Saturday, January 30, 2010
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“LIAR, LIAR…PANTS ON FIRE…”
So much to write about, so little time. One thing you have to say about old George W. Bush was the fact that he only gave us one or two things to discuss every couple of weeks. Not so with the current Obamathon, the hits just keep on coming in hour by hour., moment by moment. Hardly a day goes by without some new revelation being thrown to us before we have had a moment to absorb the previous diatribe from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If you can’t find something to dislike about the way this administration is attempting to run this country and our lives, then you’re probably dead and just don’t know it. Check your pulse.
First let me bring to your attention the creation of several new legislative committees designed to help us through the current financial crisis. The acronyms give us some idea of our legislators intentions.
Senate-House Allied For Taxpayers (SHAFT)
Select Committee Responsible Enablement Workforces (SCREW)
House Actively Taxing Everything (HATE)
The last one is the favorite of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, who goes by the abbreviation of SOTH….(speaker of the house) which she favors since the letters can be rearranged to spell…HOTS….No one can explain her fascination with this term since it cannot possibly be attributed to her looks…perhaps it’s her undying adoration for the current occupant of the White House? Who knows? Who cares?
During World War II, the Office Of Strategic Services, the forerunner to today’s CIA produced this psychological profile of Adolf Hitler… “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” This was known as ‘the big lie’.
I ask you to look over the above profile and tell me what player on the political stage of today comes to your mind. I thought so. The internet is rife with lists of lies and broken promises made by the current occupant living in the White House. I wonder if the toilet backs up in the Lincoln bedroom, does Obama think George W. caused it to overflow. You only have to use your computer to look the lies and broken promises to see for yourself. How they can issue these statements with a straight face and without laughing is beyond me. We can hardly keep up with them all since they’re dispensed so fast and furious. Of course the broken promises are not being reported by the traditional media who has yet to see that the emperor they adore is standing in front of all us completely naked. It’s small wonder that newspapers as well as news programs are losing revenues and getting into financial difficulty the more they attempt to sugar coat the truth from the rest of us.
But then you know this or you wouldn’t be reading these words in the first place. The problem for those of us not wearing blinders is what methods do we use to convince those still sipping the Kool-Aid of the day to save themselves from total destruction? Waterboarding is out as well as other non-lethal forms of persuasion, but what is permissible?
Well, if you want my opinion …it’s to keep on going and continue doing what we have been doing….write, call, fax, e-mail, text, speak out at meetings and most of all vote for those who believe as we do, not the professionals living within the beltway. The events of the recent weeks should give us hope as well as strengthen our hearts that the American public is not ready and willing to swallow the big lie. We are not robots, we are not idiots, we are not mindless, we are Americans who can see the truth and who know when we are being lied to. The empty promises spoken to this country during last years election are now starting to rot in the fields of so called … ‘hope and change’. During his campaign Barack Obama made a statement in one of his speeches using the phrase … “Words, just words…”
Sorry, Charlie but this is starting to wear thin. Americans know that actions speak louder than words…..so far all we have seen are words coming out of the mouth of a person desiring to be a potential rock star or an anchor man on the six o’clock news. Come to think of it the anchor man position should be an easy jump for the great one as he is very experienced with reading from a teleprompter. A rock star requires memory work so that leaves him out.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Here now…today …The DC Story… “I feel pretty, oh so pretty…”
I hate to start off with an old cliché...but gag me with a spoon. The Obamathon speech last night made me wonder what would have happened if Adolph Hitler had been able to use a teleprompter. I suppose we would all be speaking German by now.
The great one managed to read out aloud over 6,000 words making his state of the union message the second longest on record. He was outdone, in more ways than one, by another famous personage in the image of William Jefferson Clinton. Oh, well that gives Barack something to work for in 2011. I feel certain his speech writers will be chained and fed only bread and water until they correct this grievous error. I have it on good authority that the motto in the Obama White House is now… “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”
The liberal media went to great lengths to fall all over themselves during the Bush years whenever George W. made a gaffe or mistake of any sort. The internet is full of websites making fun of George Bush and his mistakes. I googled ‘Bush dumb quotes’ and found 1,840,000 references to GWB. Then for drill, I did the same for ‘Obama dumb quotes’ and got 1,490,000 references. At first glance one might think GWB was way more inept than Obama, but wait, it took GTB over 8 years to achieve his total and Obama is less than 400,000 behind in just 12 months, a stunning achievement if I ever saw one. Of course the biggest goof last night was when the former constitutional law professor turned president stated that the United States Constitution tells us that we are all created equal. The only problem with this statement is that the equality statement is in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, but then who really cares about those things? Not the liberal media, that’s for sure. The poor smuck who wrote this will probably find himself re-assigned to monitor west Texas politics from somewhere a couple hundred miles from the nearest Starbucks. I hope I didn’t burst your bubble by telling you that someone other than the great B.O. himself writes what goes on the Teleprompters. Last week, the White House was upset over an internet photo of B.O. speaking at an elementary school. It appears he needed the teleprompter while speaking to the students, but in reality it was for the press. My question is why even then? Can’t he string more than a couple of sentences together in any off the cuff or ad hoc setting? You suppose he does this when he’s off duty as well? Who writes his bed time stories for his kids? Forgive me, I’m off track.
The president goes on to state that he failed to properly explain his health care program to the American people. Perhaps if he used flash cards or a flannel board we could grasp it better. I differ with him on this issue since I think the problem is just the opposite, the American people do get it and they don’t like it. We don’t like being talked down to or treated as if we are the straw man in search of a brain. All of us may not have graduated from Harvard, but we are not dumb.
And the beat goes on when he speaks alarmingly about the increasing deficient as if he knew nothing about it and was coming to the countries rescue. “We can’t continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences….” If this not hilarious or what? This comes to us after a year of spending unparalleled in this countries history. I will give him credit for self control, saying words like these without cracking up laughing is certainly not an easy task.
Finally, he lays the blame for the entire economic meltdown at the feet of Wall Street. Nothing was mentioned or said about the Community Reinvestment Act which forced banks and lending institutions to make loans to unqualified buyers. No…let’s forget that and skip over those facts. Wall Street makes money and creates jobs by making money. It’s that simple. Government handouts and increased government employment does not stimulate the economy in any way shape or form.
Obama promised us change and that’s what we are getting…whether we like it or now. I don’t think he cares. He’s too busy looking at himself in the mirror and in his reflection in the teleprompter. I wonder if anyone hears him softly asking… “Mirror, mirror on the wall.” ?
