May 31, 2008
I doubt there are many Americans out there hoping to pay $8 for a gallon of gasoline or a huge increase in the cost of electricity. According to the Heritage Foundation, if this bill passes cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) losses could reach $4.8 trillion by 2030. They also state the bill will cost nearly a million manufacturing jobs by 2022 and two million by 2027.
The presidential candidates are out there on the stump telling factory workers they are fighting to save their jobs, when in reality they're fighting to take the jobs away.
May 30, 2008
So long and good riddance, Susan! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
May 29, 2008
This is one of those times when normal people like you and me have a say in the direction of our country. If enough of us act they will have no choice but to do something. Click here to sign the petition. Tell your friends and family members to sign it. If you have a blog go to the petition page and copy the code to post their widget on your website.
Enough of you spoke up about the amnesty bill and it worked. It's time to speak up again and bring our elected representatives to their senses.
May 28, 2008
According to their website,the program was founded by Barry Zito, pitcher for the SanFrancisco Giants. They have raised almost a million dollars since 2005 to help wounded veterans with everything from travel to child care to help with bills while they recover. Over forty professional baseball players contribute. You can, too!
Baseball players raising money for the troops. That's about as American as you gan get!
I never liked McClellan as press secretary. He wasn't good at his job. I was happy to see him leave and Tony Snow take over. (As a side note, I heard that Tony Snow had to cancel a speaking engagement due to illness and I hope he's okay.)
If you were working for the President and you believed he was a liar, why would you take the job of press secretary? Why continue working for him at all? I certainly wouldn't. It's puzzling. What a hypocrite. As reported by ABC News McClellan had this to say about Richard Clarke's tell-all book:
McCLELLAN: Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner? This is one-and-a-half years after he left the administration. And now, all of a sudden, he's raising these grave concerns that he claims he had. And I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book. Certainly let's look at the politics of it. His best buddy is Rand Beers, who is the principal foreign policy advisor to Senator Kerry's campaign. The Kerry campaign went out and immediately put these comments up on their website that Mr. Clarke made. ...
Q: Scott, the whole point of his book is he says that he did raise these concerns and he was not listened to by his superiors.
McCLELLAN: Yes, and that's just flat-out wrong. …When someone uses such charged rhetoric that is just not matched by the facts, it's important that we set the record straight. And that's what we're doing. If you look back at his past comments and his past actions, they contradict his current rhetoric. I talked to you all a little bit about that earlier today. Go back and look at exactly what he has said in the past and compare that with what he is saying today.
Here we have an unreliable, hypocritical man, who was bad at his job. Why should we believe him?
May 27, 2008
Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, although I believe you do have that obligation. Not because you have a debt to all those who helped you get to where you are today, although I do believe you have that debt to pay.
It's because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role that you'll play in writing the next great chapter in the American story.
He did not speak of strengthening our military or winning in Iraq but he did comment on foreign policy.
As President, I intend to grow the Foreign Service, double the Peace Corps over the next few years, and engage young people of other nations in similar programs, so that we work side by side to take on the common challenges that confront all of humanity.
He must think he is running for President of the World. About education here at home:
I will pay our educators what they deserve, and give them more support, but I will also ask more of them to be mentors to other teachers, and serve in high-need schools and high-need subject areas like math and science. We will need you.
Since when does the President pay teachers? Taxpayers pay teachers. He doesn't call on any of these young people to serve their country by serving in the military.
At a time of war, we need you to work for peace. At a time of inequality, we need you to work for opportunity.
He even found a way to explain away all of the failed liberal policies and programs, and to convince these young people to go on welfare.
And so, understand that, should you take the path of service, should you choose to take up one of these causes as your own, know that you'll experience the occasional frustrations and the occasional failures. Even your successes will be marked by imperfections and unintended consequences. I guarantee you, there will be times when friends or family urge you to pursue more sensible endeavors with more tangible rewards. And there will be times where you will be tempted to take their advice.
In a nutshell, he believes we should not work for our own living, but for the lives of others. Individuals are nothing, it's the "collective" that's important. Don't support yourself, the government will support you. Don't join the military, in Obama's utopia we won't need one. There are lots of unintended consequences of liberal, socialist policies, but don't worry about that.
Anyone who says Obama is not a socialist is a liar.
If water boarding a few terrosists for a minute will keep us from getting blown up then I'm a big fan.
Go ahead and sign the petition, then ask all of your friends to do so.
