April 30, 2008

Obama's Global Poverty Tax

Barack Obama sponsored the Global Poverty Act which the Senate could vote on any day now. This would amount to a tax on the American people of .7% of the GDP, or in real money terms $845,000,000,000.00. Yes, that's right, 845 Billion dollars!

Gee, why isn't he touting this lovely little plan in his stump speeches? We keep hearing him tell us how dreadful things are for so many Americans, so why would he even contemplate this huge tax on the American people, coercing productive Americans into servitude not only to our own government but to the entire world?

Even more outrageous is that this is a bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by Richard Lugar (R-Indiana). It passed the House by voice vote, so there's no paper trail. Oh, they're good. I'd like to know where in the Constitution they find the right to impose such a tax on the American people. What's happening to the sovereignty of our nation?

I've read quite a few articles and columns on this subject and the best one I have found is written by Edward Cline who asks "Are we not already burdened by our own lords and masters of "social policy" and "redistribution" in Washington and in every state capital, without inviting the depredations of a clique of international thugs and looters?" That's a good question, unfortunately, we get nothing but bad answers.

Top Political Pundits 21-30

The Telegraph's list of the top US political pundits continues.

30-Peggy Noonan
29-Ron Fournier
28-James Carville
27-Pat Buchanan
26-Arianna Huffington
25-Michael Savage
24-Laura Ingraham
23-Mike Allen
22-Dick Morris
21-David Gergen

I would say my favorite on this list is Laura Ingraham. Maybe it's just me, but whenever I read Peggy Noonan's columns I detect an air of elitism. Dick Morris has sound political analysis but his judgment appears clouded at times by his anti-Hillary bias. I disagree with nearly everything James Carville says, but he is entertaining.

April 29, 2008

Place the Blame Where it Belongs, Part II

I have to tell you, I'm really worked up about the price of gas, and every time I hear the stupid Democrats open their mouths I get more angry. Today, for the umpteenth time, President Bush called for allowing drilling for oil in ANWR. The majority of Alaskans want it. (Check out the website for ANWR.org if you don't believe me.)

So how do the Democrats respond? Senator Chuck Schumer gave the usual reply that it will take 10 years before new oil could be produced. He forgot to mention that for the past 7 years he and his buddies have stood in the way of drilling in ANWR, off our shores or anywhere in the continental US. He also forgot to mention that his buddy, Bill Clinton, vetoed a bill in 1994 which would have allowed drilling in ANWR.

Schumer went on to say he would like to raise taxes on oil companies. Memo to Schumer: Raising taxes has never reduced prices.

President Bush said he would be open to the idea of a "holiday" on the federal gas tax for the summer to ease the pain at the pump. This idea is also supported by John McCain and Hillary Clinton (of all people). But the rest of the Democrats, including Barack Obama, are against it. Heaven forbid they should give a tax break to the people paying their hefty salaries.

Be prepared to see gas prices increase even further. The price of food will continue increase while we waste tax payer money, gas and corn to produce ethanol. The liberals' policies are coming home to roost while the media and the American people give them a pass.

Update - 5/12/08
Related Links:

Americans Should be 'Oil' for More Drilling
by Donald Lambro

Put the Blame Where it Belongs
by Michael Reagan (do you think he reads my blog???)

Gordon Brown, Please Don't Come Back

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was visiting the US at the same time as the Pope's visit. Needless to say, Brown didn't get much coverage, so the speech he gave slipped past me.

He bagan his speech by lavishing praise on Senator Ted Kennedy, calling him "one of the greatest Senators in more than two centuries." The speech just went downhill from there. While he mentioned our Declaration of Independence, he seems to have forgotten what it took for our Union to gain independence when called for a new "Declaration of Inter-

He went on to say "And the benefits will flow most widely and more effectively if instead of trying to pursue beggar-my-neighbour policies, or erecting national barriers to shelter people from change, we cooperate across frontiers to maximise the opportunities. But to do this we have no choice now – and this is my main argument - but to consider and agree new global rules and create new global institutions so that not some but all can benefit from change." So if he has his way you can forget about protecting our borders.

