June 30, 2008
He starts out by reminding us that a revolution was fought against the tyranny of an Empire for the sake of liberty. It's too bad he doesn't really understand the definition of liberty. I doubt the founders of our great nation were fighting to create a government to be the great Robin Hood of the world. He said we need to think about our commitments not just to our nation, but to each other. Hmm....can you say "collectivist" anyone?
He asks how in this global economy we will ensure "the winners maintain allegiance to the less fortunate". I'd like to know his definition of "winner". Are "winners" the people who work hard, pay their bills and save for their retirement? Who is the "less fortunate". The person who doesn't hold a steady job, buys a home he cannot afford, runs up his credit cards and skips out on his kids? Whose job is it to define "winner" and "less fortunate". Will he set up a committee?
Obama then reminisces about the culture wars of the 1960's and the "so-called counter-culture" who were "burning flags" and "blaming America for all that was wrong with the world". Who is he talking about? His good buddies William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn? He left out the part about bombing American institutions.
Of course he had to include "America's imperfections". Has he given a speech where he doesn't bring up our "imperfections?" He said we have an obligation to help our fellow citizens pursue their dreams. His choice of words is notable - rather than allowing our fellow citizens to pursue their dreams, he believes we must help them pursue their dreams.
As usual, he denigrated the Iraqis and bashed rich people. I agree with him on one point, that our government has put off much needed changes to our energy policy. He just seems to forget that it is his party keeping us from realizing energy independence.
It is incredible that a petition such as this one is even necessary. The latest predictions are that the price of crude oil will shoot up to $170 per barrel, just today it topped $143 per barrel. The crazies in Iran are threatening to shut down the Straight of Hormuz, an essential oil supply bottleneck. As the price at the pump goes up, so does the price of nearly everything else.
Yet here we are, pleading with our so called representatives to do the right thing and lift the unconstitutional moratoriums on drilling and exploration on our own soil. These "representatives" of ours blame President Bush, Republicans, oil companies and speculators while offering no truly feasible energy policies of their own.
Tell them you've had enough and sign the petition today.
June 29, 2008
Using a compound interest calculator I learned that if a home buyer invests $5300 (the difference in price between solar and conventional water heaters) at 9% interest over thirty years that individual would have saved$70,318.70. The State of Hawaii is literally robbing their citizens' retirement funds. This was done by a Republican governor, and the RNC wonders why they're having problems with their "brand".
June 28, 2008
Even if McCain is elected, with a Democratic majority we won't see any new refineries, nuclear power plants or domestic oil drilling. I keep hearing that Republicans are going to lose House and Senate seats this fall. Maybe that's correct, but I would argue it's too soon to tell.
Let's support conservative Congressional candidates. I have a link for Dale Sweetland who is running for the open House seat in my district. Dale is in favor of drilling domestically.
I was contacted by a backer of Hazelton, PA Mayor Lou Barletta who is running for Congress against 12 term Democratic incumbent Paul Kanjorski. I remember hearing about Lou Barletta because he's the mayor who cracked down on illegal immigration. He is also for a sensible energy policy.
Neither of these candidates is a "Washington Insider". These are the sort of people we need to send to Congress this fall. If you know of any others please let me know and I will post links to their websites as well.
Links: Lou Barletta-Congress 2008, Sweetland 08
June 27, 2008
The economic policies of the Soviet Union were an utter disaster. The tactics employed to enforce those policies were barbaric. Individuals do not wish to labor for the benefit of the collective. Individuals labor for their own benefit, that's natural law. Do tigers kill their prey to feed the entire animal kingdom? Of course not. Why would they? They do so to feed themselves. That's their nature. To require a person to work against his own nature requires force, either at the end of a gun or by threat of penalties and imprisonment.
The collectivists didn't learn from the example of the Soviet Union. They choose to forget it, they don't want it taught. They don't want to hear that Hitler came to power through a populist, collective message, as all fascists do.
