Monthly Archives: September 2008

Power and position and pocketbook – why we don’t trust our leadership

It’s been pretty well reported for years that as low as President Bush’s approval numbers are, Congress’ number was significantly lower.

So, after years (no, decades) of power-grabbing, lying, greed, etc., etc. why is Congress and the Executive branch surprised that the American people do not trust them?  Why would the people simply nod their heads in agreement when they have been lied to for so many years simply because their politicians wanted more position, power or money?  These are seeds they have sown.  Everything is always a crisis, every tax is always essential, everything is always the Republicans vs. the Democrats.  But that doesn’t stop them from spending more money on ‘pet projects’ – taking more than what’s essential to bolster their power and position and pocketbook.

And even in this situation, they continue to focus on positioning themselves and not the American people.

Speak clearly and honestly to the people.  Stop trying to ‘get yours’.  Maybe then we’ll listen and trust you to do what’s best.

Until you can do that, don’t expect different results.

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Big bailouts, small bailouts – your money gone

While we are all focused on the ‘big bailout’, our representatives are spending or getting ready to spend your money on additional ‘rescue plans’.

FDIC May Need $150 Billion Bailout as Local Bank Failures Mount

Scary quotes in this story:

That’s because the FDIC, created in 1934, insures all accounts up to $100,000 at its member banks, and it has never failed to honor a claim. The people to worry about are U.S. taxpayers.

The IndyMac debacle is taking a large bite out of FDIC reserves, and if scores of other banks fail in the year ahead, the fund will be depleted. Taxpayers will have to step in.

The FDIC knows which banks are at risk; it has a watch list with 117 institutions. The agency won’t disclose their names because doing so could cause depositors to panic and pull out all of their funds.

A $25 Billion Lifeline for GM, Ford and Chrysler

Scary quotes within this story?

“It seemed like a lot when we first started pushing this,” says Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, one of the bill’s sponsors. “Suddenly, it seems so small.”

There’s more aid coming. This year’s $25 billion is just a down payment. The automakers now plan to ask the government for another $25 billion in loans next year. It’s just spare change, after all.

The drum the feds keep beating is how they expect to make money on the big bailout deal.   Does any reasonable taxpayer believe they will ever see a direct ‘refund’ of the increased taxes we will have to pay for these bailouts?  Of course not.  Any profit realized from the sale of these toxic assets will be hidden or rolled into some other government program.   Meanwhile, increased taxes may well push more and more people into financial crisis.  It’s infuriating.

Q:  How much of your money will these guys spend?

A:  All of it.

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The bailout bill – more of your money to the greedy feds

I’ve been watching and listening everybody talk about this bailout of AIG, et. al.

I have a feeling that if there is no bailout, it will be bad.

I have a feeling that if there is a bailout, it will be bad.

But the fact that the bill almost immediately started down the pork barrel road, and, according to Michelle Malkin’s column today (here) it will also include student loans and car loans.  Additionally, Malkin details the amount of bad debt that is attributed to illegal immigrants.

Speculation about how much it will cost per household varies – I’ve seen anywhere from $6,000 to $15,000 per household.  That’s a lot of money, and it will only grow as the number of pork gets heaped on top of it.  But stop and think a moment.  There is a large majority of significant number of households who pay no tax whatsoever.  That means that their $10,000 share of the bailout is redistributed to those who do.  What’s the actual cost going to be for you?  For me?  Will this albatross end up ensuring that I am one of those who can’t afford my mortgage payment or car payment?

We need to let our leadership know that if they insist on including pork and extraneous issues in this bailout, I say Kill the Bill.  If we are expected to pay for the irresponsibility of people who ran their credit cards up, bought too expensive of a home or car, or who don’t want to pay for student loans they’ve taken, I say Kill the Bill.  If part of this package includes assistance to foreign countries or illegal immigrants (or the companies to took a risk on them, I say Kill this Bill.

If this package includes the socialist’s pitons that seem to be the cornerstone of the Democrat party these days (limiting anyone’s salary is not the government’s job!), I say Kill the Bill.

To our “leaders”, start leading.  Stop politicking.  And know that we will be watching.  I suggest you consider the enormous impact this bill will have on the American taxpayer.  I hope you remember just how much when you considering giving yourselves a raise in the middle of the night.

To President Bush.  You said you would veto this bill if it included pork and special interest spending….I hope you do.

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Who’s calling who ‘white trash’?

The tone of presidential campaigns have been getting more and more vile over the years.  It’s unfortunate that the American people cannot get honest debate and actual answers to their questions so that they may make an informed decision.  Instead, we get nasty rhetoric, candidate that ‘pivot’ depending on their audience and special interest groups & media that are determined to force their choice on the electorate, even if they have to lie to do so.