He summed up his argument by saying:

"And my proposal here is that we set new global rules for a new 21st century global economic system with:

-a global trade deal that benefits rich and poor countries alike;
-new international financial architecture and economic institutions that end the mismatch between global capital flows and only the national supervision of them — with the IMF an early warning system for the global economy, focused on crisis prevention rather than just crisis resolution;
-and a new deal as bold as the Marshall Plan of the 1940s between rich and poor under which as developing countries open up to trade, address corruption and pursue policies for economic development and developed countries agree to make available new resources so that we can say of this generation: the preventable diseases of TB, polio and malaria are eradicated and for the first time in our history every child enjoys education. "

I wonder if he is crazy. Maybe he thinks we're all so crazy that we will put our economy, health care, and security in the hands of North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Iran and Cuba in the name of "Globalization". We have the Democrats calling for a "New New Deal" for America and now this guy calling for a "New Deal" for the whole world. This guy is downright scary.

There is much more in the speech and it doesn't get better. For further analysis of the speech and of Gordon Brown's record in the UK read this column by Phyllis Schlafly.

Top Political Pundits 31-40

The Telegraph has posted the next ten in their list of the 50 most influential political pundits in the US.

40-Tony Snow
39-Dee Dee Myers
38-Michael Barone
37-Eugene Robinson
36-Newt Gingrich
35-Joe Trippi
34-Howard Kurtz
33-Rowland Martin
32-William Kristol
31-Juan Williams

I would say my favorite in this grouping is Tony Snow. I don't know how "influential" some of these people really are. I wonder if Keith Olberman is going to show up on the list. If so, we know not to take it seriously at all!

April 28, 2008

Top Political Pundits 41-50

The UK Telegraph has ranked the top US political pundits. I found it sort of interesting. They have published # 41 through #50. My favorite on the list is Mark Levin. I love his radio program. Someone from Air America is on the list, which I think is funny because I didn't know that Air America was still broadcasting.

50-Rachel Maddow
49-Mary Matalin
48-Paul Krugman
47-JC Watts
46-Mark Levin
45-Fred Barnes
44-Jeffrey Toobin
43-Paul Begala
42-Bill Bennett
41-Mark Shields

When they post the next installment I will let you know.

Who do you like?

Place the Blame Where it Belongs

People keep blaming President Bush for today's high gas prices. Although there is plenty of blame for the President on some other issues, I believe in this instance the blame is misplaced. Take a look at this article regarding the State of the Union address in January 2001, at which time he urged the Senate to pass a bill allowing drilling in ANWR. He tried again in 2006. The bill was supported by Alaska's two Senators. He's tried to get the useless Congress to approve the building of more oil refineries, but they won't.

If we had begun drilling in ANWR and other domestic sites five or six years ago, would things be different now? There is no way to tell, since Congress shot it all down. The people of Alaska want to drill for oil, it's good for their economy. Why on earth should a bunch of politicians who have never been there tell them they can't? It's ridiculous.

Burt Prelutsky put it quite nicely in his column today when he wrote:

Well, recently, a friend of mine reminded me that just prior to the 2006 election, consumer confidence was unbelievably high; regular gasoline sold for about $2.25-a-gallon; and the unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since then, consumer confidence has plummeted; gas now costs about a dollar-and-a-half-a-gallon more; unemployment stands at 5%; American homeowners have seen their home equity drop by over a trillion dollars, with one percent of our homes in foreclosure; and, for good measure, the liberals refuse to eliminate earmarks.

It wasn’t all bad news, though. The Democratic-controlled Congress, no doubt in appreciation for what they regarded
as a job very well done, voted to increase their own salaries.

In fact, democrats in Congress would like to increase the federal gas tax by $.50 per gallon. What short memories some people have.