The Great Depression was a great time for the collectivists. The ills of the world were blamed on capitalism and greed. Through FDR many of their dreams became reality, with enormouse expansion of the federal government and government control over the lives of American citizens. They were able to sell it to the people because times were tough. Americans would have survived the Depression and gone on to flourish without all of FDR's programs. Those programs may have actually prolonged the depression, but the feel good message of "hope and change" was too much for many Americans to resist.
Then came the "war on poverty". More money taken from the pockets of hard working Americans to create a new class of citizens, those dependent on their fellow Americans. Billions of tax payer dollars have gone into the "war on poverty" yet they tell us it hasn't been enough. Billions of dollars go into failing schools, yet they don't want us to be able to choose which schools to send our children. Rather than teach the virtues of self reliance, hard work and determination, a message is sent to the poor that nothing they can do will make a difference, that they are helpless and hopeless without the government's help.
When is the last time you turned on the news to hear about hard working Americans who simply raise their families, pay their bills on time and plan for the future? Isn't that what millions of Americans do? Why aren't those people celebrated? Because, the collectivists don't want to send messages of individual achievement. They want those of us that work hard to see pictures of the poor, of suffering and illness. They want people who achieved success through hard work to feel guilty. As if someone cannot achieve success without causing misery to another.
A fairly recent tactic they're using is global warming. They scare people. They predict terrible things. They convince people to stop thinking about what is in their own, individual interests in favor of what is best for the world. Lawmakers enact legislation producing unintended consequences such as global starvation, sky rocketing gas prices, economic slow down and job losses. Then they blame it on capitalists.
The collectivists will never go away. They have gotten their way slowly through the years. They hope people won't notice as their rights and freedoms are eroded. They try to silence those who understand their goals and tactics. There will come a day when they have gone too far.
June 26, 2008
Barack Obama now has endorsements from most of America's enemies, including Hamas, Venezuela and Jimmy Carter.
The newspaper expressed hope of better ties between North Korea and the United States under an Obama administration, saying that even if McCain won the election, he could not reverse U.S.-North Korea ties.
Pyongyang favors Obama because he has vowed to meet leaders of rogue states, such as the North Korean leader, without conditions if elected.
Thank you to the American Interests blog for tipping me off.
Speaking of Supreme Court decisions and stopped clocks, I heard that Obama disagreed with yesterday's decision finding it unconstitutional to execute convicted child rapists.
Now if only we could get this nasty federal government of ours to get out of the way and let us Drill Here, Drill Now and Pay Less. Sign the Petition
June 25, 2008
The blog Ironic Surrealism II has much more information on this subject.
Mr. Lemieux spent years researching the Constitution, our government and Supreme Court decisions before writing this book. Mike Church referred to the book as the "Physician's Desk Reference" for anyone who is concerned about the rights and freedoms our government has taken from us over the years.
The premise of the book appears to be that the Constitution does not grant rights to individuals, rather it was meant to set up a federal government and establish boundaries to restrain the federal government.
Our new government was to be created by the people, drawing its power from the people solely for the purpose of protecting those rights. As soon as the government turns to make unjust demands upon the people, or usurp power where it is not entitled, it is the right of the people to correct or abolish that government and start anew.
This book will most definitely be on my summer reading list.
Nancy Pelosi stated she is in favor of the "Fairness Doctrine". No one listens to liberal talk radio and the Democrats don't like it so they want to force radio stations to air liberal talk show hosts. Never mind the loss to the radio stations in ad revenue. They can force them to air it but they can't make me listen to it.
Barack Obama gave another speech, he said a lot but all it really amounted to was "I'm going to do all I can to keep gas prices really high, so vote for me."
Schools around New York State dismissed today at 11:00 and will do the same tomorrow. The kids have been playing board games. Nothing like wasting a ton of gas in order to keep the federal funds rolling in.
While on the subject of wasting gas, some Wisconsin officials would like to outlaw drive through restaurants due to concerns about global warming. Is there still anyone left out there who truly believes the global warming B.S. isn't just a way for the government to take control of our lives?
