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Threaten Democrats With Sunlight by American Elephant

Your health care is at risk, my health care is at risk, the very nature of the relationship between Americans and their government is at risk because power-hungry Democrat cockroaches in Washington DC are making dirty deals in dark backrooms for votes on Obama’s wildly unpopular socialist health-care Trojan Horse.

Rush said today that Obama wouldn’t dare hold a press conference right now because the rank corruption that is going on can only happen in secrecy. He’s right. Cockroaches thrive in the dark. What America desperately needs right now is some sunlight to make these cockroaches scatter!

Unfortunately, minority Republicans aren’t currently in a position to cast much sunlight on Democrats’ corrupt dealings.

But they will be.

After next November’s elections, if Republicans take back control of one of both chambers on Capitol Hill as many predict they will, they will gain subpoena power, control committees, and direct the agenda of at least one chamber of congress.

And that is a powerful weapon that Republicans can and should use to kill this horrendous bill — and they should use it now.  Americans already know Pelosi and Obama are bribing Democrats to get them to vote yes on Obamacare. Some of their corrupt dealings have already been exposed.  GOP leaders should immediately hold a press conference, citing those corrupt dealings and the sleazy, corrupt  manner in which this bill is being passed,  and threaten wavering Democrats by promising that if Republicans win next November, they will investigate any and all evidence of corruption, bribery and even the appearance of impropriety surrounding the passage of  this unpopular bill. They should threaten to subpoena records, hold hearings if necessary, and promise that they will expose the Democrats involved, punish unethical behavior and prosecute anything illegal.

Democrat fence-sitters will be MUCH more reluctant to make shady deals and accept promises of cushy jobs if they fear their golden parachutes might be made public, get them investigated or land them in jail.

Sunlight is not only the best disinfectant, it also makes cockroaches scatter!

And even the threat of future sunlight may be just what Republicans need to scare enough wavering Democrats to kill this cancerous bill.

I hope you will call and write your Representatives and the Republican leaders and ask them to immediately hold a press conference and publicly promise to cast sunlight on ALL the Democrat’s dirty deals.

[updated March 16, 2010, 10:12 pm]

Massachusetts Isn’t Alone by American Elephant
January 20, 2010, 6:47 am
Filed under: Democrat Corruption | Tags: , ,

While all eyes were on the epic upset by Senator-elect Brown in Massachusetts yesterday, another seismic political event was occurring with little notice just a few states down the Eastern Seaboard: Republican Chris Christie was inaugurated Governor of New Jersey. Another deep-blue state fighting back against Democrat corruption and their command and control policies.

Congratulations and Godspeed to Governor Christie. New Jersey is a mess, and he has his work cut out for him!

What is the Difference Between Republicans and Democrats? by The Elephant's Child
December 1, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: Humor, Politics | Tags: , ,


A Republican and a Democrat were walking down the street when they came to a homeless person. The Republican gave the homeless person his business card and told him to come to his business for a job. He then took twenty dollars out of his pocket and gave it to the homeless person.

The Democrat was very impressed, and when they came to another homeless person, he decided to help. He walked over to the homeless person and gave him directions to the welfare office. He then reached into the Republican’s pocket and got out twenty dollars. He kept $15 for administrative fees and gave the homeless person five.

Now you understand the difference between Republicans & Democrats.

Analyzing and clarifying the differences between the right and the left. by The Elephant's Child

In the wake of the Homeland Security Department’s memo identifying the Extreme Rightwing Radicals, a little lesson in how to tell the difference will perhaps help.  At the time of the last election, exit polls determined that only 13 percent of Americans could accurately define the differences between the two major parties.  We want to help

Did Rush say he wanted the economy to fail? by The Elephant's Child

Rush Limbaugh’s speech to CPAC has been widely discussed today, particularly in light of Michael Steele’s odd remark when he referred to Limbaugh as an ‘entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.” Steele has since apologized.  But the discussion, such as it is, from both sides of the political divide, has widely missed the point.

Rush did as fine a job as I can remember ever hearing,  of articulating basic conservative principles and belief in America.    He tweaked liberals, of course, but as a matter of disagreeing with their basic principles and the results of their policies.

