily funded via some sort of federal grants) would leave - top students would then leave and study elsewhere not to return and eventually would businesses. Heck I live here in Covington LA.

  • Clinton vs. Rice is U.S. best bet for 2016 (Women are better managers, leaders)

    11/09/2012 6:29:36 AM PST · 18 of 47
    GerardKempf to Wyrd bið ful aræd


  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/09/2012 5:31:07 AM PST · 71 of 106
    GerardKempf to DrewsMum

    Where did I bash West - by stating the obvious that HE LOST. Give me a break? West went postal too many times which freaked the moderates in his district. So while what he said/did during the past 2 years may not have had any impact, it sure as heck did to a lot of moderate Republicans like myself and it sure did to the Dems that came out in force against him - and look what happened. Look what happened to Walsh and some others. Overall if the tea party and the moderates (which there are more of us) can’t come together then we’re all screwed. So stew on that point but the blunt reality is what it is.

  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/09/2012 5:21:05 AM PST · 69 of 106
    GerardKempf to Absolutely Nobama

    Where are the jobs? We’ve had the lowest rate on the uber wealthy? Wouldn’t logic have dictated the jobs would have been coming for the past year or so?

    No see the very wealthy no longer create jobs - they are investment bankers, bankers, lawyers and many who have inherited their wealth. So please get real. I don’t make a million a year but I employ 6 full timers and I am attempting to hire another in 2013.

  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/09/2012 5:17:14 AM PST · 68 of 106
    GerardKempf to gusty

    Gutsy - I too own a Corp (Subchapter S) that makes $800-900K gross sales per year on average. I employ 6 people including myself. You need to get a better accountant. There are a lot of legal and reasonable ways to reduce your corporate taxes and still enjoy the benefits of not having to lay off people. My company paid a total of $3950 on our 1120S form for 2011 on 704K total receipts (cash basis). I made $150K while the other 5 made $60K-$70K each. I also covered 50% of health insurance. So again, if $3950 on my 1120 (which goes to gov’t to pay for things like infrastructure, etc) then that’s not a crazy nut that’s putting me underwater (or affecting my upper middle class lifestyle). My wife makes $40K so we’re under $250K in payroll per year among us - which allows us to have a decent living. Get a good accountant. You’ll be amazed at what they can do.

  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/08/2012 8:17:30 PM PST · 14 of 106
    GerardKempf to ari-freedom

    Good post - I agree that tea party has some good ideas (and some money). We have more money but we have some good ideas as well. Hopefully we can all come together or we’re never gonna see the White House again

  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/08/2012 8:11:29 PM PST · 9 of 106
    GerardKempf to Bellflower

    Well I for one am not a millionaire. So if the millionaires have to go from 35 to 39% (Clinton era rates) and the rest of us don’t have to see our taxes rise then I for one am ok with using that as a chip to bargain with on our side. You?

  • **EXCLUSIVE** Senate Minority Leader: No Tax Hikes ("Read His Lips")

    11/08/2012 8:04:35 PM PST · 21 of 98
    GerardKempf to CriticalJ

    No way Mitch will be able to stop it in the Senate. Already moderate Republicans in the Senate are willing to forego fillibusters like Kirk (IL), Collins (ME), etc so as to do a straightup vote when it comes to them. Mitch will vote No but his trusted fillibuster will not be available.

  • We Lost...Who To Blame And Why

    11/08/2012 8:00:05 PM PST · 3 of 106
    GerardKempf to Absolutely Nobama

    Sorry, but if us RINOs leave then we take 70% of the money and funding with us, so you think the tea party faction can run the entire Republican Party? If anything it was the tea party faction (the fringe) that caused some of our losses in this past election and even lost in this election (ala Walsh, West, Murdouck, etc). We are a divided party right now- so you want to unite or fight among ourselves? We fight then we’re screwed for years to come. However BS articles like this where you want to attack us within the party is just fine - we’ve held the power long enough with you and without you. Remember, Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush Sr and Jr were not tea partiers - all were centrist conservatives who compromised within reason.

