Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hypocrisy: Bennet (D CO) to "fix broken Washington"

Bennet voted with Harry Reid 112 out of 127 times so far this year. The platitude of "fixing Washington" sounds great, but his voting record shows that he is Washington. Michael Bennet's campaign ads are surprisingly callow. He must think we, the voters, are truly rubes.

Bennet proposes that all Senators be banned from any future lobbying activity. It is easy to propose legislation, which has no chance of becoming law, how brave!

Click here to see Senator Michael Bennet’s voting record compared to Harry Reid’s

Obama, Democrats, and media think Tea Partiers radical

They're right -- "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Earth to Paul Krugman: It's about illegal immigration, not immigration in general

Maybe Paul Krugman does not understand America. Us common folk, are concerned about illegal immigration, not immigration in general. The left seems unable (or unwilling) to discern the difference between immigration and illegal immigration.
NYT, Paul Krugman WRITES:
It fits in, of course, with the idea that people can be arrested if they aren’t carrying the right papers — or be implanted involuntarily with microchips.

Anti-immigration fever is deeply un-American — at least as I understand America.

Ed Perlmutter (D CO) needs to update his web site: major health care votes are missing

Votes through the beginning of December are all there, but strangely, the major health votes are missing. Just an oversight I am sure. His staff has likely just been busy fielding all the calls thanking Ed for his "yea" vote on health care.

The screen clipping below, taken 4/27/10, from Democrat Congressman Permutter's web site, shows his latest publicized votes. If you're curious, he has been a Democrat leadership rubber stamp vote 100% of the time.

You can compare Ed's voting record with Nancy Pelosi's by clicking here. I find it odd that apparently, in Ed's mind, according to the way he votes, his Colorado constituents interests are the same as Nancy Pelosi's San Francisc, California constituents. Who would have thought!

Pot calls kettle black: Lawmakers want Wall Street execs jailed

The lawmakers coerced the bankers into loaning to losers. Granted, the banks took full advantage of the situation, but seriously, would greedy banker types really want to loan to folks who cannot pay the money back? They began lending to these folks in the name of "social justice" and "affordable housing", just ask Barney Frank.
McClatchy, Greg Gordon WRITES:
Maintaining that no Wall Street executive is "too big for jail," 62 members of the House of Representatives asked the Justice Department Wednesday to investigate whether Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms committed criminal fraud in the lead-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown.
Then there are the liberal groups, yes the same groups who lobbied congress to force banks to loan to folks with little money. You know, the Community Organizer types.
Two liberal-leaning activist groups, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and, also said that they garnered the signatures of 140,000 Americans on a petition supporting the request.
Hypocrisy runs amuck in the halls of congress.

Monday, April 26, 2010

CO Dem Jared Polis says AZ is on its way to becoming a “police state.” | “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany

Democrats have a major aversion to the rule of law, and rules in general (see health care tactics). Their aversion to the rule of law is ironic, given that they wish to regulate everything in sight. When I go fishing, a ranger asks me for my "papers" (fishing license), I don't scream Nazi.

Laws exist to be followed, maybe our LAWMAKERS should know that. Are we a nation of laws or men?
 A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a “police state” and its new immigration law is “reminiscent” of Nazi Germany.

Time for national ID is here | Put Visa in charge of it | Solve illegal immigration

Visa can track the fact that I spent $1.35 in Kansas last Thursday. If my visa card is stolen, they shut it off in minutes. Visa's anti-fraud measures are excellent. Require ID to vote get job or for public services A national ID with a magnetic strip would prevent illegals from getting jobs and also prevent voter fraud and a plethora of other problems. I would also make it a felony for employers to hire someone without such an ID.

I used to be opposed to a national ID for all the Orwellian reasons, but I think the time has come. This would help prevent the Democrat's interesting polling practices and instantly reduce the influx of illegals. No ID card, no job, no social services. The illegal problem would go away. A fence would not even be needed.

Everything going Obama's way - except voters

Lesson: cheaters never win.
Democrats cheated, lied, and connived, to get health care reform passed. The normally complacent middle of the roaders, are now riled up. The Democrats will reap what they've sown in November.

"Many Democrats hoped that healthcare reform would gain support once the proposal was law and tempers had cooled. There is no sign of it so far. Support improved briefly when the measure was signed, then dropped again. Recent polls suggest a hardening of opposition. Most voters once backed comprehensive reform; almost 60 per cent now favour outright repeal."

AL Sharpton: "What is the difference between us and any Mexican or any Haitian or anyone else?"

It's the citizenship thingy, Al.
ABC's Carolina Leid Reports that Al Sharpton said the following:
"We will bring people from all over the country to Arizona to be freedom walkers. Where we will walk down the streets with no ID and submit ourselves to arrest. What is the difference between us and any Mexican or any Haitian or anyone else,"
HT | TeaPartyNJ on Twitter or Tea Party NJ

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Paul Krugman: Smartest man in the universe

Disagree with Krugman and you just can't digest the facts. As I have posted before, most folks lose this self aggrandizing nature upon entering adulthood. Not Paul Krugman, much like an adolescent, he still thinks he knows everything, and if you disagree, well, you are just too stupid to understand. Pomposity without limit.
NYT Paul Krugmen WRITES:
"I don’t mean they disagree, or think it’s garbage, they literally have no idea what the concepts are."
He writes this about folks who disagree with his New Keynesian ecomics.

Dodd: Obama will be an 'asset' in November

Politico | Manu Raju WRITES:
Chris Dodd Stated:
"I think having the president on your side will be a great asset for candidates,"
I tweeted this earlier, but thought it merited a blog post as well. I hope to come back and update this post in November. Somehow I think Mr. Dodd is mistaken.

