Friday, October 30, 2009

CBS Does Some Actual Investigative Reporting!

With a lead in from none other then Katie Couric!

At this rate, it would have been cheaper to just box the money up and hand it out at the un-employment office.

Here FOX reports our government spent $92,000 for each job "saved or created".

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Depends on what your definition of "is" is

Is President Obama playing fast and loose with the the truth?   

Maybe Joe Wilson was correct after all.   

Pawlenty in 2012?

“His solutions are federalization of policy, spending way beyond anything we’ve seen in terms of deficit or debt levels, spending the country into bankruptcy.  And what’s behind it is a philosophy that government knows best, a nanny-state mentality on domestic issues that will ultimately be corrosive to the other pillars of our country — to markets, private enterprise, individual responsibility, freedom and liberty.”…

Obama sold his healthcare proposal as a way to reduce costs and help the economy. “I think it’s going to go down as one of the biggest bait-and-switch acts in history, in the sense that the diagnosis of the problem for the healthcare delivery system in the country was supposed to be cost-containment. In other words, we need to make it more affordable for individuals and families, businesses, and governmental entities. But instead they are now focused substantially on expanding access.”…

“President Obama has governed in an extremely liberal way, and he hasn’t accomplished many major initiatives, but the few that he has have been almost exclusively partisan. That defies what he said during the campaign and doesn’t live up to that promise.”   Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) Minnesota

Thursday, October 22, 2009


"“Recently, President Obama’s advisors have decided that it’s easier to blame the Bush Administration than support our troops. This weekend they leveled a charge that cannot go unanswered. The President’s chief of staff claimed that the Bush Administration hadn’t asked any tough questions about Afghanistan, and he complained that the Obama Administration had to start from scratch to put together a strategy.

“In the fall of 2008, fully aware of the need to meet new challenges being posed by the Taliban, we dug into every aspect of Afghanistan policy, assembling a team that repeatedly went into the country, reviewing options and recommendations, and briefing President-elect Obama’s team. They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt. The new strategy they embraced in March, with a focus on counterinsurgency and an increase in the numbers of troops, bears a striking resemblance to the strategy we passed to them.  They made a decision – a good one, I think – and sent a commander into the field to implement it.

“Now they seem to be pulling back and blaming others for their failure to implement the strategy they embraced. It’s time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity.”

Former Vice President Dick Chaney, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Republican Health Care Plan

Several prominent Democrats have accused the Republicans of being the party of "no", and not offering any health plan options of their own.   Simply not true.  Rep. Paul Ryan introduced H.R. 2520, The Patient's Choice Act, back on May 20 of this year.  Long before Democrats starting accusing Republicans of NOT having a plan.   It currently sits in the House Ways and Means Committee along with TWO other Republican plans.   The entire bill may be read HERE.

What’s included? First, Title 1 is based entirely on a concept which most Democrats seem to back… focusing on incentives for preventative medicine and healthier lifestyles. Title 2 deals with one of the great problems in health insurance, allowing for state based health care exchanges and federal incentives for multiple states to band together, crossing state lines, to offer more choices (Same concept that is currently being proposed in Minnesota by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty). And the state based exchanges would be charged with providing group rates to people across a multitude of circumstances to reduce rates.

Title 4 provides for supplemental health care assistance to low income families, along with both tax credits and advancement vouchers so they can purchase health insurance through these group plans. Limits are also placed on excessive premium charges by private insurance companies.

Next time you hear some White House mouth piece accusing others of misinformation, remember the Republican bills that have been buried by a Democratic Congress.  

Quote of the Day

"I'd say they're (Congress) spending like drunken sailors, but that would be insulting drunken sailors, who spend their own money."  - Television reporter and commentator John Stossel. 

An Interesting Read

From Ronald Radosh:

"So far, in the White House battle with Fox News, it is Fox that has won. Their widely reported ban on Fox has been reported everywhere, and it makes the White House look fearful, weak, and ready only to talk with those who are more likely to agree with their agenda. Is this the change America wanted when it elected Barack Obama as President?"

Read the entire text HERE.

Monday, October 12, 2009

America's Moral Compass

Hollywood big shot Harvey Weinstein has laid claim to being true North on America's Moral Compass in his support of child rapist Roman Polanski.  In a recent interview, Weinstein said that: 

" Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion...Whatever you think about the so-called crime,  Polanski has served his time.  I was with him the day he won the Legion of Honour in France, which was a spectacular day. I remember the incredible love and affection that people have for him."

Weinstein is producer for such Hollywood family classics as "Sin City", "Piranha 3-D", "Hell Ride", the "Scream" movies series, and Michael Moore's films.   I'm sure Mr. Weinstein is a great guy, but for him to step up to defend a man who fed a 13 year old girl drugs and alcohol, then rape and sodomize her is beyond belief.   "Compassion"...?   No one who has actually read the testimony from the trail (easily found on line), a young terrified 13 year old girl describing being raped and anally sodomized by a 36 year old man would use the word "compassion".   Regardless of the amount of time that has passed, coming forward to support an unrepentant pedophile who fled the country prior to sentencing and then claiming to be the moral compass of America in the same breath is a bit of a stretch.   The same Hollywood that thought it was a great idea to bring in celebrity trash talker Perez Hilton as a judge in the Miss USA contest.   I believe "Dumb Bitch"  was his reaction to her negative response on gay marriage.  Has America sunk so low into the cesspool?  