  • 332,754 Votes Would Have Secured a Romney Victory

    11/08/2012 2:27:14 PM PST · 11 of 68
    GerardKempf to CreviceTool

    We can use this in four years.

  • Vegas Employer: Obama WonSo I Fired 22 Employees

    11/08/2012 2:24:44 PM PST · 34 of 35
    GerardKempf to alphadoggie

    Not necessarily - if he has 10 of 114 women and fires five of the 10 (50%) and only fires 17 of the 94 men then you’ve got a case - as well as the fact that there are some areas in Obamacare (which is the law) which they could say because they were women they were fired.

  • What happens if I opt out?

    11/08/2012 9:18:09 AM PST · 4 of 52
    GerardKempf to llevrok

    If you don’t stay on your company plan then you are making a poor choice. Your employer will not opt out and/or drop you. It makes more sense for them to maintain their company plan (which is most likely partially self-insured). So talk to HR but don’t put your family at risk

  • Obama supporters celebrate: 'No more Israel!'

    11/08/2012 9:15:47 AM PST · 17 of 41
    GerardKempf to snowrip

    Actually the chubby white guy at end of clip wasn’t too far off - saying if Iran closes of Straits then Israel is going to blow you off the map. So at least from a pragmatic negotiating point - I think the guy got it right. Obama will go to Iran and say look if you close of the Straits and you don;t stop building the nuclear bomb then we’re going to step back and let Israel blow you off the map.

  • Republican strategist Karl Rove's very bad night

    11/08/2012 9:08:03 AM PST · 16 of 33
    GerardKempf to RIghtwardHo

    Rove had a very bad night and lost a ton of money on this $130MM raised/spent - I heard he had a 1% Return On His Investment (ROI) - still without him then that’s a big money source for GOP so don’t go railing on Karl too much.

  • Canceled Comcast

    11/08/2012 9:04:19 AM PST · 4 of 127
    GerardKempf to dupree

    Well at least you can still watch Fox on your handheld phone or if you at least have internet connection you can watch on a tablet.

  • Vegas Employer: Obama WonSo I Fired 22 Employees

    11/08/2012 9:00:48 AM PST · 8 of 35
    GerardKempf to DonaldC

    Wow that was probably not a good thing to actually publicize. If any of them are women then they have a federal discrimination suit served up on a tee for them regardless of whether Nevada is a right to work state or not. Plus now he’s gonna get jacked on unemployment rate due to that. Yikes.

  • What Major Demographic Shift? (Take a Closer Look at the Election 2012 Numbers)

    11/08/2012 8:56:13 AM PST · 50 of 52
    GerardKempf to IYAS9YAS

    McCain LOST (in large part) because of Palin and because he dropped the ball when the marked crashed and the Dems turned out hard in reaction to Bush/Cheney.
    Ask anyone - heck even Rove and Savage knocked her afterwards. There’s a reason why Palin didn’t run - she knew she’d get crushed.


    11/08/2012 5:54:05 AM PST · 5 of 38
    GerardKempf to tsowellfan

    Prebus is an embarrassment. He made himself look like an arse with his cocky attitude and reassurances that we were doing better. In fact he couldn’t even get more turnout which was a killer and he didn’t get enough pressure to keep guys like Akin or Mourdock (both over the edge guys) from running. We lost 2 Senate seats that should be conservative (note not over the top wacko) but conservative seats. Now we have McCaskill and Donnelley in a Senate with 55 Dems (and 2 Indys who will caucus with them) and 45 Republicans of which 12 are moderates like Kirk from IL and other one from Maine who are not line in the sand guys/gals.

