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And there will be bread lines…

Does it not seem that the Obama administration is doing everything it can to ensure that American is cast into a position of being a ‘third world country’?

It’s a frightening thought.   How much damage will this guy do before it stops?  How many of his policies will be irreversible?   So much of what he has done and is attempting to do (nationalizing banks, nationalizing companies, trillions of dollars in programs and bailouts, universal health care, turning over companies to unions) will be so entrenched in the system it will be impossible to extricate ourselves from – think Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.

His end game seems to be make the U.S.A. a nation of recipients.  There are plenty of “entitlementers” out there already.  For those of us who are not inclined to let the government run our lives, he will create an environment that will tax us into the poorhouse and/or limit our ability to take care of ourselves by regulation and decreased commerce.  Do YOU have the time or the inclination to stand in line for bread or milk or toilet paper? 

Do you believe that this country should be forced into soup kitchens because the progressive movement feels they must break us in order to achieve their ultimate goal?

Where are the politicians (regardless of party) who will put their personal interests aside to ensure our survival?  It sounds dramatic, but it’s just that simple.  There are millions of us ordinary folk standing up, but there are too few politicians entering the battle for the future of this nation.

 

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Paying off your debt

At my current rate of pay, I would have to turn over my entire paycheck (gross, not net) to the federal government and work for more than 1,500 years to pay off the stimulus spending bill that is about to be voted on.

This bill is wrong and obscene.

The Representatives and Senators who vote for this bill will be noted.  The results of this bill will be noted – not just the lack of ‘stimulus’ it provides, but the wasteful programs it installs, the personal liberties it removes and the waste it produces.

This shouldn’t be about partisan politics, but, it is.  It should be about doing what is best for the country – present and future.

Any member voting yes on this bill, Democrat, Republican, Independent or other, should be voted out of office at the first opportunity, regardless of their contribution to their community.

This is shameful and selfish.

 

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"Gov. Palin – Who are you wearing???"

Much ado about the Palin wardrobe brouhaha

Is this worth the time the MSM is spending on it?  Only insofar as it allows them to pile on once again.

Here’s my opinion.  Sarah Palin is a governor of a remote (geographically speaking) state.  Her wardrobe is sufficient for the type of business she does in Alaska, and she has access to laundry and dry cleaning facilities whenever she needs them.

However, she’s plucked out of Alaska a few short weeks ago; offered the Vice President slot on the McCain ticket and is “put on the bus” right after the announcement.

What’s her schedule?  Endless appearances – several per day.  Informal and formal functions which require different wardrobes.  Nights on the bus or in a hotel room and out again the next morning.  While she may be able to rinse out her pantyhose, I doubt she has time to wash, fluff and fold her dirty laundry.

I’ve been in a job where I did a lot of traveling.  A lot.  It’s not fun and it’s not convenient. 

So Sarah Palin received money to bulk up her wardrobe – good and, so what?

As far as the amount she spent on that jacket or suit, please.  If she had grabbed something off the rack at Penney’s, she’d get criticized for looking wrinkled or frumpy or lacking fashion-sense.   She’s dressing in well-made clothes (which hold up better and fit nicer) and she’s getting pummeled for that. 

“Why do you need to pay for it?” Forest told CBS News from her boutique Susanna Beverly Hills saying that most designers would offer to clothe a candidate for free.

“It’s an honor, you are going to design for someone who could be the president of the United States,” noting that the exposure any designer would get from dressing someone as famous as Clinton or Palin would be worth much more.
The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this year that Senator Clinton’s custom made pantsuits from Forest were worth about $6,350 a piece retail. Clinton’s spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment.

If Palin had clothing donated by designers (as if that would ever happen) she would be accused of forsaking her ‘down home’ image or cozying up to the rich…she can’t win and if the uber-lefties can’t at least acknowledge that, they aren’t being honest.

