Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2008, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Billions Wasted, Taxpayers' Money, Waste and Fraud
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Election 2008, Freedom, Politics, The United States | Tags: "A Conflict of Visions", Old Ideas, The Nineteen Thirties
This is from 2008, before the election, but I ran across it and it’s interesting how prescient Tom Sowell is. And it seemed to fit with my previous post.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2008, Politics | Tags: Not "For the Kids", Unrepresented Taxpayers, Wisconsin 's Screaming Mob
Wisconsin Republican Senator Glenn Grothman was chased and trapped by an out-of-control mob as he tried to enter the Wisconsin capitol building. It was a remarkably ugly scene. He had to be rescued by one of his Democrat colleagues who was with the demonstrators.
The nation is facing a fiscal crisis of historic proportions, and the big spending Democrats who were removed from office in November are still refusing to acknowledge that there is a debt crisis. In state after state, even normally Democratic states like Wisconsin, voters sent Republicans into office to put things in order. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker faces a $3.6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. He is required by law to balance the budget. The interesting thing is that the unions would prefer to lay people off than lose power. We have Democrats desperately defending the status quo. Republicans trying to rescue the state from a fiscal meltdown.
Walker faces tough choices. He proposed that state workers contribute a little more to their pension and health-care benefits, and started a revolution. Teachers called in sick, schools closed, demonstrators massed at the capitol and moved into the capitol building. Democrat legislators, who didn’t have the votes, left the state to prevent the legislature from having a quorum.
The public quickly came to understand that although they were expected to pay the bill for public workers’ benefits, they were unrepresented at the bargaining table. The deal is that public employees pay their dues to the union, the union spends the dues on campaign funds to elect their preferred Democrat candidate to office, where he will bargain with the union on their benefit package which he hopes will be generous so the union will again support his campaign. A cozy and corrupt game, and one that cash-strapped states can no longer afford.
Democrats have chosen not to recognize the results of the election in Wisconsin. They may insist loudly that they are “doing it for the kids,” but as usual, it merely proves that what they care about is control and power. Democrats have tried to whip up the mob with claims that the Libertarian Koch brothers — well, it’s entirely unclear exactly what they are trying to blame on the Koch brothers — but it’s clear that the Kochs are guilty because they are very rich. And “the rich,” by definition, deprive the poor of their money unjustly. How that works is also unclear.
Since the teachers had to go back to school, we don’t know just who comprises the screaming mob. President Obama has sent in volunteers from Organizing for America, private sector unions are there in solidarity with the public unions, and there seems to be a number of students. Madison is a university town.
The usual rabble-rousers have turned up to rouse the rabble. The President is improperly siding with the unions, but that is nothing new. His Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, believes that her job is to support the unions rather than American workers That they understand neither tradition or propriety is not surprising. That they deny there is a fiscal crisis is not really surprising either, but it is a very big problem.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2008, Energy | Tags: China, Creating Jobs Abroad, Stimulus Bill
The “Stimulus Bill” (the American Recovery and Investment Act) allocated around $2 billion to support wind power, thus promoting American energy independence while creating American jobs of the very best “green” kind.
Last October, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University reported that a consortium of U.S. and Chinese companies announced a deal to build a $1.5 billion wind farm in Texas, using imported Chinese turbines.
The project is expected to create some temporary construction jobs in America, but some 2,000 manufacturing jobs will be created in China. Of the 1,807 turbines that will be erected on 28 wind farms receiving grants, foreign owned manufacturers built 1,219, according to the workshop report. The installation of these turbines may have created as many as 6,838 manufacturing jobs overseas.
In its 2009 year-end report, the American Wind Energy Association acknowledged that despite billions in stimulus spending, there had been a net loss in manufacturing jobs. CEO Denise Bode estimates the manufacturing job loss at 1,500.
Investors Business Daily notes that:
Last March, a cargo of steel towers was unloaded at the port of Vancouver, Wash. They were made in Vietnam for a Danish wind company and destined for a Portuguese wind farm in Indiana that got a stimulus grant.
If we were allowed to drill for our own oil and gas, and bring in the offshore oil that we know to be there, we would be creating thousands of high-paying permanent jobs.
But China isn’t beholden to the environmental lobby for electoral campaign money. They are working hard and successfully to develop their manufacturing sector and searching for the energy supplies to support that sector.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Election 2008, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Terrorism | Tags: Guantanamo, Liberal lies, President Bush
Of course he doesn’t have the character to actually say Bush was right, or admit that he was wrong, but he is at least grown up enough to throw his campaign promises about Gitmo under the bus, blaming, essentially, his nutroot followers for failing to realize how difficult an issue it is. Of course, he fails to mention that he was the one encouraging them not to realize it for his own political gain:
President-elect Barack Obama said this weekend that he does not expect to close Guantanamo Bay in his first 100 days in office.
“I think it’s going to take some time and our legal teams are working in consultation with our national security apparatus as we speak to help design exactly what we need to do,” Obama said in an exclusive “This Week” interview with George Stephanopoulos, his first since arriving in Washington.
“It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize,” the president-elect explained. “Part of the challenge that you have is that you have a bunch of folks that have been detained, many of whom may be very dangerous who have not been put on trial or have not gone through some adjudication. And some of the evidence against them may be tainted even though it’s true. And so how to balance creating a process that adheres to rule of law, habeas corpus, basic principles of Anglo-American legal system, by doing it in a way that doesn’t result in releasing people who are intent on blowing us up.” [Emphasis added. read more]
Better late than never, I suppose. Too bad he has already done so much damage convincing people around the world of the opposite.
