Thursday, April 28, 2011

Phony austerity protests

The latest trend among the mainstream media is to show video of town hall meetings across America. The videos typical show Congressmen being yelled at, booed, harassed, etc by their constituents who seemingly appear angry about the GOPs recent budget proposal. Specifically, they are angry over the proposed cuts in Medicare.

It's all phony.

When the Tea Party first exploded onto the scene the Left brushed it off as astroturf. They said it was false, fabricated by the right. The reason why they said such things is because fabricating false grassroots movements is the Left's M.O. It's what they do. They have access to the organized so anytime they need a flash mob of protestors they puch a button and the mob appears. So, naturally, when they see such a protest from the right they assume it's a similar situation.

They were wrong about the Tea Party as we all know. But they still have the ability to fabricate a grassroots movement. They still have the ability to agitate. We saw it in Wisconsin. We've heard about efforts by SEIU executives organizing an attack on Wall Street. And we see it at these town hall meetings. The organized are doing what they do best. Nothing can display this better than their universal chant at these events: "rich pay more".

It's a fake. But rest assured the Left will champion it as a genuine grassroots effort to oppose the GOPs budget.

That's why I find this recent Gallup poll interesting. It shows that the majority of seniors favor Paul Ryan's budget over President Obama's (even though President Obama has yet to issue a detailed plan on dealing with the deficit and debt). Despite the cuts in Medicare and other entitlements, most seniors understand that austerity measures as necessary. So the agitators will agitate but, unlike the Tea Party protests, their sentiments aren't shared by most Americans. The agitators are just thugs and looters providing the muscle behind the Marxist movement in America. They don't believe in what we true Americans believe.

The other thing interesting about this poll is that younger voters overwhelmingly favor President Obama's plan - again, even though he has no actual plan. Funny. The group that stands to lose the most if Obama has his way is the very group that supports him the most. Odd.

Is this ignorance? Stupidity? A manifestation of indoctrination? Is it because younger voters don't pay taxes? Is it naivety? Is it because Obama is "cool" and "hip"? I don't konw. Probably a combination of all. But I do know that the next generation had better pay attention. The seniors in America have seen a lot. They are wiser and more experienced and they get it. The youth don't. Their future is being wasted. It's being destroyed. And they don't even realize it.

Well, they better wise up real fast. If America is going to dig out of this hole we will need to next generation to do some heavy lifting. We'll need them to take some responsibility, take some initiative, be more proactive. We'll need them to own their future and not outsource it to the State.

...then again, that's asking a lot of them. Perhaps that's why they support the President so much.

Monday, April 25, 2011

President Obama's Easter message

For those who haven't noticed, President Obama failed to deliver the obligatory Easter message to the American people.  There was no personal message.  No press release.  No White House statement.

Is this significant?  Well, you can decide that for yourself.  But you should know that Obama has issued statements for every major Muslim holiday in the past year.  And he also issued a statement for earth day, which happened to be Good Friday this year. 

Last year's Easter message was "all-inclusive", acknowledging all major world religions during Christianity's most holy day.  And then there was his Passover greeting that I posted about earlier. 

Is any of this significant?

Is lightning striking the White House on Easter night a simple coincidence (photo above)?

You can decide that for yourself.

Friday, April 22, 2011

He is Risen!

Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise." ~Phillips Brooks

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Liberals attacking children, two examples

Pulled these stories off of The Blaze today.  Had to repost.

The Wonkette (some sort of Liberal - Marxist propaganda website) posted a "tribute" to Trig Palin on the little boy's 3rd birthday this past Monday.  Trig is the youngest son of Sarah Palin.  He suffers from Down Syndrome.  Here are a few highlights of the Liberal website's birthday greeting:

"...we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history...What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded...Sarah went to a whole lot of trouble to name him ‘Van Palin,’ a ‘Van Halen’ reference he will never get..."

You get the point.  Normally, I wouldn't post such mindless hate.  But in this case I have a point to make about it.  Why would a Liberal (or any human being for that matter) viciously attack a 3 year old child who suffers from a mental disability?  Aren't Liberals supposed to be the ones who stand up for and protect people like this? 

No.  For several reasons.  Liberals basically find it repulsive that Trig was given the chance at life.  Some think it is selfish, and somehow unfair to the child.  Some (especially the feminists) absolutely hate seeing genuine motherhood on display, hate seeing a woman love her children so much because motherhood is viewed by them as oppressive.  And still others think Palin exploits the little boy for political gain. 

