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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, February 06, 2009


"Ah, the dirty little secret is out. That $700 billion TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bill was in part simply a variation on congressional pork -- except this time the recipients were banks with friends in high places. One of those powerful friends was Rep. Barney Frank (D-[MA]), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. And one of the recipients of a $12 million infusion of federal cash was the troubled OneUnited Bank in Boston -- a bank that had already been accused of 'unsafe and unsound banking practices.' Its CEO, Kevin Cohee had also been criticized by regulators for 'excessive' pay that included a Porsche. Frank admits he included language in the TARP legislation specifically designed to bail out OneUnited. He also acknowledges contacting officials at the Treasury Department about the bank's bailout application. 'I believe it would have been a very big mistake to put the only black bank (in Massachusetts) out of business,' Frank said. Besides, he insists, 'It was a case of the federal government causing the problem.' Causing the bad loans OneUnited made? Or would that go back to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which Frank so staunchly defended earlier on? Frank has never failed to amaze us with his ability to defend the indefensible and to staunchly uphold the double standard. It's his special talent." --Boston Herald

"We all know how we got into this economic mess. We spent too much, borrowed with abandon, and acted like the bills would never come due. So what's the prescription for getting out? Spending more, borrowing more, and acting like the bills will never come due."

--columnist Steve Chapman--


"The stimulus package being discussed is politically smart but economically stupid. It's that bedeviling, omnipresent Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy problem again. ... A far more important measure that Congress can take toward a healthy economy is to ensure that the 2003 tax cuts don't expire in 2010 as scheduled. If not, there are 15 separate taxes scheduled to rise in 2010, costing Americans $200 billion a year in increased taxes. In the face of a recession, we don't need that."

--economist Walter E. Williams--

"Beware the greedy hand of government, thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry."

--Thomas Paine--


Washington Times - No-thought regulation
By Richard W. Rahn

If you knew - "a few weeks ago, the federal government had to commit several hundred billion dollars for a guarantee of Citicorp's assets, though examiners from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) have been inside the bank full-time for years, supervising the operations of this giant institution, under the broad powers granted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 to bank supervisors" - what would you think about the effectiveness of U.S. bank regulation? Read full commentary.


The Baltimore Reporter
How appropriate that Barack Obama featured Aretha Franklin in his Inaugural festivities since her signature song is “Respect.” Literally from the moment she finished belting out “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” on Jan. 20, the new president has been conveying his “respect” the Muslim world. Unfortunately, the way he practices it seems to be spelled S-U-B-M-I-S-S-I-O-N.

Several observers have noted in recent days that Mr. Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world is not only defensive and apologetic. It explicitly embraces a narrative that is factually erroneous and deprecating to his own country. [More.]


By Major General John F. Kelly, USMC

I don't suppose this will get much coverage in the States as the news is so good. No, the news is unbelievable.

Something didn't happen in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, today. Once the most violent and most dangerous places on earth, no suicide vest bomber detonated killing dozens of voters. No suicide truck bomber drove into a polling place collapsing the building and killing and injuring over 100. No Marine was in a firefight engaging an Al Qaida terrorist trying to disrupt democracy.

What did happen was Anbar Sunnis came out in their tens of thousands to vote in the first free election of their lives.

Read "Marine General Sounds Off About Iraqi Election" by Major General John F. Kelly at Blackfive.


By Senator Jim DeMint

The stimulus bill that is being championed by Mr. Obama, which was passed by Democrats in the House last Wednesday (1/28), is the worst piece of economic legislation Congress has considered in a hundred years.

Not since the passage in 1909 of the 16th Amendment--which cleared the way for a federal income tax--has the United States seriously entertained a policy so comprehensively hostile to economic freedom, or so arrogantly indifferent to economic reality.

This bill is not a stimulus, ladies and gentlemen; it is a mugging. It is a fraud. Conservatives who fear proponents of this bill want to inch our economy closer to European-style socialism are kidding themselves. The proponents of this bill want to strap a big rocket on the back of our economy and launch it all the way to Brussels!

This massive spending bill is fatally flawed. It will not rescue our economy; it will strangle it. That is why this bill must be stopped dead in its tracks. It cannot be fixed in the Senate by adding a few tax cuts or taking away a little spending. It must be scrapped entirely.


