How Did This Happen

on Saturday, February 28, 2009

How did we go from this:

To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association — the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.

- Thomas Jefferson
... to this:

Super Awesome Fun Weekend Facts

  • The amount of increased debt to pay for the Democrat spending in just the last month is the same amount of debt incurred over two whole centuries by the U.S. government from 1789-1978 (just 30 years ago)


  • The Bush era increased debt $4.9 Trillion over 8 years. Obama's budget increases debt $5.6 Trillion in just 3 years


  • Democrats have complained amount all the money Bush spent on Iraq in his 8 years ($600 billion to date). Obama spent triple that amount in his first 4 weeks, and plans to spend a whopping 6x the entire cost of the Iraq war on just his 2010 budget


  • As of this morning, if you include only his stimulus and his 2010 budget, Obama has spent $78 million per minute since taking office
  • Wiping Now Causing Global Warming

    on Friday, February 27, 2009

    These people are morons:

    The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public's insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

    "This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council.

    "Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution."
    This has gone so far that these people have actually invented reusable toilet paper...

    Hey guys, last time I checked trees were a renewable resource. Let us use the bathroom in peace!

    Fun Fact of the Day

    on Thursday, February 26, 2009

    Did know that Obama's 2010 budget will cost each United States taxpayer $25,573?

    And since scientists haven't figured out a way to make money grow on trees yet, you do know that you're gonna have to pay that $25 grand sometime, right?

    Cult of Obama

    From a parade in Germany. Do take note of the halo over his head (Photo Credit: AP)


    A little over the top considering Obama hasn't even done anything worth noting while serving as POTUS (except watching the DOW shed another 1,000 points since Inauguration Day).

    WSJ: Taxing Rich Won't Be Enough

    Duh.

    President Obama has laid out the most ambitious and expensive domestic agenda since LBJ, and now all he has to do is figure out how to pay for it. On Tuesday, he left the impression that we need merely end "tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans," and he promised that households earning less than $250,000 won't see their taxes increased by "one single dime."

    This is going to be some trick. Even the most basic inspection of the IRS income tax statistics shows that raising taxes on the salaries, dividends and capital gains of those making more than $250,000 can't possibly raise enough revenue to fund Mr. Obama's new spending ambitions.

    Consider the IRS data for 2006, the most recent year that such tax data are available and a good year for the economy and "the wealthiest 2%." Roughly 3.8 million filers had adjusted gross incomes above $200,000 in 2006. (That's about 7% of all returns; the data aren't broken down at the $250,000 point.) These people paid about $522 billion in income taxes, or roughly 62% of all federal individual income receipts. The richest 1% -- about 1.65 million filers making above $388,806 -- paid some $408 billion, or 39.9% of all income tax revenues, while earning about 22% of all reported U.S. income.

    Note that federal income taxes are already "progressive" with a 35% top marginal rate, and that Mr. Obama is (so far) proposing to raise it only to 39.6%, plus another two percentage points in hidden deduction phase-outs. He'd also raise capital gains and dividend rates, but those both yield far less revenue than the income tax. These combined increases won't come close to raising the hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue that Mr. Obama is going to need.
    Nothing shocking here. Back of the envelope math from the WSJ figures that even if Obama confiscated 100% of the taxable income of everyone in America earning over $500,000 per year, it would still only yield enough to cover a measly one-third of what Obama plans to spend next year alone.

    Of course the rich won't be able to pick up the tab for everyone else. Only in Obama's magical fairy land will he be able to tax only the rich, cut the deficit by 1/2, and still have enough pocket change to spend the $4 trillion he wants for his 2010 budget. Obama knows this, but instead of being up front about it, he is trying to buy time before he finally admits to your face that your taxes are headed for top of Mt. Everest to cover all his special projects that are, somehow, supposed to be puting money back into our pockets.

    As we've already pointed out ad nauseam, there is no way Barack can keep this up without raising taxes on everybody - including the middle and lower classes. In fact, with the Bush tax cuts ready to expire and with Obama vowing to not renew them, we're all going to see Obama's promise of not seeing our taxes go up "one single dime" be broken. *Sigh* What's one more broken promise...

