Why You Shouldn't Vote for Hillary

on Thursday, May 31, 2007

I was going to make a posting detailing why we shouldn't vote for ALL of the democrats, but that posting would have been a novel. So instead I have decided to investigate the principles of each democrat individually, one at a time. I’ll ultimately cover each of the dems, but for now…here’s why you shouldn't vote for Hillary:

First of all, she is the perfect definition of a demagogue. I've never seen anyone lie and manipulate more than she does just to gain political points (John Edwards comes close though). Anyone who watched the Hannity-Rocky debate saw Sean’s video montage of Hilary’s constant opinion swings. She has more flip-flops on her record than Cari has in her closet. She constantly changes her opinion on the war depending on how it’s going that day. If things are good in Iraq, she takes credit by saying "I voted for that! Go me!" However, if Iraq isn't going to well, we hear the same old ‘impeach Bush’ rhetoric spewing from her vile tongue. Her insidious remarks against our current administration are the very antithesis of what this country is fighting for.

This past February, Hilary made the comment, "If I was President in 2002, I would not have gone to war...." Funny thing is, she DID vote for the war in 2002! In fact, in October of 2002 Hillary made this comment:

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members…It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

Now tell me, does that sound like somebody who is opposed to war? Hillary, like most of the left in her party, refuses to defend us against Islamic fascism. Here’s the bottom line: Like it or not, there are terrorist cells relentlessly attempting to murder every single one of us. And it seems that Hillary does everything in her power to allow these terrorists to do so. Pork barrel spending, appeasement, cut-and-run strategies, etc, all show that Hillary is weak when it comes to defense. She, in fact, wants us to lose the war just so that her party will gain political points. She was even one of the frontrunners in the bill that tried to eliminate financing for our troops, thereby forcing them to fight with sticks instead of guns. How patriotic. Now I ask you, is that the kind of person you want to become the commander-in-chief of our armed forces?

Hillary takes no definite position on anything. A person can only call for "bipartisanship" so many times. By the way, has she done anything since becoming senator of New York? Anything at all?? Like her husband, her positions on issues change with each new audience and demographic. Everything is surveyed and polled in order to determine what position she should take. This shows her utter lack of conviction in anything she says. She is apparently for everything and against everything equally. Clearly, she doesn't want to make decisions… she just wants to rule the free country.

Back to her demagoguery. Hillary appeases the special interest groups and minorities. For example, last year during the whole illegal immigration fiasco, Hillary told the AP press that we need to control our borders and show no leniency when it comes to our laws concerning illegal immigration. But then, just 5 days later, she gave a speech in New York to a large number of Hispanic workers (many illegal) and told them that we welcome them in this country. She praised them for the work they do, credited them solely for all of the growth in our economy, and even called them "the backbone of America." Hmm. Yet another quality I want in a president: Somebody who doesn't uphold the very constitution and laws of this country. As a side note, Hillary has vowed to violate article 5 of the Bill of Rights and promised not uphold the second amendment of the constitution if she doesn't "have to."

Hillary cares for no one. Can anybody think of a selfless act committed on her part (and I mean act, not just words)? And for the record, I’m asking only for acts with no hidden agenda or secret motive that ultimately benefits her. Have you seen her scowl? Ugh. What a mean lady! In fact, has anyone ever seen her really smile? Even when she does force a smile, her eyes don’t. She has no self-respect and proves that by continuing to be married to a man who continually and openly cheats on her. Obviously she stays married to him only for political purposes. She has no imagination or vision. She doesn't cook. She hates children and has no interest in education or the environment. I fear the day that she has PMS so bad that she just decides to nuke the world.