FBI severed contacts with CAIR in last days of Bush administration
WASHINGTON — The FBI has cut ties with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, regarded as the leading U.S. Muslim lobby financed by Saudi Arabia.

Officials said the decision to sever contact with CAIR headquarters in Washington D.C. and all 30 of its branches was made in late 2008 under the administration of President George Bush.  [More]

Trouble in northern Iraq: Thousands of troops flood Kirkuk in crackdown on Kurds
BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has poured Arab troops into the divided northern city of Kirkuk.

"This confrontation could turn into a fullscale war," a government source said.


Obama overrides Hillary; Baghdad appointment telegraphs new U.S. Iran policy
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in what was seen as a key message to Iran, intervened at the last minute to nominate his personal choice as U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

"[Ret.] Gen. Anthony Zinni was regarded as being a key player in the U.S. withdrawal from
Iraq, but
outgoing Assistant Secretary Christopher Hill was chosen by Obama because the president wants a direct line with
Teheran," a government source said.

The sources said the appointment of Hill reflected an emerging Obama
policy of reconciliation with Teheran.

"Hill will be authorized by Obama to win Iranian cooperation for the
U.S. withdrawal from both Iraq and Afghanistan," the source said. "The
president sees Iran as the key to any smooth withdrawal." 


Latin Lesson

"Status quo, you know, that is Latin for 'the mess we're in.'"
-- Ronald Reagan --

Ahhh. Success - Finally

In the only successful news for Obama this week, Eric Holder, who seems to have his taxes in order, was confirmed as Attorney General by a 75 to 21 vote. Democrats lauded Holder as an example of how the Justice Department will change after the Bush years, which they have derided as unethical and overly politicized. Holder's own involvement in the Marc Rich pardon and the pardons of several Puerto Rican terrorists during the waning days and hours of the Clinton administration apparently doesn't count as unethical and over-politicized.

-- The Patriot Post

More Back Taxes Added To The Coffers

"Thursday, it came to light that the husband of Labor secretary nominee Hilda Solis paid more than $6,000 this week to clear up a tax lien going back 16 years. It seems that the only way to get Democrats to pay their taxes is by nominating them or their spouses for the Obama cabinet." -- The Patriot Post

From voices.washingtonpost.com:
A Senate committee today abruptly canceled a session to consider President Obama's nomination of Rep. Hilda Solis to be labor secretary in the wake of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid about $6,400 to settle tax liens against his business -- including liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years.

The report, by USA Today, came just before the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee was slated to meet to consider Solis's nomination, which had been delayed by questions over her role on the board of the pro-labor organization American Rights at Work. A source said that committee members did not learn about the tax issue until today. [Read the rest]

As I posted three days ago:
Obama has been in office for only a couple of weeks and has already increased tax receipts at the U.S. Treasury with a rather ingenious plan to get tax-dodgers to pay up.

He nominates wealthy individuals (who have knowingly filed inaccurate tax forms, cheating the government out of "mucho" dollars) for positions in his cabinet. They then get out their checkbooks and pay their back taxes (without penalty and interest, of course). Well what do you expect? They are elitists. But, hey, the government gets what is "rightly owed" them.

Slick, huh?

Chuckle. Chuckle. Another tax dodger goes scurrying into the night:
Obama performance chief Killefer out, citing taxes.

So let's see, it's been Geitner, Daschle, Killefer, and now Solis. Did I miss anyone? Does anyone pay taxes anymore?

I am beginning to think all in Congress should undergo an immediate tax audit (Dems and Repubs), along with all in the administration, and all cabinet nominees. Let's see the rats scurry.


50 De-Stimulating Facts

National Review Online
Chapter and verse on a bad bill.
By Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson

Senate Democrats acknowledged Wednesday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill in its current form. This is unexpected good news. The House passed the stimulus package with zero Republican votes (and even a few Democratic defections), but few expected Senate Republicans (of whom there are only 41) to present a unified front. A few moderate Democrats have reportedly joined them.

