The Economy


Since the ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913, American politics has become all about money, money, money…rather than rights, liberties and freedoms. Citizens and their rights have taken a back seat to how much they make and how much they have. We are not individuals any more to our government (except when they want our vote, ha)…we are numbers much larger than one.

If you look at every other provision of the Constitution with the exception of the 16th Amendment, there is a limit to what the government may do, and the individual’s rights are paramount in the discussion. In fact, the federal government has very little power over the individual if one actually follows the authentic words of the Constitution…the federal government is SUPPOSED to be the protector and servant of the States. Not the controller and lord over individual citizens.  The 16th gives the Congress, and thus the government, nearly unlimited power over the income, and thus the property, of an individual. And by extension, unlimited power over the individual. If there were no 16th Amendment, the government would be forced to pay as they go…because there would be no income tax money tree to shake. And there would be no cross-aisle fighting about taxes and spending cuts, etc.

I firmly believe that the 16th Amendment is unconstitutional, because it renders each and every citizen of the US as a bond servant/slave to the government. Couple this with the requirement for automatic payroll deduction of taxes from a worker’s pay, and we have lost our ability to control OUR government through our free-willed actions — like withholding our taxes as a protest, etc. Much like the upcoming gun control debate which is actually an excuse to try and pacify the American populace, the 16th amendment has pacified us in terms of our ability to redress our grievances with our government. Instead, we’re stuck with this corrupt feedback loop in which we have to deal with “representatives” who have the power to tax us, ostensibly in our own best interests. Taxes always seem to go up to appease this special interest group or that one — and these taxes are indeed Progressive according to the provisions of the 16th Amendment. As a result, we’re left with covetousness and class warfare as part of our government…and national debate. And we can see from the last election, this strategy will certainly elect a president if he chooses to take this low road of politics.

If we are to become reasonably debt free and once again a nation of truly free men and women, the 16th HAS TO GO. This single action would make our representatives work for us once again and take the worship of mammon (or the use of it for political gain) from our governance. Remember, if there was no 16th, there would be absolutely no discussion about fiscal cliffs and debt ceilings. Period.

Do you know how you get out of a hole? You stop digging.

But after his election in 2008, Obama kept right on digging for the four years after Bush had vacated the White House. On Jan. 20, 2009, Obama had all the tools he required to correct any fiscal imbalances “caused” by Bush. He had a Congress comprised of a House and Senate Democrat majorities. They were a race car ready to rock-and-roll for whatever his whim was. But he chose to do his job in a car with only an accelerator for spending…and no brake pedal for cutting spending. He could have avoided the massive unemployment we suffered even today if he had shelved his ideology, ratcheted back regulations and significantly cut spending. Instead, he opted to waste his political capital on the liberty-sucking and debt-busting Obamacare as his signature accomplishment. I’m sure children will be singing paeans to him for this monstrosity generations from now. NOT!!!

See, we don’t have a revenue problem…we have a massive spending problem. Nobody wants to touch the very sacred cow of spending, as it is the very deadly third rail of politics. Craven politicians like Obama know that re-election chances approach 0% if government sending, particularly entitlement spending, is reduced. And if you think our spending problem begins and ends with the one point something trillion dollars being batted about in the lamestream, you’re more naive than you think. Cruise on over to www.usdebtclock.org if you want true enlightenment into the world of hurt our profligate elite masters have gotten us into. Take a look at the last box at the bottom for the true extent of our debt and profligacy…and tell me if we haven’t been duped by the most diabolical and sinister Ponzi scheme ever dreamed up…which by the way we’re on the hook to pay.

As a nation we currently have almost $122 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities. Any way you look at it it’s a lot of dough. YOUR part of this is a little over a million bucks. When are YOU going to pay up?!?!?! Seeing that many working stiffs won’t make a million bucks in their lifetimes, the answer for many is NEVER! Guess what? That debt, plus interest, falls to our kids to pay. Some legacy gift to the widdle tykes, huh?

Making matters worse, we only have national assets (you know, the real stuff that we can pay the debt back with) of just over $87 Trillion. This leaves a deficit in this liability of around $35 TRILLION. There aren’t enough millionaires and billionaires in the galaxy to pull our fat out of the fire on this one. But Emperor ZERO fiddles, and then goes on a lavish Hawaiian vacation after his re-election, while Washington runs up over $150 MILLION per hour in debt…just for the operational side of things. Honestly, the guy doesn’t have $50 worth of concern in his eyes regarding debts and deficits…let alone the countless trillions that we do owe. He’s proved this time and time again. He’d rather complain about his predecessor than do the hard lifting that is required to put our fiscal house in order.

