Obama, attempting to scare the voting public and whip up support for his plan to socialize medicine, said the federal government will go bankrupt if health costs are not reined in. Okay. Then the federal government should stop paying for health care immediately. Let the people pay for their own health care in a free market.
The more often Barack Obama opens his blow hole and bloviates on matters economic, the more conclusive it becomes that he is either (a) stupid, or...well (a) stupid.
Consider his following prescription: We must "spend our way out of this recession."
"Spending your way out of a recession" is akin to eating more bacon in the hopes that it will cure for need for heart surgery. It doesn't help your heart, but hey, at least your not having that nasty surgery!
Obama seems ignorant of the fact that a recession(when people curtail their spending) is not the problem(people have overspent), but the cure.
Eating more bacon won't unclog your arteries; it will only delay the day you finally have that surgery. And your condition will have worsened in the meantime.
The Republican Party has a problem. Actually, they have had this problem for quite a while. But it could not be better exemplified than in the congressional race in New York where the conservative is, well, a Conservative, and the liberal is...a Republican.
The Republican Party establishment has supported the liberal, leaving Mr Hoffman to twist in the wind, on his own.
Mr Hoffman stands a good chance of winning the contest.
The question begged: when will Republicans learn?
Conservatives must run as conservatives, not as some hybrid vote-chaser. See under: John McCain.
Republicans must either get as serious about their conservatism as Democrats are about their socialism or they will always be a minority party. Newt Gingrich is wrong. The Republican Party will either win or lose based on beliefs and principles, or they will cease to matter at all.
The opposite of socialism isn't compromise, it's rebellion.
Republicans had better get serious about the defending the free market.
Republicans had better get serious about what they profess to believe in.
Because something tells me there are other Doug Hoffmans out there.
The government announced that GDP grew by 3.5% in the 3rd quarter of 2009. Yet unemployment continues to grow at the same time. So, is the key to economic growth putting more and more people out of work?
Of course not.
Cash for Clunkers accounts for a portion of this increase, as does other government spending.
Think of it this way: imagine you produce a product and lose money every time you sell a unit of this product. So, to avoid going out of business you borrow more and more money and go deeper and deeper into debt. But your numbers look good as you produce more and more. Soon you will be able to borrow no more money. Nor will you be able to pay your benefactors. Everybody will be poorer for your futile effort.
This is the American economy today. This is a false economy. This is not the beginning of a recovery. The worst is yet to come.
The socialist White House and the media-the legitimate one, that is, not Fox News-are in a bit of a battle over how many "jobs" have been "saved or created" by the "stimulus."
Here's how it works: the media that guy being paid to dig a hole, then refill it equals 1 job, saved or created. The socialist White House says, "Yeah, but the guy digging that hole had lunch at a local restaurant and saved the waitress's job.So that's two jobs!"
The actual number is close to 0.
Here's how it actually works: the government takes money from those who could create actual jobs, those that add something of value to society, and pays that guy to dig holes and then refill them. Nothing of value has been created.
Think of it this way: if I took 3/4 of your income and paid 3 guys to dig up your front yard, have I really created any jobs at all?
In fact, I have probably destroyed an even greater of jobs, as you no longer have that money to spend and invest and actually grow the economy.
One really need look no further than the mandatory health insurance requirements of Massachusetts, where coverage is mandatory, to know what will happen when the same type legislation becomes federal law. Massachusetts has the highest premiums of any state yet to secede from the union.
But, if one does require more evidence, then take as an example the current shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine. How did this shortage occur? The Department of Health and Human Services was responsible for this show in its entirety. They set the price at $25 per. They gave monopoly production rights to one company, Novartis. They imposed other restrictions and regulations.
Missing from this formula? The Free Market.
Price was not allowed to fluctuate, and could therefore send no signal back to the producer. Also, the controlled price meant that the only way to increase profit was to do the least efficient job without losing their government contract. Competitors were not allowed to compete, so no shortage could be made up by a more efficient producer.
This is what will happen with all health care after it is socialized.
The socialist White House of Barack Obama will soon announce that highly compensated executives will have to take massive pay cuts as they received billions of dollars from taxpayers to keep their bankrupt enterprises afloat.
Let's review: these companies should have been allowed to go out of business. And these pay cuts? Well, they're meaningless.
This is simply what happens when the government attempts to run the economy.
Obama's White House Communist Director, Anita Dunn, states freely that one of her favorite political philosophers is Mao Tse-Tung.
Let's review: Chairman Mao murdered upwards of 70 million people. But let's give him the benefit of the doubt and pare that number by half, just so her defenders don't start quibbling over the actual number.
In case you haven't gotten the memo: this is a dangerous administration.
With people like this running the country, the country WILL be run by people like this.
According to reports published by biased, liberal activists masquerading as journalists, liberal judicial activist masquerading as a Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell ill on an airplane and then fell out of her seat.
She should have been arrested and beaten for not having her seatbelt fastened properly...or for being a liberal judicial activist...either way, I'm okay with the beating.
What with Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Peace Prize for engaging in the scam of global warming alarmism, and Barack Obama winning the same award for engaging in the scam of Keynesian "stimulus" spending, it appears that the Nobel committee's policy is to bestow this dubious honor on Americans with stupid ideas.
Propagandist Michael Moore complains that "Capitalism never did anything for me."
Thus displaying in one simple sentence his complete ignorance of both Capitalism in particular and economics in general.
For it was precisely capitalism that allowed him to rise from his "working class" origins to the very pinnacle of fame.
