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|Campaign 2012 | Political Prudence

Huge Crowd Flocks to Romney-Ryan

A Prudence Paine wire service photographer managed to score a coveted ticket to see the new Romney-Ryan ticket up close and personal as their enthusiastic tour swings through the North Carolina Piedmont area.

Here the unexpectedly huge crowd queues up early in High Point, a city that was once the pinnacle of American furniture craftsmanship and other manufacturing industries. Today, many of its long-heralded companies, factories and stores are closed. The economy is decimated. The people are struggling to survive.

This is a crowd hungry for economic leadership, for a revival in American manufacturing, for simple pride in America.

The media likes to claim that Romney and Ryan are just for rich people. Look at all the rich people that poured into town to hear him speak:


The Absolute Style Furniture factory showroom could only hold 500 people (according to unofficial information given to our reporter), but thousands arrived, wanting to check out the new guy on the ticket…


A small gaggle of protesters turned up as well.


But the crowd was all smiles for the High Point police. No pepper spray was even needed on the protesters!

Once the crowd gets indoors, and into an overflow room, they discover it’s not much cooler indoors. But, as our reporter reports, everyone is feeling very patriotic being there.


NOTE: More pictures are coming in. Live-photo blogging it here.

As the heat inside built, so did the anticipation of seeing the candidates. Even the Secret Service guys were smiling.

As the main room was filled to capacity and the overflow rooms were getting packed, the crowd kept streaming in. The invitations has noted that people could not bring liquids to the event. Unfortunately, that made everyone rather parched after waiting for several hours to get into an oven-hot room.


The crowd grew so large that the small building couldn’t hold them all in one location, so many are moved into the company’s showrooms where they can view the rally on television screens. Yet the crowd remains cheerful, and your wire reporter reports that “Everyone is sweating like hell but happy laughing and don’t seem to care. Secret service guys are friendly!!!”

Our reporter reported that the crowd at the furniture factory rally was primarily middle-aged, about 35 years old and up mostly. LegalInsurrection readers report that many of the crowd were women. This couple was representing the younger set.


The crowd was filled with many people who are already Romney and Ryan fans, and convention hats are already coming out of the mothballs. Paul Ryan told a reporter that he had Nirvana on his iPod. This hat smells like campaign spirit.

When the Romney-Ryan campaign arrived at the Absolute Style Furniture factory, they came in two official tour buses, with a few other assorted buses for press and others.

It’s interesting that the buses have different emphases in their messaging. This must be the Populist bus: “The Romney Plan: For a Stronger Middle Class” and “More Jobs. More Take-Home Pay.”

And this must be the Patriotic bus: “Believe in America.”

Electricity runs through the crowd when the Secret Service escorts arrive to lead the candidates into the factory.

And then the candidates take time to pass by the crowds that haven’t made it inside. (Squint hard! They’re at the back of the police car in this shot.

And then they head inside, where they thrill the people in the two overflow rooms with a brief visit of three minutes or so before heading into the main room to start the rally.

Our reporter reports that by the time the rally began, the heat and dehydration had gotten to a few patriots, as word spread through the crowd that as many as four people had fainted. (Or perhaps they were simply overcome with tingling for a balanced budget.)

For that many people to turn out in the depressed town of High Point, North Carolina, on such short notice, shows that Mitt Romney has indeed injected his ticket with lots of hope for change. The right kind of change. Toward fiscal responsibility. Who knew such a thing would ever turn out a crowd like that?

 The Daily Caller is reporting that over 10,000 people turned out for the High Point rally, with 1,200 gaining entry to the event, and an estimated additional 10,000 crowding along the street outside the building. The AP (typically no friend to Republican candidates) seems to back that up, albeit with different numbers of people in the various locations:

Thousands came to see the GOP ticket at a furniture company in High Point, N.C., on Sunday near Greensboro. About 1,500 waited — some more than five hours — in a cavernous warehouse with struggling air conditioning, while 2,000 packed into a cleared-out furniture showroom where the air was sticky and heavy. Thousands more stood behind barriers erected on the street outside — Romney and Ryan stopped on their way in to give high fives to a few in the cheering crowd.