    New York Times Sums It Up

    on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    How can Obama spend trillions of dollars on endless stimulus packages while simultaneously promising to cut the federal deficit by 1/2?

    Answer: Magic!... or he'll just break another promise:

    Your taxes are going up. They will probably go up in the coming decade, and the increase will be permanent.

    So It Begins... (UPDATED)

    Uh oh:

    President Barack Obama's first budget will seek $634 billion over 10 years as a down payment on health care reform, a senior administration official said Wednesday. The official said Obama's proposal is meant to start a dialogue with Congress over how to provide coverage for an estimated 48 million uninsured while also slowing health care costs, which amount to $2.4 trillion a year and keep rising even as the economy is shrinking.
    A lot of people have asked me why I decided to no longer attend medical school. Here's part of your answer. 48 million Americans are about to get their health care paid for by you. If you remember, 2/3 of that 48 million already has access to health care, but is too lazy to pay for it themselves. With another 48 million having the government pay the bill for them, you may now happily expect to wake up at 0-dark-30 to visit your doctor from here on out if you wish to avoid the long lines.

    Government beaurocracy is what ruined Medicare and Medicaid. But for some reason Barry O thinks it's gonna work out just dandy this time. Does this guy ever read a history book?


    UPDATE: Another reason I feel bad for my friends in the medical field:

    Obama would pay for the expansion by trimming tax breaks for the wealthy and tightening payments to insurers, hospitals and physicians, according to a senior administration official.
    Giving less money to doctors and hospitals is supposed to make health care better?

    Fair and Balanced

    I thought Matthews and Olbermann were dropped from anchoring news events after their shamefully biased fawning commentary from Obama's DNC speech.

    But alas, McDewey and McDuff are back in the anchor chair giving you more of the unbiased news you've come to expect from MSNBC:




    In case you missed it, either Olbermann or Matthews sighs out an "Oh God" when Jindal hits the stage, followed by laughter from the stage crew.

    Look, if you guys wanna disagree with Republicans on policy that's fine. But as head anchors from one of the largest news outlets in the entire country, you should exercise more self-control in instances like this.

    MSNBC: The Fox News of the Democratic party.

    Blast From the Past

    on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Just when you thought the media couldn't possibly squeeze any further into the tank for Obama, we get succulent articles such as this:

    Standing before a nation on an economic precipice, President Barack Obama aimed to balance candor with can-do Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Millions more anxious Americans were tuning in on TV.

    Obama was arguing that his still-unfolding economic revival plan has room for—even demands—a broader agenda including dramatic increases in health care coverage and wiser, "greener" fuel use. He was addressing an ebullient Democratic congressional majority and an embattled but reinvigorated GOP minority as well as worried viewers at home.
    Nothing interesting here... except for the fact that this article which specifically details how exquisitely Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday night was written almost 6 HOURS before Obama even gave his speech.

    If the media swoons over his words before the man even speaks, then all hope is lost my friends.

    DOW(n)

    on Monday, February 23, 2009

    The DOW sure loves Washington's bailout plan that's supposed to save Wall Street:


    Now More Than Ever

    Here's a quote my father forwarded along regarding the government's new welfare policies:

    "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

    - Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 - 2005

    Fuzzy Math

    on Saturday, February 21, 2009

    Today Barack Obama began his pledge to give tax breaks to 95% of all Americans:

    President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. Treasury on Saturday to implement tax cuts for 95 percent of Americans, fulfilling a campaign pledge he hopes will help jolt the economy out of recession.
    I may not be a Harvard grad like President Obama, but at least I can tell that it's impossible to give 95% of Americans tax cuts when almost 40% already don't pay any taxes at all (and a large part of that 40% goes exempt on their payroll status, making it impossible for them to pay less in their paycheck each week as Obama claims).

    Obama's policies sound good on paper, but in reality are statistically impossible to implement. He should be held more accountable for lies like this.

    Thanks Barack

    on Friday, February 20, 2009

    It's been about a week now since Obama's massive spending bill that was "going to save the economy" was passed.

    Let's see how that's been going:


    Nothing like a 6-year low for the DOW to start off a great weekend. Thanks Barack. My 401K thanks you for your awesome plan.