Does anybody really want Bill Clinton back in the White House? The Clinton’s have made reference to "co-presidency" in numerous interviews. And since Hillary can’t ever make up her own mind, that ultimately means that Bill will be calling the shots. That alone is reason enough not to vote Hillary in. For fun, let’s re-cap the highlights of Mr. Clinton’s presidency:

1) Lewinsky-gate, perjury-gate, impeachment-gate.
2) Teaching America that sexual harassment (as well as other things) is ok in the workplace, even if it’s in the White House!
3) 73 House and Senate witnesses who have pled the 5th Amendment and 17 witnesses who have fled the country to avoid testifying about Democratic campaign fundraising
4) Selling our secrets to China
5) 19 charges, 8 convictions, and 4 imprisonments from the Whitewater mess as well as 55 criminal charges and 32 criminal convictions (so far) in the other Clinton scandals
6) Reducing our military by half, gutting much of our foreign policy. He single-handedly reduced the U.S. Navy from 600 ships to 200 insuring that we can't fight a two front war any longer and made it so that we are no longer as safe from invasion as we once were
7) Tax increases up the wazoo! Thank you, Mr. President, for "finding" millions of tax dollars to pay for your lavish lifestyle and globetrotting. I understand that you and your cronies have logged more time on Air Force One than any other administration. I could spend hours on the tax issues with Hillary and Bill, but I’ll just leave it alone for now
8) 140 pardons of convicted felons and indicted felons-in-exile. We will love to have them rejoin society. That doesn't count the scores you pardoned while serving as Governor of Arkansas
9) Stealing the silverware and other items of value from the White House and Air Force One before you left office
10) The $18 million you and Hillary both received for your memoirs and tell-all books. Who says crime doesn't pay...
11) Appointing all those liberal judges in the 9th circuit court and throughout the nation. Your judges have ruled homosexual marriages are okay, Christians are evil, crosses on government property are bad, the ten commandments can't be on government property either, prayers in public schools are forbidden, etc

Finally, Hillary is a thief. Check this out. Hillary, as a New York State Senator, now comes under the "Congressional Retirement and Staffing Plan," which means that even if she never gets re-elected, she STILL receives her Congressional salary until she dies. (Wouldn't it be nice if all Americans were pension eligible after only 4 years on the job!?) If Bill outlives her, he then inherits HER salary until HE dies. He is already getting his Presidential salary until he dies, by the way. If Hillary outlives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she dies. Guess who pays for that? You guessed it, the American taxpayer. But wait, it gets even better. In order for Hillary to establish NY residency, they purchased a million dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua, New York. Makes sense. They also are entitled to secret service protection for life. Still makes sense. But here is where it becomes interesting. Their mortgage payments hover at around $10,000 per month for that lavish home in NY. However, an extra residence ‘had’ to be built within the acreage to house the Secret Service agents. The Clintons charge the Federal government $10,000 monthly rent for the use of that extra residence, which is just about equal to their mortgage payment. This means that we, the taxpayers, are paying the Clinton's salary, mortgage, transportation, safety and security, as well as the salaries for their 12 man staff -- and this is all perfectly legal thanks to the laws the Clintons have passed.

Please don’t vote for Hillary.

A $400 Haircut?!

on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Yes, John Edwards really did pay 400 dollars for his haircut. I'd feel bad if I were a contributor for his campaign right about now... Enjoy the music!

Gasoline Wars

on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I was supposed to hang curtain rods for Cari tonight. Instead, the news was complaining about gas prices for the bazillionth time. I got tired of hearing the same old rhetoric so I decided to vent and spent two hours typing this up. Anybody who has argued with me about this before may have already heard me say some of this. I've researched all this info out over the last few months, hopefully it's easy to understand. Sorry 'bout the curtain rods, Cari! Hope you all enjoy:

How many texts and emails have you gotten saying, "Don't buy gas on May 15th from either Exxon or Shell and prices will go down to 98 cents a gallon!"?... Yea right, and if you don't eat today you'll lose 36 pounds too! First of all, the gas station owner is the only guy you’ll be screwing with because he bought that gas from a jobber who bought it from another jobber who ultimately bought that from the oil company. So technically the oil company has been paid for that gas long before you ever put it in your car. Secondly, people will just buy double gas on May 14th and 16th. So to all you people out there who start these emails, I just have one thing to say to you: Have none of you ever taken an economics class? 3 words - supply and demand. When demand is high, prices go up. When demand is low and supply is high, prices go down. It's not rocket science. When everyone drives their boat-towing SUVs that get 14 MPG to Lake Powell for the weekend, thereby consuming massive amounts of a limited resource, prices will go up.