I wouldn’t mind if Sarah Palin came out in jeans and a tee shirt, but that’s not the expectation for high profile women.  A male politician can wear a flannel shirt and Levi’s at a barbeque and people call him homey and say “he’s just like me”.  A woman does it and she’s called unprofessional.

There doesn’t seem to be the same outrage at Hillary Clinton being provided $6,000.00 pantsuits or actresses who get millions of dollars per picture walking the red carpet at the Oscar’s or Emmy’s not paying a dime for that gown they are wearing.

Please…can we move on to something of substance?

 

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Words have meanings – Socialist does not mean black, but doofus still means doofus

 

As further evidence that the left wants to control your life and shape the direction of humanity – whether you agree or disagree; whether it goes against your values or not; whether it goes against the Constitution or not – it is now apparently inappropriate to call a thing what it is.  Wrap it instead in the cloth of prejudice to inflame your minions.  No dissent permitted…this is our future under the left.

Webster defines socialist:

Main Entry:

so·cial·ist 

Function:

noun

Date:

1827

1: one who advocates or practices socialism2capitalized : a member of a party or political group advocating socialism

— socialist adjective often capitalized

— so·cial·is·tic   adjective

— so·cial·is·ti·cal·ly   adverb

Webster defines socialism:

Main Entry:

so·cial·ism 

Function:

noun

Date:

1837

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

Source document here.

Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black

By Lewis Diuguid, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

The “socialist” label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972, used the term liberally to describe African Americans who spent their lives fighting for equality.

Those freedom fighters included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the Civil Rights Movement; W.E.B. Du Bois, who in 1909 helped found the NAACP which is still the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization; Paul Robeson, a famous singer, actor and political activist who in the 1930s became involved in national and international movements for better labor relations, peace and racial justice; and A. Philip Randolph, who founded and was the longtime head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and a leading advocate for civil rights for African Americans.

McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare.

Shame on McCain and Palin

Lewis Diuguid – Doofus!

Main Entry:

doo·fus 

Function:

noun

Inflected Form(s):

plural doo·fus·es Etymology:
perhaps alteration of 1goof

Date:

1960

slang : a stupid, incompetent, or foolish person

Yep, Doofus.

 

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Car Loans, Main Street, Sweet Pork

Where are we headed?  Here’s a clue for ya from MotorTrend:

Are you the type who regularly checks your credit score and stays on top of every little change at the major credit bureaus? If you’re like many Americans, the answer to this is probably no, but you might want to start being a little more diligent. Recently, Chrysler, Ford, and GM all made new-car leases harder to get, and it looks like loans are next. Reeling from the current credit crisis, financier GMAC now says it will lend money only to customers boasting a credit score of 700 or above.

Corporate greed, unsound business practices and government meddling are becoming painfully obvious at the ‘main street’ level. 

Auto lenders are tightening their standards to put themselves at less risk that’s good, but shouldn’t that have been the practice in the mortgage business before we got into this mess?  

How’s that a main street concern?

So what does this mean for people in the market for a new ride? Considering that, according to credit bureau Experian’s 2005 National Score Index, the average American boasts a rating of 678, those planning to buy a GM car or truck will need to double-check their credit to see if they qualify. Estimates are that GMAC’s move could kill one in four car loans, and Experian says that in 2008 customers with credit scores of 700 or better accounted for 74.3% of all auto financing purchases. This is up slightly from a year ago, when this same group made up just 71.1% of all new-car business.

Less new car loans available?  The need for fewer new cars.  The need for fewer cars?  Fewer workers needed to build cars.  Fewer workers needed?  Fewer workers mean fewer paychecks and less spending.  Less spending at the grocery store, clothing stores, restaurants, etc., etc.  Fewer workers there or businesses closing down.

Government needs to get out of the bailout business, it can only make things worse and prolong this mess.  What government should do is cut taxes on everyone, stop spending tax dollars on crap and get out of the way.