A bit about Absolute Style: It is a “minority-owned” business, in that its owner is a woman, Melanie McNamara. In May, the local Business Journal noted that it was adding five to six jobs to its 28-person workforce, and they had already received 200 applications. That illustrates the dire situation of the High Point furniture industry, and how small businesses willing to take chance are going to be the key to getting this economy back on track.

The Greensboro News & Record put the crowd estimate even higher:

They drew an estimated crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 people in High Point, with only a limited number getting into the venue to hear the speeches.


|eCOnoMICS | Prudence Potpourri

Ryan, Rubio and Prudence on the Medicare Crisis

The Democrats are despicably attempting to lie to and mislead the public, especially senior citizens, about the Medicare adjustments included in the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and voted for by the House GOP. It’s purely political, thinking if they can tell people Ryan’s plan will end Medicare (it doesn’t), voters will think Republicans are trying to take their health care away and reward the liars for their lies by reelecting them.

Unfortunately, overhauling Medicare is complex and not soundbite friendly. While Democrats ran an outrageous ad showing a Ryan lookalike pushing a granny in a wheelchair off a cliff (an utter lie), it’s going to take more to explain the Ryan proposal. [Whatever happened to the outcry over putting crosshairs on maps? How did we go from that to having it be fine, if not funny (according to MSNBC hosts–especially Joe Scarborouh) to show actually killing someone?]

I’m actually not all that in favor of the Ryan 2012 budget. I don’t think it goes far enough in immediately reversing the course of government and our national debt. But it’s a helluva lot better than the nonexistent budget put forth by the cowardly, yellow-belly Democrats or the laughable budget that Obama put forth, which was voted down in the Senate 97-0 (not one Senator, even socialist Bernie Sanders [I-VT], would vote for the thing).

So before the Democrats’ maligning and lying about the Ryan Medicare plan starts taking root around the country, here’s what Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have to say about it. Spread these videos far and wide.

Here’s Ryan’s explanation of the Medicare crisis:

Here’s Rubio, taking a bold step ahead of his party, informing his constituents on the realities of the Ryan Medicare plan before his opponents have a chance to lie about it. [See the Daily Caller for a transcript]:

And, hey, GOP, how about coming up with your own clever ad to show what the Republicans are wanting to do.

Here’s quick script I whipped up for one. Surely you could come up with something as good or better. If not, use this:

FADE IN on GRANDPA MEDICARE in a hospital bed, hooked up to beeping machines and tubes.

Grandpa starts struggling on bed, while his concerned FAMILY looks panicked.

LITTLE GIRL jumps off her chair and runs to DEMOCRAT DOCTORS standing in corner of room, laughing and talking with each other.

Little Girl grabs the hand of one of the doctors.

LITTLE GIRL: (pulling on hand of one of the doctors) Doctor! doctor! Won’t you please save him?!

DEM DOCTOR: (sipping a martini) Don’t worry, don’t worry. He’ll be fine. (nudges her away and goes back to laughing)

A group of REPUBLICAN DOCTORS rushes in and immediately gets to work. They switch out ancient machines with sleek new ones and replace cumbersome tubing and mask with simpler, freer ones.

Grandpa quickly comes back to life.

Little Girl: (leaping onto bed) Grandpa!

FATHER tries to pull girl back out of concern for Grandpa’s health.

GOP DOCTOR motions to Father it’s okay and Little Girl scampers into smiling Grandpa’s arms.

GOP Doctor: You gave us quite a scare there, Mr. Medicare, but you’ve got a whole new lease on life now. (tousles happy Little Girl’s hair)

NARRATOR: The Democrats in Congress are willing to let Medicare die as long as they can get reelected before it does. Help your Republican Congressmen save Medicare. [insert call to action.]

|Prudence Potpourri | Tea Party

Paul Ryan Is the WORST Negotiator

Sigh. Once again, the Republicans offer to fold their hand before the game has even begun.

The continuing resolution that is currently funding our budgetless government is set to expire on March 4. Various Republicans have seen this expiration as a superb moment to force concessions from the Democrats on a host of other issues in order to extend the CR—as well as set the stage for the upcoming battle over whether to raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats, in preparing their side for battle, are attempting to rally the media to their side, hoping they will stand with them if the Republicans do force a shut down of the government in an effort to get our wildly out-of-control spending just down to simple out-of-control.