    No, The Polar Ice Caps Aren't Melting

    on Thursday, February 19, 2009

    Awesome:

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been at the forefront of predicting doom in the arctic as ice melts due to global warming. In May, 2008 they went so far as to predict that the North Pole would be ice-free during the 2008 'melt season,' leading to a lively Slashdot discussion. Today, however, they say that they have been the victims of 'sensor drift' that led to an underestimation of Arctic ice extent by as much as 500,000 square kilometers. The problem was discovered after they received emails from puzzled readers, asking why obviously sea-ice-covered regions were showing up as ice-free, open ocean.
    The more stories like this come out, the less I see of Al Gore. Wonder why that is...

    Revolution

    In a post I wrote the other day about the economy, I originally used the phrase 'revolution is coming' before re-wording it as I thought the that phrase was a little too strong.

    Dude. I should’ve left it in:



    Rick Santelli on CNBC nails it here, while capturing the mood most of us Americans are feeling right now about President Obama’s plan to bail out those who aren’t keeping up on their mortgages, while making us who did it right the first time pay for it. My favorite quotes from this awesomely awesome rant of all rants:

    “The government is promoting bad behavior… Let’s put up a website to have people vote [to see] if we wanna subsidize the losers’ mortgages... We need to reward the people carrying the water instead of those drinking the water. (Cheering in background on Chicago trading floor)… How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage? (Boos in background on trading floor.) President Obama, are you listening? How about we all stop paying our mortgages? It’s a moral hazard.”
    Kids, the revolution has begun and a new tea party is on our horizon. It was only a matter of time before Americans started exercising their own voices of frustration on Obama’s welfare policies instead of letting the media dictate, whether accurately or not, their voices for them. Obama seems to think that all Americans are in love with him and his ultra-liberal welfare policies to help those too lazy to help themselves. But he seems to have already forgotten that 46% of us voted for the other guy.

    Here are the facts: 93.7% of mortgages are paid on time and only 2% are in foreclosure as we speak. But now Obama wants to reward the 2% while shafting the rest of us who did it right the first time. Why should I, the guy who took on a mortgage he knew he could afford, have to pay the tab for a guy who, even though he knew the terms of his adjustable loan, still foolishly chose to bite off more than he could chew?

    It’s becoming ever more apparent that Obama doesn’t care about the majority of us who do the right thing every morning. Instead he chooses to reward the slackers, the whiners, the complainers, and the outspoken minorities... and people are starting to get fed up with it. If he doesn’t start listening to our voices, and listening now, he may find many Americans storming Washington sooner than he thinks.

    Hypocrisy 101

    on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Today President Obama told Americans while unveiling his mortgage plan that "all of us must learn to live within our means again."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, Barack, but didn't you guys just pass the most expensive piece of legislation in American history? A bill so expensive that we have to loan/print the money just to pay for it all? Would you like to explain to the American public why "we need to live within our means" while you guys in Washington get to go out and do the exact opposite while blowing all of my grandchildren's money on your pork barrel projects?

    Way to lead by example.

    Great Depression? Not So Much

    on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    Democratic politicians, including President Obama himself, have tried to scare us into accepting their will by constantly comparing this crisis to the one of the 1930s. Well economics professor Brad Schiller has a nice piece in The Wall Street Journal on the true comparison between what's happening in the economy now, and what was happening in the 1930s:

    This fearmongering may be good politics, but it is bad history and bad economics. It is bad history because our current economic woes don't come close to those of the 1930s. At worst, a comparison to the 1981-82 recession might be appropriate. Consider the job losses that Mr. Obama always cites. In the last year, the U.S. economy shed 3.4 million jobs. That's a grim statistic for sure, but represents just 2.2% of the labor force. From November 1981 to October 1982, 2.4 million jobs were lost -- fewer in number than today, but the labor force was smaller. So 1981-82 job losses totaled 2.2% of the labor force, the same as now.

    Job losses in the Great Depression were of an entirely different magnitude. In 1930, the economy shed 4.8% of the labor force. In 1931, 6.5%. And then in 1932, another 7.1%. Jobs were being lost at double or triple the rate of 2008-09 or 1981-82.

