Obama's Garden Polluted With Sludge
by Alex Salkever - July 30th, 2009 - Daily Finance
The likely source of the toxic sludge that has ruined Michelle's garden? The Clinton White House apparently used a sludge-based product to fertilize the lawn during the 1990s! Aside from casting a shadow on the first White House vegetable garden since Eleanor Roosevelt resided there, the sludge ensures that Michelle's garden will never attain organic status.Oh this is delicious. There are so many ways to play this. Once again the Obama's rush into something without doing their homework and create a mess in the process.
One of the ironies in the green movement has been the long term conflict between the greens insisting that farmers use solid fertilizer, called sludge in modern bureaucratic jargon (instead of s#@t as farmers call it), while greens are simultaneously denying organic status if you use sludge to grow food.
Obviously Michelle is new to the green movement. It cannot be more ironic that it is Bill Clinton's White House that created the problem. So Obama cannot blame Bush without coming up with some really creative lies. The usual blame Bush knee jerk reaction will not fly.
Obama Was Born In America
On November 4, 2008, the American people elected, as their President, an individual who:
* holds an undeniably Marxist economic perspective;
* attended numerous Socialist Scholars Conferences which featured rousing addresses by Communists, Maoists, Trotskyists, and all manner of identity-politics radicals;
* has a long history of ties to the voter-fraud factory and racial-intimidation cesspool known as ACORN;
* sat for twenty years in the pews of a church pastored by an anti-Semitic racist named Jeremiah Wright;
* launched his political career in the home of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, two Marxists and former terrorists who devoted their youthful energies to fomenting a race war in America, and who continue to loathe the United States to this day;
* has a very friendly and mutually supportive relationship with Al Sharpton, one of the most incendiary racists in recent American history;
* attended the Million Man March of Louis Farrakhan, Jew-hater extraordinaire;
* modeled his political ideals on the tactics of Saul Alinsky, who laid the blueprint for social revolution and the destruction of capitalism;
* supported the irresponsible money-lending practices in the 1990s that ultimately helped cause the current housing and economic crisis;
* chaired William Ayers’ Chicago Annenberg Challenge, whose educational objective was to “teach against oppression” as embodied in “America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation”;
* was a member of the New Party, a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials;
* developed a close alliance with the Marxist activist Carl Davisdson, who serves as a national steering committee member of United for Peace and Justice, an organization chaired by the pro-Castro socialist Leslie Cagan;
* shares the ideals of George Soros, the multi-billionaire who funds all manner of far-left causes;
* relied on the foreign-policy expertise of Robert Malley, a supporter of the Islamic terror group Hamas;
* appointed the Marxist, America-hating professor Cornel West to his presidential campaign’s Black Advisory Council;
* voted several times against legislation that would have protected the lives of infants who survive abortion procedures;
* clearly favors ever-escalating taxes and an ever-more-bloated welfare state;
* candidly opposes domestic oil exploration in the U.S.;
* routinely characterizes America as a nation rife with racism, sexism, and discrimination;
* opposes the development of a missile-defense system;
* favors amnesty for illegal immigrants, as evidenced by his close relationship with the open-borders group, National Council of La Raza (“The Race”).
Ultimately it does not matter very much if Barack Obama was born in America. The American population voluntarily elected as President an individual who was not, by any means, secretive about his revolutionary intentions and worldview.
Excerpted from an article by John Perazzo published July 28th, 2009 on News Real Blog.
You Scare Me
Lou Pritchett's Open Letter to President Obama...
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Verified True - Check it out at snopes:
This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.
A Conservative Viewpoint
- State Tells Chowan - Pull ‘Audit’
Article by Bob Steinburg - Edenton, North Carolina: Cradle of the Colony
Chowan County residents had been waiting for months to learn what the Office of the State Auditor uncovered in its investigation into the disappearance of $29 million from the county’s reserve funds over a 10 year period. When the report finally arrived, the county commissioners consulted with their attorney and decided in the interest of openness and transparency to post the findings on the county website. Last Thursday the State Auditor asked the county to remove it. It had been up for one week.Bob is doing something important here. Our state, North Carolina, has become a bastion of Democrat secrecy and corruption. Frank Balance, Jim Black, Mike Decker, Mike Nifong, Thomas Wright, Meg Phipps, Meredith Norris… all convicted. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Charges against numerous officials around the state are ignored… even in Bertie County we have the charges against John Smith that have never been pursued. We have come close to emulating Illinois, another bastion of corruption. There were more than enough suspicious circumstances around Barack Obama’s former employer ACORN… yet any accusations are rejected not just as unfounded but laced with vitriolic insults saying to even discuss them is intolerable.