  • What Major Demographic Shift? (Take a Closer Look at the Election 2012 Numbers)

    11/08/2012 5:49:09 AM PST · 4 of 52
    GerardKempf to 2banana

    So you really think Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum or Cain would have done better? Perry would have mirrored Romney numbers. McCain did better because A) Overall voter turnout was better and B) people liked him more - hes a war hero and C) Romney flipped flopped a lot. The bottom line is that we did not turn out - we lost

  • Christie Lashes Out (shortened title)

    11/07/2012 1:51:20 PM PST · 21 of 65
    GerardKempf to LADY J

    So you’re going to vote for Hillary Clinton or Biden in 2016 over Christy? C’mon - if anything a guy like Christy can get Dems to jump to vote Republican than a Ryan can. Face it there are more moderate Republicans in the party than Tea Party affiliated. Plus we put in way more money. So stop thinking the “our way or the highway” and face reality - if we don’t compromise together then a broken and divided Republican Party will have a super tough run. While I am a Rubio fan, I do see Christy as being the moderates choice and winning the 2016 nomination.

  • Am I Being Vindictive and/or Petty? (Vanity Post)

    11/07/2012 1:32:23 PM PST · 3 of 125
    GerardKempf to MplsSteve

    Wow that’s pretty low.

    Instead of spending the $30 per month (or $360 per year) why not just send him a pre-paid card for $350 each year (since you’re spending $6 in postage each year) then you don’t have to make 12 post office stops or receive any late notices from him. Sounds like you don’t like him much anyway.

  • Boehner: New taxes OK under right conditions (Headline is a Lie)

    11/07/2012 1:21:41 PM PST · 64 of 149
    GerardKempf to Windy City Conservative

    Well when your interest rate goes through the roof and you have to lay off employees, then we’ll thank that type of no compromise attitude. Frankly Boehner and other non-tea party reps are going to make a deal because their big donors are business owners who will say you get no money if you go ahead with this. Millionaires will see their taxes rise. Bet on it. Frankly so what - you a millionaire? Me neither.

  • My buttocks are actually tan...

    11/07/2012 12:53:32 PM PST · 7 of 24
    GerardKempf to RushIsMyTeddyBear

    Dick Morris, Barone and Rove have lost a lot of credibility. I understand they could not tell voters/watchers Obama 303 prior to the election or people would have had opposite reaction and asked for the hides and/or not voted for being depressed. Still at least Rove had it the closest of all.

  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 12:48:58 PM PST · 47 of 49
    GerardKempf to A.A. Cunningham

    I am a baptised, confirmed and married in the Catholic Church you arse. So according to my Catholic card, I’m just as Catholic as you are. Where I attend Sabbath is not specified in the bible. Granted I don’t take communion when I am at Catholic church out of deference. However doesn’t prevent me from going to church. Rather only the Opus Dei conceived dogma that is bankrupting the Catholic church.
    Remember St Peter the Apostle (the founder of the Church) was himself married

  • More Government (That's what America voted for)

    11/07/2012 9:11:29 AM PST · 2 of 9
    GerardKempf to SeekAndFind

    I live in Covington LA - just outside of New Orleans. My wife’s family is from New Orleans and my father in law lost a ton. FEMA was f’d up but without it, Katrina would have been worse. My father in law and I will attest to that. Same goes for Isaac, Sandy, etc.
    Saying US Gov should buy insurance is absolutely insane. Buying Excess Liability or forming a captive does nothing with respect to disaster response. You think local communities or states are prepared (regardless of blue or red)? Or Walmart - give me a break - during a disaster most Walmarts are closed!! FEMA and national guard are essential to preserving property and keeping law and order during such times. Not a Walmart Manager

  • Difficult Days Ahead for the Church?

    11/07/2012 6:30:21 AM PST · 8 of 49
    GerardKempf to Segovia

    As a Catholic, the church has also alienated the center right moderates like me as well. When you look at how the sexual abuse situation was handled, coupled with the extreme position the Church has against women - not allowing them to become priests and/or as a compromise even allow male priests to marry (which they did up to 1000 AD), then many not just Dems throw up their hands. The Catholic Church survival relies on women (they are the ones who drive decisions on whether kids go private or public school and whether to go to Church on Sunday). My wife has become disillusioned with Catholic Church - hence we go to non-denominational one now.