So, although Obama didn’t run up all this debt, his party and his Progressive ideology are squarely responsible for it with their entitlement schemes and their historical profligate spending — since 1903. Obama would not be president today if it weren’t for 20th century Progressives T. Roosevelt, W. Wilson, FDR and LBJ getting the ball rolling and keeping it moving over time. [I saw a news report that since his election that Obama has spent more money than all the presidents that preceded him, COMBINED. Some legacy, huh?]

Our profligate Commander-In-Chief may argue about “fiscal cliffs” but he really should be worried about fiscal icebergs…because we’re going to hit the one with the teeny-tiny tip just above water and the ginormous mass just below the surface. It’s called unfunded liabilities…and it’s coming for us REAL soon. And soon we’ll get to meet the good buddy of unfunded liabilities as well…remorseless hyperinflation. All brought to you by the spendaholics in the Obama administration.

Despotism By Any Other Name. Daniel Hannan is a member of the EU parliament from the UK and a thoughtful, articulate and outspoken conservative. Recently, he addressed the CPAC conference in Washington, DC with a stern and dire warning of the path that we are traveling on as a nation. His speech can be found HERE:

Daniel Hannan/CPAC

His words at CPAC dovetails with an op-ed piece that he wrote almost a year ago in March 2011 for the WSJ. His astute and prescient words still ring as true today.

If you repeat our mistakes, we know exactly what lies in store for you. — Daniel Hannan

We ignore his warning at our own peril.

It Is Better To Receive Than To Give. A twist on the old saw to be sure, but truer words have never been spoken, I assure you. Approximately 50% of our society is on the receiving end of things, in one form or another, from the federal government. Whether it’s inflated benefits from a lifetime of forced contributions (contributions plus presumed interest that only account for a fraction of what is received), subsidies in the form of housing and food or benefits like a monthly check in the mail for whatever reason, contemporary Americans are increasingly and sadly becoming more co-dependent upon government for their living. So it’s not unexpected when those who productively contribute to society (read: WORK) clamor for reforms and changes to the system to encourage (read: FORCE) others to toil and contribute as well that those who receive show their ire through demonstrations and other overt displays. A prime example is the “Occupy” movement with its numerous squatters campsites scattered throughout the country. This movement was a microcosm of “slacker nation” on full display for all to see and hear. Our nation was regaled with this nonsense for over three months in the fall and early winter of 2011 as the “Occupiers” took to public parks with their protests and succeeded to foul them with human waste and refuse. And we were also treated to an amusing hodgepodge of demands and proposals from a group of protestors who obviously have too much time on their hands and who haven’t worked in a meaningful way in far too long. But isn’t this what it’s like with American society writ large? Our nation is running up record debt and burdening ourselves with record deficits, and we all know that the party must end at some time (lest someone else turn off the lights for us) but we cannot bring ourselves to elect and command our representatives to do what is best for our nation — decrease spending. It is instructive to note that we will find the will to decrease spending on those things constitutionally-mandated, like the military, but we cannot find the will to even broach the subject of entitlement reform or benefit reduction. I guess it really is better to receive than it is to give…that is until there’s no more to receive or to give. But that’s where we are inexorably going as we’ve recently passed the 100% GDP point in our national debt; this number growing every day. With all the “receivers” out there and their high expectations (they voted, now they DEMAND results from Obama’s “stash!”), I imagine we all will have hell to pay when the gravy train derails and the goodies stop flowing. This will all be good, though. It took a long time to learn to be hopelessly co-dependent with the government, so it will take some time for those who are in some cases the results of multi-generational dependence to muster the initiative to go to work each day for their living. We better discover soon as a nation that it is better to give than to receive or else we will have no future to give to our children. And we will be despised by our heirs for our treachery and selfishness.

Obama’s Budget Jackpot! Barack Obama released his 2013 budget without much fanfare last week. As predicted, it maintains the spending tack that has been the hallmark of his past budgets. But critical analysis of the budget by the public at large was overhshadowed in the news by a bit of overt and controversial (to say the least) political maneuvering by Obama and HHS regarding Obamacare and “free” contraception as it relates to the Catholic Church. But as Mark Steyn points out in his brilliant opinion piece in the NRO this weekend, there is a telling component to this budget that is being little talked about:

My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight line going straight up before disappearing off the top right-hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 and continuing northeast straight through your eye socket, out the back of your skull, and zooming up to rendezvous with Newt’s space colony on the moon circa 2100. Just to emphasize, this isn’t the doom-laden dystopian fancy of a right-wing apocalyptic loon like me; it’s the official Oval Office version of where America’s headed. In the New York Times–approved “responsible budget” there is no attempt even to pretend to bend the debt curve into something approaching reentry with reality.