A June 25th letter from the State Auditor’s Office to Chowan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eddy Goodwin accompanied this report. It said although the State Auditor did not have the authority to perform a full investigation, they would share the findings and recommendations with Chowan anyway. The auditor’s office also said the document was confidential, a work product and not intended for release. The county is cooperating with the State Auditor.
Typical of the tradition that has enabled the New York Times to print top secret government documents, it is important that our free press always oppose government corruption and secrecy. They attack patriotism, I attack corruption. I obtained the following knowledge openly and legally and have chosen to share it with the people of North Carolina.
Copeland’s relationship with the Edenton-Chowan Development Corporation (ECDC) appears murky to me. So does the relationship he and others had with Capstrat, a Raleigh-based lobbying firm specializing in communications. Copeland hired Capstrat ostensibly to help the county obtain $10 million in financing for Chowan’s Public Safety Center and $1.5 million for Chowan’s Northeastern Regional Airport. John Morrison, Chowan’s county attorney said, there was no evidence that Capstrat ever did anything to earn the money.
The ECDC formed in 1995 as a cooperative redevelopment initiative between Chowan County and the Town of Edenton. Its purpose is to encourage economic growth and help retain jobs.
The ECDC board consists of six voting directors: the mayor of Edenton, one Edenton councilperson, two Chowan County commissioners and two local business persons who are members of the Chamber. Mayor Roland Vaughan has served as chairman since 2002. The non-voting directors are the Chowan County manager, the Edenton town manager and the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
The primary source of funding for the ECDC comes from Chowan County revenues. All financial transactions are handled by the county’s finance department. Budget and project ordinances are established by the county commissioners to track how much money comes and goes, theoretically helping to ensure that commissioners maintain control over the money and that expenditures stay within budgetary compliance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case.
The state “document” shows that from 1999-2008 Copeland authorized $248,821 in disbursements on behalf of the ECDC without approval or knowledge of that board or the county commissioners.
According to the document, from 2002-03 Copeland, again without authorization of the ECDC Board of Directors, issued grant payments totaling $58,500 to ENI-NET, now doing business as Broad Street Software Group, Inc. The Edenton company was also paid $5,000 per year from 2003-2008 for software that has yet to be used.
The document reveals other unauthorized disbursements by Copeland that include:
* A $10,000 jobs incentive payment made to Piece Dye Acquisition Corporation in July 2001, which eventually sold and became the Edenton Dyeing and Finishing Corporation (EDF).
* A jobs retention grant to EDF for $50,000 in September `02, $145,000 in Feb. `03, followed by another $5,000 grant in May `03. EDF was paid $259,493 from 2002-08.
Regarding Capstrat, Copeland told state auditors he was pretty sure he told the full board of commissioners about them, but commissioners interviewed denied it.
The “document” also quotes Edenton Town Manager Anne-Marie Knighton as saying, “I don’t think anybody on the board knew about it (Capstrat).” The Virginian-Pilot reported that Knighton said she knew the county was paying for Capstrat, but didn’t know ECDC was being charged. Lisa Jones, Chowan County’s finance manager, reportedly said that Knighton personally picked up the very first check for Capstrat in 2004.
Richard Bunch, the chamber’s executive director, told me last week that until recently he had no knowledge of Capstrat. He says he first learned of it at an ECDC meeting held Election Day `08 when former County Commissioner Bill Gardner, Jr. told that board what he knew about Capstrat.
The minutes from that meeting reflect that Gardner said that Copeland had told him that Capstrat was a lobbying firm hired to secure grants. He added that Lisa Jones told him that the county had already paid Capstrat $253,553. To his credit, Gardner expressed his concerns about a lack of oversight and open government, adding he felt the public’s perception of the ECDC was one of “smoke and mirrors.”
A source told me that Bunch knew about Capstrat as far back as `04 and suggested I contact Edenton Town Councilman Steve Biggs. Biggs shared with me exactly what he said he told state auditors. In a conversation with Bunch in May of 2005, the chamber’s executive director told Biggs,” If I wasn’t paying $6,000 to Capstrat every month, I’d have a little money.”