April 27, 2008

John Stossel-Arianna Huffington Interview

Did you catch John Stossel's interview of Arianna Huffington Friday night? I always enjoy his columns in Townhall.com and watching 20/20 when he is on, so I had to tune in for the interview with that buffoon, Arianna Huffington.

People like her crack me up. She had a Prius in the driveway of her mansion, as if the Prius somehow makes her less of a hypocrite about global warming. She even said that sometimes she just has to ride in private jets. Ariana called us conservatives the "lunatic fringe". Apparently, if you do not believe that high taxes and socialism will save the world you are a lunatic.

I wonder if she believes she was a lunatic when she was a Republican. I have a feeling that in her mind, anyone who disagrees with her is a lunatic. John Stossel showed her graphs and charts demonstrating how the policies she advocates don't work. At least she didn't try to refute his facts, she just said that even if poverty has been reduced, it wasn't fast enough, blah, blah, blah.

In her mind, programs that reduce poverty substantially are not good enough. So she advocates going back to policies that keep people impoverished. Now all the liberal bloggers are mad at John Stossel, it's pretty funny. HuffPo's blog has the video, the comments underneath are funny. One person called it a "conservative hit job". Daily Kos is even worse, they drop more F-bombs than anyone I have ever known. But we're the lunatics.

April 25, 2008

The Company You Keep

I remember when I was a little kid my parents told me I would be judged by the company I kept. There were a few kids that they didn't want my brother and me hanging around with. Did they think that we would become bad kids if we played with bad kids? Or did they worry that other people would think we were bad? Either way, I think it was pretty good advice.

I guess Barry Obama's grandma didn't teach him that lesson. Or if she did, he ignored it. We all know about his racist, hate-mongering pastor who preaches GD America. He tried to explain that away, comparing him to a crazy uncle. Don't forget about his criminal pal, Tony Rezko.

ABC News is taking flack for having the gall to ask him about his ties to domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn. He said that their misdeeds occurred when he was just a boy, and he's not that close to them, anyway. The fact that on 9/11 Ayers whined that he wished he could have "done more" doesn't seem to merit mention.

The latest that's come out about the company Obama keeps is his friendship with Jew hating, Hamas loving, former PLO employee Rashid Khaladi. Barry and his buddy William Ayers served on the board of The Woods Foundation together at the time the Woods Foundation contributed $75,000 to the AAAN (Arab American Action Network). AAAN lobbies for open borders and drivers licenses for illegals and they are openly anti-Israel. When Khalidi left Chicago for a job at Columbia University, the Obamas were at his farewell party.

The Obama camp is taking the position that Obama can't have guilt by association. I'll grant them that. But millions of children are taught that they will be judged by the company they keep. Are we not to hold a candidate for President of the United States of America to the same standards we hold our children?

April 23, 2008

John Adams

The HBO Miniseries "John Adams" concluded this week and it was fantastic. Even someone who isn't all that interested in American history would enjoy it, because it's about the people. I heard HBO went over budget in order to make it as authentic as possible. There were a few deviations, like when John Adams said that he and Jefferson were the last living signers of the Declaration of Independence. Whether Adams was incorrect in thinking it back then, or HBO was incorrect in their story telling, I don't know, but the last signer of the Declaration to die was Charles Carroll of Maryland.

The seven part series takes you from the Boston Massacre and the signing of the Declaration through the life of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. You are given the sense that Adams always felt like he was playing second fiddle. He was overshadowed by his cousin Sam Adams. He deferred to Thomas Jefferson in the writing of the Declaration. He couldn't hold a candle to Ben Franklin's diplomacy in France. He was vice president under George Washington, with very little in the way of responsibility or authority. After Adams was elected President he kept Washington's cabinet who did everything they could to undermine him. His old friend and Vice President, Thomas Jefferson worked against him. Even back then "bi-partisanship" was a pipe dream.