Let me tell you who we conservatives are: We love people.  When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans.  We see human beings.  We don’t see groups.  We don’t see victims.  We don’t see people we want to exploit.  What we see — what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work.  We do not see that person with contempt.  We don’t think that person doesn’t have what it takes.  We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations, and too much government. …

We don’t want to tell anybody how to live.  That’s up to you.  If you want to make the best of yourself, feel free.  If you want to ruin your life, we’ll try to stop it, but it’s a waste.  We look over the country as it is today, we see so much waste, human potential that’s been destroyed by 50 years of a welfare state.

Rush said that “more people than you know live their lives as conservatives in one degree or another.  And he said:

Spending  a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion.  All politicians are temporary stewards of our country.  It is not their task to tear it down and rebuild it in their image.

The differences come in definitions of what is policy and what is principle. Principle involves inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; adherence to the Constitution;  the rule of law and respect for the history of America.  Principle says all men are created equal and you can make of yourself what you will, that we’ll help you if you’re down, but we expect you to stand on your own two feet if you can.  Policy says that people who are more successful need to support those who made poor choices,because it is not fair for some people to be more successful than others.

Rush reminded us that Barack Obama is spending wealth that has not yet been created.  If it was about paying for it, he wouldn’t do it because we can’t afford it.  It isn’t about paying for it, it is about control.

You might keep that in mind.

“New, New Deal” meet the “Old New Deal.” by The Elephant's Child
February 7, 2009, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, History, Liberalism, Military, Taxes | Tags: , , ,

President Obama, irritated by Republican lack of cooperation in passing his porkulus bill, hopped on Air Force One on Thursday for the less than 150 mile trip down to Williamsburg to speak to the Democrat caucus about the urgency of rescuing the economy.  A pilot estimated the cost of the gas for Air Force One at $30,000 for this short trip.

Obama discarded his prepared speech, we are told, to say the same old things about crumbling roads and bridges and levees , factories closing, tens of thousands laid off, and warned of catastrophe if his bill is not passed instantly.  He whined about the debt left for him — “wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the oval office” — by the Bush administration, and reminded everyone, once again, that he won the election.

So then you get the argument, well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill.  What do you think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point.  No, seriously.  That’s the point.

There, as they say, is the rub. President Obama’s “stimulus” has aptly been called “The New, New Deal.”

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, he had an economy in bad shape left to him by the Hoover administration.  FDR was inaugurated on March 4, and proclaimed a bank holiday the next week.  Five days later he began his first One Hundred Days. March 29, Congress passed a bill creating the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) making jobs for approximately 250,000 young men.  April 19, he announced that the U.S. would abandon the gold standard, devaluing the dollar internationally.  May 19 Congress passed a bill creating the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority).

And so it went, commissions and authorities and boards and corps — the WPA, the ERA, SCS, REA, NLRB, and so on and so on. [Read Amity Schlaes excellent The Forgotten Man]  All these programs put people to work, working for the government.  Nothing worked to improve the economy or lessen the impact of the Depression. Democrats are generally sure that the first hundred days fixed everything, but the facts show otherwise.

Most acknowledge that World War II ended the Depression,  but  ignore the circumstances.  The Draft began in October of 1940.  By the summer of 1941 President Roosevelt asked that the term of service be extended beyond 12 months, and many reluctant soldiers threatened to desert.  The December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor brought thousands of Americans volunteering for service.

Able bodied young men were swept up in the draft, and women and draft rejects turned to new or re-tooled factories for employment.  Military pay wasn’t much, and although thousands of new jobs were created at home, wage and price controls were instituted.

Many products were rationed to allow for a flow of goods for the military.  Rationed products included tires, cars, bicycles, gasoline, fuel oil and kerosene,  solid fuels, stoves, rubber footwear, shoes, sugar, coffee, processed foods, meats, canned fish, cheese, canned milk, fats and typewriters.  Other things were just unobtainable.  If a store got in a case of Hershey bars, long lines developed instantly.  People at home remember the bags of shortening which contained a gelatin pill of yellow food coloring and butter flavor so you could create margarine.  Soldiers remember Spam and Chipped Beef which they came to loathe.

More people were at work, but wage and price controls kept the economy stable.  There was nothing on which to spend money.  Factories which once made consumer products were making war materials.  Gasoline and car rationing meant that you couldn’t go much of anywhere, and there was nothing to buy.  In every Five & Dime store, a woman sat at a table in the front of the store darning silk stockings.

