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I dare you to tell me our politics is better today…

…for our political partys’ ideological purity.

Over the last three decades, liberals have been banished from the G.O.P., while Democrats who vote regularly with conservative Republicans have also disappeared. On the edges, sometimes that’s happened by switching sides (on the 1994 chart, the most conservative Democrat, Sen. Richard Shelby, switched parties the next year, while Sen. James Jeffords, the most liberal Republican, switched parties in 2001.) But the middle has also been a politically dangerous place to be.


The three announced DFL candidates who wish to challenge Chip Cravaack were on the Public Television show Almanac to make their pitches tonight. It’ll be up on their website in an hour.

There’s nothing very persuasive a candidate can say in a field of three over ten minutes. Tarryl Clark was put on the defensive over her plan to run in the primary regardless of the outcome of the convention endorsement. Rick Nolan temporized about how except for some rare circumstances (Oberstar perhaps) endorsements were an important part of the Democratic Party’s organization. Jeff Anderson hid behind Tarryl Clark skirt and said if one person was going to ignore the endorsement he’d have to consider doing the same. Which meant of course that he would run without the endorsement if necessary.

Congressmen Chip Cravaack will get to sit on the Almanac hot seat all by his lonesome next Friday.

Its a nice studio. I got to sit in on the Congressional debate in 2006 when I ran against Oberstar and former Senator Rod Grams.

The man who Reagan took to the woodshed for telling the truth…

…is still telling it. David Stockman Q&A from USA Today:

Q: And what are the consequences of that?
A: The consequences are horrendous. If you could make the world rich by having all the central banks print unlimited money, then we have been making a mistake for the last several thousand years of human history.
Q: How does it end?
A: At some point confidence is lost, and people don’t want to own the (Treasury) paper. I mean why in the world, when the inflation rate has been 2.5% for the last 15 years, would you want to own a five-year note today at 80 basis points (0.8%)?
If the central banks ever stop buying, or actually begin to reduce their totally bloated, abnormal, freakishly large balance sheets, all of these speculators are going to sell their bonds in a heartbeat.
That’s what happened in Greece.
Here’s the heart of the matter. The Fed is a patsy. It is a pathetic dependent of the big Wall Street banks, traders and hedge funds. Everything (it does) is designed to keep this rickety structure from unwinding. If you had a (former Fed Chairman) Paul Volcker running the Fed today — utterly fearless and independent and willing to scare the hell out of the market any day of the week — you wouldn’t have half, you wouldn’t have 95%, of the speculative positions today.
Q: You sound as if we’re facing a financial crisis like the one that followed the collapse of Lehman Bros. in 2008.
A: Oh, far worse than Lehman. When the real margin call in the great beyond arrives, the carnage will be unimaginable.

No GOP Presidential candidate will deal with this. They’d rather let Israel get us stuck in a 3rd trillion dollar Middle East War. The folks running for Congress just want to keep their successful partisan franchises running. I’d like to think Obama would like to deal with this but that his hands are tied by the GOP snake oil machine. I want the GOP out of Congress but if they’d run folks like David Stockman I’d vote for their candidates in a New York minute. Sadly they just give us retreads like Nolan, Wannabes like Clark and nonentities like Jeff Anderson. As for the GOP. Cravaack seems to think we should help Israel attack Iran too.

First-term Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack said he’s drawn a clear conclusion from what he’s learned.

“I think that they are on a positive path to building a nuclear weapon and when they can build that nuclear weapon, they will build it,” Cravaack said.

So, of course, following the GOP line we’d better bomb their enrichment facilities to set them back a year or two and make all the dissident Iranians rally arround their nation’s sovereign right to forge ahead despite the threats from the “Great” and “lesser Satan.” Oh and pull out of the nuclear treaties that allow the rest of the world to inspect their facilities.

Brilliant Chip, Brilliant!

There will be a DFL primary in the 8th District

Hooray! Three candidates at least. Four if I file:

Former Congressman Rick Nolan had 1,566 votes in the Feb. 7 caucus. Jeff Anderson had 1,038 and Clark got 419. It’s likely that all three will be on the primary ballot in August.

Clark said there are 80,000 voters to consider rather than the 3,000 votes in the caucus.

The Clark campaign has repeatedly said it would abide by the endorsement process at the convention, but only if it was fair. With a low turnout at the caucus in February, Clark said there wasn’t enough representation through that process to adequately pick a candidate.

“I intend to talk with people who are participating” in the convention, she said.

Her written announcement Thursday said she intends to reach out to voters who feel “disenfranchised and disillusioned.”