As for us doom-mongers, at the House Budget Committee on Thursday, Chairman Paul Ryan produced another chart, this time from the Congressional Budget Office, with an even steeper straight line showing debt rising to 900 percent of GDP and rocketing off the graph circa 2075. America’s treasury secretary, Timmy Geithner the TurboTax Kid, thought the chart would have been even more hilarious if they’d run the numbers into the next millennium: “You could have taken it out to 3000 or to 4000” he chortled, to supportive titters from his aides. Has total societal collapse ever been such a non-stop laugh riot?

“Yeah, right.” replied Ryan. “We cut it off at the end of the century because the economy, according to the CBO, shuts down in 2027 on this path.”  — Mark Steyn

The graph that Mark mentions does not simply suggest dereliction of duty by Obama and his financial functionaries, it illustrates it in a textbook manner. I have included a thumbnail of it for your viewing pleasure:

Critical analysis reveals that Chart 5-1 suggests two things: the first is that the Obama administration is under some delusion that we can somehow obliviously spend ourselves into penury without a flitting care in the world; and unfortunately the second is that that graph represents the pinnacle of inter-generational treachery whereby we are spending at such an irresponsible level that we are willfully burdening our children and their children’s children with our debt. This isn’t much of a legacy and birthright to pass on to future generations, huh? But what is all this debt as compared to the worship and adulation that one man, Barack Obama, can reap with his willful disregard of our nation’s future prosperity? Politics, and free rides, are indeed messy things.

The New Nominal. We are on the road to unsustainability at an unsustainably unsustainable rate of debt accumulation as a nation. This is no more evidenced than by our switch of scale when it comes to discussing the federal budget of the United States. We have now eclipse billions and have left that paltry magnitude in the ash heap of history. We are now blazing a new frontier into the domain of trillions. A trillion dollars may not seem like a lot to you, but to me that’s A LOT of walking around money. And considering that our national debt passed the 15 trillion dollar level, we are talking serious shekels here. I recently read a comparison where if we were to stack one million dollar bills atop each other that it would take a stack over a mile high to represent a trillion dollars. So, our present debt puts us safely into low Earth orbit.

How’s the view??

This begs the question: How long before we start talking interstellar levels of debt using billion dollar bills as our reference? At some point it doesn’t matter. At some point the sheer magnitude of the debt number is so huge, it defies comprehension by an individual. But sit and think about this for a moment. One million dollars represents the average LIFETIME earnings of an average citizen (if said citizen is inclined to work in the first place.) There are approximately 150 million wage earners in the USA at the present time — a sad fact given our population is just a touch over 310 million folks. All things being left constant, if we were to give the government 100% of our earnings over our lifetimes, we could indeed service the debt…and perhaps have a little left over for paving roads and groping travelers at airports. But as in our discussion of Chart 5-1 previously, where does that leave our kids? If we are to do anything about this unsustainable debt and associated budget deficits (where our borrowing  from foreign adversaries to service it is out of control) we need to reject the “new nominal” that is being forced upon us by the government and this administration. The only reason we even discuss budgets at the 15 trillion dollar level is because we have become a hopeless welfare state, and engaged in a federal spending spree that would even make drunken Russian sailors blush. If we accept the new budgetary vocabulary, the new nominal as it were, then we cede our control and our comprehension of the magnitude of the problem. At some point, the problem becomes too large to adequately grasp because of its sheer size. It literally becomes the immoveable object. And if we are not careful, then we will be trapped beneath its crushing size and weight.

We live in a nation where the electorate and the administration are apparently stuck on stupid. New statistics regarding poverty and median income have been made available today. These numbers are astounding: According to CNNmoney.com, “The nation’s poverty rate rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993. About 46.2 million people are considered in need.” And other data released by the Census Bureau indicated that the median household income fell by more than 2.3 percent.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for you 33 months into the experiment?

Our current president has spent more money in these 33 months than all other US presidents combined…and certainly many times more than any other national leader on Earth in our recorded human history. And the result is greater poverty and lower income? Not unpredictably, the president and the Democrats want to spend MORE. They want to once again play Robin Hood to the callous “rich” and spread more wealth around. They want to increase the government’s size from tyrannical to ubiquitous.

What I’d like to know is: How much do we have to spend before the poor can raise themselves out of poverty and America becomes the Socialist Utopia that is the ultimate dream of the Progressive Democrats? I’ll give you the short answer — there is no answer! One cannot change human nature with handouts and social programs. Even Jesus said that there will always be poor among us [Matthew 26:11.] As God, He certainly knew and understood human nature and the human condition better than any of we mere mortals. So what makes the Democrats and liberal Progressives think that they can cure mankind’s ills with an endless string of handouts, programs and wealth redistribution?