I spoke with Capstrat CEO Ken Eudy last week and asked who in Chowan County knew what and when about their involvement with Capstrat. Eudy said, “Several of those who denied knowing us reminds me of Peter in the Gospel denying Jesus.”
If what Mr. Eudy suggests is true, this investigation is far from over; unless of course the state of North Carolina continues to keep the citizens of Chowan in the dark.
I hope the evidence Bob presents here is something that is not swept under the rug like so much of the corruption we have already seen. However as long as Democrats control our state under their culture of corruption I would not hold my breath. All you have to remember is the vicious denunciations of anyone who criticized Frank Balance to know what the standard Democrat game plan will be.
A Conservative Viewpoint
- Spending Our Way To Utopia
Article by Bob Steinburg - Edenton, North Carolina: Cradle of the Colony
What Obama will deliver is the same disaster that FDR delivered and that Carter delivered. Zimbabwe is another example of this kind of wild spending for the purpose of Utopia. Obama is coming closer to the disastrous level of Zimbabwe than he is to FDR and Carter. How soon will it be before the catastrophe he is causing is understood by the man in the street?
Barack Obama has been president for only six months. Last November the American electorate handed him an overwhelming victory in hopes Obama would deliver the “change” he promised. It appears even by the most objective of standards, Obama may be over-reaching.
Much was expected from the great orator from Illinois; perhaps too much for a man without executive experience. In just four years Obama has gone from being a state senator, to the U. S. Senate, to winning the Democratic nomination for president and to the presidency.
In my many years in sales and marketing, I witnessed countless young, personable, talented and overly ambitious stars fall from grace all too soon. Initially dazzling customers with seemingly flawless sales presentations and personality, buyers became transfixed, often losing any sense of objectivity.
As a result, once good and reliable clients who previously bought within their means, found themselves burdened with inventory they could neither sell nor pay for. Tensions mounted as many long-standing business relationships began to sour. The rising star became a pariah, not only with his customers but within his organization. This often happens when someone oversells and under-delivers.
I’m not suggesting that Obama will become a pariah. But his lack of understanding of how Washington and the presidency work is apparent. Obama is showing no patience or restraint when it comes to pushing his agenda including finding the means to pay for it. That’s not the way it works in the business world or government.
The stimulus bill had to happen “now” we were told to insure unemployment wouldn’t top eight percent. With unemployment now approaching 10 percent, that’s not good news for those that think this stimulus bill had any chance of working in the first place.
According to the Congressional Budget Office only 6.2 percent of the stimulus package had trickled down into the economy through the middle of June. Worse yet, they project less than 25 percent of the total “stimulus” money will be spent before year’s end. The bulk of the $787 billion stimulus is scheduled to be distributed over the next three years.
Obama and the Democrats are rushing to pass a radical climate bill along with legislation that will completely overhaul our healthcare system. Is this another imminent crisis? Democrats are telling us these bills must be passed before Congress recesses in August, with or without Republican support. For me, this pending emergency stuff is wearing a little thin.
The Democrats in Congress are trying so hard to cooperate with Obama, they’ve forgotten our government derives its power from the consent of the governed. Our elected representatives are not sharing with us the “devils in the details” of pending legislation. In fact, they’re not even reading the bills before casting their votes.
Two weeks ago, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, (D-Md.), told CNSNEWS.com that the healthcare reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers had to actually read the entire bill before passing it. Let Freedom Ring, a conservative organization, is asking members of Congress to sign a pledge to read any bill that comes before them in its entirety and to make it available on-line 72 hours before voting. This is the kind of transparency Obama promised once he became president; to date, we’ve seen little.
When Rep. Hoyer was asked to support this pledge, he laughingly answered, “I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill.” You’re spending our money, congressman. Regardless of how long it is-read it before you vote!
President George W. Bush and a Republican Party that was AWOL from fiscal responsibility for eight years didn’t help. If irresponsible government spending under Bush was a good thing (and it wasn’t), why is our economy in the tank? Yet incredibly, Obama is continuing on the same course-but even more so.
Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute said, “Obama is spending money like Bush on steroids,” turning an economic downturn into an economic disaster. Unbridled spending got us into this mess. How can even more spending get us out?