From Bizzaroworld | Reuters: AZ Law raises fear police will actively pursue illegal immigrants | Well – ya – so?

In another sign this country (US) has lost its mind, a reporter, presumably with a straight face, writes the following.
The law has raised fears that Hispanics will be racially profiled and police will actively hunt down illegal immigrants, who are estimated to number about 10.8 million in the nation and are the backbone of the shadow economy.
If they are here illegally, they broke the law. Police catch lawbreakers. Which part of this is hard to understand? Further, is being the backbone of an illegal shadow economy, a noble thing?

LAWMAKER Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D, AZ) urges Feds to break law and not process illegals detained in Arizona. Do these guys take an oath?

GM brags of paying back taxpayers funds, fails to mention they used, well, taxpayer funds|

GM brags of paying back taxpayers funds, fails to mention they used, well, taxpayer funds|

No more GM products for me. I am a ford guy anyway, so it will not be too painful. I heard a Gm commercial on the radio yesterday; I think it was the CEO speaking. He was saying how GM had paid back the bailout money and GM is on the road to recovery. Intuitively, I thought he was not telling the truth. Now I find out indeed, he was not. All the fancy CEOs and politicians can play their games with words and numbers, but in the end 2+2 must equal 4 (thanks Newt). The funds GM paid back, were paid back using more taxpayer funds.

The dishonest ad produced by GM, adds insult to injury. First, they take my hard-earned tax dollars to prop up their lousy business model, and then they use more of my hard-earned tax dollars to trick me into believing they had paid off the first round of taxpayer dollars.

And that's only part of the story. The fact is, the money GM is bragging they paid back is from a government financed escrow account.

GM paid back taxpayers with taxpayer money.
More here:
Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to justify those claims. According to the Iowa Republican, GM has repaid its TARP (taxpayer-funded bailout) loans using other TARP funds.
 And more here:
CATO Commenting on WSJ Article:
But wait: In the Wall Street Journal, Whitacre says the company has made a $5.8 billion payment to the governments of the United States and Canada. But don’t I recall that the GM bailout was $50 billion? Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation explains the whole story in Forbes: First, part of the bailout went into an “escrow fund,” and that government money is being used to pay back the small part of the bailout that was officially a loan. Second, GM is asking for another $10 billion loan to retool its plants to meet the stiffer Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and paying back one government loan — with other government money — will make it easier to get another government loan.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

AZ illegal immigration bill becomes law | Obama concerned, very concerned, lawfulness may spread

The irony is strange. We live in an interesting time where right is wrong and down is up.
Earlier Friday, Obama called the Arizona bill "misguided" and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it's legal. He also said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level - or leave the door open to "irresponsibility by others."

Climate bill on hold in favor of immigration bill

TRANSLATION: Democrats are hurting in the polls and want to generate some new voters. Upon giving the now illegal "undocumented workers" amnesty, the  Democrats will gain millions of fresh new voters.


Like the outdoors? Thank hunters, not environmentalist whacko pansies

I am a hunter and buy at least one in state or out-of-state elk tag every year. My in-state tags only cost around $60.00, but even at that rate, I was well aware that hunters and fisherman foot the bill for nearly the entire Colorado Division of Wildlife’s budget. Last year I hunted in Wyoming so I had the privilege of paying $560.00 for a cow tag. I am not complaining, I was happy to do it, and had a great hunt. In addition to the price of the tags, I also spend several hundred dollars on equipment and supplies.

The same city dwelling, enviro girly-men, who love to pontificate on how we must save the planet, I would be willing to bet, despise hunters. It is us, the hunters and fisherman, who are footing the bill. Take that you Alan Alda loving greenies. Now where’s my rifle, I am going to go shoot some sustenance.

Read the whole article that I have linked to. It goes through hunter’s contributions to the outdoors and wildlife , over the years.
Amwerican Thinker, Humberto Fontova WRITES:
As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones," "dollarinies," "donuts" (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.

Friday, April 23, 2010

"AZ Law makes it a crime to be in the country illegally"

Is this for real? A local newscaster stated, "AZ Law makes it a crime to be in the country illegally". Would it not already have been a crime, hence the illegal part? We live in strange times.

Lindsey Graham climate bill DOA?

Let's hope it's DOA. Graham is a clown and so is his fellow climate collaborator, John Kerry. Anything from these two could not be good. Joe Lieberman was in on it too.

According to Politico Climate bill may be DOA

I posted here on this climate bill previously.

Fair? 2009: Family of 4 earning $50200 has $0 tax liability

Is this fair? It would seem that all citizens should have some "skin in the game". It might change the voting patterns of some. It is too tempting to vote to take the money of "others".

Shock: Obama’s Own HHS Says Health Care Bill Will Cost More Than Projected

Radical: Ariz. lawmakers: Candidates must prove citizenship

It would seem reasonable for candidates for political office in the US to prove citizenship. I do wish the birther issue would go away, it's a distraction at best.

Jonah Goldberg: What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?