Apparently so.  Now the NFL players union has come out in opposition to Rush Limbaugh becoming an NFL team owner.  They deem Rush unworthy of being affiliated with one of America's great games.   So the same players union that fought against drug testing managed to get enough of their members out of the strip clubs and stop shooting people to get onto the news to vocalize their protest.  

There was a time in America that our moral compass was mirrored in the images created by Norman Rockwell.   In today's age of instant celebrity and new media we have Kim Kardashian and the producer of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" setting our moral standards.  

What is your image of the values of America?   Here's mine.  If you don't know who these men are you should Google Randall Shughart and Gary Gordon and teach your children their story. 

It is time to stand up for what you believe in, and what you believe America should be.  If you do not make your voice heard, others will claim to speak on your behalf.   

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Going to the Dogs!

No, not politically. Our local community conducted a grand opening of their new dog park. It had rained the night before, so things got a bit muddy. Especially the dogs. There were demonstrations of agility and flyball. Even a dog fashion show. I was surprised how many people and their pets showed up.  A great day of people just getting together and enjoying some time outside.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Democrats Cook the Books for ObamaCare

Has anyone yet noticed the proposed "Health Care Reform" (aka government ran universal health insurance) doesn't start for 3 years, yet all the cost accounting estimates has the US taxpayer paying for 10 years?  So while the current program doesn't start until 2013, the cuts to Medicare and the tax increases start now.   These are the stipulations that the Obama administration and the Democrats in congress put upon the Congressional Budget Office in calculating the cost of the program for the first "10 years"   So we pay for 10 years and receive only 7 years of "benefit".    To the Democrats credit, this is not the first time Washington Politicians have used this account method.  As reported by the Associated Press:

"Under the Democratic bills, federal tax credits to help make health insurance affordable for millions of low- and middle-income households won't start flowing until 2013 — after the next presidential election. But Medicare cuts and a sizable chunk of the tax increases to pay for the overhaul kick in immediately.

"Lawmakers use a 10-year accounting window to assess new programs. Starting the Medicare cuts and some of the taxes in the early years — and pushing the bulk of new spending into the latter years — helps keep the cost of the health care overhaul within Obama's $900 billion limit. Bush used the same kind of maneuver to push the Medicare benefit through Congress."

I don't believe I need a crystal ball to predict that in 3 years Congress will need to revise the program substantially and it will end up costing more while providing less.  

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize???

In the words of John McEnroe, you can not be serious.

"Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said in the citation.

Unless you're a middle class guy trying to run a business, wondering how you're going to pay for college tuition, and what kind of jobs will be available when your kid gets out of college.  

Really, what has the guy actually accomplished?  Maybe they felt bad about the whole Olympics thing. 


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Olympic Lessons

So Chicago didn't get the Olympics.  To be honest, I don't believe I would have notice if not for the press received by the Obamas and Oprah making the trip.  

Contrary to what the Obama Network claimed about what conservatives want, I was neutral on the issue.   It is absolutely surprising what is said on this "News" network.  

Just as a point of clarification, I don't wish half of ALL Americans to die.  Just the blacks and illegal aliens.  (That was a joke)

As usual, people on either side of the issue will point to the financial aspects of hosting an Olympics.  Does the host actually make money on the games?  Who knows.    No doubt that the Chicago team put together a competitive bid to become the host of the 2016 Olympics.  However on the surface it did appear that for their final push the USA was trying to win on star power alone.    The speeches made was lackluster at best.   As George Will said in a recent Washington Post column: 

I really don't care about who hosts the 2016 games.  But perhaps President Obama will be to gleam a lesson from these events.  Why would he put himself on the line for such a cause?  Aside from whatever political IOUs that were called in by his Chicago cronies, I can't help believe that the President had a vision of playing host to the new world he created, one of peace and harmony where everyone gets along and everyone has government provided health insurance.   Camelot on Lake Michigan.  With the king and queen of America presiding over the New World Order.  With Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck serving as court jesters to everyone's amusement.

In several polls, President Obama has maintained a strong popularity even when the majority disagree with the direction of his agenda.   Maybe upon some self reflection he will realize that it's really not about him.  It's not about what HE believes to be the most important issues to push through congress.   To quote the Clinton campaign, "It's the economy stupid".   It time to stop fooling around trying to push through a progressive social agenda, stop playing bridge with your ACORN buddies, and get serious about jobs, our economy, and our wars.   We lost another 230,000+ jobs last month, yet the greatest priority on the agenda is a massive overall impacting 17% of our total economy.   That's not to say that our health care system is perfect, but it is far from the greatest issue facing the country.    It's time for the President to consider how far he can actually go on just a smile and a well turn phrase.   Hopefully there is a lesson that it is time to stop being the progressive reformer who just wants the world to like him, and start being a true world leader.  

Monday, October 5, 2009

Top Ten Bizarre Aspects of ObamaCare

Top 10 list of some un-usual aspects of the Baucus bill currently being considered by the Senate Finance Committee.    But it's on the internet, so it must be true!   But they do provide links to references where the information came from.  

More Double Standards

I'm not sure what I'm less surprised by, Rachel Maddow declaring Sarah Palin a racist through he association with the ghost writer of her new book who had also worked for someone that Maddow considers a racist (never heard of the guy, so can't say myself), or that NO ONE on this MSNBC panel made the link between Maddow's comments (at about the 3:18 mark) to Obama's relationships in Chicago.