Political Commentary  —  2011

 

 

May 2011

 

 

The Debt Ceiling

Posted May 16, 2011

 

Will there be “extremely dire consequences”, as Ben Bernanke warns, if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling? His position is supported by many Democrats, and even some Republicans, in the House and Senate. So why not just charge a few more trillion dollars? What’s the big deal! We all do it with our credit cards.

Our current generation of politicians, federal, state, and local, think it’s no big deal to use other people’s money to buy votes for themselves; thus jeopardizing the security of future generations. However, what they will not admit is that at some point we have to pay back what’s been borrowed. I do; you do; and our government does too.

According to a recent IBD/TIPP Poll, 63% of Americans oppose legislation to raise the debt ceiling; and that’s broken out 43% Democrat, 78% Republican, and 70% Independent. So when will our government elite start to listen to the people they are supposed to serve?

How many of you reading this blog would think that the only way to get yourself out of debt is to borrow and spend more? Is that the way you run your household?

I have to admit, that’s the way I ran my family when we first started out. I was taught this by my father. If you want something and you don’t have the money for it, then just put it on your credit card. However, after a number of years I realized I could never pay off the credit card debt by just making the minimum monthly payments; and I didn’t earn enough to pay the debt down any faster.

One day, for yucks, I ran a spreadsheet to determine how long it would take me to pay down my debt. I was surprised to find out it would take about 35 years; and that assumes I never charged another thing again. If I could have told my employer to pay me more money every week I would have; but I was smart enough to know that my boss would laugh me out of his office.

So I cut up all of our credit cards, except one for true emergencies, tightened our belts, and paid off the credit cards completely. It took a while. When we paid them all off we were quite ecstatic. Now we don’t buy anything unless we have the money to pay for it. The government should do the same.

So when our government officials tell us there will be “extremely dire consequences” if we don’t raise the debt limit, it’s me that’s laughing. Does Mr. Bernanke think I’m a fool? I have been there and done that. I know that once in, there is no way out of borrowing unless you cut up your credit cards.

So then what do we do? The first thing that has to be done is to guarantee our creditors that we will pay the interest and principle on our debt first, before any other payment. That will keep our credit rating from getting any worse that it already is. Then we need to prioritize our expenses. Social Security and Medicare have to come first, because the government has to honor their commitments made to the elderly for all their working years paying into the system. Second, we need to make sure we pay all the current government employees; although, cutting their numbers is the most prudent step to take. Third, I would also honor the pensions of all the retired and soon to be retired government employees; and put the rest on a sliding scale based on a higher percentage for the longest in service downward. After that, I think everything else would be up for grabs.

The rest of our expenses would need to be prioritized from top to bottom, most important to least important. Assuming no new revenues, that is taxes, then any program or project on the list after the money runs out would need to be cancelled. Finally, all new revenues generated by positive economic growth would need to go towards the principle until the debt is fully paid off.

This is not easy to do; but it is what everyone of us does to manage our own house prudently. We would also notice a number of interesting side effects: our economy would pick up and more new private sector jobs would become available, thereby lowering unemployment.

 

 

 

Israel’s Borders

Posted May 20, 2011

 

In Thursday’s Mideast speech Mr. Obama endorsed the Palestinian demand for a state based on pre-1967 borders. His statement, however, is a direct contradiction of the US commitment made in 2004 that Israel would not have to withdraw from its hard won boundaries after the 1967 war. This US commitment was made by then President Bush, the US House of Representatives, and the US Senate in a combined statement.

Maybe it’s time for the House and the Senate to speak up again so the American people can see where they stand on this issue. But wait, we’re beginning the start of the 2012 election cycle, so maybe our political elite would like to wait until 2013 to say something definitive. After all, Democrats can’t speak against Israel, since the US Jewish population is a large Democrat Party voting block. And if they speak openly against Mr. Obama they risk loosing the 2012 Presidential election to a Republican.

It’s tough being a politician these days. Maybe it’s time for some perky sound bites along with pictures of them kissing babies.

Should Mr. Obama be speaking out about another country’s problems, when the US is facing some of its biggest issues in the last 50 years? I’d like to hear Mr. Obama’s plans to fix unemployment in the private sector, or his plans to bring down the rising food and gasoline prices throughout the country, or his plans to bring profitability back to small and regional businesses, or maybe even his plans on how to stop stealing the US taxpayer’s money to give to cronies in this country and internationally.

It’s tough being President when people won’t leave you alone to destroy the US in peace. In my estimation, Mr. Obama is the worst President in US history.

I was thinking. Uh Oh! There I go thinking for myself again. Well, please stay with me for a minute longer.

If Mr. Obama wants Israel to give back the spoils of the 1967 war; a war in which Israel was only defending herself against attacking aggressors, then what’s the next step? Does Mr. Obama want the US to give back the southwest to Mexico? Or the West to the American Indians? Or the Louisiana Purchase to France? Or the Floridas to Spain? Or maybe even the original 13 colonies to England?

Where does the madness end? Oh wait, one more. Maybe the US should advocate giving Mr. Obama back to Kenya, or to Indonesia?

 

 

 

Is Today The Day?

Posted May 21, 2011

 

Today is the day, according to Harold Camping, that all Christian believers “will be plucked from the earth,“ raptured, to meet Jesus Christ face to face. This is the day that all who follow Him, all who believe He was raised from the dead and confess His name, look forward to every day of our Christian life. It is our promised hope.

The problem I have with Mr. Camping’s prediction is it cannot be supported by Scripture. Yes, Jesus will return to rapture His church; but Scripture tells that it is not for us to know the times or the seasons of His return. So if anyone says they know the time, that is the day, they cannot be correct. Unless of course you do not believe that Scripture is God breathed and inerrant.

We cannot believe that both Mr. Camping and Scripture are correct, as they are contradictory. We can only believe one. Which do you want to believe?

On one hand, the Bible has a perfect record. God, through Scripture, predicted correctly the time of Christ’s birth, the place of His birth, that His mother would be a virgin and His father would be God, that He would be the son of David, and that He would live a sinless life, die for the sins of the people, die with the wicked, and be buried with the rich, and much more. Jesus Himself predicted correctly that He would be crucified, in the ground three days and three nights, and raised on the third day.

On the other hand, Mr. Camping has a tarnished track record in predicting Christ’s return. In 1992 he predicted that Jesus would return to rapture His church in September 1994. When that didn’t happen he cited mathematical errors. When Jesus doesn’t return today, what will be Mr. Camping’s excuse?

Mr. Camping should consider himself very fortunate that he doesn’t live in Old Testament times; anyone who spoke in God’s name, and it didn’t come true, would be required by God’s Law to be put to death. Fortunately for him we live in New Testament times and are under grace, so that our transgressions of God’s Law may be forgiven.

Now, I always have to remind myself that God is God, and He can choose to do anything He desires. It is very possible that Jesus will return today. Let’s see what happens when the day is over and tomorrow comes.

Mr. Camping’s predictions are very dangerous because they have the power to mislead those who are weak in Christ into following incorrect teaching. As teachers of God’s word we are held to a higher standard. We must teach what is true to Scripture, and are held accountable to God for those we lead astray by our teaching.

Teaching God’s word is a responsibility not to be entered into lightly. We are all held to account for what we do in the body, and we don’t want to be the cause for anyone to stumble.

As a believer and follower of Christ Mr. Camping has a responsibility to remain humble before the living God of all creation. When that humility and devotion to the inerrant word of God has been abandoned, Mr. Camping is expected, as we all are, to seek the forgiveness of God. He then must ask his followers and employees for forgiveness as well. Just as every true follower of Christ does when we go against His teachings.

I do it with a grateful heart, knowing that Christ has forgiven me, and continues to forgive all my unrighteous acts when I ask Him.

 

 

 

Yesterday Wasn’t The Day!

Posted May 22, 2011

 

Well, I’m still here. So were all the people and pastors at church this morning. And I didn’t read of any unexplainable disappearances of people online this morning. Maybe Mr. Camping will explain why the rapture of the Christian church didn’t happen yesterday.

In fact, yesterday was seemingly uneventful, except for the eruption of a powerful volcano in Iceland, and a 3.6 earthquake in San Francisco. Just a typical day.

Mr. Camping should be ashamed of himself for misleading people the way he did. My heart and my prayers go out to those followers who sold off everything they had expecting his prediction of the rapture to happen yesterday.

I will be interested to hear his explanation this time for his erroneous prediction. I hope and pray that God will teach Mr. Camping to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with his God, Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Fly the friendly skies. Groping free!

Posted May 27, 2011

 

It’s coming up on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attack on our country. An attack so egregious, at that time, so as to unite the entire nation against the Muslim attackers, and against the countries that supported their very existence.

Unfortunately the same type of attack on our freedom and liberty continues today. It is an attack perpetrated by our own government, by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the leadership of Janet Napolitano. An attack in the name of homeland security.

It is an horrific attack on our liberty when elderly women and young children are sexually molested, in the name of airline travel security, and Middle Eastern men are allowed to pass unchallenged. The same types of airline security checks are successfully accomplished by other countries without the need to sexually grope the passengers; and without the need to take sexually explicit pictures of them.

So what is it about the TSA agents who seem to take pleasure in their job? And why aren’t more people outraged about their behavior? How can we continue to allow the government that was set up to protect us from foreign insurgents blatantly abuse it citizens in this way?

Patrick Henry’s worst fears about the unchecked powers of the federal government have come true. If we the people don’t turn back the tide of progressive federalism’s abuse of power, then we deserve all the continued growth of government oppression we get.

The time has come for every freedom loving individual in this country to stand up and speak out against the federal government’s erosion of our personal freedom and liberty. If we don’t, it will only get worse.

It’s time again for Patrick Henry’s battle cry. “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

 

 

 

Atlas Shrugged

Posted May 28, 2011

 

My wife and I went to see Atlas Shrugged the day it opened in the theaters, and I have been thinking about it ever since. We both read the book a long time ago, and we both thought the message was right on then. But sitting in the theater, watching Ayn Rand’s portrayal of the politicians’ behind the scenes duplicity, I couldn’t help think how prescient the author was. Somehow from her 1957 vantage point she captured perfectly the essence of Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, and the establishment Democrats and Republicans.

Mr. Obama and the Democrats say that the only way to fix our national financial woes is to continue the insanity of taxing the rich and spending obscene amounts of money to level the playing field. Democrats say Republicans only want to dismantle safety net programs, like helping students pay for college and helping adults relying on Medicare. Mr. Obama and the Democrats are great community activists; they learned their trade well. Their discourse is intended to inflame the hearts of liberals, and others who don’t think about the consequences of what’s actually said.

Conservatives are not for dismantling anything, other than the destructive spending practices of the modern day progressives. No one is saying that students have to forego college, or adults have to forego medical care. If we were able to run the numbers we would find that college, Medicare, Social Security, and the like aren’t the lion’s share of the issue.

The issue is in the enormous federal bureaucracy, their salaries, pensions, and other benefits, and in fighting wars to prop up or tear down other countries’ leaders, and in giving money to countries who would bomb our cities at the slightest opportunity, and in paying down the interest for our $14 trillion debt.

At the time of our country’s founding, England had spent too much money on battle and on protecting her colonial interests abroad. The case in point is the 1757 French and Indian War, after which the King and Parliament needed to raise money to pay down their large and growing debt. So they tried taxing the American colonies in various ways, and we all know how that turned out.

It used to be that people went into the public sector to serve their country, not to get rich. Benjamin Franklin took no salary as the head of the Pennsylvania government, and George Washington did the same as Commander in Chief during the Revolutionary War, and also as President.

Maybe it’s time to limit public workers salaries, including politicians, to no more that the median salary in the country, limit their total annual expenses to no more than 10% of their salary, limit their other moneys earned while serving to 10% of their annual salary, and limit their after service benefits to one year for every four years served. Oh yes, we should also limit all public service to no more than twelve years total, counting all public jobs held during their lifetime.

We need to stand up against any additional taxes levied by our government. We also need to boldly tell our federal and state politicians, who really work for us, to immediately stop any additional spending and to begin to reduce the debt to zero over the next 10 years. And finally, all budgets should be limited to funds raised, except in times of extreme emergency.

Reducing taxes, spending, and debt will bring our exceptional entrepreneurs out from hiding to grow the total number of available private sector jobs, and thereby grow the economic stability of our country. Then the tax base would grow. It’s a win-win scenario.

Edmund Burke was right, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.“ It’s time to take a stand against excessive taxing and spending.

 

 

 

Memorial Day

Posted May 30, 2011

 


Today is the day we have set aside to commemorate the lives of the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, their lives for our freedom.

These great men and women will never be remembered by name, except to the ones who knew then in life, who loved them dearly, and fought side by side with them. Even if I could come up with the name of everyone who died since the Revolutionary War protecting the freedom and liberty we all share today, it would take much too long to speak all of their names to you. So I will speak only one name for all of them: Hero.

Every one of these heroes gave their life so that you and I could live free from domination and oppression. This is something everyone of us takes for granted. The last time we had another country to answer to for our freedom and liberty and laws was back before the Revolutionary War.

At that time, England imposed unreasonable taxes on businesses and individuals already struggling to survive in an economy not doing very well. England also imposed unreasonable laws that allowed them to take over anyone’s property to quarter and feed their troops in the Colonies.

Has anything really changed? Today we have replaced England with our very own federal and state governments. Now they tax businesses and individuals unreasonably, and they take away our property under the “laws” of eminent domain, while potentially allowing foreign insurgents to illegally enter our country through its unprotected porous borders.

Today is the day to remember and honor the memories of all those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Today is also the day to ask some serious questions about our future.

When will we stop giving away those freedoms that were bough with the blood of heroes?

Where are today’s heroes who will stand up to our bloated federal and state governments, and to the fat cat politicians who are getting rich at the people’s expense?

When will all those who have remained silent for far too long finally stand up and say “No more!”?

In the name of our fallen heroes, God bless America.

 

 

 

It’s not about default

Posted May 31, 2011

 

When it comes to the issue of raising our national debt ceiling, it’s not about default as Mr. Obama and many Democrats want you to think. Talking about default is a fear tactic, a smoke screen, to draw the national dialog away from the real issue.

What is the real issue? It is about spending more than the government receives in revenues, taxes and fees.

Mr. Obama and his Democrat supporters want you to think the issue is about defaulting on our debt, because everyone knows that default is bad, and even the idea of it creates anxiety in people. And if they can get you anxious about default, and the need to raise the debt ceiling so we won’t default, then you won’t think about curbing spending.

Here’s an example from household budgeting. We all have a list of household expenses that have to be paid every month, like rent or mortgage, utilities, food, clothing; and we all have a list of things that we would like to have, like new cars, big screen TVs, new couches. What we all do is prioritize our expenses so that we pay the bills we have to pay every month first, and then if we have any money left over we can buy the things we would like to have. When we run out of money, we stop buying.

Unfortunately, with the advent of the credit card industry, we can buy more on credit that we can afford. But this just increases the number of dollars spent on the bills we must pay every month, thereby taking away from our ability to buy the things we would like to have. If we do this long enough, we eventually have no more available money for anything but our must pay bills. And if we can’t pay those we go into default, are at the mercy of our creditors, and risk loosing everything we have.

My point in this example is that we can’t keep borrowing more and more. Eventually our creditors will call in their loans, which will force us to loose everything we have. If you think this scenario cannot happen, just talk to a few people whose homes went into foreclosure in the last couple of years. They are all around us, in every city.

The only way to prevent us from loosing everything is to first stop the government’s ability to borrow any more. The government is like an addict on crack, when it comes to spending. If you don’t force them to go cold turkey, they will never stop.

Once we force the government to stop borrowing, we must also make sure they pay the debt first so they don’t default. Then they can pay everything else with the money left over.

But we must also force them to stop taxing, or else they will drive the taxpayers into the poor house before they stop spending.

Money is like crack to a government.

 

 

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June 2011

 

 

No need to raise the debt ceiling

Posted June 1, 2011

 

There is no need to raise the debt ceiling any further. The only benefit would be allowing congress and the President to continue spending money we do not have.

It is possible to keep the debt ceiling unchanged, still pay down the current debt without defaulting, and not hurt any of the entitlement spending.

The primary casualty, however, of this radical approach might be the political careers of the progressive left when they don’t deliver more pork and benefits to their constituents. And we might even be able to pay down our current debt in a reasonable timeframe.

Money is like crack to a politician. Let’s help them kick the habit.

 

 

 

debt’s deception

Posted June 2, 2011

 

debt’s deception stands knocking at the door
enticing you with all her beauty bold
images dancing gladly evermore
of all life’s wealth amassed before untold
can appetites ever be satisfied
when life’s financial desires compel
negotiations never ratified
by passions pushing safety to rebel
think not of your final danger’s outcome
when overwhelming debt your life consumes
for every penny pays the total sum
destruction dancing as disaster looms
       politicians so love their money gained
       taxpayer’s poverty the cost maintained

 

discussions, part 3 expressions #182. Copyright © 2011 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Mitt Romney and global warming

Posted June 4, 2011

 

Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, recently stated “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”

I challenge Mr. Romney to offer scientific proof to back up his statement. But he can’t, because the only scientific proof that was stated a number of years ago was proved to be doctored by both UK and US scientists. They fudged the data to fit their theory, rather than proving their theory with their analytical data. The scientific method gone awry.

Have you noticed that the global warming dialog appears to be divided along ideological lines. Progressive Democrats seem to be its most vocal proponents, and conservative Republicans its most vocal opponents. Why do you think that is?

Does either group have a better scientific understanding than the other? I don’t think so. Even scientists are divided on this subject. So, if everyone is divide on whether or not global warming is real, why the push by the EPA for regulations, and why the push by federal and state governments for legislation?

The answer seems to come from the group of usual suspects: money and power.

Money and power are great motivators for regulations and legislation. The best example is General Electric, who holds the patents on the compact florescent light, and who stands to make mega billions as the incandescent light bulbs are forced out of the market by regulations and legislation. Oh, and don’t forget that these compact florescent lights are a hazardous waste nightmare if one happens to break in your home.

In addition, the federal and state governments stand to collect a lot of money in fees and taxes by enacted global warming regulations and legislation. This way our government bureaucracies can continue to feed their massive growth at the expense of the taxpayers. And the bigger the government the more power it wields over our daily lives.

Why does Mr. Romney believe so strongly in global warming, and continue to ignore all the controversy surrounding it? I suspect if we could dig deeply into the details behind his financial backers, we would find some very large donors who stand to gain big bucks from continued global warming regulations and legislation.

Why is Mr. Romney out of step with the Republican Party when it comes to global warming? Here Mr. Romney appears to be a RINO (Republican in name only). He calls himself a Republican, but he aligns himself with progressives on fiscal and social issues, like global warming and RomneyCare.

Can anyone who is a true Reagan conservative come out of the progressive Massachusetts political environment? Certainly Mr. Romney, based on past performance, will never push to lower government spending, to lower personal and business taxes, and to reduce the size of government.

A vote for Romney is a vote to continue the progressive agenda.

 

 

 

Weiner’s behavior

Posted June 7, 2011

 

Representative Anthony Weiner finally did it. He finally admitted he was responsible for lying to the American people, for posting lewd photos of himself, and for engaging in multiple online relationships over many years behind his wife’s back. He also admitted he lied about Andrew Breitbart being responsible for hacking his Twitter account and posting lewd photos.

Does Mr. Weiner’s behavior surprise you? It didn’t surprise me. He follows in a long line of politicians who think the rules of propriety and decorum don’t apply to them. They think they can do what ever they want, and when caught lie. If they say the lie often enough people will believe them.

Politicians say what they want you to believe to be the truth, whether it is or not. Fortunately most people recognize the lie, even if they won’t speak up against it.

Maybe it’s time to require our politicians to tell us the truth, and throw them out of office when they don’t. We need to require our politicians to be men and women of virtue. That is people who are willing to speak and behave according to a moral rectitude that only comes from a right attitude from a Holy God.

Virtue is not only saying and doing the right thing because we think it is right. That leaves too much room for our own interpretation of what is right. Virtue is saying and doing the right thing because our Holy God tells us it is right according to His standard.

He has shown you what is good, and what the Lord requires of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

This behavior, when required of all our politicians, will lead to economic and social recovery in our once great country. Demand it from your politicians.

 

 

 

our economy

Posted June 8, 2011

 

our economy circles round the drain
getting closer to destruction’s black hole
politicians discussing with disdain
voter’s requests for oversight control
yet stimulus dollars do disappear
into government friendly coffers
ready to bailout all those who revere
past progressive political proffers
over regulation reinforces
our economic slide to recession
leading to never ending discourses
regarding today’s spending obsession
       economic disaster unforeseen
       when overwhelming haughtiness obscene

 

discussions, part 3 expressions #183. Copyright © 2011 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Sarah Palin’s emails

Posted June 10, 2011

 

Today is the day that the great state of Alaska is set to release all of Sarah Palin’s emails from her first two years as governor. This release has received a lot of attention due to Ms. Palin’s political prominence in the GOP and the Tea Party.

These emails, over 24,000 pages, have already been reviewed by Ms. Palin’s team, and none were withheld for personal reasons; although, they were never written with the expectation that they would be seen by the entire world.

How many of us would like to have two years of our email read by the world? But then we’re not potentially running for the job of President of the United States. A job for which there is no privacy, ever, for a Republican.

Then there are our friends at the New York Times who are seeking people from across the nation to help them read and contextualize all the emails. Many other media organizations will be looking into these emails as well; and there is also the Associated Press, who is scanning them all into a database for their writers to have easy access.

Why do you think the New York Times is so anxious to read and contextualize these emails? They are a militantly progressive organization which never gets any context right. All their stories about Democrats are biased to make them look better than they really are; and all their stories about Republicans are biased to make them look worse than they really are.

What ever happened to the unbiased, non-partisan press? Oh well, so much for reminiscing.

Why are the New York Times and the mad-dog progressive Democrats so rabid to dig up dirt on Sarah Palin? They will stop at nothing to smear her, to misrepresent her ideas, and to attack her patriotism any chance they can.

One would think they are afraid of what she stands for. She is a woman who stands for the strength of the family, not for tearing the family apart with divorce and abortion. She is a conservative who stands for smaller government, lower taxes, lower spending, eliminating debt, protecting our borders, fighting terrorists before they attack our country, and much more.

All of this is an anathema to the New York Times and the mad-dog progressive Democrats.

Maybe our country would be a little better off if the New York Times and the other lame-stream media did the same digging into Mr. Obama’s past, like where he was born, where he really went to college, how he voted as a Senator, just to name a few.

Ms. Palin may not be my first choice for President at this moment, and I don’t mind the New York Times and other media digging into her past the way they are. But what I do mind is their self-righteous bias that prevents them from using the same magnifying glass on Democrat candidates and office holders.

Integrity is something we have all the time, not just when it gets us what we think we want. Otherwise it’s self-serving deceitfulness.

 

 

 

Politics as usual?

Posted June 12, 2011

 

In Federalist #1, click link for the full text, Alexander Hamilton, writing under the name Publius, made this statement about political parties: “To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.”

Mr. Hamilton’s words are as true now as they were when he penned them in 1787. Politics is not, and never has been, about finding the best solution for the good of the country. It is about one party forcing their will on the whole group. Politics is about winning the debate for whatever side you are on, and by whatever means necessary.

A politician, like a lawyer in court, will use every tool at his disposal. If the rightness of the cause, like securing our cities by securing our borders, isn’t capable of winning the argument because there are too many people opposed to the issue, for whatever reason, then our illustrious politicians will resort to some other method to win. If logic and oratory excellence doesn’t work, then there is the old tried and true method of calumny, the personal destruction of your opponent’s character.

Politics is not about doing what’s best for the country, or the state, or the city; it’s about doing what’s best for the party, and ultimately about doing what’s best for the politician.

I would love to see the political discourse in this country be about doing what’s right for the country, the people, and their liberty. But given human nature, it’s never going to happen this way.

So why am I bringing this up today? Because I believe, as we enter into the 2012 political season, we all need to think about how the process of politics really works, and how the game is won. I would love to tell you to love your political enemy, to turn the other cheek to the political slap in the face, and to not stoop to the lowest common denominator of our political opponents; but that is unrealistic.

Conservatives cannot win back federal and state governments through biblically taught methods. Therefore, if you believe, as I do, that we are in a fight for our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, then we must learn to fight the fight to win the game. Coming in second is loosing.

Let’s all get off the couch, support our local conservative organizations, and win the government back for true conservative values.

 

 

 

It’s for the people!

Posted June 13, 2011

 

In Federalist #1, click link for the full text, Alexander Hamilton made this statement about political motives, “a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people.” Note that I have taken this statement out of the middle of a lengthy sentence; however, its meaning is the same within the context written.

Mr. Hamilton had a keen understanding of political motives behind the zealous and sincere rhetoric of his time. He was telling his readers to beware of people who passionately make their case for doing something by appealing to the populace with arguments of protecting and upholding the rights of the people. He says these arguments are masking the speakers real motives, their own ambitions and self interests.

We hear this argument today in many different variations. ObamaCare proponents were zealously arguing for its passage as health care reform for the people who cannot afford it on their own. When in fact, we see the Obama administration giving waivers to thousands of unions and companies who supported the politicians with financial benefits for their campaign coffers. This “dangerous ambition” lurking in the shadows of ObamaCare is exactly what Mr. Hamilton was talking about.

Then of course there are the unspoken consequences of this type of legislation, which actually raised the cost of doing business, rather than cutting the costs of health care. By 2014, when the law goes into full effect, employers are saying they will have to cancel their employee’s health insurance programs because they cannot afford to continue them with the additional expenses imposed by the law.

ObamaCare was done for the people! Seriously?

What about education? We are always told that schools need more and more money for the children, which is a simple variant of “for the people”. Why is it that no matter how much money is given to educating our children, there is never enough to do it right? Many children who graduate high school, if they even graduate, know how to put a condom on a banana, but cannot articulate three clear sentences in a row.

Where does all the money for the children go?

Then there is my favorite ruse of all time. The government tells us they need to tax us more, charge more fees, do away with cheap energy for green energy, and on and on, all for the environment, which is another variant on “for the people”. If you haven’t figured it out yet, environmentalism and global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. It’s all about the money that gets funneled into the coffers of the environmental organizations and the green research and manufacturing companies, and into the coffers of the politicians who are paid to mislead the populace. That’s you and me!

Any time you hear a politician say “it’s for the people” I hope you realize it’s not about the people; it’s about the money, and the power that derives from the money.

Don’t let our politicians continue their rapacious hoaxes in the name of the people. Stand up and fight back.

 

 

 

Flag Day

Posted June 14, 2011

 


On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress passed the Flag Act, making the stars and stripes the official flag of the new United States. It stands to this day as a symbol of the union of the states in the formation of a new nation; and it stands for the freedom and liberty we all enjoy, and even take for granted, as we rest in the shadow of the republic for which it stands.

 

 

Ragged Old Flag, by Johnny Cash


I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, “Your old courthouse is kinda run down.”
He said, “Naw, it’ll do for our little town.”
I said, “Your flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that’s a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it.”

He said, “Have a seat”, and I sat down.
“Is this the first time you’ve been to our little town?”
I said, “I think it is.” He said, “I don’t like to brag,
But we’re kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.”

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing ‘Oh Say Can You See’.
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin’ at its seams.”

“And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.”

“On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.”

“She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they’ve about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land she’s been abused --
She’s been burned, dishonored, denied and refused.”

“And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in.
’Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.”

“So we raise her up every morning,
Take her down every night.
We don’t let her touch the ground
And we fold her up right.
On second thought I DO like to brag,
’Cause I’m mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag.”

 

 

 

Knowing future performance

Posted June 15, 2011

 

On Monday evening the current Republican candidates for the 2012 Presidential election nominating process participated in a televised debate. I must confess, I didn’t watch it. I find staged events like this one to be insulting to the intelligence of the American voters. After all, how can we assess the candidate’s positions on important topics from 3-minute sound bytes spoken into a TV camera for political posturing?

Televised town hall meetings might work, if the candidates weren’t permitted to seed the audience with their own supporters, and if they weren’t permitted to pre-approve all the questions.

Are you catching my drift? I know I tend to be a bit cynical about what politicians say, but I like to think of it as discernment. I want to know that a politician truly believes what they are saying about a specific topic, say socialized health care, and not just saying what they think the audience wants to hear at the time.

For example, when Obama was campaigning he said he wouldn’t raise taxes except for those making $250,000 and above. Then the first big program he pushes through is ObamaCare, which requires everyone to purchase health care whether they can afford it or not. I tend to think I was lied to just so he could get elected.

Herein lies the rub. How can we ensure, to the best of our ability, that a candidate will not say one thing to get elected, and then do something else when he gets in office?

I look for consistency. So when Romney supported health care for Massachusetts, and says that type of plan may not be right for the whole country, that is ObamaCare, then I have to ask why the inconsistency. Can something that is good for Massachusetts residents not be good for California, or Idaho, or Texas?

What I want to hear from our Republican candidates is their position on very specific issues, and then an explanation of how they upheld that position in their past political life.

Past consistency is a good predictor of future performance. Convince me with your track record.

 

 

 

Liberty and prosperity

Posted June 16, 2011

 

In Federalist #2, click link for the full text, John Jay makes his case for the continuation of the Union created by the Congress of 1774, but under the new Constitution recommended by the Convention. His argument is based on the notion that if they trusted the people who recommended the Articles of Confederation, then they should trust even more the people who recommend the new Constitution because they were “tried and justly approved for patriotism and abilities, and who have grown old in acquiring political information, were also members of this convention, and carried into it their accumulated knowledge and experience.”