What people could do was save money.  There were War Bond drives everywhere.  Kids brought their money to school to buy Savings Stamps to fill up Savings Books, and when the book was full, you got a $25 War Bond.  Celebrities conducted War Bond drives in every venue including spontaneous appearances on the back of flag- festooned trucks on the street.

For all of Roosevelt’s good intentions, all of his spending did not act as stimulus.  The make-work, government-paid jobs that he created put groceries on the table, but did not help the economy to recover.

The government action that did help the economy to recover was the government’s  massive purchase of goods.  The government bought tanks, trucks, aircraft carriers, destroyers, rifles, cannon, canteens, Higgins boats,boots, backpacks, walkie-talkies, rubber boats — an unimaginable stream of military supplies from the “Arsenal of Democracy” not only for our army, but also for the armies of our allies.

The government was not taking money out of one pocket and putting it back in another, as was the case with make-work government jobs and government-paid projects.  The government ordered products to be built, created, invented by private enterprise, which in turn hired workers and designers and engineers to create new products. It put certainty into the economy.  Companies could be created, workers hired, products invented because there was a market that would pay for them.  Accepting risk was once again worthwhile.

Tax cuts work because they present the same certainty.  If your taxes are cut, you know that you will have  X number of dollars more income, for sure.  When the government spends, it operates on the assumption that the money will enter the economy and create a “multiplier effect” (the source of many economist arguments) as it moves around the economy.  The history of spending seems to suggest that most of the “multiplier effect” is bunkum.

People’s savings from the war created a pent-up market ready to buy consumer goods they were deprived of during the war.  New cars, new appliances, meat, butter, shoes — there was a hunger for long-unavailable products and plenty of  jobs in industries re-tooled to produce them.

So in answer to President Obama’s sneering assertion that “spending is stimulus”— Nice try, but that simply does not seem to be the case.  And we arrive back at the Democrats’ lack of interest in consequences and enthusiasm for good intentions.

What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats II? by The Elephant's Child

There is a big difference in the way that Democrats and Republicans approach policy.  Understanding the basic differences are important.  These, of course, are over-simplified generalities, and they don’t apply to every Republican or every Democrat. Over time, though, it’s a pretty good guide.

Democrats are the party of good intentions.  They really do mean well.  They want to help the underdog and the needy.  Because they mean well, they especially resent being criticized.  Questioning the possible consequences of the policy is simply obstruction and downright meanness.  If a policy does not work, it is either because of Republican obstruction, or because not enough money was invested to make it successful. The answer is better funding.

Republicans care about consequences.  And they care about liberty.  They are not impressed with good intentions.  They want to know if it works.  And if it doesn’t work, they want to get rid of it and start over with something that will work.  That doesn’t mean that they always know what will work.  They don’t.  Everybody often has a different idea, and some of the ideas are really dreadful.  But they care about workable policies that do what they are intended to do.  Liberty is not negotiable, but infringements on liberty are sometimes poorly understood.

These differences are especially noticeable in the two parties think-tanks.  Democrat think-tanks are devoted to discovering ways to win policy debates, and raise funds.  They are often very successful at this work.

Conservative think-tanks are devoted to figuring out what works.  They do studies and write summaries and argue with the authors of competing studies.  Then they try to get people to read their long studies and to understand the complications involved in policies.  They write articles and make speeches to conservative groups.

Democrats make up sound bites that are focus group tested.

Feel free to make additions or subtractions or just argue if you choose.

Christmas Gifts for Conservatives and Republicans by American Elephant

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Still Undecided? Fred Thompson Makes the Choice Crystal Clear by The Elephant's Child
October 25, 2008, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Economy, Election 2008, Foreign Policy | Tags: , , ,

Fred Thompson has some important words for Americans.  Give him a few minutes:

The transcript of this video is here, should you want to keep it or share it. There is a button for emailing the video at the end.

What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats? by The Elephant's Child

I came across a statistic the other day that startled me.  A poll determined that only 13% of Americans could distinguish between the political parties.  That is, they could not tell you what each party stands for correctly.  I listen to talk shows, and many callers claim that there is no difference between the parties, or they credit the wrong party with the wrong policy.  Anecdotal evidence, to be sure, but the poll is at least partly right.