It happened like this: here was an obscure nobody who because he lives in a country which operates under a (relatively) free economic system was able to not only pursue, but to achieve, his dream. Michael Moore, when he started out, was not politically connected, nor did he have the advantage of a wealthy backer, and yet was able to harass a captain of industry unmolested, film it, then sell it to a free audience. This process made him rich.
If anyone invested in Mr Moore's enterprise it was because they were free to do so and believed it would be good investment. If anyone did not invest, it was not because they were prohibited to do so by the state.
As we see, Michael Moore is a capitalist. And a successful one at that!
Yeah, well, I guess when you're sitting around waiting for 6 months while some government bureaucrat decides whether you're worthy of having your gallbladder removed, you have time to think up nonsense such as this. Provided you don't die in the meantime, that is.
No doubt you are familiar with the old adage that if you provide a man with enough rope,he will eventually hang himself. In that vein, we might also say, "If you give the government enough of your hard-earned money, they will most assuredly misspend it on their way to the poor house." We need look further than the Cash-For-Clunkers program for evidence of this. Concocted by the Obama administration, and rubber-stamped by Congress, it operates thusly: the government expropriates one billion-or two or three billion, or however many billion it turns out to be-from the taxpaying public and directs these funds toward a specific industry; in this case, the beleaguered auto industry. Nuts-and-boltswise, each individual is then given $4,500 of this money toward the purchase of a new car, provided the car they are trading in gets less than 18 mpg, and the car they are purchasing gets better than 22 mpg. It's a skosh bit more nuanced than this, but not enough to matter. The car that was traded in is then physically destroyed. Sound like a good idea? No, of course it doesn't. And here's why: 1) The government doesn't have one billion-or two or three billion, or however many billion it turns out to be. Remember, the government has no money that is not ultimately expropriated from the taxpaying citizen. 2) And even if the government did have the money, they still don't have the money! The government is broke! And if don't believe this, just ask the Chinese. 3) Government programs such as this do not create wealth, but only redistribute it. It directs spending to one sector of the economy at the expense of all other sectors, and savings, and, therefore, investment. Imagine I rob you, then spend the money on a couple of shirts at the local clothier. Sure I have enriched the clothier, but I have done so at the expense of those who would otherwise have received the funds had I not robbed my victim of, not only his money, but his freedom to spend it as he saw fit; or to save it, presumably in a bank where it would have been invested in the form of a loan. 4) It punishes the poor, as most government programs do. Since the the traded in car must be destroyed, a lower income earner will not have the opportunity to purchase it for his needs at its lower than new car price.
"Costs always explode whenever the government gets involved, and governments always lie about it. The Obama administration's claim that a government takeover of healthcare will somehow magically reduce costs is not to be taken seriously. Government never, ever, reduces the cost of doing anything." Thomas DiLorenzo
President Barack Obama said a white police officer acted "stupidly" for arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr, who is black. Obama knew nothing of the circumstances of the arrest. He should have deferred comment. He should have known better. This is what happens when you take public speaking lessons from Joe Biden.
North Korea tested a nuclear device in May and fired seven ballistic missiles earlier this month in defiance of a U.N. resolution.
"What we've seen is this constant demand for attention," Hillary Clinton, who is in India, said in an interview that aired on Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "And maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention -- don't give it to them, they don't deserve it, they are acting out," she said.
Yeah. This woman is in charge of America's foreign policy.
Obama, in an interview shown on the CBS Early Show, said the administration wants an overseer that ‘is accountable and clear when it comes to these large systemic firms that could potentially bring down the entire financial system. The Fed has the expertise and the credibility I think to do it.’”
Wow. Either he's a really big idiot, or he's hoping that everybody else is really big idiot.
First of all, when he refers to "large systemic firms", is he referring to those government sponsored entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? No. I didn't think so.
And secondly, does he really mean to induce laughter when he says, "The Fed has the expertise and credibility I think to do it." The Fed has exactly neither. Let's review: The Fed has no expertise. And they have no credibility. If The Fed had either, The Fed would not have caused our current economic meltdown.
Once again, Obama doubles down by misdiagnosing the problem, then imposing a fatal cure.
I certainly hope so. (Revolutions are always fun to watch...from a safe distance, of course.)
If there is a revolution in Iran, it will accomplished by a bunch of "under-thirty-something-tweeting-you-tubers." Ah! The kids are, indeed, alright.
Already, the movement is no longer about disputing the recent election. Now, it seems to be slowly transforming into a question of what the "youth" of Iran really want. (Mousavi, in the end, may turn out to be irrelevant.)
I hope they want to sit around cafes sipping whatever is you sip in Iran, talking politics, movies, music, etc. I hope they want to turn Tehran into a tourist destination. I hope they've had enough of hate filled speech from radical religious dictators. I hope they wish to refute, and wrest control from, those who trivialize not only their ideas, but their very lives.
I hope they want their actions to improve their lives.
Otherwise, what's the point?
What it will amount to in the end I do not know. But it does seem to me that a genie has been let out of the bottle. Get luck to the mullahs getting it back in.
It's very simple: when you value self-determination as the ultimate aim of any people, you say so. And when you see others struggling to achieve this aim under threat of death you cheer them on enthustiastically.
When you don't value self-determation so much, you carefully measure your response.
Joe Biden, ever willing to play the role of administration fool, told Meet The Press, "No one realized how bad the economy was. Everyone guessed wrong. The bottom line is that jobs are being created that would not have been there before."
Mr Biden is dangerously close to being a special needs vice-president.
Let's takes these one at a time.