Throughout the series you're reminded that life was anything but easy in the early years of our nation, not even for presidents and their families. Nobody smiled because they all had rotten teeth. The practice of medicine was barbaric. The Adams' son Charles died at an early age, after struggling with alcoholism and being disowned by his father, the President. A few years later, their daughter, Nabby, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The film depicts just how brutal the practice of medicine was at the time when her breast was removed while she was awake. She later died when the cancer returned. Then we see that John's beloved wife Abigail died. It was very sad, he lost his wife, confidant and best friend.

John Adams lived long enough to see his son John Quincy Adams become the sixth President of the United States. John Quincy told his father he wanted to raise taxes to build roads and schools. The elder Adams warned him about the tactics of his political opponents. Do you think they had any idea what the Federal Government would become? National health care plans! Ha! They couldn't even get anesthesia for an operation.

I'm left fascinated with Thomas Jefferson. He was so eloquent in his writing of the Declaration and I believe that he truly believed slavery was wrong. Yet he was a slave owner. The hypocrisy is amazing. I guess it makes sense that the current Democratic party is often referred to as the "Party of Jefferson." I still think that even he would be appalled at the Democrats today. (I'll do some more research on President Jefferson and get back to you.)

At the end of their lives, Adams and Jefferson corresponded with each other and renewed their friendship. They understood that in a two party political system, friends can easily become enemies. They both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the birth of our nation. Ironically, the last thing uttered by John Adams was "Thomas Jefferson survives".

April 21, 2008

Is anyone else out there getting a little bit sick of politics lately? This presidential primary season is getting so old.

The Democrats whine when debate moderators have the nerve to ask them questions. Then they argue over who is better friends with terrorists. John McCain is sort of lying low, waiting to tell us who he's going to pick to be his running mate and thinking of ways to respond when the Democrats really start attacking him.

Pennsylvanians must be really tired of it. A friend of mine from PA said some Obama people came knocking at her door. That would really annoy me. They should be required to wear big signs that say "Obama Campaign Worker", so you can turn off the lights and pretend you're not home when they come knocking. Thankfully for all of you in PA, after tomorrow you'll just be a shrinking image in their rear-view mirrors.

I'm going to ignore politics for the rest of this evening. I'm going to go outside and enjoy this spring day, my family and my life. I hope you do, too!

April 20, 2008

Good News

One universal truth is that we are all getting older. The only alternative to aging certainly isn't a good option, so we just need to accept the fact that we aren't getting any younger.

Now for the good news, a recent study concluded that the older we get, the happier we get. So stop worrying about getting older. Go out, enjoy your life and be happy!

April 18, 2008

Battle Hymn of the Republic

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh in the car this afternoon and he played the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I never can sing along to that song without getting choked up. I thought I would post the lyrics for you all, it really is a beautiful song.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loos’d the fateful light-ning of His terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded HIm an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,
His day is marching on.

Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!
Glory, glory Hallelujah!

His truth is marching on.


Words by Julia Ward Howe. Julia Ward was the wife of a doctor serving the American Civil War.

April 17, 2008

Democrats are Helping McCain

If you only read one political article today, I recommend James Madison to America: This is what we Warned you About by Jerry Bowyer. He reminds us of Federalist #10 which warns us of the dangers of factionalism, which is now running amok in the Democratic party.

Speaking of the Democrats, I was happy to miss their debate last night. Unfortunately, I had to hear about it on the news and the radio today, so I wasn't entirely spared. From what I heard Hillary won, but really, who cares?

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous from ABC News actually asked some tough questions of the candidates. Good for them. I heard the question Gibson asked Obama about raising the capital gains tax. He said that Bill Clinton lowered it from 28% to 20% and revenues went up, then George W. Bush lowered it to 15% and revenues went up again. Obama then had to revert to his usual Marxist theology by saying basically that some hedge fund managers make too much money and it's just not fair. Blah, blah, blah.

Things are looking better and better for John McCain. The longer the Democrats battle, the more they show their true colors to the American people. That's never good news for Democrats.