    This was reflected in unemployment rates. The latest survey pegs U.S. unemployment at 7.6%. That's more than three percentage points below the 1982 peak (10.8%) and not even a third of the peak in 1932 (25.2%). You simply can't equate 7.6% unemployment with the Great Depression.

    Other economic statistics also dispel any analogy between today's economic woes and the Great Depression. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose in 2008, despite a bad fourth quarter. The Congressional Budget Office projects a GDP decline of 2% in 2009. That's comparable to 1982, when GDP contracted by 1.9%. It is nothing like 1930, when GDP fell by 9%, or 1931, when GDP contracted by another 8%, or 1932, when it fell yet another 13%.

    Auto production last year declined by roughly 25%. That looks good compared to 1932, when production shriveled by 90%. The failure of a couple of dozen banks in 2008 just doesn't compare to over 10,000 bank failures in 1933, or even the 3,000-plus bank (Savings & Loan) failures in 1987-88. Stockholders can take some solace from the fact that the recent stock market debacle doesn't come close to the 90% devaluation of the early 1930s.
    I don't remember trillions of dollars worth of stimulus packages in the 1980s, and yet somehow we bounced back strong in the 1990s. So why do we need such packages now?

    In his acceptance speech, Barack Obama told Americans they had "chosen hope over fear"... and then he proceeded to use nothing but fear to get his ugly stimulus welfare bill passed.

    Whatever happened to the "change we can believe in" Mr. Obama?

    Urgency? What Urgency?...

    on Sunday, February 15, 2009

    Remember Barack Obama telling America how urgent it was that we pass this thing, with members of Obama's cabinet claiming we were within "mere days" of complete collapse?..

    Ahem:

    After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.

    Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine's Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.

    The president plans to spend the Presidents' Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.
    We just got played by our own government. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid told America that this bill was so immediately needed that they ended up forcing Congress to vote on it without even reading it because time was so vital. But now that they got what they wanted, they can take all the time they need to finalize they bill that they obviously falsely claimed was necessary to prevent the "immediate collapse" of our entire economy.

    Any honest liberal who claims that Bush used fear-mongering tactics to prematurely rush us into Iraq would only be honest to admit that Obama and cronies have used the exact same tactics to push this travesty of a bill through.

    Speaking of honesty, how "urgent" does Obama really think this crisis is if he has enough time to take a long weekend off dining at fancy restaurants before getting around to it?

    Armageddon

    on Friday, February 13, 2009

    And with that, the Senate finalizes the most expensive bill in American history, loaded with enough pork to warrant a PETA ad.

    Hope everybody enjoys paying 80% taxes in 2020 when the $790 billion bill is due.

    Will Stimulus Work: Economists Say No

    Good thing the House just passed it, huh:

    Will the stimulus actually stimulate? Economists say no...

    The compromise economic stimulus plan agreed to by negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate is short on incentives to get consumers spending again and long on social goals that won't stimulate economic activity, according to a range of respected economists.

    "I think (doing) nothing would have been better," said Ed Yardeni, an investment analyst who's usually an optimist..."
    I refer back to what I said a few days ago, Obama and Pelosi (two people with minimal to no business experience) are telling you this will work. Economists keep saying it won't. Who are you going to believe?

    House Passes Spending Bill

    Just in. And without a single Republican vote. If it fails, Democrats won't get to play the "blame Bush" game any longer. This bill is completely the Democrats' baby, now.

    What's In the Stimulus? (UPDATED)

    ...Answer: Nobody knows.

    Via Drudge, the bill has now ballooned to 1,071 pages and Nancy Pelosi is forcing the House to vote on it quickly, without the chance to read it so that she can catch her flight for an 8-day trip to Europe.

    A very frightening problem lies here, folks: Democrats promised to post the bill on the internet for 48 hours before Congress voted on it so that everybody would have a proper chance to see what was in it. The are now breaking this promise. Why would they do that? Obviously they're trying to hide something by refusing to post it on the net and then forcing the House to vote on it without seeing what's even in it. I mean, for all we know there could be text in the bill declaring Obama as king and tyrant over America forever - and we wouldn't even know it. So now your Congress is going to blindly vote on the most expensive piece of legislation in American history while, as one Congressman puts it, "casting our votes with one hand and crossing our fingers with the other.”