The short answer is that they are using sin as a motivator — they understand that social programs cannot cure poverty or change the behaviors of those who simply don’t want to help themselves. The Democrats have raised covetousness to a high art…they utilize the greed and avarice of people to achieve their political goals. This explains why they constantly use the “rich” and their trappings to spur on the funding of the very programs that get them elected in the first place. Not only are these programs and entitlements sinful at their core, they are also a political conflict of interest. The Democrats know that desperate people will trade anything — and in particular their precious vote — to improve their lot in life. After all, casting a vote for the right (or should I say “left”) candidate is far easier than sweating at a day’s work for many people.

But I think that there are far more people that would like to set things straight once and for all. They want to break the chains of bondage to an ever-increasing-in-size-and-power government, and do something for themselves using their own blood, sweat and tears…and initiative, pluck and exceptionalism to improve their lot in life and create true, self-generated wealth for themselves and their posterity. I think that many people can see how the grotesque spending agenda of the Democrat Progressives simply isn’t working. Money cannot buy happiness. Money changes everything.

President Obama and his Socialist/Progressive cohort are either insane or rigid tacticians of their ideology. They might be insane, as the classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting different results each time they are done. Well, 33 months of ungodly government profligacy hasn’t improved things — the statistics cited previously prove this in spades. In fact,  with all the dire news coming to us on a daily basis, we can see that massive government expansion and spending are killing our national spirit…and depressing our economy.

So, Obama and the Democrats are obviously rigid doctrinaire Progressives who place more trust in their political theory and agenda than they do in common sense and real world results. To me, they’re stuck on stupid. They are also quite wealthy in the wages of sin. They use mankind’s inherent darker side and lesser angels to keep themselves in political power. They may not have to face judgement here on Earth from humans in possession of a naturally flawed nature, but they surely will have to meet their Maker some day and face his wrath.

And their excuses will ring hollow in His ears and in His ultimate judgement of them. They will have some ‘splaining to do — and their alibi that they were only acting in our best interests will put them on an express elevator down to Hell.

Good riddance.

Despite the outward appearances to the contrary, the Democrats, Progressives and Liberals (DPLs) are gripped with fear. A glance at the state of our country, society and economy will give you a pretty good impression why.

The big government, nanny state vision of America as espoused by DPLs is imploding right before our eyes. Imploding big time! The mountainous deficits, the ever-increasing joblessness and small societal things like the increasing-in-number violent flash mobs are all the direct result of DPL ideology and government programs. Profligate social spending (regardless of the cries that we spend too much on defense), suffocating government regulations and a pervasive entitlement attitude are at the core of those economic, business and criminal problems.

The DPL folks in Congress know this…they can read the writing, or should I say graffiti, on the wall. Many of the hard-core DPL ideologues are twisting and contorting themselves into logical pretzels in order to explain away or ignore the obvious — that big government, wealth redistribution, welfare state policy and programs have failed spectacularly.

If creating a per-person debt that cannot be paid-off in one’s lifetime was the goal of the New Deal and Great Society…as well as all the other government goody give-away programs, then the DPLs can claim success and plant the flag of victory on Mount Debt. But I think most folks who are concerned, patriotic Americans (at least those concerned about their children’s futures) see things differently. They see racking up more and more and more debt as a crippling legacy that our generation will pass on to the next and the next and the next. Trillions and trillions of dollars spent to, for the most part, insure that scheming, craven politicians enjoyed a life-long lock on their political position. And to provide an elite few with power, both economic and political, that was never intended by the Framers.

But what was done was done without our (the citizen’s) permission and with generous interpretations of the Constitution in favor of almost unlimited congressional power. And although it has been one heck of a ride so far for the DPL folks, and has spawned numerous long-lived political careers (Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd immediately come to mind), it seems that lately the excess and profligacy of the DPL are catching up to them. Our economy and the nation’s fiscal situation are unraveling right before our eyes…debt is mounting and individuals are finally recognizing the trouble that has been caused by those who purportedly preached good times for oh so long.

The Tea Party and many conservative Republicans, Paul Ryan and Michelle Bachmann to name but two, are now leading the charge to reduce government spending as well as to reduce the size of government. We have come to the point where our government taxation and spending simply cannot be supported by our tenuous GDP. So, we can either cut those programs that are supposed to benefit us all, like the military, or we can cut the military in favor of preserving vote-grabbing social benefits and programs. Doing the latter is so short-sighted as to be ridiculous — and really not a viable option at all in a world where jihadists run free and the Chinese are hurriedly modernizing their military. Therefore, we must reduce social programs and either eliminate them immediately or reform them and then phase them out gradually. Many people recognize this need, and they are increasingly clamoring for such actions to occur.