  • Welcome the new minority...

    11/07/2012 6:20:24 AM PST · 8 of 18
    GerardKempf to Salvey

    Actually that might be the best thing for the ultra right to do. Form a third party. Why not the Tea Party as a stand alone party? So you can have a united Democratic Party and a divided Republican Party - one half center rights like me and the other half like you. So they will get 50% for their candidate, I’ll get 25% and you’ll get 25% and guess who wins with that approach? Them all the time. Stop being a puss and face the facts that our party has to come to some sort of agreement within its own ranks or we are both F’d. Otherwise go vote Libertarian and make zero difference as well

  • More Going Galt

    11/07/2012 6:14:51 AM PST · 13 of 31
    GerardKempf to sushiman

    Chances are couple who own a house in Hawaii voted for Romney. By March, tempers will subside and you’ll have a great vacation with your family and enjoy the people and the activities. Don’t short you/your family by neglecting the natives - they in fact will actually help you find ways of saving money over there (which as you can suspect it gets pricey). Enjoy your family trip.

  • Agonizing Reappraisal-Done Right!

    11/06/2012 11:16:32 PM PST · 37 of 102
    GerardKempf to ari-freedom

    You’re right we got punched in mouth tonite. However half of our party being too far right and the other being moderate and not coming to some sort of compromise is only going to assure the Dems of control. Hopefully we’ll learn from this tonite. We can’t continue to alienate differences within the party. Heck the Dems did a good job of meeting in the middle and look what happened?

  • The Consequences of a Country Turned Against God -Vanity

    11/06/2012 11:11:46 PM PST · 7 of 31
    GerardKempf to pollywog

    So you went Old Testament? Really?
    What about using some New Testament. How about Galatians 6:
    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”.
    Ever think we brought this upon ourselves in some shape manner or form?

  • Conservatives: mourn tonight and take action tomorrow

    11/06/2012 11:05:22 PM PST · 5 of 24
    GerardKempf to Notary Sojac

    Honey - enjoy your isolation in the mountains until 2016. We lost get over it. Romney was Romney. It’ll be Rubio or Jeb in 2016. As for not doing business with anyone who supported Obama, gotta admit that’s strange. I’m not changing my barber or not working with the US veteran who does my landscaping because the support Obama. Get real - that isolationist no compromise bs is dark ages and makes conservatives look wacky.

  • Enough.

    11/06/2012 10:58:45 PM PST · 2 of 17
    GerardKempf to My Favorite Headache

    Well said.

  • Agonizing Reappraisal-Done Right!

    11/06/2012 10:56:29 PM PST · 15 of 102
    GerardKempf to SoConPubbie

    Are you crazy?
    Look at what happened tonite to Mourdouk and Akin in heavily Republican states. We lost taking the Senate because of the “no compromise, go for the jugglar” bs you spout. Romney lost because his campaign blew and because Evangelicals did not rally behind him because he’s flipped across the map. However a too far right candidate is not going to win. Right of center yes but too far right not gonna happen. Rubio or Jeb Bush in 2016. Walsh from Illinois lost, West and Bachmann may lose. See a pattern?

  • Putting This In Perspective (Negative One But Still)

    11/06/2012 9:28:24 PM PST · 6 of 42
    GerardKempf to TigerClaws

    Good posts above. We’ll be fine. The sun will rise and we’ll have our chance in 2016 with Rubio. I think Romney screwed himself with some of his gaffes and not allowing Ryan the chance to do more during the campaign. Still in the meantime we can’t take an us versus them approach. We’ve got big problems facing us and having no compromise among the parties is going to sink us all. Hey I’m no millionaire but I’m a job creator and I have no problem with them paying a little more for us to compromise on getting spending cuts and no tax increases on those not millionaires. Good night

  • More Evidence Palin Can't Win (s)

    01/04/2011 10:34:20 PM PST · 21 of 52
    GerardKempf to DesScorp

    Let’s face it - center/right voters like myself are voting for Romney or Huckabee. Sorry Sarah. Plus don’t let that Clinton poll fool you - no offense (just opinion echoed by many I work with) that most men and women still arent’ ready for a woman President (Palin included)

  • Joe Scarborough: GOP should take on Palin (Elite's stalking horse brays at Gov. Palin)

    12/02/2010 7:29:47 PM PST · 107 of 110
    GerardKempf to B4Ranch

    B4 - what’s the matter with Huckabee - he’s the only real electable person that bridges the gap among conservatives and so-called RINOs like me. Palin? Really?