Obama and the Democrats are further increasing the size of government; tactics that didn’t help Presidents Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt or George W. Bush. Japan did the same thing in the 1990s with a stretch of infrastructure spending, resulting in economic stagnation that became known as Japan’s lost decade. Henry Morgenthau, FDR’s secretary of the Treasury said in 1939 when speaking of the economy, “We (the government) have tried spending money and it doesn’t work.” We still have just as much unemployment along with an ever-growing enormous debt, he added.
No one is advocating another World War to bring an end to our financial woes; but fiscal responsibility will. We can no longer continue to bail out states and failing corporations. If Congress doesn’t get the message soon, voters should send the culprits home.
Canceling the balance of the stimulus package would be one indication our representatives are finally listening. A Rasmussen poll taken last week showed 45 percent of voters surveyed agreed stimulus spending should be stopped now, while 36 percent want the spending to continue. The $700 billion in unspent money could be used to reduce this year’s $ 2 trillion deficit.
Liberals and progressives often speak of how much better things would be if our government was run like that of Western Europe, with its many government social welfare programs. Well here is something to consider. According to Stanford University Professor of Economics Michael Boskin, the standard of living in these “nirvana states,” is 30 percent less than the U. S. If our government continues spending the way it has, can our very own “liberal utopia” be far behind?
Is President Obama
Giving The Public
The Bum’s Rush?
Article by Dr. Ada Fisher
- North Carolina National Committee Woman
President Obama is definitely a young man in a hurry. Maybe it’s as Satchel Paige warned, “Don’t look back for something may be gaining on you.” Could it be the truth and the emerging facts on the fallacies of the Obama sweet talk? Are people beginning to appreciate how this administration’s socialistic approach is encroaching on democratic ideals and threatening to kill off capitalism?All good points Ada. Then there are the national defense issues where he is gutting our military and inspiring our enemies. This man is a Marxist and a racist and he scares the hell out of a lot of Americans.
In Guantanamo, President Obama promised to close that prison before he had some place to send folks. After apologizing and making nice to a lot of folks with whom our relationships have been questionable, have we gotten space for two dozen alleged enemy combatants? Is this a president who promises much and is having problems delivering on substance?
Panicking over emerging bank failures and planting in folk’s minds the silly notion that some banks are too big to fail, Obama and his predecessor decided to bail out the banks. Now we watch banks hoard their booty, foreclosures continue to rise, and unemployment is ballooning upward. Could it be time for some accountability - like letting fail those who lent more than people could pay as well as allow a loss for those who borrowed money they knew they couldn’t repay?
Who should fail and who is worthy of a bailout? First banks, then housing and now outcries from students and every conceivable segment of society without any substantive relief for those few remaining tax payers who have to foot these bills. Do you truly think there are enough rich folks without deductions to pay for all this? What are we doing for taxpayers and those future generations who are surely going to bear this burden?
Then there was rush to pass a stimulus bill of more than 3000 pages. We were told the sky was falling and we needed to hurry up and do something before we understood the truth about the paltry economic stimuli in the proposed package. With less than a third of the money spent to date and new projects drowning out the need for repairs of our infrastructure, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may have their railway for the short distance from Nevada to California, but the rest of us are going to have to walk over the long haul. Isn’t it interesting that whatever relief is scheduled, doesn’t truly begin until time for the 2010 elections?
Now in the biggest scheme to socialize medicine, Nancy Pelosi lied in proclaiming AMA support for the Congressional Health Care Reform Bill. I didn’t think the AMA had lost its collective mind, so I’ve read the details of their April 13th letter which supports the concept of Obama’s eight principles; however, they are clear in asking for reforming the insurance market, establishing antitrust reforms for physician groups, easing medical liability pressures, adequate reimbursement for services, etc. which are definitely not covered in the health reform bill. And neither the AMA nor Congress seemed overly concerned about who’s going to pay the bill.
Obama is a master politician who not only is taking early advantage of his popularity, exploiting the unwillingness of people to criticize for fear of being called racist or in the case of blacks disloyal, and the anticipated reelection fall-out in 2010. As attention is focused on the nuts and bolts of his rush to legislate, some call it the madman approach. I call it the Pabulum Surge - for like a child in a tantrum, he’ll throw things against the wall and hope it sticks. When you go to clean up the mess made, you realize you can’t let him have his way.