Which brings us to prominent DPLer’s…up to and including President Barack Obama, and the likes of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. In recent weeks, both these Democrats have made excoriating statements regarding the Tea Party and those in the political opposition who would reduce the size of government.

You can almost smell the fear! As his favorability ratings are shrinking virtually every day, Mr. Obama is desperately searching for some way of reversing that trend. If you don’t believe me, just visit Rasmussen Reports for the bad news delivered on a daily basis. Despite his trying REAL hard, his economic agenda…punctuated by oppressive regulations and a “tax the rich” divisive mantra, is not currying favor with voters who see through this attempt at class warfare. So we have attacks on conservatives and the Tea Party by Obama and his DPL surrogates, like Ms. Jackson Lee.

So, be on the lookout for more of the same. Watch for the gratuitous attacks on “tea baggers” and on GOP presidential candidates — particularly those who deign to speak out about the Ponzi schemes that are Social Security and Medicare. It’s sort of gratifying to watch…the squirming, the fear mongering, the insults and, there’s no other way to put it, the lies.

Honestly, you can almost smell the fear…

Shovels??

Yup…Shovels!

It’s time that the Congress authorizes the purchase of millions of shovels in order to put the legion idle goody-getters to work. If someone is going to receive an “entitlement” from the US government, then they must be expected to expend some energy for the privilege. Shovels, and the hard work that they would assist doing, would be the national tonic that we would need to break so many citizens from their no-fault government-individual co-dependency. Our nation cannot remain a viable international entity for much longer by the continued fostering idleness and the cultivation of class warfare, sloth, envy and greed without a shred of return for our collective investment. When our purported “representatives” in Washington begin to consider deep cuts in the defense budget (which by the way is a constitutional mandate) over making common-sense and fair changes to the welfare state that our nation has become, then there is something totally wrong with the ethos and moral fiber of our country. It is prime evidence that we have completely abandoned the Founder’s vision and the Constitution.

I was always told from an early age that there are no free lunches. Well, forgive me from Heaven mom and dad…but YES there are! Tens of millions upon tens of millions of checks come from the US treasury on a monthly basis to fund such free lunches. Generations of folks have earned their sole livelihoods from the public dole. And they have given NOTHING back in return, except more and more and more consumption — either by remaining on the system for their entire lives, or perpetuating the practice by having more children, than they could afford if they were indeed working, on our dime and creating further inter-generational dependence.

It’s high time that our representatives started to trade in the currency of common sense and hard work. Those of us with jobs are yoked in the system…we pay our taxes and we live our lives under a certain level of government tyranny. But we’re too busy working for a living to complain much. But I assure each and every one of the five hundred thirty-something elected morons in Washington that we are not amused any more. When trillions are being thrown around like millions, our ire is rightfully stirred.

Just like us, the Congress and this profligate president need to rein in the spending…lessen the debt and live with our means as a nation. They need to start to “encourage” hard work, personal responsibility and self-sufficiency for ALL Americans…not just from taxpayers. They need to create MORE taxpayers…by drastically cutting back the mandated charity that disguises itself as Welfare, WIC and other social entitlements.  They need to emphasize that there are no more free lunches.

Only until they cherish and respect the sheer amount of hard work and blood, sweat and tears that the tax revenues that are spent on a daily basis represents can we working American expect a fair shake. Perhaps then these political cowards might summons up the courage to make significant and permanent changes to the modus operandi of our government.

For me, it all begins with a humble shovel…

Morons, psychopaths and mental defectives…If you guessed I was talking about Obama supporters, then ding, ding, ding…you’re correct! I cannot imagine a group of more brain dead sheeple than those who presently give our rambling, bumbling POTUS high marks for performance. Rasmussen has him at 50% favorability in today’s poll. With ever-increasing unemployment numbers, inflation on the move upward, increasing oil/gasoline prices and the price of food at 10 year highs I would imagine that any other president would suffer some unfavorability. But his trusty minions in the lamestream media have kept Mr. Obama afloat in the churning seas of his own making. I’m hoping that Israel supporters of all religions will start to drag his favorability down to where it belongs (probably in the high 30′s) after they’ve had a chance to cogitate on his truly breathtaking treachery involving Mideast “peace” and his “return to 1967 borders” comment.

