American Elephants

Another Star Republican Governor: Ohio’s John Kasich. by The Elephant's Child
January 16, 2013, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Capitalism, Conservatism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Taxes


Oh those Republican Governors! Last year, Ohio’s Tax Commissioner Joe Testa reviewed the state’s 20 or so tax computer systems to identify and fix inefficiencies. During that process, he discovered unexplained credit balances and that 3,500 businesses had overpaid $13.7 million in commercial activity taxes, which are imposed on gross receipts over $150,000.

Rather than hoard the cash, Ohio Governor John Kasich has instructed the Department of Taxation to refund the hard-earned money extending to the four-year statute of limitations and to audit returns for 184,000 other businesses who may have overpaid their taxes.

President Obama owes his re-election in no small part to the economic recoveries in Republican governed states like Ohio where unemployment has fallen from 9% to 6.8% when Mr. Kasich entered office in January 2011.  Job growth nationally has been more evasive.

Mr. Kasich erased an $8 billion deficit without raising taxes, and streamlined regulations. The state expects to end the fiscal year with a budget surplus.

Obama Administration Efforts at Engaging The People Fail Again. by The Elephant's Child

Oh HaHaHaHaHaHaHa! Angry citizens have been signing petitions about all sorts of things.  They want the Senate to pass a budget. They are so fed up with this administration that 50 states want to secede from the Union.T hey want the administration to build a Death Star.They want the president to support law abiding gun owners. They want to IRS to investigate the Westboro Baptist Church’s 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status. Recognize SIKH Genocide. Repeal DOMA. Repeal ObamaCare. Deport anyone who signed a petition to secede. Require labels of genetically modified foods. And more.

The original requirement for numbers of petitioners was 5,000 to get a response from the White House. Then they raised it to 25,000.  They really care about “Giving all Americans a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them.” But not quite so much. They have quadrupled the number of petition signers  to 100,000 before the petition will get a response.  Transparency is very important to us, just  not so much.

In tot6al, the site has seen 9.1 million signatures on 141,000 petitions from 5.4 million users. 162 official responses have been offered to the 141,000 petitions.

Once Again, The Marvelous Michael Ramirez Explains Reality: by The Elephant's Child
January 16, 2013, 8:17 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, History, Law, National Security, Politics


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Here is everything you need to know about “gun-violence.” The only statistic missing is the fact that most “gun-violence” is not mass-murder, but suicide — very hard to do with a rifle.

Those attempting to ban weapons are usually concerned with assault weapons (scary looking), and exclude shotguns from the bans because they are familiar with people hunting ducks and pheasants with shotguns. A human shot with a shotgun is a far bigger mess than someone shot with an assault weapon.

See all of Michael Ramirez’s political cartoons and his choice to 2012’s 10 best at


The Proliferation of Presidential Posturing by The Elephant's Child

If you looked into the exit polls from the recent election, you will discover that the economy and jobs were the primary concern for voters and they thought that Gov. Romney would be better about that, but they thought that Obama cared about people like them, and Romney didn’t. Many people have suggested that Obama’s putting in an appearance at the devastation of Superstorm Sandy gained a lot of votes for him. Obama’s very presence showed that he cared.

Another way for a president to show his concern is to set up a commission. We have heard endlessly about Vice President Biden’s committee’s meetings and investigations into ways to prevent gun violence. Obama has turned to executive orders to show how concerned he is, and of course he will urge Congress to — take steps. He has issued 23 Executive Orders, and 9 ‘legislative ideas’ that the president wants to push through Congress, beginning, of course with the more pliable Senate.

The issuance of Executive Orders was accompanied by four children who have written letters to the White House about gun violence, ‘unexpectedly’ from four different ethnic groups.  The orders themselves are remarkably free of anything that would have prevented the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary or any other school, but if you are going to make an event out of the signing, it’s nice to have some kids on hand.

The NRA which did suggest something that would help to prevent gun violence, which is to have an armed guard in schools, and pointed out that the president’s children were protected by a number of armed guards. The White House responded:

Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.

That’s why the president signed the executive orders surrounded by children who are being used as pawns in a political fight.

The White House has released the list of executive orders, but the annotated list (exactly the same, with added comment) is way more fun. Here’s what he wants Congress to do:

  • Require criminal background checks for all gun sales. (a.k.a. closing the “gun show loophole.”)
  • Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
  • Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
  • Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.
  • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
  • End the freeze on gun violence research.
  • Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.
  • Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.
  • Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.

The gun show “loophole” really isn’t much of a loophole, and sounds more threatening than it is. The reason we discarded the assault weapons ban is because it accomplished nothing at all. Magazines or clips can be changed in about 2 seconds, so reducing the number of bullets in a magazine is not a big deal. The semiautomatic that Adam Lanza used to shoot 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults, complied with Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, and the boy did not buy the gun himself. President Obama said his goal is “to make sure that somebody like the individual in Newtown can’t walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a shockingly rapid fashion.”

The president , surrounded by children argues that the Sandy Hook massacre demonstrates the need for gun control policies that have nothing to do with the Sandy Hook massacre. Our schools would not be mad safer with more school resource officers and counselors, unless they happen to be armed. It took 20 minutes for police to arrive, which may be a simple problem of distance.

Major Nidal Hassan, who committed the Fort Hood massacre, was a psychiatrist, supervised by other psychiatrists. Timothy McVeigh didn’t use guns at all, but fertilizer. Most people who decide or plan to carry out a mass murder are pretty good at keeping their intent secret. One thing we do know from statistics is that perpetrators usually avoid any venue where they might be shot.  They head for gun-free zones.

To complete the posturing, the president subtly suggests that those who oppose his ideas — don’t care about the children.

Another Republican Govenor Joins the Ranks of Surplus Producing Governors. by The Elephant's Child


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joins the swelling ranks of Republican Governors who are demonstrating just how it’s done. She has taken Arizona from a state with a $3 billion deficit to an $800 million surplus. Not bad. Hint for the federal government:  restrained spending.

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