“The stakes are too high to let politics and process override the voice of the people,” she wrote.

Right on Tarryl! To argue otherwise would be to say that Jim Oberstar’s election in 1974 was a travesty. Although Ralph Doty did write that Jim’s running in the primary despite promising not to was dishonorable.

How long will the Duluth News Tribune ignore the Eighth District’s 4th DFL congressional candidate…

…just because he chooses to announce his candidacy in his blog rather than in a news release?

I’m not very nice to the Duluth News Tribune’s editors or its owners and should not expect them to report on my candidacy with any eagerness. When they finally get around to reporting it look for their description of me as a “perennial candidate.” Such slights will make little difference. The Editors made it clear to me in the past that they have the authority to hand out endorsements for local candidates but not for those much beyond Duluth’s borders. Every Forum Communication newspaper in the 8th District (there are about a dozen of them) dutifully endorsed the corporate HQ’s anointed candidate, Chip Cravaack two years ago.

I’ve got a lot of regular readers in the DNT offices. Several of their reporters have begged me not to blog about insights, often harmless insights, that they have shared with me about the paper. With all the peeking at my blog going on at the Trib its not as though the paper can claim ignorance of my entry into the fray. But then again, that’s what I thought when I warned about defects in the Red Plan yet the Trib blissfully ignored them until they became a reality.

Webbin it

Predictably I couldn’t let a half baked website languish. I was up by 4am and began learning how my updated but still ancient website software works. I’m an old dog where the Internet is concerned. If dial up wasn’t so slow I’d still be using it rather than a cable modem.

I began using Microsoft’s Frontpage Software when it was called Frontpage 95 the number representing the year. I reluctantly switched to Frontpage 98 a few years later and bought a copy of Frontpage 2003 in about 2005. I never used the updated software enough to get familiar with it. Today in the year 2012, seven years later, I’ve finally started using the ancient 2003 Frontpage software. No doubt it is hopelessly archaic but what’s an old dog to do.

My site now has pages with my pretty picture on them. It was taken back in 2006 when I ran against Jim Oberstar the previous congressman. My beard is a goatee now and six years grayer. Mine is a clunky site and I’ve got to go through the hastily constructed pages to pare the verbiage down. I’m still waiting for my web hosts to connect the URL to the right location. Until then you can peruse my site by clicking here.

Waiting for my website

I missed two appointments to donate my usual pint of blood this morning. I slept through the 7:50 appointment because after waking up and working on the new website at 3am I was taking a nap. I missed the rescheduled blood draw at 10:20 because I was working furiously on additional changes to the site. They finally told me to just walk in around noon. They gave me a green bandage for my arm in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

My website is ugly and wordy and has lousy linkages between pages. Its got far more links to various things I’ve written than the typical voter would want to traipse through. Oh well, I’ll announce when my web provider finally points the URL to the correct site. After that I’ll only do little touch ups and add a donations page after I’ve got a good 75 pages to my book written. From now on until I make it through most of the book I’ll give my best hours each day to the book. The blog will be composed in the secondary hours of the day. At least that’s my plan.

I’ll try to get a word search in every day at least. It’ll be pretty boring but as I get further along in my book I’ll post more passages in “bookin it” posts.

Fun with websites and a disclaimer

I’ll probably be unhappily fussing over my website until the end of the week. I’ve bought the domain name, I’ve asked my web provider to make the link work. (That hasn’t happened yet) I’ve got to sort out the failure of the site’s internal links to work. Its definitely not ready for prime time. Oh well. I’m making progress.

I just figured out the URL which will temporarily take people to the site which doesn’t yet have so much as a picture of me in it or any decent graphics. Because I am the web master (a joke) I will not spend much time improving upon it once the basics are installed. Of the 10 pages that can be viewed so far only half are settled. I may have that remedied by later in the morning.

Even though it embarasses me a little to give anyone an early peek at an ugly site is what I have up at the moment.

Disclaimer: Its written in the third person, “He”, “Harry” etc. The truth is I’m writing this stuff. The “I” word is so Iish. Good form requires the illusion of humility but, honestly, when you read: “A candidate with a rare gift for bipartisanship even in today’s toxic political atmosphere” its not some ad man or some smitten staffer writing that glowing stuff. Its me. I’m the man behind the curtain. I also believe what I’ve written about myself humility and the third person be damned.

The White Knight has lost his head

My morning at Stowe Elementary was fun but left me stiffer than ever. I’m though with snow. So is Don Quixote. His head had fallen off in the forty degree temps. The sails are falling off the windmill too and all the pieces seem to be shrinking like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz who got doused by a bucket of water.