Since nobody else seems to be doing any research on the subject, I will do it for you.

#1: Mass consumption. This nation consumes more oil than it can make. The United States is the largest consumer of oil in the world at a whopping 20 million barrels a day! (A barrel is 42 gallons by the way.) The US Department of Energy states that at times we only produce about 5 million barrels a day which means that we are forced to import 75% of what we use. For all you non-economics majors out there, importing is expensive. By comparison, Venezuela (who produces almost 100% of the oil they consume and imports almost nil) enjoys prices around 17 cents a gallon for gasoline. Check this out: The United Arab Emirates (the guys we buy much of our oil from) just built the world's first 7-star hotel. They also built an indoor ski slope to go along with it. 15% of the world's large towers currently being built are in Dubai. The Burj Tower, which in 2008 will be the world's tallest skyscraper, is also under construction in Dubai. They are building the world's largest theme park called 'Dubailand' which will feature anamatronic life-size dinosaurs (guess they never watched Jurassic Park). They are also building a 59-story hotel where each floor slowly spins independently of the other floors - something similar to the Space Needle. Construction is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. And guess who's paying for all of it...YOU!

#2: Tree-huggers. Fact: There is more oil in southern Utah, Alaska, and off the coasts of Florida and California than in all the discovered oil deposits in the world COMBINED! Another fact: We aren't drilling any of it. Why, you ask? Because all of the special interest group tree-huggers have forced our senators to block access to these stockpiles. They also have not allowed us to build new refineries. They say that we will harm the environment by drilling and refining in these areas. You know that small patch of barren tundra up in Alaska that we will have to impose upon in order to drill...well preserving that barren tundra is costing you 3.19 a gallon. Hope it's worth it!

#3: Different blends. Each region of the United States demands their own specific blend of gasoline. As we enter the summer, gasoline formulas change to reduce emissions. Refiners must draw down their tanks to switch to these blends, which lowers available inventories. There are up to 18 different blends of gasoline running through the pipelines of this country at any given time. Refineries are much more expensive to operate when they have 18 independent recipes to make instead of just one. Think about it this way: What would be cheaper, making one type of cookie for your neighbors or 18 different recipes of cookies? For all you liberals out there, during his campaign, even John Kerry called for a reform of the "more than 300 local and state fuel regulations in the U.S."

#4: Understanding profits. Yes, oil companies made billions of dollars in profits this last year. But in the accounting world, percentages are more important than raw numbers. If I sold cars and only made one dollar of profit on each sale, but I sold a billion cars, does that mean that I'm price gouging because I made a billion dollars? Keep in mind that I only make one dollar per sale, that's not much. Remember, we use 20 million barrels a day. Even if oil companies made one cent per barrel, that's still one cent, 20 million times over, each day. Fact is we just use a TON of the oil companies' product which results in large numbers. But here, let me break it down and put things in real perspective by listing the profit margins of many industries in the U.S. These are real numbers and are verified and published by the IRS. The following numbers are percentages:

Pharmaceuticals and medicine: 21.6
Banks: 20.8
Beverage and Tobacco: 17.2
Electrical equipment: 14.2
Chemicals and Allied products: 13.7
Computers and Electronics: 13.4
Oil: 8.9