Buried somewhere within the 600+ page Senate housing bill (the one that would require the tax payers of America to guarantee mortgages for people who don't pay their bills) is a provision that will require credit card transactions to be reported to the government. Since when is it the government's business where I use my credit card? So, they don't want to listen to terrorists' phone calls, but they do want to know what I bought at the grocery store. I guess they haven't figured out a way to impose a tax on terrorism.
June 24, 2008
Whenever a conservative, or anyone they disagree with for that matter, falls ill or dies the radical left-wing hate machine wastes no time in starting the bash-fest. They did it when Tony Snow was diagnosed with cancer, they did it when William F. Buckley died. I could go on and on. It's completely tasteless.
Tim Russert wasn't even a conservative. He was a Democrat who was fair and decent, so apparently that's enough to draw the ire of these far left loons. These people completely lack human decency or respect.
This is just one more example of the hatred in the hearts of the lunatic fringe of the Democratic Party. They should be ashamed. Oh yeah-they have no shame.
Why didn't the mayor look a little closer to home for a place to lay the blame? Where are the parents of the parents to be?
June 23, 2008
According to the New York Times in May of 1988:
Michael S. Dukakis is capitalizing on deep public doubts about Vice President Bush and the Reagan Administration's handling of key issues and has emerged as the early favorite for the Presidential election in November, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
Mr. Dukakis, the probable Democratic nominee, ran ahead of Mr. Bush, the almost certain Republican candidate, by 49 percent to 39 percent among 1,056 registered voters.
In June of 1988, Mr. Dukakis was still ahead in the polls.
A Gallup Poll of 1,210 registered voters, conducted June 24-26, have Mr. Dukakis leading, 46 percent to 41 percent. That was closer than the results of a Gallup Poll two weeks earlier, in which the Massachusetts Democrat enjoyed a lead of 52 percent to 38 percent.
When Americans got to know the ultra-liberal Dukakis, George Bush ended up beating him in the popular vote 53% to 45%, with an electoral landslide of 426 to 111.
During the 2004 election campaign, CNN reported in May:
As Americans express growing unease about Iraq, President Bush's job approval rating has taken a hit, according to a poll released Friday by CNN and Time magazine.
That development appears to be helping Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. He wins the support of 51 percent of likely voters, compared to 46 percent for Bush. In February, Bush was ahead of Kerry by two percentage points.
The moral of the story is that the longer these campaigns drag on the more the American people get to know the candidates. Sure, Bill Clinton was elected, but he was no where near as liberal as Obama, in fact, not a single US Senator is as liberal as Obama. Ordinary Americans are leery of ultra left-wing politicians. These polls are inaccurate and misleading, they make things as clear as mud.
He was given a pass when he said he's been to 57 states, that asthmatic children need breathalizers and that the North American Free Trade Agreement has sent jobs to China. We could go on and on, but he'll keep on gaffing while the MSM keeps on passing.
June 22, 2008
June 21, 2008
If Obama and the Democrats have their way, we'll all tool around in the Smart Fortwo car. I don't know what those of us with kids will do, maybe it comes with a sidecar. We'll get skinny, because not too many grocery bags will fit in this little sportster. Those grocery bags are bad for the environment anyway, so it's a win-win situation for everybody.
June 20, 2008
Back in the 70's Jimmy Carter and Congress decided it was a good idea to cap oil wells and place a moratorium on further exploration. They developed an "energy policy". Apparently it wasn't a very good policy, look where we are today. Now we're begging Saudi Arabia to increase output. The Democrats continue to block any attempts to extract the bountiful oil beneath our feet.
Fast forward to the current Congress with their ethanol subsidies and mandates. The farmers are taking food and using tons of fuel to convert that food into fuel. There is less food for feeding people, hence the need to import wheat.
I wish someone, anyone, would ask these politicians where in the Constitution are they granted this authority.