He says of the people who participated in the Congress of 1774 “That they were individually interested in the public liberty and prosperity, and therefore that it was not less their inclination than their duty to recommend only such measures as, after the most mature deliberation, they really thought prudent and advisable.”

Don’t you wish we could say something similar about today’s politicians? Wouldn’t it be nice if they were individually interested in the public liberty and prosperity, and they only recommended such measures as they really thought prudent and advisable?

We need to look for people who are truly interested in the public liberty and prosperity and then elevate them to the most influential public office possible. These are the type of people we need to reverse the encroaching progressivism strangling our liberty and prosperity. Do any of the current Republican candidates for President fit this bill? If they do, I haven’t seen it yet!

What is in the public interest of our liberty and prosperity? A number of key issues come to the fore. First there is the out of control government spending that is so addicting to our politicians, Democrat and Republican alike. They seem to think they are not doing their job if they are not spending our money.

When one of my daughters was in college we gave he a credit card for emergencies. Her idea of an emergency was any time she didn’t have enough money to buy what she wanted. We tried taking it away a few times to stress the need for prudence, but always gave it back. Eventually we had to cut it up. If we don’t do the same to our politicians, they will never stop spending. Money is like crack to a politician.

Second there is the imprudent taxes and fees and regulations that always cost us more money. Progressive politicians, whether left or right, have no restraints when it comes to sticking their hands in the people’s pockets. On the regulation side, the Obama administration has gotten around the tax legislation requirement by having his departments, like EPA, impose regulations that force businesses to spend more money than they can afford or want. And you wonder why unemployment is currently so high!

I can come up with many more issues that our politicians are not doing in the interest of public liberty and prosperity. Maybe what we need is a second bill of rights! This new bill of rights should have articles like the following:

  1. All spending during every fiscal year needs to be voted on by the House of Representatives and approved by a two-thirds majority in order to get the check written. Spending should include taxes, fees, and any costs imposed by any department’s regulations on individuals and businesses. No approved spending from any prior fiscal year should happen without a new vote in the year the money is spent.

  2. A balanced budget is required every fiscal year, and all actual spending is limited to the total number of dollars collected the prior fiscal year.

  3. 3The total debt must be reduced to zero within ten years, with the exception of Social Security and Medicare.

  4. All money collected for Social Security and Medicare must be used only for that purpose, and no other.

  5. All current debt interest and some principle must be paid before any other spending can be approved.

  6. Any necessary emergency borrowing, as in times of war, may be enacted for the current fiscal year only with a four-fifths majority of the House of Representatives.

Maybe one of our illustrious Republican presidential candidates will pick up the ball and run with this idea. I’m sure each of you reading this post has ideas of your own. Make your views know to the candidates.

It’s time to take our country back. Stand up for what you believe in and speak out.

 

 

 

Honor, integrity, and the rule of law

Posted June 20, 2011

 

In Federalist #3, click link for the full text, John Jay continues his argument for the continuation of the Union “as it respects security for the preservation of peace and tranquility, as well as against dangers from foreign arms and influence, as from dangers of the like kind arising from domestic causes.” He presses the point that one Union is better, wiser, more efficient, and stronger that thirteen separate nations or three or four confederacies when it comes to security and safety.

Mr. Jay makes a solid argument for his cause saying “Because when once an efficient national government is established, the best men in the country will not only consent to serve, but also will generally be appointed to manage it.” The best and the brightest chosen from all thirteen states forms a better decision making body than splitting them up among thirteen separate nations or three or four confederacies.

After pondering Mr. Jay’s arguments, while I agree with his conclusion of the need for one Union to foster the desired peace and tranquility, I realized that his perspective is from a 1787 vantage point of political behavior with honor and integrity and a healthy reverence for the rule of law, devoid of the political parties that were just starting to emerge in the new Republican experiment.

Note that I use the term “Republican” for the government, and not “Democratic.” A republican form of government, historically, is one in which decisions and laws are made by a group of people who are elected by the people or appointed by those elected, and not by the people directly. The United States of America was established as a Federal Republic, not a Democracy.

That’s why, originally, only the House of Representatives was elected by the people in each state, but the Senate was appointed by the state legislatures (changed by the 17th Amendment), and the President was elected by an electoral college of state determined individuals. The people had no direct say in electing the Senators and the President, but they did, and still do, in their Representatives.

Our founding fathers chose to create a republican form of government, and not a democracy, because they believed that the people would make self-serving decisions that would not be good for the Union as a whole, and that those elected to make the decisions would be men of honor, integrity, and a healthy reverence for the rule of law.

How far we have strayed! Today’s politicians generally have neither honor, nor integrity, nor a respect for the rule of law. They seem to want only what’s good for themselves, their career as a politician, and their possible lucrative job after public office.

This is cynical, I know. But let’s look at a current example.

The word on the street at the end of last week was that Republicans in the House were backing away from blocking the debt limit hike. Were they just trying to assess the public’s reaction through a small leak to the online press? Or maybe it’s just politics as usual, making a deal because they don’t feel comfortable being in the middle of a political battle. The pressure is too much for them, with the Democrats on one side and their constituents on the other. Or maybe they just want to maintain their standing in the D.C. political community by proving that they are men and women well versed in the art of compromise.

If they cave they will not be doing what’s best for the long term well being of the country; and that’s why they were elected in 2010. If they do what’s expedient for themselves at the expense of the country’s financial safety and security then they will be breaking faith with the electorate. This then will be our proof that they are no longer men and women of honor to carry out what they said they would do, of integrity to fulfill their mission in the face of mounting adversity, or respectful to the people’s voice in the rule of law.

It is important that we encourage our Representatives to hold the line on the debt ceiling. Tell them not to raise it under any circumstances. Let them know how you feel about the financial safety and security of our country.

I’ll leave you with this quote by Alexander Hamilton: “The institution of delegated power implies that there is a portion of virtue and honor among mankind which may be a reasonable foundation of confidence.”

 

 

 

Senate responsibility

Posted June 22, 2011

 

Is Mitch McConnell, Senator from Kentucky and Minority Leader of the Senate, paying attention to the consequences of his political actions? Looking at his recent activities on presidential appointments, he appears to be asleep at the wheel.

Mr. McConnell is one of seven Republican co-sponsors of the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act (S.679), which would eliminate the confirmation requirement for many presidential appointees. This act would be in direct violation of Article II, Section 2, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution.

Do you think it wise and prudent for the Senate to give up even some of its responsibility, as defined in the Constitution? Why would they even consider doing this?

The upside for them might be saving time over some of the minor appointments, time spent researching backgrounds of the appointees, time spent lobbying for their approval or disapproval, and time spent voting for or against the appointees. Of course, their staff does all of the researching, and most of the lobbying. What else do the Senators have to do, except what the Constitution gives them the authority and responsibility to do? To advise and consent.

The downside is significantly detrimental to the health and well-being of our country. Ambassadors and ministers represent the country’s collective interests around the world. Shouldn’t our illustrious Senators spend some of their precious time advising and consenting on these individuals to make sure they approve or disapprove how they will represent us?

Federal judges have the power to direct the outcome of verdicts in cases brought before them, and some activist judges even try to redefine the law from the bench. Shouldn’t our illustrious Senators spend some of their precious time advising and consenting on these individuals to make sure they approve or disapprove how they will interpret the law, or maybe even if they will try to redefine it?

Then there are all the major and minor Executive Office appointees for the various departments reporting to the President. These department office holders have, of late, a great deal of power to establish and enforce regulations without any Congressional oversight. Many, like the EPA and NLRB, are directly or indirectly costing businesses around the country much needed capital in these tough economic times; and money translates into private sector jobs, which have declined by 1.9 million since the first stimulus was passed to fix our sagging economy.

Shouldn’t our illustrious Senators spend some of their precious time advising and consenting on these individuals to make sure they approve or disapprove how they will potentially behave in their office? Better to disapprove a progressive tax and spend redistribution of wealth radical before they take office, than to try to undo the damage they cause later. Oh wait, Congress has also given up their responsibility to undo any of the damage done to our country’s social and economic fabric by the out of control Executive branch. They just spend their time doing whatever it is they do, while the country is burning down around them.

Wake up and smell the smoke. Maybe it’s time for “we the people” to stimulate our illustrious Senators into doing their Constitutionally given jobs. That’s what we are paying them for!

Tell them what you think.

 

 

 

Fiscal responsibility

Posted June 25, 2011

 

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their long-term budget outlook last week, and it paints a disastrous picture. They point out that our nation’s debt will exceed the GDP, the total gross earnings of the US economy, within the next ten years. The reason for this dire outlook is clear. Our elected federal legislators will not stop their out of control spending, taxes, and regulations strangling our economy.

Ben Bernanke recently chided that if we don’t raise the debt limit by 2 trillion dollars our economy will suffer disastrous consequences. The Democrats want to increase spending as a way to divert this disaster. They also want to continue with their out of control regulations that are strangling the ability for businesses to lower costs and create new private sector jobs. And the Republicans, in my mind, are the worst of the lot. They want to allow the debt ceiling to be raised if Congress can cut an equal amount in spending.

The six-month continuing resolution passed in April promised a spending reduction of 38.5 billion dollars. A mere drop in the bucket! Of course, this was a bogus number using very fuzzy logic that the CBO later said amounted to pretty much nothing.

When will this craziness stop! When will “we the people” wake up and realize that we are being lied to again and again and again? Politicians give us some warm and fuzzy numbers to hold on to so that we will think they are doing what we want, but the reality is that they are lying to us and doing what they want.

Well, how can we fix the problem of out of control spending, taxation, and regulation? When will “we the people” say enough is enough?

The CBO also said in their report that we can reduce the debt to zero in 25 years if we cut total spending starting in fiscal year 2012 by only 4.9%, and then hold spending flat for the duration. I say cut spending by 10%, except in Medicare and Social Security and Defense, and speed up the process.

The only solution, the way I see it, short of another revolution, is to replace every politician in next year’s primaries with people who will pledge to hold the line on the debt limit, cut spending, cut taxes, cut regulations, and cut the size of government.

Just say NO to politicians who will not take this pledge! Stand up and make yourself heard in the public forum.

 

 

 

Geithner, progressive pawn

Posted June 27, 2011

 

Timothy Geithner, the 75th Treasury Secretary of the United States, is no Alexander Hamilton! Geithner is a political pawn of the progressive tax and spend big government elite; and although Hamilton, our first Treasury Secretary, was accused of being a pawn of the Federalists, he created the best and longest lasting federal monetary and financial system in the world.

Hamilton consolidated a staggering federal and state debt of 77 million dollars, primarily as a result of the Revolutionary War, and set up a system to pay down the entire debt in thirty-five years. In addition, Congress and President Washington held strong beliefs that the government should not spend any more that it could raise from taxes and unsettled land sales. They all believed that taxing individuals and businesses was unconscionable.

On the other hand, Geithner believes in building an even bigger government than we currently have, no matter what the cost to the peace and tranquility of the people. His latest statement that taxes must be raised on small businesses so the federal government can remain big is proof of his position. He believes that this is the only alternative that will provide a balanced approach to reduce our fiscal deficit.

It is difficult for me to even begin to fathom how someone can think this way. To put this additional burden on small businesses at a time when local, state, and federal governments are all looking to solve their financial crises on the backs of the heart and soul of our economy is not an acceptable solution. It will only make our financial problems worse. We should be looking for ways to reduce the operating costs of small businesses, since they are responsible for a conservative 64% of all new jobs created in the country.

From its inception, our country has done everything possible to foster the success of small businesses. So why are they being assaulted now?

Part of the problem is we have a tax system that allows 45% of the people to pay no taxes, or even get back money they didn’t pay in; while big businesses and unions pay very little to nothing of what they earn in taxes. The other part of the problem is we have federal, state, and local governments that cannot stop their spending addictions. Money is like crack to politicians.

We need to find ways to prevent our politicians from spending money they don’t have, and isn’t theirs. It’s our money, taken away from our families and our retirements!

It’s time to force politicians to pledge to hold the line on the debt limit, to cut spending, to cut taxes, to cut regulations, and to cut the size of government. It’s the only way all the people in our country will be able to prosper, not just the political elite and their union hacks.

Stand up and speak out for what you believe in.

 

 

 

Criteria for success

Posted June 28, 2011

 

In Federalist #4, click link for the full text, John Jay continues his reasons why the safety of the people is best secured by the Union proposed in the Constitution. He addresses the causes of war and how one Union would be better secured to prevent war on the one hand, and to prosecute a successful war, if necessary, on the other hand.

Jay talks about our land and resources as tempting targets for other nation’s ambitions, and our ability to manufacture goods inexpensively as targets for their wrath. This makes me thing about how our country was built upon our great manufacturing prowess for almost two hundred years; and then our not so great politicians started allowing, or even forcing, our manufacturing offshore. Shame on us for allowing them to emasculate our nation in this way!

Jay’s conclusion, one that drove us in the second half of the twentieth century, is much broader than just manufacturing: “If they see that our national government is efficient and well administered, our trade prudently regulated, our militia properly organized and disciplined, our resources and finances discreetly managed, our credit re-established, our people free, contented, and united, they will be much more disposed to cultivate our friendship than provoke our resentment.”

Our federal politicians have lost sight of these six criteria, as established by Jay, to ensure that other nations are more likely to want of be our ally rather than our enemy. I’ll briefly look at each one to see how we stack up to these criteria today.

Is our national government efficient and well administered? The answer is NO. Our government has gotten bloated, inefficient, and out of control. We have agencies dictating rules and regulations without any legislative oversight. The EPA with its environmental and energy conservation regulations are strangling businesses; the NLRB with its union associations is telling businesses what they can and cannot do; ICE is determining which illegal aliens can stay in the country and which must leave, against federal law; and then, of course, there are all the useless and unneeded programs that our government wastes our money on. These are just a few examples of the many that might be listed.

Is our trade prudently regulated? The answer is NO. The recently reported trade deficit for April decreased by 6.7% to a whopping 43.7 billion dollars, or an annualized number of over 500 billion dollars; which means we sell much less to other countries than we buy from them. This also means we are loosing over 500 billion dollars in manufacturing and agricultural revenue to other nations. Since people expenses are a large portion of any manufacturing and agricultural job, then we are loosing about 100 to 200 billion dollars in private sector jobs to other nations every year. We would definitely be able to lower, if not virtually eliminate, our current 9.1% unemployment significantly if we just cut our trade deficit in half.

Is our militia properly organized and disciplined? The answer is YES, with some caveats. We have the best organized and disciplined military in the world; and we proved it over and over again since the Revolutionary War. The caveats are threefold. Our politicians seem to think our military, and therefore our security, is a political pawn of inappropriate spending policies; our politicians don’t think they need to provide our soldiers with all the necessary equipment to get the job done and with the least loss of life; and our politicians seem to think our soldiers can win battles without the proper intelligence sources about the enemy’s strength, location, and movement.

Are our resources and finances discreetly managed? The answer is NO. You might think our resources are managed just fine; but I’ll give you an example of our forests. For environmental reasons, so they say, our forests are no longer maintained by eliminating the dead leaves, needles, and wood on the forest floor, allowing fires to start and spread rapidly, as we’ve seen in recent years with all the out of control wild fires that have been reported. Certainly, no one can say that our finances are well managed; not when we’re 14.3 trillion dollars in debt, and our politicians want to raise that another 2 trillion dollars to continue their out of control spending. They don’t seem to think it’s a problem that our debt is currently 70% of GDP; they want to push it to 100% in the next ten years.

Is our credit re-established? The answer is a definite NO. Our accumulation of debt, with no plan to pay it back, let alone to lower it, is causing our credit rating to be lowered, that is worsened. Recently both Moody and S&P warned that we need to reverse the expansion of our debt if we hope to keep our triple-A rating. If our credit rating drops then the cost of capital will go up, and we will have to spend more on the interest for our debt, taking money away from other more important uses.

Are our people free, contented, and united? The answer is NO. Freedom and contentment in society is derived from a government that is strong enough to ensure our security and prosperity, as it relates to the rest of the world, and from a government that is small enough not to hinder our freedoms with regulations and not to sabotage our contentment with oppressive taxes. Unity, on the other hand, has been elusive in every generation since the Revolutionary War. People always disagree on how to solve the problems facing our nation; they even disagree on identifying which problems to solve; whether it was on independence, slavery, and the type of government back then, or on the debt, the size of government, and illegal aliens today. To remain united, however, we must find common ground where both sides can feel like they have given up a little to win a little; not the rapaciousness and calumny of today’s politics.

So let’s see, of the six criteria identified by Jay, we are not doing well on five, which means that other nations see us as an abject failure, and therefore are looking to tear us down rather than befriend us. Is this how we see ourselves?

How do you see our performance according to Jay’s criteria? Speak out and make your views known.

 

 

 

Obama, Hypocrite in Chief

Posted June 30, 2011

 

Now that it fits Mr. Obama’s agenda, he is pushing the House and Senate leaders to come up with a plan to reduce the nation’s long-term deficit, raise the debt ceiling, and raise more revenue. By the way, “revenue” is the current politically correct Democrat code word for “taxes“.

In addition, Obama is chastising Congress for wanting to take their break for the 4th of July, and for ignoring the debt crisis. What a hypocrite! Obama ignored the debt crisis by having Biden lead the talks with Congress; and Obama has continually taken expensive vacations with his family, and many others to service their needs, while Congress has been in session doing whatever it is they can do to bring down our country. It would be a God-send if Congress took lots of vacations too, because the more they are vacationing the less they are destroying what little freedom and liberty we have left.

Obama is now saying we should eliminate the private jet tax breaks that his stimulus bill created just two years ago. I wonder what happened to the 8% unemployment that his stimulus bill promised? We’re at 9.1% unemployment in the recently released numbers. So that didn’t work very well. Did it?

Obama has no plan. He doesn’t even know what to do to help fix the problems. All his work experience, other than as a politician, was as a community activist, a rabble rouser, to get people to do what his handlers, the ones who make the puppet dance, tell him to do. All he knows is the blame game. Divert attention from himself, and from the fact that he is totally incompetent at his job, to others, to the GOP, to oil companies, to people making 250 thousand dollars or more, to those getting tax breaks for their private jets, and on and on and on.

Now to my point. What’s the problem with his pushing the House and Senate leaders to come up with a plan to reduce the nation’s long-term deficit, raise the debt ceiling, and raise more revenue?

How will raising the debt ceiling help reduce the nation’s long-term debt? Raising the debt ceiling means we will be borrowing more money, not paying back what we already owe, which will increase our long-term debt, not decrease it.

What we need to do to get this country and our economy back on track to prosperity is to hold the line on debt. No new debt under any circumstances. Second, we must curtail our voracious spending addiction, making sure we pay the interest on the debt first, before any other money is doled out. Third, we must make sure Congress does not raise any more revenue, that is no more taxes, so as not to stifle business growth any more than it already is. Fourth, we must prioritize our spending so that we are not neglecting important areas like defense, and Social Security and Medicare for those over fifty.

If you haven’t realized yet, the biggest impediment to our economic growth and prosperity is ObamaCare. Businesses have slowed down hiring, or stopped altogether, because of the government imposed increased cost burden that comes with the healthcare requirements. Repealing ObamaCare would be a giant step on the road to economic recovery and prosperity.

Obama and the Congressional leadership, Democrat and Republican alike, are betting their jobs on the fact that we don’t pay attention to what they say from one day to the next. They think we are either too busy to pay attention, too stupid to connect the dots, or just don’t care enough to call them on their double-speak.

Let’s show Obama and Congress how it feels to be unemployed by voting them out of office. I only wish we could take away their lifetime pensions and benefits, like the best healthcare in the world, too.

The time has come for us to pay attention, and to take back our country before it goes down the drain for good. Stand up, get involved, and speak out.

 

 

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Religion and the Left

Posted July 2, 2011

 

What is it about the liberal elite that they hate anyone who is a professed Christian, and have an overwhelming need to denigrate them in the main stream media and the liberal blogs? What’s wrong with being a religious, God fearing, morally focuses individual in today’s society?

Yes, religion does have a place in our public persona, just like secular humanism, Darwinism, environmentalism, and global warming. Each goes into making us who we are, a living, breathing, feeling, thinking human being; and each requires faith to be a follower of their tenants. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Being a Christian in our public, as well as private, life is not a bad thing. In fact, having a strong moral foundation and then living every day trying to adhere to that standard is a good thing. It means we are less likely to funnel our campaign funds into private accounts, or to ensure that public stimulus money only goes to political supporters, or to lie about where we were born just to become President.

Don’t get me wrong. Religious people stumble and do the same immoral stuff. But, like David when he slept with Bathsheba, a married woman, had her husband killed, and then covered it up, he admitted that he was wrong and asked for God’s forgiveness when he was confronted with the truth. That’s why God said “he is a man after My own heart.” Not because he made a mistake, but because he admitted that he was wrong and asked for forgiveness. David sought after God’s heart, to be like Him. He was man enough to stand up for what he did and to live with the consequences.

I strongly believe that the social fabric of our country, and our economy, would be a whole lot better off if everyone in public office had the moral foundation and conscience to do what’s right for the country, rather than what’s right for themselves.

So when someone is an admitted follower of Jesus Christ in a public forum, I respect them for their honesty, and know that they will try to do the right moral thing in every situation in life, public and private. And I know they will stumble, apologize, pick themselves up, and continue trying to do the right thing. Trying is the operative word; it’s something to strive for.

I know Christians get a bad rep as being “holier than thou.” That too goes against Christ’s teachings. We need to be known as “humbler than thou.” That’s how Jesus walked; and that’s how we need to walk.

In my Christian life, since becoming a follower in Christ, the last thing I would want said about me is “I had no idea that he is a Christian.”

Contrary to popular belief, a Christian is not weak, leaning on a religious crutch; they are strong, with the strength of Christ in every action, public or private. Being a Christian is not something to be ashamed of in public; it is something to be made known in public. Otherwise, Christ will be ashamed of us, and not make us known to the Father.

Being a moral person is not a bad thing. The liberal elite ought to try it; they may find they like themselves better for the trying.

 

 

 

The Fourth of July

Posted July 4, 2011

 


Today is the Fourth of July. A day set aside to celebrate that momentous day in 1776 when the thirteen Colonies declared their independence, breaking all ties with oppressive British rule. It is the day that all thirteen Colonies unanimously agreed to declare “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states.”

Their claim was a simple one, building over fifteen years of progressively increasing abuse of power under British rule, that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

The British instituted a concerted campaign to deprive the peoples in the Colonies of their unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by imposing restrictions on their liberties of self government, going as far as abolishing those territorial governments that objected to their actions, and by strangling their pursuit of happiness by imposing unreasonably burdensome taxes at a time when it was already difficult to make a living.

We set aside this day, two hundred thirty-five years later, to honor these great people who put their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor on the line for what they believed in, to stand up against an oppressive and overbearing government. Their blood was shed so that we too can have claim to our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

But do we? Our claim to these unalienable rights is slowly being taken away by a corrupt government that wants to take money away from hard working individuals in order to give it to the liberal elite and to their union lackeys, that wants to impose restrictive and unnecessary regulations upon the people in the name of protecting them from themselves, and that wants to allow the people from other less fortunate nations to indiscriminately take up residence in this great country under false and illegal premises.

How much longer will we let our government run unchecked and unfettered by simple restraint? When will we start to protect of our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Where are all the great men and women of this generation who will stand up to a corrupt, out of control, oppressive government?

Remember what the great founders of our country said, “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Reclaim our country from this liberal lunacy that threatens our very way of existence. Stand up and speak out.

God Bless America.

 

 

 

How stupid does he think we are?

Posted July 5, 2011

 

No matter how much the progressive Democrats use their typical fear tactics on the populace regarding the debt ceiling deadline looming on August 2nd, according to Geithner, will that really be so bad?

What’s the worst that can happen? We will have to send all non-essential government employees home on an extended vacation; we will need to prioritize what bills we pay; and we won’t have any more destructive legislation passed for a while. Sounds like a holiday breather for the country to me.

Geithner again warned of catastrophic economic and market consequences if the government defaults on its loans. However, no one is recommending that our government default on its debt payments; and there is no plausible reason for the government to do this.

How stupid does he think we are? The debt interest can still be paid even if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. It just means that we have to prioritize which bills we pay first, just like we do in our own family when things get difficult. It does, however, mean extra work for our politicians to determine what needs to be paid, what can wait, and what can be renegotiated.

The biggest issue, of course, is that the debt has gotten so out of control that it takes up a whopping 44% of the annual federal budget. Obama’s 2012 fiscal year budget proposal is 3.7 trillion dollars, which means that the debt payments alone would exceed 1.6 trillion dollars. Entitlement spending accounts for an additional 2 trillion dollars; then there’s the unexpected expenses, which is never budgeted for by our government. With an estimated revenue intake, that’s taxes and fees, of 5 trillion dollars, that leaves us with a short fall of about 700 billion dollars.

My novice math says that there won’t really be a need to cut very much from the budget to get everything into balance, less than 19%. That’s the first step. Then we can start cutting taxes and spending simultaneously so we can get this tax and spend madness under control.

I’m sure critics will say my analysis is overly simplistic and naive, and will try to obfuscate the discussion in language that will hide the real issues. But given my business background of many years, this is the kind of first level approximation that indicates whether or not we needed to dig deeper.

Guess what? We need to dig deeper! Don’t just allow the politicians to vote in a higher debt ceiling. Make them work for their exorbitant paycheck!

But don’t believe my numbers either. The internet is a wealth of information from reliable sources, if you want to investigate on your own.

Dig out the truth for yourself, then stand up, speak out, and contact your Congressmen and Senators.

 

 

 

Redefine the Constitution?

Posted July 6, 2011

 

Now Geithner wants to redefine the Constitution to say that he has the power, through the Executive branch, to decide whether or not to raise the debt limit. At least that was what he implied when he quoted Amendment 14 Section 4.

Amendment 14 Section 4 states “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

He can argue that the debt shouldn’t be questioned until he turns blue in the face. However, Amendment 14 does not supersede Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which defines the powers of Congress, not of the Executive, saying “The Congress shall have Power … To borrow money on the credit of the United States.”

Once again I have to ask, “How stupid does he think we are?” Even though Amendment 14 says that the debt shouldn’t be questioned that is must be paid according to the Supreme Court in 1935, it doesn’t say that the Executive has the power to borrow money, only Congress has this power according to the Constitution.

Geithner and the progressive tax and spend Democrats are trying to redefine the Constitution in order to justify what they want to do. Their attitude is “don’t confuse me with the facts, I just want to define them to be what I want it to be!”

The real fact of the matter is that only Congress is legally capable of borrowing any money, Article 1 Section 8, and then the United States government is required to repay its creditors, Amendment 14 Section 4.

So if Geithner and Obama try to borrow additional money to fund their out of control spending without first getting approval from Congress, then they will be acting in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America.

But who’s going to stop them? Congress doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to the Executive as they have just shown by not challenging the President’s war powers over Libya; and the Supreme Court doesn’t have the fortitude to stand up to the Executive as they have just shown by choosing not to hear the case before them against the President’s eligibility.

Our President, Congress, and Supreme Court have all exhibited their total disregard for our Constitution in their recent actions. What’s next? Abolishing free speech? Oh, wait, people are already being fired for what they say. Abolishing freedom of the press? Oh, wait, the mainstream press is not free; since they will only publish the leftist propaganda. Abolish our right against unlawful search and seizure? Oh, wait, the TSA already has done this in spades. Abolish our right to bear arms? Their trying, but they haven’t been able to accomplish this one yet.

I think you get my point. We need to stop this leftist lunacy that thinks it’s ok to erode the freedom and liberty given us in the Constitution. But if no one stands up and says “No more!” they will keep doing what they are doing.

Stand up, speak out, and contact your Congressmen and Senators.

 

 

 

Hope and change

Posted July 8, 2011

 

In Federalist #5, click link for the full text, John Jay makes his strongest argument yet for Union and the passage of the Constitution by the States. In it he finalizes his discussion that one Union would be the best possible answer, verses three or four separate Confederacies or Nations, to protect all Thirteen States against the dangers from foreign force and influence.

This time he agues for the need for protection from each other, should three or four separate Confederacies or Nations emerge. He likens the United States to England before the addition of Scotland, and to the various European nations, pointing out how they were forever fighting against each other over whatever it was that excited their fancy or their ire at the time. I think it his best argument of the four essays written by him so far.

In it he makes the simple statement “We may profit by their experience without paying the price which it cost them.”

Learning life’s lessons is not always the easiest for us, since learning is the longest lasting from our mistakes, rather than from our successes. However, sometimes we truly can learn from the mistakes of others, so we don’t have to make the same ones ourselves; and this is Jay’s point.

If only this were true with our current federal government, which seems to want to follow the socialistic ways of Europe to the brink of destruction even though many European nations are currently looking to go a different way. All we have to do is take an honest look at how the European nations have fared over the past twenty years, and we would immediately put the brakes on.

But our illustrious politicians don’t want to take an honest look at the difficulties Europe is having. Their arrogance leads then to think they can do it better just because they think they’re smarter. However, the bottom line will be the same.

ObamaCare, our socialized medicine, will drive us to the brink of bankruptcy just like it has them; and our big government tax and spend mentality will drive us to the brink of financial ruin. Redistributing money from individuals and private companies to public ones will not work for us any more than it has for our European allies.

Obama called this hope and change! So, how’s that hope and change working for you now? Unemployment just went up to 9.2%, and the United States financial system is on the brink of collapse. More debt, more spending, more taxation, and more government will not fix the problem.

