American Elephants


And Just One More by The Elephant's Child

(h/t: Bookworm Room)



One Last Reminder of Why You Should Vote Tuesday! by The Elephant's Child


I keep swearing that I’m not going to post another video, and then I find one so utterly delicious that I cannot resist. The Congressman who was afraid that Guam might tip over if we sent more troops is not alone. It takes a special dose of elitism to be so utterly obtuse.
(h/t: Bookworm Room)



Where Are the Jobs? Why is Business Not Hiring? by The Elephant's Child

It is not a good climate for business.  If you are wondering why the job market is not improving, why business is not hiring, why small businesses are shutting their doors, why there are so many vacant storefronts — the number one culprit is uncertainty.

When business is worried about how much their taxes will go up on January 1; when they are unsure about all the new regulations and rules that are being imposed on them; when they don’t know what the new health care laws will mean for them,  what the rules for that will be, and what it will cost;  if card check will pass; and whether they will have to move part or all of their operations overseas — then the reasons for the lack of jobs become clearer.

President Obama has repeatedly and aggressively led Democrats to attack American business.  He has attacked the Chamber of Commerce as a corporate interest standing against open elections and U.S. Workers.

He has repeatedly and aggressively attacked health insurers, accusing them of dropping people from their rolls just because they get sick. HHS Secretary Sebelius warned Americas Health Insurance Plans that they had better not tell their customers that their costs were going up because of the new law, and that a report in the Wall Street Journal that McDonalds might drop the limited benefits for 30,000 workers was flat-out wrong . (No it wasn’t).

Treasury Secretary Geithner said that U.S. oil and natural gas producing companies “should not receive federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks because their businesses contribute to global warming” before Congress last Wednesday.

Obama has told drug and insurance companies that he will hold them accountable for the prices they charge and the harm they cause.  He has promised to allow Medicare to negotiate with drugmakers for cheaper prices.  With less revenue from Medicare, drugmakers may begin charging more for drugs sold outside the program.  Lower profits mean less money for R&D, and fewer new drugs on the market.

Obama promised, during the campaign, to try to bankrupt the coal industry, which generates over half of our electricity.  Environmentalists are a major voting block for Democrats, and the EPA is working to shut down coal-fired power plants and coal producers.

Obama has claimed that doctors are making decisions about your treatment based on the fee payment schedule rather than what is best for the patient.  He has suggested that Doctors look at the reimbursement system and see that they would make more money if they took the kid’s tonsils out rather than give them an antibiotic.

— Obama unceremoniously took over General Motors and Chrysler, making GM a ward of the state, and giving Chrysler to Fiat.  In the process he shuttered the private businesses of hundreds of car dealers whose only sin was that they purchased automobiles from the car companies to sell on their own lots.  He simply decided that there should be fewer car dealers.

By slapping a moratorium and new safety regulations on the oil drilling industry in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama not only shut down offshore drilling, but shuttered all sorts of businesses around the Gulf that are dependent on the drilling industry.  The Interior Department has continued to delay issuing drilling permits, further strangling the industry.

Why do you suppose business and industry would feel uncertainty?  Why would they not be investing their savings in expanding their businesses?  Why would they be reluctant to hire? Should be obvious.

In Europe, the EU has imposed all sorts of rules to protect employees from the possibility that employers might take advantage of their employees. The extensive  rules have made it very hard to fire a bad employee.  Because it is so hard to fire a bad employee, European businesses are very slow to hire, slow to expand, and economic growth has slowed significantly.   But we don’t learn from the experience of others either.



BE the Wave! by American Elephant
November 1, 2010, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Election 2010, Politics | Tags: , , , ,

Thanks for the link Ace! Welcome Morons!

Even though it’s a commercial for an entirely unrelated product, the visual seems deliciously appropriate. (Plus, it has a good beat and I can dance to it!)

But while everyone is talking about how big Republican victories are going to be, ASSUME NOTHING! Especially if you are in what is usually considered a “blue state”. Reports show that Democrats in blue states are turning out to vote in large numbers, hoping to prevent big Republican gains. Our Washington State Secretary of State for example (one of the only statewide elected Republicans), is predicting record turnout, not just because Republicans are enthused, but because Democrats in this blue state want to be a firewall.

I imagine the same thing is going on in other blue states.

So no matter what you do, DO NOT FAIL to vote. Don’t assume it’s in the bag and that you can skip going to the polls or mailing your ballot in because you’re busy, or because it’s raining and you think your vote isn’t needed. it IS! Indeed, get on the phone and call your friends in blue states, and make sure they vote.

Cynical, crotchety skepticism is your friend!

Republicans not only need to win, but  need to win by more than the margin of fraud. And Democrat election fraud is very real. Just ask Dino Rossi, who won the Washington State governor’s race in the first count, the second count, only to have it stolen from him by King County who kept “finding” (read: manufacturing) additional ballots until they had enough for the Democrat to “win”. Same thing happened with Norm Coleman and Al Franken.

Another sobering thought…every vote in states that vote by mail is first handled by unsupervised SEIU Union members before it ever gets to the precinct — postal workers. You know SEIU — Obama’s purple shirted thugs — the ones that have been beating, roughing up and intimidating conservative citizens from coast to coast. The group that has spent millions to elect Democrats. The group that is pushing to get RID of secret ballots in union negotiations so they can intimidate people into voting to unionize.

Makes me feel real safe about vote by mail!

IF you vote by mail, contact your county elections office to verify that your ballot was received and counted. (For example: King County, WA residents can track their ballots here.)

So, no, this election is NOT in the bag. VOTE and call everyone you know, especially your friends and family in states with close elections, and make sure they vote too.

BE the wave!



Some Very Smart Words From a Pollster: by The Elephant's Child

I’m tired of polls, and I bet you are too.  (That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to read any more).  But Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports had some smart things to say in a piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning.  He said:

Voters today want hope and change every bit as much as in 2008.  But most have come to recognize that if we have to rely on politicians for the change, there is no hope.  At the same time, Americans instinctively understand that if we can unleash the collective wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.

In this environment, it would be wise for all Republicans to remember that their team didn’t win, the other team lost.  Heading into 2012, voters remain ready to vote against the party in power unless they are given a reason not to do so.

Elected politicians also should leave their ideological baggage behind because voters don’t want to be governed from the left, the right, or even the center.  They want someone in Washington who understands that the American people want to govern themselves. (emphasis added)




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