“Never can say goodbye.” Folks are clutching on to the notion of “free” healthcare in spite of the facts presented to them that Medicare will collapse in 2030 (according to the actuary of the CBO.  We know this because a majority of Americans polled are not in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to overhaul this bank-breaking behemoth federal program. But regardless of their reluctance to embrace Ryan’s proposed changes, or their wholesale buying of the negative hyperbole and outright lies being put forth by the Democrats against both Mr. Ryan and his proposal, something will need to be done to rein in the astronomical costs of this failing program. What will those who now clutch at this program do when it eventually fails? Leave it to their children or grandchildren to clean up the mess? Or worse, allow the country to default on its “promises” to Medicare recipients? It’s tough medicine to swallow, but something must be done. The Dems are demagoging this issue and making political hay with Ryan’s proposal and the support of it by many in the GOP. Granny gets rolled off the cliff…the GOP are uncaring and hard-hearted. Phooey!! But such are the conundrums that we face when we stray from the Constitution and roll out social programs that were never intended by the Framers. There are really only two choices…admit to ourselves that changes must be made, and grin and bear those changes, or…enable craven politicians to use Medicare as a political third-rail issue and see it eventually fail and produce dire financial consequences for our nation.

Barack Obama, The Tin (Ear) Man. There has probably never been another American president that has a tinnier ear for pomp, circumstance and protocol when it comes to interacting with other world leaders and notables than our current executive. He has an embarrassing track record of bowing to despots and dictators, speaking at inappropriate times, giving inappropriate or insulting gifts and “speechifying” in a manner that infuriates Americans, friends and allies alike. This latest gaffe, speaking over God Save The Queen, wasn’t covered much by the lamestream, but it was a world-class gaffe for a supposed first-string world leader. It was just another embarrassing and infuriating example of this president’s bull-in-the-china-shop approach to diplomacy and international relations. At this point in his term, I’m convinced that our friends and allies see the Obama’s as ebony hillbillies who are  not trainable in the diplomatic arts, and individuals who perhaps mean well, but just have a knack for getting things wrong.

Not My Cuppa Tea! The NY-26 congressional race was an interesting political battle. In a race distinguished by the lackluster field of candidates of all parties… Democrat Kathy Hochul, the eventual winner, Republican Jane Corwin and “Tea party” candidate Jack Davis. Davis was actually a Democrat using the the Tea party moniker to compete in the general election. Democrat pundits are using this sole, obscure victory to indicate the public’s displeasure with Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal. But this race should give GOP candidates nationwide pause and chasten them to Democrat political treachery and chicanery. See, the Dems engaged in combination “divide and conquer” and “addition by subtraction” scheme to win this election. The addition of the ersatz Tea Party candidate Davis certainly siphoned prospective votes from Corwin. And since Hochul didn’t win by a plurality of the vote, or by a margin that was greater than the vote tally of Davis, then she really didn’t have a mandate…nor was there a clear mandate associated with her election. mark my words, candidates in the mold of Davis are going to crop-up nationwide in the 2012 election. GOP candidates are going to have to make a bigger deal of the duplicitous, phoney Tea party candidates as they appear…and educate their electorate as best as possible. Because the Democrats don’t care how they win — corpses, convicts or livestock voting, or by tricking serious conservative voters that a liberal Democrat candidate running is a serious Tea Party candidate. Let the games begin.

Didn’t You Know bin Laden is DEAD??? I think we’re seeing the framework of Barack Obama’s re-election plans come together, and it is a simple plan indeed. He is going to be the slayer of Osama. The defender of the Republic. I can just see the questions at the presidential debates:

  • Moderator: Mr. President, how do you explain the 9% unemployment and trillion dollar deficits to the average American voter?
  • Obama: Well, let me say this, I GOT OSAMA BIN LADEN!!! Ya know.
  • Moderator: Yes, Mr. President…grated. But what about the stifling regulations that are coming from the Obama administration?”
  • Obama: Well, I did KILL OSAMA BIN LADEN!!! That is a change we can believe in!
  • and so on…

The snuffing of Osama is going to wear thin real fast, I’m sure. But that won’t stop Obama from taking his share of victory laps, trying to extract maximum political advantage from his “courageous” decision. Now, indeed the president did eradicate this mad dog terrorist leader. But, contrary to the ecstasy being enjoyed by the unfortunate Joe Biden, snubbing Osama was the president’s job. He was supposed to get bin Laden if he could, dead or alive. And Biden’s eddic hyperbole aside, a courageous decision by a president is exemplified by Harry Truman’s truly mind-numbing decision to nuke two Japanese cities to aid in ending WWII. Truman’s decision is a model of courage and leadership. In comparison, what Obama did in regards to eliminating Osama was like taking out the White House trash.

Where’s The Outrage?? Well, the hypocrisy of the Democrats has been revealed in full glory with the renewal of the Patriot Act (PA.) Nary a sniff or grunt has been heard from the list of the usual congressional suspects who had no compunction in excoriating George W. Bush for his embrace of the PA after 9/11. But since Obama is the beneficiary of the renewal, then all is right in America…even though the renewed provisions, including overseas wiretaps, were seen as unconstitutional and intrusive when President Bush was POTUS. My question is: Where’s the outrage?? Cue the crickets.