The idea that the government can spend the economy out of a recession is highly questionable, and even with Senate moderates pushing for changes, the current package is unlikely to see much improvement. Nevertheless, this presents an opportunity to remove some of the most egregious spending, to shrink some programs, and to add guidelines where the initial bill called for a blank check. Here are 50 of the most outrageous items in the stimulus package:

The easiest targets in the stimulus bill are the ones that were clearly thrown in as a sop to one liberal cause or another, even though the proposed spending would have little to no stimulative effect. The National Endowment for the Arts, for example, is in line for $50 million, increasing its total budget by a third. The unemployed can fill their days attending abstract-film festivals and sitar concerts. [Read more.]

History Revisited

1964 Speech by Ronald Reagan

A Time for Choosing

I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.

It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self government."
Reagan as Governor

This idea -- that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power -- is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream--the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So we have come to a time for choosing.

Public servants say, always with the best of intentions, "What greater service we could render if only we had a little more money and a little more power." But the truth is that outside of its legitimate function, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector.

Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we're denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we're always "against," never "for" anything.

We are for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age, and to that end we have accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem. However, we are against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings, when they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments....

We are for aiding our allies by sharing our material blessings with nations which share our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world.

We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him.... But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure....

Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? . . . Today in our country the tax collector's share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp.

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community? Realize that the doctor's fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can't socialize the doctors without socializing the patients. Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.

If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what's at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that "the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits--not animals." And he said, "There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty."

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

The Distemper of the Times

By Patrick Buchanan - HUMAN EVENTS

With reports circulating of its imminent demise, The New York
Times announced in January that it had found a white knight.

Sort of. For the knight in question, who already owns 6 percent
of the sinking Times and was investing $250 million in notes carrying 14 percent interest, was Carlos Slim. Reputedly the richest man in the world, taking the title from Bill Gates in 2007, Carlos is not so highly regarded in his own country.

In Mexico, according to Forbes, "the media and the masses long
have held a sneaking suspicion that there is something shady about Slim. He is described as a rapacious monopolist who built his empire on cozy ties to Mexican presidents ... ."

For this column, however, the issue is not how Carlos bought up
the Mexican telephone monopoly, but whether this Big Enchilada has bought up Andrew Rosenthal's editorial page.[Read more]

Thursday, February 05, 2009

"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."
-- Redd Foxx--

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Kercheval, 12 July 1816

The Truth About the Obama Agenda

Part II
By Wayne Allyn Root

Ladies and gentlemen, we have sold out. We have sold our souls to the devil ... and the devil is big government. Obama doesn't want to help you - he wants you to desperately crave the government's help.

He wants you to feel hopeless, helpless, aimless, and clueless, and thereby dependent on government to survive. He wants to slip socialism by you and destroy capitalism while we're in crisis - while you're scared and weak - and he hopes you won't even notice. Not as long as he sends you a check, takes over your bank, protects your mortgage (even if he has to ask government to break the legal contract), educates your children at government-run schools, and gives you a job.

And once his plan is complete, he'll own you and your vote for life. But look at the price you'll pay. Every aspect of your life will be dominated and determined by Big Brother.

Author Ayn Rand predicted it all many decades ago in The Nature of Government: "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."

Give Obama credit for the deception. His brilliant team of handlers and publicists show the mainstream media images of his wonderful family ... and they have him quote the Founding Fathers ... and talk about choosing a new church for his family. He talks about tax cuts as a big part of his stimulus package, never mentioning that the cuts don't go to the people who actually pay most of the taxes.

And while these nice images and perfectly orchestrated sound bites play in the media, Obama is busy destroying capitalism ... stomping on the Constitution ... and re-distributing the wealth. Karl Marx could not have come up with a more effective plan.

This is a brutal, calculating, manipulative, vicious coup - a takeover of the capitalist system and a highjacking of the electorate through bribery - under the stress of crisis. This is about turning the whole country into one big Chicago ... controlled by big unions, teachers' unions, environmental lobbyists who want to tax you to death to prevent a global warming disaster that hasn't been proven to exist. (We are more likely to be experiencing "global cooling.")