Seriously, can it be denied? I know it is not "acceptable" to use the term, but is it deniable? -- look it up.
Jonah Goldberg at Commentary Magazine WRITES:
Fourteen months into his presidency, in March 2010, Obama succeeded in muscling through Congress a partial government takeover of the national health-care system. That legislative accomplishment followed Obama’s decision a year earlier, without congressional approval, to nationalize two of the country’s Big Three automobile companies. In the intervening months, he had also imposed specific wage ceilings on employees at banks that had taken federal bailout money—the first such federal wage controls since an ill-fated experiment by Richard Nixon in 1971. Obama also made the federal government the direct provider of student loans, and did so by putting that significant change in American policy inside the larger health-care bill. In a September 2009 press conference, Obama suggested that a publicly funded health-care system might help “avoid some of the overhead that gets eaten up at private companies by profits and excessive administrative costs”—thus mistaking the act of making money, the foundational cornerstone of capitalism itself, with the generation of unnecessary expenses.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Largest bailout recipients, Fannie/Freddie, ignored in Dem reform

Why will Fannie and Freddie go unreformed? Because this is how the Democrats provide "affordable" housing. What is "affordable" housing you might ask. "Affordable" housing is giving loans to folks who are not qualified to get a loan on their own merit. Much of our current financial crisis came from these easy lending policies.

Now the good folks who bought houses they COULD afford, are suffering from these easy lending practices. You had millions of people who should not have been able to qualify for a mortgage, buying up houses with the Democrat's easy money, thereby driving up housing prices. Now, because the unqualified buyers are going belly up, house prices are crashing down.

So, back to the hard working folks who purchased houses they COULD afford. Well, the value of their home is headed down. To add insult to injury, their neighbor, who probably has three big screen TVs and smokes two packs a day, is getting bailed out by uncle Obama. So Mr. hardworking, bill and tax paying, purchased a house he could afford dude, gets to bail out his lazy neighbor, who should not have been able to afford a house in the first place.
Congressman Tom Price WRITES
“Officially, the Congressional Budget Office expects the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to cost taxpayers $380 billion,” said Congressman Price. “Unofficially, Democrats promised the companies an infinite bailout, forcing taxpayers to choke down all $1.6 trillion of their combined debt if necessary. At this point, that $1.6 trillion debt may as well be issued in U.S. Treasury bonds.

The largest taxpayer bailout did not go to Bear Stearns, AIG, or Goldman Sachs; it went to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But those are the two government-created entities President Obama will likely not mention in his speech on Wall Street tomorrow because the Democrats’ notion of financial reform ignores them completely. [bold added]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lindsey Graham ( R SC) teaming up with Dems to save the planet from the ravages of Global Warming

Good thing McCain is tied up in an election right now, or it would be the four stooges rather than three. Lindsey Graham just likes to torture Republicans. He is teaming up with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman on an energy bill. What could go wrong?

WSJ - Ian Tilley WRITES:
The three lawmakers, Sens. John Kerry, (D., Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), have spent months courting industry groups and lawmakers. They argue that Congress needs to act on energy and climate issues to spur investments in clean energy technology, reduce U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and supercede a move by the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, which has prompted protests from industry groups.

The WSJ article is a pay article, but if you want to read the whole thing, just google, "Senate Trio to Unveil Climate Bill -", and you can click into the whole thing.

Paul Krugman, master of generalizations, disagree - you're dumb

Krugman once again makes the point, that if you disagree with him, you just aren't smart enough to understand. Usually such self aggrandizing notions pass with adolescence. Mature adults usually understand that rational people can disagree.
NYT Paul |Krugman WRITES:
"Maybe; but I think what it really tells us is how little voters — and, I dare say, Republican voters in particular — understand the issues."

(Fannie/Freddie + Obama + Democrats x Housing Bubble + Bailout ) = ripped off bill paying taxpayer

Now the hypocrites who caused the problem, seek to be heroes for "fixing" it. They want to control the private sector, from autos to banks to health care. What's left? Can it be denied?
Recently, President Obama has taken to accusing others of representing "special interests." In an April radio address he stated that his financial regulatory proposals were struggling in the Senate because "the financial industry and its powerful lobby have opposed modest safeguards against the kinds of reckless risks and bad practices that led to this very crisis."

He should know. As a senator, he was the third largest recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, behind only Sens. Chris Dodd and John Kerry.

AP: Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan

Don't worry, if you are one of the 47% who pay ZERO taxes, you'll be just fine under the Democrats.
AP: Millions face tax increases under Dems budget plan

Gangster government

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Paul Krugman: plays the race card yet again

Elitist liberal, Paul Krugman, writes that, "the right has an awesome ability to create its own reality", when discussing Mitch McConnell's opposition to nationalizing, I mean reforming, the financial sector. He then throws in a few zingers how the right is just racist, and this is why they oppose financial reform.

The only folks I notice who see race over substance are liberals, especially elitist liberals such as Krugman. Does this make him a racist? I don't know, he does seem preoccupied by race, some might call that racist. If you disagree with Krugman's "truth" you are surely a racist or mentally deficient in some other way. Because his truth is - well - is the truth.

Here is a little graph showing the reality of the left's work on the deficit. In the left's world "Bushes wars" ran up the national debt and Democrats are fiscally responsible. The graph below shows that Bushes deficits were chump change compared to Obama's. The left must be "creating their own reality".

NYT, Paul Krugman Plays the Race Card.... Again
Paul Krugman WRITES: "And let’s be clear: there’s a sort of tribal thing going on (and I don’t necessarily mean race, although that’s part of it)."

Dems surprised Americans gag at Obamacare cram-down

Gag reflex is natural. American's anger at the dishonest cram-down is to be expected. The only surprise, is that the Democrats don't get it. They are going to double down with cap and trade, or cap and dividend -- or whatever they end up calling it. What is really happening is an in-power coup against tradition American freedom and capitalism. Sadly, I don't think this is an overstatement.

Clinton Treas. Sec.: Debt Obama's ultimate test

That is like saying a vandal who just broke a bunch of windows, will be a hero, if only he can fix them. Roger Altman, deputy US Treasury secretary under President Clinton, tries to blame the ruinous debt on Bush. Bush spent too much, but he was a piker compared to Obama. If the nation debt is Obama's ultimate test, he has already failed--miserably.