1) "No one realized how bad the economy was." Yes, they did. Everybody knew how bad it was. People were defaulting on mortgages they should never have been given, investments banks were failing, and nobody was buying cars. It was in all the papers. It wasn't a secret, and it wasn't complicated.
2) "Everyone guessed wrong." Guessed?! Why would anyone have to guess. And what would they be guessing about. The Fed was keeping the interest aritificially low, Fannie Mae and Freddie were buying history's worst mortgages, and Americans were consuming when they should have been saving and investing. There's no guessing involved.
3) "The bottom line is that jobs are being created that would not have been there before." I guess that explains why the unemployment rate keeps increasing each month. And anyway, taking tax dollars to pay a guy to dig a hole then refill it the next is not a job. Wealth, and jobs right along with it, are being destroyed.
It is entirely possible that David Letterman is, indeed, a pervert. There is certainly no reason to think that it's impossible. After all, here is an elderly 62 year old man, who made a statutory rape joke about the 14 year daughter of Sarah Palin. At best, it's unseemly. And, any way you slice it, it's creepy.
And Sarah Palin is right to fight back, and to do so quite publicly. She seems to be one of the few Republicans who realize that if the fight is to be won, it must first be joined.
Obama's pick for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, isn't so much a judge as she is a political activist. She doesn't belong on the Supreme Court.
She believes the rich life experience of a Latina Woman makes her a better judge than a white man. She said as much. You can look it up.
Moreover, the Supreme Court she is about to join will this summer reverse her decision in the Ricci case. In this case, too many white males passed a firefighters test, and too many minorities didn't, so the city of New Haven threw out the results. Mr Ricci, a white male who passed the test, sued. Ms Sotomayor summarily tossed his claim out.
Republicans have indicated they will not attempt to filibuster her appointment.
What a bunch of useless do-nothings the Republicans have become!
They refuse to fight against the very philosophies they so often decry.
At this point, the question being begged is: do we really need the Republican Party any longer? What purpose are they serving?
So, let's understand this: we are supposed to believe that the Obama administration is going to save the economy, and us with it, by...investing in companies that would otherwise be out of business. Insurance companies, banks(yes, banks are businesses), car companies...
Looking down this road, I don't see prosperity.
I see government control, mass subsidies, less wealth creation, a poorer America.
Demonstrating his utter contempt for the free market, as well as contract law, Barack Obama recently told senior creditors, i.e. bondholders, in General Motors and Chrysler to accept a pittance for their secured place in line, or nothing. He then called them "vultures."
Most of the bond holders caved, including big banks, unable to withstand the political pressure and bullying of the state run amok.
But not the Indiana Teacher's Union.
They're going to court.
Let's hope Mr Obama is convicted for his larceny, as well as his libel.
Due to the "Buy American" provision of the stimulus mess, pipe fittings at Camp Pendleton were hauled out of the ground-for no other reason than they were purchased from a Canadian company-and promptly replaced with American pipe fittings.
Let's assume these fittings were purchased from the Canadian manufacturer because they were less expensive than the competing American brand.
How is American then advantaged when more expensive fittings are used?
When more money is spent, more money is spent. It matters not if it is spent in the U.S. or Canada.
We're supposed to believe that because we buy from American companies that jobs are being saved and/or created. But the company that "bought American" spent more for its American product. So, they are now poorer, and might have to...shed jobs.
So...50% of Chrysler is being given to its employees and their pension fund, and the government is taking a 50% stake in General Motors.
Keep in mind these companies are basically worthless, that is without value. But they're being kept afloat with dollars that Americans weren't spending at these companies to begin with.
Make sense so far?
Of course it doesn't.
But, hey, that's just socialism.
And socialism, in addition to being stupid, is very costly. It's a wealth destroyer. And that is exactly what is happening. Wealth is being destroyed. We are more poor when the government attempts to run private businesses. It's that simple.
Both of these companies should be in bankruptcy right now; and they should be there without the taxpayer dollars the government confiscated from American taxpayers and wasted on these lost causes.
I won't shed a tear for any overpaid UAW member when he loses his job.
Nor will I be fooled into believing that these companies have been "saved."
I've always thought that Janeane Garofalo is an intelligent woman, albeit of the flaming liberal variety. So, when she says, "Let’s be very honest about what this is about,It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks,” I have to believe she is being intentionally disingenuous.
In other words, I think she's a liar when she says "Let's be honest."
Barack Obama is turning out to be quite the ingenue.
Just after North Korea defied his threats of aggressive diplomacy, and convening an emergency buffet at the United Nations, by test launching for the purpose of eventually delivering a nuclear payload (or to put into orbit a satellite for the purpose of broadcasting Dear Leader's karaoke stylings, if you believe the Godless communists), Mr Obama called for "a world without nuclear weapons." It was as if he hadn't been paying attention.
"I am not naive," he said.
He is naive.
The history of mankind, as I see it, has been and will forever be a history of conflict, of conquering or being conquered.
Throughout history, once a Rubicon of weapons development has been crossed, that bridge has been burned. Weapons have become obsolete not because we all learned how to sing in three part harmony, but because newer, more efficient methods of killing lots of people were devised.
This will not change simply because we have some starry-eyed dreamer in the White House.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcasting of Dear Leader reciting patriotic messages to his utterly destitute subjects.
It will undergo a government managed bankruptcy proceeding. Which means the Obama administration will determine what kind of auto manufacturer comes out the other end.
(Let's forget that GM could have filed for bankruptcy protection months ago, and without the taxpayer billions it was given.)
The government will reform GM in its image, i.e., mandate that they build small, green cars.