That means that your own bank is making 21 cents off your dollar and the drug companies make almost 22 cents of pure profit for every dollar we spend on their products!! Why then do we whine against the oil companies who make a measly 8 cents? According to Fortune magazine, Chevron's net profits per dollar of sales were the 185th highest in the nation. That means that 184 companies had higher net profits than Chevron. Some of these companies are Pfizer (#7), Google (#12), Microsoft (#13), and Bank of New York (#17). Another interesting fact, government taxes on oil are upwards of 60 cents a gallon in some states. If you don't believe me, it's posted right on the pump. That means that while the oil companies make 8 cents, your government is making a whopping 20 cents for every dollar you spend on gasoline! Now tell me, who are the real price gougers? Think about that the next time you hear Hillary or John Edwards say that we need an investigation into the oil companies profits while, in the mean time, they mandate taxes of almost 3 times that much. If you aren't mad enough at the government yet, then check this out. Summer of last year the government passed a new law demanding that ethanol be added to all gasoline blends, indefinitely. That one act alone made gasoline prices jump 30-40 cents overnight due to the higher costs of ethanol additives. That rate increase will never go away. Thank you senator! On another note, I was at Costco the other day and I saw that the newest version of Microsoft Office (not Vista, I'm talking Office) costs $578. Unbelievable! People complain against the oil companies' profits while Bill Gates (the richest man in the world I might add) charges you almost $600 for a computer program. You can buy an entire computer for cheaper than that! Now, some would argue that we "need" to buy gas, but we don't "need" to buy Office. I beg to differ. Tally up the amount of time you’ll spend on a computer today and compare that to the time in your car. Bet you'll be surprised.

#5: OPEC. Many of you have heard this word, but some may not know what it means. OPEC stands for the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and is comprised of 11 countries (the U.S. is NOT one of them) which are responsible for 40% of the world's oil production. They also control 2/3 of the world's oil reserves. Sometimes, for whatever reason, OPEC decides it wants to decrease supply (thereby increasing prices). There is no world government to stop them from doing this, so they continue to do it at their own pleasure. Now, many advanced economic factors are involved here and they can’t just raise the price to $5,000 a barrel; there is some restriction on them as far as world market demands are concerned. But the point is that we are the puppets dangling at the fingers of a handful of extremely wealthy individuals and governments who have a large amount of control over a vital world market commodity.

#6: Old technology. Those same tree-huggers mentioned above have not allowed us to build a new refinery in 30 years! In the last 30 years we have cracked the genetic code, cloned animals, and even made robots that can walk, talk, and think for themselves. But our refineries use none of that technology! Imagine how much more efficiently we could refine gasoline with modern technology and equipment. But we can’t because our senators have blocked the oil companies’ ability to build new, state-of-the-art facilities that refine gasoline more efficiently than 30-year-old machines. Let’s see, we get mad at the oil companies for charging so much, but we don’t allow them to build new refineries that will make prices go down. Am I the only one who thinks that doesn’t make sense?!?! Also, our government mandates that refineries be shut down from time to time for maintenance and inspection. This shut down requires that any particular refinery be off-line for a period of at least 14 days. Think of all the refineries that aren’t in commission as you read this because they are being inspected and repaired. Less production=less supply. Less supply=higher prices. I’m not complaining about this fact. Actually, I appreciate that frequent inspections are performed to prevent explosions, leaks, etc. I just point it out so that you understand another of the many factors that push prices up.

#7: War in the Middle East. One thing that everybody needs to understand is that oil is traded on a world market, something similar to the NYSE. In the case of oil, this is called a futures market. A futures market means that someone is paying in advance for something and paying for it at the estimated price it will be at a specific point in the future. It also means that the product may not be delivered until that point in the future. For oil, this future date is around 9 months. This means that the gas you put into your car today came from a barrel of crude oil that was purchased on the futures market at least 9 months ago. Since we don’t know what will happen in 9 months, many factors can affect the price of oil. For example, if Mahmoud (a.k.a. Adolf) Ahmadinejad tells the world that he is going to Nuke Israel in 2 weeks, that will surely drive the price per barrel up instantly because we don’t know how dire the situation will be 9 months from now. We simply have to assume that he really will nuke Israel and cause mass calamity and destruction and, thereby, drive up the price of a natural resource. Tensions in the Middle East hurt oil futures trading because the world market assumes that the worst will happen and oil will be worth more money 9 months from now which drives up the price today.