April 16, 2008

Congress is Worse than Useless

To say our current Congress is useless is really giving them too much credit. You see, if they did absolutely nothing it would be preferable to when they do something. It seems that everything they do just creates more problems, which of course they then blame on someone else.

They pretend to care about the American people, but they don't. All they care about is partisan politics and elections. That's it.

The things they should do, like voting on judicial nominees and getting out of the way of actual solutions to our energy problems, they refuse to do. So things just get worse and prices of energy continue to skyrocket. Then when they do things, like mandates and subsidies for ethanol, they just drive up the price of food world wide.

You'll keep hearing them talking about the big bad oil companies and evil CEO's making lots of money. But you'll never hear them admit blame for all of the problems they create.

John Sanders wrote a good piece on Townhall today describing all of the problems they have created. Also on Townhall, Mario Diaz asks when they will stop the nonsense and vote on President Bush's judicial nominees. That's an easy one-they won't! They are absurd. They want to fight Bush on anything and everything. Even if they were to agree with him on something they will oppose him just for the sake of opposing him. Look at the trade deal with Columbia. That deal is advantageous to the US, but they'll oppose it simply to oppose President Bush.

This Congress has taken absurdity to a whole new level, all in the name of partisan politics. They ought to be ashamed, but they aren't.

April 15, 2008

Who are you Calling Elitist?

I found this interesting blog post, this guy scoped out the Getty fundraiser for Barack Obama last week. He posted lots of pictures of the mansion, the millionaires/billionaires and Obama's arrival. It's interesting that Obama says he hasn't raised any campaign cash from oil companies, but raked in a few million at the Getty fundraiser. Click Here for this very interesting look at how the other half lives.

April 14, 2008

Hey All You Gun Toting Racists!

Do you live in a small town in America? If so, there is a Democratic presidential candidate that thinks you are nothing more than a bitter, bible thumping, gun toting, clingy bigot. At least that's what he tells his $2400 per plate San Francisco supporters.

He's such a complete left-wing elitist, he's making Hillary look like a conservative. To go out and show how much like us small town folks she is, Hillary guzzled some beer and then threw down a shot of whiskey. So of course, Sen. Obama called her Annie Oakley.

To my fellow conservatives I say "Just sit back and enjoy the show."

April 11, 2008

There He Goes Again

Barack Obama's marxist drumbeat continues. He is pushing a bill to place corporate executives under more scrutiny. He complains that CEO's make more in a day than workers make in a year and says that the time to act is now.

This is class warfare at it's best. If I work for a company that doesn't pay me what I'm worth I am free to go find another job. If stockholders don't believe in the management of a corporation they are free to invest their money elsewhere. It's that simple.

Where on earth does he believe he gets the authority to push such a bill? Why isn't he denouncing the high pay of movie stars even when the movies flop at the box office? Why isn't he denouncing the high pay of trial lawyers who raise the price of prescription medications, medical care and just about everything else one can think of? Oh yeah, I forgot, they're big donors to his campaign.

This is America. It is not up to the government to decide how much money corporations can pay their executives, or any employee for that matter. To those who say that our country was not founded on capitalist principles, I give you the words of Thomas Jefferson:
"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

April 10, 2008

Random Thoughts

Is Colin Powell a Democrat?

Where is Zell Miller?

If the economy is so bad, how can hundreds of thousands of Americans afford to be stranded in airports? Who bought their tickets?

If Hillary Clinton tells a big fat lie in the woods, and nobody hears her, is it still a big fat lie?

Will John McCain change his mind about drilling in Alaska?

Why has it taken so long for Democrats to realize that China isn't nice? Didn't Hillary know this when her husband was supplying them with missile technology?

When the truckers slow down to protest high oil prices, what do they think they will gain? Aren't they just burning more gas?

If you're an aspiring politician, are you using sound judgment when you choose to go to dinner at the home of known terrorists?

When is global warming going to come to Upstate New York? I'm cold!


Could Obamamania be turning into Obamawania? A new poll shows that John McCain has all but eliminated Obama's lead in the polls.