Stating the Obvious. A big news tidbit over the past few days has been the fact that the Hispanic population in the US is now over 50 million. Well, duh! With an open southern border to Mexico, I’m surprised that this number isn’t bigger! The soft-skulls in the lamestream seem somehow enthralled with this population growth in the Hispanic community…seeing it as somehow a win for diversity. It would be if we had a secure border with orderly immigration. But embracing this unchecked population growth, knowing full well that a vast majority of it is due to illegal immigration is self-destructive to our nation and an odd display of encouragement by the supporters of this growth.

God Bless Joplin, MO. The people of Joplin had to endure an unspeakable tragedy. One minute they were experiencing a warm, mid-spring evening and the next, almost in the wink of an eye, their community was almost completely obliterated. It is heartening and encouraging to see neighbor-helping-neighbor in Joplin. These folks, who experienced utter devastation of their material possessions, didn’t wait for FEMA trucks or the federal government to come to their rescue. There were no “Rescue Me” signs and people just doing nothing. Although they lost EVERYTHING, most of the folks spent countless hours searching for family and neighbors, and helping to collect and pass out supplies to the other dazzled survivors. Post-Katrina New Orleans and post-tornado Joplin provide a perfect contrast between the two societies that we live among in the United States. New Orleans had too many folks dependent upon the largess of the federal government, unwilling to take charge and save themselves. Joplin, however, had folks who couldn’t care less if FEMA trucks and government assistance never came — because they have each-other. Gob bless those who were taken in this random act of nature’s fury…and God grant the survivors the grace and strength to endure and survive this disaster.

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German Chancellor Angel Merkel has started down a road to close ALL nuclear power plants presently operating in Germany based on the recent tsunami-based crisis in Japan. Merkel has begun the process to close the oldest plants as soon as possible.

This decision is a prime example of the sad fact that politicians can take actions out of fear and/or ignorance that have wide ranging unintended national and economic consequences. Germany’s present nuclear power generation capacity is 20,339 megawatts, or 26.1% of the total national capacity. What will happen to Germany when this 26% capacity disappears from their power grid? What form of energy will be utilized by Germany to take up the slack left by the absence of nuclear power? Does Merkel think that magical windmills and space-hogging solar facilities will replace the significant power capacity as provided today by nuclear energy? These are all questions with no substantive answers for the German people.

All the panic and rash political decisions as a result of the Fukushima nuclear plant issues after the tsunami are simply Theater of the Absurd…and Theater of Political Desperation. The best thing we can do as the collective human race, regardless of national status, is learn from the Fukushima crisis. We need to learn what are the costs to human safety, what are the costs of decontamination and, finally, what are the costs to the nation from the loss of this power generating plant — with no viable backup for many years? The answers to these questions can then be used to then implement government regulations affecting new nuclear power plant construction that will prevent another Fukushima crisis. This would be a very prudent use of government energies, actions and plans.

Humans learn from our mistakes. If we fail to learn lessons from what happened at Fukushima, then we have truly let a crisis go to waste. Irrational actions by the likes of Angela Merkel in Germany might appeal to greenies and Luddites, but they cheat average German citizens from a safe, viable, clean and effective source of power generation for a long, long time. There can be no (NO) long-term national energy policy that may exist without the inclusion of nuclear power. For any leader or any government to claim otherwise is a lie and a sham.

Angel Merkel’s actions have shown that decisions for politically-correct motivations may appear at face value to be in the best interests of a nation or a people. But upon closer inspection, Ms. Merkel has ultimately returned Germany to a reliance on technologies, wind and solar, that are firmly rooted in the 15th century and that cannot provide sufficient power for Germany to remain a play on the worked economic stage. Because of a single crisis, surrounded by extreme fear-mongering by the international media, she is turning her back on an energy source that will provide all humans with cheap, safe and effective energy for centuries to come.

If that was Ms. Merkel’s intention, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. If it wasn’t…then don’t bet on Germany any time soon. They will be going nowhere.

In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, the Obama administration put in place a deep water drilling moratorium. However, this moratorium was overturned by an appellate court judge…paving the way for drilling to begin once again. However, the Obama administration has a peculiar view of American prosperity and its relationship to energy. Rather than encourage business and financial growth by trying to lower the cost of coal, oil and natural gas, the decision makers within the administration seem hell-bent on insuring that the prices of these energy commodities rise relentlessly with time. Take the latest example of this policy by the Department of the Interior — Interior appeals oil drilling ruling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just about made it official that Interior will be appealing that ruling:

“The judge in this particular case in my view is wrong,” Salazar said. “And we will argue the case because I don’t believe that the court has the jurisdiction to basically tell the Department of Interior what my administrative responsibilities are.”