But no matter ... Big Brother is in control and taking action on your behalf - keeping you safe and employed and protecting you from global warming doom and gloom. Remember, if draconian global warming rules, the resulting regulations and taxes will destroy millions of private-sector jobs ... all the better for the Obama agenda. Obama will create millions of government jobs to replace them - making big government even more powerful and beloved.

All of these radical liberal groups are out to destroy capitalism simply because they are no good at being capitalists. They've failed in the current system, so their goal is to tear it down and create a new economic system (or "world order") where they can succeed ... where they will be in control and make the rules. By applying the right pressure - i.e., the bribe of trillion-dollar government bailouts and programs up for grabs - they've even gotten big business to go along with their plan.

This, my friends, is the Socialist Utopia ... the liberal version of the "Stepford Wives." And it took the perfect boob to open the door - George W. Bush, the compassionate conservative who poisoned the Republican brand, caused conservatives to hide in embarrassment and shame, and allowed Obama to do all this because of his incompetence, arrogance, reckless disregard for excessive spending, and record-setting expansion of government.

Now Obama is here to "rescue" us. Not that he's ever been in business ... not that he's ever taken an economics class ... not that he's ever created a job. But simply because Obama is the Anti-Bush, he now commands the American economy and the free world.

In response, we are all stepping off the cliff like lemmings ... following a Pied Piper ... falling to our deaths ... destroying capitalism ... giving up our freedoms ... sacrificing our children's future ... wrecking our economy ... punishing taxpayers ... and rewarding those who failed in the capitalist system (and just happen to support Obama).

Historian and political statesmen Alexis de Tocqueville's words have finally come true: "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

Some of us can see what is happening. Some of us are willing to stand up to the bullies. Some of us are willing to support capitalism. Some of us are willing to lead the loyal opposition. I'm proud to call myself a Libertarian, Fiscal Conservative, Capitalist, Small Businessman, Home-School Dad, Citizen Politician, Son of a Butcher ... and The ANTI-Obama.

Go here for Part I.

Fastest Failure Ever

By Jed Babbin - HUMAN EVENTS
It’s only four weeks since it convened, so how could a reasonable person say the 111th Congress is a failure? Actually, a reasonable person could hardly avoid that conclusion.

The 110th Congress’s legacy is one of inaction, failing to address the nation’s most urgent problems. The worst part of that failure was the hastily-drafted bank bailout bill of last fall which -- at the cost of $700 billion -- was rammed through despite warnings that it simply wouldn’t work.

Faced with that failure, and the accelerating decline of the economy, the 111th Congress began to ..... [more]

Bush Was Right. Again

By Monica Crowley - HUMAN EVENTS
You'd never know it from listening to the lamestream media this weekend, but Iraqis went to the polls in nationwide provincial elections. Turnout was strong, and there was not a single major act of violence.

The early returns show a repudiation of the Islamist and other religious parties which had been in large part dominated by Iran. Secular parties, and in particular, the party of the current Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, appear to have gained position. This is a huge step toward a secular, stable representative democracy in Iraq.

"I just voted and I'm very happy," said one Iraqi man.

"I want the political leaders to listen to us. I think this will begin the change," said another.

"A great day," said yet another.

The BBC reported that there was "a holiday atmosphere" among voters walking to the polling places.

A female Baghdad medical student said, "People here are so excited by the feeling that their vote can make a difference."

Exhilaration over voting? Excitement? A holiday atmosphere?

The media, invested for years in the narrative that Iraq was a failure, only......


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Final Deadline Looms for U.S.A.'s Newspapers

By Dan Gainor
The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow
Business & Media Institute

Once newspapers were the answer to the riddle: “What is black and white and read all over?” They’re no longer just black and white, but they are red all over. Red ink spills off nearly every page onto balance sheets across America.

The newspaper business is bleeding to death. Hidden amidst the other obits at the back of the Metro section should be “R.I.P. American Newspapers b. 1690 d. Soon – from self-inflicted wounds.” On Feb. 15, the Baltimore Examiner becomes the latest sad casualty of an industry racing headlong to its death.