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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INFORMATION? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING INFORMATION…..
In colonial days, the British soldiers were called ‘redcoats’ because of the color of their uniforms. The powers that be at the time thought it made sense to have their uniforms the same color as blood so that if somebody got shot the other soldiers wouldn’t get unnerved as easily. Of course, when rifles started coming into more common use the British changed to khaki and eventually to camouflage. The concept of being visible had to be altered to conform to warfare changes. The rule of thumb for most spies has been that if you were caught spying out of uniform, you were subject to immediate execution without any rights whatsoever. Uniforms and weapons have changed over these past years and warfare tactics have changed with them as well. The rules of war have been fairly well established over the years and for the most part understood by those who participate in this industry.
They seem to be understood by everyone except those in Washington, D.C. For one thing our country, our culture is not fighting a conventional war against a conventional enemy. We do not have the benefit of seeing an enemy in matching uniforms with insignia and decorations such as was the rule in the past. We do not have the luxury of facing an enemy fighting with conventional weapons. No, this enemy uses underwear bombs or women as suicide bombers to achieve their goals. Are these our warring enemies or just misguided individuals bent on carrying out a criminal act? I personally believe that any group sworn to destroy our way of life and who will utilize any and every method to achieve their goals has declared war upon this nation. Just because they do not wear what we would call conventional uniforms does not dismiss the fact that they are enemy combatants and need to be treated as such.
The suspect involved in Christmas Day airplane bombing attempt was talking freely and openly about his plans, training and connections until the FBI read him his rights and appointed an attorney to represent him. Then he shut up and has refused to give out any more information. What a waste of intelligence. Since when do foreigners, especially those determined to cause us harm get civil rights in this country? Since when do those soldiers, yes soldiers, of other cultures seeking to destroy us have the right to a United States taxpayer paid for lawyer? Why wasn’t this person turned over to the military authorities and questioned and then scheduled for trial in a military court of law rather than a civil court of law?
Have we lost our minds? Are the inmates running the asylum? I believe they are. When the head of the FBI states he was not even consulted on whether or not this suspect should have a lawyer, what does this say for our nations leaders? No much as I see it.
So now, the administration believes we need to try any and all persons (there could be thousands) who wage war against this nation in civilian courts with civilian legal representation at taxpayer expense. I wonder if Hitler would have done the same for us if he had won the war. Probably not.
No…where we have gone wrong in this nation is to put the interests of very minor groups ahead of those in the majority. We want to be so politically correct that we can’t stand the concept that some poor boy from Nigeria who is inapt at blowing up his boxers might be traumatized by having to endure a trial in a military court designed for terrorist trained warriors. I’m sure his defense will include the fact that he failed to have a cake on his tenth birthday and that his mother might have spanked him as a child. Oh, the shame of it all.
During WWII, if Adolph Hitler knew who you were or had some reason to notice you, you were the source of much adoration and envy among the citizens of Germany. In my mind when a sworn enemy of this country such as Osama bin Laden speaks words of praise for the Christmas Day bomber, then you are not entitled to the right of an American. Those rights belong to those of us whose parents, and grandparents and others fought and died so that we could enjoy the freedom of this country. To give those same rights to someone with such careless abandon as the ones given to this bombing suspect cheapens the entire concept of civil rights.
War is not civil, wake up Washington.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010
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FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE FOR DEMOCRATS...NOT YOU OTHER FOOLS !!!…
I’m so glad the president and his minions have spoken. It gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling to know they are looking after my best interests. In view of the recent Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to finance political campaigns the Democrats have once again proven their unwavering bias.
Yesterday the president opined that … ‘We don’t need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans.” In other words, he was going to make certain that new pieces of legislation would be introduced in the coming weeks that would blunt the impact of the courts ruling. Doesn’t this lead us to a sort of Catch 22 situation? A law suit forces the court to rule …the court rules..and a new piece of legislation is proposed which might get passed which will result in another law suit resulting in another ruling resulting in another piece of legislation? How many can be attempted before there is a time out? Perhaps the question should be…is there ever a time out? Another brilliant suggestion was voiced in this manner: Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., went even further. She suggested a constitutional amendment to strip a corporation’s “personhood” for First Amendment purposes. What a can of worms this would open up, obviously Ms. Edwards has no idea about the purpose and concept of a corporate entity. I guess she was absent from law school the day this was discussed.
Several legal scholars have voiced their concerns that trying to repeal this decision or to introduce legislation to regulate it once more places restrictions on the first amendment right of free speech. Of course, the current administration and its lockstep followers see it as an opportunity for big business to have more clout (read vote getting possibilities) in upcoming elections. I’m certain that the fact that most big businesses, as well as businesses in general, are owned and controlled by Republicans may have played into this analysis of the courts ruling. This follows the ‘fair play’ philosophy of the Democrats who believe if it is good for someone other than themselves it must be bad and done away with at all possible costs.
I find the words of the president to be especially curious when he says that he is concerned that the … ‘powerful interests may drown out the voices of everyday Americans.’ I may be old and more forgetful than perhaps twenty years ago, but didn’t the President of United States…a few weeks ago…jump on board of a sweet heart deal for the labor unions of this country in regards to taxation on healthcare? Maybe I missed something, but aren’t labor unions a ‘special interest’ group or are they exempt from criticism and inspection like …Acorn? As I recall, the IRS and the FBI were going to actively investigate the books at Acorn, but I haven’t heard anything recently about their progress. I looked up the words…’special interests’ in the dictionary and a picture of the logo for Acorn popped up….but what do I know…I’m just a citizen.
No, it seems to me that if something seems ok and for the benefit of those on the left, then heaven help anyone who might be looking to see if it is fair for all of us. They seem to labor under the impression that whatever is good for them is good for the rest of us as well. No one on our side should be expressing any views or comments contrary to those coming out of the beltway and to do so would be tantamount to being a traitor. I’m surprised we haven’t heard some left wing nut case to call for the reinstatement of the alien and sedition act. There seems to be no shortage of democratic zombies out there who would do any and everything possible to garner some form of adoration and largesse from the benevolent chief of state.
On second thought, give ‘em time…they’ll figure out a way to shovel it onto the pile.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
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RUN THE COUNTRY…NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED…APPLY NOW!!!!