Rest assured: this will be a miserable failure. It will unprofitable, as all centrally planned enterprises are.
Which is a great opportunity for the Ford Motor Company. They have taken no bailout funds, and so are not obligated to the dictates of the central planners in Washington. They will be free to make the cars Americans want. They will be free to operate under the price system and the profit motive. Let's hope they avail themselves this of this great opportunity.
Here will be great experiment: centrally planned GM v. free market Ford.
"It is not true that human conditions must always improve, and that a relapse into very unsatisfactory modes of life, penury, and barbarism is impossible. The comparatively high standard of living which the common man enjoys today in the capitalist countries is an achievement of laissez-faire capitalism. Neither theoretical reasoning nor historical experience allows the inference that it could be preserved still less be improved under socialism." -Ludwig von Mises
If there was an lingering doubt, the events of the last two days will have removed it for all thinking human beings.
In the short span of those two days we have witnessed the ousting by the Obama Regime of the CEO of a major American corporation, Rick Wagoner of General Motors; and now Barney Frank's House Financial Services Committee's empowering of the Treasury Secretary to impose the 1984esque Pay For Performance Act Of 2009. According to this legislation, the Secretary would be empowered to use his subjective judgment in determining "reasonable compensation" for ALL employees of companies receiving bailout funds.
As if there weren't enough reasons already to end and rescind the bailouts, here now is the most pernicious to date.
The exact intent of this legislation is difficult to determine.
Unless it is as it's author Alan Grayson says, "to protect the public's money." Well, if that's the intent, then please just return the money to the public. You should never have given it away to begin with.
Or, perhaps, the purpose is, according to Grayson, to "show which Republicans are so much on the take from the financial services industry." Maybe it will show precisely that.
But what it already shows is that liberal Democrats continue apace to implement their own brand of fascist economics on the American people.
In a classic "Who you gonna believe me, or your lying eyes?" moment, Barack Obama fired the CEO of General Motors, announced the US Government would stand behind the warantees of their vehicles, then insisted that he didn't want government running the company.
It would laughable, if it weren't for the nationalization.
General Motors, instead of being allowed to die a quiet, dignified death, will now become the new Amtrak: a taxpayer subsidized black hole.
Say goodbye to your tax dollars every time GM sells a car.
AIG employees are receiving vile death threats, and wishes of misfortune for their children and grandchildren.
The rank-and-file of America, economically ignorant & easily duped, have fallen for the utterly phony outrage of the political set over bonuses handed out at the (bankrupt) insurance giant, after having been the beneficiary of government largess to the tune of $170 billion.
Why aren't Americans absolutely livid that this company was bailed out to begin with?
Why do they care less about $170 billion than they do about $170 million?
Why do they fail to understand the government is the real culprit here?
Why do the fall for the antics of such obvious phonies as Barney Frank, Charles Grassley, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama?
This, my friends, is why the free market in this country is in peril.
You would think it would be relatively easy to find a couple of free market champions in the political ranks in America.
You'd be wrong.
The list ends after Ron Paul.
Thank God for the Czechoslovakians!
It's no secret that Vaclav Klaus is free enterprise enthusiast. But today we learn that Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek is made from the same mold.
Here's the PM scolding Obama, "All of these steps, these combinations and permanency is the road to hell," Topolanek said. "We need to read the history books and the lessons of history and the biggest success of the (EU) is the refusal to go this way."
In a naked attempt to save his unprincipled hide, semi-Republican Senator Arlen Specter has let it be known that he will be voting Nay on "Card Check", aka the Employee Free Choice Act, aka the Union Thuggery Act.
Thanks for the political expediency, Arlen, but don't expect it to get you elected to another term.
"What is needed to stimulate that all powerful entrepreneurial competitive process upon which the free market depends is nothing more than freedom of entry to anyone with an idea of how to profit by serving consumers more faithfully than they are being currently served." -Irving M Kirzner
Christopher Buckley recaps for us: "I voted for Barack Obama largely on the basis of his temperament, which I thought superior. He is only 47 years old, but to me seemed older than that: a man of precocious aspect and judgment. In the French wording, un homme sérieux."
Which is funny.
Because Obama seemed to me to be a socialist. In the French wording, socialiste.
Mr Buckley, on the other hand, seemed to me naive. In the French wording...naive.
Proving that poor liberals have absolutely no shame, a busload of them showed up at AIG headquarters in Wilton, CT and chanted, "Money for the needy, not for the greedy." If rhymes were dollars, poor liberal morons would be...well, a lot like AIG employees. But rhymes are not dollars, so these liberal morons are likely to remain poor, and resentful of those who have applied themselves and been able to achieve greater monetary success in life. Tough luck!
These good-for-nothings also showed up at the homes of some executives and marveled at how rich people live, then begged the executives to give their hard earned money to their good-for-nothing relatives, some of whom are allegedly facing foreclosure.
Here's a clue: you and your relatives aren't facing foreclosure because of anything AIG did. Indeed, AIG is facing bankruptcy (or, at least, should be) because you and your deadbeat relatives are facing foreclosure!
"Economies grow when entrepreneurs can take resources and create more goods than before. Period. They cannot grow any other way, and they certainly cannot grow when governments shower people with newly printed money. If that were the case, countries like Zimbabwe, Bolivia, and Germany in 1923 would have been the riches countries in the world." -William Anderson
No other class of people is better at feigning righteous indignation than the political class.
When insurance giant AIG was given "Too Big To Fail" status, they also got a check for $170 billion, written on the account of the American taxpayer. They then decided to reward themselves, in perfect object-lesson style, for failing. To the tune of $165 million in bonuses.