Democrats scuttled Fannie Freddie reform 2005

Now the hypocrites want to reform (nationalize) the entire financial sector. First they create the disaster, then they point fingers at everyone except their deserving selves, and finally, they seek to be heroes for fixing the problem they created. Nice work if you can get it.
"One chapter in this story took place in July 2005, when the Senate Banking Committee, then controlled by the Republicans, adopted tough regulatory legislation for the GSEs on a party-line vote—all Republicans in favor, all Democrats opposed. The bill would have established a new regulator for Fannie and Freddie and given it authority to ensure that they maintained adequate capital, properly managed their interest rate risk, had adequate liquidity and reserves, and controlled their asset and investment portfolio growth."

Perfect storm for socialism

I think the millions of useful idiots is a key ingredient. I am always amazed by those who are shocked, yes shocked, at the things Obama has done since becoming president. He has acted precisely as would be expected according to his background. To think otherwise you would have had to be, well-- an idiot. The good news, I think, is that a lot of folks are waking up to the Democrats hard left agenda. Had Obama not tacked so hard to the left, he may have more easily implemented his leftist agenda.

"The storm has continued to gather strength from a Democrat majority in congress, the liberal media, a deepening economic recession, and constant congressional hearings attacking everything to do with capitalism. Add in the millions of useful idiots among us who don't have a clue about what President Obama is intending on doing to America, and you have the making of a perfect storm to socialism."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Note to self: Don't forget how local politicians voted on Obamacare, the CO list

I am posting this as a reminder to myself of how Colorado politicians voted on Obamacare. No surprise that it was along party lines, with all the Democrats voting for Obamacare. With the election six months off, names could get fuzzy, so I'll just post this information up every so often.

I intend to go out of my way to support the opponents of Congresspersons Betsy Markey and Ed Perlmutter as well as Senator Michael Bennet, come election time. I will be making contributions to their Republican opponents. These three can be hurt by their health care vote, I believe. The rest of the Colorado field I am not sure about.

Senator (Dem, CO) Michael Bennet voted for Obamacare.
Senator (Dem, CO) Mark Udall voted for Obamacare.

1st Congressional District (Dem, CO) Diana DeGette voted for Obamacare.
2nd Congressional District (Dem, CO) Jared Polis voted for Obamacare.
3rd Congressional District (Dem, CO) John Salazar voted for Obamacare.
4th Congressional District (Dem, CO) Betsy Markey voted for Obamacare.
7th Congressional District (Dem, CO) Ed Perlmutter voted for Obamacare.

5th Congressional District (Rep, CO) Doug Lamborn voted against Obamacare.
6th Congressional District (Rep, CO) Mike Coffman voted against Obamacare.

Bill Clinton: "People are just sick of all of us fighting all the time."

Leftist trashing of the Constitution causes infighting - to bad.

Sherpa Team Plans to Clean Everest's Death Zone

Sherpas plan to remove five bodies and nearly 7,000 pounds of garbage.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dem CO Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff doctored campaign website to add minority faces

Political correctness is a sticky wicket, is it not?
A Democrat who has acknowledged doctoring a photo on his campaign Web site to add black and Latino faces nearer the candidate has removed the picture from his website.

Poll: Majority lacks trust in government

Is there any wonder after the health care debate? The sopranos characters had higher ethical standards then Obama and the Dems demonstrated during the debate. The health care debate may have awakened a great mass of folks who otherwise paid scant attention to politics. It just goes to show, cheaters never win.

Poll: Majority lacks trust in government

CA Dems kill resolution honoring 100 year Boy Scout anniversary

I sincerely hope the Democrats are out of touch with main stream Americans. If they are not, it is simply depressing. The Dems killed the resolution because the Boy Scouts do not allow homosexuals.

CNS, AP Article.

NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism

Now, what will the 52% who have figured him out, do with the belief that Obama has socialist tendencies? That is the important question. Hopefully the electorate rejects Obama and the Democrats, wholesale, this fall. This may shine the light of day on Democrats in general. People may realize, there is no such thing as a moderate or conservative Democrat.

NYT/CBS Poll: 52% Say Obama Moving America Towards Socialism

Surprise: Sen. Scott Brown an east coast Republican

Scott Brown has dissed the Tea Partiers by not attending the recent Rally in Boston. Not all of his votes have been with the Republicans. On Face The Nation, he was saying what a "good man" Obama is, and how deeply he cares about our country.

This angers some folks who supported Brown's campaign. I contributed to his campaign myself, but I was under no illusion that Scott Brown would be anything other than an Olympia Snowe style Republican. A Texas Republican could not get elected in MA. His election was still a great victory and conservatives should not attack him for positions he has to take if he wants to remain a senator.

Quote Source

Tim Geitner: defecit concerns could align Tea Partiers with administration

Geitner also indicated that hence forth, the sun would rise in the west.

Polico, Harry Siegel WRITES:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the “positive side” of the tea party movement Sunday, suggesting the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Press airs grievences at White House - will true love prevail?

After carrying Obamas' water for the last 3 years, the press is mad. Like an uncaring lover, Obama has been taking the press for granted. I think true love will prevail, and the two sides will get beyond this lover's spat.
Politico, Mike Allen WRITES:
Ed Chen, a White House  correspondent for Bloomberg News who is president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said he asked for the meeting “to clear the air because in my 10-plus years at the White House, rarely have I sensed such a level of anger, which is wide and deep, among members over White House practices and attitude toward the press.”