Over the past thirty or so years, I’ve had a number of opportunities to meet and speak with pastors of large churches. All are well meaning people and all certainly want to do the right thing by their congregation. Having said this I can only recall one such pastor who ran his multi-million dollar church with the same principles as that of a corporation.
Not that he wasn’t spiritual, no, don’t get me wrong, it was just that he recognized that his revenues required him to be the CEO of a entity as well as a pastor. Most of the other pastors I spoke with had little or no training at all in how to run a business. Consequentially, they all ran into financial problems at one time or another. We’ve all seen this happen.
The last time I looked the governmental statistics on the failure rate for a new business was somewhere in the 50% range or higher in the first year. It’s even higher for those venturing out into some business or industry they know nothing about.
Having said this let me point out something to you.
Glenn Beck recently looked at the private experience for cabinet members of the past 19 presidents. This would be the percentage of cabinet members who had worked in private business or some industry other than a public job before being appointed to serve in the administration. The numbers range from a high of 56% for Ronald Reagan to a low of 32% for President Carter.
Except for now. Care to take a guess the percentage of members of the current administrations cabinet who have ever worked in anything other than a public sector job?
Don’t guess, I’ll tell you …..it’s 8%.
Only 8% of the current members who advise, decide, and offer suggestions on policies and procedures which concern every American who have ever actually worked for a business. Is this any way to run a country? What happened to common sense in the past year? It seems to me that it has been thrown out of the window.
This is not the time for on the job training. This is the time for leadership and the recruitment of experienced men and women who have jumped into bad deals with both feet and pulled private sector companies out from the red ink column to being in the black. This present administration has chosen to take a path of least resistance and appoint, or should I say anoint, yes men and women who have no clue as to hire and fire employees, much less improve cash flow and the bottom line.
I spoke to a life-long friend of mine the other day who has been a public servant all of his life and even he had a better grasp of budgets and operational requirements than those we see on the news each evening. Printing more money to give to car czars and others who have never dealt with the angst of running a for profit entity is insanity. The inmates are running the asylum
Having an education is a wonderful thing, however actual hands on experience from the school of hard knocks teaches far better lessons than any professor or textbook. Now that our President has determined that we should get back to the basics of job creation (one year late, in my opinion) isn’t it about time to sweep those who have been filling up cabinet chairs while doodling on legal pads their marching directions to the nearest unemployment office? In order to get this country back on track we need a president who will listen and learn from our citizens who have actually owned, operated and built profit making companies, not weak minded individuals who have fed from the public trough their entire lives.
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Friday, January 22, 2010
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The Democratic Wagon Train lurches to a sudden stop…..
It was widely reported that the snow on the roof of the White House mysteriously melted late Tuesday evening. Experts theorize that a possible internal (inside the structure) warming trend was the suspected cause of this phenomenon. White House officials refused to make any comment or suggestions as to what might have happened.
Our erstwhile President made a comment on Wednesday suggesting that the Massachusetts election was only an indicator of just how angry the American public was over the failed policies of the previous (Bush) administration.
Say what? I’m sorry, but let’s think about this for a second. George W. Bush was a Republican; Scott Brown (the winner of the Senate election) is a Republican. How does his (Browns) election prove up that the unpopular policies of G.W. Bush were the reason for Scott’s win against a Democrat in a Democratic state? I’m afraid that since I didn’t get a degree in political science, the logic of this is way over my head. I wish someone would be kind enough to explain it to me.
Meanwhile back at the Capital, the Democratic Party is circling their wagons and pointing to each other to explain the various reasons for this stunning upset and defeat. The wagonmasters, Harry ‘Rawhide’ Reid and Nancy ‘Miss Kitty’ Pelosi are anxiously roaming the camp seeking out cowards and miscreants who may be trying to retreat back from their previous aggressive stances. Miss Kitty is expected to speak out against the ‘cowards’ of the Capital who may be on the verge of actually listening to the year long voices of their constituents. The toll can be seen on the face of Miss Kitty as she watches her support for the Healthcare Reform Wagon Train erode minute by minute in front of her unbelieving eyes. Ever true to the cause of justice, freedom and the right of every American to own a apple pie, Miss Kitty held firmly to her belief on Wednesday that the wagon train was going to still be moving ever forward in spite of Tuesday’s election. Later this week she has had to rescind her opinion and quietly admit that her wishes may not be granted this year after all. We are all so sad….not.
Even though the commander in chief was in Ohio today in full force ‘fighting’ for all Americans and urging those in his party to press forward, there seems to be a growing reluctance to do so. Several wagons have turned back and are headed back to their home states to rethink their hasty decisions to strike out on such a perilous journey in spite of repeated warnings from their constituents not to attempt such actions. ‘Dusty’ Durban, ‘Slick’ Schumer and ‘Wild Man’ West are making statements along the trail that indicate that they have not been happy with the commander in chiefs plans, but had been hesitant until this point to speak up.
I suppose they were… ‘Just following’ orders.
We’ve heard that old excuse before, seems like it was in Nuremburg back in 1946.
I’m sorry but I don’t recall them being very quiet about the Democratic wagon train and it’s grandiose plans. I seem to remember them out on the trail professing distain for the natives of the land who opposed them. Miss Kitty even went so far as to voice her opinion that anyone who stood in the way of her efforts should be ‘investigated’.
You feel free to use any cliché that you desire to describe this situation such as …the bloom is off the rose; the rats are leaving the ship or ‘they make me want to set my hair on fire.’ Whatever works for you is fine for me. Regardless of what you call it, the reality of this weeks Senate election starts to shift up the left leaning ship of state more to the center. Several popular commentators alleged that this was the most important election in over a century.
I’d be willing to bet there are a number of members of the Congress whose index fingers are tired and stiff from punching in so many calls on their cell phones in the past few days. They might want to consider speed dialing since I think the calls will definitely increase as we get closer to November.
And who says Miracles only happen on 34th street?
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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Democrats not rolling over ...just yet…
This morning on the way to the office, I stopped at a bakery and bought a cake and had “Go, Scott, Go” iced on it……There are several yellow dog democrats in our area….they refused to eat even one bite. I told them it was only chocolate, not crow, but to no avail. It was also noticeable cooler in the halls all day as well. Guess they can’t take a joke.