It is not something to celebrate. For all of its many faults, the news industry is essential to our democracy and newspapers have been the best and most comprehensive examples of journalism for 300 years. But it is a death brought on by hubris and incompetence on the part of too many in the news media – from top to bottom. Now the rest of us might end up paying for it. [Read more]

Where Have All the Tough Guys Gone?

A couple of old men remind us of the missing ingredient for a strong society. Read the commentary at Business and Media Institute.

More socialism:

"If it was left up to me ... I would nationalize the whole [mortgage] industry."
--Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Remember, this is the same politician that stated she wanted to socialize the oil industry.

You can watch it here.


"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs. I don't think we can go fast enough." --Nancy Pelosi

Huh? 500 million Americans lose their jobs every month? REALLY?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Daschle withdraws as nominee for HHS secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama's hopes for a smoother start as president.

"Now we must move forward," Obama said in a written statement accepting "with sadness and regret" Daschle's surprise request to be removed from consideration. A day earlier, Obama had said he "absolutely" stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.

Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader and a strong backer of Obama's presidential bid, said he would have been unable to operate "with the full faith of Congress and the American people."

"I am not that leader, and will not be a distraction" to Obama's agenda, he said. [Full story]

HH's take:
Obama has been in office for only a couple of weeks and has already increased tax receipts at the U.S. Treasury with a rather ingenious plan to get tax-dodgers to pay up.

He nominates wealthy individuals (who have knowingly filed inaccurate tax forms, cheating the government out of "mucho" dollars) for positions in his cabinet. They then get out their checkbooks and pay their back taxes (without penalty and interest, of course). Well what do you expect? They are elitists. But, hey, the government gets what is "rightly owed" them.

Slick, huh?

Chuckle. Chuckle. Another tax dodger goes scurrying into the night:
Obama performance chief Killefer out, citing taxes.

Today's Message to Young Entrepreneurs: Get a Nice, Safe Government Job Instead
By Newt Gingrich
Imagine you are a young Bill Gates. You’re smart. You’re ambitious. You’re thinking about starting a business to put your talents to their best use for you and for society.

Then you turn on the television and see President Obama say that “now is not the time” for entrepreneurs to make profits and get bonuses.

You hear Vice President Joe Biden say of corporate CEOs: “I’d like to throw these guys in the brig.”

You pick up the newspaper and read about a bill sponsored by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to cap the salaries of top executives (“idiots” in her words) of firms that accept government bailout money.

And you read about another bill speeding through Congress that will allow judges to alter the terms of mortgage contracts after the fact; to unilaterally reduce the amount of principal borrowers agreed to pay back when they signed their mortgage contracts.

The Vice President is Threatening to Throw Businessmen in the Brig. Why Take the Chance?

Kill This Porkosaurus

By Ted Nugent
I’m a hunter, and proud of it. Most of my best hours are spent in the field, sometimes chasing dangerous game. I’m on the track of one, a bigger more dangerous critter than I’ve ever hunted before: the Obama-Pelosi Porkosaurus.

The Porkosaurus is plenty dangerous by itself. It subsidizes unemployment by increasing ....

Nancy Pelosi's New Deal

By Patrick Buchanan
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," sayeth Rahm.

Opportunistic and cynical, yes. But also savvy political counsel that transformational presidents have always followed.

FDR exploited the Depression to launch his New Deal, bring an end to a Republican hegemony of seven decades and make Democrats the majority party, until Richard Nixon picked the lock.

While the debate is endless over whether .......

A Great Analogy

We are worried about "the cow" when it is all about the "Ice Cream."

From a teacher in Nashville;

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.

To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot.

The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia's mother.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches, Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She sat down. The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."

She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn't sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn't know. The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a land slide.Every time politicians open their mouths and offer ice cream, the majority of the people react like nine year olds. They want the ice cream.

The remainder know they're going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.

A Night Out

My son, HeavyHanded Jr., a junior in high school, had been selected to the all-conference honors choir. Last night they had their concert. The choir was first to perform. After completing their songs, they were followed by the orchestra, and then the full band.

The performance was quite good actually. I enjoyed the entire musical evening. It was impressive to see so many young singers come together from all over the area and sing 5 songs so well with just one day of practice.

The same must be said of course for those in the orchestra and the band.