What crap?  Well, for Fiscal year 2008, my state of Ohio has received $211,698,486.00 in earmarks.  Projects include Fire Fighters’ Hall, Columbus (National Park Service – Save America’s Treasures) and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens’ programs for at-risk youth, Akron (Discretionary Grants – Juvenile Justice Programs).  Those may important programs, but are they taxpayer programs?  Couldn’t those projects have sought funds elsewhere?  Like, maybe from private donations?  Are those project important enough to add to the collapse of our economy?

Citizens Against Government Waste identifies pork barrel (oh, I’m sorry, it’s  “sweeteners” now) projects from the U.S. Senate within the 2008 Federal Budget here.

Here’s a rundown of those calculations:

Number of projects – 10,286

Total amount of projects – $18,261,200,000.00

That’s just the Senate.

Number of Senators with zero earmarks –

Coburn Oklahoma R
McCain Arizona R
McCaskill Missouri D
DeMint  South Carolina R
Feingold Wisconsin D

As Governor Palin said, when you’re in a hole, quit digging.  I don’t think that the U.S. government could cut spending, let alone quit spending during the bleakest financial times.

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The definition of insanity

Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The American people give Congress a approval rating of 15%, but keep electing the same people over and over again.  We despise Congress, but feel our own representatives are okay.  Please, people, none of them are okay.  They all need to go.  Time for we, the people, to make a clear statement.

Here’s an example:  John (Jack) Murtha (D-PA) has been elected 17 times by the folks in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, which is located in the southwestern part of the state.

U.S. Representative John Murtha is the same guy who said that Marines killed civilians in Haditha, Iraq in cold-blood.  Mr. Murtha publically made this announce before any investigation was completed.  Seven of the eight Marines charged have been exonerated, with the charged being dropped or acquitted of all charges, the last Marine faces charges of negligent homicide.

Murtha has now made the following statement about his constituents….you know, the people who elected him:n

There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” said Mr. Murtha, whose district stretches from Johnstown to Washington County. “The older population is more hesitant.”

Time for Murtha to go.  It’s clear he doesn’t respect the people he works for, so how can he represent them?

Full story here.

Timeline of the Haditha debacle is here.

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AIG: Bailout $ not enough for them to buy a clue

I don’t know how many of you saw the nice comment I got from AIG BlogResponse to my last post about AIG.  I can’t confirm it was from AIG, but an email I sent to the email address, did not bounce back and it sounded like something a PR department would say….

That’s all good, but:

State investigators launched a fraud probe into AIG on Wednesday following revelations that top execs spent $86,000 on a partridge hunt after the feds gave the company billions to stay afloat.

Further:

The Daily News reported today that four top AIG executives and their guests spent a fortune blasting birds out of the sky just last week, while Wall Street was seizing up and the 401(k) accounts of millions of Americans shriveled.

Three New Yorkers were on the trip to Plumber Manor, a 17th century country house in scenic Dorset, southwest of London.

They were identified as Jeffrey Malkovsky, a senior director at AIG’s Manhattan office, Hilary James, the general manager of the luxurious Bristol Plaza Hotel, and her pal, AIG adviser John Roberts.

The News of the World, the London-based newspaper that broke the story, reported that the shooting party was more interested in bagging birds than the unfolding financial crisis.

In just four days, the hunters racked up a $17,500 bill for food and rooms, spent another $17,500 on private jets, $8,000 on limos.

The cost to taxpayers for AIG executives to traipse through the countryside in tweed knickers four times was $43,000.

This is disgusting.  The money that the American taxpayer has given for the AIG bailout should not be available unless there is a full accounting before distribution and a full audit afterward.

As I said here: If you have AIG, call them, drop them, picket them.  Let them know that this is unacceptable.  Let your lawmakers know that this is unacceptable.  Voice your opinion.  It may not change things now, but you will have put these people ON NOTICE that you are watching and will make decisions later (at the ballot box) based on what you see.

Full story here

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