The spin de jure’ is that what happened on the 20th in Massachusetts was just a ‘regional issue’ and wasn’t to be taken as a national referendum on the policies of the present administration. The blame started early in the evening before the polls closed and have lasted all through the night and most of today. If I looked hard enough I could probably find some commentary from someone blaming everything on George W. Bush. It’s a shame old George wasn’t around in 1941 as I feel certain FDR could have blamed Pearl Harbor on something George had done or said.
Last night I thought I could hear him (George W.) laughing from Dallas and I’m over 100 miles away. Who could blame him?
Anyway, what Scott Brown has done is truly an American miracle. His ability to overtake a 30 point lead just thirty days ago and win by 5 points is a stunning 35 point turnaround. The liberals can run around all day long telling themselves that what happened in the Bay state was just an anomaly and doesn’t really mean anything. I hope this is the posture they adopt and keep believing for the rest of this year. Keep believing that the folks in Nebraska or Ohio or Utah aren’t concerned over the shady deals which have been forced on us these past 12 months and you’ll be in the unemployment line next January.
Their elitist attitudes and ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mentality has awakened a sleeping tiger in the fabric of average America. We aren’t the richest, or the poorest…but the middle of this country. The ones who work, pay their taxes, raise their kids, take care of their relatives, and for the most part try to live quiet lives without any interference by the federal government. Don’t get me wrong, we believe in a federal government, but one that knows who they work for and what their job is all about.
Do you think the word ‘representation’ means anything to the majority of these congressmen and women? I’m hard pressed to believe that it does. The rallying cry heard in 1776 of ‘no taxation without representation’ is ringing throughout this land. I’m sure it was heard across the country last night and today.
When the speaker (small letters) of the house of the United States says that she believes anyone attending the summer tea party rallies… ‘Needs to be investigated and questioned’…just because we are not all marching in lock step to the drumming coming out of Washington D.C….it’s time to move on and put these people out to pasture. They have lost touch with reality and are living in some parallel universe, but certainly not the one most of us are currently experiencing.
While the Massachusetts Senate victory is indeed impressive, we must not sit on our laurels and think we have won the war. We have indeed won a battle, but trust me we are up against a formidable enemy to our Capitalistic way of life and we cannot quit. No, we must press on and change the direction and mentality of not only stubborn Democrats, but double speaking Republicans as well. No one should be immune from our goal of having a country that works for all of us, not just select groups with back room deals or special incentives.
Fault can be left at the door steps of both parties without any guilt, but this should be the United States of America…not the Divided States. We should be proud of January 19th. It was a clarion call to arms for a new and fresh mentality for all of us. We must labor on and continue to rally, now is not the time to stop.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Great Scott!!!! Or the Scott heard around the world…..
Tuesday morning, January 19th, 2010……obviously the decision for the Senatorial election in Massachusetts is still hours away…but what effect has this event had on our national psyche? What has happened to us as a nation in these past couple of weeks that will be observed and commented upon around the world?
Well ,for one thing, the 47 year old Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy is in serious jeopardy of being lost to a new face on the street, Scott Brown. A Republican, if you can believe it.
Has the devil come to Boston in the recent weeks or what? Well, it would seem that way to some in the Democratic Party who are now shaking their heads and starting to point fingers at each other over this nasty predicament. How could this have happened? It wasn’t supposed to be this way. This race was in the bag…..why, don’t the good citizens of this state know that their action today may have far more lasting impact than just the election of a senator?
Why, the Obama/Pelosi/Reid sponsored health care agenda may be stalled or sidetracked if a (gasp) Republican were to actually get elected. Heaven forbid that someone might usurp a seemingly God given right. Heaven forbid that the voters of this state might march to their own tunes rather than in lock step with the current administration. Heaven forbid that the people in this state might have been roused out of their slumber for lo, these many years and are saying… ‘No, we’re tired of this pap and not going to take it anymore…’
God love ‘em…
The polls at this time show Brown with a significant lead over his opponent, but I’m not sure polls can always be relied upon so I tend to shy away from predictions based solely upon polling data. In my mind the race is over when the last vote has been counted and not until then.
So, as of noon, the race is still up in the air and is anyone’s to call.
However, there is something to consider even if Brown were to lose. That is how did he come so far in such a short period of time in a state where the election was so seemingly predictable four or five months ago? Simple. The voters in this state (or at least a large number of them) have come to the same conclusion that many of us have in this country. Those elected officials in the rest of the country had better sit up straight and take notice as well. Your position might be the next to be threatened or even lost. We did not elect you to be a professional politician, even though you have developed this mentality and cannot envision anyone disagreeing with you or taking offense to your actions and words.
We are tired of being treated as if we are schoolchildren without the maturity to have any input on major issues that concern all of us. We are tired of career politicians giving us the equivalent of taxation without representation. We are tired of being told we are ‘terrorists’ because we don’t agree with what is being thrown at us by the elitist members of congress. We are tired of legislation being crammed or shoved down out throats when the majority of our citizens voice their opposition and then are being told to just sit back and live with it. We (the people) of this great nation put you in office and by God, we can take you out. Your actions speak volumes when you show your obvious contempt for what we have to say.
A week or so ago, a longtime friend of mine sent me an e-mail expressing his discouragement with our current situation. He was asking me if there was any hope. Can anything be done to stop the current ‘full speed ahead’ mentality in Washington D.C.?
To my friend, I would say…yes, there is hope. Look at Scott Brown for an example of American hope. If it can happen in Boston, it can happen anywhere.
Scott Brown…we hardly knew ‘ye…but I suspect that won’t be the case for much longer.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
How the word ‘Profit’ get to be a four letter word?
The dictionary defines the word ... ‘profit’ in the following manner: “ the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.”
So how is it that our current administration sees the profits gained by the banking system as ‘excessive’ and ‘unacceptable’ and has decided to impose a tax on these entities? Well, excuse me, they didn’t exactly call it a tax, they referred to it as a fee or a levy. Which in my mind is the same thing. You can call it what you want, but any so-called fee, levy, fine or whatever… is in essence a tax . Pure and simple. If I want to go fishing, I need a fishing license, which is a fee to the government for the right to fish…I have to pay the fee which is a tax for the privilege of fishing. People who don’t care to fish do not have to pay the fee so they aren’t taxed for it.
Obviously none of us like to reward bad behavior and the banks certainly have fallen into that category over these last few months. However, to punish those who not only paid back any loans they received from the gubmint (government) and to have made a profit on top of their problems smacks of gubmint interference in free enterprise. Those of us who have looked at the root causes of the financial collapse know that gubmint policies (both Democratic and Republican) requiring loans to be made to subprime borrowers without proper oversight was the underlying cause. Hopefully those policies have been corrected and rules put into place which should prohibit the disaster we saw occur just recently. I certainly hope so.