May 24, 2008
They fail to mention whose footsteps Obama wants to follow. On the American Thinker is an article by Paul Miller stating that if Obama is elected it will be Jimmy Carter's Second Term. Mr. Miller has done his homework. Obama's campaign hired many former aides and advisors to Jimmy Carter.
He also compares speeches by Obama to those given by Jimmy Carter, they are eerily similar. He rightly points out:
When you take an honest look at the advisors Obama has selected, his desire to meet with leaders who promote genocide and rule their nations with an iron-fist, the comparison to Carter is undeniable. When you add the fact that both men are media favorites, place much blame on the way Americans live and support increased government regulation and big government programs instead of the free-market ideas to solve America's ills, the fear that people have that an Obama Presidency would by Carter's second term, is not just a concern, but a harsh reality.
Four years with Obama as President and the Democrats controlling Congress would be a disaster for the United States of America.
May 23, 2008
May 22, 2008
I came across A Working Model About Social Security.
Thirty years ago, a young Jose Pinera, who had earned a Ph.D. at Harvard, was Chile's labor minister. He saw the coming disaster in the government old-age pension system.
Inspired by an idea from the late Nobel Prize winning economist, Milton Friedman, he developed a solution that empowers workers and gives them real financial security. Pinera-type social security systems have now been adopted by more than 30 countries and cover several hundred million people — for a very simple reason — it works.
The system sounds a lot like what President Bush proposed and the Democrats in Congress killed. Later those same Democrats stood up and shamelessly cheered when he accused them of doing nothing to save Social Security.
Conservatism is making a comeback in Europe - for another very simple reason - it works. It's too bad the political leaders here at home have forgotten that.
Washington Insider Dan Maffei moved home from DC to run for Congress. He lost, but that didn't stop him so he's trying again. The DNC has given him lots of money and lots of talking points. In fact, I wonder if any of his "thoughts" are his at all.
His op-ed piece in today's opinion section of the Syracuse Post Standard is titled "Part of 'thinking big' is working for US energy independence". Something tells me he didn't put a whole lot of thought into this.
Maffei opines "If we need any further reminder of how far American power and prestige have fallen over the last eight years, we got it when the Saudis told President Bush they weren't going to lift a finger to help us." Why should they "help us"? Are we helpless? We have our own oil, we just need to get it out of the ground and refine it.
He tells us he is "running for Congress because we need change." Where have we heard that before? Hmmm....change....who said that?
His plan will take "the power away from Big Oil by taxing their huge windfall profits ". Maffei concedes that "not everything we try will work". Really? Like using the taxpayer's money to subsidize biofuels and driving up food prices?
If I were Mr. Maffei I would be very angry with the Democratic party and all of their candidates (and some Republicans, too) for stealing his ideas.
Finally, he promises that if he is "elected to Congress, (he) will never support measures that do not benefit hard-working men and women." If that's the case, he will need to completely abandon his party's platform and his environmental agenda.
It looks like Rep. Jim Walsh, R-NY, has changed his mind about drilling in ANWR! Wonders never cease. I have been increasing displeased with my congressman, who has announced his retirement. I forgave his goofy vote last year against the Iraq war because I understood that it was a symbolic vote and meaningless. But his position on drilling for domestic oil, to me was unforgiveable.
Since he's retiring he no longer needs to pander for votes and can do the right thing. It's too bad he didn't have a change of heart when his vote may have made a difference, but hey, maybe the Republican leadership is finally taking the blinders off.
May 21, 2008
According to the White House this sort of action "would likely spur retaliatory action against American interests in those countries and lead to a reduction in oil available to U.S. refiners." That's code for "expect gas lines soon".
Today, to show how much they feel your pain, Congress summoned oil company executives to testify yet again. They put on their little dog and pony show, and again the oil execs tried to explain basic economic principles to these imbeciles. If I weren't so mad I would have laughed it was so ridiculous. If you can stomach it click here for more on this story.
If Congress really cared about gas prices, they would lift the moratorium on drilling for oil here in the US. According to reports, the Bakken Formation could have 3 to 4.3 billion barrels of "undiscovered, technically recoverable oil". Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear them talking about how the oil companies can use their profits to drill for oil and build refineries right here at home? Don't hold your breath.
May 20, 2008
I do recall Chavez making headlines a while back when he said he would provide cheap oil to poor Americans. I don't hear much about my neighborhood Citgo station's gas prices being higher than it's nearby competitors, but that's another story. The media only wants to hype stories that make President Bush and the US look bad. They don't want us to hear about the utter failure of socialist governments to "take care of the people".
