Pundit Press is pleased to present its 43rd interview in our on-going series. Today we are lucky enough to have Chris Wysocki answer some of our questions. Mr. Wysocki is the founder of WyBlog, a successful political site that has nearly eclipsed 700,000 pageviews all-time. I'd like to thank Mr. Wysocki for taking the time to answer our questions. So, without further ado:
When did you start WyBlog and why?
Well one day I was at home threatening the kids when I looks out through the
hole in the wall and sees this tank pull up and, oh wait, wrong story. Sorry.
Let's see, it was May of 2007, there was this writing challenge set up by some college buddies - 3000 original words a month for 3 years - and I volunteered to moderate it. Each guy put up $1,000. They thought it would be hard to churn out so much material month after month and it was my job to check their word counts, spot plagiarism, and award the pot to the last man standing.
WyBlog was my "me too" effort - I couldn't win the prize but that didn't mean I was going to sit around and let them have all the fun. I started it mostly just to see if I could get Bloxsom to run on VMS using an old Vax I had laying around. I figured I could write about that experience and see what happened.
Then the 2008 election "happened" and, well, here I am.
How would you rate President Obama's job performance? Is it as bad as you were expecting?
After it was clear that Obama was going to win I tried my best to give him the benefit of the doubt. We're all Americans, right? Rally around the flag!
Except Barack Obama doesn't represent any America I want to live in. In terms of job performance, he's done what he set out to do - remake our nation and our economy as one giant engine of wealth transfer predicated on class warfare. I just don't think he envisioned all that wealth being transferred to China which is how things have actually turned out.
History will be his final judge, but I can't think of a president who's been worse for the Founders' vision of America than Barack Obama.
What is the worst thing that President Obama has done since taking office?
And here I thought these were going to be tough questions.
The worst thing he's done? You mean besides taking the oath of office? I'd say "Not listening." Or rather, listening only to himself. The guy is in love with the sound of his own voice, and he really does believe that if he can only explain himself better we'll all fall down in obsequious obeisance as the unicorns and rainbows take care of everything.
The worst thing about Barack Obama goes back to an idea from Donald Rumsfeld - "unknown unknowns." Barack Obama doesn't know what he doesn't know, and fatally, he doesn't care that he doesn't know because he's convinced of his own infallibility.
Do you have a favorite Republican for the 2012 race yet? If so, who is it and do you think they could take down Obama?
Rick Perry. He annoys all the right people. And the Perry the President vs Dr. Barack Doofenshmirtz campaign ads pretty much write themselves.
He's got the right temperament to instill confidence among the citizenry. He "gets it," he understands Ronald Reagan's vision of America as a shining city on a hill. Contrast his record with Obama's and there's really no comparison - Texas is thriving while America wilts. If he hooks up with a rising star like Marco Rubio for Veep he'll probably sweep all 57 states.
I think too that a lot of folks subscribe to Glenn Reynolds' Syphilitic Camel Rule - They'll vote for a syphilitic camel before they'd vote for four more years of Barack Obama. So really, whoever the GOP nominates the election is theirs to lose. Which is good for my prognosticating record because at around this juncture last time I was swearing up and down that Fred Thompson would be the next POTUS.
If you were President, what is one thing that you would do to help the economy?
If I were president I'd get government the hell out of the way. Cut red tape. Eliminate bureaucracies and bureaucrats. Streamline the tax code and the regulatory state. The country survived for 150 years without a Department of Education or a Department of Energy or a thousand other petty fiefdoms whose existence is predicated on finding fault with something someone is doing so they can fine him to fatten up their budgets. Put those people to work creating things rather than preventing things and just watch the economy take flight.
Is there an issue that you believe the Obama Administration is ignoring or sweeping under the rug?
Eric Holder's Justice Department is a disgrace to the Constitution. They've willfully ignored voter fraud and intimidation (by the Black Panthers). They're complicit up to their eyeballs in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent (Operation Gunrunner). The way they mishandle terrorism trials would be comic if it weren't borderline treasonous. I mean you've got the guy who arranged a pardon for the FALN bombers deciding how and when to prosecute terrorists. It just doesn't get any more absurd than that.
Other than the economy, what, in your estimation, is the most important issue facing the country at the moment?
Border security. And not just for preventing illegal immigration, but to keep out infiltrators who are intent on doing us harm. In that respect border security is National Security too. Sadly neither political party seems to have the will to really do what it takes. It's the one issue which is a bipartisan failure.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'd like to thank you for this opportunity to showcase my humble little blog. It's been fun! And to all the folks reading this, please don't be a stranger! Stop on by and say "hi." WyBlog, it's a New Jersey institution, like Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese on a hard roll. With it's own exit.