Yet, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) goes on “Good Morning America” yesterday and unequivocally states that the Republicans won’t shut down the government. If the Democrats won’t work with them, he says the Republicans—who, Ryan seems to have forgotten, control the House—will just do another continuing resolution.

Show them your cards, Ryan. Then fold when they seem scared. That’s the way to win the hand…for them.

Mr. Ryan, please remember that it’s our children’s future that you are gambling with. You are losing badly. If you don’t know how to play the game, can’t keep a poker face, can’t handle the pressure, please turn your seat over to someone who can.

|Prudence Potpourri | Tea Party

Budget Betrayal

When voters, especially Tea Party voters, went to the polls last November, we wanted one key thing: stop the spending.

Barely a month into their two-year terms, the House committee for the budget has already betrayed us. Before the negotiations have even begun,  the GOP leadership has caved by being fearful to take more than a few puny dollars out of the government’s voracious maw.

According to Politico:

Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year.

Democrats were united in their opposition, but more important for Republicans was the loss of two of their own Western-state conservatives – Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming — who voted “no” to protest the cuts being too small.

In a prior closed-door caucus, a third Republican, Georgia Rep. Tom Graves, had also threatened to bolt before being brought around by the committee leadership.

“He saw the light,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told POLITICO.

Someone needs to wake up Rogers, because he is in the dark and leading us further down the hole.

This is an outrage. While the bill says it’s a $40 billion cut (still a far, far cry from the originally promised, and still disappointing, $100 billion), it’s even less:

The $40 billion in cuts is a major first bite but only takes Republicans halfway to their goal. And when added defense dollars are factored into the equation, the net reduction is closer to $32 billion — a small fraction of the $1.5 trillion 2011 deficit facing Washington.

Note that’s a $1.5 trillion DEFICIT, not a $1.5 trillion budget. They can only find $32 billion to cut from the $1.5 trillion hole they are digging in the $14 trillion crater we’re already in. Good grief. That’s hardly 0.9% of the budget. How many families have managed lately to cut only 1% of their budget?

One tweeter (GreatHairGuy) earlier said it’s like a surgeon being called in to amputate a gangrenous leg, and all he does is trims the toenails.

As one sign that the GOP still does not get it, Rogers had the audacity to call this minuscule cut a “jobs bill.” We need committee reassignments immediately. These people are being absolutely derelict in their duties.

So far, it appears that the GOP is all talk, all back-walking. The conservative voices such as Flake and South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan are going unheeded. Duncan has proposed a genius committee: Disappropriations. That’s the kind of bold thinking we expected from this Congress. So far we’re only seeing Pelosi-lite—despite the fact that even the Blue Dog Democrats are howling for some cuts.

Thanks a lot, Congress. This song goes out to you.

They smile in your face…

If you are on Twitter, send this tweet:


If not, be sure to call Congress and tell them what you think: (202) 224-3121

UPDATE 2/9/11 7:15pm

National Review has reported that the teeny proposed budget cuts had the freshmen Congressmen “almost in open revolt” at the Republican conference this afternoon.

At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.

The leadership issued the typical unreassuring comments that the message had been received. They keep saying that, and every new item that comes up on the agenda, especially if it pertains to spending, they demonstrate they haven’t heard us at all.

Don’t let up the pressure. Tweet and call your congressman. Let them know that even $100 billion out of a $3.5 trillion budget (or continuing resolution, if they want to get technical about it) is grossly insufficient.

Some other good stories on the Budget Betrayal of 2011:

Andrew Stiles at National Review: Flake Defies GOP on Cuts

Russ Voight at Red State: How House Leadership Can Fix Their Mess

David Rogers: GOP Cuts Deep as Right Revolts

Allahpundit’s take at HotAir: Report: House GOP in Revolt

And on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, a congressman (sorry, didn’t get his name and Hugh just calls him “Congressman”) said that the appropriations committee is meeting right this very moment.

We can hope this means the leadership has seen the light, realizes how upsetting this is to the voters. Unfortunately, the congressman didn’t have much hope for that himself.