Our only real hope lies in the realization that our European friends have really screwed it up royally, and that true change lies in learning from their mistakes before we follow them into disaster and ruin. Our only real hope and change lies in holding the line on the debt ceiling, lowering the debt as fast as we can, reducing spending, reducing taxation, reducing the size of government, and getting rid or the regulations currently strangling free enterprise and small businesses around the country.

We need to make our voices heard for true hope and change that will benefit all the people! Stand up, speak out, and contact your Congressmen and Senators.

 

 

 

The Politics of God

Posted July 11, 2011

 

How would you answer this question: “Which of the following statements comes closest to describing your views about the Bible:

  • the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word,

  • the Bible is the inspired word of God but not everything in it should be taken literally, or

  • the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man?”

According to a recent Gallup poll, asked May 5-8, 2011, 49% of American adults are most likely to answer that the Bible is the inspired word of God, 30% are most likely to answer that the Bible is the actual word of God, and 17% are most likely to answer that the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.

The following graph shows the trends for this question collected by Gallup since 1977.



The poll results also indicated that 46% of Protestants/Christians and 65% of Catholics believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and 63% of those who profess no religion believe that the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.

In addition, the poll results indicated that 51% Republicans, 50% Independents, 46% Democrats, 45% Conservatives, 55% Moderates, and 48% Liberals believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God; and that 6% Republicans, 21% Independents, 24% Democrats, 7% Conservatives, 20% Moderates, and 31% Liberals believe that the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.

You can draw your own conclusions from these numbers by viewing the entire set of results on the Gallup website (http://www.gallup.com/poll/148427/Say-Bible-Literally.aspx).

I find it interesting that almost 1 in 4 Democrats and more than 3 in 10 Liberals believe that the Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man. These are the highest of all the political groups identified by Gallup.

Do these findings have any relationship or correlation with each group’s political platforms? I don’t think we can say, since this poll did not dig deeper into how ones view of the Bible affects or influences their political views.

But, what we see in the real world is that Democrats and Liberals are the ones pushing the agenda to have government take over all the things that the Bible says God’s people should be doing: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the sick, and visit those in prison.

Morality cannot be legislated; however, try telling this to a Democrat or Liberal. However, the church should not be abdicating its responsibilities to the government.

79% of all American adults believe that the Bible is the word of God; and therefore we should be living it out in our everyday life. All bible believing people need to take back our God given responsibility to go out of our way to help others. There is no other way, since faith without works is dead.

Get involved in the work of God in your local community. God’s people can make a difference in the world today!

 

 

 

When Obama speaks

Posted July 12, 2011

 

When Obama speaks does anyone really listen to what he says? Sure, all his czars and his staff listen to him; after all he hired them. But that’s what, maybe a couple of hundred people? Maybe the Democrat leaders in Congress still listen to him; although Reid and Pelosi have been unusually silent during the ongoing debt limit talks.

Do you listen to what Obama really says? I don’t! I never understand his point. But then I don’t think he even understands what he’s saying.

So when Obama says he cannot guarantee that Social Security, veteran, and disability checks will go out starting August 3rd if Democrats and Republicans fail to reach an agreement on raising the debt limit, and blames it on there not being enough money in the coffers to cover the checks, does he really believe what he is saying?

There is no way that the government coffers ever get that low, given they are taking in tax payments from around the country every quarter. It’s scare tactic rhetoric! Saul Alinsky would be proud.

Do you think the Democrats in Congress would risk reelection in order to spitefully make a point if the Republicans blocked the debt limit increase by August 2nd? There’s no way on God’s green earth that they would be so stupid, knowing that the electorate is against raising the debt limit.

We can hold the line on the debt limit, pay the interest on current loans, send out checks to the elderly, veterans, and disabled, and not go into default. Sure, some programs will not get any additional dollars to continue; but those should be selected by our politicians so as to have minimum impact on the economy.

Just like in our family, when times get financially difficult, we must stop spending money in the areas that are less important so we have money to pay the more important bills. We must show some fiscal responsibility, if we want to get this great country back onto a secure financial footing.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we cannot spend more than we have without bankrupting the entire country. We can only do that in times of extreme national emergency; and then only for a short while.

Please tell your Representatives and Senators to hold the line on the debt limit. Make a difference by speaking out.

 

 

 

McConnell’s old idea

Posted July 16, 2011

 

Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader in the Senate, has just proposed an old idea, one used in the 90’s for expedited review of agency rules, to allow three expedited debt ceiling increases between now and the end of the year totaling 2.5 trillion dollars, in return for 2.5 trillion dollars of spending decreases.

Does this sound like a good idea to you? It doesn’t to me! I believe that we should not be raising the debt limit under any circumstances. There should be no smaller increases totaling one very large increase. The only possible way to reduce the 14.3 trillion dollar debt is to reduce our real spending.

McConnell is what I like to call one of the old guard Republicans; one who is more comfortable in the land of compromise, go along to get along. However, compromise is what has allowed this once great country to get into the fiscal mess we are in today.

It’s not about compromise! Democrats don’t compromise. Obama doesn’t want to compromise away his tax an spend ideology, so why should we. Obama’s idea of compromise is to raise the debt limit now, increase taxes now, and we’ll cut spending at some later unspecified date. He’s not even old enough, or lived in the USA as a child, to remember the phrase “I’ll gladly pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

What we need is real spending cuts now, along with no new taxes, cuts in the federal government, and a dismantling of the regulations strangling our country’s small business. Then we won’t need to raise the debt limit; in fact we might even begin to pay off the 14.3 trillion dollar debt.

My economic creed is “lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt.” Maybe not immediately achievable, but a great goal to hold up as a way to restructure our federal government for prosperity and economic freedom in the years to come.


Please tell your Representatives and Senators to hold the line on the debt limit. Make a difference by speaking out.

 

 

 

Truth, a rare commodity

Posted July 14, 2011

 

A couple of days ago Obama said he cannot guarantee that Social Security, veteran, and disability checks will go out starting August 3rd if Democrats and Republicans fail to reach an agreement on raising the debt limit, and blames it on there not being enough money in the coffers to cover the checks.

We know this is not correct, since the federal government is constantly taking in revenue, in the form of taxes and fees. So if the debt limit is not raised, they can simply prioritize their payments to interest on the debt and promised entitlements for retirees, veterans, and disabled individuals.

Yesterday Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that the central bank is prepared to provide additional stimulus if the current sluggish economic trend persists. That means buying back more Treasury bonds, known as “quantitative easing”, by printing more money to cover the purchase.

What does all this mean for us regular people trying to raise a family, pay our bills, and keep a reasonable roof over our heads? It means higher unemployment, run away inflation, and even more foreclosures.

Does anyone know what the real unemployment number is?

The unemployment number published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for June 2011 is 9.2% (people unemployed 15 weeks or less), but the BLS unemployment number is really 14.5% (people unemployed 26 weeks or less), and the underemployment number showing up on the internet ranges from 16.2% to as high as 22.7% (the real number of people out of work or only working part time).

Notice how the monthly government reporting is only based on the number of people unemployed for 15 weeks or less; and the BLS doesn’t even report on the number of unemployed over 26 weeks or on those who are underemployed. This is quite hypocritical, since people can now get unemployment insurance for almost 2 years, and many people are working part time jobs just to get by. Why aren’t they reporting the real numbers?

To check out the BLS Employment Situation News Release, dated July 8, 2011, go to the BLS website (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.htm) for the full report. My numbers come from Table A-12.

The current inflation rate as of May 2011 is 3.6%, based on the consumer price index (CPI) published monthly by the BLS. Some interesting highlights include food increasing at 3.5% and oil and gas increasing at a whopping 36%. However, some reputable internet sites put the real inflation rate as high as 11.2%. I haven’t been able to figure out how yet, but I know the BLS is using its fuzzy math to keep the published inflation rate low.

To check out the BLS Consumer Price Index News Release, dated June 15, 2011, go to the BLS website (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.htm) for the full report. My numbers come from Table A.

So if Bernanke has his way, the central bank will print new money to buy back additional Treasury bonds so as to artificially keep the US economic picture looking good on the surface. But the real impact of not ridding ourselves of the huge debt and of trying to stimulate the economy with freshly printed greenbacks is uncontrolled inflation.

The result of this uncontrolled inflation will mean that every dollar we have saved or invested will be worth significantly less, and everything we own, such as our homes, will be worth less in real purchasing power. When this happens we will look back at the great depression fondly, thinking those years were better than we have; and Obama will be remembered less favorably than Carter.

Truth is a rare, if nonexistent, commodity in Washington, and especially in the Obama administration. Obama and his cronies will only tell us what they think we want to hear, not what’s really going on. So please don’t believe anything anyone tells you or anything you read; check out the details for yourself.

Please tell your Representatives and Senators to follow the Economic Creed.


Make a difference by speaking out.

 

 

 

Obama’s truth

Posted July 15, 2011

 

Today in an attempt to push his progressive tax and spend ideology forward as the only solution to the current debt limit negotiations, Obama made one of his more outrageous claims to date: that 80 percent of the American people support the Democrats’ demand for tax increases.

He said “The American people are sold” and that “The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”

Obama’s claim couldn’t be farther from the truth, according to a recent Rasmussen national telephone survey conducted July 12-13, 2011. The truth is that only 34% favor including any additional taxes in the debt limit legislation and 55% are opposed.

Maybe Obama didn’t quite understand what he was being told; since it turns out that 82% of Republicans surveyed do not want any new taxes in the deal. That’s close to 80%, right? Also, 58% of Democrats surveyed do want new taxes included in the deal; and independents are split 35% in favor and 51% are opposed.

You can check out the data on this Rasmussen web page.

In another Rasmussen national telephone survey conducted July 6-7, 2011, 55% of likely voters think decreasing government spending would help the economy, 24% think decreasing spending hurts the economy, and 11% think it will have no impact.

Looking at it from the other way, 24% of likely voters think tax increases help the economy, 54% think tax increases hurt the economy, and 11% think they have no impact whatsoever on the economy.

You can check out the data on this Rasmussen web page.

Have you ever noticed that when the Democrats accuse Republicans of being “dug in ideologically”, or anything else for that matter, they are really applying a stereotypical label that fits themselves, and not their opponents, in the hope that we the people would just believe what they say, and not look at what they do with an analytical eye. They think that all they have to do is repeat the lie a bunch of times, from different people, and we’re too stupid to see what they are doing and therefore won’t doubt their veracity.

Yet again Obama and his Democrat cronies are lying to us, hoping we will just believe what they say and not think for ourselves. Think again Mr. Obama. We have your number!

Are you sold on tax increases as part of the debt limit negotiations? I’m not! I’m sold on lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt.

Don’t just believe what Obama, or anyone else, including me, tells you. Check out the facts for yourself and then speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Running scared?

Posted July 18, 2011

 

Are the Democrats running scared as the tension and the rhetoric heats up in the months leading up to the 2012 Presidential primary season?

In February Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, blamed the GOP debt negotiators for undermining the economy so that Obama will loose the 2012 Presidential election. Recently he said Republican governors should urge GOP lawmakers to make a deal with Obama to increase the government’s borrowing limit before the August 2nd deadline when the U.S. faces financial default; and that the GOP is led by uncompromising hardliners.

Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas implied during a House floor speech Friday that raising the debt ceiling was being held up by members of Congress because President Obama is black, saying “What is different about this president that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment of when it is necessary to raise the debt limit in order to pay our bills?”

Hold on to your sanity, because the Democrat play book speaking points for the 2012 Presidential election are being tested and refined right now, based on early reactions by the rank and file. The speaking points will be used by Democrats in the public forum to incite Democrat voters to action through accusatory fear tactics that invariably seek the outcomes of ambitious, vindictive, rapacious, and jealous desires.

The Democrats are running scared from their 2010 mid-term election losses, and that makes them very dangerous. This means we, the Conservatives, need to refute every one of their statements as soon as they are spoken in public. We cannot let them hang in the air unchallenged, or they just might stick.

So when O’Malley said that the GOP is led by uncompromising hardliners, we need to point out that the only uncompromising hardliner in the debt negotiation talks has been Obama, who has never budged from his position of requiring increased taxes as part of any debt limit deal.

Fox News reported on July 7th “Obama’s proposal, according to multiple outlets, will be to build on the $1.5 trillion already agreed upon (a mix of cuts and projected interest savings on the cuts) by getting Republicans to agree to his $400 billion tax-increase package (which includes lower tax deductions for individual charitable giving and higher taxes on business inventories).”

So when O’Malley said that the GOP is led by uncompromising hardliners, he is really saying in Dem-speak that ‘even though we the Democrats are really the uncompromising hardliners, we will say in public that the GOP is in the hopes that people will just believe what we say and not look into the facts.’ When in fact the reality of being uncompromising hardliners points directly at the Democrats and their leader, Obama.

When Lee implies that the Republicans are going against Obama’s plan for the debt limit increase by raising taxes just because he is black, she is doing us a great disservice by trying to use race in a valid ideological discussion over taxes, spending, and the national debt.

Race is not, and has never been, a part of this discussion. So in bringing it up Lee is trying to incite the Democrat voters into a frenzy against Republicans in the hopes that the discussion will shift away from debt to race. Anyone who plays the race card in an attempt to sway the national discussion is just showing that they are lacking good ideas to add to the mix.

The discussion needs to be about each side’s view of the facts and the possible solutions. It’s ok that we don’t agree, as long as we don’t try to obfuscate the public discussion with emotion inducing rhetoric, name calling, and calumny. We need to be able to speak our views openly and honestly in the public forum in order to come up with a rational solution to an apparently insurmountable public problem.

Any use of inflammatory rhetoric to hamper free speech in the public debate goes against the fundamental principles upon which this great nation was founded. Free speech is the chief cornerstone of the freedom and liberty granted us in the Constitution.

Please make your views known in the public discussion over the debt limit. It will ensure a better solution to the immediate problems that face us today.

 

 

 

Cut, Cap, and Balance

Posted July 19, 2011

 

Amid statements by Moody to eliminate the debt limit altogether in order to ensure our credit rating remains high, by Obama and the liberal Democrats that we need to raise the debt limit and offset it with higher taxes, and by Obama promising to veto the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill, our conservative Republican friends in the House and Senate are holding to their 2010 election commitment to reduce government spending.

The Cut, Cap, and Balance bill offers substantial cuts in spending to ensure that the deficit can be reduced more and more every year, enforceable spending caps with the objective of balancing the budget, and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution which would include a spending limitation and a required super-majority to raise taxes. This bill should be acted on by both the House and Senate this week.

So far the GOP leadership, aside from McConnell who is sucking up to Obama and the Democrat leadership with his own recommendations, is sticking to their statements of not allowing the debt limit to be raised with additional taxes and without any real reductions in spending, and until the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill is passed.

This is an important bill in a number of ways. First, it shows us that our newly elected Congress men and women are fully intentioned to meet their 2010 campaign commitments to the electorate. They are doing what they said they would do, even if the legislation fails to pass or if it does pass and is vetoed by Obama.

Second, this bill sets the stage and tenor for the 2012 Presidential election dialog, focusing on spending, taxation, and debt. This is an important discussion to have at this time in the public forum.

Third, this bill glaringly exposes those who are on the side of lower spending, lower taxes, and lower debt, and those who are on the side of more spending, more taxes, and more debt; something to remember at election time.

And fourth, it’s the right thing to do for the financial security of our great country.

Personally, I cannot fathom how someone could think more spending, more taxes, and more debt could be anything but harmful to our economy and therefore to our families. But then I have to remind myself that not everyone has the best interest of the country and their families in their hearts and minds.

In the words of Alexander Hamilton related to the causes of hostility due to private passions in Federalist #6, “Men of this class, whether the favorites of a king or of a people, have in too many instances abused the confidence they possessed; and assuming the pretext of some public motive, have not scrupled to sacrifice the national tranquility to personal advantage or personal gratification.” That is, some use their public motives to hide their personal gains from the light of day.

I have a difficult time understanding how anyone would want to run the country differently from how they run their personal life; and since not spending more than I have is a tenet of my life, I believe it is a good tenet for government as well. But then I remember the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, political adversaries, each of whom died leaving their families in overwhelming debt.

Is this what we want for our children and children’s children? We cannot in good conscience leave them with the unpaid bills of our unbridled rapacious desires? It’s time to reign in Congress and Obama!

Tell your Representatives and Senators to pass the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill. Speak up in the public forum for lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt.

 

 

 

Washington fuzzy math

Posted July 20, 2011

 

This morning’s headlines read “Senate Republicans Show Flexibility in Debt Debate” on FoxNews.com, and “Analysis: ‘Gang of Six’ breathes life into debt debate” on News.Yahoo.com. You know this has to be one great deal proposal when Obama embraces it, and Reid says it’s really extraordinary. The only one who we haven’t heard from is Pelosi, who is too busy to worry about the deficit and debt limit issues.

The new proposal “claims $3.75 trillion in savings over a decade, including about $1.2 trillion in new revenues and reforms that could result in a net $1.5 trillion in tax cuts,” says Richard Cowan of News.Yahoo.com.

The Associated Press says “The Gang of Six plan promises almost $4 trillion in deficit cuts, including an immediate 10-year, $500 billion down payment that would come as Congress sets caps on the agency budgets it passes each year. It also requires an additional $500 billion in cost curbs on federal health care programs, cuts to federal employee pensions, curbs in the growth of military health care and retirement costs, and modest cuts to farm subsidies.”

Based on my understanding, they’re using Washington fuzzy math, which means that spending cuts over ten years really refers to lowering future increases to spending that would have to be agreed to by future Congresses, budget caps each year means that these caps would also have to be agreed to by future Congresses, and reforms that could result in tax cuts means that they would have to get future Congresses to vote on these future tax cuts. The only element of the plan that would happen immediately, according to Washington fuzzy math, is the 1.2 trillion dollars in tax increases, called revenue increases in Washington-speak.

So basically this plan says Congress can raise the debt limit and increase taxes today for promises of possibly lowering the deficit, spending, and taxes tomorrow. No wonder Obama embraces this plan! It’s everything he wants and nothing he doesn’t want. It’s his plan coming from another supposedly bipartisan source.

This Gang of Six plan is just business as usual in Washington. Nothing’s changed! Tell the people what they want to hear and then go on doing what you want to do. It’s time to say NO to Washington fuzzy math.

On the other hand, the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill that passed the House yesterday by a vote of 234 to 190 guarantees real spending cuts now, enforceable spending caps now, and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution now. All of these would be binding to this and future Congresses; and all without any new taxes.

This President, his political cronies, and Congress are destroying our once great economy with excessive legislation, regulations, and spending. Businesses will not expand or hire under these economic conditions because of the financial uncertainty brought on by this President, his political cronies, and Congress. Until this uncertainty goes away, job opportunities and the dollar will continue to shrink.

We need real change now, not Washington fuzzy math! We need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt NOW. This country is not too big to fail.

Tell your Senators that you want the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill passed now; and then congratulate your Representatives for passing the bill yesterday. Speak up in the public forum for real change NOW.

 

 

 

No short term deal!

Posted July 21, 2011

 

President Obama is now saying he is open to a short term deal while the details of a long term debt limit solution are in the works, since there is not enough time to hammer out the details of the long term solution between now and August 2nd.

May I remind you that August 2nd is not a real deadline! The federal government takes in enough revenue, taxes and fees, every month to be able to pay the interest on our debt and write the monthly checks for retirees, veterans, and the disabled. After that, anything left over can be prioritized, that is fought over, by Congress until there is no more money left for the month. Gee, maybe Congress will get a true feeling for how most of the people in the country live, from paycheck to paycheck, trying to make ends meet.

It appears that many of the old school, go along to get along Republicans are falling like dominos to bow at the feet of the short term solution idea. They are without any backbone to fight for the majority position of the rank and file Republicans and conservatives across this great country. They have absolutely no original ideas of their own, except maybe how to spend the money in their campaign coffers to get reelected, so they can continue collecting more money at the expense of the security and stability of the country.

I know. That’s awfully cynical. But, I am one who likes to look at history, past performance, to gage how someone will act in current situations. Almost a half century of working in the private sector, starting with part time jobs in high school, has taught me to look at reality with an analytical eye; and it has taught me that zero-sum budgeting, not spending more that you take in, is the only way to survive long term.

In a May 13th Gallup poll 47% said they oppose raising the debt limit and only 19% were in favor; a July 13th Gallup poll points out that of “the majority of Americans who are following the U.S. debt ceiling issue very closely, 53%, say they want their member of Congress to vote against raising the debt limit”; and in a July 18th poll “Gallup finds that Americans, by a 42% to 22% margin, are more likely to want their representative in Congress to vote against rather than for an increase in the federal debt ceiling, with 35% saying they have no opinion”.

The right solution is very clear. Do not raise the debt limit under any circumstances; force Congress and Obama to live within their means; and do not allow Congress to raise taxes. In fact, in order to breathe new life into our slumping economy, we need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt.

Perpetuating or ignoring a problem will only make it worse. We must address these issues today, not tomorrow. Procrastinating will only make the issues that much harder to deal with later. A maxim in business that always worked is “it’s better to take your lumps now, than get knocked out later.”

Tell your Representatives and Senators to say NO to a short term debt deal, and to fix the problem now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Senate Obstructionism

Posted July 22, 2011

 

Today the Senate voted 51 to 46 to table the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill passed by the House, meaning they essentially voted to not vote on it, which is different than voting on the bill itself. Politics has its nuances just like any other field of endeavor.

Why did the Senate vote not to vote on the bill? That’s so they could say with a straight face that they didn’t vote against the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill, since the majority of the American people say they want real cuts in spending, along with real caps in future spending, and a requirement for a balanced budget.

In the words of John Boehner, House Speaker, “Senate Democrats have defied the will of the American people who overwhelmingly support real spending cuts, caps on future spending, and a balanced budget to create a better environment for private-sector job growth. Republicans are standing with the American people and, as I’ve said before, will not pass a bill that fails to cut spending by more than it increases the debt limit, restrain future spending, or that raises taxes on families and job creators. To help avoid a default, I urge the Senate to rethink their decision and immediately approve the responsible, balanced, House-passed ‘Cut, Cap, & Balance’ proposal.”

Harry Reid, senate Majority Leader, has again played his obstructionist role perfectly. Rather than allowing a straight up or down vote on the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill passed by the House, he has tabled the bill indefinitely, thereby ensuring that the Senate never has to vote on it.

Reid is not interested in what is best for the country, or even in what the majority of the American people want; he is only interested in what is best for Reid and the Senate Democrats.

Then, after having the chutzpah to complain about the House taking Friday off after doing what they stayed in session to do, he sends the Senate home for a long weekend. What a hypocrite.

I think that if the American people are really in favor of cutting spending, capping spending, and ensuring a balanced budget, then they will make sure that Reid and his obstructionist Democrat cohorts will not survive their next bid for reelection to the Senate. That’s the only way we have to deal with these kind of people under the Constitution.

Now the ball is back in Boehner’s court. He and the Republican Representatives must hold the line on the desires of the rank and file; they must not allow any debt deal that does not contain real spending cuts of an equal dollar amount and no tax increases as the only criteria for allowing the debt limit to be raised.

Please join with me in congratulating the House Republicans for a job well done, and encouraging them to hold the line on the wishes of their voters, to continue to be men and women of integrity who can be counted on in tough times as well as good.

Tell your Representatives we need real change now; we need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt. Speak up in the public forum for real change now.

 

 

 

Why the big rush?

Posted July 24, 2011

 

This weekend has been a bust for coming to agreement on what to do about the supposed need to raise the debt limit. The Boehner and Obama talks have gone nowhere because Obama is stuck on taxes; the House and Senate discussions with Obama in the Cabinet Room of the White House have also gone nowhere, as expected; and the Boehner, Reid, Pelosi, McConnell meeting also produced no tangible results.

Obama is sulking in the White House; Reid is accusing GOP leaders of intransigence, according to FoxNews.com; Pelosi went back to doing whatever she thinks is more important than the debt limit issue; Boehner went back to drum up another proposal with the House Republicans to raise the debt limit against the Republican electorate’s wishes; and McConnell went off who knows where.

The truth of the matter is, unless one side caves, there will never be an agreement between them, since the Democrats and Obama want the debt limit raised with more taxes and no spending cuts, the Republicans want spending cuts to allow the debt limit to be raised and with no more taxes, and the American people have made themselves very clear that they do not want the debt limit raised or any more taxes (See my July 21st post, No short term deal!).

What I don’t understand is why, according to multiple media sources, do they appear to be so desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the U.S. workweek? Isn’t it a little late to be worrying about the stock market?

This is Washington insanity at its worst! Don’t they get it? Read my lips. The American people do not want the debt limit raised; they want Washington to stop spending money we do not have; and they certainly do not want any more oppressive job-killing taxes on individuals and businesses.

So then what will happen when the August 2nd deadline, which is probably as artificial as the last one Geithner gave us, comes and goes?

According to the U.S. Treasury’s March statement, the U.S. government took in 128 billion dollars in net tax revenue, and paid out 1.1 trillion in expenses, 705 billion of which were for redeeming Treasury securities. Of course, there was no mention of the additional dollars taken in for Social Security, Medicare, and all the fees collected in March. There seems to be a one-sided picture being painted by the Geithner Treasury Department.

The answer is that the government will have to decide what to pay with the actual dollars they have; and this task falls on Obama’s and Geithner’s shoulders. Pity, Obama may be too busy to make his daily boring complaining press conference, or even get in a round of golf; but I bet he finds a way to go on vacation.

First they will have to pay the interest on the debt, then they will have to pay retirees, veterans, and the disabled, and then they will have to decide which bills are the most important to pay until they run out of money for the month. Then Obama can do what he does best, he can sweet talk those not getting paid into being patient waiting for their checks, which may never come, or tell them to find another sugar daddy to suck money out of. A job he’s well suited for.

It’s time to stop the bleeding of our hard earned money. In Obama’s words, we will hit a small bump in the road. Then the markets will go down, our credit rating may even get downgraded, we will pay the bills we can, renegotiate the rest, and will eventually get this country back on sound financial ground. We have done it before, and we can do it again; and we’ll be all the stronger for it.

If we don’t do this now, then the problem will get that much more difficult when we are forced to do it, with the worst case scenario being total financial collapse, worse that the Great Depression.

Please tell your Representatives and Senators to bite the debt bullet now, not later. Tell then we need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

President and Congress are addicted!

Posted July 25, 2011

 

It has become increasingly clear to me while watching the unfolding debt limit machinations in Washington over the past couple of months that the President and Congress are addicted to spending money they do not have on programs and giveaways we do not need.

No one is above reproach in this uncontrolled spending addiction, not the President, not the Democrats, and certainly not the Republicans. Everybody seems to think it’s ok to spend money we don’t have. When will this Washington madness stop?

I do however have to give the freshman House Republicans a lot of credit for keeping the pressure up on the old guard Republican establishment. With my praise comes my hope that they will not let up until they stop Obama and the tax and spend Democrats from raising the debt ceiling, from increasing taxes, and certainly from not cutting real spending, that is we can’t just cut future spending.

They are actually bucking the trends. It seems to me that new Representatives and Senators always promise to change how Washington works when they are running for office, but get caught up in the way things actually work in the established political environment, try to fit in, and then never do what they promised. I can only pray that these new House Republicans have more integrity and fortitude than those who have preceded them.

Here’s some supporting data from a CNN/ORC Poll of adult Americans conducted by telephone by ORC International on July 18-20, 2011.

Question 23 asked “In another proposal, Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?”

Of the respondents, 66% were in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal which was passed by the House and tabled by Reid so the Senate would never have to vote on it. I wonder what Reid was so afraid of?

I must point out that in reading through the other questions and answers of the poll, I detected a strong sample bias, that is a bias in who was picked for the poll, toward the left. But that’s something I would expect of anything coming from CNN. In light of their inherent left leaning bias, the answer to question 23 is even more astounding, since the answer really means that of the “left leaning” respondents, 66% were in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal.

What would the results have been if they asked a statistically balanced audience the same question? Clearly the answer would be a much higher percentage in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal.

Please join with me in encouraging the new House Republicans not to give in to Washington politics and the way things have always been done. It’s time for a new way of doing business in Washington. It’s time for lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Obama, Boehner, Reid – Act 2

Posted July 26, 2011

 

Last night was the end of the 2nd act in the latest Washington drama “As the Debt Limit Spins Out of Control”. It wasn’t well acted, it didn’t make any profound life statements, and it sent people home wishing the went to bed earlier. Yet another display of Washington dwellers knowing the right way to solve the problem of the debt limit and the deficit, but prolonging the debate in rhetoric, showmanship, and political maneuvering.

First Obama took the stage with his 15-minute monologue as statesman in chief. A new role for him, as he sets the stage for his bid for reelection in 2012, and to hell with jobs and the economy. He starts his monologue with his all too familiar Bush bashing; thinking if he blames someone else long enough, maybe none of the bad stuff happening during his watch will stick to him.

He said, “For the last decade, we have spent more money than we take in. In the year 2000, the government had a budget surplus. But instead of using it to pay off our debt, the money was spent on trillions of dollars in new tax cuts, while two wars and an expensive prescription drug program were simply added to our nation’s credit card.”

Of course he forgot to tell the American people how much the stimulus, all the bailouts, the purchase of GM and Chrysler, and ObamaCare also added to our nation’s credit card; and that he was personally responsible for adding 3.14 trillion dollars to the nation’s credit card in just over two years, driving it up to a whopping 14.3 trillion. It must have slipped his mind in the excitement of his big performance.