And there's the Marxists like Wonkette.  These are the people who like to act the part of helping the needy.  They like to claim that they want to help those who can't help themselves.  But, in truth, Marxists don't want that at all.  Marxists view the needy as a power base.  Anything we can give them will be returned by "grassroots" support, power to the people, workers of the world unite, etc, which ultimately means political power.  So their "help" for the needy is nothing more than political bribery.  That's why they don't particularly like those who are in true need of help.  Marxists will give lots of money to welfare brood mares, but hate the idea of helping or loving someone like Trig Palin.

The fact is Marxists believe that all humans exist to serve the State and nothing else.  Anyone who is unfit or incapable of serving the State really doesn't have a reason to live.  That's primarily why they hate people like Trig Palin.  And that's why Marxist regimes are known for "eliminating" the imperfect citizens.  Abortion is just the Americanized version of it.

In another story, The Blaze posted a video of a 14 year old girl who recently spoke on stage at the Wisconsin Tea Party rally.  The video is impressive because for one the girl is well spoken, displaying excellent grammar and stage presence.  She is homeschooled, so that explains that.  No union teacher has had an opportunity to get his/her filthy paws on this well-polished young lady and as a result her intelligence clearly shows. 

But equally impressive is the reaction of the Wisconsin public union workers protesting the rally - you know, those wonderful teachers that Governor Walker was trying to stiff.  They screamed profanities at the girl, gave her numerous hand gestures, and of course attempted to shout her down.  One union protestor was filmed yelling "go home you f&#*ing brat".   Then they all booed her as she finished her speech with God bless America. 

Ah yes, those wonderful public unions, just trying to earn an honest living.  Just imagine how bad they would've treated her if she had some sort of mental or physical disability.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Obama's Passover message

Perhaps the most insulting thing this President has ever done.  Excerpts from his Passover message:

"This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa... must work to "alleviate the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free."

In his Passover message the President, our President, congratulated the Islamic extremists on toppling multiple governments in the Middle East (although he failed to mention the new governments are already threatening Israel with violence).

He also included a veiled reference to the Palestinians - "those who are not yet free". 

I'm not exactly sure why President Obama chose the Passover message to once again slap Israel across the face.  But I do know that this is the most anti-Israel President we've had since, maybe, Jimmy Carter.  The wolves are circling to attack and the President is patting them on the back during a sacred Jewish holiday. 

May we always stand firm beside our Israeli allies, even if our leadership refuses to do so.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy tax day, America!

How about a few tax day statistics brought to you by the Wall Street Journal.

Intelligent people know that you can't balance the budget through taxation, and certainly not by soaking the rich.  But the WSJ proves it with actual numbers.

For instance, according to the IRS, if you taxed the top 2% (the evil rich that Obama targets with his recent proposal) and jacked their tax rates all the way up to 100%.  That is, you take every penny they make.  You will end up with about $940 billion dollars.  Laughable.  Not nearly enough to dent Obama's $4 trillion budget.

Then, you go after the top 10% (those making >$100,000 a year) of income earners and you take 100% of their income.  That gets you $3.4 trillion.  Still running a deficit if Obama's spending budget is passed.

The point is, there is no way this budget can be balanced by taxing the rich.  Impossible.  I hope the middle class is watching because, rest assured, they're coming after your wallet too!

Meanwhile, a related dive into statistics show that 45% of Americans don't pay any income tax at all.  Surprise, surprise.  But don't worry, we also have poll numbers that say 43% of all Americans believe that current tax rates are "just about right" and don't see a need to change. 

45% don't pay
43% say taxes are fine as they are


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shared Sacrifice

I watched President Obama give his speech the other night about his plan for reducing the debt.  Seems the community organizer has decided that our deficit and debt are indeed a problem and now he wants to fix it.  Nevermind that just two months ago he proposed a budget that completely ignored the deficit.  The important thing is that he is at least acknowledging there is a problem.  That's progress.  During his speech, he called for "shared sacrifice" to end our deficit problems.  Even better!

Since the government already seizes 4 months of my labor every year, not including what is taken by state and local authorities along with licenses and fees, I'm all for sharing the sacrifice in this country to get back to our economic glory days.  So I figure those who don't pay will now be asked to make a few sacrifices.  Nope.