June 19, 2008
Atlas Shrugs paints a picture of what happens to society and the human psyche when socialists take control of a nation. It's a warning of the dangers of out of control government and what happens when the socialists take things too far. When society punishes the productive, the productive will stop producing.
You can buy the book today by clicking on the link to your left. You'll be amazed at the parallels between then and now.
June 18, 2008
They want to tax the productive and the "wealthy" while they hide their assets in tax-free shelters. All of us can have socialized medicine, meaning rationing of health care, while they retain their private physicians and hospital wings.
Wouldn't you like for once to see these people practice what they preach?
The proposals I've outlined will take years to have their full impact. There is no excuse for delay -- as a matter of fact, it's a reason to move swiftly. I know the Democratic leaders have opposed some of these policies in the past. Now that their opposition has helped drive gas prices to record levels, I ask them to reconsider their positions. If congressional leaders leave for the 4th of July recess without taking action, they will need to explain why $4-a-gallon gasoline is not enough incentive for them to act. And Americans will rightly ask how high oil -- how high gas prices have to rise before the Democratic-controlled Congress will do something about it.
On a related note, American Solutions now has about 900,000 signatures to their Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less petition. No doubt they will have over a million signatures by July 4th. The American people are getting fed up, with any luck they'll have the sense to finally place the blame squarely where it belongs.
In the meantime, the Democrats are proposing nationalization of oil refineries. That's a great idea, the way the federal government handles things we'll be paying $12.00 a gallon. Why don't we just scrap the election and ask Hugo Chavez to rule our nation?
This is Republican Congressman Ted Poe talking on the House floor about the stupid energy policy that outlaws incandescent light bulbs. He does a fine job of highlighting the idiocy of the current Congress.
The light bulbs we'll be stuck with are the CFL bulbs which are filled with mercury. They come with warning labels and instructions about how to dispose of them and what to do if you break one. Needless to say, we won't be seeing this speech on the 6 o'clock news.
The current Congress cares more about polar bears and pleasing AlGore then it cares about humanity. Ridiculous!
June 17, 2008
Will these folks ever step out of their ivory towers?
John McCain is calling for the federal government to lift its restrctions on domestic oil exploration and drilling. Of course, Senator Obama called him a flip flopper, which is fine with me. He was wrong before, now he's right and I applaud his decision to flip flop. It's cold again wear I live, but I will wear my fanciest flip flops in honor of Senator McCain. If he keeps talking like this I just may go crazy and send him a campaign contribution!
Welcome aboard the Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less bandwagon, Senator McCain! Do you want to sign the petition?
June 16, 2008
Here's Barack Obama telling us why high gas prices are good, he just would have preferred a "more gradual adjustment". I guess he hoped nobody would notice. That's attitude is fine for rich folks like him, what about the rest of us?
It's doubtful we will ever convince him to Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less; but you can still sign the petition.
June 14, 2008
After his election to the US Senate, Obama said he was not planning to run on a national ticket because he wasn't qualified. What's he done since to boost his resume? That may have been his last truthful utterance.
June 13, 2008
You can help, click here to sign the petition.
June 12, 2008
Not only is she a woman, but she has common sense. Read her article on energy policy. She wants to see the energy resources we Americans are blessed with actually utilized. Perhaps she will be able to convince Senator McCain after a few months on the campaign trail that common sense and sound judgment are qualities American voters really like in a leader.
June 11, 2008
He talks about the "inequality" of the economic system. Why should some people get to be rich while other people are poor? That's so unfair. We shouldn't "spend" money giving tax breaks to wealthy people. We can all look forward to retiring on Social Security because it allows people to live in dignity in their old age. So what if he doesn't actually know anyone living on Social Security. He's heard it's great. He promises never allow to allow privatization of Social Security. The American people don't need a better return on their money than the government gives them. We certainly can't have prosperous retirees (unless they are union members on the taxpayers dole), the young workers could be envious.