Then he took the high ground, like he’s the one who has been trying to fight the ills of all the Congressional out of control spending, saying “Now, every family knows that a little credit card debt is manageable. But if we stay on the current path, our growing debt could cost us jobs and do serious damage to the economy.”

It sounds like he really cares about jobs and the economy. But where’s the beef Mr. President? Can you point to one thing you did in the past two plus years that added jobs to the private sector, or lowered the national debt?

At last count, since early 2009, pre-stimulus, the U.S. economy has lost 2.4 million jobs and the government credit rating is on the verge of being downgraded; and then there’s all the silent regulations that Obama’s administration has imposed on businesses, small and large, including those caused by ObamaCare, that have caused private sector businesses to go into emergency protection mode by limiting spending and deferring all new hiring.

Then Obama spent the rest of his time pushing his notion of a balanced approach through compromise. Of course his balanced approach, as we’ve seen over and over again, is to cut defense spending, Social Security, Medicare, to promise additional spending cuts in the future, which never actually materialize, to increase taxes and regulatory costs, and to continue increasing the debt limit to cover the increasing deficits.

He stressed balance and compromise, when all he will do is to continue to tax and spend the U.S. economy down the toilet.

It’s time to stop the Washington madness. Obama and the Democrats are tax and spend addicts. We cannot compromise with an addict. The only solution is to take away their credit card and cut it up forever.

Then Boehner took the stage for his 5-minutes in the spotlight. He said some correct things, like “Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why”, and “in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual”, and “the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms”.

My issue with Boehner, and with all the old guard Republicans, is that they think compromise is a good thing. But it’s not when compromise means raising the debt limit once again under any circumstances; when compromise means cutting future spending, not current spending; when compromise means not capping spending to some percentage of GDP; and when compromise means not passing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Boehner says all the right things in his public statements, but all his political maneuverings behind the scenes points to compromise and duplicity. I think he would sell out the American people, and especially the Republican voters, in an instant if it meant keeping his power and prestige in Washington.

Don’t be fooled. The current Boehner plan does not cut current spending, but leaves the spending decision to a committee, which may or may not actually cut real spending, ever. In addition, his committee could even raise taxes.

Now is not the time for political maneuverings and compromise. Now is the time to hold the line on forcing the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal to be accepted. No other solution will even begin to fix the real problem in Washington, which is addiction to taxing and spending to increase power and prestige.

Then the infamous Reid spoke, according to the AP, saying “a debt limit standoff between Democrats and the Republican-led House is being driven by GOP extremists”, and “Republicans are more interested in trying to embarrass President Barack Obama than in doing what’s right for the country”, and “the GOP is being led by the ‘radical right wing’”, and “such extremists should not be allowed to determine how the battle is resolved”. In addition, Reid also stressed compromise.

Not much national coverage for the renowned Senate Majority Leader Reid. He’s been shuffled off to the background in insignificance. Maybe it’s because he has nothing relevant to add to the public discussion, and hasn’t for a long time.

I find it interesting how Obama, Boehner, and Reid are all willing to compromise to solve the debt limit issue facing the nation. They all want to compromise to fix a problem they all created through past compromises. Compromise is the sign of a weak individual who wants to be liked and accepted more than they want to do the right thing for the country.

The right thing for the country now is to cut up the national credit card and send our federal politicians into rehab. The right thing is to cut real spending now, to cap future spending now, and to pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution now.

Please contact your Representatives and Senators now; and tell them we want lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Obama Exposed

Posted July 27, 2011

 

More information is coming to light since Obama’s speech on Monday evening, when he blamed Bush, said he had to spend more because there was less money coming in, and exhorted Congress for a balanced approach to solving the debt issue and for compromise.

Both Obama and Geithner have been publicly implying that there will be a financial meltdown if the debt limit isn’t raised before August 2nd. Obama even went so far as to say that he cannot guarantee that retirees, veterans, and the disabled will receive their checks on August 3rd if the debt limit isn’t raised.

The mainstream media, and even the more moderate internet media, have played the dupe in continuing to promote the looming crisis to the dollar, to retirement funds, to stocks, to home prices, and to whatever else they can think of. If Academy Awards were being given out today, they would definitely get the one for “best supporting dupes in a fabricated crisis”.

The truth of the matter is that it’s all Alinsky style rhetoric and fear tactics. Keep the masses off balance and afraid of an impending crisis and then they can do just about anything they want to do under the cover of the hysteria.

In fact, behind the scenes, Obama and Geithner are telling the financial institutions that they have absolutely no intention of allowing the U.S. government to default on its debt, whether or not Congress raises the debt ceiling. They have also been telling people that they will make sure the debt and other critical payments, like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans, and the military, will definitely be paid first.

Doesn’t it make you feel all warm and fuzzy to think how the President, who was elected to steer us through all the problems that come up on his watch, is really using the difficulties to his and to the Democrat party’s own political advantage; and the voters be damned?

It makes me angry! The deceit and duplicity of this President in his lying to the public is unconscionable. Not only do we have to worry about our own financial difficulties, whether or not we will make it through retirement on the meager nest eggs we have planted financially, or whether or not we will be able to stay in our homes and not be foreclosed on, but we also have to worry whether or not our own President is telling us the truth.

Maybe it’s time to throw the bum out. I for one have had my fill of his Chicago style thuggery and Saul Alinsky style tactics. Maybe it’s time for the American people to call for Obama’s impeachment.

If Obama can’t be honest with us at a time when a supposed crisis looms over us, how can we ever depend on him to honor his oath of office and do what’s best for the country and the people in a real crisis?

Given Obama’s deceit and duplicity, now it’s more important than ever to contact your Representatives and Senators. Tell them to hold the line on the debt limit, and that we want lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Boehner’s stepping into a trap

Posted July 28, 2011

 

The more I see how the current debt limit crisis plays out, the more I realize that when a newly elected Representative or Senator gets to Washington they loose all their critical thinking skills as they get sucked into the Washington political game.

It’s a political game where compromise is the alter at which everyone bows repeatedly every morning, where doing the right thing for the American people and for the country is considered a vice and not a virtue, where having integrity and sticking to principles is considered a curse and not a blessing, and where getting a piece of legislation passed both houses and signed by the President no matter how detrimental to the economy is good enough for celebration.

What is wrong with this picture?

Boehner and the House Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for this atrocious piece of legislation that will come up for a vote today. It is another piece of legislation to address the fabricated debt limit crisis. It seems to pull from parts of the Reid proposal and from parts of the Gang of Six plan, and yet the Senate has unanimously said they will vote it down, and Obama said he will veto it.

What’s going on? Who can interpret this Washington political dance for us?

Erick Erickson, in today’s post on RedState.com titled “Our Admiral Ackbar Moment — It Is A Trap”, gives a good explanation from his point of view. He says it’s a trap to blame the whole mess on the GOP when everything blows up with no solution; he’s very convincing, given how I’ve seen other political conflicts play out this way in the past.

But then, even if Boehner and the Republican-led House send another bill similar to the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill, or even if they send no bill at all, Obama and the Democrats will blame everything on the Republicans come election time. That’s what they do! And the Republicans fall for it every time.

When will the Republicans learn?

So what is the best course of action for the House Republicans at this time? I think they should side with 66% of the American people who were in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal in the recent CNN/ORC Poll Question 23. I think they should do nothing. They already sent two proposed bills, and both were voted down by the Democrat-led Senate. Yes, even tabling a bill so they don’t have to vote yes or no is the same as voting no!

Doing nothing would turn the tables on Obama and the tax and spend Democrats; it would allow the Republicans to say that it was the Democrats who failed to act in a responsible way. But of course this all assumes that doing nothing will blow up into a full scale financial crisis. However, according to Obama and Geithner, they are telling the financial institutions that they have absolutely no intention of allowing the U.S. government to default on its debt, whether or not Congress raises the debt ceiling.

This has all been a fabricated crisis for political purposes, not a real crisis. This is the way Obama and the Democrats work. They manufacture a crisis so that they can get the Republicans to try to solve a no-win scenario; then they blame the Republicans for not solving the problem; and then they miraculously find a last minute way to fix the problem that never existed in the first place, making themselves out to be the heroes in the blue cape who were able to fix everything in spite of the evil Republicans.

It’s time to wake up and smell the political dung. Hold the line on Cut, Cap, and Balance!

Do nothing else!

Tell your Representatives and Senators to hold the line on the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill. Tell them we want lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Kudos to House conservatives

Posted July 29, 2011

 

Boehner has not been able to get the necessary majority in the House to support his latest bill of appeasement on the fabricated debt limit crisis. When it comes to the out of control spending by Congress and Obama there should be no compromise.

So far the House conservatives have had the temerity to hold the line on the needed cuts in future spending. I want to make sure we all give them their much deserved kudos for having the integrity and fortitude to stick to their campaign promises to the American people who elected them in 2010. I also encourage them to not give up the fight by going down in compromise like everyone who has had their office before them.

The Boehner plan calls for a committee to manage spending cuts in the future. A committee made up of twelve members, four each appointed by Boehner, Pelosi, Reid, and McConnell. Even if we could trust that Boehner’s four would be conservative, could we make the same assertion about McConnell’s four? What about the other eight?

McConnell is a compromiser and an appeaser. He has consistently derived his power from getting along with the other side and by controlling the Senate Republicans into going along. Is this the kind of man we want appointing four committee members who control the purse strings of Washington? Remember that this committee could just as easily raise taxes as cut spending.

The House conservatives must not allow this committee idea to become a part of the new legislation. They cannot give away their ability to control the purse strings, and to control tax increases. To do so would be too fiscally irresponsible.

In addition, there should be no increase in the debt limit under any circumstances. To increase the debt limit would be tantamount to making a deal with the devil, assuming you believe that evil exists.

It’s all the debt limit increases by every President since Reagan, taking the debt limit from under 1 trillion dollars to almost 14.3 trillion today, which have gotten us into this mess. So then why would we want to perpetuate it any longer?

This is a rare moment in time, but even Obama can be right when he said that some debt can be ok; I paraphrased. For example, a mortgage is a good thing, as long as it’s not causing me to bleed cash and to need a new loan every year in order to stay afloat. In the same vein, some debt by the federal government is ok, as long as it doesn’t make us have to continually borrow more to make the payments on the old.

Please contact your Representatives and Senators today, and tell them we need real spending cuts, a real cap on future spending, a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and no compromise committee with the authority to control the federal purse strings.

We need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

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Boehner and McConnell sell out American people

Posted August 1, 2011

 

Well, Boehner and McConnell have gone and done it! The have sold out the American people, and especially the Republican rank and file, by agreeing to a debt limit deal that cuts the 10-year deficit in two steps, 900 billion now and 1.5 trillion by the end of the year, allows the debt limit to be increased by at least 2.1 trillion in a series of complicated dance steps, and creates a super committee of 12 to address the deferred 1.5 trillion part of the deficit cuts.

Here are the problems I see with this terrible deal. The biggest issue is the creation of a super committee to try to do what Congress could not, which is cut 1.5 trillion in spending now, the amount equal to the current deficit.

Anyone who is honest about their experience with committees in the private sector, and past committees in Congress, knows that the work product of a committee is usually the least common denominator of the group; that is, the result is something everyone hates. and no one thinks solves the real problems set out before them.

In addition, there is nothing to stop this super committee from raising taxes as a way to cut the deficit by the required amount. Notice that the wording does not say that they will cut spending, only that they will cut the deficit, which mans they can accomplish their stated goal by raising taxes.

How stupid do they think we are?

So this sell-out deal agreed to by Boehner and McConnell as the “Budget Control Act of 2011” is terrible for and goes against the desires of the American people, and especially Republicans.

This flawed deal does not guarantee lower spending, which is the real problem, by one thin dime now; it does not guarantee that taxes will not be increased when what we need is decreased taxes and regulations to get the economy back into a healthy performance range; it does create a super committee that only has to come up with ways to lower the deficit and not spending; and it does raise the debt limit enough to not have it be an issue for Obama and the Democrats during the 2012 election season.

What a great deal for Obama and the Democrats!

Then Boehner rubs salt in our wounds by saying, according to TownHall.com, that “the pact he’s reached with President Barack Obama and other leaders of Congress on lifting the debt limit and taming the budget ‘isn’t the greatest deal’ but lives up to the GOP’s principles on taxes and spending.”

Well, that’s not true!

The last thing that McConnell said yesterday was that the deal was close. He’s seems to have gone into hiding again, something he’s good at doing during difficult times when he’s sold out his party rank and file.

Obama, Reid, and Pelosi are silent at the moment, since they don’t want to praise the deal and risk jinxing it; if they come out for it now the Republicans are more likely to vote it down. They are staying quiet and holding their collective breath till it passes. Then they will use it as a club to beat the Republicans over the head during the election season; and then they will use the super committee as a way to raise taxes, as they have wanted all along.

My recommendation is that we, conservatives, make it our mission to remember every Republican who votes for this sell-out bill and make a concerted effort to get them out of office in their next time up for election, especially Boehner and McConnell.

Please contact your Representatives and Senators today, and tell them to vote NO for the “Budget Control Act of 2011”.

Tell them we need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

House Republicans sell out American people

Posted August 1, 2011

 

The House of Representatives have passed the “Budget Control Act of 2011” by a vote of 269 to 161; and now it will move to the Senate, where it is expected to pass with little or no difficulty tomorrow.

Many on the right say this is the best deal we could get at this time, or it’s a significant step in the right direction. Maybe they’re right. If reasonableness and compromise are the desired outcome, then the House Republicans have achieved what they set out to do. They have made their deal with the devil, and now they will have to live with the consequences.

And consequences there will be! They have accepted miniscule spending cuts and a certainty of increased taxes in exchange for allowing the debt limit to be raised. They refused to hold the line and have therefore sold our future and our children’s future for their own power in the Washington political game.

Today’s vote will allow the debt limit to be raised from 14.3 trillion to at least 17.3 trillion by the end of the year; and this will only support Washington’s avaricious spending through the 2012 election cycle.

Their actions today are unconscionable!

They have economically raped the country once again. Will we let them get away with this rapacious behavior?

Please contact your Representatives today, and tell them of your dissatisfaction with them for allowing the “Budget Control Act of 2011” to pass the House.

Tell them we need lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

An Open Challenge to the Tea Party

Posted August 4, 2011

 

I think that the House and Senate conservatives who voted against this latest bill to raise the debt limit deserve the loudest and longest praise we can give them in the public forum. My heart and support stands with them in the battle that has just begun. Knowing how the Democrats operate, it will be a very bloody road to victory in 2012.

On the other hand, I think that the House and Senate conservatives who voted to pass this latest bill must be considered traitors to the cause. They stared into the face of the enemy and caved. In my estimation they were not willing to stand up to the heat of the moment; and they certainly ran in fear for their political lives.

TeaParty.net, the voice of the Tea Party movement, sent out an email yesterday praising Boehner for passing the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill in the House. I agree, he did a great job by stepping aside and letting the conservatives in the House run with the bill.

But then they went on to say “The political reality that the Tea Party butted up against, is that absent a deal to raise the debt ceiling, President Obama and his many allies in the media would have blamed every single negative event between now and the election on the failure of Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party to make a deal. Every bad economic report, every lossed job, every storm, injury, and spilled cup of coffee in the country would have been turned into another attack on Tea Party inflexibility.”

It sounds to me like the Tea Party leadership is afraid of the upcoming election battle, which will be very bloody and in the political gutter, and therefore wasn’t willing to stand up for their principles and integrity in the debt limit battle. The Tea Party is just spinning their message like every other political group in Washington. Maybe they spend too much time with the enemy, and are too much a part of the Washington scene, to fight the fight the way it needs to be fought.

Now there are times when these tactics, which were called a hit and run battle of attrition by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, are appropriate. George Washington used these methods very successfully because he knew that the British fighting machine, when confronted head to head in the European style of battle then popular, was far superior to the outnumbered rag tag Continentals, who had no real fighting experience, very little discipline, very little food, very little dry ammunition, and no warm clothes for the winter.

However, George Washington knew he was not really fighting a battle against the British army, but against the resolve of the British people and the British Parliament. Everyone who remembers the Viet Nam War knows that those were the same tactics used against the United States, causing us to eventually tuck our tails between our legs and leave Viet Nam.

Now, coming back to today, can we apply these same ideas to the Tea Party battle against the Democrat Party? The Democrat fighting machine, which includes the mainstream media, is a much more seasoned fighting force in gutter politics and they have an enormous set of resources to draw from, including money, media talent, advisors, and true believers. But this is where the similarity ends.

There is no large group behind the Democrat army whose resolve can be shaken to the point of abandonment. The Democrat voters, for the most part, will blindly follow the Party with minimal complaining. There is a fundamental ideological connection between the leaders, the fighters, and the people that in my view can never be shaken; much like the connection on the conservative side.

The real battle today is for the hearts and minds of the Independent voters; and they had already been won over in the debt limit battle, according to poll numbers published by multiple sources over the last month.

Where the Tea Party strategically went wrong is by underestimating the determination and resolve of the majority of the American people, who I think would have supported the future battles completely if the Tea Party weren’t so afraid to fight the current one to the death, rather that putting their tail between their legs and running.

Hopefully all is not yet lost! All we need to do is understand our enemy and learn from our mistakes. No one ever learns anything from being right all the time.

So, my open challenge to the Tea Party, which I presented to them in private to no avail and no response this week, is this:

“Will you publish a list via your daily emails of every House and Senate supported Tea Party candidate elected in 2010 and how they voted on the newly passed debt limit bill? It will be nice to see you give the earned kudos to those who held the line and voted NO, and publicly point out those who voted YES. Otherwise you will have fallen into the same trap that has ensnared every other political group that has preceded you into oblivion. Which is more important: integrity or donations?”

Now it’s time to let the American people be the judge.

Please contact the Tea Party, who only has this public email address info@theteaparty.net, and let them know your opinion. Please speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

After the Debt Limit Battle

Posted August 5, 2011

 

A number of interesting things started happening during and after Obama and the Democrats won the debt limit battle. Yes, I said “won”. They got the debt limit raised, they got to cut some future spending, not current spending, and they got a super committee which can raise taxes, not cut spending, to manage the deficit. That sounds like a win to me!

The Tea Partiers, which now seems to be the media’s generic term for any conservative who wants to cut real spending without raising taxes, are being called “terrorists”, “delusional addicts”, and any other name that strikes the fancy of a liberal. No facts required.

According to AFP News, the real debt hit 14.53 trillion dollars on the same day that Obama signed the new debt increase bill into law, which is the same as the reported GDP at the end of 2010. I guess they couldn’t wait even a day to start spending the 900 billion dollar increase in the debt limit. And now the national debt is 100% of the GDP. The hits just keep on coming.

Ever imagine what your life would be like if your personal debt equaled 100% of your annual earnings? You certainly wouldn’t be living the American dream. Wait ten years and today will be looked on fondly as the good old days.

We the people need to find a way to stop this irresponsible spending madness in Washington now!

On August 2nd Gallup published the results of a poll of random adults with interesting results: 46% of all Americans, 64% of Republicans, 50% of Independents, and 64% of Conservatives disapprove the debt limit deal. Only 39% of all Americans approve the deal.

On August 3rd Rasmussen published the results of a poll of likely voters nationwide with these results: 53% disapprove the debt limit deal, and only 22% approve; 75% of Republicans and unaffiliated voters disapprove, 40% of Democrats disapprove, and without providing the actual numbers the report says “Conservative voters strongly oppose the deal while liberals are evenly divided.”

The poll results are not quite what Obama, Boehner, and Reid were looking for in this deal. But then I don’t think they really care what the American people think, or even how much we are hurting financially at their hands.

They still have their huge salaries and the best pensions and healthcare that our money can buy. Maybe they should share in our pain by giving up their salaries and pensions and by being the first to use ObamaCare. Ah, one can hope for change, can’t they?

How much more can we the people take?

It’s time to speak up in the public forum for lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Make your views heard.

 

 

 

Curses! Foiled Again!

Posted August 6, 2011

 


Everything Obama, Boehner, and Reid thought they were doing to curtail the financial institutions they magnanimously funded with our bailout dollars has happened anyway. Standard & Poor (S&P) just downgraded the US credit rating from AAA to AA+ for the first time in American history.

Now what’s their great plan?

It’s always interesting, as a Washington outsider, to watch the machinations they go through during the lead-up to passing a controversial piece of legislation, like the debt increase bill. But one thing seems to be consistent since Obama became president, and that’s the fact that they think they know better than the American people what’s good for us.

What makes them think they are so psychologically in tune with the thinking of the American people? Is it because they think they are smarter than we are, since they were capable of getting elected to a major public office? Do they think they can ignore the poll data by Gallup, Rasmussen, CNN, and others and do whatever they want with impunity?

For the life of me I cannot fathom what goes on in the brain of a politician. Maybe they can all donate their brain to science so we can begin to understand why they think they are so much smarter than we are.

Wait. I got it! Maybe the fact that their thinking is so far superior to ours, the common people, that they are the real cause of global warming. You know, from all the heat generated from such great thinking.

I guess they really blew it this time, though. Since, as a result of their great legislation to increase the debt limit, they never realized that both the American people and S&P would think that cutting real spending to manage the national debt was the best possible solution, and not just spending more. The American people and S&P just don’t really understand Keynesian economics. Right?

Wrong! We understand the ramifications of Keynesian economics just fine. Anyone who tries to live their life by spending more than they earn learns very quickly that they have dug themselves in a hole that will take many years to dig out of. It just doesn’t work in the real world!

So now we the people have to live with the ramifications of what Obama, Boehner, and Reid have wrought.

The S&P downgrade will mean higher interest rates on the 14.53 trillion dollar debt, which means more of the monthly budget will have to go to paying the interest on the debt, leaving less for principle and other budget items. This translates into needing to raise the debt limit sooner than planned; or God forbid cutting real spending. I can just feel all the liberal Democrats cringing at the idea of cutting real spending.

The downgrade also affects everyone with an adjustable mortgage, an equity line, or looking to get a new mortgage. Yup, higher interest rates. In addition, higher interest rates on credit cards, on car loans, and on student loans; and higher inflation on the basic necessities of life like food, clothing, gas, electricity, heating oil, and much more.

Anyone remember the Carter years? Worst case scenario puts us right back in that situation, or maybe even worse.

Is this what we want for our future, or the future of our children? I don’t.

Please tell your Representatives and Senators to stop their out of control spending spree now. Tell them we want lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Make your views heard in the public forum.

 

 

 

Deficit Reduction Now

Posted August 9, 2011

 

In the midst of a sliding stock market, a 635 point drop yesterday in the Dow Jones industrial average, continuing high unemployment numbers reported last week, 9.1% of the workforce unemployed 25 weeks or less, and a credit rating downgrade last Friday by S&P, from AAA to AA+ for the first time in US history, it makes me wonder what can Obama and his oh so intelligent minions do next to screw up our economy.

In their infinite wisdom Bernanke and Geithner are putting their heads together to see what they can do next to try to fix the financial mess they have gotten us so far into it will take decades to dig out. I have absolutely no confidence that they know what they are doing or supposed to be doing in order to make things better. Their problem is that they are reading from the same flawed play book of Keynesian economics, which has never worked in the real world.

What will they do? Of course they’ll do the same old thing. They will lower the fed’s interest rate to artificially keep mortgage, car loan, and credit card interest rates down while the economy swirls around the drain; and they will print some more money in another round of quantitative easing, thus devaluing the dollar and raising prices on everything we buy.

We’ve seen this fairytale before. Federal employees ride in to rescue us on their big white horses, do something that stalls the problem from getting much worse while they’re in office, and then ride into the sunset to collect their fat pensions and great healthcare for life; and we’re stuck with a bigger mess when the brown stuff hits the fan the next time.

They have to know what they are doing in order to solve real world problems. And these guys do not!

Then we have our brilliant Democrat and Republican lawmakers in Congress and their super committee which will solve all our problems. Right?

Wrong! Our lawmakers are so totally in touch with the needs and desires of the American people, that they think the only way to solve our problems is to raise taxes. Oh, not directly; now they are talking about cutting out all the subsidies, deductions, and preferential policies of the tax code. This way they can say with a straight face “We never increased taxes; we just cut spending on tax deductions.”

But the bottom line is the same! Every individual and every business will be paying more taxes, unemployment will get worse not better, and the economy will continue to swirl down the drain.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m very much in favor of a flat tax, which is what they will wind up with except for the progressive tax rates, where every one pays the same percentage on every dollar they make, whether it’s one dollar or a billion dollars. That way people are incentivized to make more and spend more to make more, thus creating more jobs for everyone. You know the concept; Reagan called it supply side economics, which really worked to stimulate the economy back to health after the Carter economic destruction years.

So why is it that the only way Obama, his appointed officials, and Congress ever think of to fix our economic woes is to print more money and raise taxes? They have such one-dimensional thinking! Not one ounce of creative problem solving skills!

We cannot ever solve our out of control deficit problems by continuing our out of control spending. Mathematically it will never work. And printing money and reducing tax loopholes is spending, by other names. They still smell awful!

The American people understand the problem and understand how to solve the problem. We’ve seen some of the poll results over the last month; 46% of all Americans disapprove of the recently enacted debt limit increase deal that triggered the US credit rating downgrade; and 66% of adult Americans are in favor of the Cut, Cap, and Balance proposal passed by the House and stalled by the Senate.

In a new Rasmussen poll, only 17% of likely US voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed, a fundamental principle contained in the Declaration of Independence, and 69% believe the government does not have that consent. Maybe the American people are on to something!

When will our elected officials get the message that the American people are sending them loud and clear? When will they stop their spending now, limit their future spending to some percentage of GDP, and enact a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution?

Maybe they will only get the message when the American people, that’s you and me, rise up and take back our country, when we vote the offenders out of office. Anyone who voted against Cut, Cap, and Balance should be voted out of office; and anyone who voted for the current debt limit increase bill should be voted out of office. They just don’t get it!

Please get involved in the upcoming 2012 election cycle any way you can, and support all those who promise true deficit reduction through lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now. Make your views heard in the public forum.

 

 

 

The End of an Era

Posted August 11, 2011

 

The election of Obama has served to mark the end of an era for the American people, and I think we are just beginning to realize this fact; an era that ended with Carter’s leaving office in abject failure for not having the ability to address the difficult problems facing the nation, including out of control inflation, double digit interest rates, and high unemployment.

With the election of Obama in 2008 this generation of voters have received and heard a loud wake-up call. Obama’s inability to address the difficult issues facing our once great nation, having been the catalyst, shows clearly how bad a choice Obama was for the office of President of the United States. A fact that even the left is beginning to realize, and talk about behind closed doors and as unnamed sources.

The interesting thing is that Obama could have prevented, or even delayed till he left office, the issues facing the country if he had any innate problem solving abilities, of if he chose minions with capabilities he clearly lacks. I learned through many years in the technology industry that the credo of a good manager is to hire people better than I at their job, then get out of their way, and give them all the support and guidance I can.

You might say that the serious problems facing Carter are not the same as those facing Obama, and on the surface you’d be right.

Out of control inflation is not an issue today. But it would be if the Treasury wasn’t printing money to buy up their own securities to keep inflation numbers artificially low, and if the numbers were reported the same as then, but now energy costs are excluded. The underlying cause is the same, but our government has gotten just that much smarter about hiding the inflation since Carter.

Double digit interest rates are not an issue today. But they would be if the Federal Reserve didn’t say this past week that they would keep interest rates for financial institutions artificially low, thus keeping interest rate for mortgages and other loans and credit artificially low. The underlying cause is the same, but again our government has gotten just that much smarter since Carter.

Unemployment is an issue today, but then the numbers reported by our government are not the real unemployment numbers. They only report the percentage of the workforce that has been receiving unemployment for 25 weeks or less; so anyone receiving unemployment for more than 25 weeks, and anyone who no longer receives unemployment, are not reported in the numbers. That’s why we see some articles from time to time that say the real unemployment is somewhere between 20-25%.

However, we the people are slowly waking up to the realities of the economic mess this once great nation has gotten itself into, with Obama hell bent on spending more than they can raise in taxes and fees, with Congress not holding the line on the debt limit, and with Obama’s minions, like the EPA and NLRB for example, regulating small and large businesses out of existence and killing any real job creation possibilities for the future.

It’s important to keep the pressure on Obama, Congress, and everyone else in the Washington superstructure. We all need to do our part by speaking against their socialistic redistribution practices and for lower taxes, lower spending, less regulation, smaller government, and no debt now.

Make your views heard in the public forum.

 

 

 

A New Beginning

Posted August 12, 2011

 

Last night’s Republican primary debate in Iowa was a great prelude to the upcoming real change we are hoping for; a new beginning to eradicate Obama’s spending, taxation, regulation, and massive debt off the backs of the American people and businesses.

However! We must ask ourselves if we are we willing to continue a long protracted fight for this type of change. Are we willing to ride the conservative ground swell building in the hope of taking back our country for civility, security, and prosperity?

The looming battle will be fierce and in the gutter ugly; because that’s the only way that cornered Democrats, Alinskyites, and Keynesians know how to fight. We saw a small piece of it yesterday when the leftist activists verbally assaulted Romney at the Iowa state fair; and we saw the diabolical monster emerge briefly in the Wisconsin recall elections this week. They are crude, rude, vicious, and unrelenting!

The debate and the candidates, while interesting, didn’t look overly presidential. There were some good ideas, like Gingrich thinking the debt super committee was the dumbest of ideas, and like Bachman thinking that Congress shouldn’t have gone on vacation with unsolved issues left on the table. Although, it showed us that Republicans can get into scrappy discussions and survive unscathed, which I don’t think is a bad thing; but there was no clear winner, just a broad field that still needs serious pruning.

