The Deficit

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From the Washington Post:

In his weekly radio and Internet address today, Obama expressed determination to “get exploding deficits under control” and described his budget request as “sober in its assessments, honest in its accounting, and lays out in detail my strategy for investing in what we need, cutting what we don’t, and restoring fiscal discipline.”

This is coming from the same guy that just signed a law that puts our country over a trillion dollars in debt and has numerous members of his cabinet that are tax cheats and liars. I am already hoping for change in 2010. Aren’t you?

Published in: on February 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Best. Rant. Ever.

“How about we all stop paying our mortgages. It’s a moral hazard.”

Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the Barack Obama Presidential Beg-a-Thon!

What has happened to our society? What a disgrace.

Published in: on February 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Clemency for Terror

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Remember the USS Cole? The ship in the Gulf of Aden that was suicide bombed by al Qaeda terrorists, who murdered seventeen U.S. Navy sailors?

Yahoo! News:

The Pentagon’s senior judge overseeing terror trials at Guantanamo Bay dropped charges Thursday against an al-Qaida suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing, upholding President Barack Obama‘s order to freeze military tribunals there.

The charges against suspected al-Qaida bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri marked the last active Guantanamo war crimes case.

Meanwhile, there are a bunch of families with the victims of this murdering dog that continue to wonder if they will ever receive some justice for the murders of their loved ones.

Obama’s doing really good. He’s working hard to “restore our image” abroad, while at the same time, making himself look like a weak fool at home.

Note: You are also making yourself look weak around the world.

Published in: on February 7, 2009 at 8:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Another of Obama’s Team that Doesn’t Pay Taxes

Tom Daschle doesn’t pay his taxes either.

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ABCNews:

The controversy deals with a car and driver lent to Daschle by a wealthy Democratic friend — a chauffeur service the former senator used for years without declaring it on his taxes.

It remains an open question as to whether this is a “speed bump,” as a Democratic Senate ally of Daschle put it, or something more damaging.

 

Luckily, he’s a Democrat, and they don’t have to pay taxes. It’s just a “common mistake”. Other prominent Democrats that have made this “common mistake”: Charlie Rangel (House Ways & Means Cmte) and Tim Geithner (Obama’s Treasury Secretary).

Are any of Obama’s appointments not corrupt?

Published in: on January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Stupidity Has Passed in the House

The Democrats passed the pork bill in the House, and it’s headed to the Senate.

In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night, filled with new spending and tax cuts at the core of the young adminstration’s revival plan for the desperately ailing economy. The vote was 244-188.

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178 of the no votes were from Republicans. Not even one caved to the Democrats. I’m actually impressed. They need at least two of them to cave in the Senate to get this passed. We will wait and see.

Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Boehner Just Says No

From The Politico:

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner and his No. 2, Whip Eric Cantor, told their rank-and-file members Tuesday morning during a closed-door meeting to oppose the bill when it comes to the floor Wednesday, according to an aide familiar with the discussion. Boehner told members that he’s voting against the stimulus, and Cantor told the assembled Republicans that there wasn’t any reason for them to support the measure, according to another person in the room. Cantor and his whip team are going to urge GOP members to oppose it. 

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Obama doesn’t need Republican support. This pork stimulus bill can easily pass and be signed into law without the Republicans. The reason he wants them so badly to support it is so that when it fails, and it will definitely fail, we can spread the wealth around. Oh, excuse me, spread the blame around.

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Need a Time-Out

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George McGovern, the 1972 loser of the Presidential election, has written an opinion piece in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post:

As you settle into the Oval Office, Mr. President, may I offer a suggestion? Please do not try to put Afghanistan aright with the U.S. military. To send our troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan would be a near-perfect example of going from the frying pan into the fire. There is reason to believe some of our top military commanders privately share this view. And so does a broad and growing swath of your party and your supporters.

True, the United States is the world’s greatest power — but so was the British Empire a century ago when it tried to pacify the warlords and tribes of Afghanistan, only to be forced out after excruciating losses. For that matter, the Soviet Union was also a superpower when it poured some 100,000 troops into Afghanistan in 1979. They limped home, broken and defeated, a decade later, having helped pave the way for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

So basically, what he suggests is that we lay down our arms and formally surrender in Iraq and Afghanistan, then he cites the example of the Brits and the Soviets failure in Afghanistan, but he fails to recognize the difference in their campaign and ours. Those two empires tried to pacify the countryside by destroying everything they saw. The United States is busy rebuilding schools, roads, and giving medical supplies while terrorists attempt to destroy everything. Big difference.