Chavez, a socialist, has been in power in Venezuela for 10 years. There are government price controls, government planning of milk companies, and rules against free trade. Venezuela's large oil industry is state run. So after 10 years in power and all of that oil money and government planning why are Venezuelans running out of food? Why are there any poor people left in Venezuela? Why can't the people find car parts and paper?
If this is what you want for the United States, by all means, vote for the socialist, I mean Democratic, candidate this fall.
Do you work because your job provides health insurance?
If so, will you quit, retire or scale back your hours if the US government provided you with health insurance?
Think about how many people put off retirement until Medicare kicks in because they don't have enough money saved to pay for health insurance. How many families with both parents working have one of those parents working to provide health insurance for their family?
I don't know if anyone has asked what will happen if wage earners stop earning wages if they no longer need health insurance. Those wage earners will either stop paying income tax, or pay less in taxes. If they are replaced by their employers, chances are if they were long-term employees they will be replaced with people earning less money, thereby reducing the tax base.
Will we need permission to stop working, retire or cut back to part time work?
May 19, 2008
I wonder what he's driving. Do his children shiver all winter and sweat all summer while they starve? I doubt it.
This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, Obama told Republicans to "Lay off my wife". I'm sure if she stops giving depressing speeches about how bad and mean America is, the Republicans will stop critizing her speeches.
May 18, 2008
On a side note, it looks like the Obama and Clinton camps are working behind the scenes to try to find a way to unify the party after the primary comes to a close. That may be tough, large numbers of Hillary's supporters have said they will vote for John McCain if Obama is the nominee. Many women's groups for Hillary are so angry they have said they will leave the Democratic party.
On the right, we have Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling for the Republican party to change it's brand. Although I agree the Republican brand has been severely tarnished, I disagree that becoming more liberal is what the party needs to do. The Republicans get into trouble when they start embracing liberal policies and ideas. RINO's are not the answer.
May 16, 2008
While not specifically endorsing any candidate, about Obama they say "Barack Obama’s campaign has so far generated the most excitement, attracted the most votes, most volunteers and the most money. We think the basic reason for this is that his campaign has the clearest message of unity and progressive change, while having a real possibility for victory in November." That sounds like an endorsement to me.
They proudly state their slogan "People before profits" and their goal of a "Bill of Rights Socialism" say it all. Yes, that tells me all I need to know.
May 15, 2008
He didn't specifically name anybody. Why are Barack Obama and his followers so upset about these remarks? I'll tell you why, it's because, Obama has said he will sit down and talk with Iran and he's been endorsed by Hamas. So even if the President did single out Obama or any of the other Democrats, it would have been the truth. The reason they're upset is they don't want you to find out the truth about them.
You can read the full text of the President's speech here.
Take my own personal story. My husband remodels homes for a living, so we bought an older home that was well within our budget. We have spent a good deal of time and money transorming this little old house into a really nice place to live. By improving our home we are also improving our neighborhood.
Guess what happened after we improved our home? You guessed it! The town and county have punished us regularly. In six years our assessment has gone up about 40% (a real bargain compared to these people). At this rate, by the time my husband and I pay off our mortgage and retire, we'll have to pack up and move out of state.
How does our state government address the problem of rising property taxes? Well, of course they borrow millions of dollars to pay for pork, what else? They do it in a completey bi-partisan way, so it must be a great idea.
Note to Governor Paterson: You have a little more work to do.
May 14, 2008
I must give credit where credit is due, and in this instance the Governor and Mayor deserve credit. When taxes are cut you attract businesses, which create jobs and increase revenue. I only hope Governor Paterson pushes for tax (and spending) cuts state-wide.
I keep waiting for Senators Clinton and Schumer to stand up and de-cry these tax cuts for wealthy production companies. Aren't they taking food off my middle class table? Why do they only criticise tax cutting Republicans? Hmmm....could they know deep down in their hearts that tax cuts are good for the economy? I know, keep dreaming.
May 13, 2008
May 12, 2008
Speaking of Townhall.com, they have something planned for this Thursday. This is the second column I've read talking about what is wrong with the Republican party and how Townhall has some big announcement coming up. The Republican party has some pretty big problems. I'll check it out on Thursday, but I'm not about to hold my breath waiting for the Republicans to get their act together.
May 9, 2008
May 8, 2008
He writes "Senate Republicans have introduced...The Amercian Enrgery Production Act" which would "allow access (to) 24 billion barrels of oil, enough to supply America for 5 years with no foreign imports. It would also provide for authorization to explore for American oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)."