The weasel-elect is also still trying to play the fence on prosecuting Bush and Cheney; trying to imply to his psychopathic followers that he isn’t ruling out putting Bush on trial, while his equivocation makes it clear he knows damn well that Bush and Cheney never did anything illegal, and has no intention of doing so. Yet, again, he lacks the character to admit that he knowingly made false implications of treason for political gain. What a swell guy!
Ironic that an ostensibly “better” president than Bush, like say, FDR, might very well have prosecuted Obama for sedition.
But hey, Obama never claimed he was going to put “Country First” — that was the other guy.
(h/t Michelle Malkin)
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2008, History, Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture
Filed under: Election 2008, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics | Tags: Democrat, Democrat lies, Ignorance, Propaganda
A new Zogby poll confirms what many of us knew: Obama won the election because of uninformed, misinformed and ignorant supporters.
A documentary, “Media Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected,” addressing the “mainstream” news media’s complicity in keeping voters ignorant and misinformed is in the works. In this preview, the film-maker interviews 12 Obama supporters, randomly selected by another Obama supporter. The results would be funny if they weren’t so frightening:
According to the Zogby poll, a whopping 57.4% of Obama supporters believe erroneously that Republicans are currently in control of congress. The most unpopular congress ever, for good reason, and well over half of Obama voters are exactly wrong about who is controlling it.
And so Obama supporters give even more power to the party that has presided over our current economic collapse. Its not a surprise, but it doesn’t make it any less depressing.
Other results from the poll:
81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we “gave” one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Election 2008, History, Media Bias, Politics, Uncategorized | Tags: Obama, Presidential election, The Founding Fathers, The Value of Debate
On January 20th of next year, we will have a new president, and I wish him well. He was not my choice, but he will be my president, and I wish him luck in dealing with the daunting challenges that face us.
We differed sharply on matters of his policies, his associations and his experience. He will quickly get experience. We will see who he chooses for his cabinet. We will continue to fight for the policies we believe in.
Please remember that disagreement and arguing are how we arrive at a way forward. That is what the founding fathers intended. Attempts to silence those who disagree are attempts to destroy the the world’s most durable constitution. Read The Federalist Papers, and renew your faith in debate, and read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while you’re at it. Our founding documents have served us well.
Filed under: Economy, Education, Election 2008, Energy, Environment, Foreign Policy, Health Care, Iraq, Terrorism | Tags: 2008 Election, Backgrounder, Campaign Politics
Most websites that include politics have last minute advice, but it is noticeable. Everybody’s exhausted. Too many polls, too many ads, too many mailers, too much spin, too many lies and too much emotion.
Voting is far too serious a matter to be done on the basis of emotion. This is not a popularity contest, or it shouldn’t be. There is a lot of trouble on the horizon, and we are electing people to deal with it as our representatives. To be our servants. They are going to work for us. Have you considered their applications carefully? Have you studied their resumés and looked for the real meaning behind the carefully chosen words?
Here is the best Election ’08 Backgrounder I have seen, from Investors Business Daily. A checklist, if you will, of things you should consider before you go to the polls. And there are links to further information if you want it. I hope this helps.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Election 2008, Foreign Policy, Iraq, Liberalism, Military | Tags: In His Own Words, Liberal lies
A few words to send you off to the polls tomorrow.
(h/t The Weekly Standard)
Filed under: Economy, Election 2008, Energy | Tags: Big Brother, Energy, Regulation, Taxes
More desperately important reasons to vote for McCain/Palin and do everything in your power in these last two days to make sure as many other McCain/Palin voters get to the polls as possible:
From an interview in San Francisco (naturally) last January:
And, in the same interview, he admits freely that his plans will necessarily cause electricity prices to skyrocket:
Obama wants to drive prices up. He thinks Americans must change their evil energy consuming behavior, and that it is governments’ place to force them to do so. He believes the American free market, where we use electricity when we want it, turn on lightbulbs at our leisure, buy things we want and use them when and how we want — you know, the economic model that has lifted billions of people around the world out of poverty — must be fundamentally changed:
But we will have to subsidize energy for the poor! So not only are your personal energy costs going to skyrocket, you’ll be paying more taxes to subsidize energy for the poor.
And to what end?
As the video says, so that one day in the very distant future, the government will wave its magic wand and create a way to power the economy without oil, without natural gas, without coal, without nuclear — without any of the carbon producing, “dirty” energy sources that currently account for 90.4% of America’s electricity needs. That’s just electricity, it doesn’t even include America’s transportation energy needs.
And until the day when government can somehow make the solar and wind that currently supply 2.4% of our electricity needs, supply all the energy we need for electricity and transportation, you and your family, and your children, and their children, and their children’s children ad infinitum will have to suffer far higher energy prices, higher taxation, higher regulation of your personal behaviors and consumer choices….
THIS is what Obama means when he says he wants to bring about “fundamental change.” A level of Statism that has never, ever been known in this country. The government will tell you what, where and when you can travel. They will dictate through taxation and regulation how much energy you can use, what products you can buy, what temperature you can keep your house, what you can eat!
It is all implicit in his self-described vision. And it is contrary to almost every principle America is founded upon. Is Statism the change Americans are looking for? It’s the change they’re about to get!
Tell me where I’m wrong.
UPDATE: Sarah Palin responds to Obama’s vision for the coal industry:
(h/t Hot Air)