I’m trying to get my new website up and running. It always takes longer than I expect.

Rush Limbaugh has lost 30 sponsors. Some people have a sense of decency.

More Red Plan Miasma

Just checked the online Trib. Cue eye roll.

More bad news. Too bad the School Board didn’t pay attention to the citizens before embarking on a no bid, no vote, plan to spend a half billion local dollars on schools that weren’t in need of such spending.

Foresight. We need it in Duluth. We need it in Washington D.C. I’ve got it and I’m not snowing you about that.

The Duluth school district tonight will ask its School Board to approve an additional $19.3 million for the Red Plan instead of the expected $15.45 million, but the increase isn’t because of project costs.

Most of the extra $3.9 million would cover a cash flow problem caused by failure to sell the Secondary Technical Center and four houses.

I hope to have a 24 hour wonder of a website up by the end of the day. That’ll be a challenge because I’m spending the morning and early afternoon at Duluth’s Stowe Elementary School building snow sculptures. (More in the next post)

I ordered the Domain name of the title from Just six bucks. Mine is a low budget campaign. I might as well call it an “exploratory” committee right now. I’m going to explore the possibility of putting a Pied Piper campaign together on the Internet. Its not quite the current phenomenon of candidate Hank the cat who is already under assault by a Pro Dog Superpac. I’m no cat but I know that the Internet can give a wild card more potential to reach people in far distant places than the campaigns of previous years. I got a small taste of that six years ago when some people I’ve never met put various Wiki pages together for me on their own. Here’s one of them. God knows what’s in them now because I haven’t spent much time perusing them.

Tonight I’ll put a little more detail in another ten of the couple dozen pages I set up. Most of the website will point to this blog. My intention is for the website is to make it easier for curious Internet travelers to quickly research my wild card candidacy. This blog is not built for people with short attention spans. I hope the website will be.

After the site is up I don’t plan to spend to much time on it. Its already more revealing than the websites of the other four declared candidates. I’ve got links to them on my site.My websites chief deficiency is that I haven’t yet put up a page for people to buy my book the equivalent of making a donation. I don’t plan to do that until I’ve got the first fifth of the book written – that will be about 75 pages. I’m hoping to have that done before the end of the month.

Four good hours of sleep

To my long time fans (all eight of you) and the few snakes who couldn’t take their eyes off my snake charming during the days of the Red Plan Saga you will not be surprised by this post about my sleeping. When I get my dander up I work like a fiend. (My wife confirmed this last night) I had many posts over the course of the most intense two years of my fight against the depredations of the Duluth School Board (upon which I once served) that commented on my state of sleeplessness and fatigue. If you were to put “sleep” in this blog’s search engine you would probably find dozens of posts especially from 2009 in which the word is embedded.

This may be a repeat of that phenomenon. This post is related to a possible new mania – an improbable run for the Congress. After the previous post at about 10:30 pm I put in an hour setting up an incipient website before going to bed at half past eleven.

The new site not up yet. Continue reading

The official voice for

I’ve talked with my wife. That would be a good post.

I’d like to thank the 1400 of you who kept the secret from claudia that I’ve been threatening to become a candidate. As per the fantasy I don’t plan to campaign other than to talk sense in the blog. Remember, this may simply be a ruse to sell books. Or maybe not.

You will see that I’ve changed the tagline on the banner to the blog. I’ve never liked the banner but I’ve never been able to figure out how to change it. I did manage a year ago to get rid of the wraparound Abe Lincoln pics that used to clutter up the blog. I only originally wanted one of them in the header.

I haven’t yet set up the www.welty4congress website. Its a recycled domain name of mine from 2006 when I filed to run against Jim Oberstar. I may do that tomorrow. I don’t currently plan on letting it grow to be an extensive site. I’ll probably use it to point to the 6,000 posts on this blog to give voters, and contributors [book buyers] more information about what I think about a variety of subjects that they are concerned about.

Now that I’m in the race, for at least three and a half months, I’ll be even more intent on finishing up that book I’ve kept on about. That’s how I plan to raise money. I think, per my wife’s suggestion, that I’ll wait to see if I really do get underway with it by tackling the first 10 chapters or so before selling the prospective book.

Its late. I’ve spent the better part of the last five days moving snow all over the place and my back won’t let me forget it. Writing the book will be my top priority not blogging and not sending out copious emails about how critical it is for my readers to help the campaign. I will be a very different candidate than my Readers have encountered before. For one thing, I have a life. For another, I’ll be so candid it will make your jaw drop.