#8: Up and coming superpowers. As I just mentioned, oil is traded on a world market, just like gold, wheat, and barley. The scary thing is that India and China are growing at exponential rates. You don’t know it, but many of us may ultimately lose our jobs to outsourcing to India and if China could maintain its rate of growth, they would pass us as the world’s leading superpower in less than 10 years. In order to fuel this growth, they need fuel. India and China are buying mass amounts of oil and driving the world price up to all new highs. Some say, why don’t the oil companies pull the whole “Wal-Mart” strategy and lower their prices to push the other companies out of business? Ok, and while you’re at it why don’t you sell me your diamond wedding ring for 5 bucks? Oil is a natural resource just like that diamond. And just like that diamond, oil has a certain market value and price that people are willing to pay. Let me put it this way: If I had 100 barrels of oil and you had 100 barrels and you decided to sell your oil for $1 per barrel, then you are a fool and probably would be selling me that ring already. Sure, you would sell all of your oil first, but the funny thing is that I can sell mine for $65 per barrel and I would sell out too. So you are at no advantage to sell something that is worth so much for so cheap. India or China will buy it. Let me use one more example. If I was a wheat farmer and the U.S. came to me and said they’d buy my wheat for $60, but then China came to me and said they’d pay $65 for it, who do you think I would sell to? Same thing with oil. As I said before, India and China are buying tons of oil and they are pushing up the market price that neither Chevron nor Exxon nor BP have control over. They don’t set the price. Sale goes to the highest bidder. That’s it.

Ok, now I’ve laid out some of the main reasons for high oil prices, but before I move on, I want everybody to know that it sucks for me when I fill up too. I filled up today and 17 gallons was $55. Trust me, I wasn’t happy about it. But it’s much easier to deal with when you understand that oil companies aren’t just gouging us silly. In fact, they aren’t gouging at all. So then many ask, what can we do? The answer is simpler than you might expect. Here’s what all those texts and emails should be saying: Ride a bike. Take trax. Walk to the neighbors house instead of driving to it. Carpool. Do all your errands in one trip instead of 5. Remember, less demand + more supply = lower prices. Have a nice day!

PS – To keep this posting clean, I did not post any of my data sources. But if anybody wants to see them, I would be happy to forward them to you.

Rosie's Meltdown

"655,000 Iraqi civilians had died. Who are the terrorists?"

Is it just me, or has Rosie O'Donnell lost it?! Last week she stopped showing up for work because her little feelings were hurt when Elisabeth actually stood up for her for once. So here I've decided to break down Rosie's breakdown:

Within the last few months, Rosie has belittled the Bush administration daily demanding that we remove our presence in Iraq. She's called the President of the United States, as well as you and I, terrorists. She has called our troops "murderers" while simultaneously calling Al-Qaida operatives "innocent" men, women, and children. Hmm, sounds a little backwards doesn't it? It gets worse. Several months ago she said "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam..." I have a question for you, Rosie: How many Catholic bishops do you know that walk into your neighborhood Starbucks with a bomb strapped to their chest yelling "Allahu Akbar" as they blow themselves up, taking hundreds of innocent people with them? Just as threatening,
you say? (Also, isn't your homosexuality punishable by death according to Islamic law, Rosie?)

And why is it that a godless, democratic, non-christian, (and now unemployed) lesbian is the opinion voice for a population where 99% don't agree with her aforementioned life choices. That's like making Santa Claus the spokesman for Hanukkah. Still think Rosie is a moral person? Well then I suggest you check out this link where Rosie admits to drunk driving on a frequent basis:

Rosie's final eruption on 'The View' happened last week when she accused Elisabeth of not standing up for her (Rosie's) retarded and thoughtless terrorism remark at the top of this posting. Why should she? After all, it was Rosie who said it, not Elisabeth. Rosie has made numerous outrageous comments that are neither pertinent nor relevant. This time it finally caught her in the butt.

Mike's prediction: Rosie O'Donnell will get her own TV show where she'll get to bash anyone and anything good and holy. But ultimately she will make a comment so out of bounds, so offensive, and so blatantly irresponsible that her ratings will plummet and her show will be cancelled, just like her last one.

Let's Get Ready to Rumble...

This is my blog where I rant and rave about all things political. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. But if you disagree with me...you're wrong ;)