On second thought, maybe Perry was the clear winner for not participating in the debate. As a conservative, so far he looks like a good possibility as the candidate we can rally around. He is a fiscal conservative, having reduced property and business taxes in Texas, he has been fighting against Washington’s intrusions into Texas authority for all things Texas, he has worked for aggressive job creation and a friendly business climate in Texas, he has taken the lead for border security in Texas, and he is a social conservative, standing against abortion, against embryonic stem cell research, and for traditional marriage.

The only real issue I see facing the Republican party, and conservatives specifically, is can we stand tough together against the abusive calumny spewing out of the mouths of liberal Democrats and their mainstream media puppets in the upcoming battle for the Presidency. This will not be a pleasant battle. But the only way out of the mess our once great nation is in is to stand tough together in the heart of the battle.

Now is the time to make a commitment to yourself and to your country to be the catalyst for ushering in a new era of fiscal and social conservatism. Please stand with me in this endeavor and make your voice heard in the public forum.

 

 

 

Good News: Washington’s on Vacation

Posted August 15, 2011

 

It’s a quiet summer day, with not much happening in Washington since Congress is not in session. Some are trying to make a big deal about them being on summer break when the economy is in such bad shape, but I think it’s a Godsend. The more time they stay away, the less damage they can do to the country, and especially to the economy.

Obama too is leaving Washington to start his bus tour of rural America to talk about jobs. But it seems all he does is talk about issues, and never really solves any. We all know that the only job he is interested in is his own. According to Gallup, his current job performance has earned him a new low of 39% approval for the 3-day rolling average during August 11-13.

His bus tour will be so grueling for him that he will need to recuperate for nine days on Martha’s Vineyard when it’s done. It’s an absolutely beautiful getaway in the summer.

As I see it, Obama just doesn’t get it. The reasons for high unemployment and low job creation start right at his own front door.

Except for a mini tech boom in Silicon Valley, thanks to Facebook and Google, large and small companies around the country are holding back on hiring, for the most part, because of the uncertainty created by unknown ObamaCare costs and the real possibility of new taxes as the solution of choice by the super committee to stem the tide of the growing national debt.

Both translate into higher costs for companies; and if they want to maintain reasonable profits then they have to control other costs, like salaries for new hires, or in some cases like salaries for existing employees through layoffs.

But Obama and the left do not understand the concept of profitability. Unlike government, private companies go out of business when they spend more dollars than they take in. Government, on the other hand, just keeps on borrowing more, and printing more dollars to pay back the loans. If a company tried to do something similar, all its executives would be prosecuted for fraudulent business practices and the company would probably go belly up.

The more Obama talks about jobs and the economy, the more he is indicting himself as an incompetent leader of the free world. Of course free is relative, since a debtor is slave to the one to whom he owes money.

So during these quiet summer days, with Obama and Congress out of Washington, we have time to reflect on what has transpired during this past year, and to look forward to how we would like the next year to play out.

I, for one, believe we need to keep the pressure on Congressional Republicans to hold the line on spending, taxes, and debt. This coming Congressional year I would like to see Washington cut the national deficit to zero, which means cutting spending by about 1.5 trillion dollars, without raising any new taxes.

Is this too much to ask for? If we can hold them to this goal, we will have erased half of the uncertainty facing businesses, and we will see more new jobs slowly begin to be created. The only way to get jobs created faster is to overturn ObamaCare as well.

I can dream, can’t I! Dream with me. Put more pressure on Congress to reduce the deficit to zero by cutting spending with no new taxes, and to overturn ObamaCare. What a glorious year it will be if we the people can accomplish this together.

Please make your views heard by contacting your Representatives and Senators and by speaking out in the public forum.

 

 

 

It’s Not My Fault!

Posted August 17, 2011

 

Investor’s Business Daily (IDB) has a great headline for yesterday’s editorial that says it all, “Editorial: Did Bo (Obama’s Dog) Eat The Recovery?” In it they review Obama’s blaming Bush, ATM’s, Republican partisan politics, gridlock in Washington, the media, businesses that won’t hire, and the misfortunes of Arab spring, Japan’s tsunami, and Europe’s financial woes for his inability to turn around the US economy.

IBD nailed it. Next we will be hearing Obama whine about his dog eating his recovery plan; one which no one has ever seen. Obama’s current life quote should come from the movie A Few Good Men, spoken by Tom Cruise’s second chair, “I have absolutely no responsibility here whatsoever.”

I don’t know about you, but I never appreciated it when anyone who worked for me gave me excuses for why some plan never materialized, or some program never worked. I learned very early in my career, and personal life, to take responsibility for my screw ups, realizing that I learned more from my mistakes that I did from my successes. It’s simple human nature for one who wants to continue to learn and improve himself.

It doesn’t work, however, for one who thinks they are God’s gift to humanity, and can personally do no wrong. Obama is just a victim of circumstances! Right?

Wrong. Obama is a narcissist, like a junky chasing the high of reelection. His biggest downfall is he doesn’t have the slick eloquence of a Bill Clinton, or the tricky subterfuge of a Richard Nixon, or the popular support of a John Kennedy. The only thing that is transparent about the Obama administration is Obama himself.

He is riding around middle America talking about jobs in two 1.1 million dollar busses built in, and bought from, Canada, when all it is really is a series of campaign stops with typical say nothing campaign speeches at taxpayer expense. At least Bush had the sense to use campaign funds for his campaign bus tour. Talk about transparent hypocrisy!

Obama has no clue as to how to solve the nation’s current woes, since he has never had any job in his life that required him to solve real problems. As a community activist, all he needed to know is how to talk tough about problems in order to stir up the people to action against the evil establishment.

Well, he’s succeeding in stirring up the people. In addition to stirring up the Republican base, he is also stirring up large portions of his Democrat base against his policies and ineptitude.

It’s time for we the people to take back out nation from the leftist thugs who only want to destroy jobs, families, and communities with their tax and spend wealth redistribution policies.

Please don’t let them continue destroying our once great country. Get involved and speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

The Dismantling of America

Posted August 19, 2011

 

Is there a correlation between Obama circumventing Congress by illegally granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and the recent Gallup poll of Hispanic Americans showing a drop from 85% Obama approval in the spring of 2009 to an all-time low of 45% at the end of July 2011?

Obama wouldn’t go against the laws passed by Congress just to shore up his voter support in the Hispanic community, would he? Anyone who thinks he wouldn’t is extremely naïve about both human nature and politics.

According to the state of today’s moral rectitude, any law, any custom, any practice can be circumvented or set aside in order to get what you want. And Obama wants to get reelected, so anything goes.

Is there a correlation between the BLS published July 2011 unemployment rate of 9.1% of the workforce being unemployed for 15 weeks or less, or 14.4 % of the workforce being unemployed for 27 weeks or more, and the Obama administration’s anti-business job killing regulations, which also includes ObamaCare?

Obama says he wants to create more jobs; in fact he just had a supposedly grueling 3-day jobs bus tour through middle America to promote increased jobs. He wouldn’t just pay lip service to wanting more jobs while really campaigning, would he?

In fact, the only real jobs he wants to create, aside from his own, are public sector jobs at the expense of taxpayers, small businesses, and private sector jobs.

Are these the kind of jobs we the people want? Absolutely not!

Is there a correlation between Obama’s new fuel efficiency standards and the increased cost of new cars, estimated to be $11,000 per car, which translates into fewer new cars sold, and therefore fewer overall jobs in the automobile industry? Clearly Obama’s intentions are good, right?

Is there a correlation between higher gas prices and Obama’s decision not to allow any more offshore deep water drilling, and his decision to block the construction of any new oil refineries?

Is there a correlation between higher energy costs and Obama’s decision to make it impossible for coal burning electricity generating plants to continue operating?

While there is not a mathematical correlation that can be proven at this time for any of these, there certainly is the perception of a correlation that is intuitively obvious to the casual observer.

Are you beginning to get the picture? Obama is not about creating jobs, or making it less expensive to live, or making it cheaper to get around; Obama is about destroying the American dream as we know it.

Boyd Richard Boyd, in his article “The Anti-American President” on today’s AmericanThinker.com website said it best, “Obama is not a failure at his job – his job is the failure of our country.”

Today is the day that we need to speak up against what Obama is doing to our once great country, to speak up against his dismantling of the American dream. If we don’t speak up today, we will wake up one day to find that we can no longer speak up, because our First Amendment rights have been abrogated along with our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Is this what we want for ourselves and for our children?

Support the only real change that matters today; support the dismantling of the left’s progressive tax and spend redistribution of wealth agenda promoted by Obama and his socialist minions.

Support the dismantling of the Obama administration and all the policies he has enacted without the authority of the legislative branch of our constitutional government.

Support the retirement of Barack Hussein Obama.

Please make your views heard by speaking up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Government Cannot Create Jobs

Posted August 22, 2011

 

Is it possible for our government to create jobs? The simple answer is yes. But at what cost to the taxpayer? The problem is that for every 100 thousand dollar a year job created, the average cost to the tax payer is about 127 thousand dollars, not counting retirement costs.

This means that if our government wants to cut the number of people unemployed 15 weeks or less from 9.1 %, as published by the BLS on August 5th, to only 5%, it would cost the taxpayers a mere 800 billion dollars a year for these individuals, not counting future retirement costs.

Does this sound like something we really want government to do?

Absolutely not!

So what can government do?

The best role for government is to create an employment friendly environment in which private businesses can grow enough revenue to be able to add the additional 6.3 million jobs to get us down to a 5% unemployment rate; and the only way for businesses to grow more revenue is for government to help them cut their costs of doing business, which means cutting taxes and cutting regulatory costs imposed by ObamaCare, the EPA, the NLRB, and the like.

As an aside, you might think that government also needs to help American businesses be more competitive in the global marketplace; however, in my experience, the American business man and woman is very competitive on their own, and can come up with very creative ways to stimulate and increase business without the government’s help. In my experience government only gets in the way of solid marketing.

So the real answer is no, government cannot really create jobs in any way, shape, or form.

But government does need to cut its spending by 1.5 trillion dollars just to be able to stop accumulating more debt. If they could do this much right away, then our credit rating would go back up to AAA and business would begin to feel more comfortable to start creating new jobs.

However, ObamaCare is also still an uncertain expense hanging over the heads of businesses; until it is eliminated, businesses will not feel comfortable enough to bring us back to our reasonable goal of 5% or less unemployment.

In addition to cutting spending, though, we also need to cut revenues by a significant dollar amount, since cutting spending will only begin to control the size of our national debt, and cutting taxes, ObamaCare costs, and regulatory costs by a significant dollar amount will create a better environment for small and large businesses to create even more new jobs.

I believe that the light at the end of the fiscal mess our government has gotten us into over the past thirty plus years is a two pronged strategy of cutting spending and cutting revenues; and this needs to be done no matter how difficult it is for politicians or for the people who have gotten used to free handouts from our sugar daddy government.

Now is the time for we the people to get tough on politicians to do the right thing. We must keep up the pressure on them to cut spending, cut taxes, and enact a balanced budget amendment. Just because there is no current crisis, we cannot back off our goals for a fiscally sound America for our children, and our children’s children.

We need to keep up the pressure 24/7! Contact your Representatives and Senators and tell them you want them to cut spending, cut taxes, and enact a balanced budget amendment now. Speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Bernanke Cannot Fix the Economy

Posted August 25, 2011

 

It never ceases to amaze me how man’s ego can lead him so far astray from sound business practices. So as not to be accused of singling any one person out, like Bernanke, this appears to be a general malady of the male ego, and, as the male and female roles continue to merge together in today’s society, of the female ego as well.

Self deception is a potent aphrodisiac. We all fall prey to it, unless we have trusted friends and advisors around us who, through long experience, are willing to tell us we are full of it when necessary.

It seems to me that Bernanke is one such individual who puts more faith in his own abilities and instincts than in sound business practices; and he certainly surrounds himself with people who are only willing to tell him what he wants to hear.

My dad, an executive in one of the big eight accounting firms, taught me to cut my business losses as soon as I became aware of them. Like a dead body hidden in the basement, financial problems only get smellier with age. It is a practice that has served me well throughout my working years; and it only works if I am willing to listen to the advice of friends and colleagues.

So now it’s time for Bernanke to have a come to Jesus moment related to the economic woes of our once great country. Now is the time to bite the bullet, admit defeat, rise to the occasion, and truly fix the problems that have us swirling down the fiscal drain.

Now is not the time for quantitative easing three (QE3)! Like all the other Obama administration fixes to the problems of our time, he must not fix the symptoms and ignore the underlying causes. All QE3 does is release some of the short term pressure on the economy by printing more money for buying up some of the government’s debt.

This will add some short term stability at the expense of a long term fiscal nightmare. It will devalue the dollar once again, so that everything we own will be worth less, and everything we want to buy will cost more, especially food, clothing, gasoline, electricity, natural gas, coal, and the like.

So, what can Bernanke do to fix the underlying problem? Assuming we can agree on the underlying problem, then the fix is reasonably self evident.

I believe the problem is an out of control federal government that spends too much money it doesn’t have, over taxes individuals and businesses to the point of oppression, over regulates areas that stifle business growth, and has too much outstanding debt relative to the size of our economy.

And given these problems, the fix is straight forward: drastically cut spending, cut taxes, remove burdensome regulations, reduce the size of our national debt, and require a balanced budget every year by passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Doing this will fix the real problem facing our nation, and not just put a Band-Aid on the symptoms as Bernanke wants to do.

Contact your Representatives and Senators and tell them you want them to cut spending, cut taxes, remove burdensome regulations, reduce the size of our national debt, and enact a balanced budget amendment now.

Speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Stop Trying to Fix Things!

Posted August 27, 2011

 

We are beginning to hear rumblings from the bowels of America’s elite thinkers about the great Obama economic recovery plan of 2011. Now that he has had time to get away from his grueling job of making campaign speeches and press conferences he finally has time during his Martha’s Vineyard vacation to think deeply about how to solve the economic woes facing this once great nation.

It appears as though at least part of Obama’s plan to revive the failing economy is to re-inflate the housing bubble by offering low interest rate mortgages to Americans with poor credit.

You know, the same erudite progressive strategy that started under Clinton, continued unchecked under Bush, blew apart in 2008, and caused millions of homes in the US to go into foreclosure, and continuing to this day.

I guess the vacationer-in-chief and the progressive Democrats really enjoyed the economic rollercoaster ride that put millions of families into homes they couldn’t afford, with practically no money down, very low interest rates, and no incentives to pay the bills.

What a brilliant idea. In stead of making life more stable for millions of families who couldn’t have afforded a home in the first place, they hurt the ones they thought they were trying to help, along with many more.

Since it didn’t work the first time, let’s try it again. Clearly Obama is head and shoulders smarter than Clinton and Bush, so his administration will do it the right way. Maybe this time he can destroy the entire housing market, along with the investments of all the honest hard working Americans who didn’t scam the system for a free housing ride.

What’s the definition of insanity? Trying to do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This is the most idiotic idea I have heard coming out of Obama and his minions. By providing low interest rate mortgages to Americans with poor credit, Obama will again victimize the less fortunate Americans among us; and he will also victimize those Americans who are trying to live their life in a fiscally sound and reasonably conservative way.

However, fiscally sound and reasonably conservative are terms that raise the neck hairs of Obama and his progressive Democrat friends, who portray themselves as the savior of the poor and down trodden, when actually victimizing them to keep themselves on top and in power.

They keep their power, as do their union thug supporters, by keeping the American people in a constant state of crisis and turmoil, and then by disparaging any ideas that aren’t their own, and by calumniously ridiculing anyone who disagrees with them.

It’s time the American people begin to see it like it really is. It’s time for all of us to hold up a spotlight to the atrocious behavior of Obama, his minions, and the progressive Democrat elite. It’s time we tell them to stop trying to fix things! They only make them worse in the long run.

Now is the time for all right thinking men and women to call it like we see it. Now is not the time for politeness and political correctness. Now is the time for everyone to stand up and speak out in the public forum any and every way we can.

 

 

 

Obamanomics

Posted August 29, 2011

 

Is there anyone left in the country who still believes that we can continue to spend our way out of the economic doldrums following the 2007-2009 recession, other than Obama and the like minded Keynesians he surrounds himself with?

I suspect there are a few hard core liberal tax and spend Democrats left who will never admit to the failure of their economic ideology; just like there were Soviet Union communists who would never, and could never, admit to the failed policies of their political ideology, even after the fall of the USSR.

But maybe it’s time to sit up and take notice of the failure of Obamanomics. As we know from history, recessions happen. They are a natural cycle of business and economics; just like warming and cooling are the natural cycles of weather.

According to IBD, the average recovery time after a recession has been just over 2 quarters, since the Great Depression. Except for now! Our current weak “recovery” is at 8 quarters and counting.

Obama and his minions are good at blaming others, like Bush, business, the rich, Arab unrest, European economic upheaval, the Tea Party, Republicans, the tsunami, the earthquake, the hurricane, ATMs, and even all of us who are ungrateful and won’t spend more money we do not have to help our once great country dig itself out of the hole Obama’s failed economic policies have put us in.

How ungrateful can we be!

But it is Obama and his advisors who should be grateful to the American people, who put them in office and in power without any real world experience.

Shame on us for electing a president who never had any real experience in leading people, managing budgets, or solving difficult economic problems. Community activism and Acorn only prepared him to speak tough and stir up others to action, never to survive in the real world.

Obama and his policies are a failure. It’s time for the ground swell of discontent to sweep him out of office, overturn his failed policies like ObamaCare, and protect ourselves and our country from all future incompetent Obama types.

Now it the time for our own tsunami of political retribution for two and a half years of incompetence and failed economic policies. Now is the time to say enough with printing more money to cover up the underlying economic issues. Now is the time to say enough with economic stimulus packages that gives our hard earned money to Obama’s political cronies as payment for helping vote him into office.

Now is the time to say no to spending money we do not have. Now is the time to limit future spending to some reasonable percentage of GDP. Now is the time to stand up and say we want a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution in order to prevent this from ever happening again.

Now is the time to contact your Representatives and Senators, to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Devaluing America

Posted August 30, 2011

 

Yesterday CNSnews.com reported on “partnership” agreements US Labor Secretary Solis signed with the embassies of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador in order to, as she said, protect the labor rights of both legal and illegal migrant workers here in the United States.

Solis went on to say that the purpose of the agreements is to educate migrant workers, no matter how they arrived on US soil, and to protect their rights under US law against abuse in the workplace, wage discrimination, job loss, and deportation.

In addition, Solis has signed agreements over the past year with the embassies of Mexico, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Does this annoy you as much as it does me? I am outraged at how the Obama administration does everything it can to devalue America, American workers, and the meaning of American citizenship.

I suppose since Obama didn’t grow up in this country, and didn’t have to scrap and scrape to become a citizen of America, he puts very little value on what it means to be here legally.

Obama, through his minion Solis, appears to be illegally and blatantly violating US law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which is aimed at protecting only documented workers legally here in the US.

These agreements provide a way for Obama to go against the will of the American people, and the laws of the United States enacted by Congress, by establishing all on his own an illegal amnesty program that steals jobs from American workers.

With the latest unemployment numbers showing 9.1% of the workforce has been on unemployment for 15 weeks or less, that’s 13.9 million Americans, is this the best way to help the unemployed and the underemployed, estimated at over 20% in total, find much needed work?

Obama is again taking money out of the pockets of hard working Americans, whose only difficulty is that there are not enough jobs to go around, and ensuring that it goes to people who are in the United States illegally. And he is taking food out of the mouths of American workers and their families and giving it to undocumented workers here illegally.

Is this the kind of man we want as our President, sworn to uphold the laws of the United States?

He is certainly not the man who can represent my views on how this once great country should be run. How about you?

It’s time for the great citizens of America to rise up and fight back against the tyranny imposed on us by the current President, Barack Hussein Obama. It’s time to show him what can be done legally to ensure that he does not get elected ever again. It may even be time to show him what can be done legally to throw his sorry excuse for a President of the people out of office before his term is up.

It’s time to contact your Representatives and Senators and tell them you do now want to allow Obama and his minions to devalue America and American citizenship. Speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Regulations

Posted August 31, 2011

 

Boehner and the House Republicans are planning legislation to begin to regulate all the out of control regulations coming out of the Obama administration, currently with no Congressional oversight.

All administrations have done it, and so Obama continues the practice with flare; but that doesn’t mean it is right to allow the Executive branch to impose regulations that cost billions of dollars a year to follow and to watchdog.

Obama just sent a letter to Boehner explaining seven new regulations he is looking to sign, four from the EPA related to the environment, and three from the DOT related to transportation; each of which are estimated to cost the American people at least 1 billion dollars a year.

One of these new regulations is for new and improved smog standards that alone will cost the American people an estimated 19 to 90 billion dollars a year.

So, the question of the day is ‘should the Executive branch of government be able to impose regulations on the American people and on businesses without the consent of the governed through the Congressional oversight and consent process?’

If you answer yes to the question, then you are in favor of the Executive branch having unchecked authority to impose regulations that raise the cost of gasoline, coal, heating, automobiles, houses, clothing, and many more important necessities of life.

Is that really the kind of unchecked Executive power we want to allow?

When our country was beginning to discuss the issues inherent in the proposed Constitution, the biggest issue, aside from slavery, was how to balance the power of the Executive and the Legislative branches. Amidst the fears of the Executive becoming like the oppressive British monarchy, they realized that there needed to be some strength to pull the country and the people together in times of national emergency, like the Revolutionary War, and in standardizing services, like finance and transportation and commerce.

On the other hand, the states were not willing to hand over their self-governance to a central authority without some abilities to check the centralized power. That’s how the bicameral legislature was born; one branch, the House, to represent the interests of the people and control spending, and one branch, the Senate, to represent the interests of the States and control treaties.

We have already destroyed the Legislative balance with the 17th Amendment, which took the election of Senators out of the hands of the States and put it in the hands of the people. Are we going to allow the destruction of the Executive-Legislative balance by not allowing Congress to regulate Executive regulations?

The Legislature is the representative of the people and the States in the legislative minuet orchestrated by our founding generation in the design of the US Constitution. Are we willing to give up our right yet again to the Executive branch of the federal government?

I say no!

It’s time to speak up against the out of control unchecked power at the hands of the Executive. Whether or not you like this president, or the next, eventually there will be one who totally abuses the authority of his office.

Now is the time to check the unchecked power of the Executive. Now is the time to contact your Representatives and Senators to tell them to regulate Executive regulatory power via Congressional oversight and consent.

Now is the time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

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Our Thirty-something President

Posted September 1, 2011

 

CNN/ORC International just released the results of a national poll of adult Americans conducted last week, and the results make Obama our “thirty-something president”.

Obama has only a 34% approval for how he is handling the economy, and a whopping 65% disapproval. That means almost 2 out of 3 Americans do not think Obama is handling the economic woes of our country at all well.

That’s no wonder, when all he can think to do is raise taxes on people who are already hurting economically, increase spending of money no one has, continue to push forward his aggressive regulations that stifle business growth and private sector job creation, and force businesses to hire illegal undocumented workers even when they don’t want to.

Wait. Isn’t Obama also an undocumented worked, albeit the most prominent. No wonder he and Solis are coming up with ways to enforce illegal immigration amnesty against the will of the American people and Congress.

In addition, CNN/ORC reported that 7 of 10 independents and 9 of 10 Republicans disapprove of Obama’s economic record. Wow! Things don’t bode well for Obama’s political future with these kinds of numbers.

They also reported that only 33% of Americans approve of how he is handling the deficit; and only 37% of Americans approve of how he is dealing with unemployment.

In my estimation, the 34%, 33%, and 37% approval numbers gain him the inestimable prize as our “thirty-something president”.

The economy, the deficit, and unemployment are not problems easily, or even ever, fixed by Keynesian tax and spend ideology; and all Obama can do is follow the plays from the ideological leftist playbook he knows. He is totally devoid of creative problem solving skills that allow him to think differently than he was taught.

Is this the kind of person we want to run our beleaguered economy and country? Is Obama a man of, by, and for the people when only thirty-something of them actually approve of his handling of the economy, the deficit, and unemployment? Is he able to change his spots and think creatively in order to even begin to solve our most critical problems?

The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO!

So what are we waiting for? Now is the time to marginalize Obama and his minions through the rule of law, which he so blatantly disregards. Now is the time for Congress to prevent him from enacting any more job-killing regulations or taxes, to prevent him from spending any more money we do not have, and to prevent him from harming businesses any more than he already has.

Maybe now is even the time to throw his sorry excuse for a president of, by, and for the people out of office before his term expires.

Now is certainly the time to tell your Representatives and Senators to hold the line on taxes, regulations, and spending. Now is the time to stand up and stop Obama’s campaign of devastation waged on our once great country.

Now is the time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Labor Day 2011

Posted September 5, 2011

 

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers in the United States. It was first introduced by the Central Labor Union of New York and celebrated on September 5, 1882; and it is now a federal holiday that is observed on the first Monday of September.

I guess today, 129 years later, is a good day to ask about the current value of these economic and social contributions that we celebrate across our nation.

I understand the benefits provided union workers when they were in their formative years. They championed to plight of the worker at the hands of employers who were willing and capable of taking advantage of laborers. They were overworked, underpaid, and treated like indentured servants.

It was the collective bargaining rights of the labor unions that gave the workers a voice in their own well being as workers. They were finally on an equal footing with the heavy handed tactics of their employers.

Today, however, we are seeing the demise of the labor unions because their economic and social contributions, which were so necessary in the beginning, have become oppressive, heavy handed, and strong armed. They have switched roles with the employers of old.

Today we see big labor forcing employers into agreements that are economically unsustainable and socially predatory. Today the union leaders and workers want the lion’s share of the rewards from the business or the government department. They are no longer just interested in sharing in the money; they seem to want it all, and are willing to do anything necessary to get it all.

It’s no wonder why union membership is steadily on the decline; and why Wisconsin and New Jersey have made inroads into limiting their collective bargaining rights. Unions are intent in taking the whole pie, not just a reasonable slice.

Local, state, and federal government union pension programs are on the verge of bankruptcy because governments cannot continue to pay the high salaries of the union workers and also support the high retirement expenses that were negotiated under the duress of striking union workers.

The simplest case in point is in the news today. The US Postal Service is saying they will default some time before the end of the year because they cannot make an upcoming 5.5 billion dollar retiree benefits payment, and that they are expected to run out of money to pay workers and other expenses early next year.

Today union workers are consistently paid higher salaries than their counterparts in the private sector, plus they have medical and retirement programs that private sector workers can only dream of.

Every labor rock you can turn over sheds light on excessive salaries and pensions for union workers in all fields: education, law enforcement, automotive, and on and on and on.

This has got to stop! Eventually the excessive cost of labor, combined with government over spending, will bankrupt this once great nation; and then no one will have anything. Kill the golden goose and there will be no more precious golden eggs.

It’s time for real change in the level of power we give to unions and to government. This is not an easy task, since most liberal Democrat campaigns and coffers are funded by union dollars.

It’s time to shine a light on the issue, say enough is enough, and speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Liberal Democrat Incivility

Posted September 7, 2011

 

’Tis the season for political rhetoric to be ramped up, and for liberal Democrats to say all manner of vile expletives about their opponents, such as businesses, Republicans, and the Tea Party.

Just last week Jimmy Hoffa Jr., Teamsters President, made a number of these statements, saying that businesses are unpatriotic, declaring war on conservative Republicans, and assuring Obama that union workers are his “army” in the “war” against the Tea Party; saying, “we are ready to march.”

Hoffa then went on to say, “Everybody here’s got a vote. If we go back and we keep an eye on the prize – let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

Hoffa also said “You can’t be reasonable with people that are unreasonable,” speaking of conservative Republicans, and “This group (the tea party) is coming after them. You know, when they start talking about, you know, getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, rolling back collective bargaining in major states.”

So what is it about Hoffa and the paranoid liberal Democrats that make them think everyone is out to get them? Maybe they’re not paranoid! Maybe the American people just don’t appreciate their tactics of incivility.

They make the discussion very personal. They attack the character and personal values of the people they disagree with, rather than argue the merits of the facts being discussed.

I will say that Hoffa and the liberal Democrats are in good company; these are the same political tactics used by Thomas Jefferson and his party followers when discussing the merits of the Constitution and the merits of the newly formed government. Jefferson, as does Hoffa, resorted to calumnious arguments that sought to tear down the integrity and credibility of the individuals they disagreed with.

In my view these calumnies are used to obfuscate their real intentions, which is to ignore arguing facts they neither believe in nor care about. We have to look past the facts in play, and try to discern the real issue.

In Hoffa’s case, it’s not about businesses, Republicans, the Tea Party, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or anything like that. It’s about loosing their collective bargaining rights, and therefore, loosing out on their larger than reasonable salaries, benefits, and pensions.

He doesn’t care about you and me; he only cares about himself and his union members. He doesn’t even care about who is nominated and elected president, as long as whoever it is supports his rapacious union tactics.

Once upon a time unions were good for this country, and the right forum for under appreciated, under paid, and over worked employees to make sure they received a fair shake. But today the unions have replaced the powerful, oppressive, and greedy employers which they were originally fighting against.

It’s time to draw the line on excessive union greed, whether in the public or the private sector. It’s time to rebalance the collective bargaining field with regulations and restriction on what the unions can and cannot do in their quest for all the money they can get, to the detriment of the consumer, the taxpayer, and the country.