Apparently, Obama's idea of "shared sacrifice" is to tax people like me even more.  Keep in mind, half of all Americans don't pay income taxes.  We are facing a debt crisis unmatched in our history.  Our currency is on the brink of collapse.  Yet, shared sacrifice means that we who pay must now pay more.

Let me tell you about my sacrifice.  Obama and his friends like to refer to people like me as "fortunate", as though my position in life was a roll of the dice and I hit seven.  It was just luck, a twist of fate.  No.  I have been sacrificing for decades.  I'm not special.  I wasn't born into money.  My road wasn't paved for me.  I'm no different than any other American.  We all have the same opportunity, but who succeeds at it depends on who works for and earns it. 

Beginning in high school I devoted myself to my future.  This carried into college and medical school.  It was a constant string of one sacrifice after another.  While those around me goofed off and pissed away their future, I buckled down and sacrificed for mine.  I gave up a lot of things to get where I am now, and I took on a lot of debt.  I took risks.  I sacrificed my time, my money, and my personal life.  It wasn't luck.  It was hard work and dedication.  That paid off and now I am reaping the rewards.  That's how it's supposed to be.  Sacrifice and work hard, take risks, and you will be rewarded.

Not in Obama's world.  In his mind I am "fortunate", as if it just happened to me.  And those who didn't work hard, didn't take risks, didn't dedicate themselves, pissed away their future and opportunity, well they're "less fortunate".  So it is up to me to surrender my luck to the less fortunate in order to make America more just.  What a twisted interpretation of the American dream.

The point is that I already sacrifice and have been for decades.  I surrender a large percentage of my hard labor to the government so they can waste it as they please.  I surrender my labor so it can be redistributed to those who haven't earned it and don't appreciate it.  I've been sacrificing my entire life, they haven't.  So I'm supposed to surrender more?  This is Obama's idea of shared sacrifice.

I surrender money to my local school district and they mismanage it just as bad as the Feds.  The public schools are a joke and the "education" they provide is worse.  So, despite the money I surrender to them, they are useless to me.  I have to pay substantially more for private schools just so my kids will be able to read and write before high school.  That requires sacrifice.  I don't mind doing it.  Their education is my responsibility.  But paying for my kids' education and paying for someone else's education takes its toll.

And retirement?  Well, I have to save for that.  The ponzi scheme we call social security takes a lot of my money but is on the verge of bankruptcy.  Soon people like me will not be able to draw from it, if there's any money left to be drawn.  So, knowing the incompetence of Washington, I'm planning ahead.  I'm putting money away for retirement so I won't be destitute in those times.  This requires sacrifice.  I don't mind doing it.  My retirement is my responsibility.  But paying for my retirement as well as someone's else's via social security is hard to do and takes a lot of money. 

And my kids will need money for college.  The government feels that since I'm "rich" they shouldn't be given federal student aid.  This means I have to save for their college education.  That requires even more sacrifice.  I don't mind doing it.  That's how it's supposed to be.  But paying for my kids college is a lot more difficult with a government gorilla on my back and in my pockets nonstop. 

And healthcare?  I pay for it monthly.  That requires sacrifice.  I'm fine with paying for my healthcare, that's how it's supposed to be.  But it's hard to pay for my healthcare AND the healthcare of others.

Meanwhile, the parasites and looters get all of this provided for them, at my cost.  They contribute nothing.  They own no part of it.  They don't work for it, they do nothing to earn it.  They haven't sacrificed anything to get this stuff and they give me nothing in return.  It's just given to them because they are "less fortunate" than me.  Obama has asked for no sacrifice from these people, only from me.  And this is how he describes "shared sacrifice". 

I'm not talking about those who need help.  There's a difference between people truly in need and people with no desire to work for a living and support themselves.  I give money to those in need every month and the tax breaks for charity helps me do so.  But sadly Mr Obama has decided that what I give should no longer by credited on my taxes making my donations even that much more difficult.  Apparently, he wishes to continue subsidizing the lazy while taking measures to cut off genuine charity for those truly in need.  That's more than just politics.  It's diabolical.

Unlike many Americans, I pay my mortgage.  Sure, it would be easy not to.  It's a tough economy and many have defaulted.  Not me.  I pay it on time, and the tax benefits help me afford some of the things above.  Unfortunately, Mr Obama now wants to stop people like me - the responsible class -  from deducting our mortgage interest from our taxes.  This is shared sacrifice. 