Well, those DC profligates, who signed the check, weren't going to let this kind of thing pass without jumping on the livid bandwagon. To wit: "Recipients of these bonuses will not be able to keep all of their money," declared Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "If you don't return it on your own, we will do it for you," said Chuck Schumer of New York. "They're not going to get the financial benefit of those bonuses," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. "One way or another, we're going to try to figure out how to get these resources back," said Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the panel's chairman. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said AIG executives "need to understand that the only reason they even have a job is because of the taxpayers." Senator Grassley even went so far as to suggest that they either give the money or kill themselves. Evidentally he feels the best way to recoup the money is through double taxation of the bonuses, first as income, then as inheritance.
Let's be clear. It was these same politicians who gave AIG our money. AIG should never have had the money to begin with.
Don't hate AIG. Hate the politicians who voted in favor of giving them the money in the first place.
Don't let them fool you, as they hope to do, into believing they aren't the real villians in this piece.
We discover that in Barack Obama's White House there is a sinister little plot afoot. And is is a sinister little plot, but it may tell us much about the man ultimately behind it.
Concocted by beady-eyed Clinton mouth-breather James Carville(Hey, why wasn't he one those 430 per day who were losing jobs in Louisiana!) and his cohort Stanley Greenberg, probably a knuckle-dragger, through their Democratic polling company, Democracy Corps(Love the militant connotation!), and tacitly approved by White House muckety-mucks Axelrod, Pfeiffer, Gibbs and Rahm "The Ballerina" Emanuel, the plan was to, after learning that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh wasn't that popular with certain segments of the American public, establish him as leader of both the Republican party and the Conservative movement, then knock him down, thus also tumbling the dominoes of the party and the movement.
The question immediately begged: Why?
Certainly not because Limbaugh holds any real sway over elected officials on the right or their policies. If he did, we wouldn't have endured a big spending George W Bush, nor his would-be successor, John McCain.
Certainly not because Republicans pose any serious threat to the present Democratic reign. Obama was elected convincingly. And Democrats control both houses of Congress.
Certainly not because Republicans need any assistance when it comes to being shot down. I mean, these people tiptoe down the halls of Congress shoeless should the emergency need arise to shoot themselves in the foot.
Certainly not because the Socialist-Democratic agenda is not being enacted. It is. And at rapid speed.
Why the need to demonize the opposition when you've only just given them a royal thrashing at the polls?
Why this effort to squelch the opposition when everything is going your way?
Why attack a private citizen?
This smacks more of a campaign tactic than it does of an element of governance.
But why continue the campaign when the battle's been one?
Because that is the Democrat mentality. Attack, attack, attack.
Republicans and Conservatives could take a lesson from Blackbeard: No quarter will be given, and none taken!
Parenthetically, what elected Republicans should find most worrisome is the fact that none of them were targeted. That, actually, should concern all of us in the opposition.
When Christopher Buckley,who infamously voted for Barack Obama, proposes in jest that Mr Obama, Mr Reid and Ms Pelosi subject themselves to the same compensation strictures they would impose on "porcine" CEOs, what he doesn't seem to realize is that it's not very funny. The reality he fails to grasp is that the real financial pain to be caused by Mr Obama and his crew and their socialist policies will be felt by those least able to afford the yucks Mr Buckley seems to find inherent in the situation.
Not that Christopher Buckley really ever succeeds at making anyone laugh.
I said earlier that I wouldn't help those on the left by explaining how Louisiana is not losing 400 jobs per day.
But after being linked as a liar over at County Fair on Media Matters for labeling Joe Biden a liar for his lying about Louisiana losing 400 jobs per day, I feel the need to set it all straight.
Firstly: County Fair agrees that Biden got it right and cites two sources to back themselves up. One of their sources is a column at Think Progress. Funny thing is, when you visit there, you find they have struck through their original title, "Bobby Jindal's Louisiana Losing 430 Jobs Per Day", and replaced it with, "Louisiana Had 430 New Unemployed Everyday In December". So, in actuality, Think Progress does not agree with Joe Biden, Think Progress agrees with me.
County Fair also cites Media Nation as a source confirming that Biden was correct. All you'll find here is a lot of tortured math, proving they know nothing more than how to get it wrong. They will discover this happens as often as the number of times you attempt to defend Joe Biden of one of his idiotic statements.
Here's how Biden lied, and how those defending him are just as stupid as he is: he based his claim entirely on the increase in the number of people being listed as Unemployed from November to December in 2008. While this tells us that there was an increase in unemployment, it tells us little about how many "jobs were lost."
So, while it's true that about 400 people per day were added to Louisiana's unemployment roll, it is demonstrably false that Louisiana lost 430 jobs per during this same period.
How do we know this? We simply, using the November-December 2008 figures everyone is so fond of, subtract the number of people employed(jobs) in December from the number of people employed(jobs) in November. After all, a job has to actually exist before it can be lost. A simple fact seemingly lost on many right now. (But then, when does reality ever get in the way of a good Democratic hatchet job).
Anyway. In November 2008 there were 1,941,515 people employed in Louisiana. In other words, there 1,941,515 jobs. So jobs can be "lost" from this number. In December 2008 there were 1,939,131 people employed in Louisiana. In other words, there were 1,939,131 jobs. So, at the end of December there were 2,384 fewer people working than at the end of November. Hardly 13,000; hardly 400 per day.