The pollsters are saying the extended Democratic primary is creating divisions in their party and many Democrats have said that they woud rather vote for McCain than either Obama or Hillary. I'm sure the primary is not helping the Democrat party, but I don't think that explains Obama's slide in the national polls.

I believe that normal, non-partisan Americans are finding Obama less palatable the more they hear about him. Every time you turn around there's another mis-step by the Obama campaign. The other day Michelle Obama said that more people deserve a bigger piece of the pie. Most Americans believe that they create their own pie and don't want the government taking any more of their pie. How much is left for crying out loud? And who can forget her saying that she was never proud of her country until after a bunch of people voted for her husband. I could go on and on. Even though the MSM isn't reporting everything it's impossible for them to keep the genie out of the bottle from now until November.

Then we have Obama himself and his speeches. Every time he mentions the greatness of our country, he has to throw in a qualifier. We could be better, we aren't perfect, blah blah blah. How many times do the American people need to her "Yes, we are a good country, but...."?

Just the other day at a fund raiser Obama's campaign was calling for more white people for a photo-op. I wonder if they asked for "typical white people".

Republicans have said for years that all we need to do to win elections is sit back and let the Democrats self-destruct. The more things change the more they stay the same.

April 9, 2008

Where is the Constitution?

Have you heard much about the Constitution from any of the presidential canditates? I haven't. Has anybody questioned them about their understanding of the Constitution? If so, please direct me to it because I would like to know what they think about that fine document.

We've heard about health care, tax cuts for the rich, gas prices, wages, race, Iraq, hope, change and who is a bigger liar thousands of times. We'll hear all that and more from now until November. It's getting old.

I know, if you're a liberal you think conservatives are a bunch of idiots that lack the intellect to understand the Constitution. I say that's bunk. If you can read you can understand what they wrote. Maybe we are just so honest that we are incapable of twisting logic in order to read into the Constitution what isn't there.

Politicians for years have passed unconstitutional legislation, over and over again. Does that make it right? If people do the wrong thing over and over, does that mean the next guy should do more wrong things? I don't think so.

In his piece titled Political Loathsomeness, Walter Williams said we should replace the oath of office with "I accept the office of president". That pretty well sums up the current political atmosphere.

April 8, 2008

Nitwit Democrats Strike Again

Senators Clinton and Obama are both on the record against the new trade deal being worked out with our South American ally, Columbia. They plan to vote against it so they can keep the unions happy.

This is another example of stupid democrats being stupid just to get votes. What on earth could they have against this deal?

The primary impact of the U.S.-Colombia TPA will be increased U.S. exports to Colombia as a result of enhanced U.S. access to the Colombian market. U.S. imports from Colombia are not expected to grow significantly as a result of trade liberalization under the TPA because most Colombian products already enter the U.S. market free of duty. In 2005, approximately 90 percent of the value of U.S. imports from Colombia entered free of duty either unconditionally or under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) or other U.S. provisions. Nevertheless, by making ATPA duty-free treatment permanent, the TPA could create additional incentives for investment in export-oriented industries in Colombia. Click here for the full report.

This is a good deal. It helps US companies and the US economy. Senators Obama and Clinton are going to stick their thumbs in the eye of a strong US ally for what? For votes, that's what. That's all they care about. They couldn't care less about the US economy or a US ally.

Obama is calling for talks with Iran, you know, the same ones who are keeping busy expanding their uranium enrichment capabilities. The same ones who want to wipe Israel off of the map. The same ones arming terrorists that are killing our military. That's who Obama wants to talk to.

But the Columbians, an ally that is up against the likes of Hugo Chavez, he'll sell them down the river for a few votes.

April 7, 2008

This Guy Wants to be President?!

I found an article on the Huffington Post (don't ask) about a speech Senator Obama gave in San Francisco over the weekend.
Last night at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama took a question on what he's looking for in a running mate. "I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I'm not as expert on," he said, and then he was off and running. "I think a lot of people assume that might be some sort of military thing to make me look more Commander-in-Chief-like. Ironically, this is an area--foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain."