Is Rep. Betsy Markey (Dem. CO) Hiding from health vote?

Sure she is. She better keep hiding too. I know lots of folks who are not in her district, but will be supporting her opponent. I hate to break it to Ms. Markey, but the more people learn about the new law, the more they dislike it.
First-term Rep. Betsy Markey is convinced that once people learn what's in President Barack Obama's new health care overhaul law, they'll support it.

But it's not a message she was eager to carry in person to her constituents in Republican-leaning eastern Colorado. During Congress' two-week Easter break, she reserved any discussion of health care reform for conference calls, an op-ed piece and an appearance at a small-town Rotary Club — all small-bore outreach.

Paul Krugman: one party "advocating the opposite of its actual agenda"

I am glad Paul Krugman has seen the light. Oh wait, in his alternate universe, he was actually referring the the Republicans. Darn, I thought there was hope.
In a blog post, Paul Krugman WRITES:
has there ever been a time in US political history when one of the two major political parties was so addicted to doublethink, so committed to pretending that it’s advocating the opposite of its actual agenda?

Pat Cadell: How Dems can avoid Nov bloodbath - Become Republicans

Pat seems to suggest Dems should hide who they really are, and become capitalist conservatives. Sorry, I think that ship has sailed. The American people may have figured out that the Dems are controlled by a bunch of socialists. They can run individually as conservatives, but if you vote for a Democrat, even a self-proclaimed conservative Democrat, you get their liberal, dare I say it - socialist, leadership.

I've posted it here before, but it's worth repeating. If recent political activity proves one thing, it is that party trumps person. There are only two viable political parties, the Democrats and Republicans. One must chose whichever party best represents their views and vote accordingly.Even though your local Democrat politician may seem like a great guy or gal, he or she is Nancy Pelosi. In the end, he or she will tough the party line, which is to say, whatever Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid want.
In the Washington Post, Democratic Pollsters Douglas E. Schoen and Patrick H. Caddell WRITE:
Democrats can avoid the electoral bloodbath we predicted before passage of the health-care bill, but in one way: through a bold commitment to fiscal discipline and targeted fiscal stimulus of the private sector and entrepreneurship.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Contract From America
The Contract from America
We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

Individual Liberty
Our moral, political, and economic liberties are inherent, not granted by our government. It is essential to the practice of these liberties that we be free from restriction over our peaceful political expression and free from excessive control over our economic choices.

Limited Government
The purpose of our government is to exercise only those limited powers that have been relinquished to it by the people, chief among these being the protection of our liberties by administering justice and ensuring our safety from threats arising inside or outside our country's sovereign borders. When our government ventures beyond these functions and attempts to increase its power over the marketplace and the economic decisions of individuals, our liberties are diminished and the probability of corruption, internal strife, economic depression, and poverty increases.

Economic Freedom
The most powerful, proven instrument of material and social progress is the free market. The market economy, driven by the accumulated expressions of individual economic choices, is the only economic system that preserves and enhances individual liberty. Any other economic system, regardless of its intended pragmatic benefits, undermines our fundamental rights as free people.
1. Protect the Constitution
Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)
2. Reject Cap & Trade
Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington
Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution's meaning. (63.37%)
6. End Runaway Government Spending
Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)
8. Pass an 'All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy
Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)
9. Stop the Pork
Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)
10. Stop the Tax Hikes
Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

Republican takeover of the house?

Let's hope they stomp the Dems. Obama may stop smirking then.
Charlie Cook WRITES:
"But with 48 percent of Republicans enthusiastic about casting ballots in the midterm compared with 30 percent of Democrats, and with independent voters favoring Republican candidates by an 11-point margin, we can easily imagine that poll results will look even worse for Democrats once Gallup focuses on likely voters. Those results will almost certainly point toward a GOP takeover."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obama on tax foes; "You would think they'd be saying thank you,"

Only the 47%, who are on the free ride plan, will be saying, "thank you". The good hard working folks who are not at the public trough, are not thankful for Obama's plunge into anti-meritocracy, or dare I say it -- socialism. I know we are not supposed to talk about the "s" word, but how can it be avoided? Obama's hubris is astounding.

Quote Source- AP

Bailed out mortgages still default - GM will follow

Bad business models lead to failure. This is true for individuals or corporations. This is not a bad thing. If a mortgage holder can't afford their mortgage, they should find suitable housing they CAN afford. Handing them money may not address the underlying issues that made the note "not affordable". I would be willing to bet that some of those being bailed out, are unwilling to make lifestyle changes necessary to stay in their home. It sounds cold, but reality usually is.

In the case of GM, we really just bailed out the $70 an hour assembly line worker. Without adjusting the underlying problems (the $70/hour worker), GM will just burn through the billions, and be back at the trough for more.

In the end, why should hard working taxpayers have to support these sometimes self inflicted failures? What happened to Creative Destruction, and hard lessons learned well?
"The number of homeowners who defaulted on their mortgages even after securing cheaper terms through the government's modification program nearly doubled in March, continuing a trend that could undermine the entire program."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Nancy Pelosi: GOP Concerns Over Bailouts "Almost Laughable"

There is nothing very funny about the bailouts, ... or Nancy Pelosi.

Wall Street Journal


Via Instapundit - Must Read:

Redistribution to freeloaders - what's yours is theirs

According to Phyllis Schlafly, not only do 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, but the bottom 40 percent actually profit from the tax code. That is, the bottom 40 percent have zero liability, but receive up to $5,657 per years in tax credits. Add to this, the various welfare programs, and it pays pretty well to be "poor". This is in your face redistribution from the industrious to the not-industrious.