    And all on Friday the 13th. Be afraid, people. Be very afraid.


    UPDATE: Looks like lobbyists were getting copies of the bill before congressional leaders even did. Good to hear that Washington has its priorities straight.

    Coward-in-Chief

    on Thursday, February 12, 2009

    Remember when President Obama pledged openness to the American public?

    Ahem...

    [During] President Obama's press conference Monday night, The President was running down a list of reporters preselected to ask questions. The White House had decided in advance who would be allowed to question the President and who was left out.

    Presidents are free to conduct press conferences however they like, but the decision to preselect questioners is an odd one, especially for a White House famously pledged to openness. We doubt that President Bush, who was notorious for being parsimonious with follow-ups, would have gotten away with prescreening his interlocutors.
    Backdoor deals in the stimulus, cameras (and Republicans) not allowed into closed-door negotiations regarding your tax money, failure to disclose all of the details to the American public, and a president who's so scared to answer honest questions about the stimulus bill that he has to pre-screen reporters.

    That's the "change" you were excited for, America. But remember, there is such a thing as change for the worse. And you voted for it.

    Now That's Stimulus!

    Some argue that tax cuts are better for boosting a sour economy. Others say reasonable, focused government spending is more effective. I say why not do both.

    That being said, we already know the government has pledged a trillion bucks for the latter, but how much in tax cuts can American workers expect with this stimulus package:

    The $500-per-worker credit for lower- and middle-income taxpayers that Obama outlined during his presidential campaign was scaled back to $400 during bargaining by the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House. Couples would receive $800 instead of $1,000. Over two years, that move would pump about $25 billion less into the economy than had been previously planned.

    Officials estimated it would mean about $13 a week more in people's paychecks this year when withholding tables are adjusted in late spring. Next year, the measure could yield workers about $8 a week. Critics say that's unlikely to do much to boost consumption.
    A whopping $13 a week?! Thanks, Washington. That's sure to boost the economy.

    AP Covers For Obama Yet Again

    on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Top headline at Yahoo News right now: "Wall Street rebounds as lawmakers agree on stimulus plan"

    ...and the chewy center inside the article itself:

    Investors shuttled between optimism and pessimism Wednesday, finally betting that the government might help the economy out of recession after all.

    News in late afternoon that key lawmakers agreed on a $789 billion economic stimulus plan sent stocks moderately higher in a partial rebound [a measly 50 points - ed.]...
    "Partial" being the operative word here from the AP in a story titled "Stocks end higher on agreement on stimulus bill"... a story which buries deep within its paragraphs the fact that the DOW fell a narly 400 points yesterday solely on news regarding the stimulus!!

    Yesterday the DOW fell almost half a thousand points because of the government's stimulus plan. Result: No headline story. Today the DOW climbs a measly 50 points. Result: Glorious Headline treatment from the most visited website in the world.

    Who ever said the media wasn't biased...

    Poll: We Could Do Better Than Congress (UPDATED)

    Makes sense:

    67% say they could do a better job on the economy than Congress...

    Forty-four percent (44%) of voters also think a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job addressing the nation’s problems than the current Congress...
    Add that to another poll released yesterday stating that 58% of Americans believe Congress won't even know what's in the bill tomorrow when they vote on it, and we're in for a wild week. With the congressional switchboard reportedly lighting up at a 10:1 ratio against the stimulus bill, it's comforting to hear that the bill is still charging through at "lightening speed".

    Regarding the 67% mentioned above, the old adage "everyone's an economist" seems to be ringing truer these days than most. But judging by these polls, if Congress refuses to represent the public its being paid to represent, they may find revolution knocking on their doorsteps sooner than later if they pass this thing.


    UPDATE: Then again...

    Public support for an $800 billion economic stimulus package has increased to 59% in a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Tuesday night, up from 52% in Gallup polling a week ago, as well as in late January.

    Australia: Why it Sucks to be 'Green'

    Last week's fires in Australia have taken close to 200 lives, injured 500 more, left 5,000 without homes, and flame-broiled over a million acres.