It was intentionally dishonest, a lie, of Joe Biden to use the unemployment figures. Any number of factors might contribute to a rise in the unemployment rate, but it is not necessary that "jobs be lost" for that to happen. It is stupidity, or ignorance, of his defenders to continue to rely on those same figures.
In a previous post, I called Joe Biden a liar, repeatedly, for stating in his typically buffoonish fashion that Louisiana was losing 400 jobs per day.
August "Master Of Simple Subtraction And Division" Pollack came to the same idiotic conclusion as his hero, the clown, Joe Biden.
Using the figures available on the laworks.net website anyone not as dumb as August Pollack and Joe Biden can easily figure out that in December there were 1,939,131 people working in Louisiana. In November there were 1,941,515 people working in Louisiana.
Am I going to help numbnut August Pollack figure this out? No, I'm not. Why? Because I'm mean. Because playing nice with morons on the left has never gained conservatives and libertarians anything.
I'm only to happy to allow these imbeciles to continue to wallow in their ignorance.
Republican leadership has failed the party itself. And this failure is utter in its completeness. Require evidence? We now have a socialist, statist, economic fascist president.
Let's not mince words, Barack Obama is a socialist, statist, economic fascist.
Failure to recognize this fact disqualifies you as a thinking human bean.
Barack Obama doesn't believe in the free market. Claiming you believe in the free market, and even singing its praises is not ample evidence that you truly believe in the free market. Your actions betray your true, core beliefs. And Barack Obama's actions have been thus far an effort to thwart the free market.
It's that simple.
Barack Obama believes the free market can be manipulated for Good by central planners like himself. It CANNOT! Again, it's that simple. If you think free market can be manipulated for Good by central planners, then you know nothing about the free market, and probably less about economics in general. I can only hope that you don't actually vote in elections. You deserve to live under a fascist economic regime, but I don't.
So, how did we end up with this socialist, central planner running the country(into the ground)?
For the answer, you need only ask yourself a simple question: When was the last time you heard an elected Republican official defending the free market? And, no, poo-pooing pork and earmarks is not a defense of the free market, by any means or stretch of the imagination. A defense of the free market requires more than an opposition to wasteful spending of taxpayer money. It requires an explanation of how free markets generate wealth and increase our standard of living. It requires saying NO most of the time to costly legislation. It requires saying that it is, the vast majority of time, better for the government to do absolutely nothing at all, because if it does anything it will more than likely have a detrimental effect economically. If you know of any Republican who has defended the free market, then let know. He or she will have my full faith and credit.
But because Republicans spent like drunk, liberal sailors, and "abandoned their free market principles", we are left with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid making the rules, running our show, deciding what does and does not get bought and sold. We are left with unprincipled snakes like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins, Republicans all, voting Yea for The Next Great Depression. And that, my friends, is a putrid state of affairs.
So, how do we right this ship? There is only one answer: it must done from the bottom up. It is a movement that must be reanimated at the grass roots level. It must be done by those who vote. It must be done by us!
We must hold all Republicans accountable. Accountable for their every vote.
We must accept no excuses, no twisted rationalizations. We must not be afraid to lose a useless Republican seat.
There can be no more George W Bushes chucking his free market principles. There can be no more John McCains reaching across the aisle, and promising to "buy all those bad mortgages." No more Specters, Snowes, or Collinses.
We know where it gets us. We are there now. And we want out.
We will lead ourselves. And from now on it will be up to the politicians to follow us.
Pennsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Robert Gleason Jr. said in an interview today that the state party may not support Sen. Arlen Specter in the Republican primary next year — a day after his national counterpart suggested that GOP supporters of the economic stimulus bill could take a hit in upcoming elections.
From Iain Murray: "Good news! According the LA Times, all it takes for alternative energy to solve all our problems is a bunch of technological breakthroughts. Whey we didn't limit the stimulus package to the $400 million for "breakthrough reasearch," I just don't know..."
Exactly. Come one, people, this is isn't hard to figure out!
I predicted months ago that the market would bottom out at 7500, with the caveat that I was willing to revise that number downward depending upon the extent to which the Kanamit chose to imitate the polices of the failed and discredited FDR and his New Deal.
Scott Lehigh writing in the Boston Globe, and, quite predictably, defending the New Deal, says, "One might have thought that voters of that day had pretty much settled the question of whether the New Deal worked by enthusiastically reelecting FDR, and not once but three times."
Yeah, one might have. But one shouldn't have.
Because the American Institute of Public Opinion, in 1939, asked, "Do you think the attitude of the Roosevelt administration toward business is delaying business recovery?"
Are you poor? Have no down payment? Never intend to actually pay your mortgage? No problem. We here at the Federal Reserve would like to help you. Our new plan, How To Buy A Million Dollar Home For Pennies On Said Dollar, is guaranteed to save you hundreds of needless thousands of dollars. Here's how: First, pick a really big, really expensive house. One you can't afford. Second, get it financed. Don't worry, our banks are giving money away. Third, don't make any payments. None. Fourth, convince all your friends to stop making payments, just like you! Fifth, ask the government to refinance your house at it's present value. Congratulations! See? You can live beyond your means! And we're here to help you do it.
The Buy American provision of the Stealulus Plan remains, though possibly in watered down version. There are "outs" to the provision. And that's a good thing. But will they be used? I fear not.
It really is amazing. This is shaping up as the Great Depression:The Sequel. "More unemployment! More wage and price controls! More protectionism!" "If you loved the Great Depression, then don't miss Great Depression:The Sequel." "Coming soon to a breadline near you!"