I have believed for some time that military power is no solution to terrorism. The hatred of U.S. policies in the Middle East — our occupation of Iraq, our backing for repressive regimes such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, our support of Israel — that drives the terrorist impulse against us would better be resolved by ending our military presence throughout the arc of conflict. This means a prudent, carefully directed withdrawal of our troops from Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and elsewhere. We also need to close down the imposing U.S. military bases in this section of the globe, which do so little to expand our security and so much to stoke local resentment.

Let’s bring all of our troops out of the middle east and they will just leave us alone, right? The murdering islamo-fascists just want us out of the neighborhood and then everything will be fine. I definitely feel a headache coming on.

We cannot evade this reckoning. The British thought they could extend their control over Iraq even while pulling out their ground forces by creating a string of bases in remote parts of the country, away from the observation of most Iraqis. It didn’t work. No people that desires independence and self-determination wishes to have another nation’s military bases in its country. In 1776, remember, 13 little colonies drove the mighty British Empire from American soil.

In 2003, the Bush administration ordered an invasion of Iraq, supposedly to reduce terrorism. But six years later, there is more terrorism and civil strife in Iraq, not less. The same outcome may occur in Afghanistan if we make it the next American military conflict.

Well, we have military bases in Kuwait, Germany, and Japan nowadays. The civilian populace, upset that the evil U.S. doesn’t let them have their independence, attacks the base daily. Oh wait, no, they don’t.

And there’s more terrorism in Iraq, huh? The same Washington Post where your misinformed drivel is published has a story from October, 2008 citing “the lowest levels of violence since early 2004”.

So let me suggest a truly audacious hope for your administration: How about a five-year time-out on war — unless, of course, there is a genuine threat to the nation?

Time out? Someone get al Qaeda on the phone, I think George is on to something here. Unless there is a genuine threat? Didn’t a genuine threat present itself on September 11th, 2001 that originated in Afghanistan?

You can read the full editorial here if you so choose, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Published in: on January 25, 2009 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wish List for Obama

Newsweek writes about the “especially long wish list” that African Americans have for the new President. I find this interesting. While I sit here, not wanting anything from the government or the President besides protection from terrorists, and to stay out of my way, another segment of the population hopes and wishes to be the next contestant on the White House Giveaway Show.

There’s the “three-strikes rule” that lands more than its share of young African-American men in jail in many states. The tougher and longer prison sentences blacks receive for sometimes minor drug offenses. And the growing number of black women with the AIDS virus—now the fastest-growing segment of those infected. “Those are things I’m sure Bush didn’t give a hoot about,” says 34-year-old Lisha Crenshaw, a Chicago elementary-school teacher I ran into in D.C. “The number of jails we’re building to put our young men in instead of investing that money into their future and schools to educate them is so sad.

They want to get rid of the three strikes rule. Basically, if you commit a crime three times, you go to prison for a much longer time. Seems fine to me, and last time I checked, it wasn’t an exclusively black law. As for AIDS, I do believe President Bush gives a hoot about it.

Stop wishing, and start doing for yourselves. The President, no matter what color he is, can not take away all your problems. He is not going to pay for your gas and mortgage.

Published in: on January 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Socialized Health Care

President Obama is trying hard to push his economic recovery package. He could take a lesson from President Ronald Reagan, who came into office in an even deeper recession and lowered taxes and cut government spending, and the country got much better within two years.

Obama’s role model for his plan, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, spent federal money, raised taxes, and over-regulated industries, effectively lengthening the Great Depression by seven years. This plan, however, isn’t about recovery. It is about getting as many Americans dependent upon the government as possible. He aims to create “infrastructure jobs” that will build roads, fix bridges, and upgrade schools. He’s also going to try and sneak in Socialized Health Care.

From Fox News:

There is heavy emphasis on public works projects, which have lagged as state budgets contracted. Governors have lobbied Obama to help them patch holes in their budgets, drained by sinking tax revenues and increased need for public assistance such as Medicaid and children’s health insurance. Obama’s plan would increase the federal portion of those programs so no state would have to cut any of the 20 million children whose eligibility is now at risk.

Obama’s plan would also provide health care coverage for 8.5 million people who lose their insurance when they either lose or shift jobs.

Eight and a half million people would be covered under free government health care. Makes you wonder which way they would vote in the future, if they are forced into government welfare.

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My next question: How do we pay for all this? Obama promises a 2.1 trillion dollar deficit. For you Obama voters, a deficit means debt. This is what that looks like:

$ 2100000000000

In his first inaugural address, on January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan said, “You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation?”