    So what do some Aussies think could have been done to minimize the damage? Answer: End the "green" movement:

    Angry residents last night accused local authorities of contributing to the bushfire toll by failing to let residents chop down trees and clear up bushland that posed a fire risk.

    During question time at a packed community meeting in Arthurs Creek on Melbourne's northern fringe, Warwick Spooner [commented], "We've lost two people in my family because you ***** won't cut trees down," [adding,] "We wanted trees cut down on the side of the road... and you can't even cut the grass for God's sake"...

    Another resident said she had asked the council four times to tend to out-of-control growth on public land near her home, but her pleas had been ignored.
    Those on the other side of the green movement fence need to understand that are repercussions to the green policies they force on the rest of us. In this case, death.

    Fantastic: Stimulus Bill Agreement Reached

    ...Not with any help from Republicans, mind you, who weren't even allowed to attend the negotiations on the so-called "compromise". The price tag? A cool $790 billion:

    Moving with lightning speed, key lawmakers announced agreement Wednesday on a $789 billion economic stimulus measure designed to create millions of jobs in a nation reeling from recession. President Barack Obama could sign the bill within days...

    It was not immediately clear when final votes in the two houses would occur. A House vote was possible as early as Thursday, with the Senate to follow before lawmakers begin a scheduled weeklong vacation.
    Gee, I hope lawmakers pass this thing soon so that they can finally go buy the $300 million worth of oh so critical golf carts added to the spending bill that are somehow vital to the saving of the economy. Really.

    3 Cheers For Bipartisanship (UPDATED)

    Obama's news conference to Americans Monday night was riddled with campaign-esque rhetoric on how incredibly bipartisan the stimulus bill is.

    Apparently the word 'bipartisan' means doing only what Barack and the Democratic party wants:

    Republicans have caught the Democrats in a midnight “stimulus” power play that seeks to cut Republican conferees out of the House-Senate negotiations to resolve a final version of the Obama “stimulus” package...

    They intend to attempt to shove this $1.3 trillion spending bill through in the dead of the night without Republican input so floor action can take place in both chambers on Thursday.

    I spoke with House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) moments ago about this latest version of Democratic “bipartisanship.” Pence told me, “I think the American people deserve to know that legislation that would comprise an amount equal to the entire discretionary budget of the United States of America is being crafted without a single House Republican in the room.”
    How can Obama claim that the bill is bipartisan when you consider the fact that 216 out of the 219 Republican members of Congress DID NOT vote yes on this thing and that Republicans were completely shut out of the final negotiation process?


    Quote of the Day:

    “Democrats are ready to lead and prepared to govern in a fair and open way to promote a new direction for all Americans.”

    - Nancy Pelosi, 12/07/2006


    UPDATE: From BMI via Drudge:

    “My name’s Tom Price and I represent the Sixth District of Georgia and [am] the privileged chair of the Republican Study Committee,” Price said. “It’s now noon on Wednesday. I’m standing outside the office of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The door is closed. We just heard news break there’s been an agreement between the House and the Senate on the non-stimulus bill."

    Negotiators were slated to meet later in the day. However, since news of a deal was leaked to the media, Price questioned if there were “shady deals” going on.

    “It’s curious because Republicans were invited to a meeting they said at 3 o’clock this afternoon,” Price continued. “What this means is there are more shady deals going on behind closed doors -- without the public, without Republicans in attendance.”
    To echo Price, how could Pelosi, Reid, and crew announce to the media at noon that a deal and price tag had been reached when Republicans weren't allowed to the meetings until 3 PM?

    So much for Obama's claim 3 months ago that both he and the Democratic controlled Congress will "end the practice of writing legislation behind closed doors" while "restoring the American people's trust in their government by making government more open and transparent."

    More Good Economy News

    on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Crappy.

    General Motors announced Tuesday it is cutting 10,000 workers, or 14% of its salaried jobs worldwide. A third of those job losses will be in the United States.

    The troubled automaker also said it will cut the pay for its remaining U.S. salaried staff.

