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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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Finally! Someone grows a spine…

Lots of scary stuff going on out there right now.

And amazingly, there seems to be increasing push-back against it.  One of which is the number of states proposing state sovereignty. 

http://www.therightsideoflife.com/?p=5944

More amazing, my state of Ohio is one of them.

http://ohiorepublic.blogspot.com/2009/05/state-sovereignty-resolution-to-be.html

You know the federal government has gone too far when states (which typically have their hands out for every penny they can get regardless of the repercussions) are passing legislation tell Washington to keep their mitts off.

Bravo!  Right choice, I’m not taking down my “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, but right choice!!

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The Value of Beauty…The Beauty of Value

I have something to say:

Probably most of you have seen (or at least heard) of Susan Boyle’s first audition on Britain’s Got Talent.  If not, here it is:

It reminded me so much of the Paul Potts audition a couple of years back on the same program.

Because they are both talent people, you say?  Well, yes.  But that’s not why.

It’s because of the initial reaction of the judges and the audience.  It is the mockery, the disdain, the ridicule of the audience over the appearance of the contestants.   And, I’d like to note, especially toward Ms. Boyle.

Neither Mr. Potts nor Ms. Boyle are from the “beautiful people crowd”.  They are everyday people.  They are the people we work with or live down the block from.  They are people we can identify with.   They are average.  So why are these everyday folks treated this way?  Because our society (not just America but Britain and elsewhere) are obsessed with youth and beauty and fame.  Without that, it follows that you have nothing to offer.  You must be exceptional.

We are fascinated with Paris Hilton who is young and rich and famous and, I guess, beautiful.  We are attracted to Britney Spears, who is young and rich and famous and beautiful.  We build up the George Clooney’s and Leonardo Di Caprio’s and Johnny Depp’s and David Beckham’s; the Angelina Jolie’s and Halle Berry’s and Jennifer Aniston’s.  Then, at some point,  we want them to stumble – to fail at something –  and we wait to watch them fall.  When they do, we revel in it.  And we are vicious toward them.  Whether it’s weight gain, a nasty divorce, a substance abuse problem, bad or too much cosmetic surgery or (horrors) just getting older.  Why?  Because we covet beauty and fame and riches.  We want it for ourselves, but if we can’t have it, we want to live vicariously through someone who does have it.  Then we resent them.

Mr. Potts and Ms. Boyle possessed something that cannot be seen in an instant.  Talent, yes, but heart and courage too.  They put themselves on the line, and faced the judgment of the panel and audience.  How quickly the smirks and eye-rolls stopped when these two started to perform.   Suddenly they weren’t the jokes they were expected to be, they were special.

This is the kind of behavior we expect from children.  Who among us can’t recall an incident in high school where someone on the ‘outside’ was treated repulsively from the in-crowd?  The problem is that this behavior now extends to adults as well.

Are we so shallow that we only appreciate those who are pretty (as we define that)?  Do we really believe that a person’s value is measured by their appearance?  Is success only measured in dollars or the number of magazine covers someone is on?  Can we not appreciate the individuality and gifts of every single person?

My mother said beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes clear through to the bone.    She was right.  Beauty was present on stage – a man in an ill-fitting suit who was working every day to support his family.  Beauty was a 47-year old woman with heavy eyebrows and a not-too-svelte figure who put her aspirations of singing on hold for years to care for her elderly mother.  Beauty was the grace they showed in the face of incredible odds and their passion in pursuing their dream.  The ugly was sitting in the audience.

I watched Mr. Potts on You Tube after he won and I teared up each time.  I choked up every time I watched Ms. Boyle as well.  Beautiful voices to be sure, but so much more.

We need start looking beyond the surface.  There are many beautiful people out there and we are missing them.  We would be more beautiful people for knowing them.

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On Tea Parties & Tyranny

Newt Gingrich has some interesting and depressing numbers here.

An ever-lasting legacy

Your obligation on the INTEREST (not principal) of the Obama budget deficit:

If you’re 50 years old: $81,000
If you’re 40: $132,000
If you’re 20: $114,000

Why so many people remain okay with this outrage is mystifying.

Please find a tea party. Attend it. Focus on what’s right, not a person or party. Make connections and follow through. This cannot be a one time event…it’s too important to be a passing fancy. It will take time to take back out country, but we must remain focused and committed.

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The Great Divide

From Pew:

Barack Obama has the widest margin of approve/disapprove in 40+ years.

Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval

Huh. I’m sure it has nothing to do with his sprint toward socialism or his arrogant “blame America” first, last, always stance.

I’m sure that’s not it.

Job Approval Ratings For First Year Presidents

Job Approval Ratings For First Year Presidents

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Some old fashioned common sense – Wake Up America!

That Thomas Paine, he still speaks common sense.

Please view this video – it’s excellent!  Then send your tea bags.  I will be addressing my envelopes tomorrow.

It’s our country, take it back now!

We the People stimulus package

  • All laws that apply to us should apply equally to congress.
  • No more allowing them to vote themselves raises.
  • Balance the federal budget – we have to live within our means, so must they.
  • Make them pay into the social security.
  • Term limits! The President is limited to two terms, so too should Congress be.
  • Get your own 401 K plan.  No more lifetime benefits for part time service
  • Pay your own insurance premium.  Maybe you’ll be more interested in how things really work.
  • Throw them all!  Vote out any member of Congress who did not read the spending bill before voting for it.
  • With the saving from the above actions, take the money away from the corrupt and give it to the real defenders of our freedom – the armed forces, they never fail you
  • Start no war unless you intend to win it.
  • Make English the official language of the country
  • Stop rewarding lawbreakers!  No money for illegal aliens.
  • Let the people elect the president – not special interests, PACS, media…
  • Bring back Universal Service.

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Obama and his Bear Market

This report from Bloomberg today:

March 6 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama now has the distinction of presiding over his own bear market.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 20 percent since Inauguration Day, the fastest drop under a newly elected president in at least 90 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gauge has lost 53 percent from its October 2007 record of 14,164.53, slipping 4.1 percent to 6,594.44 yesterday.

More than $1.6 trillion has been erased from U.S. equities since Jan. 20 as mounting bank losses and rising unemployment convinced investors the recession is getting worse.

“It’s the Obama bear market,” said Dan Veru, who helps oversee $2.8 billion at Palisade Capital Management in Fort Lee, New Jersey. “We don’t know what the rules are in so many different areas the government is touching.”

“Obama should be listening to the stock market more than talking to it,” said Kenneth Fisher, the billionaire chairman of Woodside, California-based Fisher Investments Inc., which oversees $22 billion. “He hasn’t gotten out of the gate well.”

See the full story here.

For those Obama apologists out there, the “market” pretty much factored in Obama’s presidency before he took office and, frankly, well before he was elected.  Blaming George Bush for the majority of the economy’s decline is illogical.   This is Obama’s mess.  The reaction of the market, investors as well as degrading consumer confidence is centered around Obama and his actions.

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