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Archive for August, 2009
I read this article and thought it interesting and most of it right on regarding Obama including his “shovel-ready” stimulus/pork project. I wanted to share it. I only wish that there was another recognized party in my state that I could join other than democrat or republican. I’m sick and tired of both.
Obama’s other growing deficit
By Ralph R. Reiland Monday, August 24, 2009
What we’re seeing with President Obama’s plummeting poll numbers is a quick case of buyer’s remorse.
More broadly, Gallup reports that conservatives now outnumber liberals in all 50 states, with more Americans self-identifying themselves as conservative than at any time in the past four years.
Gallup surveys from January 2009 — the month of Obama’s inauguration — through June 2009 show that 40 percent of respondents described themselves as conservative: 31 percent “conservative” and 9 percent “very conservative.”
Only 21 percent of respondents described themselves as liberal: 16 percent “liberal” and 5 percent “very liberal.”
That 2-to-1 margin is big news even if The New York Times doesn’t see it as newsworthy. Or to rephrase an old question, if liberalism crashes to the ground and The Times doesn’t report it, does that mean it didn’t happen?
“You know this is important polling news because the establishment media is pretending it doesn’t exist,” wrote Tom Blumer in The Wall Street Journal. “You can’t find a relevant reference to it in searches on ‘Gallup’ at The New York Times, AP.org, The Washington Post or the LA Times.”
What went wrong for Obama is everything.
It started with the almost $800 billion nonstimulating stimulus bill, overstuffed with pork by congressional Democrats. The idea was to give a fast “jolt” to the economy, speedily create millions of jobs, and quickly end the hardships of the unemployed. So important was the speed that legislators didn’t even take time to read the bill.
Now, half a year after the rushed enactment of the Democrats’ idea of “shovel-ready” stimulation, 90 percent of the money is still stuck in the political pipeline, waiting for politicians to decide which pothole to fix or which nephew to hire, and 3 million more jobs have been lost.
In the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, the majority of respondents say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse.
What would have worked better and faster at getting people back to work is a cut in personal income taxes — personal consumption expenditures account for most of the spending and job creation in the U.S. economy — and tax cuts for small business, the sector that has produced 60 percent to 80 percent of the new jobs per year in the American economy over the past decade.
Instead we got billions in slow-moving pork, more bailouts for bloated state governments and calls from Obama for higher taxes and more federal mandates on businesses that are already struggling to maintain their current levels of employment. Plus Obama’s push for card check: i.e., unionism without elections so a grievance chairman and victimology adviser could be assigned to watch over any entrepreneurial type who still has a semblance of self-reliance and independence in his soul.
Then came Obama’s record-smashing federal budget with a deficit now projected at $1.85 trillion — four times larger than George W. Bush’s largest deficit. Plus another trillion or so in projected costs for Obama’s cap-and-trade scheme in order to slow down the “crisis” of global warming, disregarding the fact that things have been cooling down for a decade.
Add the trillions we’re on the hook for in the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Congressional Budget Office’s estimated price of $1 trillion-plus for Obama’s health reform plan over the next decade. It looks like we’re going to be floating on a massive flood of red ink into a full state of peonage.
Or as Investor’s Business Daily recently put it: “Eventually, the total take by government at all levels will be well over 50 percent of GDP — enough to sink the U.S. economy into a state of semi-permanent stagnation, a socialist stupor.”
And what about the kids and Grandma in this collectivist utopia? There won’t be as many.
Obama’s new science czar, John Holdren, has written that “compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution.” Just put people like Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court, the historic figure who couldn’t see anything wrong with throwing out employment tests when too many white guys score at the top.
As for Grandma, Obama health adviser Ezekiel Emanuel, Harvard-produced bioethicist and brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, explained the “shovel-ready” final solution: No medical treatments for anyone falling short in their role as “participating citizens.”
Not all police officers are good ones and a few bad apples sometimes spoil the barrel, BUT, if you had to put up with people verbally abusing you, spitting on you, resisting arrest, trying to fight you when you try to arrest them, then you wouldn’t complain. Police officers put their lives on the line everyday. The use of a taser is a non-lethal (98%) way to subdue some asshole that is breaking the law or is being disorderly. I saw someone post on AOL that cops shouldn’t be allowed to use a taser on women and some called an officer a coward. Women can be just as belligerent and difficult to restrain and arrest as a man, especially if intoxicated. I haven’t seen the latest video about the “soccer mom” being tased in front of her kids so I cannot comment on it. Just remember that video doesn’t always show the true story if there is no audio. You cannot hear what the person is saying, you cannot see if the person showed aggression in their facial gestures because most video is not that clear. If you cannot hear the person defying a law enforcement officers command to follow a procedure that most departments train for when dealing with a situation then that person is putting the officers safety at risk. A police officer has no idea who the person is, if they are armed, if they are high on drugs and getting out of your vehicle without being told to is asking for trouble. The officer just kicked into the next level of safety training and wondering what the hell this person is on or is hiding by exiting their vehicle and being verbally belligerent. And contrary to what a lot of people living in this society may believe is that, yes, even soccer moms can have drugs, sell drugs, be high on drugs. A large part of society doesn’t see the underbelly of society as most are sleeping during the times the dregs of society are usually out and about. Like I said before, not all officers are good, some are lazy, some are power hungry and some are just pricks that want nothing better than to ruin someones day when a warning would suffice. BUT, most are out there protecting our lives from scum who mean to harm us. They live in danger everytime they strap on the gun and put on a badge. So give them a break, show them support, especially in this day and age when they have to juggle what the courts tell them they can and can’t do while sometimes leaving them open to lawsuits. I’m stepping off of my soapbox now and have included a video link for you to watch if you’ve made it this far. Tasers help officers subdue idiots that may end up hurting themselves, someone else or the officer with no harm (majority of the time) to the person.
Dr. Manning talking about white people rioting because they are sick of being kicked in the face because Obama (long-legged macDaddy) keeps lying to them, pushed around, being called racist, taking their tax dollars, etc.