The linked article also mentions the top 10% of wage earners pay 73% of the tax burden. With this knowledge, the evil rich do not seem quite so evil.

Why doesn't the MSM present these facts on six o'clock news? Oh ya, because they are leftists. If these facts were widely known, I don't think the American people would stand for it. Common fairness and decency would not allow it. Children on a playground could figure out the unfairness of such a scheme.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Watchdog: Obama foreclosure plan leaves many out

Good, they should not be bailing out mortgage holders. The moral hazard is astounding. How do we force our children to pay our mortgages, and then expect them to pay their own. It is chaos.
A watchdog panel overseeing the financial bailouts says the Obama administration's flagship mortgage aid program lags well behind the foreclosure crisis and leaves too many families out.

Shocking: Summit endorses Obama goal on nuclear security

I am all for securing nukes, but where did this come from? I am opposed to cancer, starving children, and  athlete's foot too.
AP National Security Writer ROBERT BURNS WRITES:
In full accord on a global threat, world leaders Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama's call for securing all nuclear materials around the globe within four years to keep them out of the grasp of terrorists. They offered few specifics for achieving that goal, but Obama declared "the American people will be safer and the world will be more secure" as a result. [emphasis added]

Health Reform Headlines 4/13/2010

The headlines say a lot.
Washington Examiner: Will Obama Create the Post Office of Health Care?
American Thinker: Ooops! Congress loses health care plan under Obamacare?
LA Times: Healthcare overhaul won't stop premium increases Barney Frank gets high-altitude haranguing on health care

Fannie and Freddie excluded from financial reform - WHAT

The Democrats in congress are busy "reforming" the entire financial system. Guess who they are excluding from the reform? Fannie and Freddie are being excluded. Weren't these two, Fannie and Freddie, the stars of the financial crisis tragedy? The Democrats in congress can't reform anything. They cannot even fathom the root of the problem, much less address it.

Here is a bit of reform. Stop giving undeserving individuals and businesses my hard earned tax dollars. If I, Mr. American Taxpayer, want to be charitable, I will do it on my own terms. The congress should not be choosing winners and losers.
In fact, as several analysts have pointed out, Fannie, Freddie, Ginnie, and the FHA are all repeating the same mistakes that got us into this mess in the first place. And yet, because admitting they need reform would shift blame for the meltdown from evil, greedy bankers to stupid, conniving Democratic politicians, it appears that the government is thinking "in for a penny, in for a trillion dollars' when it comes to these now government owned mortgage lenders.

Paul Krugman does not understand progressivity in the tax code

Paul Krugman thinks the 53 percent of Americans who pay taxes are lucky. Mr. Krugman states that, "US tax system isn't actually that progressive". Gimme a break. It's easy to be an elitist leftist intellectual, you just say whatever you want - truth and facts be damned. Like Newt says, lets get back to 2+2=4.
American Enterprise - Andrew Biggs writes:
"Call me picky, but what I'd like to see from tenured Ivy League professors and Nobel Prize winners is that it takes more than, oh, 30 seconds to figure out the obvious flaw in their arguments. Maybe next time."

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dems to run as outsiders - you rubes

Senator Michael Bennet is running as an outsider in Colorado. In his commercials, he explains how “broken” Washington is. This guy votes with his Democrat party leaders every time. I guess he is suggesting, much like after a drunken binge, the only thing to fix Washington, is a hair of the dog that bit us.

He thinks we're rubes. I hope he's wrong. Just remember, if you vote for a Democrat, you'll get a Democrat who is just as liberal as his or her leadership.

Related article on RCP:
Ohio Dems Cast Themselves as Outsiders

Half of country pays no tax, media yawns

Federal income tax, that is. Why doesn't the media care? Because the media is biased to leftists.
Media Research Center By: Brent Baker
"So no wonder they don't really care how much a government program costs. It's not costing them anything, so why should they? And no wonder they don't care about hiking taxes on the rich. No one's hiking taxes on them."

Senate Majority leader Reid under 40 percent

I am surprised he has not cut and run, like so many of his colleagues.
CQ Politics Post:
"The snapshot of the Senate race, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, found Lowden favored by 46 percent of voters surveyed, while Reid had the support of 38 percent."

Top earners to face tax hikes, Dems will cheer

Don't worry unemployed dudes. The rich will work just as hard for Uncle Sam, as they do for personal gain. Unemployed dude; you do realize most people work for a rich guy - don't you?

WSJ Article

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Random Picture: Trol covered car

I wish I could have gotten a shot of the driver.

Graph: True cost of Dem Health bill

With the time shift tricks removed.

From House Republican Committee on the Budget

Obama: Al-Qaida would use nuke if it could - are they islamic extremists?

According to AP, Obama on Sunday said, If al-Qaida acquired nuclear weapons it "would have no compunction at using them,". It is nice that he sees this, but the question is, why is he removing terms like 'Islamic extremism' from national security documents? Isn't this rather bi-polar?


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Graph: Obama and Democrats explode debt

Generational theft to be sure.
From House Republican Committee on the Budget Via American Thinker

Graph: Iraq, Afghanistan wars not cause of soaring national debt

Liberals love to say the "Bush wars" are the cause of deficits and debt. Judging by the graph below, they are wrong. During the Iraq war, defense spending has still been at historic lows as a percentage of GDP.

From House Republican Committee on the Budget

Obama: "No one I’ve met is looking for a handout."

Obama must be ignoring his core constituency. During his weekly radio address, Obama stated, "No one I’ve met is looking for a handout. ".