Will the adults and statesmen in America, step to the plate, demand that Congress read bills being proposed and come home to town hall meetings to hear what folks think before a vote is taken? If you are going to do something, then let’s get it right the first time with representative input from constituents and truly understand what we are doing.
Colonel Ed Has Died
For those of you who miss Paul Harvey's rest of the story, here is a good one.
Ed wanted to be a Marine fighter pilot. The US was building up their military force, but they were not at war yet and the Navy required all its potential Navy and Marine pilots to have two years of college. So Ed started classes at Boston College.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked the Army and the Navy both dropped the college requirement and Ed applied to the Marines. His primary flight training was in Dallas and then he went toPensacola , Florida. He was carrier qualified, which means he knew how to perform a controlled crash of his single engine fighter, onto the rolling deck of a Navy floating runway.
It took Ed almost two years to get through all the Navy flight training. His problem was he was a very good pilot and the Marines needed flight instructors. He had a great command presence and public speaking ability, which landed him in the classroom, training new baby Marine pilots.
His orders to the Pacific fleet and the chance to fly combat missions off a carrier came in the spring of 1945, on the same day the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Of course his orders were changed. He never went to sea and he was out of the Marines in 1946.
Ed stayed in the USMC as a reserve officer. He became a successful personality in the new TV medium, after the war. His Marine command presence helped. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He never got to fly his fighter aircraft, but he saw his share of raw combat. He flew the Cessna O-1E Bird Dog, which is a single engine slow-moving unarmed plane. He functioned as an artillery spotter for the Marine batteries on the ground and as a forward controller for the Navy and Marine fighter bombers who flew in on fast moving jet engines, bombed the area and were gone in seconds. Captain Ed was still circling the enemy looking for more targets, all the time taking North Korean and Chinese ground fire.
He stayed with the Marines as a reserve officer and retired in 1966 as a Colonel.
One night I was watching a show when the subject of Colonel Ed earning a number of Navy Air Medals came up. The host, a former Navy officer, understood the significance of these medals, but Ed shrugged it off, saying that if you flew enough combat missions they just sort of gave them to you. Ed flew 85 combat missions over North Korea; he earned every one of those Air Medals. The casualty rate for flying forward air controllers in Korea sometimes exceeded 50% of a squadron’s manpower. Ed was lucky to have gotten home from that war.
Once a Marine, always a Marine. When the public was spitting (taking their personal safety into their own hands) at Marines on the streets of Southern California during Vietnam, Colonel Ed was taking Marines off the streets and into his posh Beverly Hills home. I spoke to a retired Marine aircrew member the day Colonel Ed died and he personally remembered seeing Ed at numerous Marine Air Bases in California in the 1960s. He was known for going to the Navy hospitals and visiting the wounded Marines and Sailors from this country’s conflicts, even in the last years of his life.
Colonel Ed presented awards and decorations to fellow Marines and attended many a Marine ceremony and the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball. He stayed true to his Corps as a board member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund and as the honorary chairman of the National Marine Corps Aviation Museum. After retiring from the Marine Reserve, one night on the Johnny Carson show, members of the California Air National Guard came on stage.
Colonel Ed was commissioned a Brigadier General in the Air Guard in front of millions of Americans who watched it happen live. You will not see anything like that on TV anymore.
The three core values of a United States Marine are honor, courage and commitment. This is what a Marine is taught from the first day of training and this is what that Marine believes. That was Colonel Edward P. McMahon Jr. USMCR Retired. Of course we knew Ed as Ed McMahon of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Before he was a national figure he was a true combat hero and a patriot the nation needed then and this country needs now.
Your war is over. Thank you Colonel McMahon. Semper Fi sir.
23 June 2009
Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
No one in the press and TV seem to understand one iota about the above. Hence no coverage worth a plucked nickle about Ed's passing. But we sure got a case of the most industrial strength bullshit like the last days ad infinitum of the passing of the nations biggest insecure nincompoop ever. Makes one wonder where we as a nation are heading.