It's disgusting.

He says I'm rich.  He says millionaires shouldn't get tax breaks at the expense of the elderly.  Well, I'm no millionaire and I'm certainly not rich.  I drive a '93 Toyota with 250,000 miles and in need of a new paint job.  We buy off brand food on a very strict grocery budget.  We don't take vacations, we don't own fancy jewelry or designer clothes.  Often, we live paycheck to paycheck just to meet the needs I speak of.  Something I call sacrificing.  We pay our bills.  We give to charity.  We sacrifice for our children.  I work a second job so we can save for retirement and college.  But he thinks I'm rich and should therefore pay more. 

And speaking of that second job, as an example of how high taxes ultimately hurts an economy, I'll detail my situation further.  I've already crunched the numbers.  My second job is working as a medical consultant for a local behavioral and drug rehab facility.  Basically, I am there to treat patients' blood pressure and diabetes and other health problems while they're getting drug treatment.  I get paid for it and this is the money I use to save for our future.  However, if the community organizer gets his way I've determined that I will actually end up making LESS money.  Yes, I'll be working two jobs but - because of tax brackets and soaking the "rich" - I will bring home less money.  I will actually have to PAY to work my second job.  Obviously, I won't do that.  So that will be less money in the economy, less money spent, less money saved or invested.  And it will mean that there will be people who need a physician and won't have one.  Think my situation is unique?  Think I'm the only one who would have to reduce his production of goods and services to save on taxes?  Think again.

This is why higher taxes doesn't work.  It is an idea that has failed time and again.  High taxes mean less revenue for the government.  It means economic slowdown.  It means people have less access to goods and services.  It doesn't work.  It never has.  But Obama doesn't care.  He wants more.  He wants shared sacrifice.  He wants envy.  He wants class warfare.  We wants people to think that us "rich" are rolling in dough and have plenty to fork over for their "less fortunate" situation. 

What a ridiculous and foolish man he is.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stern: Get rid of checks and balances

Here is an interesting column on Andy Stern.

In a recent op-ed in the Huffington Post, Andy Stern delves into the topic of checks and balances.  He discusses James Madison and the structure of dividing our government power between state and federal, and the division of power within the federal government among the three branches.

He then calls these checks and balances an "impediment to making the necessary changes" in a global economy.  An impediment.

That darn division of power.  If only that could be consolidated into one branch or one person.

Say, I'm no expert but isn't that tyranny?

This is Andy Stern, former head of the SEIU, one of the largest...yes...LABOR UNIONS in the US.

Andy Stern, the man who has been to the White House as a guest of the community organizer more than anyone else.

Andy Stern, whose deputy Stephen Lerner is planning a coordinated attack on Wall Street in May with hopes of crashing the US stock market.

Andy Stern, now on record advocating despotism, tyranny, dictatorial power.

Remember, it was the community organizer who - on the eve of the 2008 election - said they were mere days from "fundamentally transforming" this country.  Fundamentally transforming?

Saturday, April 09, 2011 close to actually showing some courage.

Just when I thought John Boehner and the GOP leadership has grown a backbone.  Just when I thought that the mockery of conservativism displayed by Republicans of the Bush era was over.  Just when I thought the GOP in Washington was beginning to understand.  Just when I think there may be hope, a deal is struck. 

Boehner folded like a lawn chair.  How pathetic.  This is NOT the guy who can fix our debt problems.  This is not the guy we need as speaker.

Today, I'm writing my Congressman and asking for an effort to remove Boehner as Speaker.  The last thing conservatives need representing us is a gutless politician interested in "making deals". 

He promised $100 billion in cuts.  He gives us $38 billion, proving that he is willing to be railroaded for 62% of what he requests. 

Did NPR get defunded?
Did Obamacare get defunded?
Did planned parenthood get defunded?

$38 billion in cuts.  We overspend $4 billion a day.  $4 billion in deficit spending daily.  So our brilliant House speaker succeeded in solving our deficit problem for 10 days.


Get rid of him.  We need a new speaker, someone with courage. 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Non-essential workers

We are one day from a government shutdown.  The GOP House has passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government for one more week, will continue to fund the military and includes an additional $12 billion in spending cuts.  Again, this is the 2011 budget.  The budget that should have been passed last year but never was for lack of political courage in Washington.  So now we're dealing with "old" business.  Chances are this latest attempt will fail.  Chances are the government will shut down.  Fine with me.  I'm willing to wager that I won't even notice.  Most Americans won't, except for those who are attached to the government teet.