HeavyHanded Jr. got out of school the whole day and spent the entire day practicing with the choir for their evening performance. HH Jr. said he had a great time. That makes two of us.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama made ‘tactical error’ in calling out Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh is talk host king, not leader of GOP

Stimulus has plum for lawmaker's son

Washington Times - EXCLUSIVE:
A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House stimulus package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey.

NPCA is a major player in advocating for national parks funding, and its senior vice president for government affairs is Craig Obey, son of the Wisconsin Democrat who has long been his party's top Appropriations Committee member.

Netanyahu: Iran Nukes Trump Global Economy
Davos, Switzerland (AP) - Israeli election front-runner Benjamin Netanyahu told a session of the World Economic Forum on Thursday that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons ranks far above the global economy among the challenges facing leaders of the 21st century.

Obama Skipped Inaugural Ball for Medal of Honor Recipients

President Barack Obama was the first president to miss the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball, which recognizes Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is considered the nation’s highest military award.

Bill Would Eliminate IRS Penalties and Interest for All U.S. Taxpayers

- All U.S. taxpayers would enjoy the same immunity from IRS penalties and interest as Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner under a bill introduced Wednesday by Republican Rep. John Carter of Texas.

Republicans United Against Massive Government Spending Program

In a blow to President Barack Obama who went to Capitol Hill seeking Republican support, not a single Republican voted for the Democrats’ economic stimulus plan on Wednesday. Eleven Democrats also voted against it. Republicans say tax relief would work faster in getting money to businesses and working families.

Senate Republicans Say They Have ‘Better Ideas’ on Stimulating Economy

If every Republican senator opposes President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, it probably won't pass, a liberal advocacy group said in a message to supporters on Thursday. Senate Republicans say they might get behind the plan if it incorporates Republican amendments.

Almost Half the Spending in Stimulus Bill Would Not Happen for at Least Two Years, Says CBO

Tax cut provisions in the economic stimulus bill would take effect more quickly than new spending would, according to an analysis published by the Congressional Budget Office.

Ecstasy at the UN as U.S. under Obama rejoins global abortion consensus
UNITED NATIONS — Almost as soon as the Obama Administration had announced its intention to restore American funding to UN family planning activities, the chorus here at UN headquarters was offering fulsome praise for Washington’s predicted policy change. Officials of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), proclaimed that they looked forward to being part of President Obama’s call “for a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find common ground to best meet the needs of women and families around the world.”

Hamas resumes rocket strikes; Israel strikes back
GAZA CITY — Less than a week after the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Hamas and its Palestinian militia allies have resumed missile strikes and roadside bombings against Israel. Israel's military has responded with air and ground strikes throughout the Gaza Strip.

"As the sole authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility of all terror originating from within its area of control," the Israeli government said.

Targeting Rush: Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud
In his eight full years as the recipient of endless vile, often-delusional slander, President George W. Bush rarely grumbled, much less counterattacked his tormentors. Yet before he completed his first week in office, President Barack Obama -- a dedicated disciple of Saul Alinsky, who is to left-wing radicalism and social agitation what Karl Marx is to communism -- declared war on Rush Limbaugh.

This was a calculated move by a man who professes to be open to all ideas but apparently brooks no dissent. He not only does not tolerate dissent well but also really doesn't even like to be questioned, as we saw during the campaign, when he accused the normally fawning press of grilling him for merely asking a follow-up question. We caught another glimpse of this last week, when he.....

Shelve the Stimulus

By Lawrence Kudlow
Wednesday night’s House tally on the Democratic stimulus package, where not a single Republican voted in favor, was another shot across the bow for this incredibly unmanageable $900 billion behemoth of a program that truly will not stimulate the economy. Sure, the Democrats won on a party-line count. But Team Obama is now regrouping in the face of mounting criticism of this package.

GOP economist Martin Feldstein revoked his prior support of a stimulus plan in Wednesday’s Washington Post. "In its current form," Feldstein wrote, "[the plan] does too little to raise national spending and employment. It would be better for the Senate to delay legislation for a month, or even two, if that’s what it takes to produce a much better bill. We cannot afford an $800 billion mistake."