A Conservative Viewpoint
- Uncle Sam No Mr. Fix-it
Article by Bob Steinburg - Edenton, North Carolina: Cradle of the Colony
This is an excellent article that redefines the most important discussion of our age into terms that most people can understand. Jonah Goldberg wrote an entire book called “Liberal Fascism” to describe the reality that what Obama is doing is nothing more than following the game plan of Hitler and Mussolini to persuade the people to let government “fix-it” for them. What Jonah got was a horde of liberal professors nit-picking his book because they resented the fact it was correct. They did not like the fact that Mr. Fix-it came with Mr. Jack-boot right behind him. That is also true and much more frightening than the fact fascism doesn't fix what it claims it will fix. It is that next step that is the true evil of Obama’s plans. Mr. Jack-boot.
Growing up I remember a man referred to as Johnny Fix-it. Johnny had many skills from plumbing, electrical to carpentry and appliance repair. If it was broken you could depend on Johnny to repair it promptly, efficiently and well within the limited budget of a blue collar family of six in the 1950s and `60s.
If Johnny felt a job was beyond his level of expertise, he would either recommend someone or flatly say, “It can’t be fixed.” I remember him telling my Dad that there’s nothing worse than someone trying to do a job they know little-to-nothing about. He referred to these individuals as “jacklegs” - someone lacking in skill or training while proclaiming acumen for both.
While having Mr. Fix-it only a phone call away was often reassuring, Johnny was not someone who thought he should be giving us financial recommendations, telling us which doctors to use, or offering us career advice in a field other than his own. He knew his limitations. Unfortunately, all too often, government does not.
But that’s how many see government’s role; a nanny state that should be providing us with cradle to grave “security,” unburdening us from such “complicated” tasks as thinking for one’s self, assuming personal responsibility for our actions and decision making, along with lifting us from the overwhelming responsibility of having to utilize our common sense.
When banks and other financial institutions started having fiscal problems last fall, primarily because of mismanagement and greed, President George W. Bush along with Congress came to the “rescue” with $700 billion in tax dollars to underwrite the Troubled Asset and Relief Program (TARP). The management and boards of directors were not held accountable. They still aren’t. Government officials overseeing the bailout have acknowledged difficulties in tracking the money and measuring effectiveness. Interestingly, some of the banks and financial institutions that received $295 billion in bailout money had spent $114 million on lobbying and campaign contributions in the previous election cycle.
The Government now wants to fix global warming. In spite of the most reliable satellite weather data showing that atmospheric temperatures have actually declined over the last 11 years, the House felt it necessary to pass a climate bill anyway. Charles River Associates, a Harvard based economics consulting firm, says if this bill is passed by the Senate, it will result in a net loss of 2.5 million jobs each year and cost citizens billions in new taxes.
Last week in the American Spectator, Peter Ferrara wrote, “The rationale for this bill is to counter global warming by sharply reducing greenhouse gasses, primarily carbon dioxide.” He goes on to say, even if this bill works exactly as envisioned, the most radical environmentalists admit it will only slow temperatures by a ridiculous 9/100th of one degree Fahrenheit by 2050; this after reducing our use of fossil fuels by 83 percent!
And now Uncle Sam wants to “fix” healthcare. Democrats will be putting forth a plan by early fall. What’s the government’s track record on running healthcare? President Barack Obama admits Social Security is broke, including Medicare and Medicaid. Both lose billions each year because of mismanagement and fraud.
And how about the Veterans Hospitals? Veterans’ advocates and lawmakers say the VA Medical System is in shambles. They point to botched radiation treatments to nearly 100 cancer patients in Pennsylvania. That comes on the heels of exposing over 10,000 veterans to HIV and hepatitis viruses throughout the system because of faulty procedures. Advocates for national healthcare should have reason for pause.
Government was supposed to fix education as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” reforms. In all too many instances the results are unremarkable. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 12-14 percent of adults rate below basic on reading and comprehension, while only 13 percent are rated proficient. Free market enterprises like Sylvan Learning Centers have sprung up to fill the gap between the shortcomings of public education and what employers expect and demand from graduates of our public schools.
The government spent $837 billion or $10,500 per student on education in 2008. With millions of students trapped in failing schools, many parents have no school choice. Even Sweden, the epitome of a taxpayer-funded cradle-to-grave welfare state, introduced a school voucher system in 1992 for independent state schools that is growing in popularity. The increasing competition for students is now raising the curriculum standards for all of Sweden’s schools.
Chrysler, a victim of Fiat and the United Auto Workers Union, is another fix- it project the government has taken on, along with trying to repair General Motors. After financially bailing them out, they are now trying to mange the day to day business operations. Unfortunately, the very CAFÉ standards (Increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy) previously imposed by government could ultimately imperil the survival of both.