Is he running for President or practicing a stand-up comedy routine? I know a lot of "stuff", do you think he would consider me as his running mate? Maybe I could reign him in a bit.

For the full story (or just to see liberals going after each other in the comments section) click here. (Warning: this links to a very liberal web site and is not for the conservative faint of heart).

What Right to Health Care?

We all hear people complaining about their right to health care. I was asked "Where in the Constitution does it say there is not a right to health care?" I hate questions like that, it's like trying to prove a negative. If you are to use that argument then anything and everything is constitutional, unless it is specifically prohibited by the Constitution. That's hogwash, if you ask me.

I came across this article, written by Neal Boortz on Townhall today which explains, in 200 words, why health care is not guaranteed by the Constitution. I wonder how many 1200+ word comments he will receive telling him how wrong he is.

April 6, 2008

Time to Boycott Absolut?

This is an ad run by the vodka maker Absolut. Basically they are depicting the "perfect world" with the southwest portion of the US being part of Mexico. I don't drink vodka, but if I ever have to purchase vodka for a party I'll buy a different brand. For more on this story click here.

April 5, 2008

There is more good news about the progress being made in Iraq. We probably won't hear much about it from the MSM. It wasn't in my newspaper today. For more click here.

A reader tried to post a link in a comment but for some reason the link isn't working. The article is a little long but worth the read. Ed Kaitz describes the liberals and what he calls Doublethink, such as "Diversity is Unity!" It's very interesting and gives a lot of historical perspective.

Jeffrey Anderson writing for Townhall does a nice job of describing the problems with the Democrat's health care plans in The American Dream, Democratic style. If you want some perspective on the amount we're paying in taxes today to what people paid back in 1943 read Facts About the Tax by Rich Tucker.

Now it's time for me to go out and do my part to keep this economy of ours going. Have a great Saturday!

April 4, 2008

Ridiculous News of the Day

A new report shows that global temperatures have not risen in the past ten years, yet they keep arguing that there is global warming. They won't give it up unti the next ice age.
UPDATE: For more on this subject click here and here.

Now we know why Hillary didn't want to release her tax returns. $109 Million in 7 years (yes, you read that right)! They gave about $10 Million to charity, which is better than Barack Obama. But if she is so concerned about poor people, why not practice what she preaches and give up all of that money other than say, $1 Million per year?

Nancy Pelosi actually had the nerve to issue a warning to General David Patraeus about his upcoming testimony. Who does she think she is? That's just outrageous. As if she knows more about what's going on in Iraq than he does? Give me a break!

Townhall.com has a lot of good articles out today. If you only have time for one I recommend If Hypocrisy Were an Energy Source We Could Drill in Congress. It's just another example of the absurdity of the current Congress.

April 3, 2008

Liberalism and Freedom do not Mix!

liberalism. (n.d.).

In the twentieth century, a viewpoint or ideology associated with free political institutions and religious toleration, as well as support for a strong role of government in regulating capitalism and constructing the welfare state. (The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Retrieved April 03, 2008, from Dictionary.com website).

free·dom: noun

1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c : the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous. (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law. Retrieved April 03, 2008, from Dictionary.com website).

I do not believe that the definition of liberalism goes far enough in describing the modern day liberals. But take a look at the two definitions and then try to figure out how you can have liberalism and still have freedom. It can't be done.

How can you have "the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action" or "liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another" under liberal policies? You can't!

Liberals want to mandate what kind of light bulbs you may use. They forbid access natural resources, forcing us to conduct business with our enemies. They have said that if the oil companies don't invest in alternative energy they will take their profits and do it for them.

They will "go after your wages" or "tax the wealthy" to pay for national health care. They expect people who saved money, bought affordable homes and pay their mortgages to pay their hard earned money to bail out their neighbors that did everything wrong. They have forced mortgage companies to lend money to people who are not credit-worthy, and then told those same mortgage companies that they have to write off their losses.