Clinton economic adviser Alice Rivlin made the same point in testimony before.....

Hawaii's Universal Health Insurance Lesson

By Carrie Lukas
When President Obama signs the "Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009," (which passed the Senate by a vote of 66-32 last night) he will take the country on the first of what are likely to be several steps during his Administration toward "universal" health insurance.

I haven't seen any polling, but I bet "universal" is a word that appeals to most Americans. We all want people to .....

Ungrateful Flyers

By Mike Gallagher
The headline in USA Today gave me a sinking feeling: “US Airways Gives Passengers On Flight $5000.00 Each -- Passengers Wonder, Is it Enough?”

Is it enough?

Is anything ever enough anymore?

It is absolutely, positively inconceivable that anyone aboard the miraculous US Airways Airbus whose pilot made a safe water landing after birds were sucked into the engines would expect US Airways to fork over a ton of money to them.

This was one great story: a pilot makes a split-second decision to ditch into the frigid waters of the Hudson River, a decision that saved everyone on board from certain death.

But it didn’t take long for the vultures to .....

The Truth About the Obama Agenda

Part I
By Wayne Allen Root

@ Robertringer.com

I have been asked by radio talk show hosts across the country to talk about President Obama's possible - if not probable - nationalization of the banking system. But there's more to the story than just banks.

This issue ties in with every aspect of the Obama Socialist Agenda - bailouts, handouts, economic stimulus packages, giving too much power to the Federal Reserve ... and let's not forget tax cuts to people who don't pay taxes.

The Obama agenda isn't about saving the American economy. Rather, it is about putting Big Brother in control of our lives. It's about the Nanny State - big government intrusion into every aspect of our lives in order to "protect" us. It's about destroying capitalism and tearing down the U.S. economy to build a new economic system based on rewarding the "right kind" of Americans - those who support Obama and his agenda.

It's about bribery. Obama is buying votes for a generation, thereby guaranteeing that liberal big government's tax-and-spend, big-union, radical-environmental agenda controls every aspect of our lives for decades to come.

It's about socialism ... it's about "group think" ... it's about the collective good of society instead of the good of the individual. It's about rewarding the non-productive members of society (Obama's voters) and punishing the group that creates the jobs, owns the businesses, owns the property, and pays the taxes. Just as he told "Joe the Plumber" during the presidential campaign, Obama wants to punish this group because these Americans tend to vote conservative.It's about making the Federal Reserve more powerful so it can print money endlessly to pay for Obama's reckless spending, even if inflation rises to double-digits and the value of the dollar descends toward zero. It's about building an economy that rewards Obama's supporters: government employee unions, teachers' unions, auto unions, lawyers' unions (otherwise known as The Bar Association), lobbyists, and environmentalists.

And, of course, the biggest goal of all ... it's about controlling the banks that will decide what people and what projects get funding for the next four or eight years of an Obama administration. This is the biggest, most manipulative VOTE-BUYING SCHEME in political history. Just as the New Deal cemented Democratic control of national politics for a half century, this Obama agenda is The New Deal II - on steroids!

Think long, hard, and deeply about what caused this economic tsunami: Too much government spending ... too many handouts ... too much wasted spending on failing public schools (orchestrated by greedy teachers' unions) ... too many government employees with bloated salaries, pensions, and health benefits ... too much deficit ... too much debt ... too many blank-check promises by government, paid for by taxpayers.

Too many government rules that forced banks to loan billions to low-income Americans who couldn't and shouldn't have qualified for mortgages ... all in the name of equality and "fairness."

Government bureaucrats like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Chuck Schumer, with oversight over the likes of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Wall Street, Bernie Madoff, and the banking system, were the biggest beneficiaries of contributions from those very entities.

And now think of what Obama's solution really consists of: MORE of all of the above. He proposes far more spending to get us out of bankruptcy. He proposes giving state and local governments billions of dollars to reward them for spending far too much - virtually guaranteeing they'll do it again.

He wants to make government far more important. He wants to give more power to Barney Frank and his friends - friends like Congressman Charles Rangel, who oversees tax policy but conveniently "forgot" to pay his own taxes. Or new Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner, who creates tax policy but conveniently "forgot" to pay his own Social Security taxes.