The Messiah then called for another, immediate, economic stimulus package to the tune of $50 Billion. He's so charitable, he must have been donating 60% of his income over the years to help the needy. On the same theme of his generosity with our, I mean, government money, he'll create a $10 billion "Foreclosure Prevention Fund". Those of us who pay our bills will have the privelege of paying for those who don't. Won't that be fun? You can get by on a smaller paycheck! Remember, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for the schmuck who took out a mortgage he couldn't afford.
Lot's of Americans have credit card debt so he's going to put (other people's) money into their pockets. So, your check will shrink a little more paying for your neighbor's iPod. Maybe they'll invite you over to listen to the music they just downloaded.
Of course he understands how hard it is for college graduates to pay off their loans because he and his wife had to pay a lot of money for their Ivy League educations. He'll take more of your, I mean, rich folks' money to give every student $4000 a year to attend college. It's really nice the way he spends our, I mean, government money to help people out.
But don't worry. He knows this all sounds expensive but he believes in "pay as you go". Unfortunately, that's code for "tax the crap out of working Americans as you spend".
I must have been brought up wrong. My parents taught me that taking someone else's money was stealing. They're just so out of it. If Obama is elected there will be no inequality. We'll all be schmucks!
Well, hold on a minute. Accrding to the Newsday article Union foes killing property tax cap in NY legislature, the powerful labor and teachers unions aren't about to let this happen. The unions argue that it will hurt the kids. If we don't keep taxing the hell out of every New York homeowner, the kids will suffer.
But Paterson's commission found 71 percent of a district's budget goes to salaries and benefits, mostly for unionized workers, and that despite record state aid _ nearly $1.8 billion this year alone _ property taxes continue to rise. They are now the country's highest at 79 percent above the national average.
Lawmakers facing an election year have little interest in crossing Albany's powerful labor groups, which spend millions of dollars a year in campaign contributions, political support and lobbying. And neither Republican Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno nor Sheldon Silver, the Democratic speaker in the Assembly, has supported Paterson's plan.
Heaven forbid we should ask the union members to pay a larger share of their health insurance and retirement costs, like the rest of us do. If you're an aspiring teacher or government employee you should definitely move to New York. You'll enjoy better benefits than your friends and neighbors and here's the best part-it's your friends and neighbors who will pay for it.
June 10, 2008
McCain has his faults, I'll be the first to admit. But come on folks, burka's aren't my style.
On a related note, Senate Republicans thwarted their Democratic colleague's attempts to obliterate the US economy with their "windfall profits tax" and then blame the ensuing damage on Republicans.
We've found the missing weapons of mass descruction-it's the Senate Democrats. We're all standing on billions of barrels of oil while these idiots block any attempt to retrieve that oil, then turn around and point the finger at everyone but themselves for the messes they have created. These people are absolutely beyond belief.
Update: Moments after this post was published Charles Gibson on ABC News announced "The Senate killed the energy bill". Jake Tapper reported "Consumers looking to Congress should look elsewhere" and then showed clips of ridiculous senators trying to get their mugs on TV. The most ridiculous was Claire McCaskill who said "I hope the American people stand up and scream like they've never screamed before." Hey Claire-We are screaming. We're screaming "Drill here! Drill Now! Pay Less!" You just aren't listening.
June 9, 2008
From these principles we developed a market economy, with the rule of law, a system of trade with other nations, and a strong national defense. From the prosperity, freedom and strength that came from this system we became a friend and example to all those around the world who aspired to those same things. We won wars, including the Cold War, and enhanced world stability and a friendlier environment within which others could pursue their own freedom. This of course enhanced our own security as Americans.
But today many of the principles that made our country great are under assault. Some of our fellow Republicans say that things are different now and we must change with the times. We recognize that appropriate change is necessary, just as the conservative thinker Edmund Burke did when he supported the American Revolution.
However we must ask those who would modify our principles, “When did freedom and liberty become outdated?” Then, “What part of our Constitutional framework needs to be abandoned?”
Maybe he was referring to Barack Obama who, in a recent speech said he wants to "re-make this great nation". If it's so great, Barry, why do you feel the need to remake it?