Full transcript here (

Friday, April 9, 2010

Obama: "Look, I don't want government any more than is necessary,"

That must have been hard to say with a straight face. I guess the devil is in the details as to what is "necessary". The good news is, Obama is on defense when it comes to scope of government.
Barack OBama Via AP article by ERICA WERNER:

"You're hearing a lot of talk these days about government, and government is terrible, and bureaucrats, and they're taking over and all this stuff. Look, I don't want government any more than is necessary"

Congress set in motion the mortgage crisis

I get sick of hearing Democrats blame the fat cat bankers for the mortgage melt-down. Sure the lenders were greedy - so what. The fact is, the banks never would have been loaning losers with lousy credit, hundreds of thousands of dollars, without the prodding of democrats in congress. Two Fannie and Freddie execs testified today that they acted according to congressional prodding.

Two former Fannie Mae executives said Friday that competitive pressures, combined with the political goal of increasing home ownership, were to blame for the company's decision to back riskier mortgages that fueled the housing bubble. [emphasis added]

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The good and angry people

Great article.
"The people who are angry today are more in tune with this nation's founders than ordinary Americans have been in decades.

The United States has an intricate system of checks and balances, and a government structure based on a separation of powers, and a Bill of Rights that safeguards the rights of states and the rights of the people precisely because the greatest collection of political talent and philosophical insight ever assembled on this continent -- and maybe anywhere on this planet -- looked at the concept of government and said, "We need to make a really small cage for this thing, then be careful not to overfeed it."

Read the whole thing
By Kevin OBrien, The Plain Dealer

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

News: Terror attempt on Denver bound flight from DC

Federal officials say the FBI is probing whether a man tried to ignite his shoes on a DC to Denver flight. An official says an air marshal on the flight apparently restrained the man, and he is being interviewed by the FBI in Denver.

Update (9:23 PM) :
He may have just been - smokin in the boys room

Slackers prevail

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

AP: 47 percent of US households will pay no federal income tax for 2009.

Update: 09:18:
He may have just been, smokin in the boys room

Greenspan: congress helped cause housing boom/bust

Congress loves to blame the "evil" bankers. In reality, it was congress and the greedy borrowers, who caused this disaster. The lenders just maximized the structure set in place by Democrats in congress.
""Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan chastised critics on Wednesday by pointing out that Congress pushed the U.S. central bank to make sure lending to poorer Americans kept rising in the 2000s."

John Kerry: steely eyed-community organizer fixes US nuclear policy

Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and now, Barack Obama.
The Hill By Sen. John Kerry
The result of President Obama’s steely-eyed thinking in his Nuclear Posture Review is a substantive statement that maintains our nuclear deterrence while addressing the new security challenges we face. Finally, America’s nuclear policy reflects post-Cold War reality.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), vows to block unfunded spending bills

Great, as long as they are paid for with offsetting spending cuts, not tax increases. Plenty of fat out there to trim.

The Hill By J. Taylor Rushing
“The problems are so severe in our country, our debt is so severe and the impact is so great in the near and long term that it’s time for some of us to take a stand. We may lose. But we’re not going to give up on doing the tough things that Washington needs to do, and if that earns us consternation, so be it.”

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Paul Krugman, conservatives understand you just fine

In a recent blog post, Paul Krugman writes that he understands all points of view, while those who disagree with his leftist drivel, understand nothing. What kind of person believes, let alone publishes, such self serving tripe. Normally such ideas pass with adolescence.
The other thing is the way incomprehension becomes demonization. Because conservatives don’t understand at all what the other side believes, everything becomes a conspiracy theory: Obama must be indulging his grotesque ambition, because who could possibly believe that doing what he did is a good idea?

Every time someone talks about reaching across the partisan divide, remember this: one side literally can’t understand what the other wants.

Barbara Boxer senate opponent Mickey Kaus, launches campaign website

Let's hope Mickey Kaus can defeat Barbara Boxer.
Via Instapundit:

Health law: reduced benefits for many, at higher cost

The tens of millions who are happy with their health coverage now will be forced to sacrifice part of their coverage for the "32 million" who couldn't or wouldn't get coverage before. To add insult to injury, the previously covered, will have the privilege of paying more -- for less. Common sense truth will impose itself.

The author of the linked article discusses recent write downs. What can also be gleaned is that many people will lose employer provided benefits, and the cost to the tax payer will surely escalate.
James A. Klein of the American Benefits Council WRITES IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:
"The real story here—and the one that is getting little attention—is that the new law will likely result in a change of drug coverage for 1.5 million to two million retirees as they are moved from their employer-sponsored plans, according to a study we commissioned by former Office of Management and Budget official Don Moran. Reasonable people can differ as to whether shifting retirees to the Medicare drug program is good or bad policy. But two things are certain. First, it will cost the federal government more money. Second, employers will be excoriated when it happens."

Monday, April 5, 2010

Some Democrats "content to remain beneath the radar" on health vote

"content to remain beneath the radar"? Heh.  More like cowering under a rock, fearful they might have to face a constituent.

But instead of barnstorming their districts celebrating their historic accomplishment, some have been content to remain beneath the radar, reluctant to advertise their role in passing the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic policy agenda

NYT columnists race fixated - is that racist?

It seems in the last week that every columnist at the NYT has thrown the race issue around. There must have been a memo. The only people I ever see obsessing on the color of skin, are liberals. Read Krugman's whole post to get the context. He was basically tying Sarah Palin to racism. Krugman was making an arguably valid point. Then he had to throw in the race zinger.

But these days, insulting large blocs of Americans, implying that the rural and small-town and (ahem) white minority is the only genuine part of the country, seems to be cost-free.