It’s time to let them know we care about the plight of our once great nation, as well as the plight of the employee, and that we are willing to fight for America to be great once again. It’s time to let them know we will not let them continue to drag down our country with their rapaciousness and calumny.

It’s time to let your Representatives and Senators know you do not want the unions to be allowed to bully companies and governments into collective bargaining agreements we can no longer afford.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

The Politics of Debate

Posted September 8, 2011

 

Last night’s debate, in my estimation, left a lot to be desired; but then I don’t have any appreciation for the artificial environment of the debate format, where the liberal media asks dumb questions designed to create “gotcha” sound bites for the next day’s tabloids and blogs, and the candidates spar against each other and against Obama without time to discuss anything of substance.

Don’t get me wrong! Thinking fast on your feet and interesting repartee are great qualities to have. But how good a judge of someone’s abilities to lead the country out of economic crisis can they be? The only time a sitting president gets to use these attributes is when facing down the media; not when solving difficult problems facing our country.

Just remember, great sound bites and a commanding media presence are the same qualities that catapulted Obama into office. Never once did the national discussion even get close to his experience in dealing with complex issues. Oh, he was clear that he too could answer the call that came in at 3 AM, but no one ever asked him how he would handle the crisis, step by step, in detail.

Romney and Perry appear to be the two front runners in the polling and the debating, each with experience we can talk about.

Romney, as Governor of Massachusetts, is best known as a moderate Republican who brought us RomneyCare and poor job creation performance. He has also stated he is for global warming, believing it to be a real threat to humanity, he is pro-choice, unwilling to sign the pro-life pledge, and he was unwilling to fight the Massachusetts legislature over RomneyCare, rolling over to sign what he said was a bad bill because of political pressure.

Perry, as Governor of Texas, is best known as a true conservative Republican who created a sound environment for Texas to become the best job creating state in the nation. He has also shown that he can be tough on border issues, stating he is for protecting our borders before beginning to deal with illegal immigration, he is against global warming, thinking it to be a phony mess, and he is pro-life, backing a constitutional amendment banning abortion and signing the pro-life pledge.

Perry also has his issues, though, which were not dealt with at all well, like his HPV vaccine mandate and allowing drug cartels to control some parts of southern Texas.

Of the two, however, Perry appears to be tougher on the issues he has dealt with, even if not everyone would agree with his decisions; and Romney appears to cave when the political going gets tough.

Compared to Obama, who is great with the teleprompter and the sound bites, either Romney or Perry would be a better choice, especially if Romney had a Republican majority in the House and the Senate to prod him politically to do the right thing.

Tonight Obama will present his idea of a jobs plan to the nation, which will be a simple regurgitation of his same old ideas. His primary platform will be to spend money we do not have in order to hope for new jobs being created, for a change. However, Obama’s track record has been abysmal in this regard; after spending trillions of dollars, unemployment continues to remain high and the economy is sputtering as it runs out of gas.

I don’t know about you, but I am hoping for a change. At this point Perry looks like our strongest candidate to turn around the country’s slide into oblivion; I think Romney will just be another RINO version of Obama; and we are underestimating, for whatever reasons, Cain and Bachmann.

We need someone who is willing to fight for lower taxes, lower spending, less regulations, smaller government, and no debt in ten years. Is Perry the one who can meet this challenge head on?

Make your views known. Speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Obama’s American Jobs Act

Posted September 10, 2011

 

Thursday night Obama spoke before a joint session of Congress and via television to the American people about his American Jobs Act, where he talked about the economic issues facing our once great country, took no responsibility for any involvement in the conditions that have brought us to this crisis, and gave no solutions of substance for turning it around.

Obama’s big proposal that had to be made before a joint session of Congress, an event typically reserved for war, is to continue spending money we don’t have with the possibility of creating short term jobs that may or may not even begin to fix the longer term unemployment issues.

He also wants to increase taxes on the rich because they don’t already give their fair share, to incentivize new hiring by businesses with targeted tax credits, to increase spending on schools, highways, and bridges, to give more bailout money to the states, and to spend 450 billion dollars we don’t have.

But don’t worry! Obama’s plan will not cost us one more dime, because he will cover the increased spending by pushing off the responsibility of the cost to the debt super committee. All they have to do is figure out a way to reduce the debt by another 450 billion dollars. Of course, Obama forgot to mention that this debt super committee could just as easily increase taxes as cut spending.

So the bottom line is that Obama’s American Jobs Act is more of the same old rhetoric that we have grown to expect from him, without any detail to even begin to know how he will attempt to deliver on his promise of increasing jobs in a struggling American economy.

Obama just doesn’t get it. He has no clue. He’s no FDR, JFK, or even LBJ! Although I’m sure he sees himself as a great president like they were in his own mind’s eye.

What Obama doesn’t even begin to realize is that he has made Bush’s economic incompetence much worse by heaping more spending, more regulation, and more debt on the American people than any other president in history.

For example, our debt ceiling grew 5.4 trillion dollars over eight years under Bush and 5.5 trillion dollars over three years under Obama; in addition, our deficit has grown to a whapping 1.5 trillion dollars a year under Obama, the biggest ever; and increased regulations are bringing small and large business growth to a crawl, if not a standstill.

All this economic uncertainty is what’s stifling private sector job creation, so subsidizing public jobs with money taken from businesses and individuals will not even begin to create any real job growth for the American people.

What we do need is real change in how the Obama administration addresses the economic and unemployment issues facing our once great country, not a campaign speech made before a joint session of Congress masquerading as a substantial solution to all our economic woes.

We need to hope that one of our conservative Republican candidates for president will change the political landscape with real solutions to real problems.

It’s time to take back America for all the hurting people who are out of work, for all the hurting businesses that are sinking under the weight of regulations, and for all the hurting retirees who are watching their retirement dollars shrink down to insignificance.

It’s time to take back America from Obama and his minions who want to add more stimulus spending cronyism, more quantitative easing money printing, more taxes on the rich, more regulations on businesses, and much more debt.

Why don’t they ever consider cutting real spending by some percentage, say 25%, across the board, except for Social Security and Medicare retirees and except for the military? Everything else is just pork barrel spending on pet projects, programs, and countries.

It’s time to tell your Representatives and Senators to cut real spending now. It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

America Remembers

Posted September 11, 2011

 


America remembers with a moment of silence at 8:45 AM ET, when American Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At this point, we just thought that there was a tragic accident, or an aircraft malfunction, that caused Flight 11 to slam into the North Tower. No one knew what was yet to come as this tragic day of Islamic terror would unfold.


America remembers with a moment of silence at 9:03 AM ET, when United Flight 175 slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in view of all the cameras and people on the ground.

This is the moment when everyone watching the events play out realized that this is no accident or aircraft malfunction. This is the moment when we all realized that the United States of America was under attack from unknown terrorists. This is the moment in history that transformed a mediocre Bush presidency into an historic battle for the survival of our Judeo-Christian culture over the seventh century Islamic way of life.

Even though many Americans have grown complacent, the battle still rages today, mostly unseen by Western eyes, asleep until the next surprise attack, when we least expect it.


America remembers with a moment of silence at 9:40 AM ET, when American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon in Washington DC.

This is the moment when shock and disbelief rolled quickly across the nation; the moment when everyone asked themselves ‘Where will the next target be, and when?’ Even though all flights had already been grounded nationwide, it still took some time to get them on the ground; and any one of them could have been the next human guided missile to attack any one of our cities.


America remembers with a moment of silence at 9:59 AM ET, when the unthinkable happened, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed into a heap of rubble and human carnage. It took just 56 minutes for the heat from the burning jet fuel to melt the steel girders to the point of collapse, when they could no longer withstand the weight of the upper floors.


America remembers with a moment of silence at 10:03 AM ET, when United Flight 93 was brought down by a passenger revolt against the terrorists in an empty field outside of Shanksville PA.

The brave passengers had already heard, via phone, of the NY and DC terror attacks, and they were determined not to let their plane be used as a missile against another DC target. Knowing they were bound to die in DC, they decided to sacrifice their own lives in PA to save the lives of countless others.


America remembers with a moment of silence at 10:28 AM ET, when the unthinkable happened a second time, the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed into a heap of rubble and human carnage.

The shock and horror of the day’s events left everyone both dazed from and united against the still unknown terrorists who would perpetrate such evil against our country.

Our hearts were poured out in support for the families and loved ones of the 2,977 Americans who lost their lives on that fateful day; 411 of which were emergency workers trying to get others to safety. And our anger was stirred against the 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who perpetrated this evil; 15 Saudis, 2 from the UAE, 1 Egyptian, and 1 Lebanese.

The American people remained united for some time against the evil that chose to show its ugly face in our country. But this only lasted until the next election cycle, when we went back to politics as usual.

So, what have we learned over these last ten years? Anything of lasting value?

We still disagree vehemently over whether or not we are at war, and with whom we might be at war. Are we at war with Islamic terrorists, with al-Qaeda, with Iraq, with Afghanistan, or just with evil people who hate us because we are American?

One thing I know is that, whether or not we believe we are at war, radical Islam is at war with us. They hate us because we are infidels and do not follow Islam; and the Qur’an teaches them that it is ok to kill infidels.

This is very difficult for the American mind to understand, since it is ingrained in our American culture to try to get along with everyone, to look past the differences to see our common humanity. It is our Judeo-Christian culture that teaches us to love our enemy, to get along with everyone, to turn the other cheek, and to forgive seven times seventy times.

We must remain vigilant against these terrorists who want to destroy our country and kill all Americans. This day, of all days, should remind us that we must not be slack in the area of defense and military spending. We must continue to stand the watch, prepared to defend ourselves against attack.

Today is a great day to remind your Representatives and Senators that we need to remain vigilant against terror attacks on our soil, that we need to keep our defense and military funded to do the job we depend on them to do.

Today is a great day to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

The Debate Continues

Posted September 13, 2011

 

Last night’s Republican debate for the Presidential nomination was lively and completely political, with each candidate showing off his or her political prowess and credentials while under the spotlight.

Perry was under attack from the seven other candidates even more than Obama, as some of his past decisions as governor and statements as candidate came under intense fire. Can anyone of us, however, say with a straight face that we have never made any bad decisions or made any ridiculously sounding statements, ones we would go back and change if we could?

We all make the best decisions we can at the time, using all the information we have at our disposal. But sometimes we don’t get it right. A mature individual admits the mistake, learns from it, and moves on, probably never to make that same mistake again, but certain to make others.

The best measure of a person’s character is not all the things they do right, but how they respond to the things they do wrong. No one ever learned anything but pride from things done right, but a person of character takes responsibility for the things done wrong and becomes wiser from the experience.

In my view Perry showed his true character under fire last night. He admitted his HPV mandate was handled incorrectly even though he thought at the time, given the data he had, that it was the best decision for the safety of young women. With grace under fire, Perry, softly spoken, said that any family that didn’t want to have the vaccine could opt out. This means that not one young woman received the vaccine who did not want it.

Perry’s statements and experience, as expressed in the debate, gave us a glimpse into his character as an individual. He called Social Security what it is, a Ponzi scheme. According to Merriam-Webster a Ponzi scheme is “an investment swindle in which some early investors are paid off with money put up by later ones in order to encourage more and bigger risks.” This sounds like Social Security to me!

Perry’s experience as governor of Texas helped create a business environment that allowed private sector jobs to increase in a down economy. Texas is now a state in which people and businesses are moving to in significant numbers.

Border security is another issue Perry knows first hand; and while I may not agree with his approach of feet on the ground verses a fence, I’d like to hear more of his reasoning behind his position so I might better understand the issue from his perspective as governor of the largest border state in America.

Last night Perry showed us the man behind the political mask. All we need to do is look clearly, with unbiased glasses, to see how he will lead this once great country back on the road toward prosperity.

Romney is the best political debater of the group, by far; everyone agrees, and so do I. But all we saw last night is the face Romney wanted us to see, his political persona. To me he is a slick, polished politician who says all the right things at precisely the right time. Although, he did seem to be a little off his game last night. Maybe he was trying too hard to get back into the number one position.

Romney continues to find creative ways to distance himself from RomneyCare, which is socialized medicine Massachusetts style. This type of rose by any other name would still stink just as bad.

Romney believes in a fair tax, which is a national sales tax, also known as a value-added tax, which to me is one of the most dangerous new ways to tax people that could ever be proposed. What makes you think that the federal income tax will go away when the federal sales tax is introduced?

What it does is provide another method for wringing tax dollars out of the lower and middle classes. Even if the combined income tax and fair tax is initially lower than current tax rates, over time both will creep back up, as they did in Great Britain, so the combined total will eventually impose a staggering tax burden on the American people.

This is the same idea as Cain’s 9-9-9 plan, which is just as dangerous to the long term economic health of our once great country.

To finish up with Romney, he is too slick a politician for us to discern how he will lead as president. His past behavior speaks as a RINO, a Republican in name only, who is at best socially liberal and at worst fiscally liberal as well; but his current political discourse makes him sound conservative.

I believe his past performance is the real man behind the political mask; and if elected will definitely disappoint us all.

Cain is a good speaker, a likeable man, and a very savvy businessman with lots of experience. But is he a political animal who can survive in the political arena? Without any real political experience I think he will be rendered ineffective by the Washington machine. A good man who I would love to get to know personally, but not at all presidential material.

Bachmann was a strong speaker, with a very good command of the facts, especially related to taxes, ObamaCare, and illegal immigration. She was aggressive and feisty last night, which elevated her significantly, in my estimation.

She took charge and instigated the Perry beat down on his HPV decision, not willing to let go until many of the others jumped onto the pile, even if her facts were wrong. She could be up there with Perry, in my book, with a little more seasoning and a priority on integrity.

Gingrich is also a good speaker, with lots of good ideas about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, government accountability, and who really creates jobs, the private sector. However, his track record of follow through from idea to working program leaves a lot to be desired. He would, however, make a great chief of staff or political advisor for whoever does get elected.

Santorum did ok last night, but didn’t shine. He was good at body slamming Perry on HPV and Paul on his view of 9/11 responsibility, but his ideas about Social Security are antiquated. In my view, Santorum should save his backer’s money and drop out. His support for the eventual winner could ensure him a seat at the big boys table in the next administration.

Huntsman made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. There was something about what he said and the way he said it that made me want to play solitaire on my computer when he spoke.

Paul is out of touch with reality, thinking that 9/11 was our fault, and not the responsibility of radical Islamic terrorists. If he cannot distinguish between good and evil intentions, how will he ever navigate the political maze called Washington DC?

CNN and Wolf Blitzer get a lot of credit for hosting and moderating a good strong debate, and helping ensure that each candidate received their share of the spotlight.

Last, but certainly not least, the Tea Party has earned the respect and acceptance by the mainstream media to be a credible co-host with CNN in a great debate of ideas and ideologies.

The American people can now begin to better understand the personalities and experience of the eight candidates running for the Republican nomination for president.

 

 

 

A President Of, By, and For Illegals

Posted September 16, 2011

 

US Representative Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat from Illinois, Obama’s home state, thanked and praised Obama for illegally bypassing Congress in his new ICE DHS directive not to deport any illegal alien unless they are a national security concern, have a serious criminal history, are a threat to public safety, are a human rights violator, or are involved in serious immigration fraud.

Congress tried to pass the DREAM Act last December, but it was voted down. So there is no US law on the books that allows Obama to unilaterally make this de facto US policy on his own. In fact, it is a direct violation of Title 8 Section 1325 of the US Code, which makes it a federal crime to be in the United States illegally.

Therefore, Obama, ICE, and DHS are all guilty of aiding and abetting federal fugitives in violation of Title 8 Section 1325 of the US Code. Maybe even Gutierrez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are also responsible in some way for violating US law.

But we cannot stop there, most of, if not all, the states are also guilty of violating US immigration law by turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants, allowing them to have driver’s licenses or identification cards, allowing them to attend state colleges at in-state rates, and on and on and on.

What is this once great country doing? Are federal and state employees and politicians pimping for the Hispanic vote? Why are they so willing to violate US law when we the people have spoken over and over again, saying with our votes that we do not want the DREAM Act or amnesty in any way, shape, or form?

We need to defend the laws of the land, and hold its violators accountable! Starting with Obama and those in his administration’s departments, who operate under his directives even when they know they violate US law.

We need to throw Obama’s sorry excuse for and American president out of office as soon as we can. Because every day he is in office he finds new ways to slap the American people in the face, like with his illegal illegal immigration directive.

Good, hard working Americans are having trouble getting jobs all around this country, while illegal immigrants are able to steal the jobs right out from under them. Every employer who is found to have hired an illegal immigrant should be given one month and then fined unmercifully for every illegal still working until this cancer is cut out of our body politic.

We cannot survive as a nation, great or otherwise, if our politicians do not follow and uphold the laws of the land. And if we do not speak up, then we too are responsible for the looming disaster as well.

Contact your Representatives and Senators to tell them you have had enough with our politicians violating US law, specifically with regard to illegal immigrants stealing American jobs.

Call for Obama’s impeachment now! Speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes

Posted September 19, 2011

 

Back in July and early August, when the debt ceiling debate raged across the country, conservatives from coast to coast were asking House and Senate Republicans, especially Boehner and McConnell, to hold the line by not raising the debt limit.

The fear then held by the old guard Republicans, and apparently supported by Tea Party Republicans as well, was that not raising the debt ceiling would cause the US credit rating to drop. Well, they went ahead and raised the debt ceiling against the people’s wishes, and they were wrong! The US credit rating was still lowered from AAA to AA+. Maybe the politicians really didn’t know what they were doing. Go figure!

When the debt super committee was formed by the debt ceiling legislation, the Boehner and McConnell talking points were how this is the best way to cut spending and reduce the deficit for future generations.

Well, now Obama’s solution will be unveiled, most likely today, and once again the Republicans in the House and Senate were hoodwinked by the Democrats. Obama will ask for 1.5 trillion dollars in tax hikes, with some offsetting entitlement and defense cuts. All this was very predictable!

This is playing out just as many conservatives across this once great nation have said. Spending cuts are being ignored as too risky, or too political, in favor of tax increases on an already hurting economy.

It is unconscionable to raise taxes when August unemployment applications rose to the highest level in a long time, when August foreclosures also rose dramatically and will now continue high into the foreseeable future, and when the number of people living in poverty has risen to 46.2 million, the highest level ever.

In my opinion, Boehner, McConnell, and the Congressional Republicans are either political idiots, spineless wimps, or clever ideologues who also want to see the economic destruction of our once great country along with the Democrats.

Which is it?

It’s time for we the people to get angry at the way we are being ignored by the political elite on the left and the right, including all the Tea Party supported politicians. Once elected by the people, politicians do what they want, not what the people who elected them have asked for. They all make promises that they all break. I guess politics and integrity are mutually exclusive!

It’s time for we the people to speak up loudly and often against any new tax increases, and to vow that any Republican who votes for a tax increase will be replaced in their next primary election by a conservative who will hold the line on taxes and regulations.

It’s time to elect people who do what they promise once in office, or throw them out the next time around. If we the people allow this new tax bill to go into effect without a fight, we deserve the economic destruction we will get.

We know Congress has a terrible track record of spending all taxes raised, of putting off fixing problems until the people get angry enough, and of promising one thing and doing another.

It’s time to get angry! It’s time to contact your Representatives and Senators to tell them to vote against any new tax legislation, or we will vote against them in their next primary election.

It’s time to stand tall and speak out in the public forum any and every way you can.

The time for battle is now! Use your rights or lose your rights forever!

 

 

 

The Fall of America

Posted September 20, 2011

 

It has been 20 years since the fall of the Soviet Union. According to Wikipedia “Due to the years of Soviet military buildup at the expense of domestic development, economic growth stagnated. Failed attempts at reform, a standstill economy, and the success of the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence against the Soviet Union’s forces in the war in Afghanistan led to a general feeling of discontent.”

Stagnant growth, failed attempts at reform, and spending money they did not have in all the wrong places brought on a feeling of discontent, which led to a weakening of the central government.

Does any of this sound familiar?

America appears to be heading in the same direction. Obama and the Democrats continue to strangle the economy and families financially through heavy taxation, incessant fees, and excessive regulations.

The Republicans, including those supported by the Tea Party, are no better, since they will not stand up to Obama and the Democrats, portraying themselves as spineless wimps, unable or unwilling to fight for the rights and prosperity of the American people.

We must fight our own battles; not depending on duplicitous politicians.

Now Obama wants to pile on another 1.5 trillion dollars in taxes and fees, in his feeble attempt to lower the debt by more than 3 trillion dollars over the next ten years. I’ll bet the 3 trillion in savings includes the cutting of future spending projections in Iraq, Afghanistan, and our own defense.

What Obama failed to tell us is that there are no cuts to the current spending levels, so that the only way he can reduce the debt completely is to raise taxes by another 14 trillion dollars, assuming he doesn’t need to spend our money on any unforeseen programs, project, liberal causes, or wars.

When will we the people wake up and smell the dung shoveled out by Obama and the Democrats?

We will never get this once great nation back to financial health and full employment by continuing to tax our workers into the poor house. When will Obama and the liberal Democrats get it? When will the Republicans get it, and be willing to fight for it?

Unless we the people get in the faces of our Representatives and Senators now, they will never change. We need to rock their political boats so they know we are serious about wanting economic security now.

You can use TheTeaParty.net automated petition system to send one of their canned messages to Obama and Congress, and you can add you own comments to each message. Just click on this link: http://act.theteaparty.net/. If you can, I know they could use your donations as well.

You can also call, write, or email Obama and your Representatives and Senators by going to their websites; they are easily accessible via the Yahoo search engine.

Now is not the time for us to be timid or trusting in others. Now is the time to speak up loudly and often in the public forum. Now is the time for us to get in their faces with our conservative points of view. If you and I don’t speak up, no one will do it for us.

How willing are you to fight for the rights granted to you by the Constitution of the United States? If we don’t fight for our rights today, we will lose them to the socialist ways of Obama and the liberal Democrats.

It’s time to go to the mattresses! Even though we can’t see it, the battle is raging all around us. It’s time to take up arms for today’s battle: the written and spoken word of free speech in the public forum.

 

 

 

Congress Is Failing To Do Its Job

Posted September 27, 2011

 

We are currently in the third battle in Congress to prevent a government shutdown this year; the first in April over the budget, the second in July over the debt limit, and now the third over the budget, again.

The current battle is over FEMA funding in the latest continuing resolution to fund the federal government. The House wants to fund FEMA at 3.65 billion dollars with offsetting spending cuts, and the Senate wants to fund FEMA at 6.9 billion dollars with no offsetting spending cuts. Personally, I think they have all gone crazy with political power.

Congress is spending its time arguing over 3.25 billion dollars for FEMA when the economic stability and security of our once great nation is circling the drain.

The current national debt is over 14 trillion dollars, going to almost 17 trillion dollars by the end of the year thanks to the debt ceiling bill passed and signed by Obama in August. The proposed fiscal 2012 budget is projected at 3.7 trillion dollars, which is at least 1.5 trillion dollars more than taxes and fees raised, and has never officially been passed by Congress and signed by Obama.

But don’t worry! The debt super committee will fix all the problems by raising taxes on the hard working American people until it hurts so bad we all scream, and thereby force more people out of work from vanishing entrepreneurial investment dollars.

How high can Congress and Obama raise taxes and fees on the American people before they drive enough people out of work so that they can never collect enough from those left working, no matter how high they make the taxes and fees?

I know! This is one of my dumb questions that some bureaucrat in some federal department has spent his whole career studying. Does Obama, Boehner, or Reid even understand the question?

Congress is an utter failure at their job!

Have they ever really read the Preamble to the Constitution?

It says “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Can we the people find true justice in America today? I know justice is always skewed by the person dispensing it; it’s just human nature. But I don’t think we even care about exhibiting the mere perception of true justice any more. It’s all about personal and/or political gain.

Does our federal government even try to ensure domestic tranquility any more? Today it’s about parties and ideologies, tranquility be damned. This looming government shutdown is a good example. If our politicians cared one whit about domestic tranquility they would have passes a fiscal budget when they were supposed to, rather than forcing these continuing resolutions every month or two.

Does our federal government provide for the common defense? Clearly not when we allow our borders to be penetrated by illegals, and then allow the illegals to stay in our country when they come to the government’s attention. Our government now just looks the other way, or as in the case of California and Texas makes it easy for them to stay and steal jobs and college seats from hard working Americans.

Does our federal government promote the general welfare of its citizens? Again, clearly not when our federal government is the cause of our housing problems, of our unemployment problems, of our rapacious debt problems, of our economic problems, of our national security problems, and on and on and on.

Does our federal government do anything to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity? Certainly not when our liberty is being eroded daily by all the regulation imposed on us by the EPA, NLRB, ICE, DHS, TSA, and others; and these regulations all bypass Congressional oversight. In addition, they are destroying the liberty of our posterity with their excessive debt pushed on to the backs of future working generations.

So, in my estimation, Congress, and Obama, are failing to do their job, as outlined in the Preamble to the Constitution!

They need to stop their bickering and political posturing and work together to solve our problems now.

Contact you Representatives and Senators to tell them to fix our housing, unemployment, debt, economic, and illegal alien problems now, and to force Obama to follow the law of the land rather than allowing him to unilaterally ignore the laws of our land.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

The Right Candidates

Posted September 29, 2011

 

It must be a terrible feeling to know what’s right and not be able to speak up because you are afraid of the left’s ability to lie convincingly to the American people in order to blame the right for their own incompetence and inability to fix the problems of our once great nation. Calumny and political posturing trump the truth and doing what’s right to fix problems.

But it seems that once a Republican gets elected to national office they loose their ability to speak up honestly against the leftist Democrats and their lying duplicity with the American people.

The good news is that the American people are finally starting to wake up to Washington’s shenanigans.

According to a recent Gallup poll of adult Americans, “A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.” These numbers break down to 65% of Democrats and 92% of Republicans are dissatisfied with how the nation is being governed.


This poll also concluded that 82% of the American people are dissatisfied with how Congress is doing its job of governing the country; 69% have little or no confidence in the legislative branch; 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government being able to solve the domestic problems facing the country; 53% have little or no confidence in the people who seek or hold public office; and 49% say that the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of the American people.

It appears that the American people are significantly frustrated with the way our currently elected government is doing its job, and with those elected to the national stage. As far as I’m concerned, it’s about time the American people realize that we the people are loosing our freedoms and liberties at the hands of our elected government officials!

But the real question now, for conservatives, is ‘will the Republican presidential candidates be any different?’

Romney, not so much! His track record is too liberal for the nation, even though in Massachusetts he appeared to be a moderate conservative. Romney, like Obama, is too slick a speaker and debater; he thinks fast on his feet and has all the right answers that the American people want to hear at this time.

But Romney’s track record paints a different picture, showing him for ObamaCare and RomneyCare, for pro-choice and not willing to sign the pro-life pledge, for global warming and driving up the costs of electricity and gasoline, and for the Boehner debt limit plan which included tax hikes on the American people and businesses.

Herein stands Romney’s future performance. He’s willing to say anything to get elected, but will go along to get along when tough decisions are required. He’s a RINO (Republican in name only) version of Obama, based on his track record.

Perry should be different, based on his track record as Governor of Texas. He is a true conservative who had to make some tough decisions relating to the quality of people’s lives.

His HPV decision was the right one to guarantee that everyone would have access to the vaccine, and that anyone who didn’t want the vaccine would be able to opt-out. In addition, his decision to allow children of illegals to go to state schools at in-state tuition rates was a way of not punishing the children for the sins of the parents; it’s not like the children were a part of the decision to enter the US illegally, and by going to college they get a chance to be productive members of the US society.

Perry’s track record is the picture of conservatism, showing he is for protected borders using people and not fences in the process, he is pro-life and signed the pro-life pledge, he thinks global warming is the hoax it has been proven to be, he is for giving people the benefit of the doubt in seeking entry into state colleges, he is against the federal government taking over people’s health solutions with ObamaCare because it will be a financial drain on the people and on state governments, and he is willing to speak the truth about Social Security when he says it is a Ponzi scheme, which it is according to the Merriam-Webster definition.

Perry seems to line up, based on his track record, with conservative values, and therefore is most likely to continue his conservative performance into the Oval Office. If only he were able to think fast on his feet and participate in the mindless banter that the media identifies with as a good debater.

Cain is still a mystery when it comes to a conservative track record. He has great experience as a business leader, but we all know that solving business problems is very different from solving political problems.

In business, as CEO or president, you solicit people’s advice on a particular issue and then you have to decide on the course of action yourself, sometimes picking from a number of good solutions offered by your staff. However, it doesn’t work that way in the public sector, and especially not in Washington. As president he doesn’t get to choose the solution, just try to influence Congress on the best solution to vote on and approve.

Will Cain be able to meet this challenge as president? It would be easier to answer this question if he had some public track record to draw from, especially one as a state governor; but short of that, he remains unproven until he serves in some public office. So, basically it’s a crap shoot as to whether or not he would be a good conservative president. Your guess is as good as mine.

Aside from his 9-9-9 plan, which is dangerous by introducing another method of taxation, I have liked everything I’ve heard.

As for the remaining six contenders in the ring, their poll numbers are low enough to disqualify them from mentioning at this time.

Please make your views known in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

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Fighting Poverty

Posted October 3, 2011

 

Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House advisor, spoke about Obama’s American Jobs Act to an Episcopal group in Washington D.C. on September 21, 2011. In her speech were some very telling statements about Obama’s, and the liberal, view on how to fight poverty in America.

She said, “We have to give people a livelihood so that they can provide for their families”, and “We are working hard to lift people out of poverty and give them a better life, and a footing, and that’s what government is suppose to do”.