Can we agree that Republicans agree that small government is desirable?  Yes, I know, they have many times been responsible for vast enlargement.  Can we agree that Democrats generally feel that things are better handled by the government than by the free market?

Can we agree that Republicans believe in individual responsibility and the freedom to make of yourself what you can?  Can we agree that Democrats believe in a caring government that makes things “fair”, taxing those who are rich to redistribute wealth more equally?

Can we then agree that the subprime crisis was the result of a well-intentioned desire to make the distribution of wealth more equal by helping minorities to own their own homes?

So, is Barack Obama the visionary figure who will bring America together as he claims to be?  Or is he the far-left candidate that his record suggests?

Economists are worried.  100 distinguished economists signed a statement released by the McCain campaign:

Barack Obama argues that his proposals to raise tax rates and halt international trade agreements would benefit the American economy.  They would do nothing of the sort.  Economic analysis and historical experience show that they would do the opposite.  They would reduce economic growth and decrease the number of jobs in America.  Moreover, with the credit crunch, the housing slump, and high energy prices weakening the U.S. economy, his proposals run a high risk of throwing the economy into a deep recession. It was exactly such misguided tax hikes and protectionism, enacted when the U.S. economy was weak in the early 1930s, that greatly increased the severity of the Great Depression.

We are very concerned with Barack Obama’s opposition to trade agreements such as the pending one with Colombia, the new one with Central America, or the established one with Canada and Mexico. Exports from the United States to other countries create jobs for Americans.  Imports make goods available to Americans at lower prices and are a particular benefit to families and individuals with low incomes.  International trade is also a powerful source of strength in a weak economy.  In the second quarter of this year, for example, increased international trade did far more to stimulate the U.S. economy than the federal government’s “stimulus” package.

Ironically, rather than supporting international trade, Barack Obama is now proposing yet another so-called stimulus package, which would do very little to grow the economy.  And his proposal to finance the package with higher taxes on oil would raise oil prices directly and by reducing exploration and production.

We are equally concerned with his proposals to increase tax rates on labor income and investment.  His dividend and capital gains tax increases would reduce investment and cut into the savings of millions of Americans.  His proposals to increase income and payroll tax rates would discourage the formation and expansion of small businesses and reduce employment and take-home pay, as would his mandates on firms to provide expensive health insurance.

After hearing such economic criticism of his proposals, Barack Obama has apparently suggested to some people that he might postpone his tax increases, perhaps to 2010. But it is a mistake to think that postponing such tax increases would prevent their harmful effect on the economy today.  The prospect  of such tax rate increases in 2010 is already a drag on the economy. Businesses considering whether to hire workers today and expand their operations have time horizons longer than a year or two, so the prospect of higher taxes starting in 2009 or 2010 reduces hiring and investment in 2008.

In sum, Barack Obama’s economic proposals are wrong for the American economy.  They defy both economic reason and economic experience.
(For the economists statement on John McCain’s economic program, continue reading:)

A new survey from Chief Executive magazine found that 74% of CEOs fear that an Obama presidency would be disastrous for the country.” The survey found some CEOs worried that if implemented [Obama's] programs would bankrupt the country within three years”

The people who know something about creating jobs or creating problems for the economy have some important things to say.  It’s worthwhile listening to them.

Caught on Video: Democrats in Their Own Words Blocking Fannie/Freddie Reforms by American Elephant

Republicans tried many times to regulate Fannie and Freddie. Democrats demonized and demagogued those calling for the regulations. Watch how they attack the Director of Oversight. Democrats said there was no problem. Democrats voted in complete party unison against reforms.

Here they are in their own words. See for yourself.

They were protecting their pet policy that caused this meltdown. They were protecting the Democrats who ran Fannie and Freddy. They were protecting their piggy bank.

They must be voted out of office.

Please share this video. Email it to friends and family. Post it. Send it to your favorite blogs.

(h/t VinceP)

Michael Ramirez Strikes Again! by The Elephant's Child
September 4, 2008, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Humor, Media Bias, Military, Politics | Tags: , ,

Michael Ramirez, editorial cartoonist extraordinaire, has a new book, soon to come out,  of his best cartoons.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  I am a huge fan of his work.  It can be pre-ordered here.


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