Democrats and Liberals have tried and failed miserably in one free-market area: talk radio. Conservatives, led by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity rule the AM airwaves. Almost nowhere will you hear the shrill irrational voices of the Left. Their message of socialism simply does not resonate with an audience not compelled by law to hear it.
The free-market has spoken, and, in this case, it said, "The Right wins."
The free-market doesn't have an agenda, it seeks no ends. It simply processes the information it is fed and provides the result.
Socialism, on the other(left) hand does have an agenda.
So, what to do about talk radio?
Simple, implement by edict from the State that the airwaves are not free, and require radio stations to program from the (money losing) Left.
Otherwise, there is no one to hear the propaganda, no one to brainwash, no one to be made to believe that the State can do what free individuals cannot.
As Harry Dean Stanton, in the re-education camp scene in Red Dawn, implored his sons, "Avenge me!"
His lies about being bi- or post-partisan are over. That was rhetoric, nothing more. He never had any intention of listening to all sides of any argument.
So, now that the Republicans are providing a little push-back on the Stealulus Plan, the Kanamit has revealed his real self: Ratcheting up the sarcasm, the president said: "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," he said, as the audience hooted and applauded. Obama warned Republicans not to "come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis." Americans, he said, "did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics." "They sent us here to bring change," he said.
In other words, he's not content to merely ask for Repulicans to be complicit in imposing Socialism, he's insisting they be complicit.
The Kanamit, attempting to humorously deride those who do not agree with him on the Stealulus Plan, made the arrogant, condescending jab, "And a lot of people think they're economists, right now." Himself included. But he's not. He's simply a socialist, and socialists don't care about economics. They care about imposing their agenda. And this, in reality, is all the Kanamit cares about.
The Kanamit, in the form of a populist, today ruled by edict that senior executives of companies receiving federal bailout funds would be restricted to annual not to exceed.
He attempted to explain thusly, "This is America. We don't disparage wealth. We don't begrudge anybody for achieving success," Obama said. "But what gets people upset - and rightfully so - are executives being rewarded for failure. Especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers."
The Kanamit and his fellow socialists absolutely disparage wealth and begrudge success, damn near every chance they get. So, the Kanamit is lying.
And hey, I've got an idea: If people get upset that executives are being rewarded for failure-and with taxpayer money, no less!-then...wait for it...LET THOSE COMPANIES FAIL.
Then those executives are out of work and not being rewarded...with my money!
It's dangerous to allow anyone to decide what someone else's labor is worth, even if that someone else is a miserable failure.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky, speaking on the issue of the Stealulus Plan, said the "Buy American" clause should be stripped from it.
This is anti-free trade, and would only result in higher costs.
Unfortunately, he kept talking.
"We need to fix housing first," he said. By this, he meant price fixing. Specifically, forcing banks to to loan at 4-4.5%. Then...wait for it...Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would have to buy these mortgages!
Did this guy sleep through the housing crisis?
First of all, the last time the government tried to "fix housing", we ended up having to...well, fix housing! And remember, Fannie and Freddie played key roles in "fixing" us the first time around.
Here's all you need to know: house prices dropped in November; sales increased in December.
And mortgage rates were about 4.5-5%.
Mr McConnell needs to acquaint himself with all aspects of free trade and markets.
He joins a growing list of socialist who claim in utter ignorance that the present financial crisis exposes the free market system as nothing more than personal greed, and that what's needed to save us all is "social capitalism."
He then goes on to claim that "FDR saved capitalism." Since when does causing the Great Depression qualify as "saving Capitalism"!?
And urges "unambiguous regulation by an activist state."
As we all know, not only was our present situation NOT caused by the free market, it WAS CAUSED by the interventionist policies of the state.
Mr Rudd is not smarter than the free market. But, like all socialists, including the Kanamit, he claims that knowledge.
It is impossible for one man, or any cadre of men, to perform as the free market performs. These smart men know this. Therefore, we are right to assume, to assert, that saving capitalism is not the real agenda; ending free market capitalism is the real aim of these liars.
While lunatic Al Gore was testifying(boy, that's really stretching the definition of testifying!) before Congress about the imminent end of mankind due to global warming, I slipped on the imaginary 2-inch thick ice, and nearly busted my ass!
Oh, speaking of asses, I hope when the Kanamit said in his inaugural address to the fawning masses that he intended to restore science to its rightful place he was talking about having Al Gore frozen and shot into space!
My buddy(he's a real paranoid, right-wing gun-nut) and I have both been of the opinion that diplomacy, now matter how aggressive, would be construed(correctly) as a sign of weakness in the eyes of America's enemies.
Well, we're apparently smarter than the average Kanamit.
After the Kanamit wrote some sort of love letter to Iranian crazy man MahmoundAmadinejad, he received this response:
US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday. "This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," GholamHosseinElham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency. "Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.
What a shock. What a complete and utter shock.
Not to me or my buddy, mind you. No, we're not shocked at all.
But hey, good luck with that aggressive diplomacy.
In effort to bring rhyming peace to the Middle East, The Kanamit said he and his envoys would listen first.
Well, here's what he heard.
The Taliban informed him that peace will come only when he reverses the "Satanic policies" of George W Bush. Oh, and they also want him to close all the "evil" detention camps, "completely withdraw" from Iraq and Afghanistan, and "stop defending Israel."
Now, that's a lot to do. But we're not done yet.
Iranian yahoo Mahmoud Amadinejad, not to be outdone in the Outrageous Demand Department, told the Kanamit that he would have to "apologize for past crimes against Tehran", and said that "Change means giving up support for the rootless, uncivilized, fabricated, murdering Zionists."