If the banking industry managed to correct their woes and have monies left over for bonuses, as far as I’m concerned, good for them. For the gubmint to step in and make a decision that their profits were excessive and their bonus structure improper can lead us down a path that capitalistic countries should not want to travel.
How much profit is enough for any one industry? Who decides this in the future? Is it wise to let the gubmint mandate the percentage of profits anyone is allowed to earn? Is 5% too little and 10% too much?
Some years ago I was in Washington D.C. and was eating dinner…the guy next to me asked me what I thought about Bill Gates. I told him I thought Gates was an American hero. The guy said he thought Gates made too much money. I argued back with … “how much is too much?” He didn’t have a solid answer. Did Bill Gates help bring computers into nearly every home in this country? I’d venture he had a lot to do with it. Does his personal wealth hurt me in any form or fashion? Not that I’m aware of.
By levying a tax on the profits of banks in our country we will end up levying a tax on any and all of us. Profits in and of themselves are not evil; they generate more capital which in turn invests in more enterprises. This is a concept I find easy to understand and cannot for the life of me figure out why others have difficulty with it. The stock markets would have zero growth and collapse if all companies lost money or had no profits to share. Isn’t increased share prices the result of good performance? Why punish those who are doing good?
These banks or any other for profit enterprise will pass their extra charges (taxes, fees, fines..etc) to the consumer…which is us. If you buy a hamburger, the cheese is extra, banks will charge for their cheese. You want to return to the days of walking into a bank to cash a check or use the closest ATM? Watch that fee get increased. You and I will pay part of the tax, won’t we?
Sure we can move from one bank to another in search of lower rates and monthly operating fees, but for how long? If the gubmint decides to penalize all lending institutions who made a profit then where do we go when the fees to us are coming from all institutions, large and small?
Even more ominous is which industry will be next? Suppose they decide that your business or my business earns too much money, does this cause us to look for more ways to become more profitable and more efficient? I think not. No I believe if you take the profit incentive out of business and industry you will destroy the capitalistic society we currently enjoy. The alternative is to plod along like good little comrades and silently eat our cold gruel.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
ALL FOR ONE? I DON’T THINK SO
I’m beginning to wonder what the present administration doesn’t understand about the word… ‘United’ as in the United States of America. According to the dictionary, the word united….means.. . “to join, combine, or incorporate so as to form a single whole or unit”.
You wouldn’t know it by what is going on at this time. It seems to me that everyone is looking out for themselves and some are getting better deals than others, and I’m not just talking about the specials at Wal-Mart or the local diner. No, it seems to me that the folks running this country are cutting deals to buy votes from our congressmen and congresswomen in order to get pieces of legislation passed. Look at Louisiana for example; according to the reports I’ve seen they are on schedule to receive something close to 300 million dollars for one vote. Nebraska senator Ben Nelson managed to get his state exempted from the cost of Medicaid in exchange for his vote.
Now this morning, we learn that if you are a member of a labor union you will be exempt from paying taxes on any health benefits which might manage to get enacted. One for all and all for one? I don’t think so.
So just how does this work? I didn’t think one state could get more federal benefits than another…or more preferential treatment than some other state. How can a labor union member be exempt from paying taxes that I have to pay just because they are a member of a union? If this seems fair why not a church or an association or a bird watchers club? Why don’t I become a union? I could be a union…seems to me I could be a union of one. In fact I might just look into starting a union for all of my friends. I don’t see why we couldn’t do this. I bet a lot of people will want to join my union.
All kidding aside, it looks to me like the votes of our elected representatives are being sold out to the highest bidder for whatever price it takes to obtain the vote. If we keep going in this direction then each state will wind up with some exemption or special funding of some sort or another which makes our nation more divisive not more united. How long will it be before we get to the point where each state has a different federal tax or a enhanced federal program with more payouts than others? Will we be looking for senators and representatives based upon their ability to lead or negotiate the best deal? If it’s the latter than used car and siding salesmen should get their resumes polished up since their skills will be in high demand.
Following this slippery slope will lead us into more and more class warfare, something we don’t need at this time. We need to get people back to work and restore true hope, not make believe pie in the sky hope. There is no money machine in this country. Printing money non stop will not solve our economic problems. Giving perks and special consideration to various members of our society is just plain wrong. Everyone and their brother will ultimately want something better for their own special group which will lead to unequal programs going only to those states with the strongest and loudest voices. This is no way to run a country. This promotes anger between our citizens.
There’s a word to describe paying something for someone’s favor…we all know that word…. prostitution. Which just about describes the actions of those selling their votes doesn’t it? I’m surprised we don’t have a television series called something like.. “The whores of DC”. They’ll get around to it one of these days, trust me.
If this keeps on going, all of us will want to head to Omaha and become a member of the meat packers union. Better yet, maybe I can come up with some idea which would enhance our state…like exempt us from paying any federal fuel tax or cutting our personal income tax rate 10 or 15% because we’re nice people. Sounds good to me and I’m certain our legislators can push this through with a minimum amount of effort.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Two and Two are Five? Sounds Alright to Me……
OK…let’s see if this makes any sense…a number of states in this land of ours have lowered their standards for students to qualify for graduation from high school. The folks running our schools have adopted the attitude that school is ‘just too hard’ on many students and if strengthened would result in the failure of many students to make the transition from high school to college.
Listen to this quote by one of these school officials who is trying to defend their policy:
“In 2008, state officials in Alabama, Arizona and Washington delayed the start of the exit exam requirement and lowered standards after seeing that many students, including a disproportionate number of minorities, would fail the tests. Many states have faced lawsuits over the proposed requirements amid accusations that the tests are unfair to students with disabilities, non-native speakers of English and students attending schools with fewer educational resources.”
So, the new method of coping with a problem such as this is to lower the testing standards so as not to embarrass the poor student and perhaps cause a blow to his or her self esteem. To me that makes as much sense as it does to chop your hand off because you have a hangnail. You solved the problem but at what cost?
If anyone thinks the schools in this country are equal and fair, they have another think coming. They aren’t. But we all know this and yet nothing gets done about it. Those who can afford to send their children to private schools are doing so at a steadily growing rate. Private schools currently educate 11% of all of our students from kindergarten through high school. This figure is expected to grow in spite of the fact that sending children to private schools is not only more expensive but still requires the property owner to pay school taxes for services not being utilized. In spite of billions of dollars being poured into the school systems around the country, test scores and educational levels are on the decline.