Obama and the Democrats told us the $787 billion stimulus package was needed “immediately” to stop the hemorrhaging of our economy. It’s not working. The only thing booming in the U. S. these days is escalating unemployment. And now we’re told we may need a Stimulus II, adding trillions more to the $11 trillion in debt already imposed on future generations.
Americans have historically been advocates for a limited role for government, preferring instead to emphasize the individual as primarily responsible for insuring his or her well-being. That’s not to say that government shouldn’t play a role in helping to ensure our safety and welfare, but it should not intrude into every aspect of our lives. Even Johnny Fix-it knew better than to do that.
There have been a number of articles recently, a couple posted on my Inner Banks Eagle blog, which covered this same topic of the failures and evil of fascism. Bob has done it in clearer language, except Bob did not make it clear that all this government control is not only a failure. It always leads to the next step, loss of freedom. That would be a good next article, describing the loss of freedom that comes after the economic failure of fascism.
Inner Banks Humor - Politics
Obama may have been mentored by the bisexual pedophile Frank Marshall Davis, but that part of Davis' orientation does not seem to have stuck.
Inner Banks Humor - Politics
White House Press Corps Happy to Attend
Barack Obama's Off-the-Record BBQ
John Cook - July 9th 2009 - Gawker
We reported yesterday that Politico's Mike Allen was spotted milling about as a guest at the White House's "backyard bash" by the pool reporter, who was allowed into the event for 40 minutes and kept in a pen before being ushered out. When Allen quoted from the pool report in his Playbook column the next day, he deleted a reference to his own name and didn't bother to tell his readers that he was actually at the party.That this article has to be written by a blogger and a site called Gawker says almost all that needs to be said about the state of subservience by America's press to the political control they suffer in the administration of the Magic Marxist Messiah!
It is actually true that though 30 very liberal reporters were the guests of Barack Obama at the White House 4th of July party, they were required to sign away their reporting rights so much, that in embarrassment, they hid the fact that they were even there. Actually what they hid was the fact that ONLY liberals get to talk with Obama. Anyone who might dare to disagree with him is denied access. So those who attended ran the "pool" coverage as if they were not there. In earlier administrations meetings about wars and top secret were treated the way that Obama treats a 4th of July Party!
THE 4TH OF JULY
This is an email that circulates around this time of year. A couple of people have quiblled with the accuracy of some of the claims, but at best they are arguing about how poor someone became. I recommend you read it since the reality is what happened to many of the men who bought your freedom. You owe them at least that.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
Freedom is never free!
Inner Banks Humor - Politics
How can someone get elected to President of the United States when they cannot give a speech without expressing their shame at our nation?
A Conservative Viewpoint
- N. C. Splits Vote On ‘Cap And Tax’
Article by Bob Steinburg - Edenton, North Carolina: Cradle of the Colony
This bill, called by some Cap-and-Trade and by others Cap-and-Tax, is at its heart a test of the ability to have an intelligent discussion of Man-Caused-Global-Warming. For every liberal politician who believes that we must immediately impose severe punishment on anyone who disagrees with their belief in Man-Caused-Global-Warming, there is a scientist, some of them even liberal, who can point out the fallacies in the concept.
On June 26, while much of the nation was transfixed on news coverage of the sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson, the House of Representatives defied common sense and passed legislation that will lead to the biggest tax increase in the history of the world. In the middle of the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the House by a vote of 219-212 approved the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill.
The cost of everything we buy, from gasoline, home heating and cooling to groceries will go up. In fact, the price for everything manufactured, grown and shipped will increase. Look no further than last summer when the cost of a gallon of gasoline was $4.50 to realize the additional economic misery that awaits each of us if this bill is passed by the Senate.
In spite of 44 Conservative Democrats who joined all but eight Republicans in opposition, it wasn’t enough to defeat the bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led the liberal charge to passage, along with the co-sponsor and Chairman of the Energy sub-committee Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., who represents North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, is Waxman’s Vice Chairman on the House Energy sub-committee. He once again proved to be Pelosi’s loyal foot soldier by voting yes for cap and trade; this in spite of “his district being the fourth poorest in the nation, a poverty rate approaching 25 percent and crushing unemployment.” In fact, North Carolina has the eighth highest joblessness rate in the nation. In spite of these grim statistics, Butterfield was joined by N. C. Democratic Representatives Bob Etheridge, David Price, Heath Shuler, Mel Watt and Brad Miller in approving this bad bill.
