American Elephants


The Donkey Whisperer by American Elephant
August 24, 2011, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2012, Humor, News, Politics | Tags: , ,


Clever. I love it!

Roger Williams was Secretary of State in Texas under Rick Perry and now running for Congress in one of the new districts created by census reapportionment.

He’s off to a great start.



America Gives Pelosi the Boot! by American Elephant
January 5, 2011, 11:42 am
Filed under: Election 2010, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , ,

Oh frabjous day! Callooh Callay!

The most unpopular Speaker, from the most unpopular congress EVER is Speaker no more!

But while Americans kicked her out of the Speaker’s office, Democrats are poised to re-elect her today as their new minority leader. In other words, the American people threw Democrats out of power in the biggest electoral ass-kicking in 75 years , and Democrats response is to flip the American people the bird. They have nothing but contempt for the American people. And they have absolutely no intention of changing anything about their agenda, they will only fight harder and dirtier. After so-called “moderate” Democrats bore the brunt of their losses in November, the Democrat party is now far more radical and more extremist than ever. The only thing they have any intention of changing is the “tone” of their propaganda and lies.

Meet the new face of Congressional Dems — same as the very old, very unpopular face.



Democrat Congress Has Worst Job Approval in Gallup History by American Elephant
December 15, 2010, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Liberalism, News, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: , , ,

Thirteen percent approve of the current Democrat congress — the worst approval rating of any congress since Gallup started polling the issue 30 years ago. That means almost no one approves of this “progressive” congress other than staffers and family members.

Can we finally admit it? Worst congress EVER!



Congress Loves Earmarks, But They May Hurt Their Districts! by The Elephant's Child
June 5, 2010, 8:30 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Politics, Taxes | Tags: , ,

When your Member of Congress becomes a committee chairman, it is a big deal. It means more power to spend in earmark funds for their home districts. That’s the common wisdom and sometimes the reason for retaining people in office — because they deliver government goodies.  According to new research from Harvard Business School, the increased federal spending causes local companies to lose sales and to cut back on research, payroll and other expenses.

Harvard professors Joshua Coval, Christopher Malloy and Lauren Cohen were surprised at the results.  They had expected to find that firms with political connections prospered from receipt of federal largesse.  According to Mr. Coval, their research showed that federal dollars “directly supplant private sector activity — they literally undertake projects the private sector was planning to do on its own.”

I’ve seen that many times in my state. There is a project, long in the planning, and then the district Representative or a Senator gets interested and comes up with federal money.  Senator Patty Murray, sinking in the polls, is suddenly deeply interested in a big project in my district.  Not a coincidence.

Public spending seems to increase demand for factors of production like competition for labor and real estate, for example. Federal money comes with federal rules, as well.

Chairmanship of a Senate committee, particularly a powerful one like Finance or Appropriations typically brings an increase of 40% to 50% in earmark spending for the home state.  In the House, Chairmen take an average of 20% more to their states.  Yet in the first year after the chairman’s accession to the chairmanship, the average firm in his state “cuts back capital expenditures by around 15%.  The behavior continues as long as the money keeps flowing, or the Chairman steps down.

The same side effects are demonstrated by funds from the  federal stimulus program. In the first quarter of 2010, according to USA Today, private paychecks made up the lowest share of personal income in history as government spending ramped up to the highest levels ever.  That trend leads to higher taxes and more economic harm.

Democrats and Republicans have long promised earmark reform, but they don’t really mean it.  The closer it gets to election time, the more interested they suddenly are in bringing home the pork.  This study suggests that they are really reducing prosperity.



Congress Has No Money of Its Very Own. by The Elephant's Child
May 6, 2010, 12:18 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Taxes, The Constitution | Tags: , ,

From Economist Dr. Walter Williams:

“For Congress to guarantee a right to health care, or any other good or service, whether a person can afford it or not, it must diminish someone else’s rights, namely their rights to their earnings.  The reason is that Congress has no resources of its very own.  Moreover, there is no Santa Claus, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy giving them these resources.  The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces one to recognize that in order for government to give one American citizen a dollar, it must first, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American.  If one person has a right to something he did not earn, of necessity it requires that another person not have a right to something that he did earn.”



They Just May Not Have the Votes for Cap-and-Trade. by The Elephant's Child

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the leading climate skeptic in the Senate, said Thursday that upcoming cap-and-trade legislation can muster no more than 26 votes.  Climate change is far down on Americans’ list of concerns.  Only 33 percent believe that human activity is responsible, and 48 percent say global warming is caused by long-term planetary trends.

Evidence continues to appear indicating that cap-and-trade is ruinous for an economy, accomplishes nothing for climate change, and is aimed only at societal control.  President Obama’s efforts to sorta-kinda-maybe suggest that we might have a bit of support for nuclear power  or offshore  oil-and-gas drilling, were offset by all the areas that he put firmly off-limits, so that can be considered as thrown under the bus.

According to a Pew poll released Sunday night, trust in the federal government to do “the right thing” most of the time has fallen to a near all-time low of 22 percent.

How odd.  When the public is concerned about spending, the federal government pursues a health care bill that the majority of the public oppose.  When the public is concerned about spending and jobs, the federal government pursues climate change alarmism.  When the public is concerned about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, the federal government gets an agreement from Canada to send us their enriched uranium.  Why would we conceivably trust the federal government to do “the right thing.”



There are Serious People in Congress Who Do Have Serious Discussions. This One’s Worth Your Time. by The Elephant's Child
February 5, 2010, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Foreign Policy, Freedom, Middle East | Tags: , ,

Here’s a very interesting conversation led by Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. Nice to see some serious discussion in Congress about the serious matters we send them there to discuss.

(h/t: The Corner, NRO)




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