Finally, a US Senator who is rational, logical and actually makes sense. If all Republicans made this much sense they wouldn't be in so much trouble. I have no doubt the Democrats and RINO's will do everything in their power to block this legislation; but maybe, just maybe, if Americans hear about this brilliant plan they may start demanding the sort of action from our elected officials that makes sense.
Thank you, Senator Cornyn.
Now for the bad news. Congress has reached a tentative agreement on their $300 billion farm bill. Get this, they are "thinking of eliminating some government payments to those who make more than $750,000 in farm income." No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, you read that right. Excuse me, but why do people making that kind of money receive "government payments"? Can someone please explain that to me? I pay taxes, I do not make anywhere near that kind of money, but my money is being sent to people making $750,000 a year? Hopefully President Bush will veto this bill.
And now for the ugly. Actor Alec Baldwin told 60 Minutes that he would consider running for public office and bedbugs are invading NYC subways. I'm not sure which is more icky.
May 6, 2008
May 5, 2008
According to Newmax.com:
I doubt the designers of this memorial intended to use Islamic symbolism in the design. The designers and supporters of the project argue that the design is based on the terrain. But once this issue came to light couldn't they have come up with a new design? Haven't these families been through enough?
While most of the relatives of the victims approve of the plans some, like Tom Burnett Sr., the father of a Flight 93 victim, are angered by the alleged symbolism.
The shape of the memorial — which The New York Times reported was designed by Paul Murdoch, a Los Angeles architect — is in the shape of an Islamic crescent, critics say, and it has a wind-chime tower which mimics an Islamic minaret. Furthermore, it would point east toward the Islamic holy city of Mecca.
“It’s really revolting to me, this whole thing,” Burnett told the Times, “It’s an insult to my son and all the others.”
Five of those objecting told members of the Flight 93 Memorial Task Force and the Flight 93 Advisory Committee that the design should be scrapped because its apparent Islamic symbolism. Among them, the Times wrote, was Harry Beam, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who presented petitions with 5,300 signatures opposing the design to members of the Flight 93 boards.
Beam joined Burnett and others who hope to persuade members of Congress to investigate or to try to generate enough public support to stop the project, according to the Times. “They all believe there’s no place for Islamic symbolism or anything that would elevate the status of the terrorists,” Beam told the Times.
Memorial officials told the Times that Burnett, and his wife, Beverly, are the only family members of victims who have spoken out against the design.
"We’re going to go right at OPEC," she said. "They can no longer be a cartel, a monopoly that get together once every couple of months" at a hotel in "some plush place in the world" to set prices, she told a crowd a volunteer fire house in Merillville.
I can't wait to hear how she plans to do that. I have an idea - how about more drilling and refineries here at home. Oops, sorry, she can't do that and keep the enviro-kooks happy. My bad.
I couldn't be more gleeful about the recent elections in England and Wales last week. According to Freddy Gray at the American Spectator, the recent local elections are not a reliable indicator of what will happen in a national election, but it's good news nonetheless. Seeing Gordon Brown politically injured sure is fun.
Conservatives are gaining a lot of ground across the pond. Could it be that our European friends are coming to the realization that liberal policies don't work?
May 4, 2008
It's funny, without the base they can't win the primary, but if they keep wooing the base they can't win the national election. It looks like Operation Chaos is working.
May 2, 2008
5-John Harris and Jim Vandehei (isn't this 2 people?)
I knew things would get interesting. First of all, I understand that John Stewart is popular. But I would argue that he is not all that influential in elections because many of his viewers don't bother to vote. Drudge should be in the top 3 (where do you think I found out about this list in the first place?). Do you think slipping tingly-legged Chris Matthews into the #2 spot was a joke? Rush Limbaugh has millions (not thousands, as the story said) of listeners and should be ahead of old Tingly Legs.
The absolute, best thing about this list is that they put Karl Rove at the top! Numero Uno. He is public enemy #1 of the left and they must be going crazy over this!
May 1, 2008
If you ask me, this list is a bit ridiculous. I do enjoy Frank Luntz's analysis and his focus groups. I find it interesting they didn't mention Bill Maher's political leanings, or the way he insults religion. To have Keith Olbermann, whose ratings are only about 1/3 of the ratings of O'Reilly, is just stupid. They went on to call his disciplined. Have they watched the show? And Stephen Colbert? Good grief!