They want to institute the "fairness doctrine" whereby radio stations will be forced to give equal airtime to unpopular (thereby unprofitable) progams to those that are popular (and thereby profitable). They're all for freedom of choice, unless you choose to own a gun to protect yourself.

The more socialist programs they put in place means you work more for the benefit of others, rather than the benefit of yourself and your family. Their policies have driven up the price of your grocery bill.

The only thing they hate spending your hard earned dollars on is the military. They want to weaken the military, thereby weakening our country and putting your freedom in peril. They are more concerned with what the rest of the world thinks of us than they are with protecting us from the rest of the world.

Don't buy in to what they are trying to sell you. It's worse than snake oil.

April 2, 2008

Angry journalists have started a web site where they can anonymously complain about anything that frustrates them. They mainly hate their bosses and competition from bloggers!

I know you will find this hard to believe, but Bill Clinton went on a tirade the other day at a fund raiser for Hillary. That's so unlike him.

The media keeps blaming "predatory lenders" for causing all of the problems with the mortgage industry. Don't buy into it until you read this article. Again, liberal government policies have not only failed to solve a problem, but have created newer, bigger problems for the folks. Here is a related story about lefties harrassing the children of bankers. It's so typical.

America hating Jeremiah Wright has a new McMansion in a white bread neighborhood. If white people are so horrible why does he chose to live among them? Read the story here.

Barry Obama is getting testy on the campaing trail. He could have avoided the whole thing if he just let the guy take a picture.

In an interview liberal loon Ted Turner said that the Iraqi insurgents are patriots. He also said that global warming is going to make us all cannibals. Will he volunteer to be the first dinner?

April 1, 2008

How to Reply to a Lefty

As luck would have it, my blog was recently visited by a friend on the left who was nice enough to give me lots of examples of what may come up when you get backed into a corner, talking politics, by someone with whom you disagree. He gave me so many examples that I may not have time to address them all. If you would like to read the entire exchange click here. Let me also clarify that I am posting this for my conservative friends who have been cornered, and weren't quite sure how to respond. I am not doing so to be mean to the commenter.

When it comes to the Constitution I will re-iterate that there are many on the left that believe that if something is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution as being un-Constitutional that it must thereby be Constitutional. Because rape isn't mentioned in the Constitution doesn't make it Constitutional. We could argue these points all day.

When I mentioned that Saddam Hussein used WMD on the Kurds he replied that "Hundreds of dictators slaughter thousands of people each year. Why aren't (we) you clamoring for the US to overthrow...." I didn't mean that we went into Iraq to save the Kurds, my point was only that Saddam Hussein had WMD and used them. But in reply, I would say that by his logic we should never have gone into Europe during WWII. Germany didn't attack us, Japan did.

He wrote that the US government gave Iran chemical weapons. That is a lie, plain and simple. There were some US chemical companies (now out of business) that may have sold chemicals to Iraq. And prior to our invasion of Iraq, contrary to what those on the left would tell you, the entire world believed Saddam Hussein was a threat, as did the previous Democratic administration.

Maybe telling someone to move to France is a bit harsh. I just think that people who want to live in a socialist country might find Europe a better fit than the United States of America.

If my visitor had read my blog regularly he would have found a post with a link to an article that details the progress we have made in Iraq.

The history books I've read have told me that from the 1950's to the 1980's the Soviets and communists were a real threat to freedom-loving people everywhere. They used brutality to enforce their "utopian" ideals. The "democratically elected Iranian government" in 1953 was a communist government allied with the Soviets, so the CIA assisted in the toppling of that government. And no, I have not said that I think Jimmy Carter should have invaded Iran, but he could have done something to help a US ally. Maybe he would have avoided the hostage crisis that humiliated him so.

In closing, they will make things up, omit other things and then get upset if you tell them to move to France. Keep up your guard and if you're lucky you won't get stuck in that corner!