In 2005 (last time I could find data) the United States ranked ninth in the world among industrialized nations with adults in the 25 to 34 year range who had high school diplomas. Twenty years earlier we were ranked as number one. Of course even if we consider the ownership of a diploma as a milestone for our young citizens, if there isn’t basic education behind it to support the diploma, what good is it for use in worldwide economic competition?
It may be alright for us to wink, wink, nudge, nudge and allow little Johnnie to believe that 2+2=5, but the kids growing up in China and India know that the correct answer is 4. We may not wish embarrass the poor darlings because they haven’t mastered the basics by the time they get to the 12th grade, but are we really doing them a favor by tossing them out into the world where it will be almost impossible for them to obtain any real employment that doesn’t include the phrase… ‘would you like fries with that?’
It isn’t the fault of the child. Perhaps in some cases the student refuses or is unable to learn, but it is the failure of the school systems that are not doing their jobs by utilizing better resources for each student to ensure that they understand what is expected of them when they are passed along into the real world.
In my mind this becomes an issue of national security, the education of our young Americans is what will keep this nation strong and competitive. Shouldn’t our tax dollars go towards better facilities and more qualified and yes, dedicated teachers than on wasteful programs to measure the sexual habits of the Titmouse or other nonsense programs? Last year over 19 billion tax dollars were identified as wasteful by one group, see: http://www.cagw.org/newsroom/releases/2009/earmarks-rise-to-196.html. We as a country spent almost one trillion dollars on education in 2009, twenty years earlier the cost was closer to 280 billion. So we have tripled the budget and amount spend over the past 20 years with the result that our educational levels have dropped. Is this an example of efficiency? I think not.
Throwing more money at a situation without having a clear definition as to what the result should be is shear madness or runaway government.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
A New symbol for the Democratic Party
I’d like to propose that the symbol for the Democratic Party be changed from a donkey (or is an ass? I suppose it’s one and the same)) to Janus, the two headed mythological Roman god for January. In case you’ve forgotten, Janus is portrayed with two faces, one looking into the past and the other peering into the future. The perfect image for people who speak out of both sides of their mouths. Those would be the members of the Democratic Party.
In my humble opinion, this makes much more sense than their current symbol. I suppose in the years past before the internet no one could remember what the members of this party said or did with any degree of accuracy. Today, this isn’t possible since we have records made with recorders, cell phones, and who knows what all other kinds of devices with information from years past coming back to haunt those who make idiotic statements.
Former senate majority leader, Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) was forced out of office in 2002 by the Democrats for making this statement about Senator Strom Thurmond:
"I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."
Fast forward to 2009 and we now have Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) making this statement about President Obama…. (He is a) "light-skinned" black man "with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one."
Excuse me, but isn’t Senator Reid in fact saying that the President play acts to audiences or pretends to be something that he isn’t? That’s how I read his comments, what do you get from them? The phrase “unless he wanted to have one." smacks of insincerity on the part of the President in the eyes of Senator Reid. Of course Senator Reid might be referring to Obama’s 2008 Selma Alabama speech in which then Senator Obama affects a distinctive Southern accent for the benefit of his audience. Listen for yourself and make your own decision.
Of course, Senator Reid has issued an apology and is now saying that he ‘misspoke’ and his words were taken out of context. If you believe that, I have some oil wells for sale in downtown Manhattan. Of course from the Democratic viewpoint what Lott said and what Reid said are not to be compared. These are apples and oranges not ill spoken words.
Former President Clinton also got caught making a casual remark when he said…. (of Obama)… “a few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee.” No reaction again from the far left…they see nothing wrong with any of these remarks. You can bet if a Republican had made any remark even remotely similar, the Democrats would be screaming for their heads to be lopped off and carried out on a platter for the entire world to see. But not today…no, no, no……the left wing is out in full force honoring as well as praising Senator Reid for not only his remarks but his ‘long serving’ tenure to this country.
Excuse me but according to my calculations, former Senator Lott has or had more service to this government of ours than Senator Reid does as of this date. I didn’t notice anyone from the Democratic Party rallying around Senator Lott when he was forced to step down.
As a friend of mine once said, there are two things you don’t want to see…sausage making and politics in action. I’m beginning to think I might like sausage making better.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Let’s see a show of hands from everyone that didn’t see this coming. Just as I thought, no one put their hand up.
The State of California has announced that they will need additional funding from the gubmint (government) in order to balance their already bloated budget.
Here’s the quote:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked for $6.9 billion in federal funds in his state-budget proposal Friday and warned that state health and welfare programs would be threatened without the emergency help.
Is anyone surprised at this? I didn’t think so.
Let’s see, which state has the most ambitious welfare and give away programs? We know the answer, California. One of the most, if not the most liberal state in this country. Who allows more illegal, oops that’s undocumented workers into their system…who gives illegal aliens drivers licenses which can then be used to qualify for state benefits and welfare programs.
Guess what state has put a huge number of people out of work in order to save the snail (delta) smelt?
“The state's water emergency is unfolding thanks to the latest mishandling of the Endangered Species Act. Last December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a "biological opinion" imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.”
This action has caused thousands of acres of former fertile farmland to go idle and workers to be displaced and unemployed, most likely to be put on the unemployment and growing welfare rolls. Let’s save some obscure fish species at the peril of workers and commerce. What would have happened if the Dodo bird and Passenger pigeon were still alive in that state? It would probably be a wasteland. Insanity at it’s finest.
Now the governator himself is petitioning Congress for a bailout to cover all of those hot checks the state is sending to all of their designated recipients. Yes, those of us living in the other forty nine states are expected to shell out more taxpayer money to prop up those who have spent themselves into oblivion. Just like the deal given to the state of Nebraska for their vote in the healthcare debacle the rest of us are expected to work harder and longer to pay for the special perks given out by the administration. The classic ant and grasshopper story all over again.
Do I think Congress and this president will cough up the bucks necessary to keep California afloat? You can take my ‘yes’ to the bank. Oh course they will. They need the votes of that state and the approval of all of those on the dole. Just keep those presses at the mints going 24/7 …it’s just money. I hate to think those in power and running this country are so ignorant that they actually believe we can spend and borrow our way out of a recession. Unfortunately I do believe they think this is the way we should go.