He wants to create more regulations, even though government regulations were a major contributor to the current crisis (and certainly didn't prevent it). How could more of the things that caused this mess possibly be the solution?

Think about the beneficiaries of every aspect of this plan. The economic stimulus package is about buying the votes of the 40 percent of Americans who will get a tax-cut check even though they didn't pay any taxes in the first place. Obama is betting that they will gladly vote Democratic for many years to come. Wouldn't you be grateful and loyal if someone gave you a check for doing nothing?

It's about giving away $200 billion to state and local governments to lock up the votes of government employee union members for a generation. It's a way of making certain that government employees not only keep their jobs but get pay raises, while the rest of us in the private sector struggle to survive in a depression.

It's about handing out tens of billions of dollars to a failing education system owned by teachers' unions that couldn't care less about the kids ... and prove it every day with lower test scores and higher dropout rates. Why reward failure? To buy the votes of millions of teachers' union members for a generation, that's why!

It's about giving away billions of dollars to failing auto companies in order to reward the auto unions that supported Obama and buy the votes of auto workers - workers who earn $100,000 (or more) in annual salaries, pensions, and benefits for drilling rivets into the fenders of cars that are so over-priced that no one wants to buy them anymore. But you can bet that Obama will make certain that union contracts are protected - at all costs.

It's about handing out jobs to construction workers - also union members - in order to guarantee that those millions of workers vote Democratic for a generation. And if they're not union members, Obama will pass the legislation that bans secret ballots, thus ensuring that every possible worker becomes a union member - by violence or intimidation, if necessary.

Finally, the Obama agenda is about a government takeover of banks so that Big Brother is in control of who gets loans. You can bet that the Obama bureaucrats put in charge of banks will use politics as their guide in making every decision - directing the banks' money to union members, union-funded projects, environmentally correct projects, politically correct projects, and any projects where Obama's friends stand to profit.

In Part II of this article, I'll discuss just how cunningly Obama is going about implementing his insidious agenda.


New York Post
By Amir Taheri

Excerpt 1:
In the understatement of the year, Obama said: "Iran has acted in ways not conducive to peace and prosperity in the region." He also claimed that Iran's support for terrorists, though "not helpful," is a thing of the past - yet Tehran was running guns to Hezbollah and Hamas even as he spoke."
Excerpt 2:
Obama looked to the past rather than the future to give such platitudes a tinge of political vision. He said he wanted a return "to the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago."

Obama's grasp of history is .... well .... not so good. It's not the first time history has been rewritten, however. Do we teach real history in our schools anymore?

For Barack's benefit, Tahiri goes on with a little review of actual history:
What was happening during what Obama seems to regard as the "golden age" of Carter's leadership? US diplomats were held hostage in Tehran and daily humiliated with mock executions. Soviet troops were annexing Afghanistan to the Evil Empire. Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Iran, starting an eight-year war that claimed a million lives. Mecca was under siege by the ideological antecedents of Osama bin Laden. Syrian troops were preparing to march into Lebanon.

OTHER features of this "golden age": the seizure of power by mullahs in Tehran, the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the coming to power of communists in the Horn of Africa, the military coup in Turkey, the first Islamist terror attacks in Algeria, unprecedented waves of repression in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and the imposition of military rule in Pakistan.

During the same period, and its immediate aftermath, dozens of Americans from many walks of life were seized as hostages and sometimes brutally murdered in several Muslim countries. The US ambassador in Sudan was murdered; the CIA station chief in Beirut abducted, taken to Tehran and killed under torture.

Read it all here.

Gang of Seven

By Salena Zito
There is not much glory to being the political party out of power, but that does not mean it is without opportunities.

In fact, there is a little more room to act riskily when you aren't running the joint.

The challenge for Washington's remaining Republicans is to think of constructive, not obstructive, ways to help fashion a better plan on every issue facing the country.

One way, University of St. Louis professor Joel Goldstein says, is for GOP congressmen to think of ways to use the stimulus package to strengthen the role of state governments. "Or they might envision ways to make certain that the proposed spending package is not permanent," he adds.

Another approach he suggests is to address some of......... [read more]