Topless Women Shocked That People Like to Watch Topless Women - CBS News

Geniuses in action. Left leaning folks think human nature is perfectible. I am making assumption about the left leaning part, not too many right winger chicks running around topless. by Edecio Martinez writes:

Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of the march was that a topless woman out in public shouldn't attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Poll: Four in 10 Tea Partiers Independents or Democrats

Uh oh, if this is true, the Democrats are in deep trouble. The far left leadership at all levels of the Democrat party may be way out of sink with the rank and file. Let's hope -- and change.

Via Instapundit. Read the whole post here: JammieWearingFool

Healthcare reform won Tonya Harding style- Obama struts

Frank Rich writes of Obama's new found confidence after healthcare's passage. Obama is swaggering around as if he won something. The truth is, he did not win anything. When you have to lie, cheat, and connive to reach a goal, did you win? I do not think so. Obama and the Democrats won healthcare reform's passage Tonya Harding style. We will see what the voters say in November.
NOT since Clark Kent changed in a phone booth has there been an instant image makeover to match Barack Obama’s in the aftermath of his health care victory. “He went from Jimmy Carter to F.D.R. in just a fortnight,” said one of the “Game Change” authors, Mark Halperin, on MSNBC. “Look at the steam in the man’s stride!” exclaimed Chris Matthews. “Is it just me, or does Barack Obama seem different since health care passed?” wrote Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast, which, like The Financial Times, ran an illustration portraying the gangly president as a newly bulked-up Superman.

Central Planners knowledge problem

Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Progressives can't get past the Knowledge Problem

Chris Matthews pwned by Byron York over Rush's use of term "regime"

Washington Examiner Article- Chris Matthews Pwned
Pwn- meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation  of a rival,
Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tea Partiers are not Republicans- necessarily.

I hope the Tea Party folks throw their full weight behind the Republicans. When I attended a Tea Party rally in Denver Colorado recently, some speakers went out of their way to say they were not Republicans. The first speaker was actually a candidate for the Colorado governorship, running as a conservative independent. If recent political activity proves one thing, it is that party trumps person. There are only two viable political parties, the Democrats and Republicans. One must chose whichever party best represents their views and vote accordingly. It seems to me that the Tea Partiers interests are more aligned with Republicans. I hope they lend their wholehearted support accordingly.

Paul Krugman: Liberals don't want bigger government

In a blog post, Paul Krugman argues that Progressives (liberals) don't want bigger government, they just want government to do more. I don't get it either, read his whole post here. Maybe he thinks conservatives want shorter federal buildings when they refer to smaller government. His last sentence reads, "But people on the right apparently can’t get that." Well, at least he has that right.

Santa favors rich kids

Democrats said to be exploring Santa reform.

Obama: free speech "troublesome"?

Obama finds talk on the right "troublesome" because the talk is effectively exposing his agenda. Commentators on the right are connecting with the American people. This talk on the right is milk toast compared to the venom spewed by leftist talkers and sitting Democrat politicians, during the Bush administration. Obama is making these statements because he is losing the argument and truth is not his friend.

Note that Bush never defended himself against the likes of Keith Olberman. History will be the judge of who the creep was in that case.

In an interview that aired on CBS’s "Early Show" Friday, Obama said the rhetoric employed by the chief chatterers of the conservative movement is “troublesome” — and he cast Limbaugh and Beck as demagogues who cash in on the fears of Americans struggling through a rough economy.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Democrat candidates to be quarantined from Obama visits

I think the association is there. With, or without, Obama's presence.
Yahoo News' Brett Michael Dykes Writes:

In this climate, at least some Democratic insiders are expressing relief at the reports that the White House will be quarantining some stretches of the November election map from upcoming Obama visits. [emphasis added]

"I have no doubt that this is the case," a Democratic consultant who requested anonymity because of ongoing relationships with the White House told Yahoo! News. "Thank goodness the White House is doing this, since there are many of us who wish that this would have been the case with the Massachusetts Senate seat. To me, it shows some real foresight and strategic thinking on the political-operations side of the White House."

Congressman Phil Hare Democrat, Il admits he does not care about the constitution

How is congressman Hare allowed to stay in office upon making such a statement?

"Congressman Phil Hare: I don't worry about the Constitution to be honest with you."

Rewarding failure.

The mortgage, Wall Street, and Auto bailouts may make some feel good, but they will lead to more failure. What you reward you get more of. Rewarding failure leaves little opportunity for hard lessons learned. At the same time failure is being rewarded, success is being punished- what you punish, you get less of. We have lost our collective common sense in America.
From a Miami Herald Opinion Piece:

"For homeowners who played by the rules -- those who weren't lured by absurdly low balloon interest rates and managed to stay out of trouble -- this is a bitter pill to swallow. They neither asked for nor received help from the government to meet their payments. "

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Paul Krugman on Obamacare: "fairly modest — and paid for! — expansion of social insurance"

Paul Krugman of the New York Times describes Obamacare as a "fairly modest — and paid for! — expansion of social insurance". Is he on crack? Talk about an out of touch liberal elitist.

New Obamacare entitlement will do to the budget what the old entitlements have done

Americans know the new health care bill will be a disaster. On instinct and common sense alone, the health care legislation does not pass the smell test. The liberal Democrat politicians do not care.

By creating a new spending entitlement when Medicare is facing $38 trillion in unfunded liabilities, it is not a stretch to say the U.S. is nearing a precipice that has no precedent.

Obamacare allows up to 26 year old children on parents health plan

Somehow I do not think allowing 25 year old adults to stay on their parents insurance is a money saving measure. They don't even have to be living with their parents. It might feel good, but it does not make sense. At what age would this be ridiculous?
AP by
2 million eager for health care on parents' plans

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