Then, to dispel any notion that rationality might be creeping into the Iranian leadership, they said the "Holocaust was a big lie."
Now, some of you doubt the Kanamit can get all this done.
But I have faith in the tireless exertions of The Kanamit.
What I can't wait for is The Kanamit telling us this represents an unclenching of the fist.
Georgia Representative, Republican Phil Gingrey, has urged Rush Limbaugh to back off his criticisms of Republican leadership, specifically Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
Let's be clear: We now have a socialist president because Republicans abidicated their responsiblity to defend small and limited government and the free market. And they can't be trusted to do so in the future. Period!
Free Marketers must not only not mute their criticisms, but, indeed, Pump Up The Volume!
It bothers me less that foreign policy expert Matt Damon called Bill Kristol an idiot than it does that he referred to James Bond as an "imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women, swilling martinis and killing people."
Damn right he does! And that's why we love him.
Also, just to clue Mr Damon in: James Bond is a fictional character, you know, like Popeye, or Mork from Ork.
Who are the Kanamits? Remember that Twilight Zone episode, To Serve Man? Oh, it was a classic. (And so, by the way, was the Simpons' spoof of it.)
Well, the Kanamits were these tall, big-headed aliens. Yeah, just like Barack Obama.
They landed in New Jersey, and somehow made their way to the United Nations. They assured those assembled "Our intentions are honorable. We desire above all things to help the people of Earth. "It has come to our attention that Earth has been plagued by both natural and unnatural catastrophes, all of which could easily be acted upon and prevented. We are here to help you. We will not force anything upon you. "There is nothing ulterior to our motives. Nothing at all. "We ask only that you trust us. Only that you...trust us!"
But the Kanamit had unknowingly dropped a book, and the earthlings worked diligently to decipher it. Finally, they had the title, "To Serve Man."
Their fears abated.
Soon they were lining up to accompany the Kanamits back to their planet.
And too late, after more deciphering, it was discovered that the book was a...cookbook!
This is how the socialists will gobble up the free-marketers.
Let's entertain some right-wing paranoia, shall we?
This requires a mere 3 assumptions: 1. Barack Obama is a socialist. (He is.) 2. Most Americans are ignorant when it comes to the subject of economics. (They are.) 3. FDR's policies deepened and prolonged the Great Depression. (They did.)
Now, because FDR was a master salesman (of himself), he was able to implement socialist policy after communist policy, all the while convincing Americans that what he was doing was relieving the situation and not exacerbating it.
This made him him so wildly popular that a myth of him as savior grew up around him, and, in some quarters, persists to this day.
Barack Obama(perhaps a better salesman of himself than FDR), being the intelligent guy that he is, surely knows all this.
Well, it's obvious that Kathleen Parker didn't ask Santa for a brain for Christmas, because she's back and dumber than ever...if that's possible...it is.
Feeling it's no longer sufficient merely to be an idiot who writes idiotic things, Ms Parker has now taken it upon herself to start promoting and defending other idiots who write idiotic things. It's a niche job, I guess.
Seems she's read a book and wants to tell us all about it. Said book, The Tyranny Of Dead Ideas, was written by some small time communist by the name of Matt Miller. Hence the cute title of her piece, Is It Miller Time? Get it? Yeah, me too.
Anyway, Ms Parker thinks Mr Miller is an original thinker and a pretty smart guy who has some interesting ideas. She thinks he's gonna make the rest of us think. He isn't.
So, who is he? Well, according to Ms Parker, Mr Miller is a "Democrat and former economic aide in the Office of Management and Budget under Bill Clinton." Oh, Lord! (How's that for and oogedy-boogedy moment?)
Ms Parker says Mr Miller gives her a headache. Yeah, I know the feeling.
But let's get to the meat of this nonsense, already.
Ms Parker gets us started by posing as someone who is actually smart when she proposes a "paradoxical thought": We have to increase taxes and federal programs to save the capitalist system."
It's hard to believe that Ms Parker really believes this is really an original thought of Mr Miller's. It's just the same old socialism. When you replace freedom with government control, that's socialism. She didn't know this before reading Mr Miller's book? Unbelievable. I'd be embarrassed for her if I didn't detest her so much.
But she can't blame the following statement on Mr Miller, it's her very own stupidity, "The world has changed in significant ways and our old formulas simply no longer work. We once thought, for instance, that financial markets can regulate themselves. Whup. The disasters of 2008 proved that assumption false. If only we had noticed it sooner. Did dead ideas block our vision?"
This may be the dumbest thing I read all year. But there's always the possibility that George W Bush will again try to explain why he burned the free market village in order to save it.
To set her straight: the disasters of 2008 weren't caused by unregulated financial markets. They were caused by Alan Greenspan of the Federal Reserve, by the Community Reinvestment Act, by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and by a stupid, negligent Congress.
She also agrees with Mr Miller that free trade hurts some Americans, and that the poor can't be educated without financing from the federal government. Free trade enriches everybody...everybody! And for the record, I didn't know children were educated with money; I thought it was done with books and teachers. How much can that cost?!
Ms Parker ends this bout of idiocy with one last bit of idiocy when she states, "deregulation of our financial system literally has broken the bank." What deregulation? She doesn't say. They never do.
Most idiotic of all: Ms Parker thinks Mr Miller's book may get traction in the near future. It's almost as if this is her first encounter with a socialist thought. It's just the same old, some old. Nothing new to see here. Unless you're Kathleen Parker. Or an idiot. And if you're Kathleen Parker, there is no distinction between the two.