I’m 67 years old and do not have an economic degree but I think I have common sense, can anyone out there show me any, just one governmental program that actually makes a profit? Like Diogenes, I just need one. Does any function of the gubmint actually make more revenue than they spend? I don’t think so. So, the money has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is us.
The taxpayers. The people in business, the people who actually hire other people. Capitalists, there I’ve said it…that nasty word the liberals want to erase from our vocabulary.
The more money being printed for worthless programs and to prop up states (such as California) who aren’t fiscally responsible just adds to the national debt and must be repaid by someone else at sometime in the future. The enactment of huge federal programs such as national healthcare as well as more welfare and do nothing hand out programs without proper oversight is a crime. Bigger gubmint, higher taxes and a reusal to look at the impending financial disaster caused by runaway spending is wrong and will not, cannot result in a prosperous economy.
Failing to look beyond the next election cycle is not only wrong, it’s fundamentally immoral.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
One thing good about writing a column about politics is the fact that you can never run out of things to talk about. If you go back in recorded history, no matter how far, you can find the same issues in those days as we face today. Corruption, deceit, incompetence were as prevalent thousands of years ago as well as today.
Years ago I owned a security company and employed several hundred men and women to secure banks, industrial sites etc. The State of Texas passed a law requiring each employee to pass a security test if they were carrying a firearm. We sent all of the applications into the appropriate office and dealt with the problems as they came in. One of our employees, who had been with us for several years, had been convicted of stealing some meat from a grocery in Michigan. When interviewed he told us (and was verified on the police report) that he had been caught when he was taking the meat for his family.
Since the man was and had been a good and reliable employee we took his case to the agency that regulated our industry and tried to obtain permission to keep him employed.
I brought up the point that no where on the state approved application does it make any mention or require the applicant to prove they were a United States citizen and were in this country legally. They told me that this question could not be asked and that they did not require anyone to be a legal citizen in order to comply with the regulations. Long story short the man was let go. What he did to put himself in this situation was …in one word…illegal.
Now the point of this story is that in today’s news we have a government sponsored program to provide GPS information to persons coming across the border into this country. This information is designed to give the so-called… ‘Undocumented worker’ directions to safe areas as well as food, water and shelter. Let’s see, isn’t crossing the border into this country without the proper paperwork, clearances or documentation ….illegal? Is there one form of illegal not as bad as some other forms of illegal? Can the government legitimately support turning a blind eye to one crime and not others? It certainly seems that they can.
It seems to me that there is a constitutionality issue to this matter. If someone is in prison for violating a crime and the government who sent him to prison is funding a group engaged in a criminal activity …I think the guy in prison might think this kind of a deal was unfair. I know I would.
It seems we have people in this country who believe it is not only proper but financially rewarding to flout the law and get away with their actions. There is hardly a day goes by that we don’t read of someone receiving a ‘pass’ for their actions which were in violation of a law. How we have come this far in such a short period of time is an amazement to me. I am just hoping and praying we have no passed the ‘fail safe’ point of no return and can reorient ourselves and our political compass to point back in the direction of decency as well as fair play.
For all, not just some.
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Monday, January 4, 2010
Memo from the White House…2010
Dear:___________________(fill-in the blank)
It has come to my attention that your country ________________(fill in the blank) has violated the terms of our agreements which we entered into with you on ___________(fill in the blank).
These violations __________________________________(fill in the blank) will not be tolerated and should be discontinued as of ____________________(fill in the blank) or as soon as possible, or as soon as you can get around to it or whenever it is convenient for you.
We strongly disagree with your actions in this matter and certainly would appreciate it if you would consider changing your mind so that we don’t have to request the United Nations to apply SANCTIONS to you once again. As a reminder in your case this would be sanction #________(fill in the blank).
In closing, please be aware that your failure to comply with any of the above may result in my having to dispatch our Secretary of State, Mrs. H. Clinton to make a personal visit to your office. Secretary Clinton will be empowered to offer substantial amounts of United States governmental aid to assist you in complying with our requests. This offer will be good for the next three (3) years.
Wishing you and yours all the best for this coming New Year.
If you can detect a note of cynicism in the above, you certainly are an astute reader. I would suspect this is about the tone of the so called ‘strongly worded’ letters which have been sent out by our commander in chief to those who are pledged to destroy our country.
Personally I’ve seen and heard of letters from bill collectors that carry more weight. It’s small wonder that text messages written in Arabic are now using the term…LOAO….that translates into… Laughing Our (word for donkeys) Off. I can’t repeat this in Arabic because I don’t know how to spell it, but I’m fairly certain this is what is happening.
One pundit (what exactly is a pundit anyway?) over this past weekend was quoted as saying that “They know sanctions haven’t worked or will work in the future…but they issue them anyway since somehow it makes them feel better to do so. They are always worth considering.”
I don’t know about you but as a parent I tried sanctions on my children…once. Threats to my children about their behavior didn’t seem to carry much weight so actions (grounding, removal of privileges, even spankings) seemed to have more of an effect upon them. My wife recalls spanking one of our boys when he was a teenager. He argued that she couldn’t do this…..he is now in his thirties and still remembers the event so it must have had some impact. Please notice that he did not have to have any type of professional counseling to be able to bring ‘closure’ to this incident. Apparently the technique my wife employed was ‘closure’ enough.
As a business owner for the majority of my life I am fully aware of what happens if and when you hire people….at some point you might also have to make the decision to …fire someone. This is never (at least almost never) a pleasant experience. It comes with the territory. You cannot always shuffle your duties to someone else.
What I see in this administration is the continual shifting of blame to someone else. The buck stops THERE as opposed to Truman’s….the buck stops here. Obama has been playing the ‘Bush’ card for over a year now. Everything that has happened has some direct correlation to former President Bush. How long will this keep going on? I think there was a song with those lyrics. When will these people start to stand up on their own two feet and talk out of just one side of their mouths? When will they grow a backbone and act like they love or even like this country?
The good news is that their poll numbers are falling each day…..for people who live and die by poll results this is the best thing that can happen. We need a competent congress and chief executive. When Nicolas Sarkozy and Hugo Chavez start criticizing our president….then we can be certain things are starting to move in our direction.
It’s about time.