    GM (GM, Fortune 500), which is preparing to present a long-term viability plan to the Treasury Department next week, said the cutbacks are part of the restructuring plan it submitted to Congress on Dec. 2 when it was first asking Washington for federal assistance.

    The company said at that time it intended to cut its U.S. staff by between 22% and 33% by 2012.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this whole stimulus thing supposed to create jobs? This couldn't be any more backwards: Government is attempting to intervene and create jobs, yet companies are having to lay off thousands of workers so that they can meet the government's "job creating" regulations.

    Brilliant!

    Are Your Kids Not Watching Enough TV?

    ...Well scientists have come up with the perfect solution: Television integrated right into everyone's contact lenses!

    Televisions could be fitted into contact lenses within ten years, according to analysts...

    The sets would be powered by the viewer's body heat, according to Ian Pearson, a so-called "futurologist" who has advised leading companies including BT on new technologies.

    Mr Pearson told the Daily Mail he believed that channels could be changed by voice command or via a wave of the hand....

    "We could even get to the point where we'll be able to immerse ourselves in a football game, making it feel like you're running alongside your favorite player or berating the ref," the report added.
    Nothing helps a kid with ADHD concentrate during math class better than by embedding Spongebob Squarepants right into his eye sockets before he leaves for school each morning.

    Define "Pork"

    Obama's been called to the table by his own disciples for his absurd claim that there is no pork in the spending bill.

    President Barack Obama had it both ways Monday when he promoted his stimulus plan in Indiana. He bragged about getting Congress to produce a package with no pork, yet boasted it will do good things for a Hoosier highway and a downtown overpass, just the kind of local projects [a.k.a. pork - ed.] lawmakers lard into big spending bills...

    THE FACTS: There are no "earmarks," as they are usually defined, inserted by lawmakers in the bill. Still, some of the projects bear the prime characteristics of pork - tailored to benefit specific interests or to have thinly disguised links to local projects.

    For example, the latest version contains $2 billion for a clean-coal power plant with specifications matching one in Mattoon, Ill., $10 million for urban canals, $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars, and $255 million for a polar icebreaker [But wait, I thought global warming was already melting the polar icecaps. Why do we need an icebreaker? - ed.] and other "priority procurements" by the Coast Guard.

    Obama told his Elkhart audience that Indiana will benefit from work on "roads like U.S. 31 here in Indiana that Hoosiers count on." He added: "And I know that a new overpass downtown would make a big difference for businesses and families right here in Elkhart."
    In case there was any confusion, Obama clarified by adding this to the soup yesterday:

    Understand, this bill does not have a single earmark in it, which is unprecedented for a bill of this size, does not have a single earmark in it.
    When the recipe calls for stuffing a kalua pig with greasy bacon, sausage, and ham, then searing it all over a hot fire for 3 hours, how can Obama look Americans in the face and honestly claim the meal is kosher?

    How to Pay Off Your Mortgage

    If the spending bill atrocity wasn't enough to handle already, here's an added kick to the groin:

    The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nation’s home mortgages.
    "Hmm, let's see, we here in Washington could go with option A and use the money to pay off 90% of all home mortgages in the entire country (which was the cause of this whole crisis to begin with) thereby injecting tons of disposable income into the economy... Or we could go with option B and spend the money on things like, oh I don't know, $100 million for reducing the hazards of lead-based paint. Or $696 million for constructing and buying furniture for the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters. Or $400 million on STD research and prevention - a disease that's already 100% preventable! (while adding no money for cancer or heart disease research, mind you). Hey, and while we're at it, let's ask President Obama for $2 million for some new neon signs for the Vegas strip, $4.5 million for a butterfly park, and $1 million for a new frisbee golf course.

    Yea, we think we're gonna go with option B. After all, lead-based paint research is sure to save the economy."


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    Proof the Spending Bill Won't Work

    This morning Tim Geithner (you know, the tax fraud who doesn't feel the need to pay his own taxes but is somehow now running the IRS) unveiled more details on the government's bottomless bailout. Let's see how that's working out:


    Barack Obama, a man with zero executive experience who's never run a business in his entire life says this bill is gonna fix the economy. The DOW Jones on the other hand, which is completely run by businessmen and financial gurus mind you, says... well just look at the graph above. Who are you gonna believe?