Worse still, the international community feels they have a right to interject their preference on the American people.  Frankly, I don’t care who Al Qaeda wants for President…that will very likely convince me to vote for the other guy.  France loves Obama?  I’m thinkin’ McCain in that case.

This ‘commentary‘ on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s website and this one in the Guardian could not illustrate this trend any better.

Among the gems contained in this intellectual and well-reasoned tome:

From FoxNews.com

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is reviewing complaints from both Americans and Canadians about a Web site columnist who recently described Sarah Palin’s supporters as “white trash,” compared the vice presidential candidate to a “porn actress” and called her daughter’s boyfriend a “redneck” and “ratboy.”

The incendiary column by Toronto-based writer Heather Mallick appeared on the CBC News site on Sept. 5, after the close of the Republican National Convention. On the same day, Britain’s Guardian newspaper published another column by Mallick in which she trashed Palin’s home state of Alaska as a “frontier state full of drunks and crazy people.”

In the CBC story, Mallick wrote that John McCain’s running mate “added nothing to the ticket that the Republicans didn’t already have sewn up, the white trash vote.”

She proceeded to write that the Alaska governor “has a toned-down version of the porn actress look favored by this decade’s woman, the overtreated hair, puffy lips and permanently alarmed expression.”

She also questioned why the Palins were allowing Levi Johnston — 17-year-old Bristol Palin’s boyfriend and father of her unborn baby — into the family.

“What normal father would want Levi ‘I’m a f—-n’ redneck’ Johnson prodding his daughter?” Mallick asked.

“I know that I have an attachment to children that verges on the irrational, but why don’t the Palins? I’m not the one preaching homespun values but I’d destroy that ratboy before I’d let him get within scenting range of my daughter again, and so would you. … Turn your guns on Levi, ma’am.”

CBC Ombudsman Vince Carlin told FOXNews.com that he has gotten “quite a few complaints about [the column], both from Canada and the U.S,” and said he’s reviewing its contents to see if it meets CBC’s journalistic standards and practices.

But he noted that Mallick is a “columnist not a journalist.”

CBC spokesman Jeff Keay said Mallick’s column does not reflect the views of CBC or the Canadian government, which owns but does not directly control CBC.

“She’s an opinion columnist. I think by definition they can be expected to occasionally use provocative language,” he said. But in this case, Keay said the column “could be perceived as excessive or offensive to some people.”

Mallick also wrote on the CBC Web site that Republican men, whom she called “sexual inadequates,” must think that women would vote for Palin just because she’s a woman.

In her Guardian column, Mallick claimed her own small-town credentials are just as solid as Palin’s, writing “Palin cannot out-hick me.”

But she said Palin should have stayed in her hometown of Wasilla, writing, “Small towns are places that smart people escape from, for privacy, for variety, for intellect, for survival. Palin should have stayed home.”

Mallick also blasted Alaska as Canada’s ugly stepchild.

“We love our own north to the point of covering our eyes and humming as it melts … but Alaska is different from our north,” she wrote. “We share a 1,500-mile border with a frontier state full of drunks and crazy people, of the blight that cheap-built structures bring to a glorious landscape.

“Alaska is our redneck cousin, our Yukon territory forms a blessed buffer zone, and thank God he never visits. Alaska is the end of the line.”

I’m not a separatist, but crap like this could make me change my mind.

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Time to be patriotic

So says Joe Biden….

“We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: “It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

I believe Joe has a fundamental flaw in his understanding.  Those of us who have been paying taxes have been ‘part of the deal’ all along.  Those of us who vote…part of the deal.  Those of us who run a business, employ people, contribute to our communities, pay our bills, purchase things…we’ve jumped in.  Those of us who hold politicians accountable – that’s part of the deal.  I would suggest that it’s the ego of politicians and the greed of some businesses that have gotten us in a rut.  It’s the do-nothing Congress that has gotten us in a rut.  It’s the power hungry elected official (local, state and federal) that has weakened this country.

Tying patriotism to taxes has to be one of the stupidest and most offensive things I’ve heard.

Biden, what a patriot!

Biden, what a patriot!

Hi Joe!  You’re still a Doofus

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Kim Jong…Ill?

Should I feel badly that Kim Jong Il is…ill?  (bad play on words – I know).  He’s reportedly suffered a stroke.

According to the news report,

According to The Times, talk in Asia is turning to the odd cast of characters who may succeed him.

The inner workings of the Kim dynasty suggest that wives, concubines, blood brothers and old comrades are rising and falling with increasing regularity and drama.

One son is a confirmed gambler, another is rumored to be effeminate and practically nothing is known about the third.

Hey!  That sounds like a party!!

I’m trying to summon some compassion, but it just isn’t coming.

Maybe tomorrow.

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