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I’m certain some of you have experienced what I call déjà vu when it comes to sermons or conversations…..you hear something one day and then almost the same thing from a totally different source a day or so later. When writing a column you’ll find this happens around the holidays, for example if I write about Christmas, Thanksgiving or the Four of July, so do a lot of other people in the country. The reason I bring this up is that this morning I was set to write a column outlining some of the past events of the year when I got an e-mail with a column written by my friend Dave Barry. I call him my friend since I sent him something years ago and he sent me a signed postcard on which he had written… “You go, guy…your friend Dave”. I thought I had saved it but just now I see that I must have misplaced it and there is a US Army decal in it’s place. I’m not sure exactly what that means.
Anyway, I’ll try not to repeat a lot of the things Dave covered, but some of the things he wrote about will be somewhat similar for this column. I know that’s confusing, but bear with me anyway, it should turn out alright before I finish. I’m not going to go in any sort of monthly order, but just hit some of the highlights of 2009.
The current news concerns the activities of the so-called ‘panty bomber’. I suppose this shows a sign of progression from the Unabomber to the Shoe Bomber and now some Nigerian who stuffs his underwear with an explosive. In my opinion his escape plan left something to be desired. Next up on the agenda should be the bra bomber. The initial reports indicate that the suspect in this case may a disgruntled Nigerian who received a letter telling him he was in line to receive a large amount of money from the Last National Bank of Detroit and only had to send in his name, bank account numbers and four major credit cards to claim his fortune. Once he found out this might be a fraud he decided to take things into his own hands or… other parts of his body.
The head of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano is reported to be changing the security measures at the airports to require passengers to arrive wearing only thongs or bathing suits. Industry experts predict that this may cause a major drop in passenger traffic which will require another government industry bailout. According to the White House the government bailouts issued in 2009 have all been wildly successful. First we had Cash for Clunkers in which Americans were urged to give up their American made automobiles for cash and a new foreign car. How this was to help the American auto industry is still unclear, but nevertheless the program was declared to be wildly successful. Cash for Caulkers is the same principal only for appliances and weatherizing homes and residences. The state of Florida reports that over 2,500 homeless citizens have received nearly 132 billion dollars in rebates just for upgrading their cardboard boxes with Saran Wrap and duct tape The White House is issuing a memo next week about this wildly successful program. On a more serious note, the White House has issued another sternly worded first class, special delivery letter to Iranian President I’madinnerjacket. Although the letter was not written by the President, it was actually signed, in blue ink by President Obama. The contents of the letter was not disclosed but spokesmen at the White House says the tone was ‘wildly successful’.
In other news, several member of Congress are favoring changing the face on the Statue of Liberty to that of Michael Jackson. A decade of mourning has also been proposed with the caveat that right wing extremists’ talk show programs be forced to play music from the Thriller and Billy Jean for each hour they are broadcasting on the radio.
One good item did occur as a result of the government bailouts. The Bernie Madoff investment scheme was uncovered when Mr. Madoff began to recommend that all of his clients buy stock in General Motors. This caused a lot of suspicion which untimely led to his arrest and conviction. Previous promises of 105% returns had not aroused any such inquiries. Several investors stated… “We had no clue” that anything was wrong.
Other than the usual number of politicians who managed to get into trouble and not be convicted as well as the number of women who have been seen with Tiger Woods, the year was fairly quiet. The jury is still out on what we can expect for 2010. I’ll probably have to save up two columns for next December.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
A Nation of Fools by Peary Perry
Here it is the first of the New Year…so much to say and so little time to say it in.
Let’s start with the new unemployment figures. According to the paper this morning our gubmint (this is my new expression for our government) is excited that fewer Americans filed for unemployment last month. They say this is a positive sign of the end of the recession. On the other hand there is a larger number of unemployed Americans still out on unemployment. Let’s see, if everyone stopped filing for unemployment benefits because they were already receiving benefits, wouldn’t it be logical to assume that at some point in time we would run out of new applicants (decline) and have a larger base of persons collecting? Of course I do not have a PHD or work for the gubmint, so what I say probably has no basis.
Have we gone crazy over trying to be politically correct or what? Let’s see we don’t have garbage collectors any longer….they are sanitation engineers. Homeless dumpster divers are now called ...consumable asset recovery personnel. Ladies of the night are referred to as ...nocturnal entertainment workers and terrorists are just plain old …criminals.
In our collective efforts not to offend anyone, we have offended all of us. Using the current gubmint analogy, Adolph Hitler would have been awarded Miranda rights and allowed to have legal representation (tax-payer funded) for any trial he might have to sustain. The little corporal would be treated the same as any other common
No, we have decided that we’d rather be dead than offend anyone’s personal beliefs. So, instead of looking at the profiles of those at war with this country, we’ll probably continue to search children and wheelchair bound grannies at the airport. Would not be prudent to question single men of Middle Eastern descent who have invalid visas, pay in cash, no luggage and who buy one way tickets. No, stopping someone for these kinds of issues would show we are a biased country and have suspicions about others in the world around us.
So, we stick our heads in the sand and refuse to acknowledge the fact that this nation of ours is at war. Not in the conventional sense of men and machines on a battlefield, but a war nevertheless. Our way of life, our freedoms and our beliefs are at war with a group of extremist terrorists (the PC police will probably come after me for saying this) who want to destroy us. These people do not wear uniforms but are enemy soldiers just the same as those we have fought in wars of the past. To treat these people as mere opportunistic criminals is an insult to any American and especially to those who have been killed, injured or directly affected by the actions of these people. Come to think about it…it’s also an insult to opportunistic criminals.
Why we, the American taxpayer, should be paying for the legal representation of an enemy combatant or giving American civil rights to a foreigner is beyond my comprehension. Does the ACLU think if we go to a foreign country that we are awarded the same rights as a citizen of that nation..of course not. Our civil rights were fought and won at the cost of blood and tears of fine men and women of this nation. To denigrate these rights in the interest of being politically correct is an insult those to men and women.
Think about this while you are standing in line for four hours waiting to board a flight that might take you two hours travel time…..are you really concerned over offending someone who is trying to kill you and the other passengers on your airplane…or do you want to make a clear and positive statement that tells them they are not welcome inside of our country and take their thoughts and philosophies somewhere else in the world? To do so requires a sea change of thought and cessation of molly coddling our enemies …even at the risk of offending them. As Rhett said…”Frankly, my dear…I don’t give a damn…”
As Americans, we need to grow up and act like Americans …not pretend any longer.
Let’s call it what it is….a war and then get on with what we need to do.