Herein lies the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. How should we as a compassionate people help our friends and neighbors living in poverty and in need of help?

The liberal way is to take money from the “rich”, which in their definition includes the middle class and every small business in America, and give it to anyone who is willing to sign up for the government’s free give-away program, never really weeding out the scammers.

The whole purpose of this liberal approach is to keep handing out money so that the recipients will remain dependent on the liberal “generosity” with other people’s money, and will therefore vote to keep the liberals in political power so that the handouts will continue forever.

Have you ever noticed how liberals are so very generous with other people’s money, and not with their own? Many studies over the years have shown how little of their own money they contribute to charities, especially as compared with conservatives.

The sad thing is, the biggest losers in this whole debacle are those in poverty and in need, since the liberal programs are designed to keep those who are most vulnerable dependent on the handouts.

The liberals want to look magnanimous by taking fish from those who caught them and give them to those who need them, never ever wanting to teach those in need how to fish for themselves.

But I contend that it is not the government’s responsibility to help those in need, just like it is not the government’s responsibility to create jobs. It is the God given responsibility of individuals, families, churches, and communities to help those going through difficult times, whatever the need.

Only those close to the people in need are best equipped to know how to respond, and how to help them get out of the difficult situation. Only the ones close to the situation are in a position to assess the true need, be it food, clothes, shelter, work, financial help, etc.; and only the ones close to the situation have other local resources to draw from.

I believe the best way to address the needs of those in poverty is at the community level, where local community ministries and church groups can get to know the people they are helping first hand, and can build personal relationships with them, and can marshal additional resources to help the people get back on their own two feet.

Conservatives believe it is not the responsibility of government to help those in need or to create jobs; that it is the responsibility of government to empower individuals, businesses, and ministries to help others and to create jobs. Government should get out of the way and let people in the local communities do what they can do best, help get others back on their feet so they can help themselves, and others.

It’s time for us all to speak up about the true role of government in the lives of the people. It’s time to get government out of meddling in people’s lives, and back to the original intention of the Constitution.

Make your views known! Please speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

Tax and Spend Recovery

Posted October 6, 2011

 

Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, doesn’t like Obama’s American Jobs Bill and therefore won’t let it come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. You might think this is a good thing, and that you heard the last of Obama’s bill, nicknamed Stimulus 2. But, you’d be wrong!

Reid is delaying introducing the bill for an up or down vote because he knows he doesn’t have the votes to pass it, even in a Democrat controlled Senate; so he’s delaying to give himself time to rewrite the bill in a way that will be more palatable to his Democrat colleagues.

He is adding sufficient taxes to the bill in order to cover the entire 447 billion dollars without any needed spending cuts. Clearly he doesn’t even trust the debt super committee to get it right, according to his Democrat tax and spend ideology.

Reid wants to add a 5% tax surcharge on “millionaires” in order to pay for the stimulus, making it the great American job killing bill. This adds to the taxes already in the bill on families making more that 250 thousand dollars, and additional taxes on the oil and gas industry.

The stated reason for the bill was to fund job creation by the federal government in an attempt to stimulate an already depressed and flagging economy.

Of course the real reason for the bill was to make it appear as though Obama cared about the real economic woes of the American people, and was trying to do something to help them get out of the economic hole in which they find themselves.

However, no economist was willing to stand up and say that this bill would actually help Americans get jobs; in fact, many said it would not help anyone.

The bill is a liberal Democrat tax and spend hoax perpetrated on the American people by an uncaring federal government at a time when they need the government’s help the most.

But the truth of the matter is that government cannot help. All government can do is get in the way of real recovery. And the current Obama administration and Congress are experts at doing this!

They tell the American people that they are introducing legislation or regulations that will definitely help get us out of the economic doldrums we find ourselves in; but in reality their solutions only get us deeper into debt and economic chaos.

Are they lying to the American people or do they really think that their ideological solutions will help?

If you are like me and believe they are truly lying to the American people, then you have to ask yourself ‘why would they do this?’ ‘Why would they want to keep the American people so economically depressed?’

The answer is one no one will like! I sure don’t.

Their playbook is the same one used by communists all around the world for the past hundred years. The idea is that there is an elite ruling class who knows better than the masses how to fix the problems of the masses, when in fact all the ruling class does is better their own social and economic positions by putting in place rules and regulations that benefit themselves while oppressing the rest of society.

This is where we are headed if we the people do not stand up and take back out once great country from them. Conservatives and independents must unite to overthrow the tyrannical left entrenched in the federal government. They are destroying our once great country; and we are letting them do it.

So, what can we do? We have to want to effect real change, because it will not be easy. We must be dedicated to taking back our country from the progressive liberal communists. This will not happen over night!

First we need to focus on the upcoming 2012 elections. We need to make sure we elect true conservatives for President and Representatives and Senators.

We need to understand that Romney is about as liberal as one can get and still call themselves a Republican with a straight face. Romney is an Obama wolf in Republican sheep’s clothing. Just look at his track record as governor of Massachusetts.

Cain is a great guy, but has no conservative political track record; and his 9-9-9 plan proves he does not understand true conservative thought. You don’t give the federal government a new way to tax the people, like his national sales tax, which may be implemented in the beginning with good intentions, but will not always be run by well intentioned individuals. Imagine his national sales tax in the hands of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

Gingrich is a great conservative thinker, but he has proven over and over again that he cannot successfully implement his conservative ideas. He would however make a great advisor to a conservative president.

Perry is a proven conservative leader with a good track record as Texas governor; but he is incompetent at speaking about and defending his ideas and record on the national stage. So far he only shows himself as a liability to a conservative ticket in 2012.

Now Christie and Palin are out of consideration, due to their own choosing, and none of the other current candidates stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected. So, where does that leave us?

We need a new, bright, proven conservative to step into the current political race. Who will that be? Does anyone have any ideas? The search for our next President continues!

Now is the time for all true conservatives across this great land of America to stand up and be counted. Now is the time we the people need you to speak up in the public forum and make your views heard loudly.

 

 

 

What’s Your Dream?

Posted October 14, 2011

 

Yesterday Senate Republicans introduced the Jobs Through Growth Act, sponsored by Senators John McCain, Rand Paul, and Rob Portman. The press release said “This legislation reforms the tax code, cuts spending and reigns in overregulation to help foster an environment in which the private sector can grow, invest and create jobs in America again.”

Here are the Senator’s quotes from the press release.

“We Republicans understand that it’s a growing, dynamic private sector that creates quality jobs for the long term and real prosperity in America, not government spending,” said Senator John McCain. “The Jobs Through Growth Act will help give the certainty and confidence that our private sector so badly needs to invest, grow and create jobs again. By cutting taxes, reforming our broken tax code, reducing spending and getting the burden of overregulation off America’s back we can get our economy moving again.”

“The President’s jobs plan was voted down this week by members of both parties,” said Senator Rand Paul. “We simply cannot look to the failed policies of the last two years for an example of how to grow our economy and create jobs. More government spending and excessive regulation are the problem not the solution. We have spent too long increasing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators, instead of allowing them to operate more freely and create more jobs.”

“This is a pro-growth proposal to create the environment for jobs that stands in contrast to the short-term sweetener approach of the Obama Administration, an approach that simply hasn’t worked,” said Senator Rob Portman. “We need to address this problem in a way that actually puts people back to work by solving some of the structural problems in our economy. That means we need to reform our tax code, provide regulatory relief to our small businesses and do something to ensure that job creators have an incentive to invest and grow jobs. This proposal, if enacted on a bipartisan basis, will help our economy get back on its feet.”

In this bill the Republican Senators are consolidating all of the job creating legislation they have been working on throughout this year. It includes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a line item veto for the President, tax reform that would cap individual and corporate rates at 25%, tax incentives for businesses to move jobs back to the US from abroad, withholding tax relief for vendors, and regulatory reform.

The regulatory reform includes repealing the ObamaCare healthcare destruction bill, reforming medical malpractice junk lawsuits based on Texas’ law, repealing the Dodd-Frank financial takeover bill, prohibiting any federal agency from issuing new regulations until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 7.7 percent (the unemployment rate in January 2009), imposing restrictions on agencies like the EPA and NLRB from trying to enact new regulations in the future, repealing the President’s order requiring government-funded construction projects to only use union labor, removing restrictions and regulations related to oil and gas drilling and production, and many others.

Senate Republicans have now planted their flag for sweeping legislation that will restore the ability of the private sector to create jobs and repair our stagnating economy. This bill is a direct counterpoint to Obama’s job-killing American Jobs Act, which will continue the government’s out of control tax, spend, and regulate policies that have been an abject failure throughout his administration.

However this Republican bill, just like the Obama bill, has no chance of ever being passed by the Senate, because it is divided by ideological politics. Republicans and Democrats will never agree because their fundamental beliefs on how to fix the country’s economic woes are totally different.

The Democrats want to tax, spend, and regulate us into a socialist nation run by a wealthy ruling class who knows what’s best for the rest of the people; and the Republicans want government to get out of the way of a free and vibrant economy where businesses have the financial resources to create private sector jobs and personal wealth.

It’s the socialist dream versus the American dream! We need to decide now which we want for ourselves, for our children, and for our children’s children. Now, not later! So we can have an impact on who gets elected a little over a year from now.

It’s not just about the Presidency; it’s about the House and the Senate too! We need to break down the ideological walls in Congress so we have people in office who are willing to enact legislation that will allow the private sector to flourish so they can create jobs and personal wealth again; and we need a President who will sign these job creating bills, allowing them to become the law of the land.

What’s your dream? We need to decide now what we want a year from now. Make your views heard in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Action Required, Batteries Not Included

Posted October 19, 2011

 

While Obama is traveling around the country touting his American Jobs Act, which was defeated by the Senate recently, he is making refuted claims saying “we’re going to put teachers back in the classroom, construction workers back to work rebuilding America, rebuilding our schools, tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your worker a raise.”

Obama’s plan was defeated by the Senate because even Democrat Senators realized that it is nothing more than another stimulus spending plan disguised as a jobs plan. I can only hope that even the Democrat Senators are getting the message from the American people that they want federal spending cut, not increased.

In addition to not telling the truth about his own plan, Obama is also not telling the truth about the Republican jobs plan, saying their plan is about “dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.” Anyone willing to read the bill, or read about the bill from an unbiased writer, knows quickly that this is a bold face lie.

The Republican plan includes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a line item veto for the President, tax reform that would cap individual and corporate rates at 25%, tax incentives for businesses to move jobs back to the US from abroad, withholding tax relief for vendors, regulatory reform of ObamaCare, and much more.

The Obama plan is about more taxes, more spending, and more regulation, while the Republican plan is about less taxes, less spending, and less regulation. Which do you want?

Give a politician a checkbook and he or she will continue to write checks until the whole country is bankrupt. The only way to stop a politician from spending is to take the checkbook away, or at least provide restricted access to the checkbook and what can be done with it.

This is the idea behind the Republican plan. However, I don’t think even the Republicans, and especially the Tea Party Representatives and Senators, can be trusted with the checkbook. And they surely haven’t honored their 2010 election commitments to cut spending by 38 billion dollars in fiscal 2011.

Given this example of their lack of integrity to honor campaign commitments in the short term, there is no chance that they will ever honor their commitment to cut another 2.4 trillion dollars over the next decade.

They are incapable of doing it from within the Washington political machine. We the people need to enact legislation, like a balances budget amendment, spending caps, and tax caps, in order to force them to cut spending, cut taxes, cut regulations, cut the deficit, and cut the debt.

Data released last week by the Treasury Department shows that there have been no spending cuts whatsoever. In fact, spending has increased to 3.6 trillion dollars for fiscal year 2011, the highest ever in US history.

In addition, for the first nine months of the year federal spending was up 120 billion dollars over the same period the prior year; which is an increase of almost 5%; and the deficit during this time period was 23.5 billion dollars higher.

These numbers are direct evidence that we the people have been lied to by the Tea Party conservatives. They may have intended to cut spending when they were campaigning; however they were unwilling to follow through. No doubt the Washington political game is intoxication, and they got caught up in the power of politics.

But now is the time for the Tea Partiers to get serious about meeting their commitments to the American people. Now is the time for the Tea Partiers to take the bull by the horns and force Congress into cutting spending.

I’m in favor of shutting down the federal government if they cannot pass legislation to cut spending, cut taxes, cut regulations, cut the deficit, and cut the debt. Better the crisis now that we are in control of, than the one that is coming that will indiscriminately destroy everyone’s life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If the Tea Partiers won’t do it, then we need to replace them as well.

It’s time to get serious about forcing change; it’s time to write letters to your Representatives and Senators; it’s time to speak up in the public forum; and it may even be time to take to the streets to make our voices heard.

What are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Leftist Lies

Posted October 22, 2011

 

According to Senate Majority Leader Reid, private sector jobs are doing just fine; it’s public sector jobs that have lost huge numbers. He said this on the Senate floor while trying to get another 35 billion dollars to bail out the states and public employee unions.

Reid will always ignore the facts in order to promote his biased political ideology. He thinks nothing about lying to the American people whenever it serves his leftist agenda. So, once again he is as far from the truth as is humanly possible.

The truth is, as published by the BLS and IBD, all public sector government jobs have dropped 1.75% since the down turn started in December 2007, while private sector jobs have dropped three times as much by 5.4%; and if we look at only federal government jobs, they have actually risen by 2.29% over the same time period.

To put it in perspective, the public sector (federal, state, and local governments) has lost 392 thousand jobs at the same time federal jobs have increased by 63 thousand; however during the same period the private sector has lost almost 6.3 million jobs.

That means that from the end of 2007 there have been 16 times more private sector jobs lost than public sector jobs.

Reid wants the people to think that government jobs are suffering the worst due to the draconian tax and spend cutting methodologies of the right. However, as I pointed out in my October 19th post, the federal government has actually increased spending in fiscal 2011, which ended September 30th.

Along the same lines, Vice President Biden has recently made a statement while trying to sell Obama’s jobs bill, claiming more people would be raped and murdered if the bill failed to pass. His reason for the increase in rapes and murders stems from the fact, as he tells it, that states would be forced to lay off police officers.

Biden is also willing to ignore the facts and lie to the American people in order to promote his biased political ideology. Like Reid, Biden thinks nothing about lying to the American people whenever it serves his political agenda.

Again, the facts speak loudly that the left lies to maintain their political power.

According to the FBI’s uniform crime reports, the number of full time law enforcement officers has dropped form 2008 through 2010 by 0.5%, and during the same time period the number of rapes has dropped by 6.6% and the number of murders has dropped by 10.4%.

It appears as though the number of rapes and murders isn’t even tied to the number of police officers assigned to protect and defend the American people. There are more complicated law enforcement dynamics at play when trying to understand the effects of reducing the size of a city’s police force on the number and type of crimes committed.

It’s clear, however, from the numbers that Reid and Biden have no interest in the actual facts in any of the statements they make to the American people. They are only interested in fabricating facts to support their leftist political propaganda.

It’s time for the American people to call the leftist liars to account for what the say in the public forum to promote their agenda. It’s time for we the people tell them to stop their deceitful lying in an attempt to hold on to political power. It’s time for we the people to demand that our politicians tell us the correct facts or else we will throw their sorry excuse for a human being out of office the first chance we get.

It’s time for we the people to stand up for what is right, and speak up in the public forum any and every way we can.

 

 

 

Perry’s Proposed Plan

Posted October 29, 2011

 

The Perry campaign introduced an economic plan recently, called Cut, Balance, and Grow, which states its purpose in the introduction: “By 2020, America must have a tax code that is simple and fair; a federal budget that balances without raising taxes; retirement and health care programs that are sustainable and secure; a common-sense regulatory system that does not create undue burdens on job creators; and a growing economy that allows the best and brightest to create and innovate free from government intimidation.”

It is an ambitious plan, maybe too ambitious for Perry. In it they point out that it will not happen overnight; it will take constant and concerted effort to effect a long-lasting positive change in the way we have been doing business.

I find it interesting that they put a goal end-date of 2020, which would be precisely two terms for the next President elected. Coincidence, right?

I also find this plan to be an overwhelming challenge for Perry to sell to the American people against a backdrop of plans proposed by other Republicans, and the barrage of attacks from the current leftist administration, Congress, and their mainstream media lackeys.

How can Perry defend this plan in the public forum effectively if he cannot even defend his past actions while Governor of Texas. Perry chokes in public debate. He’ll be chewed up and spit out by the polished political machine of the left.

My advice to Mr. Perry is to start acting as if you are the President, and the conservatives and independents will return to your side in large numbers. But you have to be able to think fast on your feet in public, and this will only happen if you are an expert on all the facts you need to discuss your plan and your past.

It’s time for you to stop the whining and “oh poor me” attitude, Mr. Perry, and do your homework; or drop out of the race now and go back to Texas with your tail between your legs. Don’t waste the American people’s time.

Back to the Perry plan. It proposes a flat tax of 20% on individuals and businesses; it also includes individual deductions of $12,500 for each individual and dependant, and deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and state and local taxes. The unique element of the Perry plan is to allow people to opt-in or continue to follow the old tax code.

It doesn’t seem like the optional nature of the 20% flat tax would be an advantage at first glance; however, it would allow me to do my taxes both ways and then file the one that requires me to pay the least tax. But it doesn’t seem like it would eliminate the compliance costs, the cost of doing my taxes, that the plan states as one of its advantages.

The plan does, however, eliminate tax on Social Security benefits, and unlike the Cain plan does not introduce a national sales tax or a value-added tax. It also eliminates the tax on qualified dividends and long term capital gains, the death tax, corporate loopholes and special-interest tax breaks, and more.

The Perry plan proposes significant controls on the system of regulations that are currently strangling businesses in America, saying “the federal regulatory system has become a bureaucratic tool for intimidation and a shadow system of taxation on American job creators.”

The plan proposes an immediate freeze on all pending and new regulations, with exceptions available for those regulations “deemed by the president to be routine or essential to American security.”

Every regulation enacted since the beginning of 2008 will be audited according to these criteria: “is it affordable, is it effective, and does it do more harm than its purported good?” Those regulations that fail all three criteria will be repealed, those that pass all three criteria will be left alone, and the rest will be rewritten.

Why only go back to 2008? Every regulation on the books should be audited as a sign of good faith for the economic well-being and prosperity of the American people.

All new regulations will have a sunset of seven years, forcing Congress to vote for it again in order to keep it in place for another seven years. This is a nightmare for Congress, since our Representatives and Senators have shown a marked proclivity to not deal with difficult issues, and a definite avoidance of long hours and hard work.

The Perry plan also proposes preserving Social Security, while adding some options for younger workers, reforming Medicare and Medicaid, repealing ObamaCare, repealing Dodd-Frank, asking for a balanced budget amendment without raising taxes, capping federal spending to 18% of GDP, reducing non-discretionary spending on a time table, and much more.

The Perry plan appears to be a good plan, similar in some ways to the Jobs Through Growth Act offered by McCain, et al, which is another good plan.

The ball is now in Perry’s court. It’s time for him to get tough and aggressive in presenting and defending and then passing his plan. Get tough or go home! There’s no other choice left for you Mr. Perry.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Cain’s 9-9-9 Myth

Posted October 31, 2011

 


Herman Cain’s proposed 9-9-9 tax plan, limiting individual taxes to 9%, business taxes to 9%, and imposing a national sales tax of 9%, appears at first glance to be a real treat for the American taxpayer.

Cain addresses some of the criticisms leveled at his plan in his October 23rd weekly commentary on his website, citing the Laffer curve as the reason why future administrations and Congresses would not be willing to raise any of his 9’s to a higher percentage.

In case you’re not familiar with the Laffer curve, Arthur Laffer is a respected economist who codified the law of diminishing returns when it comes to raising taxes and the resulting real tax dollars collected. He postulated that at some point higher taxes would result in lower real tax revenue dollars.

Cain’s defense of his plan against future increases to the percentages is an erroneous one. He assumes that future presidents would not allow any increases because they would understand and agree with Laffer’s economics. However, Cain’s assumption and outcome expectation is dangerous at best, and shows his inability to grasp basic political mechanics, as proven by history.

Reagan, a true conservative, understood the Laffer principles and put them into practice by lowering taxes and increasing tax revenue. He called it supply side economics. However, Bush 41 and Clinton, after seeing how well supply side economics worked under Reagan, went on to raise taxes anyway. Both Bush 41, a Republican, and Clinton, a Democrat, succumbed to political pressures and party ideologies, not to proven economic principles, when it came to raising taxes.

What makes Cain believe that, if he is fortunate enough to get elected and capable enough to get his 9-9-9 plan enacted, he will be followed by presidents who are willing to hold the line on the percentages just because it is supported by sound economic principles? What makes him think that we will never have another president who is driven by political pressures or party ideologies, or both?

This line of though alone proves to me that Cain in too politically inexperienced and naïve to make a good president who understands what is right and what will work politically in order to get this once great country back on the road to economic growth and prosperity.

It’s time you wake up and smell the politics, Mr. Cain. It’s a dung heap of self interests and political ideologies, few of which will ever match your own.

In addition, Cain’s belief that a new national sales tax, or consumption tax, will not be abused by future presidents and Congresses also proves his political naivety, and shows off his inability or unwillingness to look back at history and learn from it.

Any tax enacted by one president, with promises and rational reasons why future president would not raise it, represents an out of control crisis waiting to happen. Just look at the history of the original income tax since it was enacted in 1913 by the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Political promises and inevitable reality never coincide.

Nowhere in his economic plan does Cain address the real issues facing this country, which are out of control spending and the mounting public debt. Cain also ignores the massive system of regulations that are strangling American business, and keeping them from creating new jobs.

Cain may be currently polling first or second, but if elected his political naivety and inexperience will prove to be a disaster for the American economy, both in the short term and in the long term. His business experience, while impressive, will not provide him the needed experience to survive the political battlefield and institute economic growth and prosperity for the American people.

It’s time to get real, Mr. Cain, and learn from the political past. It’s time to put forth a comprehensive plan that addresses the real problems facing the American people: excessive taxes, excessive spending, excessive debt, excessive regulations, excessive government, and rapacious politicians.

The real trick is getting it right for the American people.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

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Love Your Neighbor

Posted November 2, 2011

 

Politico.com and the rest of the left-leaning media are pushing hard to paint Herman Cain as one who uses his position and power to sexually harass women in the workplace, just as the leftist propaganda machine tried to do to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during his nomination hearings.

Is this just another symbolic lynching of a conservative black man by the left, who claims to be the champion and defender of Blacks and Hispanics in our country, or is there really a blazing fire beneath the clouds of smoke?

Regardless of the outcome, don’t you think that Herman Cain deserves the same “innocent until proven guilty” respect in the public forum as was given to Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Edward Kennedy, and many more?

I do!

I am not condoning Cain’s behavior if he is guilty; neither am I rushing to judgment if he is not. I believe the truth will always come out in the end.

I may not agree with all of Cain’s political views and proposals, but I do believe that we the American people should not assume the worst and condemn anyone before all the facts are presented.

I believe he deserves the same treatment in the public forum as you or I would want for ourselves. We all stand on or stumble over our own past behavior.

Maybe we should let the one who is without sin and deceit in his or her own life be the one to cast the first stone, and the rest of us should just step back and quietly wait for the truth to make itself known.

Maybe this is the perfect time to be quiet and wait for the truth in the public forum.

 

 

 

Political Stupidity

Posted November 5, 2011

 

As the November 23rd deadline for the debt super committee gets closer, Boehner, Cantor, and the House Republicans are running scared. You can tell, because they are now saying that they will consider raising taxes to make the deadline.

When a politician says that they are considering something, you know that have already decided to do it and are just floating the idea in front of the American people to make sure the backlash won’t be too great.

If the debt super committee doesn’t come up with an agreed upon way to trim the debt by at least 1.2 trillion dollars, then their political stupidity will force huge cuts in defense and entitlement spending, as their law mandates; and they know that the Democrats won’t agree to just spending cuts.

The political stupidity of their actions when forming the debt super committee is clear. They told the American people that the super committee would not raise taxes, and then sealed the deal with huge mandatory cuts to defense and entitlement spending if they fail to come to an agreement by the November deadline.

How stupid do the House Republicans think the American people are?

We the people knew from the beginning that they would never just cut spending, since history has shown that Congress is incapable of cutting back on spending, be it pork, entitlements, or any other government program.

Our elected Congressional men and women are addicted to spending money the American people do not have on programs and departments the American people do not need. They are no better than crack addicts with our money.

Where are the Tea Party members in the House? Why aren’t they speaking up? They promised to cut spending without raising taxes in order to get elected in 2010. I guess they are no better than any other politician! Promise anything to get elected, and then do what you want once in office.

How can they lie like that to their American conservative base? Do they think we are idiots and won’t remember? Do they think we will not hold them accountable?

It’s time for the House Republicans, and especially the Tea Party members, to fight for what the American people want, and for what they promised. It’s time to pony up and cut spending without raising taxes.

How many polls do they have to see where the American people say they want the budget balanced and spending cut?

Congress is destroying America with their out of control tax and spend ideology.

It’s time for the American people to rise up and say “No more!” We, the American people, want Congress to cut taxes, cut spending, cut regulations, balance the budget, and cut the debt.

It’s time for the American people to speak up in the public forum any and every way we can.

 

 

 

Feed the Monster!

Posted November 11, 2011

 

One week from today, on November 18th, funding for the US Government will run out, based on the passage of the last continuing resolution (CR), passed by Congress and signed by the President; and so starts another Republican verses Democrat budget battle that will hold the American people hostage at the hands of our very own government.

A government, I might point out, that is in violation of its own rules since Obama has become President. Congress’ flagrant denial of due process for the American people is outrageous, and unconstitutional.

The Republicans and the Democrats in the House and the Senate continue to be unwilling to work on a fiscal budget as required by the law of our land. They are all wimps because they do not want the conflict caused by doing what’s right, so they settle for the next continuing resolution that keeps the government running for a couple more months.

But then I forget, it’s all about politics and not about doing what’s required by law, or even about doing the right thing. The House, the Senate, and even the Supreme Court are so politically divided that each side would rather the country go down the tubes and the American people become destitute and homeless than force an agreement on a full year budget.

Certainly the left is getting what they want. The US will become a third world country! But what is the right getting out of this continuing standoff and caving scenario? And where is the Tea Party, the self-appointed defender of the Constitution, in all of this?

We appear to be in a no-win cycle, where the American people are the ones who get screwed; and the politicians all get rich. What ever happened to the government that was of the people, by the people, and for the people?

It’s clear from all the polls conducted over the last year that the American people want the federal government to stop spending more than they take in, to reduce the deficit, and to reduce the debt.

The only issue is that the American people are also divided on how to do this. Some want only spending cut, some want only taxes raised, and some want a mix of both; and some are taking the battle to the streets in the “occupy” encampments and protests.

It reminds me of the 60’s, when the boomers took to the streets to point out the ills of the country at the time. Then it was protests against our evil government fighting a war in Viet Nam and against our evil government’s secretive ways.

Today the battle is against our evil way of life, capitalism; and for the bloated unions and for the bloated liberal government spending machine’s beneficent handouts.

Where does the craziness end? Does it end in another civil war? Does it end in the streets in a bloody battle between the left and the right, between evil and good?

Is there even such a thing as evil verses good? Today, in our times of moral relativism, everyone believes their side is good and the other side is evil.

However, there is a moral rectitude that stands above all else, that transcends this time and this place, that has been from the beginning and will continue until the ending; and we will all be called to give an account.

So, what does this all mean? How do we apply what we know to what’s the right thing to do?

Does this even apply to the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Presidency, and how we govern our once great nation?

I believe it does!

I believe it’s time to draw a line in the sand. It’s time to decide where we stand, and what we stand for.

It’s time to say no to any more continuing resolutions. It’s time to come up with an agreed upon budget for fiscal year 2012, even if the government has to shut down until our self-important cowardly lawmakers can agree on a budget, as required by law.

Don’t let their Alinsky tactics scare you. The government has the money in the coffers to pay out Social Security and Medicare benefits and to cover the interest on our debt; and they can pass a continuing resolution to just cover these if needed, just like they could have the last time.

It’s time for the House and Senate to do what they were hired to do by the American people; it’s time to pass a budget for the government’s operation for the rest of this fiscal year.

Contact your Representatives and Senators to tell them to do what they were hired to do and pass a budget, not another continuing resolution.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

God bless our veterans. We need to pray that all the freedom and liberty they fought for, and spilled their blood for, will not be destroyed by our rapacious self-serving politicians.

 

 

 

Affordable Healthcare

Posted November 15, 2011

 

Yesterday was a good day for America. It will hopefully restore some much needed faith in our American government when people see that the political system is working the way our founders intended for it to work.

Yesterday the Supreme Court agreed to consider the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare.

Specifically they will consider the issue of the forced individual insurance mandate, the issue of the severability of the mandate, the issue of whether or not the states can challenge the mandate, and the issue of the forced Medicaid expansion.

According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll in October 2011, 51% of Americans have an unfavorable view of ObamaCare, while only 34% have a favorable view, a low point in Kaiser polling since the law was passed.

The poll stated that “the change in favorability this month was driven by waning enthusiasm for the law among Democrats, among whom the share with a favorable view dropped from nearly two-thirds in September to just over half (52%) in October.”

This poll is telling us that the American people are starting to wake up to the true impact of ObamaCare on their lives and the lives of their families. The anecdotes are out there if we are willing to hear them. Healthcare costs are rising, not decreasing as promised, and one of the reasons is the requirements imposed by ObamaCare.