If you read Salazar’s statement carefully, this isn’t about oil and gas drilling, it’s about turf. The turf that Salazar and the Obama administration feel that they own. There seems to be an awful lot of foot dragging and red tape wielding in what is ostensibly a “careful” review of each drilling permit. Certainly nobody wants permits to be granted willy-nilly. But we also have an economy to care for and soaring energy prices dominated by foreign suppliers. And in light of the current world tensions, and those in the Middle East in particular, we are now being squeezed on the energy front. And that doesn’t help our fragile economy one bit.

So, it becomes more apparent day-by-day that the United States does not have a workable or reasonable energy policy. Furthermore, the Obama administration appears to be trapped in the clutches of the greenies and the global warmists when it comes to energy. During his presidential campaign, Obama so much as said that he wants to make electricity, coal and gasoline more expensive in order to discourage their consumption and force people to renewable energy sources. Well, based on the soaring gasoline prices over the past three weeks I say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, Mr. Obama!

But forcing the American people into penury or maddeningly difficult financial times through buying expensive foreign energy is not an acceptable energy policy. Neither is foot dragging and fault finding with every source of energy within American sovereign areas. Mr. Obama and his administration may bade us to buy expensive hybrid vehicles that provide short range transportation on an overnight charge. A charge, which by the way comes from a coal or natural gas fired power plant. But that is not a policy. It is a fantasy diktat from individuals who are either blissfully or willfully ignorant of the intricacies of our present and future energy infrastructure.

With his solar, wind and hybrid vehicle energy policy, Obama and his minions should just as well chant “Pay, suckers, pay!” because for the foreseeable future that’s what we’ll be doing at the gas pumps, when heating oil is delivered and when our utility bills arrive. And because our national energy policy is so woefully inadequate and short-sighted, that’s what we will do for the long haul. Pay and pay and pay.

That’s a shame, and totally unnecessary for citizens to endure. If Obama would just acquire a single ounce of real caring for his fellow Americans, then he might convert the “Pay, suckers, pay” into “Drill, baby, drill!” That conversion in agenda might mean that he loses some face…but such as it goes with a position of leadership. We don’t need self-serving hubris and obstructionism based on lip service to special environmental interests, we need a road to prosperity and jobs. Both of which we lack under the present energy agenda.

Drill, baby, drill…before it’s too late.

The government released its highly anticipated unemployment numbers yesterday for February 2011, and the result was that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.9%. This is the lowest unemployment number in over two years, and President Obama and his administration seized upon this good news to take their share of “credit” for the decrease.

However lost in all this adulation and self back-slapping were the Gallup employment figures for the same time period. Gallup tells a markedly different story, with an unemployment rate of 10.3% and an underemployment rate of 19.9%. The Gallup numbers paint a less-than-rosy picture of unemployment…and also show a troubling upward trend. Amazingly, I didn’t hear so much as a whisper in the media regarding the Gallup numbers, but I heard the administration and their willing media touts essentially blowing vuvuzelas in support of the lower Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers. For some reason the divergent Gallup and BLS numbers didn’t stop the Infotainment sector (Lame Stream Media) from wholeheartedly embracing the BLS numbers without so much as a question or a hint of skepticism.

Please, Call me skeptical! I’m beginning to distrust almost everything that this administration says or information that it has a hand in releasing. We’ve seen in the past how easily numbers or statistics may be manipulated for pure political gainsay. And, how encouraging numbers released one month, be they financial or employment-related, may be revised to a more accurate (and disappointing) level in the next…with little media fanfare attending the more dour revision.

As for me, I think that Gallup doesn’t have a dog in the fight…their motivation is to maintain their reputation of accuracy — a hallmark of prestige for their organization. So, I’ll put more stock in their numbers over those that would be released then used as a political shoehorn to aide giving us four more years of the flaccid and ineffectual Barack Obama. The only person that benefits from an exaggerated or overly optimistic unemployment rate at this time is our hapless POTUS. Because if the unemployment (UE) rate is as Gallup suggest, more people are suffering in joblessness.

Right now, the lamestream media and the Obama administration have got us conditioned such that we’re grading the “deadness” of the corpse that is our economy. They would have us believe that our dead economy is showing signs of life…it’s only “slightly” dead because the UE rate came in at 8.9%. Well, dead is dead…it doesn’t matter what you call it so long as the economic corpse is still on the wrong side of the grass, even at an 8.9% UE rate!

In either case…using BLS or Gallup statistics, the numbers are dire. And claims by Obama of “progress” (and the use of any decline as a tacit endorsement of his brilliant economic agenda) cannot paint this awful situation with a more rosy color.

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