  • Joe Scarborough: GOP should take on Palin (Elite's stalking horse brays at Gov. Palin)

    11/30/2010 7:20:37 PM PST · 94 of 110
    GerardKempf to B4Ranch

    Go Huckabee

  • Cashell: GOP rightists are RINOs (Republican attacks conservatives for taking down Reid-loving RINO)

    11/28/2010 5:57:07 PM PST · 35 of 35
    GerardKempf to nbenyo

    As a so-called RINO do you really think that the Republican Party can really survive without some sort of cohesion amongst us? Purging us so-called RINOs (who by the way, Reagan was) is only going to fragment the party and turn indies away from voting Republican or not voting. Plus, do you really think that a majority of the money funding the party is coming from the Christian right? It’s actually coming from the business (large and small) leader RINOs on and also lot of non-Christian Jews like Adelson, Sembler, etc. A guy like Huckabee or Romney are the only ones who are going to be able to unite the party in the near future.

  • Tina Fey on Sarah Palin

    11/18/2010 8:04:57 PM PST · 7 of 20
    GerardKempf to Vision Thing

    Is it wrong that I actually thought Baby Mama was a funny movie? When you’re a politician you’re opening the door to everything - including impersonations. I thought SP was funny on SL when she sat in. SP took it in stride.

  • New GOP senator could vote with Democrats on campaign finance bill (Mark Kirk-IL)

    11/08/2010 7:48:38 PM PST · 57 of 61
    GerardKempf to fwdude

    Unless us RINOs are accepted and you agree to work with us so called RINOs, the Dems will somehow find a way to win. So ripping on Murkowski, Brown, McCain, Kirk and some others is only going to spin the wheels. There are merits in passing a comprehensive finance reform - it goes both ways of the aisle. The same with reforming the healthcare bill.

  • Malloy Wins: AP

    11/05/2010 5:39:39 PM PDT · 82 of 125
    GerardKempf to SunkenCiv

    Foley is actually a good guy. Not all RINOs are bad

  • Palin suggests Politico photo of Bachmann is sexist

    11/04/2010 9:03:36 PM PDT · 55 of 59
    GerardKempf to ansel12

    Bachmann is as Dennis Miller says “one hot PILF”

  • Reports of Sarah Palin Career Death Greatly Exaggerated

    04/15/2009 11:24:13 AM PDT · 42 of 43
    GerardKempf to mountainbunny

    I agree - Palin sparring with an 18 year old who knocked up her daughter only fuels the fire. She should just politely no comment and ask people to respect her family’s privacy. While I do think she knew her daughter was knocking boots, I do think she assumed her daughter was being safe. Now that this debacle is over, she needs to just focus on being a good governor and learning the issues. While I’m no fan of Palin, I do respect her pending candidacy and giving it a whirl.

  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? (How will Obama take credit for this)

    04/15/2009 11:16:23 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    GerardKempf to americanophile

    While we may not like Spain’s government, I am dang appreciative of these Spanish scientists for finding the remedy for these honey bees. Ole!

  • Rush In A Hurry -- Rush Defends the AIG Bonuses

    03/18/2009 9:34:28 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    GerardKempf to Patrioticle

    I was disappointed in Rush’s rationale on this one.
    This is a big deal whether or not Rush feels it’s chump change or not - there is a principal America needs to live by - failure should not be rewarded


    03/12/2009 11:24:38 PM PDT · 115 of 146
    GerardKempf to narses

    You call Pope Benedict a liberal? Wow!