If the government shuts down, all non-essential federal employees will be furloughed.  There are approximately 800,000 workers that will be affected.

800,000 ?


We actually employ 800,000 people on the taxpayer payroll who are not essential for government function?  Is it just me or does this number alone reflect just how wasteful we've become?  800,000 people who do jobs that are basically unnecessary.  Call me reactionary, or antiquated, or whatever, but I think this may be part of the problem. 

So I say how about we start with these jobs whenever someone in Washington decides to cut the budget.  800,000 nonessential jobs sounds like a lot of fat that could be trimmed.  When you consider the average federal employee receives $81,259.00 a year in wages and benefits then you're talking about over $65 billion annually to pay for jobs that are "NON-ESSENTIAL"!

So cut them.  Let these people work for a living.  If we're paying someone to do a non-essential job then, by definition, we can afford to cut these jobs.  Every penny counts at this moment, so cut them. 

At the very least it would be a good start.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Collective bargaining...a VITAL protection for the "little guy"

Ever wonder why conservatives like myself have such a big problem with the unions?  Why we oppose collective bargaining "rights"?  Why the teachers' unions in particular have drawn so much criticism from us?
Here's a story you should read.

"In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing decisions to be made based on seniority..."

You see, we understand that collective bargaining has absolutely nothing to do with protecting the little guy, or leveling the playing field, or keeping the evil corporate capitalists at bay.  No, collective bargaining serves one purpose and one purpose only...protecting the union.

Because of collective bargaining a good teacher lost her job and Wisconsin lost a good teacher.  Rest assured, her story is not unique.  There's a reason why our public school system has become an enterprise of failure.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

There is no inflation

A few days ago I read an interesting financial report. For context, it's important that everyone understands that the Fed continues to print money and dump it into the US economy at zero interest rates. This money printing will supposedly end this summer, unless they decide to go another round which isn't completely out of the question. They have kept interest rates at zero in order to stimulate the economy. And they also tell us not to worry because there are no signs of inflation. Repeat...don't worry (says the Fed) there are no signs of inflation.

Now, back to the report. The author did some price comparisons. He recorded the current price for 88 different commodities and compared today's price to one year ago. Of those 88 commodities, 85 of them have increased significantly in price. Only three: natural gas, eggs and chickens - have dropped in price. Food prices are going up. And since every commodity is priced in US dollars, the increase in price suggests either: 1) increased demand, 2) decreased supply or 3) declining value of the dollar. There is no reason or evidence to support #1 or #2, so what does that leave to explain the rising price of food? Remember, the Fed says inflation is not a worry.

Personally, I can verify the cost increase for food. My family has seen our grocery bill jump 25% over the past year. There are no major changes in this household to explain such a jump in cost.

The financial report goes on to discuss the stock market. The market has done well since the housing collapse. Rebounded nicely. But a crunch of the numbers reveals some interesting facts. The sector that has driven the market rebound has been the financial sector...the banks. They are making big profits right now mainly because they are essentially getting free money from the central bank and turning around to lend it at a substantial profit. What's concerning is that when you factor out the financial sector, the remainder of the stock market has actually dropped.

So when it comes to productivity, making things, providing services, and paying for those goods and services, the market is down. The banks are keeping things afloat by moving money from the Fed to the economy. So, is this economic growth real?

But enough of that, let's get back to food prices and inflation. The fact about rising food prices and inflation is that those who get hit hardest are those with the least money. I find it ironic that the Dems love to think of themselves as champions for the poor because of their government programs, yet fail to realize that their economic policies that drive inflation hit the poor the hardest. Either they fail to realize it, or they just don't care. Yet, they are the champions for the poor.

And since it's the poor who get hurt the most by rising food prices, where would we see such an impact first? Yes, we have poverty here but our "poverty" is nothing compared to the poverty of the third world. So it seems that when food prices jump the people of the third world will feel it the hardest. Perhaps it would even cause some unrest. Perhaps maybe a revolution.

We aren't seeing anything like that in the world right now are we?

Remember, the Fed says don't worry about inflation. And if anyone out there is taking them for their word then you have some very hard times coming your way. Protect yourselves. The dollar is on life-support.