June 8, 2008
During Republican primary debates John McCain argued that he is the most conservative candidate. Since he became the presumed nominee, McCain has done whatever he can to appear liberal or moderate. While this may help him pick up some angry Hillary supporters, without the conservative base it is doubtful he can win the election in November.
McCain's choice of running mate could be just what he needs to win in November or it could doom his candidacy. Let's hope he makes a wise decision.
June 5, 2008
Many conservatives have been less than thrilled with McCain's presumed nomination. Thomas Sowell reminds us why it is important to not sit out this election in his piece Obama and McCain. He has a point, McCain may not be the perfect candidate, but look at the alternative.
June 4, 2008
Naturally, Hillary Clinton is not bowing out of the race. Is she waiting for the tape of Michelle Obama's anti-whitey rant to emerge? It's rumored she said the way to solve the problem of black on black crime is to divert it to black on white. That will go over well with the voters. You know if that video is out there someone will find it. The media will try to hide it, but you can't keep that cat in a bag for long.
If the rumors are true and this video surfaces it could totally derail Obama's campaign. How many Americans want an America-hating racist as the First Lady?
June 3, 2008
One can't help but wonder what the goal is. Anti-smoking groups applaud the new tax, believing it will push people to quit smoking. The legislators say they increased the tax to close the budget gap. If everybody quits smoking they won't be able to balance the budget.
Wasn't there a revolution over this sort of excessive taxation a few hundred years ago?
Sorry Smokers: cigarette prices rise $1.25 today.
June 2, 2008
You can't really talk to people anymore about the sun causing warmth, they've been brain washed by the media and politicians into thinking humanity is causing the climate to change. So I try to keep my thoughts on the subject to myself because I don't know enough about solar cycles and sun spots for an informed debate.
We all know there are plenty of scientists who believe in the theory of global warming, but there are quite a few who don't. Remember the 31,000 who signed a petition against global warming? Why don't the media and the politicians pay them any attention? Why aren't they listening to geo-physicists like Phil Chapman?
Phil Chapman wrote Sorry to ruin your fun but an ice age cometh and tells us:
All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.
It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake.
In the famous words of Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."
His article cites historic examples of the times our planet has warmed and cooled in relation to solar activity.
Another arcticle I came across on this subject is The Deniers: Our Spotless Sun by Lawrence Solomon.
In the same way that the Earth shivered when sunspots disappeared, the Earth warmed when sunspot activity became pronounced. The warm period about 1000 years ago known as the Medieval Warm Period — a time of bounty in which grapes grew in England and Greenland was colonized — also was a time of high sunspot activity, called the Medieval Maximum. Since 1900, Earth has experienced what astronomers call “the Modern Maximum” — the 20th century has again been a time of high sunspot activity.
But the 1900s are gone, along with the high temperatures that accompanied them. The last 10 years have seen no increase in temperatures — they reached a plateau and then remained there — and the last year saw a precipitous decline. How much lower and for how long the temperatures will fall, if at all, no one yet knows — the science is far from settled on what drives climate.
These people have actual recorded history to back up their theories. Shouldn't the American people be given the chance to hear their side of this debate? Why do we accept the pronouncement by Al Gore (who is not a scientist) that the science is settled? These scientists' theories and ideas should be on the front page of the newspapers (or at least page A12) so the American people can hear both sides to this debate before our freedom and liberty is eroded even further in the name of "global warming".
June 1, 2008
The candidates are making appearances on shows like the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Regis and Kelly, hoping to woo voters who don't really follow politics.
For better or worse, it's moments like these that get many people to tune in to the campaign. "I do think people feel badly that they can't tell you more about the economy, foreign policy, Iraq, who their representatives are," says Harvey Levin, executive producer of TMZ.com, a celeb-obsession Web site that is covering the candidates the same way it does movie stars. "They probably wish they could … but it's just so damn boring for them."
So there we have it, our next presidential election will be decided by people who don't know or care what the candidates stand for.