North Carolina’s five Republican representatives voted no. They are Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Howard Coble, Sue Myrick, and Patrick McHenry. Two Democrats joined the Republicans in opposition: Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell.
In examining the January `09 Congressional District and Analysis Report, I tried to determine from an economic standpoint a representative’s stance for either supporting or opposing this bill. What I learned stunned me! In all but one case, the representatives from N. C. who voted yes to “cap and tax” represent districts with the highest degrees of poverty. With the exception of David Price’s district, the others are saddled with 15 percent poverty or more.
Democrats McIntyre and Kissell, also represent districts with poverty rates in excess of 15 percent, but they voted no. “This bill is a hardship that our citizens and communities cannot afford,” McIntyre said, and will cost jobs, increase electricity rates and pass on additional financial burdens to the next generation. McIntyre’s office told me that the calls coming in were against cap and trade by a whopping 80-20 margin.
Congressman Kissell acknowledged that protecting the environment is very important. But he also said, “I could not vote for Cap and Trade because it doesn’t meet these (environmental) goals for our nation and endangers the economy of our district. With unemployment in the 8th District in double-digits, now is not the time to pass legislation that will raise energy prices and possibly cost our district more jobs.” Kissell’s office said most of his callers were opposed to cap and trade.
Rep. Butterfield’s spokesperson Ken Willis said Butterfield received 800 calls that were 50-50 for and against cap and trade. I questioned Willis why the congressman chose to support legislation that is guaranteed to raise the price of energy, especially considering the number of poor who reside there. Willis said there were provisions in the bill that would provide assistance to the poor for their escalating energy bills. Where does that leave the rest of us?
Rep. Bob Etheridge, D -N. C., also voted in favor of cap and trade. Etheridge’s district has a poverty rate of 16 percent. Etheridge says he is a pro-business Democrat. That statement is particularly curious given this bill will likely cause energy rationing, leading to less production and fewer jobs.
Voters should have seen this coming. Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle last year, Barack Obama said: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates ‘would necessarily skyrocket’…they (energy providers) would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
Advocates for cap and trade say we can’t just sit around and do nothing. We must break our dependence on foreign oil. Few would argue with that. But in a Rasmussen poll last week 56 percent of Americans say they are not willing to pay more in taxes and utility costs to generate cleaner energy and fight global warming.
Forty eight states currently have a total of $166 billion in deficits and 372 metro areas are experiencing an increase in their jobless rates. The government is on a reckless spending spree with deficits in the trillions. What we need now is to tap into all the energy at our disposal to turn this economy around, not pass legislation that provides less. We need more cars on the road carrying people to work, not sitting in their driveways.
Congressman Markey, co-author of the climate change bill says the cost to overturn the entire energy economy won’t exceed the price of a postage stamp daily. If you can buy into that, you would have to assume there would be no increased cost in the price of food, energy and transportation. Only a fool could believe that.
Another Rasmussen poll last week found Obama’s popularity plunging with approval numbers for the first time reaching negative territory. Thirty- one percent strongly approve; 33 percent strongly disapprove. It appears the state and nation’s congressional districts could be facing an extreme makeover in 2010.
Bob does not address these fallacies. Bob identifies the politics that some people are willing to oppose the liberal belief in Man-Caused-Global-Warming simply based on their unwillingness to pay out of their pocket to fix it. I do not believe this is a rational argument. If there was any credible evidence that Man-Caused-Global-Warming was real, I would support fixing it. The problem is that the concept is a fraud. You must start there first. The concept is a fraud.
The litany of reasons why it is a fraud is long, too long to get in to here since it really takes 3 standard length newspaper articles just to address the major flaws at a summary level. These articles have been written and published repeatedly. Yet somehow we cannot seem to get people to believe this. There has been overwhelming public discussion of why Man-Caused-Global-Warming is a fraud. How can so many people believe in something that is so obviously not true? That is the question that we cannot seem to get an answer to.
Inner Banks Philosophy
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Someone needs to tell African-Americans and Puerto Ricans about this concept. Neither commit allegiance to our nation yet demand our protection.
Inner Banks Humor - Politics
Birds of a feather.