Gallup has been tracking health insurance coverage in the US since the first quarter of 2008, and their most recent trends, posted on November 11th, show that the percent of American adults with employer-based coverage has dropped from 49.8% in first quarter 2008 to 44.5% in third quarter 2011; that’s a 10.6% decrease in the Gallup’s well-being index.

More importantly, the percent of American adults with government-based coverage has risen from 22.9% to 25.1% over the same time period; and the percent of American adults with no coverage has also risen from 14.6% to 17.3% over the same time period.


Gallup states in their conclusion: “The health insurance system in the United States is experiencing numerous changes. Governments and businesses have and will continue to cut back and/or reform their health coverage offerings to handle tough economic circumstances, rising healthcare costs, and requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”

Silly me! I thought the purpose of ObamaCare was so that those who had no health insurance would be better able to afford it. That’s what Obama, Pelosi, and Reid promised. Right?

They weren’t lying to us, were they?

If you believe they weren’t lying to us, I have a great bridge in Brooklyn to sell you cheap.

Any takers?

No. I didn’t think so. Most Americans do believe they lied to us so that they could pass the legislation, and use it as a way to pay back their election supporters.

Well, it’s time to overturn the lie! We can only hope and pray that the Supremes will strike down the entire law, and save the American people and the American way of life from a slow destruction by a tyrannical ruling class who could care less about the people and the lives they ruin.

We have arrived at a fundamental tipping point in the history of America.

If this law is upheld by the Supremes, then our government will tip headlong toward absolute despotism, ruling without the consent of the governed; and only another civil war will be able to bring it back to the federal republic our founders intended it to be, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

I know in the past the Supreme Court Justices appeared to not consider the original intent of the US Constitution, as expressed in the Federalist Papers; but we can only hope and pray that they will listen to the will of the governed, and strike down ObamaCare in its entirety.

Please make your views known to the Supreme Court Justices now. They can be contacted at SupremeCourt.gov.

It’s time to make your views know by speaking up in the public forum any and every way you can.

Don’t wait! Your children’s way of life is at stake!

 

 

 

No Backbone

Posted November 16, 2011

 

Why is it that Congressional Republicans have no backbone when it comes to holding the line on no more taxes and no more spending in the face of the unrelenting left’s political tax and spend ideology?

They always talk the talk, but they can never walk the walk!

They say whatever they think the Republican electorate wants to hear about lowering taxes, lowering spending, cutting the deficit, and cutting the debt, but when it comes to delivering on their promises they are always hiding in the shadows, too afraid to stand up for what they promised.

The Republican electorate did not send them to Congress to compromise away the future of America, and the prosperity and security of America’s future generations. We elected them to office to hold the line against the progressive policies of the left that are slowly destroying the fabric of our once great nation.

We have two deadlines looming over the heads of the American people. This week the federal government needs another continuing resolution to keep its doors open and funded; and next week the debt super committee needs to come up with an agreed upon plan to reduce the current 15 trillion dollar debt by 1.2 trillion oven the next ten years.

We’re not seeing anything in the conservative or the liberal news about any plan to pass another continuing resolution, or even to shut down the government, in the next two days.

What’s the story? Is everything being done behind closed doors so that our illustrative Republican leaders can hide from the scrutiny of the electorate? Are they giving in again to the tax and spend left so as not to make waves, and show themselves as appeasers and compromisers willing to sell out their electorate?

An open government does its business in the light of day, under the scrutiny of the left and the right. Only backstabbers and deceitful politicians hide behind closed doors in closed sessions, in the darkness of evil doings.

Our Congressional Republicans don’t even have the courage to stand up and say what they are doing in the public forum.

That makes me think that they are selling us out again!

We are already hearing rumblings, and proposed ideas are being floated, about compromises by the Republicans on the debt super committee to allow the increase of taxes, rather than cutting spending as originally promised.

Once again our Congressional Republicans are showing themselves too weak and wimpy to keep their promise of cutting spending, and not raising taxes. They have no backbone, and no integrity!

I don’t understand how they can look themselves in the mirror, let alone look the Republican electorate in the eye, after failing to keep their commitments once again.

And we just let them get away with the lies and the deceit once again.

Well, I say it’s time to throw their sorry excuse of a human being out of office the first chance we get. It’s time to say ‘Enough is enough’ to our Congressional Republicans; it’s time to say ‘You’ve let us down for the last time!’

It’s time to tell our elected Republican Representatives and Senators to hold the line against the tax and spend left, to lower taxes, lower spending, lower the deficit, and lower the debt with real legislation.

It’s time to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Destruction Day Is Coming

Posted November 18, 2011

 

>As expected, and without any fanfare in the mainstream media or the blogosphere, the House and Senate both passed another continuing resolution yesterday to keep the federal government afloat through December 16th.

I can understand why the Democrats were willing to pass yet another spending bill, even if it is only for a month, but it’s disappointing to me that the Republicans, especially the Republican leadership, were so willing to go along, yet again.

Where was the outrage from the conservative wing of the Republican party, better known as the Tea Party, in the public forum leading up to the bill’s passage? Why hasn’t anyone tried to rally the American people for or against this latest spending vote?

It makes me think that the Congressional Republicans are running scared of the American people for letting them down continually, and therefore were willing to pass this legislation under the cover of darkness, in secret, without any public discussion or public scrutiny.

The majority of the American people are against any additional unnecessary spending. Congress knows this, and continues to go against the will of the people in continuing to vote for the madness of out of control spending.

When will the madness stop? When will Congress listen to the voice of the people? When will Congress listen to the voice of rationality, borne by history?

We cannot continue spending ourselves back to prosperity; otherwise it would have worked for Greece and Italy and the European Union. Are we ready to follow them down the yellow brick road into socialist oblivion?

Our liberty, security, and prosperity are at stake! Who of us is willing to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we sold out their future just so we could live the good life on their dime?

The day is coming when the tax and spend bubble will burst and the people of this once great nation will be thrown headlong into anarchy, tyranny, and full blown depression, worse that anything history has seen.

The higher we fly, the harder we will fall!

If we keep going down this road of fiscal irresponsibility, Destruction Day is coming sooner that we could ever imagine; and it won’t be a pretty picture.

It’s time to speak up against more spending in the public forum any and every way you can.

 

 

 

Failure Is Imminent

Posted November 21, 2011

 

As the deadline for the debt super committee draws near, just three days to go, it appears as though the participants are incapable of coming up with a solution to lower the national debt by 1.2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.

The problem is not that they don’t know how. The problem is ideological! The Democrats want big tax increases as part of the deal, while the Republicans will only accept small tax increases; that is if you think hundreds of billions of dollars is small.

If you remember, though, the Republicans said last August that they wouldn’t accept any tax increases at all. I guess they forgot!

So the great hope of saving the economy set in place by Boehner, McConnell, Reid, and Pelosi and signed by Obama last August is on the brink of failure.

Threats of another financial downgrade by the ratings groups, prognostications of the eventual collapse of the American economy under the severe weight of the national debt, and the outcries of the American people cannot get Congress and the debt super committee to come up with a deal that will really cut the debt over the next 10 years.

Of course, this would be a great laughable comedy of ideologies played out upon the American people; that is, if the prosperity and well-being of our children and grandchildren were not at stake.

What makes this so laughable is that the joke is on us, the American people!

Why?

Because the debt super committee was set up as yet another misdirection by Congress and the President to lure the American people into a false sense of security. They proposed their great savior, Captain Washington, who will fight for the financial security and prosperity of the American people.

(Drum roll.) Captain Washington to the rescue!

However, it’s Captain Washington who got us into this financial mess in the first place. It’s Captain Washington who cannot stop spending the American people’s money, even if his life depended on it, which fiscally it does.

And it’s Captain Washington who has perpetrated the real hoax on us, the American people.

What hoax?

The hoax is that the debt super committee was really going to make any lasting cuts to the debt, of course. Because all they are really trying to do, and failing, is to cut future increases to spending.

Let me make this clear for you.

Our current debt is at about 15 trillion dollars. If Congress does nothing, then the debt will jump by about another 15 trillion to a whopping 30 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. That’s an increase of 100% over today’s debt.

The jump is because of the built-in, automatic increases to spending from year to year, estimated at 7%; increases which Congress and the President do not count as increases when talking to the American people about the budget.

So the hoax is that cutting 1.2 trillion dollars from the debt over the next 10 years, still leaves us with a whopping 28.8 trillion dollar estimated debt, assuming nothing is done, and business continues as usual.

If Congress really bites the bullet and commits to no automatic increases over the next 10 years, then the debt will only jump by about 10 trillion to a whopping 25 trillion dollars. That’s an increase of 67% over today’s debt.

Consequently, the 1.2 trillion dollar debt reduction promised by the debt super committee will be insignificant, and will not hold back the onslaught of financial ruin for the American way of life.

This is the hoax perpetrated by Captain America on us, the American people.

What we need is for the political rhetoric and deceit to stop. What we need is for Congress and the President to do the right thing for the security and prosperity of the American people, putting ideology and cronyism aside.

We need to cut real spending, with no increases for inflation from year to year, by at least 1 trillion dollars to just keep the current debt of 15 trillion steady over the next 10 years.

If we want to really reduce the debt, then we need to cut real spending by at least 1.5 trillion dollars now; and we should force a cap on spending to some reasonable percentage of GDP, such as the 18% that has already been recommended.; and we should force the budget to be balanced every year, with spending also limited to the number of dollars actually raised for the year.

We need real solutions to our financial problems now. Otherwise, we will witness the inevitable decline of the once great American economy into oblivion; and once that happens, there is no telling what will happen to our once great country and our once great federal republic.

The only way we the people can effect real change to solve real problems is to start speaking up in the public forum, by contacting our Representatives and Senators, and by making our views known in the public forum any and every way we can.

It’s time for action! Unite or die.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving

Posted November 24, 2011

 

We celebrate today as a national day of thanksgiving, a day originally set aside by George Washington in 1789 “to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks.”

Today thanksgiving means gatherings of family and friends to eat a lot of good food, watch a lot of football, play games, and remember how blessed we are as individuals, as a family, and as a nation. Some of us even remember to render unto the Lord our God “our sincere and humble thanks” for all the blessings He has bestowed on us, especially when undeserved.

For me and my house, today is a day to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Today is a day to remember the greatest gift He has given us, His only son Jesus Christ, and salvation through faith in His name.

Today is a day to remember that even in the most difficult of times in our life, He is there to comfort us and to guide us through the dark valleys; and to remember that all blessings and good gifts come from Him.

Today is a day to remember my wonderful wife and our great children, how important they are in my life, and how empty my life would be without them. Today is a day to remember my friends, ranging from the early twenties to the mid-nineties, who enrich my life in so many different ways.

Today is a day to be thankful for this and so much more, and a day to remember to be thankful every day of the year.

May the God of all creation richly bless each and every one of you as you give thanks to His name.

 

 

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The Politics of Cain

Posted December 6, 2011

 

I first heard Herman Cain speak about business and politics a number of years ago on the Sean Hannity show. I remember thinking that he had what sounded like very good ideas about how to deal with the liberal Democrat tax and spend obsession.

Cain was then, and is now, a good speaker in a low key, one-on-one or boardroom environment. His business background and experience helped him learn to speak extemporaneously about all sorts of subjects; and for the most part he comes across as a likable man, someone I would love to sit talking to in my living room over warm coffee on a snow covered day.

Today, however, on the battlefield of presidential primary politics the pace and tone are much different, as are the listener’s expectations. And Cain has been found a little wanting. The depth of his political knowledge and understanding has been colored by his business experiences, and he lacks a basic understanding of the political ramifications of his thoughts and ideas.

But he has interesting and fresh ideas; something many of the political insiders severely lack.

As we have seen, the American political process can quickly destroy the reputation of the best of men, and especially those who have secrets and skeletons hiding in all sorts of places and towns cross our once great country.

Cain got into the presidential primary race with great intentions, and even some good ideas, but he forgot about the double standard in modern American politics; he forgot that any indiscretions made by a conservative Republican in Washington, or by one seeking national office, will be dragged through the mud for as long as possible by the left leaning mainstream media, and even the blogosphere, if the story merits attention.

Bill Clinton was allowed to have as many indiscretions with woman made public as there were women in his home state of Arkansas and the left leaning mainstream media downplayed it, or even ignored it; but Herman Cain, a conservative Republican, is hammered day and night by the same media pretending to be fair and balanced and representing the best interests of the American people’s right to know.

Back in the early days of presidential politics, the media drew sides and everyone knew which side each was on. In fact, Jefferson and Hamilton created and supported the media on their side of the political battle. Unfortunately today the media is mostly one sided, on the left, in support of the Democrats, and the Republicans get left holding the smelling laundry.

Today, Republicans with indiscretions cannot run for public office, unless of course their indiscretions have already been aired by the media, as in the case of Newt Gingrich, and won’t get any more traction with the American people.

It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

You might think that the losers in the American political process are men like Cain, who are trying to break through a number of political barriers at the same time. He’s a businessman who thinks that business basics will help the current woes of Washington politics, and he’s a black man who has conservative Republican values.

That’s two strikes against him before he even started gaining attention on the national stage.

Both are hated by Washington Democrat insiders and need to be stomped on and destroyed before the American people realize that there may be some merit to this type of change, to using different tactics and strategies to solve our current staggering political problems.

Don’t get me wrong! I am not supporting Cain’s apparently adulterous behavior. I am one of the remaining few in our once great country who thinks character and integrity really does matter in politicians, as it does in you and I.

Nor am I supporting Cain’s ideas for fixing the economy, like his 9-9-9 plan. I believe it is extremely dangerous to give Washington politicians a new and additional method of taxing the hard working, and the struggling, American people. I don’t think a new value-added tax is a sane way to try to fix our long term debt and deficit issues.

However, I do believe that Cain should not have been silenced, shuffled aside, and marginalized the way the left has done. Cain’s ideas belong in the public debate. They are healthy ideas and can stimulate others to think of new and creative ways to solve the financial problems facing this once great country.

The timing may have just been coincidental, but it was Cain making his 9-9-9 plan public that seems to have caused Perry, and Gingrich, and even McCain and company to come up with other potentially better ideas for curbing the national debt and deficit.

Good ideas are like the silver ball in a pinball game; it needs to get knocked around by many good minds before it is good enough to gain us the high point score on the machine, and solve the difficult economic problems facing America today.

This is why I continue to urge every one of you to speak up in the public forum any and every way you can. Our once great country needs more good ideas to get kicked around until some of them become great ideas to help get us back on the right track financially, politically, and morally.

 

 

 

The Politics of Obama

Posted December 7, 2011

 

Yesterday Obama made a campaign speech at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kansas where he presented all his ultra liberal rationale for why a limited government that preserves free markets doesn’t work, and has never worked.

This was just another campaign stop made by Obama using taxpayer funds, rather than his own campaign funds; and yet he used it to make clear the political realities according to his ultra liberal world view.

The bottom line is Obama hates everything this once great country was founded on: free markets based on supply and demand, the mixing of capitalism and agrarianism, and the rule of the people through elected officials.

To Obama, free markets need to be controlled so that everyone works according to their abilities and gets paid according to their needs, making money is bad, and government officials, like himself, know better than the masses what’s best for everyone. In Obama’s world freedom and liberty are at the sole discretion of the ones in charge, the ones who know best how to distribute them “fairly”.

Let’s take a look at some of the statements in Obama’s speech.

Obama starts out by setting up the straw man to be knocked down, saying how after World War II everyone “shared the optimism of a nation that triumphed over the Great Depression and over fascism. They believed in an America where hard work paid off, and responsibility was rewarded, and anyone could make it if they tried – no matter who you were, no matter where you came from, no matter how you started out.”

This was the great American dream, and had been for two hundred years. This was the great American dream that has been progressively stomped on and controlled and regulated into non-existence by our own government in the name of helping the down trodden, fixing the great ills of society, and leveling the playing field between the haves and the have-nots.

Obama goes on to say that this great American dream “gave rise to the largest middle class and the strongest economy that the world has ever known. It was here in America that the most productive workers, the most innovative companies turned out the best products on Earth. And you know what? Every American shared in that pride and in that success – from those in the executive suites to those in middle management to those on the factory floor. So you could have some confidence that if you gave it your all, you’d take enough home to raise your family and send your kids to school and have your health care covered, put a little away for retirement.”

It wasn’t the greed of those making more money that got in the way of the lower and middle classes taking home enough money to feed their families, send their children to good schools, afford doctor care when needed, or save for retirement.

It was the government programs that started in the middle of the twentieth century, and continue today, which robbed the families of the great American dream.

It was government taxation and excessive spending that robbed families of the money needed to keep up with the growing success of our post war economy, taking money for food and necessities out of the pockets of our grandparents and parents.

It was government control of schools that leveled the playing field, bringing all schools down to the academic levels of the most mediocre, thereby robbing most American children of the ability to attend a good school, unless of course their parents could afford a private school.

It is government control of the American medical system, via ObamaCare and Medicare, which is in the process of destroying our ability to see the doctor we want to see, when we need to see them, and to be able to afford health insurance at all.

Early statistics are showing that ObamaCare has forced businesses to reduce or cut altogether any health insurance that was once provided at a reasonable cost to the employee. Today more people have no health insurance due to ObamaCare, rather than fewer people as promised by our snake oil salesmen politicians who promised how great ObamaCare would be.

It was government Social Security taxes that robbed workers and businesses of the money needed to save for their own retirement and which provided a false sense of security that will never be realized by retiring workers. Social Security taxes were collected and spent, never being set aside for use by the retirees. It is the greatest Ponzi scheme ever perpetrated!

Then Obama went on to knock down the straw man he just set up, saying “Fewer and fewer of the folks who contributed to the success of our economy actually benefited from that success. Those at the very top grew wealthier from their incomes and their investments – wealthier than ever before. But everybody else struggled with costs that were growing and paychecks that weren’t – and too many families found themselves racking up more and more debt just to keep up.

Obama is following the liberal playbook, blaming all America’s woes on the rich, who they say are exploiting the workers. But don’t fret, Obama will make them share their wealth with the masses, well maybe just the masses that are on the left, and everyone else be damned.

Obama goes on to say “for many years, credit cards and home equity loans papered over this harsh reality. But in 2008, the house of cards collapsed.” But he forgets to tell you that the house of cards was really built by government banking policies that forced banks to lend money to people who couldn’t afford them, and who allowed bank interest rates to climb out of the realm of the reasonable.

We have people like Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Dodd, Franks, and many others in our government to thank for the house of cards that came tumbling down in 2008. But Obama will never admit to it; it’s more politically expedient to blame the whole thing on the richest 1%.

The haves and the have-nots are not the richest 1% verses the remaining 99%, it’s those in government verses those not in government.

Then in good Alinsky fashion Obama sets up the crisis that only he and his government can fix, if only he had another four years to do it.

He says, “But this is not just another political debate. This is the defining issue of our time. This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class, and for all those who are fighting to get into the middle class. Because what’s at stake is whether this will be a country where working people can earn enough to raise a family, build a modest savings, own a home, secure their retirement.”

And then “I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules.”

So, can you tell me who is capable of deciding what it means for “everyone to get a fair shot”? Does it mean minorities get the fair shot over non-minorities, or the poor get the fair shot over the wealthy, or the not so bright get the fair shot over the intelligent, or the people who don’t work very hard get the fair shot over the people who do work hard, or the non-politicians get the fair shot over the politicians?

The same can be said for who defines what everyone’s fair share should be, or who defines the rules everyone should play by?

Is it our government who should be allowed to define these? Our country’s founders believed that it should be the people who defined the terms, and the government who sorted out the conflicts between people, states, and countries.

Obama’s ideas, on the other hand, sound like the writings of Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto. The foundation of all modern day social engineering projects by government.

Is Obama and his ultra liberal cohorts who you want running our once great country?

I don’t!

Make your views heard by speaking up in the public forum any and every way you can.

God bless America and our fighting men and women in all branches of our military, and especially any remaining veteran of World War II, on this 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Day of Infamy.

 

 

 

Compromise Is Not Always Good

Posted December 16, 2011

 

Last night Congress came up with a compromise on extending the social security payroll tax cut and the expiring jobless benefits, and today they will address the need to extend temporary funding for the federal government.

I suspect these compromises came about without all the political party fighting in the media because recent polls of the American people show that they hold Congress members responsible for the lack of lawmaking progress this year.

But then the polls show the American people as having so many different and conflicting positions, that it’s often difficult to know their true values. I guess it depends on the questions and the demographics of those being questioned.

The Democrats wanted to tax the rich, those making more than one million dollars, in order to pay for the social security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits, but the American public objected. Maybe the American people are starting to accept the fact that it’s the rich who actually create jobs, not government.

The compromise that emerged to finance the social security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits is to charge higher fees by the mixed public/private organization guaranteeing home mortgages.

Does anyone get the irony of the farce being perpetrated on the American people?

‘Higher fees’ is just ‘increased taxes’ by another name and on another group of people!

Someone is going to be charged the higher fees. In this case it’s the people seeking new or rollover mortgages. This financially hurts a group of people who are already hurting due to the current housing slump; that is, those seeking to take advantage of lower interest rates by refinancing their homes, or those seeking to buy and finance a home to live in.

Dung by any other name still stinks when you get close to it.

It seems to me that funding for the extension of the social security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits should come from spending cuts, and not from increased fees or increased taxes.

Only by cutting spending can we address the larger issue facing the American people; that is, the issue of the deficit, averaging 1 to 1.5 trillion dollars a year, and the national debt, currently topping 15 trillion dollars.

Americans seem to be caught up in the details of the day-to-day battles in Washington politics, and not remembering the broader issues facing the country.

We need to be reducing taxes, reducing spending, eliminating the annual deficit, and eliminating the national debt in order to get our once great nation back onto the road to economic recovery and financial solvency.

This needs to be in the public dialog as we enter the 2012 Presidential primary season starting in January.

Freedom of speech is the right and responsibility of every American. Speak up in the public forum.

 

 

 

In Search of Sanity

Posted December 18, 2011

 

What’s this world coming to when our elected Congress members cannot even send out Christmas cards that actually say “Merry Christmas”? They can say season’s greetings, happy holidays, but at just the mere mention of Christmas the political correctness police are up in arms to stop this age old tradition.

We also see people in towns across America up in arms against the manger scene depicting the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem somewhere around 5 to 4 BC. People in towns want crosses and the Ten Commandments removed from public places.

Where has all our sanity gone?

Removing religious icons doesn’t remove God from reality, or from our lives.

We are supposed to be in a country where free speech is the first of our rights, guaranteed by our Constitution. But somewhere along the way people started complaining about religious speech being offensive; that is, Christian religious speech, since any other religion’s speech is not offensive.

What is so offensive about the mention of Christmas, or of Jesus Christ, the true reason for the celebration of giving gifts? What are people so afraid of?

If people don’t believe in God, or don’t even believe that God exists, why does it matter so much if other people do believe? Why do they get so worked up over it?

I think it’s because they feel guilty about not believing. They feel like they are the strange ones, who are missing out on something good that others have. So they want to stop others from feeling good, if they can’t.

The truth of the matter is that they feel guilty because it’s their conscience making them feel that way. There is something built into every one of us that gives us a first hand knowledge of God, and a knowledge of His marvelous works all around us, and inside of us.

This knowledge convicts us that God exists and is the creator of everything that exists, and when we try to suppress this knowledge then the conflict arises within us, causing us to lash out against all those who do believe.

But then why aren’t people as adamant against all religions, and not just against Christianity?

Well, maybe there is something unique about Christianity that causes so great a visceral reaction in those who do not believe, so that they are truly compelled to lash out at those who do. Maybe this knowledge of the truth is built inside every one of us, so that we instinctively know it when we hear it.

Maybe it’s the truth that Christianity is not really a religion, but a relationship with a God who loves us so much that He was willing to send His Son, His only son, Jesus into the world to show us the kind of life we are to live to get to participate in a relationship with God; but the evil people in the world killed God’s Son, thinking they got rid of their problem.

Then God proved to the world that He is God and raised Jesus up from the dead.

If you too want to have a relationship with the one true God who can do all that I described here, then you can.

All you need to do is confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and Lord of your life, and believe with all your heart that God raised Him up from the dead, then you will be set aside as one of God’s true children and be able to have a direct and personal relationship with Him; that is, you will be saved.

It’s time to think about what you are fighting against, and if you want to keep fighting or meet the God of all creation face to face. It’s your choice. You decide.

 

 

 

A Merry Democrat Christmas

Posted December 23, 2011

 

House Republicans walked blindly and boldly right into the political trap laid before them by their Democrat rivals, thereby giving the Congressional Democrats a very merry Christmas present, and showing once again their political ineptitude.

The House Republicans were forced to approve the two-month extension on the social security payroll tax cut and the expiring jobless benefits or risk giving Obama enough political ammunition to possibly ensure his reelection.

Our seasoned House Republicans, lead down the yellow brick road by Speaker Boehner, acted as though they were freshman Representatives. When will they learn how to play the game they were sent to Washington to win?

I know, the Senate and the Oval Office are in the hands of Democrats, thus making their jobs much more difficult. But, come on, the House Republicans loose every one of these political battles, even when they do control both the House and the Senate.

You’d think they’d be smart enough to win one of the battles just one time, right?

I, for one, am fed up with their lackluster performance!

The American people need tax relief that can be counted on, tax relief that will make businesses more comfortable hiring new employees, not temporary relief that may go away in two months. Businesses need economic and tax consistency from the federal government in order to make and execute plans for hiring additional workers.

This is not rocket science!

But what the American people get is political maneuverings that give the Democrats the appearance of caring about the financially hurting and out of work Americans, without any of the needed results.

What we need is more jobs for out of work Americans, not rich politicians who pretend to care about out of work Americans, when all they really care about is their own jobs and their own growing economic wealth.

If you’re fed up with politicians, as I am, then speak up in the public forum any and every way you can.

Merry Christmas America.

 

 

 

The Israel of God

Posted December 26, 2011

 

Yesterday was Christmas day, the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, the day when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was thoughtful enough to wish Christians around the world a Merry Christmas.

It was a simple gesture of peace, shalom, from one of God’s children. It was a sign of God’s ever present love. It was a statement that touched my heart; and for good reasons, because I was born a Jew in post war New York to Jewish parents who wanted to have nothing to do with the God of their fathers.

My mother’s father, on the other hand, was a very religious man, a Polish immigrant with rabbinical training and experience in the old country. He was a man who loved God and His word, the Tanach, and spent every morning reading God’s word and praying God’s prayers.

I know this because there were many days in my early years that I was able to sit at his feet during his morning ritual of reading, and prayer, and worship. I would listen to his words and watch his eyes and facial expressions very intently. I was transfixed by his love for his God, the God of Abraham. In my young life it was the only true expression of love I had ever actually seen, and known I had seen.

Afterward, he would take me for a walk and he would talk to me about God, and how God loved His people Israel very much, and how God’s love is the life blood of our worship of Him, and of our desire to give thanks to Him for all we have and all we are, whether great or small, whether rich or poor, whether young or old.

I was six and my grandfather Jacob was seventy-seven, and that summer he died.

I have carried his teachings with me my whole life, and now I would like to give some of the love God gave me through him back to the people of my fathers, to the Israel of God. But there is nothing that I have that is worth giving but that which was given to me. God’s truth!

The Messiah was first promised in the Garden after the fall when God said to the serpent “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

Next the Messiah was promised to Abram, later called Abraham, when God promised to make him a great nation and a blessing, when He said “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

God confirmed the promise of the Messiah again after Abraham passed the test of being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, the son of promise, in Genesis 22:18; and again to Isaac in Genesis 26:4; and again to Jacob in Genesis 28:14; and again to Judah in Genesis 49:10 when He said “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

God confirmed the promise of the Messiah to David in 2 Samuel 7:12-14, which was later validated by Jesus’ lineage (Matthew 1 and Luke 3) and at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:17).

God continues to confirm the promise of the Messiah, who would be born of a virgin and called ‘God with us’ (Isaiah 7:14), who would take the government upon His own shoulders and be called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and upon whom God would place the iniquity of us all and who would be brought as a lamb to the slaughter and whose soul would be an offering for sin (Isaiah 53:1-12).

God tells us when the Messiah would be born, 483 years after Ezra was sent back to rebuild the city of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:24-25), somewhere around 5 to 4 BC, which fits with our known history.

God tells us the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), would be called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1), would have His way prepared (Isaiah 40:3-5), would be preceded by a forerunner (Malachi 3:1), would be preceded by Elijah (Malachi 4:5-6), would be declared the Son of God (Psalm 2:7), would have a Galilean ministry (Isaiah 9:1-2), would speak in parables (Psalm 2:7), would be a prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18), would heal the broken hearted (Isaiah 61:1-2), would be rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:3), would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4), would make a triumphal entry (Zechariah 9:9), would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12), would be hated without reason (Psalm 35:19), would be pierced through hands and feet and side (Zechariah 12:10), would be resurrected from the dead (Psalm 16:10, 49:15), would ascend to sit at God’s right hand (Psalm 68:18), and many more.

And so the only gift I have to give back to Mr. Netanyahu and to the memory of my grandfather is the gift of the Messiah, the birth of whom is celebrated every Christmas by believing Christians around the world.

This Jesus, who was born to a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried in a rich man’s tomb, was raised to life after three days and three nights, and ascended into heaven to sit down at the right hand of the Father, is the promised Messiah.

If you believe in your heart these things and that He was raised from the dead, and if you confess with your mouth that He is the Lord our God, then you will be saved and dwell with God for all eternity.

 

 

 

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