    Change

    on Monday, February 9, 2009

    And so as we begin the year with a new president, a new adminsitration, and a new chapter of American history being penned as the days go forward, this blog has taken Obama's overly repeated advice of "change" by implementing a new look, as well as a new overall feel and theme. For the last year and a half this blog has been an outlet for me to write extensively about all subjects political. Most of my posts have been very time consuming for me to research and write and ended up being rather lengthy by the time I finished them. As such, I could only post about once a week on average and many of you left after only reading the first paragraph or so because many of you were turned off by the extensive length or each post (yes, I can tell how often and for how long you visit). Therefore, in the interest of preserving my time, as well as yours, starting tomorrow this blog will begin to take the feel of other, more mainstream political blogs. Instead of one long post per week, this site will have as many as half a dozen or more posts per day - all of which being much shorter in length than this blog is used to seeing. I encourage you to check in often, several times per day even, to stay up to date and see the latest in political news and commentary, as well as other news stories as we see fit to post ;)

    I've also added an "About Me" section at the top of the blog and on the sidebar to the right (Or, you could just click here to read it).

    About Me

    A few people have asked who I am and what my core political beliefs are. So instead of answering each individual request about me, I figured I would just add this post about who I am and what I believe.

    So without further ado:


    Government Politics: I guess you could say I’m somewhere between conservative and libertarian. I think that government spending is out of control and politicians are constantly seeking more and more power – and most of them probably won’t be satisfied until we reach full-blown socialism. Leaders in Washington rarely have what’s best for America at heart and, instead, for the sole sake of political expediency, cast votes and make decisions based on what will most likely get them re-elected. Lobbyists, affirmative action, and special interest groups run this country. Unless you’re a member of some loud-mouthed outspoken minority group like “Hispanic Gays for Abortion”, Washington doesn’t care what you have to say. And even if, by some heavenly miracle, they did actually listen, it wouldn't matter as Washington is full of a bunch of sycophantic hypocrites anyway. Case in point: Nancy Pelosi screams at corporate executives for flying around in their corporate jets, while she herself paddles around in one of her own – paid for by you, or course. While the rest of us are struggling financially in this stricken economy, Congress is giving themselves raises. While any of us would be thrown in jail for not paying our taxes, many in Obama’s cabinet – including the guy running the IRS – are tax frauds themselves who, oddly, don’t face any repercussions whatsoever. And even our fearless leader Obama himself, who recently told us that “we can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times” just recently (as of this writing) finished a lavish vacation in a $9 million mansion on a secluded beach in Hawaii. Way to lead by example, you morons.

    Foreign Policy: The Middle East is a joke. It’s always been at war, and probably always will be. Don’t expect things to settle down over there, regardless of whether or not we withdraw out troops from Iraq. I’m also constantly amused how often other nations in the world criticize us and our policies; that is, until they need America’s help with something.

    The War on Terror: I know that Obama and cronies are already trying to rid this phrase from American culture, but face it: The war exists. Terrorist cells throughout the world declared war on America decades ago, and we’ve already been hit by them multiple times. And you know what, they aren’t going to stop trying.

    Media: With the blatantly obvious exception of Fox News, the entire media is in the tank for Obama and the Democratic Party. They try to slip in an article now and then often pretending to criticize the left, but what all the major media outlets did during the election of Barack Obama was shameful malpractice, and they know it. Once anchors start crying every time Obama speaks and after newspapers start giving 50% discounts to think tanks running anti-Republican ads, you’ll know the battle is lost. Oh wait, that’s already happening…

    Global Warming: Instead of reiterating every post I’ve ever had on global warming, allow me to sum it up this way instead: If Al Gore himself isn’t worried enough to stop flying his jet around and using 12 times the national average amount of energy in his own home, then you shouldn’t either.

    American Culture: Americans, for the most part, are incredibly uniformed zombies. Case in point: Millions of women don’t know how to think for themselves unless Oprah tells them what to say/think/do. And anyone who is left just thinks whatever a bunch of high school diploma Hollywood celebrities tell them to. The time in America is long overdue for people to get informed and start thinking for themselves.

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